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  1. Remembering the five best NBA finals ever

    May 29, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    This is going to be one fascinating NBA finals. One of the most improbable and unexpected rematches. But it’s got big shoes to fill after last season, a seven-game thriller between the two most iconic of NBA franchises. In honor of that series and to dream about what could be coming up, we decided to…

  2. Lakers trainer: Kobe’s knee issues “can be dealt with”

    May 27, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant may only be 32 but he has put a lot of miles on his body. He has played more minutes than Magic Johnson, more than Larry Bird, and he’s right there with Michael Jordan (which includes the Wizards years we all try to forget). That has taken its toll on knees that have…

  3. Mike Brown can win with Lakers if Kobe buys in

    May 26, 2011, 11:57 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Mike Brown was hired because he was not Phil Jackson. That’s not all of it — all accounts around the league are that Mike Brown gives good job interview, and his defense-first philosophy is a good fit — but not being part of the Phil Jackson coaching tree mattered. This was Jim Buss’ move to…

  4. It’s official: Mike Brown is your new Lakers coach

    May 25, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers

    UPDATE 6:19 pm: The Lakers have released an official statement on Mike Brown. “In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him. In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract…

  5. Report: Kobe Bryant “surprised” Lakers to hire Brown

    May 25, 2011, 11:58 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Superstars are used to being consulted. So the report of Kobe Bryant’s reaction to the Lakers being on the verge of hiring former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, says a lot about how this decision was made. And maybe about how it will be received in the locker room.…

  6. Lakers to hire Mike Brown to be coach

    May 25, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE #3 9:55 am: By the morning, pretty much everyone with an NBA source has confirmed this. The Lakers are going to make an offer to Mike Brown, maybe for three, maybe for four years. The only potential catch is that it is not really going to be a negotiation, if he doesn’t take the…

  7. Are the NBA rules for using the “F” word the way they should be?

    May 23, 2011, 11:22 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah both recently were caught using a homophobic slur that starts with the letter “F,” yet their fines were very different.  Kobe, who directed his shot at a referee, was fined $100,000, while Noah’s use of the term was directed at a “fan,” which only drew a $50,000 fine from the league.  Let’s take…

  8. Joakim Noah fined $50,000 by league for gay slur

    May 23, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been fined $50,000 for using a “derogatory and offensive term” against a fan, something caught by TNT cameras during the Bulls Sunday night Game 3 loss in Miami. The term, a derogatory term for a gay person, is the same one used by Kobe Bryant in the regular…

  9. Ring for LeBron could mean $4 billion for Nike in China

    May 19, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Right now, Kobe Bryant has made bigger inroads into the Chinese market than LeBron James. Part of that is relationships — Kobe was making an annual pilgrimage to China long before most NBA stars. He has his own separate charity there, part of giving back to that massive market. But it’s also about the rings.…

  10. Unanimous LeBron James leads All-NBA First team

    May 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    He wasn’t the MVP, but LeBron James was the only player to be unanimously selected to the All-NBA first team. The actual MVP — Chicago’s Derrick Rose — and runner up Dwight Howard were both one vote short of being unanimous. Here are the teams. All NBA First Team: Forward: LeBron James, Miami Forward: Kevin…

  11. For first time in 13 years no Kobe, Shaq or Duncan in finals

    May 12, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    In the 1998 NBA finals, Michael Jordan pushed off on Byron Russell to drill the game winner in what was the end of an era in the NBA. These 2011 finals, wherever and with whomever they take place, will mark the start of a new era. For the first time since Jordan’s final game as…

  12. Kobe says don’t break up Lakers, they can win again

    May 11, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Lakers fans are ready to break up the team. It’s not like they won two previous championships and 57 games this past season. (Oh, wait…) They had a very bad playoffs, they looked fatigued and disinterested, they ran basic sets of the triangle offense and not the depth of it needed to counter what the…

  13. Video: Phil Jackson’s final press conference

    May 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    We’ve talked about Phil Jackson and his legacy. To go with that, we bring you some highlights from Phil Jackson’s last press conference (well, at least until the next book tour) as well as some comments from Kobe about Jackson’s influence. The video is below. If you think he is coming back, watch this again.…

  14. Howard leads NBA All-Defensive team, but with Kobe?

    May 9, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The votes on NBA All-Defensive team are often more about reputation than how somebody is actually performing. In theory coaches vote on this award, but it’s taken about as seriously as the coaches ballots in college football polls. Which means sometimes an assistant fills it out, sometimes the team PR guy, pretty much anyone but…

  15. Report: Lakers coaching search “wide open”

    May 9, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The conventional wisdom is that the Lakers would go through the motions of a coaching search, then hire lead assistant Brian Shaw. The reasoning being that they have a two-time championship roster built to run the triangle offense, so you stick with what works. But there is this one little discussed fact — owner Jerry…

  16. Pau Gasol and revisionist history

    May 9, 2011, 9:56 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    He won two titles for them. Yes, the Lakers had improved tremendously in 2007-2008 , but without him, they never would have made it to the Finals, nor won them the next two. It was only eight months ago that he was called “the best big man in the league” and touted as a possible…

  17. Magic is wrong, this is no time to blow up the Lakers

    May 8, 2011, 11:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant walks off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    I grew up in Los Angeles idolizing Magic Johnson. My admiration for the man has grown since he left the game — what he has done as a businessman, and as a spokesman about HIV, has been as impressive as what he did on the court. He’s always seemed both flawed and genuine. He is…

  18. NBA Playoffs: You can’t tarnish the Lakers’ franchise legacy, but their team sure tried

    May 8, 2011, 10:11 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    So this is how it ends. What felt like an inevitable run to the second three-peat for Kobe Bryant, the fourth three-peat for Phil Jackson, and yet another championship for the Los Angeles Lakers, ended in nothing but misery and classlessness in Dallas, Texas. A Hall of Fame coach most known for his motivational tactics…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Mavs drop the Lakers in four, sweep away a dynasty

    May 8, 2011, 9:42 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    Somehow, it only took the Dallas Mavericks four games to prove wrong just about every prediction and every presupposition that existed going into their series against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers appeared bound for the Finals to pen a fitting final chapter of Phil Jackson’s coaching career. The Mavericks were supposedly the lesser team,…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Dallas is just better than the Lakers

    May 7, 2011, 2:00 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki celebrates hitting a three-point shot in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas

    The Dallas Mavericks are better than the Los Angeles Lakers. It is a weird thing to type, but it’s true. They may not have been for 40 minutes, 30 seconds on Friday night — the Lakers were up eight points with 7:30 left in the game — but the Mavericks offense dominated the rest of the way. Dallas…

  21. “Jovial” Lakers say trust issues = defensive rotations

    May 5, 2011, 5:57 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Before Wednesday night’s Game 2 Lakers loss, Phil Jackson thought his team was a little too up tight, a little too tense, taking it all a little too seriously. He was looking for some comic relief. After the game, down 2-0, Andrew Bynum was talking seriously about the Lakers having trust issues. Nobody was laughing.…

  22. Which team is more likely to come back: Celtics or Lakers?

    May 5, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen

    Right now, you don’t want to be the Celtics or the Lakers. History tells us the teams that have won the last three NBA titles are in a lot of trouble. Watching the games and how they’ve been outplayed makes it feel worse. Heading into a playoffs filled with flawed teams — there was no juggernaut…

  23. Lakers’ Bynum: “We’ve got trust issues right now”

    May 5, 2011, 3:28 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    The Lakers certainly aren’t playing like a championship team. They’re not sounding like one, either. “It’s obvious we have trust issues, and unless we come out and discuss them then nothing is going to change,” center Andrew Bynum said after the game. Trust issues with what? “Individually. Between all 13 of us we’ve got trust…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Dallas stands up to Lakers front line, lead 2-0

    May 5, 2011, 2:45 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    The Lakers are back-to-back champions for two key reasons. One is Kobe Bryant. The other is that nobody has been able to stand up to their front line. There are 7-footers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, plus 6’10” Lamar Odom — all very long and very skilled. All very hard to stop. Dallas has. That…

  25. NBA Playoffs: It’s not all about the Lakers… but it’s close

    May 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    I don’t want to write that Game 2 is really about the Lakers — how they adjust, what effort they bring, whether they stick with their game plan. Because that is dismissive of a very good Mavericks team. This version of Dallas is different — past Mavs teams would have lost Game 1, not taken…

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