Monday, November 24, 2014
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Earlier this week it was announced that HOF Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would have a statue erected in Star Plaza this coming season.  The unveiling is expected to occur November 16, 2012 when the Lakers host the Phoenix Suns.

HOF Jamaal Wilkes will have his #52 jersey retired December 28, 2012 when the Lakers host the Portland Trailblazers. Wilkes played eight years with the Lakers (1977-1985) and won three NBA titles (1980, 1982, 1985).

Shaquille O’Neal will have his #34 jersey retired April 2, 2013 when the Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks. O’Neal played eight years with the Lakers (1996-2004) and won three NBA titles (2000, 2001, 2002). O’Neal was also Finals MVP during those championships.

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Although most Laker fans will point the blame to anything and everything when the Larry O’ Brien trophy isn’t in Los Angeles, Metta World Peace stated at the Voice Awards that the finger should be pointed at him.

Here is what World Peace had to say to Mark Medina over at the LA Times:

If we don’t win, kick me in the L4 or L5 nerve. That’s right below your buttocks”

Last season, World Peace had a nerve issue in his back which kept him out of shape and in pain most of the year until finally feeling better in April in which he averaged 14+ points per game.

I’m ready to be a part of something special… it’s not going to take me until April to be at that elite level.”

The last time World Peace put the pressure on the Lakers to win or blame him was his first year with the team in 2010. Lakers beat the Celtics in 7 games that year.

h/t Mark Medina – Follow him on Twitter.

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SF Devin Ebanks has officially re-signed with the Lakers. Ebanks tweeted “Officially signed my contract today!!! Back in Purple & Gold” – You can follow him @DevinEbanks3

SG Jodie Meeks has officially signed his two-year deal. Meeks tweeted “Jus signed! Officially a Laker!!” – You can follow him @Jmeeks20

 

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We know that you are hyped for the upcoming season.

Kobe, Dwight, Nash, and Gasol all on one team seems too good to be true.

Check out LD2K’s latest trailer as he gets you even MORE hyped for the upcoming Lakers season!

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Kobe Bryant had 13 points on Friday as Team USA (7-0) beat Argentina in the semi-finals to advance to Sunday’s Gold Medal game against Pau Gasol and Spain (5-2).

Bryant predicted the 2008 Gold Medal re-match against Spain before the Olympic games began. Even telling Lakers teammate Pau Gasol earlier this summer to “get ready for that silver medal.”

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Sources are reporting that Free Agent SG Jodie Meeks, 24,  has agreed to 2-year, $3M deal with the Lakers. The second year is a team option.

Meeks averaged 8.4 points per game last season with the 76ers and is a career 37% shooter from the arc.

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Before the trade was official. Shaquille O’Neal shared his thoughts a couple weeks ago on the rumors of Dwight Howard possibly coming to the Lakers:

I have three sons and I always tell them that if you want to call yourself big, then you have big shoes to fill,” O’Neal said. “Anybody who calls himself big has big shoes to fill. Right now, he’s off pace. He has to get himself on pace if he wants to call himself big.”

O’Neal’s comments are much more relevant now since Dwight Howard is officially a Laker.

h/t Mark Medina LA Times

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Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, and Earl Clark are officially Lakers. The NBA league office has approved the much discussed 4-team deal.

The Lakers have traded away Andrew Bynum, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga along with a future protected first round and 2015 2nd round draft pick.

Here are the details of the 4-team trade (via Yahoo Sports):

Los Angeles Lakers: Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark

Philadelphia Sixers: Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson

Denver Nuggets: Andre Iguodola

Orlando Magic: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, forward Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga and future protected first round and 2015 protected second round draft picks to Orlando

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports recently posted on Twitter that the Dwight Howard Trade is now official:

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According to Yahoo: Orlando, Los Angeles and Philadelphia had discussed a three-way deal, but needed a fourth team to take Iguodala and also provide Orlando with the necessary future draft picks, sources said. Denver joined the talks in the past week, sources said.

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Kobe Bryant recently took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the Dwight Howard trade:

Well, it looks like Superman has found a home. I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows what was a great season last year with an even better one next year. I know LA is excited about the deal and rightfully so. The Lakers landed a piece that will hopefully carry the franchise long after I’m gone. I have spoken to Dwight Howard already and we are locked and loaded to bring back the title. Wow, what a summer Jimmy and Mitch have had so far. Unreal! I’m focused on our semifinal game vs Argentina but I had to pause for a few to send you my thoughts, in case you were curious..

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The Dwightmare may finally be over.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein a 4-team deal between the Lakers, Magic, 76ers, and Denver Nuggets has been agreed to.

The deal sends Dwight Howard to the Lakers.

Here is the latest from ESPN.com:

A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will get Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will get Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.

In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.

Sources close to the process told Stein and ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that a trade call with the league office has been scheduled for Friday to secure the necessary NBA approval to make the deal official.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol had been in and out of talks, sources told Shelburne.

The proposed trade was originally reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Not all players, and details of the multi team trade have been confirmed.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports, the Lakers are in 4-way talks with the Magic, Nuggets and 76ers. Although nothing is imminent, the current framework of the deal would be:

Lakers: Dwight Howard, Al Harrington

Nuggets: Andre Iguodala

76ers: Andrew Bynum

Magic: Pau Gasol, Arron Affalo

The destination of all the players involved would change, but ultimately Dwight Howard would go to the Lakers – even if it costs LA both Bynum and Gasol.

 

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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.