Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, Dwyane Wade scored 30 and the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.
For a few exciting minutes in the fourth quarter, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers resembled the championship-caliber dynamo everybody expected this season, making a big run and surging past the Miami Heat. And then LeBron James calmly demonstrated why the Heat are the defending NBA champions and the Lakers are in 11th place in the Western Conference.
Miami Heat fans have been doing a lot of hand wringing as of late due to the team’s repeated rebounding woes contributing to a few losses. But the Heat is in first place, something another team of superstars out west are nowhere near.
Kobe Bryant is no longer a holdout. He’s on Twitter.
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.
Even for the rumor mongering world of the NBA, it’s a little surreal to see a player forced to dispel chatter about a move that’s two years away. But that’s what LeBron James did Thursday.
The Miami Heat are almost ready to chase a second straight championship, but there are plenty of landmines waiting for the Heat on the roster and on the schedule.
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.
Miami’s championship defense will begin where they won last season’s title, and the first game for the Brooklyn Nets will be at home against their now-crosstown rival.
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.