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Metta World Peace: Here To Stay, And It’s A Good Thing

As Mike Bresnahan of The Times reports, the Lakers chose not to waive Metta World Peace via the "amnesty" provision introduced under the new collective bargaining agreement this off-season. I, for one, think this is a good move for the Lakers, and here's why: Financially, yes, the Lakers will be hit with a luxury tax this year. But, at the same time, they wouldn't have been able to realistically replace Met ...

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Lakers Bounce Nuggets, Get Ready For Next Round

The Los Angeles Lakers put forth a great effort in Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets to win, 96-87. In the first quarter, the Lakers built a narrow 25-24 lead. Steve Blake hit a huge three-pointer to bring the Lakers within one, 22-21, at one point. Pau Gasol was aggressive early en route to six points, three rebounds, and two assists, and Andrew Bynum also started out the game well by defending well (three ...

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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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Lakers Rout Warriors Behind Gasol, Bynum, and Peace

The Los Angeles Lakers (40-23) managed to shake off a 21-point drubbing by the San Antonio Spurs the previous night and bounce back for a 99-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors (22-39) last night. Don't let the final score fool you, the Lakers absolutely dominated. Andrew Bynum barely misssed, Pau Gasol messed around and got a triple-double, and Metta World Peace wreaked havoc on the Warriors. The Lak ...

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Lakers Escape Golden State With 104-101 Victory

Despite head coach Mike Brown's decision to bench center Andrew Bynum for much of the second half, the Los Angeles Lakers (31-19) defeated the Golden State Warriors (20-28) last night, 104-101. After the first quarter, the Lakers took a 25-16 lead on strong performances from Kobe Bryant (eight points, three assists), Andrew Bynum (eight points), and Pau Gasol (eight rebounds). In the second, neither team pl ...

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Lakers Battle Their Way To Victory Over Celtics, Win 97-94

We can add another page to the Lakers-Celtics rivalry book, as the Los Angeles Lakers (25-16) defeated the Boston Celtics (21-19) in yet another hard fought battle, 97-94. Behind strong performances by Kobe Bryant (26 points, seven assists, three rebounds), Andrew Bynum (20 points, 14 rebounds, two assists), and Metta World Peace (14 points, two assists, two steals), the Lakers were able to come up with a s ...

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A New Challenge for Metta World Peace: Lead the Bench

The Lakers faced a ton of criticism and questions during the off-season and through the first week of the regular season. The team is aging and there are some definite weaknesses without question. Since the starting line-up is primarily comprised of the same players that Laker fans have been accustomed to for the past few years, one of the main causes of concern is how the bench will perform. The biggest pe ...

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Deep Analysis: Lakers Thump Knicks Behind Strong Defensive Effort

The Lakers were looking for their first winning streak of the season, but it did not come easy as they faced the revamped New York Knicks. The Knicks acquired defensive-savvy Tyson Chandler during the brief pre-season to bolster their roster, so the Lakers were in for a long night in the paint since they still were missing Andrew Bynum. This game served as the Lakers’ fourth game in five nights, which is th ...

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After Three Games Lakers Take One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Phew! Now that the potential 0-3 disaster was averted by blowing out the Utah Jazz, let's diagnose how the purple and gold fared in their one and only set of back to back to back games. Coming into this season, we knew the Lakers had the potential to make another run at a ring if everything fell into place. We also knew if a couple minor things go astray, such as an injury or two to their key players (see: ...

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The NBA’s New Deal: How it Impacts the Lakers

When friends argue, the resolution to the problem is usually swift as the issue is typically trivial in hindsight. When millionaires and billionaires argue over how wealth within a $4 billion dollar company is distributed, those negotiations tend to take a little bit longer. In the case of the NBA lockout, it took more than 50 negotiating sessions before the players’ union and the owners agreed upon a deal ...

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