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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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April 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
                                        Andrew Bynum sat on the bench, and this time it had nothing to do with taking an ill-advised three-pointer. It had everything to do with not showing enough effort rebounding or playing defense. But after posting 10 points on five-of-15 shooting and eight rebounds in the Lakers' 114-106 double-overtime win Sunday over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Bynum sounded different than he has in recent weeks.
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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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March 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The more Andrew Bynum accomplishes, the more he remains unsatisfied. He won the Western Conference Player of the Week award Monday for the second time in his six-year NBA career, capping off a week where he averaged 26 points on 61.4% shooting and 14.6 rebounds in the past five games. Yet, Bynum hardly marveled at his 33 points on an efficient 12-of-14 clip in the Lakers' 103-99 loss Sunday to the Utah Jazz. A few reporters suggested he could've gotten more points had Kobe Bryant passed up his poor shooting night (three-of-20)
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March 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The smile on Andrew Bynum's face widened. “This is so fun,” he said. The reasons pointed to everything with his performance in the Lakers' 103-96 victory Friday over the Portland Trail Blazers, in which he scored a team-high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting.  He threw down two alley-oop lobs from Pau Gasol to open the game. His eight fourth-quarter points featured an array of moves, including a baby hook shot over LaMarcus Aldridge, a lob from Josh McRoberts and two short-range jumpers in the paint.
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January 5, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Will the Lakers trade Pau Gasol to the Cleveland Cavaliers before Andrew Bynum's contract becomes fully guaranteed? According to a late-night tweet Saturday from ESPN-LA 710 Radio, the answer is yes ... or maybe no. "BREAKING NEWS - League sources say Pau/Bynum deal is done and happening Sunday," read a tweet from the @ESPNLA710 feed. Soon after, ESPN-LA reporter Ramona Shelburne gave a different take. Lakers vehemently deny Pau trade is done. Vehemently deny. Aren't budging from stance that they want asset for Gasol - Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne)
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