November 1, 2012 |
Although the winless Lakers are hardly must-see television at the moment, that is of little solace to the millions of DirecTV and Cox subscribers who are unable to watch the team's games on their new cable home SportsNet, which is owned by Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable was hoping to have all its distribution agreements for SportsNet and its Spanish-language companion channel Deportes locked up by now. Deals with Charter and Verizon Fios were finished before the first Lakers game appeared on the two channels Wednesday, but both Cox and DirecTV are playing hardball.
June 18, 2010 |
Shaquille O'Neal got the message. And he sent one back to Kobe Bryant . But unlike some of their past encounters, it was kind, even understanding. "Congratulations Kobe, u deserve it," O'Neal wrote on his Twitter account. "U played great. Enjoy it man. I know what ur sayin…" It was a response to Bryant's postgame declaration that it was important to win a fifth championship because it was "one more than Shaq." "You know how I am," Bryant continued after the Lakers' Game 7 victory over Boston.
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.
January 30, 2013 |
The reunion of Capt. Douglas Cox with his family at Staples Center will be featured on "Backstage Lakers" at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Returning briefly from duty in Afghanistan, the Army officer surprised his wife and four of their six children at a Lakers game on Jan. 25. As cameras followed Cox while he was led to his family by Lakers spokesman John Black, Cox talks about feeling nervous. "I'd rather jump out of an airplane," said Cox. "The kind of butterflies I don't normally experience.
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.
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.
March 12, 2012 |
Once the buzzer struck, the confetti dropped at Staples Center, the 18,997 fans roared and plenty of the Lakers embraced. Andrew Bynum wrapped a bearhug around Pau Gasol, claiming, "We got one. " Kobe Bryant, too, hugged Bynum and then lightly tapped his chest. The Lakers had just finished clawing, defending and making clutch shots en route to a close victory against the Boston Celtics. So it was understandable that the emotions ran high and the excitement boiled. It sounds like everything that transpired after the Lakers' Game 7 victory of the 2010 NBA Finals.