| Jun 21, 2013
It was the summer when a good NBA team was bold enough to become a great one.
It was 1999, and the team was led by two stars who had carried it to three consecutive playoff appearances. But each time it had fallen short of the NBA Finals and been swept...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 10:45 PM
The Lakers finally get their time with Dwight Howard, meeting with him Tuesday and trying to persuade him to stay with the franchise for five more years.
They will sell themselves as the 16-time NBA champions — how could they not? — and they...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 6:16 PM
It wasn't long after the Clippers had boarded their flight from Portland, Ore., to Los Angeles that Coach Doc Rivers began reviewing the tape from his team's first exhibition game against the Trail Blazers on Monday night.
Even though his team won, 89-...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Los Angeles and Chicago have a short but intense playoff relationship, with the Kings and Blackhawks set to play Game 1 in the NHL Western Conference final at 2 p.m. PDT Saturday.
A quick primer.
Lakers vs. Bulls
The Lakers won NBA playoff series...
| May 12, 2013
| 1:40 PM
In a year defined by injury, Coach Mike D'Antoni became a lightning rod for criticism, despite leading the Lakers (45-37) team to a 28-12, seventh-place finish.
In the closing moments of the Lakers' sweep by the San Antonio Spurs, the familiar chant...
| Apr 28, 2013
It is the chant that has defined the season, yet somehow has not defined the man.
The most amazing thing about the derisive jeer that has rained upon Mike D'Antoni's slumped shoulders for the last six months is that not once has he jeered back.
| Apr 20, 2013
| 11:00 PM
The Clippers have now sold out 92 straight home games with Saturday night's playoff victory in Staples Center.
I have always thought it fascinating that there are 19,060 Clippers fans in all of Southern California and every one of them goes to every home...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 8:05 PM
You mean we have to do it again?
Winning a second consecutive NBA title with the same core group of players can be like dealing with two children: It isn't twice as hard, it's exponentially more tiring and headache-inducing than handling the first....
| 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...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 9:18 AM
The continuing saga of the talks between the Clippers and Boston Celtics took a strange turn Friday when the Celtics called a news conference with Coach Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge, president of basketball operations, for noon EDT. Speculation...
| Jun 8, 2013
| 8:10 AM
On Friday, Kobe Bryant suggested he might play beyond his current contract with the Lakers.
Bryant, whose deal expires after this season, spoke to Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Radio about the possibility of San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan tying the...