November 20, 2012 |
The Brooklyn Nets retooled over the summer, retaining Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace while adding Joe Johnson, CJ Watson and Andray Blatche. So far the Nets have been one of the best teams in the league with a 6-2 record, second in the East to their rival New York Knicks. The Lakers finish off a six-game home-stand on Tuesday night. Four victories in five tries have finally brought the team to .500. A win over the Nets would give the Lakers their first winning record of the season.
November 20, 2012 |
Lakers 95 - Nets 90 (final) It wasn't easy by the Lakers overcame 18 missed free throws to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 95-90. In their first official game under Coach Mike D'Antoni, the Lakers managed to get stops on multiple sequences to turn a six-point deficit into a five-point victory. Dwight Howard made 19 trips to the line, making just seven as the Nets began to foul him intentionally a la hack-a-Shaq. The Lakers shot just 51.4% from the stripe, helping keep Brooklyn in the game.
November 19, 2012
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 5-5; Nets 6-2. Record vs. Nets (2011-12): 1-0. Update: Brooklyn is off to a surprising 6-2 start, including five consecutive victories. Nets point guard Deron Williams is averaging 18 points and eight assists. Center Brook Lopez is averaging 17.8 points after missing almost all of last season. The Lakers have won eight consecutive games against the Nets, their last loss coming in November 2007.
November 19, 2012 |
The Lakers have climbed to eighth place in the Western Conference with a 5-5 record. Despite their 1-4 start, the team is only one win behind predictions for Weeks 1 , 2 and 3 . Already with Coach Mike D'Antoni's influence, the Lakers have raised their scoring average to 100.5 points a game. D'Antoni has said his goal is in the 110-to-115 range. The Lakers haven't beaten any top-tier team yet this season. With four games over a five-night stretch, D'Antoni's debut will not be an easy one. The following is a breakdown of the Lakers' Week 4 schedule (through Sunday)
July 3, 2012 |
Deron Williams is staying with the Nets. The All-Star point guard said on his Twitter page Tuesday night that he "made a very tough decision today" and posted a picture of the new team logo that accompanies the Nets' move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. A person with knowledge of the decision said Williams told the team he was accepting their five-year contract worth $98 million. Williams, the top free agent available, chose to stay with the Nets over signing with his hometown team, the Dallas Mavericks.
June 28, 2012 |
For far too long, the Lakers' breakup with Lamar Odom provided no immediate benefits. Oh, the Purple & Gold possibly averted disaster, considering that Odom completely imploded with the Dallas Mavericks. But that didn't put the Lakers on the winning end of the deal. For one, Odom's inconsistency may not have been as drastic considering his comfort level with the Lakers. More importantly, the Lakers boasted the league's least productive bench, so anything Odom would've provided probably would've yielded a net positive.
June 26, 2012 |
The Brooklyn Nets made sure that Deron Williams would have no trouble finding a sign to remain with the team. For his 28th birthday on Tuesday, the Nets put a huge billboard outside of his home that read: ""HAPPY BIRTHDAY DERON! from your Brooklyn family. " Williams, a three-time All-Star who averaged 21 points and 8.7 assists last season for the Nets, becomes a free agent July 1. The Nets would like to sign Williams to a max contract extension, but he's expected to opt out and become an unrestricted free agent.
June 25, 2012 |
-- The Times' T.J. Simers argues that Kobe Bryant provides more problems than solutions for the Lakers' long-term future. Simers also talks to Jim Buss, who says he doesn't expect the Lakers to make any major moves . -- The Times' Bill Plaschke takes issue with some of Buss' comments to Simers. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who says the Lakers have to have a contingency plan in case Ramon Sessions isn't available as a free agent.
June 19, 2012 |
With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, the Lakers went from having a point guard of the future to almost no point guards. Ramon Sessions will not exercise a player option to stay with the Lakers and will become a free agent, leaving Steve Blake as their only point guard under contract. Sessions would have earned $4.55 million next season. He could return to the Lakers by signing with them, but there's no guarantee of it. "Both sides have to absorb some risk," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said.