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January 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said the Lakers are considering applying for a disabled player exception for Jordan Hill. Hill is expected to have surgery to fix a possible labral tear and remove "loose bodies" from the joint.  Recovery is expected to take six months and Hill would miss the remainder of the season. The Lakers are eligible to apply for the exception, which would give the team an additional $1.78 million in spending power. "We'll look into it," said Kupchak.
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January 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have until Tuesday to apply for a "disabled players exception" for Jordan Hill. It was announced on Friday that Hill will miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury that will sideline the forward-center for six months. According to the Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ , the Lakers can apply for an exception worth half of Hill's $3.56-million salary.  There's no guarantee the league will approve the exception if the Lakers even apply for it, but if granted, the Lakers would gain about $1.78 million in additional spending power.
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January 12, 2013
Lakers VS. CLEVELAND When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Time Warner Cable Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 15-21; Cavaliers 9-29. Record vs. Cavaliers: 0-1. Update: Cleveland will be without center Anderson Varejao, who underwent surgery to repair a torn leg muscle. But the Cavaliers have two things the Lakers hate - backcourt speed (Kyrie Irving) and youth (Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson)
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January 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The walk to the team bus was short but still left eons for Steve Nash to ponder the imponderable. Will the Lakers miss the playoffs? "I think about it every day," he said in a quiet moment after their latest loss, Wednesday in San Antonio. "We've got to make some serious ground up here quickly. We're in deep, and we've got to find a way to scratch and claw and get to 48 wins. " He chose 48 because it was tossed his way by a reporter. It's the average number of victories claimed by the eighth and final team in the Western Conference playoffs the last five years.
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December 11, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
CLEVELAND - These are the Lakers, for worse or for worse. No defense, boring offense, few victories, little entertainment. They took another beating Tuesday night, setting a new standard for lowly losses this season by falling to the already fallen Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-94, at Quicken Loans Arena. They tumbled to 12th in the Western Conference - 12th? 12th! - after losing to a team that was 4-17. They've lost three straight and five of six and are 9-13, two games behind Denver for the suddenly coveted eighth spot in the West, though they'd have to fight through Minnesota, Houston and Portland to get there.
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December 11, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin
CLEVELAND - Magic Johnson has some suggestions for Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni. They're not of the "Welcome to L.A. " variety. Johnson says it "makes no sense" to relegate Pau Gasol to the perimeter when the Lakers power forward is healthy. "Gasol, to me, is the key to this whole thing," Johnson said at Dodger Stadium, where he attended a Dodgers news conference Tuesday. "But if you continue to have him at the three-point line, he's not going to perform well because he hasn't been out there, especially with Phil Jackson and the Lakers [and]
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November 10, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
IT'S TIME TO CHANGE AMERICA 1. MIAMI (5-1)     Best home start in franchise history marred by obnoxious player intros. (1) 2. SAN ANTONIO (6-1)    It must be early in season if Gregg Popovich smiles in media session. (3) 3. OKLAHOMA CITY (4-2)    “60 Minutes” looking into whether Harden given 1 hour to accept offer. (2) 4. CLIPPERS (4-2)    These guys would beat Harlem Globetrotters, lose to Washington Generals. (4) YES WE CAN 5. BOSTON (3-3)    Back on the upswing after hitting Shamrock bottom.
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November 8, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Luke Walton made a brief stop in Los Angeles recently, visiting the Clippers with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Walton was traded to the Cavaliers for Ramon Sessions last year after 8 1/2 seasons with the Lakers. So far this year, through three appearances, Walton is averaging just 0.7 points per game on 14.3% shooting. In the final year of his contract, Walton said after the game that he'll play "as long as my back will let me.  If I'm feeling good, I want to play.
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October 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Below are three ways Jordan Hill's herniated disc could impact the Lakers. 1. The Lakers lose an energetic bench presence. The Lakers announced that Hill will be reevaluated in a week, so it's safe to pencil him out of the Lakers' preseason games Wednesday against Portland in Ontario and Saturday against Utah at Staples Center. That severely dents the Lakers' bench depth considering  Coach Mike Brown had been raving all training camp about Hill's development. In the Lakers' preseason loss Sunday to Golden State, Hil scored 10 points and was the only player to play 20 minutes.The Lakers have had high hopes for Hill, signing him to a two-year, $7-million deal this off-season after surprising the team with his energy and athleticism late in the season.  2. This could stunt Hill's development.
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June 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In recent years, NBA draft nights at the Lakers' practice facility have been anticlimactic. Only a few reporters who regularly cover the Lakers watch the draft proceedings on a large projector screen. No need for reporters to fight for a good angle to place their tape recorder as they interview the new draft prospect. Those interviews are done by speaker phone. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak usually talks with the media, but very little is learned about what the draft prospect could provide for the Lakers, given they are late second-round draft picks.
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