By Javier Rodriguez |Staff Writer| After 19 seasons of NBA play, recent Achilles and knee injuries, and considering the fact that he is 36 years old, Kobe Bryant is still defying Father Time and hushing critics. Most recently named the 40th best player currently in the NBA by ESPN, Bryant is proving that low rating wrong by leading in NBA scoring as he reaches 32,001 career points, which makes him about 290 points away from Michael Jordan's career points (32,292). Skeptics are quick to doubt Bryant's ability. However, Bryant lets the negative talk fuel his drive and ambition. Maybe he wasn't at his best during Friday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs when the Lakers lost … [Read more...] about Kobe Bryant in his prime
By Donte Medder |Staff Writer| After leading the Los Angeles Lakers to their worst season since 1960, Coach Mike D’antoni resigned. The Lakers struggled losing 55 of the 82 games in the 2014 season. Injuries to star players such as Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash and many key players missing time such as Nick Young and Jordan Farmar contributed to the losing season. Many felt that D’antoni was never the man for the job. “I am so happy D’antoni left; there was no defense and no leadership,” said junior at CSUSB Taylor Statham. “We need someone like Mark Jackson,” Statham continued. The search for D’antoni’s replacement began immediately according to Lakers General Manager Mitch … [Read more...] about Who will lead the Lakers to victory?
By Spencer Hirsch |Asst. Sports Editor| In a game seven, with everything on the line, Kobe took Lakers nation by surprise: he trusted his teammates, throwing pass after pass after pass, picking up eight huge assists in the team's 96-87 victory over the Denver Nuggets. His teammates did not let him down, as they made big shots in big moments, led by veteran point guard Steve Blake, who undeniably had his best game in a Lakers' uniform. Blake scored a playoff career-high 19 points, going 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. Metta World Peace followed Blake's lead, scoring 15 points, 12 of which came from his four 3-pointers. More importantly, he shut down Danilo Gallinari and Andre Miller to … [Read more...] about Lakers blog: The return of World Peace, Kobe trusts his teammates
By Jovani Gama |Sports Editor| The Lakers and Clippers have been fighting a lop-sided battle, with the Lakers dominating the Battle of Los Angeles for as long as anyone can remember. Last season, Blake Griffin made a splash on the league with his highlight dunks, causing many people to question, not whether or not the Clippers were the better team in L.A., but whether or not they were the most exciting team. Many undoubtedly believed they were. This season, things shifted heavily in the Clippers favor. After NBA Commissioner David Stern shocked the league by vetoing a trade in which star point guard Chris Paul would be sent to the Lakers, resulting in the Clippers making a trade of … [Read more...] about Coyote Jock Talk: Lakers and Clippers battle for Los Angeles
By Jovani Gama |Sports Editor| Before the beginning of the regular season, for a split moment, Laker fans were beginning to plan their trip to Staple Center for yet another championship parade. Chris Paul, one of the league's most coveted point guards, was a Laker. Step one of preparing for the post-Kobe Bryant era was complete, and the Lakers finally had a piece to their puzzle that they had been missing for years. Suddenly, NBA Commissioner David Stern did the unthinkable and vetoed the trade, forcing Paul to go back to the Hornets, and a disgruntled Lamar Odom to report to the Lakers' training camp the next day. Star power forward Pau Gasol was also involved in the trade, but … [Read more...] about Coyote Jock Talk: What the Lakers really need