January 25, 2014 |
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.
April 18, 2014 |
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.
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 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.
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.
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.