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December 1, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Denver Nuggets (8-9) helped to facilitate the trade that brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers, acquiring Andre Iguodala for Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington. Iguodala is one of the Nuggets leading scorers at 15.6 points per game while shooting 46.3% from the field and 40% from behind the arc. He's also collecting 5.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. "I've been a fan of his since he came out of Arizona," said Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant, who has a strong relationship with Iguodala off the court.  "I've always tried to look out for him as much as I could, talk to him about the game and things like that.
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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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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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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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August 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 21st post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Marquis Daniels Former team: Boston Celtics Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The swingman helped Boston become a defensively disciplined team during his three-year tenure there. the giving up only .775 points per play (81st percentile, according to Synergy Sports Technology). Given Mike Brown's hope that the Lakers remain a fundamentally sound defensive team, Daniels would become the perfect fit. As a backup shooting guard, he could help relieve Kobe Bryant's responsibilities both in minutes played and on defensive assignments.
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August 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 26th post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Josh Howard Former team: Utah Jazz Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The Lakers don't need to fret about Howard's well-documented poor behavior when he was the Dallas Mavericks (2003-10). There, he admitted to smoking marijuana in the off-season, was arrested for street racing and later cited for speeding, and criticized the national anthem. But published accounts during Howard's time with the Washington Wizards (2009-11)
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August 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As he's bounced around from Canada, United States and China, it's hard to track down Metta World Peace's whereabouts. Thanks to his always active Twitter account, though, the eccentric Lakers forward keeps the public well informed. According to one tweet Wednesday, World Peace and his 8-year-old daughter, Diamond, will appear on Nick TV's "Yo Gabba Gabba" on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. It's unclear what their exact role entails, but based on the photo above and the video below, it's safe to safe to say World Peace will act his normal goofy self.
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April 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The playoff nostalgia has swept Lakers guard Ramon Sessions everywhere he goes. Shortly after he joined the Lakers from a trade a little more than two months ago, Sessions bought a television set for a local bar named Wagon Wheel in his hometown in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The enthusiasm for the purple and gold has spread so much that Sessions describes it as a "Laker town. " As soon as the Lakers officially clinched a playoff berth, Sessions immediately sensed he had turned a corner after toiling with non-playoff teams, such as the Milwaukee Bucks (2007-09)
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March 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Everything about Ramon Sessions appears to happen quickly. He runs the floor with unrelenting speed. Sessions has crammed enough of the offense in the last week that it now looks like a well-oiled machine. His debut as a starter in the Lakers' 103-96 victory hardly involved much of a transition period, as he posted 20 points and 11 assists. "I wouldn't say it's this fast," Sessions said. "But it's one of those things where you have those big three guys out there [in Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol]
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March 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The smile on Andrew Bynum's face widened. “This is so fun,” he said. The reasons pointed to everything with his performance in the Lakers' 103-96 victory Friday over the Portland Trail Blazers, in which he scored a team-high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting.  He threw down two alley-oop lobs from Pau Gasol to open the game. His eight fourth-quarter points featured an array of moves, including a baby hook shot over LaMarcus Aldridge, a lob from Josh McRoberts and two short-range jumpers in the paint.
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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 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 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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May 16, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Phil Jackson never liked to compare Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan. Believe me, I tried everything. Sometimes I'd ask him after random Lakers practices or before games against Charlotte, the team Jordan owned. Or after games in Chicago, where nostalgia hopefully would add to the mix. There would be a little nugget here, a tiny nibble there, but nothing that mattered. It's coming out now, though, in Jackson's 339-page memoir co-written with Hugh Delehanty and available Tuesday: "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.
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March 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
It's only been a week since Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade squared up in what turned out to be a pretty physical game. This time, the game actually matters. The Lakers host the Miami Heat Sunday at Staples Center, and there's certainly plenty of storylines involving the game. But the main one involves Bryant and Wade. Bryant has worn a plastic mask for the past week after Wade's hard foul in the 2011 All-Star game gave him a concussion, broken nose and whiplash on his neck.
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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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