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Lakers News Rapid Reaction: Lakers 90, Nuggets 88 - Los Angeles Lakers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles Chris Kaman could be the key to it all - Los Angeles Lakers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles Kobe Bryant rejoins Los Angeles Lakers after knee tre...
Lakers News Rapid Reaction: Lakers 90, Nuggets 88 - Los Angeles Lakers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles Chris Kaman could be the key to it all - Los Angeles Lakers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles Kobe Bryant rejoins Los Angeles Lakers after knee treatment in Germany - ESPN Los Angeles Kobe Bryant's trip to Germany for knee procedure precautionary - latimes.com Kobe Bryant's return still up in the air - latimes.com Lakers’ Kobe Bryant discusses knee treatment in Germany, Achilles progress | The Point Forward - SI.com LAL 90, Nuggets 88: 10/8 Preseason Diary " Lakers Blog Lakers News: Brian Shaw On Kobe's Return, Lakers Expectations | Lakers Nation Brian Shaw Has No Regrets About Departure from Los Angeles | Lakers Nation If Kobe's Out, Which Lakers Five Will Start The Season? | Lakers Nation Why Kaman and Sacre bought a cow - Los Angeles Lakers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles Los Angeles Lakers' Wesley Johnson has tendon strain - ESPN Los Angeles Lakers centers Chris Kaman and Robert Sacre bought a cow, and hundreds of pounds of meat | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports Kobe Bryant shares what his knee procedure looks like | ProBasketballTalk Around the League Bosh scores 21, Heat top Hawks 92-87 - Yahoo Sports Gay leads Raptors as Celtics' Stevens loses debut - Yahoo Sports Clippers down Blazers 89-81 in preseason opener - Yahoo Sports Boozer leads Bulls over Grizzlies - Yahoo SportsRockets, Pacers face off in Philippines - Yahoo News Three-Pointers: Andrei Kirilenko shines as Nets beat Wizards to open preseason | The Point Forward - SI.com Derrick Rose was mildly frustrated at sitting out the end of Chicago’s opening comeback preseason win | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports Knicks to sit Amar’e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith for first 3 preseason games | SI Wire Heat exercise option on Norris Cole for ’14-’15 season | SI Wire Suns’ president gives glimpse of how sausage of trades is made | ProBasketballTalk Mark Jackson’s challenge to Stephen Curry: Commit fewer turnovers | ProBasketballTalk Report: Tyreke Evans out 1-2 weeks, will be ready for season opener | ProBasketballTalk Blazers rookie McCollum fractures foot - Yahoo Sports Blogs and Other Links Vladimir Radmanovic, our favorite space cadet, has reportedly retired from basketball | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports Durant recalls tanking, gives Sixers advice Omer Asik, Danny Granger headline prime trade targets for the 2013-14 season | The Point Forward - SI.com Back to school: Pairing up current NBA stars with ideal mentors | The Point Forward - SI.com Ready to shine? Assessing early favorites for first All-Star apprarances in 2014 | The Point Forward - SI.com LeBron James, King of Junk Food, Is Making American Kids Fat, Says Research | Extra Mustard - SI.com Stoudemire thinks maybe he could be ready for opening night | ProBasketballTalk Rick Carlisle slams Dalembert for lack of conditioning | ProBasketballTalk Ex-76ers coach Doug Collins joins ESPN as analyst - ESPN Doc Rivers claims he didn't want DeAndre Jordan traded for Kevin Garnett - ESPN Los Angeles DeMar DeRozan determined to lead Toronto Raptors' turnaround - NBA - Ian Thomsen - SI.com Multimedia Lakers-Heat tickets million dollar offer | Watch the video - Yahoo Sports Postgame: Mike D'Antoni | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS Postgame: Steve Blake | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS Postgame: Steve Nash | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS Postgame: Pau Gasol | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS VIDEO Interview: Getting To Know Lakers Rookie Elias Harris | Lakers Nation PHOTOS: First Look At Nike Kobe 8 Kay Yow Shoes | Lakers Nation 1on1: Steve Blake | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS
about 2 hours ago
Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, and Ronny Turiaf provided the Los Angeles Lakers with reserve power between the 2006 and 2010 seasons that earned them the “Bench Mob” moniker. The Lakers’ current group of a...
Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, and Ronny Turiaf provided the Los Angeles Lakers with reserve power between the 2006 and 2010 seasons that earned them the “Bench Mob” moniker. The Lakers’ current group of alternates seem to posses the elements that can provide reliable cached firepower. Back-court veterans Jordan Famar and Steve Blake appear rejuvenated on both ends of the floor. The sharp-shooting Jodie Meeks should get increased three-point looks in the more classic version of Coach Mike D’Antoni’s system the Lakers are executing. Ultimately big men Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill’s impact might prove to be most significant. Kaman is a no nonsense, fundamentally sound low post player who shot 50% from the field in 66 games last season. The 26-year-old Hill was the difference maker in the Lakers advancing in their 2012 first-round series against the Denver Nuggets. Bynum, Odom, and Gasol were the triad of names evoked when referring to the Lakers’ advantage over the rest of the league. Gasol, Kaman, and Hill might not sound as daunting, but no front-line in the NBA will look forward to facing them. Almost forgotten amid the early preseason euphoria is second-round draft pick Ryan Kelly out of Duke University. The 6’11 power forward was perceived to be the “Stretch 4” that D’Antoni covets. Injuries, along with surprising play from guard Xavier Henry, will make the battle for a roster spot more competitive than originally anticipated. Through three games Henry has averaged 17 points, and displays the athleticism that compliments his ability to score. Be they former first-rounders like Wesley Johnson and Shawne Williams, or journeymen such as Dan Gadzuric and Robert Sacre, the 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers’ roster suddenly looks increasingly more capable. A Lakers flash ‘Mob’ is forming - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - A Los Angeles Lakers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 10 hours ago
Lakers' star is back from Germany and says he feels good, but there's no indication of when he can play.Kobe Bryant was back from Germany, the innovative knee procedure over and done with, but there was still no timetable for his return ...
Lakers' star is back from Germany and says he feels good, but there's no indication of when he can play.Kobe Bryant was back from Germany, the innovative knee procedure over and done with, but there was still no timetable for his return to basketball.
about 12 hours ago
All off-season long, Lakers fans heard and spoke of how great Pau Gasol would play this year as the premier big man in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Gasol proved everyone right Tuesday night as he spearheaded a Lakers offense that...
All off-season long, Lakers fans heard and spoke of how great Pau Gasol would play this year as the premier big man in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Gasol proved everyone right Tuesday night as he spearheaded a Lakers offense that featured beautiful ball movement and great team play en route to a 90-88 victory. Gasol’s 14 points led the way for the Lakers starters and his 8 rebounds were second most for the squad. Chris Kaman and Gasol played together for the first time this preseason and gelled perfectly as Kaman finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds himself. Oct 8, 2013; Ontario, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman (9) dunks the ball against the Denver Nuggets at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Lakers led big early on, stretching their lead to over 20 points in the first half. But a second-half run by the Nuggets not only closed the gap, but gave Denver a brief lead late in the fourth quarter. Steve Blake’s two free throws with 46 seconds remaining helped the Lakers recapture that lead, only to have Anthony Randolph give Denver the lead back after a couple free throws of his own. Two Robert Sacre freebies put the purple and gold back on top with 28 seconds left and two key defensive stops to end the game handed the Lakers their second preseason victory. Blake led the way for the Lakers with 15 points. The much-heralded trio of Gasol, Kaman, and Steve Nash did not fail to impress, dazzling fans with an array of crisp passes. Their chemistry was never more evident than on an early first-quarter play when Pau slipped a ball screen for Nash, who found Kaman in the high-post, where the newly acquired big man immediately hit the cutting Gasol for a dunk. Gasol returned the favor on numerous occasions as four of Kaman’s first five field goals made were dunks, many set up by Gasol himself. Nash was up to old tricks, highlighted by his no-look, over-the-shoulder pass to a cutting Kaman, who slammed it home. The trio combined for 30 points, 10 assists, and 17 rebounds and left Lakers fans buzzing. The bench also contributed in a big way tonight. Other than Blake’s big outing, Jordan Hill and Shawne Williams each had solid showings. Hill led all players with 12 rebounds, which he gathered in just 19 minutes. Williams knocked down a couple outside shots – finishing with 8 points – but more importantly, played solid defense. Nick “Swaggy P” Young found his way into the highlight reel as he set up big man Chris Kaman with two open dunks off nice assists. He still finished with 10 points on 10 shots, an efficient night for Young. Denver was held to 31 first half points and trailed by 17 at the break. But a mixture of quirky lineups and bad offense let the Nuggets get back into the game and nearly pull out a victory. In a scene reminiscent of last year’s late playoff run, the Lakers used hard-earned points down the stretch, timely defensive stops, and a little bit of luck to secure the victory. After starting the game with 15 assists on their first 20 made field goals, the ratio dropped dramatically in the second half as the team finished with just 19 assists on 30 made field goals. The team will next be in action Thursday when they take on Shaq’s Sacramento Que….Kings in Las Vegas at 10 PM Eastern, 7 PM Pacific. Big men lead Lakers to second preseason win - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - A Los Angeles Lakers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 13 hours ago
ONTARIO, Calif. -- Stop it. Don't even say it out loud or you're going to regret it later. Dwight Howard is way too good of a basketball player to suggest that some sort of addition by subtraction might happen with the Los Angeles Lakers...
ONTARIO, Calif. -- Stop it. Don't even say it out loud or you're going to regret it later. Dwight Howard is way too good of a basketball player to suggest that some sort of addition by subtraction might happen with the Los Angeles Lakers now that he's in Houston. He was hurt all of last season and never felt comfortable with the organization or his teammates. But it really hasn't been that long since he was a defensive monster and legitimate MVP candidate.
about 13 hours ago
ONTARIO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers' signing of center Chris Kaman wasn't exactly a highlight. Coming just a couple days after Dwight Howard spurned the franchise by choosing to sign with the Houston Rockets, Kaman was something of...
ONTARIO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers' signing of center Chris Kaman wasn't exactly a highlight. Coming just a couple days after Dwight Howard spurned the franchise by choosing to sign with the Houston Rockets, Kaman was something of an underwhelming consolation prize. The Lakers, though, were thrilled. Kaman, they figured, might actually complement Pau Gasol in Mike D'Antoni's system, whereas Howard's presence essentially banished Gasol from the low post and out to the perimeter.
about 16 hours ago
For the second time in three nights, the Lakers will host the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game to be played at Citizens Bank Business Arena in Ontario. This time, Kobe will accompany the team on the hour-or-so trip to Ontario, as he...
For the second time in three nights, the Lakers will host the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game to be played at Citizens Bank Business Arena in Ontario. This time, Kobe will accompany the team on the hour-or-so trip to Ontario, as he’s reportedly returned from receiving plasma therapy on his knees in Germany. Tonight, I’ll be interested to see how the offense looks after a borderline abysmal showing in the game against the Nuggets on Tuesday night. The Lakers shot 32.3% for the game and looked out of sorts often on the offensive end. Nick Young has been doing Nick Young things, going 4-16 and not showing even a hint of hesitation to fire up contested jumpers. I realize that the L.A. native will need to take on a bigger scoring role with Kobe’s absence, but for the Lakers to have any sort of sustained success, he’ll need to look to his teammates with far more frequency. I’ll also be keeping an eye on Steve Nash, who, despite showing flashes of vintage Nash with a few fancy passes, went scoreless and sat out the second half. With this current roster, Nash is the team’s third best player, and he’ll need to put the ball in the basket consistently for the Lakers to stay in games. If only we could transport some of Nick Young’s shots to Nash, who’s statistically one of the very best shooters in NBA history. Xavier Henry has been a bright spot for the Lakers in the young preseason. After shocking, well, everyone with a 29-point outburst against the Warriors in the first game, Henry had another strong showing on Sunday night, going 4-7 and 7-9 from the line for 15 points. If he can keep up this type of efficient production, his minutes and role will only continue to expand. Also, keep an eye on Pau, who is no doubt enjoying space in the front court that he so famously lacked last year. Wesley Johnson will likely be out for the Lakers, who is listed as day-to-day after an MRI revealed he has a strained foot.
about 19 hours ago
If you type “Xavier Henry” into Google search and then hit space, you will find that the first autocomplete is “Xavier Henry bust”. That’s pretty much all I need to tell for you to get the gist of how his ca...
If you type “Xavier Henry” into Google search and then hit space, you will find that the first autocomplete is “Xavier Henry bust”. That’s pretty much all I need to tell for you to get the gist of how his career has gone so far, but I’ll elaborate anyways. Oct 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry (7) drives the lane during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports He’s shooting 40 percent in his career from the field in his career. His player efficiency rating last season was 7.6, where 15 is average, 31.6 is Lebron James, and 2.4 is Jared Jeffries. While he was on the floor last season, the Hornets got outscored by an average of 17 points per 100 possessions. He has more career turnovers than assists, despite being a guard. And finally, despite his DraftExpress profile before the 2010 draft identifying “3-point range” and “3-point percentages” as strengths of his, he has made exactly thirteen threes in his NBA career. Stephen Curry had a two game stretch last season where he made eighteen. So, no. Henry hasn’t shown us what was expected from him when he chose to forego his sophomore season at Kansas to play in the NBA. But he’s still just 22 years old, is a good athlete, and is a solid defender. He’s shown the three ball in the past (in college he shot 69-for-165 in his one season there), but needs to keep working on it to try to find its accuracy again. He’s a work in progress, and that’s quite alright. The Lakers have low expectations this season and that means that they’ll be able to be more flexible with lineups to try to get everyone experience and build for a brighter future. Henry’s one of the youngest players on the team and a great place to start for that kind of endeavor. Through two games of preseason play, Xavier Henry has been easily the best player for the Lakers. He has led the team in scoring each night and looks more comfortable than he ever has with the ball in his hands on offense. There aren’t many sample sizes smaller than two games, so I’ll refrain from overreacting, but I’ve been thoroughly impressed. Perhaps he got into the gym with Kobe a little bit during the summer to learn some tricks of the trade? He’s been attacking the basket, knocking down the mid-range jumper, and has even been a threat from beyond the arc. If he continues this recent surge of strong offensive play, I support the Lakers putting him on the active regular season roster. He’d deserve it. But until that happens, the more likely move is that the Lakers will send him down to the D-League where he can get a good amount of quality playing time in close games. He has a lot of potential, and the Lakers should keep an eye on him. Who knows what could happen? Look at Earl Clark last season. Sometimes the biggest play-makers come from the areas from where you would least expect them. How Ready is Xavier Henry? - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - A Los Angeles Lakers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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The Los Angeles Lakers are flying high on the wings of their youth movement. Xavier Henry and Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young provided a glimpse of the possible rebirth of athleticism at the wing position. Jordan Farmar played with con...
The Los Angeles Lakers are flying high on the wings of their youth movement. Xavier Henry and Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young provided a glimpse of the possible rebirth of athleticism at the wing position. Jordan Farmar played with controlled tenacity in his Lakers redux. With young hungry players fighting to establish their NBA identities, and a coach who stresses the corner three-point shot over defensive sliding drills, the 2013-2014 season may be a high octane one. Our Lakers World Order Broadcast will be recapping games all season long. Check out the analysis of the first two Preseason games, and be sure to follow for exclusive Lakers coverage! Lakers World Order (The Recapitulation) Preseason recap - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - A Los Angeles Lakers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 22 hours ago
[Editor's Note: It is with great pleasure that we introduce the newest member of the Silver Screen and Roll writing staff, Rohit Ghosh. Rohit has been plying his trade at Metta Chronicles and has also written for Accuscore, a statistical...
[Editor's Note: It is with great pleasure that we introduce the newest member of the Silver Screen and Roll writing staff, Rohit Ghosh. Rohit has been plying his trade at Metta Chronicles and has also written for Accuscore, a statistical modeling site which predicts both individual and team results. He jumps right in the mix with this fantastic look at the Lakers' point guards in the upcoming season. Please give him a warm SSR welcome. - C.A. Clark] In Jazz music, the bass player often has the most significant role in the group, acting as the link between tempo and melody. The audience might think solo-heavy roles like the saxophonist or lead guitarist garner all the attention, but everyone within the group actually relies on the bassist's lead. A mistake by a saxophonist will most likely go unnoticed, whereas a mistake by a bassist has the potential to throw the entire sound out of proportion. And while a Jazz band is often referred to as a democracy in microcosm, it still requires an individual to bring it all together and keep the group focused. Just like a bassist keeps a Jazz band's ship on path, the Lakers' point guards will have a similar responsibility on the court this season. The three-pronged attack of Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake will act primarily as accompanists to the Lakers' band, providing a steady beat that allow the others to be featured in coach Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo offense. If these three can stay healthy and play within their designated roles, the Lakers just might have the right combination of point guards to compete at a position in which they've struggled mightily. Two-time MVP Steve Nash will start at the point guard slot on opening night. He'll be backed up by dependable reserves Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake, both of whom are expected to make key contributions. Both Blake and Farmar anticipate seeing some time at the shooting guard spot, as well. Given the health and age concerns with Nash, having speed and youth in Farmar, and dependability in Blake gives D'Antoni's offense exactly what it needs: plenty of options. Steve Nash Steve Nash enters in the 2013-2014 NBA season as the league's oldest player. The 39-year-old point guard is finally healthy after a myriad of injuries sidelined him for 32 games last season. Age and health aside, Nash performed fairly well when his body let him in 2012-2013, becoming the fifth player in NBA history to reach the 10,000-assist mark for his career. In the 50 games he played last season, Nash averaged 12.7 points on 49.7 percent shooting from the field (43.8 percent from beyond the arc, 92.2 percent from the free throw line) and 6.7 assists. He averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists on 53.2 percent shooting from the field, 39 percent from the three and 89.4 percent from the free-throw line in his last season in Phoenix. His turnover average was the lowest it has been since 2002-2003 when he started and played all 82 games of the regular season for the Dallas Mavericks. What stood out the most in a season filled with doubt and uncertainty was Nash's willingness to adapt from a ball-dominant point guard to a spot-up shooter. He went from averaging 9.2 assists per game in his first 16 games back after sustaining a fractured leg to scoring in double digits in 27 or 31 games following a player's only meeting on Jan. 23, 2013. As the offense ran through Kobe Bryant, Nash's main responsibility became spreading the floor. My Synergy Sports indicates that 17.8 percent of his shot opportunities came in spot-up situations, the highest percentage for Nash since the stat started being recorded. What stayed the same, however, were Nash's tendencies as far as the types of shots he took. 82Games.com indicates that 85 percent of Nash's shots last year were jumpers (anything beyond close-range), and the other 15 percent were categorized as close shots (any kind of field goal attempt from short range). His final two seasons in Phoenix had a similar split, 86-1
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