April 13, 2013
Lakes guard Kobe Bryant, 34, ruptured his left Achilles' tendon Friday and will be sidelined at least six to nine months. A quick look at his career. --Aug. 23, 1978: Bryant is born in Philadelphia. His father, Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant, played for the 76ers. --July 1996: Lakers trade Vlade Divac to Charlotte Hornets for the draft rights to 17-year-old Bryant, the 13 t h pick in the NBA draft. --1996-97: Named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team. Averages 7.6 points coming off the bench.
June 17, 2013 |
Phil Jackson and Jerry West did not have a strong relationship when the two were with the Lakers. Speaking at the Alex Theatre in Glendale at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event last week, Jackson gave his account of the time he asked West to leave the Lakers' locker room. Without saying which game (it's believed to be during the Western Conference Finals against Portland Trail Blazers in 2000), Jackson felt his team needed a serious talk after a difficult night. "The Lakers were really struggling, not enjoying playing together," said Jackson.
May 16, 2013 |
Phil Jackson never liked to compare Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. Believe me, I tried everything. Sometimes I'd ask him after random Lakers practices or before games against Charlotte, the team Jordan owned. Or after games in Chicago, where nostalgia hopefully would add to the mix. There would be a little nugget here, a tiny nibble there, but nothing that mattered. It's coming out now, though, in Jackson's 339-page memoir co-written with Hugh Delehanty and available Tuesday: "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.
November 7, 2012 |
Both the Lakers and the Utah Jazz have started the season slowly with matching 1-3 records. The Lakers are set to visit Utah on Wednesday night, with hopes of building their first win streak of the season. Utah is looking to end a three-game slide. Utah has four powerful big men in Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Mo Williams is off to a fast start and yet the Jazz has just a single victory. With Steve Nash still recovering from a leg injury, the Lakers will have to play an excellent game of basketball to escape Utah with a win. Key matchup Jefferson's scoring is down a bit, to 12.3 points per game on 44% shooting, but he's a true back-to-the basket center.
January 10, 2013 |
The Lakers are the only team with a losing record in the league to have scored more points this season than they've given up. It's not much of a consolation prize: The Lakers are in 10th place in the Western Conference at 15-20, 4 1/2 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers are averaging 103.2 points per game while giving up 101.7, a difference of 1.5 points. Where the Lakers are primarily lacking is on defense. Only four teams allow more points a game (Charlotte Bobcats, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings)
November 3, 2012 |
The Lakers have the worst record in the NBA at 0-3, slightly below four other teams at 0-2 (Detroit, Boston, Sacramento and Denver). Of course, the Lakers are the only team to have played in three games over the four nights of this season, a difficult task given the team's injuries. Coach Mike Brown is working in a new offense. As a group, the Lakers have spent less time going over defense. In comparison to the rest of the league, the Lakers are 18th in points per game at 97.3 but third in field-goal percentage (49.8%)