December 27, 2013 |
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, which decided in conjunction to drop planned coverage of a Lakers game on ESPN against the Houston Rockets in favor of a Phoenix-Minnesota game on Jan. 8. Stranded at the TV altar? "They'll rue the day," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said jokingly, all but shaking his fist at the sky Friday morning.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1996
Re "National Parks a Bargain Even With the Higher Fees," editorial, Nov. 28: I do not see the logic behind the comparison of our national parks to a Lakers game. Our national parks are not a game and to liken them to a privatized profiteering enterprise is utterly ridiculous. These priceless areas should be seen by everyone, even those who cannot afford to go to a Lakers game. There are certain things that should come at no cost to people, like our roads, freeways, police and fire protection and our national parks.
April 7, 2007
Kobe Bryant is a spectacular player who will win the NBA scoring title for the second year in a row. Shaquille O'Neal is no longer spectacular and has mediocre statistics this year. But while Kobe's Lakers are fighting for the sixth, seventh or eighth playoff seeding, Shaq's Heat is fighting for third place, despite the injury to Dwyane Wade. So, if T.J. Simers is interested only in entertainment value and not who wins the game, maybe he and Kobe Bryant should check out the Harlem Globetrotters.
January 22, 2013 |
Same story, different celebrity: Chris Brown's house was the target Monday of an apparent "swatting" incident, in which police responded in force to a distress call that turned out to be fake. In this case, dispatchers were advised around 5 p.m. of a domestic violence situation - we're biting our tongue - in which the caller told police his parents were fighting and he wasn't sure if his mom had been shot, Los Angeles Police Department sources told L.A. Now and TMZ . When police arrived at the address, surprise, no gun, no fight, no nothing.
August 23, 2013 |
Alex Each always believes in Kobe. His wife might elbow him in the ribs if he didn't; the first name of the Lakers' biggest star is the middle name of the couple's youngest son. So even things like Kobe Bryant's uncertain return from a torn Achilles' tendon, Dwight Howard's departure and the absence of brand-name reinforcements can't dampen the longtime Lakers fan's enthusiasm for his favorite team. "Kobe has had more resurrections than any athlete I can remember," said Each, 39, an electrical engineer from Fairfax, Va., who watches every Lakers game via NBA League Pass, even if it means TiVo-ing it and fast-forwarding through commercials well after midnight.
May 13, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits the Lakers' frontline effort of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum for the team's 96-87 Game 7 victory over the Denver Nuggets. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notices the Lakers played with more fire in Game 7. -- The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman calls the Lakers-Nuggets series a "fun ride. " -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers survived Denver in seven games. Notebooks -- The Times' Bresnahan talks to Metta World Peace, who acknowledges the Thunder fans will greet him with animosity for elbowing James Harden.
May 2, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights how the Lakers equally dominated and struggled in their 104-100 Game 2 victory Tuesday over the Denver Nuggets. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions how Denver never led against the Lakers. -- The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman provides the best lede capturing the Lakers and the Nuggets. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits the Lakers for handling Denver's aggressiveness.
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.