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Ryan Ward

Ryan is a senior writer for Lakers Nation and Examiner.com with an undying passion writing about the Los Angeles Lakers. Follow Ryan on Twitter: @Lakers_Examiner

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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Insists Tanking Is Out Of The Question

With the Los Angeles Lakers heading into a season filled with uncertainty, the rumors have started to circulate about the team potentially throwing in the towel in order to land a high draft pick. Andrew Wiggins of the Kansas Jayhawks is on every team's radar at this point in time with many comparing the Canadian product to LeBron James in terms of being ready to be an NBA superstar right out of the gate. A ...

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If Dr. Buss Were Healthy, Phil Jackson Would Have Been Head Coach

After the Los Angeles Lakers officially parted ways with head coach Mike Brown last season, 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson was dubbed the favorite to become the team's next leader on the sidelines. Although Jackson had said he had no intention to return to coaching in the NBA in the past, the Zen Master expressed considerable interest in returning to the Lakers for a third tour. Ultimately, the Lakers' f ...

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Jim Buss on Dwight Howard: ‘He Was Never Really A Laker’

With superstar center Dwight Howard deciding to leave the Los Angeles Lakers in favor of the Houston Rockets in free agency, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year basically became public enemy number one in the city of Los Angeles. Not only have the fans of the storied NBA franchise turned on Dwight for leaving, but the front office is also starting to express their distaste for the veteran center. Ac ...

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Lakers News: Team Officially Signs Undrafted Forward Elias Harris

After weeks of speculation about players potentially being signed by the Los Angeles Lakers, the team has decided to make the signing of undrafted rookie forward Elias Harris official. The Lakers' front office has been weighing their options in free agency over the past few weeks. Quite a few names have surfaced as potential targets for the storied NBA franchise, but Harris has seemingly stuck out amongst t ...

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Lakers Flashback: How The Lakers Drafted Magic Johnson In 1979

In honor of Magic Johnson's birthday, we take a look back at the five-time NBA champion's career with the Los Angeles Lakers and how the team went about drafting him with the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft. With Magic fresh off winning an NCAA championship with Michigan State, against college and future NBA rival Larry Bird, the talented and versatile point guard entered the draft with the storied ...

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Lakers News: Shaq Is Convinced Kobe Will Come Back Early

During their time together, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal became one of the best duos in NBA history winning three-straight NBA titles as the faces of the Los Angeles Lakers. Although their relationship began to sour toward the end of O'Neal's time in Los Angeles, the two future Hall of Famers have put their differences aside and appear to have genuine respect for one another. Recently, O'Neal was asked ...

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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Wants Jordan Hill To Become Stretch 4

Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers hasn't exactly been embraced by the fans of the storied NBA franchise since taking over for Mike Brown last season. D'Antoni was not the ideal choice for the Lakers with Phil Jackson ready to return, but the team's front office believed it was the right direction and continue to stick by their decision. As D'Antoni heads into his second year with the Lakers ...

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Lakers News: Lakers’ Trade Exception For Christian Eygena Expires

The final piece of the Dwightmare puzzle has officially been put to rest. The Los Angeles Lakers let their trade exception for Christian Eygena expire on Monday according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times: The team's $1.2-million trade exception for Christian Eyenga, a throw-in to the Orlando Magic as part of the four-team trade, expired a full year after the initial blockbuster deal. The Lakers would have b ...

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Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Shaq Blasts Kareem And Wilt

It's no secret that Shaquille O'Neal has no problem publicly blasting former and current players that have done him wrong in the past. Shaq expresses his opinion without holding back and at times, is praised and criticized for not holding back. Shaq's most recent blast was directed toward Los Angeles Lakers legends Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The four-time NBA champion had a great relationship ...

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Lakers Legend Magic Johnson Plays In Osborne Charity Game

Current Los Angeles Dodgers owner and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Magic Johnson, has kept himself busy since the end of his playing days with numerous business ventures, a role as an ESPN analyst and varies charity contributions. Along with helping the Dodgers turn things around this year with an influx of money and talented players, Magic took some time out of his busy schedule to get back on the basketball ...

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