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Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dies at 79

He'd been secretly battling cancer for months

(Newser) - Lakers owner Jerry Buss died this morning at age 79, after a secret hospital stay, TMZ reports. News broke last week that Buss had for months been hospitalized for an undisclosed form of cancer, though at the time family members said he was "doing fine," USA Today reports.... More »

Rihanna, Chris Brown Take It Public

Maybe-celebrity couple gets cozy at Lakers game

(Newser) - So Rihanna and Chris Brown are just "best of friends" ? The "Diamonds" singer spent Christmas day getting cozy with Brown at an LA Lakers game and left chatting and holding hands with him, Huffington Post reports. She even followed by posting an Instagram photo of herself smoking... More »

Cops Seek Foiled Robber in Lakers Uniform

LA man tries to rob security guard wearing team's uniform

(Newser) - A would-be mugger who attempted to rob a security guard shouldn't be that hard to find, police tell the LA Times : He was wearing a Lakers uniform. The man asked for directions, then pulled an assault pistol and ordered the guard to the ground. He demanded and got the guard's... More »

Lakers Sign Kobe to 3-Year, $90M Extension

Star says he 'knew I was going to be here'

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant signed a three-year contract extension yesterday worth nearly $90 million that will keep him with the Los Angeles Lakers through the 2013-14 season. The deal will begin after next season. Bryant is making $23 million this season and is due to earn $24.8 million next season. "... More »

Orlando Takes Game 3

(Newser) - Orlando finally regained its Magic touch. Making easy shots and tough ones from everywhere, the Magic won their first game in two visits to the NBA finals as Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis scored 21 points apiece in a 108-104 victory over Los Angeles. The Lakers still lead the series,... More »

Two Hot Guys Help Rihanna Move On

Singer dating Laker, childhood sweetheart simultaneously?

(Newser) - Rihanna has really, really moved on from Chris Brown, the UK tabloids want you to know. News of the World has pictures of the singer reuniting with her childhood sweetheart—friends call him “the Love God"—while the Mirror reports she went on date No. 2 with LA... More »

MC Shaq Rips Kobe in Rap

Suns center renews old rivalry—in rhyme

(Newser) - Even with the Lakers and Celtics matchup over, all is not quiet on the NBA rivalry front. Shaquille O'Neal took the mic at a New York club to perform a freestyle rap suggesting that Kobe Bryant couldn't win a championship without his former teammate: "You know how I be.... More »

Celtics Win Title in Blowout

Boston trounces the Lakers, 132-91, to win in 6 games

(Newser) - The Boston Celtics trounced the LA Lakers tonight to win their 17th NBA championship. Boston won 132-91 behind a stifling defense and strong shooting, the Boston Globe reports. The Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett proved too powerful in Game 6 for the overmatched Lakers, who... More »

Do Feds Suspect Another Ref?

Officials report being asked about Bavetta during Donaghy probe

(Newser) - While questioning former NBA referees about Tim Donaghy, federal investigators also asked lots of questions about another ref named Dick Bavetta, ESPN reports. Commissioner David Stern, however, insisted the league has no concerns about the veteran official, who worked Game 1 of this year's finals. Stern again suggested that Donaghy's... More »

Full-Court Press Won't Fix NBA's Image Woes

Commish can point to crooked ref, but game- fixing charge sticks

(Newser) - It seems unlikely NBA commissioner David Stern would ever have arranged outcomes of important games, as disgraced former referee Tim Donaghy has claimed. But whether or not the accusations are true, the league has a Shaq-sized image issue on its hands, and strategies for dealing with the tarnish aren't in... More »

Lakers Take Game 3

Los Angeles beats Boston, 87-81, now trails series 2-1

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant scored 36 points to lead his LA Lakers to an 87-81 victory over Boston in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the LA Times reports. Los Angeles now trails the best-of-seven series 2-1. The Lakers also got a strong lift from Sasha Vujacic (20 points), who came up... More »

Time Runs Out for Lakers in Game 2 Loss to Celtics

Major challenge ahead for Lakers

(Newser) - Perhaps their amazing fourth-quarter comeback was enough to give the Lakers hope in a most difficult situation. Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 30 points in the last 7:40 as the Lakers erased all but two points of a 24-point deficit before losing in Boston to the Boston Celtics... More »

Jazz Hand Lakers First Playoff Loss

Boozer scores 27 to help Utah cut LA's lead to 2-1

(Newser) - Carlos Boozer broke out of his slump with 27 points and tied his career playoff-high with 20 rebounds, leading the Utah Jazz to a 104-99 victory over Los Angeles last night, cutting the Lakers' lead in the series to 2-1. It was the Lakers' first loss this postseason. Game 4... More »

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