Tag: LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Emotions Fill the Arena as Kobe Bryant and Others are Inducted Into the 2020 Class of the Basketball Hall of Fame

Photo: Maddie Meyer (Getty Images) It’s been going on a year and a half since NBA superstar Kobe Bryant’s devastating death on Jan. 26, 2020. Over the weekend, the sports world celebrated Bryant’s life and achievements as the “Black Mamba” was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Advertisement From the Washington Post: Basketball’s biggest […]

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Vanessa Bryant Delivers Emotional Hall of Fame Speech for Kobe

Vanessa Bryant, the wife of the late Kobe Bryant, accepted induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on her husband’s behalf on Saturday, saying that his absence made writing a speech all the more challenging. “If my husband were here tonight, he would have a long list of people to thank that helped inspire him […]

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NBA to Recognize Social Justice Efforts With Creation of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award

Photo: Dominik Magdziak (Getty Images) With more and more NBA players using their platforms and resources to inspire change and fight for social justice, the league has unveiled a new method to laud their individual efforts. Advertisement On Thursday, the NBA announced the creation of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, which will be […]

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What Rudy Tomjanovich Learned by Coaching the Greats

But I don’t remember anyone saying that they expected any of those teams to slip all the way to No. 7 in its conference. I reread your letter, and the same holds for you. There’s a difference between denouncing the disparity in teams’ off-seasons and predicting that the defending champion Lakers would finish seventh in […]

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The Trail Blazers Beat The Lakers In A Game With Gigantic Western Conference Play-In Implications

The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Lakers on Friday night, 106-101, to take the season tie-breaker over Los Angeles, move ever closer to a guaranteed top-six seed, and avoid the Western Conference play-in game. Damian Lillard was excellent as usual, with 38 points and seven assists, while Anthony Davis gave his all with 36 points, […]

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The N.B.A.’s Play-In Tournament Isn’t the Problem

Oklahoma City, Houston and Washington, then, have clearly benefited from his triple-doubles. Detractors are bound to say Westbrook could be chasing them in every game and hurting his team when he doesn’t achieve them, but I don’t think Westbrook is motivated by triple-doubles above all else. Teammates probably wouldn’t respect him the way they do […]

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Police Officer Shoots and Kills 16-Year-Old Ma’Khia Bryant, Body Camera Footage Released

Police body camera footage shows the moments before an officer shot and killed Ma’Khia BryantScreenshot: NBC4 Columbus (YouTube) A police officer in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant late Tuesday afternoon, around the same time the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd was being read. Advertisement Because if […]

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Vanessa Bryant Uses Her Platform to Battle the Powerful

The suit stated that Cruz, then a deputy trainee, received copies of the photos from Mejia. Cruz is accused of showing them to his niece at his mother’s house, while making a crude remark about the images of the bodies, and of showing the images at a restaurant in Norwalk, Calif., where he could be […]

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What’s Wrong With the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers braced for a season of strain after the shortest off-season in league history. They did not anticipate this. The Lakers did not envision long stretches without both LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and a regular-season slog that is testing them in new ways after the rigors of being confined within the […]

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OG Anunoby And Montrezl Harrell Got Ejected After Anunoby Picked Up Dennis Schröder And Dropped Him

The Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors matched up on Tuesday evening in Tampa, with the Lakers still short-handed and the Raptors attempting to build off the recent success of back-to-back wins. In the early going, the Lakers were in control to the tune of a 34-20 lead and, late in the first quarter, Dennis […]

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Brooklyn Nets Prepare for Inevitable Battle With Los Angeles Lakers by Acquiring Final Infinity Stone, LaMarcus Aldridge

Photo: Ronald Martinez (Getty Images) As hoop heads wait for the inevitable championship showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, the Nets made a power move over the weekend with the acquisition of seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. Advertisement Aldridge, who agreed to a buyout with his previous employer, the San Antonio Spurs, joins […]

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These N.B.A. Contenders Just Got Better

Los Angeles Clippers (31-16) Paul George has rebounded from postseason struggles last summer to keep the Clippers in the mix in the West.Credit…Darren Abate/Associated Press Why They’ll Win the Finals: The Clippers faced questions after their meltdown in the bubble. (You’ll recall that they blew a 3-1 series lead over the Nuggets in the conference […]

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5 Players Who Are As Good As Gone Before the NBA Trade Deadline

Photo: Andy Lyons (Getty Images) Do you know what today is? Yes, I know it’s Thursday and your child support is due, but more importantly, today is the NBA trade deadline—the magical day in which teams throughout Adam Silver’s lucrative kingdom make a last-ditch effort to either acquire assets or strengthen their rosters before Kyrie […]

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NBA Great Elgin Baylor Dead at 86

Photo: Gus Ruelas (AP) Elgin Baylor, who played for the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers during his illustrious 14-year career, has died. He was 86 years old. Advertisement According to the Lakers and ESPN, he passed away peacefully on Monday from natural causes while surrounded by loved ones, including his wife, Elaine, and daughter, Krystal. […]

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Elgin Baylor, Acrobatic N.B.A. Hall of Famer, Is Dead at 86

Elgin Baylor, the Lakers’ Hall of Fame forward who became one of the N.B.A.’s greatest players, displaying acrobatic brilliance that foreshadowed the athleticism of later generations of stars, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 86. His death was announced on Twitter by the Lakers. The team did not specify a cause. In his […]

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Kyrie Irving, Vanessa Bryant Push for Kobe Bryant to Become the NBA’s New Logo

Photo: Harry How (Getty Images) Once upon a time, back when black and white TVs were still a thing and the 3-point-line was not, there was a bad motherfucker who played for the Minneapolis Los Angeles Lakers. His name was Jerry West. With his tenacious defense, clutch shooting, and unparalleled work ethic, the East Bank, […]

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N.B.A. Announces All-Star Game Plans Despite Player Objections

The N.B.A. will host its All-Star Game on March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, despite the misgivings of the city’s mayor and strong pushback from several top players because of the health risks. In announcing plans for the game and related events on Thursday, the N.B.A. and the players’ union said they would […]

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In the N.B.A., Money Speaks Louder Than Stars

David Stern was in his final full season as the N.B.A. commissioner in 2012-13 when LeBron James won his fourth and most recent Most Valuable Player Award. Eight years later, James is in his 18th season and a leading candidate in the race to receive the Maurice Podoloff trophy from Commissioner Adam Silver. James can […]

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‘Courtside Karen’ Is Sorry, Y’all

Screenshot: Spectrum Sportsnet Be careful what you wish for. In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, prior to the NBA completely shutting itself down and taking an extended hiatus due to safety concerns, the NBA sent a memo to every team warning them of the possibility of prohibiting fans from continuing to attend games. […]

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On the Anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s Death, the Sports World Reflects on His Life and Legacy

People stop to take pictures in front of the new mural by French artist Mr. Brainwash picturing Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi in Los Angeles on January 31, 2020. Photo: Chris Delmas (Getty Images) I think we can all recall the exact moment that we learned of the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant and […]

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He Bonded With Kobe as a Competitor, Then as Another #GirlDad

MacKenly might have been the 6-foot-tall daughter of a former 6-foot-9 N.B.A. star, but Bryant promised nothing. She was not granted a starting spot right away — not even with Team Mamba in need of a center. Practices were often held Monday through Friday in Orange County, where most of the team’s players lived, meaning […]

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Becky Hammon Becomes First Woman to Serve as Head Coach in N.B.A. Game

Though 2020 is nearly over, it keeps turning out sports milestones. On Wednesday night, for the first time, a woman served as head coach in an N.B.A. game. When Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after arguing with a referee in the second quarter of a game with the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio, […]

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From Kobe to LeBron: Tragedy and Triumph in the N.B.A.

Stein: I know Bucks fans are upset, but I don’t think the league’s decision to strip their team of a second-round pick in 2022 in the wake of Milwaukee’s failed attempt to court Bogdan Bogdanovic is such a mystery. For all the league’s shortcomings in policing and curbing tampering, it has been consistent in dishing […]

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2020’s Memorable Moments in Sports

In a year in which Covid-19 caused more than 1.7 million deaths worldwide, sports competitions took place amid much debate over their necessity and the wisdom of their proceeding during a global health crisis. Did any good come from them? As these personal stories from the New York Times staff and contributors attest, in small […]

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N.B.A. Christmas Day Guide: What to Watch

Christmas Day isn’t just the most important day of the year for our friends in the North Pole. It’s also a landmark day for the N.B.A., where for decades the league has put its top stars and best teams in matchups against each other for viewers to watch while guzzling egg nog. (The league’s first […]

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Pandemic be Damned, NBA Opening Night Was a Win for Everybody But COVID-19

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles against Spencer Dinwiddie #26 of the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center on December 22, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo: Sarah Stier (Getty Images) I don’t know how you spent your Tuesday night, but since the coronavirus won’t […]

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NBA Opening Night Live Score and Updates: Warriors vs. Nets

The N.B.A. is back (so soon!) with a doubleheader on opening night, featuring several of the league’s biggest names: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard. For Durant, it’s a much-anticipated regular-season debut with the Nets, alongside Kyrie Irving. And for James, it’s a short turnaround for his Los Angeles Lakers after winning […]

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