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NBA executive reportedly says that Kevin Love wants to join Lakers

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, an NBA executive has said that it is known around the league that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love wants to join the Lakers when he becomes a free agent: “They should trade him,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “No one thinks he’s staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers.” The feeling could be mutual as...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak gives Mike D'Antoni a vote of confidence

The Lakers, currently 14-22, started the season with low expectations.  That was even before they were hit with the injury bug for the second straight season which has resulted in inconsistent play and embarrassing losses to some of the NBA’s worst.   Despite the team being tied for the second most losses in the Western Conference, speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Lakers General...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Player of the Week (Dec. 30 – Jan. 5)

Last week’s POW: Nick Young So this week we’ve seen the emergence of Kendall Marshall as a great fill-in for the injury riddled backcourt of the Los Angeles Lakers.  With his exciting “D’Antoni-esque” style of play there’s no wonder why he seems to be flourishing in D’Antoni’s system.  However, it’s not just Marshall that stood out this week, Pau Gasol has shown...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers Lose Third Straight Game Against the Rockets

Recap: Lakers dropped their third straight game to the Houston Rockets, 113-99. Los Angeles suffered another dismal third quarter, which ultimately lead to their demise as James Harden went for 38 points. Pau Gasol lead the way for the Lakers with a double-double (21 points & 12 rebounds). Box Score Next Game: Lakers return to STAPLES Center on Friday for a road game against...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Preview: Lakers (14-21) @ Rockets (22-13)

Photo courtesy of Bill Baptist, Getty Images January 8, 2014 — 5:00PM (PST) Toyota Center, Houston, TX TV: TWC SportsNet / TWC SportsNet Deportes Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish) The Los Angeles Lakers (14-21) come into tonight’s rematch vs. center Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets (22-13) with no momentum, especially after losing last night’s game vs...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers Stuck In Their Old Ways In Loss to Mavericks

Photo courtesy of Glenn James, Getty Images How many ways are there to describe a Laker loss this season? Here’s version number 21: the Lakers kept it close until they didn’t, and then they lost. It’s a sad, destructive pattern that has them at seven games under .500. Their worst record last season was eight games under .500 before the successful stretch they managed to end...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers Waive Forward Shawne Williams

Credit: Paul Buck / EPA The Lakers waived forward Shawne Williams Tuesday, according a Lakers press release. Williams averaged 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game this season for the Lakers. Considered a stretch four in coach Mike D’Antoni’s system, Williams failed to live up to that billing, shooting just 32% from beyond the arc. Williams was the last non-guaranteed...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pau Gasol Survives Trade Rumors Once Again

Photo: Stephen Dunn | Getty Images By: Alex Lambeth & Oren Levy Mon., 9:50 PM PST — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Bynum has been traded to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng, effectively ending the possibility of a Bynum-Gasol deal. Pau Gasol remains a Laker for the time being, with his name sure to emerge in trade rumors as the February 20th NBA Trade Deadline approaches...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers Get Pounded By Nuggets At Home

Photo courtesy of Andrew D. Bernstein, Getty Images Tonight’s game was played by two completely different Laker teams in two completely different halves. The team that played in the first two quarters were lively, played with their senses in tact and, as a result, built confidence on top of confidence. The team in the third and fourth quarters looked lazy, careless, and, in effect...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

A Blast from the Past: This Week in Lakers’ History (January 5-11)

Photo: Getty Images After 16 NBA Championships and 31 Western Conference Titles, the Lakers have been one of the most storied and successful franchises in NBA history. From the eras of West, Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, and Kobe, there have been countless record-breaking performances and memorable games that have added to Lakers glory. Let’s take a look back at some notable moments...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers End Losing Streak With Win Over Jazz

Photo courtesy of Andrew D. Bernstein, Getty Images A win. A wire-to-wire win…and by double digits. It’s been so long since the Lakers have met any of those criteria, dropping six games in a row to end a most unfortunate year. In their first game of the new year, however, they didn’t resemble the team that looked wounded and hopeless in those losses. Tonight, they played with...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

‘Take Flight Challenge’ This Saturday

L.A. hoop heads, 6 of the top 25 Southern California High School teams are taking part in the Take Flight Challenge this Saturday, January 4th at Redondo Union High School. The Jordan Brand Flight Truck will be on site to get you geared up with t-shirt, sock and hat customizations. Get your weekend hoops fix and catch some of the next wave of up and coming basketball stars.  ...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Implications of Kobe Bryant’s Extension

The Los Angeles Lakers made a huge statement to its organization and its loyal fan base. Kobe Bean Bryant will not go anywhere. The Lakers officially signed superstar SG Kobe Bryant Monday morning to a 2-year extension worth $48.5 million, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com Ramona Shelbourne. At $48.5 million, Bryant will receive $23.5 million in 2014-15 and $25 million in 2015-16...
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November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony: Kobe’s Achilles key to Lakers’ free agency

The Lakers extending Kobe Bryant’s contract is a lot like asking someone to prom. They are essentially asking this one special person to spend one of the most memorable nights of their lives, or rest of their career, with you. It could either turn out great or be one of the worst nights you have ever had or will have in your life. With that being said, signing Bryant pre-return...
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November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Fear The Turtle

Photo courtesy of Noah Graham, Getty Images Ever since Steve Nash went down with yet another one of his long extended injuries, a sense of calm has come over the point guard position. From the very moment the Lakers acquired Nash and his laundry list of physical ailments last year, it has become increasingly apparent that he was not going to be the answer to the Lakers point guard...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Player of the Week (November 18-24)

Hey Nation! It’s that time again for the player of the week for November 18-24.  The Lakers only played two games this week and got a decent amount of some much needed rest.  They won both games this week, one against Golden State and the other against Sacramento–both great wins.  This week, one player stood out from the rest with his smart and consistent play: Pau Gasol....
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Breaking: Lakers, Kobe Bryant Agree on Two-Year Contract Extension

While Kobe Bryant has yet to return to the court, some unexpected (and GREAT) news broke early today from the Los Angeles Lakers: EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. “This is a very happy day for Lakers fans...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Complete Lakers’ Effort In Win Over Kings

Photo courtesy of Noah Graham, Getty Images Don’t look now, but the Lakers have a three-game winning streak. A winning streak – remember those? It’s been so long since the Lakers have had any string of positive things happen that it’s sometimes easier to remember how bad it’s been. Let’s avoid being the party pooper tonight, however, shall we? The Sacramento Kings aren’t...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Well-Rested Lakers Topple Warriors

Photo courtesy of Andrew Bernstein, Getty Images The last time the Lakers and Warriors met, it was no contest from tip-off to the final buzzer. Golden State ran their opponents out of the arena with their usual sharp shooting, and the Lakers, fortunately, haven’t forgotten. Klay Thompson had a huge night that evening, scoring 37 points to lead the game. This time around, he looked...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Vern Mikkelsen Passes Away

Photo Credit: Public Radio One of the greats of the Lakers franchise Vern Mikkelsen sadly passed away yesterday November 21st. Mikkelsen resided in Wayzata, Minnensota with his family. Lakers President Jeanie Buss had this to say about Mikkelsen, Vern was one of the first in a long line of great Lakers players, and a key link to our franchise’s early years in Minnesota.  We...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Bryant Will Not Return Before Upcoming Road Trip

Photo Credit: AP Photo The Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has begun practicing with the team, has been cleared for all basketball related activities, and has stated that he hopes to return before the month of November ends. While the news certainly sparked hope and anxiousness from Lakers fans worldwide awaiting his return, they will have to keep calm as Bryant will not...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Pau Gasol Pledges $1,000 Per Point to Philippines Typhoon Relief

Source: Lakers.com Last week, the Lakers organization donated $150,000 to the Philippine Red Cross to assist in relief efforts in the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The organization also plans to donate all proceeds from the Lakers Youth Foundation In-Arena Auctions at all Laker home games between November 12-24. Pau Gasol, who won the 2012 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Update: Lakers deny Steve Nash considering retirement

Photo Credit: CBS Sports Looking at the Lakers this season in comparison to last year something that stands out is injuries. The Lakers had a number of players out for a great deal of the year during the 2012-2013 season and because of it they were never really were able to become comfortable with one another on the floor. Injuries were just one of the many problems from last year...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 10 Lakers Quotes of the Week

Photo by: Christian Petersen/Getty Images The NBA world isn’t just about what you do on the court. We scoured the web for Lakers-related quotations to provide you with the 10 best quotes from the past seven days: #10: “Did y’all see my man’s dunk though?! That thing was crazy!” Nick Young on Xavier Henry’s dunk over the Pelicans’ Jeff Withey, via ESPN #9: “That’s...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Kobe hopes to make November return

Kobe Bryant participated in his second practice today, a day after being medically cleared to resume basketball activities, according to the Lakers. Photo Credit: Lakers Bryant took part in full-court 5-on-5 drills, as well as a half-court scrimmage on the starting unit, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report. “I’m pleasantly surprised,” Bryant told Mike Trudell. “I felt...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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