November 12, 2013 |
The Lakers haven't given up on Steve Nash. Unlike some of their followers, they're not pushing him into an early retirement. "There's always going to be a debate but we're not going to debate it, talk about it," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Tuesday. "He's going to try to get ready, he's going to try to play and we're going to try to win. It's really simple for us. It's not real difficult. " Nash has already missed three of nine games and is out at least two more weeks because of nerve damage in his back, the latest injury to hit him since he joined the Lakers.
August 8, 2013 |
The hardest sell at the Staples Center's Team L.A. store might be a Lakers jersey with the name "Cap Room" on the back. "They're a mess," former Lakers coach Phil Jackson said in June. "We know that because of their financial disorder right now, that's the thing they have to get straight right away. " The Lakers haven't been under the NBA's salary cap since before the 1996-97 season, though the franchise has won five titles since then. But with Dwight Howard having gone to Houston and Kobe Bryant facing an uncertain return date from Achilles' tendon surgery, the Lakers' prospects on the court next season are anything but certain.
July 9, 2013 |
With the NBA releasing its new salary cap figures on Tuesday night, the Lakers' numbers show the Lakers could pay almost $25 million in luxury tax for the coming season. While the salary cap has been set at $58.679 million, the significant number for the Lakers is the tax threshold -- which came in slightly over previous league estimates at $71.748 million. For the first time in NBA history, the tax climbs incrementally with each additional $5 million in payroll. The Lakers have $80.56 million in guaranteed contracts with eight players.
July 6, 2013 |
Smart money The divorce of Dwight Howard and the Lakers might be the biggest story in town, and NBA legend Magic Johnson is an owner of the Dodgers. So the L.A. sports fan ought to appreciate that the best moves the Dodgers made last week included trading for cap space. There is no salary cap for major league players, but the new collective bargaining agreement caps what teams can spend on amateurs. After Bob Engle , the Dodgers' vice president of international scouting, determined the team needed more cap space to pursue players around the world, the Dodgers traded reliever Matt Guerrier to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol . Dodgers fans vented about why their team would want the erratic Marmol, but what the Dodgers really wanted was the additional $200,000 in international cap space the Cubs included in the trade.
June 22, 2013 |
The rules changed when the league adopted the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, but Lakers executive and owner Jeanie Buss is confident the franchise will navigate its way back to the top. "We are in 100% in support of those agreements, but as much as they'd like to try to revenue share and make things equal -- our basketball expertise, they can't revenue share away from us," Buss said. "I believe that as they keep trying to make things more...
May 22, 2013 |
Brian Urlacher is the latest NFL fixture to bid farewell to his football career. The Chicago Bears All-Pro linebacker announced his retirement Wednesday on Twitter, linking to a longer statement: “After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” Urlacher wrote in a statement. “Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards. When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.