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  1. Kobe admits his knee is nearly bone-on-bone

    Jan 7, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    It is hard to judge just how much Kobe Bryant is hurting. It’s because he doesn’t give in to his body, he just keeps pushing through the pain. He keeps playing, keeps pressing forward and pushing his team with a Terminator like will. He can be slowed by pain, he may miss shots with a…

  2. Charles Barkley says he did not get Suns tickets for Cam Newton

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:27 PM EST

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    UPDATE 11:27 pm: As expected, Charles Barkley went on a rant, something done at halftime of the Thunder/Mavericks game. We have transcribed it for you to make your life complete: “There was a report out today by some idiot, and I don’t know his name because I don’t blog at all, he accused me of…

  3. Odom promises new reality show won’t be distraction

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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    There’s an irony in how much time Phil Jackson and Lamar Odom had to spend Wednesday saying Odom’s new reality show is not going to be a distraction to the Lakers. But they both said it, as Brett Pollakoff reported at FanHouse: “Lamar usually doesn’t get distracted by things that are outside (basketball),” Jackson said,…

  4. Maybe revenue sharing isn’t the answer for owner, players

    Jan 5, 2011, 7:49 PM EST

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    If there is one thing that both the players and owners almost, kind of agree on in the new Collective Bargaining Talks is the concept of increased revenue sharing. The players see it as a way to help make small market teams competitive — allowing those teams to pay higher salary and avoid issues such…

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

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    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…

  6. Mark Cuban calls Phil Jackson Jeanie Buss’ “boy toy;” Phil’s good with that.

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:38 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    Mark Cuban and Phil Jackson sure do enjoy a little verbal sparing with each other. The latest round started out seemingly innocently Sunday night, when Phil Jackson tried to say he thought the loss of Caron Butler would be a big blow to the Mavericks. Butler — who played for the Lakers but was traded…

  7. Phil Jackson says confrontation with Ron Artest was direct, not a big deal

    Jan 4, 2011, 10:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Yes, Phil Jackson and Ron Artest had a confrontation during a recent practice, but to read much into that about the focus of the Lakers or the relationship between the two would be a mistake, Jackson said Tuesday night. Yahoo Sports first reported the conflict today, but Jackson said the report calling it a “loud”…

  8. The Lakers don’t just look slow, they are slow

    Jan 4, 2011, 4:27 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    There was going to come a day when the Lakers missed Jordan Farmar, and that day has arrived. I’m serious. Hear me out. In all the talk of what is wrong with the Lakers (2-4 in their last six and the SKY IS FALLING!) has been some discussion of “are the Lakers athletic enough?” The…

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

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:01 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    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…

  13. Deron Williams thinks the Jazz have a lot of work to do

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:46 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    There was a lot of frustration in the Jazz locker room Thursday night after Utah lost to Portland for the second time in a week. They feel like things are slipping away. The Jazz are not bad (22-11, four seed in the West), but they are clearly not elite in the way the Spurs, Lakers…

  14. Iguodala out five games with Achilles tendinitis

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:07 PM EST

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    A sore Achilles has hampered the Sixers Andre Iguodala all season, as a result he has been less explosive, which has led to a drop in shooting percentage (and with it scoring). He’s just not the same dynamic player. After missing the last two games due to Achilles tendinitis, the Sixers have announced that Iguodala…

  15. Phil Jackson “not happy” about NBA ownership of Hornets

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:13 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson seems to enjoy his status as “NBA grand philosopher” and uses that platform to lob verbal hand grenades into other franchises or the league offices for fun. Such as bringing up Stan Van Gundy in relation to the Heat or saying the league shouldn’t play on Christmas. The latest grenade was him questioning…

  16. Winderman: This season, to the conference winners go the spoils

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:36 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    No, this is not the NFL, where regular-season dominance translates into a playoff bye. But this season, there just might be a similar reward forthcoming in the NBA. With all due respect to the Bulls and Jazz and others teams perhaps outplaying their expectations to this point, each conference appears to have three prime championship…

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

    Dec 29, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:50 AM EST

    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…

  19. Ron Artest wants to close out games, Phil Jackson not on board

    Dec 28, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Ron Artest is a Laker starter, but when it comes time to close out games this season Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes tend to get the fourth quarter run. Mostly because those two are better offensive players. Don’t think that Artest hasn’t noticed. Kevin Ding has quotes from the Orange County Register. “I didn’t even…

  20. Lakers’ Devin Ebanks among three sent to D-League around NBA today

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:38 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The trend of NBA teams using the D-League like a real minor league — which it is but wasn’t really used like it — continues with three more NBA players under rookie contracts being sent down for seasoning Monday. The biggest name is Devin Ebanks, the Lakers second-round pick who has played in 12 games…

  21. Christmas Day games get huge ratings

    Dec 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    No matter how many people say that Christmas Day games are just another game and the Miami Heat are just another good team, everybody sure did tune in when the Heat and the Lakers met on Christmas Day. The Heat-Lakers game drew a fast national rating of 6.4, which is a 45% increase in ratings…

  22. Ron Artest auctions off championship ring

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Last night after the Heat had finished wiping the Lakers off the map (or the Lakers had finished wiping themselves off, depending on who you ask), Ron Artest had himself a little party. And at this party, he finally auctioned off his 2010 NBA Championship ring with all proceeds going to support mental health awareness.…

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

    Dec 26, 2010, 10:03 AM EST

    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…

  24. Dwyane Wade will play against Lakers

    Dec 25, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    After some question as to whether Dwyane Wade would be good to go with his knee hurting. Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that coach Erik Spoelstra says Wade is “fine” and will play versus the Lakers Saturday afternoon. The Lakers will likely look to go at Wade on the offensive end, as…

  25. How stacked were the 80’s, really?

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

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    When LeBron James came out and said that he thinks it would be great if great players on bad teams were able to go to good teams because their teams didn’t exist anymore (but he didn’t say the word contraction!), everyone nodded along in agreement. When he hearkened back in the conversation to those classic days…

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