April 20, 2012 |
Some things to watch when the Lakers (40-23) visit the San Antonio Spurs (45-16) Friday at AT&T Center. 1. Kobe Bryant plans to play against the Spurs. His return after missing the last seven games because of a sore left shin cuts both ways. The Lakers need Bryant in the lineup after seeing how San Antonio absolutely dismantled them earlier this week. They also need him to reestablish rhythm so that any transition period before the playoffs remains minimal. But the Spurs also want to play Bryant too. Even if San Antonio has met the Lakers in the postseason five times in the last decade, they still learn an added wrinkle about how they fare facing Bryant on this season's squad.
July 12, 2012 |
Long before the free agency madness begins, the Lakers' front office puts together a list. General Manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss rank the players they covet once July 1 hits. It doesn't matter whether the Lakers can afford the player. It doesn't matter whether he is interested. No free agency signing or trade happens without Kupchak first picking up the phone. So even with Steve Nash proclaiming publicly he couldn't envision himself joining the Lakers, Kupchak recalled Buss providing a stern reminder.
August 10, 2012 |
For over a year, the Lakers couldn't get themselves out of what appeared to be a little batting slump. They clearly hit the ball out of the park by landing Chris Paul. But the umpire (NBA Commissioner David Stern) ruled it a foul ball. It then appeared the Lakers whiffed when they traded away Lamar Odom and Derek Fisher. Then they repeatedly hit balls that landed foul. They acquired a promising point guard in Ramon Sessions, but he couldn't handle the playoff pressure. A bloated payroll made Deron Williams skeptical of wearing purple and gold.
June 25, 2012 |
This is the 10th in a series of posts grading the Lakers on the 2011-12 season. Player : Devin Ebanks How he performed: 4 points on 41.6% shooting from the field and 2.3 rebounds in 16.5 minutes in the regular season; 4.1 points on 41% shooting from the field and 2.2 rebounds in 14 minutes per game in the post-season. The good: It would've been easy and somewhat understandable for Ebanks to have lost his cool during a frustrating season.
October 3, 2012 |
The moment the doors opened to the Lakers' practice facility, the team showed on Tuesday a first-hand glimpse of what could mark a significant variable in the team's championship fortunes. Sure, part of that included Dwight Howard's participation and admission afterward that he may have recovered enough from back surgery to play in a few preseason games.