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Basketball Wives star Gloria Goven and Lakers star Matt Barnes officially broke up in late October.

Matt and his former fiancee have two kids together — 2-year-old twins Carter Kelly and Isiah Michael.

In order to clear up some rumors, and claims by Gloria, Matt Barnes released the following statement on Wednesday:

In May, Gloria and I decided to separate and in the best interest of her career, I foolishly agreed to portray that we were still together for the upcoming season of her show on VH1.

“As recently as August we decided to revisit a joint statement of our separation, but Gloria asked to delay making our separation public for the interest of her show. It is ironic now how Gloria is trying to manipulate the professional relationship between Eva Longoria and myself as the sole reason for our separation, when she knows we split up in May.

“The reason I broke my silence and released the separation statement a month ago, was due to her on going affair with a former friend of mine. Again, I wish her nothing but the best and I will continue to keep our children as my first priority.”

Unconfirmed sources have the “former friend” being possibly the rap artist Game.

The only thing we can confirm is The Game has been referred to as a friend in the past.

“I’m good friends with Snoop (Dogg) and Game”. Barnes told LakerNation.com last season.

Barnes along with Ron Artest, and Shannon Brown recorded a Lakers music video entitled “Purp & Yellow” with The Game and Snoop Dogg last season.

 

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Kobe Bryant is set to make $28 million in off the court endorsements this year.

He may lose out on $400K of that, according to SportingNews.com:

Lakers star Kobe Bryant is among the largest creditors of Power Balance, the maker of what the company claims to be performance-enhancing wristbands that recently filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court, as he is owed $400,000 for his endorsement.

Other athletes on the list of creditors include Clippers forward Blake Griffin ($20,000) and skateboarder Ryan Sheckler ($25,000). The L.A. Kings and Sacramento Kings are owed $250,000 and $100,000, respectively.

Lakers Lamar Odom was also named as an investor/creditor, and was used on the companys website for marketing purposes.

If and when the season starts reports suggest that the Sacramento Kings arena will still be called “Power Balance Arena”.

 

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Attorneys from the NBA and the Players are now talking.

According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, the talks include the primary lawyers on both sides, because of the pending litigation.

The talks began in earnest on Tuesday and are expected to continue on Friday, after a break for Thanksgiving, according to two people informed of the talks. If a resolution is reached this weekend, it would give the league the approximate four-week window needed to prepare for the season.

The Dec. 25 target is enticing to everyone involved, allowing the league to take advantage of the holiday setting and a captive television audience that, they hope, might be in a forgiving mood. Christmas is also the traditional kickoff for the N.B.A.’s national television schedule.

A handshake deal in the next few days would allow a 66 game season starting on Christmas day.

It seems like the sense of urgency to get a deal done is now at an all time high. Christmas is the day when the NBA shines on its own. (Much like the NFL does on Thanksgiving Day).

Many people have said in the past that the NBA season doesn’t “start” or is not noticed by the casual fan until Christmas Day.

With the above being said, in order to try and clean up the bad P.R. the NBA has gained in the last few months, having the season start on Christmas Day would be the leagues best bet to get out of this ugly lockout with any kind of positive.

However, it is obvious that logic has not been used throughout these negotiations.

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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 23, 1997
LA CLIPPERS 102 – LA LAKERS 119
DEL HARRIS GETS 500th CAREER COACHING WIN IN LAKERS VICTORY

On a less than thrilling game night in The Forum, a double-digit victory over the hapless Clippers would be met with champagne bathes, yelping and cake in the locker room. No NBA records were broken and no Laker players were retiring, but one man had reached a special milestone in NBA coaching history, as Lakers coach Del Harris would record his 500th career win, placing him as one of the top 25 winningest coaches in NBA history.

Harris began his NBA head coaching career with the Houston Rockets, where his first two career games in 1979 were losses against the Boston Celtics (who were starting a rookie named Larry Bird) and the Philadelphia 76ers (whose Julius Erving would set an NBA career mark in scoring that season). Spending nine years as head coach for the Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks, Harris would be hired in 1994 to turn around a young Lakers team that featured rookie Eddie Jones and sophomore point guard Nick Van Exel.

Jones would score a game-high 28 points, with Van Exel providing a season-high 11 assists in the 119-102 victory. Also of note would be the 24 points scored in 28 minutes off the bench from a 19-year-old Kobe Bryant, who would also post a game-high four steals in limited action. The win would move the Lakers to 11-0 on the season, equaling their sixth best winning streak in franchise history and sending to the Clippers into the cellar at 1-12.

Quote of the Night: “It means I’m old.” – Former Lakers coach Del Harris on the significance of his 500th career coaching victory. – From the LA Times, Nov. 24, 1997.

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The NBA lockout is nearing its 5 month anniversary, a milestone that’s almost as silly as it is disappointing. To this point, much of the fan uproar has been limited to social media and the blogosphere, but a group of disgruntled New Yorkers are about to change that. According to a press release we received earlier this afternoon:

New York Senator Malcolm A. Smith will join Knicks and Nets fans and season ticketholders tomorrow, Wednesday November 22, 2011, as they request a full refund for the whole season due to the NBA Walkout. They will be also unveiling a 6 foot petition for over 1 million fans to sign in front of Madison Square Garden. An upcoming National Basketball Solidarity Day will be announced for Sunday December 12, 2011 that will take place in arenas and stadiums across the nation.

While it seemed like it was only a matter of time before a group of dispirited NBA fans got into the protesting spirit, we ask you, Laker Nation…

 

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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 22, 1950
FORT WAYNE PISTONS 19 – MINNEAPOLIS LAKERS 18
PISTONS EDGE OUT LAKERS IN LOWEST SCORING GAME IN NBA HISTORY

Not all days in Laker history are good days.

In three years of existence, the Minneapolis Lakers had won three championships: one with the National Basketball League (NBL), another when the Lakers joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1948, and a third when the NBL and BAA merged in 1949 to create the National Basketball Association. Led by a frontline consisting of 6’9″ star George Mikan, the Lakers were basketball’s elite team.

However, when the Fort Wayne Pistons traveled to Minneapolis, then-Pistons coach Murray Mendenhall had a strategy to overcome the length and experience of the Lakers. After winning the opening tip, the Pistons simply held the ball at half court and did nothing. Mendenhall’s idea was that his Pistons team would not be able to compete inside against Mikan and the other Laker players, so Mendenhall instructed his players to hold the ball and let the Lakers come to them.

As fans and officials yelled at the Pistons to play, the Pistons stuck to their game plan, holding the ball for as long as three minutes at a time. Action would only begin once a Laker defender would go out to try and strip the ball, leading to a 13-11 halftime lead that saw more idle standing than basketball. With the lead in hand, the Lakers took their turn stalling with the ball, only to have the game’s final minute result in back-and-forth scoring and free throws before the Pistons’ Larry Foust would make a basket will six seconds remaining giving the Pistons a 19-18 lead. The Lakers’ Slater Martin would heave a shot down the court, only to have the shot clank off the front iron, giving the Pistons the victory in the lowest scoring game in NBA history.

The 19-18 loss would break a streak of 29 straight home victories for the Lakers, and Mikan would score 15 points for the Lakers, including their four total baskets. The eight combined field goals for both clubs would set an NBA low, and the 37 total points would be the lowest in the modern era. While the following three years would not see any rule revisions, the 19-18 game would lead to the NBA adopting a shot clock beginning in the 1954-55 season to deter teams from stalling and slowing down the game.

Quote of the Night: “If that’s basketball, I don’t want any part of it.” – Former Lakers coach John Kundla on the Pistons’ stall tactics in their 19-18 loss. – Basketball’s Original Dynasty: The History of the Lakers

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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 21, 1965
CHICK HEARN BEGINS BROADCASTING STREAK

Near the end of the Lakers first season in Los Angeles, 44-year-old Francis Hearn was brought on to be the main team broadcaster. Hearn, who had previously to that point called games for USC football and basketball, was the first play-by-play broadcaster in the franchise’s Los Angeles history.

In Francis “Chick” Hearn’s four years as the primary broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers, he had only missed one game. However, when Hearn would travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1965 to call a morning college football game between Arkansas and Texas Tech, inclement weather would keep him from flying back to Las Vegas to call the Lakers exhibition game against the San Francisco Warriors. He would miss the November 20th game, able to return to the team the following day in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers, and would not miss a game for the next 36 years.

Hearn’s streak of consecutive called games would stretch on for 3,338 games before having to sit out during the 2001-02 season due to cardiac bypass surgery. After recovering from his surgery and a broken hip, Hearn would return near the end of the season, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd at Staples Center. Hearn would call his final game at Game 4 of the 2002 NBA Finals, where the Lakers would sweep the New Jersey Nets to win their third consecutive NBA championship.

Quote of the Night: “Those things just popped out, you know, like, ‘Put him in the popcorn machine.’ I couldn’t say on the air what we used to say when I was playing and somebody faked another guy out.” – Former Laker broadcaster Chick Hearn on his innovative broadcasting style. – From the Chicago Tribune, Mar. 15 1992

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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 20, 2008
LA LAKERS 105 – PHOENIX SUNS 92

Though the two won three rings together, most people can remember the Shaq-and-Kobe Laker era with some sort of resentment over the departure of big man Shaquille O’Neal after the 2003-04 season. Whether you’re a Kobe apologist or a Shaq defender, it’s easy to say that the two superstars left a lot on the table when they split up following their NBA Finals loss to the Detroit Pistons. While Kobe has spent 15 years in the City of Angels, most NBA fans know Shaq’s travels to Miami, Cleveland, Boston, and, in the case in 2008, with the Phoenix Suns.

Four years removed from their supposed feud, the hostility had been tempered between the two superstars. New teams (for O’Neal) and new teammates (for both) make the game more of a team contest between the former teammates. Bryant would only make 8 of his 23 attempts, scoring 24 points against a rotating cast of Suns defenders, and O’Neal would only play for 27 minutes.

Interestingly enough, up until their November 20th game in 2008, Laker center Andrew Bynum and O’Neal had only ever played two minutes on the floor together, with most Laker fans remember the two trading dunks and technical fouls in a January game in 2006 when O’Neal was with the Miami Heat. Injuries between the two centers had kept them from matching up until their game three years ago, where O’Neal would outduel Bynum in points 15-10 and in rebounds 9-7.

Despite Kobe’s off-night and O’Neal’s advantage at center, the Lakers would get the last laugh, as six Lakers would hit double digit points in a 105-92 victory over the Suns. As Lamar Odom hit a three-pointer to make it 89-71 with less than nine minutes to play, Suns fans could be seen filtering out of US Airways Arena as chants of “Let’s go Lakers!” echoed through the arena.

Quote of the Night: “He got me in foul trouble in the second quarter,” Bynum said. “He’s still hard to keep out of the paint. He still dominates, he still gets the ball, he still finds his teammates.” - Lakers center Andrew Bynum on defending 36-year-old former Laker Shaquille O’Neal. -From the LA Times, Nov. 21, 2008

ALSO ON THIS DATE – NOVEMBER 20, 1992 – JORDAN SETS VISITORS RECORD IN FORUM

While Bulls legend Michael Jordan would drop 54 points in The Forum setting a visitor’s scoring record, the Lakers would mount a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback to beat the two-time defending champion Bulls in overtime 120-118.

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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 19, 1983
LA LAKERS 117 – PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS 110
KAREEM HITS 30,000 POINT PLATEAU

Following two free throws on a night in Portland, the crowd of 12,666 gave a standing ovation that lasted 20 seconds. The free throws weren’t shot by a Portland player, nor were they important in the context of the game as it was it was the third quarter. They were important historically, however, as the two free throws made by Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were the 29,999th and 30,000th of his 15-year career, joining only Wilt Chamberlain at the time as the only two members of the 30,000 club.

Abdul-Jabbar would go on to score 20 points in the 117-110 victory over the Trailblazers, putting him at 30,007 career points. It would be the seventh consecutive win for the Lakers, who would improve to 9-2 on the season. During the standing ovation, Laker legend Jerry West would come on to the court to shake Abdul-Jabbar’s hand, telling him “to score 10,000 more” – Abdul-Jabbar would nearly oblige, as he would finish his career five years later with over 38,000 points.

Quote of the Night: “People have taken for granted that I would do it. That’s kind of a back-handed compliment, I guess. But at least they expected me to do well instead of poorly.” -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, on scoring 30,000 points and the expectations of Laker fans. – From the LA Times, Nov. 20, 1983

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Once the season starts players get paid on the 1st and 15th of each month.

NBA players missed their first paycheck on Tuesday. For example, Kobe Bryant missed what would have been a $1.9 million dollar check.

As the lockout continues, paychecks will continue to be missed.

However, according to Forbes, Bryant will be doing just fine with his off the court endorsements.

Bryant pulls in $28 million annually from deals with Nike, Smart Car, Panini and others. Nike took advantage of the lockout by sending Bryant on a tour of Europe this fall to visit Athens, Istanbul and Milan where he was a part of Nike store openings and basketball clinics.

Bryant is second to only LeBron James in off the court endorsements. James makes $33 million through partnerships with Nike, Coca-Cola, McDoanlds, State Farm, and Upper Deck.

Bryant has the most to lose if there is no season at all. He is the NBA’s highest paid player as he was set to earn $25.2 million.

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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 18, 1981
LA LAKERS 113 – UTAH JAZZ 110
MAGIC WANTS OUT OF LA

It doesn’t seem possible to think about Laker history without a number 32 jersey hanging in the rafters. After all, Magic Johnson has helped bring more championships trophies to Los Angeles than any other Laker not named Kobe Bryant (remember: Mikan’s five Laker trophies in the 1950s went to Minneapolis). So while we remember Magic Johnson fondly as the man who sank the baby sky-hook to beat the Boston Celtics, the man who dazzled as the headliner of Showtime, the man who holds multiple regular season and postseason assist records, it’s easy to forget that at one time Johnson was fully committed to packing his bags and leaving Los Angeles.

Following a 113-110 win over the Utah Jazz in 1981, the Lakers were then riding a five-game win streak. While one would assume the visiting locker room at the Salt Palace would be jovial after their narrow victory, the Lakers were fuming – they were expected to be much better than this. Of their seven wins to that point, six of them had been by three or less points, and the playing pace of then-coach Paul Westhead was frustrating many of the Lakers. Johnson was no longer the clear focal point of the offense, and while he was leading the league in assists and steals, the flow of Westhead’s offense was limiting Johnson’s scoring chances to fast breaks and steals. Former Laker Hot Rod Hundley put it best that night when he commented to an Los Angeles reporter:

Where’s all that behind-the-back stuff? Where’s all that fancy stuff? What happened to that guy? He’s dull. You have to work to make all that talent dull.”

After the game, Johnson would be pulled aside by Westhead into a private room. The two would emerge five minutes later, neither of them commenting on their conversation. However, when reporters went to Johnson for post-game comments, Johnson dropped a bombshell – that he wasn’t happy in LA, that he wanted to be traded, and that he wanted to be traded as soon as possible. As reporters scrambled to take in the news, Johnson continued that Westhead was his reason for leaving, saying that they “didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things” and that “it was time for [Johnson] to go.”

With owner Jerry Buss needing to make a decision, Buss chose Magic over Westhead, and with a 7-4 record, Westhead wouldn’t coach another game for the Lakers, being fired the following day and replaced with Laker assistant coach Pat Riley. Riley’s temperament would light a fire under the Lakers, as the team would go on to win 17 of their next 20 games and would later go on to win the 1982 NBA Finals, with at-odds star Magic Johnson winning the Finals MVP award. Most Laker fans know how the story goes from here, as Magic and Riley would go on to win three more championships with the Lakers, cementing the two as hall-of-famers in basketball history. What most fans forget, however, is that one of the team’s great stars almost left Los Angeles, and, in turn, would’ve swung four Laker championships with him.

Quote of the Night: “I can’t play here anymore. I want to leave. I want to be traded. I can’t deal with it no more. I’ve got to go in and ask him (Laker owner Jerry Buss) to trade me.” – Laker icon Magic Johnson, following a 113-110 victory over the Utah Jazz. Johnson’s problems stemmed from then-coach Paul Westhead’s offense, which limited Magic’s play-making abilities. – From the LA Times, Nov. 19, 1981

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We know all you Laker fans are getting tired of lockout news…so that’s why we’re giving you dating gossip! The current rumors circulating the web are rumoring Laker forward Matt Barnes to be dating actress Eva Longoria, though both deny any romantic involvement.

With Barnes having announced his breakup with reality-TV star Gloria Govan a month ago, Longoria was seen picking up Barnes from the airport earlier this week, according to reports from TMZ.

While the two suggest that they are simply friends, the Los Angeles Times has also noted the two have been recently seen around town together:

Barnes and Longoria were also spotted eating dinner together in New York a few weeks ago and partying at a nightclub in Las Vegas in October. And the two work together on Longoria’s foundation, Padres Contra El Cancer.

NBA fans know Eva Longoria from her three-year marriage with Spurs point guard Tony Parker, where she was visible in the stands for many Laker/Spurs battles. There aren’t many guys that would say no to dating Eva Longoria, but with Tony Parker as a benchmark, let’s take a look at some alarming basketball-related statistics:

NBA championships prior to marrying Eva Longoria (2001-07): 3
NBA championships while married to Eva Longoria (2007-10): 0

Our advice at Laker Nation? Stay away, Matthew. Stay away and the rings will follow.

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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 17, 1989
DENVER NUGGETS 105 – LA LAKERS 119
MAGIC HAS 24-24 NIGHT TO SET LAKER RECORD FOR ASSISTS

By 1989, Magic Johnson had switched from his ball-distributing guard position to that of a methodical forward, causing him to lower his assist count to numbers resembling his rookie and sophomore seasons at 8.4 per game. Guard Larry Drew had taken on the team’s distributing duties, allowing Johnson to focus on rebounding and defense with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar no longer in the lineup. With age a concern and a lack of a true center in the starting five, many were doubting the Lakers ability to return to the NBA Finals for their fourth straight trip.

Six years to the day of his 22-assist masterpiece against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Laker icon Magic Johnson saved perhaps his best conducting performance for his 1989 game against the fast-paced Denver Nuggets. Running like the Magic of old, Johnson would tally 20 dimes through three quarters before slowing down to finish with a franchise record 24 assists, surpassing Jerry West for the Laker record at 23 set back in 1967 and tied by Johnson the previous year.

The 24 assists would equal Johnson’s Laker playoff record set in 1984, and with many of those assists going to Laker forward A.C. Green, Green would score a season high 27 points in the 119-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Johnson’s 24 assists matching his 24 points on the night still stands as a Laker record, and since 1989, only four players have totaled more than Johnson’s 24 assists in an NBA game.

Quote of the Night: “You wanna know something? He didn’t play that well in the first half. You wanna know something, he didn’t have a great game. He didn’t take over; (A.C.) Green did. We were chopped liver by the time Magic took over.” Former Nuggets coach Doug Moe on Magic Johnson’s record-setting performance – From the LA Times, Nov. 18, 1989.

ALSO ON THIS DATE – NOVEMBER 17, 1978 – KAREEM’S NEAR QUADRUPLE-DOUBLE EXTENDS LAKER WIN STREAK

Thirty-three years ago today, Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar put together a 32-23-9-8 performance to lead the Lakers to a 121-109 victory over the New Orleans Jazz, powering the Lakers to their 12th straight victory.


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What is this? A non-lockout related column? I’m as overjoyed as you are. …

(Wait, how do I not write about the lockout again?)

During all the negativity surrounding the plausibility of an NBA season, Lamar Odom has found his rhythm in this new spot from Nike, #AlwaysOn. Check it out below:

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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.