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  1. Dwight Howard wraps up final free agent meeting with Lakers, now we wait

    Jul 2, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers got the last word they requested with Dwight Howard, holding the final meeting with the offseason’s most coveted free agent on Tuesday. The presentation from the Lakers lasted less than two hours, and was reported to include Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Mike D’Antoni, along with team general manager Mitch Kupchak, members of…

  2. Next up for Dwight Howard: Mavericks, Lakers meetings

    Jul 2, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Sunday night the Rockets had their turn. Monday was long-shot day in the in the Dwight Howard pitch meetings as the Hawks and Warriors got to make their cases. Tuesday it is the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Then we just sit back and wait for Dwight Howard to make his decision. Dallas…

  3. It’s midnight, let the Dwight Howard madness begin

    Jul 1, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Like a Disney fairy tale, when the clock struck midnight Dwight Howard has gotten what he always wanted, what he has earned the right to by playing out his contract: He is a free agent. As of this moment. For the next 48 hours — starting with the Rockets just after the official start of…

  4. Andre Iguodala a riskier free agent than meets the eye

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Which of these players would you have most liked on your team last season: Andres Nocioni, Baron Davis, Brendan Haywood, Charlie Bell, Chris Mihm, Corey Maggette, Damien Wilkins, Earl Watson, Elton Brand, Fred Jones, Hedo Turkoglu, Joel Przybilla, John Salmons, Lamar Odom, Mehmet Okur, Metta World Peace, Michael Redd, Rashard Lewis, Rasual Butler, Ricky Davis,…

  5. Nowitzki says he has reached out to Dwight Howard already

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

    dirk nowitzki dwight howard

    The Dallas Mavericks remain on Dwight Howard’s short list, if reports are to be believed. Mark Cuban has built an organization guys want to play for, and while he would share the spotlight with Dirk Nowitzki for a year or two Howard would be the alpha dog in Dallas. This would be his team; it…

  6. Are the Brooklyn Nets contenders now? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball player Kidd poses for photographers with Brooklyn Nets player Williams at a news conference in Brooklyn

    Thanks to a blockbuster trade with Boston, next season the Brooklyn Nets will start Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. They will bring Jason Terry off the bench. They will start five former All-Stars and bring a former Sixth Man of the Year off the bench. So can we say…

  7. Joakim Noah did not like seeing Miami winning another ring

    Jun 27, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

    Heat's James drives past Bulls' Joakim Noah during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miam

    Joakim Noah does not like the Miami Heat. It shows in his play against them. In a sports world where these guys all know each other and are buddies off the court, it’s a throwback to have someone who just can’t stand the other jerseys. Which means he didn’t really enjoy how the NBA Finals…

  8. Lakers unveil signs on Staples Center urging Dwight Howard to stay

    Jun 26, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    via twitter

    There is a significant portion of Lakers fans who don’t want Dwight Howard to walk as a free agent. It’s not hard to find them on twitter. The idea is you just get terrible for a year (meaning Kobe sits out a lot of the season), you take your chances in the lottery then in…

  9. Report: Alvin Gentry chooses Clippers over Lakers, will be on Rivers’ staff

    Jun 26, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry

    UPDATE 5:34 pm: It didn’t take that long for him to decide. Not long after Doc Rivers was formally introduced as the Clippers head coach, Alvin Gentry said he would become part of Doc’s staff, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni signed off on this (not that he had much…

  10. Report: Mavericks, Hawks, Lakers interested in Monta Ellis

    Jun 18, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Monta Ellis has told the Milwaukee Bucks he is opting out of the $11 million he is owed next season become a free agent this summer. As noted at the time, it would be interesting to see what teams would go after a volume shooter — he scored 19.2 points a game but shot just…

  11. Lakers trainer hints Steve Nash should be on minutes cap next season

    Jun 14, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Well, it seemed obvious to the rest of us, too. Steve Nash, at age 39 with a chronically bad back and coming off a broken fibula, didn’t exactly get to take it easy this season. His minutes per game increased to 32.5, up from the season before in Phoenix. When the Lakers were making their…

  12. Kobe Bryant hints he will play beyond next season

    Jun 9, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Lakers guard Bryant jogs onto the floor prior to the start of an NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    Kobe Bryant certainly hinted more than once he might hang it up after next season. However did you really think a guy that competitive would walk away? Now his Achilles tendon injury oddly makes it more likely he will return. Kobe does not want his final image on the court to be him slowed because…

  13. Steve Nash says he was never really close to playing for Heat

    Jun 5, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The humble Steve Nash jumped on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday and talked about… his health clubs in Vancouver, for one. However there were more interesting things covered, like how he said he never really was that close to going to play for the Miami Heat — he wanted more than the one-year deal they…

  14. Karl Malone talks Jordan vs. Lebron, his all time starting five (VIDEO)

    Jun 4, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Hall of Fame power forward — and now Utah Jazz big man coach — Karl Malone swung by the Dan Patrick show today and was very Karl Malone. Well, I think we all expected a little more referencing himself in the third person, but he was still in rare form. Dan Patrick gets him talking…

  15. Heat aren’t infallible, and it’s unfair to treat them as such

    Jun 3, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade

    When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, critics decried the end of competitive balance. They saw LeBron’s “Not one, not two, not three…” remark not as a hopeful boast, but as the inevitable. The Heat would win the championship every year from then on, and there was nothing anyone could do…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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