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Los Angeles Lakers Championship Parade: Moment of Silence for the Champions

"We came, we saw, we conquered everything in sight. Moment of silence for the champions." —Ron Artest, "Champions" "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."  —Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off Today, ... (Continue reading)

Lakers vs. Celtics Game 6: Boston, Bienvenidos a Los Angeles

Yesterday, a 5.7 earthquake centered near Ocotillo, California could be felt as far away as Los Angeles. Turns out it was just a foreshock. Tonight, the Boston Celtics were hit by a Lakers rolling motion that wouldn't quit, leading to a 22-point ... (Continue reading)

Lakers vs. Celtics, Game 3: L.A.’s Derek Fisher the King for a Night

"Fame," O.J. [Simpson. Yes, that one.] said, walking along, "is a vapor, popularity is an accident, and money takes wings. The only thing that endures is character." "Where'd you get that from?" [A.C. "You Know Who He ... (Continue reading)

NBA Finals 2010 Game 2: L.A. Lakers Should Look To John Wooden for Approach

Amid the buzz between NBA Finals games in Los Angeles, the game and city lost legend John Wooden at age 99 Friday night. If Wooden had to die in any hospital, it's appropriate that it was one only about 1,000 ... (Continue reading)

L.A. Lakers: Kobe Bryant Ready to Strike, Rewrite 2008 Script

"Black Mamba, attack conquer/ Basketball beast, rap monster/ Crossover good, a turnaround jumper/ Or just drive in the lane and dunk on dunkers/ You know where it's going, it's going down yo/  This is the Lakeshow, but don't drown though/  ... (Continue reading)

Don’t Panic: Luck Be a Los Angeles Laker

From our corrections and retractions department: Okay, maybe this is a rivalry . In defense of my last article, I did warn the Lakers about looking past the Phoenix Suns, even if that's what I was essentially doing in my ... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles Lakers Can’t Allow Boston Celtics Rivalry to Eclipse Suns

It's not like the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns haven't been trying. The Lakers have been saying all the right things, talking about how the memory of their early exit in the Western Conference at the hands of the Suns ... (Continue reading)

Oakland Athletics Pitcher Dallas Braden Throws the Mother of All No-Nos

In "The 209" they call that pitchin'. The days leading up to Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden's perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday—the 19th in MLB history and the first for Oakland since Catfish's 42 years ago—sure had ... (Continue reading)

Sandy Koufax and Joe Torre in Conversation: Twilight of the Idol

Sandy Koufax, hands folded in his lap, sat in the center of Nokia Theatre's bright stage between the Skipper and the Local Sports Columnist , who sat waiting for him to say something. They weren't the only ones in limbo last Saturday ... (Continue reading)

L.A. Lakers: TV’s Best New “Reality” Series Looking to Renew…Title

"...and if you want to be free, be free/ Cuz there's a million ways to be/ You know that there are." Okay, okay, you had enough of that the first 500 times you heard it, let alone the 5,000th.  If you think about ... (Continue reading)