November 27, 2012 |
The Lakers have four major stars, but Kobe Bryant isn't going anywhere, Dwight Howard isn't going anywhere (they hope), and Steve Nash, once he's healthy, isn't going anywhere because he's the one to run Mike D'Antoni's offense. That makes Pau Gasol the presumed odd man out, given his weighty contract and declining stats. He makes $19 million this season and, the big blow, $19.3 million next season, when luxury taxes increase dramatically in an effort to eliminate the obvious spending differences between big and small markets.
November 26, 2012 |
Pau Gasol has been in four entirely different offenses the last three seasons. It's pretty obvious which one he prefers. The Lakers' four-time All-Star did everything but give a figurative hug to the triangle offense Monday. "It put me in a natural position for me, which was post. I could score and I could pass," he said. "It was a perfect fit for me when I got here and Andrew [Bynum] was out. I had a lot of minutes and it was a need to cover. "Now it's a different personnel, different need, different look, different system, different positioning.
November 2, 2012 |
Former Lakers forward and coach (head and assistant) Kurt Rambis has joined Time Warner Cable SportsNet to help provide in-studio analysis of the team in select games. In addition to working for ESPN as an analyst, Rambis was coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to the arrival of Ricky Rubio and his successor Rick Adelman. "I'd like to get back into coaching, but it has to be a good situation," said Rambis in a phone interview. "It has to be a positive situation, but I'm not going to freak out if I don't get back into coaching, because I do enjoy broadcasting.
October 24, 2012 |
Unlucky number seven? That's how many games the Lakers have lost this preseason - in other words, all of them, the latest a 97-91 defeat by the Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday. Of course, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard didn't play for the Lakers. But Chris Paul didn't play for the Clippers. The Lakers are 0-7 this preseason, their worst such record ever, and the team wraps up exhibition play Thursday against Sacramento in San Diego. Bryant (strained right foot) is scheduled to miss that game and Howard (just resting )
October 7, 2012 |
That was weird. The Lakers were dreadfully boring on offense last season, finishing a couldn't-be-more-average 15th in points per game (97.3). Who could forget their excruciating January slump when they failed to score 100 points in 13 consecutive games? Actually, plenty of confused season-ticket holders could during a vastly unremarkable run. After another early playoff knockout, Lakers Coach Mike Brown contacted out-of-work assistant coach Eddie Jordan with one request: Princeton offense, please.
October 3, 2012 |
The moment the doors opened to the Lakers' practice facility, the team showed on Tuesday a first-hand glimpse of what could mark a significant variable in the team's championship fortunes. Sure, part of that included Dwight Howard's participation and admission afterward that he may have recovered enough from back surgery to play in a few preseason games.