Found January 14, 2013 on
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Red Auerbach had a saying when he was building championship-caliber Celtics teams as a coach and executive for 29 years:
“Never trust any plan that hinges on Jordan Hill.”
It was a remarkably forward-thinking slogan, considering Hill was not born when Auerbach gave up his general managing duties. Knowing Auerbach’s legendary foresight, though, it is not impossible to think he may have envisioned the 6-foot-10 forward out of Arizona, and the ill that would befall any team that bet too heavily on him.
If any team were going to break this totally made-up commandment, Auerbach would be happy it was the Lakers. With last week’s news that Hill will miss the rest of the season with a serious hip injury, the fundamental flaws present in this team’s roster construction from the very beginning were on full display.
Do not misunderstand. Losing Hill by itself does not doom the Lakers’ season, nor was he a drain on the team when healthy. This has less to do with Hill himself and everything to d...
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Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said the Lakers are considering applying for a disabled players exception for Jordan Hill.
Hill is expected to have surgery to fix a possible labral tear and remove "loose bodies" from the joint. Recovery is expected to take six months and Hill would miss the remainder of the season.
The Lakers are eligible to apply for the exception...
EL SEGUNDO Earl Clark savior?
Or is it: Earl Clark savior!
His performance in the next 46 games will ultimately provide the answer. The Lakers dont necessarily need the versatile 6-9 Clark to save them from playoff oblivion. They are, however, counting on him to replace the minutes and production of Jordan Hill.
Numbers-wise hes been even better than the always-energized...
LOS ANGELES After Friday nights 116-101 loss to Oklahoma City, a frustrated Mike DAntoni threw down the gauntlet to his team.
The season begins for us Sunday night, said the beleaguered head coach. Its time for us to plant our feet and make a stand. We cant wait any longer.
And for one of the few times this season on Sunday, the Lakers responded to their head coach in a positive...
LOS ANGELES It's only two games, but there's something markedly different about the Los Angeles Lakers.
They look like a good basketball team.
Behind Dwight Howard's 31 points and 16 rebounds and Kobe Bryant's 31 on 12 of 19 shooting, the Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-88. They've now won two straight after dropping six in a row, and have improved their...
It was probably only a matter of time before the Los Angeles Lakers got healthy and figured it out.
Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks just happened to be in their way.
A sluggish offensive night, missed free throws and turnovers gave the Bucks little chance to compete with a Lakers group that seems to be hitting their stride.
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard combined for 62 points...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a three-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their six-game losing streak with a 113-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for the Lakers, who finally earned their first victory of 2013 while ending their longest skid since February...
Even before Dwight Howard returned from injury, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni was looking for a fresh start for his team.
The Lakers may have gotten that with Howard's help, but a lackluster performance against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night could lead to some of the same feelings that were generated during a lengthy skid.
After a sixth straight loss Friday...
The D-Fenders have reacquired forward Zach Andrews.
Coach Mike D'Antoni will continue to have Kobe Bryant defend opposing point guards.
The Lakers have struggled throughout the season defensively. On Sunday, D'Antoni put Bryant on Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving, helping the Lakers break a six-game losing streak with a 113-93 win.
Irving finished with 15 points in the game, well below his season average...
Dwight Howard had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant also scored 31 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-88 Tuesday night for their second straight win after a six-game skid.
Metta World Peace added 12 points as the Lakers prepared for Thursday's visit from the NBA champion Miami Heat with an impressive effort against the Bucks, who lost for the...
If you did not stay up to see the Cavaliers take on the Los Angeles Lakers, we have you covered with the lone highlight. Cleveland Cavaliers high-flying forward Alonzo Gee provided Staples Center fans a put-back dunk against the hometown Lakers. Gee finished with 14 points, four rebounds, and three steals, but the Cavaliers would...
Another day, another injury update for the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Dave McMenamin from ESPN LosAngeles, big man Jordan Hill will miss the rest of the regular season due to a hip injury.
Hill underwent an arthrogram test Friday on his injured left hip, and results showed that he has loose fragments in addition to a possible torn labrum, according to the Lakers.
The Lakers currently rank sixth in points per possession, but just 21st on defense.
While Kobe Bryant has the defensive credentials — he’s made the NBA’s All-Defensive first team nine times and the second team three times — it’s a surprising job for the 34-year-old to assume at this stage of his career. Why does it seem like D’antoni has something on his mind?