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Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers wish that Kobe Bryant was making sweet music on the court and propelling the squad toward a playoff berth. Alas, he’s still rocking the suit and tie while the nameless, faceless Lakers flounder through the 2013-14 campaign. That hasn’t stopped Bryant from continuing his marketing and sales efforts on […]

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Kobe Bryant’s return to the court was announced in a video of a jersey swaying in the wind, impervious to different types of precipitation and strong winds. I suppose he couldn’t use “I’m Back” because that’s probably trademarked by the Michael Jordan juggernaut. But, the folks behind the Lakers (and Kobe’s camp itself) in marketing […]

I actually thought about checking out the “Kings of the Mic” tour when it hit Los Angeles and the famed Greek Theater. LL Cool J, De La Soul and Ice Cube were among the top names on the bill. Who doesn’t drift into “Today Was A Good Day” and talk of playing craps on the […]

Breaking news normally doesn’t fall into our collective lap on Friday afternoons. It definitely doesn’t occur on the Friday of a long holiday weekend most years. Of course, it’s not every year that a free agent like Dwight Howard commands the attention of the media. Without a written statement or saying a word (or taking […]

This past week, the Stanley Cup Final concluded with a Blackhawks victory over the Bruins in Boston. The next big event on the sports calendar was the NBA Draft and with it, myriad questions about trades and free agency. And, of course, there was some drama regarding the No. 1 pick. The Cavaliers shocked the […]

It’s been a whirlwind week of updates in a sporting world that is normally quiet in late June. The Stanley Cup Final concluded on Monday night. The Blackhawks’ Game 6 win against the Bruins was about the only normal thing to occur. The hammer dropped on former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in […]

I was going to give the “Fantasy Man-Crush” nod to Nate Robinson following his brilliant performance in the triple-OT win over the Nets on Saturday. With Derrick Rose still OUT and Joakim Noah ailing, the sometimes-maddening Robinson took over the game in the final minutes of regulation and owned the highlight shows — even with […]

Harmon returns to the microphone to scream about the first round of the NFL Draft, his own mock draft , NBA Playoffs and more. He calls for video chat Kobe as coach, a summer of peace for Derrick Rose and offers investing advice for the degenerates among you. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome […]

It’s been a season of turmoil for the Los Angeles Lakers that included a coaching changes, a mountain of losses and myriad reports of in-fighting. The team now faces another terrible turn, as it has been reported by Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times that owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with “an undisclosed […]

“Basically, it’s just a dumb idea and we (discuss) it that way.” Five-time NBA champion and grizzled veteran Kobe Bryant disagrees with Commissioner David Stern’s desire to eliminate players over the age of 23 from future Olympics. Bryant succinctly labeled it “a player’s choice” and spoke openly of the fact that the push for such […]

Earlier this week, the Lakers added the point guard they’d be seeking seemingly forever when the team orchestrated a deal to bring two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash to town. Snarky writers and would-be comedians on Twitter anxiously awaited a statement from David Stern that advised that the deal had been nixed by the league office. […]

Steve Blake is being destroyed in the social media landscape after missing a potential game-winning shot in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City. It was a wide-open look on an inbounds pass from Metta World Peace in the corner. Blake caught and shot, just as he’d done with sharpshooter precision in […]

I always say, “If you’re going to fail, then fail spectacularly.” The Lakers must have heeded those words on Monday night, as Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series was nothing short of a bloodbath. Oklahoma City took a 15-point lead into halftime … and then it got ugly. The Thunder outscored the Lakers […]

Do you remember when Kobe Bryant broke his nose after being fouled by Dwyane Wade in the NBA All-Star Game? Well, Kobe was then forced to don a face mask in the subsequent games. He played in 11 games and scored his 29,000th career point behind the mask. Now, Bryant is auctioning off the mask […]

Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers eagerly anticipated Thursday’s trade deadline. For weeks, local newspaper columnists, radio and television personalities shouted from the rooftops about the team’s need for a point guard. They pondered what appeared to be the likely departure of Pau Gasol and dissected his every movement on the court while questioning his […]

Harmon returns to the microphone following a short hiatus to usher in a new run of “Inside The Swollen Dome.” He dives into the news of the day & sets the table for a huge sports week. ITSD 2.21

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As we stand on the cusp of the deciding games in the NBA and NHL, I present a look back at one of the greatest championship celebration moments ever. We salute you, “Mad Dog.”

This item just crossed the wire and set my mind spiraling. I can’t wait to see how it’s spun given the speculation about Odom’s potential whereabouts for the NBA season. The trade rumor mill has linked the versatile 6-foot-10 to several teams. Odom home up for sale For now, Lakers fans need to pause and […]

On Tuesday, Kobe Bryant made a public appearance to discuss his charitable efforts to reduce homelessness in the greater Los Angeles area. You can see my write-up here . It’s an issue that deserved its own place in this age of negativity. Despite the importance of the issue being discussed in this forum, there was […]

Kobe Bryant has been quiet since the Lakers’ dismissal from the NBA Playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks. The five-time NBA champion emerged from his fortress of solitude in Orange County to unveil a new project. Bryant addressed the media at My Friend’s Place, a non-profit center that gives homeless youth a place to grow and […]

Los Angeles has been the sports capital in recent months, but certainly not for anything positive. I take that back. Who would have ever expected that the pride of Los Angeles would be wearing a Clippers jersey? The Lakers were dumped from the playoffs unceremoniously by the Mavericks and went out with several cheapshots from […]

Most of the questions coming during Phil Jackson’s final press conference with the Lakers tried to assess the team’s quick exit from the Playoffs, his relationships with the players and trips down memory lane. David Vassegh, the Executive Producer of the “Petros & Money Show” on FOX Sports Radio, boldly stepped out of the usual […]

On Wednesday night, the Lakers absorbed a huge blow to their quest for a third consecutive NBA title. The Mavericks’ bench played brilliantly, sparked by point guard J.J. Barea. Barea sliced through a lifeless Los Angeles defense. The legs of the big men appeared to be set in concrete, and Steve Blake was positively torched […]

At times, it appeared that Game 2 of the Lakers-Hornets series had devolved into a game of pinball. Bodies were flying everywhere, with hard screen after hard screen and plenty of contact in the lane. Welcome to playoff basketball. With the usual smile that accompanies the “why do I have to do this?” thought bubble, […]

As word spread that center Tim Duncan was on crutches and would be unavailable to the Spurs for the foreseeable future (more on that as it develops), the Lakers and Suns were locked in an instant classic. “Los Lakers” and “Los Suns” engaged in a triple-overtime thriller at Staples Center. Just look at the box […]