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Well if the Zen Master says so…

ESPN: While two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference worked on major (Cleveland acquiring Antawn Jamison) and somewhat minor (Boston involved in Nate Robinsondiscussions) moves Wednesday, the best team in the West, the Los Angeles Lakers, remain satisfied standing pat.

When Lakers coach Phil Jackson was asked if he’s had any discussions with general manager Mitch Kupchak about new trade offers on the table, he said the conversations have been about other teams in the league and not the Lakers as Thursday’s 12 noon PT NBA trade deadline draws near.

“Not us,” Jackson said. “We don’t seem to have anything going on in our arena. Everything seems to be going on everywhere else, so we just talk about that.”

Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who was traded from Memphis to Los Angeles close to the trade deadline two seasons ago, said that all of the trade speculation hasn’t seeped its way into the L.A. locker room despite the fact that Lakers reserves Sasha Vujacic and Adam Morrison have been rumored to be on the block in a three-team deal with Chicago and Portland that would bring the Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich to Los Angeles.

“On our team there’s been talk about a player or two being moved but I guess there’s always teams calling at this time of year about players and then calling back and seeing what they got and see if that’s of interest to you,” Gasol said. “It’s just part of the business and part of our league.”

Continue reading ‘Phil: Lakers have no trade plans’

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The Lakers return to business, and so does L.W.O. Radio, with a brand new special 2010 NBA All-Star Edition!

Join G-Small as he takes you back through the historical NBA All-Star weekend in Dallas. The stars come out for this episode, as Kobe ‘Beans’ Bryant, LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, and even Rev. Jesse Jackson take time to join L.W.O. Radio!

We also get you caught up on the Lakers 4th win in a row over Ronny Turiaf and his Golden State Warrior. Why is Paul Pierce trying to clown G-Small? And what Lakers player is mediating the new Shaq beef?

G-Small had access all weekend, and you won’t get this inside coverage anywhere else.

Tune in to L.W.O. Radio #7!

Also be sure to check out G-Small’s pictures from his 2010 NBA-All Star Weekend adventure!

Transcript

  • Lakers Wrap-Up -2:25
  • Paul Pierce -15:39
  • Kevin Durant – 17:21
  • LeBron James – 17:56
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson – 19:20
  • Kobe Bryant – 19:50
  • Kobe Bryant – 21:35
  • Kobe Bryant & Dwight Howard – 23:22

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Download Link: Lakers World Order Radio – Episode #7

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Ron has had a roller coaster season with the Lakers. Hopefully things improve come playoffs.

L.A. Times: Assuming the Lakers don’t make any trades, their main difference from last season will remain forward Ron Artest, whose season can only be characterized as up and down.

He was averaging 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists before Tuesday’s game against Golden State. He obviously isn’t the Lakers’ first or second option, but he hasn’t averaged so few points since the 2001-02 season, hasn’t averaged so few rebounds since 2000-01 and hasn’t averaged so few assists since 2005-06.

“Ron is kind of like an X-factor out there,” Jackson said. “Some nights he’s killing it. He’s been very effective. Other nights, he’s hurt the team.”

Before Tuesday, Artest was shooting only 42.4% from the field and 68.2% from the free-throw line.

The Lakers, however, didn’t sign him to a five-year deal to watch him score.

“One thing we’ve been happy with is his defense,” Jackson said. “His defense has been an effective opportunity for us to limit our help [defense] and limit how much we have to go over and shade the area he’s guarding.”

Continue reading ‘Ron Artest: Fitting in still in progress’

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Well this settles it.

L.A. Times: It’s the busiest week of the regular season, the cellphone-minute-burning, deal-making period from the All-Star game to the trade deadline.

The Lakers have been making and taking calls, but they’re still not expected to be big players before the Thursday noon deadline.

The Lakers and Chicago Bulls are at a stalemate in talks for reserve guard Kirk Hinrich. The Bulls want to part with Hinrich’s contract (two more seasons after this for a total of $17 million), but they will take back only expiring contracts. The Lakers, definitely conscious of how far they are over the luxury tax, have an expiring contract of note in Adam Morrison ($5.3 million) but they want the Bulls to also take Sasha Vujacic, who has one more season at $5.5 million.

The Bulls have turned their attention to other teams, leaving only a small chance of a trade with the Lakers. Hinrich, 29, was averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 assists coming into Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are well aware of what Dallas has done and what Cleveland might be doing with its roster. The Cavaliers have been rumored to acquire one of several power forwards: Indiana’s Troy Murphy, Washington’s Antawn Jamison or Phoenix All-Star Amare Stoudemire.

“We pay attention to it,” Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. “If Stoudemire gets traded, that’s going to affect us.”

As in, Cleveland will be tough to catch for the league’s best regular-season record.

Dallas, however, didn’t do so well in its first game with newcomers Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, acquired last week from Washington. The Mavericks lost to Oklahoma City, 99-86, with Butler scoring 13 points.

Continue reading ‘Lakers probably won’t trade players’

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Shannon Bryant, err… I mean Brown came through tonight against the Golden State Warriors as Kobe missed his fourth consecutive game.

Against an explosive Warrior team, the Lakers needed plenty of offense and Brown led the way with 27 points for our Lakers. Every Lakers player starter hit double figures, which was a must tonight as they really only rotated 8 players.

The key tonight was the Lakers perimeter defense as they held the Warrior guards Corey Maggette and Stephen Curry to a combined 9 of 37 shooting!

The Lakers also out rebounded the Warriors 53 to 36 mostly due to Lamar’s 18 off the bench.

Biedren’s was never really a factor tonight as he was in foul trouble all night long. It was a really sloppy games on both ends, but the Lakers great defense helped hide their 19 turnovers.

Now, the bests of the day…

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The (41-13) Los Angeles Lakers are back to work and hosting the (14-37) Golden State Warriors.

The Purple and gold did an excellent job of finishing off the first half of the season, and went into the All-Star break making a strong statement without Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum.

After the All-Star break the Warriors appear to be more banged up than the Lakers. However, you can’t forget that this team beat Dallas with only six active players earlier in the season.

If he is able to go, tonight’s game will mark another Kobe Bryant milestone with his 1,000th game; he would also break the NBA record set by Kevin Garnett and become the youngest player to play 1,000 NBA games.

Andrew Bynum will also attempt a return from injury and play tonight.

There has been a lot of talk around town about moving Bynum which doesn’t make a lot of sense when you realize that despite his injuries he is only 22 years of age and has a lot of basketball ahead of him.

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ESPN: Kobe Bryant won’t play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, a team source told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.

Bryant participated in a full practice Monday after missing the Lakers’ last three games and the All-Star Game while recovering from a high left ankle sprain, but his condition has appeared to worsen a day after the workout on the ankle.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson told reporters Monday that Bryant looked rusty, but didn’t make any reference to the ankle possibly still bothering the Lakers guard.

“[Bryant] hasn’t played in two weeks, so there’s a lot of things that he was trying out and trying to figure out [such as] passes that went awry and shots that he was reluctant to shoot, but he’ll come, he’ll come [around],” Jackson said.

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Sasha looks like he wants to stay but so far, it doesn’t look like it will happen.

O.C. Register: The first practice after the All-Star break had ended Monday afternoon, and Sasha Vujacic started shooting.

And shooting and shooting and shooting.

Ron Artest sat on the basket standard where Vujacic was shooting and waited for Vujacic to finish. Artest wanted to get his extra shooting in – with the rebounding assistance of the Lakers’ locker-room attendant, who was busy rebounding for Vujacic.

So Artest watched Vujacic for awhile. Then Artest sat there and stared into space. Artest began studying the tape on his fingers. Eventually, Artest just muttered to himself, “C’mon, Sasha.”

This is the gym-rattiness that could be anotherNBA team’s by noon Thursday, the trading deadline. Vujacic is the player the Lakers would most like to unload – working under the assumption that trading Luke Walton, his bad back and the remaining $21.5 million remaining on his contract is unimaginable.

The thing about this world of trades is that Vujacic more likely will remain a Laker – and the Lakers might well come back around to needing Vujacic to win another NBA championship.

While Mitch Kupchak works the phones, Vujacic is powerless except to shoot and shoot and shoot … and hope he stays. He’s a guy who wore a purple “U Can’t Beat LA, fool” T-shirt in Portland and said it was given to him by “David” – and I wasn’t sure if he meant Beckham or Arquette, because Vujacic has become friends with both. (It’s Arquette, who has a new clothing line.)

“I’m a Laker and I’m proud of it,” Vujacic said. “There are ups and downs. This year, I didn’t play as much. If opportunity knocks at the door this second part of the season and I play now, I’m ready and I’m excited. But whatever comes within the next couple of days, we can’t control that.”

The Lakers’ interest in Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich is well known. Hinrich possesses a rare blend of headiness and grittiness, and he has defensive gusto to have held up pretty well even against Kobe Bryant. Of Hinrich’s field-goal attempts, an inordinate amount are jumpers – suggesting great success with all the open looks produced by the triangle offense.

He doesn’t create much offense for others but doesn’t make many bad passes, much like Derek Fisher at his best. Hinrich is quicker than you think (and obviously quicker than Fisher). He’s also 29, so he should be in his prime.

Continue reading ‘Sasha can help Lakers here… or there’

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Another milestone for Kobe Bryant. It seems like it was just yesterday he played his first game.

Tonight, Kobe Bryant will accomplish yet another milestone. This one however, will break Kevin Garnett’s record and set another NBA record. Kobe Bryant will become the youngest player in NBA history to play 1,000 games, at 31 years and 177 days.

Kevin Garnett had previously set the record against the Chicago Bulls on November 2nd, 2008 and set the record at 32 years and 178 days. So Kobe Bryant broke the record by approximately a year.

Kobe made a name for himself for hitting big shots. Everytime Kobe sticks the dagger into the hearts of the opponent, they are left petrified after given the glare from the killer deep within him. That killer instinct has helped Kobe through out his career, hitting 4 game winners in this season alone.

This is a great accomplishment for the Mamba considering that he had brought his A-game since his arrival into the NBA and that brought him the successes of 4 championship rings, all of them accomplished last decade, which also helped name him the NBA Player of the Decade.

He had been derailed a few times in the 2005-2006 season and since then only missing 3 games due to injury. That means that he played 3 full seasons, post seasons and also had Team USA commitments. He has also battled through so many injuries this season that would have the ordinary player sit out a week or two. But as we all know, Kobe is not the ordinary player.

Jerry West had a lot to say about Kobe Bryant but the main part of what he said was “He’s not even close to being done.” As good as that sounds to the Laker fans, only time will tell. Jerry West was the reason the Lakers traded for the 17-year old Kobe Bryant who was fresh out of Lower Merion High School. This is what he said about the expectations he had:

He was so gifted for a young kid. He just needed to learn to tune his game down a little bit and I understand the new offense in the game and not go too fast and when you watch him play, this is a consummate professional. He’s one of the few people that at this point of my life, I’ve seen so many professional games, he’s one player I’d pay to see every night.

Congratulations Kobe, another 1,000 games would be great if you don’t mind.

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Here is an interesting tidbit on Nate Robinson; who listed the Lakers as a possible team he’d approve a trade too.

N.Y. Daily News: Nate Robinson would only agree to a trade if it means him ending up with the Lakers, Celtics or Magic. With Robinson currently on a one-year contract, he has veto power over any trade.

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Blazers want no part of Sasha? Well Minnesota looks like it does.

Bleacher Report: If the Los Angeles Lakers are going to make a play for Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, they will have to find another team to facilitate the deal for the versatile defender.

The Portland Trailblazers have decided against taking on the contract of guard Sasha Vujacic and reportedly have dropped negotiations.

Despite strong efforts by the Lakers front office to obtain Kirk Hinrich by sending out players Adam Morrison and Sasha Vujacic, the Lakers could not persuade neither the Bulls nor the Trailblazers to take on additional salary in Vujacic’s contract, who will make $5.5 million throughout 2011.

The Bulls refused to receive any contracts that would jeopardize their summer cap space. Moreover, the general feeling communicated to Lakers management by the Portland Trailblazers was that they do not need the services of the Slovenian guard.

With trade negotiations between the Lakers and Bulls hitting a stalemate, the Lakers front office is likely to stand pat at this year’s Feb. 18 trade deadline if they cannot find a third team to take on an unwanted contract. Lakers owner Jerry Buss is very reluctant to acquire a player that would place additional financial obligations to the luxury taxpaying, defending champion Lakers unless they can remove one of their long-term contracts in Walton or Vujacic.

With that being said, keep an eye out for the Minnesota Timberwolves. As reported by Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves are in play for Chicago Bulls athletic forward Tyrus Thomas.

However, with Portland out of the picture, one source indicates that the Lakers plan on reaching out to Minnesota to assist in a three-team deal.

Should Minnesota be willing to facilitate a trade, the parameters, as proposed by Lakers management, would be as followed: The Los Angeles Lakers would receive guard Kirk Hinrich, the Minnesota Timberwolves would receive forward Tyrus Thomas and guard Sasha Vujacic, and the Chicago Bulls would receive the expiring contracts of Adam Morrison, Brian Cardinal, and Sasha Pavlovic, as well as draft considerations.

Continue reading ‘Lakers-Blazers-Bulls Deal Collapses, Minnesota in Play’

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The 2011 NBA All-Star Game returns to Los Angeles after only 7 years. The festivities begin in 368 days, too soon to start thinking about the game, weekend, parties, and all else that comes? Arash Markazi writes…

ESPN: The adage in Los Angeles is that everyone needs a car and anything worth seeing is 30 minutes from downtown. But next year, when the city hosts NBA All-Star weekend, the longest trip anyone might have to make from hotels to events and parties is across the street.

The 60th NBA All-Star Game will be played next year at Staples Center, with the NBA All-Star Jam at the adjacent Los Angeles Convention Center. The recently built L.A. Live, a 4 million-square-foot, $2.5 billion complex across the street, includes a Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott and more than a dozen restaurants, bars, clubs and theaters.

The only reason to leave downtown Los Angeles during next year’s All-Star Weekend might be to soak in the sun-kissed twists and turns of the Pacific Coast Highway or visit Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland. It will be a far cry from Dallas, where American Airlines Arena was a 10-minute drive from the media hotel, the Dallas Convention Center was a 15-minute ride and Cowboys Stadium was a 30-minute trip without traffic. That was, of course, for those who actually made it to Dallas after a snowstorm delayed and canceled hundreds of flights into the city.

Continue reading ‘L.A. knows how to party like an All-Star’

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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.