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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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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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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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May 24, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You listen to a man for 40 years and you figure you know him pretty well. If you have been even a casual Laker fan over the last four decades, you "know" play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn. Perhaps your grandparents listened to him. Your parents did. You and your kids do. And--who knows?--soon your grandkids might. He has been part of the family for a long time.
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October 25, 1997 | LONNIE WHITE and LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Developers of the proposed downtown sports complex have lined up a corporate sponsorship deal worth about $100 million, the largest amount ever for rights to name an arena. Staples Inc., the Massachusetts-based office superstore, has agreed to a 20-year deal to become the main corporate sponsor for the $300-million sports and entertainment center in Los Angeles, sources within the company said.
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October 9, 2002 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shaquille O'Neal traveled here with the Lakers, more than two hours by bus Tuesday, for their exhibition opener. He said once again that he has no idea when he will play after undergoing toe surgery on Sept. 11. He said he hopes to begin light jogging next week. Then (surprise!) he grew playful before the Lakers' 101-99 loss to the Clippers before a sellout crowd of 10,097 at Centennial Garden. "I'm going to kick your ...
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September 12, 2003 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
Before his 17th NBA season, Horace Grant arrived again, gathering a chair beneath him amid the calm and Indian feathers of Phil Jackson's office, this time in El Segundo. It was late Wednesday morning, still three weeks before training camp. Jackson had recently come in from Montana, Grant from Orlando, old friends having more in common by the day.
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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 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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December 29, 1996 | MIKE DOWNEY
A perfect child is born, and parents rejoice. For 22 years, that is what Angelica was to the Ericksons, an angel. Everyone said so. She was the golden girl, so bright that she was studying to become a doctor, so nurturing that she tutored neighborhood children, so spiritual that she sang hymns or opera in the shower, so lustrous that she was approached more than once to be a model, but instead worked long nights, as a waitress. On the afternoon of Nov.
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June 28, 1996 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The drumroll for Kobe Bryant started last Christmas when his high school team left Lower Merion in the tony Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia for a tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and two NBA general managers turned up. One was Dave Wohl of the Miami Heat. The other, John Gabriel of the Orlando Magic, pronounced Bryant "borderline sensational."
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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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May 9, 2012 | Ben Bolch
One of them finally showed up. The other re-emerged after continually flickering in and out. Together, Arron Afflalo and JaVale McGee helped the Denver Nuggets look formidable on a stage where they had been jittery and outclassed earlier in their first-round playoff series. McGee was more impressive than his Lakers counterpart for much of the Nuggets' 102-99 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night at Staples Center, repeatedly dunking over Andrew Bynum on the way to 21 points on nine-for-12 shooting.
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