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 […]

While everyone was watching the implosion of the Lakers, the other occupants of STAPLES Center have put together an historic season. On Wednesday night, the Clippers routed the Suns to record a franchise-best 50th win. Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan are leading the Clippers into the playoffs and a battle for the No. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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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, […]

Finally … I joked that I wasn’t going to sit and watch Game 7 after investing a ridiculous number of hours watching the three-month marathon that is the NBA Playoffs. Rip Van Winkle awoke to see that nothing had changed. The never-ending investigation of USC athletics … ended. Ubaldo won 13 games … almost as […]

Remember those old “ALCOA Presents: Fantastic Finishes?” Sure, they were used for NFL games back in the day, but you couldn’t think of a better branding piece than that right now after watching The Big Spaniard, Pau Gasol, put back the game-winning shot with one-half second left. Seriously, the final minutes were a bit chaotic […]