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January 18, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Kobe Bryant went directly from high school into the NBA, but as he pointed out when he visited a Boston College international marketing class on Thursday night, your education can always continue. When Bryant and the Lakers arrived in Boston a day ahead of their Friday night game against the Celtics at TD Garden, the All-Star guard headed to BC because of his interest in international marketing. He, and several students, took to Twitter regarding the visit. Learn. Learn.
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January 18, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The Kobe Bryant question, once bantered loudly and hopefully among Lakers fans, has been reduced to a conspiratorial whisper. This is because the Kobe Bryant question has changed. It became official last week, when Nick Young was scuffling with four Phoenix Suns while most of his Lakers teammates watched impassionedly from a distance. The television cameras scanned the Lakers' bench and there, in the corner of the screen, appeared Bryant. He was watching this embarrassing mess with no expression, watching his team finally cross the last threshold of humiliation and begin hurtling helplessly toward the NBA's abyss.
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January 18, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA's top players can be divided into three categories at next month's All-Star game: The West, the East and the creased. Several stars will be wearing freshly pressed suits as the result of injuries that have seemingly left no roster untouched. Derrick Rose, Brook Lopez and Al Horford have been sidelined for the rest of the season, and Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant all hope to return within the next month. Dr. Riley J. Williams III, medical director for the Brooklyn Nets and sports medicine surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York (not to mention a lifelong Lakers fan who played football at Loyola High in Los Angeles)
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January 18, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
With a little more than a minute left in the fourth quarter Friday night in Boston, Kendall Marshall hit what proved to be the game-winning three-pointer in the Lakers' 107-104 defeat of the Celtics. The Lakers, who closed the game on an 11-0 run, had a 105-104 lead after Marshall's big shot, with rookie Ryan Kelly hitting a pair of free throws with 9.4 seconds left to finish off the rival Celtics. Marshall has played in only 12 games this season for the Lakers after his call-up from the NBA Development League.
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January 10, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Coach Mike D'Antoni said Friday he hopes that Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant can play Jan. 28 against Indiana, right after the Lakers' seven-game road trip, their longest of the season. Speaking to reporters at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, D'Antoni said the two stars would return "about the same time. Hopefully both of them are ready. " Bryant and Nash have each played six games this season. Bryant missed 19 games while recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, returned briefly but was sidelined again because of a broken knee.
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January 10, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
They've barely taken part in anything this season, but Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant will come back soon. Maybe by the end of the month. The Lakers are targeting Jan. 28 for Nash's return. They're hopeful Bryant will be back then too. "My understanding is that it's about the same time," Coach Mike D'Antoni said Friday. "Hopefully, both of them are ready. " Bryant and Nash, you might remember, each have played six games. That's all. Their return would come after the Lakers' seven-game trip, their longest of the season, which starts Wednesday in Phoenix.
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January 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have lost nine of their last 10 games, including three in a row. Injuries have decimated the squad but the Lakers have competed in recent games. Poor second-half performances, however, have been fatal. "We're just mentally fatigued sometimes," said Coach Mike D'Antoni after practice on Thursday.  "We've got to play at a high level and we've got to sustain it, and so far we haven't done that. " On Wednesday, the Lakers were outscored by the Houston Rockets in the third quarter, 33-15 -- eventually falling 113-99.
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January 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant recently suggested that fans vote for younger players such as Damian Lillard for February's NBA All-Star Game. The fans aren't listening. On Thursday, the league released its latest set of returns and Bryant is the leading vote-getter in the backcourt at 844,538. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (677,372) displaced inured Clippers guard Chris Paul (651,073) in the West. Paul is out for six weeks with a separated shoulder. Bryant has been sidelined with a knee injury but should be healthy in time for the Feb. 16 All-Star Game in New Orleans.
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January 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers are a household franchise -- love 'em or leave 'em -- because they've won 16 championships and advanced to the NBA Finals 31 times. But now they're collecting something far different from trophies. Injuries. Lots of them. You can keep track of the Lakers' injuries and the lineups the team has used this season with our new interactive graphic . The Lakers played against Dallas and Houston this week with two healthy guards. Two. Longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has never been busier.
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January 7, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
DALLAS - Shawne Williams was waived Monday, but the Lakers don't plan on filling his roster spot any time soon. Unless, of course, another guard is injured. The Lakers were down to 14 players, one below the NBA maximum, after cutting Williams before his contract became guaranteed the rest of the season. They want to maintain roster flexibility and will not add free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu because they think his skills are declining. And, of greater importance, they have two healthy guards, Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks . There's a just-in-case wariness permeating the Lakers while Kobe Bryant , Steve Nash , Steve Blake , Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry sit out with injuries.
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