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After a dismal showing in the 2012-13 NBA season, which culminated with Kobe Bryant’s season-ending Achilles tendon injury and being swept in the first round of the playoffs by eventual runners-up the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers are back to the drawing board in this year’s off season.
With franchise great, Kobe Bryant, at the tail end of his career, the California-based team is already scampering to re-sign their prized big man and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, Dwight Howard, in hopes of building a solid future with him at the forefront of the team.
After signing Howard and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash during last year’s off season, Las Vegas oddsmakers made the Lakers an early favorite to win the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy. They had an all-star starting players suited for Hollywood’s blockbuster films, and a dream scenario for video game players and Lakers fans all over the world. This was until fate quickly intervened and slapped the franchise with a hard dose of reality. Surprisingly, the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss kept on piling.
They underwent a couple of coaching changes, and significant injuries of their key players proved to be a key factor in their season-long struggles. Casino bookies and oddsmakers feasted the team’ unexpected losses, which triggered some live casino gamers to go cyber route and engage in online gaming sites similar to Castle Jackpot and Guild Wars 2 to amend their defeat. In hindsight, not only did the Los Angeles Lakers started the season on a sour note, they even ended it bitterly.
Every believer knows that Kobe Bryant has still a lot left in the tank. At 34 years-old and playing in his 16th year in the league, the Black Mamba proved to the basketball world that he can still dominate and carry a seemingly lost franchise. But in reality, his recent major injury slows down his quest for a seventh ring. But despite of this, next season will still be an exciting one for true purple and gold bleeders.
They have been down, and there is no way to go but up. Whether they sign, trade, or completely give away to free agency Dwight Howard, for them there is no doubt about the pride of a 16-time NBA champion and always counting on the Black Mamba.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are desperate and they aren’t being coy about it.
The team unveiled a massive banner on the side of Staples Center on Wednesday asking center Dwight Howard to stay put in LA. The seven-time NBA All-Star is arguably the most coveted free-agent this summer after one frustrating season with the Purple and Gold. But despite Howard’s difficult 2012-2013 campaign...
Dwight Howard is unlikely to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and is willing to accept a smaller contract elsewhere, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports.
Under NBA rules, the Lakers can offer Howard a five-year, $118 million contract, while other organizations are limited to a four-year, $88 million offer.
According to the ESPN report, Howard is unhappy with Lakers coach Mike...
The Lakers want Dwight Howard to stay -- and so does the Staples Center.
On the day Doc Rivers was introduced as coach of the crosstown-rival Clippers, a large banner appeared on the outside of the Staples Center with a message of support for Howard.
@STAPLESCenter doing our part to show our love for @DwightHoward StayD12 pic.twitter.com0ZrttKHkhG Lee Zeidman (@LeeZeidman) June...
Lakers putting their future in Dwight Howard’s hands.
Just read that sentence a couple of times. Be afraid Lakers fan, be very afraid.
Dwight Howard is ready to explore his options as the official start of free agency creeps nearer, but many feel he will ultimately be back with the Los Angeles Lakers next season. Money matters to most people, and the Lakers can offer Howard $30 million more than any other team. However, LA’s chances appear to [...]
So, the Los Angeles Lakers, in an attention-seeking gambit that bears just the slightest whiff of desperation, have begun erecting billboards throughout Los Angeles that feature soon-to-be free agent center Dwight Howard along with the message “STAY” and the hashtag, “#STAYD12.” The Lakers uploaded photos of the billboards to the team’s official Twitter account Wednesday...
The Lakers are going all out to get Dwight Howard to stay in Los Angeles this summer. With less than one week before free agents can begin talking with teams and agreeing to contracts, the Lakers have put out the full-court press.
Or at least they are putting up some sign they love their beleaguered big man.
The Lakers have put up a billboard on the side of the Staples Center...
The campaign for Dwight Howard to stay in LA has begun as a new billboard graces the outside of Staples Center with a photo of the center accompanied by the word “STAY.” Howard will become a free agent on July 1.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. If the Lakers don't manage to lure Dwight Howard back to Los Angeles in the coming weeks, the team has a clear-cut Plan B, which in fact isn't all that different than its Plan A.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak spoke at length after Thursday's NBA Draft about his team's goals in free agency, and after months of complicated discussions of...
DALLAS -- Let the recruiting begin.
"I reached out to (Dwight Howard)," Dirk Nowitzki said Thursday from just outside the Dallas Mavericks draft room. "I told him that we'd love to have him... And if I need to jump on a plane, I'm free. I'm available."
And thus marks an official beginning to the Dwight-to-Dallas saga...
It didn't come in the...
The Staples Center is most notably attached as the home arena for the Los Angeles Lakers. Aside from the Lakers, other professional teams use the arena as their home such [...]
Dwight Howard was plagued by a back injury this past season, and now the Los Angeles Lakers center is progressing with the issue and has worked to put it past him, according to Mitch Kupchak.
"Dwight is in a category of the great," Kupchak said. "He's over his back injury and there's no reason he can't play seven or eight more years at that position,...