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  1. Kobe Bryant thinks he will play in season opener Oct. 29

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

    Kobe prepares to throw a basketball to fans while attending a youth basketball final match in Hong Kong

    We know Kobe Bryant isn’t going to be ready to go at the start of training camp — he has yet to fully run on a treadmill at 100 percent, let alone get on the court and make cuts or do other basketball moves. Team officials dodge the timeline question but are understandably cautious. Kobe…

  2. Lakers trainer suggests fewer minutes for Steve Nash

    Sep 23, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Mike D’Antoni leaned heavily on Steve Nash last season, when he could. A broken leg and an assortment of other injuries kept Nash down to 50 games last season, but when he did play he averaged 32.5 minutes a game. Up from the season before. With the Lakers moving this season toward a more pure…

  3. Metta World Peace: “The Lakers are going to go to the NBA Finals”

    Sep 19, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    2013 Yao Foundation Charity Game Press Conference

    This is why there is drug testing in the NBA. Not that Metta World Peace is on drugs or needs them to say something outrageous. Never has and never will. He was certainly excessively boastful of what the Lakers could and would do when he was a member of that team. This summer the Lakers…

  4. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  5. Kickstarter campaign raising funds to finish Steve Nash documentary

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash has had an NBA career that will eventually land him in the Hall of Fame. He’s earned two league MVPs, led the league in assists five times, and will very possibly end up as the all-time leader in free throw percentage before his career is all said and done. But there’s always been…

  6. How many “real” point guards are there in the NBA? Gary Payton says three.

    Sep 17, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    The NBA game is different then when Gary Payton was a lock down defender on his way to a Hall of Fame career — in 2000 the NBA took away hand checking and any contact on the perimeter, a year later zone defenses were permitted again in the NBA. Payton told us at PBT earlier…

  7. Derrick Rose says he’s been working on shooting range

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    NBA Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose acknowledges fans as he attends a promotional event as part of his Asia tour in Hong Kong

    When Derrick Rose was out with his torn ACL, Tim Hardaway — who went through the same injury as a player — said Rose needed to use the time to become a better jump shooter. Hardaway should know, he had some of his best years after he returned. Rose will be back at the start of…

  8. Cavaliers’ rookie Carrick Felix really wanted to be Tony Hawk

    Sep 12, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

    Carrick Felix

    Ask young players coming into the league who they wanted to be growing up and you get a lot of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan, some Allen Iverson, some young ones say LeBron James, a few other players are mixed in there. Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Carrick Felix went another direction: Tony Hawk. He said…

  9. Damian Lillard sets goal of being All-Star

    Sep 9, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    Damian Lillard sets his goals high. Last season’s Rookie of the Year isn’t shying away from expectations — he wants to help lead the Trail Blazers to the playoffs and he wants to make the All-Star Team this year. He believes he can. That’s what Lillard said to Matt Moore of CBS’s Eye on Basketball,…

  10. Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni had ‘breakdown in communication’ with players last year

    Aug 31, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    Mike D’Antoni was brought in as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers just five games into the season last year after the team decided to part ways with Mike Brown. That apparently hurt the new coach’s relationship with his players, specifically vested veteran Antawn Jamison. Jamison played his 15th season in the league…

  11. Kobe Bryant receives most votes from rookies asked to name their favorite player in the league

    Aug 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Lakers black uniform

    Each year when the NBA’s freshly drafted rookies gather for the offseason photo-shoot during the summer, NBA.com surveys the group to get their thoughts on the league’s current players, as well as predictions for the future of this year’s incoming class. While several topics were covered, one of the more interesting questions posed to the…

  12. Jeremy Lin says Dwight Howard ‘really likes to play pick-and-roll,’ which may be news to Dwight Howard

    Aug 25, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets basketball player Lin gestures during a news conference in Taipei

    Jeremy Lin started all 82 games for the Rockets last season, and managed to average 6.1 assists in 32.2 minutes per game despite the ball dominant ways of James Harden. The addition of Dwight Howard brings all kinds of new possibilities to the offense, at least on paper. That’s what Lin is counting on in…

  13. When you vote for West All-Star guards, who you going to snub?

    Aug 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    When you sit down to fill out your All-Star ballot this year (or you may not sit down, you can do it from your phone while standing) who are you going to select as the starting guards in the West? Are you going to take Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant, like last year? Smart money…

  14. Happy birthday Kobe, here is his career Top 10 (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    kobe ring

    Kobe Bryant turns 35 today, and the well wishes have been pouring in. Today is the birthday of one of the greatest ever, my friend & teammate @kobebryant ! Happy birthday brother! #vino pic.twitter.com/JdOw3VT3b5 — Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 23, 2013 Happy 35th Birthday to @Lakers Great and 5x Champion @kobebryant! — Earvin Magic Johnson…

  15. Lakers GM said he hopes to bring back Kobe and Gasol next summer

    Aug 16, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

    This is not what Lakers fans generally envision. The idea is that after this season the Lakers only have Steve Nash, Robert Sacre and maybe Nick Young (player option but for only $1.2 million) on the books. Fans expect a radical overhaul of the roster and one that takes big steps back toward contending. Kobe…

  16. Jeremy Lin’s pretty funny take on fame: “You’ve changed bro” (VIDEO)

    Aug 15, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Jeremy Lin may have changed, but he still has a great sense of humor and he still doesn’t mind being the butt of the joke. This is an amusing video from Lin’s own YouTube channel, where he looks back on how those around him think fame has changed him — he’s not practicing enough for…

  17. Jim Buss says Dwight Howard ‘was never really a Laker’

    Aug 15, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    The Lakers did their due diligence in free agency this summer where Dwight Howard was concerned, getting the last word in their formal pitch after the coveted big man had met with other teams. In the end, Howard chose to sign with the Houston Rockets — a decision that many felt was a foregone conclusion…

  18. Report: Knicks, 76ers talking to Chris Duhon

    Aug 7, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    We know the Knicks are looking for one more point guard to add to their roster, they’ve had conversations with Jannero Pargo and Beno Udrih, but they are still looking around. The 76ers are still making additions to their roster as well. Both are in talks with free agent point guard Chris Duhon, reports Adrian…

  19. Lakers set to have more nationally televised games than the Heat next season

    Aug 6, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    As we dig into the particulars of the 2013-14 NBA schedule which was released on Tuesday, the amount of nationally televised games awarded to teams is an interesting indicator of perceived interest or predicted success. But as we’re learning more and more, it’s mostly an indication of market size. The Chicago Bulls and New York…

  20. Kurt Rambis not sure how fast Lakers can play next season

    Aug 5, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    The Lakers played pretty fast last season — they averaged the fifth most possessions per game in the league. (Houston was the fastest, have fun with that Dwight Howard.) Of course, Mike D’Antoni would like the Lakers to play faster. But Kurt Rambis doesn’t sound optimistic the Lakers can do that with the roster as…

  21. Steve Nash doesn’t really buy your “Championship or bust” attitude

    Aug 1, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    There is no more ridiculous or annoying argument in sports than “count the ringzzzzz.” Yes Kobe Bryant fans, I’m looking at you. Basketball remains a team sport — Bill Russell was a great player but he has 11 rings because he was on a great team. We’ve mythologized Michael Jordan into a superhuman player (and…

  22. Steve Nash gets “tryout” with Inter Milan (VIDEO)

    Aug 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Call it a workout, call it an “honorary tryout,” call it whatever you wish, soccer fanatic Steve Nash got to take the pitch with Inter Milan on Wednesday and show off his soccer skills Above is a video about the experience. Spoiler alert: Nash did not make the team. But it looks like had fun,…

  23. Steve Nash discusses his soccer tryout with Inter Milan (VIDEO)

    Jul 30, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    We told you about Steve Nash getting a shot to try out with Inter Milan, and while it was more like a day at soccer fantasy camp than an actual tryout, he seemed to enjoy the experience as much as expected. Nash joined The Crossover to discuss his adventure, the courting of Dwight Howard, and…

  24. D’Antoni says he really doesn’t understand Howard’s decision

    Jul 30, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Dwight Howard

    What was he going to say? Mike D’Antoni spent his portion of the Lakers’ Dwight Howard free agency meeting in early July trying to show Howard how the center really did fit in the D’Antoni offense — how Howard is vastly better on the pick-and-roll than he is just getting the ball in the post.…

  25. Steve Nash likes that people are counting the Lakers out

    Jul 30, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Can the Lakers really fly under the radar? Even though everyone rational realizes they will at best be in the mix for one of the bottom seeds in the West, that they are the third best team in their own division, they are still the Lakers with the huge fan base and big stage. People…

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