| Dec 17, 2013
| 8:31 PM
Kobe Bryant has this thing he does, just when the Lakers are moments from being flattened by an oncoming train, he smiles and says, "What whistle?"
Call it the no-look quote.
Bryant has been doing this for years, his normal confidence level going into...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 11:39 PM
SACRAMENTO — The cow bell crowd came to beg some more for NBA attention, maybe the last Kings' game to be contested on this prairie before a move to Seattle.
But there was the real possibility the energy in this graveyard might raise the Kings...
| May 28, 2013
The firing of Vinny Del Negro remains troublesome. The obvious involvement of Chris Paul remains perplexing.
Both are class people, the kind with whom you'd enjoy sharing dinner and talking about books and family. Both worked hard for an entire season...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:17 PM
In this most conflicted of Lakers seasons, it figures that the common reaction to Kobe Bryant's imminent and inspirational return is actually two reactions.
Upon hearing the news: Yes! This means they have a chance to make the playoffs!
| Nov 20, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Out on the practice court, beyond window blinds that blocked the view from the media workroom at the Lakers' El Segundo practice facility, Kobe Bryant was moving ever closer toward returning to the lineup.
His teammates had barely finished praising...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 8:17 PM
Happily for Kobe Bryant, he is now going to be a Laker for life.
Sadly for the misguided Lakers, it probably won't be much of a life.
The news Monday that Bryant had signed a two-year contract extension worth $48.5 million – twice his market...
| May 29, 2013
| 5:00 AM
He spent some of his basketball career above the rim, some of it behind a desk, all of it in limbo.
Elgin Baylor was a Lakers star before the Lakers were stars. He was a Clippers boss before the Clippers were boss. He was always Los Angeles' other idol,...
| Nov 14, 2012
So here I am, the Welcome Wagon, the first media guy in Los Angeles talking to Mike D'Antoni and he's not quitting.
I thought I would be spending the day genuflecting in front of the Zen Master again, but by the time I'm finished with D'Antoni I'm...
| Apr 20, 2013
| 4:00 PM
The last time they tried this, it didn't go so well.
The last time the Lakers attempted to win a playoff series without Kobe Bryant, they had home-court advantage, a future Hall of Famer, and absolutely no chance.
The year was 1996, and after lurching...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 11:07 PM
It was a good night for Lakers fans. Lots of venting.
Dwight Howard was in town. He hadn't been back here for a game against the Lakers since he sinned against the 11th Commandment. Thou Shalt Not Leave the Lakers.
He not only left, but says now...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 11:04 PM
This city's NBA fans are being jarred out of their comfort zone.
Part of it is that we have lived so long and so happily with the Laker Show. Magic and Showtime became our birthright. We assumed there would always be another Magic, and we assumed right....