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  1. Does Phil Jackson return if he doesn’t snare the 12th ring?

    Jan 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    To begin our discussion, this quote from the Los Angeles Times: Still, Jackson was asked again if he could see himself taking some time off and coming back to coach. “No,” Jackson responded quickly. Why not? he was asked. “I think I’ve put in my service time,” Jackson, 65, said. “I think I’ve done my…

  2. Kobe Bryant still leads everyone in All-Star voting

    Dec 30, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    With his worldwide popularity — he sells more jerseys in China than Yao Ming — it shouldn’t be a shock that Kobe Bryant is on top of the NBA’s All-Star balloting. The second round of released vote totals has Bryant with 1,153,694, well ahead of second place overall and Eastern Conference leader Dwight Howard (988,572).…

  3. Pau Gasol fondly remembers the days the Lakers worked inside-out

    Dec 29, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    When the Lakers are clicking on offense, Pau Gasol gets early touches in the post then makes quick decisions, either attacking or setting up cutting teammates. Tuesday night in San Antonio — and for the last couple weeks, really — neither of those things have happened. The Lakers have fallen out of the habit of…

  4. NBA Christmas Day: Naughty and Nice

    Dec 26, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    With five games on the slate yesterday, we ran down what happened in Baseline To Baseline and broke down Heat-Lakers.  Here’s who left candy in your stocking and who left coal.   Who’s was nice: Monta Ellis: When Ellis is on, he’s an inferno. And the Blazers yesterday were powerless to stop him. With 39…

  5. NBA getting serious about India as market

    Dec 24, 2010, 12:22 PM EST

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    There has never been an NBA player born in India — which puts it behind even Egypt. But India is the second most populous nation on the face of the earth and if David Stern is serious about globalization of the game — and he is — then India has to be targeted. And it…

  6. Usual suspects lead early All-Star balloting

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:03 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Results from the first few weeks of All-Star balloting are in and… well, it’s exactly what you’d expect. Pretty boring stuff, really. Lots of Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Chinese voters. For the Eastern Conference, LeBron James would start at forward in the East with Kevin Garnett (Amar’e Stoudemire is third among East forwards), the guards…

  7. Should the Lakers be worried about the Spurs, Mavericks?

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:42 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The NBA championship is not decided in December. The NBA season is a long slog where contending teams want to develop good habits, win games and stay healthy for the second season. We get that. But we can’t help but wonder… When you look at the West right now what do you see? Dallas just…

  8. Obama to meet with Lakers at community service event

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:13 PM EST

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    The Lakers have been saying for some time that they didn’t want this trip to the White House — for the annual President shakes the hand of the NBA Champions meeting — to be another Rose Garden photo op. Everyone’s been there and done that, they wanted something different. They will get together and meet…

  9. Game of the night: John Wall and Trevor Booker — who? — make the Lakers work for it

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:36 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Los Angeles Lakers

    Tuesday night we learned some things about the Washington Wizards — and maybe this is the kind of game where maybe they learned some things about themselves and what it takes to win. What we learned about the Lakers we already knew: That the Lakers are better than the Wizards; That the Lakers are a…

  10. Snoop Dogg picks “Purp and Yellow” to three-peat

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:35 PM EST

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    Snoop Dogg knows what he likes: USC football, Katy Perry, 4:20, VIP Records and the Lakers. Snoop teamed up with The Game and YG to give us “Purp & Yellow” telling us how the Lakers are going to three-peat while fitting in references to Black Mamba, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, and fish and chips (via…

  11. Andrew Bynum practicing, may well return this week

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:19 PM EST

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    Pau Gasol’s sore hamstring wants this to happen sooner rather than later. Andrew Bynum has been participating in full practices with the Los Angeles Lakers for several days now and could return to the team this week. He practiced Monday but said he wants a couple more before he gets into game action, he told…

  12. Pau Gasol’s hamstring ailing, but Lakers have no other good options

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:23 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol missed 17 games last season because one or another of his hamstrings was hurt. This season, Gasol knew he would have to play more minutes and take on more of the load in the paint until Andrew Bynum returned (then Theo Ratliff went down, making things worse). What has returned more quickly than…

  13. What’s wrong with the Lakers? The usual.

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers have lost three games in a row and the San Andreas Fault is the only thing that shakes up Los Angeles worse. Despite back-to-back titles and a head coach who treats the regular season as a means to an end, Lakers fans can get pretty worked up — the team has only lost…

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

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:33 AM EST

    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…

  15. Video: Pau Gasol goes 10-for-10 from the floor

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

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    Pau Gasol can shoot the rock. Great footwork, great touch, can finish with either hand. He is the most skilled big man in the game today. And he destroyed the Golden State Warriors, going 10-for-10 from the floor. Part of it was the Warriors thought about using Vladimir Radmanovic on him, but watch the video…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Boston lost to Toronto and we were confused by that

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:34 AM EST

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    What you missed while watching the MLS championship be decided on an own goal… Raptors 102, Celtics 101: Rajon Rondo sat this one out and Nate Robinson started in his place and ended with 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting — but he had just two assists. The Celtics offense just felt different. Thing…

  17. Lakers shopping for short-term backup center

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

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    With Andrew Bynum still a few weeks away, Theo Ratliff out for a month or more after knee surgery, Lamar Odom’s sore foot and so on, the Lakers may be looking for some help. So that Pau Gasol doesn’t have to play 43 minutes, like he did against the Bucks Tuesday. Phil Jackson said the…

  18. Game of the night: Where the Bucks didn’t want a shootout with the Lakers

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:01 AM EST

    Corey Maggette, Pau Gasol, Matt Barnes

    This was supposed to be strength-on-strength. Los Angeles versus Milwaukee. The League’s best offense so far (the Lakers) versus the best defense so far (the Bucks). The Lakers were scoring 116.7 points per 100 possessions, the Bucks were giving up just 96.9. Something had to give. The Bucks gave. Not just gave, collapsed. Reverted to…

  19. Lakers prove they can showboat, too

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:47 AM EST

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    Yesterday it was LeBron James and Dwyane Wade showing off for the Heat with a spectacular ally-oop dunk. The Lakers looked around and said, “We can do that” and sent out their two best athletes to prove it — Steve Blake and Pau Gasol. Okay, maybe not their two best, but they still put on…

  20. Phil Jackson loves to needle Pau Gasol

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:03 PM EST

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    He can’t help himself. It would be pretty hard to get on Pau Gasol for his play the first week of the season — he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for good reason. Averaged 25 and 10 on 52 percent shooting and threw in five dimes a game just for fun. But…

  21. On the eve of the season, one more trip back to the finals

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:35 PM EST

    The last Friday night before the season starts. A chance to kick back, relax and take one more walk through last year’s NBA finals. Before it officially becomes history and we start watching the path to the next championship.

  22. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

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    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…

  23. Terror alert up in Europe but will not slow NBA tour

    Oct 3, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    There is enough chatter out there in the intelligence community that the United States warned travelers about potential terrorist attacks in Europe today. Right as the Lakers, Knicks and Timberwolves are touring that continent of a preseason, game globalization trip. The Lakers and Timberwolves are in London, the Knicks in Milan. The Lakers will travel…

  24. Kobe’s jersey biggest seller in Europe

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:43 AM EST

    Kobe’s the man, doesn’t matter what side of the pond you are on. The NBA released the top jerseys sold in Europe and Kobe Bryant tops the list. As he does in the United States. And China. And everywhere jerseys are sold (except Boston). This is Kobe’s third straight year atop the Europe list. Rounding…

  25. NBA eyes the Indian market, delegates Pau Gasol as a league ambassador

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:06 PM EST

    As basketball becomes more and more of an international game, the NBA continues to look for opportunities to expand its base. Exhibition games have been played in several other countries (Mexico, the U.K., China), broadcasts are translated and sent out all over the world, and the NBA hosts all kinds of events across almost every…

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