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  1. Lakers to measure themselves against Celtics: What to look for

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are the two-time NBA defending champions. They have the newest shiny rings and the banner has barely had time to gather dust. Every time they step on the court they are the team the opposition wants to measure itself against. Except Thursday night. Then the roles will be reversed — the Lakers will…

  2. Ron Artest to Bobcats rumor surfaces. Not. Going. To. Happen.

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Overshadowed in the Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony silliness Tuesday was a report from ESPN’s Ric Bucher that the Lakers also have tried to move Ron Artest. Bucher states the Lakers called the Bobcats looking to swap Ron Artest for either Stephen Jackson or Gerald Wallace, and that the Bobcats turned it down. Artest, when…

  3. Lakers owner Jerry Buss shows up to practice, but he’s not worried

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

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    The action — Lakers owner Jerry Buss showing up to watch a team practice for the first time in a couple years — speaks of concern and a guy looking to jump start his team. The words were those of someone not worried in the least. Buss did attend practice and spoke to ESPNLosAngeles’ Dave…

  4. Ron Artest says he doesn’t want to be traded, wants to win

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Ron Artest being traded or not remains a moot point — no other team is going to take on the three-years, $22 million left on his deal after this season. Still, for the record, despite the reports, Artest told media members at Lakers practice Wednesday he does not want to be traded (as reported by…

  5. Agent denies report Ron Artest wouldn’t mind being traded

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 3:44 pm: In a predictable response, Ron Artest‘s agent denied that his client wants to be traded from the Lakers and told that to the Los Angeles Times Lakers blog. “Ron is not looking for a trade,” (David) Bauman said. “The frustration is there among everyone on the team. But Ron is a Laker,…

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

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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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…

  8. Lakers struggles have GM Kupchak thinking trade

    Jan 31, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    There’s a feeling in Los Angeles that all the Lakers just need a swift kick in the, um, how shall we say, behind to get playing with a sense of urgency again. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper he was considering just such a kick. “Regarding a trade, I may have to,” Kupchak…

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

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

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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…

  10. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Boobie Gibson

    Daniel Gibson is going to miss a game or two for the Cavaliers due to a left quad injury. Rather than having a bobblehead night promotion, the Cavs are almost at the point where one lucky fan will get to play backup point guard for a night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was at the Bucks…

  11. Fans to pick for All-Star Skills Challenge participants

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

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    Is there anything as cool as watching an NBA player run some drills and dribble around cones? Of course, not. What could be? The NBA All-Star Skills Challenge returns to help people fall asleep on Friday night, Feb. 17, but the twist this year is that you and your fellow fans get to pick the…

  12. Ron Artest to drop new mix tape on All Star Weekend

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    So many things to look forward to on All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles Feb. 17-20. What team will Carmelo Anthony be playing for? Will Kobe be the guy who goes all out to win MVP in front of the home fans? How long will the lines be at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles? Which will be…

  13. The Spurs are not playing that fast – but teams try to against them

    Jan 24, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Much has been made of how much faster the San Antonio Spurs are playing this season — they are playing more than a possession a game faster than last season, and that number has come down over the last month or so. At the start of the season, the Spurs were surprisingly fast. Except that…

  14. Quote of the day: Ron Artest loves him some In-N-Out burgers

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    “I could’ve bought 10,000 In-N-Out Burgers. I rather would’ve done that than give it away. I’m going to get 10 burgers [after Monday's game]. I love In-N-Out. It’s addicting. It’s the only reason I’m here in L.A. If it wasn’t for In-N-Out Burger, I probably would’ve gone to Memphis or something.” —Ron Artest‘s reaction to…

  15. Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom ejected after tussle over hustle

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    James Capers, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, Blake Griffin

    The game was over, in any real sense of the word. It was 99-90 Clippers with 5.7 seconds left. Randy Foye would shoot his free throws, the Lakers would dribble out the clock and the Clippers would have beaten their second elite team in a week. But it didn’t end quietly. As Foye shot and…

  16. Players poll picks Lakers to win championship. Again.

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant has ongoing knee issues. Pau Gasol has seemed slow in his decision making. Matt Barnes is having major knee surgery. Derek Fisher has looked old and Steve Blake has lost his shot. Ron Artest is, well, Ron Artest. This year’s Lakers don’t seem as intimidating as past seasons. But ask NBA players who…

  17. Vintage Artest got physical with Knicks, new Artest says don’t expect that again

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    In a lot of ways, it looked like vintage Ron Artest on Sunday when the Lakers played the Knicks. He was physical and a pest. He picked up a flagrant foul for a hard hit on Amar’e Stoudemire and got a technical for getting into it with Shawne Williams. Except the new Ron Artest regretted…

  18. Winderman: NBA has its own one-and-done players

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    So just over a year after arriving, Ron Artest apparently is having issues with the Lakers. Does this surprise anybody? Or could it be that Artest becomes just the latest one-and-done example in this league, a player who is everything as advertised upon arrival in terms of basketball skills and then becomes everything as advertised…

  19. Steve Nash leaves Nike to sign with Chinese brand Luyou

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It’s not every day you see a major NBA star leaving Nike. But that’s just what Steve Nash has done, in a story found by Counterkicks (via SLAM). Nike confirmed in a statement that Nash has left them, ending a 15-year relationship between the two. Nash now is with Chinese brand Luyou. But Nash is…

  20. Kobe says these Lakers better off than 2002 three-peat team

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    Doesn’t it seem like every January we need to have some discussion about how the Lakers are struggling, and this time it’s serious, that the omens are bad, that they can’t win a title playing like this, yada yada yada… It’s true, even after last night’s Lakers thumping of the hapless Pistons, if Los Angeles…

  21. Phil Jackson says confrontation with Ron Artest was direct, not a big deal

    Jan 4, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Yes, Phil Jackson and Ron Artest had a confrontation during a recent practice, but to read much into that about the focus of the Lakers or the relationship between the two would be a mistake, Jackson said Tuesday night. Yahoo Sports first reported the conflict today, but Jackson said the report calling it a “loud”…

  22. Report: Phil Jackson, Ron Artest have clash of styles

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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    Phil Jackson is not a traditional coach on a lot of levels — not only the team meditation sessions and the triangle offense, but also how he handles players. For example, few coaches more willingly needle players through the media to make a point than Jackson. Some players couldn’t care less or at least get…

  23. Ron Artest helps Lakers’ fans vent on twitter

    Jan 3, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    All day Monday, Lakers fans have been acting like, well, Lakers fans. No fan base get more frustrated more quickly with a championship team, no fans turn on them as quickly. Certainly t the team is not playing up to its own standards, but to listen to Lakers fans on Los Angeles talk radio is…

  24. Ron Artest wants to close out games, Phil Jackson not on board

    Dec 28, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Ron Artest is a Laker starter, but when it comes time to close out games this season Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes tend to get the fourth quarter run. Mostly because those two are better offensive players. Don’t think that Artest hasn’t noticed. Kevin Ding has quotes from the Orange County Register. “I didn’t even…

  25. Ron Artest auctions off championship ring

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Last night after the Heat had finished wiping the Lakers off the map (or the Lakers had finished wiping themselves off, depending on who you ask), Ron Artest had himself a little party. And at this party, he finally auctioned off his 2010 NBA Championship ring with all proceeds going to support mental health awareness.…

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