February 26, 2014 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Welcome to the Lakers. Enjoy the crossfire. Newcomers Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks went all of six days before the latest Lakers drama unfolded, indirectly bringing them into the battle of words between Pau Gasol and Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni . Bazemore's take since being traded to the Lakers? Whoa. "It's been a long season, especially for them," he said. "They've been probably doing this all year. I don't get caught up in that stuff.
February 25, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The relationship between Pau Gasol and Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, an uneasy truce in recent months, took a turn for the worse Tuesday. It spilled over after the Lakers were pounded by the Indiana Pacers, 118-98, a promising first half tumbling into a predictable, if not inevitable, ending for the Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Gasol was irritated with teammates putting up too many one-on-one shots and bothered by D'Antoni's small-ball lineup, which pitted the slender Wesley Johnson against power forward David West.
February 20, 2014 |
Pau Gasol, the NBA's most-targeted subject of trade rumors, survived another deadline Thursday at noon, with the Lakers unable to move him and his $19.3-million salary. The Lakers made no deals at all Thursday, which brought to mind one obvious question. What's next for a team on pace for its worst season ever? The Lakers are headed for a lottery pick in the June draft, followed by free agency in July. They saved about $4 million in salary and luxury taxes by trading Steve Blake on Wednesday night for two seldom-used Golden State guards.
February 19, 2014 |
Give credit to Lakers fans. At least their vocal cords still work. They've had numbingly little to cheer this season, so they turned their frustration into anger at Dwight Howard in his first road game against his former team. He was booed when he took the floor for a workout an hour before tipoff. He was booed much more loudly during Wednesday's pregame introductions at Staples Center. And whenever he touched the ball. But it was obvious who would get the last chuckle long before the game ended.
February 13, 2014 |
Pau Gasol was traded to Houston a few years ago, or so the Lakers thought. Since then, he's been subjected to more trade rumors than can be counted on two hands. But for some reason, he wants to remain with the franchise through next Thursday's trade deadline. "My preference would be to stay," Gasol said Thursday. "That's what I've been saying all year, though the circumstances are difficult right now for our team and nobody's too happy. But it's still my team and I still want to be here.
February 12, 2014 |
A few days ago, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni was contemplating that his team could have close to a healthy roster after this weekend's All-Star break. No such luck. Reserve guard Xavier Henry , who was injured in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 30, had his right knee drained on Wednesday. He also received a cortisone shot and isn't expected to be back for at least four more weeks. Henry was originally expected to be out for a week to 10 days because of a bone bruise and an abnormality in his lateral meniscus.