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  1. Anti-game of the night: Lakers beat Cavaliers by 55 points

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:43 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Samardo Samuels, Andrew Bynum

    So, what happens when the defending two-time champions play the worst team in basketball when the champions are at home and the worst team in basketball has suffered major injuries? One of the worst beatdowns in recent memory. From the opening tip, the Cavaliers never had a chance against the Lakers. Los Angeles started the…

  2. Players poll picks Lakers to win championship. Again.

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant has ongoing knee issues. Pau Gasol has seemed slow in his decision making. Matt Barnes is having major knee surgery. Derek Fisher has looked old and Steve Blake has lost his shot. Ron Artest is, well, Ron Artest. This year’s Lakers don’t seem as intimidating as past seasons. But ask NBA players who…

  3. Kobe Bryant stops practicing with the Lakers. Again.

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was during the Colonel Kurtz-like decent into darkness that was the Lakers play around Christmas that Kobe Bryant decided to do something very Kobe — fight through his knee pain and swelling because he needed to practice with the team again. That knee had kept him from practicing all season but it was no…

  4. Kobe passes Oscar Robertson on all-time NBA scoring list

    Jan 8, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant has moved into the NBA’s top 10 all-time scoring list,  overtaking Oscar Robertson Friday night as the Lakers beat the Hornets. Kobe is a student of the game, and Robertson was a guy he said he studied on film, he told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles. “It’s a great honor,” Bryant said. “Obviously, Oscar,…

  5. Lakers’ Matt Barnes to have knee surgery

    Jan 8, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    UPDATE 7:21 pm: Barnes will undergo surgery early next week for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He is expected to be out at least two months, which means a March return (before the playoffs). This will mean more minutes for Ron Artest and likely Luke Walton behind him. The Lakers may also…

  6. Kobe Bryant on his knee: “Do I look worried?”

    Jan 8, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Whenever the phrase “almost bone on bone” is used in discussion of a knee problem, fans get worried. Especially when it’s Kobe Bryant using the words and Lakers fans see their dreams of a three-peat grinding away. But when the Lakers were asked about it Friday night, the reaction was basically, “This is news?” Kobe’s…

  7. Latest All-Star voting has Amar’e Stoudemire, Derrick Rose on the bench

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Stoudemire_frustrated

    What is the matter with New York? And what about you, Chicago? Not enough passion and votes there to push the very deserving Amar’e Stoudemire and Derrick Rose into All-Star Game starting spots in the Eastern Conference? Well, it’s not that simple, as they would have to unseat two popular Boston stars to get the…

  8. Kobe says these Lakers better off than 2002 three-peat team

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    Doesn’t it seem like every January we need to have some discussion about how the Lakers are struggling, and this time it’s serious, that the omens are bad, that they can’t win a title playing like this, yada yada yada… It’s true, even after last night’s Lakers thumping of the hapless Pistons, if Los Angeles…

  9. Report: Phil Jackson, Ron Artest have clash of styles

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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    Phil Jackson is not a traditional coach on a lot of levels — not only the team meditation sessions and the triangle offense, but also how he handles players. For example, few coaches more willingly needle players through the media to make a point than Jackson. Some players couldn’t care less or at least get…

  10. Kobe admits he “broke” the Lakers offense, but he meant to

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    There were some agitators out there trying to play yesterday’s comments by Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant as the two sniping at each other, that there is some tension there. No. Really, no. Yes, Phil Jackson said Kobe “screw(ed) up the offense in the third quarter” but he said today he clarified mean that like…

  11. Kobe needs to start kicking the Lakers a– right now

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    There may not have been a malaise like this since the Carter administration. Or at least it feels like it in Los Angeles. Lakers fans at Staples Center were booing the two-time defending NBA champs Sunday night because they were getting out hustled completely by the Memphis Grizzlies. Just like the Bucks a couple of…

  12. Game of the Night: Lakers get 2011 started on the right foot, then shoot it

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:01 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Grizzlies 104 Lakers 85: So many places to go with this one. The Lakers turned the ball over on 22% of their possessions. The Grizzlies outscored them in transition 28-5. The Grizzlies dominated on the offensive glass 28% to 16% of all available offensive rebounds grabbed. What I’m trying to tell you is that the…

  13. Does Phil Jackson return if he doesn’t snare the 12th ring?

    Jan 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    To begin our discussion, this quote from the Los Angeles Times: Still, Jackson was asked again if he could see himself taking some time off and coming back to coach. “No,” Jackson responded quickly. Why not? he was asked. “I think I’ve put in my service time,” Jackson, 65, said. “I think I’ve done my…

  14. Kobe Bryant still leads everyone in All-Star voting

    Dec 30, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    With his worldwide popularity — he sells more jerseys in China than Yao Ming — it shouldn’t be a shock that Kobe Bryant is on top of the NBA’s All-Star balloting. The second round of released vote totals has Bryant with 1,153,694, well ahead of second place overall and Eastern Conference leader Dwight Howard (988,572).…

  15. Pau Gasol fondly remembers the days the Lakers worked inside-out

    Dec 29, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    When the Lakers are clicking on offense, Pau Gasol gets early touches in the post then makes quick decisions, either attacking or setting up cutting teammates. Tuesday night in San Antonio — and for the last couple weeks, really — neither of those things have happened. The Lakers have fallen out of the habit of…

  16. Game of the night: Kobe can’t will the Lakers past the Spurs

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    From the opening tip, it was obvious this was one of those games Kobe Bryant wanted to take over. Call it ego, call it leadership, just know that it has worked before. Many times. He has elevated the Lakers by his sheer will. It worked Tuesday on one level — this was the most energy…

  17. Kobe Bryant not a happy camper after Lakers-Heat

    Dec 26, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant‘s won more than his fair share of games during is career. But he’s lost a few, too. It’s just part of the NBA. So it would be easy for him to brush off what happened Saturday as the Heat creamed his Lakers, busting out by 20 point in the fourth quarter and eventually…

  18. Santa puts five games under your tree (or on your new flat screen) for Christmas

    Dec 24, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Phil Jackson and LeBron James may not like having to work — you don’t hear police and emergency room doctors complaining — but Christmas is a bounty for NBA fans. Presents, turkey AND ham, family and five basketball games. Perfect. Let’s break the games down. Bulls vs. Knicks (Noon ET, ESPN): This may well be…

  19. Let the “it’s just another game” banter begin

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    The whole of NBA fandom will be watching the Heat take on the Lakers on Christmas in what will rightfully be billed as a possible finals preview. So it’s a big deal, as Brett Pollakoff tried to get LeBron James to say to FanHouse. And LeBron went nowhere near the bait. “If it’s against the…

  20. Heat’s Mike Miller almost went to the Lakers this summer

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The Lakers went into this season wanting to upgrade their backup at the three and to add some three-point shooting. Mike Miller does both those things. And he told 790 the Ticket in Miami’s Dan LeBatard that the Lakers made a run at him and it was tempting (via Sports Radio Interviews). Right away, during…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Andrew Bogut’s one arm is better than the Lakers

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while watching the Jib Jab year in review video… Bucks 98, Lakers 79: The Milwaukee Bucks came into this game averaging 100.2 points per 100 possessions — the worst offense in the NBA. They were without Brandon Jennings, Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden. They were on the second night of a back-to-back.…

  22. Kobe Bryant has sprained pinkie, X-rays negative

    Dec 18, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Philadelphia 76ers

    This will not affect Kobe Bryant. These injuries just don’t bother him. I don’t know if it’s because he just blocks out the pain or if his body just doesn’t react to damage like a Terminator. But this sprained pinkie for Kobe Bryant? Won’t bother him. Because he’s not human. But a sprained pinkie it…

  23. Kobe wears his Lower Merion shorts under his Lakers shorts every game

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Jordan, every time he put on his Chicago Bulls shorts for a game, had a pair of North Carolina shorts on underneath them. Kobe Bryant, every time he has put on his Los Angeles Lakers shorts, has a pair of his old Lower Merion High School shorts on underneath. We all learned that later…

  24. Usual suspects lead early All-Star balloting

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Results from the first few weeks of All-Star balloting are in and… well, it’s exactly what you’d expect. Pretty boring stuff, really. Lots of Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Chinese voters. For the Eastern Conference, LeBron James would start at forward in the East with Kevin Garnett (Amar’e Stoudemire is third among East forwards), the guards…

  25. Kobe Bryant endorses Turkish Airlines, Los Angeles Armenian community protests

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Turkish Airlines is going to start non-stop service from Los Angeles to Istanbul next March, and they wanted to raise their profile in America and abroad with an international star as an endorser. Meet Kobe Bryant. He’s big worldwide and pretty much the king of Los Angeles, so the two sides inked an endorsement deal.…

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