Topic: Los Angeles Lakers

November 26, 2013

When Metta World Peace (then known as Ron Artest) thanked his therapist after the greatest moment of his basketball career, he connected with many basketball fans who had gone through related issues in the past. One Lakers fan, however, helped learn how to become more comfortable with the Asperger's syndrome he had discovered only a year earlier.

May 30, 2013

NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor is auctioning off a bunch of stuff. Some of it is the sort of random autographed-sneaker crap that accrues over a life in basketball. Some of it, like his NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy, is kind of sad to see. And then there's his record collection.

April 29, 2013

No team is more L.A. than the Lakers. Los Angeles is the city where movies are made, a place where massive and irresponsible dreams either come true or spectacularly don’t. It is a city built on stories: individual and collective, real and fake, meaningful and inconsequential. This is why, maybe the only reason why, Ramon Sessions can seem important for a few months in spring.

March 20, 2013

For all the things that can divide a father and son, from different personalities to a father's obligations to a military at war, there is something in sports that brings, if not quite understanding, a certain unity. It's a good thing.

October 23, 2012

The first installment in our NBA preview series on individual players focuses on perhaps the NBA's most individual player, Kobe Bryant, as he starts another season in his life's work: unapologetically working to harness his own world-historic self-obsession.

August 10, 2012

What is the internet for, if not to imagine a world more interesting than this one? In the case of the hashtag #DwightInLA, that meant coming up with a much different and much funnier Los Angeles experience than the team's new center will likely have.

August 10, 2012

The Dwight Howard trade did take place, as it turns out. The inevitability of his move to the Lakers did little to soften the weirdness of how the deal actually worked out, though, for the Magic and the rest of the NBA.

May 21, 2012

The lockout season was supposed to break Andrew Bynum. He was always tagged as "injury prone," and a compressed schedule would help him fulfill his fate as the next Bill Walton/Yao Ming, big men cursed by the frailty of their lower bodies. But something changed the script.