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June 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The NBA draft begins Thursday evening, so of course that means Pau Gasol's standing with the Lakers remains in limbo. Gasol has felt resigned with uncertainty ever since the nixed Chris Paul trade. Considering that the Lakers fell in the Western Conference semifinals for the second consecutive season, it's likely that feeling could last all next season - unless the Lakers trade Gasol, of course. The latest scenario, as reported by The Times' Mike Bresnahan , involved the Atlanta Hawks trying to trade power forward Josh Smith for Gasol.
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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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August 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With the starting lineup the Lakers have accumulated, it's a hard task to dissect any significant weaknesses. Long ago the lightning rod for criticism, the Lakers' point guard spot suddenly becomes dangerous with Steve Nash directing the offense. Kobe Bryant's prolific scoring will become more efficient now that he'll relieve ball handling duties. Dwight Howard remains the league's top center both in scoring on the low block and denying looks inside. He has a trusty sidekick in Pau Gasol to facilitate and complement his post presence.
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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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October 3, 2012 | By Mark Medina
No longer do the Lakers face the nagging question of whether Andrew Bynum can stay healthy. It affected them for seven years as Bynum slowly but surely became an elite center. It left the training staff busily in finding ways to keep his creaky knees healthy. It left the Lakers' coaching staff exercising caution so another incident wouldn't occur. That's why the news that Bynum will sit out at least three weeks at the opening of Sixers training camp partly because of a bone bruise in his right knee sounded all too familiar.
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August 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the fourth post in a series focusing on five things each Lakers player must do to have a successful 2012-13 season. 1. Pau Gasol should be prepared for a heavier workload. There are issues that I'll note later on his exact role on the team. But the most immediate concern involves whether Gasol can play substantially heavier minutes to open the season. There's a good chance Lakers center Dwight Howard will stay sidelined for the season opener Oct. 30 against Dallas and beyond.
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May 13, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The suffocating defense continued to push, but Pau Gasol kept fighting. The loose ball didn't initially bounce his way, but Gasol kept reaching. The putbacks didn't fall in the bucket right away, but Gasol kept tipping. Once his putback finally dropped into the basket, Gasol let out a roar. The outburst sounded as loud as his team-leading 23 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in the Lakers' 96-87 Game 7 victory Saturday over the Denver Nuggets. "I kept jumping and jumping until I was finally able to put it in," Gasol said.
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March 26, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The shots kept clanging off the rim, but Pau Gasol didn't want to pass up open looks. So he kept firing away. But Gasol just kept missing. The Lakers lost 102-96 Sunday to the Memphis Grizzlies by the time this exercise ended, and Gasol had little to show for it. His 16 points on four-of-15 shooting featured five of those missed field goals coming off midrange jumpers. Yet Gasol said that won't deter him from taking the same shots again. “I have to keep shooting them if I'm open,” Gasol said.
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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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March 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers can forget about trying to get Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. The Lakers won't get him before Thursday's trade deadline at noon PDT. Nor will they get him during the free agency signing period in July. ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard first reported that Howard has waived his early termination option and will stay with the Magic through the 2012-13 season.  That has an instant trickle effect on the Lakers' front-office dealings. One, it's safe to say Lakers center Andrew Bynum will remain a Laker.
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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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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 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 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 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.
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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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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.
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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 Eric Pincus
Chris Kaman got the start Tuesday night, playing alongside Pau Gasol in are rare move by Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, who prefers a smaller lineup. Before the game, Kaman defended D'Antoni. "It's a frustrating situation for a lot of people," said Kaman.  "For as much heat as [D'Antoni] takes, I don't think he has had a fair shot at it either, with all the injuries. "He's not trying to hurt anybody.  He's not purposefully doing anything negatively. I think he's just trying to do the best he can with what we've got.  All the injuries, it's been an interesting, tough, interesting year this year.  I've never seen injuries like that before in my life.
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