Here’s something not many thought would happen in the opening night of the NBA on Tuesday: The bench of the Los Angeles Lakers ruled the starting lineup of the Los Angeles Clippers for a decisive 116-103 victory. This is not how things were supposed to go for the Clippers, who have been voted the favorites to come out of the West by various members of the media around the league. Most have expected the Lakers to miss the playoffs this season,
The day is here. The time is now. So it is, that we begin the 2013-14 NBA season. After a summer full of drama and change, the teams, players and fans are ready for the new season to start. Opening night kicks off with three games on Tuesday, starting with the Orlando Magic visiting the Indiana Pacers at 7:00 pm Eastern, which can be seen on Fox Sports Florida or NBA League Pass. That game is followed by a double-header on TNT. At
The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of question marks heading into the season-opener on Tuesday with Kobe Bryant’s unknown status. One less thing they have to worry about is the status of Chris Kaman, who has missed some time in the preseason due to ill-effects of a nasty stomach virus. The center feels well enough to play, and went as far as to say that nothing can stop him from going against the Los Angeles Clippers, his former team: Well let’s
The NBA regular season finally begins this week, and numerous major publications have put out their preseason predictions and prognostications. Few, picks, if any, are usually bold or daring. Most are run-of-the-mill status quo predictions for the coming season. (Although we have a wide variety of semi-safe picks here at SheridanHoops in our season preview special.) Miami will win another NBA title, with LeBron James as MVP. San Antonio and Oklahoma City will be the top teams in the West. Maybe Houston
Kobe Bryant has never known any team other than the Los Angeles Lakers. He started his career in Los Angeles as a teenager, and only once did he flirt with the idea of switching jerseys during his 17-year career. The guard has said throughout the latter part of his career that he would remain a Laker for life, but you never know how things can turn out in the NBA. This is the final year of Bryant’s current contract, where he
There has been some back and forth between the two Los Angeles teams about the Clippers’ decision to cover up the Lakers’ banners during home games. Nick Young was the first to make headlines by saying Doc Rivers shouldn’t have so much power in only his first season with the team. Matt Barnes responded by saying no one not named Kobe or Pau should have any say on what the Clippers are doing to the banners. Meanwhile, Rivers said he had
I know a guy who used to work for the Houston Rockets back in the 1990s, when Hakeem Olajuwon was leading the team to back to-back titles and the team played at The Summit — a rickety bandbox that has been converted into a church in the years since the team moved to the Toyota Center. The guy tells a great story about a different era in the NBA, when money flowed as though it was wine at a toga party.
With Kobe Bryant still nursing offseason surgery on his torn Achilles tendon, the Los Angeles Lakers are one of the more unpredictable teams this season in the Western Conference. If Bryant were healthy enough to start on opening night, the Lakers would be an interesting team. You can never count them out as long as the Vino is around. But with no timetable for when he may return to game action – and just as importantly, not knowing whether he can