July 30, 2012 |
It may be the dog days of the NBA offseason, but there's still plenty of things to monitor. First of all, Laker fans can still get their hoops fix by watching the 2012 London Olympics. Among the notable subplots: Kobe Bryant has played an elder statesman role with Team USA where he's providing leadership, deferring teammates and playing defense. Pau Gasol remains Spain's No. 1 option, became the country's flag bearer and hopes he can rectify his native country's gold-medal match loss to Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
September 27, 2012 |
In a little over a minute, the general public caught a glimpse seeing Dwight Howard perform exercises he's stayed away from for months. In a workout on Wednesday at the Lakers ' practice facility in El Segundo, Lakers.com's Mike Trudell presents in the video above how Howard went through various post moves with assistant coaches Darvin Ham and Chuck Person. What that means regarding his rehab efforts after having back surgery in April? Well, the Lakers have offered no timetable on his return, other than crossing him off for the preseason opener Oct. 7 against Golden State (sorry Fresno fans)
September 25, 2012 |
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.
August 29, 2012 |
*We will have a live chat today at 12:30 p.m. Bring your questions! Sorry for being a buzzkill, but someone has to be the party pooper. There's a good chance Lakers center Dwight Howard won't play in the season opener Oct. 30 and beyond. Not that that's going to sap the enthusiasm for the Lakers' championship prospects. But the Lakers will have to figure out how to absorb Howard's possible absence. This isn't exactly news. At his introductory news press conference Aug. 10, Howard admitted uncertainty about whether his surgically treated back would be 100%.
July 23, 2012 |
They say patience is a virtue. But does that describe the approach the Lakers should take in their pursuit of Dwight Howard? The Orlando Magic appears to lack much urgency in dealing the disgruntled center; they're more interested in maximizing their trade value. Howard is prone to changing his mind, and last week's report that he's interested in the Lakers could mean absolutely nothing. And even if it lacks the same same splash as acquiring Howard would make, the Lakers still have to upgrade their bench.
October 15, 2012 |
Just as practice ended, the Lakers' frontline in Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol performed a move that usually leaves defenders off balance. But this time, it involved a sea full of reporters. Gasol entered the media scrum, while Howard hoped to sneak into the trainer's room. But to no avail. It's understandable considering Howard knows the question before the media asks. Has Howard rehabbed his surgically repaired back enough to play in a exhibition season game? Because he hasn't, Howard won't appear in Tuesday's game as the Lakers host the Utah Jazz at Anaheim's Honda Center.