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  1. It’s not Howard, Gasol says it is the system he is still trying to figure out

    Dec 20, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol

    Plenty of Lakers fans have been asking “can Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard play together?” But that’s not the right question, if you ask Gasol. Sam Amick of USA Today did and Gasol’s response questioned how they both fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system. “I don’t find (playing with Howard) tough,” Gasol said as he stood…

  2. Is the Lakers biggest problem really Kobe Bryant? No.

    Dec 19, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    Lakers Bryant reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the 76ers during their NBA game in Philadelphia

    While Steve Nash and Pau Gasol were out, Kobe Bryant has carried the Lakers. He is leading the league with 29.5 points per game, scoring more points per game than he has since before Pau Gasol arrived as a Laker. Back when Kobe had to carry Kwame Brown and Smush Parker (remember they both started).…

  3. Gasol returns, Lakers barely slip by Bobcats. But you can start to see the plan.

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:25 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Los Angeles Lakers

    There are a couple ways Lakers fans will look their team barely escaping the Charlotte Bobcats with a 101-100 win Tuesday night. Some will say “a win is a win and right now the Lakers need wins.” Plus they got Gasol back — he had 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks but look rusty…

  4. Lakers cruise to win over Sixers thanks to an efficient 34 points from Kobe Bryant

    Dec 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant shoots between the defense of the 76ers' Turner, Richardson and Brown during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    It’s not often we use the word “efficient” in the same sentence while describing the offensive play of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. But in Sunday’s easy 111-98 victory over the Sixers, it was not only appropriate, but it fit the description exactly. Bryant finished with 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting, to go along with four…

  5. Lakers snap four-game losing streak with win over Wizards

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Washington Wizards

    It’s been an ugly stretch for the Lakers recently. With the team losing four straight and six of its last seven, a win by any means necessary would be welcome in Los Angeles — even against the team with the league’s worst record, the Washington Wizards. Thursday night’s destruction at the hands of the Knicks…

  6. Carmelo Anthony leads Knicks to complete destruction of the Lakers

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    There were some who wondered whether the Lakers had hit rock bottom after losing in Cleveland to the 5-18 Cavaliers on Tuesday. The answer? Nope. Rock bottom officially came on Thursday in New York, where the Knicks absolutely destroyed L.A., leading by as many as 26 points on the way to a 116-107 victory, which…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Big nights for Kobe, Carmelo

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:29 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts after he scored past Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace in NBA game in New York

    This was one of those nights when a number of guys could have made the three-stars list — Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds; Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 13 rebounds; Ty Lawson with an impressive 26 points; and there were others in consideration. Even Andray Blatche. But in the end, these…

  8. Kyrie Irving is back and sends Lakers to new low, new loss

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers Tyler Zeller during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game  in Cleveland

    If you’re a Lakers fan you have to believe that at some point they reach rock bottom and start to bounce back. It’s just that they hadn’t reached it yet. The Lakers offense took a vacation and their defense had no answer Kyrie Irving and the result of all that is the Lakers falling to…

  9. Pau Gasol out for Lakers on Tuesday due to knee tendinitis

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    This is one way to make sure Gasol isn’t benched for key parts of the fourth quarter. Bench him the whole game. Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers Tuesday night in Houston due to tendinitis in both knees, tweets Dave McMenamin of ESPN (as well as the rest of the Lakers press…

  10. Lakers Steve Blake has surgery, will miss 6-8 more weeks

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    And the Darius Morris/Chris Duhon era continues in Los Angeles…. Just a day after Steve Nash said he would be out maybe another couple weeks (he’s not sure) came this news about his backup, via the Lakers official twitter account. Steve Blake will undergo laproscopic surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle.It is expected that…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Heat, Thunder on top, it feels like 2011

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates win over Atlanta Hawks with Bosh and Allen during their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    It’s early in the season, very early, but there are moments it feels line the NBA finals come June could be a rematch of last year — Miami vs. Oklahoma City. And that really shouldn’t be a surprise. Right now those two teams are on top of the PBT power rankings. 1. Heat (12-3, last…

  12. Steve Blake out at least two more weeks with abdominal strain

    Nov 28, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The Lakers point guard situation will continue to be an unresolved struggle for a little while longer, as Steve Blake will miss at least two more weeks due to the abdominal strain that’s already sidelined him for the last eight games, according to a team release. An MRI on Wednesday confirmed the need for Blake…

  13. Kobe Bryant has flu, is game-time decision Tuesday vs. Pacers

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    UPDATE 6:47 pm: Kobe Bryant put this on his Facebook page, which doesn’t really answer the big question of if he plays or not: Laid up in bed.. I’m under the weather. Drinking a lot of fluids. Trying to shake the aches and chills thru rest, medicine and a lil Bob Marley on the speakers.…

  14. Report: Lakers’ Nash and Blake ruled out for Pacers game

    Nov 26, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There was some optimism (or at least some wishful thinking from Lakers’ fans) that Steve Nash, Steve Blake, or both would be healthy enough to play Tuesday against the Pacers. Well, it looks like Mike D’Antoni will go (at least) another game without his top two signal callers. Both Nash and Blake have already been…

  15. Lakers continue to struggle as they lose to league-best Grizzlies

    Nov 23, 2012, 11:37 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers players Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum sit on the bench shortly before their defeat by the Denver Nuggets in Denver

    Any spike in energy the Lakers benefited from after the team fired Mike Brown and replaced him with Mike D’Antoni seems to have been short-lived, and after a 106-98 loss in Memphis on Friday, it may now be gone altogether. No, the mere presence of D’Antoni patrolling the sidelines won’t be enough to fix the…

  16. Report: Lakers show interest in Raja Bell

    Nov 23, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant has long been interested in adding Raja Bell as a teammate. He tried to convince Bell to sign in Los Angeles back in 2010, but Bell chose to go with Utah instead. Now, with Bell’s former coach Mike D’Antoni holding down the head coaching job in Los Angeles, the team might be interested…

  17. Lakers hold off Nets in D’Antoni’s head coaching debut

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    Mike D’Antoni made his long-awaited debut as Lakers head coach on Tuesday, but the team’s previous win over the Rockets looked much more like his style. Nevertheless, the substance was there as L.A. overcame some mistakes to get a 95-90 win over the Nets that pushed the team over the .500 mark for the first…

  18. Report: Lakers test trade market for Blake, Duhon. No takers yet. Shocking.

    Nov 13, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Steve Nash being reunited with Mike D’Antoni is not happening as soon as Lakers fans (or D’Antoni) would like — Nash said on Tuesday he could be out another week or two as his leg heals. But that isn’t stopping the Lakers from shopping around two of the other point guards on the roster. The…

  19. Steve Nash will sit out for Lakers. Welcome to the Steve Blake era.

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    As we pretty much all expected, Steve Nash will not suit up for the Lakers Friday night against the Clippers, the contusion on his shin still limiting movement too much, Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed before the game on Friday. Steve Blake will start, and Brown said both Chris Duhon and Darius Morris could see…

  20. The Inbounds: Time for non-contenders to readjust their timelines

    Aug 13, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. One thing that frustrates me about the NBA more than anything else is how small the list of title contenders…

  21. Josh Selby shows he’s closer to reaching potential at NBA Summer League

    Jul 18, 2012, 12:34 AM EDT

    josh selby

    LAS VEGAS — Josh Selby earned a vote for the NBA’s All-Rookie Third Team this past that many in the media felt wasn’t deserved. While that may have been the case, there’s a good chance he cemented himself a spot on the All-Summer League roster following Monday evening’s performance at the Cox Pavilion in lovely…

  22. Thursday And-1 links: Maybe Indy will not match Hibbert offer

    Jul 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • I have said I expect the Indiana Pacers to match the max-offer (four…

  23. Thursday And-1 links: Derrick Rose Don’t Dance

    Mar 8, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). This is why the Internet is brilliant — the Derrick Rose Don’t Dance tumblr. Among the things that will factor into Dwight Howard’s decision making…

  24. Report: Lakers talking to Cavaliers about Ramon Sessions

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    A bunch of Lakers fans just read that headline and either rolled their eyes or said, “who?” But this would be a good pickup for them. The Lakers have had talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading for Ramon Sessions, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. No deal is imminent, but the Lakers view Sessions as…

  25. Report: Lakers talking to Gilbert Arenas. Hey, don’t laugh.

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    How serious are the Lakers point guard concerns? If you think Gilbert Arenas can help solve them, pretty serious. The Lakers have struggled at that spot as they need a more traditional point as they move from the triangle offense to Mike Brown’s sets, and so they are looking at their options. And Arenas is…

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