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August 3, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Every NBA team is subject to roster changes leading into the season and up through the trade deadline. But in the spirit of seeing how things have evolved for the Lakers since the 2012 NBA playoffs ended, this is the first part of a series breaking down their potentially troublesome Western Conference opponents Team: Oklahoma City Thunder Lakers' record versus Thunder last year: 1-2 in regular season; lost 4-1 in Western Conference semifinals...
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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 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
* Audio of Metta World Peace's full exit interview The Lakers will soon embark on a difficult challenge in which they weigh to what degree they upgrade their roster while also trimming payroll. Metta World Peace hardly showed much concern as to whether he's part of that equation even though the Lakers have the option to cut his two-year, $15-million salary through the amnesty clause. "That's something you'd have to ask them" World Peace said in his exit interview Tuesday at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo.
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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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July 23, 2012 | By Mark Medina
They say patience is a virtue. But does that describe the approach the Lakers should take in their pursuit of  Dwight Howard? The Orlando Magic appears to lack much urgency in dealing the disgruntled center; they're more interested in maximizing their trade value. Howard is prone to changing his mind, and last week's report that he's interested in the Lakers could mean absolutely nothing. And even if it lacks the same same splash as acquiring Howard would make, the Lakers still have to upgrade their bench.
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September 20, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Soon enough, the Lakers will see whether their once unreliable bench could suddenly become a key strength. The Lakers feature a bench this season with strong secondary scoring (Antawn Jamison), outside shooting (Jodie Meeks), playmaking (Steve Blake) and hustle (Jordan Hill). Even if the general public has nothing to judge beyond what's on paper, it's still safe to presume the reserve unit will top last season's. Then, the Lakers finished last in the NBA in total offense (20.5 points per game)
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August 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
*We will have a live chat today at 12:30 p.m. Bring your questions! Sorry for being a buzzkill, but someone has to be the party pooper. There's a good chance Lakers center Dwight Howard won't play in the season opener Oct. 30 and beyond. Not that that's going to sap the enthusiasm for the Lakers' championship prospects.  But the Lakers will have to figure out how to absorb Howard's possible absence. This isn't exactly news. At his introductory news press conference Aug. 10, Howard admitted uncertainty about whether his surgically treated back would be 100%.
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May 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Things to watch when the Lakers host the Denver Nuggets Saturday night at Staples Center. The Lakers and Nuggets are tied, 3-3. The winner faces Oklahoma City on Monday in the Western Conference semifinals. 1. The outcome will have a significant affect on the Lakers' off-season plans. Magic Johnson raised the ante just a little by saying a Game 7 loss would spur the Lakers to fire Coach Mike Brown after just his first season. Whether that actually happens? Who knows. But consider that Brown, who is making $4.5 million a season, has two more guaranteed years left on his contract followed by a team option.
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May 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
If his players thought Mike Brown's previous film sessions felt long, those agonizing moments probably paled in comparison to the review of the Lakers' 119-90 Game 1 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Lakers coach surely had plenty  to discuss. The Thunder nullified the Lakers' inside presence,  scoring 48 points in the paint. The Lakers forced only four turnovers against a team that  averages 11. They  coughed up the ball 15 times and yielded 13 fastbreak points.
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August 11, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With a gleam in his eye, Dwight Howard looked down on the Lakers jersey that General Manager Mitch Kupchak held in his hand. It had No. 12. The gold cloth looked freshly stitched. Emblazoned on the back of the jersey was Howard's name. It provided symbolic reference to what Howard repeatedly called a "fresh start" during a 30-minute news conference Friday at the Lakers ' practice facility in El Segundo. This came only a day after the Lakers struck an agreement to acquire Howard from the Orlando Magic in a four-team, 12-player deal that included shipping off Andrew Bynum, Josh McRoberts , Christian Eyenga and two future draft picks.
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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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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 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 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 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 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.
NEWS
May 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As it always is with a Mike Brown practice, there remained plenty of issues to go over before the Lakers meet Denver in Game 2 Tuesday at Staples Center. The Lakers expect Denver to speed up the tempo. They anticipate point guard Ty Lawson will play more aggressively. The Lakers believe Andrew Bynum will face even more relentless double teams. But Coach Mike Brown didn't highlight New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire suffering a left-hand injury Monday after punching the glass case of a fire extinguisher apparently out of frustration over New York's 2-0 first-round deficit to Miami.
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May 14, 2012 | By Mark Medina
What should the Lakers feel optimistic about against Oklahoma City? Mike Bresnahan: The Lakers actually showed some fire in their double-overtime victory over OKC last month. Can't remember a Lakers crowd ever getting that into a regular-season game. The Lakers' defense really showed me something in Game 7 against Denver. Not sure where it was the whole series, but the Lakers will have to employ it the entire time against OKC. Ben Bolch: The Lakers' 7-footers give them an advantage, provided they show up. Of course, that didn't always happen in the first round.
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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 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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