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The NBA announced its salary cap and luxury-tax threshold for the 2013-14 season on Tuesday and six teams were also given their bills for tax payments they owe the league for the 2012-13 season. As everyone should expect, the Los Angeles Lakers had the biggest bill of the season. The Lakers will be forced to pay $29,259,739, far surpassing the other teams that have bills for the season. But thanks to Dwight Howard’s defection to the Houston Rockets, the Lakers will owe much less next season. The five other teams that owe luxury-tax bills for the 2012-13 season are the Miami Heat ($13,346,242), Brooklyn Nets ($12,883,647), New York Knicks ($9,962,406), Chicago Bulls ($3,932,336) and Boston Celtics ($1,181,640). Luxury-tax penalties will be much bigger starting next season, which punishes teams for being repeat offenders over the tax threshold. The Nets alone are projected to have a bill in the $75 million range next year. Half of the total tax paid by the six teams listed ($70,556,0...
BEST OF MAXIM
Now that Kobe and Dwight Howard are no longer teammates, the Mamba took some time to explain why he unfollowed Howard.
The Los Angeles Lakers are eyeing a rebuild. However, when you have the pressures that come with being the NBA’s premier franchise, a rebuild doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing for them as it does to every other team.
Rather than breaking the team down to its bare bones and retooling through the draft over several seasons, the Lakers are clearly planning with the 2014 offseason...
IT'S HIM OR ME
Reports indicate that Dwight Howard expressed concern about Kobe Bryant's future with the Lakers, apparently even suggesting the team use its amnesty provision.
Dwight Howard didn't have an elaborate "decision" like LeBron James did in 2010, but his popularity has taken just as big of a hit.
After his announcement that was leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets, Howard's image has continued to go downhill, according to Q Scores, which measures how the population views celebrities.
In a report by SportingNews...
The Los Angeles Lakers will waive Metta World Peace via the amnesty provision, Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register reports. According to Ding, the move will happen “barring some late change.” Ding also says the move will save the Lakers $30 million. World Peace, then known as Ron Artest, signed a five-year, $32.5 million [...]
Steve Nash met with the media yesterday after that Dwight Howard sales pitch that didn’t quite do the trick. And some of his quotes are pretty telling:
“Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn’t comfortable here and didn’t want to be here and I think if he didn’t want to be here, there’s no point for anyone in him being here.”
“I think it kind of basically goes with what...
Kobe Bryant has not been with the Twitter Universe for long, but in the time that he has been tweeting he has grown quite the following (over 3 million). It's understandable too. When you are the best at what you do people are going to what a piece of you even if it is just clinging to your every word on social media.
That much was proven...
In an interview at his basketball camp Wednesday, Kobe Bryant was asked by Serena Winters of Lakers Nation if he had thought about taking a pay cut in his upcoming contract. The 34-year-old, who is due...
Looks like the Lakers have their backup plan, now that Dwight Howard is Houston bound.
Free agent center Chris Kaman and the Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal, according to a report by ESPN.com on Monday.
Kaman was the sixth pick in the 2003 draft and played his first eight NBA seasons with the Clippers. Since then, he's spent a year in New Orleans, where he was dealt as...
Thanks to the fine folks over at TMZ, we might have gotten to see the moment that Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace signed with the Houston Rockets.
Check it out in the below video:
Metta World Peace — Wait, Dwight Howard’s Going to Houston???
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Metta learns of D-12 signing with Rockets [TMZ]
Well... that didn't quite work out the way we all expected. Dwight Howard turns out to be a 1 year rental, and the Lakers serve as a placeholder for him whilst he recuperates from back surgery. Now, I realise that's to paint the scenario in pretty much what amounts to the worst possible light, but what there is incorrect?
So... Dwight Howard...