| Jan 11, 2013
| 10:53 PM
I came to Staples Center on Friday night pretty darn excited, the Lakers coming off two incredible moral victories and Magic Johnson and Jim Buss full of good cheer.
Happy days are here again.
Or, as Buss put it in a radio interview, "How can you not...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 5:00 PM
Sometimes teenage athletes can be very stubborn and don't want to listen to suggestions from their father, even if they play basketball and he's a coach in the NBA.
Elijah Brown, a standout senior guard at Santa Ana Mater Dei and the son of former...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 11:22 PM
When Mike Brown was hired as Lakers coach two years ago, he brought his teenage son, Elijah, with him from Cleveland.
In 2013, it's Elijah making the headlines in Los Angeles, becoming one of the best high school basketball players in Southern...
| 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 3, 2013
The frozen fields of Wyoming came first. Long before the championship trophies. Before the glitz and glamour. Jerry Buss was still a teenager, digging ditches beside his stepfather, when he dreamed of bigger things.
It was youthful ambition — a...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 2:46 PM
When Jerry Buss bought the Lakers in 1979, he wanted to build a championship team. He also wanted to put on a show.
The new owner gave courtside seats to movie stars. He hired pretty women to dance during timeouts. He spent freely on big stars and...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 11:30 PM
One of the most hyped teams in NBA history fell exhaustedly into the playoffs Wednesday.
Appropriately, it happened with only three hours left in the season. Fittingly, it was clinched when they were just standing around.
Ten minutes before the...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:05 PM
What had been softly whispered for months, almost as if saying it aloud might make a terrible thing come true, became sad and public knowledge Thursday.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss, not seen this season around his beloved team and for nearly a year removed...
| 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...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 11:14 AM
Former Lakers head coach Mike Brown and his wife, Carolyn, have listed their house in a gated Anaheim Hills community for $3.75 million.
The Mediterranean-style house, built in 1990 and later remodeled, features decorative leaded-glass doors, a wood-...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 5:00 PM
Having a father or brother with NBA ties is a valuable asset for a high school basketball player.
At unbeaten Torrance Bishop Montgomery (20-0), Lamond Murray Jr. and Stephen Thompson Jr., both sons of former NBA players, have taken advantage of their...