November 15, 2009 |
Looking ahead ORLANDO AT BOSTON 5 p.m. Friday, I hope; ESPN As Keith Jackson used to note weekly, these are two teams that . . . don't like each other very much. If this feature used to be the Lakers Game of the Week, it's not hard to find a glamour matchup a week. The East now has four or five elite teams by itself, with Cleveland coming off back-to-back wins in Orlando and Miami, and Atlanta winning in Boston. Nor is the West last season's Lakers lake, as the Nuggets just suggested pointedly.
November 20, 2007 |
A season after Kevin Durant was the national player of the year and another freshman, Greg Oden, became the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, we take a weekly look at how UCLA's Kevin Love and USC's O.J. Mayo stack up against the nation's best freshmen: Michael Beasley, Kansas State Season stats: 30 ppg, 20 rpg.
February 11, 2013 |
The Lakers finished the Grammy road trip with two wins in four tries, surviving in Charlotte and a solid victory in Brooklyn. The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat were too much to deal with, but the Lakers finished their extended road trip with a 4-3 record. With the All-Star Game this weekend, the Lakers only have two on the schedule. The playoffs are still in range, but the Lakers simply need to win and win often. Overall, the team is still five losses below the cumulative predictions for weeks 1-15 . Tuesday vs. Phoenix Suns The biggest letdown on the seven-game road trip was in Phoenix on Jan. 30. The Lakers completely fell apart in the fourth quarter, giving up 29 points while scoring just 13 in a 92-86 defeat.
March 26, 2008 |
Michael Beasley is still grappling with a decision, but his coach expects the Kansas State star freshman to head into the NBA draft. Frank Martin said in an interview with the Associated Press and the Manhattan Mercury on Tuesday that he believes the 6-foot-10 power forward, even though he loves college life, will probably opt to turn pro. "I think he's going to go, and I think it's the right thing to do, because he's going to be the top pick in the draft," Martin said.
February 21, 2010
Not everyone made out The Cavaliers got Antawn Jamison in their attempt to keep LeBron James . . . the Knicks got a second maximum slot in their attempt to steal LeBron . . . the Rockets turned Tracy McGrady into Kevin Martin . . . and the Wizards sent players everywhere, apparently because it felt good. Nevertheless, things weren't so eventful everywhere. Let's check out some prominent backwaters, er, teams: Lakers -- The Bulls, intent on creating a maximum salary slot, asked the Lakers if they'd take Kirk Hinrich for the expiring deals of Adam Morrison and Jordan Farmar . The Lakers, dismayed at projections whittling last season's $40-million profit to $15 million, said they would take Hinrich's $8.5-million-a-year deal if they could dump Sasha Vujacic's $5.2-million-a-year deal.
September 19, 2008 |
Miami Heat rookie Michael Beasley was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday after acknowledging that he was involved in an incident involving teammate Mario Chalmers and Memphis' Darrell Arthur at the Rookie Transition Program this month. The NBA said Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick, originally failed to cooperate with the league investigation of the matter. The Heat said Beasley eventually chose to reveal that he was part of the incident.
January 16, 2010 |
The Clippers, namely Brian Skinner and Ricky Davis , were teasing 21-year-old Eric Gordon the other day before their game at New Orleans. Topic: Gordon's youth. They were talking about breaking into the league in the 1998-99 season and asking Gordon where he was back then. "Elementary school?" Well, yes. That was reinforced when Gordon was holding court Friday about his surprise inclusion in the NBA's dunk-in competition. He said his favorite NBA dunk contest was the one in 2000, the epic involving Vince Carter and Steve Francis . Ah, youth.
November 20, 2010
Is it the end or a new beginning? It's all over ? oh, right, it never began ? in Minnesota, where reviled General Manager David Kahn gave away Al Jefferson , whereupon Coach Kurt Rambis began yo-yoing Kevin Love .... Or it's just starting, one or the other. Love played long enough to average 21 points and 17 rebounds over six games, including his 31-31 against the Knicks, before Friday's 0-7 against the Lakers. Meanwhile Michael Beasley , stolen from Miami for two No. 2 picks, averaged 31 points.
March 18, 2011 |
If anybody says the Lakers aren't tough, they can turn to Friday's game. There were plenty of rebuttals. Andrew Bynum was thrown out of the game after flattening Michael Beasley. Kobe Bryant played despite a bothersome sprained ankle and an accidental pop to the jaw. Ron Artest continually jawed with Beasley, long before the Minnesota Timberwolves forward became the object of Lakers fans' anger. The Lakers were pushed to the limit by the Timberwolves, of all teams, but emerged with a 106-98 victory Friday at Staples Center.
July 8, 2010 |
Good-bye, Golden Child. Ending the greatest recruiting war in NBA history -- and his career-long honeymoon-- LeBron James went to the Miami Heat Thursday, creating the most controversial team since Shaquille O'Neal met Kobe Bryant and leaving a smoking crater in Cleveland. In so doing, James did everything skeptics said he wouldn't: He didn't go for the most money, spurning a $128 million deal in Cleveland for a $99 million deal in Miami. He didn't insist on having his own team, joining a superstar ensemble in Wade County, nee Dade County, before it was renamed--temporarily--as part of the drive to keep local star Dwyane Wade.