Get a book. Collect a stack. Raise the stakes. Repeat.
That's the objective of bourré, the underground card game popular with the pro athlete set. Chances are you've heard about it and didn't even know it. Remember when Taft High School alum and ex-NBAer Gilbert Arenas pulled a gun on his the ... More >>
By Paul Teetor
Phil Jackson is back - unofficially, but with 95 percent certainty, pending a signed deal, etc. etc.
This changes everything for the Lakers. How can simply replacing Coach Mike Brown with the Lord of the Rings make such a huge difference?
Suddenly an LA Lakers vs. Miami Heat Final ... More >>
There's a future NBA champion being built piece-by-piece at the Staples Center this year. It has a point guard destined for the Hall of Fame, a dominant power forward, a young, outrageously athletic 7-foot center and a shooting guard with no fear, no conscience and no hesitation.
I'm talking, of co ... More >>
So Kathy Griffin has this term of, well, not endearment -- whatever the opposite of endearment is -- for the Creative Arts Emmys. She calls them "The Schmemmys," basically because they're the nerdy little sister of the Emmys, where the supposedly second-tier awards are given out.
We don't know if M ... More >>
Yesterday came the news that the Lakers had landed future Hall of Fame point guard (and all-around amiable Canadian dude) Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a boatload of future draft picks.
Despite being 38 years old (the fifth oldest active player in the NBA), Nash last year had on ... More >>
Only the best for the King. So went the line of thinking when a $3,000 birthday cake was deemed unworthy of Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James and promptly discarded. And now no one's left to pick up the tab.
The Miami Herald reports that Boca Raton baker Alethea Hickman had received a frant ... More >>
The NBA began its abbreviated season with more of a whimper than a bang, at least if you're a Lakers fan. (Note to David Stern: Maybe vetoing trades is a bad idea.) To console the hometown crowd -- who says sorrows cannot be managed by buttercream frosting -- Magnolia Bakery began fashioning Lakers ... More >>
Magnolia BakeryLakers cupcakesLakers fans have had a tough time of it lately, between losing Lamar Odom to the Mavericks and Chris Paul to the Clippers and Kobe Bryant to the divorce court. About the only people who've been enjoying this are the folks at TMZ, who at least get to take the Khlo ... More >>
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Song: Rihanna's "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris
History: "We Found Love" is the first single from Rihanna's sixth album, Talk That Talk. It was bad ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"Want to make a grown woman blush? Suggest that the reason she wants to go to Gjelina, the serene patio restaurant on Abbot Kinney, is because she wants to gaze deeply into a scruffy waiter's eyes." ... More >>
Wheaties may be the breakfast of champions, but plenty of athletes don't swear by dry flakes for their daily sustenance. Lakers forward Ron Artest used to drink Hennessey at half-time. His teamate Lamar Odom likes jelly beans and gummy bears. Former Yankees slugger Babe Ruth once inhaled 24 hot d ... More >>
Kansas City StarReally man?We didn't think being an L.A. Lakers fan could get any more embarrassing than that moment last month in which Kobe Bryant threw his sweatrag on the floor and called the ref a "fucking faggot."
Nowhere to go but up, right?
Wrong. In the most miserable Lakers game t ... More >>
YouTubePlease stopIn what is possibly the most god-awful truly madly deeply-style celebrity fragrance commercial since Britney Spears' fairyland "Fantasy," Valley entrepreneur Khloe Kardashian enlists her otherwise pretty bad-ass boyfriend, thoroughly whipped Lakers star Lamar Odom, for a uni ... More >>
khloekardashian.celebuzz.comLamar Odom's better half says Power Balance "has taken him to a whole new level when he plays"Laguna Niguel-based company Power Balance recently admitted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that their wildly popular performance bracelets don't act ... More >>
N. GalutenThe famed KFC dispensary, which even spawned a South Park episodeMarijuana has been in the news a lot this year. Prop 19 brought the legalization debate to the national forefront, even though it never had much of a shot at passing (despite our Governator's well-documented use during ... More >>
NBAHigh like a [Turkish] G6Turkish Airlines had just barely announced its deal with Lakers stud Kobe Bryant yesterday, when the massive Armenian population in SoCal came out in full force.
The Armenian Youth Federation reported being "bombarded with phone calls from concerned Armenian youth ... More >>
Associated PressDoesn't Biden get a No. 2? Racism, we tell yaBarack Obama and the lagging Los Angeles Lakers meet again, for their annual shoot-the-shit play date!
A presidential elbow-rub is apparently one of the perks of winning NBA titles -- and both parties are milking this photo op for ... More >>
Cheesecake FactoryLos Angeles Cheesecake Factory locations
Want to know how America really eats? I guess track where NBA players go after a game. Nation's Restaurant News recently published a list of our 15 favorite casual and family restaurant chains, and The Cheesecake Factory, reportedly a ... More >>
Jeff CowanLakers fans: Storm Troopers and Transformer Bumble BeeLos Angeles doesn't really do civic pride. We're too aloof and jaded for that sort of thing. We're a secular, sunglasses indoors, windows up, bowling alone type of town (except that when we bowl, it's usually at some swanky alley with a ... More >>
Off and Running? Detailed plans are moving forward to replace Inglewood's storied Hollywood Park racetrack with a mixed-use retail district and residential complex. L.A. TimesMercury Insurance Job Cancellations L.A.-based Mercury Insurance Company announced it will lay off 360 employees in order to ... More >>
Prediction: If Kobe doesn't grow a mullet, the Lakers will take it in June.
Kobe Bryant = Kanye West
Raised in more affluent circumstances than their peers, Kobe and Kanye are not only among the best in their respective fields, they share a severe lack of humility and empathy. Mutually ol ... More >>
"You can't judge me on this because it's a reflection of my heart and soul. It's like judging a grandmother's love. Can you judge a grandmother's love by giving it 2.5 mics, or saying that it only sold a million?"--Kanye West, directly after the first unveiling of Heartbreak & 808s
So Kanye's ... More >>