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Last look behind the scenes as 'Backstage: Lakers' wraps season

May 08, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Lakers guard Kobe Bryant encourages teammate Dwight Howard.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant encourages teammate Dwight Howard. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

With a last look behind the scenes with the 2012-13 Lakers, Time Warner Cable SportsNet's "Backstage: Lakers" airs its season finale on Wednesday night.

The players met with General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike D'Antoni on April 29 and 30 for exit meetings. 

Cameras capture teammates as they say their goodbyes for the season after their 4-0 sweep by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

Kobe Bryant is seen riding around the Lakers' practice facility on a scooter, nursing his left leg as he recovers from surgery to repair his torn Achilles' tendon.

It remains to be seen how much of the roster returns next season.

The Lakers have only five players with guaranteed contracts (Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Hill). The team has the option to keep Jodie Meeks at $1.55 million.

Metta World Peace can opt out of his final year at $7.7 million. Chris Duhon's $3.75 million is only guaranteed for $1.5 million.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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