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  1. 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…

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

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Teams for All-Star Friday Shooting Stars announced. Please try to stay awake.

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:03 PM EST

    The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

    One of the things we’re sure you’ll be watching a week from Friday — because what could you possibly have that’s better to do on a Friday night? — is the All-Star Shooting Stars contest. You know, where one current NBA player, one WNBA player and one TNT analyst per team shoot standing shots from…

  19. Pau Gasol is not turning into Kevin Garnett anytime soon

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s amazing how many people want Pau Gasol to be something he’s not. He is not a traditional, back-to-the-basket, power game center (and some Lakers fans criticized him for it). He doesn’t have a big ego and demand the ball, he gently reminds guys he’d like to touch the ball more (he gets criticized for…

  20. Four Celtics but no Love among All-Star Game reserves

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:11 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    David Stern has some work to do out West. The coaches’ selections for the seven All-Star Game reserves for each conference came out and the East went pretty much to form. Now David Stern gets to add one player to that list and he has some pretty clear choices. The Western Conference? That’s hard. You can…

  21. Old man game is winning in the NBA

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    In the NBA — like in society at large — we have this fascination with youth. Blake Griffin is a YouTube sensation. We all fall in love with the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder. Fans obsess over draft picks. But what about the other end of the spectrum — who are the oldest teams in the…

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

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

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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…

  23. Phil Jackson: Trades? Sure. But don’t expect a big one.

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:57 PM EST

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    No NBA fans can overreact quite like Lakers fans. It’s not like the team has won back-to-back NBA titles with this core group (oh, wait…). They are struggling in January and the GM mentions maybe they should consider a trade and suddenly message boards are filled up with ways to move Ron Artest for Kevin…

  24. The Lakers problem isn’t Kobe, it’s Gasol. And defense.

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

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    It’s easy and maybe even trendy to say it was Kobe’s fault. It wasn’t. True, Sunday the Lakers offense against Boston Celtics was a heavy dose of Kobe Bryant. And way too much Kobe in isolation. It’s an easy storyline to say Kobe shot too much, but it’s not wholly accurate. The reality is there…

  25. Celtics Lakers: Choose your own finish as Celtics out-draw Lakers late

    Jan 30, 2011, 10:29 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The talk this week was all about clutch. And in the closing minutes, the Celtics were a clutch beast of unstoppable force, coming together for the most cohesive showing in a big game setting they’ve shown this season, right when they needed it most, at the same time as the Lakers came unraveled, possession by…

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