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August 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 21st post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Marquis Daniels Former team: Boston Celtics Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The swingman helped Boston become a defensively disciplined team during his three-year tenure there. the giving up only .775 points per play (81st percentile, according to Synergy Sports Technology). Given Mike Brown's hope that the Lakers remain a fundamentally sound defensive team, Daniels would become the perfect fit. As a backup shooting guard, he could help relieve Kobe Bryant's responsibilities both in minutes played and on defensive assignments.
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August 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 21st post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Marquis Daniels Former team: Boston Celtics Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The swingman helped Boston become a defensively disciplined team during his three-year tenure there. the giving up only .775 points per play (81st percentile, according to Synergy Sports Technology). Given Mike Brown's hope that the Lakers remain a fundamentally sound defensive team, Daniels would become the perfect fit. As a backup shooting guard, he could help relieve Kobe Bryant's responsibilities both in minutes played and on defensive assignments.
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July 10, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The so-called July moratorium ends today, allowing NBA teams on Wednesday to officially sign free agents and comment on transactions. For the Lakers, that means they can finally acknowledge Steve Nash's acquisition. But there's another important note that coincides with making such a move official. That involves whether the Lakers will decide to waive a player using the amnesty clause. In Monopoly terms, it's almost a "get out of jail free" card. From July 11 to 17, teams that didn't exercise the provision last season can waive a player who meets certain contract criteria.
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August 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The moment the Lakers bring the ball up the floor, plenty of movement will ensue. They'll constantly make cuts and passes to ensure balanced spacing. Regardless of position, each player will operate from various spots on the floor. How they run these sets and counters won't be predetermined. It will mostly depend on how the defense reacts. Ah, the glory days of the triangle offense. The Lakers didn't always love running Phil Jackson's system, and they proved eager in moving to a more traditional offense under Mike Brown once Jackson retired.
SPORTS
August 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The moment the Lakers bring the ball up the floor, plenty of movement will ensue. They'll constantly make cuts and passes to ensure balanced spacing. Regardless of position, each player will operate from various spots on the floor. How they run these sets and counters won't be predetermined. It will mostly depend on how the defense reacts. Ah, the glory days of the triangle offense. The Lakers didn't always love running Phil Jackson's system, and they proved eager in moving to a more traditional offense under Mike Brown once Jackson retired.
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February 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the fourth in a series of posts awarding midseason grades to some members of the Lakers. Player: Metta World Peace How he performed: Averaging a career-low 4.9 points per game on 33.5% shooting and 23.9% from three-point range. Synergy Sports Technology ranks him 137th overall in total defense. Good: The Lakers' 96-91 victory Jan. 25 against the Clippers provided everything the purple and gold want in World Peace. He tangled with Blake Griffin for a loose ball and made two steals.
SPORTS
July 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the fourth in a series of profiles focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Nick Young Most recent team: Clippers Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The Lakers have seen up close how Young can instantly tear apart a defense. The USC product is a Lakers killer, averaging 25 points per game on 48.7% shooting, 14 points above his career average. Every one of those performances provided a reminder that the Lakers remain in dire need of a reliable wing scorer besides Kobe Bryant.
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March 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers may not have acquired Net guards Deron Williams before the trade deadline as they had hoped, but they still managed to significantly improve their backcourt. The Lakers acquired Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2012 first-round pick. The Lakers also traded Luke Walton and backup shooting guard Jason Kapono for forward Christian Ayenga, who played in just six games and spent time in the Development League. The front office deserves kudos for addressing the team's point guard needs without compromising its core roster of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
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July 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the eighth in a series of profiles focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Jodie Meeks, shooting guard Former team: Philadelphia 76ers Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives:   Meeks  has several characteristics that could bolster the Lakers' bench. He's young (24). He's  only a season removed from shooting nearly 40% from three-point range and has a strong mark from the free-throw line (90.6%). Sixers Coach Doug Collins has praised him for his work ethic and amiable personality.
SPORTS
July 10, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The so-called July moratorium ends today, allowing NBA teams on Wednesday to officially sign free agents and comment on transactions. For the Lakers, that means they can finally acknowledge Steve Nash's acquisition. But there's another important note that coincides with making such a move official. That involves whether the Lakers will decide to waive a player using the amnesty clause. In Monopoly terms, it's almost a "get out of jail free" card. From July 11 to 17, teams that didn't exercise the provision last season can waive a player who meets certain contract criteria.
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