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.
December 27, 2013
As we finish off 2013, here are a few things I'd like to see in the sports world for the New Year: •An official announcement from the NFL that Los Angeles will finally have a team again (preferably the Rams, back where they belong). The end of sideline reporters. There is nothing more annoying in sports than a sideline reporter shoving a microphone into a coach's face during the game or as he's trying to get to the locker room at halftime. Speaking of annoying, it's time for Fox Sports to lose the NFL robot jumping around the television screen.
November 30, 2012 |
PALO ALTO -- What a great week, capped off by an entertaining and scintillating finish to a football game. It's good to have a life. The week begins last Saturday with UCLA hoodwinking Stanford into thinking the Bruins are pushovers followed by a news conference designed to identify the yahoos out there who think this is really important stuff we're doing. Thanks for participating, Kirk Herbstreit. Then it was off to see James Bond in "Skyfall," this one even better than "From Russia With Love," which had been the all-timer.
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.
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.