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Kobe And Shaq Battle For The First Time As Opponents On Christmas

As we reflect on the holiday season, and brace ourselves for a Christmas day matchup against the defending champions, let's take a moment to look back at one of the more memorable Christmas games in Lakers history: the day Shaquille O'Neal returned to Los Angeles. It was 2004, and only five months removed from the devastating break-up between the Shaq and Kobe team that had won three NBA championships in fi ...

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The Top Ten Opening Night Games in Laker History

The Lakers franchise has played 64 years of basketball. That means 64 years of enduring an off-season with anticipation for the upcoming season. While, it can be argued that no other off-season has made Laker fans uneasy while waiting for the season to start than this last  one that lingered on due to the lockout and just passed us by. But it is now in the past. On to opening night. The first game of the se ...

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Mike, Mamba and Magic: Top 50 Players in NBA History Part V

The fifth and final segment in our updated list of the 50 greatest players in NBA history is finally here with players 10 through one. Make sure you're ready for it with Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV. 10. Shaquille O'Neal The one and only "Superman" can be considered the most dominant player to ever play in the NBA with his ridiculous size as a center. From his early years with the Orlando Magic to ...

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As Superman Hangs Up His Cape, Lakers Nation Remembers his Impact

Yesterday's press conference regarding Shaquille O'Neal's retirement reminded basketball and sports fans across the world what Shaq meant to the game.  In my opinion, yesterday's conference was one of the best retirement announcements to occur in a long time.  The mood of the press conference matched the personality of "The Big Diesel."  First, unlike anything I have seen, the conference took place at Shaq' ...

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Thoughts and Sentiments on Shaquille O’Neal’s Retirement

“Can you dig it?” -Shaquille O’Neal Ever since the Lakers were unceremoniously swept out of the playoffs by the Mavericks, I’ve found it difficult to genuinely care about anything that’s happening in the realm of sports. I’ve witnessed Barcelona thoroughly dominate Manchester United in the Champions League final, the soon to be Mrs. Vujacic cruising through the preliminary rounds of the French Open and the ...

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Kobe Bryant: The Lost Years

During Kobe Bryant’s exit interview, he answered the media’s questions in typical Kobe fashion; the cold-hard truth sprinkled with glimpse of humour here and there. One answer of he provided stuck out like a sore thumb though. He referred to the past season as a wasted year of his life. There are a myriad of reasons why I admire Kobe, and his insatiable thirst to win is pretty high on the list. But a wasted ...

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