Los Angeles Teams

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Jeff Fisher called Todd Gurley's 16-yard run on Sunday "one of the better runs I've seen in the last 20 years." Asked about getting him going consistently, Fisher said: "I said last week he was really close. If you watch it, he's really close. He was even closer than really close. We're fine there. We'll be all right. ... The hundred-yard games and those kind of things, they'll come."

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Rams' defensive line takes over again

With trouble looming in the fourth quarter, the Rams' defensive line came through with a game-changing play and a game-ending play against the Bucs.

Lineup: Angels (69-87) vs. Athletics (67-88)

  • 1. Yunel Escobar, 3B (R)
  • 2. Kole Calhoun, RF (L)
  • 3. Mike Trout, CF (R)
  • 4. Albert Pujols, DH (R)
  • 5. Jefry Marte, LF (R)
  • 6. C.J. Cron, 1B (R)
  • 7. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  • 8. Jett Bandy, C (R)
  • 9. Gregorio Petit, 2B (R)
  • SP: Jered Weaver, RHP
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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Understandably, UCLA coach Jim Mora was not happy with how the running game operated against Stanford. The Bruins ran for just 77 yards, but after watching the game back Mora said "the game plan was as sound as it could be." The problem, he said, was that there were some "enormous" holes that just weren't hit. It appears Bolu Olurunfunmi could be in line for more playing time after averaging 4.6 yards per carry (51 yards on 11 carries). Nate Starks (10 carries, 24 yards) and Soso Jamabo (7 carries, 17 yards) weren't nearly as effective. "You'll still see all three, but you'll see less of two and more of one," Mora said.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge on Paul Pierce announcing this will be his final season: "I think Paul could play for a few more years, so I'll believe [he's retiring] when I see it. … The thing that stands out more to me than anything about Paul -- after all the great shots and great plays and everything else he did here -- was just watching him, sitting right outside my office, seeing him come in at midnight and work on his game, work on his conditioning. He really loved the game."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher will join Spectrum SportsNet as a game day studio analyst for Lakers coverage this season, the network announced Monday. Fisher, who played 12 1/2 seasons and won five championships with the Lakers, will make about 20 appearances this season.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

"Really good chance" Rams CB E.J. Gaines plays this Sunday against the Cardinals, Jeff Fisher said. He wasn't as definitive about WRs Nelson Spruce or Pharoh Cooper, but they will practice.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

All of Los Angeles will have access to Vin Scully's final game Sunday from San Francisco. The game will be on the club's own channel, SportsNetLA, and will also be televised locally on KTLA/Channel 5. In addition, his entire call will be simulcast on radio in L.A. at AM-570. The third inning of Sunday's game will also air on TV and radio in the Bay Area.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. said of the national anthem protests by athletes, "Obviously something needs to be done about this in the United States today, but as far as my stance, we as a team are currently in discussions of what we're going to do as a group, as a whole. That's something that I think as the brand of the Los Angeles Lakers [we] can really make an impact on. We have a while to figure everything out and put our bases in check. As a group, we will do something." Nance added that the Lakers' coaching staff and front office have told the players that they'll support whatever decision the players reach.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers head coach Luke Walton said he and his players are having ongoing discussions about the growing trend of athletes' national anthem protests against the way African Americans are treated throughout America. "We've talked to the team about it as a group this morning," Walton said during the Lakers' 2016-17 Media Day on Monday. "It's obviously a very serious, important issue. I think something needs to be done. This country is too great to have happen what keeps happening. What that is, we'll decide as a group and continue to talk about what we can do. But I think, most importantly, it's what we get behind as an organization, individually and as a team. I know a lot of the media runs with what happens during the national anthem, which is a very big subject, because it's touchy from both sides. But to me, it's about what kind of change can we make and that comes from getting with organizations that are in action within the community and giving out time, money and whatever else we can to help this problem get fixed."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan speak together at media day but Brice Johnson gets his own audience.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Marreese Speights: "It's kind of weird being here but I think this team has the talent to win a championship."

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Paul Pierce on "super teams" and super teams in the NBA: "We're a super team, Golden State is a super team. And, as Derrick Rose said, the Knicks are a super team. So there's at least three."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Paul Pierce: "I wanted one more shot to win a championship with this group and for the Los Angeles Clippers. That would be monumental."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Paul Pierce said he's going to enjoy his last season in the NBA even his last media day today.

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

JJ Redick and Paul Pierce at Clippers media day.