| Apr 15, 2013
| 5:50 PM
A couple of months ago, Kobe Bryant and I sat down over coffee in Minneapolis to discuss his future.
I mentioned Michael Jordan, who was playing for Washington late in his career, and being there the night Kobe dropped 55 points on the old man....
| Apr 13, 2013
| 7:28 PM
Earlier this season, when Kobe Bryant was in the middle of a mindless streak during which he played at least 40 minutes in 10 consecutive games, his coach could only laugh about it.
"I told him they'll put a statue of him at Staples [Center] but it...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 11:33 PM
He carried the Lakers for as long as his weary body could carry them, a relentless giant among underachieving mortals.
But, finally, in the last lap of his most difficult season, bearing the burden of a franchise in chaos, Kobe Bryant has finally...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 5:42 PM
The literary event series Live Talks Los Angles announced its spring 2013 series Wednesday. The series, founded in 2010, takes place at a number of venues around the city.
Speakers this spring include Neil Gaiman, who comes to L.A. -- well, technically,...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 8:24 PM
The other day I wrote a funny story, which failed to get a laugh out of Phil Jackson's agent, Todd Musburger.
The way I heard it, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero called Musburger's office, and talked to his son, Brian, about Jackson helping UCLA...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 2:48 PM
Magic F Al Harrington didn't endure a grueling comeback to disappear into the shadows.
"I can't go out like this. I just can't," he told me. "Not this way."
Harrington, 33, said he is not ready to retire from the NBA.
He wants to go out on his own...
| Mar 17, 2013
— He dropped out of north suburban Richmond-Burton Community High School, and a few years later Andy Turco found himself staining decks in the summer, plowing snow in the winter and going without work for a month or two in between.
| Mar 6, 2013
| 5:31 PM
How about flagrant fouls?
No. Technical fouls are not the issue, not when you get 15 before you can incur a suspension with a 16th. If you can't retain your composure so that you are being called for a technical once every...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Dwight Howard and Chris Paul have big decisions to make about where they might play next year, maybe changing their lives forever.
I know what that's like.
I was in the seminary, and had I not made out with Sandy in front of the Our Lady of Fatima...
| 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
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...