January 24, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Pau Gasol is often considered the quiet star of the Lakers, the one who doesn't use death stares or bared teeth to show his emotion. Not on Friday. Gasol tore into the Lakers after a meek 114-105 loss to the woeful Orlando Magic, angrily asking his teammates why they lost to a lousy team and challenging them to turn it around quickly. He accented the point by hurling his basketball shoes in the locker room, he later acknowledged. Gasol's career credentials didn't need repeating, but two championships in three trips to the NBA Finals gave him a pulpit to pound if he wished.
January 3, 2014 |
Chris Paul went down holding his right shoulder and was taken to the locker room with 6 minutes 43 seconds left in the third quarter of the Clippers' game against the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday night. Paul suffered a right shoulder sprain, the Clippers announced. He did not return to the game. The Clippers were leading, 77-75, when he was injured. Paul came off a high screen set by DeAndre Jordan and was fouled by Monta Ellis. Paul tumbled to the court holding his shoulder.
November 28, 2013 |
Robert Griffin III has plenty to worry about as a second-year quarterback with the struggling Washington Redskins, including criticism regarding his father's visit to the team's locker room after another loss on Monday night. RG3 let the media know on Wednesday that all was well with his dad paying a visit after the 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. “Yeah, I was a little shocked that he was there, but he meant no harm,” Griffin told reporters. “And anybody out there that's going after my dad needs to back up. That is my father.
November 21, 2013 |
The final pass by Robert Griffin III on Sunday didn't hit the mark, but the quarterback's critical postgame comments sure did. He pointed to his receivers' inability to get open on a game-ending interception. That angered at least one teammate, and Griffin issued a semi-apology Wednesday. “I think at the end of the day, I just have to know in that situation after a tough loss to a divisional opponent I can't give anybody any opportunity to read into my words and misinterpret anything,” he told reporters.
November 17, 2013 |
L.A. Roosevelt players didn't just lose a City Section playoff game to Dorsey on Friday. Six of the players reported having cellphones stolen from the locker room at Jackie Robinson Stadium and three had wallets stolen, Coach Javier Cid said. "I don't know how they got in," Cid said. Cid said several players went to report the theft Saturday morning to authorities. Among the phones stolen were iPhones. The team decided not to bring out its gear during the game. The players learned of the theft after the game that Dorsey won, 22-7.
November 15, 2013 |
Matt Barnes stood with his back against the wall and once again apologized to his teammates for his inappropriate comments on Twitter, but the Clippers forward had no remorse for using a racial epithet in his tweet. Barnes was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for failing to leave the court promptly after being ejected Wednesday night from the Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder game and for using inappropriate language on Twitter following his ejection. He told the media Friday before practice that his tweet was “bad timing,” but said his word choice is commonplace for him and his teammates.
November 14, 2013 |
The first real test of the Doc Rivers era has appeared, and it can appropriately be described in less than 140 characters. Can the new Clippers coach practice the same toughness that he preaches? Less than a month into his first season as the Clippers' $7-million savior, Rivers must start by repairing his own locker room after one of his players threatened to blow it apart. The player's name is Matt Barnes, his motive was anger, his weapon was Twitter, and 20 seconds worth of his insensitive typing could rattle this team for weeks.
November 13, 2013 |
Having gorged myself, along with the rest of the country, on “Bullying in the NFL” pieces, I've been loath to pile on, figuring there was little to add to the conversation about Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins lineman who was suspended over his treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin. But there's a reason so many such pieces have been written and why this isn't a topic that's likely to go away soon. Unlike far more serious issues in the NFL this year - a star tight end arraigned on a murder charge, for example - there really isn't a clear-cut answer here, despite what the “boys will be boys” apologists and moralizing scolds would have us believe.
November 11, 2013 |
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he's appalled by Jonathan Martin 's allegations of daily harassment by teammates. Ross said he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday and that he has been in touch with the tackle through text messages. "I'd like to hear from him what had happened, why he felt that way and what we did and what we could have done to prevent something like this from happening," Ross said.
November 10, 2013 |
When suspended Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito told Fox Sports' Jay Glazer in an exclusive interview aired Sunday morning that his behavior was reflective of NFL locker-room culture, the league's latest nightmare worsened. Incognito, a nine-year NFL veteran and the leader of the Miami offensive line, says he knows language he used in texts and voice mails to teammate Jonathan Martin "are not right. " Incognito said that "what I want people to know is, the way Jonathan and the rest of the offensive line and how our teammates, how we communicate, it's vulgar.” The Dolphins are the focus of an NFL investigation into bullying and harassment charges stemming from Martin, a second-year tackle, leaving the club Oct. 28, reportedly to seek treatment for emotional distress.