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February 24, 2001
Rob Blake--Gone. Gary Sheffield--Soon gone. Shaq and Kobe--Want to be gone? Oh, to live the agonizing life of a Los Angeles sports fan. If they start trading our XFL cheerleaders, I'm leaving this city for good. STEPHEN BECK Los Angeles
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April 20, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The last time they tried this, it didn't go so well. The last time the Lakers attempted to win a playoff series without Kobe Bryant, they had home-court advantage, a future Hall of Famer, and absolutely no chance. The year was 1996, and after lurching through the regular season into a first-round, best-of-five series against the Houston Rockets, the unsteady Lakers collapsed into a dysfunctional heap. After they played one of their worst games of the season in losing the series opener at the Forum, Magic Johnson, in his brief foray between retirements, challenged coach Del Harris.
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SPORTS
September 9, 2000
It really amazes me about the negative-vs.-positive in anything that happens with the Lakers. Case in point, Mr. Clark's letter (negative) and Mr. Scheffer's letter (positive) [Viewpoint, Sept. 2] on the Isaiah Rider signing. I side with Mr. Scheffer because I err on the side of optimism. Rider is phenomenally talented, and his attitude is the only thing hounding him. Gee, I'd rather take a guy with talent and some problems than any guy who has a marvelous work effort with no talent.
SPORTS
February 15, 2009 | MARK HEISLER
Not them again. OK, presenting for the very last time -- no, really -- the greatest, most entertaining, most controversial, not to mention, the most overexposed tandem in basketball and possibly world history. . . . Aw, you guessed it. Yes, it's Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, thrown together by yet another twist of fate. Happily, fate may finally be out of twists.
SPORTS
May 3, 2003 | J.A. Adande
Three months ago I didn't think I would be making either of these statements: I'm really feeling that Justin Timberlake album, and I'll take the Lakers over the San Antonio Spurs. But here we are in May and I find that song "Rock Your Body" surprisingly good, and the Lakers appear ready to beat the Spurs in seven games. That Laker pick goes against most logic.
SPORTS
November 18, 2000
Bill Plaschke, once again you seem to have an unbelievable knack for getting the story wrong. You state in your article of Nov. 15 that the Lakers can't win with an MVP Kobe and that "Laker fans have to live through this again." Live through what? Watching a superstar cut through the lane, cross-over his opponent into the first row of Staples and walk on air to thunder dunk? You writers seem to have very short memories: Game 2 Phoenix, Game 7 Portland, Game 4 Pacers. In the big game, Kobe is the man!
SPORTS
May 1, 1999
The 1998 Lakers: Young team with a deep bench. Power forward away from an NBA title. Needed poise, maturity and experience. The 1999 Lakers: Old team with a so-so bench. Point guard, shooting guard, power forward away from an NBA title. No heart, no pride, no defense. MAX REYES, Walnut Bingo! Wilt Chamberlain cuts to the heart of the defenseless Lakers in his interview with Bill Plaschke [April 28]. When Wilt was in his prime there was not and has never been (including Michael Jordan)
SPORTS
February 10, 2008 | Mark Heisler
QUOTAGE THAT'S NOT HOW WE REMEMBER IT Former Laker Kwame Brown, above, on joining the Memphis Grizzlies: "This could be a fortunate situation for me. I didn't get to play much out in L.A." THANKS, MEMPHIS San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich on the Pau Gasol trade: "What they were thinking in Memphis is beyond comprehension. There should be a law, a trade committee that can scratch off trades that make no sense. . . . I'd like to elect myself to that committee. And I would have voted 'nay' on the L.A. trade."
NEWS
June 18, 2001
Small thoughts on big win: I believe Shaq is the greatest. U2? Kobe is Destiny's Man-Child. Coach Jackson is the Lakers' heart and soul patch. Lue matched Iverson cornrow for cornrow. Iverson needed a long-sleeve turtleneck to cover up all that nasty ink. Eric Snow looks like that old "Webster" show guy. Tyrone Hill looks like singer Seal, and I don't mean that in a good way. Robert Horry is the real Fresh Prince. I'm just glad I don't have to look at/listen to that "Weakest Link" game show "mean-lady" again.
SPORTS
February 15, 2009 | MARK HEISLER
Not them again. OK, presenting for the very last time -- no, really -- the greatest, most entertaining, most controversial, not to mention, the most overexposed tandem in basketball and possibly world history. . . . Aw, you guessed it. Yes, it's Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, thrown together by yet another twist of fate. Happily, fate may finally be out of twists.
SPORTS
February 10, 2008 | Mark Heisler
QUOTAGE THAT'S NOT HOW WE REMEMBER IT Former Laker Kwame Brown, above, on joining the Memphis Grizzlies: "This could be a fortunate situation for me. I didn't get to play much out in L.A." THANKS, MEMPHIS San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich on the Pau Gasol trade: "What they were thinking in Memphis is beyond comprehension. There should be a law, a trade committee that can scratch off trades that make no sense. . . . I'd like to elect myself to that committee. And I would have voted 'nay' on the L.A. trade."
SPORTS
May 3, 2003 | J.A. Adande
Three months ago I didn't think I would be making either of these statements: I'm really feeling that Justin Timberlake album, and I'll take the Lakers over the San Antonio Spurs. But here we are in May and I find that song "Rock Your Body" surprisingly good, and the Lakers appear ready to beat the Spurs in seven games. That Laker pick goes against most logic.
SPORTS
June 15, 2002 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shaquille O'Neal sliced open his left forearm while pretending to be Spider-Man at home with his children on the morning of May 5. Stitched and ready to take on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals, O'Neal promptly cut his right forefinger on the rim and needed three more sutures before the day was done. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant was accidentally kicked in the right knee by San Antonio's pesky Bruce Bowen and limped off the floor to seek medical treatment during Game 1 at Staples Center.
NEWS
June 18, 2001
Small thoughts on big win: I believe Shaq is the greatest. U2? Kobe is Destiny's Man-Child. Coach Jackson is the Lakers' heart and soul patch. Lue matched Iverson cornrow for cornrow. Iverson needed a long-sleeve turtleneck to cover up all that nasty ink. Eric Snow looks like that old "Webster" show guy. Tyrone Hill looks like singer Seal, and I don't mean that in a good way. Robert Horry is the real Fresh Prince. I'm just glad I don't have to look at/listen to that "Weakest Link" game show "mean-lady" again.
NEWS
June 9, 2001 | SAM SMITH, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
We interrupt this Laker collapse for a bulletin: Shaq and Kobe are back! Still, they haven't scared anyone yet but their fans and media pundits. That's because even with O'Neal and Bryant combining for 59 points, the Philadelphia 76ers battled the Lakers to the final buzzer and the thumping hearts of the normally cool Los Angeles fans in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday night. In a Staples Center first, cell-phone usage was said to be down in the fourth quarter.
SPORTS
February 24, 2001
Rob Blake--Gone. Gary Sheffield--Soon gone. Shaq and Kobe--Want to be gone? Oh, to live the agonizing life of a Los Angeles sports fan. If they start trading our XFL cheerleaders, I'm leaving this city for good. STEPHEN BECK Los Angeles
NEWS
June 9, 2001 | SAM SMITH, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
We interrupt this Laker collapse for a bulletin: Shaq and Kobe are back! Still, they haven't scared anyone yet but their fans and media pundits. That's because even with O'Neal and Bryant combining for 59 points, the Philadelphia 76ers battled the Lakers to the final buzzer and the thumping hearts of the normally cool Los Angeles fans in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday night. In a Staples Center first, cell-phone usage was said to be down in the fourth quarter.
SPORTS
June 15, 2002 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shaquille O'Neal sliced open his left forearm while pretending to be Spider-Man at home with his children on the morning of May 5. Stitched and ready to take on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals, O'Neal promptly cut his right forefinger on the rim and needed three more sutures before the day was done. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant was accidentally kicked in the right knee by San Antonio's pesky Bruce Bowen and limped off the floor to seek medical treatment during Game 1 at Staples Center.
SPORTS
November 18, 2000
Bill Plaschke, once again you seem to have an unbelievable knack for getting the story wrong. You state in your article of Nov. 15 that the Lakers can't win with an MVP Kobe and that "Laker fans have to live through this again." Live through what? Watching a superstar cut through the lane, cross-over his opponent into the first row of Staples and walk on air to thunder dunk? You writers seem to have very short memories: Game 2 Phoenix, Game 7 Portland, Game 4 Pacers. In the big game, Kobe is the man!
SPORTS
September 9, 2000
It really amazes me about the negative-vs.-positive in anything that happens with the Lakers. Case in point, Mr. Clark's letter (negative) and Mr. Scheffer's letter (positive) [Viewpoint, Sept. 2] on the Isaiah Rider signing. I side with Mr. Scheffer because I err on the side of optimism. Rider is phenomenally talented, and his attitude is the only thing hounding him. Gee, I'd rather take a guy with talent and some problems than any guy who has a marvelous work effort with no talent.
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