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The LA Times Mark Medina recently wrote a piece on how the lockout could affect Kobe’s chances on climbing the NBA’s all-time scoring list, and mentioned a conversation he had with Phil Jackson last season:

I asked the former Lakers coach last season which player Bryant wants to pass on the scoring list the most, Jackson replied without hesitation, “Michael Jordan.” Bryant argued that wasn’t true and continued touting his sole motivation entails trying to minimize the gap between Bill Russell’s 11 NBA titles and his own five. Bryant isn’t lying when he says that’s his main motivation, but it’s misleading to act indifferent about it when teammates, media and the general public know he’s driven to be the best player ever.

Bryant is currently sixth on the all-time scoring list with 27,868 points.

To read all the scenarios that would have Kobe passing Shaq, Jordan, Malone, and even Kareem check out the story here

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The NBA released its 2011-2012 schedule a few days ago, and Laker fans immediately looked to see when they will play the likes of Dallas, Miami, Boston, etc.

The obvious concern is if the NBA will even play its full 82 game schedule. Some say it will be like the 1998-99 season where only 50 games were played, or even worse the season could be skipped all together.

However, with blind faith lets assume the full 82 games will be played this season, and if that’s the case…

What are the Top 10 Must see Laker games in 2011-12?

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The summer of 2011 has brought on an entirely new LakerLand from the days of old. Gone from the top of the totem pole is Jerry Buss, who passed the operations of the franchise to his son Jim. Gone is the familiar coaching icon that was Phil Jackson, and gone were the mid-June confetti-laden celebrations with a season that ended in early May.

In the dog days of summer, the Lakers find themselves in the same spot as the 29 other NBA franchises, engaged in a lockout with no timetable for return. The uncertainty has led the Lakers to cost-cutting measures, ones that can dissociate themselves from the Phil Jackson era, but ones that also are purely economical as a result of a possible prolonged lockout.

According to a column from the Orange County Register, the Lakers chose not to renew nearly 20 expiring contracts for positions deemed unnecessary during the lockout. While the moves for the most part are to save funds, many of the long-time employees will now look to other teams for positions once the lockout is over.

Among the list of contracts allowed to expire were:

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With recent reports contradicting one another as to whether Kobe will play in Turkey during this year’s lockout, the current news would suggest that Kobe will be meeting with Turkish club officials during the month of August, according to a recent piece by the LA Times. Besiktas Coach Ergin Ataman spoke during a telephone interview Thursday about the chance for his team to pick up a second NBA All-Star:

“We made our offer to Kobe and now we are waiting for their comments about the situation,” Ataman said. “But we didn’t talk about details. I think they are thinking now about our offer, and I think in the beginning of August, the first week of August, our president [Yildirim Demiroren] will be in the United States for Deron Williams’ press conference and I think that they will meet to sign in USA with Kobe.”

Bryant is looking to make $1 million a month for Besiktas, twice the amount that Besiktas was reportedly offering to Bryant and almost three times what his possible teammate Deron Williams will be making. While the continuing rumors would suggest that a deal would come quickly rather than over the next few weeks, Ataman saw the conversations with Bryant as a “positive situation”, given the long discussions that the club had with Williams before his signing.

Now that labor discussions have been pushed to August, the possibility of a long-term lockout may push players like Bryant overseas to stay in shape. Still though, with reports that Besiktas has had their assets frozen and with further reports of players not being paid, it may be an extended period of time before we see Kobe moving to Europe.

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David Brickley, Jason Riley and Kevin Figgers are LIVE from their Fox Sports Radio studios in Burbank for another LIVE edition of Voice of the Nation. L.A. Times Beat Reporter Mark Medina joins the show.

Rundown

  • POLL: Are you upset about Andrew Bynum parking in 2 handicapped spots?
  • Lakers 2011-12 schedule released
  • How did Brian Shaw find out that he wouldnt get the Lakers head coaching job?
  • Tracy McGrady a Laker?
  • Robert Horry says “age has caught up” to Derek Fisher
  • INTERVIEW: Mark Medina – LA Times Lakers blogger
  • Around the NBA
  • Shaq takes shot at the Miami Heat
  • Allen Iverson wants back in the NBA?
  • Best and Worst of the Week
  • 3 for 3

 

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According to NBC Los Angeles, Lakers Center Andrew Bynum parked his black BMW in two parking spots reserved for the handicapped at the Bristol Farms Market in Playa del Rey on Wednesday.

NBC4 questioned Andrew Bynum as he was getting back into his car:

Andrew Bynum, 23, was asked about the alleged incident as he was getting into his car. He slammed his car door and drove off without comment.

Also according to the LA Times, this isn’t the first time Bynum has parked in a handicapped space:

To make matters worse, this isn’t the first time Bynum’s been caught showing disrespect toward the handicapped spaces that help the physically disabled. The Times’ T.J. Simers received an e-mailed photo in May from a reader catching Bynum in the act of parking across a white-and-blue painted handicapped space directly in front of a blue handicapped sign outside a Bank of America in Playa del Rey. 

Due to the NBA lockout the Lakers cannot ask Bynum to come out publically and apologize for the incident, or offer explanation.

Bynum’s agent, David Lee, said he would relay an interview request to his client, but no interview has been arranged.

NBC4’s Investigative Reporter Joel Grover had the story, To read more click here

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When Deron Williams said “Kobe could make more Money Overseas Guaranteed” , the New Jersey Nets’ guard was assuming European teams like Turkey’s Besiktas sports club, who recently signed Williams to a one-year $5 million contract, could actually pay their athletes at all.

According to ESPN LA, there is an ongoing scandal that has forced Besiktas to suspend their pursuit of Lakers’ All-Star Kobe Bryant while in the midst of financial negotiations. Because of futbol match-fixing allegations, Besiktas has entered a world of trouble with the jailing of their futbol coach and deputy chairman and the freezing of their accounts, including those assigned to their basketball club.

A staple of Williams’ contract, and Bryant’s potential one, was the option to leave upon the reinstatement of the NBA’s 2011-2012 season. However, no one suspected the NBA stars or Besiktas would have to exercise the opt-out clause so soon, but that may be the case if Besiktas can’t pay Williams, or any other player, at all.

Besiktas was reported to have offered Bryant between $400,000 -$500,000 per month, to which Bryant’s people countered with a $1 million per month proposal, though none of this holds much significance at the moment. While Bryant could overlook the club’s troubles upon the clearance of Besiktas’ name (and the unfreezing of their accounts), such result seems unlikely.

Of course Bryant has other options overseas, but the prospective collaboration of Bryant and Williams offered Besiktas the most potential in drawing NBA and international basketball fans, media coverage and money along with making them the premier example of European basketball’s possible threat to the NBA, and the most alluring option for players, during this lockout.

While overseas and international playing rumors are long from being over this summer, the NBA may have caught a temporary break in the pressure that comes from the migration of the NBA’s best players.

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The NBA has released what it hopes to be the full schedule for the 2011-2012 NBA season. The Lakers are set to open a new Mike Brown reign on November 1st at STAPLES Center against a new familiar foe, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Other highlights from the upcoming schedule include another annual Christmas Day game — this years opponents are the Chicago Bulls. Not exactly the rivalry game that we’ve grown accustom to since the Shaq departure. The season starts off on back to back nights, with L.A. heading to the bay with a matchup against Mark Jackson’s Golden State.

The Lakers first meeting against LeBron and his Heat super friends comes December 8th in Miami; with the second matchup exactly three months later in Los Angeles on ABC.

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With all the propaganda leading into this weekend’s imaginary Carmageddon, most of Los Angeles expected headlines to be vehicle-related…

Just not like this.

According to multiple news outlets, Lakers Forward Lamar Odom was involved in a serious car accident on Thursday when his driver crashed into a motorcyclist while transporting Lamar to his cousin’s funeral in Queens, New York.

Odom, who was a passenger riding in the back seat of the vehicle, was not hurt. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist was reported to have serious injuries, along with a teenage pedestrian, who are both being treated at a New York hospital.

Khloe Kardashian, who is reportedly in New York with Lamar, was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident. We’ll continue to update this story as new information is made available.

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Dirk was asked by the L.A. Times who he would hypothetically join forces with if he could. Dirk’s response, around the 00:56 mark, is none other than the Black Mamba.

(skip to 00:56 for Dirk)

As they say, game know game. Now let’s cross our fingers we get to see ANY NBA team play this upcoming season…

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Brian Shaw recently talked with ESPN LA, after weeks of silence, and had this to say about being apart of the Lakers hiring process:

“I wasn’t really told anything,” said Shaw, who had the public backing of players Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, among others, to take over for Jackson. “Unfortunately, I found about not getting the job and who was hired for the job on ESPN. I didn’t really talk to anyone for about three weeks after that.”

In every line of work it seems professional and courteous to notify candidates the direction the company has decided to go in.

However, Brian Shaw is not just any candidate he should be considered Laker Family. A three time champion as a player, and won two more championships as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson.

All Shaw asked for is a little bit of respect in the process:

Shaw said he would have appreciated a call letting him know he wasn’t going to be hired, simply for the opportunity to gain feedback on where he might have gone wrong in the interview process.

“For whatever reason, there was a glitch in communication. … I’ve always had a great relationship and open line of communication with (general manager) Mitch Kupchak so I don’t think it came from there,” Shaw said. “We’ve always been on good terms and are still on good terms. I understand in his position there’s only so much that he can do even. He has people over his head that he has to follow directions. … Definitely there’s some room for improvement in terms of how … people are dealt with.” Shaw told ESPNLA.

The people over Kupchak’s head that Shaw is referring to most likely is Jim Buss who looks like he has the reigns of the Lakers franchise.

In this short off-season the Lakers front-office has been criticized for not consulting/notifying franchise player Kobe Bryant of the Mike Brown hire, not reaching out to long time employee Brian Shaw after the hire was made, and of course the firing of 20 year Assistant GM Ronnie Lester who said, “The Lakers are throwing employees out in the cold”. Referring to the 20 scouts, trainers, and video staff that were let go after the season.

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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.