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  1. Lakers to measure themselves against Celtics: What to look for

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are the two-time NBA defending champions. They have the newest shiny rings and the banner has barely had time to gather dust. Every time they step on the court they are the team the opposition wants to measure itself against. Except Thursday night. Then the roles will be reversed — the Lakers will…

  2. Pau Gasol is not turning into Kevin Garnett anytime soon

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s amazing how many people want Pau Gasol to be something he’s not. He is not a traditional, back-to-the-basket, power game center (and some Lakers fans criticized him for it). He doesn’t have a big ego and demand the ball, he gently reminds guys he’d like to touch the ball more (he gets criticized for…

  3. Video: Kobe Bryant’s first All-Star Game

    Feb 6, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    With the end of the Super Bowl fans attention will turn to… well for a few days the breakdown of that game and the ticket fiasco. But after the sports world’s attention drifts to the NBA and the All-Star Game. We’ve talked about the starters, the reserves and there will be a lot more talk…

  4. Ron Artest says he doesn’t want to be traded, wants to win

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Ron Artest being traded or not remains a moot point — no other team is going to take on the three-years, $22 million left on his deal after this season. Still, for the record, despite the reports, Artest told media members at Lakers practice Wednesday he does not want to be traded (as reported by…

  5. Kobe Bryant tells critics to kiss his a–

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jerry West. Magic Johnson. Seemingly every fan on a Lakers message board for the past week. Kobe Bryant has a message for you. He was asked in a post-practice reporters scrum Wednesday about the criticism the team has had and the rumors of trades to motivate the team, and his response (captured by Lakers.com) was…

  6. Kobe Bryant tells Pau Gasol to be the Black Swan

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol is a lot of things. Skilled. Spanish. Intellectual. A good guy. But he often defers. When Kobe Bryant steps up his aggressive play, Gasol will fade back. That’s not what Kobe wants — he wants a true partner — so he explained it to Gasol is an intellectual (or at least pseudo-intellectual) way,…

  7. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    This is amazing — a chart and video of every dunk and its score in every NBA dunk contest. Click that link and you will waste a lot of your day checking out old dunk contests. You know what, waste is not the right word… spend. Spend your day. Marcus Camby will not be playing…

  8. Magic Johnson is down with Lakers trade. We must stop the madness.

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Mitch Kupchak tried to give his Lakers a swift kick in the motivation by talking trades. Not that Kupchak wouldn’t consider it, but he has no reasonable options so it was more talk than legitimate option. Lakers fans didn’t care, they jumped on it. Today, no-longer-a-Lakers-owner Magic Johnson (he still has a statue out in…

  9. New trailer for the Kobe “movie”

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    We’ve told you about the Kobe Bryant/Nike/Black Mamba movie (okay, commercial)  coming to a laptop screen near you All-Star weekend. It’s full of Bruce Willis and plenty of over-the-top acting and action. Which means it should be pretty fun. You’ve seen the first trailer, here is the new one enjoy.

  10. The Lakers problem isn’t Kobe, it’s Gasol. And defense.

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

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    It’s easy and maybe even trendy to say it was Kobe’s fault. It wasn’t. True, Sunday the Lakers offense against Boston Celtics was a heavy dose of Kobe Bryant. And way too much Kobe in isolation. It’s an easy storyline to say Kobe shot too much, but it’s not wholly accurate. The reality is there…

  11. Celtics Lakers: Choose your own finish as Celtics out-draw Lakers late

    Jan 30, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The talk this week was all about clutch. And in the closing minutes, the Celtics were a clutch beast of unstoppable force, coming together for the most cohesive showing in a big game setting they’ve shown this season, right when they needed it most, at the same time as the Lakers came unraveled, possession by…

  12. 10 things about Modern Celtics-Lakers XX

    Jan 29, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    There are regular-season games, there are important regular-season games, and then there is Celtics-Lakers. On Sunday the two contenders will meet for the 20th time since the start of the 2007-2008 season, when the rivalry was truly renewed as Andrew Bynum emerged and the Lakers became good enough to justify trading for Pau Gasol, and…

  13. Kobe Bryant moves to 8th all-time scorer, hits 21 in 1st, 1-5 clutch in loss

    Jan 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Last night was just a big night for Kobe Bryant in general. You might even say it was a rollercoaster of emotions for him. Perhaps a rollercoaster of love. Maybe not. By the end of the night he’d hit another amazing career milestone, had an insane first quarter display, a disappointing end, and a loss.…

  14. Kobe isn’t as clutch as you think, but he’s not as bad as some think

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    There is no middle ground when it comes to Kobe Bryant — you either worship him or you hate him. The shades of gray have been washed away and he exists only as the guy in the white hat or the black hat. Of course, reality is never that clean and simple. One think Kobe…

  15. PBT’s Friday morning one liners

    Jan 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Gilbert Arenas’ separation from his long-time, on-and-off girlfriend is an ugly mess. Nicolas Batum felt his knee “stretch” on Thursday night and even though he thinks its nothing he will get an MRI Friday. What about Tyson Chandler for All-Star center in the West? Kobe Bryant will pass Hakeem Olajuwon on the all-time NBA scoring…

  16. NBA All-Star Game starters named. Fans got 9 out of 10 right.

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    NBA fans, you’ll get who you ask for. Well, nine out of 10 anyway. There were no surprises as the NBA All-Star Game starters were announced live on TNT Thursday night. The Eastern Conference starters are: Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic, center): He’s the best center in the game, averaging 22 points and 13.4 points per…

  17. Sorry, New York, but Stoudemire is no MVP. Rose either.

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    We all want to be smart, clever, cutting edge. Nobody wants to give the tired, same old answer. Even if it’s the right one. Ask “experts” and fans who the best player in the NBA is and they’ll talk about how Player X is better than LeBron James. Kobe has more rings and finishes better,…

  18. Kobe Bryant’s new “Black Mamba” ad, er, movie trailer

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    “He thought he was on a road trip to Dallas. But he was on a freeway to Hell…” Sure, the new “The Black Mamba” advertisement movie is not going to be cheesy. It has Bruce Willis in it, how could it not be cheesy? We told you before that Kobe and director Robert Rodriguez had…

  19. Ron Artest to drop new mix tape on All Star Weekend

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    So many things to look forward to on All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles Feb. 17-20. What team will Carmelo Anthony be playing for? Will Kobe be the guy who goes all out to win MVP in front of the home fans? How long will the lines be at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles? Which will be…

  20. Jerry West thinks Lakers’ days are numbered; Celtics may be best this year

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Do you have any idea how much it pains Jerry West to say the Celtics are the best team in the NBA? To say that the Lakers’ window is closing because they are getting old? But West is nothing if not a straight shooter, and it was that speaking to the Orange County Automobile Dealers…

  21. Video: On fifth anniversary, watch Kobe drop 81 again

    Jan 21, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Five years ago Saturday, Kobe Bryant took over a game like nobody ever quite had before. Sure, Wilt got triple digits one time, but that had an element of sham to it (his teammates were fouling to stop the clock and get the ball back so they could feed him and get him over the…

  22. Kobe gets hand prints in cement at Hollywood theater landmark

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

    Monroe hand print

    There have been defenders trying to give Kobe Bryant a pair of cement shoes for years. Now he’s just going to do it for himself. Kobe is about to become the first non-actor to get his cement hand and foot prints in front of the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. There will be a…

  23. Kobe Bryant on Denver fans booing ‘Melo: “That’s stupid”

    Jan 20, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Carmelo Anthony dropped 35 points on the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking over the fourth quarter, in what was one of the — if not the — best wins of the season for the Nuggets Wednesday. And still fans booed him during the post game, on court interview. Kobe Bryant doesn’t get that, as he told…

  24. Kobe Bryant on pace to set record: Most missed field goals

    Jan 20, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In the next couple of years Kobe Bryant is going to pass another legendary Celtic in the record book. But not in a good way. Kobe Bryant is on pace to break the record for most missed shots in a career, according to some fun research by John Hollinger at ESPN (a post behind the…

  25. Lockout could cost $1 billion in television ad revenue. Billion. With a “B.”

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    NBA TNT Barkley

    You think you don’t want a lockout because you don’t want to miss Kwame Brown getting to shoot more, imagine how much the suits at ABC/ESPN and Turner Broadcasting (TNT) are dreading it. A lockout could cost $1 billion in ad revenue, according to Ad Age (via the legendary Nate Jones). That is billion. As…

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