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  1. While world watches Dwight Howard Lakers bench earns win over Rockets

    Nov 8, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    The narrative was all about Dwight Howard taking on the Laker team he bolted last summer after a tumultuous season — and if Lakers fans were looking for some schadenfreude they got it. Howard wasn’t impressive. He finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting but just 5-of-16 from the free throw line. He missed key…

  2. Steve Blake knocks down game-winning three, lifts Lakers over Rockets (VIDEO)

    Nov 8, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    While the narrative will be about the revenge of the Lakers on Dwight Howard, that’s not what really decided the Lakers 99-98 win. This game was about the backcourt: The Rockets starting guards were 10-of-34 shooting (29 percent), which falls short of the 38 percent the Lakers backcourt shot, but neither team was impressive. However…

  3. Steve Nash says he still feels impact of broken leg last season

    Nov 5, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    We’ve detailed before that Steve Nash is battling a lot of heath issues still, is going to sit out some back-to-backs, and in general all of this worries the Lakers. It shouldn’t be a shock, he is 39 about to turn 40 this season with 17 years of the NBA grind wearing down on his…

  4. The Extra Pass Thursday Roundup: Stephen Curry could be greatest shooter ever

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    How good were Stephen Curry and Chris Paul in the shootout between the Clippers and Warriors last night? It’s almost impossible to be hyperbolic, both about the performances and the players themselves. Don’t believe me? Try this one on for size: Stephen Curry is the best shooter of all-time. You’re squirming, aren’t you? It doesn’t…

  5. Your starting Laker power forward opening night: Shawne Williams

    Oct 29, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Shawne Williams

    In case you still wondered if this was going to be a rough season for the Lakers, we bring you this bit of news. Shawne Williams is the starting power forward for the Lakers in Tuesday night’s opener against the Los Angeles Clippers. That is the same Shawne Williams who was out of the league…

  6. Record 92 foreign players on NBA rosters to start season

    Oct 29, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    SPO-BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    Just in case you had any doubt the NBA is a global league at the forefront of a global game… There are a record 92 foreign players on NBA rosters to start the season hailing from 39 countries, the league announced. That is more than 20 percent of the league. The number is up from…

  7. D’Antoni on running offense through Howard: “I think it was all (politics)”

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Dwight Howard

    If you haven’t heard, Dwight Howard wasn’t happy in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and the feeling was pretty mutual. What, you heard that already? Okay, during the preseason this whole storyline has been overplayed more than “Blurred Lines,” but as the season tips off tonight, the Lakers coach decided to answer a reporters’ question in a…

  8. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  9. Cuban says Mavericks will retire Derek Harper’s jersey

    Oct 28, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

    Derek Harper

    Derek Harper is one of those guys where the fans of that team just love him and people outside the city may not always get it. Harper was drafted by the Mavericks in 1983 and spent his first decade in the league in Dallas. He was a strong defender (two-time NBA All Defense second team)…

  10. Lakers’ Steve Nash could sit second half of back-to-backs

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    We told you Steve Nash’s health this preseason — which has limited both his time on the court and his play on it — has been a concern for the Lakers. Mike D’Antoni may address that by resting Nash in certain games, including half of back-to-backs — and the Lakers open the season with a…

  11. Kobe Bryant ruled out of Lakers season opener as expected

    Oct 26, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    kobe crutches game 4 ovation

    Considering the fact that Kobe Bryant hasn’t yet been able to run at full speed, can’t yet fully push off of his healing Achilles, and hasn’t gone through anything close to a full practice, the news that he won’t be back in time for the Lakers’ season opener on Tuesday against the Clippers shouldn’t exactly…

  12. Report: Lakers have begun contract extension talks with Kobe Bryant

    Oct 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    Kobe Bryant is in the final year of his current deal with the Lakers, and he would become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014 if nothing is done to retain his services before then. Of course, no one believes that Bryant will finish his career in anything other than a Lakers jersey.…

  13. Health of Steve Nash beginning to be a real concern for Lakers

    Oct 24, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    You can say whatever you want about last season’s ill-fated version of the star-studded Lakers, but the reality is that injuries completely decimated an otherwise talented team that would have, at the very least, contended to make a run deep into the postseason. This year’s squad has a much slimmer margin for error, given the…

  14. Kobe says he had to scale back conditioning to let Achilles recover

    Oct 24, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Patience is not one of Kobe Bryant’s strong suits. His normal way of dealing with injuries — or pretty much any obstacle put in his path — is to do his rehab and play through the pain. He’s just going to work harder than everyone, work harder than the injury. However a torn Achilles doesn’t…

  15. Tracy McGrady watched the Lakers play, feels bad for Kobe

    Oct 23, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    Lakers fans could have watched their team’s preseason win over Utah Tuesday night with a sense of optimism. Jordan Farmar looked good in the second half running the offense, Wes Johnson looked comfortable in the system on his way to 14 points, Xavier Henry was attacking, Jordan Hill looked solid in the paint. You could…

  16. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Dallas Mavericks

    Oct 23, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Last season: For the first time in his career, Dirk Nowitzki missed a chunk of the season due to major knee surgery. Dallas started 12-15 without their star German then promptly dropped 8-of-9 after his return, putting them in a deep hole. The result was the players grew “.500 beards” they let grow like they…

  17. Kevin Love brags about winning “the ‘White Guy’ award”

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The NBA’s annual GM survey, analyzed by Kurt earlier today, contained few surprises. Who will win the championship? The Heat, as usual. Who will win MVP? LeBron James, obviously. Who is the best center? Dwight Howard, of course. Who’s the best coach in the NBA? Gregg Popovich, surely. Which player makes the most of limited…

  18. D’Antoni on saying Lakers would score 110 a game: “I was on drugs back then”

    Oct 22, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike D’Antoni just wants to run his system his way again. He’s been mocked for that system by some fans who say it can’t win a ring, but two facts remain: 1) Back in Phoenix with the right personnel (a younger Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, plus Shawn Marion and others) they won 54 games…

  19. Even if they could, should the Lakers go after ‘Melo to pair with Kobe, Nash? No.

    Oct 17, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    We start this exercise in the hypothetical with this grounded in reality caveat — very few people around the league think Carmelo Anthony is leaving New York next summer as a free agent. Yes, he certainly will opt out of his current deal as he told the New York Observer, and anything can happen in…

  20. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 14, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Last season: It was supposed to be yet another year spent contending for a championship for a storied Lakers franchise that already has 16 of them. L.A. loaded up with free agent talent in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and was on paper the team most believed would stand in the way of a second straight…

  21. Chris Kaman injures finger tobogganing at the Great Wall of China

    Oct 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    The Lakers are in China as part of the NBA’s Global Games schedule, with two preseason games on tap against the Golden State Warriors. Part of the excursion involves the team taking in some of the sights, although Chris Kaman seemed to get a little too aggressive with one of the attractions, and wound up…

  22. Steve Nash’s ankle kept him sidelined Thursday, D’Antoni hints we may see that during season

    Oct 11, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Steve Nash didn’t play the final three quarters of the Lakers preseason loss in Las Vegas to the Kings because of his ankle. It didn’t loosen up well during warm-ups, yet he started the game and played 8:34 minutes where he took one three (missed it), dished out a couple of assists, then went to…

  23. Pau Gasol, on whether he’d take a significant pay cut to re-sign with Lakers: ‘Probably not’

    Oct 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    The Lakers only have two players under guaranteed contracts for next season in Steve Nash and Robert Sacre, and just a little more than $10 million in total salary committed. That means there’s a wealth of possibilities in terms of how the team could decide to fill out its roster for 2014 and beyond, and…

  24. Dwight Howard sings, dances his way through Philippines (VIDEO)

    Oct 8, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard wants… no, needs to have fun. It’s part of the reason he didn’t mesh with the serious and driven Kobe Bryant (and to a lesser degree Steve Nash) in Los Angeles. It’s part of what drew him to Houston as Chandler Parsons sold him on a college-like experience. So you had to know…

  25. Lakers’ Kaman, Sacre bought a cow. You can’t make this up.

    Oct 8, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    Nobody knows for sure, but the phrase “going the whole hog” most likely comes from butchers back in the day when pork was king in America trying to convince people it was less expensive to buy an entire animal’s worth of meat not just pick the parts they wanted. Now Lakers big men Chris Kaman…

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