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.
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.
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.
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.