Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The Lakers fans grassroots campaign’s have paid off. Shannon is officially in!

NBA.com: Defending champ Nate Robinson of the Knicks, the Bobcat’s Gerald Wallace, the Lakers’ Shannon Brown and the Dunk-In winner (either DeMar DeRozan or Eric Gordon) will compete in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night in Dallas on Feb. 13. The Lakers’ Shannon Brown is riding a populist wave of grassroots support to earn his inclusion in the dunk contest. LetShannonDunk.com was created by fans to support L.A.’s high-flyer.

Now we will watch our boy take home to the dunk title! After all, he is Shannon “Cannon” Brown…

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This is an amazing stat and one that should tell us they truly are calm, collective and experienced.

Daily News: The Lakers are 31-0 this season when holding a lead in the fourth quarter of games. They are the only team in the league to have avoided squandering a fourth-quarter lead. No other team has less than four losses after holding a fourth-quarter lead.

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Phil talks about Bynum and Howard; two of the best centers in the league.

L.A. Times: Lakers center Andrew Bynum has a nice repertoire of offensive moves.

He has a smooth, still developing offensive game.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is a more physical, low-post offensive player.

His game is about dunking.

On the surface, it appears as if Bynum has a more advanced offensive game than Howard, who is generally considered the best center in the NBA.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, however, doesn’t put much stock in that theory.

“It’s a difference in just their physical makeup,” said Jackson, who gave his team Saturday off. “I think ‘Drew has great hands, great shooting touch, [but] doesn’t have that strength and quickness that Howard has, that physical makeup.”

Bynum and Howard test their skills against each other when the Lakers host the Magic at Staples Center on Monday.

It’ll be the first time the two teams will have played against each other since the Lakers defeated the Magic in the NBA Finals in five games.

Continue reading ‘Dwight Howard, Lakers’ Andrew Bynum ‘just different,’ Phil Jackson says’

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Despite some struggles, Phil continues to inform us why Fish is so valuable to this Lakers squad; and I agree.

Daily News: Derek Fisher hasn’t played big minutes this season, which is just as Lakers coach Phil Jackson planned. Fisher has averaged 27 minutes per game through the season’s first 40 contests, which actually might be a little more than Jackson wanted.

Fisher’s minutes and his scoring are down slightly from last season, but Jackson has made it clear the veteran point guard remains an important part of the Lakers’ makeup. Fisher is averaging 7.0 points, down from 9.9 points in 29.8 minutes in 2008-09.

Jackson said he has no plans to remove Fisher from key situations, however.

“Obviously, we play really well when he’s on the floor, because he’s got a knowledge of how we want to play at critical times, getting off the gun, starting

He scored only four points on 2-for-5 shooting, but had eight rebounds and six assists in less than 20 minutes.

He also played strong defense against Baron Davis, his Clippers counterpart. He goaded Davis into a flagrant-1 foul when he and Pau Gasol trapped Davis along the sideline. Davis swung one elbow at Fisher and then struck Gasol.

Jackson later praised Fisher for his rebounding.

“The game ball went to Fisher, to be honest with you,” Jackson said.

Continue reading ‘PJax: Veteran guard Fisher still important’

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It appears the Lakers may be interested in Nate:

Yahoo! Sports: The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams who have expressed some interest in New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson, league sources said. Robinson’s base-year status, however, makes it difficult for any trade and the Knicks are said to be reluctant to ship Robinson to an Eastern Conference team, further complicating the Celtics’ efforts to land him.

The Memphis Grizzlies also have shown interest in Robinson, but the feeling, for now, isn’t mutual. Robinson can veto any trade and doesn’t appear eager to move to Memphis.

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This should make EVERY Lakers/NBA fan very happy!

O.C. Register: “The best player on the planet,” as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called Kobe Bryant late Wednesday night, can’t wait to make the Earth move some more in 2010 and ’12.

Bryant said Wednesday night he is willing to commit to play for USA Basketball in 2010 at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London, where Bryant expects to go for the gold again.

“The chance to represent your country, that’s not even a thought-process for me,” Bryant said Wednesday. “If they want me to be on it, I’m all game.”

Bryant’s words should stabilize the U.S. ship at a time when many of Bryant’s teammates from the 2008 Olympic gold-medal team are choosing to be future international men of mystery.

USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo wants to bring back his best players for 2010, because if the U.S. can win the world championship, it would avoid playing in an Olympic qualifying tournament in 2011 and could rest its top guns that summer.

The two other leading weapons on the recent U.S. team, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, are uncertain about 2010. Both might be navigating NBA free agency that summer if they opt out of their current contracts with Cleveland and Miami, respectively.

But Bryant, who can opt out of his Lakers contract this summer, suggested an intention to remain a Laker with his unsolicited quip about facing off with Lakers teammate Pau Gasol for the 2010 world championship.

“Plus, I want to give Pau a chance to avenge his defeat,” Bryant said with a smile about future international competition.

Continue reading ‘Bryant eager to join Team USA in 2010, ’12’

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Glad to hear it.

ESPN: Bryant then proceeded to take issue with the idea that the recent report from the New York Post’s Peter Vecsey about a potential Andrew Bynum-for-Chris Bosh swap will send young ‘Drew into one of his funks — “I won’t let that happen, either,” Kobe says — before finally finding some humor in a question about his own future.

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L.A. Times: This time, the Lakers played with a purpose against the Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center in their home game.

This time, the Lakers played harder than the Clippers.

The 40-point victory was the largest margin of the season for the Lakers.

With four Lakers starters scoring in double figures and with the return of Pau Gasol, the Lakers took control of this game in the third quarter and got a measure of revenge after the Clippers had beaten them by 11 points last week when the teams last played each other.

Gasol, who had been out for six games with a strained left hamstring, had 20 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes. He was four-for-10 shooting from the field and 12 of 12 from the free-throw line.

Kobe Bryant, who played the last two games with back spasms, had 30 points on 10-for-20 shooting,.

Andrew Bynum had 20 points on eight-for-13 shooting.

Continue reading ‘Lakers rout the Clippers by 40 points in Gasol’s return’

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The (30-9) Lakers resume the hallway series against the cross town rival (17-20) Clippers. The teams have split they’re previous two games in the four game season series.

If all goes well All-Star power forward Pau Gasol will return to action, although it appears that Clippers Center Chris Kaman is saddled with a back injury that might cause him to miss a third straight game. As unfortunate as it is, the Lakers need to continue to attack this team in the painted area.

Injuries are unfortunate, but are a major part of professional sports. Both teams have dealt with them and injuries will be a factor in tonight’s match up.

The Lakers got a split in their annual Texas two-step road trip on back-to-back nights by beating the Mavericks and ruining Dirk Nowitzki’s record breaking night and setting their own record by being the first NBA franchise with 3,000 wins.

The best part about the victory was that it was a solid team win with everyone contributing, the continued solid production of Andrew Bynum, and as well seeing the entire team in ‘go’ mode, stepping up knowing that their leader Kobe Bryant was literally gutting it out and playing through a series of injuries. It was also great to see that all three players of the Lakers front line had double-doubles.

I believe that this will carry over into this game. The Clippers outplayed the Lakers in the previous game, but the Purple and Gold clad warriors will make the necessary adjustments to avoid a second loss to their cross-town rivals in a 10-day span.

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SportingNews: A post came across from the Nike Basketball Blog this morning touting the Shannon Brown id Slam Dunk Design Contest. So, one would assume you’ve got to be in the dunk contest to have this thing for fans.

The Contest starts on or about 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time (“PST”) on January 15, 2010 and goes through 12:00 am (PST) on January 18, 2010 (the “Entry Period”). Contestants are required to visit http://go.nike.com/02gee2ll and customize a Kobe V iD for Shannon Brown to consider wearing during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. Upon the completion of their design, contestants must take a screen grab of their design and upload to the fan photo gallery on Nike Basketball’s Facebook Fan Page (http://www.facebook.com/nikebasketball). Contestants can upload their design by simply posting their photo on the Nike Basketball Facebook Fan Page Wall.

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Kobe is one tough S.O.B… but we knew that.

ESPN: Kobe Bryant knows what people are saying.

He knows what kinds of questions he’s going to get every night from the media pests.

He hears it all and, as always, refuses to listen.

“If I can walk, I’m playin’,” Bryant said late Wednesday night, hobbling down the hallway at American Airlines Center at a strained post-game speed more commonly associated with his brittle coach.

“You know that.”

Even walking is a chore for No. 24 these days, but Bryant had zero trouble convincing Phil Jackson to let him play against the Mavs less than 24 hours after back spasms knocked Kobe out of the previous night’s loss at San Antonio.

He’s been struggling for weeks with a mangled index finger on his shooting hand and has suddenly been forced to start stealing from Steve Nash’s playbook, as seen in Dallas when Bryant spent the entire second quarter laid out on towels near the Lakers’ bench. Yet he reacts with Raja Bell-level “I don’t know this kid” indignation when someone has the temerity to ask: Why not just take a week or two off to let your body heal for the long run?

“Why would I want to do that?” Bryant says.

Continue reading ‘Battered and aching, Kobe stays steady on bumpy ride’

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The Lakers have been banged up with injuries to Pau, Ron-Ron, and even The Black Mamba but things could be a lot worse, as the Lakers still hold the league’s best record, and get back one of the best big men in the game tonight against the Clippers.

Voice of the Nation has landed another exclusive interview; you may know him as what Marv Albert so famously coined him “The Czar”. Current NBA on TNT analyst and former NBA coach Mike Fratello joins the guys on the Voice of the Nation Hotline.

The guys also discuss their thoughts on the season thus far, play voicemails, and someone else surprises them by calling into the Voice of the Nation Hotline. Who is it? Well you have to listen to find out!

The number one Lakers related podcast on the net continues to be the best spot for Lakers coverage on the globe. So listen already!

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The Lakers Nation and KB24.com have teamed up to give a lucky fan a chance to attend Nike Live with Kobe Bryant this Saturday!

Get to know 24 on and off the court and hear from the man himself about his newest signature shoe that is the lowest and lightest basketball shoe ever: Nike Zoom Kobe V.

Kobe will be taking questions from his fans all over the world, and he’ll answer them live on stage during the event.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Kobe Bryant moment and why. We’ll pick the best (and most compelling) answer! Contest ends Friday at 12:00 noon, PST.

UPDATE: We would like to thank all the fans who participated in our Nike Live ticket contest. We had a lot of great entries, and a lot of great stories.

Congratulations to Sean Estrada for winning a pair of VIP passes for today’s Kobe Bryant event. The man had a very good story, but to top it all off, he included a YouTube example.

We’ll have more contests for you all in the future! If you didn’t win, you can still participate in today’s Nike Live — the event will be streaming live on Facebook.

Click here for more details on the event!

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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.