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Gary Kester is a contributor for Lakers Nation and writer for LakersOutsiders.com. He was born and raised in Idaho and currently lives in Boise. Follow Gary on twitter: @garykester

Number of Entries : 30

Jim Buss’ Past Should Warrant Trust From Lakers Fans, Not Blame

21 victories, 61 defeats. This was the final tally of the 2014-2015 season for the Los Angeles Lakers, the worst in the franchise's 67-year history. As a lifelong Laker fan, I know that if a season results in the team falling short of a championship, there is always going to be a scapegoat and it'll likely be unjustified. When the run at another three-peat and the ultimate farewell to Phil Jackson was tramp ...

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Despite Blockbuster Deals Gone Awry, The Lakers Can Salvage Their Future

Championship or bust. This is the mindset year after year for the Los Angeles Lakers and their fan base. Even when the team enters a season like this one -- the worst in franchise history -- with a roster bereft of talent, the majority of fans hold out a glimmer of hope and an undeniable faith in either the players overachieving, or the front office making a move to propel the team into contention. The 2012 ...

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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves Preview: Lakers Aim To End Five-Game Skid

With just four games remaining in the season, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to put an end to their five-game losing streak and conclude the year on a positive note, starting with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have dropped their last eight games. Now that the Lakers are locked in to the fourth spot heading into the NBA Draft Lottery -- unless they miraculously tie or overtake the Philadelphia ...

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Lakers Vs. Trail Blazers Preview: Lakers Look To Avoid Season Sweep

The Los Angeles Lakers finally returned home from their longest road trip of the season, only to fall to Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday by a final score of 113-92. With less than two weeks to go, Los Angeles will look to finish a dreary season on a positive note. Next up is the playoff-bound Portland Trail Blazers, who will be coming in looking to bounce back from a 126-122 home los ...

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Lakers Vs. Thunder Preview: Lakers Begin Five-Game Road Trip

The Los Angeles Lakers won the battle of 17-win teams on Sunday when they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-87, behind Jeremy Lin's season-high 29 points. Now the team will hit the road for the next five games, with the injury-riddled Oklahoma City Thunder first on the docket. The Thunder have created a little breathing room on the New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns for the eighth and final playoff se ...

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Lakers Vs. Knicks Preview: Lakers Aim For Second Straight Win

The Los Angeles Lakers put their five-game losing streak to rest when they completed a season sweep of the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, winning 93-85. A fantastic opportunity to earn a second consecutive victory awaits the Lakers as a familiar face comes to town with his New York Knicks. That face, of course, is former Laker player and current head coach Derek Fisher, who has had a nightmare first season of ...

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Lakers Vs. Grizzlies Preview: Lakers Wrap Up Three-Game Road Trip

The Los Angeles Lakers got on the team plane to head East as winners in three of their last four games. Since their departure from Los Angeles, the team has dropped the first two of a three-game road trip. After losing by a combined seven points against the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, the Lakers now face their toughest test as they conclude the trip against the Memphis Grizzlies, who are coming off a ...

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Lakers Vs. Bucks Preview: Lakers Take On New-Look Bucks

After losing seven consecutive games, the Los Angeles Lakers have won back-to-back contests, defeating the rival Boston Celtics, followed by the Utah Jazz. After a trip to Salt Lake City, the purple and gold return home to take on the sixth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, who beat the Lakers 113-105 in overtime back on February 4 after some late-game heroics at the end of regulation. Milwaukee is coming off a win a ...

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Lakers Vs. Nets Preview: Lakers Return From All-Star Break

The All-Star festivities are over and the trade deadline has passed. The Los Angeles Lakers roster remains intact as no trades were made by the Thursday afternoon deadline, and now the team will gear up for the remaining 29 games of the season. Up first is the Brooklyn Nets, who made headlines on Thursday by shipping Kevin Garnett back to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Thaddeus Young. Brooklyn i ...

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Lakers Vs. Magic Preview: Lakers Look To Sweep Magic

After sealing a thrilling double overtime victory against the Chicago Bulls, the first half the Grammy road trip has been disappointing for the Lakers, losing to the lowly New York Knicks, followed by the Milwaukee Bucks. They let a win slip through their fingers on Wednesday, but Los Angeles is back at it again tonight in Orlando to take on the Magic, who have lost ten consecutive games. The Lakers beat th ...

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