| 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...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 6:30 PM
This is a first in countdown history — an aborted mission. Stop the rocket launch.
The executive committee, in a unanimous decision, ruled it was time to pull the plug and spoil the surprise party:
Turn on the lights and come out from behind the...
| 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 28, 2012
| 5:00 AM
It's the most anticipated NBA season in Los Angeles history, so what are we waiting for?
Oct. 30 — The Lakers defeat the Dallas Mavericks by 55 points in the season opener. At least, this is the rumor. Nobody actually sees the game after it is...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 5:42 PM
For much of our adult lives, the Lakers have been the toast of the town. That's why the anguish is so understandable now that they are merely toast.
But in the midst of all the noise, have we not missed some of the more salient points? Are we so...
| 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...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 6:55 PM
SOCHI, Russia — Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics but the Americans weren't there, and Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Games but the Soviets stayed home.
The Houston Rockets claimed two NBA titles in the 1990s while Chicago Bulls star Michael...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 11:16 PM
There were so many people standing and taking photos with their phones, I couldn't see the Lakers warming up.
There were so many people cheering the procession of All-Stars hopping and dancing on to the floor, I couldn't hear the Lakers introductions....
| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:39 PM
LAS VEGAS — The essence of Saturday night's big fight has been lost in numbers and hyperbole.
That essence is as follows: For the last 15 years or so, boxing fans have seen Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his act. Now, they think they have a chance to...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 5:32 PM
Three-peat is so 1988.
The term purportedly coined by Byron Scott and definitively trademarked by Pat Riley amid the Lakers' failed bid for a third consecutive NBA title in the late '80s should be discarded like the faded T-shirts bearing the slogan...
| 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...