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March 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
An enraged Mike Brown put an immature Andrew Bynum in timeout. The Lakers center had just taken an ill-advised three-pointer at the top of the key with several seconds left on the shot clock. Yet, Bynum hardly showed remorse during the Lakers' eventual 104-101 victory Tuesday over the Golden State Warriors. Once he sat down with 9:33 left in the third quarter, Bynum smiled and mimicked his release. With exception to a two-minute fourth-quarter stint that featured two more missed jumpers and a free throw, Bynum remained on the bench.
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April 26, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is featured in a commercial for Panini, a sports and entertainment collectibles company. Emphasizing his love of soccer growing up in Italy before he played basketball, Bryant says in the commercial, "Before I was a baller, I was a baller. " The Lakers All-Star guard also made a cameo in a recent Nike soccer commercial Bryant told GQ magazine his favorite soccer team is A.C. Milan. "Milan has always been my favorite team, and it's always in my heart," Bryant said.
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March 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers appear much more at ease with their offense after acquiring guard Ramon Sessions in a trade with Cleveland. He's addressed their backcourt needs and given their lineup some youth. And in the last five games since his arrival, the Lakers have improved in several offensive categories from their regular-season averages, including points (95.88, 102.4), field-goal percentage (45.7%, 48.5%) and assists (21.69, 24.2). A little more than a month ago, the Lakers appeared so desperate for anything that would solve their backcourt struggles, they brought in Gilbert Arenas for a private workout.
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April 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Will D'Antoni be back to coach the Lakers? The franchise has yet to announce the future of Coach Mike D'Antoni, but assistant Dan D'Antoni may be moving on to coach at Marshall University. Mike had been linked to his alma mater but on Thursday, Mike Hamrick, athletic director at Marshall, tweeted Dan will be the Thundering Herd's next coach. I am proud to announce that Dan D'Antoni will be the next head basketball coach at Marshall University. #THEHERD pic.twitter.com/LxpD13FFnR - Mike Hamrick (@TheHerdAD)
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March 4, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
If only Friday's night ugliness was about just one punch. If only the ramifications lasted just the length of the suspension. It only this entire matter would go away in two games, allowing the Lakers to return to the business of lacing their spikes and sprinting after Sacramento. But it won't. Because what happened Friday night is not about Kobe Bryant's fist, but his head. He has changed. A sweet kid has grown into a sassy young adult. The smooth guy has become a tough guy. Over his designer silk game, he has draped a crusty leather jacket.
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March 21, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Here are five things to take away from the Lakers' 109-93 victory Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks. 1. The Lakers sustained a double-digit first-half lead. The official dagger came when Matt Barnes nailed a deep three-pointer with a little over two minutes left. It pretty much symbolized everything regarding what the Lakers brought for most of the game. After a somewhat sluggish start, the Lakers looked completely dialed in. That attitude applied everywhere: on the boards (37-22)
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May 6, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Things to watch when the Lakers play the Denver Nuggets Sunday night at Pepsi Center. The Lakers have a 2-1 series lead. 1. Which Andrew Bynum will show up? It's sad to wonder if any professional athlete will bring his full effort in a playoff game. But Bynum admitted that he arrived late for warmups in Game 3 and didn't really try, resulting in a scoreless first half. Sounds odd for someone who said only days ago that he wants to have perfect games. But this is Bynum we're talking about, who has repeatedly derailed his progress with immature behavior.
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May 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
For once, Kobe Bryant smiled. For once, Andrew Bynum frowned. The Lakers' two best players appeared to trade roles. Bryant usually remains stoic and serious during the NBA playoffs. Bynum often appears carefree. Yet, the circumstances surrounding their differing body language actually revealed how they are resembling each other. The Lakers' 104-100 Game 2 victory Tuesday over the Denver Nuggets featured Bynum scoring a playoff career-high 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting, yet he sat there at his locker unhappy.
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August 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Below are five things to take from Team USA's 119-86 win Wednesday over Australia in the quarterfinals at  the 2012 London Olympics. Team USA plays Argentina in a semifinal match on Friday. 1. LeBron James had a solid all-around game. He has carried Team USA in nearly every facet of the game so far in these Olympics. So it's not surprising that James recorded a triple double (11 points on three-of-seven shooting, 14 rebounds and 12 assists) against Australia. It's also not surprising that James eclipsed Charles Barkley as Team USA's third-best all-time scorer (236 points)
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March 7, 2012 | By Mark Medina
1. The Lakers need to bring better focus against Washington. The Lakers overreacted to their signature win Sunday against the Miami Heat. They can't overreact to their 88-85 overtime loss Tuesday to the Detroit Pistons, but they need to bring sharper focus. Questionable shot selection, stagnant ball movement and poor transition defense all caught up to the Lakers, and allowed bottom-dwelling Detroit contending in a game that should've been a blowout. Even against the lowly Wizards, the Lakers can't afford to stray away from playing fundamental basketball.
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April 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Early in the season, the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant a $48.5-million, two-year extension -- a gamble that he'll fully recover from the Achilles' injury that ended his season in April 2013. After six games played, Bryant went down with a knee fracture in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 17.  The Lakers went on to win 27 games, a full 30 behind the Clippers (57-25). Bryant returned to the court Monday, cleared to start training in anticipation of a full return for the 2014-15 season.
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April 18, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Kobe Bryant has always disapproved of Smush Parker. Perhaps for good reason. Parker, a former Laker, allegedly punched a 16-year-old in the jaw during a pickup basketball game, according to the New York Post.  Wolfgang Novogratz, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore point guard at Brooklyn's Poly Prep, allegedly had to be taken to the hospital after the incident.  “Wolfie scored back-to-back baskets on Smush,” a source told the...
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April 18, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There were plenty of items to pluck from Mitch Kupchak's 41-minute meeting with reporters Friday, first and foremost the lack of a timetable for a decision on Coach Mike D'Antoni's future. “Mike is under contract for two more years. If anything changes, we'll let you know,” the Lakers' general manager said. “Under the circumstances, I'm not sure anybody could have done a better job than he did.” Only next season is guaranteed for D'Antoni, making the decision less difficult than it seems.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
SAN ANTONIO -- While the Lakers prepared for their last game of the season, Kobe Bryant was already beginning his off-season. Bryant went to France with family members either Tuesday or Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times has learned. The Lakers conclude their season Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. A team spokesman said he was unaware of the situation and referred a reporter to Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, who did not immediately return a phone call. Bryant has been in a surly mood since the team's fortunes started sagging, muttering under his breath at last month's team photo that he doesn't like associating with a team so many games under .500.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Finally. The Lakers crawled past the finish line Wednesday, kissing goodbye to the 2013-14 season (without any further injuries) in a 113-100 victory over the half-interested San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. After a series of record-setting lows, the most important date for the Lakers becomes May 20, the night of the NBA draft lottery. They have a 6.3% chance of landing the top overall draft pick after finishing with the NBA's sixth-worst record. While the Lakers (27-55)
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April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Gary Vitti's workspace at the Lakers' training facility is surrounded by a life-size skeleton, detailed charts of the human muscular system and books about tendons and ligaments. Lots of books. The medical library came in handy this season as the Lakers suffered a continual string of injuries, the worst in Vitti's 30 years as their trainer. A few days before his 60th birthday, Vitti sat down with The Times for a candid interview on how Kobe Bryant will look next season, why the Lakers were ailing all season and the recent outbursts of angry Lakers fans.
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April 7, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Some things to watch when the Lakers (35-21) visit the Phoenix Suns (28-27) Saturday at U.S. Airways Center. 1. Will Andrew Bynum compound his immaturity? The Lakers continue sending mixed signals between the coaching staff and players about what they think of Bynum's behavior. Lakers Coach Mike Brown expressed disappointment about Bynum ignoring advice from the coaching staff about avoiding an ejection Friday against Houston and mentioned the situation would be dealt with internally.
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April 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak will have the opportunity to rebuild the Lakers (25-53) after agreeing to a multiyear contract extension. Kupchak has served as the team's general manager since 2001, winning four titles on his watch. Now the Lakers are almost done with their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. His contract was originally set to expire after the 2014-15 season. With the extension announced Tuesday, he will have more time to reshape the team after the moves to acquire Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't put the Lakers into contention.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup. So they got hit with the next worst thing, losing to the Rockets without the injured Howard, 145-130, and clinching their most miserable win-loss record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. With four games to go, the Lakers (25-53) already outdid the 1974-75 team that went 30-52. The Lakers keep seeking stability, a main reason team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak recently sat down with Kobe Bryant for a clear-the-air meeting, The Times has learned.
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