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April 24, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Lakers reserve center-forward Jordan Hill has been cleared to play, the team said Wednesday. It's somewhat surprising, given the fact the Lakers initially said he would be out for the entire season after undergoing hip surgery in January. More recently, he was deemed out until at least the second round of the playoffs. Hill has not played since Jan. 6. He is averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in his second season with the Lakers. He has taken part in some recent practices but mostly without contact.
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April 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Nick Young finished the season as the Lakers' top scorer, at 17.9 points a game, but he also led the team in a less impressive category -- technical fouls. Through 64 games, Young collected nine technicals, placing him in the top 25 in the NBA. Blake Griffin (Clippers) and DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) led the league with 16 apiece, both serving one-game suspensions. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) avoided suspension with 15. No other Laker came close to Young's nine.
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October 18, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Jordan Hill took part in about two-thirds of practice Thursday, a significant step of improvement for the injured Lakers forward. He is still being held out of contact drills but this was his first real action since being diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back this month. "He did everything that was non-contact, which was good," said Lakers Coach Mike Brown after practice. "For us, the way we're playing, he's got to know specific routes and reads. There's a lot he still has to do to play catch up. "He didn't do anything live.
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April 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers wrapped the 2013-14 season with two straight wins, finishing 27-55 on the season. Week 25 started with a 119-104 win over the Jazz in Utah on Monday, which dropped the Lakers to sixth in the NBA draft lottery . On Wednesday, the Lakers closed out the year with a 113-110 victory on the road in San Antonio against the Spurs. All-star Kobe Bryant took off early, heading to France before the Lakers' season ended . Kent Bazemore underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot.
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June 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 11th in a series of posts grading the Lakers on the 2011-12 season. Player: Jordan Hill How he performed: 4.7 points on 46.7% shooting and 4.4 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game in the regular season; 4.8 points on 43.4% shooting from the field and 6.3 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game in the post-season. The good: The moment Hill stepped on the court, many Laker fans surely thought Mike Brownwas just needlessly shuffling his rotation again.
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March 15, 2012 | By Ben Bolch and Broderick Turner
It's the end of an era -- again -- for the Lakers and Derek Fisher. The Lakers have traded the veteran point guard and a conditional draft pick to the Houston Rockets for forward Jordan Hill, a Rockets team source confirmed to The Times. Fisher played his first eight NBA seasons with the Lakers before leaving for Golden State and later Utah, only to return prior to the 2007-08 season. He won five championships with the franchise. Fisher became expendable after the Lakers acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier Thursday.
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May 2, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
A felony hearing for Lakers forward Jordan Hill has been rescheduled until June 8, according to a spokeswoman for the Harris County district attorney's office. An attorney for Hill appeared in a Houston courthouse Tuesday and asked for the case to be continued next month. Hill was charged with a third-degree felony Monday for choking his girlfriend on Feb. 29, according to court documents. Hill, 24, was with the Houston Rockets at the time of the alleged incident. He has recently become a reliable rotation player for the Lakers, averaging eight points and 10 rebounds in the first two games of a first-round series against the Denver Nuggets.
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January 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers announced Friday that Jordan Hill will miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury. Hill was somber when meeting with the media after the Lakers fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 116-101. "I feel like I let down the team," said Hill. "I let down the fans. " According to the Lakers, Hill was examined by team doctor Steve Lombardo and hip specialist Dr. Jason Snibbe Friday and underwent an anthrogram test. The test revealed "loose fragments in addition to a possible labral tear" in the hip, which will require surgery, the team said.
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November 19, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
One of the early surprises this year for the Lakers (5-7) has been the play of Jordan Hill. Coach Mike D'Antoni promoted Hill to the starting lineup last Tuesday and the 26-year-old forward/center has responded with averages of 18.8 points and 12 rebounds over four games. While Hill has helped the starting unit, the Lakers' bench has had some difficulty playing without him - specifically point guard Jordan Farmar. "When I took Jordan Hill off the second group and put him on the first group, Farmar went into a tailspin," said D'Antoni after the Lakers' victory over the Detroit Pistons.
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January 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Jordan Hill, after having his injured hip reexamined, will have surgery Wednesday, the Lakers announced. After getting a second opinion in Nashville by Dr. Thomas Byrd, the Lakers' backup big man will have his hip repaired on Wednesday morning. Hill was injured on Jan. 6 against the Denver Nuggets, the same game in which Pau Gasol suffered a concussion and Dwight Howard aggravated a shoulder injury. After an initial MRI exam, a more detailed examination showed that Hill has some loose bodies in the hip and may have a torn labrum.
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April 20, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The NBA has raised its salary-cap projection for the 2014-15 season from $62.9 million to $63.2 million. The current salary cap for the 2013-14 season is $58.7 million. The new cap number, which won't officially be set until the NBA completes its annual audit in early July, would represent a climb of $4.5 million. The Lakers could have a maximum of $28.2 million in cap space to spend this off-season, provided they renounce the rights to all their free agents, which allows the club to stretch out the final $9.7 million of Steve Nash's contract over three years (at just over $3.2 million a season)
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April 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 113 - San Antonio Spurs 100 (end of regulation) The Lakers ended a difficult 2013-14 regular season with an easy win over the NBA's best San Antonio Spurs. With Kobe Bryant (knee), Pau Gasol (vertigo), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Chris Kaman (calf), Xavier Henry (knee, wrist) and Kent Bazemore (foot) all sidelined, the Lakers finished the season with a 27-55 record after 113-100 victory on the road. The Spurs sat Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli, along with Tony Parker in the second half, as they prepare for their first-round matchup against the Dallas Mavericks (49-32)
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (25-55) play arguably their most important game of the season on Monday night, visiting the also-lottery-bound Utah Jazz (24-56). Measured by futility, both teams are well-positioned for the 2014 NBA draft lottery. The Jazz are currently the fourth-worst team in the league, but another win would push them into a three-way tie in the win column with the Boston Celtics and Lakers. While each team would have an equal 9% chance at the top pick in the NBA draft, the league would flip coins to determine the order of each franchise -- should they not win the lottery.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY - Poor Lakers. They lose even when they win. They hammered the similarly woeful Utah Jazz on Monday, 119-104, but damaged their lottery percentages for the draft. If the Lakers had lost, Utah would have caught them (and Boston) in the overall standings, forging a three-way tie for the NBA's fourth-worst record. BOX SCORE: Lakers 119, Jazz 104 Now the Lakers (26-55) will probably finish with the sixth-worst record and a 6.3% chance at the No. 1 pick at the May 20 lottery.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 102, Utah Jazz 87 (end of regulation) The Lakers had everything to gain with a loss in Utah on Monday night, but Nick Young wasn't thinking about the team's lottery standing when he scored 41 points to lead the Lakers to a 119-104 win. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers started the fourth quarter on a 16-1 run. The Jazz never recovered, falling to 24-57 on the season with one game left to play. Utah can clinch at least the fourth position in May's 2014 NBA draft lottery with a loss Wednesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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April 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Golden State Warriors 112- Lakers 95 (end of regulation) All the Golden State Warriors needed was a big second quarter to put away the Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center. All-Star guard Stephen Curry scored 11 points in the second on four-of-five shooting with four rebounds and four assists. The Warriors went into the half up 15, a lead that held up for the night. Nick Young heated up for 20 second-half points and 25 for the game, but it wasn't enough for the Lakers to upset the playoff-bound Warriors Curry finished a triple-double, scoring 30 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.  Klay Thompson and Marreese Speights added 16 apiece.
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March 18, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Finally, Jordan Hill can put on his uniform. Whether he actually plays when the Lakers host the Utah Jazz Sunday at Staples Center remains another issue. Lakers Coach Mike Brown provided no guarantees Hill would receive any minutes and indicated that he remains behind Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy in the power-forward depth chart. Murphy averages 3.4 points on 44.1% shooting in 18.2 minutes per game, while McRoberts averages 2.2 points on 53.1% shooting in 11.8 minutes per game.
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May 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports on Lakers reserve power forward Jordan Hill being accused of choking a girlfriend and being charged with a third-degree felony on Monday. Bresnahan talked to Hill's agent, Kevin Bradbury, who said a court date in Houston hasn't been set yet. -- The Times' Ben Bolch highlights George Karl's dissatisfaction with his post players. -- The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey explains how the Lakers' bench diversified their offense. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding provides a glimpse of Andrew Bynum's off-season plans.
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April 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers just can't let go of the loss on Oct. 29 to the Lakers, using that season-opening defeat as fuel to wreak havoc whenever they play them. The Lakers remember the embarrassment of their last historical defeat to the Clippers, not wanting to feel that kind of pain again. So when the Clippers and Lakers encountered each other Sunday at Staples Center, both teams were on a course to see where this game would take them. The Clippers took what has become their normal path this season, blowing out the Lakers, 120-97, in their home game.
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