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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.
January 29, 2014 |
Magic Johnson apparently isn't the only one who thinks the Lakers are unwatchable. The Lakers' ratings on Time Warner Cable SportsNet declined 37.5% over the team's first 40 games versus the same period last season, according to Nielsen ratings in the Los Angeles market. Lakers games averaged a 2.72 rating over those games, down from a 4.35 last season, TWC's first as the team's broadcast partner. "I wouldn't be overly concerned about it, but I certainly would keep an eye on it," said David Carter, executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute.
April 2, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Sad news for Lakers writers. There might be only seven games left to cover the eminently quotable, entirely likable Nick Young . But good news for Young: Lakers governor Jeanie Buss loves his personality, seeing a player who can connect with fans. It might not lead to more money when he becomes a free agent this summer, because Buss defers to her brother, Jim , and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak to make the business decisions. But it can't hurt the player who calls himself "Swaggy P," the "P" still an unknown entity that Young is reluctant to reveal.
December 13, 2013 |
In the run-up to next year's release of the newest Kobe Bryant signature basketball shoe, Nike is rolling out a limited reissue of the first eight models of Bryant's sneakers -- in chronological order at a rate of one pair per week. The first pair in the Kobe Prelude Pack was released on Dec. 7 -- just three days after Bryant and Nike unveiled the design of the Kobe 9 -- and the second shoe is set to drop this Saturday (Dec. 14). Every Saturday will bring another release until the Kobe Prelude VIII hits the streets on Jan. 25. One of the coolest things about the program (besides a second chance to buy some long-gone retro styles in snazzy new art-inspired colorways)
December 5, 2012 |
Mike Brown picks up the phone and laughs. "How are you DOING?" he asks happily Wednesday, as if there's nothing in his life that would hint at loss of job, loss of camaraderie, loss of Lakers. The franchise's 22nd coach seemed perfectly fine with what has happened in his life since Nov. 9, the day he arrived at the office, was pulled out of a meeting with assistant coaches and told by General Manager Mitch Kupchak he no longer worked for the Lakers. They were 1-4 at the time.