January 15, 2012 |
Chris Paul had an MRI exam Sunday on his strained left hamstring that was negative, the Clippers announced. The team also said that Paul will be listed as day to day, but that the 6-foot All-Star guard is questionable for Monday's game against the New Jersey Nets at Staples Center. Paul was injured late in the fourth quarter in the Clippers' victory over the Lakers on Saturday night at Staples Center. If Paul doesn't play, Chauncey Billups probably will start at point guard and Randy Foye will move from the bench into the starting shooting guard role.
January 13, 2012
Lakers tonight VS. CLEVELAND When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 8-4, Cavaliers 5-5. Update: Cleveland will be playing the sixth game of a seasonlong seven-game trip. The Cavaliers have been led by veteran forward Antawn Jamison and rookie guard Kyrie Irving, who has started every game. The Lakers are expected to get back Jason Kapono after the shooting guard sat out two games to be with his wife following the birth of twin daughters.
January 11, 2012 |
The acknowledgment came early in the first quarter, courtesy of two words and a theme song from a 1970s sitcom. "Thanks Shannon" read the Staples Center scoreboard while music from "Welcome Back, Kotter" played over the loudspeakers. Seated on the Phoenix Suns bench, Shannon Brown flashed an appreciative smile. The shooting guard who had helped the Lakers win two NBA titles was back, but it wouldn't be a happy homecoming for long. Kobe Bryant, who had called Brown his "little brother," upstaged his former teammate in a big way, scoring a season-high 48 points during the Lakers' 99-83 victory over Phoenix.
December 20, 2011 |
All of the attention has been paid to Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups as the newest members of the Clippers' backcourt, and about Mo Williams' going from the starting point guard to a reserve role. The forgotten man in all of this has been guard Randy Foye . Or not — at least not in his eyes. "No, I don't feel that way at all," Foye said. "I know Coach [ Vinny Del Negro ] knows what I bring to the table. " Foye is in the final season of a contract that pays him $4.25 million for 2011-12, but he's not worried about this being a contract year.
December 16, 2011 |
Chauncey Billups, in a clear, baritone voice, assured the Clippers and their fans that he was no longer uncertain of where he wanted to play. "I'm all in," Billups said Friday at a news conference at the team's practice facility. Billups admitted he underwent some soul-searching before he came to grips with the fact that the Clippers would be his new home. He had been troubled by how New York treated him, how the Knicks used the new "amnesty" provision to waive the 35-year-old guard.
December 3, 2011 |
Twice before, Shannon Brown has pondered leaving the Lakers through free agency. Twice before, he has spurned others to continue wearing purple and gold. That's not to say past actions can always predict future behavior. Mark Bartelstein, Brown's agent, acknowledged Saturday that the shooting guard's priorities may have changed heading into his sixth NBA season. "We're certainly not ruling it out," Bartelstein said of returning to the Lakers, "but he's also at a point in his career where he's maybe ready to take the next step in terms of playing time and with Kobe [Bryant]
November 5, 2011 |
The UCLA men's basketball team's road show will start with what amounts to a home game for Tyler Lamb . The sophomore guard spent two years at Colony High in Ontario and still has friends and family near Citizens Business Bank Arena, where the Bruins will play an exhibition game against Cal State San Bernardino at 2 p.m. on Sunday. "It will be a good chance for everybody to finally get to watch me play again," Lamb said. "They haven't watched me play since high school. " They didn't miss much during Lamb's first year in Westwood.
March 6, 2011 |
So much for getting to see the complete and healthy Clippers roster for an extended look. That vision lasted, oh, a game and one-plus quarter. (Nice team, by the way.) Chances for a decent, late-season evaluation period evaporated when shooting guard Eric Gordon clattered to the court, victim of a hard foul from Denver center Timofey Mozgov in the second quarter of the Clippers' 106-103 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night. Gordon, the Clippers' leading scorer, landed hard and re-aggravated his injured right wrist and did not return.
February 26, 2011 |
RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY WHO HAD SPURS-BULLS FINALS? 1. SAN ANTONIO (48-10) As Pop says, haven't dominated opponents -- but on pace to beat 68. (1) 2. CHICAGO (40-17) Presumably with a shooting guard, they'd be on 72-win pace. (5) 3. MIAMI (43-16) Oops: Just learned East has another contender bigger than they are. (2) 4. DALLAS (42-16) Team Lakers catch or play on road in second round goes 15-1. (4) 5. BOSTON (42-15) Personally, I'd say this isn't time to start thinking about future.
February 20, 2011 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District receives its share of bad press, but that doesn't mean there aren't determined students finding ways to succeed. One example can be found at Los Angeles Garfield, where the basketball team's starting guards, David Laroue and Julian Sandoval , have grade-point averages worthy of the Ivy League. Laroue's GPA is 4.2. Sandoval is at 4.3. They've applied to Stanford, UCLA, California and some Ivy League schools, among others. Each lives in East Los Angeles and stands about 5 feet 8. They've known each other since fourth grade.