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What Principles Matter Most For Kobe Bryant?

PAGES: 1 | 2 On January 15, Kobe Bryant dropped 17 dimes on the Cleveland Cavaliers, helping the Lakers stick close against LeBron James and his coalescing Eastern Conference powerhouse. He spoke at length to the media after in what turned into a frank discussion of his athletic mortality, and the process of changing his approach on the floor. It wasn’t as complicated as some might have guessed. “I’ve alway ...

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Lakers Nation Draft Prospect Watch: Justin Anderson

Name: Justin Anderson Position: Small Forward School: University of Virginia Height: 6'6" Weight: 222 pounds Wingspan: 6'11" Current Prospect Rank: No. 19 (NBADraft.net), No. 20 (Chad Ford), No. 24 (DraftExpress) Projected Draft Position: Mid-to-Late First Round Player Comparison: Trevor Ariza Feature Game: Saturday, February vs. #4 Duke University -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Try Me" T-Shirts? - ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: Projecting Jordan Clarkson’s Season

Topic: We wonder what are reasonable statistical averages for rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson for the rest of the season. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Try Me" T-Shirts? -- Context: During the 2014 NBA Draft, most focused on the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round pick, power forward Julius Randle. One of the best players in college basketball last season, Randle came into this season with high exp ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Will The Lakers Surpass Last Year’s Win Total?

Last season was one of the worst in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers as the team finished a dismal 27-55. Coming into this season, the team and fans were all hoping that the team would at least make an improvement. Unfortunately, things haven't gone the Lakers way this season either and after the team's most recent loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers sit at 12-32. At this time last year, the Lake ...

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If Kobe Bryant Knew Then What He Knows Now…

It's long been an open secret Kobe Bryant basically runs the Lakers. Unofficial head coach. De facto General Manager. His power is just a shade below Dr. Buss' children's, and periodically appears to eclipse theirs. As Mitch Kupchak only half-jokingly acknowledged, nobody, not even Phil Jackson, truly "controls" Kobe He's a force of will, and "co-existence" is largely defined by how often The Mamba runs you ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: Has Wesley Johnson Earned A New Contract?

Topic: We wonder whether Wesley Johnson has earned a long-term contract with his play this season. Context: Coming into this season, the Lakers' biggest perceived weakness was at the small forward position. However, it was also one of great promise as Wesley Johnson possesses all of the physical tools a team wants in a small forward. Though Johnson was extremely inconsistent last season, he spent much of hi ...

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Lakers Nation Draft Prospect Watch: Kelly Oubre

Name: Kelly Oubre Jr. Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward School: University of Kansas Height: 6'7" Weight: 199 Wingspan: 7'2" Current Prospect Rank: No. 9 (Chad Ford), No. 10 (DraftExpress), No. 21 (NBADraft.net) Projected Draft Position: Top-15 Player Comparison: Gerald Green Feature Game: Saturday, January 24 vs. Texas Longhorns Strengths: -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Bleed Purple and Gold" ...

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The Creation Of Wesley Johnson

PAGES: 1 | 2 When Time Warner Cable Sportsnet, television home of the Lakers, put out their package of the ten best plays for the Lakers in 2014 — yes, there were 10, but it’s best they didn’t go for 20 — Wesley Johnson was featured in probably half of them. Wes cutting along the baseline for a thunderous dunk. Wes making a critical steal on one end, and finishing on the other. Wes chasing a play in transit ...

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Why The Lakers Need To Trade Jordan Hill By February’s Deadline

PAGES: 1 | 2 At the upcoming NBA trade deadline on February 19th, it is clear the Los Angeles Lakers will be sellers seeking to unload veteran players in exchange for younger guys and/or draft picks that fit into their long term plan. The problem for the Lakers is their lack of enticing trade bait. It appears that the only players on the roster attracting interest around the league are the Lakers' current s ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Should The Lakers Shut Down Kobe?

With the Los Angeles Lakers at the halfway point of the season (games-wise), and standing 11.5 games out of a playoff spot after Friday night's loss to the Utah Jazz, it has become apparent that the team will not be making the post-season this year. Though not mathematically eliminated, it would take a ridiculous second-half of the season for the Lakers to even sniff a playoff berth. With that being the cas ...

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