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  1. Quote of the Day: Jackson tells the Lakers to appreciate Odom

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:17 PM EST

    Phil Jackson

    “I told the guys to [appreciate Lamar Odom being given the Sixth Man of the Year award], because this might be his last game in front of the home fans this year.” – A smiling Phil Jackson, who never lets a disappointing loss and 1-0 deficit dampen his wry sense of humor. Apart from that,…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Game 2 is probably the game when the Lakers wake up

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts as he stands behind New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    I feel like we’ve all seen this movie before. The Lakers are going to come out, get the ball inside to Pau Gasol early and often, defend the pick-and-roll better and just flat out execute their game plan in a way they did not in Game 1. It seems like for the last three years…

  3. Kobe Bryant starts annual playoff pushing of Pau Gasol

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Every late April the weather starts to warm, flowers start to poke their heads out of the ground, birds undertake their migrations and Kobe Bryant starts pushing Pau Gasol to be more aggressive. It is one of the rights of spring. It started Sunday night, when Gasol struggled to score or defend the pick-and-roll, two…

  4. NBA Playoffs: The Hornets stun the Lakers

    Apr 17, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    You could hear a pin drop in the Staples Center. The Lakers were supposed to steamroll the short-handed New Orleans Hornets in the first round on their way to a potential three-peat, but the Hornets stunned the NBA world and took game one in the Staples Center. And unlike the Grizzlies’ win, the Hornets’ win…

  5. NBA Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    Pau Gasol, Willie Green

    SEASON RECORDS Lakers: 57-25 (No. 2 seed) Hornets: 46-36 (No. 7 seed) SEASON SERIES Lakers sweep 4-0. KEY INJURIES Lakers: Andrew Bynum, he has a bone bruise in his surgically-repaired right knee due to a fall Tuesday night against San Antonio, he said he could play but the Lakers may be cautious with Game 1;…

  6. Lakers say stop calling Pau Gasol soft

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Them’s fightin’ words to the Lakers. Well, at least verbal fighting. A couple people have taken swings at Pau Gasol and used the soft word recently, as ESPNLosAngeles.com reports, starting with the Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire. “He’s still soft,” Stoudemire said with a grin and a shrug. “But, he’s a good player, you know what I…

  7. Gasol, Bynum to play against Utah

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    Laker fans can exhale: According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are both expected to play in tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz. Gasol suffered a bone bruise on his right knee after a collision with the Nuggets’ Nene, and Bynum’s right knee collided with Lamar Odom in the…

  8. Pau Gasol listed as day-to-day with bone bruise on knee

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:53 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    The MRI results are in and Pau Gasol has a bone bruise and is now listed as day-to-day, the team reports. Gasol is expected to be at Lakers shootaround Tuesday before the team takes on Utah and his status for that night will be determined then. The Lakers also play at Golden State Wednesday and…

  9. Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee Monday

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    It was the moment Sunday when Lakers fans saw another title flash before their eyes. Late in the third quarter Pau Gasol went to the basket for a dunk and got a hard (but clean) foul by Nene. When Gasol landed and crashed to the floor, his knee bent back awkwardly. He stayed down for…

  10. Free throw shooting: It’s not about where you’re from, it’s about height

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

    balance bracelets Shaquille O'Neal

    Fascinating bit of research we want to point you to over at Basketball-Prospectus that shows the numbers back up what you already knew — big men do not shoot free throws as well as smaller players. But, don’t go thinking foreign players are better at it than Americans. Kevin Pelton crunched the numbers a few…

  11. Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol lead NBA fundraising effort for Japan

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

    Rescue Work Continues in Japan As Nuclear Threat Looms

    Every time Derrick Rose scores this weekend, the people of Japan win. A little. Rose leads a number of NBA stars who will be donating $1,000 for every point scored to Direct Relief’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund. That is money that goes to support the immediate health needs of people devastated by the earthquake…

  12. Lakers resurgence reminds us bigger is better

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    Why, every year, do people fall for this? Back in December Lakers fans were freaking out — and the rest of the league hoped they were right — because something seemed off about the Lakers. They weren’t bad, but the two-time defending champions were not dominating everyone, were not focused, were not defending, were not…

  13. Perkins to debut Monday for Thunder, already throwing elbows in West

    Mar 14, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

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    Kendrick Perkins will make his debut as the center for the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday. The guy brought in to bring the defense and toughness along the back line that the Thunder have lacked will start in his first game for the Thunder and is not on minutes restriction, coach Scott Brooks said (via Royce…

  14. Kobe Bryant game-time decision Monday night

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Kobe Bryant played through a sprained ankle aggravated during the Lakers thumping of the Dallas Mavericks Saturday, but now that the ankle has had a couple days to really swell up and get sore, he is a game-time decision for Monday night’s big game against the Orlando Magic. So said Phil Jackson, and we trust…

  15. Lakers top Mavs: It’s time to celebrate the arrival of Andrew Bynum

    Mar 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Lakers and Mavericks did not play a terrific game Saturday night. Neither team shot better than 45 percent from the field, both were turnover-prone, neither could really get into their offensive flow, and both missed plenty of easy, open shots in spot-up situations. Kobe Bryant tried to do too much, again, this time on…

  16. Heat get some confidence, Kobe gets some fuel — everybody wins

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:55 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Here is what you need to know about what Thursday night meant to the Lakers, and why Kobe Bryant has pushed his teams to two consecutive titles. Thirty minutes after the Heat defeated the Lakers 94-88 in a game where Kobe’s shot was off after the first quarter (8-21 overall after starting 4-4) and his…

  17. Pau Gasol can feel Chris Bosh’s pain

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

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    Chris Bosh wants the ball more. And he wants to be on the low block, not the elbow. He’s shooting more jumpers than ever before and he wants some shots at the rim. But also he wants some key touches go get in the flow of the game, not to be the guy watching Dwyane…

  18. Lakers send message to Spurs (and anyone else watching)

    Mar 6, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili

    Phil Jackson did not treat this like any other game. He spent extra time in film preparation for this game, according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave Miller (a former Hornet assistant coach). He sent Kobe Bryant back into the fourth quarter of a blowout, when Kobe usually has ice on his knees. With 3:11 left…

  19. Time to see if the Lakers have figured out the Spurs puzzle

    Mar 6, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    If it is not Lakers vs. Spurs in a May best-of-seven series to be the Western Conference champion, it will be a little disappointing. Sorry Mr. Cuban, Mr. Durant. It’s not personal, we do like you. You’re teams are entertaining and quite good. But Lakers/Spurs would match the two teams in the West best built…

  20. Just how good are the Lakers? Ask again in a week.

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Has anyone figured out these Lakers? Last year’s Lakers had the swagger and game of a champion from the start (despite some in-season lapses). These Lakers are much harder to figure out — they beat the Celtics in Boston, but lose to the Cavaliers. Pau Gasol is Black Swan and White Swan. Andrew Bynum’s focus…

  21. Phil Jackson: Artest runs the offense better than Kobe

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Now it is time once again for one of Phil Jackson’s favorite mind games: subtle — and not so subtle – messages to players through the media. What would we do all day if it weren’t for them? Today it is Kobe’s turn to be sent a message. Which is rare because Kobe ignore such…

  22. Tim Duncan to start for Yao Ming in All-Star Game

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    It came down to Tim Duncan and Pau Gasol. Gregg Popovich went with his guy, not the hometown guy. He went with the guy who has started the last 11 All-Star Games, not the guy playing better this season. Tim Duncan will start at center for the West in the All-Star Game Sunday, replacing the…

  23. Video: Christian Eyenga rocks the rim, Lakers

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    One play cannot sum up why the Cavaliers beat the Lakers Wednesday night, but this is pretty close. Notice how hard Christian Eyenga is going to the rim. He want’s it. It’s been on-and-off in recent games, but there are nights the Cavaliers bring real energy and attack. Also watch Kobe Bryant get beat on…

  24. The Cavaliers stun the Lakers

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:57 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Anthony Parker, Ramon Sessions

    It’s safe to say that the All-Star Break couldn’t be coming at a better time for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers lost the last three games of their recent seven-game road trip, and their struggles culminated in a shocking loss to the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. The 10-46 Cavaliers were coming off…

  25. Lakers ride out Boston’s emotional high to get win they want

    Feb 11, 2011, 12:47 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    In the end, the Boston fans got what they came to see — they witnessed history. Ray Allen has now made more 3-pointers than anyone else in NBA history. But the Lakers left with what they wanted — a win over a quality opponent. It reinforces that their play of late has not been just smoke and…

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