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  1. Kobe Bryant imagines ideal brother, and it’s Pau Gasol

    Nov 22, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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    When the Lakers traded for Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant told the Associated Press, “It’s a matter of us just gelling now and putting it together.” Since, Kobe and Gasol have spent six seasons together with the Lakers. They’ve won two championships together. They endured last season’s disappointment together. They have definitely jelled. Kobe wrote a…

  2. Pau Gasol donating $1,000 per point Friday to Philippines relief

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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    Pau Gasol is averaging a career-low 13.0 points per game so far this season. At 33, he might just be too far past his prime to regularly score in the high teens, as he did in his peak. That’s OK. Aging is a natural part of the game, and Gasol certainly isn’t to blame. His…

  3. NBA All-Star balloting opens with some interesting questions

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If he doesn’t come back until December, is Kobe Bryant still a starting All-Star guard in the West? Or should Stephen Curry or James Harden have that spot? Does Kevin Love move past Tim Duncan into the starting lineup? Is Paul George a starter in the East? Is it time for a Derrick Rose/Kyrie Irving…

  4. Lakers’ seven-year, 270 game sellout streak ended Tuesday

    Nov 14, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Los Angeles is a Lakers town. Yes, the Clippers are the better team now and plenty of people are jumping on the bandwagon (despite what they will say, plenty of Los Angeles sports fans are willingly polygamous, rooting for USC football and UCLA basketball for example). Yes, the Dodgers are the one team that could…

  5. The Extra Pass: An early look at SportVU data and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chances are at some point this season, you’ve heard about SportVU. For the uninitiated, SportVU is a player tracking software that utilizes cameras positioned around the court to collect all sorts of data. It’s a major breakthrough for analytics, and while a good portion of teams have had the software and data for a few years,…

  6. Don’t expect the Lakers to throw David Stern a going away party

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Around the league we are just starting to see the tributes to David Stern come in, when he is in town teams are publicly honoring the man who has been the NBA Commissioner for 30 years. The New Orleans Pelicans gave him a framed jersey this week, opening night the Sacramento Kings gave him a…

  7. PBT NBA Power Rankings: It’s the Pacers, Spurs then everyone else

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    David Stern’s nightmare Finals matchup is on top of the second PBT NBA Power rankings — Indiana and San Antonio. Lots of shifting still going on in the rankings as teams shake themselves out just a couple weeks into the season, but a few patterns are emerging. 1. Pacers (7-0, Last Week No. 1). Yes…

  8. The Extra Pass: Pau Gasol talks slow start to season, plus Sunday recaps

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — In the first quarter Sunday night against Minnesota (as his Lakers were getting blown out of the water), Pau Gasol was 3-of-5 shooting for six points. The rest of the game he was 2-of-7 shooting, and the second of those buckets came :26 seconds left in the game when Rick Adelman had…

  9. Steve Nash to sit Friday, still says he plans to play this season and next

    Nov 8, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash has outraced Father Time for years, but early this season he seems as if he might finally be getting passed. Nash is meticulous and committed to taking care of his body, but the hours he puts in now are not leading to the same productivity on the court — he is averaging 7.6…

  10. Another non-update update: Kobe says he is at “challenging,” “tedious” part of rehab

    Nov 8, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    Let’s answer the big question first: No, there still is no timetable. Nobody knows when Kobe Bryant will be back on the court with the 3-3 Los Angeles Lakers. That includes Kobe Bryant. He traveled with the Lakers to Houston and no matter what he said you know he, Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni savored…

  11. While world watches Dwight Howard Lakers bench earns win over Rockets

    Nov 8, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    The narrative was all about Dwight Howard taking on the Laker team he bolted last summer after a tumultuous season — and if Lakers fans were looking for some schadenfreude they got it. Howard wasn’t impressive. He finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting but just 5-of-16 from the free throw line. He missed key…

  12. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  13. Kobe Bryant doesn’t know when he’ll be back, seems tired of the question

    Oct 30, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Time for another non-update update on the status of Kobe Bryant. He is trying to recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon and told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports he’s at a point where he pushes it, see how it recovers the next day, then either rests or pushes it a little more. However, he hasn’t…

  14. Didn’t see this coming: Lakers win opener handily because bench too much for Clippers

    Oct 30, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Just a little more than an hour before the season tipped off for his Clippers, the team’s new coach Doc Rivers talked about building a winning culture, a swagger, for an organization that never really had it. In Boston that tradition came with the carpet (and the banners), with the Clippers that…

  15. Record 92 foreign players on NBA rosters to start season

    Oct 29, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Just in case you had any doubt the NBA is a global league at the forefront of a global game… There are a record 92 foreign players on NBA rosters to start the season hailing from 39 countries, the league announced. That is more than 20 percent of the league. The number is up from…

  16. D’Antoni on running offense through Howard: “I think it was all (politics)”

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Dwight Howard

    If you haven’t heard, Dwight Howard wasn’t happy in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and the feeling was pretty mutual. What, you heard that already? Okay, during the preseason this whole storyline has been overplayed more than “Blurred Lines,” but as the season tips off tonight, the Lakers coach decided to answer a reporters’ question in a…

  17. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  18. Lakers’ Steve Nash could sit second half of back-to-backs

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    We told you Steve Nash’s health this preseason — which has limited both his time on the court and his play on it — has been a concern for the Lakers. Mike D’Antoni may address that by resting Nash in certain games, including half of back-to-backs — and the Lakers open the season with a…

  19. Kobe Bryant ruled out of Lakers season opener as expected

    Oct 26, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Considering the fact that Kobe Bryant hasn’t yet been able to run at full speed, can’t yet fully push off of his healing Achilles, and hasn’t gone through anything close to a full practice, the news that he won’t be back in time for the Lakers’ season opener on Tuesday against the Clippers shouldn’t exactly…

  20. Health of Steve Nash beginning to be a real concern for Lakers

    Oct 24, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    You can say whatever you want about last season’s ill-fated version of the star-studded Lakers, but the reality is that injuries completely decimated an otherwise talented team that would have, at the very least, contended to make a run deep into the postseason. This year’s squad has a much slimmer margin for error, given the…

  21. Kobe says he had to scale back conditioning to let Achilles recover

    Oct 24, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Patience is not one of Kobe Bryant’s strong suits. His normal way of dealing with injuries — or pretty much any obstacle put in his path — is to do his rehab and play through the pain. He’s just going to work harder than everyone, work harder than the injury. However a torn Achilles doesn’t…

  22. D’Antoni on saying Lakers would score 110 a game: “I was on drugs back then”

    Oct 22, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike D’Antoni just wants to run his system his way again. He’s been mocked for that system by some fans who say it can’t win a ring, but two facts remain: 1) Back in Phoenix with the right personnel (a younger Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, plus Shawn Marion and others) they won 54 games…

  23. It was Kobe-mania with Lakers in China

    Oct 18, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

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    For years, every summer Kobe Bryant has gone over to China to build up his brand — he’s done clinics, media interviews, appearances, he has even set up his own charity to help specific causes in China. The result is he is loved there — during the Beijing Olympics LeBron James and other Team USA…

  24. Even if they could, should the Lakers go after ‘Melo to pair with Kobe, Nash? No.

    Oct 17, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    We start this exercise in the hypothetical with this grounded in reality caveat — very few people around the league think Carmelo Anthony is leaving New York next summer as a free agent. Yes, he certainly will opt out of his current deal as he told the New York Observer, and anything can happen in…

  25. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 14, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Last season: It was supposed to be yet another year spent contending for a championship for a storied Lakers franchise that already has 16 of them. L.A. loaded up with free agent talent in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and was on paper the team most believed would stand in the way of a second straight…

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