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October 23, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Deconstructing Dwight, Part 1 of dozens of chapters to come, undoubtedly. The Lakers center took the court Sunday for the first time with his new team and showed exactly why he was different from Andrew Bynum. Markedly. Dwight Howard has instincts that his predecessor has rarely shown, scoring five times off alley-oop passes and teammates' missed shots in an exhibition game against Sacramento. Unlike Bynum, Howard's not a guy who needs the ball in the post, though he showed a left-handed hook shot against the Kings.
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May 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan recently left the team to become head coach at  Rutgers. Jordan was brought in by Mike Brown to help teach the Lakers a version of the Princeton offense but Brown was let go five games into the regular season. “When I was hired there, there was no Dwight Howard and there was no Steve Nash, and Mike Brown said, 'I want you to help me with the offense,'" Jordan said in an interview with Michael Lee of the Washington Post .  "We went through the preseason running principles of the Princeton offense that Kobe [Bryant]
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November 26, 2012
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 7-7; Pacers 6-8. Record vs. Pacers (2011-12): 0-1. Update: The Pacers have struggled without high-scoring forward Danny Granger, sidelined indefinitely because of knee soreness. They are 2-6 on the road this season. Former Lakers assistant coach and player Brian Shaw is the Pacers' associate head coach, the right-hand man to Coach Frank Vogel.
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November 30, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Dwight Howard can still improve his free-throw shooting. The Lakers swear on it. Sometimes they might swear at it, but they continue to work on his foul shooting. He entered Friday's game with 47.8% accuracy from the line, a main reason the Lakers were the NBA's worst team in the category. Howard makes between 75% and 80% of his free-throw attempts at practice, including scrimmages and post-practice individual work. The Lakers chart them all. They know what he does when no one watches.
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November 30, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Dwight Howard can still improve his free-throw shooting. The Lakers swear on it. Sometimes they might swear at it, but they continue to work on his foul shooting. He entered Friday's game with 47.8% accuracy from the line, a main reason the Lakers were the NBA's worst team in the category. Howard makes between 75% and 80% of his free-throw attempts at practice, including scrimmages and post-practice individual work. The Lakers chart them all. They know what he does when no one watches.
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October 3, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Uh-oh. Dwight Howard shot a bunch of three-pointers at the end of Tuesday's practice. Another Andrew Bynum on the Lakers' hands? Not exactly. Coach Mike Brown was in a jovial mood while watching Howard, even declaring that his long-distance shot might be used in late-game situations. That won't happen, but the Lakers were elated to include Howard in some two-on-two and three-on-three drills with contact - long before he began lofting threes. It would be a surprise only if Howard did not suit up for the Lakers' opener Oct. 30 against Dallas.
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January 16, 2010 | By Broderick Turner
When TNT announces Monday the participants for the 2010 NBA All-Star game dunk contest, Lakers guard Shannon Brown said that's when he'll know if he was selected. Brown has had his Lakers teammates, Lakers fans and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard , who won the dunk contest in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2009, all say they want to see him in the contest that will be held Feb. 13 of All-Star weekend at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Brown has become a YouTube sensation because of his dunking exploits, and there has been a groundswell of support on Facebook called "Let Shannon Dunk."
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September 26, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Over and over again, Lakers forward Metta World Peace kept bullying his way into the post. He moved quickly. He positioned himself using his solid frame. He caught the entry passes and threw a medicine ball in the basket with purpose. Throughout the whole routine, Lakers assistant coach Darvin Ham instructed World Peace on how to better angle himself in the post. World Peace's workout last week at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo appeared nothing more than what you'd normally see just before training camp starts.
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December 1, 2009 | By Mike Bresnahan
Maybe they're finally over it, a strange malady that sometimes seeps into the Lakers when they play bad teams. It's been a weird occurrence since they were winning championships with Shaquille O'Neal but also posting clunkers on any given night in the regular season. Last season, on the long road to the franchise's 15th championship, the Lakers lost to Indiana, Sacramento and Charlotte (twice), not to mention mediocre Miami and Philadelphia teams. The year before that, they had humbling losses to Milwaukee, New Jersey, Sacramento (twice)
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November 26, 2012
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 7-7; Pacers 6-8. Record vs. Pacers (2011-12): 0-1. Update: The Pacers have struggled without high-scoring forward Danny Granger, sidelined indefinitely because of knee soreness. They are 2-6 on the road this season. Former Lakers assistant coach and player Brian Shaw is the Pacers' associate head coach, the right-hand man to Coach Frank Vogel.
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October 23, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Deconstructing Dwight, Part 1 of dozens of chapters to come, undoubtedly. The Lakers center took the court Sunday for the first time with his new team and showed exactly why he was different from Andrew Bynum. Markedly. Dwight Howard has instincts that his predecessor has rarely shown, scoring five times off alley-oop passes and teammates' missed shots in an exhibition game against Sacramento. Unlike Bynum, Howard's not a guy who needs the ball in the post, though he showed a left-handed hook shot against the Kings.
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October 6, 2012 | By Mark Medina
To the dismay of Lakers fans living in Fresno, they won't see Dwight Howard on the court when the Lakers travel there Sunday for their first preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. Instead, they'll be treated to the debut of a rookie center, either Robert Sacre or Greg Somogyi, in a star-studded starting lineup featuring Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. Brown insisted he was serious about the decision even though numerous reports indicated he would start Jordan Hill while Howard rehabbed on his surgically repaired back.
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October 3, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Uh-oh. Dwight Howard shot a bunch of three-pointers at the end of Tuesday's practice. Another Andrew Bynum on the Lakers' hands? Not exactly. Coach Mike Brown was in a jovial mood while watching Howard, even declaring that his long-distance shot might be used in late-game situations. That won't happen, but the Lakers were elated to include Howard in some two-on-two and three-on-three drills with contact - long before he began lofting threes. It would be a surprise only if Howard did not suit up for the Lakers' opener Oct. 30 against Dallas.
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September 26, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Over and over again, Lakers forward Metta World Peace kept bullying his way into the post. He moved quickly. He positioned himself using his solid frame. He caught the entry passes and threw a medicine ball in the basket with purpose. Throughout the whole routine, Lakers assistant coach Darvin Ham instructed World Peace on how to better angle himself in the post. World Peace's workout last week at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo appeared nothing more than what you'd normally see just before training camp starts.
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August 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the third post in a series looking at potential Lakers assistant coaches. Assistant coach Quin Snyder and team consultant Ettore Messina took coaching jobs with CSKA Moscow, a highly successful Euroleague team. CSNNW.com's Chris Haynes  has reported that Lakers Coach Mike Brown will hire Steve Clifford for the  coaching staff. Background:  Clifford first started out in the NBA ranks as an advance scout for the New York Knicks (2000-01) before moving up as an assistant coach (2001-03)
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October 27, 2009 | Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Several memories will be shared, followed by plenty of bling and then, well, an NBA game. The Lakers begin the season tonight against the Clippers, but not before they receive their championship rings from last season's successful playoff run. It will be loud at Staples Center, perhaps even emotional, and then the Lakers will have to play. "It's always one of the toughest games that you'll play because of the emotions," Kobe Bryant said. "You're in such a great space, feeling happy and content with what you've accomplished, and now you have to turn around and understand that this team is coming for your head."
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July 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Team USA faces Tunisia in the opening round of the 2012 London Olympics, beginning Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. PDT. 1. Team USA will never trail in this game. No need for an actual scouting report on this one. Sportsbooks have Team USA as 55-point favorites for good reason. Tunisia is making its first Olympic appearance after participating in the African Championship for a half-century. It never led once in its first game against Nigeria, where it scored only 15 points at halftime.
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July 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Team USA faces Tunisia in the opening round of the 2012 London Olympics, beginning Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. PDT. 1. Team USA will never trail in this game. No need for an actual scouting report on this one. Sportsbooks have Team USA as 55-point favorites for good reason. Tunisia is making its first Olympic appearance after participating in the African Championship for a half-century. It never led once in its first game against Nigeria, where it scored only 15 points at halftime.
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May 12, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who has become a hot candidate for a few head-coaching vacancies in the NBA, including his current team, has gotten the OK from management to interview for the Golden State Warriors head coach opening. "Yes, we have been given permission," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in a text message Thursday. He said the Lakers also gave assistant coach Chuck Person permission to talk to the Warriors. Shaw, a candidate to replace Phil Jackson with the Lakers, also had been given permission to interview for the opening with the Houston Rockets.
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