April 13, 2013
Lakes guard Kobe Bryant, 34, ruptured his left Achilles' tendon Friday and will be sidelined at least six to nine months. A quick look at his career. --Aug. 23, 1978: Bryant is born in Philadelphia. His father, Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant, played for the 76ers. --July 1996: Lakers trade Vlade Divac to Charlotte Hornets for the draft rights to 17-year-old Bryant, the 13 t h pick in the NBA draft. --1996-97: Named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team. Averages 7.6 points coming off the bench.
April 16, 2013 |
We agreed to meet at the Kettle in Manhattan Beach. I arrived early so I could remove the knives from the table. I had never met Shannon Mora, but she's the wife of UCLA football Coach Jim Mora so I could only imagine. First thing I wanted to know: "Are you forced to put everything in the form of a question at home?" "No, I comment, make statements and question," Shannon said. "He doesn't allow me to do that," I explained. "But you're not sleeping with him," she said, and I guess I had just never given any thought that someone did. We laughed because we share something in common: We both like Jim Mora.
September 6, 2013 |
Jordan Farmar had to leave, had to distance himself from Los Angeles and the Lakers, before he could realize he belongs here and that nothing would feel as good to him as wearing purple and gold. Farmar, a product of Woodland Hills Taft High and two years at UCLA, began his career with the Lakers and contributed to their title runs in 2009 and 2010 as a backup point guard. He departed as a free agent but has come home again at 26, more confident and mature. "I'm in a great place," he said a few days ago, meaning not just Southern California but the mind-set he developed the last three years.
July 16, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS — There's less of Reeves Nelson than before. He has shaved about 15 pounds off his 6-foot-8 hulk since December, shrunk his body fat percentage to 3% and chipped away at the arrogant pride that he says once derailed him. He sits at the end of the Lakers' bench as a member of their Summer League team here, not playing a single second in two games through Saturday, clapping for his teammates, clinging to the edges of his childhood dream....
October 6, 2012 |
The Lakers' first exhibition game is on television Sunday night, but not on my television, and probably not on your television. This is not rumor. This is not urban legend. This is not some glitch. This is real. As of now, the majority of the games played this season by the new-look, buzz-soaring, championship-or-bust Lakers will not be seen in the majority of Los Angeles households. Odds are, you didn't know this. Chances are, you wouldn't discover it until you turned on your TV to watch Steve Nash's Lakers debut against the Golden State Warriors in Fresno on Sunday at 7 p.m. Just a guess, but you're going to wear out your thumb trying to scroll to a channel that isn't there, and then yank at your roots trying to figure out how this could happen.
June 16, 2012 |
Sonic boom Oct. 25, 2006: NBA approves Howard Schultz's sale of the SuperSonics and Seattle Storm to an Oklahoma City group led by businessman Clay Bennett for $350 million. Feb. 13, 2007: Bennett asks for at least $300 million in taxpayer money for a proposed $530-million basketball area in Renton, south of Seattle. The idea never gets traction. Aug. 12, 2007: Billionaire Aubrey McClendon, co-owner of the Sonics, tells an Oklahoma business newspaper, "We didn't buy the team to keep it in Seattle.
May 29, 2013 |
There will be plenty of free-agent shopping by teams in the NBA this summer, with movement possibly including Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Let's face it, though. The summer of 2014 is when the NBA can really be shaken up. There are too many potential high-end free agents to count next year, plus one of the most appetizing draft classes in a long time, led by Canadian high-school phenom Andrew Wiggins, who last week declared himself a one-year rental for Kansas. For starters, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh could put an end to their days together in Miami, with all three able to terminate their contracts after next season.
November 6, 2011 |
Bob Costas, the television sports analyst widely considered one of the best in the country, was no different from many athletes, sports fans and basketball experts 20 years ago Monday when Magic Johnson held a news conference to tell the world he was HIV-positive. "I was stunned," Costas said, "and my immediate thought was, knowing what we thought we knew about HIV, we would watch Magic Johnson die a public death, that he would waste away. This was what we thought we understood about the virus, that his days were numbered.
January 19, 2012 |
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook to a multiyear contract extension on Thursday. Westbrook was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, meaning the Thunder would have had to match any offer he received from another team if it wanted to keep him. Instead, it locked him up with a new deal 15 games into this season. Terms were not disclosed, but Yahoo Sports reported the deal was worth $80 million over five years. Oklahoma City has the best record in the Western Conference, with Westbrook averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds.
April 13, 2013 |
From one sports superstar to another, one of the toughest lessons that Kobe Bryant will have to learn is that nothing is harder than doing nothing. "The first three months is mental, because you can't move or do anything," said Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who suffered a torn Achilles' tendon last May, four months after he was named the NFL's defensive player of the year. "It's extremely difficult," Suggs said Saturday. "It's definitely one of the hardest things I've had to endure in my life.