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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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July 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 20th post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Mickael Pietrus Former team: Boston Celtics Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The Lakers have enough spots at small forward, but they could easily switch Pietrus over to shooting guard and reap similar rewards. His length, footwork and athleticism would give the Lakers a much-needed defensive presence to their backup shooting guard position. Even though his 6.9 points on 38.4% shooting last season with Boston approached career-lows, part of that could be attributed to being relegated to a diminished spot on the depth chart with limited looks offensively.
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October 11, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Dressed in a practice gear, Dwight Howard looked explosive in pregame warm-ups. During a third-quarter timeout, Howard appeared in rhythm as he danced to "Gangnam Style. " The Lakers center also described his surgically repaired back as "pretty good. " But is that enough for Howard to return in the Lakers' third preseason game Saturday against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center? As expected, Howard resorted to a recycled joke about his iPhone 5. "Let me check the app," Howard said after the Lakers' 93-75 preseason loss Wednesday to the Portland Trail Blazers.
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April 7, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Game stories -- The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Andrew Bynum's ejection in the Lakers' 112-107 loss Friday to the Houston Rockets. -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes the Lakers' defensive lapses against Houston. -- The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen credits the Rockets' chemistry. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers struggled without Bynum. Notebooks -- The Times' Bolch mentions how the NBA gave Clippers forward Blake Griffin a flagrant foul type 1 for his push Thursday against Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
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October 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Although he was cleared Tuesday for full-court five-on-five scrimmages with limited minutes,  center Dwight Howard won't play in the Lakers' second exhibition game, Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers in Ontario. The Lakers haven't provided a firm timetable on when he will play. But Howard has maintained throughout the last week in training camp that he won't play in a game until his surgically repaired back is fully ready. Still, Howard changed his opinion on the importance of appearing in any of the seven remaining exhibition games.
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March 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers may not have acquired Net guards Deron Williams before the trade deadline as they had hoped, but they still managed to significantly improve their backcourt. The Lakers acquired Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2012 first-round pick. The Lakers also traded Luke Walton and backup shooting guard Jason Kapono for forward Christian Ayenga, who played in just six games and spent time in the Development League. The front office deserves kudos for addressing the team's point guard needs without compromising its core roster of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
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July 18, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 11th post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Courtney Lee Former team: Houston Rockets Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: Lee represents everything the Lakers need as a backup shooting guard. He's young (27). He's deadly from three-point range, hovering just over 40% from downtown in three of his four NBA seasons. His hustle on defense fits Mike Brown's vision in that area pretty well. Add these qualities together, and it's likely Lee could assume some pretty significant minutes off the bench.
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June 6, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports Sam Vincent has continued to captain the cause that would involve Phil Jackson with the Orlando Magic in the following capacity: Jackson would work from home most of the time, Vincent would work in the front office and Scottie Pippen and Brian Shaw would coach the team. The plan also calls for Jackson asking to have a slice of minority ownership. I've been told that Jackson hasn't talked with the Magic directly, but that he still talks with NBA coaches and players.
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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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