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The Los Angeles Lakers honored one of the greatest players to ever step on a basketball court on Friday night. The franchise unveiled a statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar outside of Staples Center in Los Angeles. His No. 33 had already been retired, and now his patented skyhook has been captured in bronze alongside statues of Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn. The 65-year-old Abdul-Jabbar was a 19-time All-Star, six-time NBA MVP and is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer (38,387 points). He came to the Lakers via trade from the Milwaukee Bucks 1975 and spent the rest of his career in Los Angeles, retiring in 1989 with six championship rings, five earned in purple and gold. The ceremony took place before the Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 114-102. Though his relationship with the Lakers has appeared a bit strained at times over the past few years, he was visibly humbled by the honor. The unveiling ceremony was attended by many NBA greats, and celebrities. Johnson was in...
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LOS ANGELES "Brown is a good coach 314 regular-season wins don't lie. He actually has a full season this year to show it. Let him."
I wrote that at the end of last week's "Three Thoughts." I didn't know it was also going to be the end of Mike Brown. But I still stand by what I wrote Mike Brown is a good coach.
He's just not the right coach...
Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said he chose to hire Mike D’Antoni over fan-favorite and 11-time champion Phil Jackson because he felt D’Antoni’s system would be a better fit for the Lakers current roster. Only time will tell though if he made the right decision.Now no one doubts that D’Antoni’s system can be implemented on the fly much quicker than the triangle system...
LOS ANGELES -- "Brown is a good coach 314 regular-season wins don't lie. He actually has a full season this year to show it. Let him."
I wrote that at the end of last week's "Three Thoughts"; I didn't know it was also going to be the end of Mike Brown.
I still stand by what I wroteMike Brown is a good coach.
He's just not the right coach for...
It’s a known fact that Los Angeles has the highest population of homelessness in the U.S. Lakers leading man, Kobe Bryant has started a foundation to combat that.
Mission: Kobe Bryant is a 5-part series that shows life on Skid Row through some of the inhabitants eyes. Bryant takes you there and stops by the LA Mission where he speaks to four men seeking to improve their lives...
Although Mike D'Antoni is still on crutches after his recent knee surgery, he's already at work with the Los Angeles Lakers.
D'Antoni coached his first practice with his new team Thursday, four days after the Lakers hired him to replace Mike Brown.
The former Knicks and Suns coach had knee replacement surgery earlier this month, delaying his arrival to take over the...
LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't quite "Seven seconds or less," but the Los Angeles Lakers sure scored in a blur in their final tuneup before Mike D'Antoni takes the reins. Kobe Bryant had 31 points to lead five Lakers in double-figures in a 114-102 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night at Staples Center in what is expected to be the team's last game under interim...
I have really been intrigued by the saga unfolding out in LA LA land. The Los Angeles Lakers publicly welcomed new head coach Mike D’Antoni to their bench on Friday. Though D’Antoni will never be held in the highest regard in my green goggles, I must say his usually very dry press conferences turned candid and amusing Friday. [...]
Ahh, Pau Gasol. As one of the greatest big men in the NBA, the Laker forward is often the difference-maker between the Lake show going deep into the playoffs, or making an early exit. As evidenced over these past couple years, Gasol’s play hasn’t quite been there, and Hollywood’s favorite team got bounced before a [...]
Steve Nash has a small non-displaced fracture in the head of his fibula (left leg).
Mike D'Antoni is already making his mark on the Los Angeles Lakers, but it doesn't look like he'll be ready for his debut on the Staples Center sidelines for a few more days.
As long as Kobe Bryant's there, the Lakers may not have too much trouble.
Bryant has averaged 42.0 points in his last three home games against the Phoenix Suns, who have lost seven of eight...
Kobe Bryant had 31 points, Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers while scoring 22 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers played Mike D'Antoni's style of up-tempo basketball in a 114-102 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers improved to 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff with a performance that must have...
Who knew D’Antoni was mildly funny?