November 11th, 2012
Star center coming off back surgery. CHECK
Former two-time MVP point guard injured two games in. CHECK
A glaring lack of depth forcing the starting unit to play big minutes early on. CHECK
Flashback to this summer after the Howard and Nash trades and it’s hard to believe that six games in Mike Brown’s out and the Lakers are 2-4.
But is it really?
Look beyond the star-power and you have to wonder if Mike Brown isn’t just a convenient scapegoat for a team that may not be as well-constructed as we all thought. Or was Mike Brown simply the wrong coach to begin with? Perhaps he was.
Many point to the Princeton office as a mistake, perhaps rightly so. But were the Lakers issues under Mike Brown offensively related? Take a look at the Hollinger stats and the Lakers sit csolidly at number seven in offensive efficiency, higher ranked than last year. Granted it’s a small sample size but one can make the argument that offense wasn’t really the issue.
Perhaps the problems are much bigger than that.
For Mike Brown’s sake you’d think the Lakers would have at least waited for Steve Nash to return and take a real assessment of the direction of the club. But, that didn’t happen and now they’re in head coach search mode, adding some additional turmoil to the equation. Clearly bringing back the greatest coach in NBA history in Phil Jackson would be a benefit. And, Mike D’Antoni can clearly teach offense and worked perfectly with Steve Nash in Phoenix. Still, head coach aside is this year’s Lakers club really equipped for the long slog through the Western Conference and a likely matchup with the Heat in the finals? For all the star-power there are some real question marks
Defense: It does seem unusual to question the defense of a club that has the top defensive force in the league in Dwight Howard, as well as Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant. But, there are some real matchup issues that could be pretty evident against top teams. Take the Thunder for example. Who exactly is Steve Nash going to guard? You can put him on Sefalosha, but that forces Kobe Bryant to expend huge energy on the defensive end to guard Russell Westbrook, because Nash clearly can’t. The same holds true of the Heat in an expected finals matchup. The Lakers size is clearly a huge advantage against the Heat small-ball, but if the Heat does go small, with a lineup of James, Bosh, Allen, Battier and Wade you again have to ask the question: who exactly is Steve Nash going to guard?
Does Gasol Really Fit in: You have to wonder if Mitch Kupchak is tossing around any trade ideas for Pau Gasol. A few pundits have speculated on the benefit of perhaps trading Gasol for a player like Ryan Anderson. Anderson would give the Lakers a lot more versatility and a key shooter on the perimeter while providing some relief towards the luxury tax.
The Minutes these guys are playing: The eighty-two game season is a long haul and early on the Lakers vets have been forced to play some real extended minutes. While the Heat’s sudden depth have given them the ability to play their starts relatively light minutes Kobe, World Peace, Howard and Gasol are playing minutes early on that don’t bode well for a long season and an extended playoff run. The sheer amount of game time the stars are getting is directly related to their poor bench. Save the Charlotte Bobcats the Lakers bench may be the worst in basketball. It’s hard to imagine this current roster going head to head in a seven-game battle with a team like San Antonio.
A potential poor playoff seed: With such a veteran roster it’s vital to get a high playoff seed. If the Lakers continue to struggle and don’t receive a top four playoff seed their road to a championship will be that much harder. It’s a lot easier to make a run through the playoffs with home court advantage. It’s a lot harder if it involves being a road team against the likes of San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Still, for all the Lakers question marks they still have the top center in the league one of the greatest point offensive point guards of all time and a top ten all-time player in Kobe Bryant. Their size inside and unique matchup issues will make them a tough out in the postseason. Unlike the Heat, who had time to build their current championship club, the Lakers really don’t have all that much time. If they don’t win this season they’ll head into next year with Bryant and Nash a year older—and the Heat a year wiser.
Lakers face the Sacramento Kings tonight tickets are still available for the game by clicking here.
October 30th, 2012
I went to see Maroon 5 perform for the Citi/AAdvantage Card Love the Journey Concert Series at the historic Orpheum Theater with almost 700 people in the audience. Adam Levine and the rest of the band were all wearing white when they went center stage that was backlit with bright white lights in accordance to the Friday Night Whites tradition.
As the band started playing the first few tunes of “Payphone”, the crowd stood up from their seats and started bobbing their heads and tapping their feet on the ground while singing. No one was sitting down. Everybody’s having a good time. The transition between songs was so smooth and it has a club like feel to it which I like. Every single person in the audience enjoyed the music and dance to their songs. The band’s hit song; “Makes Me Wonder” added a joyful mood to the night followed by Adam Levine’s reaching out to the audience and giving us ideas about his motivation and inspiration of his songs. Adam also shared a story in his life when he was at the point where he knew he could not write anything. But through the melody in his head that he started humming, the melody of the song “Won’t Go Home Without You”, he was inspired again and continued to make great songs. Maroon 5 also performed “The Man Who Never Lied”.
We also danced to the tune of “One More Night”. As the band performed, “She Will Be Loved”, everyone became even more excited as we cheer and also sing with the band. I really love their performance and we participated in every song that Maroon 5 performs.
This is truly an electrifying concert. Not only did I enjoy the music but I also enjoyed listening to the band’s stories as they started their journey in the entertainment industry.
Maroon 5 will be at the Staples Center March 15th 2013.
October 27th, 2012
Taylor Swift-coming to the Staples Center
Taylor Swift to return to Los Angeles August 19th 20th Staples Center. Tickets are not on sale yet, but you can sign up now to get all the information sent to you.
Kicking off March 13, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska, the tour is set to reach 45 cities in 29 states and three provinces (don’t worry Canada, there’s enough T. Swift to go around) for a total of 58 shows. Tour stops include Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Los Angeles.
Here is a complete list of Taylor Swift Concert Dates:
March 13 and 14: Omaha, Neb.
March 18 and 19: St. Louis, Mo.
March 22: Charlotte, N.C.
March 23: Columbia, S.C.
March 27, 28 and 29: Newark, N.J.
April 10: Miami, Fla.
April 11 and 12: Orlando, Fla.
April 18 and 19: Atlanta
April 20: Tampa, Fla.
April 25: Cleveland
April 26: Indianapolis
April 27: Lexington, Ky.
May 4: Detroit
May 7: Louisville, Ky.
May 8: Columbus, Ohio
May 11 and 12: Washington, D.C.
May 16: Houston
May 21: Austin, Texas
May 22: San Antonio, Texas
May 25: Dallas
May 28 and 29: Glendale, Ariz.
June 1: Salt Lake City, Utah
June 2: Denver
June 15: Toronto
June 22: Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 29: Vancouver, B.C.
July 6: Pittsburgh
July 20: Philadelphia
July 27: Foxborough, Mass.
Aug. 1: Des Moines, Iowa
Aug. 2 and 3: Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 6: Wichita, Kan.
Aug. 7: Tulsa, Okla.
Aug. 10: Chicago
Aug. 15: San Diego
Aug. 19 and 20: Los Angeles Staples Center
Aug. 27: Sacramento, Calif.
Aug. 30: Portland, Ore.
Aug. 31: Tacoma, Wash.
Sept. 6: Fargo, N.D.
Sept. 7 and 8: St. Paul, Minn.
Sept. 12: Greensboro, N.C.
Sept. 13: Raleigh, N.C.
Sept. 14: Charlottesville, Va.
Sept. 19, 20 and 21: Nashville, Tenn.
October 27th, 2012
Morressey Staples center Concert
Morrissey has postponed the remainder of his scheduled fall U.S. tour, including a Nov. 24 stop at Staples Center, to remain in England because his mother is ill, according to a spokeswoman at concert promoter Goldenvoice.The singer plans to reschedule all affected shows, and Goldenvoice advises that fans should hang onto their tickets. Details on the new dates are expected shortly
October 24th, 2012
Lady Gaga In concert
It was one of the stunning concerts that I’ve seen as Lady Gaga rocks Singapore Indoor Stadium for her Born This Way Ball. The first sold-out night of her three-night tour in Singapore (May 28, 29 and 31) was attended by thousands of fans of all ages; female, male, young and old. The stage was dazzling with a castle and the design setting was changing as different songs played. Her opening song was “Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)”, as she appeared on the stage on the top of a black unicorn prop.
Lady Gaga’s powerful music, extreme dance moves and not to mention her unique sense of fashion were showcased during the concert. She had costumes of futuristic soldier, meat dress outfit and eccentric costumes with sequences that added entertainment to the astonishing event. She even played on a piano that was designed like a motorcycle for her performance of the song, “Hair”.
What overwhelmed me the most was the part where she shared her stories of her youth. How she struggled to survive from the mean boys in high school and how they made her feel like a loser. She had words of encouragement to the fans whom she often call, ‘Little Monsters’. Her speech moved me and some of the audience were even in tears. It was a touching night and everyone enjoyed the show as she also stated that we all deserve to be happy. As the concert was about to end, she also said that she wakes up every morning and pinch herself because she can’t believe that she’s a star. She ended the show with an encore version of “Marry the Night” and everyone was enjoying it. The concert was worth watching with a full blast of unique and extravagant entertainment. I can’t wait to see her next concert tours!
Lady Ga Ga will be rocking the LA Staples Center Jan 20,21.
October 23rd, 2012
Maroon 5 March 15 Staples Center
Maroon 5’s latest album might have been titled “Overexposed,” but the pop rockers have yet to hit the road in the U.S. for it.
As the band’s latest single, “One More Night” notches a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 (sorry Psy), it was announced on Monday that Maroon 5 will launch a tour at the top of next year.
Maroon 5 will hit Los Angeles on March 15 with a show at Staples Center.
2013 Maroon 5 North American Concert Tour
February 13 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
February 14 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
February 16 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
February 17 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
February 19 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
February 20 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
February 22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
February 23 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
February 25 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
February 27 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 01 Moline, IL iWireless Center
March 03 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
March 04 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
March 07 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
March 09 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
March 11 Seattle, WA Key Arena
March 13 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
March 15 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
March 16 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
March 19 Houston, TX Toyota Center
March 21 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
March 22 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
March 24 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
March 26 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
March 27 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
March 29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
March 30 Orlando, FL Amway Center
April 01 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 03 Washington DC Verizon Center
April 04 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 06 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
October 16th, 2012
Staples Center Parking
Going to an event at the Staples Center? Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Concert events draw huge crowds over 18,000 plus. Located in the heart of Los Angeles you can get to the Staples Center from several different freeways as well as public transportation.
Staples Center Parking:
Staples Center itself has over 3000 parking spaces in parking lots which it owns as well as you can find 16000 other parking spaces within several blocks of the Staples Center owned by different parking companies. Rates and hours of operation of these other parking lots vary because they are owned by private management companies.
Barrys Ticket Service offers parking passes to Staples Center owned lots for all Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks games as well as a majority of concerts and events at the Staples Center.
Click on the Parking Passes right underneath the Venue map and we show you a complete listing of all Parking Passes that are available for that event.
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October 14th, 2012
SHANGHAI–DeAndre Jordan scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half and the Clippers defeated the Heat, 99-89, Sunday in the finale.
Blake Griffin added 13 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes and Chris Paul, making his preseason debut, scored four points with six assists.
The Clippers play the Heat at the Staples Center on Nov 14th.
October 9th, 2012
Muse returning to the Staples Center
U.K. rock trio Muse has further filled out their North American journey behind the impending release “The 2nd Law.”
Muse unleashed “The 2nd Law,” the alt-rock outfit’s sixth studio set, in late September throughout Europe and Oct. 2 stateside. The album follows the band’s 2009 release, “The Resistance,” which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and topped charts in the U.K. and in other parts of Europe.
As of now Muse will be playing the Los Angeles Staples Center on Jan 23rd 2012 and will most likley add a second date at Staples Center. Band of Skulls will be the opening act for the Los Angeles Show or Shows.
Here are the Muse Tour dates for North America and the World.
1 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Manchester Arena
3 – Dublin, Ireland – The O2
12 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
14 – Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle
16 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
17 – Pesaro, Italy – Adriatic Arena
19 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
20 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Arena
22 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
23 – Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena
5 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum Arena
6 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
7 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Arena
10 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
11 – Tallinn, Estonia – Saku Arena
13 – Riga, Latvia – Arena Riga
15 – Hamburg, Germany – O2 World
17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Zippo Dome
18 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
19 – Strasbourg, France – Zenith
12, 13 – Saitama, Japan – Saitama Super Arena
21 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
28 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
3 – Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall
4 – Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome
6 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BankAtlantic Center
23 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
25 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
28 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
2 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
4 – Chicago, IL – United Center
7 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
8 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
10 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
9 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Center
12 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
19 – East Rutherford, NJ – IZOD Center
23 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
26 – Quebec City, Quebec – Colisee Pepsi
You can order Muse Tickets for all Los Angeles shows now.
September 18th, 2012
Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball Staples center
Lady Gaga has unveiled the first North American leg of her “Born This Way Ball” trek, which has spent all of 2012 overseas.
The pop diva’s North American outing, which she announced Wednesday (9/5) via a Twitter link to her Little Monsters fan site, gets underway Jan. 11 in Vancouver.
Lady Gaga will be playing the Los Angeles Staples Center on Jan 20th 2013 Tickets are onsale NOW.
11 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
17 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
23 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
25 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
29 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
31 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
2 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
4 – Kansas City, MO- Sprint Center
6 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
11 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
13 – Chicago, IL – United Center
16 – Auburn Hills, MI- Palace of Auburn Hills
19 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
25 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
27 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
2 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
6 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
10 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
11 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
13 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BankAtlantic Center
16 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena