| Apr 14, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Times photographer Wally Skalij has covered Lakers games for 15 years, traveling with the team through playoff runs and championships. He has been fortunate to witness one of the greatest players of all time in Kobe Bryant. Skalij covered the 2001 and...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 12:38 PM
As Dwight Howard left the Lakers locker room following his debut with the team Sunday evening, he was greeted by a large shiny object.
The Stanley Cup.
When he approached the trophy, he was tentative.
"I just want the one for basketball," Howard said....
| Nov 1, 2012
| 9:48 PM
Mike Brown finished a long post-practice talk with Pau Gasol on Thursday, walked to a corner of the practice gym, and waited for the media to surround him for his daily interview session.
And waited. And waited.
Dwight Howard was giving interviews about...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 11:54 AM
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Miami and Oklahoma City are still warring through this year’s NBA Finals, but oddsmakers have already oiled up their picks for the 2012-13 NBA season.
A trio of gambling sites peg the Lakers...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 8:51 AM
After hugging their families and the Larry O'Brien Trophy, the Miami Heat players went to the LIV nightclub in Miami Beach early Friday to celebrate the franchise's second NBA championship.
The players reportedly spent an estimated $200,000 on champagne,...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 12:53 PM
As soon as Kevin Durant found his mother and brother, the NBA star began crying.
They held each other in the tunnel for a while as Durant's teammates streamed past them.
The Miami Heat had just eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder from the NBA Finals in...
| Jun 25, 2012
| 12:30 PM
The Miami Heat celebrated their second NBA championship in franchise history with a parade in downtown Miami followed by a celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday.
Each of the 15 Heat players were introduced one-by-one to an arena filled with...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 2:36 PM
On Thursday morning, Kobe Bryant yet again suggested that Atlanta Hawks swingman Dahntay Jones intentionally hurt him by sliding his foot under Bryant as the Lakers superstar came down from shooting an 18-foot fadeaway jumper with 3.9 seconds left....
| Feb 26, 2013
| 10:32 PM
I'm going to gush here, the local columnist going homer on you again as I do so often.
Obviously I won't be writing about the Lakers.
Instead this is going to be an ode to a great friendship, and how two incredible players would rather praise each other...
| Mar 3, 2013
Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2
An old dog, a new trickster and birth of 'Showtime'
"Showtime" began as 20-year-old rookie Magic Johnson inspired this talented team to first in the Pacific Division. After four close games in the...
| 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...