The Los Angeles Lakers shocked the basketball world Monday morning when they hired former New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni to be the team’s new head coach, replacing Mike Brown who was fired on Friday.
The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers are the odds on favorites to play for the NBA championship next June and their payrolls are proof of that.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has never been one to shy away from saying he’s the greatest player in the game. But his latest quip is drawing laughter from NBA Hall of Famers and from the sports world in general.
Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-90 to eliminate the Lakers in five games.
Russell Westbrook scored 10 of his 37 points during a stirring fourth-quarter comeback, Kevin Durant added 31 points and hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder seized control of the second-round series with a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 on Saturday night.
Kobe Bryant didn’t miss on 18 free throws and scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied late for a 99-96 victory over Oklahoma City in Game 3 on Friday night, cutting the Thunder’s second-round series lead to 2-1.
Kevin Durant scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final nine points to rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.
USA Basketball is trying to keep the roster of NBA pros together heading into the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. After losing Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, and Dwight Howard to injuries, Heat superstar Dwyane Wade is sounding less than 100 percent sure he will play.
Metta World Peace has been suspended for seven games without pay for elbowing Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden, the NBA has announced.
With the Clippers losing, the Los Angeles Lakers win the Pacific Division and clinch the 3rd spot in the Western Conference.