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February 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Pau Gasol has been cleared to increase his basketball activity, according to the Lakers big man. Diagnosed with a strained right groin on Feb. 1, Gasol missed the Lakers' last five games. He spoke briefly in the locker room at Staples Center as his team prepared to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. The 7-foot power forward/center was examined on Thursday by Dr. Steve Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group. The Lakers don't play again until Feb. 19, hosting the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.
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February 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers won't try to lose games to improve their draft position, General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday. "Winning is never a bad thing," he said. "If you try to manipulate the draft, I'm not a karma guy, but if you try to manipulate this thing, it never works out the way you think it's going to work out. "You're better off doing what you know is the right thing to do and whatever happens happened for the right reason. And that's our approach. " The Lakers (18-34) had the NBA's fifth-worst record before playing Oklahoma City on Thursday.
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February 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The NBA's trade deadline is next Thursday. Will Pau Gasol still be with the Lakers? "My preference would be to stay," Gasol said Thursday. "That's what I've been saying all year, though the circumstances are difficult right now for our team and nobody's too happy. But it's still my team and I still want to be here. " But after so many false starts and trade rumors over the years, does he even feel wanted by the Lakers? "I think I feel wanted. Otherwise I wouldn't be here," he said.
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February 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
For two straight games, Steve Nash left early with back, knee and hamstring issues, all related to the chronic nerve root irritation that has kept him out of the Lakers' lineup for most of the season. "It's pretty much the same thing.  It was provoked by hitting that nerve where I broke my leg, but it just provokes the whole nerve root," said Nash.  "It was just sore from Sunday. " Nash hurt his knee in a collision Sunday in a loss to the Chicago Bulls, leaving in the third quarter.
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February 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
A few days ago, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni was contemplating that his team could have close to a healthy roster after this weekend's All-Star break. No such luck. Reserve guard Xavier Henry , who was injured in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 30, had his right knee drained on Wednesday. He also received a cortisone shot and isn't expected to be back for at least four more weeks. Henry was originally expected to be out for a week to 10 days because of a bone bruise and an abnormality in his lateral meniscus.
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February 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman finally had the game he envisioned when he signed with the Lakers last July. An advocate on numerous occasions for more playing time, Kaman had 27 points and 10 rebounds in almost 28 minutes of the Lakers' 92-86 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bulls. He was strong down low, hit some mid-range shots and had his best game on offense in almost two years. His minutes, though, will decrease again when Pau Gasol returns from a strained groin after the All-Star break, assuming Gasol isn't traded before the Feb. 20 deadline.
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February 8, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
After playing 10 of their last 12 games on the road, the Lakers (18-32) will play their next six at Staples Center. In addition to a long list of injuries, the Lakers have had a difficult schedule with 29 games on the road, where they're 10-19.  At home, they've won eight of 21. Injuries played a major part in the Lakers' poor January showing  of 3-12.  The return of Steve Blake and Steve Nash have helped the team win their last two, albeit it over two struggling franchises: the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-33)
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February 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
This certainly wasn't part of the plan. Not that the Lakers officially had one - Tank Option A? Tank Option B? - but they were merrily drifting toward rebuild mode with a nice, comfy spot in the draft lottery thanks to all these injuries. That was so three games ago. They went out and beat Cleveland with only five players able to finish the game (barely) and won in Philadelphia thanks to Steve Nash's fountain-of-youth night. Now their schedule shows home games against Chicago (24-25)
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February 5, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers are a dismal 16-32 on the season, but General Manager Mitch Kupchak has a positive outlook on the team's situation. "Our future is a bright future. We're going to be just fine," said Kupchak on Wednesday to Jared Greenberg and Rick Fox on "SiriusXM NBA Radio. " "The franchise is going to attract players," he continued.  "Unfortunately, we're going to have a good draft pick this year.  We'll get a good player  there. " The projected draft pool could include Kansas players Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum (Australia)
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February 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MINNEAPOLIS - Trade talks for Pau Gasol between the Phoenix Suns and Lakers have stalled because the Suns feel the asking price is too high for the veteran post player, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to comment on it publicly. Phoenix could own four picks in the June draft, and the Lakers coveted one of the more valuable two - the pick the Suns could potentially get from Minnesota or the one they might receive from Washington. Both picks are protected and will revert back to Washington and Minnesota if those teams stumble.
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