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  1. Kobe Bryant gets really mean with his Lakers ‘teammates’

    Mar 18, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Nick Young

    So says Nick Young, who has probably given Kobe so many headaches this year.

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs, Clippers are your clear top two

    Mar 17, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Derrick Favors

    The Spurs and Clippers have distanced themselves from the pack with double-digit winning streaks and sit on top. The Sixers have anchored themselves to the bottom.

  3. Pau Gasol says Kobe was right to rip Lakers front office

    Mar 14, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Pau Gasol believes that Kobe had every right to demand the Lakers put together a team capable of winning immediately.

  4. Another report says Phil Jackson to Knicks deal should be finalized Friday

    Mar 14, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson speaks during a ceremony to retire jersey #34 in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player O'Neal during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    By the time Phil Jackson signs with the Knicks it feels like Ted Mosby will have met the mother of his children. Finally. Pretty much every source in the universe says a deal is close, that includes Ramona Shelburne and Chris Broussard of ESPN. Todd Musburger, Jackson’s Chicago-based agent, is in Los Angeles to finalize…

  5. Kevin Durant: Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are greatest of all time

    Mar 14, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant,

    Michael Jordan is commonly accepted as the best NBA player of all time, though occasionally someone else believes a different player belongs No. 1. Consider Kevin Durant among those dissenters. At least partially Durant on Kobe Bryant, via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball): “He’s…

  6. Steve Nash responds to backlash on day team officially says he is done for season (VIDEO)

    Mar 13, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Steve Nash is honest — yes, he wanted that last year and $9 million. Nash also says the obvious — every one of the people commenting on this site or calling talk shows saying he should not have played 10 games this season (too many to get a medial retirement), that Nash should have walked…

  7. Magic Johnson: Los Angles Lakers need Phil Jackson to be face of organization

    Mar 13, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    A month and a half ago, Magic Johnson pledged to stop complaining about the Lakers. He’s almost kind of sort of barely maybe trying to live up to that. Magic: I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers. — Earvin…

  8. Report: Kobe Bryant has “no interest” in playing for Mike D’Antoni next season

    Mar 12, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni; Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant expects the Lakers front office to turn the Lakers roster around fast. By the start of next season fast (when he will return from his fractured knee). I expect Emily Ratajkowski to call me so we can go out tonight. You can expect whatever you want, doesn’t make it reality. But if Kobe…

  9. Kobe expects to be old self again next season, expects Lakers’ front office to fix team fast

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is frustrated — with his recovery, with the Lakers losing, with Lakers management. And he talks about it all.

  10. It’s official: Lakers rule out Kobe Bryant for remainder of NBA season

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    We told you this was coming on Tuesday night, but now the Lakers have made it official: Kobe Bryant is out for the remainder of this NBA season. “Obviously this has been a frustrating and disappointing season, but I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the Lakers and the fans, and look forward to…

  11. Report: Lakers to officially declare Kobe Bryant out for the season

    Mar 11, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT

    kobe crutches game 4 ovation

    Kobe Bryant’s recovery has been slower than expected, and the Lakers are reportedly ready to officially shut him down for the season.

  12. Kobe Bryant says rehab “progressing slowly”

    Mar 11, 2014, 4:43 PM EDT

    kobe all-star NOLA

    It’s been clear for a while that Kobe Bryant was done for the season. The Lakers would not say that publicly for the same reason the Bulls would not say Derrick Rose would not come back last playoffs when we all knew he wouldn’t. They don’t want to anger their star player, and if fans…

  13. Report: Lakers are not making in-season coaching change

    Mar 10, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Nobody thinks Mike D’Antoni is the long term answer for the Lakers, but what is the point of switching out coaches this late in a lost season?

  14. PBT Podcast: Talking Showtime Lakers with author Jeff Pearlman

    Mar 8, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pat Riley and Magic Johnson Game Portrait

    Earlier this week I gave you a few highlights of my conversation with author Jeff Pearlman, who has a fantastic new book out on the Showtime era Lakers. Now, I bring you our entire conversation. In this latest edition of the PBT podcast myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio discuss Phil Jackson and his…

  15. After Lakers’ 48-point loss, Laker GM Kupchak, owner Buss met with coach D’Antoni

    Mar 8, 2014, 2:54 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers

    The Lakers have lost a lot of games this season (42 to be exact), but the historic 48-point blowout loss to the Clippers Thursday night on national television hit the fan base hard. Many of these fans rooting for them to lose and get a better draft pick were embarrassed at the lack of defensive…

  16. Kobe didn’t make a piano, but latest Nike spot shows what it would look like if he had (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

    kobe piano

    If you follow Kobe Bryant on any of his social media channels, then you’ve seen a couple of cryptic posts from him over the past few days — including this one showcasing a Kobe Piano made in the shape of his Nike Basketball logo. My collection of masterpieces just hit a crescendo of domination #madebykobe…

  17. Report: Lakers will wait for 2015 free agents like Kevin Love unless they can get LeBron (Sorry, Melo)

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Jordan Hill, Wesley Johnson

    The Lakers are poised to make a big free agent splash this summer or the next, and Steve Nash is the lynchpin to the decision. If the Lakers want to go big this offseason, they’ll use the stretch provision on Nash, spreading the amount they owe him across the cap the next three years. But…

  18. Jermaine O’Neal treating this season like it’s his last

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Jermaine O’Neal has spent three careers in the NBA. He entered the league as its youngest player – undercutting Kobe Bryant by a few months – and spent four seasons in Portland buried on the bench. Then, he went to Indiana and made six straight All-Star games, even finishing third in 2004 MVP voting. Afterward,…

  19. Extra Pass: The other side of LeBron James’ 61-point game

    Mar 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERT, LEBRON JAMES

    When Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats, Bobcats coach Steve Clifford blamed his team. “We weren’t ready to play,” Clifford said. “We made mistakes that allowed him room. He got going.” When LeBron James scored 61 points against Charlotte a few weeks later, Clifford credited LeBron. “Tonight, we did the right things,”…

  20. LeBron James breaks personal, Miami Heat single-game scoring records with 61 points

    Mar 3, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

    LeBron

    By the numbers: 61 – Points LeBron James scored against the Bobcats tonight 56 – LeBron’s previous career high (set as Cleveland Cavalier in a 2005 loss to the Toronto Raptors) 56 – Miami Heat’s previous franchise record (set by Glen Rice in a 1995 win over the Orlando Magic 33 – Shots LeBron took, joining Kobe Bryant and…

  21. Mike D’Antoni doubts Nash returns this season, has he played his last game?

    Mar 3, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the most recent documentary video (via Grantland) about Steve Nash’s attempt to return to the NBA following a nerve root issue, you can see he is shaken when he learns of the “stretch provision” of the new CBA. He was afraid if he didn’t return this season the Lakers would use this provision —…

  22. Kobe Bryant says Lakers’ revenge will be “sweet” and “quick”

    Mar 3, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Press Conferences-Media Availabilty 2014

    This would be the definition of playing to the fan base. Although I’m sure Kobe Bryant believes it. There has been plenty of schadenfreude around the league — from other front offices to other fan bases — as the Lakers have fallen into being a hot mess this season. They entered the season with a…

  23. Kevin McHale thinks NBA should raise age limit

    Mar 1, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

    One of new commissioner Adam Silver’s goals is get the NBA’s age limit raised to 20. He works for the owners and that is something they wanted out of the new collective bargaining agreement but put the issue aside in favor of getting a last minute deal done. Silver has a new ally on this…

  24. NBA tells LeBron to ditch the black mask and wear a clear one instead

    Mar 1, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Miami Heat

    UPDATE 1:08 am: LeBron James will not wear his black mask Saturday night when the Miami Heat will go against the Orlando Magic. Instead, he will choose from a series of league-approved options with various levels of tint but all somewhat clear, reports Michael Wallace of ESPN. The team had not reached out to the…

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