February 18, 2006
Here's a riddle for Jerry Buss: What is purple and gold, starts four stiffs and a megalomaniac, has Rip Van Winkle on the bench, a brain-dead GM, no chance at an NBA title and an excellent chance at another draft lottery? Hint: It's not the Clippers. MARK S. ROTH Los Angeles We are in Year 3 of the Luke Walton era, Year 6 of the Slava Medvedenko era and Year 7 of the Devean George era, so does that mean that we have at least three more years of Sasha Vujacic?
July 26, 2012 |
Whenever the moment feels right, Antawn Jamison pops in a tape that highlights a different era, one in which he starred opposite Kobe Bryant. Jamison may have openly gushed Wednesday at his introductory Lakers press conference about how Bryant's presence will lead to easier looks and a path to an NBA championship. But there was a time nearly a dozen years ago when Jamison wanted nothing more than to beat him. The Lakers' 125-122 double-overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 6, 2000 featured Bryant and Jamison each scoring 51 points.
May 31, 2012 |
A season after parting ways with about 20 employees for cost-cutting reasons before the lockout, the Lakers are taking some steps in restoring their staff. The Lakers named Glenn Carraro as the team's assistant general manager after spending last season as both the director of basketball administration for the Lakers and as general manager of the D-Fenders, the Lakers' affiliate in the Development League. The Lakers were without an assistant general manager in the 2011-12 season after they didn't renew Ronnie Lester's contract.
May 24, 2012 |
According to the pundits, it appears the Lakers need to make some changes in personnel. Here's a look at what has been written about the near future. - -The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Mitch Kupchak's comments that he will look to make changes on the roster. -- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande believes the Lakers need to make fundamental changes. -- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick argues the Lakers need to trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard. -- CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports the Magic want to interview Mitch Kupchak for its open GM job. -- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues the Lakers shouldn't keep Bynum.
June 29, 2012 |
Earvin Johnson is coming to the Lakers -- but it's not in the form of Magic having another front-office position with the Lakers or somehow turning back the clock to the "Showtime" era and making his third comeback. This comes in the form of newly drafted guard Darius Johnson-Odom. The former Marquette guard doesn't just have Lamar Odom's surname, his middle name is Earvin -- inspired by the original Earvin "Magic" Johnson. "That's exactly what my mom named me after," said Johnson-Odom, whom the Lakers acquired out of the No. 55 pick from the Dallas Mavericks for $500,000, as reported by The Times' Mike Breshanan.
April 23, 2005
Of all the insults the dismantled Lakers left us this season -- aside from the tough losses of Shaquille, Rudy T, now Vlade to suspension and Lamar to injuries -- the worst affront had to be this week. They lost to the Warriors by 27 points. The Golden State Warriors. Yeah, I know. Hank Rosenfeld Santa Monica I fear that just as John Wooden retired at UCLA and the Bruins have found him irreplaceable with a revolving door of coaches, the Lakers without GM Jerry West may face the same problem.
September 2, 2000
It turns my stomach to picture Isaiah Rider in a Laker uniform. The proudest uniform in sports, the one worn by my heroes, is now a symbol of the win-at-all-costs mentality so prevalent in sports today. Rider can only upset the delicate balance of this championship team, cause friction between Kobe and Shaq and, worst of all, disgrace the uniform I was once so proud of. JOHN CLARKE Laguna Niguel Mitch Kupchak's bold move in signing Isaiah Rider shows that he is not afraid to step out of Jerry West's shadow and make whatever moves are necessary to bring back-to-back championships to Los Angeles.
May 3, 2008
Since it now appears Jerry Buss would like Mitch Kupchak to share credit for the Pau Gasol trade [April 28], how about having Jerry share some credit for obtaining Kwame Brown? Or Smush Parker? Or Vlad Radmanovic? Or is that not in the management handbook? Will Wennerberg Los Angeles According to Steve Springer's article, Jim Buss equally drafted Andrew Bynum, while Jerry Buss initiated the trade with Memphis and all Mitch had to do was make the call. What has Mitch done that he deserves an "A" from Kobe?
November 9, 2012 |
The Lakers will conduct a national search for a coach to replace Mike Brown, who was fired Friday after the team's 1-4 start, barely a month into his second season with the team, which struggled badly amid high expectations. Assistant Bernie Bickerstaff will coach Friday night's game against Golden State but the Lakers soon will begin a search for a long-term replacement. Candidates could include Mike D'Antoni, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Nate McMillan and Brian Shaw. Jackson had not yet been formally contacted by the team as of late Friday morning.
March 21, 2012 |
The Lakers lost their composure. Andrew Bynum showed frustration with the officiating. Lakers Coach Mike Brown showed frustration with the team's defense. All the players showed frustration with yet another poor road performance where they squandered a double-digit lead. Derek Fisher wouldn't have solved the Lakers' on-court execution in their 107-104 loss Tuesday to the Houston Rockets. But he would've been there in the locker room to calm everyone down. He wasn't there, though.