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  • LaVar Ball threatens Lakers with delusional ultimatum

    02/12/2018 8:48:53 PM PST · by conservative98 · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 12, 2018 | Zach Braziller
    LaVar Ball has another message for the Lakers: If you want to keep Lonzo, you’ll need to take his brothers, too. The outspoken, media-seeking father of the rookie point guard is adamant about seeing Lonzo’s lesser-talented younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, join him in the NBA, and seems willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. “I want all three boys to play for the Lakers,” LaVar told Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas. “But if that does not happen, I’m telling you the story [of] what’s gonna happen first. If they don’t take Gelo this year, I bring back...
  • The predictable LaVar Ball-Lakers war is coming

    11/22/2017 11:22:55 AM PST · by conservative98 · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 22, 2017 | 10:06am | Hannah Withiam
    A father who didn’t think a couple high school basketball coaches were qualified to coach his sons isn’t stopping with the professionals. It took less than five weeks into Lonzo Ball’s rookie season for LaVar Ball to blame the Lakers’ coaching staff for not translating his son’s talent into production. Naturally, the basketball dad pumped himself up as the man for the job. “They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” LaVar Ball said of the Lakers staff in a recent interview with Bleacher Report. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the...
  • Tom Hawkins, who played for Lakers, worked for Dodgers, passes at 80

    08/16/2017 6:53:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 16, 2017 | Staff and news service reports
    Tom Hawkins, who played six seasons for the Lakers, worked as a broadcaster in L.A. and later served as a Dodgers executive, passed away at his home in Malibu on Wednesday. He was 80. A 6-foot-5 forward, Hawkins starred at Chicago’s Parker (now Robeson) High School before playing at Notre Dame, where he became the first African-American student-athlete to earn All-America honors for the Fighting Irish. Hawkins was the first Irish player to average in double figures for scoring and rebounding during each of his three seasons (freshmen were ineligible during his collegiate career). His 1,318 career rebounds remains the...
  • Hall of Fame Coach John Kundla Dies at 101

    07/23/2017 6:44:25 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies ^ | 7/23/17 | AP
    Before Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, before Gregg Popovich and Larry Brown, even before Red Auerbach, there was John Kundla. Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, died Sunday. He was 101. Son Jim Kundla said his father died at an assisted living facility in Northeast Minneapolis that he called home for years. With George Mikan in the middle and Kundla the calm, steady hand directing the team, the Lakers won the 1949 championship in the BAA — the league that preceded the NBA and NBA titles in 1950 and 1952-54, cementing...
  • Rod Hundley, an Outsize Personality on and Off the Court, Dies at 80 (Hot Rod Hundley)

    03/28/2015 8:40:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 28, 2015 | Richard Goldstein
    Rod Hundley, basketball’s irrepressible Hot Rod, who parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century, died on Friday at his home near Phoenix. He was 80. Hundley was an electrifying presence at West Virginia University, played for the Lakers and stamped his persona on broadcasting, mostly for the New Orleans Jazz. “Nobody did the things I did on the court and nobody has done them since,” Hundley said of his collegiate exploits in “Hot Rod Hundley: You Gotta Love It Baby!” (2012), written with Tom McEachin. “I’d...
  • Lakers don 'I Can't Breathe' shirts

    12/10/2014 6:48:14 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    ESPN ^ | December 10, 2014
    The Lakers each had the T-shirts on their chairs in their dressing room before the game. Every player except backup center Robert Sacre wore the shirts. "I think it's us supporting that movement and supporting each other as well as athletes," Bryant said after the game. "I think the beauty of our country lies in its democracy. I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for the things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.
  • Depleted Lakers forced to keep fouled-out Sacre on court during crazy night in Cleveland

    02/06/2014 6:35:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 06 2014, 9:22 AM EST
    “When I got my sixth foul, I was just like, ‘Oh, dang!’ Then I got to come back in, so I thought it was something special. I didn’t know what was going on.”
  • Vern Mikkelsen, Basketball Hall of Famer, dies at 85

    11/22/2013 11:40:06 AM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | November 22, 2013 | Charley Walters
    Vern Mikkelsen, a Basketball Hall of Fame forward who starred for Hamline and the Minneapolis Lakers, died Thursday night at age 85 at his home in Wayzata... The 6-foot-7 Mikkelsen was a territorial draft selection by the Lakers in 1949, joining another future Hall of Famer, center George Mikan. Mikkelsen became a six-time NBA All-Star in his 10 seasons, all with Minneapolis, averaging 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds...
  • Bill Sharman dies at 87; basketball legend and former Lakers coach

    10/26/2013 10:15:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | David Wharton and Jerry Crowe
    Bill Sharman helped the Boston Celtics win championships as a player and led the Lakers to their first NBA title in Los Angeles as a coach in 1972. He spent 35 years with the team... Sharman — who died Friday at 87 — will be remembered as the man who molded the Lakers into an elite franchise, guiding the 1971-72 squad to a historic 33 consecutive victories and an NBA title, their first in Los Angeles...
  • Lakers mourn the death of Flynn Robinson

    05/24/2013 8:23:12 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 23, 2013 | Eric Pincus
    Flynn Robinson passed away on Thursday at age 72 after a battle with cancer (multiple myeloma). Robinson was a 6-foot-1 guard who played just one, special season with the Lakers.
  • Obama-Lover Magic Johnson's Son 'EJ3' Goes Public w/ Boyfriend, Elegant Handbag, + a STUNNING Stole

    04/02/2013 4:04:40 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 43 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Father Earl 'Magic' Johnson II 'Couldn't be prouder!' Wicked gossip rag TMZ caught Johnson's gay, 20-y.o. son out on the Sunset strip this weekend while the lad was home from NYU for the holiday: man is this kid laying-it-on-thick with the purse, mink stole, and effeminate accent- OK we get it already, dude.  Just remember when you're paying $100 for a Lakers ticket that the owner's son is wearing mink coats with diamond necklaces to five-star restaurants while daddy Magic sends the rest to Obama. He told the interviewer he's a big Lakers fan still though, and is 'hoping and praying' for...
  • Lakers owner Jerry Buss dies at 80

    02/18/2013 8:25:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 18, 2013 | David Wharton
    Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball into “Showtime” and who led the team to 10 NBA championships, died Monday. He was 80.
  • Metta World Peace suspended one game for Pistons altercation

    02/05/2013 11:30:36 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 5, 2013 | Eric Pincus
    The NBA on Tuesday gave Lakers forward Metta World Peace a one-game suspension for an altercation with Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons.
  • Report: Dwight Howard Traded To The Los Angeles Lakers

    08/10/2012 7:46:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/10/2012 | Cork Gaines
    Our long national nightmare is over as Dwight Howard has finally been traded. According to, the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired the All-Star center from the Orlando Magic in a complicated four-team deal that also involved the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. Howard may be the biggest, but he is not the only big name switching teams. In addition to Howard moving to the L.A., the Nuggets will receive Andre Iguodala and the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum, both of whom were 2012 All-Stars. The 76ers will also receive 11-year veteran Jason Richardson, and the Magic will receive three...
  • Mom was taking photo as baby boy fell to death following Lakers, Warriors game in Los Angeles

    06/20/2012 6:51:55 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    AP ^ | June 19, 2012
    LOS ANGELES -- A woman whose 2-year-old son fell to his death following a Los Angeles Lakers game says she put him on a ledge to take a photo of him. City News Service reports Monday that Hoia Mi Nguyen told defense attorneys in a deposition that she wanted to capture the moment of baby Lucas Tang's attendance at the Nov. 21, 2010 game.
  • LeRoy Ellis, former Lakers center, dies at 72

    06/03/2012 6:05:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 3, 2012
    LeRoy Ellis, 72, a first-round draft pick of the Lakers in 1962 who was the backup center to Wilt Chamberlin on the 1971-72 NBA championship team, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., after battling cancer.
  • 8 people shot in Oklahoma City following NBA playoff series win

    05/22/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 29 replies ^ | 5/22/2012 |
    Eight people were shot Monday night just blocks from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City as large crowds were leaving the playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, police said. Authorities were trying to determine what led to the shootings that occurred at about 11:35 p.m., said Capt. Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Of the victims, one was in critical condition and seven suffered less severe injuries, Nelson said. Also, a woman was injured when she was punched and kicked in the crowded streets, authorities said.
  • Kobe Bryant's cheating led to divorce filing: report (Tiger is off the hook?)

    12/19/2011 6:47:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/18/11 | Daniel Frankel
    Kobe Bryant's cheating led to divorce filing: reportBy Daniel Frankel | Reuters – 17 hrs ago LOS ANGELES ( - Tiger Woods, you're finally off the hook. TMZ reported on Sunday morning that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant cheated multiple times with multiple partners on his wife of more than a decade -- events that led to Vanessa Bryant's surprise divorce filing in an Orange County, Calif., court Friday. Of course, if this is true, Bryant -- whose public approval rating has vacillated wildly over the years from boy wonder to unlikable cad to uber-determined workaholic -- will likely...
  • Sources: Chris Paul to Lakers

    12/08/2011 5:32:16 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies news services ^ | Updated: December 8, 2011, 8:15 PM ET
    The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a trade in which they will obtain New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, sources tell's Marc Stein.The Houston Rockets are the third team in the trade and will obtain Gasol from the Hornets in return for Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic, and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston received from the New York Knicks, sources said. In Paul, the Lakers will obtain an All-Star and gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team member who has averaged 37.1 minutes, 18.7 points and 9.9 assists a game in...
  • UCLA player, coach Walt Hazzard dies

    11/18/2011 9:35:59 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 6 replies
    ESPN Website ^ | November 18, 2011 | AP
    Walt Hazzard, the former UCLA and NBA star who played on the Bruins' first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964 and later coached the team for four seasons in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 69. Hazzard's family said he had been recuperating for a long time from complications following heart surgery. The school said Hazzard died at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center.