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July 3, 2012 |
A Superior Court judge has tossed out a wrongful-death suit filed by a family whose 2-year-old boy plunged from a luxury box at Staples Center, saying that the arena operator was not responsible for the toddler's death. The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May 2011, named Staples Center owner AEG and the operator of the arena, L.A. Arena Co., as defendants in connection with the death of Lucas Tang, who fell from the box in November 2010 after a Lakers game. The family had alleged that a poorly designed barrier led to Tang's death.
December 28, 2009
Mike Bresnahan covers the Lakers for The Times and ties up loose ends on the day of his self-designated "Lakers game of the week." The Lakers play tonight at Phoenix. Wow, Andrew Bynum's going to need some kind of a holiday miracle to snap out of his funk. . . . Hey, look, it's the Phoenix Suns! The Lakers have already beaten the small-ball Suns by 19 and 20 points this season, Bynum averaging 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds against their center-less frontcourt. The 22-year-old center has had all sorts of problems lately, scoring seven points and shooting 21.4% in his last 62 minutes of action, but maybe the height-challenged Suns are the ones to help him turn things around.
February 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It's become an annual event, much like the All-Star game and the NBA Finals. Metta World Peace gets suspended by the league. Again. The Lakers forward was hit with his 11th suspension since 2003, an unbelievable number for any player in any sport, though this appeared to be one of the NBA's weaker World Peace enforcements. He picked up a one-game penalty because he put his hand on the back of Brandon Knight's neck after the two got tangled while boxing out in the Lakers' game Sunday against Detroit.
May 10, 2012 |
Mike Bresnahan covers the Lakers for The Times and ties up loose ends before all their playoff games. The Lakers lead the Nuggets, 3-2. Rarely am I stunned by the Lakers. I'm the lucky guy whose first year on the beat was when Coach Rudy Tomjanovich resigned halfway through the season and the Lakers went 2-19 down the stretch, failing to make the playoffs for only the fifth time in 58 years. Oh, yeah. They also finished behind the Clippers in the standings. But I was pretty surprised to realize Pau Gasol had only seven points with four minutes left in Game 5 against Denver.
April 30, 2012 |
He refused to flex his muscles. He declined to blow kisses to the crowd. He said little about his game afterward. Replacing a suspended Metta World Peace as the Lakers starting small forward, Devin Ebanks hardly provided the dramatics the player formerly known as Ron Artest usually exhibits. Instead, in the Lakers' 103-88 Game 1 victory Sunday over the Denver Nuggets, Ebanks posted 12 points (on five-of-six shooting) and five rebounds off subtle play. As he gushed about Ebanks' playoff debut in just his second year in the NBA, Lakers Coach Mike Brown marveled at how the 6-9 swingman took an otherwise routine 18-foot jumper in the second quarter.
October 30, 2013 |
OAKLAND - The Lakers have won once and lost once, but there's a thread connecting both games this season. Opposing coaches keep lining up to praise Kobe Bryant . They're probably thankful he's not playing, but they still kiss his five championship rings while talking with reporters beforehand. Golden State Coach Mark Jackson called Bryant "legendary" and then admitted something unusual before the Warriors' victory Wednesday over the Lakers. Bryant, coincidentally, sustained a torn Achilles' tendon against the Warriors last April.
August 16, 2012 |
Greeted by a forest of upraised arms, Kobe Bryant received a warm reception Thursday in China. Of course, Bryant gets this everywhere. When he enters and leaves a Lakers game at Staples Center. At the London Olympics. And, in the case documented in the photo above, at an event in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province as part of his yearly Nike tour. Bryant told The Times in February that he found that the Chinese were especially welcoming when he hosted a clinic in 1998. "I enjoyed being around that," Bryant said.
November 2, 2013 |
When DeAndre Jordan steps to the free-throw line these days, the Clippers center seeks inspiration wherever he can find it. When Blake Griffin steps to the line, the All-Star power forward seeks peace of mind. These new mental approaches seemed to help Jordan and Griffin prosper at the line Friday night when the game hung in the balance against Sacramento. Both of the Clippers' young big men have struggled at the line throughout their NBA careers. Jordan, 25, is a 42.4% free-throw shooter in five-plus seasons; Griffin, 24 and starting his fourth pro season, is at 61.1%.