You might recognize Long Beach native Jonathan McDaniel from his role back in the day on Disney Channel's That's So Raven (It's OK to admit that you watched it) or from one of his songs as recording artist "Lil' J" but these days, you're about to know him for something different all together. McDani ... More >>
Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting a warm welcome from U.S. President Barack Obama this afternoon in Rancho Mirage for their summit and not just because the California desert temperature topped 110 degrees. In his five years in the White House, Obama has treated the Chinese leadership with guar ... More >>
Who likes hot women? We have no issues with athletic ladies sporting purple, and you shouldn't either. Get to know a couple this month, as burger behemoth Carl's Jr hosts a series of meet-and-greets with your Los Angeles Laker Girls!And if that's not reason enough to do your laundry, we've got more ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about Kobe's tweet defending Vanessa.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 8, 12:29 P.M.: It was almost a year ago that Kobe Bryant reacted with a hearty laugh after one of the many fans who swarmed him as he was placing a post-game meal order yelled the end of this rap from Dra ... More >>
Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli can officially scratch the Sacramento Kings off his list.The billionaire Broadcom co-founder has long sought an NBA team to join the Ducks as a tenant of the Honda Center his company manages, but after years of trying to woo the Kings south (or was it the Maloofs tr ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the Lakers hiring a new coach, a Mike Brown spotting near my house and threats his son received.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 9, 1:29 P.M.: An Anaheim Hills dad is going to have more time to watch his son play for basketball powerhouse Mater Dei High School of Sant ... More >>
Reports of the NBA's Kings' death in Sacramento--and rebirth in Virginia Beach--have been greatly exaggerated.But amid the Virginia news item that put the rumor in play--and the swift media and blogosphere labeling of the report as bullshit--there is a lonely item sustaining the pulse for a Kings mo ... More >>
So, the purple-and-gold carpool is complete: Kobe Bryant will drive from whichever Newport Coast estate his wife Vanessa is allowing him to stay in over to Dwight Howard's supposed Newport Coast estate, pick up the Lakers new superstar center and then cruise over to John Wayne Airport.They'll then b ... More >>
You Navel Gazing commenters who love, Love, LOVE to point out my assorted flubs should get a hearty chortle out of this:Channel 4 is two-for-two when it comes to I.D. uck-fups involving well-known sports figures, including Newport Coast shooting guard with the mostest Kobe Bryant. Film at 11.
With the Lakers facing the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, we can't wait for the rematch between Metta World Peace and beard-boy James Harden. Really James, that 'bow to your dome was an accident. Here are the Top Five most violent moments in Lakers history.
Los Angeles Lakers starting forward Metta World Peace revealed on Conan last night what he has been up to since being hit with a seven-game suspension following a devastating elbow to the head of Oklahoma City Thunder reserve James Harden on April 22. While he still has two games left to sit out b ... More >>
As we've shown you, Coachella is the place for an assortment of fashions. However, an understated, yet integral part of any festival is the appearance of a random basketball jersey from years past, by that we mean the '90s. Here are some of our favorite sightings. Shawn Kemp, Cleveland Cavaliers: A ... More >>
Some believe the split between Sacramento leaders and the owners of the NBA's Kings happened in March, when attorneys for the Maloof brothers filed a massive request under the Public Records Act for communications between the city and 53 other parties.Now, a former Sacramento city councilman is givi ... More >>
At a news conference today, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced the arena deal between the owners of the Sacramento Kings and that city have fallen through.Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson blamed the Maloof brothers for failing to negotiate in good faith.The development means Anaheim is back in as ... More >>
Kiss your Royals NBA team goodbye, Anaheim.A tearful Gavin Maloof emerged from a meeting in Orlando, Florida, this morning to announce that the Kings are staying in Sacramento under a deal that promises the NBA franchise a new arena. The Maloof brothers who own the Kings had flirted with moving t ... More >>
I don't believe in God, but if I did, I'd be thanking her right now for salvaging the upcoming NBA season. I mean, I tried to watch hockey, I really did, but I just can't hang with that shit. And my dad was born in Canada, so I should be able to get through more than three minutes without asking, ... More >>
AEGA stadium will be built ... somewhere in LA County.An NFL stadium is coming to the greater Los Angeles area, at some point. The sponsorship deal with Farmers Insurance has been sealed, the promotional propaganda has been spread, the LA city council has voted unanimously in favor of a tentative ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 12, 1:48 P.M.: Sactown Royalty, a fan site that kicked into high gear when the Kings were dribbling out the notion of moving from Sacramento to Anaheim last season, obviously doesn't share Orange County Register sports columnist Randy Youngman's biting take on Sacramento Mayor Kevin ... More >>
As you might have heard, new Lakers coach Mike Brown and his wife Carolyn purchased a home in Anaheim Hills.That might sound like a rookie mistake given it's 44 miles to the Lakers practice facility and what seems like three days inching across the freeways if you're headed to the Staples Center ... More >>
Mike Brown, the new king of the Lakers castle.Last week, Lakers fans learned that the legendary shoes of its retiring coach, Phil Jackson, were to be filled by a mostly-unproven coach who's best known for being LeBron James' first NBA coach. The news of Mike Brown's hiring caused mixed reactions, ... More >>
Angry Bird Droppings Facebook PageIt's a bird! It's a plane! It's . . . actually a bird. An angry bird! On a soapbox! Flying through the finish line at the always-wacky Red Bull Soapbox Race was Angry Bird Droppings, a Garden Grove-based team made of former UCI engineering students. W ... More >>
Pau GasolUPDATE, MAY 17, 11:58 A.M.: After his exit interview today with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Phil Jackson at the team's El Segundo training facility, forward Pau Gasol denied there was any rift between his girlfriend and Vanessa Bryant, nor between himself a ... More >>
The Lakers are down 2-0 to the Mavs, and if they lose tonight in Dallas all hope will be lost for a three-peat.Speaking of elimination, the Honda Center in Anaheim won't be the home of an NBA team for at least another season.Are you ready for some basketball?
UPDATE, MAY 2, 1:10 P.M.: We just had a royal wedding. Now comes a Royals funeral.After months of negotiations, seemingly done deals and obviously un-done deals, the NBA's Kings are staying in Sacramento at least one more season, dashing hopes of regular season home games by the renamed Anaheim R ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 26, 2:41 P.M.: After a weekend of reports claiming its unlikely the Sacramento Kings will move to Anaheim before next season--if ever--Anaheim officials expressed confidence that their proposal remains the best one on the table for the NBA franchise.ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 14, 8:01 P.M: After last night's likely forever finale for the Sacramento Kings/preview for the Anaheim Royals, Kobe Bryant was contrite. Black Mamba told KCAL/Channel 9's John Ireland that the NBA's $100,000 fine for calling a referee "Fucking faggot" the night before was ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 30, 8:22 A.M.: The Anaheim City Council last night unanimously approved the $75 million bond-lease deal to put the NBA's Kings in the Honda Center. Meanwhile, the Sacramento City Council has moved beyond grief to the anger stage: Cap city leaders last nght discu ... More >>
Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan tells ESPN readers in his column yesterday, "Stand up for your team, Sacramento!" He begins, You could say that I am a sore loser, but I really come to this topic as a citizen who sees the importance of local economies staying local. I am also a fan wh ... More >>
The Maloof Brothers-owned Sacramento Kings are ditching their outdated digs at Arco Arena (which has recently been renamed Power Balance Pavilion) for greener pastures at Anaheim's Honda Center. The move, which would make them the Anaheim Kings and bring yet another NBA team to ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 25, 3:39 P.M.: Although Phil Jackson is the only one to go public with his opposition to the Sacramento Kings moving to Anaheim (scroll down to last post), there has been a lot of talk about the Los Angeles Lakers franchise working behind the scenes to stop a SoCal relocation to prot ... More >>
UPDATE, 2:30 P.M., FEB. 18: Ron Artest will make a guest appearance in Sherman Oaks to sign autographs. Find out more information after the jump.ORIGINAL ITEM, 12 P.M., FEB. 18: Was it really so long ago that the confetti fell from the top of Staples Center as the Los Angeles Lakers defeate ... More >>
Wikipedia CommonsFormer Lakers coach, team president and Hall of Fame player Jerry West spoke at the annual Orange County Automobile Dealers Association luncheon at the Irvine Marriott on Friday--and unloaded on his former squad."I don't think the Lakers will be good for much longer," West predi ... More >>
When Orange County Register sports columnist Randy Youngman wrote a few days ago about the possibility of the Sacramento Kings moving into the Honda Center in Anaheim, it still read like a pipe dream. Several other cities could also land the NBA franchise, selling the team could send the team any ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, the Los Angeles sports radio airwaves burned with anger as Southern California's massive Armenian-American community expressed their anger with a hero: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Seemed that Bryant had signed an endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines, a company p ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklySmashing Pumpkins headlined. For more photos, check out our slideshow here.KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas Night OneDecember 11, 2010Gibson AmphitheaterIt doesn't feel like the end of the concert year until KROQ throws their annual Almost Acoustic Christmas shows at the Gibson A ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.In my 25 years as a hopelessly addicted basketball fan, I, like most Los Angeles/Orange C ... More >>
Update, November 24, 11:25 a.m.: The Los Angeles Police Department's juvenile division is still investigating the death of Lucas Anthony Tang, who fell from a luxury box at the Staples Center Sunday night.However, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has determined the Garden Grove 2-yea ... More >>
Jonathan Ho / OC WeeklyTran: Not time to concede. 1:00 a.m.: Van Tran Remains HopefulInside the converted Garden Grove Blockbuster store, Van Tran continues to hold onto his dream of defeating Loretta Sanchez. Tran is trailing by more than 5,000 votes--and the gap seems to be getting larger. But ... More >>
Mike SmithUPDATED: Los Angeles Clippers color commentator Mike Smith was acquitted today on charges he stole $735,000 from a dead guy. (New information throughout) . . . Mike Smith, who sits next to longtime play-by-play man Ralph Lawler during those Clippers broadcasts no one watches, has been i ... More >>
I am a diehard Lakers fan. As a kid, I used to write out scorecards on graph paper, play out the Lakers schedule for that season in games on a Nerf hoop in my bedroom, and keep stats. The best birthday I can remember was schlepping up to the Great Western Forum to watch the Lakers take on Adr ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyRon Artest at the Honda Center last yearAs the Laker masses descend upon the city of Los Angeles today for the huge NBA championship celebratory parade and rally, forward Ron Artest has released a new rap single fit for the occasion. In one of the most memorable post ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThousands of Angelenos filled Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard Monday morning to celebrate the Los Angeles Lakers' 16th NBA Championship with a well-deserved victory parade. While authorities had not provided an official number at press time, estimates of 500, ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyKobe Bryant at the Honda Center It was a long hard fight, but the Lakers finally prevailed. After the jump, Snoop's LA Lakers 2010 theme song. Just because.
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyWhile you are more likely to hear Randy Newman's classic 1983 hit "I Love LA" if the Lakers beat the Celtics tonight, what songs would the Lakers listen to in order to pump them up for this winner take all game? Here are a few suggestions.
Just another happy Newport Coast familyThe poopy wrongful termination lawsuit brought by Kobe and Vanessa Bryant 's former maid has been settled out of Orange County Superior Court for $200,000--with $130,000 of that reportedly going to Maria Jimenez after her lawyers take their cut.
Andrew YoussefClick here to see our slideshow.The Hype: A lot of excitement was generated upon the announcement of the collaboration between James Mercer of The Shins and producer extraordinaire Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton in the form of Broken Bells. It was the second night of their tour ... More >>
OC WeeklyThe only thing worse than having someone break up with you is to hear the stupid clichés everyone uses to try to cheer you up with afterward:"Dude, you are better off without her.""Come on man, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.""The best way to get over someone is to get under ... More >>
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