June 4, 2012 |
The Lakers expect to make changes this off-season. General Manager Mitch Kupchak indicated as much in last week's exit interview after expressing disappointment in the Lakers' semifinals exit to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But that thought process won't apply to their broadcasting team. The Lakers signed radio play-by-play announcer John Ireland and color analyst Mychal Thompson to multiyear deals. Ireland took over the team's radio play-by-play duties last season at 710 ESPN after announcer Spero Dedes left to accept the New York Knicks' radio play-by-play position for its flagship station, the Madison Square Garden Network.
May 11, 2012 |
We are a city on the brink. Lakers basketball has, long ago, gone beyond casual entertainment to become community treasure. The purple flags are embedded in our psyche. But will they be flying at half-mast Sunday morning? Are we on the verge of another Jack Kent Cooke, balloons-in-the-rafters embarrassment? So much rides on Game 7 on Saturday night. With a loss, the couches in the doctors' offices all over Los Angeles will be in heavy use. Tell us, Jack Nicholson, how does this feel?
May 2, 2012 |
Ty Lawson can be a difference-maker for the Denver Nuggets. When the Nuggets' point guard gets into the open court, the Lakers' older legs can't match his speed. He weaves his way past height and depth with great ease, leaving a trail of yellow and purple in his wake. "You're not going to stop Ty Lawson," said Lakers Coach Mike Brown. "You just hope you make him work for his shots. " Lawson's speed helped alter what appeared to be a Lakers blowout Tuesday evening in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
May 2, 2012 |
Former Laker and current NBA radio analyst Mychal Thompson will do a video interview with Times reporter Melissa Rohlin after each Laker home game during the playoffs. Here are some highlights from the video above following the Lakers ' 104-100 win over Denver in their first-round Western Conference series, which the Lakers now...
April 19, 2012 |
It looks as if Kobe Bryant will return Friday in San Antonio. Will it be enough to keep the Lakers ahead of the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference? The Lakers (40-23) are half a game ahead of the unyielding Clippers, who won for the 13th time in 15 games by beating Denver on Wednesday, 104-98. The Clippers have won five consecutive games but finish with three of their last four on the road: at Phoenix, home against New Orleans, at New York and at Atlanta.
April 18, 2012 |
Some things to watch when the Lakers (39-23) visit the Golden State Warriors (22-38) Wednesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland: 1. The Warriors will tank, but the Lakers have to be careful. With eyes on a possible high lottery pick, the Warriors have lost 17 of their last 22 games since trading away Monta Ellis to Milwaukee for Andrew Bogut. So no need to worry about the standings implications regarding this game. The Lakers will add some cushion to their half-game lead over the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference.
January 7, 2012 |
As a radio and television analyst since the early 1990s, Mychal Thompson has watched thousands of players make the humdrum walk from the bench to the scorer's table to check into NBA games. This was different. When Golden State's rookie shooting guard walked onto the Staples Center court Friday night with 2 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first quarter of a game against the Lakers, Thompson's stomach was aflutter. Entering the game for the first time was his son, Klay.
June 21, 2011 |
The Lakers announced Tuesday that Bill Macdonald and John Ireland will be the play-by-play announcers for the team for the 2011-12 season. Macdonald will call the games on TV alongside commentator Stu Lantz on FS West and KCAL 9. Ireland, who had been the Lakers' sideline reporter on KCAL 9 since the 2002-03 season, will call the games on 710 AM ESPN radio alongside commentator Mychal Thompson . Spero Dedes ...
March 5, 2011 |
For any parent, it's the dreaded phone call. "My son never calls at 7 in the morning," says Mychal Thompson . "When I saw his number, right away I was saying to myself, uh-oh, and I hope nobody is hurt. "I answered, 'What's wrong?' Not hello, good morning, just 'What's wrong?'" Thompson is a former Laker, a broadcaster for the team and a father of three boys off on their own. "That's how I heard about it; Klay called," he says. Klay is his middle child and the leading scorer in the Pac-10 while playing for Washington State.