Legendary L.A. Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss dies

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18, 2013 (AFP) – Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers owner who transformed the team into the glamour franchise of a revitalized NBA, died on Monday at the age of 80. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center spokeswoman Sally Stewart said Buss died at 5:55 am. He had been...

Police probe alleged Bryant church incident

SAN DIEGO, August 2011 (AFP) – San Diego police have launched a probe into an alleged confrontation Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had at a San Diego church. Police say they want to interview Bryant who allegedly grabbed a phone out of another man’s hand because he...

Jackson likely to push ailing Kobe harder

Phil Jackson open to increasing Kobe Bryant’s playing time; Pau Gasol downplays illness My Mark Medina Even with the heroics and athleticism Lakers guard Kobe Bryant displayed in the 106-90 Game 5 victory over the New Orleans Hornets while nursing a sprained left ankle,...

Kobe lifts Lakers to 3-2 lead

By Sam Amick LOS ANGELES – Upon further examination, it’s quite obvious why Kobe Bryant didn’t want his much talked-about left ankle to be examined following the Lakers’ Game 4 failure. He wanted to keep the surgically inserted spring a secret....

Lakers, again, look vulnerable in playoffs

By Zach Lowe The Lakers and Hornets are tied 2-2 and just about everyone is shocked. Perhaps we shouldn’t be. I’m as guilty of it as anyone: When it came time to predict every playoffs series, I called for the Lakers to sweep the Hornets (whoops!) en route to winning...

Odom shows why he’s the Sixth Man of the Year

By Lee Jenkins LOS ANGELES – The Lakers treated the Sixth Man Award as if it were the first trophy they ever won, the entire team crowding into a hotel ballroom Tuesday afternoon, Kobe Bryant leading a standing ovation, Lamar Odom tearing up at the podium as he gave thanks....

Chris Paul takes over as Hornets shock Lakers in Game 1

By Lee Jenkins LOS ANGELES – Anybody cruising downtown Los Angeles on Sunday morning, either up early or out late, might have spotted a four-time All Star strolling wide-eyed through the city streets. Chris Paul bypassed the team bus and walked from his hotel to Staples...

3 times the fun: Lakers outlast Suns in triple OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) – By the third overtime, everybody on the court appeared drained from their heads to their sneakers. The Suns’ fast breaks slowed to a trickle, and the Lakers’ shots fell short from wobbly legs. Basketball games aren’t supposed to last 63...

Phil Jackson says Kobe Bryant not in Michael Jordan’s company

With Kobe Bryant having won five NBA titles, one away from Michael Jordan’s six, the comparisons between the two are inevitable. But Phil Jackson, who coached Bryant’s Lakers and Jordan’s Bulls to all 11 of their combined titles, thinks Jordan is in his own...

Lakers beat NBA-best Spurs for 7th straight win

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Kobe Bryant agreed it might have been the Lakers’ best game so far. It technically wasn’t the worst for the San Antonio Spurs , though it often looked that way. The Lakers may not catch the NBA’s winningest team for the No. 1 seed in...