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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMINNEAPOLIS -- More and more, Kobe Bryant feels like a kid locked in a toy store after closing hours. "It's like Christmas every day," Bryant said. "We have so many weapons here. I really just use my abilities to be a bait, continue to create easy...
Tags: Pau Gasol, Luke Walton, Lamar Odom, Trips and Vacations, Flu
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Lakers haven't played a quarter of the 2007-08 season but it's clear that a major weakness for them is a lack of toughness when center Kwame Brown is not in the lineup. Brown, who has missed the last eight games because of a sprained ankle and knee,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Lakers probably were not going to win 50 games, but Coach Phil Jackson made it semi-official Saturday. Jackson said after practice that he told his players following a 127-99 win over Denver on Nov. 29 that they were not good enough to win 50 games....
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt wasn't quite Magic to Worthy, but the Lakers did pretty well for themselves Sunday night. They threw on throwback jerseys from the 1987-88 season and then tossed aside the Golden State Warriors, 123-113, Sunday at Staples Center. Andrew Bynum tied...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lakers center Chris Mihm will undergo surgery on his right heel and sit out about four to six weeks. Mihm's right ankle has been surgically repaired twice, and he has been sidelined since Dec. 23 because of bursitis in his right heel...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Lakers had barely opened the last few minutes of their practice to the media Friday when Ronny Turiaf and Javaris Crittenton collided under the basket and got up . . . very . . . very . . . slowly. A minute or two later, Luke Walton hobbled off the...
Tags: Kwame Brown, Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton, Lamar Odom, Phil Jackson
Times Staff WriterKobe Bryant was back and the Lakers were, well, already there. The points continued to come easily. Ronny Turiaf continued his unpredictably strong start. And Bryant, new to the fray after nearly 17 weeks of rest and rehabilitation, was a happy passenger...
Times Staff WriterLAS VEGAS — The Lakers have some bookkeeping to take care of in the next two weeks, decisions to make on contract extensions and options that will occupy General Manager Mitch Kupchak and the coaching staff until the season opener. The team must...
Tags: Kwame Brown, Brian Cook, Sasha Vujacic, Andrew Bynum, Contracts
There have been plays or moments during games that caused candid reactions on the Miami Heat bench this season. Most were reserved for the out of ordinary, such as Mike Miller dunking, Mario Chalmers hitting 10 3-pointers or Shane Battier blocking a...
The best way to put to rest any talk (OK, any Shaq talk) about a potentially tainted championship? Follow it up with the longest winning streak in team history, in what could turn into the best regular season in the franchise's 25 seasons. And...
The Washington PostLong after what might have been his last — or second-to-last — practice as a member of the Washington Wizards, Jordan Crawford hardly looked like a man worried about his future or prepared to distance himself from his teammates. Engaged in a...
There was a time when midseason mayhem was the Miami Heat's approach to February. No sooner did Pat Riley arrive in 1995, than he turned his roster upside down at his first NBA trading deadline with the team, on Feb. 22, 1996 maneuvering 11...
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