| Jun 28, 2014
| 7:16 AM
It was nearly 1 a.m. Friday morning. Pat Riley's voice was thin, his presence not nearly as commanding as when the Miami Heat president previously addressed the media a week earlier, at a far saner hour.
He had just obtained UConn guard Shabazz...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:15 PM
The NBA's greatest frontman and his favorite backup singer stood together on a crowded hardwood floor, cameras whirring and lights flashing, their hands gently placed on the same basketball for a pose they have been practicing for years.
| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:32 PM
"Born to the purple" means someone who comes into the world privileged and royal. That doesn't exactly describe Jeanie Buss. She was teenager when her father, Jerry Buss, bought the Los Angeles Lakers. After he died, Jeanie stepped into the job of...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:17 PM
Bill Sharman is 87 years old. Saturday afternoon, he had a mild stroke. These things hit us like lightning bolts of reality.
Los Angeles has more than its share of sports legends. We are blessed. We thought John Wooden would live forever. We were wrong....
| Apr 5, 2014
| 6:35 PM
For more than a half century, few in this town have loved and lived the Lakers like Joe Smith.
The former record mogul has four season seats on the baseline next to the Lakers bench. He has held those seats since the team arrived in Los Angeles. He...
| Mar 3, 2013
It took several cups of coffee and a couple of hours one recent morning to realize there was still so much more to know about Jerry Buss.
The coffee was shared with Bob Steiner, Buss' longtime public relations advisor and general confidant. We...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 10:07 PM
As last-second shots go, this was one of his best.
With the clock ticking down on the Lakers' chances of obtaining a high pick in what could be a loaded draft, Kobe Bryant stepped up by stepping back.
With only 18 more chances to lose more games and...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 4:34 PM
They are losing more games by larger margins than anyone could imagine. They are losing more fans in bigger chunks than anyone thought possible.
They have lost star players to injuries, star free agents to other teams, star power in their building to...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 5:42 PM
For much of our adult lives, the Lakers have been the toast of the town. That's why the anguish is so understandable now that they are merely toast.
But in the midst of all the noise, have we not missed some of the more salient points? Are we so...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 7:29 AM
I don’t know which was more surprising:
Phil Jackson citing Jerry Krause as the “map’’ for his new job as head honcho of the Knicks or Krause thanking Jackson for the shout-out.
We’ll know the world officially has gone...
| Dec 14, 2007
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were missing from the San Antonio Spurs' lineup Thursday, each resting a sprained ankle and unable to play against the Lakers.
But some aspects of the Spurs remained the same: Manu Ginobili flopped all over the floor, and the...