In late August, we got a very brief glimpse at the Los Angeles Lakers' new Hollywood Nights jersey for the 2013-14 season. Now, we don't know about you, but the teaser video made us anticipate the day we would see the entire jersey. And luckily, that day is today. With none other than Black Mamba rocking the newest jersey, which "acknowledges the celebrities like Jack Nicholson that have long supported the team," the uni looks mean. Checkout the video above where our good friend Executive VP of Business Operations Jeanie Buss talks about the jersey, the design and what it signifies. What do you think?
Dwight Howard talks to Stephen A. Smith about his decision to sign with the Houston Rockets and the turmoil in Los Angeles last season. The center was formally introduced in Houston on Saturday after spurning the Lakers to sign with the Rockets, and he was greeted by some of the brightest stars in team history. Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming were among those on hand to celebrate Howard's signing. The Rockets gave him a four-year deal worth about $88 million, a year less and far below the $118 million the Lakers could have offered.
After 20 months of twists and turns in the Dwight Howard saga, a person with knowledge of his decision told USA TODAY Sports he will join the Houston Rockets. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because his decision had not yet been announced. Howard's deal with Houston is four years, $88 million. If he had stayed with the Lakers he could've made another $30 million and one more season. For all the allure of the Lakers that he was so excited about after the trade that brought him to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012, Howard ultimately went with the team that gave him the best chance to win a championship now rather than later.
Kobe Bryant wants Dwight Howard back in Los Angeles with the Lakers next season. Even though Howard struggled at times last year, the Black Mamba still wants him in his corner. So he's planning on talking to Howard this summer when he becomes a free agent."For me, you kind of let him do his due diligence and then move in and talk to him and figure out if this is a place he wants to be," Bryant told ESPN Los Angeles during an interview yesterday. [Read More]
This weekend, Kobe Bryant will have surgery to repair his torn left Achilles Tendon. While we initially speculated about Bryant's timetable to recover from such an injury, the Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has officially declared that Kobe will be out for six to nine months. When discussing Bryant's situation, Vitt didn't hold back with the details, calling the Achilles injury a "complete rupture," as well as saying that the tendon needs "to be sewn back together." Yikes! Following the surgery, Bryant will be immobilized for a month or more. With everything goes to plan, Kobe could be available by the start of the 2013-14 season. Get Well Mamba.
Last night was a special one for the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. Prior to the team's game against the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers retired the No. 34 jersey worn by Shaquille O'Neal from 1996-2004. The ceremonies kicked off with a video message by Kobe Bryant, who luckily didn't refer to him as "Four" but did call Shaq "the most gifted physical specimen" he's ever seen play the game of basketball. Then, Phil Jackson took the mic and added some light-hearted commentary that included what he called "some indelible images" that he'll never forget. Yeah, we'll let the Zen Master explain what he's talking about there. After Jackson's speech, Jeanie Buss went to center court and unveiled O'Neal's jersey hanging in the rafters. But enough of us summarizing the moment, just check it out. Also click here for the extended version of Shaq's thank you speech, which includes a mention of Kobe and their rocky relationship. Enjoy.
It's a sad day in Laker Land. Dr. Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers who looked on as his team won 10 NBA championships on his watch, died earlier today at the age of 80. Although no official cause of death has been announced yet, Bob Steiner, who served as an assistant for Buss, confirmed his death. Buss had reportedly been fighting a battle against cancer recently. R.I.P. Dr. Buss. Laker Land just won't be the same without you.
Perhaps Lil Wayne should just stay away from NBA basketball games. This past summer, the New Orleans rapper accused the Oklahoma City Thunder of racism after being denied free courtside seats. Apparently, Wayne was kicked out of today's Miami Heat game for "rootin 4 da Lakers." It's unclear exactly why the police would ask Wayne to leave. [See More]
The Los Angeles Lakers have consistently turned away trade inquiries in recent weeks for All-Star center Dwight Howard and still believe they have a strong chance of signing him to a new contract when Howard becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to sources close to the situation. But sources told ESPN this week the Lakers might be forced to reconsider that position between now and the February 21st trade deadline because of Howard's growing unhappiness with his role under coach Mike D'Antoni and the potential that raises for Howard leaving them in July without compensation.
Steve Nash left Wednesday night's game vs. the Portland Trailblazers with what was thought to be a bone bruise after colliding with rookie point guard Damian Lillard. Well, today MRI results revealed that he actually suffered a small fracture in his fibula. Nash already missed last night's game vs. the Clippers and won't be back for another week. The Lakers are 0-3 for the first time in 34 years, but have a somewhat easy schedule coming up. Nash will likely miss games vs. Detroit, Utah, Golden State and Sacramento. Kobe and company should be able to hold the fort down, right?