Bernucca: Future murky for Lakers, biggest underachievers in NBA history

Dwight Howard Steve Nash

Before Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers handed out white towels to fans at the Staples Center. Apparently, someone in the marketing department didn’t understand symbolism. By halftime, those towels had become flags of surrender for the Lakers, the biggest underachieving team in the history of the NBA. Dwight Howard offered his own symbolism, figuratively throwing in the towel midway through the third quarter. Unwilling to grit his teeth and bang


SH Blog: Ginobili says players know defense better than media, Howard also amused by votes

Manu Ginobili

NBA players always seem to question what the media knows when the voting for awards don’t go a certain way. That was again the case when it was determined that Marc Gasol won the Defensive Player of the Year award this season. Manu Ginobili, who has had the privilege of playing alongside the great defense of Tim Duncan all his career, clearly did not appreciate his big man getting snubbed for the award after having yet another impacting presence on the


Lakers’ Blake out indefinitely; Nash, Meeks doubtful for Game 3

Steve Nash

The Los Angeles Lakers are running a lot of their offense through 7-footer Pau Gasol. Maybe they can have him bring the ball upcourt, too. The Lakers are running out of guards. Already without injured superstar Kobe Bryant, the seventh seed could also be without point guards Steve Nash and Steve Blake and shooting guard Jodie Meeks for Friday night’s Game 3 of their first-round series vs. the San Antonio Spurs.


SH Blog: Breakdown of what went wrong for Warriors, writer calls Melo an overrated ball hog


When Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets played their first game on Saturday in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs, most expected a high-scoring game between two of the better offensive teams in the league. The final score of the contest? 97-95. Not exactly what we had in mind. [Related: Why the Warriors can beat the Nuggets in 6 games] Both teams suffered from what appeared to be a case of the butterflies, and the Warriors actually did a better


SH Blog: League announces stronger flopping policy, Gortat says Suns are mentally weak

There’s nothing quite like the intensity and importance of playoff basketball. We’re all craving for it all to begin after having to watch a countless number of meaningless games over the last couple of weeks, where teams decide to sit their main players to rest for postseason action. Unfortunately, we’re still a couple of days away from seeing any of it, as the first set of games don’t start until Saturday afternoon. If you’re wondering how things will play out in


SH Blog: Wade didn’t want the life of a superstar anymore, Howard’s back still bothering him

Dwyane Wade

“Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven.” Those are the infamous words by LeBron James when he first became a Miami Heat that people will always remember. It was obviously a huge deal at the time due to its cockiness and the fact that it was said before the newly formed trio ever played a single game together on the court. When he said it, we all assumed that James was speaking for himself as well


SH Blog: Lakers/Jazz Battle For 8th-seed; Shabazz Declares, Smart Returns; NBA Cancels Pacers/Celtics

Pau Gasol

The difference between talent and skill is one of the most misunderstood concepts of the NBA – and sports in general, for that matter. Talent you have naturally. Every player in the NBA has some form of natural talent. But skill can only be developed by hours and hours of working on your craft. 10,000 hours, as Malcolm Gladwell has famously professed. This is as true for individuals as it is teams.