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June 16, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
Notable sports riots DETROIT, OCT. 14, 1984 Tigers vs. Padres, Game 5, World Series After the Tigers beat the Padres for their first World Series title in 16 years, fans set the city ablaze. Beer bottles crashed to the pavement while police on horseback tried to control the madness and put out the trash and car fires surrounding Tiger Stadium. It had all the makings of a modern-day sports riot, and some see it as one of the first of its kind. The enduring image of this destruction is a photo of a man named Bubba Helms proudly raising a pennant in front of a burning, overturned car. Some Tigers fans blame their current title drought on "The Curse of Bubba Helms.
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April 25, 2014
Jim Buss says he will resign in three or four years [April 20] if the Lakers are not back on top because that will mean he has failed. Dude, you have already failed both the team and its fans by your evident lack of leadership, so why must we wait so long for you to ultimately depart? How about in three or four months you turn over the team reins to someone more competent than you! Why should we twist in the wind for the obvious to become even more obvious? Goodbye and good riddance, Jim, we won't miss you at all. Roy Reel Culver City :: Jim Buss said if the Lakers aren't contending for an NBA title in three or four years he will step aside and let someone else run the team and make player personnel decisions.
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June 18, 2009 | Carla Hall and Ari B. Bloomekatz
Richard Curry can tell you exactly why he was standing in the middle of a crowded Figueroa Street outside Staples Center, wearing a shiny purple Lakers jersey with a plastic Lakers medallion dangling around his neck. "I was down here in 2000 and 2001," he said of the gatherings to celebrate earlier Lakers championships. "I missed the 2002 parade, thinking 'Oh, they'll be back next year.' I had to wait another seven years to come back down here."
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April 18, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There were plenty of items to pluck from Mitch Kupchak's 41-minute meeting with reporters Friday, first and foremost the lack of a timetable for a decision on Coach Mike D'Antoni's future. “Mike is under contract for two more years. If anything changes, we'll let you know,” the Lakers' general manager said. “Under the circumstances, I'm not sure anybody could have done a better job than he did.” Only next season is guaranteed for D'Antoni, making the decision less difficult than it seems.
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March 16, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Pacers guard George Hill was bothered by how many Lakers fans took over an Indiana home game Friday night. "They always say your fans are your sixth man and you feed off that energy," Hill told Mike Wells of IndyStar.com .  "Energy is down and we turn the ball over and we're hearing cheers. We're missing shots and we're hearing cheers. " The Lakers pulled out a 99-93 victory at Indianapolis despite Kobe Bryant going scoreless in only 12 minutes with a sprained ankle. "It was like 70/30 out there," said Hill of the Lakers-to-Pacers fans ratio.  "These are the same people that want autographs after the game.  We're out there in the community.  We're doing our job, doing what we're supposed to do on and off the court.  Something has to change.
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January 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers fans might not be especially familiar with the NBA draft lottery. With multiple injuries and a 16-28 record, the Lakers have the seventh-worst record in the league. A full 8½ games behind eighth-place Dallas (25-20) -- technically 9½ since the Mavericks have the head-to-head tiebreaker -- the Lakers are a near-lock to miss the playoffs. On May 20, the NBA will hold the lottery, assigning 1,000, four-digit combinations to 14 teams. The franchise with the worst record will receive 250 combinations, giving it a 25% chance of landing the first pick and a 64.3% chance of at least getting a top-three selection.
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April 18, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There were plenty of items to pluck from Mitch Kupchak's 41-minute meeting with reporters Friday, first and foremost the lack of a timetable for a decision on Coach Mike D'Antoni's future. “Mike is under contract for two more years. If anything changes, we'll let you know,” the Lakers' general manager said. “Under the circumstances, I'm not sure anybody could have done a better job than he did.” Only next season is guaranteed for D'Antoni, making the decision less difficult than it seems.
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October 17, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  If you missed our Google+ hangout today at 11:30 a.m. you can watch a replay of it above. In it, Times Lakers reporter Mike Bresnahan and Clippers reporter Brad Turner discussed the two teams and what to expect in the upcoming weeks. A host of topics were covered, including: The Lakers are 0-4 in the exhibition season; should fans be concerned? "They were 0-4 in the exhibition season during one of their title years, so, no," Bresnahan said. How about Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant and how they have blended so far?
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November 4, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Dwight Howard remains confronted by a nemesis his long arms and massive hands can't do anything about: Lakers fans. Many remain bitter over his departure for the Houston Rockets after just one season wearing purple and gold, something Howard has found he cannot escape. “Fans are very passionate about their team and unfortunately the Lakers have the most fans in the world,” Howard said Monday morning after his team's shootaround at UCLA, “so I think it's kind of a tough thing to let go.” Howard said leaving the Lakers after one disappointing season in which they were swept in the first round of the playoffs left an unavoidable distaste for him. “I never tried to do anything to hurt these people in L.A., but I understand that they're just passionate about their team,” Howard said.
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November 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
In this most conflicted of Lakers seasons, it figures that the common reaction to Kobe Bryant's imminent and inspirational return is actually two reactions. Upon hearing the news: Yes! This means they have a chance to make the playoffs! Ten minutes later: No! This means they have a chance to make the playoffs! It has never been tougher being a Lakers fan, enduring two disparate seasons within one season, rooting for two different objectives within one organization, the vocal cords paralyzed by the confusion.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY  - Mitch Kupchak paused for several seconds. It wasn't an easy question to answer. What will be Mike D'Antoni's fate? Finally, the Lakers' general manager spoke briefly about the Lakers' coach. "I'm not going to discuss Mike other than to say there is no timetable for any type of decision. So there's really nothing to share," Kupchak told The Times. It represented a departure from his comments last month that D'Antoni was "doing a great job under the circumstances.
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March 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It will sound familiar to Lakers fans. Steve Nash is a game-time decision Sunday against the Orlando Magic because of recurring nerve damage in his back that presents itself as weakness in his hamstrings. Nash, who turned 40 last month, had 11 assists in 19 minutes Friday in the Lakers' 117-107 loss to Washington. He also had five points and took four rebounds but had to leave with 2:14 to go when his irritated nerve acted up. "It's the same problem he's had," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Saturday.
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March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
If the Lakers and New York Knicks fight for a franchise-turning free agent in coming summers, Lakers governor Jeanie Buss isn't worried. But wouldn't new Knicks President Phil Jackson and his 13 championship rings (11 as a coach, two as a player) have more drawing power than Lakers executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak? “That's not true. I don't agree with that,” Jeanie Buss said Thursday on ESPN 710. “I think the Lakers are a legacy franchise. I think that players know when they come here this is the ultimate platform.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Let there be no doubt. Jeanie Buss is the Lakers' most powerful executive. "Ultimately the buck stops with me," she said in an interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet. "I'm president and governor of the team and I have empowered the basketball operations, the front office, to put together a basketball team, working within the confines of the collective-bargaining agreement. " She indicated why the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension last November before he returned from a torn Achilles' tendon.
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March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Lakers fans lost one of their favorite chants earlier this season, the "M-V-P" mantra reserved for the still-injured Kobe Bryant . They lost another one Friday. Phil Jackson joined the New York Knicks' front office as team president, taking away his chances of returning to the Lakers and presumably the "We Want Phil" chant that popped in and out of Staples Center since Coach Mike Brown was fired. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni heard them plenty of times since getting hired but said he didn't feel relieved with Jackson out of the picture.
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March 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Some Lakers fans were undoubtedly hoping General Manager Mitch Kupchak would pull a Pat Haden and meet his embattled coach on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport late Thursday night before he could board the team plane and coach another game. This is what happens when you preside over the WORST LOSS IN LAKERS HISTORY and the lowest winning percentage for the team since it moved to L.A. in 1960. Keeping Mike D'Antoni isn't the dumbest move the Lakers could make, though.
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May 3, 2013
A compilation of all of the Lakers' postmortem material recently published in your paper would read something akin to "War and Peace. " Hey, they had a rough season, they have some decisions to make and the future is uncertain. Enough said. Bud Chapman Northridge :: Bill Plaschke represents the worst in sports journalism. His knee-jerk reactions are better suited for mindless reality television, scripted of course. The article asking for Dwight Howard's dismissal Monday is a prime example.
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May 2, 2009
Phil Jackson can't coach. Kobe needs to shoot more. Kobe needs to shoot less. The team can't hold a lead. They need more passion. Will everyone just take a deep breath, including T.J. (they aren't entertaining) Simers, and just let the Lakers take care of business? Ralph S. Brax Lancaster Read the letters last week criticizing the Lakers. Apparently their three championships and two other appearances in the Finals since 2000 are not enough for some people. Mr. LaRochelle calls Kobe the second-best player on the Lakers.
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February 22, 2014 | Ben Bolch
It's a breakdown that might startle Lakers fans. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said he spends 75% of practice time on defense. "That's our main focus of every practice," D'Antoni said. "Our main focus on film is defense. We know that you cannot be a good team unless you play defense. You don't win games unless you play defense and everybody knows that. " The Lakers beat the Boston Celtics on Friday night in part by playing better defense, holding their rivals to 18 points in the second and fourth quarters of a 101-92 victory at Staples Center.
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February 19, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
It was a good night for Lakers fans. Lots of venting. Dwight Howard was in town. He hadn't been back here for a game against the Lakers since he sinned against the 11th Commandment. Thou Shalt Not Leave the Lakers. He not only left, but says now that it was the right thing for him to do, that it just didn't work here. Maybe he meant that he and Kobe didn't work here. Who knows? He is a member of the Houston Rockets, who came to town with a 36-17 record. The Dwight-less Lakers entered the game an almost mirror-opposite 18-35.
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