November 7, 2013 |
MIAMI - It was a simple statement by Clippers Coach Doc Rivers that told the story about why his team lost, 102-97, to the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Thursday night. "They're better than us right now," Rivers conceded. "They are. But we're going to work on that. That's what this season is for. You keep working. We knew before the year they were better. "By the way, they've won back-to-back titles. So our job is to keep getting better and by the end of the year, see if we can catch them.
October 27, 2013 |
Nobody wants the party to stop after two consecutive title parades, so you do what you can to keep the confetti on back order. Sometimes it means surrounding your passel of superstars with a veteran beset by questionable knees and a forward who, despite his athletic upside, just doesn't seem to get it. Miami's Greg Oden and Michael Beasley? Well, yes, but it was also the means to a championship for the 2001-02 Lakers, the last NBA team to win a third consecutive title. Those Lakers added Mitch Richmond and Samaki Walker to the core that had partied at 11th and Figueroa the previous two summers.
September 19, 2013 |
Chris Andersen has been cleared of any wrongdoing as part of an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children unit of the Douglas County (Colo.) Sheriff's Department, both his lawyer and prosecutors have confirmed. The colorfully tattooed forward for the Miami Heat was the victim of a wide-ranging Internet hoax, known as catfishing, in which a woman in Canada apparently impersonated him while seeking a relationship and gifts from and later threatening a female acquaintance of the player.
September 16, 2013 |
Three-peat is so 1988. The term purportedly coined by Byron Scott and definitively trademarked by Pat Riley amid the Lakers' failed bid for a third consecutive NBA title in the late '80s should be discarded like the faded T-shirts bearing the slogan that were once standard attire inside the Great Western Forum. It's time for a new Rileyism, particularly with the current team president of the Miami Heat chasing another championship to go with the ones his team won in 2012 and '13. In the spirit of the quest, here's a trio of alternatives for the Heat this season: Big Three for Three . An homage to the collective success of Heat stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh since joining forces in 2010.
July 27, 2013 |
The Indiana Pacers, who took the two-time reigning NBA champion Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals last spring, are fortifying their front line by trading for versatile and durable big man Luis Scola of the Phoenix Suns. Scola, a 6-foot-9 power forward, would be added to a lineup that includes a budding star in 7-2 center Roy Hibbert and a former All-Star in 6-9 power forward David West. [ Update, 12:35 p.m. : The Pacers are sending 6-8 guard-forward Gerald Green, 6-11 forward Miles Plumlee and a conditional 2014 first-round draft pick to Phoenix for Scola, a sixth-year player from Argentina who has appeared in 82 games in four seasons and all 66 in a lockout-shortened season.]
July 24, 2013 |
The Lakers may play host to the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, according to a report from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel . Winderman cites a "nearly completed draft of the 2013-14 NBA schedule," which was sent to teams and league broadcast partners. The NBA traditionally makes its ABC debut on Christmas with a slate of high-profile games. While an obvious game would be Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets visiting the Lakers, it appears the Heat will be their guest instead.