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Many Laker fans want to see Dwight Howard in LA.

Those fans almost certainly imagine what it would be like to see Howard play with the Lakers alongside Kobe Bryant.

Well LD2K has taken it a step further with the following video:

 

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Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.

DECEMBER 3, 2002
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 91 – LA LAKERS 101
KOBE DAZZLES FOR FOURTH TRIPLE-DOUBLE OF SEASON IN VICTORY OVER GRIZZLIES

With a 6-12 record, the three-time defending champion Lakers were at the bottom of the Pacific Division. Laker center Shaquille O’Neal was still working himself back into playing shape, Robert Horry was recovering from a foot injury that had forced him to miss two games and Kobe Bryant…well, for Kobe Bryant, really nothing negative to write here. After all, in 18 games Bryant had scored no less than 15 points per contest and had rebounded and passed his way to three triple-doubles.

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Let the rivalry continue.

In a recent marketing campaign, the Boston Celtics take a shot at the Los Angeles Lakers.

The shot?

“I am not Hollywood”

The above video from the Celtics is not the best campaign ever created. But, it is certainly not the worst.

The worst marketing campaign of all time may have been last season when the Miami Heat released the “Fan Up” campaign. In the video they pleaded fans to show up early, and “cheer”.

The “Fan Up” video has since been removed from YouTube, and rightfully so.

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Video Courtesy: ESPNLA

Matt Barnes played with Dwight Howard down in Orlando two seasons ago, and is still friends to this day.

Barnes even recently played in a “Former Magic vs. Current Magic” charity game with Dwight back in November.

According to Matt Barnes, Dwight Howard and Baron Davis want to be in LA:

Question:  There’s one rumor out there involving a furmor teammate of yours, Dwight Howard
Matt Barnes:  You know, I’ve been hearing Dwight. I’ve been hearing Baron [Davis]. I’ve been hearing stuff a lot lately. I’ve talked to both of those guys and they want to be here, so we’ll see what happens.
Question:  What have you told them what being here [Los Angeles] is like?  Talked it up?
Matt Barnes:  A dream.  On the court, to be a Laker there is nothing like it to play in L.A.

The above just adds to the growing excitement of those that want to see Dwight Howard in the Purple & Gold this season.

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Andrew Bynum is used to trade rumors by now.

Whether it was Carmelo Anthony last year, or Kevin Garnett a few years back. It seems ever since Bynum has been picked 10th overall by the Lakers, he has been rumored to be traded.

As we all know, Bynum is now rumored to be a piece the Lakers use to acquire, All-Star center, Dwight Howard from the Magic.

According to HoopsWorld.com’s Yannis Koutroupis, a source close to Bynum is predicting the 24 year old center ends up in Orlando:

A source close to Los Angeles Lakers Center Andrew Bynum has been predicting that he would end up being traded to Orlando Magic for months
now and reiterated that sentiment to HOOPSWORLD today. The belief is based off the assumption that the Magic are eventually going to be willing to trade All-Star center Dwight Howard.

For the first time in three summers, Bynum was healthy and spent the prolonged offseason preparing himself for what should be the best year of his career. The source classified Bynum as “indifferent” to all the trade talk and willing to play wherever. This is the third time he’s been rumored to be the centerpiece of a package for an All-Star, previously being involved in discussions for Kevin Garnett and Jason Kidd.

Nothing can happen until December 9th, which is rapidly approaching. A week from today to be exact.

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Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.

DECEMBER 2, 1983
DALLAS MAVERICKS 133 – LA LAKERS 118
SHOWTIME STILTED AS MAGIC BREAKS FINGER, OUT FOR FIVE WEEKS

By the 1983-84 season, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers were perennial favorites to make the NBA Finals. With Magic leading the league in assists and the Lakers sailing with a 12-4 record, only injuries could really stop the Lakers from playing in June. And while the Lakers would end up reaching the 1984 NBA Finals, their early-season scare against the Dallas Mavericks would display their fragile mortality.

Halfway through the fourth quarter and down by five points to the visiting Mavericks, Magic’s attempt to deflect a pass away from the Mavericks’ Derek Harper would yield huge consequences; catching his hand in the deflection, Magic would dislocate and lacerate his right index finger. As Magic was assisted off the court by training staff, Laker guard Byron Scott described Magic’s hand worriedly, noting “the bone was pulled all the way back”, with center Kareem Abdul-Jabber commenting on the injury as not only “major”, but “really grotesque”. With 5:42 remaining in the game, the Lakers were trailing 112-107, as Magic left for Centinela Hospital for X-rays.

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Let the Dwight Howard trade talks continue.

Jim Buss has been known as the one person in the Lakers organization that has been obsessed with Andrew Bynum.

On one side you can argue that Bynum is immature and extremely injury prone. However, it seems Jim has always taken the other side. Looking at Bynum with the potential of being a dominant All-Star center for years to come.

Back in May, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Jim Buss had Andrew Bynum as, “untouchable in trade talks.”

However, according to Ken Berger from CBS Sports, it now seems that Jim Buss is willing to part with Bynum if the right deal comes along:

It’s no surprise to anyone that the Lakers will be one of the primary suitors in a possible trade for Howard, and a person with knowledge of the team’s strategy told CBSSports.com that executive Jim Buss finally has dropped his opposition to trading center Andrew Bynum “for the right deal.” That’s code for “a deal for Dwight Howard,” and it’s clear from those familiar with Howard’s thinking that he’d like to join the Lakers.

If the Magic are willing to deal Howard to the Lakers, they have to take advantage of the opportunity. Now that Jim Buss has lightened his stance on Bynum, it looks official that the Lakers will be a major player once Orlando starts to field offers.

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Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.

DECEMBER 1, 2000
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 100 – LA LAKERS 109
KOBE BLOWS UP FOR THEN-CAREER HIGH 43 POINTS AS LAKERS CURB SPURS

While the Lakers were 11-5 heading into their back-to-back against the Spurs, they weren’t feeling good about it. After all, the night before they had traveled up to Washington only to get blown out by 33 points to the sub-.500 Supersonics, and one of their young stars Kobe Bryant was ill with flu-like symptoms.

In a shade of things to come, the 22-year-old Bryant would take 31 shots, making 16 and scoring 43 points in the 109-100 victory over the Spurs. The 43 points for Bryant would be a career high for the fourth-year player, at least until five days later when Bryant would drop 51 on the Golden State Warriors. Shaquille O’Neal, battling the seven-foot duo of David Robinson and Tim Duncan, would score 36 points and 16 rebounds.

Quote of the Night: “It was a big game for us. We just wanted to keep on attacking, to get the ball inside. It was a big game because they beat us nine of 10 times.” – Laker guard Kobe Bryant, between sniffles, regarding his team’s performance in a 109-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

ALSO ON THIS DATE – DECEMBER 1, 1981 – KAREEM MOVES TO NUMBER TWO ON SCORING LIST

In a 117-86 slaughter of the Utah Jazz, Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would score 14 points, passing Oscar Robinson to move to second place on the NBA scoring list.

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With the NBA schedule set to be released in the coming days, most NBA fans are clamoring for the headliner opening games on Christmas Day, one of which being the debut of the Mike Brown led Lakers against the Chicago Bulls.

According to Kevin Ding of the OC Register, though, it looks as if Laker fans will be getting a few early Christmas presents. From the OC Register:

The first Lakers game of the 2011-12 season is planned for Dec. 19, an exhibition game at Staples Center against the Clippers. The Lakers will play the Clippers again at Staples in another exhibition on Dec. 20 or 21, in all likelihood.

While still preseason action, the games will be the first action for either club in over seven months. With Mike Brown implementing his new system, and with Clipper Blake Griffin looking to improve off of his rookie season, both games should provide some holiday cheer for starved Laker fans.

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Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando; that’s pretty obvious.

He’s probably not conscious of it but quotes from Howard over the last year or so can allow us to safely assume what teams he would allow a trade to.

Howard was asked whether he sees himself playing in a much larger market back in October.

“There’s more you can do in a bigger place,” Howard answered, according to Esquire.

So let’s assume he wants to go to a big market and to a franchise that is in a position to win an NBA championship.

Those two “demands” take a lot of the 30 NBA teams out of the running for Howard’s services.

The top three markets are, of course, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. So let’s put the Knicks, Lakers, Clippers, Nets, and Bulls in contention.

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Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.

NOVEMBER 30, 1982
LA LAKERS 137 – SAN ANTONIO SPURS 132
LAKERS TOP SPURS IN DOUBLE OVERTIME…OR DO THEY?

The Lakers entered their Tuesday night game against the San Antonio Spurs at 12-3, having won their last five games but still needing to face a daunting Spurs team that was a perennial favorite to win the Midwest Division. While the Lakers expected a close game, they probably did not expect a double-overtime match, let alone a game that would technically last for nearly five months.

Following a 19-point comeback from their previous deficit in the second quarter, the Lakers had narrowed the gap to 114-113 before fouling Spurs guard Johnny Moore at the end of the game to stop the clock. After fouling Moore, the clock sat at three seconds, but not before Lakers coach Pat Riley had gone to complain to the lead official, saying there should have been more time remaining.

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David Brickley caught up with 4 Time NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal. He was on hand in Santa Monica, CA last night to sign his new book “Shaq Uncut: My Story”

Shaq talks about the favorite to win the 2012 NBA title, his new job with TNT, the most enthusiastic moment of his career, and who was the most annoying defender he ever faced? It may surprise you!

Check it out below, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel

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Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.

NOVEMBER 29, 1974
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ 122 – LA LAKERS 127
PAT RILEY SCORES CAREER-HIGH 38 IN WIN OVER JAZZ

The 1974-75 season wasn’t the best season in Laker history. Statistically, with a 30-52 record, it was the actually the losingest season since the team had moved from Minneapolis in 1960 and still is today. The absence of Jerry West due to retirement, along with a slew of injuries to Gail Goodrich, Kermit Washington and other would force future Laker coach Pat Riley into the lineup. Though, even Riley was struggling with his own injury issues; tendinitis in his right knee had caused him to list as questionable before the game, though he would suit up in case the team needed him.

Against the expansion New Orleans Jazz led by Pete Maravich, Riley would explode for a career-high 38 points, shooting 6-for-8 and scoring 19 in a frantic 80-point fourth quarter for the two clubs. Despite his five fouls early in the fourth quarter, Riley would also total seven rebounds and seven assists in the 127-122 win over the Jazz.

Fellow Laker guard Lucius Allen would also score a season-high 30 points, and future Laker broadcaster Stu Lantz would chip in 22 points as well. In a final note of Laker figures past and present, former Laker coach Butch Van Breda Kolff, who had coached the Lakers to back-to-back finals appearances in the late 1960s, would coach the expansion Jazz that evening, garnering a technical foul.

Quote of the Night: “The ball just happened to be going in for me tonight. It made up for my terrible defense.” – Laker forward Pat Riley on his career-high scoring night in a 127-122 victory over the New Orleans Jazz. – From the LA Times, Nov. 30, 1974

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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.