Photographer’s choice: Our best photos of 2013
The Los Angeles Times’ photo team has gone through their extensive archives and picked out their favorite shots from the entire past year - ranging from the glam and glitter of the Academy Awards, to the bleak shadows of California prisons.
Photos: Ricardo Dearathanha, Don Bartletti, Jay L. Clendenin, Rick Loomis, Gary Friedman, Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Meet the orthopedic surgeon to the stars
Dr. Neal ElAttrache has a simple practice - all he does with his surgical talents is regularly operate on athletes like Kobe Bryant and Zack Greinke, as the hopes and dreams of fans, and millions in team investment, sit anxiously in the waiting room.
And he isn’t limited to current athletes. Former governor, body builder and T-800 Arnold Schwarzenegger has strongly endorsed ElAttrache:
"Dr. ElAttrache is the real deal — one of the most talented surgeons I’ve met. He can fix what others say is unfixable. He is the ultimate asset for any athlete who goes to him because they need their bodies to perform at their best, whether it is on a football field or in the movies."
Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times
Shades off to the so-called Lakers Bros., whose excitement over Kobe Bryant earned them the "Meme of the Year" award from L.A. Weekly. In case you missed the .gif in its original form:
Seriously, putting this on loop was better than watching most of the Lakers’ season over the past year. (h/t Deadspin)
Ayyyyeee! Already poking fun, ey? This is exciting & will be very interesting. Welcome to New York, Metta!
Plus, how sick will a Knickerbocker jersey with the “WORLD PEACE” on the back look? Copping that soon as it comes out.
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Dwight Howard is not returning to the Lakers; he’s agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets. Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan reports:
He joins an up-and-coming team with one of the NBA’s most dynamic young players while becoming the biggest free-agent name to ever turn his back on the Lakers.
Howard ditched them despite their very public campaign to retain him, including numerous billboards around Los Angeles with his image and the simple slogan “STAY.”
But he left, rejecting pitches from Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and a team of Lakers executives in a lengthy meeting Tuesday in Beverly Hills.
Howard had met with five teams, including Atlanta, Dallas and Golden State, earlier this week.
Photo: Howard dunks during a Lakers/Golden State Warriors game in L.A. on Nov. 9, 2012. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Is it time for the (short-lived) Dwight Howard era to end?
After last night’s blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs, cementing the Lakers’ exit from the playoffs in an embarrassing sweep, columnist Bill Plaschke has some tough words for the highly-touted center.
"This is like a nightmare," said Howard later. "This is like a bad dream and I couldn’t wake up out of it."
Here’s how that nightmare can end. The Lakers don’t re-sign it. The Lakers walk out on Dwight Howard the way he walked out on them. The Lakers shake themselves awake after watching Howard’s pathetic performance Sunday and have the courage to move forward without him.
Yesterday’s loss marks the first time the Lakers have been swept in the opening round of the playoffs since 1967, something fans won’t forget as the team decides whether or not to re-sign Howard in the offseason.
So what do you say, Lakers faithful: Should the team stick by Howard, or move forward without him?
Photos: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times, Joe Klamar / AFP/Getty Images
Remembering Jerry Buss: Longtime L.A. Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke doesn’t hold back in his accolades for Lakers owner Buss, who passed away at the age of 80 yesterday.
Jerry Buss was one of the greatest owners in the history of professional sports, the creator of the most entertaining championship teams ever, a fearless pioneer who bonded a giant and disparate city under a brilliant blanket of purple and gold.
Look back at Buss’ life, weigh in on his impressive NBA legacy, or read the rest of Plaschke’s eulogy for the man who brought 10 championships to L.A.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
Getting Steve Nash is a steal for the Lakers: Lakers shouldn’t stop with the acquisition of the future Hall of Fame point guard. This makes them more attractive to Dwight Howard.
Photo: The Lakers sent point guard Derek Fisher packing in a trade earlier this season and have now brought in Steve Nash. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
This felt like the end of a Lakers era: The playoff loss felt like more than the end of the season. For a team that is 9-13 in the last two postseasons, the question is "What now?"
Photo: Thunder point guard Derek Fisher gets past Lakers guard Kobe Bryant after faking a shot during Game 5 on Monday night in Oklahoma City. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Time-lapse video of changing the Lakers basketball court to the Kings ice rink.
Lakers miss the point in trading Derek Fisher: Fisher has lost more than a step on the court, but he was one of the Lakers’ leaders in the clubhouse and a buffer between Kobe Bryant and the rest of the team.
Photo: The Lakers traded veteran point guard Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets on Thursday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Comparing Lakers fans and Clippers fans — on the analyst’s couch: Of course, they’re different psychologically. For one thing, only one group needs its team to win. It’s all in the “locus of control.”
"Lakers fans are realists, while Clippers fans are optimists," clinical psychologist Nancy Lee says, based on her professional interactions with followers of both franchises.
… “Lakers fans have an internal locus of control,” she says. “This means they feel responsible for their own destiny. They attribute success to hard work and perseverance.
"Clippers fans have a higher external locus of control. So they believe that fate, chance or luck determine events."
Photo: Clippers and Lakers fans have different expectations — and reactions — when it comes to their teams’ accomplishments and failures. Credit: Gina Ferazzi, Jake Stevens / Los Angeles Times