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Gil Alcaraz IV

An L.A. native, Gil Alcaraz IV has bled purple and gold since birth. After two years of covering the Lakers as a freelance writer for Yahoo! Sports, he has brought his talents to Lakers Nation. For more from Gil, make sure to follow him on Twitter.

Number of Entries : 18

Top Free Agent Options Still Available for the Lakers

The off-season is in full swing and the Los Angeles Lakers have made a number of impressive moves to help solidify themselves as a contender heading into the 2012-2013 campaign. And still, the Lakers aren’t done searching for more talent to fill their bench. The Lakers need contributors who can come off the pine and create a spark when the starters are resting. Although they already boast some promising you ...

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Kobe Bryant’s Contract Creates Big Problems for Lakers’ Future

*Note: This article is in response to a previous article submitted by the same author that featured factual errors concerning the CBA and Kobe Bryant's contract information. For sixteen years, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has made his case as one of the greatest players to ever set foot on the hardwood. And while building his résumé as arguably the best of all-time, Bryant found his way to the top ...

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Lakers 2012 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Jordan Taylor

During my first two 2012 NBA Draft prospect profiles, the focus was on players that would require a trade-up in order for the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire. This time around, I’ll turn my attention towards a potential target who the Lakers could land even if they stayed put at their current No. 60 spot. There’s a good chance that the Lakers will have to address the point guard position at some point this of ...

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Lakers 2012 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Draymond Green

One of the best ways to add talent to an NBA roster, especially one that’s in desperate need of some young blood, is the NBA Draft. Less than a month away, the draft will provide the Los Angeles Lakers with the perfect opportunity to add a few fresh legs while addressing some of their biggest concerns. Heading into the off-season, the Lakers have a potentially glaring need at the small forward spot. With ve ...

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Lakers 2012 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Scott Machado

The 2012 NBA Draft is less than a month away. For the Los Angeles Lakers, the draft will certainly provide another opportunity for them to rebuild their roster after a disappointing end to their 2011-2012 season. That is if they can put themselves in a better position than they are currently in. In an effort to keep you all informed on some of the top talents available during the 2012 NBA Draft who could he ...

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Final Pick in 2012 NBA Draft Limits Lakers’ Current Options

It’s all over for the Los Angeles Lakers, who must now turn their attention towards an off-season full of questions. Will the Lakers blow up their roster or do they still believe that they’re a piece or two away from booking another trip to the NBA Finals? What does the future hold for power forward Pau Gasol? Is bringing back Lamar Odom or Trevor Ariza an option? All are valid questions that could be answe ...

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Lakers Contract Situations That Must Be Addressed During the Off-Season

The 2011-2012 season has come to an end for the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving a plateful of concerns that must be addressed during the off-season. The first and one of the most important of these concerns is deciding what to do with players whose contracts have expired. Luckily for the Lakers, there are only three players currently on the team whose contracts expired at season’s end. Those three players inclu ...

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Lakers Season Report Cards 2011-12 – Steve Blake

Steve Blake, Point Guard Final Grade: C It was a tough season for Los Angeles Lakers veteran point guard Steve Blake, who continuously had to battle through harsh criticism, injuries and a mid-season roster move that put him permanently on the bench squad. Not only did Blake start the season behind aging veteran Derek Fisher, but was cemented into that backup role after the Lakers made the mid-season acquis ...

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Lakers Season Report Cards 2011-12 – Mike Brown

Mike Brown, Head Coach 2011-12 Season Grade – C+ When the Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike Brown to take the throne that Phil Jackson vacated, criticism ran rampant. Although everyone knew that Brown would never fill Jackson’s shoes, it seemed uncertain as to whether he’d even be able to handle the pressure that comes with being the coach of the Lakers. Well, it wasn’t all fireworks. It was, however, a decent ...

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Can World Peace Save the Lakers in Game 7?

Six games in and the Los Angeles Lakers have shot their own hopes of making it to the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs in the foot. Repeatedly. A series that looked like a cake walk has turned into a seven-game battle to the death. Although they have yet to be eliminated by the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers did cough up a two-game lead and are one loss away from being spectators for the remainder of the p ...

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