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There have been many rumors going around the past week about Dwight Howard joining the Lakers in 2012. At first, this seemed like a rumor started by a crazy Laker fan as a teaser but media outlets have been reporting this rumor too.

Just yesterday, ESPN analyst Ric Bucher posted this message on his Twitter page:

DisneyWorld vs. Disneyland feud could go DefCon1: Sources say DHoward has eye on Lakers if Magic don’t win a title in next 2 years.

This rumor doesn’t seem so crazy anymore, does it? No I guess not, but there’s too much hoopla surrounding this rumor. Dwight to the Lakers (2 years prior to the actual move happening) sounds a lot like the “LeBron to New York” rumor the fans and the media have been hyped up for the past few years before he eventually tore their hearts out. I suggest not getting your hopes up on this rumor too much incase he holds “The Decision” spurning the Lakers for another team (Clippers?).

A lot of Laker fans might be wondering how this would work. Well, how this works is simple. Dwight has an early-termination clause in his contract for 2011-2012 meaning at the end of the ’11-12 season, he can terminate his contract and become a free agent, giving him the opportunity to join the Lakers for the ’12-13 season. But the Lakers have approximately $67 million locked in for 3 players alone in ’12-13, which brings them over the current salary cap already (the CBA negotiations don’t help the cause either).

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  • Kobe Bryant’s Bad Day
  • Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol Postgame Sound
  • Phil Jackson on Giving Birth?
  • The Zen Master doesn’t like X-mas games
  • Matt Barnes Freaks out via Twitter
  • An All NBA First Teamer wants to be a Laker?
  • FULL Lakers-Heat Preview
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Kobe Bryant was called for a charge, received two technicals in a row and was ejected with just over two minutes left in tonight’s game. As he exited off the court, he had some easily identifiable words for the officials that I’m unable to relay here. Maybe he was frustrated with the call. Maybe he was disappointed in the lack of effort from his team. At that point in the game, the Lakers were already losing big so what did it matter? Here’s what matters. The Milwaukee Bucks played without four major players. They’re one of the worst offensive teams in the league…and they just ran the defending champions out of their own home court. If the Lakers think they can cruise to the playoffs by merely showing up, they’ve got another thing coming. This loss wasn’t a poor officiating thing, or a bad shooting night thing. This loss was an effort thing and the Lakers had very little of it.

It’s time to stop hiding behind the “still early in the season” circumstance. We are a third into the season and this Lakers team looks nothing like their dominant adversaries, with the San Antonio Spurs sitting on just three losses, Boston with four and Dallas with five. They just didn’t seem to care today and they didn’t care to hide it. After going 6-1 on their most recent road trip and reminding everyone they were still the defending champions, the Lakers came home to Staples and made everyone quickly forget.

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The (21-7) Los Angeles Lakers are back at the Staples Center tonight to host the (10-16) Milwaukee Bucks. They’re coming off of highly successful 6-1 road trip. They’re solid 11-5 on the road, but have the NBA’s second fewest home games.

The Lakers have also played more road games than both of the Western Conference rivals San Antonio & Dallas; who have played 10.  The Lakers are currently behind both of the above mentioned teams in the Western Conference standings at this time. It’s still early in the season, this fact will change soon.

The Milwaukee Bucks have endured a rash of bumps and bruises like every team in the NBA, but their latest might prove to be their most devastating. Brandon Jennings; born in Compton, Milwaukee’s talented second-year point guard has a broken a bone in his foot and will miss up to six weeks.

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This is nothing too serious. He’s obviously not 100% yet, he needs time. He’ll shake this off.

L.A. Times: He still felt pain Monday and said his knee felt stiff during practice. “They tell me it’s just something I’m going to have to deal with,” said Bynum, who had cartilage repaired in his right knee in July.

There was no swelling in the knee, Bynum said, a key indicator that it might not be a big issue.

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Drew hurt himself but this is just rustiness for missing 24 games, nothing too serious.

L.A. Times: Bynum missed a left-handed layup in the fourth quarter but got the rebound and scored on a put-back for a 103-95 Lakers lead in the fourth.

That’s when he felt the pain.

“Actually, my knee is a little bit sore today,” Bynum said. “I kind of felt a little pain when I double-jumped when I missed the layup and I went back up with the rebound. But it will be all right. There is no swelling. I’ll just ice it all the way home and it should be good.”

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Oh Canada. They almost had it, didn’t they? But like the old saying goes, “almost” doesn’t count, unless you’re counting losses and Toronto can now add the latest to their growing tally.

It was a rare early Sunday game for the Lakers and it showed. Coming off a win in Philadelphia in which they did just enough to get out with a victory, L.A. came into Air Canada Arena knowing they were playing an undermanned team and knowing they’d finally be going home after the last buzzer. It took them all of the first quarter to finally come to, all thanks to the Laker reserves that provided energy, good plays and just downright smarts each time they hit the court.

With the Lakers behind 34-28 after the first quarter, the Killer B’s (momentarily infiltrated by Bynum), with the aid of Luke Walton, took the lead from Toronto and never looked back. Walton, in his most productive game this season, had nine points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in just over 14 minutes of play. Despite his four turnovers, Walton did what he does best – move the ball and run the offense.

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The cold tour and six-game road trip comes to a close this morning and the (20-7) Los Angeles Lakers are in the provincial capital of Ontario and Canada’s largest city Toronto, and in they’re only appearance at the Air Canada Centre to face the (10-17) Raptors.

The Lakers won’t have time to visit the CN Tower; the world’s tallest freestanding structure or Toronto’s majestic castle, Casa Loma. This is still a business trip.

The Purple and Gold, winners of four in a row, have an opportunity to post a six win-one loss record on this extended road trip.

The Lake Show dispatched the Sixers, 93-81, in a game that started off as a sloppy horrible shooting mess that had more than one patron asking another to confirm that they actually paid to see this. Both teams combined to miss the first nine shots of the game. One day after, the gymnasium dedication Kobe treated the Philly faithful to his lowest scoring total of the season in a rare off-night. Fortunately, Lamar Odom and Matt Barnes stepped up and saved the Lakers. Odom ignited a fourth quarter explosion that decided the game.

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Bad passes leading to broken fingers, the team needs to fix that up. This is nothing big for the Mamba though.

L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant suffered a sprained right pinkie finger Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

X-rays on the finger, taken after the Lakers’ 93-81 victory, were negative.

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Turnovers, air balls and runs – oh my! What a sloppy, sloppy game this started out to be. The Sixers started 0-10 in the first quarter, and then started 0-7 in the second quarter. The Lakers led 12-4 to begin the game, then continuously turned the ball over and got behind by three points after the first 12 minutes. Kobe Bryant’s hand was smacked during play and swelled up so much that trainer Gary Vitti had to tape it up (not that Bryant kept the protective wrapping on). Pau Gasol was arguing with an official about a foul committed on him instead of running back on defense, and as a result, the Sixers scored on a fast break. It just wasn’t pretty – none of it…until the final quarter.

The Lakers were going to win this game. Despite the negligent ball-handling in the first half (nine turnovers), and lead after lead turning into deficits, there was no way the visitors were going to give this game away with just one more game left on this long road trip after tonight. Forget a bad shooting night from Kobe Bryant (9 points on 3-11) AND Pau Gasol (19 points on 6-14). Someone else called himself to lead this team this evening and boy was he ever ready to take charge!

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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.