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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard expects San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to send him to the foul line often when the two teams open their playoff series with Game 1 on Sunday. “If they want to do that the whole series, God bless them,” Howard said when asked about the Spurs using a “Hack-a-Howard” strategy on Friday. “There’s nothing I can do about it but go up there and shoot the free throws. Even if I make them, they’re still going to do it. So, that’s not my concern. My concern is what I can control on the defensive end and then on the offensive end, just dominate. If they foul me, they foul me. We’re going to make them pay.” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said the team worked with Howard to be more evasive on the court. “I’m sure they’ll try it,” D’Antoni said. “We worked on Dwight being evasive out there today so they couldn’t catch him. “But we’ll just deal with it. He’s going to make shots and he’ll make his foul shots.” Howard went 8-for-17 from the free throw line in the Lakers’ 91-86 victory over the Spurs last week. D’Antoni said he would vote to ban intentionally fouling poor free throw shooters throughout the game if the NBA ever decided to make a ru;e change. “I know when they vote (to ban it), I guarantee I’ll vote yes,” D’Antoni said. “But, the league will look at it. They look at everything, always. They just want to get it better. If it’s better for the game (to ban it), then great. But, it’s not me to say when you have guys (on your team) that they’re doing it to. But, I’m sure it will happen, and Dwight will step up and knock them down.” Spurs guard Tony Parker expects Howard to be at the line “a lot.” “I don’t know, you should ask Pop,” Parker said. “But a lot. That’s my guess, if I had to bet money. People are going to scream at him in L.A., it will be funny.”
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The Los Angeles Lakers were outmatched by the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night, and one of the main reasons for that was that Kobe Bryant had to watch from home. As you know, Kobe is out for the playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon. In order to stay connected to the team during Game 1, he sent out a series of tweets. “Post. Post. Post,” Kobe wrote. “Gotta milk Pau (Gasol)...
'SHOW US AGAIN'
A couple of hours ago, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant decided to share a brand-new advertisement done by the fine folks over at Nike. The advertisement appeared in the Los Angeles Times and features Bryant holding a basketball while the text describes what Kobe has done during over his lengthy career: Inspirational stuff to say the least….
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Wednesday that head coach Mike D’Antoni will be back next season, reports Mike Bresnahan of the LATimes.com.
“Yeah, he’s back.
Dwight Howard referred to Lakers head coach, Mike D’Antoni as “Coach Pringles” when he was talking with the assembled media over the weekend before the Game 1 series with the San Antonio Spurs.
“Did ya’ll already talk to Pringles? Coach Pringles.”
D’Antoni is often parodied in memes for his resemblance to Mr. Pringles from the potato chip logo.
If there's one thing we know about San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, it's that all he cares about is winning, no matter how pretty or ugly he has to do it.
And that includes implementing "Hack-a-Howard."
Popovich will find himself in several spots to utilize this tactic when the Spurs open their first round playoff match-up Sunday against Dwight Howard...
Kobe Bryant’s leadership skills have been on full display this season. Even when he’s at home watching the Lakers play from the couch due to injury. Kobe guaranteed the Lakers would make the playoffs a few months ago and though it was rocky, not only did the Lakers make it, they moved up to the 7th seed.
What did the Black Mamba do to thank his teammates for making him Nostradamus...
Steve Nash is hoping to return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup in time for their playoff opener.
Nash practiced with the Lakers on Friday at their training complex, going through half-court offensive drills and testing his injured right hamstring. The two-time NBA MVP missed Los Angeles' final eight games of the regular season with the latest injury in a season full of...
Johnny Manziel calls the fact that Pau Gasol was going #broke on a free throw attempt during the Spurs-Lakers playoff game in San Antonio.
The Black Mamba may be out of the Playoffs due to injury, but don’t let that stop you from going on a little trip down memory lane at the past season. You probably don’t want to bet against Kobe being ready for opening day 2013.
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash was able to return for the team’s playoff opener against the San Antonio Spurs yesterday. However, the veteran told reporters – including Mike Bresnahan and Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times – that he’s continuing to feel the effects of missing time due to injury, as he’s not feeling like himself."I'm not myself,...
The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers are in an intense battle in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Lakers are without their fearless leader Kobe Bryant and it has shown during Game 1. During an interview with Rick Fox, Matt Bonner showed off his “Red Mamba” shirt and you would think that Kobe Bryant would have gotten upset over an opponent being given a similar...
The Phoenix Suns traded away two-time league MVP Steve Nash and let former All-Star Grant Hill leave to kick off a rebuilding effort, knowing it would likely lead to a difficult 2012-13 season.
They probably didn't expect it to be this tough.
With no go-to scorer, continuing defensive deficiencies and an interim coach who doesn't know if he'll be back in front of the...
AT&T Center – It’s playoff time in San Antonio, and what better way to open a round than between Western Conference two rivals, the San Antonio Spurs (54-28) and Los Angeles Lakers (45-37)?
Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni conducted his pregame interview first Sunday and said point guard Steve Nash, who has been battling a right hamstring injury, will start against the...
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The promises, speculation and worry are finally over, which sets up another set of obstacles for the Lakers and Spurs to overcome. The 2013 NBA Playoffs have arrived and the slate is clean for the No. 2 and No. 7 seeded teams in the Western Conferences especially in Los Angeles but the pressure has been ratcheted up to ear-splitting volume.
San Antonio has...
It's common knowledge: Stars win in the playoffs. LeBron. Melo. Durant. Chris Paul. Tim Duncan. Dwight Howard. These big names bring ticket sales and (usually) wins where ever they go. Casual fans know them all on sight. But every team has a lesser known player who the fans gravitate to, who's every now and then busts out a move or two that electrifies the crowd, brings ...