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  1. If you want to win in the NBA, forget point guards. Go big.

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    During the summer, we get a buzz watching John Wall say he is back and slash through guys at the Goodman league. Or watching Brandon Jennings cut it up at the Drew League. We relate to the normal sized guy who can find a way to get it done in the NBA. We love Derrick…

  2. EuroBasket Day 5: Yup, Spain is the team to beat

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol EuroBasket

    Welcome to our daily update. Things are starting to really shake out in the group play of EuroBasket, and with that we are really starting to see who the contenders for the Olympic berths are. What we are saying is, we would like you to meet Spain, Russia and Serbia. Spain 91, Lithuania 79: Spain…

  3. EuroBasket Day 3 recap: This is why you leave Nowitzki in

    Sep 3, 2011, 1:10 AM EDT

    Tony Parker

    On Day three of EuroBasket we saw a contest of teams thinking Olympic bids with Germany and France, and we saw why Spain runs its offense through the Gasol brothers. There were only six games played on Friday. France 76, Germany 65: Let’s give France their due — they are 3-0 and the questions about…

  4. Pau Gasol says he’ll play in Spain if lockout drags on

    Sep 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol of Spain receives a ball durin

    We’re just a couple days into EuroBasket, but if favorite Spain goes on to win the gold medal, Pau Gasol is headed to being named MVP of the tournament. He has looked like the old Gasol — not the one from the Dallas series in the playoffs — with a plethora of moves around the…

  5. EuroBasket Day Two Roundup: Fear Germany, fear Kaman

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:08 AM EDT

    Nowitzki of Germany sits on the bench with Kaman during their men's basketball BEKO Supercup game against Turkey in Bamberg

    Day two and not a lot of surprises, we’re starting to see the cream separate itself. But there are some big tests out there to come yet. German 76, Italy 62: This should sound pretty familiar to Mavericks fans — Dirk Nowitzki is always going to be good, the question is how much help will…

  6. EuroBasket Day One Roundup: That Pau Gasol is good

    Aug 31, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol of Spain vies for the ball wit

    Over in Lithuania there is actual basketball being played by elite players. Sure, it’s not as purely entertaining as Goodman vs. Melo, but this has something that does not — real drama. That’s because there are real things on the line — national pride and a berth in the Olympics to the top two finishers.…

  7. Pau Gasol doesn’t feel he needs redemption after playoffs

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Spain's Pau Gasol dribbles against Lithuania's Darius Songaila during their men's international friendly basketball game in the new arena in Kaunas

    Pau Gasol looked like the most polished big man on the planet Wednesday in Lithuania, dropping 29 points on Poland on just 12 shots, plus grabbing seven rebounds. Which is a far cry from how he season ended for the Lakers and Gasol, when they were unceremoniously swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas…

  8. EuroBasket underway, continent’s Olympic qualifying event

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Spain's basketball players Navarro, Gasol, Calderon and Rubio attend the presentation of their team for the Eurobasket at Madrid's Arena

    In less than a year, the Olympic basketball tournament will be taking place on European soil. Even if there are times the rest of Europe doesn’t really want to claim England. Starting Wednesday, the Olympic qualifying tournament for Europe got underway – also known as EuroBasket, or the European Championships. In that part of the…

  9. Durant, Rose, more stars may play Australian exhibitions

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    NBA stars may be headed down under. If — we keep saying “if” even though it almost certainly is a “when” — the lockout drags into the regular season some top NBA players may be headed to Australia for an exhibition tour of a few games, reports the News Herald (via the Orange County Register).…

  10. Europe’s best teams still hesitant to sign NBA stars

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    We keep hearing rumors that there is going to be a flood of NBA players signing overseas soon — including some All-Star level players. If it happens — and that’s a big if — they still will not be signing with the best teams in Europe. They will be signing with the also-rans of the…

  11. Report: Lakers offered Odom for No. 2 pick, Wolves said no

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There might be something to the idea that the Lakers are shopping around Lamar Odom. Still, this one seems a little fantastic — and if true surprising. The Lakers offered Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom for the No. 2 pick, but Minnesota turned it down, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers…

  12. Pau Gasol doesn’t want to be traded, but are the Lakers making the calls?

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    All over Los Angeles there seems to be a case of “trade Pau Gasol fever.” Which is just flat-out stupid overreaction by Lakers fans, but there you go. This guy was the No. 2 reason the team won back-to-back rings, was the team’s MVP for the first 30 games of last season, then wore down…

  13. Wolves still shopping No. 2 pick, odd rumors abound

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    We know this much — Derrick Williams out of Arizona will be the No. 2 pick in this draft. (Don’t buy the lines that the Cavs might take him No. 1, it’s not happening.) What we don’t know — who will be drafting Williams. With the draft just four days away, Minnesota is working hard…

  14. Kobe’s Dad says he has three-to-five years left

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Kobe is slowing down. It’s obvious. He’ll be 33 next season and he’s not as explosive as he once was. It is a credit to Kobe that his numbers — shooting percentage, PER, points per game, whatever ones you want — don’t really show the decline. You only see it in that he took 3.5…

  15. Mike Brown already preaching defense to Lakers

    May 31, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Mike Brown’s first press conference as the Lakers head coach — and that’s official now, he signed the contract Tuesday — was really pretty uneventful. A lot of coach-speak. A lot of things about family, about him defining the culture and holding people accountable, about this still being Kobe’s team, about Brown trying to be…

  16. Mike Brown can win with Lakers if Kobe buys in

    May 26, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Mike Brown was hired because he was not Phil Jackson. That’s not all of it — all accounts around the league are that Mike Brown gives good job interview, and his defense-first philosophy is a good fit — but not being part of the Phil Jackson coaching tree mattered. This was Jim Buss’ move to…

  17. Pau Gasol: “It wasn’t about confidence. I collapsed.”

    May 20, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The Pau Gasol that won the battle with the Boston Celtics front line in 2010 was nowhere to be seen. Same with the Pau Gasol that defended and scored on Dwight Howard in 2009. Pau Gasol was not right in the 2011 NBA playoffs. He shot 42 percent this year, after shooting 53.9 percent ad…

  18. Shannon Brown has something he wants to make clear about Pau Gasol’s love life

    May 15, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Brown_Shannon

    So, about all the rumors and innuendo regarding Pau Gasol‘s personal life and how it affected the end of his season. You’d expect most members of the Lakers’ organization to remain silent about the issue. I mean, after all, talking about it, in any context, is only going to make things worse. You don’t want…

  19. Kobe says don’t break up Lakers, they can win again

    May 11, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    Lakers fans are ready to break up the team. It’s not like they won two previous championships and 57 games this past season. (Oh, wait…) They had a very bad playoffs, they looked fatigued and disinterested, they ran basic sets of the triangle offense and not the depth of it needed to counter what the…

  20. Pau Gasol leaning toward playing for Spain this summer

    May 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Because Pau Gasol didn’t look the least bit fatigued in the playoffs…. The Lakers big man said in his exit interview that he is leaning toward playing for Spain as it tries to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to ESPN Los Angeles. The last couple summers Gasol said the Lakers deep runs into…

  21. Pau Gasol and revisionist history

    May 9, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    He won two titles for them. Yes, the Lakers had improved tremendously in 2007-2008 , but without him, they never would have made it to the Finals, nor won them the next two. It was only eight months ago that he was called “the best big man in the league” and touted as a possible…

  22. Magic is wrong, this is no time to blow up the Lakers

    May 8, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant walks off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    I grew up in Los Angeles idolizing Magic Johnson. My admiration for the man has grown since he left the game — what he has done as a businessman, and as a spokesman about HIV, has been as impressive as what he did on the court. He’s always seemed both flawed and genuine. He is…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Game 4, where we find out if the Lakers care

    May 8, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    We can talk about matchups — like how the Lakers need to get some kind of production out of the point guard spot — but that’s not really the biggest key in Game 4 in Dallas on Sunday. It’s which Lakers team shows up. More than anything, the Lakers have looked mentally fatigued in this…

  24. Lakers’ Gasol admits he needs to “snap out of it”

    May 7, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    One thing we have learned from this postseason — the Lakers are not nearly as good without Pau Gasol. Technically they have had Gasol. He has played 36 minutes a game through the Lakers’ nine playoff games. But he hasn’t been the same guy as he was in the regular season. That Gasol put up 18.8…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Dallas is just better than the Lakers

    May 7, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki celebrates hitting a three-point shot in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas

    The Dallas Mavericks are better than the Los Angeles Lakers. It is a weird thing to type, but it’s true. They may not have been for 40 minutes, 30 seconds on Friday night — the Lakers were up eight points with 7:30 left in the game — but the Mavericks offense dominated the rest of the way. Dallas…

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