Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Almost there Drew, take it one step at a time.

L.A. Times: “He’s running hard,” Jackson said of Bynum, whose rehab process has partly entailed running on ananti-gravity treadmill. “It looks like he’s about ready to do 100% load-bearing activity, which we think puts him on the court at the end of next week.”

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Here at TLN, we obviously love the Lakers, but we also follow and support L.A. sports as well. Going with that theme, we have teamed up with the L.A. Galaxy to give away some tickets to Sunday’s Galaxy vs. Sounders playoff game (6:30pm, Home Depot Center)!

For your first chance to win a pair of tickets, tell us how you experienced the Lakers thrilling Game 7 victory over the Celtics last season! Leave your story in the comments section below. We will be selecting a couple (2) of our favorite entries later this evening.

Stay tuned to TLN for more opportunities to win!

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With over 400 Facebook likes, Christina Van is the official winner of the TLN Jack-O-Lantern Contest, brought to you by Bisnar | Chase. Christina has won a pair of lower-level Lakers tickets to a regular season game this season. Congrats, Christina! We will be in touch with you this week.

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Stay tuned this week for your chance to win more great prizes from TLN, including tickets to this weekends L.A. Galaxy playoff game!

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With just under a minute left in the game, Kobe Bryant walked towards the bench, a round of cheers and applause filled the arena. This was not the Arco Arena of old, with crowds jeering, cow bells ringing and Vlade Divac flopping. The heyday of the Lakers-Kings rivalry has passed and now, instead of yelling profanities at Bryant, MVP chants greet him at the free throw line.

On a night where he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most minutes played in Lakers history, Bryant also put up his 17th career triple double, which deserved every cheer and chant, even on the road. And for the rest of his team, it was just another productive day at the office, showing all the young and hungry interns how and what they can and should aspire to be – the cream of the crop.

Riding a four-game winning streak, the Lakers arrived at the state capital on the tail end of election night, getting ready for their first back-to-back of the season against the young 3-1 Sacramento Kings.

The Lakers’ offense was seamless in the first quarter. They took an early 13-4 lead with Derek Fisher’s three-pointer, their third in the game at that point. Bryant was an active distributor, handing out 12 of the team’s 24 assists. He set up a beautiful backdoor lob for Pau Gasol (22 points on 7-15 and 11 rebounds, two assists). Then, to end the first half, Bryant rebounded a Kings’ miss and threw a long pass to Matt Barnes (nine points on 4-9, six rebounds, two assists) who laid it in at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 62-53 lead at the break.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in the state capital to face the Sacramento Kings.

After blowing out the Memphis Grizzlies, the Purple and Gold have won four straight games to start the season and are looking to extend that number to five tonight. The starters scored 74 points which was outstanding, but equally impressive the ‘renegades’ posted 50 points.

They were on fire and hitting on all cylinders against the Grizzlies; displaying tremendous offensive firepower and a strong defense. The Lakers led by 11 at the end of the first quarter and later extended that lead to 29. The game was actually over at halftime with the Lakers up 73-46; their highest scoring half since issuing the Clippers a thorough beat down on January 15th.

The match up of the Gasol brothers was fun to watch. For those people who thought that Pau would take it easy on Marc were proven wrong as he officially ended the competitive phase of this low-post battle by posterizing his brother with an emphatic reverse dunk.

Lamar Odom reached a milestone last night scoring his 11, 000th career point and became the 10th fastest player in NBA history to reach 11,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists.

The Lakers are facing a talented young Kings team. This team has come back from a deficit to win three of the four games they’ve played. The Lakers are averaging 114.8 points against the Kings and have won 13 of the last 16 games. The Lakers have also won their last three games at Arco Arena.

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So Kobe is playing, huh? I call the Dream Team winning Gold.

L.A. Times: The Lakers’ shooting guard green-lighted another run at the Olympics, committing to it Tuesday on Mike Krzyzewski’s Sirius XM radio show. Krzyzewski coaches Team USA and Duke.

“You guys want me there, I am there and I’m ready to defend,” Bryant said. “And then when you guys need me to put some points on the board I’ll do that too.”

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The Lakers are back at the Staples Center tonight hosting the Memphis Grizzlies. This is the first of 15 back-to-back games this season. Playing games with a minimal amount of rest between them can be difficult, but the Lakers will be up for the challenge.

Plus, it’s always great to see the Gasol brothers go at it.

Two brothers from Spain making it to the NBA, one a two-time champion, but both overcoming several obstacles and still having success is a great story. The story of how Pau became a Laker for draft picks and players including his brother Marc is always brought up and will unfortunately never go away when these teams meet.

Pau Gasol was named Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 25.3 points, 10.3 rebounds & five assists.

The Grizzlies are one of the league’s youngest teams with the average age of 24 years and 225 days. Sometimes this would be a good thing, however it doesn’t bode well for them when facing the veteran-laden Purple and Gold.

The Grizzlies back court has shown versatility and production. O.J. Mayo is a solid young player averaging 18 points per game. Mike Conley has shown that the light has come on and understands what he has to do as the lead guard averaging 15 points, 8.3 assists and a league leading 3.67 steals. Memphis recently locked up their point guard signing him to a contract extension worth $45 million over five years. Rudy Gay is the teams leading scorer averaging 23.6 points per game.

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Did we miss the adjustment period? The orientation? The grand tour? Because the Lakers, with all the new personnel on the roster, played like they’d been playing together for months. For a second or two, you could easily forget that the team is still missing its starting center, which speaks loads about the depth of this team. It is still just November, but the defending champions, four games into the season, appear focused and almost completely in sync (save the 19 turnovers of course). They led by as many as 29 points en route to their fourth win in a row.

The home team didn’t waste any time when the ball went up at center court. For 5 ½ minutes, they scored freely and from every which way, all the while keeping the Grizzlies to two measly points from two free throws made by Marc Gasol.

In the battle of the Catalan big men, tonight’s victor was big brother Pau Gasol. Recently named Western Conference Player of the week, Pau is many things his brother is not – smooth in his movements, extremely skilled and a walking double-double. Whether it’s bouncing an interior pass to Lamar Odom for a driving layup or going baseline for a one-handed reverse dunk of his own, Pau can absolutely do it all, which is what he has been asked to do. With Andrew Bynum still weeks from a return to the floor and with Bryant still recovering from surgery himself, Pau has been as dominant as he can be and the Lakers are 4-0 because of it. Tonight he finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.

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Pau earned this. He can be a serious contender for the MVP if he puts up numbers like these consistently.

NBA.com: The Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Tuesday, October 26, through Sunday, October 31.

Gasol led the Lakers to a perfect 3-0 week, averaging 25.3 points on .525 shooting from the field to go with 10.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Gasol opened the season with a 29-point effort in a home win over the Rockets. He also recorded a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds in a win over the Warriors on Sunday night.

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We have to admit, the Jack-O-Lantern pics that were submitted looked amazing! We collectively couldn’t decide on just one, so here’s the deal.

We have narrowed it down to four (4) finalists, and you guys will decide who wins! Hop on our Facebook page, check out the Jack-O-Lantern finalists album and ‘like’ your favorite submission. The picture with the most ‘likes’ at 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 3rd will win a pair of lower-level Lakers tickets for a game this season!

Thanks for participating and being a part of THE Lakers Nation!

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This is bad news for the rest of the league.

ESPN: Kobe Bryant is back at 100 percent. If you believe him.

Immediately after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 107-83 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Bryant told a FOX Sports West reporter during an interview shown on the Staples Center video board that he is all the way back from offseason surgery to his right knee and didn’t want to be asked about it again.

Bryant was later asked if his statement was accurate by reporters in the locker room and he stood by it.

“Yes, so leave me the hell alone about my [expletive] knee,” Bryant said.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson saw it another way.

“I’m pleased with the progress of Kobe, it looks like his offense is coming along,” Jackson said after Bryant scored 20 points on efficient 8 of 16 shooting. “Defensively he is still working on some things that he has to get done with his strength and base.

“He’s not 100 percent, but that’s nice of him to say it.”

Bryant did not care for Jackson’s assessment.

“I’m 100 percent, I don’t give a [expletive] what he says,” Bryant said with a laugh. “Leave me alone about my knee. I’m fine.”

Continue reading ‘Kobe: “I’m 100 percent”‘

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Congrats to Joseph Ennabi for winning our Coveroo contest! He correctly predicted that Shannon Brown and Steve Blake would combine for 17 points + assists in Friday’s victory over the Suns. You’ll be hearing from us soon, Joseph!

Thanks to everyone who participated – stay tuned with us right here on TLN, Facebook and Twitter for more chances to win some great prizes this week!

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The bench could use Luke. Not too many people create for their teammates like he does.

O.C. Register: Walton, who has missed the first two regular-season games, said that while he isn’t experiencing any more pain, he doesn’t expect to play until Tuesday’s home game against Memphis. “It feels good and I didn’t feel anything and as long as I don’t feel anything that means I’m making progress,” said Walton, who took part in Saturday’s practice and 3-on-3 game afterward.

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The Golden State Warriors didn’t know what hit ‘em in the first few minutes of tonight’s game. The ball went up, the clock started and suddenly they were down 14-2.

Going 5-5 from the field to begin, the Lakers’ starters played like the veteran bunch they are. A ball-fake into a layup from Derek Fisher (14 points on 5-6); Pau Gasol (26 points on 10-19) from 15 feet; a step-back fall-away from Kobe Bryant; one from downtown by Lamar Odom; and Ron Artest all over Monta Ellis.

With fellow backcourt scoring machine, Stephen Curry, out with an ankle injury, Ellis was left to do the lifting for the Warriors, but it turned out much too heavy to carry alone. Despite an 18-point contribution from Dorell Wright, who filled in for Curry, Ellis only managed 20 points for the game on 9-20 from the field courtesy of some bona fide Artest defense.

After the first quarter, the home team led 34-14. With the Lakers’ reserves on the floor, the Warriors went on a quick 11-0 run to start the second quarter, putting themselves within nine points. It didn’t take long, however, for the Lakers to increase the lead back to a more “comfortable” amount, bringing in most of the starters to end the half. Bryant caught a defensive rebound, threw the ball cross-court to a waiting Matt Barnes, who swiftly handed it to a running Gasol. Odom popped the ball from David Lee then scored on a one-man fastbreak and suddenly the lead was back to 19. After 24 minutes, the Lakers led 56-38 and Odom already had himself a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, not to mention four assists and a steal.

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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.