February 18, 2013 |
Here's the Lakers' statement on the death of owner Jerry Buss, who helped lead the team to 10 NBA championships since purchasing the franchise in 1979. Within the team's statement are comments from the Buss family. "Dr. Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed away today at 5:55 a.m. after a long illness. He was 80 years old. "'We not only have lost our cherished father, but a beloved man of our community and a person respected by the world basketball community,' a statement released on behalf of the Buss family said.
February 2, 2013 |
If you're a diehard Dodgers fan, in the deepest recess of your little blue-pumping heart, do you secretly hope the Lakers continue to fall flat on their derrieres? That Mike D'Antoni never does figure out how to play two big men at once, Kobe Bryant's sudden split personality (I'm a shooter! No, no, I'm a passer!) blows up, Steve Nash gives into the march of time and bad backs, a disgruntled Pau Gasol catches a flight back to Spain and Dwight Howard continues to be confused with Clark Kent?
January 30, 2013 |
Tuesday night at Staples Center the term "clock management" took on a whole new meaning when Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot was announced as the official timekeeper of the Los Angeles Lakers. The brief pre-game ceremony -- which involved the presentation of a wristwatch-shaped wall clock to Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss by Hublot Chief Executive Ricardo Guadalupe at center court -- marks the start of the brand's five-year sponsorship of the NBA team. Earlier that day, Guadalupe told All the Rage that the deal, which will eventually include some kind of brand presence at Staples Center, affords Hublot both exposure to an arena full of potential customers and the opportunity to provide Lakers-related perks (things like game seats and player access)
December 14, 2012
And people wondered why Phil Jackson had to think it over? Cal Teraoka Costa Mesa :: I kept trying to TiVo "The Biggest Loser" and the Lakers game kept coming on. Ron Yukelson San Luis Obispo :: The Lakers are now the Clippers and the Clippers are now the Lakers. Who goofed? I've got to know. Bart Miller Oxnard :: If anyone thinks Kobe is running Mike D'Antoni's offense, they're nuts, yet all we hear about is how it doesn't work. There will always be a power forward who can't shoot open for a three-pointer in the corner when Kobe has the ball and Howard is camped in the lane.
November 22, 2012
— Metta World Peace loved to hear that Reggie Evans was fined $5,000 for flopping. "Yes!" he said when informed by a reporter. He wasn't so happy to learn that Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace wasn't fined by the NBA. Both players committed questionable flops when World Peace had the ball in the Lakers' 95-90 victory Tuesday over Brooklyn. "Did you see those two flops from Gerald Wallace? C'mon now. That's ridiculous," World Peace said Wednesday. "In one possession, he flopped twice and just fell.
November 9, 2012 |
Hours after news spread that Mike Brown was fired as Lakers coach, Bovada released odds on who will take over at the helm. Mike D'Antoni and Jerry Sloan are favored 2-1, according to the popular betting site. They are followed by Phil Jackson and Brian Shaw, whose odds are tied at 5-1. Brown was fired Friday after the Lakers skidded to a 1-4 start and were winless in eight preseason games. Here's a complete list of the team's new odds, courtesy of the site: Who will be the next full-time head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?
November 7, 2012 |
Lamar Odom's second stint with the Clippers is getting off to a shaky start. The season is only four games old, but so far he has made just five of 17 shots for what would be a career-low shooting percentage of 29%. He has also committed eight fouls and six turnovers while averaging just 12.3 minutes per game. The Clippers' first-round draft pick from 1999 is trying to work his way back from a bone bruise in his left foot that caused him to miss the final five preseason games.
November 1, 2012 |
Late Wednesday night the Lakers sent a message to fans via email and their website . Dear Lakers Fans, Tonight marks our first regular season game on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, our new local TV homes. In addition to Lakers games, these networks have live daily Lakers shows including the social media-driven "#LakeShow," a weekly behind-the-scenes documentary show called "Backstage: Lakers," classic Lakers programming, expert analysis from Lakers legends and much more.
November 1, 2012 |
According to simulations run by 2K Sports, the Lakers will win their 17th championship in June. Using the NBA 2K13 video game to simulate the entire 2012-13 season, the Lakers tie the Miami Heat with 62 wins but gain home-court advantage by virtue of a regular-season sweep. Dwight Howard projects to average 25 points and 12 rebounds while earning his fourth defensive player of the year award. The Lakers, theoretically, advance to the Western Conference finals by defeating the Clippers in a hard-fought seven-game series.
October 28, 2012 |
The Lakers were 0-8 in exhibition play, but Coach Mike Brown insists it's only a matter of time before players adjust to one another and his new Princeton offense. "Come January, in my opinion, I think this could be like a machine," he said. They averaged 18.6 turnovers per game while Kobe Bryant battled shoulder and foot injuries and Dwight Howard tested his surgically repaired back, but Brown won't fret about those turnovers, at least initially. "They're turnovers for the most part from guys trying to figure out the reads and hit guys that they think are open," he said.