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March 24, 1994 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Lakers, caught in the awkward limbo of the post-Pfund, pre-Magic era, will find out Sunday what it is like to play for Coach Earvin (Magic) Johnson. Those who don't already know. "I was playing for him when I was playing with him," Kurt Rambis said. "When he was out on the floor, he was choreographing and orchestrating the offense. He made up plays coming down the floor. He kind of winged it. That's the way he's been since he was a kid.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - It's been a common theme this season, all those Lakers in the last year of their contracts. It can lead to friction - Pau Gasol poked at the selfishness of some teammates after a loss last month in Memphis - and can obviously lead to frayed play. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni has a different view. He hopes everybody is incentivized to play the final 12 games with a purpose, even if it's primarily financial. "They're auditioning for 29 general managers.
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February 3, 1996
Dear Magic: I was 14 years old when you joined the Lakers. I watched you leap into Kareem's arms after he hit the skyhook at the buzzer. I watched your spectacular performance in Game 6 against the 76ers your rookie season. I watched you revolutionize the point guard position. I watched you make no-look passes that somehow only your teammates could see. I watched you in many All-Star games. I watched you win five NBA Championships. I was crushed when you retired with HIV. Thanks for the memories.
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February 5, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Earvin "Magic" Johnson said Wednesday that he's willing to do whatever he can to turn the Lakers into a championship-caliber team, including doing some grassroots recruiting. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told the Los Angeles Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week. First they have to make up their mind on who they want, and then they tell me, just like I recruited Ron Artest, I talked to Lamar Odom. " Johnson pointed out that he has always had a special touch when mediating negotiations between players and Lakers' brass.
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April 5, 1988
The cheering for the Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum was more high pitched than usual Monday, but no less enthusiastic. It came from 8,500 Inglewood schoolchildren, who joined Laker players and officials for an anti-drug rally organized by the "Laker Wives" in cooperation with city and school officials. The Laker organization's continuing anti-drug campaign has included fund-raising efforts for Inglewood D.A.R.E., a drug education program taught by city police officers to sixth-graders.
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July 20, 1991
Regarding Darryl Strawberry's lackadaisical play for the Dodgers, his religion could indeed be a factor. Believing that he has placed his life in the hands of a higher being (other than Manager Tom Lasorda) would well lead to some abdication of personal responsibility for his performance on the field. In other words, to a lessening of his competitive edge. However, it doesn't have to be that way. History is full of examples of high achievers whose performance has been enhanced by a strong religious commitment.
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July 4, 1992
I idolized Jerry West as a player for many years, and I've admired his efforts in keeping the Lakers competitive as general manager, but as a result of picking Anthony Peeler in the first round of the NBA draft, I think it's time for him to move on to politics. Every year at this time, West is asked what it is he is looking for in a possible draft choice. His answer has always been that although talent is a major factor, he tries to find a talented player who also has an impeccable personality.
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April 15, 2004 | T.J. Simers
Here's the problem I have with one unnamed Laker saying of Kobe Bryant in The Times, "I don't know how we can forgive him," and then Bryant asking every teammate if he said such a thing, and every one of them denying it: One of the Lakers is gutless. I find this particularly troubling now that the Lakers are about to begin the playoffs, knowing the Lakers' championship hopes could well come down to the ball being in the hands of a gutless player.
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October 29, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is, Shaquille O'Neal suggests, an exhortation to fit the expectations. In a gesture that signals his desire to assume a greater part of the Laker leadership mantle, O'Neal has continued to urge his Laker teammates to stay in shape, work out together, if possible, and ride out the lingering lockout as a team. "I want this to be my year," said O'Neal, who was due a $15-million lump-sum payment Oct. 1 that will not be paid until the lockout is over.
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December 13, 1999 | MARK HEISLER
In a move Phil Jackson had been awaiting for weeks, Michael Jordan joined the Lakers on Sunday night. Well, he came by and said hello, anyway. Jordan went into their dressing room before Sunday's game. Inside, he hugged Jackson and went into the coaches' room with him. "I'm just visiting," Jordan said on his way in. Jordan later said hello to the Laker players and watched the game from Jerry Buss' box.
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January 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The large pictures on the wall at the Lakers' facility show Kobe Bryant elevating for a shot by the basket, Pau Gasol driving the baseline against Al Horford and even Ryan Kelly lofting a mid-range jumper in an exhibition game. No pics of Kendall Marshall. Yet. You can't really blame the Lakers, who had no reason to attach themselves to a player who might not have made it out of January with them. But then Friday night happened, Marshall becoming the first Lakers player since 2002 to get 20 points and 15 assists in a game.
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December 20, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
As news spread around the NBA on Thursday that Kobe Bryant would miss six weeks with a knee injury, players around the league took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Bryant suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee in a win Tuesday over the Memphis Grizzlies. He'll be sidelined until about the end of January. Tough news today about @kobebryant injury. Despite the multiple injuries we have suffered as a team, we will keep fighting. #MambaGetWell - Pau Gasol (@paugasol)
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October 15, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The Lakers enjoy an enormous fan base that extends from coast to coast, with Hawaii and Alaska and China thrown in. But team officials would certainly like to avoid this type of national recognition. A story about the rise in the use of Phencyclidine, or PCP, on elementsbehavioralhealth.com , says that the numbers for Lakers and ex-Lakers are code words by dealers nationally. “It's sold using basketball names for the amount wanted,” Los Angeles Police Department narcotics Det. Frank Lyga said in the story.
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October 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Brian Shaw stepped out of the visitors' locker room and into his past at Staples Center. After so many years as a Lakers player and assistant coach, he was on the other side of the scorer's table Sunday for an exhibition game, his first as a head coach. Shaw was hired by the Denver Nuggets after interviews with countless teams over the years to be a head coach. Of course, he hoped to get a chance with the Lakers last November after they fired Mike Brown. Shaw was an assistant with the Indiana Pacers at the time.
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August 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch and Richard Winton
Lamar Odom's arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence Friday morning was the latest in a series of grim developments that could endanger the veteran free agent's hopes of returning to the NBA. The former Clippers and Lakers star refused to submit to chemical testing after his arrest, adding fuel to tabloid-style accusations regarding his private life during a tumultuous off-season. Odom was already coming off the worst two seasons of his career and there are no assurances the 14-year NBA veteran, who spent last season with the Clippers, will play another game.
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February 1, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers were recently awarded a disabled player exception for the injured Jordan Hill (hip), giving the team an additional spending tool. The exception can be used to sign a player for up to $1,781,800 through the remainder of the season. It can be used to trade for a player in the final year of his contract, making up to $1,881,800.  In either case, the player cannot be under contract as of July 1. If the Lakers want to sign a...
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April 7, 1999 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the Lakers and Utah Jazz, it's always all about a final period. As in: Utah destroys the Lakers in the last 12 minutes. Final. Period. Disregarding the hair colors involved, the point-guard permutations, the coach or the fist-pumping emotion flowing through the Great Western Forum, the Utah Jazz once again found the means to unravel the Lakers in the fourth quarter, bursting through for a 106-93 victory on Tuesday night.
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April 23, 1990 | SAM McMANIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Doing his part on Earth Day, Laker Coach Pat Riley implemented his own form of energy conservation by sitting out most of his starters in Sunday night's final regular-season game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Riley's preplayoff move, not unprecedented for him, resulted in the worst loss in the franchise's history. The Lakers were pounded by the Portland Trail Blazers, 130-88, a 42-point deficit that eclipsed their previous mark for futility.
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January 6, 2013 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
It was an odd thing for the coach of Team Dysfunction to say. His star players have repeatedly exchanged angry glances and gestures, a 7-footer has griped about being misused, a reserve has openly complained about not being used at all … and somehow none of it explains the Lakers being three games under .500? "I understand it a little bit," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said of his team's chemistry concerns before things worsened with a 112-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday at Staples Center, "but everybody has a job to do. The only thing we can ask players is to play as hard as they can. Whether you're happy or not doesn't really matter if you are playing as hard as you can. " D'Antoni unfortunately had more to say. "You don't have to love each other," he said.
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November 27, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Brian Shaw was definitely surprised the Lakers didn't hire Phil Jackson after firing Mike Brown this month. Shaw was particularly taken aback that they informed Jackson in a midnight phone call of their choice to hire Mike D'Antoni. "Under the circumstances, Phil Jackson, who's been there and done that and put a lot of money in everybody's pockets around here, the way it was done . . . it's mind-boggling," Shaw said Monday in an interview with The Times. "I was joking with him, at least you got a phone call, even though it was midnight.
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