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  1. Magic Johnson not on the (Jim) Buss

    Brian Kamenetzky

    You -- certainly including the chanting masses at Staples Center over the weekend -- wanted Phil. Magic Johnson did, too, judging by some water cooler worthy Tweets sent out Wednesday. Last night, Johnson explained his criticisms of Lakers managem...

    Blog | November 15, 2012
  2. Jamaal Wilkes enters the Hall of Fame -- speech, induction video

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Another Los Angeles Lakers great is now officially a Hall of Famer, with the induction of Jamaal Wilkes on Friday evening in Springfield, Mass. As ESPNLA's Arash Markazi notes, it's an honor he believed one day would come, but wasn't quite sure if he...

    Blog | September 08, 2012
  3. Andrew Bernstein goes Broadway

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Many Lakers fans are familiar with the new play "Magic/Bird," the stage rendering of the most legendary pairings ever produced in sports, that of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, which opened on Broadway April 11. Quite frankly, I have no idea if it's g...

    Blog | April 16, 2012
  4. Magic Johnson-led group to buy the Dodgers

    Brian Kamenetzky

    It's a very happy day for Los Angeles fans, as someone so intricately woven into the fabric of this city's sports culture will be the face of a civic treasure. Will the new Dodgers ownership group, fronted by Magic Johnson and led on the baseball ...

    Blog | March 27, 2012
  5. Mitch Kupchak says Jim Buss deserves less criticism

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Monday afternoon, Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times sat down with general manager Mitch Kupchak, talking about this week's trade deadline, Pau Gasol, and the team's relationship with Magic Johnson. What has garnered the most headlines, however, are hi...

    Blog | March 13, 2012
  6. Kobe Bryant, historical rankings, and incredible success in L.A.

    Brian Kamenetzky

    When Kobe Bryant passed Shaquille O'Neal to become the NBA's fifth all-time leading scorer, it prompted a flurry of debates about his place in basketball history, but also his ranking among great Lakers, as in this video with ESPN's Tim Legler. I ...

    Blog | February 08, 2012
  7. Magic being Magic, and news conference video

    Brian Kamenetzky

    There were many standout moments at Monday's Staples Center news conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of Magic Johnson's retirement, not the least of which was the check for $1 million presented to his foundation. Johnson spoke of that day t...

    Blog | November 07, 2011
  8. PodKast: Michael Cooper on Magic, Bird, socks, USC hoops, and mor...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Tuesday afternoon, I was fortunate to spend some time talking with Lakers great Michael Cooper, an integral part of five championships with the Showtime Lakers, and now coach of the women's basketball team at USC. Long and lean-- very, very lean-- Co...

    Blog | August 31, 2011
  9. Should the Lakers dominate the L.A. Hall of Fame?

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Looking for a way to suck the remaining productivity from your Monday workday? I present you this list of 20 nominees for the inaugural ESPNLA Hall of Fame. Choose five. Malcolm Emmons/US Presswire Two of your five ESPNLA Hall of Fame votes a...

    Blog | August 08, 2011
  10. On this day in Lakers history...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    I'm not saying Dwight Howard is coming today (really, I'm not), but the gentle echoes of yesteryear say it would make some sense. Via's "This Date in History" Page: "June 16, 1975: The Milwaukee Bucks traded Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and reserve ...

    Blog | June 16, 2011
  11. Why the All-Star Game matters

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Henry Ray Abrams/AFP/Getty Images The meeting between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan in the 1998 All-Star Game has become an iconic moment in the careers of two players constantly compared to each other. It's become fashionable in some circles to r...

    Blog | February 19, 2011
  12. The Hall of Fame induction speech of Jerry Buss

    Brian Kamenetzky

    On this week's podcast, we spoke with longtime L.A. sportswriter Steve Springer, who covered the Lakers for over two decades, noting the achievements of owner Jerry Buss both in Los Angeles with the Lakers and contributing to the resurrection of the ...

    Blog | August 13, 2010
  13. Byron Scott on Fisher, leading with Magic, and giving up L.A. coa...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    He hasn't suited up in Los Angeles since the '96-'97 season, but there are few guys working in the league with a deeper connection to the Lakers than Cleveland coach Byron Scott. He won three titles in the Showtime era, and despite coaching in New Je...

    Blog | July 13, 2010
  14. Question of the Day: Why does Kobe need to beat Boston to be the ...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    A few days back, we ran a series of poll questions on the blog, just to help get people get into a Finals mood and take the temperature of Lakers fans on a few important issues. One question read as follows: Jim Rogash/Getty Images Beating the...

    Blog | June 03, 2010
  15. Top 10 Lakers playoffs moments: Magic's baby hook beats Boston in...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Dick Raphael/NBAE/Getty Images The Celtics may have imagined a hook shot beating them in Game 4 of the '87 Finals... but likely not from Magic Johnson. You can probably still hear the call from Chick Hearn. Up two games to one against the Boston...

    Blog | May 28, 2010
  16. Top 10 Lakers playoff moments: Magic jumps center

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Getty Images With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the sidelines, Lakers rookie Magic Johnson started Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals at center. He'd go on to score 42 points with 15 rebounds and seven assists. May 16, 1980. NBA Finals, Game 6. Lakers at Si...

    Blog | May 26, 2010