October 20, 2013 |
The Lakers were dragging for a team that landed before it took off. Their charter flight touched down at Los Angeles International Airport late Friday night, about three hours prior to an early Saturday morning departure from China. The 12-hour flight and accompanying 15-hour time change left their body clocks wildly askew once they reconvened for practice Sunday in El Segundo. Coach Mike D'Antoni called off practice a little early and noticed a few players were nodding off during a film session.
October 7, 2013 |
No matter how dreadful the upcoming season might be, Lakers fans don't have to hold their breath. Chris Kaman will do it for you. He can stay submerged in water for 2½ minutes thanks to years of free diving in the ocean. No, Kaman isn't your normal NBA center. Never has been. Never will be. Now he's Lakers property for a year. It will be a fun ride this season, at least in front of Kaman's locker before and after every game. Listen to him talk and you think a dark, low-level cloud will appear over his head and start a downpour.
October 6, 2013 |
Brian Shaw stepped out of the visitors' locker room and into his past at Staples Center. After so many years as a Lakers player and assistant coach, he was on the other side of the scorer's table Sunday for an exhibition game, his first as a head coach. Shaw was hired by the Denver Nuggets after interviews with countless teams over the years to be a head coach. Of course, he hoped to get a chance with the Lakers last November after they fired Mike Brown. Shaw was an assistant with the Indiana Pacers at the time.
September 15, 2013 |
The Sparks' final was a preview, or so they hope. The Sparks trampled the Phoenix Mercury, 89-55, in their last game of the regular season. The same teams will play in the first round of the playoffs in a best-of-three series that begins Thursday. The Sparks were dominant from the beginning, opening up a 19-point lead in the first quarter and expanding it to as many as 38 points. The Sparks forced the Mercury to commit 20 turnovers, and held it to 34.5% shooting from the field.
September 14, 2013
When: Noon. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TWC, TWC Deportes Records: Sparks 23-10, Mercury 19-14. Record vs. Mercury: 1-2. Update: The Sparks will finish the regular season against the Phoenix Mercury, the same team they're playing in the first round of the playoffs. The Sparks have clinched second place in the Western Conference, and the Mercury is in third. The Sparks will have home-court advantage in their best-of-three playoff series, which begins Sept.
August 19, 2013 |
SPARKS TONIGHT AT SEATTLE When: 7. Where: KeyArena. On the air: ESPN2. Records: Sparks 18-7, Storm 11-13. Record vs Storm: 2-1. Update: The Sparks have won six games in a row and are half a game behind Minnesota for the top spot in the Western Conference with nine games remaining in the season. The Storm is in fourth place, two games ahead of fifth-place San Antonio for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Storm is led by Tina Thompson, who is averaging 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.