News & Rumors of the Week from Lakers Nation
Although the Los Angeles Lakers were not playing in the NBA Finals, that did not keep them out of the headlines. Like always in Los Angeles, there were a plethora of reports and rumors in the past week.
We here at Lakers Nation covered all the news coming from the Lakers and here are the ten best news & rumors from the site.
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown was once the leader of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and LeBron James. James and Brown made it to the 2007 NBA Finals and were always title contenders. Even though James eventually left Cleveland, Brown still wants his former player to win the ring.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is emerging as one of the best players in the NBA and he doing whatever he can to mimic some of the league’s other stars. Durant said he would like to approach the game with the same mentality as Kobe Bryant.
The Los Angeles Lakers were named 12-1 favorites to win the 2013 NBA title, while the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder were tied for a 5-2 mark.
Los Angeles Laker point guard Ramon Sessions was acquired near the trading deadline, and he always expressed a desire to stay long-term with the team. However, Sessions opted out of his contract and will try to negotiate a longer, more lucrative deal with the Lakers.
Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson wanted Kobe Bryant to play more like LeBron James. Bryant is known as a score-first player, but Jackson would have liked to see him look for his teammates more often.
Lakers Executive Jim Buss made it clear that the team won’t be pursuing any blockbuster trades in the off-season. The Lakers are no longer true title contenders, and it seems as though Buss doesn’t understand that.
The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to improve their draft order via trades. The 2012 Class is very deep and the Lakers are looking to add some nice, young pieces.
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown issued a statement regarding Ettore Messina’s departure to CSKA Moscow.
Kobe Bryant leads the NBA in international jersey sales. Bryant is a superstar on the international scale and people recognize the Lakers leader no matter where he goes. That world-wide fame will once again be showcased this summer when Kobe heads to London for the Olympics.
Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak does not see a lot happening this summer for the team. Jim Buss already told reporters that the team will remain pretty much the same, and Kupchak backed up his boss.