November 25, 2013 |
The Lakers experienced an early day, a 9 a.m. charter flight to Washington D.C. As usual, Kobe Bryant was up before any of them. He signed a two-year contract extension Monday morning for $48.5 million that stands to keep him with the Lakers until he is two months shy of his 38th birthday. PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant through the years He ended several months of speculation before even playing a game, terminating his lame-duck status in what could have been the final year of a contract paying him $30.5 million this season.
March 15, 2012 |
Among the highlights in Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak's press conference on the Lakers acquiring Cleveland guard Ramon Sessions for a 2012 first-round pick, Christian Ayenga for Luke Walton and Jason Kapono as well as acquiring Houston forward Jordan Hill for Derek Fisher. --Sessions and Hill plan to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday so they can play against Minnesota. --Ayenga will play with theD-Fendersof the Development League. --Kupchak on Sessions: "We expect him and are hopeful he will make an immediate contribution.
September 26, 2011 |
The Italian team Virtus Bologna says its top offer to Kobe Bryant is a one-year contract worth $5 million. With NBA players locked out, Virtus hopes the Lakers star agrees to a deal before he arrives in Italy this week for a tour arranged by one of his sponsors. "An Italian brand well known around the world" is prepared to provide cash for the deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press on Monday, indicating the unidentified company is not Bologna's main sponsor, Canadian Solar.
November 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - While the Lakers have their wallet open ... Is Pau Gasol next? "We have not had any discussions with Pau," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday. "I'm sure I will. And where that leads, I'm not sure right now. A lot has to do with different variables. " Ah, variables. There are many indeed with Gasol. Will Gasol play better than he has so far this season? How much of a pay cut will he take? Will the Lakers even want him back if they can get someone else in free agency in July?
April 4, 1993 |
Michigan-Kentucky provided the first overtime at a Final Four since the 1989 championship game, which was won by Michigan over Seton Hall, 80-79. Saturday was the fourth anniversary of that game. Four of Michigan's last eight games--victories over Michigan State, Illinois, UCLA and Kentucky--have gone into overtime. "Hard on my heart," forward Ray Jackson said. "Hard on my body, too." Said teammate Rob Pelinka: "We just want to keep everybody tuned in to their TVs.
April 2, 1993 |
Michigan Coach Steve Fisher, whose work often seems to be overlooked, came in for high praise from Kentucky counterpart Rick Pitino. "He has the patience of a saint," Pitino said. "I know I couldn't have coached five freshmen (last season). They understand the team concept (at Michigan). I think he's a remarkable man and a remarkable coach."