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March 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
An enraged Mike Brown put an immature Andrew Bynum in timeout. The Lakers center had just taken an ill-advised three-pointer at the top of the key with several seconds left on the shot clock. Yet, Bynum hardly showed remorse during the Lakers' eventual 104-101 victory Tuesday over the Golden State Warriors. Once he sat down with 9:33 left in the third quarter, Bynum smiled and mimicked his release. With exception to a two-minute fourth-quarter stint that featured two more missed jumpers and a free throw, Bynum remained on the bench.
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March 12, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The most encouraging facets of Andrew Bynum's debut with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night couldn't be found in a box score that showed the 7-footer logged eight points and 10 rebounds in only 15½ minutes against the Boston Celtics. What should make the Pacers feel even more optimistic about Bynum is the fact that he didn't obliterate his team's legendary chemistry nor did he experience a recurrence of the knee soreness that has made him one of the NBA's biggest busts over much of the last two years.
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May 3, 2012 | By Mark Medina
It sounded like a trick question to many. Which Andrew Bynum would the Lakers prefer? The one who posted his first career triple-double in the Lakers' 103-88 Game 1 victory over Denver with 10 points, 10 rebounds and an NBA playoff-record 10 blocks?  Or the one who posted 27 points and nine rebounds in the Lakers' 104-100 Game 2 win over the Nuggets? The Lakers had varying ways of wiggling out of their answer. Lakers power forward Pau Gasol pointed out with a smile that "both Andrews are good.
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February 3, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers continued their downward spiral, finishing Week 14 without a win and a six-game losing streak. First the Lakers lost with a poor second half on Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers, 104-92 . Al Jefferson simply dominated on Friday in the Lakers' 110-100 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. Before the Pacers' win, Indiana Coach Frank Vogel said the Lakers are in an "impossible" situation with so many injuries. The Lakers hoped to get Steve Nash on the floor but a tweaked back caused another delay.
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April 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among all the head-scratching elements concerning Andrew Bynum's recent behavior, there's at least one thing that's clear. After missing Tuesday's game against New Jersey because of a sprained left ankle, Bynum will start Wednesday against the Clippers. It was yet another day in which Bynum continued his weird behavior. He declined to talk to reporters about his health before the game, his usual custom, but he then blasted Warren G rap music through his headphones. The Lakers forbid players to play music loudly in the locker room.
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May 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Somewhere in Andrew Bynum's bookshelf sits the title that perfectly encapsulates his improvement in the 2011-12 NBA season. The book, "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell, delves into how "little things can make a big difference," a subject Bynum read at length last season while rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee. Regarding Bynum's development this season, Lakers fans might see that tipping point in various places. They saw it in his aggressiveness, where his larger post presence ensured a career-high 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds a game.
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April 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among the highlights of my conversation with the Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman on the Lakers-Nuggets series: --Hochman jokingly laments Metta World Peace's six-game suspension because that also means Hochman can't perform standup comedy with him anymore. The two apparently fed off one another, and Hochman remains unsure how he'll adjust: --Hochman explains the Nuggets' 11-4 record to close out the season --Hochman believes Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari will benefit from World Peace's absence.
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February 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The goal remained clear-cut in Andrew Bynum's eyes. Playing in the NBA All-Star game would validate his arrival as an elite center. Yet, that distinction eluded Bynum through six NBA seasons because he couldn't stay healthy.  Bynum's moment finally arrived Sunday when he appeared in his first All-Star game, a 152-149 West victory over the East. But a familiar story ensued. Bynum's zero points on zero-of-three shooting, three rebounds and a block on Dwight Howard revealed little.
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March 20, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who plans to exercise the $16.1-million option they have for the last year of Andrew Bynum's contract. -- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky details Bynum's progression/struggle with playing through double teams. -- Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan ranks the Lakers at No. 6 in his latest power rankings. -- The Palm Beach Post's Ethan J. Skolnick argues Derek Fisher wouldn't be a good fit with the Miami Heat.  -- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the gray areas of clutch performances.
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April 7, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Game stories -- The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Andrew Bynum's ejection in the Lakers' 112-107 loss Friday to the Houston Rockets. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes the Lakers' defensive lapses against Houston. -- The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen credits the Rockets' chemistry. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers struggled without Bynum. Notebooks -- The Times' Bolch mentions how the NBA gave Clippers forward Blake Griffin a flagrant foul type 1 for his push Thursday against Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
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February 2, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers could get back three point guards in the coming week as Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) are getting closer to returning. The Lakers (16-31) have started six players at point guard, including Kobe Bryant and Xavier Henry out of position. Bryant and Henry are sidelined for at least a few more weeks because of knee injuries. None of the six have a winning record. The Lakers won three of the six games Nash started at point guard.
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February 1, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers center-forward Pau Gasol will sit out at least a week after an MRI exam Saturday revealed a strained right groin. Gasol had some minor discomfort in his groin during the Lakers' seven-game trip but really struggled with it Tuesday in the Lakers' 104-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Although he was able to play through it again Friday, Gasol said he aggravated the injury during a 110-100 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. According to a team release, Gasol will be reevaluated next weekend after the team's three-game trip to Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
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January 13, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Here's one thing Mike Brown doesn't miss about being the Lakers' coach: the commute. It was 43 miles from his home in Anaheim Hills to the team's practice facility in El Segundo. Driving time varied greatly depending on traffic and whether basketball operations assistant Kyle Triggs came along, allowing them to use the carpool lane. "Literally, I could get stuck, especially going home sometimes without having him in the car with me and it would take me two, 21/2 hours," Brown, now coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, recalled Monday afternoon.
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January 10, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
J.J. Redick, out the last six weeks recovering from a broken right wrist and torn ligaments on the side of his right wrist, started Friday night when the Clippers played host to the Lakers at Staples Center. "I'm good to go," Redick said. "I wouldn't be playing if I wasn't ready. " He was ready, making five of six shots in the first quarter and scored 17 points in the first half. Redick, who missed 21 games recovering from the injury, has been ramping up his practices and his workouts at the shoot-arounds.
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January 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The denizens of the Dan Ryan Expressway can rest easy. So can those Chicago Bulls fans who need handicapped parking at the Berto Center. Whenever Andrew Bynum next visits your city, he'll still be safely ensconced on someone else's team bus, just passing through. The NBA's tallest knucklehead won't be zooming one of his high-end sports cars through the streets of Chicago as a permanent resident after the Bulls acquired and then waived him as part of a trade for Luol Deng.
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January 7, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers waived forward Stephen Jackson on Tuesday, the team announced. That opens the door for the team to sign another player, because they have a 14-man roster. The Clippers are looking at signing Maalik Wayns, whom they just released Sunday, to a 10-day contract, perhaps as soon as today, according to NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers also had interest in signing free-agent guard Sasha Vujacic to a 10-day contract, but have cooled on that idea for now, the officials said.
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April 21, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that Lakers center Andrew Bynum won't play in the 2012 Olympics so he can get rest and receive an innovative procedure on his surgically repaired right knee in Germany. Bresnahan says it's similar to the procedure Kobe Bryant had on his right knee and left ankle last summer. Game stories -- The Times' Bresnahan observes the Lakers didn't do much to complement Kobe Bryant in his return to the lineup in the Lakers' 121-97 loss Friday to the San Antonio Spurs.
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September 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
When it came down to evaluating whether the Lakers would trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard, the Lakers front office held a fairly simple criteria on why they pulled the trigger. "We got the best," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said at the time. Yet, if you're to listen to Sixers small forward Dorell Wright talk about the new Sixers center, perhaps the Lakers should've pulled a mulligan and remained status quo. "He's going to need two defenders to stop him; I would say he's the best big man in the NBA right now, hands down," Wright told the Phiadelphia Inquirer's John Mitchell . "He's a guy that can give you baskets with his back to the basket; a guy who makes free throws at 7-feet.
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January 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
One of the last Lakers to walk off the practice court Sunday following the team's shoot-around was Pau Gasol after he shot a series of free throws. Could they be the last ones he takes in a Lakers uniform? Speculation continued to swirl that the Lakers remain engaged in talks with Cleveland regarding a trade that would send Gasol to the Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Bynum, at least one other player to meet salary requirements and a possible draft pick. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni was asked if he was on pins and needles about whether Gasol would continue to play for him. "It concerns everybody and it's things you've got to play through," D'Antoni said, "but it's things you can't worry about.
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