February 9, 2011 |
There was another trade rumor involving the Lakers and the Denver Nuggets regarding Carmelo Anthony and a possible four-player deal, but a Lakers official, who declined to talk publicly, steadfastly denied it. It's a scenario that was circulating in parts of the Lakers' camp Wednesday: the Lakers trade Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest for forwards Anthony and Al Harrington. But the Lakers official denied it was ever on the table and insisted team executive Jim Buss and General Manager Mitch Kupchak are on the same page as far as trade opportunities.
February 7, 2011 |
? Lakers forward Ron Artest has been known to lose control of his temper, his past often linked to that fateful day when he went into the crowd and punched a fan more than six years ago near Detroit. He hasn't lost control in a game since joining the Lakers, though he certainly wasn't thrilled about being accidentally popped in the face Monday by Marc Gasol after stealing the ball from the Memphis Grizzlies center. Artest ran all the way to the other end of the court, took a knee and put his face in his hands.
February 3, 2011 |
This could happen only to the Lakers. Ron Artest , the player who insisted he didn't want to be traded a day earlier, shook hands and smiled during a private conversation with team owner Jerry Buss on Thursday morning at the Lakers' training facility. It was surreal, it was humorous, it was so very Lakers. "We always chill. Nothing special," Artest said, adding as an afterthought, "We've had lunch before. " Buss stopped by the team's shoot-around a few hours before their game Thursday against San Antonio.
February 2, 2011 |
The Lakers are a fascinating study, an entertaining and conversationally stimulating franchise that can't seem to avoid the rumor hurricane, with the latest winds howling around Ron Artest before a big game against San Antonio. But Artest didn't feel like being the subject of speculation, firing back at an online report Wednesday that used anonymous sources to say he wanted to be traded. Artest said he was happy with the Lakers despite their recent funk and denied he wanted to be dealt before the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
February 1, 2011
Lakers tonight VS. HOUSTON When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 33-15, Rockets 22-27. Record vs. Rockets: 1-1. Update: Lakers center Andrew Bynum has a sore left knee from a collision Sunday but is expected to play, though he didn't practice Monday. Ron Artest told Lakers Coach Phil Jackson he was kneed in the thigh by Shaquille O'Neal during Sunday's loss to Boston, but he's also expected to play.
January 30, 2011 |
Ron Artest was the hero of Game 7 last June, keeping the Lakers in the hunt long enough for a fourth-quarter run that made them NBA champions for a 16th time. He had 20 points and five steals that night against Boston, enough for Lakers Coach Phil Jackson to call him the Game 7 most valuable player because "he brought life to our team, he brought life to the crowd. " There was even a "Ron Ar-test, Ron Ar-test" chant, Lakers fans pumping him up while Kobe Bryant staggered to a six-for-24 shooting effort.
January 22, 2011 |
For all the recent complaints about Ron Artest, for all the hand-wringing done by Lakers fans as the 12-year veteran got off to the slowest start of his career, there was a three-hour reminder of why the Lakers acquired him two years ago. Artest outplayed Carmelo Anthony in the Lakers' thorough victory Friday against Denver, harassing, frustrating and generally annoying the NBA's ninth-leading scorer into 23 points on 24 shots, a stat line to...
January 20, 2011 |
Coach George Karl has seen a lot this season, thanks to the daily doses of Carmelo Anthony trade rumors swirling around the Denver Nuggets. But he emerged from the fray Friday to give his thoughts on the Lakers, who have experienced their own up-and-down swings since November. Karl thought the Lakers had given up on achieving 60 victories and would be happy somewhere in the 50s. He also said the San Antonio Spurs were the top Western Conference team, though he didn't rule out an eventual rally by the Lakers, who play the Nuggets on Friday.
January 17, 2011 |
It's getting to be a common occurrence around here. Referees assess a technical foul to a Lakers player, then the NBA rescinds it a day later. On Monday, the league retracted the technical fouls assessed to Ron Artest and Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the final seconds of Sunday's 99-92 Clippers victory. Last week, it was Andrew Bynum and his infamous "Are you serious?" set of technical fouls, one of which was erased by the NBA the following day. Artest was apparently hungry to get back the $4,000 he would have forfeited had his ejection not been overturned.
January 15, 2011 |
His team has won seven consecutive games, and yet Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is not at ease. His team has allowed more than 100 points in just one game during the winning streak, and yet Jackson isn't satisfied. That's because Jackson senses the Lakers will have their hands full with back-to-back games against the Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Sunday, the Lakers face the Clippers at Staples Center in the Clippers' designated home game in the arena the teams share, and then the Lakers take on the Thunder at home on Monday.