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Former LA Times Lakers reporter, Mark Heisler, now works over at Sheridanhoops.com

In a recent column he explains that the Lakers didn’t get such a bad deal after all. In regards to the new CBA that the players and owners have agreed to.

Heisler points out that the NBA did not get a full ban on sign-and-trades. With that being said it gives the Lakers room to work with their fortune and still sign big time Free Agents.

When the NBA couldn’t get a full ban on sign-and-trades, it left his Lakers in position to pull off a coup they’re dreaming of, which would make signing LeBron James pale by comparison.

If Dwight Howard and Chris Paul wind up on the market — a safe assumption as far as I’m concerned — the Lakers could offer Andrew Bynum for Dwight and Pau Gasol for CP3, or vice versa.

Nothing says that they will be enough to land either player, but it should put the Lakers in the running for both.

(Oh, and Dwight likes the Lakers. Asked which All-Star he would most like to play with last season, he answered “Kobe Bryant.”)

It would seem that landing both guys would be a pipe dream. One or the other may be more realistic.

Would you rather have Dwight Howard or Chris Paul? More importantly who are you willing to give up to attain one or the other?

Comment below!

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Shaquille O’Neal joined KTLA Channel 5 on Monday morning to promote his new book “Shaq Uncut: My Story”.

O’Neal talked about the NBA lockout, his relationship with his father, and of course his former teammate Kobe Bryant.

The quote that created headlines was what Shaq had to say about Kobe, and where Bryant ranks amongst the all-time Laker greats:

“Based on what he’s done, he’s probably the greatest Laker of all time,'” O’Neal said of Bryant on KTLA Monday to promote his book, “Shaq Uncut.” “If he gets another championship, he’ll tie with Kareem. That will put him up there.”

When asked if he respects Kobe Bryant as a man, Shaq had this to say:

“Of course, I respect him as a man. You have to respect everyone as a man.” Shaq said.

Shaquille O’Neal is set to sign books in Santa Monica tonight at 7pm. Below is some info:

Barnes and Noble in Santa Monica @ 7pm
1201 3rd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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It’s that time of year, Laker Nation. The evenings are longer, the temperature is dropping, Starbucks is rolling out with specialty drinks and people are pepper spraying for a competitive shopping advantage. But not you, you’re one of the smart ones. You shop on Cyber Monday. What makes it all so special this time around is the start of the new NBA season on Christmas Day. So we’ve got something for you.

In celebration of this glorious online shopping day, we’ve marked down all items on our Laker Nation Store. All (but a couple) t-shirts are now below $20 — including our American Apparel shirts. Women’s apparel, sweatshirts, shorts, hoodies are all on sale as well. Some of these are really cool.

Gear up for the upcoming NBA season.

You can also get free Standard US shipping on all orders of $50 or more. Use coupon code: SHIPFREEUS.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

 

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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 28, 2003
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 87 – LA LAKERS 103
MALONE OLDEST TO SCORE TRIPLE-DOUBLE

For all the hate that the Miami Heat received during their quest for a dream team, it’s easy to forget the dream team of former rivals that the Lakers assembled for the 2003-04 season. Former Supersonic Gary Payton, who had been knocking the Lakers out of the playoffs throughout the mid-1990s, and former Jazz Karl Malone, whose team would always leave with the upperhand throughout the beginning of the Shaq-Kobe era, would join the Lakers for one-year deals in a quest to win an elusive title.

Having been ousted in the playoffs the previous year by the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers’ first matchup with San Antonio in November was sure to be full of emotion. Spurs forward Tim Duncan, after receiving a patented Karl Malone elbow to the cheek, would miss seven of his 10 field goal attempts. Malone, in turn, would take a foot to the face from Malik Rose, opening up a gash on his mouth halfway through the first quarter.

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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 27, 1980
LA LAKERS 128 – GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 119
“WASHED UP” KAREEM DROPS 40 ON GOLDEN STATE

At 33 years of age, Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wasn’t moving like he used to. He was having career lows in points, rebounds and shooting percentage, and his teammates were beginning to take notice. In fact, Abdul-Jabbar was more than aware of his own mortality:

I’m not shooting the ball real well right now, I don’t know why.”

With the Los Angeles press and teammates beginning to sour on their aging center, the Lakers traveled up to Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors. Laker guard and playmaker Magic Johnson, in the hospital following surgery on torn cartilage in his knee, would miss the game, but from his hospital bed would give the Laker press more fuel for the fire:

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Derek Fisher is 37 years old, and Steve Blake proved last year he wasn’t ready to take over the starting role. The Lakers need a point guard its just a matter of how big of a splash they are going to make.

According to Mike Bresnahan, the Lakers are curious to see if current Cleveland Cavalier point guard Baron Davis will be available:

The Lakers are curious to see if veteran point guard Baron Davis gets cut by Cleveland. He has two years and $28.7 million left on his contract, though he can be signed for substantially less than that.

Davis averaged 13.1 points, 6.7 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game last season with the Clippers and Cavaliers.

If the Cavs don’t cut Davis, or the Lakers decide to sign a current Free Agent they will have many options to choose from. Here is a list of the current NBA free agent point guards and their salaries, courtesy of Hoopsworld.com.

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The game of chicken is over.

It all ended in Manhattan last night when both cars swerved at the last minute, narrowly avoiding a disastrous collision that would have certainly produced a large number of casualties. It’s been 149-days of empty labor meetings, monotonous press conferences and the complete dismissal of logic and reason. For months, both sides have been essentially saying the same thing:

“We don’t want to lose money, so we’re willingly going to lose money to show you how serious we are about not losing money.”

It was that kind of egotism and downright foolishness that almost wiped out the NBA season (along with about $4 billion in revenue), and while many of us blame greed for what transpired, it was greed that ultimately saved the day. When it came right down to it, the financial ramifications of cancelling NBA basketball on Christmas day just couldn’t be ignored.

Specific details of the agreement are still unclear (and a few system issues still need to be agreed on), but according to sources familiar with the negotiations, the players are set to receive around 50.5% of BRI. The elephant in the room is that both sides still need to hold a formal vote for their members, something Commissioner Stern spoke cautiously about.

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David Brickley breaks down what happened early Saturday morning as the Owners and Players have reached a tenative deal to end the Lockout and start the NBA Season on December 25th

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  • NBA & Players End NBA Lockout
  • AUDIO: David Stern, Derek Fisher
  • What to look forward to for Lakers season

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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided 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. We understand that it’s not the basketball you may have been hoping for, but for the time being, it’s the closest we’ll get to reading about the Lakers on a basketball court.

NOVEMBER 26, 1996
LA LAKERS 100 – PHILADELPHIA 88
LAKER YOUNG GUNS TOO MUCH FOR 76ERS

Kobe Bryant, only 14 games removed from his high school playing days in his first NBA season, bartered and traded his way into almost 100 tickets to have family and friends watch his homecoming. After all, his alma mater Lower Merion high school was only a 30-minute drive from the CoreStates Center, the arena for the 76ers at the time.

While Bryant wasn’t yet starting at this point in his career, early foul trouble would force Laker bigs Elden Campbell and Shaquille O’Neal out of the game, allowing coach Del Harris the decision to move forward with a smaller, quicker lineup. With Laker guard Nick Van Exel shooting an ineffective 1-of-7 with five turnovers in 21 minutes, Harris gave rookie point guard Derek Fisher the opportunity to take control of the game. While not wowing coaches and reporters on the stat sheet, Fisher’s 10 points and two assists (and most importantly one turnover) kept the Lakers calm and in control. A sign of things to come, Van Exel would sit out nearly the entire fourth quarter as Fisher would be allowed to man the Laker offense.

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Multiple sources have confirmed that the NBA Lockout has been lifted.

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After 149 days of the tug of war that was the NBA Lockout. The players and owners have finally reached a tentative deal.

The 66 game schedule will begin on Christmas Day.

According to NBA.com:

After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides met for more than 15 hours Friday, working to try to save the season. This handshake deal, however, still must be ratified by both owners and players.

“We’re excited to bring NBA basketball back,” Stern said.

Reports have training camp opening on December 9th, and Free Agency getting started on the same day.

The current NBA game schedule will be re-worked, yet many believe the Lakers will still face the Chicago Bulls on Christmas/Opening Day.

Stay Tuned to LakerNation.com for updates!

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While the NBAPA and owners are in the midst of yet another crucial weekend meeting, Turkish basketball club Besiktas (which had been linked to Lakers guard, Kobe Bryant in the past few months) has reportedly acquired another Lakers star.

According to ESPN Los Angeles , the Turkish club has agreed to terms on a contract with Lakers forward Lamar Odom. The contract would reportedly be worth $2 million if Odom were to spend the entire season with the team, however there is an out clause in the contract that would allow Odom to return to the NBA if and when the lockout is lifted. Odom could reportedly fly to Instanbul and join the team as early as next week.

 

 

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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided 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. We understand that it’s not the basketball you may have been hoping for, but for the time being, it’s the closest we’ll get to reading about the Lakers on a basketball court.

NOVEMBER 25, 2001
DENVER NUGGETS 98 – LA LAKERS 105
FISHER RETURNS TO LEAD FOURTH-QUARTER RALLY

With Kobe Bryant playing through a head cold and Shaquille O’Neal slowed by a stomach ailment, the Lakers sat in the Staples Center during the fourth quarter trailing 92-90 to the Denver Nuggets. Despite the condition of the Lakers’ roster, and with Derek Fisher returning in his first action since having a second surgery on his foot, the Lakers were not interested in losing to the Nuggets. After all, this game was slightly personal; former Laker guard Nick Van Exel, the guard that Fisher had replaced on the roster years before, had now become the star point guard for the Denver Nuggets and had everything to prove.

Coming into the game in the second quarter, Fisher would receive a standing ovation from the crowd at Staples Center. As the fourth quarter began to turn in the Nuggets’ favor, Fisher would score 11 fourth-quarter points and take a crucial charge that would fuel the Lakers to a 105-98 victory, as the Lakers would score 27 in the final period to secure the win.

Screw in foot and all, Fisher would go on to score 14 points in the game, going 4-for-4 from behind the arc, playing the entire fourth quarter and 20 minutes overall subbing in for starter Lindsey Hunter. O’Neal and Bryant would chip in 22 and 25, respectively, and the Lakers would roll to 12-1 on the season, matching their best start to a regular season in franchise history (1997).  Former Laker guard Nick van Exel who had torched the Lakers for 34 points that night, would be chased down by Fisher and given a hug to show no hard feelings…for taking both Van Exel’s job and the victory.

Quote of the Night: “I had no plans or expectations. I just went out there and played. I’m just glad to come back.” – Laker guard Derek Fisher on his performance in a 105-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets – From the LA Times, Nov. 26, 2001

ALSO ON THIS DATE – NOVEMBER 25, 1972 – WEST THROWN OUT FOR FIRST TIME

Jerry “The Logo” West was ejected from a game for the first time in his pro career 39 years ago today after 13  NBA seasons of good behavior; the Lakers would still go on that night to beat the Phoenix Suns 116-109.

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In lieu of the regular season, Laker Nation has decided 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. We understand that it’s not the basketball you may have been hoping for, but for the time being, it’s the closest we’ll get to reading about the Lakers on a basketball court.

NOVEMBER 24, 1984
LA CLIPPERS 103 – LA LAKERS 108
AN LA RIVALRY BEGINS

For the first time since the franchise moved from San Diego at the end of the 1983-84 season, the Clippers were playing the Los Angeles Lakers in a home game – except this home game was different from their usual matches, whether they be in Buffalo or San Diego. Half of the arena was coated in Laker fans, not from fair-weather fans, but because the game was played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. In front of a packed crowd of 14,991 in Los Angeles on November 24th, the Clippers played their first cross-town rivalry game against the Lakers as the Clippers had begun to settle in the season after moving the franchise.

Despite committing 26 turnovers, the Lakers would outrebound and outshoot the Clippers, finishing the game 108-103 with a win. James Worthy would score a game-high 27 points, with teammates Magic Johnson and Byron Scott chipping in 17 points each.  In a closer game than expected, the Lakers would lead by only four with 57 seconds remaining, but dunks by both Johnson and Worthy would seal the victory.

While the LA rivalry had a great start in terms of fan support, the results on the court have been more than lopsided. In their 27 years sharing the city, the Lakers hold a 141-48 head-to-head advantage over the Clippers. The Lakers have made the postseason 25 times since 1984, winning eight NBA championships and missing only two years. The Clippers, by contrast, have made the postseason four times since 1984, only making it to the second round once in 2006. While the past has not been indicative of what fans could call a “rivalry”, LA basketball fans can hope that the emergence of Clippers star Blake Griffin will lead to some much closer contests in the future.

Quote of the Night: “This was a game that reeked of intensity. You could feel it everywhere. That’s the way the game is meant to be played. I wish we could have more regular-season games with this much intensity.” – Former Lakers coach Pat Riley on the playing atmosphere during a 108-103 win against the newly-settled Los Angeles Clippers. – From the LA Times, Nov. 25, 1985

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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.