| Oct 8, 2013
| 6:30 AM
They each lifted their dirt-caked sleeves into the air as if raising an entire city above them.
Yasiel Puig shot a line drive into the right-field corner, scampering and sliding into second base, leaping up with a howl, throwing his arms high.
| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:22 PM
These days, athletes become emblems of their adoptive cities the way cigar-chomping pols and gangsters once did. Big Papi is Boston; Derek Jeter is still New York. Michael Jordan was Chicago, or Chicago was Jordan. Before that Butkus and Ditka. St. Louis,...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 6:28 PM
Lakers fan Lee Searing waited until he thought he had a really nice horse, and it happened to coincide with an injury to his favorite player, Kobe Bryant, so he named his 2-year-old colt Kobe's Back. And what a debut for the son of Flatter on Saturday...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 7:31 PM
At first glance, the rebuilding Lakers will make you cover your mouth in shock.
No Dwight Howard. No Metta World Peace. No Earl Clark. No new coach. No defined ownership. No clear plan. No Showtime. No Lake Show. No Bench Mob. No way in heck are you...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 8:36 PM
Every day, when his latest nagging injury sends doubts flitting through his mind, Steve Nash conducts an internal dialogue that's part checklist and part pep talk.
The subject is always the same. The answers vary according to what most pains the...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 2:06 PM
An NBA season isn't just a story that writes itself. It's also kind enough to touch on every genre.
There's the fantasy of LeBron James and what he might do with the ball, the romance of Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. There's the mystery of what...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In a town where perception is reality, get ready for a season of the surreal.
The Lakers aren't the Lakers. The Clippers aren't the Clippers.
Kobe Bryant isn't Kobe Bryant. Steve Nash isn't Steve Nash. The Buss aura isn't the Buss aura.
| Oct 29, 2013
| 11:45 PM
Never saw this coming. Never felt this happening.
Never thought the Clippers would begin their march to the NBA Finals by tripping over the Lakers ... bench?
Never thought new Clippers Coach Doc Rivers would watch the first step toward his second...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 11:39 PM
Doc Rivers doesn't need to turn on his GPS just yet.
That Clippers' championship parade route he talked about plotting Tuesday may not be ready to be taken any time soon, even as a psychological ploy.
Not when your presumed Finals contender can't...
| Nov 18, 2012
| 11:57 PM
Kobe Bryant considered it no big deal Sunday that his 22-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist performance against the Houston Rockets was his 18th triple-double, a feat that didn't inspire much more from him than a small smile. And maybe in one sense he was...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 5:44 PM
The next thing you know, Jack Nicholson will be sitting courtside to watch the most captivating NBA team in town.
That would be the Clippers, who upstaged their Staples Center brethren once again by reaching a deal Sunday to lure Doc Rivers away from...