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July 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Last Friday, free-agent center Dwight Howard chose the Houston Rockets over the Lakers, and the reaction across the Internet has been mixed. "While the Lakers must plot for next summer, when every contract except [Steve] Nash's comes off the books, Houston can search for one more headliner to place alongside Howard and [James] Harden," wrote Lee Jenkins of SI.com .  "The NBA's big domino has fallen, a moment Howard has anticipated for nearly two years. Mercifully, all the pondering and speculating and jockeying are behind him. " Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle wrote that the Rockets "finally hooked the biggest fish in the NBA's free-agent pond.
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July 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have made their pitch. Free-agent center Dwight Howard sat with the Lakers for 90 minutes in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, hearing his final pitch after meeting with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks. Now it's up to him to decide where he'll play. "Jim Buss, Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Harris and I, along with representatives from our partners at Time Warner Cable Sports Net and AEG, met this afternoon for approximately two hours with Dwight Howard and his representatives Dan Fegan and Happy Walters," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak in a prepared statement.
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July 2, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Seven Lakers employees and officials from two key affiliates rolled into the Beverly Hills office of Dwight Howard's agents Tuesday at 2 p.m. and presented the pitch they hoped would land the prized free agent. Focusing on ways for Howard to increase his brand in the second-largest U.S. city, the Lakers also let him know they would build around him on the court during the duration of the five-year, $118-million contract he could sign with them. The Lakers didn't try to sell Howard on their 16-championship past but targeted the future, including enough salary-cap space next summer to sign another high-profile free agent with what Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak recently called “an enormous amount of financial flexibility.” Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Coach Mike D'Antoni, team vice president Jim Buss and Lakers marketing/business executive Tim Harris were on hand for the Lakers.
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June 30, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Without the reassuring voice of Jerry Buss, the late Lakers owner whose eleventh-hour phone call prevented Kobe Bryant from going to the Clippers in 2004, the Lakers are turning to two veterans to help keep Dwight Howard in Los Angeles. Bryant and Steve Nash will be part of the Lakers' delegation that meets Tuesday with Howard to try to persuade him to sign a five-year, $118-million contract. They'll be joined by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike D'Antoni. Team executives Jeanie Buss and Jim Buss are also expected to attend the meeting at an undisclosed Los Angeles location.
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June 20, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Phil Jackson is still a part of the Lakers, through history and engagement, but the franchise is carrying on despite his Hall-of-Fame shadow. Jackson sat with his fiancée, Lakers executive and part-owner Jeanie Buss, on Wednesday night at an event hosted by Time Warner Cable Media honoring the late Jerry Buss. As Jeanie graciously answered questions about the team's first year with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Jackson sat quietly. "[Time Warner] exceeded even beyond our wildest expectations; the amount of time and coverage that the team received was really what our fan base had been asking for," said Buss.
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May 10, 2013
Check any correct answer to the following question: What is 42? a) the number worn by Jackie Robinson when he played with the Brooklyn Dodgers. b) a movie about Robinson's courage in breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947. c) the number of games the Dodgers will win this season. Doug Thomson West Los Angeles :: Perhaps the Dodgers should just put everybody on the disabled list and call it a season. Sterling Buckingham Canyon Country :: I finally figured out what the Dodgers' motto this year means.
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April 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
It is the chant that has defined the season, yet somehow has not defined the man. The most amazing thing about the derisive jeer that has rained upon Mike D'Antoni's slumped shoulders for the last six months is that not once has he jeered back. "We want Phil," scream the fans. "I understand," says the coach who is not Phil. Before the Lakers take the Staples Center court Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs in probably the last game of the most disappointing season in franchise history, perhaps it is time to consider the fortitude of the man who has borne the wrath of that shame.
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April 20, 2013
And the "Made the 2013 Playoffs" banner goes where? Steve Morsa Thousand Oaks :: Random thoughts on Kobe Bryant: He is talked about too much. He is written about too much. He is paid too much. He dribbles too much. He shoots too much. He scores too much. However, as a basketball fan, too much has not been enough. Here's hoping for more Kobe in the future. Dennis Bukovich North Hills :: Kobe Bryant's severed Achilles' tendon is the dividend the Laker Nation received from Jim Buss' indefensible decision to hire Mike D'Antoni, not Phil Jackson.
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April 20, 2013 | T.J. Simers
The Clippers have now sold out 92 straight home games with Saturday night's playoff victory in Staples Center. I have always thought it fascinating that there are 19,060 Clippers fans in all of Southern California and every one of them goes to every home game. Everyone else around here, of course, is a Lakers fan. There's been more talk this week about Antawn Jamison's seven-second pause on the radio when asked about Coach Mike D'Antoni than Lob City's stirring season.
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April 20, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
On Friday, Kobe Bryant got a visit from Lakers Vice President Jim Buss, General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike D'Antoni. Bryant is still on crutches, recovering from April 13 surgery to repair a torn left Achilles' tendon. The Lakers All-Star guard uploaded a picture to his Instagram account with the caption, "Got a few more visitors today ... Jimmy B, Mitch K and Mike D.  We talked about the season, next season and more importantly about the strategy for this upcoming series #lakerfam #amnestywho?
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