Shaq Thanks Kareem, Dr. J, Magic, Barkley, More In Passionate Speech
J” Erving, Magic Johnson, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Jerry West and Kobe Bryant. I get all Cs and he takes me to Madison Square Garden, and [I see] Dr. J go baseline and throw it down and the crowd goes crazy. I knew Dr. J because prior to that, there was a movie called ‘The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh’ and I watched that. “I wanted to be like all of these guys, and I’m sitting there in the [75th anniversary] photoshoot like, ‘Oh my God, there’s Dr. J! @SHAQ delivered a powerful, emotional tribute to all of those who inspired him to become one of the most dominant NBA big men ever.thewestsidegazette.com
Leonard, George each score 31, Clippers tie series with Jazz
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George each scored 31 points — the second straight game they have both had over 30 points — and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 118-104 in Game 4 Monday night to even their Western Conference second-round series at two games apiece.
New mom Wie West looks forward to first-tee nerves again
It's been nearly two years since Wie West last played a competitive round on the LPGA Tour, and nine months since she gave birth to daughter Makenna. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)SAN DIEGO – New mom Michelle Wie West is looking forward to being nervous again on the golf course. It’s been nearly two years since she played a competitive round on the LPGA Tour and nine months since she gave birth to daughter Makenna. “I’m definitely nervous but also grateful to feel nervous again,” Wie West said in a videoconference Wednesday from the course in northern San Diego County. “That moment that Tiger had with Charlie, that is the first thing that popped to my mind and that’s been a huge motivation and that’s been a new dream of mine,” Wie West said.
Elgin Baylor, Lakers great and aerialist pioneer, dies at 86
FILE - Elgin Baylor stands next to a statue, just unveiled, honoring the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers great, outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, in this Friday, April 6, 2018, file photo. Elgin Baylor, the Lakers 11-time NBA All-Star, died Monday, March 22, 2021, of natural causes. The Lakers announced that Baylor died in Los Angeles with his wife, Elaine, and daughter Krystal by his side. Baylor’s second career as a personnel executive for 22 1/2 years with the woebegone Los Angeles Clippers was far less successful, but he remained a beloved figure in Los Angeles and beyond. A Los Angeles County jury unanimously ruled in the Clippers’ favor in March 2011, refusing to award any damages.
Agent: LeBron inks 2-year, $85 million extension with Lakers
LOS ANGELES – LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $85 million contract extension through the 2022-23 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis and James teamed up last season and won the Lakers' 17th championship in the bubble in central Florida. Instead, James has committed to play through his 20th NBA season with the Lakers, where he moved in 2018 after title-winning tenures in Cleveland and Miami. Los Angeles famously gave a two-year, $48.5 million extension to Bryant when he was 35 years old in November 2013. For instance, Davis could structure his deal to allow Los Angeles to pursue a third superstar in free agency next summer.
Comforts of NBA bubble not lost on Lakers' Danny Green
That’s just fine with Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green. Sunday would be his 257th career postseason appearance, two shy of matching Derek Fisher for the most in NBA history. He entered Game 3 of the NBA Finals seven free-throw attempts shy of matching Shaquille O’Neal (2,317) for another postseason record. It’s the 20th NBA Finals game for Foster, the 10th for Brothers and the first for Fraher. It’ll be the eighth finals game for Zarba, the fifth for Goble and the first for Brown.
Michelle Wie West gives birth to a daughter
Michelle Wie West now has a little one of her own. The former U.S. Women's Open champion announced on Instagram that she and her husband, Golden State Warriors executive Jonnie West, are parents of a daughter born Friday. Kenna baby, I have waited my entire life to meet you, Wie, the former U.S. Women's Open champion, wrote on Instagram. They named her Makenna Kamalei Yoona West. Kamalei is a Hawaiian for beloved child.Wie and West, the son of NBA great Jerry West, were married in August.
Fans remember Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Chants of "Thank you Kobe" drowned out the sounds of the Grammy Awards red carpet at the Staples Center on Sunday, as hundreds of fans gathered in Los Angeles to mourn NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Staples Center gets filled withTHANK YOU KOBE chants pic.twitter.com/xeKag9YWvl Ball Realm (@TheBallRealm) January 26, 2020The Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Lakers, where Bryant spent his entire NBA career, displayed a photo of Bryant on the outdoor billboards as crying fans laid wreaths, flowers, candles and signs of appreciation outside the arena. He played like that, he walked like that, he was just a confident young man," Johnson told CBS Los Angeles. @Lakers fans gather outside of Staples Center in Los Angeles - chanting "Kobe! - to say farewell to Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.cbsnews.com
Grammys 2020: All the winners and highlights
Grammys honor Kobe Bryant at Staples CenterKobe Bryant's memory was in the hearts and minds of the artists at the Grammys Sunday night. But despite the news of his death, and the past 11 days of controversy surrounding the suspension of Grammy CEO Deborah Dugan, the focus was on celebrating the year's best music. Billie Eilish was the night's big winner. The 18-year-old is the youngest person ever to sweep the top four Grammys: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Kevin Frazier recaps the night's highlights.cbsnews.com