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April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO -- Sad news for Lakers writers. There might be only seven games left to cover the eminently quotable, entirely likable Nick Young . But good news for Young: Lakers governor Jeanie Buss loves his personality, seeing a player who can connect with fans. It might not lead to more money when he becomes a free agent this summer, because Buss defers to her brother, Jim , and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak to make the business decisions. But it can't hurt the player who calls himself "Swaggy P," the "P" still an unknown entity that Young is reluctant to reveal.
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April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO - Pau Gasol's vertigo came back with a vengeance and Chris Kaman's right calf wouldn't cooperate. It was almost time for assistant coaches Kurt Rambis and Mark Madsen to suit up for the Lakers. "Only if they let me wear the short shorts," Rambis said beforehand and, yeah, that wasn't really possible. So the Lakers plowed ahead with nine players and lost to the equally awful Sacramento Kings, 107-102, on Wednesday at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers (25-50)
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April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT SACRAMENTO When: 7 p.m. Where: Sleep Train Arena. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-49, Kings 26-48. Record vs. Kings: 3-0. Update: The lottery-bound Lakers and Kings have had almost identically bad seasons, though the Lakers own the head-to-head edge. In fact, the Lakers have dominated the series in recent years, winning 24 of the last 31 meetings. The Lakers beat the Kings in February, 126-122, after making 19 of 27 three-point attempts (70.4%)
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April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers are planning to build a more modern training facility that they hope will also attract future free agents, The Times has learned. They will stay in El Segundo because they like the area and its proximity to LAX, but will no longer share a building with the Kings and a skating rink often open for public use. The Lakers have been at the place currently known as Toyota Sports Center since 2000, which was built for about $24 million by...
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April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The two towers approach delivered a single, familiar result. Another Lakers loss. Pau Gasol got his wish, the chance to play next to fellow 7-footer Chris Kaman, but nothing really changed Tuesday in a 124-112 victory by the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Gasol and Kaman didn't show much chemistry together, but was that surprising at all this season? BOX SCORE: Portland 124, Lakers 112 Also in the predictable file: Steve Nash left in the second quarter because of a sprained left ankle.
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March 30, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Phoenix Suns were in town and handed the Lakers much more to ponder beyond another surprisingly rare and easy victory. The Suns couldn't control Chris Kaman, lost Sunday's game by a 115-99 score and offered the perfect time to explore some big-picture questions involving their past employees. What will the Lakers do with Coach Mike D'Antoni? BOX SCORE: Lakers 115, Suns 99 What will happen with Steve Nash, who won two NBA most-valuable-player awards in Phoenix under D'Antoni?
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March 30, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman found time to joke about his best game with the Lakers. The rest of the season, excruciating at worst and challenging at best, melted behind him. He had 28 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in an easy 115-99 victory Sunday over the Phoenix Suns. "I actually thought I had 30 because my career high was 29 a bunch of times. That last play, Jodie [ Meeks ] was open so I threw it to him," Kaman said. Had he shot it down low on that late fourth-quarter play, it probably would have gone in. Kaman didn't mind on a night he made 13 of 19 shots.
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March 29, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
He's often the forgotten one in the Lakers' mash-up of who's coming-who's going after this season. It's easy to understand why Robert Sacre is overlooked even though he's one of only four Lakers under contract after June - three if you toss out Nick Young , who is expected to decline a player option for $1.2 million. In the race to analyze/criticize the $23.5 million coming to Kobe Bryant next season and the $9.7 million due to Steve Nash , Sacre's $915,243 just doesn't measure up. But he'll be here unless he's traded.
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March 27, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT MINNESOTA When: 5 PDT. Where: Target Center, Minneapolis. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 24-47, Timberwolves 35-35. Record vs. Timberwolves: 1-2. Update: The Lakers haven't lost a season series to Minnesota since 2005-06. The Timberwolves have almost fallen out of playoff contention after a decent start. Kevin Love continues to post strong numbers, averaging 26.3 points and 12.6 rebounds for Minnesota.
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