March 16, 2013 |
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.
February 15, 2012 |
It's suddenly fashionable to be a Clippers fan, while Lakers fans lick their wounds or, as is often the case with Lakers fans, hire someone to lick their wounds for them. So go ahead, climb aboard that Clippers bandwagon. Just try not to honk a hamstring while you fight for a seat. And no, you can't "borrow" my Heineken. New Clippers followers should also be aware that when you adopt a new team you adopt a new worldview. After all, Yankees fans are as different from Cubs fans as Brewers fans are from Baptists.
November 4, 2013 |
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.
October 17, 2012 |
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?
November 21, 2013 |
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.
October 24, 2013 |
Lakers fans have yet another reason to groan at the thought of Boston. A Boston guy came up with the idea of covering the Lakers' championship banners and retired jerseys at Staples Center during Clippers games, according to Clippers Coach Doc Rivers. Here's how it went down. "Last year when the Clippers were blowing us out, obviously I was sitting there with Eddie Lacerte, our trainer in Boston, and he taps me on the leg and says, 'Look at that,' " Rivers said before Wednesday's preseason game against the Utah Jazz. "I didn't want to look at anything at that point, we were down by 30 points, and I look up and you see all the banners.