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November 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
MacGyver usually had more to work with than Mike D'Antoni has so far this season. A paper clip, a stick of chewing gum and a ball of twine … who wouldn't take that over some of these Lakers lineups the NBA's most resourceful coach has been forced to roll out? D'Antoni has made it all work, for the most part, the Lakers' 9-8 record a one-game improvement over where the team was at this point last season even with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard in the lineup. "It's a lot easier to coach them," D'Antoni said Saturday of his current players.
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March 20, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers took their team photo on Thursday, well most of them. Jordan Hill missed the annual event, arriving late to the team's practice facility, according to a Lakers spokesman. Also absent in the photo is any member of the Buss family, with owners Jim and Jeanie Buss sitting out.   It's team photo day at El Segundo. #GoLakers pic.twitter.com/epoQ4zQAME - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 20, 2014 After the passing of Jerry Buss last February, the Lakers honored their late owner with a basketball sitting on an empty chair in between Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.
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November 13, 2009 | By Mark Heisler
Part of me wants to say the best Lakers team ever is the one that's out there right now. (Hopefully, none of the Showtime Lakers are reading this or they would have to be resuscitated at this point, after which they would cancel their subscriptions.) That's the part that knows how fast things change and how much better players have gotten. When I started covering the NBA in 1969 in Philadelphia, Billy Cunningham was a power forward at 6-foot-7 (listed) and 220 pounds. Gus Johnson was a feared power forward at 6-5, 225. Cunningham wasn't even 6-7. Everyone knew his real height those days because being 6-6 got you out of the draft.
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February 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The rivalry that produced Jerry West versus Bill Russell, Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant versus Paul Pierce offered a new matchup Friday night: MarShon Brooks versus Jerryd Bayless. It was actually more enticing than it sounds, Brooks nudging a proud but wayward franchise ahead of its archnemesis, if just for one night. Brooks sparked an 11-point comeback in the fourth quarter of his Lakers debut, helping his new team blow past the hated Boston Celtics in a 101-92 victory that had Staples Center rocking for one of the few times this season.
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November 13, 1991
We of the Los Angeles County Commission on AIDS commend Magic Johnson for his candor and openness. He has given the war on AIDS a spokesperson and leader with the ability to pass the message to communities that have been very difficult to reach in the past. Johnson has taken his health news and performed the most impressive rebound of his career. This has brought the AIDS message into the homes and hearts of millions. He has truly transcended from a Lakers team member and world-class athlete to a world-class coach of life and humanity.
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November 16, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Lakers on Sunday night VS. DETROIT When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 4-7; Pistons 3-5. Record vs. Pistons (2012-13): 2-0. Update: The Pistons were 0-3 on the road until a 97-90 victory Friday over Sacramento. Detroit leads the NBA in points in the paint (51 per game), a potential problem for a Lakers team that has been pliant in that area. The Lakers have won seven of their last eight against Detroit.
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June 16, 2008
The fact that the Lakers are getting on a plane and flying nearly 3,000 miles to go back to Boston tells me they still want to be in this series. That may seem obvious, but I've seen teams, especially on Father's Day, be content to go home with their tails between their legs and stay home with their families. This Lakers team hasn't had enough yet.
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March 20, 2010 | By Broderick Turner
Readers' questions for our Lakers beat reporter Broderick Turner. Questions will be answered every week. Question: As frustrating as the lazy play has been, is there any similarity between this Lakers team and the second year of the Shaq (O'Neal) & Kobe (Bryant) repeat teams? I don't remember all the details, but I don't think they had a great regular season either, but won about 10 straight at the end of the year and almost swept through the playoffs. Just curious if you remember whether that team was working hard but losing, or had the same tendency to coast.
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October 29, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers have expectations of becoming an elite team in the NBA, but they still have work to do. It wasn't just that the Clippers lost to the Lakers, 116-103, Tuesday night at Staples Center. But it was that the Clippers lost to a Lakers team missing Kobe Bryant and a Lakers team many think could miss the playoffs this season. One big issue for the Clippers was giving up too many offensive rebounds to the Lakers. They gave up 18 offensive boards, leading to 30 second-chance points for the Lakers.
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March 26, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - Metta World Peace sustained torn cartilage in his left knee during Monday's game at Golden State, the latest somber injury news for a Lakers team that has had plenty of it this season. World Peace is to fly back to Los Angeles on Wednesday and consult with team doctor Steve Lombardo. A timetable for his return will then be issued. In a tweet that was quickly deleted from his account, World Peace apologized for being injured and said he hoped to be back in a week and a half.
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January 17, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
BOSTON -- The Lakers talked as a team before their Friday morning shoot-around, trying to bury the hatchet after Nick Young's "one on five" accusation stemming from his ejection Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns. Young was suspended by the NBA for Friday's game against Boston because he punched Suns guard Goran Dragic in the face during a game Wednesday. He said after the game that his teammates didn't back him up and it was "one on five" out there. "We just talked about everything.
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January 6, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The number stood out like few others since the free-flying days of the 1980s. The Lakers allowed the Denver Nuggets to score 137 points Sunday. Somehow it happened. In a stop-and-see-if-you-really-saw-the-TV-ticker way. Not since 1993 have the Lakers given up that many points in a non-overtime regular-season game. In that beauty, a 141-124 Charlotte Hornets victory on Nov. 24, 1993, Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning combined for 50 points. Times were different back then.
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December 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant keeps moving up on the grade scale he has implemented for himself. The Lakers, though, keep getting schooled at home. Their latest loss was a lethargic one to the Phoenix Suns, 114-108, Tuesday at Staples Center. GAME SUMMARY: Suns 114, Lakers 108 There was no cohesion, very little excitement and you could almost hear a home team fall below .500 with a 10-11 record. Bryant looked better - 20 points on six-for-11 shooting with three assists and three turnovers - but the Lakers fell to 0-2 with him after also suffering a home loss Sunday to Toronto.
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November 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
MacGyver usually had more to work with than Mike D'Antoni has so far this season. A paper clip, a stick of chewing gum and a ball of twine … who wouldn't take that over some of these Lakers lineups the NBA's most resourceful coach has been forced to roll out? D'Antoni has made it all work, for the most part, the Lakers' 9-8 record a one-game improvement over where the team was at this point last season even with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard in the lineup. "It's a lot easier to coach them," D'Antoni said Saturday of his current players.
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November 16, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Lakers on Sunday night VS. DETROIT When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 4-7; Pistons 3-5. Record vs. Pistons (2012-13): 2-0. Update: The Pistons were 0-3 on the road until a 97-90 victory Friday over Sacramento. Detroit leads the NBA in points in the paint (51 per game), a potential problem for a Lakers team that has been pliant in that area. The Lakers have won seven of their last eight against Detroit.
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November 14, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
There's only one thing to say about the Lakers and back-to-back sets. Three down, 16 to go. The Lakers have been dreadful on the second night of consecutive games this season, getting blown out by 31 in Golden State, losing to the Anthony Davis Show by 11 in New Orleans and fading in the fourth quarter of a 111-99 loss Wednesday in Denver. Three losses by an average of 18 points. Not exactly competitive. Can't wait for that trip next month with four games in five nights - back-to-backs at Oklahoma City and Charlotte, then a night off, then back-to-backs against Atlanta and Memphis.
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January 2, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Phil Jackson would have been better suited to coach this aging Lakers team than current Coach Mike D'Antoni, Times writer Mike Bresnahan said during an online NBA discussion Wednesday morning. "Phil does not need speed or youth necessarily in his offense," Bresnahan said. "He prefers veterans. He likes older players, mature players. He doesn't need to zip up and down the court. Obviously that triangle offense would be much better suited for this team at this point unless somehow the roster gets younger.
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July 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have made their pitch. Free-agent center Dwight Howard sat with the Lakers for 90 minutes in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, hearing his final pitch after meeting with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks. Now it's up to him to decide where he'll play. "Jim Buss, Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Harris and I, along with representatives from our partners at Time Warner Cable Sports Net and AEG, met this afternoon for approximately two hours with Dwight Howard and his representatives Dan Fegan and Happy Walters," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak in a prepared statement.
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October 29, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers have expectations of becoming an elite team in the NBA, but they still have work to do. It wasn't just that the Clippers lost to the Lakers, 116-103, Tuesday night at Staples Center. But it was that the Clippers lost to a Lakers team missing Kobe Bryant and a Lakers team many think could miss the playoffs this season. One big issue for the Clippers was giving up too many offensive rebounds to the Lakers. They gave up 18 offensive boards, leading to 30 second-chance points for the Lakers.
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October 29, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Never saw this coming. Never felt this happening. Never thought the Clippers would begin their march to the NBA Finals by tripping over the Lakers ... bench? Never thought new Clippers Coach Doc Rivers would watch the first step toward his second championship ring tarnished by … Mike D'Antoni?. Never thought a Staples Center that contained some loud Clippers fans - including one dude who infiltrated the Lakers courtside seats - would once again roar for the Lakers as if it were June.
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