Found March 30, 2012 on
Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs
Mike Brown is the easy scapegoat. He's replacing Phil Jackson, the greatest manager of athletic egos in the history of sports. Brown is a defensive-minded coach operating in Showtime Los Angeles.
Whatever is wrong with the Lakers -- and there was plenty wrong the final three quarters Thursday night inside the Staples Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder -- must be traced to Brown, the coach with the audacity to bench Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum in back-to-back games.
Mike Brown is clearly in over his head. Or maybe he's not?
Maybe Kobe Bryant is the problem. Maybe 7-foot center Andrew Bynum jacked up a transition 3-pointer against Golden State on Tuesday in rebellion against the Black Mamba rather than Mike Brown. Maybe Bynum chuckled on the bench, promised to continue pulling up from behind the arc and appeared totally insubordinate to Brown as a passive-aggressive way of tweaking Kobe Bryant.
Maybe Bynum sees what I saw Thursday night from my seat at the Staples C...
BEST OF MAXIM
Andrew Bynum has reportedly become a nuisance within the Lakers locker room, playing music loudly and being disrespectful to his coaches and teammates.
The clock ticked down, the Lakers trailed and you-know-who had the ball.
Kobe Bryant dribbled to the far perimeter. He squared up. His shot dropped through the basket. And the 18,997 fans at Staples Center cheered ecstatically for Bryant nailing the eventual game-winner in the Lakers' 88-85 victory Saturday over the New Orleans Hornets.
We've seen this play out before...
When Andrew Bynum took and missed that ill advised three pointer on Tuesday night, we wondered aloud if Mike Brown was losing control of the Lakers. He had just benched Kobe Bryant and now Bynum was openly brushing his authority to the side. Things certainly didn’t look good for Brown.But according to a report from the Daily News, things are starting to not look good for Andrew...
Kobe Bryant hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, after starting the game with 15 straight misses, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the last-place New Orleans Hornets 88-85 on Saturday.
It was just the third field goal of the game for Bryant, who finished with 11 points on 3 of 21 shooting as the Lakers ended a two-game skid at home. Pau Gasol had 21 points and...
LOS ANGELES So, with the Lakers trailing the New Orleans Hornets 67-61 going into the fourth quarter, and Kobe Bryant 0 for 15 from the field and scoreless for the game, what was going through the mind of the game's greatest active player?
A"I'd better hit a few shots or we're going to lose to a really bad basketball team."
B"I need to forget about shooting...
The Oklahoma City Thunder are the team to beat in the Western Conference, but Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are showing they may have another run in them - provided they stay focused.
The Thunder visit the Lakers on Thursday night in Derek Fisher's return to Staples Center.
Oklahoma City (38-12) continues to hold onto first place in the West, although San Antonio has...
After squeaking past one lesser opponent, the Los Angeles Lakers want to avoid overlooking another one.
The Lakers have won 14 of their last 15 meetings with the Golden State Warriors heading into Sunday night's matchup at Staples Center.
Los Angeles (32-20) won 88-85 at home Saturday over Western Conference-worst New Orleans, blowing an early 14-point lead and eventually needing...