Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Great to see Luke play despite the eventual consequences. Playing around Kobe sure has a big influence.

NBA.com: Bill Walton encouraged Luke Walton to retire in the summer rather than risk a similar future of agony. Luke Walton refused.

“No parent wants to see their child suffer and how that changes your life. Basketball is a glorious celebration of life, of health, of everything that’s good, and there is no better example of that than what Shaq is going through right now with the Boston Celtics and how much the Celtics will mean to Shaq now and for rest of his life, and how much fun it’s going to be on that last long run. “You want that,” Bill said. “You want that for everybody, to have the end be so great, and you really want it for your children.”

Luke: “His concern, obviously, as my father, he doesn’t want me to have it go as far as he went, where he was miserable and all that stuff that went on with him. His advice was health is more important than basketball. But I wasn’t willing to live with that advice. I had to do everything I could first. I think I found a solution that will let me continue to play.”

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David Brickley and Jason Riley went live after the Lakers victory over the Suns. They gave you full post game coverage as well as updated you on everything Lakers!

Rundown

  • Postgame Coverage of Lakers 99-95 Win vs. Phoenix Suns
  • State of the Lakers
  • Kobe passes Wilkins for 10th all time scoring
  • Kobe “screwed up” the game
  • Did Artest and Phil Jackson get into a shouting match?
  • Mark Cuban calls Phil a “boy-toy”
  • INTERVIEW: Kurt Helin – NBC SPORTS
  • Lamar to star in new reality show with Khloe
  • Kendrick Perkins is still talking trash about Game 7
  • And Much MORE

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Kobe Bryant drove into the lane, and in doing so, sucked the Suns’ defense right in with him, leaving an unattended Ron Artest standing in the corner. Bryant passed the ball and Artest stood there for two seconds, maybe wondering if he should shoot it or pass it on. He held the ball for what seemed like an eternity, with everyone on the floor and everyone at U.S. Airways Arena looking on. So with feet planted right outside the three-point line, Artest shot the wide open opportunity and swish. Lakers 97, Suns 91 with just over a minute and a half to go and Phoenix with a timeout. Artest made his way to the Laker bench, the arms of Bryant wrapped around his shoulders. About 25 seconds later, Artest grabbed an offensive rebound which resulted in a Bryant assist on a Derek Fisher jumper that gave the Lakers their 99 points, enough to win for the second time in a row on Phoenix’s home floor.

With Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkgolu out and Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter and Mikael Pietrus in, the Phoenix Suns are not the same team the Lakers fought in last year’s Western Conference Finals and they are certainly not the same team who burned the Lakers with 22 threes at Staples Center earlier this season. One thing remains constant, however, and that’s that Steve Nash runs this show.

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And for the non-basketball portion of our website, let’s turn to Ryan Seacrest.

When Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom said “I do” in 2009, it was front-page celebrity news throughout the world. Now, the power couple is putting their life together at the center of a new television series, when the cameras begin rolling on “Khloé & Lamar” (working title) in early 2011. In the new series, the outspoken Kardashian sister and the Los Angeles Lakers star will invite cameras into their home, where Khloé’s brotherRobert Kardashian has become a semi-permanent houseguest. Robert, while he won’t give up his video games, is embarking on his own career in the music industry now that he is no longer living with mom Kris and step-dad Bruce Jenner.

Let’s be honest, we were long overdue for some Kardashian news here. It’s been over a year since that last names been mentioned on this blog.

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Tonight, Kobe Bryant passed Dominique Wilkins for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 26,671 points. Kobe is now one of only three guards in the top 10 scoring ranks.

Great to see a Kobe Bryant milestone accompanied by a Lakers win. Congratulations to the Black Mamba on another historic accomplishment.

Should Kobe average around 25 points per game to continue this season, he’ll reach the #6 mark, currently held by Moses Malone.

The  all-time points list currently stands at:

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Michael Jordan 32,292
4. Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
5. Shaquille O’Neal 28,434
6. Moses Malone 27,409
7. Elvin Hayes 27,313
8. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
9. Oscar Robertson 26,710
10. Kobe Bryant 26,671
11. Dominique Wilkins 26,668

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Back to back blowouts for the Lakers – but this time they were on the winning end, and thank goodness for that. One win against the team with the fourth worst road record in the league may not be a cause for rejoicing, but based on the Lakers’ last few losses (and even some wins); a blowout is just the thing to provide some temporary comfort…for us fans anyway.

One big difference (actually, it can ALWAYS be the difference if only they’d stop forgetting) the home team provided tonight was the play of their three big men. Repeated to the point of exhaustion, the Lakers’ biggest advantage (other than having Kobe Bryant on their team that is) is, truly their BIGGEST advantage. The three talented towers of the purple and gold combined for 50 points, 22 rebounds and eight assists. If Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom had this kind of production for every game, the Lakers are more likely to win than not – and they know it.

At the half, Pau Gasol (21 points on 7-11, seven rebounds, two steals and a block) led the game with 13 points, scoring on layups, dunks and even a stepback jumper here and there. His teammates fed him the ball and he capitalized. Aside from a few lazy defensive possessions on his part, Gasol was again clicking offensively, receiving a pass from Lamar Odom and then striding to the basket in one fell swoop for a hoop.

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Kobe did the right thing by accepting the comments without retaliation.

ESPN: “[Jackson] was right, I totally broke the offense, but I did it intentionally because I felt like we needed to get something started because what we were doing just wasn’t working,” Bryant said. “So, I tried to kick start it and sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t but that’s my responsibility. When it works out? Great. When it doesn’t? I’ll take the criticism for it, but I have thick enough skin to be able to do that. … You just have to take the good with the bad. That’s part of my job in the seat that I sit.

“I was trying to win the damn game. We were playing like [expletive], we all were, so I was just trying to get something going, trying to pump a little energy to us and it just didn’t work out. But Phil doesn’t really care how many shots I take, he just wants me to take them inside of the offense. [Sunday] was one of those days where I was like, ‘[Expletive] the triangle, I need to get myself going and try to save this damn game,’ and it just didn’t work out.”

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Definitely uninspiring play from the Lakers but you can’t blame Kobe for putting in work when no one else was doing anything.

ESPN: “We get behind early on in the third quarter on some stupid plays — poor passing, poor transition defense — and then Kobe has to screw up the game and start energizing the team by going one-on-one and that takes the rest of the guys out as a consequence,” Jackson said. “That didn’t bring us back in, but it did give us a little run, we got the game back a little bit but we couldn’t sustain it and we just went right back and made the same mistakes again.”

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There’s been a lot of talk regarding playoff seeds and home court advantage lately; lots of discussion in the NBA media about whether or not the Lakers would still manage to survive through a whole conference if they opened the first round away from Staples Center. Based on where and how they’ve been losing lately, it appears that not even home court is a safe place for the Lakers anymore. They lost by 19 to Milwaukee, 15 to Miami and 19 to the Memphis Grizzlies, who were on the second night of a back to back. All were pathetic, embarrassing losses. All took place in Downtown L.A. Home court advantage in the playoffs? At this point in the season, that should be the very LEAST of these Lakers’ worries.

This team just doesn’t seem to get it and Phil Jackson and the coaching staff have been reduced to reminding this veteran-laden group time and again that they are first and foremost an INSIDE TEAM that thrives on proper ball movement. Why the team has to constantly be reminded of their biggest advantage over the majority of the league is beyond explanation. Let’s face it – this isn’t rocket science. Three trips to the NBA finals and two championship seasons, all due to their size, offensive system, defensive intensity and veteran poise – there are no trick questions on these exams, especially in a home game against a sub-.500 team.

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The (23-10) Los Angeles Lakers are at Staples Center tonight to face the (14-19) Memphis Grizzlies.

The Lakers were able to hold off the 76ers for a 102-98 victory in the last game of 2010. However, the win was way to close for comfort. The Lakers played well at times, but had way too many mistakes and defensive lapses.

Tonight will be the third game of the season against the Grizzlies. It is always nice to see the Gasol brothers compete against each other; this writer wants to see Pau Gasol dominate tonight.

The Grizzlies are a talented team, the youngest team in the NBA. Memphis has had an up and down year to this point. They’ve shown a lot of progress; the talent to rise to the occasion and beat the Lakers, Heat and Mavericks. They’ve also displayed a bit of a schizophrenic side that allowed them to lose to the Kings, Wizards, Cavaliers, and Nets.

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No better way to end if for the Zen Master than by capturing his 12th ring on his 4th 3-peat!

L.A. Times: Still, Jackson was asked again if he could see himself taking some time off and coming back to coach.

“No,” Jackson responded quickly.

Why not? he was asked.

“I think I’ve put in my service time,” Jackson, 65, said. “I think I’ve done my due diligence that I set out to do, especially with this organization.”

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With just over a minute left on this New Year’s Eve game, the Lakers’ 14-point lead had shrunk and the score was tied, 98-98. Kobe Bryant had possession of the ball, surveyed the floor, weighed all of his options, then drove baseline, rose up, and hit stepback from the corner. Lakers 100, Sixers 98. Philadelphia missed their next opportunities to score, was forced to foul Bryant. Bryant, in turn, hit both of his free throws, giving the home team a 102-98 advantage that stayed put until the final buzzer on this last day of 2010.

Yes, the Lakers have struggled of late, recently adding yet another losing streak to this season’s record, but the signature backbone of this team has re-surfaced, and what better way to end the new year, than with a victory that strengthens.

The proverbial foundation of this Lakers team’s success lie in their strength inside, physically and figuratively. With Andrew Bynum’s return to the starting line-up to join Pau Gasol, the team’s seven-foot wall is now available for war at the on-set. Each big man put in 30+ minutes and in their time on the floor, the Sixers were forced to work that much harder to score, not to mention defend.

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Happy New Year to The Lakers Nation! Have a safe celebration!

The (22-10) Los Angeles Lakers are back at Staples Center tonight, on New Years Eve, to host the (13-19) Philadelphia 76ers.

A rare thing happened in the Lakers back-to-back road game against the Hornets. The Purple and Gold faithful saw something familiar, a glimpse of their team playing Lakers basketball. They emphatically ended their three-game losing streak by beating the Hornets, 103-88. They returned to the basics against the Hornets and ran their offense from the inside out.

Andrew Bynum made his first start of the season and responded with 18 points, six boards and one blocked shot. Pau Gasol posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards. These occurrences served as definitive proof that when the ball goes inside and the post players are allowed to contribute; the Lakers are a difficult team to beat.

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From our entire TLN staff to all of you, we hope that you have a safe and Happy New Year celebration. From fellow Los Angeles fans to fans around the globe, where ever you may be, you have meant a lot to this website. 2010 saw the glorified result of the commitment of the entire Los Angeles Lakers organization putting in unparalleled dedication en route to their second-straight title in two years.

I for one want to thank the Lakers organization for the commitment to excellence and giving us Lakers fans a place to believe, connect and unite over as something as simple, yet beautiful, as the game of basketball. 2011, in this three-peat run, we are once again behind the champs. Lakers fans, are quite simply, the best.

For us, a fan website, it’s really remarkable to watch the website grow over the years. From the “Get Garnett” days to the evolution of The Lakers Nation, we thank you for carrying the torch of what just four fans created for their love labor and passion for the Lakers. The truth is, all of you Lakers fans make the community what it is today, and more importantly, allow us to pride ourselves as the best fans in the NBA.

From everyone here at TheLakersNation.com, to the average fans, to the hardcore nuts, to the crazed fans with Lakers tatoos inked on their body, to the ones that only live in purple and yellow houses, to the ones driving around with Lakers flags sky-up, to the ones with decked out memorabilia, to the ones that create those sicks wallpapers on our computer screens, to the video makers (holla – LD2k here), to the musical geniuses, to the great Lakers podcasters out there, to the reporters busting their butts to give us stories every day, to the tweeters, to the older Lakers fans, to next generation of Lakers fans, and most importantly, to YOU, we thank you for three great years of TLN and more importantly, being a Lakers fan with us. You make it worth all the love labor. Thank you, Lakers Nation. Let’s get that 3-peat!

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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.