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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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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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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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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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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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April 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Unlike in previous seasons, it doesn't appear that Andrew Bynum's latest injury has elicited much concern. After suffering what the Lakers termed a "moderate sprain" in his left ankle, Bynum told the team's website he would "definitely" play Tuesday against the New Jersey Nets.  Bynum's initial X-rays turned out negative,  and The Times' Mike Bresnahan noted that the team didn't consider the injury serious enough to warrant a follow-up MRI...
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March 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Some things to keep an eye on when the Lakers (23-15) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (21-19) Friday at Minneapolis' Target Center. 1. Will the Lakers play with effort? It's downright offensive that the public has to wonder whether the Lakers will do that, especially after losing two consecutive games to Eastern Conference dwellers the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards. But it's a fair question to ask. It remains to be seen whether this will spark the Lakers into fuller intensity or lead to more divisions within the team over Mike Brown.
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May 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among the highlights on my breakdown of the Lakers' 102-99 Game 5 loss Tuesday to the Denver Nuggets The Lakers missed a huge opportunity in closing out the series. They would've gotten three days of rest before playing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals. Instead, the Lakers needlessly gave the Nuggets confidence and face a steeper challenge in closing the series out Thursday at Denver. Kobe Bryant almost willed the Lakers to a win by scoring 43 points and proving largely instrumental in mounting a fourth-quarter comeback.
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May 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
We're going to have a live chat at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions! Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the Lakers couldn't keep up with the Thunder's speed in their 119-90 Game 1 loss Monday to Oklahoma City. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding and The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explain how the Lakers were left in the dust by the Thunder. -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry focuses on Russell Westbrook's dominance against the Lakers.
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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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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 5, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
As soon as Lakers center Andrew Bynum took the court against the Clippers, it seemed hard to believe that just an hour earlier he sat by his locker debating whether to play. His moderately sprained left ankle had kept him sidelined against New Jersey and he did not want to watch another game on television. But his ankle was sore and he did not want to further aggravate it. Bynum worked out with assistant coach Darvin Ham before tip-off and decided that his ankle was strong enough to support the thrashing it would take from his 285-pound body.
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November 24, 2012 | By Michael Robinson
Andrew Bynum is known more for bowling than basketball in Philadelphia, and it's going to stay that way awhile longer. Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Tony DiLeo said Saturday that Bynum is out indefinitely with bilateral bone bruises and weakened cartilage  in his knees. "We don't know when he'll be back," DiLeo said. "Only Andrew's body can answer that question. When he feels better, we can step up the rehab program. We just have to wait to see how he reacts to the rehab.
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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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