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The Lakers ongoing pursuit of a point guard continues.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have contacted the Cleveland Cavaliers about acquiring 4-year point guard, Ramon Sessions:

The Lakers have an $8.9 million trade exception, acquired from the Dallas Mavericks for Lamar Odom, to absorb salary. Sessions makes $4.3 million this season, and has a player option for $4.6 million for the 2012-13 season.

After having his best season last year, averaging 13.3 points and 5.2 assists, Sessions is taking a back seat in Cleveland to number one overall pick Kyrie Irving. But despite the lesser role, he’s proven himself to be valuable option.

Wojnarowski goes on to mention that Cleveland may be interested in a few of Lakers on short term deals — Barnes, Murphy, Kapono, Caracter, and Ebanks all fit the bill.

Cleveland is interested in stockpiling draft picks in potential deals, sources said. Several teams have inquired about Sessions lately, front-office sources said. The Lakers have a handful of players on short-term deals who can’t be traded until March 1.

No deal is imminent, but it will be interesting to see how Lakers management handles the hole at the 1 spot.



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It’s a little more than pitiful that the Lakers just experienced their second win on the road this season in their ninth try. They also lost a large double-digit lead in the second half and had to hustle in the last quarter to pull out the victory. But as the old adage goes, a win is a win, especially on the road. If only they didn’t make it so hard to come by.

On the second game of a back-to-back, it wouldn’t have been a surprise had the Lakers’ energy and efficiency plummeted more so than they did against the Milwaukee Bucks, who were in this same position last night, but the Lakers were aggressive early on, led by the play of Pau Gasol. Gasol was on fire to start the game, hitting his first four shots before throwing up a miss. Against one of the hardest working players in the league, Kevin Love, and at times against the relatively less-skilled Nikola Pekovic, Gasol got what he wanted when he wanted it, and Andrew Bynum followed suit.

After a three-pointer by Kobe Bryant in the third quarter, the Lakers sat on a 77-60 lead, but in the final four minutes, the Minnesota Timberwolves surged through and managed to cut the lead to just five going into the fourth. The Wolves only shot 39% in the third, but the Lakers, after a 54% shooting first half, managed to shoot even worse, converting just eight field goals in 21 attempts for 38%.

Minnesota took the lead for the first time more than halfway through the fourth quarter after Michael Beasley tipped in a missed shot. It looked like the Lakers were setting up for another loss, but they came through in the end to secure the victory.

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The (11-9) Los Angeles Lakers have traveled to the land of 10, 000 lakes, Minnesota, a state bordering on Lake Superior and on Manitoba and Ontario, Canada to face the (9-10) Timberwolves. Minnesota is the most northerly of the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

The Lakers return home to Minneapolis where the franchise began in 1947 in the NBL. The Lakers, with George Mikan, won five championships calling Minneapolis, Minnesota home.

The travel sick Lakers put on another disappointing performance in Milwaukee lost to the Bucks and now has a record of 1-7 on the road. The Lakers dropped a game tailor-made for their strength, superior size in the low post. The loss further enforced the fact that the injury to Steve Blake has really hurt this team.

Coincidently it proves that this team is in need of another playmaker on the perimeter. The best way to handle the situation is to provide more minutes to Darius Morris, and ramp up the development of the trio of Morris, Andrew Goudelock and Devin Ebanks. The T-wolves are looking to snap a 15-game losing skid to the Lakers. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the T-wolves. The purple and gold have won seven-straight at the Target Center.

There are several local ties when the Lakers and T-wolves match up. T-wolves forwards Malcom Lee and Kevin Love played for UCLA. Kevin Love’s father, Stan Love, played 81-games for the Lakers in the 1973-1974 & 1974-1975 seasons. T-wolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol are both longtime members of the Spanish National team.

At the Target Center tonight, the Lakers are facing a talented young team on a two-game winning streak seeking to even their record. In Milwaukee, Kobe Bryant broke Jerry West’s franchise record for free-throw’s made and is four field goals shy of surpassing the captain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s team mark of 9,935.

The Lakers are seeking balance offensively with multiple players scoring in double digits. The Lakers have gone 14-straight games scoring under 100 points. The Lakers have to do a solid job defending the pick-and-roll play while avoiding the match up nightmare of a seven-footer defending a smaller faster guard.

It is imperative that the Lakers stop the dribble penetration of the guards, defend, control the tempo, and do a better job of boxing their men out and owning the boards. The Lakers have to take better control of the ball and limit their turnovers. It is imperative that the Lakers get back in transition and quickly rotate out to open shooters.

The Lakers bench has to come in a make an impact. The reserves will receive some open looks and have to knock down shots.

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Kobe Bryant might want to sit down a few of his teammates for one of his Kobe System seminars if the Lakers ever want to win a game away from Staples Center.

With the Milwaukee Bucks playing without center Andrew Bogut due to injury and missing Stephen Jackson due to suspension, it was likely that the Lakers, seemingly invigorated by their home win against the Clippers, would change this season’s theme of road futility against the 7-11 Bucks. But, despite leading for most of the first quarter during tonight’s game against the Bucks, the Lakers would fail to score 100 points for their 13 consecutive game, setting a franchise record during the shot-clock era in a tired 100-89 loss at the Bradley Center.

The only thing going for the Lakers on Saturday? Kobe Bryant, as always. Bryant would make six free throws to break Jerry West’s franchise record for free throws made of 7,160. Bryant is also three field goals short of tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise record of 9,935 for the Lakers, which Bryant will surely break in tomorrow’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Lakers’ loss on Saturday pushed them out of the top eight teams in the Western Conference at 11-9. The last time the Lakers had as poor a record after 20 games? The 2007-08 season after a December 9th win over the Golden State Warriors pushed the Lakers to their third straight win and to a 12-8 record, still better than what the Lakers have accomplished this year with both a healthy Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

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The (11-8) Los Angeles Lakers are in beer city, Milwaukee, Wisconsin to start their road trip against the (7-11) Bucks.

Milwaukee, parked majestically on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. Once known exclusively as a driving force in brewing and manufacturing has gone through a renaissance and has changed their image.

Visit Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin, today and you will have to take notice of Miller Park, Pier Wisconsin, Milwaukee River walk and the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Lakers however have come to the Bradley Center on business. After a much-needed win in the commissioner induced rivalry with the Clippers, the Lakers embark on their annual Grammy road trip.

On this extended road trip, the purple and gold will play eight of their next nine games away from the Staples Center.

One month into the season the Lakers win over the Clippers could bring much-needed confidence and belief in the system. There is a chance that the Lakers could have found their identity. However, this extended road trip is a critical stretch for the Lakers who are 1-6 on the road this season. The Lakers are seeking to end their road woes. L.A. is in search of answers as well as woes improved play on the road.

The Lakers are averaging 89.7 points per game which ranks 21st   in the league, their opponents points per game 97.9, which is 19th. The Lakers are shooting 42.4 % from the floor that ranks 13th in the league and a dreadful 23.4% from behind the arc, which ranks 30th in the league or dead last.

At game time the temperature outside the arena will be 20-degrees, the hope is that the Lakers shooting will be much warmer. The Lakers split last year’s two-game season series with the Bucks after sweeping the season series in both the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 games against the Bucks, winning six of their seven overall. The Lakers are 8-2 at the Bradley Center.

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The Lakers lack depth. The Lakers lack productivity from the point guard position. The Lakers lack scoring. If you were to take away anything from the first 19 games of this current season, those three would likely be high on that list.

But there might be a solution — one in the form of a 30-year-old guard who was once famously known for yelling out the name of a Japanese heating device with every shot.’s Alex Kennedy reports that the Lakers are eyeing Gilbert Arenas:

The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in Gilbert Arenas, according to sources close to the situation. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after being amnestied by the Orlando Magic last month. No signing is imminent, but the Lakers have reached out to the veteran point guard.

League sources say that Arenas would love to join the Lakers. He grew up in Los Angeles and is interested in playing for his hometown team. He believes that he can contribute in Los Angeles’ backcourt, which currently features an aging Derek Fisher, injured Steve Blake and inexperienced Darius Morris. Arenas and Blake played together for two years with the Washington Wizards.

If health and conditioning are a concern, Kennedy mentions that Arenas dropped 20 pounds during the extended off-season, helping prevent any issues with his surgically repaired knee.

Arenas’ stint in Orlando may be a cause for concern. The three-time NBA All-Star struggled off the bench, was frequently in Stan Van Gundy’s doghouse and didn’t look like the player he once was. But his 17 point starting average last season with both the Wizards and Magic can add a much needed spark that the Lakers desperately need.

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Lakers forward, Matt Barnes, was a guest on the Jim Rome radio show on Thursday and talked about playing for Mike Brown, Pau Gasol’s dust-up with Chris Paul after last nights game, and Metta Wold Peace, among other topics.

On the mini mix-up between Pau Gasol and Chris Paul after the Lakers win over the Clippers:

Pau is fed up with people using the term, “soft.” Pau is hands down one of the most skilled big men in the game and he just has a different style of game. Sometimes you have to rile him up to get him going. Its just a fact of, you hear things and you want to go out there and show everybody what the deal is”

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The 10th seed in the Western Conference – that’s where the Lakers sat before tonight’s game; and based on how they’ve been playing lately, it’s where they deserved to be. After dropping three games in a row and four of their last five, Kobe Bryant said they needed a win – ANY win against ANY team. Well tonight they got their win, and not just against any team. It was the Clippers on the Lakers’ home floor and for the first time in four tries (the two pre-season games included), the purple and gold finally handed a loss to their neighbors down the tunnel.

The game was chippy, as most Laker-Clipper games have been the last couple of seasons. Six technicals were handed out, there was one ejection, Metta World Peace was one swing of an arm away from getting T’d up himself when he got tangled up on the floor with Blake Griffin, and even Pau Gasol was talking trash with Chris Paul. Pau Gasol…talking trash. If the resident white swan talking trash doesn’t do it for you, I don’t know what will. Gasol backed up his talk with some excellent play though, as did four other Lakers who scored in double figures.

It was definitely a group effort tonight on both sides of the court, and in the end the Lakers pulled themselves out of that 10th spot in the West to go up to the 8th. As has been the case this season for the purple and gold – baby steps.



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.
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