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  • Kobe Bryant's latest farewell stop brings fond memories

    Kobe Bryant's latest farewell stop brings fond memories

    Shaquille O'Neal used to like Kobe Bryant. He called him the world's best player here in 2000, and it was entirely sincere. Bryant's most recent stop on his goodbye tour was where he came of age in the NBA Finals. He remembered it fondly Monday before the Lakers lost to the Indiana Pacers, 89-87....

  • Lakers can't hold on to late lead in 89-87 loss to the Pacers

    Lakers can't hold on to late lead in 89-87 loss to the Pacers

    The Lakers lost their second straight game, falling on Monday to the Pacers in Indiana, 89-87. After the Pacers pulled ahead by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, the Lakers battled back with a 12-0 run to close within five, heading into the final period. Kobe Bryant, in his final career...

  • Fifty years ago Tuesday, the expansion Los Angeles Kings were born

    Fifty years ago Tuesday, the expansion Los Angeles Kings were born

    There was no shortage of applicants for an expansion franchise in Los Angeles when the insular, six-team NHL decided to double in size for the 1967-68 season. Five groups submitted bids, giving the league's Board of Governors many options when it met in February 1966. Los Angeles Rams owner Dan...

  • Derek Fisher is fired as New York Knicks coach

    Derek Fisher is fired as New York Knicks coach

    Derek Fisher has been fired as the head coach of the New York Knicks, the team announced Monday. Fisher won five NBA championships as a player with the Lakers. New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was Fisher's coach for all five of those titles. The Knicks lost their fifth straight game Sunday,...

  • Preview: Lakers hope to continue improved play in Indiana vs. Pacers

    Preview: Lakers hope to continue improved play in Indiana vs. Pacers

    Last week, the Lakers (11-42) won two straight before falling in a close game against the Spurs (43-8) in San Antonio. On Monday, the Lakers look to avoid another losing streak, visiting the Indiana Pacers (27-24). The Lakers should have Kobe Bryant (shoulder) available for his final career appearance...

  • Lakers: Predictions for Week 16

    Lakers: Predictions for Week 16

    The Lakers won two of three games through Week 15, finally reaching double-digits in the win column at 11-42. They'll play just two games in Week 16, visiting the Indiana Pacers (27-24) and Cleveland Cavaliers (36-14). Monday at Indiana Pacers Retiring veteran guard Kobe Bryant will make his final...

  • Lakers Week 15 in review: Kobe Bryant returns to form

    Lakers Week 15 in review: Kobe Bryant returns to form

    The Lakers entered Week 15 with 10 straight losses, in danger of setting a franchise record with an 11th. Coach Byron Scott said the team acts like they're "strangers" on the court, and that he won't ease up on the Lakers' youngsters. On Tuesday, the team rallied behind 38 points from Kobe Bryant,...

  • Kobe Bryant steals the show again in Lakers' win over the Pelicans

    Kobe Bryant steals the show again in Lakers' win over the Pelicans

    It was a fun day with plenty of parades, sunshine and good times during Mardi Gras. The French Quarter was happily rolling toward Fat Tuesday, the locals and tourists ready for a weekend of gumbo, hurricane drinks and everything in between. Only in a little corner of the city was there a lack of...

  • Lakers' Jordan Clarkson adds skills challenge to his All-Star weekend schedule

    Lakers' Jordan Clarkson adds skills challenge to his All-Star weekend schedule

    Jordan Clarkson's All-Star weekend keeps getting busier. The NBA added more tasks to his schedule, making him part of the eight-player skills challenge next Saturday in Toronto. The league announced last week that Clarkson would take part in the rising stars challenge next Friday, a game that includes...

  • Lakers hold off Pelicans for second consecutive victory

    Lakers hold off Pelicans for second consecutive victory

    The Lakers won their second conseuctive game, defeating the Pelicans, 99-96, in New Orleans on Thursday night. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points and 12 rebounds, making three three-point shots in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers hold off a desperate New Orleans squad. Anthony Davis...

  • Jordan Clarkson to participate in All-Star skills challenge

    Jordan Clarkson to participate in All-Star skills challenge

    Jordan Clarkson will represent the Lakers in the NBA's All-Star skills challenge in Toronto. The Lakers' second-year guard will be joined by DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves),...

  • Preview: Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans

    Preview: Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans

    The Lakers (10-41) ended a 10-game losing streak with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-36) on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Lakers have a chance to build a winning streak, visiting the New Orleans Pelicans (18-30).  The Pelicans played Wednesday, falling in San Antonio to the Spurs (41-8)....

  • Lakers Coach Byron Scott can appreciate a vintage Kobe Bryant performance the day after

    Lakers Coach Byron Scott can appreciate a vintage Kobe Bryant performance the day after

    Lakers Coach Byron Scott said he didn't get caught up in Kobe Bryant's vintage performance Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After all, the Lakers were trying to avoid setting a franchise record for consecutive losses and had already blown an 11-point fourth-quarter lead before salvaging...

  • Five takeaways from Lakers' 119-115 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

    Five takeaways from Lakers' 119-115 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Lakers (10-41) ended their 10-game losing streak, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-36). Here are five takeaways from the 119-115 win at Staples Center. 1. The Lakers seemed to have the game in hand, but the Timberwolves rallied and took a late lead. Kobe Bryant responded with a pair of...

  • Happy memories of Marge Hearn, 'first lady of the Lakers'

    Happy memories of Marge Hearn, 'first lady of the Lakers'

    Stu Lantz still carries the press pass, tucked safely in his wallet, wherever he goes. It has Chick Hearn's name and smiling face on it, and was given to the Lakers TV analyst after the team's play-by-play announcer died in 2002. The press pass was in a box of Hearn's belongings that his wife,...

  • Preview: Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets visit the Lakers today

    Preview: Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets visit the Lakers today

    Former Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin will return on Sunday, as the Charlotte Hornets (22-25) visit the Lakers (9-40) at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant's status (sore shoulder) remains unclear. The all-star guard sat out on Friday when the Lakers hosted the Clippers. Rookie forward Larry Nance Jr....

  • Tarik Black helps the D-Fenders improve to 15-14

    Tarik Black helps the D-Fenders improve to 15-14

    Lakers forward/center Tarik Black helped the D-Fenders (15-14) defeat the Oklahoma City Blue (10-20) on Saturday, scoring 15 points with 14 rebounds on assignment in the NBA Development League. Through eight appearances with the D-Fenders, Black has averaged 16.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks,...

  • Clippers' Lance Stephenson picks up his game with Paul Pierce resting

    Clippers' Lance Stephenson picks up his game with Paul Pierce resting

    DeAndre Jordan liked what he saw as he walked into the interview room late Friday night. "Born Ready!" Jordan yelled, acknowledging the nickname of the Clippers teammate situating himself behind a table to take questions. "Hey, what's up?" Lance Stephenson responded earnestly. Fun is usually involved...

  • Lakers are on the doorstep of some bad history, hoping to avoid a club record-tying 10-game skid

    Lakers are on the doorstep of some bad history, hoping to avoid a club record-tying 10-game skid

    The Lakers' young players show the same reaction. They frown in an animated, taken-aback fashion. If the Lakers (9-40) lose to Charlotte on Sunday, they tie the franchise record of 10 consecutive defeats. "Really? The record? Oh my," rookie D'Angelo Russell said with sad amazement. The 1993-94...

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell trying to turn criticism into motivation

    Lakers' D'Angelo Russell trying to turn criticism into motivation

    After a poor performance in the Lakers' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, rookie guard D'Angelo Russell called himself out for "lackadaisical" play. Both Russell and the Lakers were more competitive on Friday, visiting the Clippers, but 18 turnovers doomed the team to their ninth straight...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' 105-93 win over the Lakers

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' 105-93 win over the Lakers

    The Lakers (9-40) lost their ninth-straight game, falling to the Clippers (31-16), who won their third in a row.  Here are five takeaways from the Clippers' 105-93 win over the Lakers at Staples Center. 1. Chris Paul scoring 27 with seven assists isn't surprising.  DeAndre Jordan pulling down 17...

  • Chris Paul's 27 points lead Clippers past the Lakers, 105-93

    Chris Paul's 27 points lead Clippers past the Lakers, 105-93

    They are two teams dealing with their own set of issues, but only the Clippers have been able to withstand their problems while the Lakers just remain in the same poor state. On Friday night, the shadow of Blake Griffin's absence loomed over the Clippers, his right hand injured from a punch he...

  • With Lakers flailing and L.A. there for the taking, Clippers fumble a chance thanks to Blake Griffin

    With Lakers flailing and L.A. there for the taking, Clippers fumble a chance thanks to Blake Griffin

    Silly Clippers. This was supposed to be their turn to lie out in the sun, to leave the Staples Center basement while the Lakers kept tumbling down the stairwell. Their first chance came last May with a 3-1 series lead over Houston, and need it be rehashed? Their second chance was now. Or more accurately,...

  • Clippers' Doc Rivers says Blake Griffin feels awful about Toronto incident

    Clippers' Doc Rivers says Blake Griffin feels awful about Toronto incident

    The only sign of Blake Griffin at tipoff Friday night was a massive banner of the power forward far above the Staples Center court, his mouth agape and his arm muscles rippling. Looming much larger over the Clippers was continuing uncertainty about when they might see the real-life version back...

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