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  • NBA free agents: Updates on Class of 2012

    <b>NBA free agents:</b> Updates on Class of 2012
    An updated look at NBA free agents. Who has signed, who is still available, who has become available: Best of who is left: Kenyon Martin, Josh Howard, Derek Fisher, Chris Andersen, Mickael Pietrus, Mehmet Okur (retired), Maurice Evans, Ryan Gomes,...
  • Cashing in their championships

    Cashing in their championships
    1979-80 FINALS Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2 An old dog, a new trickster and birth of 'Showtime' "Showtime" began as 20-year-old rookie Magic Johnson inspired this talented team to first in the Pacific Division. After four close games in the...
  • The value of doing nothing before the trade deadline

     
    Plenty of concerns surrounded the Lakers as the trade deadline approached. Worries over the team's complacency and health remained ongoing issues. And fans clamored for the team to add speed, particularly to their backcourt. The Lakers did nothing, a...
  • Highlighting the best comments from Lakers blog member Rick Friedman

     
    Highlighting the best comments after the jump of former Lakers blog member Rick Friedman, who recently passed way after fighting cancer. "It's become almost impossible to stomach watching an entire Lakers game. Smush chokes at the charity stripe when...
  • Looking at how the Lakers would match up with New Orleans in the playoffs

     
    Fumbling with his cracked cellphone as he sat by his locker, Lakers forward Ron Artest appeared to have been tuning out my question about the New Orleans Hornets. His eyes then lit up when I informed him that the Hornets had lost forward David West, the...
  • Breaking down the Lakers roster entering the playoffs

     
    Forward Ron Artest When he wasn't celebrating the 2010 NBA championship, Artest spent plenty of time this off-season slimming down to 250 pounds and limiting his alcohol consumption in the hopes he could keep up with speedy players such as Kevin Durant....
  • Pau Gasol largely responsible for Lakers' 109-100 Game 1 loss to New Orleans Hornets

     
    Walking toward the exit of the Lakers' locker room, a team official paced nervously. "Where ... is Pau Gasol?" the official said to himself. The locker room just opened to the media at 11 a.m. Sunday, 90 minutes before the Lakers' Game 1 matchup with...
  • Breaking down how the Lakers struggled containing Chris Paul

     
    Breaking down Chris Paul's 11 of 18 shooting in Lakers' 109-100 Game 1 loss to New Orleans Hornets First quarter, 9:38 - 9:30. Paul and Carl Landry immediately went to screen and roll, and Pau Gasol was already unprepared. He anticipated being ready to...
  • Lakers-Hornets Game 1: New Orleans 109, Lakers 100 (final)

     
    Welcome to a series. The Lakers got the opponent they wanted, and now they have exactly what they were fearing, a genuine first-round test. What happened to San Antonio at the hands of Memphis a few hours earlier managed to unfold at Staples Center this...
  • Will Pau Gasol's improved Game 3 performance offset big picture concerns?

     
    With the shot clock winding down, Lakers forward Pau Gasol had no other choice but to step out of his comfort zone. He had spent most of the game trying to stay aggressive and create a rhythm so that he could shake his playoff funk, and it seemed likely...
  • Lakers Report Cards: Pau Gasol

     
    This is the 10th edition of Lakers Report Cards, focusing today on starting power forward Pau Gasol. Grade: B- Any Laker fan who goes through their DVR can find countless clips documenting Pau Gasol's lackluster showing in the playoffs. There's the...