January 21, 2010
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 Cleveland. Christmas 2009. A great day for gifts, pleasant weather and family time . . . unless you were at the Lakers game. The Cleveland Cavaliers came to town, Pau Gasol got knocked around (by Shaq on an early layup attempt), and the Lakers got grinched, 102-87. Gasol had 11 points, Andrew Bynum only four, Ron Artest fouled out and Lamar Odom was ejected.
December 27, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The Lakers have spent plenty of time in the TV glare over the years, continually logging the maximum number of games allowed by the NBA on national TV. But this week they got a cold, hard stare from the NBA and ESPN, who decided in conjunction to drop planned coverage on ESPN of a Lakers game against the Houston Rockets in favor of a Phoenix-Minnesota game the same night, Jan. 8. The Lakers got stranded at the TV altar?...
May 6, 2012
-- The Times' Bill Plaschke remains troubled with Andrew Bynum's admission that he wasn't prepared physically or mentally in the Lakers' Game 3 loss Friday to the Denver Nuggets. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on the Lakers' poor rebounding in games 2 and 3 vs. Denver. -- The Times' Ben Bolch highlights the Nuggets' contributions from JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried in Denver's Game 3 win. -- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper says Bynum needs to sharpen his focus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2012 |
Tens of thousands of cycling, hockey and basketball fans will converge at Staples Center in a weekend packed with post-season games and the final stage of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California - events that authorities are warning will close streets and delay traffic in the downtown Los Angeles area. The biggest wrench in traffic will be crowds overlapping for the Kings game and the bike race Sunday. Street closures were scheduled to begin after the Lakers game Saturday night - along Figueroa Street from Pico to Olympic boulevards and on Chick Hearn Court/11th Street from Flower Avenue to Georgia Street - when two pedestrian bridges will be erected so Kings fans can cross the bike route Sunday morning for Game 4 of the NHL Western conference finals.
November 21, 2013 |
Lakers forward-center Pau Gasol is raising money to help children who are suffering after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. "I am helping UNICEF raise money for their efforts on the ground," writes Gasol on crowdrise.com . "I am pledging $1,000 for every point I score at the Lakers game on Friday to The U.S. Fund for UNICEF. " The Lakers host the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at Staples Center. I've heard from a lot of you who will join me in pledging per point I score tomorrow.
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.
April 20, 2012 |
Selena Gomez opened up Friday morning about the moment that just made her die inside -- though hordes of Beliebers might not really believe her experience was that harrowing. Pushed by Ryan Seacrest to spill the dish on her kiss-cam moment with Justin Bieber at the L.A. Lakers-San Antonio Spurs game Tuesday night, Gomez didn't exactly stand by her man. "That was probably the most humiliating thing that has ever happened to me," she said. "Probably. " See? Watching the kiss-cam is all fun and games, until someone gets hurt.
May 16, 2012 |
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why Kobe Bryant remained in high spirits following Tuesday's practice. -- The Times' Ben Bolch explains why Bryant and Derek Fisher have kept their friendship in check during this series. - -The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions that Bryant will still guard Russell Westbrook. -- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper mentions how the Lakers still have persisting issues guarding Westbrook. -- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky looks at the various issues the Lakers need to correct in Game 2. -- Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe dissects Andrew Bynum's defense.
March 10, 2008 |
When I entered Catherine Royer's house, she greeted me with a hug, a sweet smile and a warm cup of chamomile tea. She is gentle and effervescently warm until tipoff of a Lakers game. Once the ball leaves the referee's hands, her eyes become impassioned and the outside world ceases to exist. Phones ring unanswered, family conversations in the another room are unheard and I sip my tea unnoticed. Royer is completely absorbed in the unfolding drama of every Lakers game. She vigorously waves her hands when they score, and winces when they don't.
May 21, 2012 |
As the final minute approached, Pau Gasol pulled Kobe Bryant to the side. The Lakers forward suggested with his body language that he would run a pick-and-roll for the Black Mamba. Gasol would flash up top, roll to the post and either drain a jumper or attack the basket. Bryant nodded in agreement. After all, the Lakers had struggled throughout the fourth quarter in handling the Thunder's efforts in fronting Andrew Bynum in the post. Bryant, himself, also had been having trouble freeing himself for open looks.