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February 25, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Derek Fisher will get another chance to win a sixth NBA championship. The longtime Laker signed with Oklahoma City on Monday, joining the Thunder for the stretch run a second straight year. The 38-year-old Fisher has spent more than 12 of his 17 pro seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships alongside Kobe Bryant. Last season, Fisher was traded by the Lakers to Houston. After buying out of his contract with the Rockets, Fisher signed with the Thunder and played in 20 regular-season games and all 20 of the team's playoff games.
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February 21, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant's always so conservative with his views. So meek. Timid. "It's not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will," Bryant told Sports Illustrated. "And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone - Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that. " He didn't mention the Clippers, but that's another story for another day. The most repetitive, boring question of the Lakers' season was raised again Thursday: Was their victory Wednesday the start of a trend or a momentary burst before a relapse into the same old stuff?
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February 18, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss on Monday sparked an outpouring of support and respect for the man credited with the invention of Showtime and who figured out a way to make more money from high-value seats. Buss, 80, died of complications from cancer. Buss won 10 NBA championships after purchasing the team in 1979. In his first season as owner, after drafting Magic Johnson, the Lakers won the NBA title. It was a sign of things to come. Among those helping Buss along the way was the legendary Jerry West.
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February 14, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin
Lakers owner Jerry Buss has an undisclosed form of cancer and is in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to several people familiar with the situation. "He's doing fine," Buss' son Jim told The Times in a brief interview Thursday. "We just aren't going to make any comments on it. We've been dealing with this. " Buss, 79, has not attended any games this season after being a fixture in his luxury suite halfway up the arena behind the Lakers' bench. He maintained an extremely low public profile last year, emerging briefly to release a complimentary statement about Derek Fisher when the longtime Lakers guard was traded in a rare cost-cutting move in March.
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February 12, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
He drives the lane, spins and slips backward like a fading star. He returns to the lane and scores on a layup under two defenders like a kid. He curls around the baseline, stops in front of the basket, and the ball is swatted from his hands as if he's a careless rookie. He then fakes a defender and hit an open bank shot like a star. He is awful. He is great. He is sometimes slow. He is occasionally sneaky. He is, on the whole, precisely the opposite of the sort of point guard that everyone thought he would be. Steve Nash is ordinary.
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February 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
It's unclear how long the Lakers' Pau Gasol will be out with what the team said Wednesday was a "tear of the plantar fascia. " The forward/center is still being evaluated, but it seems a foregone conclusion that he's going to be out for a significant amount of time. If that means four weeks, Gasol will miss the team's next 13 games. Six weeks means 20 games. If Gasol ends up sidelined for eight to 10 weeks, he would be out 26 -- through the rest of the regular season. The team is already without Jordan Hill, leaving Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, Antawn Jamison, rookie Robert Sacre and an undersized Metta World Peace to fill the power forward/center positions.
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February 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant shared a couple of "what-if" pictures on his Twitter page Wednesday. With the Lakers preparing to hit Boston for a Thursday night meeting against the Celtics, Bryant posted a shot of his pre-draft workout in Boston from 1996. Bryant can be seen wearing Celtic green in front of late Hall of Famer and noted defender Dennis Johnson. In a second image, passed on by Bryant from his follower Guisseppe Gumban, a gangly Bryant appears to be trying to box out Johnson for a rebound.
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January 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Coach Mike D'Antoni will continue to have Kobe Bryant defend opposing point guards. The Lakers have struggled throughout the season defensively. On Sunday, D'Antoni put Bryant on Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving, helping the Lakers break a six-game losing streak with a 113-93 win. Irving finished with 15 points in the game, well below his season average. As a team, the Cavaliers struggled to score against the Lakers' improved defense. "Kobe starting on Kyrie and some of the other matchups they had, they came out much more aggressive," said Byron Scott, coach of the Cavaliers.  "They didn't just sit back.  They were the initiator, and I thought that was the biggest difference.
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January 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have until Tuesday to apply for a "disabled players exception" for Jordan Hill. It was announced on Friday that Hill will miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury that will sideline the forward-center for six months. According to the Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ , the Lakers can apply for an exception worth half of Hill's $3.56-million salary.  There's no guarantee the league will approve the exception if the Lakers even apply for it, but if granted, the Lakers would gain about $1.78 million in additional spending power.
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December 22, 2012 | Wire reports
The Dallas Mavericks have waived Derek Fisher , a move made at the request of the veteran guard. The Mavericks announced the move Saturday, four days after the 38-year-old Fisher strained a tendon in his right knee in a game against Philadelphia. Fisher, a 16-year veteran who won five championships with the Lakers, was a free agent when he signed with Dallas three weeks ago because of injuries and lack of depth at the point. In nine games for Dallas, Fisher averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 assists.
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