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It will be hard not to look back on the Orlando Magic's 2012-13 campaign as being similar to an expansion season.
It certainly resembled one on paper.
From a roster filled with first- and second-year players, to far too many lopsided losses to count, and ironically the exact same 12-29 home record as in their inaugural season, the only thing that seemed missing in Year 1 of the post-Dwight Howard era was a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A deluge of injuries also had a role in the stark regression following Howard's offseason departure. Still, following a league-worst 20-62 finish, in many ways the Magic go into the offseason viewing the year positively in regards to their on-going rebuilding process.
''We won 20 games, so I can't really give myself a pat on the back,'' general manager Rob Hennigan said Thursday regarding the state of the team. ''We feel good about how we're positioned for the future. We feel good about the players we have. But e...
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Dwight Howard says the Lakers can't control whether or not the Spurs play "Hack-a-Howard" but they will make them pay if they do.
Always the cut up, Lakers' Dwight Howard was back at it again before they face the Rockets on the team's final home regular season game.
Speaking to the media, Howard gave a rousing "300" movie-speech which including shout outs to Dr. Buss, injured Kobe Bryant, yelling for Pau Gasol to put his "big boy" pants on and of course, gave the infamous "...
"I'm sure they'll try it."
Those are the words from Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni when asked his thoughts on the San Antonio Spurs intentionally fouling Dwight Howard (aka Hack-A-Howard) during their opening playoff series against the Spurs which begins tomorrow.
After yesterday's Lakers practice session, D'Antoni spoke on the...
The better question is, who isn’t expecting Howard to live at the free throw line this post season?
Per ESPN LA, Howard has one piece of advice to anyone fouling him, “God Bless Them”. The LA Lakers are finally in the finals, something NBA fans and even analysts thought wasn’t going to happen but to our surprise, the Lakers finished 7th in the west. With Kobe Bryant out for...
The big news Wednesday night was that the Los Angeles Lakers earned the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 99-95 overtime win against the Houston Rockets. But a story that largely went under the radar was that Lakers center Dwight Howard became the youngest player in NBA history to notch 9,000 rebounds
The 27-year-old grabbed his 9,000th rebound in the first quarter...
Lakers center Dwight Howard knows that with the way he resides in the paint for the majority of games, fouls will come his way. And with Kobe Bryant out for the remainder of the season, he has become the focal point of the Lakers offense. So when asked what he thinks about the Spurs adopting [...]
Dwight Howard's first season with the Los Angeles Lakers has been filled with more twists, setbacks and disappointments than he ever imagined when he was traded last summer.
He's still hoping the Lakers can come up with a few more surprises for the playoffs.
Los Angeles reached the postseason as the Western Conference's seventh seed with an overtime victory over Houston...
Mike D’Antoni was extraordinarily harsh on Pau Gasol when he took over the job as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in November, but he’s finally softening his stance on the big man.
Gasol returned to the starting lineup on March 25 after missing six weeks with a foot injury. The team has gone 8-2 in its last 10 games — all of which Gasol has played over 30 minutes. Save...
The Los Angeles Lakers, a team that was written off and easily ridiculed, are in the playoffs, which was no small feat.
“Everybody counted us out, but one thing that I told the guys tonight was that we’ve been through so much as a
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...
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In a pre-game interview, John Ireland asked Coach Mike D’Antoni what he planned to tell the team in order to get ready for tonight’s game.
“Bad things are gonna happen, “ D’Antoni said. “But don’t tie your troubles together.”
There were certainly troubles with which the Lakers had to face tonight. A team who averaged the...
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After such a tumultuous season, the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers with a starting lineup consisting of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard have managed to will their way into the playoffs having secured the 7th seed and a first round matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. This season was likely the most difficult...
Project Spurs kicks off its 2013 Spurs Playoff preview as the Spurs face the Lakers in the first round. Check out the key matchups in the opening series brought to you by Kyle Boenitz.
A lot of San Antonio Spurs fans have been saying, “Bring on the Lakers!” all year. Well, if that was you, you got your wish, congratulations.
While I’ll admit that this matchup was a...
Has There Ever Been A More Eventful Lakers Season?
Think about it.
There have certainly been better seasons in Laker-Land.
Many eventful ones too – 2008 springs to mind – from Kobe’s trade demand, to Bynum’s emergence and injury, through Gasol’s arrival and a Finals run.
2004 was pretty eventful too. Phil even wrote a book about it.
None of these seasons come even CLOSE...