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  1. Chicago columnist hammers Derrick Rose as no longer humble star

    Dec 19, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    Derrick Rose is loyal. Don’t believe me? Remember when he said he wanted to roll with with Keith Bogans as his two guard rather than recruit other guys to shake up the roster? It’s just who he is. Then came the report out of the New York Daily News (not a local source) that Rose…

  2. Report: At the moment, Lakers no longer considering trading Pau gasol

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol was off to a slow start this season, and after he and coach Mike D’Antoni traded jabs through the media about both his role and his performance, the Lakers had reportedly started to weigh their options by making Gasol available in trade long before the Feb. 20 deadline had begun to approach. Even…

  3. The Extra Pass: The Spurs’ Hammer set; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Duncan during the third quarter of play against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    The Signature Series takes a look at a play that’s largely unique to one team. Here’s San Antonio’s “Hammer” set. The San Antonio Spurs don’t get enough credit for keeping up with the times. Although the end result is often the same as it has always been – Tim Duncan facing up and banking a…

  4. Chris Kaman not happy he signed with the Lakers

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

    Chris Kaman, after doing it with the Mavericks last season, knows playing on a one-year contract comes with all kinds of complications. Before the season, he said: There’s just so many things that can happen, and the biggest one is that you’re on a one-year deal and you’re worried about it the whole time and…

  5. The Extra Pass: The Clippers’ “Rosie” Screen; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

    Over the next few days in this space, we’ll break down a play that’s largely unique to one team. To kick off this signature series, we’ll start with the Los Angeles Clippers’ “Ring-Around-The-Rosie” screen. Innovation in the NBA is often about adding little wrinkles to something very simple. There are no “Wildcat” offenses that take…

  6. PBT Extra: Kobe, Wade are All-Stars? Plus when does Asik get dealt?

    Dec 16, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    To answer your first question: I am fighting off a cold, that’s why I sound like that. Raspy voices are in, I hear. As for the topics… If you’re a basketball purist who thinks the All-Star Game should be filled with the players who performed the best the first half of the season… well life…

  7. Lakers try to name all Santa’s reindeer, end up on naughty list (VIDEO)

    Dec 16, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Nick Young and Mike D’Antoni have just moved onto somebody’s naughty list. A reporter from ABC 7 in Los Angeles decided to ask a few Lakers to name all of Santa’s nine reindeer and only Jordan Farmar came anywhere close. We’ll cut Pau Gasol some slack as in Spain Santa does come but the Three…

  8. Report: Lakers called Knicks to express interest in Iman Shumpert

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    The Lakers have exactly zero healthy point guards on the roster at the moment, and for a team experiencing more than its fair share of injury issues for the second straight season, it makes sense to make cursory calls around the league to see who might be available in trade. Iman Shumpert — not a…

  9. Report: Pau Gasol’s recent remarks cause Lakers to weigh trade options

    Dec 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol is underperforming this year in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, despite getting more opportunities than he did last season with Dwight Howard now playing in Houston. That fact alone isn’t enough for the Lakers to consider trading him; everyone is going through an adjustment this season with all of the new pieces and Kobe Bryant…

  10. Mike D’Antoni to Pau Gasol: “There’s no reason to not play hard”

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    This has been evident for a while. When we had Kevin Ding, the Lakers writer for Bleacher Report, on the PBT Podcast he said Gasol was getting his chance but just was not putting out the effort to take it. He said the frustration with Gasol this year was similar to Dwight Howard last season.…

  11. Kevin Love becoming a 25-15-5 master

    Dec 13, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

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    Entering this season, no player had posted back-to-back 25-point, 15-rebound, 5-assist games since 2006-07.* Kevin Love has already done it twice this year. *Pau Gasol did it with the Memphis Grizzlies in April of that season. Love had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a win over the 76ers on Wednesday night, giving…

  12. PBT Podcast for Dec. 13: Talking Asik, Gasol trades plus NBA Draft with Rob Dauster

    Dec 13, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    Towson v Kansas

    Once again you, dear readers, were the programmers for this edition of the PBT Podcast — myself and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio took your twitter questions and tried to answer them. What you care about this week are trades and the draft. With that we talk about how the Lakers aren’t looking to make…

  13. Pau Gasol expresses frustration with D’Antoni offense. Lakers have to think trade.

    Dec 13, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol just does not fit in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. And it shows. In years past I’ve defended Gasol because one segment of Lakers fans were unnecessarily harsh on him because he didn’t play like Shaq — but how Gasol played was perfect for the triangle. The Lakers won back-to-back rings because of him, not…

  14. Report: Grizzlies shopping Zach Randolph around, want deal with Pelicans

    Dec 13, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Zach Randolph can, and likely will, become a free agent next summer. He is owed $16.9 million but at age 32 he may want the security of a longer deal even if he takes a little less per year to get it. Which means if you’re Memphis you may not be able to keep the…

  15. Deserving or not Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade among All-Star starters in early voting returns

    Dec 12, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s your game fans. The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition filled with the players you vote to see. Whether those players deserve the honor based on their performance the first half of the season or not. Sometimes the most deserving guys don’t make the cut while guys hobbling through the season do. Which brings…

  16. PBT Podcast for Dec. 10: Talking Lakers with Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is back on the court for the Lakers — and with a huge contract that will keep him the highest paid player in the NBA for two more seasons after this one. In the latest edition of the PBT podcast myself and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio welcome in Kevin Ding of…

  17. Lakers’ point guard Jordan Farmar out 4 weeks with torn hamstring

    Dec 2, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Lakers injury woes just continue (for a second consecutive season). Jordan Farmar, who has played well as a reserve point guard for the Lakers this season sparking a bench unit that has been key to their 9-9 record, will be out for a month with a torn left hamstring, the team announced Monday. Farmar…

  18. Lakers’ Pau Gasol to have MRI on sprained ankle

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Because what the Lakers need is another injured star player… Pau Gasol has a sprained right ankle that he says will get an MRI on Monday, reports Dave McMenamin at ESPNLosAngeles.com. After the game Gasol described the ankle as “a little sore.” Gasol sat out practice Saturday and was not himself Sunday in the Lakers…

  19. Bulls not going to make moves thinking making a run this season

    Nov 27, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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    Derrick Rose is done for the year and when he went under the knife the Bulls championship dreams for this year went under as well. Does it have to? Can the Bulls retool and make a run this year? No. I’ve been asked that a couple times (via email and on a sports talk radio…

  20. Pau Gasol not counting on contract extension from Lakers – and he shouldn’t

    Nov 27, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

    Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were both scheduled to become free agents this summer until Kobe got a contract extension. Will Gasol receive the same treatment? Probably not. Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com: The 13-year veteran said that he did not know if Bryant’s deal means that the Lakers will also want to negotiate with him…

  21. The Extra Pass: Gumbo and The Brow, and Tuesday night’s recap

    Nov 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Memphis Grizzlies

    The New Orleans Pelicans roster was assembled with all the care of an inebriated person making gumbo. Three ball-dominant guards in addition to the ball-dominant guard we just drafted? Sure, that will work. A stretch 4 and a stretch 5? Toss ‘em in. The individual pieces in New Orleans are talented, to be certain, but…

  22. The Extra Pass: Behind San Antonio’s hot start and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    At least in the standings, the San Antonio Spurs are as good as they’ve ever been. By walloping the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, San Antonio tied their franchise best for a start to the season. The Spurs are 13-1 now and winners of 11 straight games. What can you say? I ran out of…

  23. With Kobe staying as highest-paid player in NBA, the Lakers can rebuild but it’s not easy

    Nov 25, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant has signed a contract extension and is staying on with the Lakers for two more seasons. That news made Lakers nation happy — go to a Lakers game and you see the flood of 24 jerseys in the crowd — you quickly realize why the Lakers could not let him go at any…

  24. Lakers sign Kobe Bryant to two-year, $48.5 million contract extension

    Nov 25, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is going to finish his career a Los Angeles Laker — 20 seasons with the same team. That would be the longest single-team tenure in NBA history. Monday morning the Lakers announced that Bryant — who has yet to play this season as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon — has signed…

  25. The Extra Pass: You may not believe this, but a D’Antoni team is winning with defense, plus game recaps

    Nov 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Six games ago, a frustrated Mike D’Antoni decided to shake up the rotation of his struggling 3-5 Lakers: Chris Kaman was out of the starting lineup, Jordan Hill was in; Nick Young became a sixth man and Wesley Johnson became the starting three; and with Steve Nash out Jodie Meeks became Steve…

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