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  1. The Lakers and 72 wins? Phil Jackson isn’t into it.

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:32 PM EST

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    Before the season the talk was about the Heat and 72 wins, with everybody sane saying it wouldn’t happen and wasn’t worth the effort. But that never stops the talk. But the Lakers? They are off to a 7-0 start. They look deeper, they have a healthy Kobe Bryant and a rested Pau Gasol and…

  2. NBA Power Rankings, where the Hornets are all the buzz

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:07 PM EST

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we are starting to believe in the Hornets but not the Hawks. Oh, and just bench Baron Davis. 1. Lakers (7-0). Best offense in the NBA so far, defense is solid (10th in league in defensive points given up per possession) and all that without Andrew Bynum. The schedule…

  3. Lakers prove they can showboat, too

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

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    Yesterday it was LeBron James and Dwyane Wade showing off for the Heat with a spectacular ally-oop dunk. The Lakers looked around and said, “We can do that” and sent out their two best athletes to prove it — Steve Blake and Pau Gasol. Okay, maybe not their two best, but they still put on…

  4. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Lazy Sunday

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:55 AM EST

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    What you missed while you were burning Wayne Rooney in effigy…. Lakers 121 Blazers 96: I was going to give you a great big recap of this game. I was going to do slide shows and video and show the intricacies of this matchup. I was going to give you something really enjoyable to read.…

  5. Andrew Bynum could return to practice court next week, will start when returns

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:43 PM EST

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    It’s not like the Lakers are struggling, they are 5-0 and with one of the best point differentials in the league. Kobe is clearly 100 percent, playing in the World Championships has Lamar Odom in midseason form, Gasol is Gasol, and Steve Blake and Matt Barnes are fitting in well. But it is all about…

  6. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Lakers, Heat and Celtics dominate.

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:41 AM EST

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    What you missed while you were watching the election results roll in, then drinking to celebrate or drown your sorrows… Sixers at the Wizards — better known as No. 1 John Wall vs. No. 2 Evan Turner — was our game of the night, get the details here. Magic at the Knicks was postponed due…

  7. Phil Jackson loves to needle Pau Gasol

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:03 PM EST

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    He can’t help himself. It would be pretty hard to get on Pau Gasol for his play the first week of the season — he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for good reason. Averaged 25 and 10 on 52 percent shooting and threw in five dimes a game just for fun. But…

  8. Just how injured is Zach Randolph? Not that bad…

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

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    UPDATE 2:49 pm: The MRI revealed no fracture, so it’s just a bruised and very sore tailbone for Randolph. He is officially a game time decision against the Lakers Tuesday and is listed as day-to-day. 12:27 pm: Zach Randolph took a nasty fall in the Hawks first game in the season, landing on his backside.…

  9. Lakers owner Jerry Buss supports increased revenue sharing

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:06 AM EST

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    David Stern says the league needs more of it. Small market teams say it is essential to maintain a competitive league. But at the end of the day, “increased revenue sharing” means being Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Corporate socialism. The kind of things the rich big market teams…

  10. Kobe Bryant is pretty sick of talking about his knee

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

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    If you enjoy “Messin’ with Sasquatch” then you’ll enjoy a fun new game from the Lakers locker room: ask Kobe about his knee. Of course the assembled media did after the Lakers win Sunday night, and Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register has the response. “Leave me the (heck) alone about my (expletive) knee,”…

  11. Magic Johnson talks with Miami Dolphins about celebrity owner role

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:56 PM EST

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    Serena and Venus Williams own a piece of the Miami Dolphins. So does Gloria Estefan, Fergie (from Black Eyed Peas) and Marc Anthony. It’s the Dolphins celebrity owner club, part of the South Beach party atmosphere at Dolphins games (all the better to distract people from Chad Henne and that Miami offense). Now Magic Johnson…

  12. Winderman: Contraction not a bad idea, just bad negotiations

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:43 PM EST

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    Contraction as collective-bargaining threat is lamentable on so many levels. In does little to advance the process, offers a solution to nothing. But contraction as a means toward competitive renewal? It is an option that should not be summarily dismissed, albeit one better debated at a time other than amid the expiration of a CBA.…

  13. Ron Artest opens raffle for Championship ring, traffic volume crashes site

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:47 AM EST

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    We know what you were doing last night, the same thing you do every night — watching Larry King Live. Celebrities and softball questions from a guy older than your dad? Sign me up. So we’re sure you saw Artest on the show last night launching the raffle to get his ring. Really the best…

  14. Phil Jackson sums up Lakers championship ring: They are “unwearable” and “terrific”

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    Nobody knows more about NBA championship rings than Phil Jackson. He’s got 11 of them, he even designed one (the last title of the Shaq/Kobe three-peat). And he’s not a huge fan. Except when he is. “They’re unwearable. And I always think they’re something that should be able to be worn. “But seeing as Dr.…

  15. Lakers ring ceremony

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Ring ceremonies are usually tedious affairs. Any event where everyone has to shake the commissioner’s hand is rarely exciting to watch. But the Lakers put a nice twist on their’s Tuesday, having the players introduce one another. It felt genuine. Take a look for yourself.

  16. Game of the night II: Lakers take trip down memory lane, including sloppy win

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:14 AM EST

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    Laker fans filled Staples Center to relive the glory of last year, to see the rings handed out and banner number 16 unveiled. They got that and more. They got the full Lakers treatment from last season (the regular season). They got the good and the bad. There was a half of sloppy defense, a…

  17. Poll: Who is the most hated team in sports?

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:38 PM EST

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    In an interview with TNT before the Miami Heat’s season opener, LeBron James said the Heat are “the most hated team in the world” right now. Really? That’s a long and storied list. So we ask you: Who do you think is the most hated team in sports?

  18. Kobe Bryant is not right, the question is when will he be?

    Oct 25, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

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    It’s pretty obvious Kobe Bryant’s knee is still an issue. Him sitting out preseason games and saying it was 60 percent at the start of camp might have been your first clue (when Kobe admits he’s injured, it’s serious). Then there’s his shot — Kobe’s shot starts with his legs. (To you kids at home,…

  19. Yao Ming will start against Lakers, just as David Stern had planned

    Oct 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

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    The Lakers will hang another banner up at Staples Center and get some gaudy rings. But that’s not the only big storyline Tuesday night in Los Angeles — Yao Ming will be back on the court. Rockets coach Rick Adelman had a decision to make: He isn’t going to play Yao on both ends of…

  20. Thanksgiving return target for Andrew Bynum return to Lakers

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:17 AM EST

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    The Lakers have a soft start to the schedule — 20 of their first 28 are against teams that did not make the playoffs last season. No Thunder until January. Same with the Celtics. Miami isn’t a concern until Christmas. So if they are going to be banged up, now is the time. Andrew Bynum…

  21. Magic Johnson talks like an owner, even supports contraction

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:14 AM EST

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    Magic Johnson may have sold his Lakers shares but he sounds a lot more like an owner than a former player. Owners are throwing the contraction issue out on the table during Collective Bargaining Agreement talks. Players almost to a man oppose contraction because it means fewer jobs. Johnson took the owners side when asked…

  22. On the eve of the season, one more trip back to the finals

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:35 PM EST

    The last Friday night before the season starts. A chance to kick back, relax and take one more walk through last year’s NBA finals. Before it officially becomes history and we start watching the path to the next championship.

  23. Bookmakers make Heat title favorites. Magic are best odds on the board.

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:58 PM EST

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    The Miami Heat are the favorites to with the NBA crown this season. Not according to most pundits, they have them close but not quite (although some have picked them). But yes according to the bookmakers at Bodog.com. Here are their odds to win the NBA title: Miami Heat                       17/10 Los Angeles Lakers            5/2 Boston…

  24. Lakers’ Sasha Vujacic engaged to Maria Sharapova

    Oct 21, 2010, 9:32 PM EST

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    And we have another soon-to-be member of our new reality series Lakers Wives… Sasha Vujacic is engaged to tennis star Maria Sharapova, something confirmed by Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell. Apparently she has been given a massive ring… insert your own joke here about Lakers knowing how to buy rings. The couple has not set a date,…

  25. Ron Artest? There’s an app for that.

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:42 PM EST

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    Your iPhone has everything… but does it have Ron Artest? It can now — he has his own app. Seriously. There is now a Ron Artest iPhone app that you can download, so Ron Ron is with you wherever you go, whenever you need him (via the LA Times and my man Mark Medina). You…

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