August 20, 2013 |
As noted by Lauren Beale of The Times on Tuesday, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, are selling one of their two homes in the area. According to Beale, their Newport Coast home was put on the market with an asking price of $8.599 million. The property was last sold in 1997 at $1.7 million. In addition to the four bedrooms and seven bathrooms, the home features an 850-square-foot-gym, a hair salon, a theater and, naturally, a shark tank. Bryant was originally acquired by the Lakers in 1996 in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets (now New Orleans Pelicans)
July 23, 2013 |
If newly signed free agents Chris Kaman, Nick Young and Wesley Johnson don't excite Lakers fans, there's that rarely uttered phrase by the franchise that's won 16 championships - wait till next summer. The rebuilding will begin after a 2013-14 season that ends presumably without a championship and possibly with no playoffs, depending on the health of a Pau Gasol-Kobe Bryant-Steve Nash nucleus that averages 35.7 years old on opening night. There are so many what-ifs next season, but then there's next summer, where the Lakers could have $50 million to play with after stripping down to their financial skivvies.
July 10, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant has long maintained that winning a title is his only goal for each and every season. The All-Star guard has talked about playing at least three more years , to pad his "ring count. " Would he be willing to take a pay cut, like Tim Duncan did for the San Antonio Spurs or Kevin Garnett for the Boston Celtics -- both taking less than half of their maximum salaries? How far would Bryant go? Would he make the most dramatic financial sacrifice conceivable in 2014, taking a one-year minimum salary of $1.45 million to give the Lakers their absolute best chance to rebuild quickly in the wake of Dwight Howard's departure?
May 28, 2013 |
The Memphis Grizzlies fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 93-86, in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. Marc Gasol, like his brother, Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol, exited the postseason via a sweep by the Spurs. With the win, San Antonio advances to the NBA Finals for the fifth time in franchise history. The Spurs will play either the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers for the championship. Pau was on hand in Memphis to cheer on his younger sibling. Enjoying another game at the Forum in Memphis.
May 25, 2013 |
- It will be the same home court, the same boisterous fans, the same rally towels that were in play in the first round of the playoffs when the Memphis Grizzlies returned to FedEx Forum trailing the Clippers, two games to nothing. It's just that something will be missing Saturday in Game 3 when the Grizzlies try to take the first step back from a 2-0 deficit against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals. The hatred. Instead of Blake Griffin's elbows there will be Tim Duncan's finesse.
May 24, 2013 |
Tony Allen's dramatics helped the Memphis Grizzlies push the San Antonio Spurs to overtime in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, but it also cost him $5,000. The NBA announced Friday that Allen had been fined for violating the league's anti-flopping rule, according to the Associated Press. He is the fourth player to be fined for the act during the postseason, joining the Indiana Pacers' Jeff Pendergraph, the New York Knicks' J.R. Smith and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Derek Fisher.