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January 31, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Magic Johnson has declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, executive/owner Jim Buss and Coach Mike D'Antoni. The Hall of Fame point guard has recently been very publicly lambasting the Lakers concerning their leadership, on-court play and decision to hire D'Antoni over Phil Jackson in 2012. Via Twitter on Thursday, Johnson vowed to stop criticizing his former franchise. Laker Nation: I want to give Coach D'Antoni credit because offensively he's put the Lakers' players in positions to be successful!
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January 30, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers will be represented at the NBA All-Star game, but not on the court. Kobe Bryant was recently voted in by the fans as a starter but a knee injury will force him to sit out on Feb. 16. No other Lakers were named to the Western Conference squad, including four-time All-Star Pau Gasol. Instead, the Western Conference will be represented by Chris Paul (Clippers), Dwight Howard and James Harden (both with the Houston Rockets), LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
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January 28, 2014 | By Ben Bolch and Melissa Rohlin
It was the best of teams, it was the worst of teams. The Lakers surprisingly stayed with the team holding the best record in the NBA for about three quarters Tuesday night before predictably fading to fall into a virtual tie for the worst record in the Western Conference. Technically, the Lakers stayed out of the bottom spot by percentage points after a 104-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center, about the only positive spin that could be put on a season spiraling out of control on multiple fronts.
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January 28, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
In an interview with The Times on Tuesday evening, Kobe Bryant acknowledged that he's disappointed that he will have to miss at least an additional three weeks because of pain and swelling in his left knee. "[I'm] down about it," Bryant said following the team's 104-92 loss to the Pacers. Bryant was examined before Tuesday's game by Dr. Steve Lombardo. He said he's still experiencing pain. "It's like an internal swelling," Bryant said. "It's different. It's not something that's kind of on the surface where you can pinpoint and feel the swelling around.
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January 28, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant is still experiencing pain and swelling in his left knee, according to the Lakers. The Lakers' All-Star guard was examined before the team's Tuesday night battle against the Indiana Pacers by Dr. Steve Lombardo. Bryant will be reevaluated again in about three weeks. In the meantime, he'll continue to exercise primarily on a stationary bike. After sitting out the start of the season until Dec. 8, rehabbing an Achilles'  tendon injury, Bryant fractured his lateral tibial plateau in a 96-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 17. Bryant has played in just six games for the Lakers this season, averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 assists.
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January 27, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (16-29) limped through the end of their seven-game road trip, losing their last four games in Week 13 of the season. Last Monday, the Lakers went to overtime for the first time this season, falling, 102-100, to the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers competed well against the Miami Heat on Thursday night but fell short, 109-102 . The following night, the Lakers fell apart in the second half, losing to the struggling Orlando Magic, 114-105 . Coach Mike D'Antoni said he's disappointed in his team's defensive effort . Before the Lakers' final game of the week on Sunday, Kobe Bryant said he's eager to increase training as he works to come back from a knee injury.
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January 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant has played only six games this season. He's well aware of it. He's eager to increase his workout regimen back in Los Angeles this week after the Lakers' seven-game trip comes to a close. "I'll finally do more things than just riding a bike," he said Sunday. "That's killing me. Absolutely killing me. " Bryant hasn't played since sustaining a fractured knee Dec. 17 in Memphis. He had only recently returned after missing 19 games while recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon.
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January 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Nothing meaningful happened to the Lakers last week, unless you count its possibly marking the moment Kobe Bryant found humility. The standoffish superstar who likes to scoff at 3-0 series deficits, his team's sub-.500 record and the folly of a payroll-gobbling contract in what could be his final two NBA seasons finally discovered something that made him quiver: Being an All-Star when he doesn't deserve it. Bryant has played only six...
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January 23, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was voted by the fans to his 16th NBA All-Star team, the league announced Thursday. Bryant will represent the Western Conference along with point guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and forwards Blake Griffin of the Clippers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Eastern Conference All-Stars voted to start are forward LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, point guard Kyrie Irving  of the Cleveland Cavaliers, forward Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.
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January 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MIAMI - Thanks for the All-Star votes, Kobe Bryant wanted his fans to know, but, uh, don't expect him to play in the game. When Bryant was announced Thursday as a starter in the Feb. 16 game, he said it was "always a tremendous honor" but had no desire to play in New Orleans that weekend. "No, I don't think so," he said flatly. How come? "With all due respect to the fans who voted me in, and I certainly appreciate that ... but you've got to do the right thing as well.
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