This year the Los Angeles Lakers e-mailed Christmas cards to save postage. The Lakers cut back on corporate gifts, created an installment payment plan for season-ticket holders and noticed many fans didn't buy season parking passes.
LOS ANGELES -- Thirty minutes before the Los Angeles Clippers introduce their No. 1 overall draft pick, Blake Griffin is in workout garb. He trots to center court at the Clippers' training facility in the Playa Vista district of this city, where second-year guard Mike Taylor is putting up shots, sweating like he's cutting grass in a Texas summer.
Griffin leans his 6-foot-10 frame down to the 6-2 Taylor, smiles, and offers a towel.
"Whatever you need, sir."