Los Angeles Lakers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-96

Kurt Rambis' work year stretched into June each of the past two seasons, an elongated spring in which he helped coach the Los Angeles Lakers to two NBA Finals and one NBA title.

He has only 12 games left this time.

When April 14 comes, Rambis' season will end way too prematurely, just as it did when he left the world champion Lakers as a player and signed a free-agent contract with the expansion Charlotte Hornets long ago.

So does his mentor, Lakers coach Phil Jac...

LOS ANGELES - The Timberwolves' late-season battles continued on two fronts Friday at Staples Center: the evening's spirited but eventual 104-96 loss to the defending NBA champion Lakers and Kevin Love's struggle with himself.

Clearly disheartened after his second three-point game in as many nights Wednesday at Utah, Love returned to his old double-double self on a Friday night when all of Hollywood's glitterati -- Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz (not together) as well as ...