Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kobe Bryant says he will not be same player as before, says he’s evolved into something equally good

Kobe Bryant is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, admitting he’s old in basketball terms (“I’m 70 in basketball years,”). He knows he put some hard miles on that body.

He also knows he’s coming off the kinds of injuries that can dramatically slow if not end a career — a ruptured Achilles two seasons ago, then a knee injury last year.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Metta World Peace changing his name again

Metta World Peace will be taking his talents to China next season.

Actually, scratch that.

After teasing another name change on Twitter…

…World Peace – nee Ron Artest – has his new name.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Magic Johnson: Jerry Buss wanted Byron Scott to coach the Lakers

There is an understandable reverence among Lakers fans for Jerry Buss.

The late owner ran the franchise in a top-notch manner, so many of his moves turning to gold.

One that didn’t work, at least how the Lakers hoped: Hiring Mike Brown.

But, according to Magic Johnson, Brown was not Buss’ top choice.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Report: Lakers say ‘no done deal’ with Byron Scott

A report emerged late Saturday from an extremely reliable reporter that the Lakers had agreed to terms with Byron Scott to be the team’s next head coach.

Scott himself certainly acted as though the deal was done, too.

“It feels fantastic,” he told Jim Hill of KCBS-TV. “This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak], Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”

But there’s one minor problem with all of this: the Lakers say a deal hasn’t yet been reached.
From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lakers, Byron Scott agree to 4-year deal

The Lakers took their time, but they indeed finally settled on a coach as they started contract negotiations Friday with Byron Scott, according to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.

Carlos Boozer Introductory Press Conference