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March 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Let's get physical LeBron James was pushed and pulled, prodded and shoved. And then there was what happened to him on the court against the Chicago Bulls. The Miami star who spoke out about several hard fouls during the Heat's streak-stopping loss to the Bulls on Wednesday may have received a harder smackdown on the airwaves afterward. Said Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics president of basketball operations: "I think that it's almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating.
March 7, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
It was the summer of 2004, and an aging sports owner was faced with a decision for the ages. It was a choice between two small words with giant ramifications. It was a hurried selection that would last forever. Kobe or Shaq? The debate had raged for years, and now Lakers owner Jerry Buss felt he had to end it. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, filled with blatant animosity stemming from the deepest of jealousies, could no longer play together. Even three championships couldn't bond them and, at the first possible moment that summer, they both attempted to flee.
February 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The stage was filled with flowers and gold. The audience was filled with short skirts and diamonds. Davis Gaines elegantly sang "Music of the Night," while, on the screen behind him, there appeared a photo of Jerry and Jimmy Buss crooning karaoke. Several members of the USC marching band played "Amazing Grace," but they did so while wearing their sunglasses. The first song was from "Toy Story," the last song was from Sinatra, and in between, the stage flashed photos of Jerry Buss hanging out with his grandchildren, his buddy Hugh Hefner, and his poker chips.
February 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
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 | By Mike Bresnahan
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 | By Matt Wilhalme
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 | By Houston Mitchell
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 | By Mike Bresnahan
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 | By Tiffany Hsu
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 | By Broderick Turner
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.
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