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  1. Lakers Steve Blake said he did not support 50/50 deal

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Shannon Brown was one of the responsible ones. Not all of the 30 team representative to the NBA players union polled the players before voting on Monday to dissolve the union and take the battle to court. Brown, the Lakers rep, was one of the good ones. The Lakers have union president Derek Fisher and…

  2. Shaq blames exit from Lakers on Kupchak. He’s just wrong.

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    O'NEAL

    So far, the excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s book (“Shaq Uncut: My Story“) that have gone public have been amusing and opinionated, if a bit loose with the truth. But this latest bit about his exit from the Los Angeles Lakers could not have missed the mark more. It comes from Mark Medina at the Los…

  3. Video: Magic’s HIV press conference from 20 years ago today

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    magic-hiv-presser

    This is the press conference that shook the NBA 20 years ago today. Larry Bird said after he saw it he felt like he did the day his father had taken his own life. Dick Ebersol, the longtime head of NBC Sports (which carried the NBA at the time) said he cried. A lot of people…

  4. 20 years ago today, Magic Johnson changed the face of HIV

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    magic-hiv-presser

    I know exactly where I was 20 years ago today, Nov. 7, 1991, a little after 3 in the afternoon. I was at a part-time job at a medical company I had to earn beer money while in school, listening to the radio and doing menial work a trained chimp could have done better. Then…

  5. Video: Magic Johnson in cheesy commercial with Dan Gilbert

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    Dan Gilbert, Earvin Magic Johnson

    In some kind of lockout nightmare by Sterling Cooper Draper Price, Magic Johnson has teamed up with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. To shoot smart phones as if they were basketballs. And sell home loans. All done with extra cheese. It’s all part of a new Quicken Loans ad (that’s the company where Gilbert made enough…

  6. What exactly does a new coach say to Kobe Bryant?

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    When the Lakers hired Ettore Messina to be part of Mike Brown’s coaching staff, it was seen as a coup in coaching circles. Lakers fans were confused, tried to search him on their iPhones, then complained about AT&T’s coverage and gave up. So they know, Messina is one of the brightest coaching minds in Europe,…

  7. Shaq says LeBron never listened to Mike Brown in Cleveland

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Shaq LeBron

    Shaquille O’Neal knows how to sell books. Make friends, not so much. But he’s going to sell copies of his new book. We already brought you excerpts where Shaq throws Kobe Bryant under the bus (and only Brian Shaw had a level head and dealt with the situation, but you don’t want him to be…

  8. If Cavs sends Baron Davis packing, Lakers or Knicks may win

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    As we wait for Billy Hunter and David Stern to sit down and bother to talk to one another, one of the favorite games of NBA fans has become “amnesty clause roulette.” Who will teams waive with the amnesty clause when the season stars again? Then, where will that player land? Few scenarios are as…

  9. Shaw’s account of leaving L.A. should make Lakers fans nervous

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Kobe Bryant and most Lakers fans may not have liked it, but Brian Shaw never really stood a chance to become the Lakers next head coach. Shaw was qualified, and a top Lakers assistant, but his candidacy was doomed because he implied more of the same and Jim Buss wanted to put his stamp on…

  10. Is Luke Walton contemplating retirement? Don’t bet on it.

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

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    Luke Walton inherited from his father the genetic gifts needed to be an NBA player, plus the gene that makes you like the Grateful Dead. But he also seems to have inherited his father’s debilitating back issues. Those issues have kept the younger Walton on the Lakers bench much of the last two seasons, frustrating…

  11. Shaq says Kobe, sexual assault case blew apart Lakers

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    The reports of any truce between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have been greatly exaggerated. Actually, where there any such reports? Now that he is out of the game, Shaq has a new tell all book coming out: Shaq Uncut: My Story. Jackie MacMullan did the writing and it comes out Nov. 15. We like…

  12. Pau Gasol says the Lakers don’t need to make big changes

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    After winning back-to-back NBA titles, the Lakers looked flat in the playoffs last season. Pau Gasol looked flat. The Dallas Mavericks looked anything but flat, they were playing smart and passionate ball. The result was Dallas unceremoniously sweeping the champions aside. That led some Lakers fans — a fan base that can have the disposition…

  13. Video: Joe Smith argues with a pumpkin. Yes, a pumpkin.

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Joe Smith

    What, you want another post breaking down the minutia of the NBA lockout? Or, do you want an NBA journeyman and most recent Laker arguing with a pumpkin? Exactly. So, here you go. Joe Smith arguing with a pumpkin. Enjoy. Hat tip to The Basketball Jones.

  14. Can we blame the Lakers television deal for the lockout?

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    There is plenty of blame to go around for why we are still sitting here with an NBA lockout going on and the regular season postponed. David Stern, Billy Hunter, Kevin Garnett, Paul Allen, Derek Fisher, Robert Saver and Bennett Salvatore are all to blame. Oh, wait, not Salvatore. I just blame him for everything…

  15. You think you’re a Lakers fan? Do you have a Lakers grave?

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    Belize+City+Lakers+Fan+Grave

    Lakers fans can be a bit over the top. (Celtics fans, don’t you start to point fingers. You either, Portland.) But this youth from Belize has everyone even I know in Los Angeles beat — the photo is to the right (and below, also). The story is on my old haunt at NBCLosAngeles.com. While recently…

  16. How does the NBA stack up to the NFL, MLB, and NHL in spending efficiency?

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Periodically, one financially inclined publication or another takes a look at the performance of professional sports teams in relation to their payroll. What typically ensues is just basic division; the outlets divide the total salary cost by the team’s wins, and then rank the teams according to their total cost per win. It’s a fun…

  17. Phil Jackson, Mike Brown get together and talk… housing?

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson — the guy with the 11 rings and probably more insight into how to coach Kobe Bryant than anyone — finally sat down and talked with the guy now in the big chair in Los Angeles, Mike Brown. Jackson was at Lakers headquarters to pick up girlfriend Jeanie Buss and…

  18. NBA letting arenas book on NBA dates in December

    Oct 21, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

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    Even before NBA labor negotiations went south yesterday and union president Derek Fisher walked in the room and called the owners liars, there were ominous signs. The league has started to let NBA areas fill in NBA dates with other events as far out as December. At least they have at the Staples Center in…

  19. Jerry West found Mike Fratello’s offense dull, too

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Jerry West Mike Fratello

    More and more bits from Jerry West’s autobiography are leaking out (here’s a good roundup via KD). With each one, I can’t wait to read the book more and more. While a lot of the anecdotes tie to his time as a player and GM with the Lakers, the Commercial Appeal found some stuff about…

  20. Mychal Thompson says the players need to take 50/50 deal

    Oct 20, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Mychal Thompson

    For a number of former NBA players, they don’t really get this lockout. Oh, they understand the mechanics of it; they just don’t get exactly what the players are fighting for and why. To them, the players are doing well and 50/50 sounds fair. They sound like many fans. Mychal Thompson, former No. 1 overall…

  21. Metta World Peace makes his sitcom debut Tuesday

    Oct 18, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference in Los Angeles

    Well, at least he’s not dancing. But Metta World Peace — the baller formerly known as Ron Artest — will be back on your televisions tonight. He tweeted he will be on a BET sitcom. (Via Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Times.) “Reed Between the Lines” is a family sitcom, but don’t think Cosby.…

  22. Pau Gasol says he prefers the European style of basketball

    Oct 18, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol Spain

    Is this really even surprising? Pau Gasol, in an interview with French publication L’ Equipe (as seen on the Spanish ABC site, via Ball in Europe) said he prefers the style of basketball seen in Europe to what is played in the NBA “I prefer the European game to the NBA because basketball is a…

  23. Report: Now Kobe negotiating three-game exhibition tour in Italy

    Oct 17, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    “The Kobe Cup” That’s Kobe Bryant’s latest plans for Italy — an exhibition tour with some kind of cup to play for. Those plans of him playing even one game for Virtus Bologna are toast, according to Sportando, but his plans to return to Italy and play some games will not die. More accurately, Virtus…

  24. Jerry West opens up about depression that drove, haunted him

    Oct 17, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    There may be no more introspective and compelling figure in American sports than Jerry West. In his new biography — which hits the stands Wednesday, if you actually still went to stands — West is very open about the challenges of his childhood with an abusive father, how that led to depression and drove him…

  25. Tiger Woods ready for the lockout to end, says Celtics are old

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

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    Tiger Woods is back on the golf course this weekend… so of course somebody at media day asked him about the NBA lockout. Why wouldn’t you? What, you have something better to ask Woods about? Of course not. Woods is a Southern California guy, a Lakers fan. Which means job No. 1 is hate the…

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