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  1. PBT Extra: Previewing Heat vs. Lakers Christmas Day matchup

    Dec 24, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    Another game that looked better on paper before the season — LeBron James comes to take on Kobe Bryant on Christmas Day. Except Kobe’s fractured knee has fractured some of this game’s appeal. In the latest PBT Extra Kay Adams asks what the Lakers need to do to win this game — pound the Heat…

  2. Pau Gasol returns to Lakers lineup Monday, starts next to Shawne Williams

    Dec 23, 2013, 3:03 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves  v Los Angeles Lakers

    At this point any time the Lakers get a player back from injury it’s a cause for celebration. So throw a party on Monday because the Lakers’ get Pau Gasol back, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Gasol missed a game due to ongoing respiratory issues, something he has battled all season and tried to play…

  3. Kobe injury a reality check for Lakers, doesn’t really change plan

    Dec 19, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Even with Kobe Bryant, the playoffs were a long shot for the Lakers this season — their defense was slipping, and their offense was not going to carry them far enough in a deep Western Conference. Kobe Bryant’s injury — out six weeks now with a fracture of tibial plateau in in his left knee…

  4. The Extra Pass: The Clippers’ “Rosie” Screen; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

    Over the next few days in this space, we’ll break down a play that’s largely unique to one team. To kick off this signature series, we’ll start with the Los Angeles Clippers’ “Ring-Around-The-Rosie” screen. Innovation in the NBA is often about adding little wrinkles to something very simple. There are no “Wildcat” offenses that take…

  5. Kobe gets the assist with a pass off of Serge Ibaka’s backside (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers were predictably shellacked by the Thunder on Friday, thanks both to OKC being one of the league’s five best teams, along with the fact that the Lakers have no point guards on the roster due to injury and are slowly working Kobe Bryant back into the mix. Bryant finished with just four points…

  6. Lakers’ point guard Jordan Farmar out 4 weeks with torn hamstring

    Dec 2, 2013, 4:10 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Lakers injury woes just continue (for a second consecutive season). Jordan Farmar, who has played well as a reserve point guard for the Lakers this season sparking a bench unit that has been key to their 9-9 record, will be out for a month with a torn left hamstring, the team announced Monday. Farmar…

  7. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Injuries start to shape the rankings

    Nov 25, 2013, 6:18 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs

    The top of our rankings remain solid this week, but after a bad weekend of injuries there were a few shakeups farther down with more to come. 1. Spurs (12-1, Last Week No. 1). They are the winners of 10 in a row and are doing it with great defense, good offense, not much Tim…

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

    Nov 25, 2013, 1:47 PM EST

    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…

  9. The Extra Pass: You may not believe this, but a D’Antoni team is winning with defense, plus game recaps

    Nov 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Six games ago, a frustrated Mike D’Antoni decided to shake up the rotation of his struggling 3-5 Lakers: Chris Kaman was out of the starting lineup, Jordan Hill was in; Nick Young became a sixth man and Wesley Johnson became the starting three; and with Steve Nash out Jodie Meeks became Steve…

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

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 18, 2013, 12:52 AM EST

    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…

  12. The Extra Pass: The All-Mesh Team and Tuesday’s recaps

    Nov 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    While the Golden State Warriors were giving the Detroit Pistons the proverbial business on Tuesday night, the Warriors’ announcing crew fawned over Andre Iguodala before asking, “who wouldn’t want to play with this guy?” It was a rhetorical question, of course, but I tried to answer it anyway. For the life of me, I couldn’t…

  13. The Extra Pass: 10 teams, 10 observations, plus Tuesday recaps

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Let’s zip around the league with ten observations for ten teams: Atlanta: I’m digging the former Jazz men. Paul Millsap is already getting along famously with Al Horford, but the smart movement off the ball by flex-bred wingmen Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll is keeping defenses off guard. This is a really unselfish offense already,…

  14. Kevin Love among four NBA players to get flop warning

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:50 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love is leading the league in points per game (29.7), second in rebounds per game (14.7) and so he wanted to be one of the first to get a flopping warning from the league also. Well, congratulations, you’ve done it. Love was one of four players to get a flopping warning from the league…

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

    Oct 30, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 30, 2013, 2:49 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 30, 2013, 2:08 AM EST

    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…

  18. Your starting Laker power forward opening night: Shawne Williams

    Oct 29, 2013, 2:41 PM EST

    Shawne Williams

    In case you still wondered if this was going to be a rough season for the Lakers, we bring you this bit of news. Shawne Williams is the starting power forward for the Lakers in Tuesday night’s opener against the Los Angeles Clippers. That is the same Shawne Williams who was out of the league…

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

    Oct 23, 2013, 5:36 PM EST

    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…

  20. Even if they could, should the Lakers go after ‘Melo to pair with Kobe, Nash? No.

    Oct 17, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    We start this exercise in the hypothetical with this grounded in reality caveat — very few people around the league think Carmelo Anthony is leaving New York next summer as a free agent. Yes, he certainly will opt out of his current deal as he told the New York Observer, and anything can happen in…

  21. Chris Kaman injures finger tobogganing at the Great Wall of China

    Oct 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Chris Kaman

    The Lakers are in China as part of the NBA’s Global Games schedule, with two preseason games on tap against the Golden State Warriors. Part of the excursion involves the team taking in some of the sights, although Chris Kaman seemed to get a little too aggressive with one of the attractions, and wound up…

  22. Pau Gasol, Steve Nash to sit out Lakers’ preseason opener vs. Warriors

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:01 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Pau Gasol of Spain, watch the Lakers play against Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Lakers had all the talent in the world last year on paper, but as was well-chronicled just about everywhere, the season ultimately was a complete disaster that saw the team barely sneak into the playoffs before being swept in the first round. A lack of chemistry with a certain center who shall not be…

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

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

    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,…

  25. Agent says Lakers, Clippers interested in Louis Amundson

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:34 PM EST

    Lou Amundson

    Teams know what Louis Amundson is going to give them — real energy off the bench, rebounding, and almost no offense whatsoever. He was part of a good Suns bench back in 2010 but the past three seasons have seen him bounce around the league, struggle to get regular minutes, hand-in-hand with that his production…

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