Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Jason Riley

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Jason Riley is the executive director of LakerNation.com. He also pens a regular opinion column, Out of Bounds, and is the co-host of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak. He currently splits his time in Los Angeles, CA and Carlsbad, CA.

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In a first half marked by a vintage Kobe Bryant performance, the Black Mamba has moved past Shaq and stands all alone at #5...

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There's really no reason for a write-up on this one. If you're a Laker fan, you can relate to just about every one of these. Check it out below, and be sure to share with your Laker fan friends!

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Laker Nation columnist Jason Riley examines the current state of the Lakers by taking a look into the past.

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Kobe Bryant - who's entering his 16th NBA season (one more than MJ ever played) - sat down with ESPN's Michael Wilbon to discuss the current state of the Lakers, the sudden resurgence of the Clippers and the possibility of retirement lurking around the corner.

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The NBA announced today that they have reduced Drew’s suspension from 5 games down to 4 games. The league cited the shortened NBA season as the reason for the reduction.

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Kobe Bryant sits down to answer questions and address all the latest drama in Laker Nation, including Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Lamar Odom, the NBA Lockout and Commissioner Stern.

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Not that this will come as a shock to really anyone, according to a report from Steven A. Smith on SportsCenter this morning, Kobe Bryant is simmering:

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The most discussed rumors have suggested the Lakers package Andrew Bynum and their newly acquired $8.9m trade exception to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard. When asked, 'Drew acknowledged the possibility of being included in a trade for Dwight Howard:

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The Odom to Dallas deal was just a precursor to a bigger, better trade (I.e. Howard). I mean, it had to be, right? Why else would the Lakers trade one of their glue guys with a bargain contract to a team that swept them out of the playoffs last year? Why else would an $8.9m trade exception (plus a ’12 first rounder) be something worth acquiring at such a steep price? Why else would Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak risk evoking ill-feelings from their superstar, Kobe Bryant?

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If you're still trying to take in everything that happened in Laker Nation (and around the NBA) yesterday, don't worry, you're not alone. In what can be described as both perfect and terrible timing, today is Lakers Media Day at their facility in El Segundo, and we'll be posted all of our updates, pictures and posts right here in this post.

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It's been a wild 48 hours for Laker fans, and things may just be getting started. Before David Stern could pass down a decision on the proposed deal that would have landed Chris Paul in the purple and gold, according to ESPN, the Lakers have now backed out of the deal. Instead, Lamar Odom is headed to Dallas.

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We have just received confirmation that a newly restructured offer has been officially agreed on between the Lakers, Hornets and Rockets

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The agent for Dwight Howard, Dan Fegan, tells Y! Sports that Orlando has given Howard permission to talk to three teams. The Nets are one of three teams that Howard has permission to speak, but Fegan says Howard did not attend a meeting with Nets officials.

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It’s been an unprecedented and generally awkward 24 hours for the NBA. I still find it miraculous that David Stern managed to make the utter absurdity of the NBA lockout the second dumbest thing he’s been a part of in the last six months. Despite the confused state of the NBA world, training camp opened in El Segundo this afternoon. Here are some of the things worth mentioning:

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.