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March 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The burning question before March 15 involves whether the Lakers will make a trade. Will Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum still remain on the team? Can the Lakers upgrade at point guard? Or will executive Jim Buss make the roster even worse? But those aren't the only things worrying Laker fans. The purple & gold just lost two consecutive games to the lowly Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards. Frustration has mounted over Mike Brown's offense. Kobe Bryant's approach in switching his mask and increasing fatigue have correlated to a shooting dropoff.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers head into Week 25, the final week of the season, with a seven-game losing streak. Should the Lakers lose their final two games, they would climb into at least a tie with the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. While the season hasn't exactly been fun for their fans to watch, the Lakers should be rewarded with a top prospect in June's NBA draft. Injuries have been the story, with Pau Gasol (vertigo), Chris Kaman (calf), Kobe Bryant (knee)
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March 23, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Some things to note in the Lakers' 103-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday at Staples Center. 1. Andrew Bynum's 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting points to his never-ending aggressiveness . Whenever Portland delayed on double teaming him, Bynum punished them with a quick drop-step move. Whenever Bynum drew a double team, he either reposted to establish better position or split defenders in the lane. Whenever Portland forgot to flood the paint, either Pau Gasol or Matt Barnes hooked up Bynum with lobs.
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April 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (25-54) will finish their regular-season home schedule as they host the Memphis Grizzlies (47-32) on Sunday night at Staples Center. Fifteen of 16 teams have locked in playoff positions. The Grizzlies are in eighth place in the Western Conference, hoping to hold on to the final postseason berth. The Phoenix Suns (47-33) are just half a game behind the Grizzlies. Memphis owns the head-to-head tiebreaker, but the Grizzlies visit the Suns on Monday night. Should the Lakers and Suns both beat the Grizzlies, Phoenix would overtake Memphis in the standings.
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March 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Some things to keep an eye on when the Lakers (23-15) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (21-19) Friday at Minneapolis' Target Center. 1. Will the Lakers play with effort? It's downright offensive that the public has to wonder whether the Lakers will do that, especially after losing two consecutive games to Eastern Conference dwellers the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards. But it's a fair question to ask. It remains to be seen whether this will spark the Lakers into fuller intensity or lead to more divisions within the team over Mike Brown.
SPORTS
March 13, 2012 | By Mark Medina
  1. The Lakers' 116-111 double overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies should be a big confidence boost. The big picture ramifications can't be overstated enough. The Lakers (26-16) have a 1 1/2 game lead over Memphis (24-17) for third place in the Western Conference. The game marked the Lakers' first signature road victory since winning last month at Boston. And most importantly, the Lakers' ability to overcome a 17-point deficit also represents growth. Considering the Lakers' 8-14 record, such a win in difficult circumstance have be the turning point they need in becoming a consistent road tim. 2. The Lakers Big Three made critical baskets.
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April 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Unlike in previous seasons, it doesn't appear that Andrew Bynum's latest injury has elicited much concern. After suffering what the Lakers termed a "moderate sprain" in his left ankle, Bynum told the team's website he would "definitely" play Tuesday against the New Jersey Nets.  Bynum's initial X-rays turned out negative,  and The Times' Mike Bresnahan noted that the team didn't consider the injury serious enough to warrant a follow-up MRI...
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December 25, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Perhaps the key question this year for the Lakers is whether or not Pau Gasol can fit into Coach Mike D'Antoni's system and play alongside fellow big man Dwight Howard. Gasol's best years were alongside Lamar Odom but Gasol has gradually been pushed further and further from the basket with the emergence of Andrew Bynum (and now Howard). In the Lakers' 118-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, the first game under D'Antoni with Steve Nash in the lineup, the team went often to Gasol in the high post.  The forward/center would watch for cutting players, looking first for the pass and then the shot (six assists total)
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December 27, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Pau Gasol was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis on Thursday, according to a team release. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a tendon within the sole of the foot. It's a relatively common injury that can be resolved with treatment and orthotics (customized shoe inserts). Gasol's right foot was examined by Dr. Kenneth Jung via MRI. The Lakers list their forward/center as probable against the Portland Trail Blazers. Recently Richard Hamilton of the Chicago Bulls tore his plantar fascia, which has him still sidelined now for almost a month.
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December 8, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
As noted by The Times' Mike Bresnahan , the Lakers are "debating whether to bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from knee tendinitis. " There's no question the team's forward/center and former All-Star has struggled to fit alongside Dwight Howard.  Gasol has admitted multiple times that he's more comfortable closer to the basket, but that's where the Lakers have Howard positioned. Gasol does need to play stretches at center.  That's where he'll flourish but coming off the bench doesn't achieve that.
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April 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol will do one very important thing when July rolls around. He'll listen. He won't make close to the $19.3 million he pulled down this season with the Lakers, but he'll be a popular guy when free agency begins. “It's a great position to be in,” he said Sunday. “It's rare. The first time I will ever be in that position.” It's no secret that he dislikes Coach Mike D'Antoni's offense. It's also no secret that the Lakers will eventually weigh whether D'Antoni returns for the final guaranteed year of his contract.
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April 12, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Emerging from the rubble of the Lakers' worst season since moving to Los Angeles was the story of someone who shall inherit the earth. Or at least a really nice pay raise. Jodie Meeks has been the Lakers' most consistent player, managing to avoid serious injury and continually putting in an honest night's work during a dreadful season for the franchise. He is averaging a career-best 15.6 points, almost double his output last season, but faces the same off-season question as almost everyone on the roster.
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April 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Golden State Warriors (48-30) fell to the Denver Nuggets (35-44) by a single point on Thursday night, giving up a Kenneth Faried hook shot with 1.8 seconds left on the clock. The Lakers (25-53) have theoretically relished the role of playing spoiler to teams fighting for playoff position, although they haven't exactly gotten much done on that front -- losing seven of their last eight. Another loss would put the Warriors' hold on the sixth playoff seed in the Western Conference at risk to the Phoenix Suns (47-31)
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April 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness. INTERACTIVE: The Lakers ever-changing lineup It was the latest downturn in a rough season for Gasol.
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April 3, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (25-50) haven't managed to have former NBA most valuable players Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash on the floor together all season. Nash has managed to play in 13 games for a total of 281 minutes.  He may play again before the season ends, on a permanent "day-to-day" status. Bryant is officially done for the year, making just six appearances for 177 minutes. Together, the two veterans will earn $39.8 million for the season. As the highest paid player in the league, Bryant ($30.5 million)
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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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March 14, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- ESPN.com's Marc Stein first reported the Chicago Bulls are trying to acquire Lakers forward Pau Gasol, but that the Lakers have limited interest in forward Carlos Boozer -- The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reported the Bulls offered Boozer and Watson, but the Lakers aren't interested in Boozer's contract (three more years, $47 million) -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported the Lakers gave a counter proposal, considering at least two-first round picks, center Joakim Noahand another player believed Watson.
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March 10, 2012
* The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how Pau Gasol has handled the latest trade rumors. Game stories -- The Times' Bresnahan reports the Lakers' win Friday against Minnesota came after a meeting where Mike Brown apologized to Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes for publicly questioning their shot selection. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains the importance in the Lakers beating Minnesota after losing to Detroit and Washington.
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April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO -- Pau Gasol will sit out Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings because of a severe recurrence of vertigo. He returned to action Tuesday after missing four games because of dizziness and nausea but was relegated to his hotel room Wednesday after feeling similar symptoms. Gasol had nine points and four rebounds in the Lakers' 124-112 loss to Portland. He said afterward he experienced lingering effects of his illness while making turns on the court and said he might have come back too soon.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (25-48) stunned the Trail Blazers (48-27) in Portland on March 3, 107-106. The Blazers are fighting for a playoff position in the West, but with a three-game winning streak, Portland is 3-1/2 games ahead of the ninth-place Phoenix Suns (44-30). Can the Lakers play spoiler again, as they did Sunday with a surprise 115-99 win over the Suns? Portland has improved in recent games, getting All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge on the court from a back injury that sidelined him for a couple of weeks.
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