April 12, 2012 |
The Lakers faced too many scenarios that suggested a signature game against the San Antonio Spurs would end in disappointment. Kobe Bryant sat out for the third consecutive game because of a sore left shin. Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich had rested his Big Three in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker earlier this week against Utah partly so they'd have more energy against the purple and gold. The Lakers had spent a better part of the last month declining on defense, while the Spurs remained one of the most proficient offenses.
March 12, 2012 |
The Lakers' success largely hinges on whether they can upgrade by Thursday's trade deadline. But the tea leaves suggest that Laker fans will be disappointed that the team may not acquire Dwight Howard and Deron Williams. Here's why neither scenario is likely to go down. Dwight Howard, Magic center Why it's unrealistic: The Magic is waiting until the final hour to decide whether to trade Howard, and it's possible they'll just keep him, since Orlando remains in championship contention.
August 14, 2012 |
A long time awaits before the Lakers even begin playing basketball. But if Laker fans don't already have their tickets by then, they may need to hand over a few bills to secure seats. That's always been the case for Laker games, but Dwight Howard's arrival just put ticket demand into overdrive. Fansnap.com , a ticket search engine that compiles results from major ticket marketplaces and ticket agencies, said the average ticket price rests between $270 and $323 per seat since last week when the Lakers acquired Howard.
May 8, 2012 |
Things to watch when the Lakers play the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Lakers have a 3-1 series lead. 1. The Lakers need to get off to a fast start. The opening minutes will provide a good gauge on how each team views this series. Will Denver pour everything it has on the floor to avoid elimination or will it show resignation that the Lakers will likely advance to the next round? Will the Lakers build on their 12-1 mark in closeout games since 2008 or will they use this series cushion as an excuse to slack off?
March 14, 2012 |
Dwight Howard may soon find out he can't have it both ways. He wants to remain with the Orlando Magic through this season, but refuses to sign a long-term deal or an extension. In turn, ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports Howard's plea has only pushed them closer to trading him before Thursday's trade deadline. Meanwhile, the Lakers may also soon find out they can't have it both ways. As much as I've advocated in the past for the Lakers to acquire Howard, even if it means trading Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, Howard's latest reaction should give the Lakers some pause.
April 27, 2012 |
Below is a breakdown of the Lakers' starting lineup entering the postseason. 1. Kobe Bryant. Finally, the Black Mamba enters a postseason where he's fully healthy and rested. Those lingering knee and ankle issues that hobbled him in the playoffs for the past two years? He took care of that last summer in Germany. That torn ligament in his right wrist he suffered at the beginning of the season? Bryant played through it and it eventually healed. Same with his broken nose and neck pain stemming from whiplash and a concussion he suffered during the All-Star Game.
July 24, 2012 |
Below are five ways Jordan Hill's return to the Lakers significantly helps the team's bench. 1. The job of the Lakers' front office becomes easier. By securing Hill with a two-year deal for around $7 million, the Lakers' quest to upgrade their bench becomes a lot easier. The Lakers could offer such a contract partly because they own Hill's "Bird Rights. " But they had hoped to acquire every other reserve at the veteran's minimum. Such constraints would've made it nearly impossible to find another forward with a skill set similar to Hill's.
May 5, 2012 |
Various points in the Lakers' 99-84 Game 3 loss Friday to the Denver Nuggets define both the good and the bad that Andrew Bynum offers. There's the dominant Bynum. That one scored 18 second-half points, aggressively fought through double teams and consistently established post position. The Lakers didn't always feature him as they should, but he still pushed, stood strong and delivered when he received looks. There's the lazy Bynum. That one went scoreless in the first half and attempted only three field goals.
August 12, 2012 |
After taking his physical Monday at the Lakers' training facility, forward Devin Ebanks will sign the Lakers' qualifying offer that entails a one-year deal worth a little more than $1 million, according to his agent, David Bauman. The deal doesn't exactly elicit the same headlines as the Lakers' acquiring Steve Nash or Dwight Howard this off-season. But it is yet another move the Lakers have made to shore up a bench that finished near the last in the league in scoring. Ebanks, 23, averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in his second season with the Lakers last year, and earned a few unexpected promotions.
April 19, 2012 |
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Kobe Bryant didn't need to feel pressured into expediting his recovery from a sore left shin. Instead, the Lakers went 5-2 in his absence while Bryant rocked some pretty suits as he coached on the sidelines. But that will all end soon since Bryant expects to suit up Friday at San Antonio for the first time in 11 days. Before that happens, it's time to reflect on a few things that stood out during his absence. 1. The Lakers relied more on ball movement.