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Battle: Los Angeles — Kobe Bryant Vs. Clippers

BY: Shahan Ahmed, NBC Southern California PAGES: 1 | 2 Los Angeles is still painted purple and gold. Steve Ballmer’s personality and passion are undeniable, but his presence courtside will not immediately have any impact on Los Angeles’ allegiance to the Lakers. Eighty-one points and 18 years of Kobe Bryant have cemented another generation of Lakers’ fans. However, Bryant’s retirement in two years may prese ...

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Kobe Vs. Dwight: The True Franchise Star Vs. The Heir Non-Apparent

PAGES: 1 | 2 | 3 It's been over a year since the Dwightmare saga finally ended, as Dwight Howard opted to bolt from Los Angeles in favor of Houston. It's a grueling topic to bring back up for Lakers fans, but it was one of the few that Henry Abbott of ESPN The Magazine chose to rehash in his recent article, which claims Kobe Bryant is destroying the Lakers' franchise. Coincidentally (or maybe not), the Lake ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: Starting Point Guard On Opening Night

Topic: We wonder who should be the Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard to start the season -- Jeremy Lin or Ronnie Price? Context: The preseason has finally ended and the Lakers are set to open the season on Tuesday, October 28, when they host the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. The Lakers had some good showings and some bad showings this preseason, and numerous players showed themselves to be solid ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Bold Prediction For 2014-15 Season

After six long months, the time has finally come for the Los Angeles Lakers to take the floor for the start of the regular season. The team will host everyone's favorite player to hate, Dwight Howard, and the Houston Rockets Tuesday night October 28 at Staples Center. The summer was an extremely eventful one for the Lakers. The team said goodbye to a number of players from last season's team, most notably f ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Is The Team Over-Practicing?

Byron Scott came into the season vowing that the Los Angeles Lakers would have an intense training camp. He said that the Lakers would be focusing on defense and conditioning, and he has stuck by his word. Kobe Bryant called it the toughest training camp he has ever experienced, and Lakers players were running sprints to end practices almost every day. However, there may have been an unforeseen issue from a ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: Most Impressive, Disappointing Players

Topic: We wonder which Los Angeles Lakers player has been the most impressive and most disappointing through the team's first two preseason games. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- Context: The Los Angeles Lakers finally took the basketball court for the first time this week, participating in two preseason games. The first was a 98-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets wh ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Initial Preseason Observations

Los Angeles Lakers basketball finally made its return this week as the Lakers took on a couple of Western Conference teams that they are all too familiar with. The week started off with a 98-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Thursday was not as kind as the Lakers suffered a 120-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Fans got their first glimpses of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash for the first time in many mon ...

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Five Reasons 2014-15 Lakers Could Really Mesh Together

PAGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 Coming into the 2014-2015 season, expectations are much different than in years past for the Los Angeles Lakers. There's not much chatter of championship hopes, and making the playoffs seems like the most reasonable aspiration for this Lakers team at this point in time. The Lakers were unable to lure a superstar to Los Angeles over the summer, and instead of spending big money o ...

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Lakers Fans Need To Be Excited About The NBA’s New TV Deal

Earlier this week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced a massive new TV rights deal with ESPN and Turner Sports that is worth $24 billion over nine years. The deal is set to kick in after the 2015-2016 season when the current TV deal expires. This is a massive number and far greater than what the current deal is paying the league. The NBA, on average, received about $930 million from its current TV deal. ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: Who Will Step Up In Nick Young’s Absence?

Topic: We wonder which Los Angeles Lakers player most needs to step up while Sixth Man of the Year candidate Nick Young is injured. Context: Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers were in the midst of one of the worst seasons in team history. The team lost 319 games due to injury and with Kobe Bryant gone for most of the season, the team was in dire need of someone to step up and take the reins. That player wa ...

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