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May 23, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
*Full audio of Josh McRoberts' interview Josh McRoberts, who is known as the guy with the highest vertical on the Lakers, had his exit interview on Wednesday. In his first season with the team, he averaged 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14.4 minutes a game. Below are the highlights from what he had to say about his experience as a Laker. On whether he would like to remain with the team : "I have another year left on my contract... I'd love to be back. I think that's the plan.
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April 24, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
Charlotte Bobcats power forward Josh McRoberts' hard shot to Miami Heat superstar LeBron James' throat during Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs did not go unnoticed by the NBA. The league on Thursday fined McRoberts $20,000 and upgraded the original call from a personal foul to a flagrant 2, according to the Associated Press. McRoberts hit James in the throat with his forearm as the power forward drove to the basket with 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter as Miami led Charlotte, 97-94.
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June 26, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 12th in a series of posts grading the Lakers on the 2011-12 season. Player: Josh McRoberts How he performed: 2.8 points on 47.5% shooting and 3.4 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game in the regular season; 0.3 points on 25% shooting and 0.7 rebounds in 2.7 minutes per game in the post-season. The good:  His high socks, high elevation and high energy created high expectations. The Lakers signed McRoberts to a two-year, $6-million deal to fill Lamar Odom's spot, but not to completely fill his absence.
SPORTS
December 2, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard and the Lakers (8-8) will host the Orlando Magic (5-10) on Sunday night.  The game at Staples Center will be Howard's first battle against the team that drafted him. Howard spent eight years in Orlando, advancing to the NBA Finals in 2009 in a losing effort against the Lakers. The Magic are led by Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo, both averaging nearly 15 points a game.  It's a rebuilding year for Orlando, which is coming into Los Angeles with a three-game losing streak.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
Charlotte Bobcats power forward Josh McRoberts' hard shot to Miami Heat superstar LeBron James' throat during Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs did not go unnoticed by the NBA. The league on Thursday fined McRoberts $20,000 and upgraded the original call from a personal foul to a flagrant 2, according to the Associated Press. McRoberts hit James in the throat with his forearm as the power forward drove to the basket with 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter as Miami led Charlotte, 97-94.
SPORTS
October 23, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Orlando Magic waived forward Christian Eyenga on Tuesday, despite his fully guaranteed salary of $1,174,080. The Lakers sent Eyenga to Orlando in the Dwight Howard trade along with Josh McRoberts.  The Magic came into camp with 15 guaranteed players but needed to make room for Gustavo Ayon, who they acquired from the New Orleans Hornets. Teams can only take 15 players into the regular season.  Given the Magic's willingness to eat Eyenga's contract, could McRoberts also be on the bubble?
SPORTS
December 2, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard and the Lakers (8-8) will host the Orlando Magic (5-10) on Sunday night.  The game at Staples Center will be Howard's first battle against the team that drafted him. Howard spent eight years in Orlando, advancing to the NBA Finals in 2009 in a losing effort against the Lakers. The Magic are led by Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo, both averaging nearly 15 points a game.  It's a rebuilding year for Orlando, which is coming into Los Angeles with a three-game losing streak.
SPORTS
October 25, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard told Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN New York radio that the Brooklyn Nets were indeed his first choice this off-season, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com . "I did want to go to Brooklyn. That's a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go," Howard said. This isn't necessarily a startling revelation since Howard's intentions were well-known throughout the process, but Howard confirmed any doubt Thursday with that interview.
SPORTS
April 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Unlike in previous seasons, it doesn't appear that Andrew Bynum's latest injury has elicited much concern. After suffering what the Lakers termed a "moderate sprain" in his left ankle, Bynum told the team's website he would "definitely" play Tuesday against the New Jersey Nets.  Bynum's initial X-rays turned out negative,  and The Times' Mike Bresnahan noted that the team didn't consider the injury serious enough to warrant a follow-up MRI...
SPORTS
November 26, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers finished last week in eighth place in the Western Conference but suffered a two-game losing streak midway through the week. It took a big victory in Dallas to return them to eighth, with a 7-7 record. The team remains just one win behind predictions for Weeks 1 , 2 , 3 and 4 . This week may be the best opportunity for the Lakers to turn the corner. Coach Mike D'Antoni took over just in time for four games in five nights. The pace should yield results on the floor, in what could be the team's first perfect week of the season.
SPORTS
November 26, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers finished last week in eighth place in the Western Conference but suffered a two-game losing streak midway through the week. It took a big victory in Dallas to return them to eighth, with a 7-7 record. The team remains just one win behind predictions for Weeks 1 , 2 , 3 and 4 . This week may be the best opportunity for the Lakers to turn the corner. Coach Mike D'Antoni took over just in time for four games in five nights. The pace should yield results on the floor, in what could be the team's first perfect week of the season.
SPORTS
October 25, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard told Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN New York radio that the Brooklyn Nets were indeed his first choice this off-season, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com . "I did want to go to Brooklyn. That's a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go," Howard said. This isn't necessarily a startling revelation since Howard's intentions were well-known throughout the process, but Howard confirmed any doubt Thursday with that interview.
SPORTS
October 23, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Orlando Magic waived forward Christian Eyenga on Tuesday, despite his fully guaranteed salary of $1,174,080. The Lakers sent Eyenga to Orlando in the Dwight Howard trade along with Josh McRoberts.  The Magic came into camp with 15 guaranteed players but needed to make room for Gustavo Ayon, who they acquired from the New Orleans Hornets. Teams can only take 15 players into the regular season.  Given the Magic's willingness to eat Eyenga's contract, could McRoberts also be on the bubble?
SPORTS
October 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Exactly one week ago, the Lakers officially saw what a media circus will surround this year's team. Throngs of reporters swamped the Lakers' practice facility on media day, fighting for every inch of space once Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace stepped on the floor. Optimism surrounding the Lakers' immense talent led many to believe they're inevitably on their way to hosting a championship parade in about nine months' time. Others believe this just marks the beginning of another hastily arranged Super Team destined to self-destruct.
SPORTS
June 26, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 12th in a series of posts grading the Lakers on the 2011-12 season. Player: Josh McRoberts How he performed: 2.8 points on 47.5% shooting and 3.4 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game in the regular season; 0.3 points on 25% shooting and 0.7 rebounds in 2.7 minutes per game in the post-season. The good:  His high socks, high elevation and high energy created high expectations. The Lakers signed McRoberts to a two-year, $6-million deal to fill Lamar Odom's spot, but not to completely fill his absence.
NEWS
May 23, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
*Full audio of Josh McRoberts' interview Josh McRoberts, who is known as the guy with the highest vertical on the Lakers, had his exit interview on Wednesday. In his first season with the team, he averaged 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14.4 minutes a game. Below are the highlights from what he had to say about his experience as a Laker. On whether he would like to remain with the team : "I have another year left on my contract... I'd love to be back. I think that's the plan.
SPORTS
January 14, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
For a team that's played only 14 games, the Lakers don't have much in reserve. Their bench entered Saturday night's game against the Clippers averaging an NBA-worst 21.3 points per game. Things bottomed out Friday against Cleveland when the Lakers reserves combined for only four points. And it could get worse. Steve Blake, the Lakers' primary fourth-quarter point guard and leading scorer off the bench, will be sidelined up to a month after fracturing the cartilage that connects the rib to the sternum earlier this week.
SPORTS
April 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Below is the breakdown on the Lakers' bench entering the postseason. 1. Forward Matt Barnes : For all the ongoing criticism this season at the team's small forward position, Barnes has actually remained the team's most consistent bench player. Poor outside shooting and overly aggressive fouls sometimes flare up, but it's never significantly hurt the team. Those weaknesses also pale in comparison to his other consistent strengths, including off-ball cutting, making hustle plays and slashing toward the basket.
SPORTS
April 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Below is the breakdown on the Lakers' bench entering the postseason. 1. Forward Matt Barnes : For all the ongoing criticism this season at the team's small forward position, Barnes has actually remained the team's most consistent bench player. Poor outside shooting and overly aggressive fouls sometimes flare up, but it's never significantly hurt the team. Those weaknesses also pale in comparison to his other consistent strengths, including off-ball cutting, making hustle plays and slashing toward the basket.
SPORTS
April 26, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
SACRAMENTO -- Anyone seeking deep insight into the Lakers was bound to be disappointed. The team rested starters Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum and played a hodgepodge of reserves during a 113-96 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night at Power Balance Pavilion in their regular-season finale. On the bright side, the playoffs start for the Lakers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers won three of four meetings between the teams during the regular season.
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