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  1. It’s official, Lakers Ron Artest suspended for Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    As was expected, the NBA has suspended Lakers forward Ron Artest for Game 3 of the Lakers series against Dallas. The reason was Artest smacked J.J. Barea across the face with his forearm near the end of the Lakers Game 2 loss. It was deserved. Watch the video at this link if you haven’t seen…

  2. Lakers’ Bynum suffers bone bruise, is ready to go for playoffs

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Andrew Bynum holds his knee after falling during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles

    Lakers fans have never been so happy to hear the words “bone bruise” before. An MRI on Lakers center Andrew Bynum’s right knee — the one surgically repaired last summer and tweaked last night in a game against the Spurs — shows only a bone bruise, according to a release by the team. He will…

  3. Matt Barnes suspended for one game

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    UPDATE 10:42 pm: Lakers coach Phil Jackson spoke about Barnes and said it’s all good to come to the aid of a teammate, but you better know the situation. “He’s definitely got to check that stuff at the door in the playoffs,” Jackson said. “You can’t play short-handed in the playoffs.” Asked if he was…

  4. Jason Terry calls Matt Barnes soft as “toilet paper”

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The fight — well, what passes for a fight in the NBA, Jason Terry pushed Steve Blake, they bumped chests, Matt Barnes came flying in to play protector, there was a lot more pushing  — was Thursday night, but the war of words has continued into Friday. Mark Cuban blasted Chris Webber over calling the…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston, Lakers send some messages

    Apr 1, 2011, 7:54 AM EDT

    Celtics

    What you missed while watching the Hangover 2 trailer…. Celtics 107, Spurs 97: The Celtics ultimately will go as Rajon Rondo goes. He’s been injured and slumping. He’s back, and if he is the Celtics are back with him. You know the Celtics are going to defend well (they still need a stabilizing presence in…

  6. Magic Johnson is down with Lakers trade. We must stop the madness.

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Mitch Kupchak tried to give his Lakers a swift kick in the motivation by talking trades. Not that Kupchak wouldn’t consider it, but he has no reasonable options so it was more talk than legitimate option. Lakers fans didn’t care, they jumped on it. Today, no-longer-a-Lakers-owner Magic Johnson (he still has a statue out in…

  7. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Boobie Gibson

    Daniel Gibson is going to miss a game or two for the Cavaliers due to a left quad injury. Rather than having a bobblehead night promotion, the Cavs are almost at the point where one lucky fan will get to play backup point guard for a night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was at the Bucks…

  8. Stojakovic bought out by Raptors, headed to Dallas

    Jan 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    UPDATE #2 (5:31 PM EST): Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that Stojakovic has given the Mavericks a verbal commitment to join the team. No pen to paper yet, but Peja is on his way to Dallas. UPDATE (4:28 PM EST): The Raptors have announced it is official, they have reached a deal to buy out…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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

    Dec 28, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    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…

  12. What is going on with Ron Artest?

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Twice last week, when the Lakers needed a bucket at the end of the game, the ball ended up in the hands of Ron Artest. And he missed. It seemed fitting, because Artest has not seemed himself — however you wish to define that — lately.  This was the guy was the Lakers MVP of…

  13. Game of the night: Where you can’t throw anything new at Kobe

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Luol Deng

    Kobe has seen it before. On much bigger stage. He knows how a Tom Thibodeau team is going to defend him. Whenever and wherever he got the ball Tuesday night he patiently waited to see where the double would come from, then he would try to pass to the cutter. Or he kicks it to…

  14. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Artest_Lakers

    Last season: 57-25, top seed in the West, which they rode all the way to their second consecutive NBA crown. They came within half-a-quarter of losing to Boston on their home court in Game 7, but no Kendrick Perkins and no balloons in the rafters this time gave room for a dramatic comeback win. Head…

  15. We know what you really care about… Laker Girl Ashley is doing fine

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    lakergirl_ashley4

    When you weren’t watching Kobe Bryant still looking a step slow and lacking elevation on his shots — he went 2-10 last night, now shooting 14.3 percent for all of preseason — you were worried about Laker Girl Ashley. She was the one that had Sacramento’s Carl Landry fall on her as Landry and Matt…

  16. Prosecutors ask for delay in Matt Barnes case

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Sacramento prosecutors have asked for a one-month delay before having to file charges against Barnes following a domestic violence arrest. The new court date is Oct. 18, according to News 10 in Sacramento, which falls during Lakers training camp. The delay request was “not unusual. We do it all the time,” Deputy Sacramento County District…

  17. On eve of court date, Matt Barnes portrays himself as a family man

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Monday Matt Barnes will be in a Sacramento court, facing changes in a domestic violence case. Sunday night Barnes tweeted the photo you see here, with his sons. The caption read “Me & Isaiah learning the new triangle offense.” The timing of the photos is not a coincidence. Whether they accurately reflect Barnes’ family life,…

  18. Matt Barnes' celebrity fiancé says there was no abuse

    Sep 9, 2010, 10:44 PM EDT

    Not long after being released from jail, after he was booked on charges of domestic abuse, Matt Barnes tweeted not to believe what you read. Today Barnes’ fiancé — Gloria Govan — denied there was any abuse through the couple’s shared publicist, in a statement to the Sacramento Bee. “Any accusation of domestic violence are…

  19. Matt Barnes arrested on felony domestic violence charges

    Sep 9, 2010, 1:55 AM EDT

    UPDATED 2:35 AM: Barnes responded to a text message from News10′s Bryan May and said this: “U know any domestic violence situation 9 outa 10 times the man gets arrested. That’s the case here I was the victim but still got arrested. No matter what I say people are gonna think what they want…” Barnes…

  20. Matt Barnes slaps opposing coach during summer game

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    One of the things the Lakers said they liked about Matt Barnes when they got him — he brings a fire to the court. The Lakers could get burned, too. Especially if something like this were to happen again — Barnes slapping the assistant coach of another team. Like a lot of NBAers, Barnes plays…

  21. Matt Barnes is California Dreaming

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes probably knows more about California than Arnold Schwarzenegger. When Barnes steps on the court for the Lakers this fall, he will become the first player ever to suit up for all four California teams — Kings, Warriors, Lakers and Clippers. The fine fold as the Elias Sports Bureau looked that up (via Ben…

  22. Summer Lovin', featuring Kobe Bryant and Matt Barnes

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes has an incredible tendency to get on his opponents’ nerves, and it’s easy to understand why. Barnes never stops talking. He’s no stranger to the hard foul or the occasional cheap shot. He holds, he pushes, he yaps, and he plays hard. That’s not the kind of thing that makes for an ideal…

  23. Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter begin contract negotiations with the Lakers

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    While teams all around the league are spending big to keep pace with the league’s elite, the league’s elite is quietly making moves to get better and better. Last year’s Lakers were only good enough to win the championship, and yet with a handful of small, conservative moves, L.A. looks stronger than ever. Kobe seems…

  24. Lakers still expect to sign Shannon Brown, Luke Walton may be out for the season

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Theo Ratliff was introduced to the media today as the newest Laker. He’s excited. Can’t wait to play for Phil Jackson. All the usual stuff. But General Manager Mitch Kupchak gave some far more interesting insight into the Lakers plans with his comments (as reported by the rockin’ official Lakers blogger Mike Trudell): “We’re still…

  25. Lakers sign Matt Barnes. While you were watching Miami, the champs got better.

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:33 AM EDT

    The Lakers are two time defending NBA champions. And when they tip off next season, they will have improved. Chew on that for a second, Miami. The Lakers got better at the wing by signing Matt Barnes on Thursday night. The Lakers could offer only $1.7 million this year, next year it would be $1.9…

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