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  1. Pau Gasol questions Lakers discipline after loss to Pacers

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    It’s obviously been a bit of a rough season for the Lakers, and especially so for Pau Gasol. Gasol was once again embroiled in what have been seemingly annual trade talks, only to see him remain with the team now that the deadline has passed. He’s been injured off and on, though not to the…

  2. Reactions from around sports world to Jason Collins playing as gay man

    Feb 24, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jeremy Lin‘s reaction above to Jason Collins signing then playing with the Brooklyn Nets — becoming the first openly gay player in America’s four major sports — is pretty much the norm. They are happy to see the barrier broken and done for basketball reasons. NBA players are younger than the average American and if…

  3. Kobe Bryant on Jason Collins signing: ‘It’s fantastic. It sets an incredible precedent.’

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    kobe all star presser

    Jason Collins became the first openly gay, active professional athlete on Sunday when the Nets signed him to a 10-day contract, and then became the first to play in a game when he checked into the lineup against the Lakers at Staples Center with 10:28 remaining in the second quarter. Collins handled all of the…

  4. Carmelo Anthony on whether Knicks should have made a deal at trade deadline: ‘That’s not for me to say’

    Feb 22, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Press Conferences and Media Availability 2014

    Carmelo Anthony did all he could to help his team win on Friday, but as has been the case more often than not this year, his effort simply wasn’t enough. New York dropped a double-overtime game in Orlando that left them four and a half games out of a playoff spot in the East, despite…

  5. Kobe Bryant still has soreness, swelling in knee; rest of season in serious jeopardy

    Feb 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    At All-Star weekend in New Orleans, Kobe Bryant called his recovery from a knee fracture “a slow process.” That process has suffered another setback. Lakers’ doctors examined Kobe on Friday and he continues to have soreness and swelling, so he will be re-evaluated in three weeks, according to the Orange County Register. Until then, no…

  6. Mitch Kupchak says Lakers don’t do salary dumps

    Feb 21, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol is still a Los Angeles Laker. He and his $19.3 million salary. He could have been moved at the trade deadline but the Lakers wanted assets back for the Spanish star. For example, talks with the Phoenix Suns fell apart when the Lakers wanted one of the top two of the four first…

  7. Kobe Bryant ‘not cool’ with Lakers trading Steve Blake

    Feb 20, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles

    If the Lakers were going to make a run to the playoffs once Kobe Bryant returns from injury, Steve Blake would have played a key role. A quality outside shooter who competes defensively, Blake added to that roster. Of course, the Lakers were never going to make the playoffs this season. That’s why they traded…

  8. Dwight Howard gets booed by Lakers fans, responds with efficient 20 points in Rockets win

    Feb 20, 2014, 2:20 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    This game played out pretty much exactly as expected. Dwight Howard made his return to Staples Center and was lustily booed by Lakers fans. Then the game tipped off and the Rockets went out of their way to feed Howard in the post — he scored the Rockets first six points and had eight points,…

  9. LeBron, Kobe lead Forbes top 10 list of NBA endorsers

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Lebron James,Kobe Bryant,  Andre Iguodala

    Forbes released its top 10 list of off-the-court NBA earners this week, and not surprisingly, a couple of the game’s biggest stars lead the pack. Before we get to the complete list, something stands out when looking at the dollars the top NBA athletes rake in, especially when compared to other sports’ stars. Thanks to…

  10. Pau Gasol to Charlotte? That’s not likely, nor is any other Pau Gasol trade

    Feb 18, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is trying. He doesn’t want to lose Pau Gasol for nothing. The Lakers are talking to teams about moving Gasol at the trade deadline. However, finding a team that wants to rent a guy making $19.3 million (he is a free agent after this season) and give the Lakers anything of…

  11. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder, Heat on top coming up to trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Today’s PBT NBA Power Rankings — brought to you by the technology of airplane wi-fi — will talk about the All-Star weekend past and the trade deadline coming up, as there weren’t many other games to speak of. 1. Thunder (43-12, Last Week No. 1). Their addition at the trade deadline is simply getting Russell…

  12. Report: Nets may use disabled player exception to acquire Jordan Hill from Lakers

    Feb 17, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

    jordan hill

    Jordan Hill has slipped down Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers’ rotations behind even Chris Kaman because… actually I don’t have a good reason for you. Hill is not skilled offensive player, but what he brings is energy and the Lakers could often use that. D’Antoni’s Lakers rotations have been interesting this season. We’ll go with interesting. The…

  13. All-Star 2014: The Standouts

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:40 AM EDT

    NBA-All-Star-Game-2014-starters

    First, the obvious: The NBA All-Star Game is different from a normal basketball game. Apathy often reigns supreme, especially on defense, in this yearly exhibition, and there’s a premium on flashy play instead of solid, efficient basketball. For some players, it’s a dream format, while it’s less than ideal for others. In short, how a…

  14. Kobe says he doesn’t want input on Lakers free agent decisions this summer

    Feb 16, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT

    kobe all-star NOLA

    NEW ORLEANS – Kobe Bryant was voted in by the fans as an All-Star this season, an honor he received for the seventeenth time in his Hall of Fame career. He’s been sidelined with a knee injury since Dec. 20, however, so not only was he replaced in the lineup for the midseason exhibition, but he…

  15. Dwight Howard Instagrams photo of himself dunking on Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    If someone ever photographed me dunking on someone – an impossibility, considering my hops have most commonly been compared to Bill Laimbeer’s, and I’m not 6-foot-11 – I’d be tempted to send that picture to the dunk victim every single day. If the dunked-on were my friend, I probably would. If he weren’t a friend,…

  16. Lakers GM says no regrets about Nash. What else is he going to say?

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Steve Nash played in his 10th game of the season this week — which took the medical retirement off the table, his $9.5 million will be paid by the Lakers one way or another now — there were a number of Lakers fans upset with that. They thought Nash was selfish for not putting…

  17. James Harden to start All-Star Game for Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Kobe Bryant was already replaced on the Western Conference All-Star roster with Anthony Davis, but that was only half the process. Kobe must also be replaced in the starting lineup. Looks like that’s settled, too. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports: Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star…

  18. Raja Bell makes it official, says he has retired from NBA

    Feb 13, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

    Raja Bell

    The last we heard of Raja Bell he was in a dispute with the Utah Jazz — he didn’t like how he was being used by coach Tyron Corbin, voiced his displeasure and the team told him to stay away while they tried to find him a new home. Utah couldn’t find a taker to…

  19. Top 10 NBA All-Star Game alley-oops (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s All-Star weekend people, get pumped — this is going to be fun. It’s not a game, it’s an exhibition, accept it as such and you can just sit back and bask in the highlight plays. To get you ready, how about the 10 best alley-oops in NBA All-Star Game history, as compiled by the…

  20. There is zero chance the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, can we stop talking about it?

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    I’ve been surprised how often this has come up lately. During radio talk show interviews, in emails, I even had a friend ask me: Are the Knicks trading Carmelo Anthony? No. Not even close. I’m not sure how this delusion even became a talking point. Yes, the Knicks do know Anthony can opt out of…

  21. Kobe Bryant not pleased Chris Kaman laid down on Lakers’ bench

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Kaman

    Kobe Bryant, if you haven’t been paying attention, tends to take basketball somewhat seriously. For years, the Lakers have cast off players who couldn’t near Kobe’s level of competitiveness and focus. (Nobody can match it.) But forced to fill out the roster with low-paid players during a transitional season, the Lakers couldn’t be as choosy…

  22. Report: Steve Nash told friends he plans to retire after season. He says he’s not stopping.

    Feb 10, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Lakers

    While this is the dream of some Lakers fans and has some logic to it, let me caution you to take this report with a grain of salt. And if you were really fans of Steve Nash and basketball you’d be cheering for it not to be true. But a report out of New York,…

  23. Kobe Bryant says he plans to return, play for Lakers this season

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Boston Celtics At TD Garden

    If the season ended today, the Lakers would have the seven or eight pick (they are tied with Cleveland, there would be a coin flip). They are also currently 12 games back of the eight seed and the playoffs in the West, ground they are not going to make up. Those facts have a lot…

  24. Kobe 9 Elite launch event recap, and discussing the science behind the high-top choice

    Feb 9, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

    kobe bryant at kobe 9 elite launch event

    NEW YORK – Nike Basketball launched the latest signature shoe for Kobe Bryant on Saturday, and the Masterpiece colorway of the Kobe 9 Elite sold out in minutes, despite the $225 price tag. The demand is understandable. The shoe’s eye-catching design is like nothing we’ve seen for basketball, integrating the company’s Flyknit technology that was…

  25. Goran Dragic scores career-high 34 points to lead Suns past Warriors (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    goran dragic

    When an All-Star replacement needed to be named for the injured Kobe Bryant, there was no way the league was going to pass up the opportunity to have the host city’s team represented, and Anthony Davis was certainly deserving of the honor. But so was Goran Dragic. The Suns’ point guard has played at an…

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