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  1. Mike D’Antoni hopes to have Kobe, Nash back on Jan. 28

    Jan 10, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Bryant and point guard Nash of Canada after shaking hands after beating the Charlotte Bobcats during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    The Lakers (and Clippers) are about to be kicked out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks so Lorde, Robin Thicke and Katy Perry can drag down the collective musical intelligence of our nation perform and win those oh-so-prestigious Grammy awards. When the Lakers get home from that 12-day adventure, Mike D’Antoni is hoping…

  2. LeBron on ‘Melo’s free agency: “You got to do whatever makes you happy”

    Jan 10, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    To me this feels like the “Bart’s Inner Child” Simpsons episode where everyone in town starts emulating Bart. In the role of self-help guru Brad Goodman we have LeBron James, who himself went through an over-hyped free agency period a few years back. You may remember that. It was a PR disaster but LeBron bounced…

  3. Stephen Curry moves past Chris Paul as starter in latest NBA All-Star balloting

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    We can take Chris Paul’s brilliance as a point guard for granted because he’s the guy throwing the lobs, not the guy finishing the highlight play. Paul can score and take over a game, but his mastery of the point guard play is subtler than that — he takes over games by dictating flow and…

  4. No drama in reunion, just easy Rockets win vs. Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Wise move, NBA television executives, choosing to pull Wednesday night’s Lakers at Rockets game off the national broadcast (not that the Spurs/Mavs game that replaced turned out to be a thriller). There is no Kobe Bryant and the “Dwight Howard reunion” drama had played itself out long ago. This was simply another mid-season NBA game…

  5. Pau Gasol’s night at “The Lion King” almost ruined by false trade rumor

    Jan 8, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

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    There were a whole lot of Andrew Bynum for Pau Gasol trade rumors out there last weekend, ones that never came to fruition because the Lakers wanted pieces to help them down the line (young players or picks) and the Cavaliers had no intention of giving those up because they already had the Luol Deng…

  6. Kobe Bryant thinks you should be voting younger guards into All-Star Game

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    kobe all-star 2013

    You want Kobe Bryant to start in the All-Star Game… well, maybe not you personally, but people do. Like that guy in front of you in line at Starbucks this morning. Blame him. Fan voting has Kobe Bryant well out in front as a starting guard for the West in the 2014 All-Star Game. Chris…

  7. The Extra Pass: Why D’Antoni is the right man for the job; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard react on the sidelines as the Lakers trail the Los Angeles Clippers, and after Howard fouled out of the game, during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    You may consider this curious timing to take up for Mike D’Antoni, considering his Lakers just gave up 137 points at home to a Denver Nuggets team that can best be described as “meh.” Believe it or not, though, pulling the wool over your eyes isn’t my intention here. Let’s be truthful: D’Antoni’s teams really…

  8. Blazers’ Batum breaks middle finger on non-shooting hand, may not miss time

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

    Nicolas Batum, the Trail Blazers’ swingman, has suffered a broken middle finger on his non-shooting left hand, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. However, he may not miss any time. The injury happened at the end of the Trail Blazers’ loss at home to the 76ers, on an inbounds play where Batum got a little tangled…

  9. Kobe Bryant was in the gym taking a few shots (VINE)

    Jan 3, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Lakers’ reporter Mike Trudell posted this — for the first time since his knee fracture Kobe Bryant was back in the gym taking shots. Notice these are not the kind of shots you take in a game (no lift, just standing jumpers) but it’s a start. Bryant can’t rush the bone healing process, plus he’s…

  10. Report: Carmelo Anthony wants to stay a Knick, but if he leaves likes Bulls, Lakers, Clippers

    Jan 2, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

    carmelo Antnony

    I still think come the start of next season Carmelo Anthony will slip on New York Knicks warm-ups before he takes the court pregame. When presented with all his options, he will stay in New York and trust management to build a team around him. Still, there is louder and louder talk he is looking…

  11. Lakers’ Jordan Farmar out another month with new hamstring tear

    Jan 1, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers’ journey through this season is starting to resemble Odysseus’ trip home from Troy. Just four games after returning from a hamstring tear, point guard Jordan Farmar has suffered another hamstring tear, this one is expected to keep him sidelined for a month, the Lakers have announced. Farmar came back from his last injury…

  12. June draft will be biggest NBA story of 2014

    Jan 1, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Wiggins

    The beauty of sports is that our predictions are often off the mark — like life itself it goes in directions we can’t predict. Still, we have some ideas of what we will look back on in a year as the biggest stories in the NBA for 2014. If the Miami Heat three-peat it will…

  13. Report: Lakers, Cavs have discussed a trade involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum

    Dec 31, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol is wearing out his welcome with the Lakers, having his effort questioned while recently sitting out games some felt he could have played in and not playing well or being happy with his fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system. The situation is far worse with Andrew Bynum and the Cavaliers, who suspended him indefinitely…

  14. Kevin Love doesn’t get call from refs on final shot, Adelman ticked about it (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Timberwolves’ coach Rick Adelman is going to get fined for these comments regarding Kevin Love‘s shot attempt on the final play of the Timberwolves’ loss to Dallas, via the Associated Press. I also don’t think he cares. “He got fouled. I just wonder what that would have been if (Dirk) Nowitzki, LeBron James, all the…

  15. NBA says there’s been no increase in rate of ‘significant’ injuries this season

    Dec 30, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Unless you’re a hardcore fan of one of a small group of five NBA teams, the injuries sustained this season to many of the league’s star players have made this a dismal campaign thus far. The Thunder are one of the five, but we’ve seen them have to deal with missed time from Russell Westbrook,…

  16. Lakers say Xavier Henry will miss at least 7-10 days with right knee bone bruise

    Dec 30, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Xavier Henry

    The amount of injuries befalling the Lakers this season is almost reaching comical proportions, especially to players charged with handling some of the point guard duties. Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Kobe Bryant are all out for varying time periods, and Jordan Farmar, who just returned from a hamstring injury, was held out of Monday’s…

  17. Sixers’ Evan Turner apologizes for dunk to close out win against Lakers

    Dec 30, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There is etiquette to the end of NBA games — if your team is going to win you don’t celebrate with a dunk or three, you dribble it out, hand the ball to the referee and walk off. The Sixers were up 109-104 on the Lakers with about five seconds left in the game Sunday…

  18. The Extra Pass: Changes coming in threes; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Dec 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    If you’ve watched basketball this year and thought at some point, “Man, these teams sure are shooting a lot of threes”, you’re not alone. Firing up shots from behind the arc has become more of a standard practice for most NBA teams (except for good ol’ Memphis) and teams like the Phoenix Suns and Portland…

  19. Mark Cuban didn’t like sleeved Christmas jerseys, but they didn’t really impact shooting

    Dec 27, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors

    It was the first question about all the games on Christmas Day: What did you think of the Christmas Day NBA sleeved jerseys? Personally, not a huge fan. It’s not the sleeves, those don’t bother me (I know some people hate sleeves, I just see Patrick Ewing at Georgetown). However, the oversized logos and the…

  20. ESPN bumps Lakers-Rockets for Suns-Timberwolves, Cavaliers-Wizards for Pacers-Trail Blazers

    Dec 27, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dives for a loose ball during their NBA game against the Chicago Bulls in Los Angeles

    The Lakers gave Kobe Bryant a no-negotiation contract extension – in the exact opposite manner of this, to be clear – for many reasons. One of them was undoubtedly the amount of money Kobe’s star power generates for the Lakers. Regardless of how good Kobe is in the coming years or how good the Lakers…

  21. Pau Gasol sees specialist regarding respiratory infection, likely out Friday

    Dec 26, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

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    Since early in the season, Pau Gasol has been battling a respiratory infection, it has caused him to miss some games and slowed him when he’s been on the court. He can’t shake it. Thursday he saw a new specialist to look at the issue. The short term impact is the Lakers will be without…

  22. Injury update: Carmelo Anthony day-to-day, may be out vs. Raptors Friday

    Dec 26, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    We saw what the Knicks looked like without Carmelo Anthony… and it wasn’t pretty. The Knicks are hoping not to see it again this weekend in a back-to-back against Atlantic Division leading Toronto (that is a strange phrase to type). Knicks coach Mike Woodson gave this update on Anthony heading into the Friday/Saturday home-and-home the…

  23. Latest NBA All-Star balloting released; LeBron, Durant leading vote getters

    Dec 26, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    We warned you this would be the case — there are not many changes in the All-Star Game fan voting as we move through the process. Who you vote for early tends to be who you vote for late. The fans choose the starters for the annual exhibition game and as of Thursday when the…

  24. Dwight Howard spent some real coin on teammates Christmas Day presents

    Dec 26, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Houston Rockets

    I bet Kobe Bryant never got anything this nice from Dwight Howard. In the 146,385th sign that Howard is much happier in Houston than he was in Los Angeles, he put together this video of talking about his Christmas gifts for his teammates… admit it, you want to be one of his teammates right now.…

  25. Kobe says latest injury had nothing to do with his previously torn Achilles

    Dec 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    NBCSports.com

    LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant met the media before the Lakers faced the Heat on Christmas Day, providing the league-mandated update on how he’s recovering from the fractured bone in his knee that currently has him sidelined for an expected timetable of up to six weeks. Many believe that when injuries occur to a different…

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