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  1. Steve Nash to return to Lakers’ practices, return to court still up in air

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    While everyone is focusing on No. 24 returning to the Lakers practices this week — you should hear the radio promos in Los Angeles which just refer to Kobe Bryant as “him” and everyone just knows who is being discussed — the Lakers could be getting close to getting another one of their stars back.…

  2. With Kobe staying as highest-paid player in NBA, the Lakers can rebuild but it’s not easy

    Nov 25, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant has signed a contract extension and is staying on with the Lakers for two more seasons. That news made Lakers nation happy — go to a Lakers game and you see the flood of 24 jerseys in the crowd — you quickly realize why the Lakers could not let him go at any…

  3. The Extra Pass: Motown’s meltdown and Sunday’s recaps

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    What’s going on with the Detroit Pistons? D.J. Foster breaks down the unexpected issues hampering the team early on this season. Video courtesy of My Synergy Sports, stats via NBA.com/stats.  Trail Blazers 118, Raptors 110 (OT): Portland is now 8-2 on the young season because their offense is lighting up opposing teams — and that…

  4. Sunday night NBA grades: The Pistons’ “three bigs” lineup is a mess

    Nov 18, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

    Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Maurice Cheeks

    Our grades for what happened around the NBA Sunday….  Pistons’ “three bigs” lineup of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. The Pistons are force-feeding this trio, trying to get it to work, but it remains a mess on the defensive end. Check out these numbers from Sunday night: When they were together the Lakers…

  5. Tuesday night NBA grades: Straight “A”s for Nowitzki, Beasley, Lakers bench

    Nov 13, 2013, 4:47 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Al Harrington

    Our grades from Monday around the NBA, or what you missed while wearing your $550 sweatpants…. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks. The big German with the soft touch reached an NBA milestone Tuesday — he passed Jerry West to move into 16th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Appropriately he did it with a couple consecutive…

  6. Steve Nash to be out at least two weeks with back pain

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was obvious Steve Nash‘s nerve issues in his back were serious Sunday night. You could tell by how he limped and grimaced on the court. And you could tell by his deflated demeanor after the game in which he only played 13 minutes. Tuesday he went and saw a specialist and he will be…

  7. Thursday night NBA grades: Steve Blake, Ty Lawson come up big late

    Nov 8, 2013, 3:42 AM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, Erik Spoelstra, David Fizdale

    Our grades from Thursday night around the NBA, or what you missed while playing Call of Duty Ghosts like everyone else…. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat. For two straight games now we have had vintage Wade show up, which has to make Heat fans happy. He was attacking J.J. Redick on post ups or blowing past…

  8. While world watches Dwight Howard Lakers bench earns win over Rockets

    Nov 8, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    The narrative was all about Dwight Howard taking on the Laker team he bolted last summer after a tumultuous season — and if Lakers fans were looking for some schadenfreude they got it. Howard wasn’t impressive. He finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting but just 5-of-16 from the free throw line. He missed key…

  9. Lakers’ bench explodes in fourth quarter (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Nobody saw this coming. The Lakers second string — Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill — put up 41 points on 65.2 percent shooting, with an off-the-charts offensive rating of 154.6 points per 100 possessions in the fourth quarter. They scored the Lakers’ final 46 points, taking a close opening…

  10. The Extra Pass Tuesday roundup: Doc Rivers talks Clippers defensive woes

    Oct 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Chris Paul

    LOS ANGELES — The long grind of the NBA season is about building habits, building sustainable ways to win that can carry a team through the playoffs. For the Clippers this season, that building focus is on defense (their offense is going to score plenty). Before his team’s opening night game Tuesday the Clippers’ Doc…

  11. Didn’t see this coming: Lakers win opener handily because bench too much for Clippers

    Oct 30, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Just a little more than an hour before the season tipped off for his Clippers, the team’s new coach Doc Rivers talked about building a winning culture, a swagger, for an organization that never really had it. In Boston that tradition came with the carpet (and the banners), with the Clippers that…

  12. Tuesday night’s NBA Grades: How about that Lakers bench?

    Oct 30, 2013, 2:08 AM EDT

    Xavier Henry, J.J. Redick

    Our grades from Tuesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while watching crazy big wave surfing videos. The Los Angeles Lakers’ bench. The Lakers bench played free, played Mike D’Antoni ball and scored 76 points including the final 46 the Lakers scored to spark an opening night upset win over the Lakers. Xavier…

  13. Lakers’ Steve Nash could sit second half of back-to-backs

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    We told you Steve Nash’s health this preseason — which has limited both his time on the court and his play on it — has been a concern for the Lakers. Mike D’Antoni may address that by resting Nash in certain games, including half of back-to-backs — and the Lakers open the season with a…

  14. Tracy McGrady watched the Lakers play, feels bad for Kobe

    Oct 23, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    Lakers fans could have watched their team’s preseason win over Utah Tuesday night with a sense of optimism. Jordan Farmar looked good in the second half running the offense, Wes Johnson looked comfortable in the system on his way to 14 points, Xavier Henry was attacking, Jordan Hill looked solid in the paint. You could…

  15. D’Antoni on saying Lakers would score 110 a game: “I was on drugs back then”

    Oct 22, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike D’Antoni just wants to run his system his way again. He’s been mocked for that system by some fans who say it can’t win a ring, but two facts remain: 1) Back in Phoenix with the right personnel (a younger Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, plus Shawn Marion and others) they won 54 games…

  16. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 14, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Last season: It was supposed to be yet another year spent contending for a championship for a storied Lakers franchise that already has 16 of them. L.A. loaded up with free agent talent in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and was on paper the team most believed would stand in the way of a second straight…

  17. Nick Young becomes second Lakers player victimized by toboggan at Great Wall of China (VIDEO)

    Oct 13, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    young sled

    It’s one thing for the NBA to send its teams abroad to promote the game internationally, but it’s quite another for the players to engage in such dangerous local attractions. Apparently the Great Wall of China isn’t just something you stroll across, but it also features a toboggan run that you can sled down at…

  18. Chris Kaman discusses the perils of playing on a one-year contract

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    As the Lakers rounded out their veteran roster with a few key free agents this summer, they targeted experienced players who could still produce, but who for one reason or another were willing to sign on for one-year deals. Chris Kaman was one of those, a 10-year veteran seven-footer who can put up more than…

  19. Steve Nash open to taking games off to rest during regular season

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Now that Grant Hill has retired and the playing days of Kurt Thomas similarly appear to be behind him, the players whose birthdays are just a day apart no longer top the list of the league’s oldest players. The honor now belongs to Steve Nash, and if he wasn’t aware of it before, he is…

  20. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  21. Sasha Vujacic still hoping to land NBA roster spot

    Sep 16, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    There was a time this summer, when the Lakers went out and got Jordan Farmar and fans thought they may be getting the 2009 band back together, that Sasha Vujacic looked like maybe he could get an NBA roster spot again. That time came and went (and the Lakers chose wisely not to live in…

  22. Jordan Farmar says chance to play for D’Antoni helped his decision to return to the Lakers

    Sep 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    jordan farmar

    Jordan Farmar was a member of two championship teams in four seasons during his first tour of duty with the Lakers, albeit in a reserve role. He clashed with Phil Jackson at times, and felt constrained by what he was expected to do within the Triangle offense. Farmar always felt like he was capable of…

  23. Kurt Rambis not sure how fast Lakers can play next season

    Aug 5, 2013, 8:44 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

    The Lakers played pretty fast last season — they averaged the fifth most possessions per game in the league. (Houston was the fastest, have fun with that Dwight Howard.) Of course, Mike D’Antoni would like the Lakers to play faster. But Kurt Rambis doesn’t sound optimistic the Lakers can do that with the roster as…

  24. Odom wants to stay in L.A., but does anyone want him?

    Aug 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Greg Oden, who last played in the NBA in 2009 and has had multiple major knee surgeries since then, got a contract for next season before Lamar Odom. Which tells you about how far Odom’s stock has fallen. He is battling Antawn Jamison and Al Harrington for the “veteran forward at the end of the…

  25. Lower expectations next season should give Mike D’Antoni a real chance with the Lakers

    Jul 21, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles during a media conference after practice at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    Mike D’Antoni was placed into a situation as head coach of the Lakers last season where he never really had a fair chance to succeed. The hope in Los Angeles this year is that due to expectations being lowered significantly from the championship-or-bust mentality that (rightfully) surrounded the team a season ago, D’Antoni won’t be…

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