December 16, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Chris Kaman is not angry. He says he makes too much money for that to be the case. He's not happy, though. The reserve center continues to find himself at the end of the bench during Lakers games. No playing time, no stat line, nothing. It's not what he envisioned when he signed a one-year, $3.2-million free-agent deal with the Lakers in July. "I'm just going to take the high road and do the right thing, but it's definitely not what I was told coming in here," he told The Times on Monday.
September 30, 2008 |
What an understatement it is to say what a difference a year makes, a simple observation that would fail miserably in recapping everything the Lakers faced when last season's training camp began in Hawaii 362 days ago. Andrew Bynum was drifting far outside the NBA ring of relevancy, Phil Jackson was hobbling around with a cane, and Kobe Bryant was circling awkwardly above it all, neither he nor his teammates knowing what would unfold the rest...
March 16, 2011 |
Two days after his 18-rebound, four-blocked-shot performance against Orlando's Dwight Howard , considered by many the best center in the NBA, the Lakers' Andrew Bynum was still all the rage. He has been a towering presence since the All-Star break, a force that has helped the Lakers produce the best record in the NBA at 10-1 since Feb. 22. Bynum has dominated the backboards and been an intimidator on defense with his 7-foot, 285-pound frame. "That's where he can really impact the game a lot on this team," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.
February 9, 2008
The Lakers got Pau Gasol in return for Kwame Brown? What next, are the Lakers going to trade Luke Walton for Tim Duncan? Mitch Kupchak doesn't deserve the executive-of-the-year award for this, he deserves to have the trophy named after him. Craig P. Fagan San Diego -- Dear Mitch Kupchak, Just heard the news about the trade for Gasol. All is forgiven. You the man. Harvey Hirsch Sherman Oaks -- The Lakers make one of the best and timeliest deals in the franchise's storied history and Mark Heisler's column sees the downside.
December 25, 2012 |
Perhaps the key question this year for the Lakers is whether or not Pau Gasol can fit into Coach Mike D'Antoni's system and play alongside fellow big man Dwight Howard. Gasol's best years were alongside Lamar Odom but Gasol has gradually been pushed further and further from the basket with the emergence of Andrew Bynum (and now Howard). In the Lakers' 118-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, the first game under D'Antoni with Steve Nash in the lineup, the team went often to Gasol in the high post. The forward/center would watch for cutting players, looking first for the pass and then the shot (six assists total)
January 2, 2013 |
The tsunami sequence in the new film "The Impossible" is so terrifying in its intensity that you might believe you're watching actual documentary footage of the natural disaster that struck Southeast Asia on Dec. 26, 2004, killing hundreds of thousands. The verisimilitude is the result of more than a year's work of exacting planning - and experimentation - by director Juan Antonio Bayona and his visual- and special-effects supervisors, who used a giant water tank in Spain (the largest in Europe)