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 13, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant gave Kyrie Irving an incredulous stare. "Are you crazy?" Bryant said. Bryant belted out a hearty laugh. "Are you serious?" he asked. Then Bryant repeated what the second-year star from the Cleveland Cavaliers dared say during Team USA's pre-2012 Summer Olympic training camp in Las Vegas. "You really think you can beat me one-on-one?" Bryant repeats. Well, apparently. Irving approached Bryant and bet $50,000 he could beat the Lakers star.
December 18, 2013 |
It is not only the picking-and-rolling and alley-and-ooping that have made the Clippers the NBA's best imitation of the Flying Wallendas. It is also Mr. Poetry in Motion, Jamal Crawford. He is usually their sixth man, but he has played his way lots closer to the top than that in fan appeal. "I feel like I've really found a home here," Crawford says, and lights up with stories about running into fans at Subway and Starbucks and hanging out for a while for a chat.
October 12, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant always believed any passes he made to Smush Parker would go unfulfilled. But after Bryant dished at length this week about how Parker didn't belong in the NBA, his former teammate fired some shots back. “You can't knock the man's legacy, you can't knock what he's done in basketball," Parker told Hard 2 Guard Radio , as transcribed by Larry Brown Sports . "His work ethic is tremendous. There's not an ounce of hate in my blood whatsoever. The guy can play basketball -- you've seen that throughout his career.
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.
October 3, 2012 |
Moments before Metta World Peace charged toward me, he issued a stern warning. "Don't flop," the eccentric Lakers forward said. "Stand and be a man. " World Peace had just spoken for eight minutes on a number of issues surrounding the NBA's announcement that it will fine players for repeated flopping. He bemoaned the league's policy but also admitted frustration with repeat floppers. He argued referees should simply stop granting charges so liberally. "If I ran into you right now with full force, you'd probably move back a little bit first," World Peace said to me. "You're not even an NBA basketball player.
February 18, 2014 |
Clippers starting shooting guard J.J. Redick will be out indefinitely because of a bulging disk in his lower back. Coach Doc Rivers made the announcement Tuesday night before the Clippers played the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center. Rivers said Redick's injury has to "calm down" before the 6-4 guard can get his movement back. "That could be three days, two weeks, three weeks. No one knows," Rivers said. "There's no set deadline on when he's coming back. He could be back quick or it could take a while.
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.
March 1, 2012 |
It seemed so absurd, it might as well have happened in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. A player of Bunyanesque proportions pulls off a feat straight out of a basketball fantasyland, and only a smattering of fans are there to see it in the candy-coated nowheresville of Hershey, Pa. Where's the TV footage? How come there's no full radio account of the game? Wilt Chamberlain did indeed log the NBA's only single-triple 50 years ago Friday, the colossus of a center scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors long before a player's exploits could be broadcast in high definition or instantaneously dispensed through social media.
February 24, 2014 |
Kent Bazemore used to be known for two things. He was the guy with the comically over-the-top celebrations on the Golden State Warriors' bench, spinning his arms wildly or punching the air with his fists. He was also the rookie who found his car filled with popcorn as part of a prank last year. His basketball life has changed considerably in the span of a week. Bazemore, 24, keeps getting points and playing time with the Lakers, scoring a career-high 15 on Friday against Boston and upping it two days later with another career high, 17 points against Brooklyn.