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%.
July 28, 2012 |
On the best days, here's how Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol interact. They high-five each other. They rub each other's heads. They express appreciation for their complementary styles. On the worst days, here's how Bryant and Gasol interact. Bryant questions Gasol's aggressiveness. Gasol laments Bryant's high-volume shooting coming at the expense of crisp ball movement. In their Game 5 loss to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals, they even argued. But never had the two interacted this way. Bryant and Gasol posed in a photo Friday night moments before the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics wearing their unique garb.
May 15, 2012 |
We're going to have a live chat at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions! Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the Lakers couldn't keep up with the Thunder's speed in their 119-90 Game 1 loss Monday to Oklahoma City. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding and The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explain how the Lakers were left in the dust by the Thunder. -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry focuses on Russell Westbrook's dominance against the Lakers.
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.
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.
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.