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October 2, 1992 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after announcing his return to the NBA, Magic Johnson signed a one-year contract extension Thursday for the 1994-95 season believed to be worth a record $14.6, payable even if he does not play. That gives Johnson the largest single-season salary in team sports, and, considering the $2.5 million he will make each of the next two years, makes the next three seasons worth $19.6 million.
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March 14, 2014 | Mike Bresnahan
The triangle offense is back in Los Angeles, but not in a way that would make Phil Jackson smile. There are three distinct entities on these triangle points -- Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni -- and they have some differences to sort out. The rapidly expanding gap behind the scenes overshadowed the Lakers' 131-102 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Bryant doesn't like D'Antoni's spread-the-floor scheme, according to a person familiar with his thinking, and wants a more traditional offense such as the triangle or a post-up system.
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September 29, 2006 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Lamar Odom sat down, placed his Bible on a table and, with damp eyes, told the story of his summer. His infant son died while sleeping in a crib, a loss that has tugged at him since it happened in June. The autopsy report labeled it an "unremarkable" death, a seven-month-old's life snatched by sudden infant death syndrome, the latest in a line of losses traceable through Odom's years. Odom was in New York for the funeral of an aunt when Jayden Odom died.
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February 10, 2014 | Mike Bresnahan
Of course it had to happen like this. Steve Nash. Freak injury. Leaving a game in the third quarter. The latest piece of an incomprehensible Lakers puzzle was tossed off the table Sunday when Nash exited early in a 92-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Nash experienced nerve irritation in his left knee, the same place where he sustained a fracture last season. He later said the nerve was "on fire" when he was kneed by Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, but he stayed in the game for about four minutes.
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January 11, 2003 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
It was a day when he was lambasted on talk radio and the Internet, linked socially to Louis Farrakhan by a New York Post gossip columnist and threatened with fines by the NBA for not speaking publicly, and near the end of that day Shaquille O'Neal apologized. He said he was not a racist for his taunt of Houston center Yao Ming, said his relationship with the Nation of Islam leader was his business, and, simply by saying all of that, eased any pressure he might have felt from the NBA.
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June 22, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blocks away from the triumphant Los Angeles Lakers victory parade Wednesday, the Buddhist priest pondered the win, the way and the sound of thousands of hands clapping. Yes, said the Rev. Noriaki Ito, he expected the Lakers would ride to a world championship the moment he heard Coach Phil Jackson was coming to town. He had followed him for years, knew he practiced Zen meditation and knew he incorporated those concepts into his coaching. Jackson, of course, practices more than Zen.
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June 11, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
The man who doesn't exist walks larger than life through the dank hallways of the Goodwill Home and Mission, wearing a gold Laker jersey adorned with, "O'Neal." The man who abandoned his second child awakens every morning in his tiny, windowless room to photos of the boy on the wall and desk, all grown up, giant and famous and gone. The man who has been purposely forgotten has put a message on his answering machine that shows he will never forget. "Hi, this is Shaq ... " says the voice.
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January 22, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was a reason Phil Jackson could be seen balancing a large stack of books earlier this week at a Los Angeles bookstore. The Lakers coach bought books for each of his players and distributed them before their eight-game trip, part of an annual ritual before a Jackson-coached team begins a long winter trip. Kobe Bryant , who rolls his eyes whenever Jackson gives him a book, probably won't be perusing what Jackson handed him: "Montana 1948," a Larry Watson novel about a middle-class Montana family torn apart by a scandal in the late 1940s.
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May 22, 2004 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
A housekeeper was stabbed to death at the Sugar Land, Texas, home of Shaquille O'Neal's first child, Taahirah, on Friday. O'Neal's former girlfriend, Arnette Yarborough, discovered the body of Alice Williams in the kitchen, according to O'Neal's business manager, Mike Parris. O'Neal's daughter, 8-year-old Taahirah, was in school at the time. Williams' son, Tristan, 18, was arrested and charged with murder.
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July 19, 1996 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Winning the highest-stakes bidding war in American sports history, the Lakers signed Shaquille O'Neal away from the Orlando Magic on Thursday, giving him a $120-million, seven-year contract that tilted the balance of power in the NBA with the stroke of a pen. The deal is thought to have an "out," a clause making O'Neal a free agent again in three years, enabling him to test the market anew if rising inflation or other stars' salaries eat into his deal.
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February 6, 2014 | Mike Bresnahan
It's true. Nothing's shocking anymore. The Lakers were seemingly down to four players but beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-108, with help from an obscure rule that kept Robert Sacre in Wednesday's game after he picked up his sixth personal foul. The Lakers started with only eight players in uniform, lost two because of health reasons (Nick Young, Jordan Farmar) and then another two because of fouls (Chris Kaman, Sacre). So referee Jason Phillips saved the Lakers' day at Quicken Loans Arena.
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December 12, 2013 | Mike Bresnahan
The Staples Center scoreboard, bearer of deliriously exciting news to Lakers fans in 2010 (Game 7 NBA Finals: Lakers 83, Boston 79) and 2006 (Kobe Bryant: 81 points), delivered a more somber dose of reality Tuesday. The malfunctioning monolith crashed in the first quarter and showed a bunch of zeroes where player stats were usually displayed. Made sense. Perfect metaphor for the Lakers' herky-jerky resumption of life since Bryant came back from a torn Achilles' tendon. The Lakers are 0-2 since his return and scoring 21 points fewer per 100 possessions with Bryant on the court than without him, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
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November 28, 2013 | Mike Bresnahan
The geography of the NBA conference alignment can't be changed. But it can be lightly debated in a "what-if?" way. The Lakers, long a member of the Western Conference, would just as happily be members of the East this season, where only two teams are over .500. That's right. Two teams. The Lakers are 11th in the West with their 8-8 record. They'd be tied for third in the East with Chicago. "That's the way it goes. It's been like that for a while," Steve Blake said.
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October 31, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
Lakers fans showed up en masse, offering ear-bursting ovations during pregame introductions as Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and a semi-injured Kobe Bryant hit the Staples Center court for the first time. By the end of the game, it was quiet enough to hear a Cartier watch drop in the courtside seats. Despite the scoreboard proclamation amid the pregame cheers that this was a "NEW YEAR," the Lakers looked a lot like the people who set a team record last season by failing to score 100 points in 13 consecutive games.
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October 28, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
Dwight Howard steps up to the free-throw line. Everybody knows what's usually next. Clang. If there's a nit to pick in Howard's game, it's at the line. He's a career 58.8% free-throw shooter, and it's not an upward trend. The Lakers' center was only 49.1% last season with Orlando, missing more free throws (291) than he made (281) for the first time in his eight-year career. So the Lakers have tracked every one of his shots from the stripe since they acquired him in August, even in scrimmages and after practice when players shoot individually.
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October 17, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers were already in midseason form, appearing 20 minutes later than scheduled for their exhibition game Tuesday. They arrived in plenty of time for tipoff, though their pregame rituals were rushed and the product on the court didn't come close to resembling the dominance that awaits around the corner. That's what Lakers fans hope, anyway. The Lakers lost to Utah at Honda Center, 114-80, and are 0-4 in exhibition play, losing by an average of 23 points. Unlike so many NBA teams, the Lakers thankfully don't come up with cheesy promotional slogans each season.
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April 17, 2006 | J.A. Adande
This falls under the category of unintended consequences. In the process of clinching a playoff berth for themselves, the Lakers strengthened the case for Steve Nash as the league's most valuable player. With Nash sitting on the Phoenix Suns' bench wearing a jeans-and-sports-coat combo, the Suns were a mess. The Lakers made them look like a lottery-bound squad instead of the Pacific Division champions. Phoenix played without a sense of purpose, had no team identity.
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November 10, 2009 | Broderick Turner
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a rare form of leukemia, but the Lakers legend says his long-term prognosis is very good. Abdul-Jabbar, 62, revealed during an interview Monday that he has Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that produces cancerous blood cells. The disease was diagnosed in December. But Abdul-Jabbar said his condition can be managed by taking oral medication daily, seeing his specialist every other month and getting his blood analyzed regularly.
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October 7, 2012 | Ben Bolch
Kobe Bryant's right foot, the most discussed body part in Southern California aside from Dwight Howard's back, improved sufficiently to allow the Lakers star to participate in practice Saturday. Bryant had missed a pair of practices Friday because the foot was bothering him, leading to breathless speculation on Twitter about worst-case scenarios. It amounted to little more than wasted keystrokes. "He's fine," Coach Mike Brown said Saturday. "He didn't have limitations" in practice.
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May 11, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
Ready or not, Metta World Peace will return Saturday. It's been almost three weeks since his last game, and he's done a little of everything since then. Went on Conan O'Brien's talk show. Held a midnight movie party before a playoff game. Bought the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Miguel Cotto fight for teammates. The big question: How will he do in Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets? "I feel pretty good," World Peace said. "Feel fresh. " He averaged 14.1 points in April and unleashed his most physically fiery play in three years with the Lakers -- a stirring dunk over Kevin Durant -- a few seconds before elbowing Oklahoma City guard James Harden in the head.
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