April 24, 2012 |
Just like the NBA took their time in deciding Metta World Peace's playoff fate, I also weighed the appropriate punishment. It's hardly a debate that World Peace deserved a lengthy suspension after throwing an elbow that gave Oklahoma City guard James Harden a concussion. It is a debate though on how many games that is worth. So as the NBA announced World Peace would serve a seven-game suspension beginning Thursday in the Lakers' season-finale against Sacramento, it wasn't as easy to instantly react as it was when World Peace suddenly failed his own name and unleashed an elbow that left Harden on the ground.
August 30, 2012 |
With optimism blooming over the Lakers' prospects for another NBA championship, there will be plenty of reminders that hark back to their winning past. Former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, who won three NBA championships here from 2000 to 2002, will have his No. 34 jersey retired April 2 at Staples Center in a halftime ceremony when the Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks. Former Lakers forward Jamaal Wilkes, who helped to win three NBA titles during the team's Showtime Era, will have his No. 52 jersey retired Dec. 28 at Staples Center at halftime when the Lakers host the Portland Trail Blazers.
July 3, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant has the greatest net worth in the NBA, according to Wealth-X.com , a wealth intelligence firm. Bryant's total net worth is estimated at $220 million, bolstered by endorsement deals with "Nike, Coca-Cola, Turkish Airlines, Mercedes-Benz, Lenovo, Panini and Hublot," the website said Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics (until he's dealt next week to the Brooklyn Nets) came in second, with a net worth of $190 million. Garnett was drafted in 1995, Bryant in 1996.
April 29, 2013 |
When NBA center Jason Collins became the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay, many fellow sports figures immediately offered their support on Twitter. Miami Dolphins $60-million receiver Mike Wallace was not one of them. Instead, about an hour or so after Collins' revelation on Monday, he tweeted a comment basically expressing general confusion over the concept of homosexuality. He did not mention Collins by name but said that he was shaking his head that "guys wanna mess with guys" even though there are "all these beautiful women in the world.
October 11, 2012 |
As he's watched Steve Nash throw crisp passes, direct the offense efficiently and take over the ball-handling opportunities, Kobe Bryant admits: "I'm salivating. " Bryant knows Nash's presence will provide him easier scoring opportunities. It lessens his workload. It increases Bryant's chance to collect his sixth championship ring. Even though he's openly considering retiring once his contract expires after the 2013-14 season, Bryant may feel healthy and energetic enough to keep going because of Nash's arrival.
November 16, 2013 |
Hazing in the NBA has always been about as sinister as a Dora the Explorer backpack, as menacing as a Hanson song. If it were a reality television show, it could air on Nick Jr. Cue the cute and cuddly Earl Clark dressed as a banana. Cut to Quincy Pondexter carrying a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts into his team's practice facility. Bring on Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton , trying their best to croon Beyonce's "Single Ladies. " Those are just some of the G-rated antics rookies have been subjected to in recent years.
October 16, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant often finds motivation in the media. Counting Bryant or the Lakers out only adds fuel to his fire. Consider the match lit. Ranking the top 500 players in the NBA, ESPN has given Bryant an overall rank of 25. Bryant, who is currently recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon suffered in April, is a question mark for opening night on Oct. 29. ESPN clearly doesn't expect Bryant to return to the same form that saw him ranked...
December 1, 2013 |
Nick Young has picked up a key endorsement in his candidacy for the NBA's sixth man of the year: the department of defense. "He's changed his name to Swaggy D," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Saturday of the swingman who usually goes by "Swaggy P. " "We'll see if that holds up. " Young proved sturdy in the final seconds Friday, stepping in front of Detroit's Josh Smith to take a charge that helped preserve the Lakers' 106-102 victory....
April 28, 2012 |
The meeting between Coach Mike Brown and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant would mark an important breakthrough in defining their relationship. Bryant had remained quiet about Brown's hire as Phil Jackson's replacement since the front office didn't alert him beforehand. Brown arrived in Los Angeles to a throng of skeptics, and he needed to make sure Bryant wasn't one of them. And the meeting, set at a golf course in Orange County, reconfirmed what drives Bryant in his 16th season as he stressed the desire to win a sixth NBA title.
December 27, 2009
LAKERS AT PHOENIX Monday, 6 p.m. PST, Ch. 9 With Lakerdom out of its home trot after the home team's marquee pratfall on Christmas, everyone will be waiting to see how the Lakers handle more challenges, and a schedule with 33 of their last 54 games on the road. The Suns, getting cricks in their neck from looking up at the taller Lakers, are 2-8 in their last 10 meetings, losing the first two this season by margins of 19 and 20 points. Nevertheless, the Suns, led by Steve Nash, have their own little resurgence and this marks the end of their brutal start, with 17 of their first 30 games on the road.