The messages have been quite divergent for the Clippers and Lakers.
Why don't the Los Angeles Lakers show up? Because they're not playing for anything anymore, and everyone knows it.
The death of Dr. Jerry Buss shouldn't connected to the Los Angeles Lakers' awful season.
As long as Kobe is out, the Lakers will be a different kind of team with different expectations.
Kobe Bryant's recovery, and those of other key players, have patient front office in limbo.
Like Steve Sarkisian, Jim Mora now faces a decision about where he wants to do what he does best.
The Lakers aren't crazy, they just realized they couldn't risk losing Kobe.
Matt Barnes' use of racial epithet has a complicated history.
Dwight Howard's decision to leave L.A. reflects new NBA reality.
With Kobe Bryant out, the Lakers need to dig deep to find that fire.
Kobe still the brightest star in town, but there are contenders on the rise.
Doc Rivers has quickly fostered some strong bonds with the Clippers.
High-priced talent won't convince Don Mattingly to stay any longer.
Despite the growing maturity Brett Hundley, UCLA's offensive rhythm was picked apart by Stanford's defense.
Game 6 of the NLCS is the next step in Clayton Kershaw's journey to greatness.
Under Magic Johnson's influence, the Dodgers look like the Lakers of old.
For many players, Lakers' season could be one-and-done.
Without Dr. Jerry Buss, Jim and Jeanie Buss need to lean on each other.
Yasiel Puig's exuberant style fuels his team and pushes boundaries.
Jim Buss' late father trusted him to lead the Lakers ahead. Now is his time.
Kenley Jansen is quickly finding his way into becoming a top closer.
With the business of his contract signing over, CP3's focus is on the court.
Mattingly deserves to have option picked up but the team can't let up now
Ultimately, players have to lead the push to thoroughly clean up the game
What did Dwight Howard's exit teach us about the Los Angeles Lakers? Ramona Shelburne takes a look.
With the Clippers, Doc Rivers will have a very different role than he had with the Celtics.
A fast ending to a record-setting season has the Clippers feeling the pain.
Clippers forward thinks night and day about how to improve his game
Injuries and chemistry issues derailed the season early and often.
After all the turmoil the Lakers have endured this season, their Game 3 blowout loss was hardly unexpected.
It wasn't always pretty, but the Lakers are in the playoffs and ready for anything.
In starting their time without Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers must unlearn how to play with him, without forgetting what he taught them.
Bryant's injury threatens a career and the future of a franchise.
With steep taxes looming, the team will have difficult choices to make soon.
With Shaq giving him a push, Dwight Howard is stepping up as he needs to
New ownership has sown the seeds for success and excitement. Now, the team is ready to produce.
Ben Howland was successful early at UCLA, but lately he hadn't done enough to adapt to change.
The Los Angeles Lakers are learning how to conquer adversity, but, to be sure, they are not a better team without Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers' Dwight Howard is a superstar still under construction.
Just when you think he's done it all, Kobe Bryant takes it to another level.
Jamison's productivity shows what's going right with Lakers
Mike D'Antoni and the Los Angeles Lakers understand that their original goal of a high-octane offense is not the best way to the playoffs now.
Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki are their teams' superstars and both deserve good endings.
Dwight Howard has felt reflective since Jerry Buss' death and finds himself in a good place.
It's uncertain how the death of Jerry Buss will affect the Lakers, but winning certainly cures all.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss was a true visionary.
Kobe Bryant's reprimand of a Twitter follower for a homophobic tweet is a welcome response.
In a season of turmoil, what have we learned about the Lakers?
Shelburne: Too soon to tell if Lakers' resurgent play is for real.
Howard or D'Antoni? The Lakers might have to choose.
The Lakers can learn plenty from the Heat's past, but how they respond will be what matters.
As the losses pile up, it's clear the season is slipping away from the Lakers.
With injuries to Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol only their latest obstacles, all the Los Angeles Lakers can do is laugh.
As 2012 comes to an end, the Lakers are still searching for the right way forward.
As the Lakers get close to full strength, it's clear this experiment may work after all.
With Steve Nash back on the floor, the season can begin again for L.A.
As the Lakers spiral, Kobe Bryant has plenty of hope even with a tough trip to New York next.
The Lakers' big man needs to feel like he belongs.
After the Lakers' latest loss dropped them to 0-3, Kobe Bryant stayed on point.
The Lakers usually know how to put in a show, but they offered little in their opening-night loss to the Mavericks.
Los Angeles Lakers' 2012 season preview: Time is not a luxury for this squad; character and experience will drive its success.
UCLA honors its basketball tradition through Pauley renovation and John Wooden statue.
Dwight Howard's debut with the Lakers allowed him to leave his past behind.
Kobe Bryant isn't holding back in the twilight of his career.
A reflection on Mike Trout's improbable first season.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti is used to restrictions, but that seems to be changing.
Steve Nash's decision to come to the Lakers shows L.A. is still a landing spot.
As Dee Gordon goes, so will the Dodgers in the second half.
Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly made being there for his sons a priority.
A.J. Ellis' patience at the plate is a virtue for the Dodgers.
This Kings team seemed to epitomize the franchise: nothing came easy
The faces of the Kings range from legendary broadcasters to teenage girls.
Matt Kemp and Ryan Braun are always trying to prove themselves.
Can the Lakers win another ring on Kobe's determination alone?
From the moment Chris Paul landed in L.A., things changed for the Clips.
Kobe Bryant knows the Thunder's time is coming, but he will not concede.
Pau Gasol was worth his weight in purple and gold for the Lakers.
A seven-game suspension showed the NBA considered World Peace's efforts.
As long as No. 24 is in the lineup, L.A. will be in the hunt.
Despite Lakers' recent success without Kobe Bryant, it's clear they need him.
The Dodgers are off to a great start, but there's something missing: Vin Scully.
With the cloud of Frank McCourt lifting, the Dodgers simply need to win.
With Albert Pujols, the Angels take on a new identity all around the roster.
Right off the bat, ownership change puts the Dodgers back in elite atmosphere.
UCLA's Patrick Cantlay, world's No. 1 amateur, takes focus to Masters.
The Lakers' dominance in the West appears to be slowly fading.
The Dodgers were sold to the one man who could make fans feel good.
When it comes to the sale of the Dodgers, perceptions matter.
Mitch Kupchak brought in a much-needed PG, but it cost the Lakers a leader.
Lakers and Celtics meet, and each hopes for one more title run.
Lakers players want to stick together, but the record might dictate their fate.
If someone is trying to make a pairing, LeBron James is the odd man out.
Bruins need look no further than John Wooden to repair the great disconnect.
On the court or in the court of public opinion, Kobe Bryant has his reasons
Mo Williams finds drive and success despite a career of obstacles.
Dec. 8-14 forever changed the futures of the Lakers and Clippers.
The Lakers and Clippers weren't true rivals ... until Wednesday night.
There's a cavalcade of billionaires lining up to buy the Dodgers. Why?
Will the Lakers be players in the Deron Williams stakes?
Josh Macciello is an underdog in his bid to own the Dodgers. Is he for real?
Clippers need to win or their "Lob City" nickname may be all that's remembered.
Remember: Frank McCourt still has final stay over the Dodgers.
The Galaxy should seize their moment and re-sign David Beckham.
The highs of 2011? There were many. But, boy, does 2012 look even better.
For all that has gone wrong in L.A., Bryant isn't waiting for excuses.
It may sound weird to say out loud, but these Clippers can be really good.
The clues have been there, but the fire and physicality of Mike Brown's Lakers were finally realized.
A fourth torn ACL isn't enough to discourage Jacki Gemelos' ambitions.
With Blake Griffin willing to defer the spotlight, the Clippers could make strides.
The Clippers may be exciting now, but Kobe's squad isn't relenting its throne.
The Clippers' success in trading for Chris Paul was all about Blake Griffin.
However the Chris Paul deal goes in L.A., the Clippers are in a good spot.
Right now, nothing is comfortable about the Lakers' changing culture.
By acquiring the Albert Pujols, the Angels will never be the same.
L.A. has seen strange days before, but this one had a different script.
By nixing the Paul-to-L.A. deal, the NBA moves against the big markets.
The Lakers would be smart to make sure Kobe Bryant is consulted on any changes.
Height and ability aren't the problem for the Lakers' Andrew Bynum.
The Trojans' takedown of the Bruins was a defining moment for both programs.
Embattled Bruins coach Neuheisel enters what may be his final game in his dream job.
The bruising Derrick Coleman has been quite able at UCLA.
It may be too late, but USC's Matt Barkley is making Heisman voters take notice.
It's been quite a ride, from David Beckham's acquisition to Sunday's MLS Cup
Matt Kemp's deal was meant to help L.A. add talent, not cut payroll.
It's been a horrible couple of years for McCourt, but he could right some wrongs.
A new Dodgers owner has a chance to update the culture, not just remake it.
Neuheisel and Chow's inability to turn around UCLA could be directly tied to the QB.
Under Frank McCourt's failed ownership, L.A. rallied and took its team back.
Despite a big mistake against USC, the legend of Stanford's Andrew Luck grows.
Carson Palmer's debut with the Raiders, turns out to be not so simple.
The McCourts' settlement comes two years too late for the Dodgers.
Billy Hunter fired back at NBA owners after a players' meeting in Los Angeles.
Coaching is hereditary for Joe and Patrick Tresey at UCLA.
Promise of young players may mean more payroll flexibility
Jerry Buss and other owners don't figure to play all their cards just yet.
Dodgers players, not ownership issues, defined this team in 2011.
Clayton Kershaw has become the cornerstone of the Dodgers.
By asking a court to force a Dodgers' sale, baseball made its intentions clear.
Role players like A.J. Ellis help change the Dodgers' story in the second half.
In his return from suspension, running back USC Marc Tyler takes big step.
An uncertain future with the Dodgers exacerbates the Andre Ethier situation.
Forget the cost the Dodgers; what's important is who is buying.
A bright spot of the Neuheisel era at UCLA: Johnathan Franklin.
The NFL and L.A. split with irreconcilable differences, but now talk of rekindling.
Candace Parker seems to be able to handle anything thrown her way.
The Dodgers have fallen hard after the promising days of 2009.
Dodgers' Matt Kemp is shining, but his stay in L.A. may not be as clear.
It's time for L.A. to make a choice about bringing the NFL back to the city.
In L.A., it was a tough year for champions but a banner year for good feelings.
Dodgers can learn from the small-ball ways Scioscia brought to the Angels.
By filing for Chapter 11, Frank McCourt has taken the Dodgers' name in vain.
Don't judge the U.S.-Mexico Gold Cup on the colors of the fans' jerseys.
The NBA draft is usually about beginnings, but this year it's different.
L.A. sports news has been muddled with everything except what's on the field.
Could Orel Hershiser be the one to rescue the embattled Dodgers?
One year after Wooden's death, Coach's coaches carry on his legacy.
Forget fans, schemes and defense. The players will make or break Mike Brown.
By hiring Mike Brown, it's clear Jim Buss and the Lakers are moving beyond Phil.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's recent tantrum reveals a lifetime of insecurity.
Kobe feels he still has elite years to come; so do some observers.
Reclusive Jim Buss is the most influential man guiding the storied Lakers.
Kobe Bryant ready to embrace the future in wake of Phil Jackson's departure.
The Lakers were surrounded by tense, eager moments in their last stand.
Phil Jackson certainly deserved a better ending than the Lakers gave him.
Despite the atmosphere of playoff desperation, the Lakers are all smiles.
The Lakers may not have any gas left in the tank for their three-peat.
Clippers phenom Blake Griffin can only get better, and that's a scary thought.
Both the Lakers and the Mavs were quiet after the surprising Game 1.
Frank McCourt speaks passionately, but his disconnect with fans is apparent.
In a thundering flash, with the series in the balance, Kobe took the game back.
Dodgers go into defense mode with Steve Soboroff in a lonely position.
Dodgers have entered new territory as MLB takes over McCourt's team.
It takes longer to appreciate players and teammates like Lamar Odom.
As Giants fan Bryan Stow fights for his life, his friends reflect.
After an exceptional show of unity, the Dodgers and Giants become rivals once again.
After violent incident, Giants fans expect tense atmosphere for Dodgers series.
DeAndre Jordan got off to a slow start; now will be will be in the fast lane
Doing the little things right goes a long way for Matt Kemp.
Don Mattingly is as prepared as he can be to take over the Dodgers.
Andre Ethier's words not a cry for attention as much as a cry for action.
Jeff Craven enjoys his life in the background as a NASCAR hauler.
The Lakers have learned how to treat Ron Artest and the results are remarkable.
Divergent paths of Brandon Wood and Mark Trumbo have Angels scratching their heads.
As free agency looms for the young core, this season is critical for the Dodgers.
Suspended USC coach Kevin O'Neill says he feels terrible over incident.
Kobe Bryant probably won't win MVP, but he might be having his best season yet.
Cynthia Cooper, a member of the Hall Of Fame, will have her USC jersey retired.
The Clippers show confidence in their future with recent moves.
In a poetic farewell, Tyler Trapani puts finishing touch on old Pauley Pavilion.
Caltech men's basketball team finally finds solution to perplexing equation.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak feels the pressure.
Blake Griffin makes promises then delivers stirring effort in dunk contest.
Phil Jackson wasn't in a nostalgic mood about his possible last trip to MSG.
It took a little while, but the Lakers may have finally found their groove in Boston.
Blake Griffin uses the New York stage to show the growth of his game.
Blake Griffin's All-Star selection shows coaches respect the rookie's hard work.
Choosing Oregon over USC, DeAnthony Thomas made an emotional decision.
The Lakers put in the effort, but the Celtics were the better team Sunday.
L.A.'s season, so far, is devoid of wins against the top-tier teams.
UCLA AD Dan Guerrero understands most will judge him on football team's success.
Ben Howland has really had to coach this team of no seniors at UCLA.
The Clippers avoided two injuries with their best players. Is the curse gone?
Rich Neuheisel talks like he's fighting for his job, a comfortable position for him.
Dodgers prospect Trayvon Robinson's love of baseball grew up with him in L.A.
The Clippers hit back on Sunday with a big win for the maturing franchise.
Don Mattingly knows there will be adjustments, but he's ready for them.
Despite not signing LeBron James, the Clippers score big with Blake Griffin.
After a year in which more was lost than gained, L.A. looks to new leaders.
Lakers fans witnessed an embarrassing effort by a cocky team.
Not much concerns these Lakers as they take an indifferent path.
UCLA players insist John Wooden wouldn't have minded UConn tying his milestone.
If you ever question Lakers center Andrew Bynum's worth, you can stop.
A new reality has the GMs of the Dodgers and Angels thinking small market.
No end in sight with Frank and Jamie McCourt's fight over the Dodgers.
There may be work to do, but UCLA showed the nation it's on its way back.
Wendell Tyler knows all about obstacles. Now son Marc, at USC, does too.
Rick Neuheisel knows the answers are out there for his UCLA Bruins.
Johnathan Franklin is learning to lead in the midst of his UCLA's struggles.
UCLA coach Ben Howland has reason for excitement, but he'll be careful.
A victory over New Orleans shows the Clippers of what might be very soon.
Rick Neuheisel talks of challenges, but the Bruins need to produce results.
Eric Gordon earns the Clippers' trust with added aggressiveness.
Matt Barnes find his place after nine seasons of moving around the NBA.
Strong team chemistry sets the Lakers up for early optimism.
With Eric Gordon and Eric Bledsoe, Clippers suddenly look just fine at guard.
Clippers seek Oklahoma City success by building around their big talent.
Lakers executive Jeanie Buss talks about her time as a "Laker Girl."
After a breakout debut, patience will be a premium as Blake Griffin matures.
Back from an injury that delayed his NBA debut, Blake Griffin aims for the top.
With the heat on a certain team in the East, L.A. can stay under the radar.
John Wooden would have turned 100 Thursday and UCLA threw a party.
Robinson and Donahue candidly address agents and athletes in college football.
No more out-of-shape athletes coming to camp. These are the new Clippers.
There are few managers in baseball who work harder than Don Mattingly.
UCLA's offense is already a frustrating sight to behold.
Ned Colletti rewarded John Lindsey with a call-up for the right reasons.
Neuheisel and Chow aren't afraid to experiment at UCLA.
Dodgers veteran minor leaguer has spent 16 years waiting for his shot.
L.A. fell hard for Manny Ramirez, but disappointment reigned in the end.
Clayton Kershaw is always thought of as the future, but he's ready now.
UCLA's success rests on the arm of Kevin Prince, and expectations are high.
It's a pitching change for Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen.
Still mired in a horrible slump, Joe Torre says emotions can get in the way.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel gets to begin a year of promise with his own recruits.
When looking at the big picture, the Angels just don't seem to have it.
Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti looks for the smart buy.
Being back in L.A. means the world to veteran point guard Derek Fisher.
Greece's "Baby Shaq" hopes he can make an impression with the Clippers.
Derek Fisher's return to the Lakers is a huge relief to his biggest fan: Kobe.
Angels' prospect Mike Trout set to shine in Futures Game.
Vinny Del Negro made it clear he wanted to be a Clipper, and that's a good thing.
Writing from Africa, Baron Davis says the Clippers are on their way up.
If Phil Jackson decides to leave the Lakers, it will be on his terms.
Derek Fisher says Jackson's departure would change league, not just Lakers.
John Wooden is remembered as he lived, simply and gracefully.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre's patience is wearing thin with this group of players.
Phil Jackson hints he'll retire, and a captive audience is shocked.
The party's over and the Lakers have some questions to answer.
Phil Jackson will mull his future, but most signs point to his staying.
Despite his Game 7 struggles, Kobe Bryant finds a way to win.
The Lakers did everything they could to brush away memories of '08.
However the season ends for the Lakers, Phil Jackson has a big choice to make.
It's too early to tell this Finals' story, other than that it'll be a long one.
Still finding his role in the offense, newcomer Ron Artest lacks a little savvy.
It's redemption time for Pau Gasol, a big man contending with unsavory labels.
Dodgers' Ethier tries to pick up where he left off.
Steve Nash was brilliant again, but in the end it was more heartbreak.
The Suns' offense is no less potent than the old 'shoot everything' days.
Center Robin Lopez has been an unusual surprise for Phoenix.
As long as Amare Stoudemire takes defense lightly, Suns figure to wilt.
The Suns lack the nasty side necessary to unseat defending champs.
Joe Saunders picked the right time to have his best outing for the Angels.
It's clear Dodgers need pitching, but whether that changes is anyone's guess.
Longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti is the ultimate Lakers inside man.
Phil Jackson is once again answering questions about his uncertain future.
Kobe Bryant, 31, sacrifices offense and guards the blazing Russell Westbrook.
Angels' Brandon Wood shakes up slump with a clutch hit.
Things are slowly changing for the Angels, but the bullpen is lagging behind.
For the Clippers to change their culture, more accountability is needed.
Hideki Matsui will do what the Angels need but team should be careful.
Marcus Camby still hurts after his trade from the Clippers but is looking ahead.
The Angels' newest slugger, Hideki Matsui, has a powerful debut.
Manny Ramirez, one of the game's best hitters, is one of its biggest mysteries.
USC's Taylor Mays has taken all his pre-NFL draft criticism in stride.
Marathon overhaul has a Hollywood feel, but what about the real L.A.?
Love of the game connects Dodgers to Taiwanese fans who cherished them.
For 14 years Bobby Abreu has been one of the game's most disciplined hitters.
GM Tony Reagins seems pretty content with the Angels, and it's hard to disagree.
Angels' Howie Kendrick learned plenty of lessons from his 2009 demotion.
Angels closer Brian Fuentes won't be looking over his shoulder this season.
After four injury-filled years of waiting to play for USC, Jacki Gemelos is back.
Derek Fisher may be getting older, but his value to the Lakers is still high.
Clippers are preparing to make a run at the elite 2010 free-agent class.
The Clippers are attractive trade bait as a team with a lot of needs.
Without a chance to enter tournament play USC is winning regardless.
With these latest trades, the big moment is finally here for the Clippers.
Extreme dunker Marcus Johnson makes feats of flight a common occurrence at USC.
The Kings' Jack Johnson moved mountains for the opening ceremony.
Natasha Watley is doing her part of leave a legacy in softball.
Clippers' success this year is up to the players now.
As hard as he worked, Mike Dunleavy could not fix the Clippers.
By changing its tactics, UCLA hauls in one of its best recruting classes in years.
One thing has been abundantly clear over the past week: Phil Mickelson doesn't like the new grooves rule. However, the world's No. 2-ranked player feels it's not just this rule, but how golf's governing bodies handle the entire rule-making process, that needs to change, writes ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne.
UCLA football recruit Malcolm Jones turns into quite a recruiter himself.
The balance of power shifted when Kupchak was able to add Pau Gasol.
Rick Neuheisel's experiences as a walk-on have shaped his life as a coach.
The men's basketball teams at UCLA and USC remain difficult to figure out.
UCLA walk-on Mustafa Abdul-Hamid becomes a star with one shot.
USC's basketball team shows it isn't letting sanctions stop it by routing UCLA.
The free-agent class is ripe with elite players, and the Clips are in a position.
Reeves Nelson, UCLA's freshman center, has a cult following among the student body because of his tenacious play and eclectic mix of body art.
When it comes to Norm Chow's decision, score one for Rick Neuheisel and UCLA.
From Carroll to Kiffin, Troy wasn't rebuilt in a day -- it was more like six.
With Pete Carroll headed out the door, who will replace him at USC?
USC basketball tries to persevere in the wake of self-imposed sanctions.
Pete Carroll has been a good fit at USC since the day he arrived.
Baron Davis on Wednesday was the guy the Clippers thought they were getting.
The Clippers' Eric Gordon would love a little respect from the referees.
Andrew Bynum has developed quickly for the Lakers but has a long way to go.
UCLA's Nikola Dragovic continues down the hard road, Ramona Shelburne writes.
USC basketball's band of "nobodies" is eager to prove they're for real.
The Bruins hope an EagleBank Bowl appearance is just the beginning.
The NFL may come calling again soon, but Norm Chow wants to finish what he has started in Westwood.
Baron Davis' first meaningful moment as a Clipper was worth the wait.
Phil Jackson keeps the Lakers on their toes with constant lineup tweaks.
UCLA's sudden and precipitous decline is leaving Ben Howland sleepless.