| Feb 14, 2013
| 8:20 PM
Mike Piazza would never exist today. He would have to be created by the Hollywood machine that once embraced him.
He was taken in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft. There are no longer 62 rounds in the draft.
He was given a private tryout at a...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 7:09 PM
PHOENIX — His face is shadowed under an oversized baseball cap. His gaze is often averted to the ceiling or floor. His handshake is distant, his voice is small, his sentences trail off into awkward silence.
The first impression of Dodgers...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 11:11 PM
Streamers fell from the rafters Friday night inside Staples Center, the Lakers having beaten the middling Utah Jazz to end a four-game losing streak.
No one should cheer anything short of a 10-game winning streak with this team, given the...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 11:00 PM
It would be surprising if the chant in Staples Center isn't loud and persistent by now.
And he's going to need it, limping as he was during Monday afternoon's loss at Golden State.
But if sports is all about winning and the pursuit of excellence,...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 8:19 PM
Kobe Bryant said things aren't working and it's time for a change.
Coach Mike D'Antoni decided the Lakers didn't need to practice Tuesday.
The dysfunctional Lakers stayed overnight after Monday's loss in Chicago, because who...
| 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...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 9:24 PM
If Pau Gasol's feelings were hurt a year ago when the Lakers tried to trade him to the Hornets for Chris Paul, his subpar performance last season is easier to understand.
But when trade rumors were revived around midseason, Gasol should have been fired...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 11:06 PM
HOUSTON — The season started with Steve Nash posing next to Dwight Howard on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the headline reading, "Now this is going to be fun."
At one point in the first quarter Tuesday, the Lakers point guard found himself on...
| Nov 12, 2012
He was asked and so he served, but Bernie Bickerstaff gave the distinct impression he will be happy when his term as the Lakers' interim coach ends and he can go back to being a low-profile assistant coach with nothing more pressing to worry about than...
| Nov 13, 2012
Phil Jackson was blindsided, and so were we.
We were told on Saturday it's a 95% chance the ring master is coming back to coach, no one mentioning the 5% in the minority were apparently Jerry Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak.
The Lakers now tell us...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 8:38 PM
Ross Porter died.
"He fell into my arms," says Lin, his wife of 51 years, "and said, 'I am leaving.'"
Anyone who knows Lin won't be surprised with what happens next. She orders her husband not to leave. Doctors and nurses call a code blue at UCLA's...