Latest 2008–09 Los Angeles Lakers season Stories

2009-07-15 13:40:27

The NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers have withdrawn their latest contract offer to free agent forward Lamar Odom, the Orange County Register said. The 10-year veteran had been offered a $30 million three-year contract or a $36 million four-year contract. He made $11.4 million last season and had said earlier this year he would take less money to stay in Los Angeles. The report said Dallas and Miami, teams believed to be pursuing the 6-foot-10 forward, can offer him only the mid-level exemption...

2009-07-03 14:42:42

Free agent forward Trevor Ariza of the LA Lakers has signed a contract with the Rockets, swapping places with forward Ron Artest, the Houston Chronicle said. The newspaper reported being told by an undisclosed source the 6-foot-8 Ariza, 24, signed a five-year, $33 million deal late Thursday. The 6-foot-7 inch Artest, 29, had told ESPN Thursday he has reached a verbal agreement with the Lakers and will play for the mid-level exception, roughly $18 million for three years. Artest added the...

2009-06-19 20:45:00

Kobe Bryant said Friday he would not take advantage of a free-agent clause in his contract and planned to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers. Less than a week after leading the Lakers to the NBA title, his fourth with the team, Bryant insisted he had no thoughts of leaving Los Angeles. I'm not going anywhere, you know I'm not going anywhere, Bryant said at a news conference. It's a waste of our breath. Bryant, who has played 13 years with the Lakers, has a clause in his current contract that...

2009-06-14 22:00:00

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA championship Sunday with a 99-86 win over Orlando in Game 5 of the finals. Bryant, who was named MVP of the series, was 10-of-23 shooting and hit all eight free throws in 41 minutes as the Lakers outscored the Magic 30-18 in the second quarter and set a course to their 15th NBA title and first since 2002. Lakers' Coach Phil Jackson won his 10th NBA title as a coach, surpassing Boston Celtics great Red Auerbach on the...

2009-05-29 23:00:00

Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles to a complete performance Friday, resulting in a 119-92 thrashing of Denver that vaulted the Lakers into the NBA finals. After fighting fiercely for five games in the Western Conference finals, Denver melted away in the second half of Game 6 and fell victim to a balanced LA attack led by Bryant's 35 points. The Nuggets led by a point with 7 minutes to play in the second quarter, but the period ended with Los Angeles going on a 12-3 run that gave the Lakers a 53-40...

2009-05-28 00:07:10

Lamar Odom keyed an eight-point run to start the fourth quarter Wednesday and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to defeat Denver 104-93. The Lakers took a 3-2 advantage in the Western Conference finals and moved to within one victory of earning a berth in the NBA's Championship Series. Los Angeles will try to wrap up the series when Denver hosts Game 6 Friday. Los Angeles came from seven points behind midway through the third period to tie the game at 76-76 going into the fourth quarter. Odom...

2009-05-19 23:56:45

Kobe Bryant scored 40 points Tuesday to rally the Los Angeles Lakers to a 105-103 win over Denver in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Two of Bryant's 18 fourth-quarter points came on free throws with 5.8 seconds to play that put the game just out of the reach of the Nuggets, who led by two points at the start of the fourth quarter and by as many as 13 over the course of the game. Game 2 will be played Thursday at Staples Center. Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 39 points and...

2009-05-17 18:49:46

Pau Gasol led the Los Angeles Lakers to the Western Conference finals Sunday, scoring 21 points and pulling down 18 rebounds in an 89-70 rout of Houston. The Lakers outrebounded the Rockets 55-33 and ran up first-half leads as much as 25 points. Los Angeles eliminated Houston 4-3 and will open the conference title series Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets. Trevor Ariza totaled 15 points, Andrew Bynum scored 14 and Kobe Bryant had 14 points seven rebounds and five assists for the Lakers....

2009-05-14 23:48:05

Aaron Brooks and Luis Scola halted a third-quarter charge Thursday and Houston downed the Los Angeles Lakers 95-80 to force a Game 7 in their playoff series. Houston won for the second time in three games without center Yao Ming, who is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a broken foot. The one loss without Yao, however, was a 40-point crushing in Los Angeles and that is where the Rockets must play the deciding game of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday. The winner of that...

2009-05-13 00:44:12

Kobe Bryant had 26 points Tuesday and the Los Angeles Lakers routed Houston 118-78 to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. Pau Gasol finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Bynum scored 14 and Lamar Odom -- whose status had been questionable due to a back injury -- scored 10 and pulled down six rebounds for the Lakers, who can advance to the conference finals with a victory Thursday in Game 6 at Houston. The Lakers rebounded from a one-sided loss in Houston...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'