February 18, 2013 |
The death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss at age 80 on Tuesday has resulted in a flood of tweets from former Lakers and from NBA Commissioner David Stern. A look: Magic Johnson: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends of Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a great man and an incredible friend. " James Worthy: "Condolences to the Buss family. Dr Buss was not only the greatest sports owner, but a true friend & just a really cool guy. Loved him dearly. " Shaquille O'Neal: "I'm deeply saddened over da loss of the great Dr. Jerry Buss.
January 26, 2013 |
Dwight Howard likes getting touches early in games. Obviously. "For a lot of us bigs . . . give us some food, we're good. We don't eat, we're grumpy," he said Saturday with a smile. It sounded eerily like something Shaquille O'Neal said in similarly stormy times a dozen years ago, but it might be the most important component of the Lakers' season. When Howard is involved on offense, he thrives. When he isn't, he falters, sometimes bringing the team with him. The Lakers are lucky.
January 23, 2013 |
Losing stinks. It's frustrating. It gets NBA coaches fired, and apparently, also leads to "blistering expletive-laced" confrontations between players and general managers, at least that's what happened in Phoenix, according to a Yahoo Sports report . Sixteen-year pro Jermaine O'Neal and Suns General Manager Lance Blanks reportedly had a heated exchange of words after the team's first practice under newly named Interim Coach Lindsey Hunter....
January 22, 2013 |
It's not often you hear humility from former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal. But the TNT analyst displayed some Monday night when he said that former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon was unflappable. "Hakeem Olajuwon was the only guy that I couldn't intimidate,” O'Neal said. “When I would say something, if you say something back, I had you. If I elbow you and you complain, I had you. "Right before the 1995 Finals ... I was in my own zone and wasn't really worried about anybody else.
January 18, 2013 |
To smile or not to smile? Bench or start Pau Gasol? Use Kobe Bryant heavily or rest him a bit? The questions keep permeating the Lakers, winners of 17 games, losers of 22, keepers of 11th place in the Western Conference. Worst things first: The Lakers might have another mess on their hands. Gasol wants to start games and finish them. Coach Mike D'Antoni isn't so sure about that. Gasol came off the bench Thursday in the Lakers' 99-90 loss to Miami, a move characterized by D'Antoni as a way to slowly bring him back after the four-time All-Star missed five games because of a concussion.
December 19, 2012 |
It isn't enough for Shaquille O'Neal to be one of the NBA greats. It doesn't suffice that he's dabbled in rap and acting. No, the former Los Angeles Lakers star had to go and start his own brand of vodka. In what is either a stroke of marketing genius or a sign of devastating hubris, the booze is named “Luv Shaq.” It's also gluten-free and absent of any sugar. Plus, it's coconut flavored. Bottles, which according to the New York Post will be emblazoned with images of a winged O'Neal, are being produced in partnership with Devotion Vodka.
November 10, 2012 |
It was halftime of the Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers game Thursday night and DeAndre Jordan was in the midst of having another impressive outing. That prompted a bold comment from TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O'Neal. "I'm going on the record. The best center in the West right now is DeAndre Jordan," O'Neal said. "You heard it here first. " Well, file that under Shaquille O'Neal hyperbole, but Jordan has made people take notice of him with his improved play at center for the Clippers.
November 7, 2012 |
With the expansive Stanley Kubrick exhibition ensconced at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through June 30, both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and LACMA's film department are exploring the visionary director's movies. On Wednesday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the academy is offering a tribute to the late filmmaker hosted by actor Malcolm McDowell, who played the thug Alex in Kubrick's controversial 1971 classic, "A Clockwork Orange. " Two days later, LACMA's screening series of Kubrick's entire catalog of films begins at the Leo S. Bing Theater.
October 31, 2012 |
Foxsports.com writer Jason Whitlock started it by poking fun at Shaquille O'Neal in a tweet Tuesday night during TNT's "Inside the NBA," comparing the NBA star turned analyst's physique to that of his cohost, Charles Barkley. "Right now, Chuck would win Shirt-Off II... Shaq is opening the season out of shape, as usual," Whitlock wrote. It was a pretty clever observation. But is it really a good idea to take on someone who has a forum on national TV? Especially when there are pictures of you like the one in the video above.
October 23, 2012 |
Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal have never hidden their thoughts on the Lakers. Earlier this month, in fact, O'Neal said Dwight Howard was the third best center in the league, behind Andrew Bynum and New Jersey's Brook Lopez. So it wasn't overly surprising to hear the TNT analysts give a thumbs down to the Princeton-style offense the Lakers have employed this preseason. "I've always said I want my accountants from Princeton, not my offense," Barkley said in a conference call Tuesday with reporters.