January 3, 2013 |
There may be no compromise short of a roster overhaul that can save a divided Lakers Nation from its biggest worry heading into 2013. You know, the physical cliff. The Lakers are Paleolithic by NBA standards, with an average age of 28.4. Three of their starters are already in need of retirement-benefits advisors: Pau Gasol is 32, Kobe Bryant is 34 and Steve Nash turns 39 next month. With advancing age come not only wear-and-tear injuries (see Gasol's knees, assorted Bryant body parts)
December 16, 2012 |
- Andrew Bynum has some advice for Dwight Howard. Be patient with Kobe Bryant. "I think Dwight's a great player, but he's going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe, obviously, and not touching the ball every single play," Bynum said Sunday before the Lakers beat Philadelphia, 111-98. Bynum said Bryant helped him "tremendously" earlier in his career, but the 7-footer wanted the ball often in the post as he gradually improved as a player. It didn't always happen. "Later I thought I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how at the end it could stunt growth," Bynum said.
December 15, 2012
When: 3. Where: Wells Fargo Center. On the air: TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Time Warner Cable Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 10-14; 76ers 12-11. Record vs. 76ers (2011-12): 0-1. Update: Former UCLA guard Jrue Holiday is enjoying a breakout year, averaging 18.4 points and 8.9 assists in his fourth season with the 76ers. The Lakers won four consecutive games against the 76ers until a 95-90 loss in Philadelphia last season. - Mike Bresnahan
November 24, 2012 |
Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday to remain tied with Luke Donald as the world's two top-ranked golfers pulled three shots clear of a star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship in the United Arab Emirates. The top-ranked McIlroy, who has already wrapped up the European and PGA Tour money titles, struggled early when he bogeyed the first hole and missed several makable birdie putts. But he improved on the back nine, sinking a 30-foot eagle putt on 14 to go with three birdies for a six-under 66. Donald also had a 66 and is tied with McIlory with a 17-under total of 199. If Donald wins Sunday without carding a bogey, he will match the feat of Sweden's Jesper Parnevik, who won the 1995 Scandinavian Masters without dropping a shot.
October 1, 2012 |
Dwight Howard wore a Lakers uniform for the first time as the team held media day Monday at its practice facility in El Segundo. When Howard will wear that uniform in an actual game is another question. The center maintained he doesn't have any updated timetable on when his surgically repaired back will be sufficiently rehabilitated for him to return to the court. "I don't," Howard said. "I just want to be 100% for the season. I don't want to have any setbacks where I play a couple of games and then I have to sit down.
August 15, 2012 |
Nearly 3,000 miles away, Andrew Bynum seems set on a new beginning. Just before his introductory news conference with the Philadelphia 76ers, fans greeted him by shouting his name and chanting, "Beat L.A. " After acquiring Bynum last week in a four-team, 12-player trade that sent Dwight Howard from Orlando to the Lakers, Sixers officials tabbed Bynum as their future franchise player. And Bynum shared his intentions to stay with Philadelphia after his $16.1-million contract ends after the 2012-13 season.