May 3, 2012 |
As soon as the whistle blew, Lakers guard Ramon Sessions leaped into action. He pulled his legs up off the floor. His eyes darted toward the Staples Center scoreboard. He paced in frustration. Sessions had just been charged with a foul after attempting to stop a dunk by Nuggets guard Corey Brewer, a play Sessions later said proved a "tough call to make going at that speed. " Yet, Sessions' reaction after Brewer made one of two free throws showed how the call incited his aggressiveness.
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.
March 10, 2013 |
It took them long enough, but the Lakers finally made it to eighth place in the Western Conference. "Yippee," Kobe Bryant said. And they're two games over .500 for the first time this season. "We have to try to climb higher," Steve Nash said. No, the Lakers weren't giddy with delight after beating the Chicago Bulls, 90-81, Sunday at Staples Center, a game that was part mud run and part rock fight. The Lakers (33-31) were so low for so long that they'd take a victory any way they could, regardless of how pedestrian and uneventful (read: boring)
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%.