| Feb 16, 2013
| 4:24 PM
Michael Jordan probably provided about 50,000 breathtaking moments during his basketball career. On MJ's 50th birthday, we try to capture some of his high points — adding up to 50.
2 — March 29, 1982: As a freshman at North Carolina, Jordan...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 10:45 PM
The words, spoken by a glowing superstar at the end of a giddy tournament, formed an outline of hope. Five months later, into this same blueprint a despairing team buries its head.
It was Kobe Bryant talking about Dwight Howard. It was the caretaker of...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 10:53 PM
I came to Staples Center on Friday night pretty darn excited, the Lakers coming off two incredible moral victories and Magic Johnson and Jim Buss full of good cheer.
Happy days are here again.
Or, as Buss put it in a radio interview, "How can you not...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 11:27 PM
After he swished the three-point shot that gave the Lakers a 20-point lead over the Portland Trail Blazers late in the second quarter of what would become a 104-87 thrashing, Pau Gasol pumped his fist and floated to the bench on the sound of roars from...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 3:39 PM
A painful memo to all mortal souls in the planet:
'Tis the year of the all-mighty bully.
Tiger Woods is roaring again. The Miami Heat are soaring to another NBA title. And the Los Angeles Lakers appear to have awakened from their sleepy, dysfunctional...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 11:14 PM
Metta World Peace took a break to meditate before he conducted a baffling conversation with reporters in which he said he knew nothing about getting a retroactive flagrant foul from the NBA for a play in Denver on Monday and that he had forgotten he...
| Mar 3, 2013
Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2
An old dog, a new trickster and birth of 'Showtime'
"Showtime" began as 20-year-old rookie Magic Johnson inspired this talented team to first in the Pacific Division. After four close games in the...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 7:48 PM
LOS ANGELES — The postgame talk first centered on Dwight Howard establishing the Lakers' physical presence early en route to his 16 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks.
Conversation shifted to Metta World Peace bodying up the larger Carlos Boozer...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 10:42 AM
There was a time when midseason mayhem was the Miami Heat's approach to February.
No sooner did Pat Riley arrive in 1995, than he turned his roster upside down at his first NBA trading deadline with the team, on Feb. 22, 1996 maneuvering 11...
| Feb 2, 2013
| 8:28 PM
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — When Ron Artest first came to town I ignored him, wanting nothing to do with a wacko.
"A lot of people do that," Artest says.
I thought he was just a thug.
"I tell people who call me a thug you're calling the right person a...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 9:57 PM
Lakers 102 - Jazz 84 (end of regulation)
The Lakers ended their four-game losing streak Friday night, defeating the Utah Jazz 102-84.
Kobe Bryant was one rebound shy of a triple-double and one assist short of his career high (15), with a 14-point, 14-...