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  1. Thursday And-1 Links: Your local store will soon have Shaq Soda

    May 30, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    shaq-soda

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Shaquille O’Neal is getting into the soda business… and it might not suck.…

  2. Spurs have changed a lot since 2011 loss to Grizzlies

    May 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    When the Spurs started the 2010-11 season with a 17-3 record – on their way to a conference-best 61-21 finish – Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated profiled a team that no longer resembled previous San Antonio squads. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had played together under Gregg Popovich since the 2002-03 season, and…

  3. George Hill injury jeopardizes Pacers’ identity

    May 17, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    George Hill, Roy Hibbert, D.J. Augustin

    The puzzle pieces have changed, but the picture of the sailboat they form has not. Under Frank Vogel, the Pacers have relied heavily on their starters. Between them, George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert excel in all areas of the court, offensively and defensively, and really balance each other. But…

  4. Suns’ Michael Beasley under investigation for sexual assault

    May 7, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

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    Phoenix Suns’ forward Michael Beasley is under investigation by Scottsdale police for a potential sexual assault back on Jan. 13, according to ABC News 15 in Phoenix. “At this point we can only say the investigation is ongoing,” said David Pubins, Scottsdale police spokesman. “We are interviewing those involved and processing any physical evidence we…

  5. Dwight Howard plans to “clear my head” before deciding future

    May 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is a free agent and he has waited for this moment. He played out his contract, he has earned the right to choose where he wants to work. He’s not going to rush this. While the conventional wisdom is he will re-sign with the Lakers, he is going to look around. Eventually. But…

  6. Echoing Nash, Kobe says he wants Lakers to bring back Gasol, Howard

    Apr 30, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

    It’s this simple: The Lakers players believe if management will bring this core with Mike D’Antoni as the coach for one more season they can make a serious run at a title. Those Lakers see themselves as the side that went 28-12 for a stretch once guys started to get healthy and found a style…

  7. Steve Nash says he wants Dwight Howard back with the Lakers

    Apr 30, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Lakers' Howard and Nash walk up the floor during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Pacers in Indianapolis

    The biggest question facing the Lakers this summer isn’t the health of Kobe Bryant, and if he’ll be able to make it back in time for the start of next season. Undoubtedly, it’s whether or not Dwight Howard will decide to return to Los Angeles. Bryant is the Lakers’ most important player, obviously. But next…

  8. Ten players to make you restructure NBA’s 50 All-Time greatest

    Apr 30, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back in 1996 — the year the baby crawling on the ceiling in “Trainspotting” gave us all nightmares — the Association released its list of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players. It was undoubtedly a strong list. Nobody on the list is weak. We could quibble around the edges about who should have gotten in, but…

  9. Five things the Lakers should do on their summer vacation (starting with re-signing Howard)

    Apr 29, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    The San Antonio Spurs didn’t just end the Lakers season, they put Los Angeles out of its misery. That was the first time the Lakers have been swept in the first round of the playoffs since 1967, but you could see it coming for a long time. From the injuries during training camp, to the…

  10. Spurs bring Lakers season to its merciful conclusion with Game 4 win, sweep of the series

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Lakers Dwight Howard reacts after being fouled by the Spurs during Game 4 in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — Coming into Sunday’s Game 4 against the Spurs and dealing with a mountain of injuries that has finally become insurmountable, the only thing left for the Lakers, who were just a single game from this season being brought to its merciful conclusion, was to see whether or not the team would come…

  11. Report: Dwight Howard to talk to other teams besides Lakers this summer

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    The Lakers knew this when they traded for Dwight Howard last summer — under the terms of the new CBA it makes financial sense for a max player to play out his current deal and become a free agent then re-sign with the same team than it does to sign an extension to a deal…

  12. Metta World Peace says he likely sits out Game 4 because of knee. Sure he does.

    Apr 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    At this point, what’s another injured Laker having to sit out? Metta World Peace tried to give it a go Friday night against San Antonio — he’d had fluid removed from his knee less than 24 hours before but tried to get out on the court. He was moving stiffly and shot 0-6 in the…

  13. Spurs take care of business against injured Lakers, lead series 3-0

    Apr 27, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard

    LOS ANGELES — This is what good teams do. They take care of business. With injuries forcing the Lakers into lineups without any guards you can name — unless you’re a big D-League fan — the Spurs looked every bit the contender, racing out to an early double-digit lead, never letting up and cruising to…

  14. No Nash for Lakers; Goudelock, Morris to start, try and be unlikely heroes

    Apr 26, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — The virtual worst-case scenario has become the Lakers reality. No Kobe Bryant No Steve Nash (two epidurals, one cortisone shot). No Steve Blake. No Jodie Meeks. Mike D’Antoni made it official pregame: Your Lakers starting backcourt is Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris. They will bring Chris Duhon off the bench. By the…

  15. More Lakers injury fun: World Peace has knee drained, will play Game 3

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    World Peace knee

    Lakers trainer Gary Vitti is going to need more than a room off the side of the locker room, he needs his own wing. To add to the injuries expected to keep the top four Lakers out of a crucial Game 3 Friday night, Metta World Peace had his knee drained on Thursday. Teams try…

  16. Are Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ‘the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game,’ as Mark Jackson says?

    Apr 25, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson

    Warriors point guard Stephen Curry just completed the best 3-point shooting season of all time (3.6 3-pointers made per game, 45.3 3-point percentage), and Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson had a pretty good year outside the arc, too (2.6, 40.1). Mark Jackson even called them “the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the…

  17. Lakers’ Blake out indefinitely; Nash, Meeks doubtful for Game 3

    Apr 25, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    It looks like the Lakers will head into Game 3 against the Spurs Friday night without their top four guards. Steve Blake is out indefinitely with a right hamstring injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Lakers latest loss on Wednesday night, the team announced Thursday afternoon. The injury was checked out by ultrasound…

  18. Your Lakers injury update. You’re going to need time to get through all of it.

    Apr 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    I strained a hamstring just watching the Lakers lose to the Spurs Wednesday night. Like Odysseus just trying to get home, the basketball gods are not done throwing obstacles in the Lakers way. And obstacles in this case are more injuries. So here is a rundown of the Lakers injuries as of postgame Wednesday night.…

  19. Spurs have little trouble with Lakers on the way to 2-0 series lead

    Apr 25, 2013, 1:35 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The necessary adjustments the Lakers needed to make in order to have a shot in Game 2 against the Spurs were only going to work if they were able to turn in a similar defensive performance that held the Spurs to 37.6 percent shooting in Game 1 of the series. Since San Antonio used a…

  20. The Extra Pass: Lakers and Warriors forced to juggle lineups, Knicks do so by choice

    Apr 24, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Warriors’ starters last night – Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson – played one minute together during the regular season. The Lakers’ Game 1 starters – Steve Blake, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace – had never before shared the court. Such is life without…

  21. Steve Nash: ‘I’m not myself’

    Apr 21, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash – who left his last two games, March 28 and March 30, with injuries – shot just 6-of-15 and had only three assists in the Lakers’ Game 1 loss to the Spurs today. He was a big reason the Lakers posted a dismal offensive rating of 82.7, which was slightly lower when Nash…

  22. Stifling defensive effort leads Spurs to Game 1 win over Lakers

    Apr 21, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Tony Parker, Danny Green, Steve Blake

    The Lakers put up a fight in Game 1 of their playoff series in San Antonio on Sunday, and hung within striking distance for most of the game. But thanks to a suffocating defensive effort from the Spurs, L.A. couldn’t score with enough frequency or enough volume the entire afternoon, and sparked offensively by Manu…

  23. Seven players whose teams need them to step up big in the postseason

    Apr 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Jeff Green Since his 43-point game in mid-March (excluding Boston’s season finale, when regular players rested), Green has averaged 20.0, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. By any eye test, he’s looked excellent. But in that span, the Celtics have been outscored by 3.6 points per 100 possession with him on the court and…

  24. Steve Nash hopes to return to Lakers lineup for Sunday’s playoff opener

    Apr 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Steve Nash has missed the Lakers’ last eight games due to a combination of a hip and hamstring injury, but said after practicing fully on Friday for the first time in weeks that he hopes to be able to go in Game 1 of his team’s first round playoff matchup against the Spurs on Sunday.…

  25. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs

    Apr 19, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio: 58-24, two seed in the West L.A. Lakers: 45-37, seven seed in the West SEASON SERIES The Spurs took two of the three regular season meetings between the tams, however the Lakers won the most important (and most recent) matchup to date, beating San Antonio this past Sunday to help secure…

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