August 11, 2012 |
Fully immersed in their separate quests for an Olympic gold medal in London, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol received a pleasant interruption from the States. Dwight Howard officially became a member of the Lakers on Friday, ending their front office's years-long attempt to obtain the NBA's most dynamic center. If acquiring Steve Nash last month wasn't enough to antagonize Lakers haters, Howard surely did the trick, filling out an ominous starting five after the Lakers' back-to-back flameouts in the Western Conference semifinals.
December 18, 2011 |
There are no shortcuts to success for Chris Paul. He takes his job of being a professional basketball player seriously. He works tirelessly at every nuance of the game. He prepares physically and mentally. He is always looking to improve. In essence, Paul is driven. This is what the Clippers can expect out of their newest player. "Everybody has a craft," Paul said. "For me, this is my craft. This is what I love to do. I analyze it and I dissect it to a 'T.' I just pay attention to everything.
January 14, 2011 |
This is the way Sasha Vujacic envisioned the evolution of his game. He has become a dependable player for the New Jersey Nets since the Lakers traded him last month with their first-round selection in the June draft for seldom-used forward Joe Smith. The trade saved the Lakers almost $8 million in salary and luxury-tax considerations, and it reinvigorated Vujacic, who was in the last season of a three-year, $15-million contract. He is the Nets' fourth-leading scorer, averaging 11.3 points and 27.3 minutes in 12 games after averaging 1.8 points and 4.9 minutes in 11 games with the Lakers this season.
July 23, 2010 |
Reporting from Arlington, Texas — Seeking to strengthen their offense and bolster a position at which they have woefully underperformed, the Angels on Thursday acquired infielder Alberto Callaspo from the Kansas City Royals for pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Will Smith. The Angels hope Callaspo can serve as an upgrade over third basemen Maicer Izturis, Kevin Frandsen and Brandon Wood while boosting an offense that has sagged for long stretches since first baseman Kendry Morales suffered a season-ending leg injury in late May. The switch-hitting Callaspo, a former Angels prospect, was batting .275 with a .308 on-base percentage, eight home runs and 43 runs batted in in 88 games for the Royals, with 76 of his starts coming at third base.
February 17, 2010 |
A day after their coach acknowledged they were out of the playoffs, the Clippers on Tuesday traded veteran Marcus Camby to Portland for guard Steve Blake, forward Travis Outlaw and $1.5 million in cash. The Clippers were willing to part with one of the NBA's top rebounders and defenders, General Manager Mike Dunleavy said, so they could acquire two younger players while giving more minutes to forwards Craig Smith and DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers also waived reserve guard Ricky Davis to clear a roster spot.
February 9, 2010 |
There's a lot of Ilya Kovalchuk gear on sale at the Thrashers' team store, so Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello won't be the only one getting a bargain after the left wing was traded from Atlanta to New Jersey last week. The Devils had the depth to give away promising kids like Niclas Bergfors and Patrice Cormier and a first-round draft pick for Kovalchuk, who can walk away as a free agent July 1. The Kings wouldn't surrender any two of Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson and Wayne Simmonds, so Thrashers GM Don Waddell took the best deal available.