Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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(@LakersReporter) – Lakers new Twin Towers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(@LakerNation) Busiest Media Day we’ve ever been part of. It’s a jungle out here.

(@KamPashai) Kobe said I “look fresh today.” Definitely that new Irish Spring I’m using.

(@LakerNation) When asked where his health is, Dwight says that’s a new feature on the upcoming iPhone 6. A health percentage meter.

(@LakerNation) Dwight Howard had some trouble with the teleprompter typo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(@DavidjBrickley) Lakers new and improved starting 5 (via @Team_KB24)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(@LakerNation) Dwight Howard getting media shots in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(@LakerNation) Swarm around Kobe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(@KamPashai) Lakers Media Day @ Lakers Practice Court #Lakers Media Day

 

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We’re at Lakers Media Day 2012. We’ll keep you posted here with tidbits — follow @LakerNation for quickest updates.

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For the Lakers, the rich keep getting richer. After acquiring both Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to their starting lineup this season, the Lakers had initially believed that Howard would be out for the beginning of the season following his back surgery in April. However, video of Howard working on post moves and this most recent report by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski say otherwise:

Howard is determined to play against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30 at Staples Center, and his progress in recent weeks has strengthened the possibility, sources said.

Howard has privately indicated his back has returned to 85 percent strength, sources said. He had surgery for a herniated disc in April and still needs doctor’s clearance to engage in full training-camp activities with the Lakers. Los Angeles opens its training camp Tuesday.”

Howard is still a few steps away from regular-season action, as his workout regimen has not included full contact or scrimmages in the past couple of weeks. Still though, the possibility of sending out the fully-revamped Lakers lineup for opening night must be a salivating thought for Lakers fans.

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ESPN has finally completed the 2012 NBA Player Rankings, and Dwight Howard received top honors for the Lakers at #3 behind only LeBron and Durant. Kobe moved up one spot from last year and is ranked #6. Gasol dropped 4 spots from last year and is ranked #15, while Nash dropped 5 spots from last year and is ranked #19.

Overall, 4 of the top 19 players in the NBA are starting for the purple and gold.

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For those of you who are itching to see the new-look Lakers this coming season, it looks like we already have a sneak peak of what’s to come. Check out this short clip via LakersTwitter of new Lakers center Dwight Howard practicing some post moves on Lakers assistant coach Darvin Ham:

Judging from the video, it looks like the back isn’t doing too bad…

As a bonus, check out 0:16 of the video, where you can see longtime former Laker Derek Fisher working out with the team in scrimmages. Don’t get too excited of the idea of Fisher back in the Purple & Gold, however – due to current CBA rules, Fisher would not be able to rejoin the Lakers until March of next year.

 

 

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Before official training camps could even begin, the Lakers already have an injury to their bench. Backup point guard Steve Blake will be out for approximately three weeks after stepping on a “spike strip” in a parking lot, puncturing his foot in the process.

We’ll keep you up to date as any additional information surfaces regarding Blake’s injury.

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Kevork Djansezian | Getty Images Sport

I’d like for everyone to take a step back and look at the team that Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak have currently constructed, and, with a bit of introspection, ask yourself if this Lakers team will be raising the Larry O’Brien Trophy next June.

This isn’t a question to bait an avalanche of pitchfork-wielding Lakers fans to leave a slew of hateful comments. The roster itself, particularly the starting five, is one of the greatest teams ever assembled in terms of accolades. Rather, it’s an honest question that, judging from the build of our roster, should be considered when viewing this Lakers team as a title contender: When you sit down and look through the names on this Lakers roster, has there ever been an NBA team with more psychological baggage or intriguing question marks at every starting position?

The starting point guard, having never won a title during his 16 years in the league, is joining the team of his longtime Pacific Division rival. At 38 years of age, can Steve Nash stay healthy without the much-revered presence of the Phoenix Suns training staff? Further, will Nash be able to lead a Lakers offense, one where the ball has been run through the shooting guard since the late 1990s?

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The Lakers have locked up another Odom.

Earlier today, the Lakers announced the signing of second-round pick Darius Johnson-Odom. Terms of the signing were not released.

Johnson-Odom, who played four years at Marquette, was acquired in a draft night trade from the Dallas Mavericks for cash. The 6-2 shooting guard averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 105 career games at Marquette, leading his team in scoring (18.3 ppg) during his senior year.

In this year’s NBA Summer League action, Johnson-Odom averaged 3.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists coming off the bench. Johnson-Odom’s best performance of the summer came in a 84-72 loss to the Sacramento Kings on July 19th, where Johnson-Odom put up nine points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

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As reported by Kurt Helin at NBC Sports, PG/SG Leandro Barbosa is being recruited by Lakers PG Steve Nash to join the team.

Barbosa:  “Among others, I’m talking with Phoenix, the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Steve Nash even texted me because he wants me there.”

Lakers currently have close to $100 million payroll, so the most the team might be willing to offer is the veteran minimum.

Barbosa averaged 11.1 points per game last season with Toronto & Indiana and recently played in the 2012 Olympics for Brazil.

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According to Kevin Ding of the OC Register, Howard visited the practice facility in El Segundo and had his first hands-on session with Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti and head physical therapist Judy Seto.

Howard had spinal surgery back in April and is expected to make a full recovery.

Whether he is ready for opening night, Oct 30 against the Dallas Mavs, is still to be determined.

However, one thing is for certain: both Laker Nation and Dwight Howard cannot wait for the time Superman can officially wear the golden armor in STAPLES.

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According to Lakers.com, the Lakers have officially hired Eddie Jordan, Steve Clifford and Bernie Bickerstaff to assist Head Coach Mike Brown this upcoming season.

Eddie Jordan (pictured above) will be the face of the Lakers implementation of the Princeton offense.  He will be taking over the role of Coach Kuester, who has now been assigned as a scout on the East Coast.  Jordan was head coach for the Wizards from 2003-2009.

Steve Clifford will be a familiar face to Lakers new Center, Dwight Howard, as he spent the last 5 seasons as an assistant under Stan Van Gundy in Orlando. Clifford will be taking over the role of Quin Snyder, by game planning for teams and working with the offense and defense.

Bernie Bickerstaff will add his experience by adding his insight from a bird’s eye view. Bickerstaff will be focusing on the team as a whole, and will look to complement the talents of the rest of the coaching staff. Bickerstaff has 39 years of coaching experience.

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Lakers signed their second round, 60th pick from the 2012 Draft, F/C Robert Sacre.  Sacre averaged over 9 points per game at Gonzaga (11.6 as a senior), and was named 2012 WCC Defensive Player of the Year.

Sacre will be a big body for “Dwight Insurance” if his back isn’t ready to start the season.

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Earlier last week, Dwight Howard tweeted that he wanted to work with the NBA’s All time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Just a couple days later, the two of them finally met.

Dwight Howard’s Twitter (@DwightHoward): Just set down with @kaj33. Man God is so good. Was in tears. What a blessing. This is like a dream come true. Go Lakers. Me and @kaj33 together. For many years to come.

Kareem’s Twitter (@kaj33): #DwightHoward Great meeting you today – Laker Nation is in great hands for years to come. Now lets WIN a championship. #DwightHoward thankful to impart my knowledge to a highly-motivated, gifted, athlete with integrity and focus on the prize – a championship!

Laker Nation has to be excited at the potential of this long-term partnership.

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