May 15, 2012 |
As the final minutes wound down to an unceremonious blowout, the Lakers' frustration reached the boiling point. You know, the point when a skirmish ensues, an ejection quickly follows, and then the offending party punches a chair and pulls off his jersey. We've seen this episode play out before. Last postseason, Lakers center Andrew Bynum capped off a four-game sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks by delivering a vicious blow to J.J. Barea while in the air and then yanking his jersey.
April 20, 2012 |
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will have a season-ending back surgery Friday in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk in his lower back that has sidelined him for two weeks. The surgery will likely keep him out for four months, preventing him from participating in the playoffs and playing with the U.S. National team at the London Olympics. "It hurts [emotionally]," Howard told ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard. "That's the first thing -- it hurts. And then with people saying and thinking I'm quitting on my team.
June 4, 2010 |
Was this a semi-catchy slogan or a premonition about Kevin Garnett's rebounding? Lakers fans, especially those up high in the air-challenged sector at Staples Center, were donning the gold T-shirts with these words on the front: "This is the One." And through three quarters, that's as many rebounds as Garnett had against the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. One. The Celtics' power forward would go on to add three more rebounds in the fourth quarter in the Lakers' 102-89 victory against Boston on Thursday night.
February 24, 2010 |
When the Dallas Mavericks first made a trade to acquire three key pieces, the Lakers viewed that move as one of the best in the NBA. Wednesday night, when the Lakers play the Mavericks at American Airlines Center, they get to see firsthand how much Dallas has improved since it acquired guard Caron Butler, center Brendan Haywood and reserve guard DeShawn Stevenson from the Washington Wizards on Feb. 13. "I think they've added a little brawn,"...
March 4, 2013 |
The Lakers continued their pursuit of a playoff berth, finishing Week 18 at .500 with a 30-30 record. The team dropped the week's opener on Monday to the Denver Nuggets, 119-108 . Metta World Peace was retroactively given a flagrant foul (level 2) after the league reviewed a play in which he elbowed the Nuggets' Kenneth Faried in the face. The Lakers forward is one flagrant foul away from a mandatory suspension. Nuggets Coach George Karl said he believes the elbow-throwing was " premeditated . " Kobe Bryant was assessed a technical foul on Monday, but that call was later rescinded , keeping his total at 13. Sixteen technicals during the regular season results in a mandatory one-game suspension.
February 11, 2010 |
Good news: Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom were among the 27 players selected to compete for spots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. Bad news? Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom were among the 27 players selected to compete for spots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. It's an honor to be singled out among the NBA's best, for sure, but with it comes three shortened off-seasons, part of the lengthier commitment to Team USA that led to a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics. It starts this summer, with a training camp in Las Vegas in June and the World Championship in Turkey in August and September.
March 18, 2012 |
The Lakers finally have a bad home loss. It took an uncharacteristically off performance from Kobe Bryant, who made only three of 20 shots, and an unsightly 24 turnovers for the Lakers to find themselves on the wrong end of a 103-99 defeat against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night at Staples Center. Miami or Oklahoma City, this wasn't. The Jazz came into the game with a .500 record and was missing starters Al Jefferson and Raja Bell. No matter. Bryant had a chance to make up for all his misses in the final seconds when he hoisted a three-point attempt that could have tied the score.
June 16, 2010 |
Kendrick Perkins didn't sleep much Tuesday night. The question of "why" wouldn't let him. So, the Boston Celtics center tossed, turned and wondered about the injury that will keep him out of Thursday's Game 7 against the Lakers in the NBA Finals. "Maybe I shouldn't have gone for that offensive rebound, maybe then things would've been different," he thought, mulling over the first-quarter play in Tuesday's Game 6 when he tore his medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee.
April 15, 2012 |
Another day, another game in which the Lakers will have to see if they can manage without Kobe Bryant. He will sit out for the fifth consecutive game Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks because of a sore left shin. Since Friday, Bryant has managed to walk pain-free. But a team spokesman said he has yet to show he can both run and then jump pain-free, two requirements Bryant must pass before the Lakers' training staff will clear him to play. There are plenty of reasons Lakers Coach Mike Brown hardly sounded concerned about Bryant staying on the sideline.
January 17, 2012 |
Go ahead and call him old and slow. At 37, Derek Fisher will show you he can still be the master of time. Eight years after 0.4, there is now 3.1. The latter figure represents how many seconds were left Monday night at Staples Center when Fisher made the latest in a series of game-winning shots that have solidified the veteran guard as one of the most clutch Lakers in franchise history. The Dallas Mavericks were so unconcerned about Fisher in the final seconds that they left him open so that they could double-team Kobe Bryant.