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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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August 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
How you describe this photo likely will reflect how you view Metta World Peace. Do you scratch your head at him recently taking shots shirtless at a local bowling alley, or do you marvel at how he's maintained his physique this offseason? Do you cringe at the message he's sending about drinking alcohol? Or do you think it shows World Peace genuinely having fun with a group of fans? Do you become agitated over World Peace's constant want for attention by posting this on his Twitter account ?
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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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May 16, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Phil Jackson was just messing with us, once again. The wily former coach of the Lakers and Chicago Bulls wrote a book in 2004 that was called "The Last Season. " It seemed true at the time, but the legendary leader came back for a six-year run with the Lakers and highlighted it in his new memoir available next Tuesday, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " Jackson often refused to compare Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, but he does so on several occasions in his new book, co-written with Hugh Delehanty and published by Penguin Press.
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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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February 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
According to the NBA Development League transactions page , former Lakers guard Kareem Rush retired last month. In a recent phone interview with The Times, Rush said that's not the case. "I've retired from the D-League," he said. "[I'm] not retired from basketball completely. " Rush, 33, last played in the NBA for the Clippers on Nov. 17, 2009, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He has since worked to get back in the NBA, joining the Lakers' D-League affiliate D-Fenders for the second time in his career.
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March 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan analyzes what's wrong with the Lakers' offense. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers have a very small margin for error. -- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky look at what the Lakers should do before the trade deadline. -- Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe analyzes how the Lakers' offense lacks perimter shooters and shot creators beyond Kobe Bryant. --Fox Sports Marques Johnson criticizes Bryant's shot selection in the video below.
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November 7, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Both the Lakers and the Utah Jazz have started the season slowly with matching 1-3 records. The Lakers are set to visit Utah on Wednesday night, with hopes of building their first win streak of the season. Utah is looking to end a three-game slide. Utah has four powerful big men in Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Mo Williams is off to a fast start and yet the Jazz has just a single victory. With Steve Nash still recovering from a leg injury, the Lakers will have to play an excellent game of basketball to escape Utah with a win. Key matchup Jefferson's scoring is down a bit, to 12.3 points per game on 44% shooting, but he's a true back-to-the basket center.
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January 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Times are so tough for the Lakers, their healthy players so few and far between, that a former wide receiver has played point guard at some of their practices. J.J. Outlaw has scrimmaged in spurts with the team over the last week or so. He's part of the Lakers' player-personnel staff and played for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2007 preseason. Of course, he injured his thumb while scrimmaging. Apparently jammed it while going for a loose ball. So really, nobody is safe playing point guard for the Lakers.
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