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December 31, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
OKLAHOMA CITY AT DALLAS When: Monday at 5:30 p.m. PST. TV: NBA TV. Update: The schedule makers must have really wanted to find out in the season's first nine days if the Thunder is ready to lower the boom on the NBA's defending champions. Oklahoma City prevailed, 104-102, on Thursday in the first meeting between the presumed Western Conference powers when Kevin Durant made a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the visiting Mavericks. Now the teams will meet again four days later, giving Dallas a chance to pick up the pace following an abysmally slow start.
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June 4, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers officially picked up Andrew Bynum's $16.1-million option, a formality for a player who finally tapped into the potential that had loomed above him throughout his career. How long he's with the Lakers beyond that becomes the question. Bynum, 24, will be in the last season of a four-year, $57.2-million contract. Negotiations on an extension had not begun, though that could happen soon. If he doesn't re-sign with the Lakers, he will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.
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January 6, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Three elaborate makeshift photo shoot setups dotted corners of the Clippers' practice facility in Playa Vista on Friday; in the other, there was a TV interview set. And after practice, Coach Vinny Del Negro gabbed with reporters while, to his right, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul stood back to back in game uniforms, heeding orders of a snap-happy photographer. There's far more fervor around the Clippers, and their stars, than in recent memory, but Del Negro does not think it will have an adverse effect.
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May 16, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY — Point broken. The Lakers continued to suffer in point-guard production against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ramon Sessions had two points and no assists in 24 minutes of the Lakers' 77-75 loss in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Steve Blake had five points on one-for-five shooting in almost 27 minutes Wednesday. Blake missed the possible go-ahead shot with 3.9 seconds to play, his three-point attempt from the corner a little long and a tad to the right.
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June 4, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers officially picked up Andrew Bynum's $16.1-million option, a formality for a player who finally tapped into the potential that had loomed above him throughout his career. How long he's with the Lakers beyond that becomes the question. Bynum, 24, will be in the last season of a four-year, $57.2-million contract. Negotiations on an extension had not begun, though that could happen soon. If he doesn't re-sign with the Lakers, he will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.
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April 24, 2012 | By Barry Stavro
Anything but peaceful Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) has had his share of suspensions — 10 in the last 10 seasons alone — and altercations during his 13 NBA seasons. A look at some of his notable incidents: •April 22, 2012: World Peace decks Oklahoma City's James Harden with an out-of-control left elbow; Harden suffers a concussion. Two days later the NBA suspends World Peace for seven games. •May 4, 2011: Artest smacks diminutive Dallas guard Jose Barea across the face in the closing seconds of the Lakers' 93-81 Game 2 loss in the Western Conference semifinals.
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May 5, 2011 | Mark Heisler
Earth to Lakerdom, come in Lakerdom... Are you there, Lakerdom? Scratchy voice amid static: Yes, but we're going to vote on joining hands and running into the sea together. Ten-four, Lakerdom, please keep us advised. We're not talking about the usual Lakers misadventures anymore. Wednesday night's 93-81 not-as-close-as-the-score loss to the Mavericks was a swan dive into a black hole few have come back from. "I'm not shocked," said Kobe Bryant. "We've been doing this for years, dropping games at home.
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December 6, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Three games in three days isn't the only potentially problematic pocket in the Lakers' schedule. They also play back-to-back road games against NBA title contenders Miami and Orlando in January before venturing to Dallas and Oklahoma City on consecutive days in February, part of the challenges necessitated by the lockout-shortened season. The Lakers schedule that was released Tuesday includes one set of back-to-back-to-back games in addition to 17 back-to-back situations, or three more back-to-backs than they had last season during a full-length season.
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May 16, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY — Point broken. The Lakers continued to suffer in point-guard production against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ramon Sessions had two points and no assists in 24 minutes of the Lakers' 77-75 loss in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Steve Blake had five points on one-for-five shooting in almost 27 minutes Wednesday. Blake missed the possible go-ahead shot with 3.9 seconds to play, his three-point attempt from the corner a little long and a tad to the right.
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May 3, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
The Lakers blew a 16-point lead and lost Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals and home-court advantage to the Dallas Mavericks. So how will the Lakers respond in Game 2 on Wednesday night at Staples Center? "Sometimes it's good to have a short-term memory," Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons said after practice Tuesday. "Put that disappointment out of your mind and you've got to come to play Wednesday night at 7:30 and you've got to crank it up all over again. " Interestingly enough, Cleamons said, the Lakers had some good stats in Game 1. Dallas shot better (49.4%)
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April 24, 2012 | By Barry Stavro
Anything but peaceful Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) has had his share of suspensions — 10 in the last 10 seasons alone — and altercations during his 13 NBA seasons. A look at some of his notable incidents: •April 22, 2012: World Peace decks Oklahoma City's James Harden with an out-of-control left elbow; Harden suffers a concussion. Two days later the NBA suspends World Peace for seven games. •May 4, 2011: Artest smacks diminutive Dallas guard Jose Barea across the face in the closing seconds of the Lakers' 93-81 Game 2 loss in the Western Conference semifinals.
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April 22, 2012 | T.J. Simers
I broke it to Kobe Bryant after Sunday's Lakers thriller. It's now Jordan Hill's team. "Well, he's got the right first name for it," says Bryant, yuks all around after a game that would have been remembered for Ron Artest's vicious assault if it weren't for such an improbable and stirring victory. Winning cures so many ills and covers up so many problems but unfortunately does not wipe out a suspension that is surely to come with the playoffs about to begin.
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January 15, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Lamar Odom will be back at Staples Center on Monday, giving his former teammates a chance to catch up. Not that a few haven't attempted to communicate with the forward in the month since the Lakers traded him to the Dallas Mavericks. "I tried to call him," forward Pau Gasol said, "but he's hard to reach. " The Lakers could always leave a message. Or not. "His voicemail is always full," forward Luke Walton said. "He was like that when he played here. " Odom's game certainly looks different.
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January 14, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Dallas -- First things first. This isn't a return to the Mav-wrecks era, when bad things happened to an ineffective Dallas franchise, most notably zero championships in 30 years of existence until last June. It's not like Big D now stands for Doubtful. Or Disastrous. Or Defenseless, though a peek at some box scores a few weeks ago might provide evidence of that. It's more about defending a championship that came out of nowhere seven months ago, arriving almost too quickly to be true, with the snap of fingers by the alleged basketball lords.
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January 6, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Three elaborate makeshift photo shoot setups dotted corners of the Clippers' practice facility in Playa Vista on Friday; in the other, there was a TV interview set. And after practice, Coach Vinny Del Negro gabbed with reporters while, to his right, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul stood back to back in game uniforms, heeding orders of a snap-happy photographer. There's far more fervor around the Clippers, and their stars, than in recent memory, but Del Negro does not think it will have an adverse effect.
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December 31, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
OKLAHOMA CITY AT DALLAS When: Monday at 5:30 p.m. PST. TV: NBA TV. Update: The schedule makers must have really wanted to find out in the season's first nine days if the Thunder is ready to lower the boom on the NBA's defending champions. Oklahoma City prevailed, 104-102, on Thursday in the first meeting between the presumed Western Conference powers when Kevin Durant made a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the visiting Mavericks. Now the teams will meet again four days later, giving Dallas a chance to pick up the pace following an abysmally slow start.
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May 5, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
The nightmare just won't end for Steve Blake. But he's not the lone Lakers reserve who is battling demons in the Western Conference semifinals. As a group, all the Lakers' substitutes suffered in Game 2, failing to deliver like their counterparts from the Mavericks successfully did so in helping Dallas pull out a 93-81 victory over the Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center. The Lakers' bench scored 12 points. The Mavericks' bench scored 30 points. The Lakers' bench was six-for-23 shooting from the field, zero of nine from three-point range.
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December 22, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
The West is an L.A. story again, only not the kind you might expect. There's one team poised for a Hollywood ending and another on the verge of capturing the hearts of NBA fans in Southern California. Neither team is the Lakers. Oklahoma City is no longer up and coming. It's here. The Thunder remains young, yes, but last season's run to the Western finals was only the prelude to bigger things. You don't need to add any pieces when you have the dynamic Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook backed by a more mobile Kendrick Perkins and a still-menacing Serge Ibaka.
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December 22, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
The West is an L.A. story again, only not the kind you might expect. There's one team poised for a Hollywood ending and another on the verge of capturing the hearts of NBA fans in Southern California. Neither team is the Lakers. Oklahoma City is no longer up and coming. It's here. The Thunder remains young, yes, but last season's run to the Western finals was only the prelude to bigger things. You don't need to add any pieces when you have the dynamic Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook backed by a more mobile Kendrick Perkins and a still-menacing Serge Ibaka.
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December 6, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Three games in three days isn't the only potentially problematic pocket in the Lakers' schedule. They also play back-to-back road games against NBA title contenders Miami and Orlando in January before venturing to Dallas and Oklahoma City on consecutive days in February, part of the challenges necessitated by the lockout-shortened season. The Lakers schedule that was released Tuesday includes one set of back-to-back-to-back games in addition to 17 back-to-back situations, or three more back-to-backs than they had last season during a full-length season.
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