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April 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
  Some things to take from the Lakers' 114-106 double-overtime win Sunday over the Oklahoma City Thunder 1. The Lakers made a great comeback effort. After trailing by 17 points, the Lakers suddenly took command and forced overtime. How did this happen? They kept Andrew Bynum off the floor after he showed minimal effort in the first three quarters. Kobe Bryant hit two late three-pointers. And role players, such as Jordan Hill, Devin Ebanks and Steve Blake, made hustle points.
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April 27, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Nowadays, it's the price tag that makes a house famous. The most expensive U.S. home ever sold, a single-family Connecticut house bought by a company, recently went for $120 million. It used to be the owners who made the house famous. Which made Beverly Hills' Pickfair, after the White House, perhaps the most famous house in the country as the home of moviedom's Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The next owner of Pickfair rose in the pantheon as well: Jerry Buss, who made the L.A. Lakers one of the winningest franchises in NBA history.
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May 1, 2012
  Below are five things to take away from the Lakers' 104-100 Game 2 win Tuesday over the Denver Nuggets. 1. Kobe Bryant made Denver pay for single coverage. With the unenviable task of choosing whether to throw all of its resources at Bryant or  Andrew Bynum, the Nuggets believed that leaving Bryant alone was worth the risk. So Bryant embarrassed them by posting 38 points on 15-of-29 shooting, but there was logic behind Denver's strategy.
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April 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Nick Young finished the season as the Lakers' top scorer, at 17.9 points a game, but he also led the team in a less impressive category -- technical fouls. Through 64 games, Young collected nine technicals, placing him in the top 25 in the NBA. Blake Griffin (Clippers) and DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) led the league with 16 apiece, both serving one-game suspensions. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) avoided suspension with 15. No other Laker came close to Young's nine.
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August 23, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Whenever the Lakers don't win a championship, change takes place. The front office makes trades. Fans assign blame to whoever they deem responsible. The cycle continues until the Lakers hoist another Larry O'Brien trophy. The Lakers and their fans aren't worried about that now. They're too excited about having Dwight Howard, Steve Nashand a reasonable bench. Oh yeah, the Lakers have Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol too. But should the team fail to collect its 17th NBAchampionship in the 2012-13 season, the general public will find a scapegoat.
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September 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Laker fans may have forgotten about it, but the Dwight Howard deal involved more than just acquiring the NBA's best center. The Lakers also picked up Chris Duhon's two-year, $7.5-million contract, making their backcourt more bloated than your stomach feels after an afternoon at the buffet. Steve Nash will headline the group, giving the Lakers hope that the elite 38-year-old point guard will find easier looks for Kobe Bryant, run pick-and-rolls and offer glimpses of the former "Showtime" teams.
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March 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers can forget about trying to get Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. The Lakers won't get him before Thursday's trade deadline at noon PDT. Nor will they get him during the free agency signing period in July. ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard first reported that Howard has waived his early termination option and will stay with the Magic through the 2012-13 season.  That has an instant trickle effect on the Lakers' front-office dealings. One, it's safe to say Lakers center Andrew Bynum will remain a Laker.
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July 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 18th post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Leandro Barbosa Former team: Indiana Pacers Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: Barbosa's presence with Antawn Jamison would quickly help the Lakers' offensively challenged bench climb to an unstoppable one. Barbosa can score in bunches, either by attacking the rim (60.7%) or shooting a mid-range jumper (59.3%). Considering the Lakers are in dire need of more players who can create for themselves, Barbosa could help relieve the tentativeness the Lakers' reserves played with in the last few seasons.
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April 20, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- ESPN.com's Chris Broussard and Marc Stein report that the Portland Trail Blazers have a strong interest in interviewing Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for their vacant GM position. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan argues the Lakers must find a way to maintain balance upon Kobe Bryant's return to the lineup.  -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at the biggest surprises surrounding the Lakers' season. -- The San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald explains why the Spurs want to play the Lakers with Bryant in the lineup.
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July 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 20th post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Mickael Pietrus Former team: Boston Celtics Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The Lakers have enough spots at small forward, but they could easily switch Pietrus over to shooting guard and reap similar rewards. His length, footwork and athleticism would give the Lakers a much-needed defensive presence to their backup shooting guard position. Even though his 6.9 points on 38.4% shooting last season with Boston approached career-lows, part of that could be attributed to being relegated to a diminished spot on the depth chart with limited looks offensively.
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April 25, 2014
Jim Buss says he will resign in three or four years [April 20] if the Lakers are not back on top because that will mean he has failed. Dude, you have already failed both the team and its fans by your evident lack of leadership, so why must we wait so long for you to ultimately depart? How about in three or four months you turn over the team reins to someone more competent than you! Why should we twist in the wind for the obvious to become even more obvious? Goodbye and good riddance, Jim, we won't miss you at all. Roy Reel Culver City :: Jim Buss said if the Lakers aren't contending for an NBA title in three or four years he will step aside and let someone else run the team and make player personnel decisions.
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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 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was an open seat in Section 106 amid the sellout crowd at Staples Center. Row 10, Seat 14. It belonged to Mychal Thompson for Game 2 of the Clippers-Golden State Warriors playoff series. He wasn't sitting in it. One of the Lakers' radio voices, Thompson is better recognized these days as the father of Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson. He doesn't see his son play often in person and he didn't want to sit for Monday's game. Too nervous. The elder Thompson carved out some standing room near the tunnel by the Warriors' bench.
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April 23, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jerry Buss' show-stopping mansion in Playa del Rey has sold for $5.1 million. The custom Italian-style villa was built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire, and it shows. Lakers logos are incorporated in the home's stained-glass double-door entry, which opens to a rotunda. Spanish tile floors, wood-beam ceilings and a winding staircase continue the architectural style inside. A three-stop elevator also connects the 10,846 square feet of living space. There are multiple balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms -- just enough excess to befit the man who transformed the local professional basketball team into what became known as "Showtime" by giving seats to celebrities and entertaining fans with the Laker Girls.
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April 23, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Wednesday, the NBA announced Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was selected as the league's most improved player this season. Lakers guard Jodie Meeks was recognized in the voting, albeit with a single second-place vote, tying for 20th place. With Kobe Bryant playing just six games this past season with Achilles' and knee injuries, Meeks made the most of his opportunity to start 77 games for the Lakers. Meeks averaged 15.7 points per game while shooting 46.3% from the field and 40.1% from three-point range.
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April 22, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kentucky forward Julius Randle has declared for the NBA draft. "I've been blessed and fortunate to be put in a position to have to have decisions. A big decision for me is whether to declare for the NBA draft or not," Randle said in a press conference on Tuesday. "Talking with my family, a lot of prayer, I'm deciding to declare for the NBA draft. " Randle, 19, is a physical power forward who helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA finals, where they ultimately fell to the Connecticut Huskies.
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April 22, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have promoted Jim Perzik from general counsel to senior vice president of legal affairs/secretary, while hiring Dan Grigsby to fill Perzik's former position. Grigsby previously was partner and chairman of the National Sports Law Group with the law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell. "Having worked with Dan as our outside legal representative for over 30 years, we're very familiar and comfortable with him, and have the highest regard for him as both an attorney and person,” said Jeanie Buss in a statement Tuesday.
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April 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers wrapped the 2013-14 season with two straight wins, finishing 27-55 on the season. Week 25 started with a 119-104 win over the Jazz in Utah on Monday, which dropped the Lakers to sixth in the NBA draft lottery . On Wednesday, the Lakers closed out the year with a 113-110 victory on the road in San Antonio against the Spurs. All-star Kobe Bryant took off early, heading to France before the Lakers' season ended . Kent Bazemore underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot.
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