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SportsNation Poll Results Say Kobe Bryant Will No Longer Be Elite

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant returned to the practice floor on Monday morning working out for two hours with Wesley Johnson in El Segundo. It was the start of Kobe's six-month training program on Monday in an effort to get his body right and ready for the 2014-15 NBA season. -- Lakers Nation Store Is Back! Check Out The Latest Gear! -- With Kobe signing a two-year contract extension with the Los Angel ...

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2014 NBA Draft: Kentucky’s Julius Randle Declares For The Draft

Another freshman phenom has decided to take his talents to the NBA level with Kentucky's Julius Randle deciding to leave school according to his Twitter account: I would like to thank the entire Kentucky family for this year, but I have decided to take the next step and enter into the NBA draft.— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) April 22, 2014 After leading the Wildcats all the way to the national champion ...

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In Mitch We Trust And The Optimism Heading Into The Lakers Off-Season

Keeping the talent pipeline stocked and refueled is essential to building a winning culture in the NBA and nobody has done it better in the past decade than our very own, Mitch Kupchak. The coach may determine the system which dictates the type of player needed via free agency, trade or lottery pick, but as the GM you still have to go out there and recruit talent. It takes ninja-like precision to locate a d ...

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This Week In Lakers History: West Sets Series Scoring Average Record

Jerry West is the logo of the NBA for a reason. He was one of the first true superstars of the NBA and one of the greatest players in the history of the league. West is also one of the league's most prolific scorers with a career average of 27 points per game, and 11 consecutive seasons of averaging at least 25 points. But great players step it up when the lights shine brightest and they didn't call West 'M ...

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Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Kobe Begins Workout, Barkley Takes Shot At Shaq

With Kobe Bryant back from France and cleared for basketball activities, the five-time champion went through an early morning workout to begin his intense six month training program. -- Lakers Nation Store Is Back! Check Out The Latest Gear! -- While Bryant will have five months to get himself back to 100 percent, Charles Barkley made headlines as he called out Shaquille O'Neal for criticizing Dwight Howard ...

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VIDEO: Clippers Hang Red And White Balloons On Lakers Statues

The Los Angeles Clippers will play host to the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Monday night. According to Mark Medina's Tout account, the Clippers have tied red and blue balloons to every single Lakers statue outside of Staples Center. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Chick Hearn's statues are all decorated with Clipper balloons. While the Clippers ha ...

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NBA News: Bulls’ Joakim Noah Wins Defensive Player Of The Year

The first NBA award for the 2013-14 regular season will be announced on Monday night with center Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls set to be named the Defensive Player of the Year according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: The Bulls and the NBA will announce that Joakim Noah is the Defensive Player of the Year at a 4 p.m. news conference, a source familiar with the announcement confirmed. Since being ...

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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Begins Six Month Training Program

Kobe Bryant has been out of action since December 17 with a broken knee cap, playing in only six games before suffering his second major injury in as many years. With the Lakers finishing one of the worst seasons in franchise history, Bryant has vowed to come back stronger than ever. Signed on for $48.5 million over the next two years, the Lakers will need Bryant to return to form if they want any chance at ...

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NBA News: Rick Adelman Announces Retirement After 23 Seasons

After 23 seasons as a head coach in the NBA, Rick Adelman of the Minnesota Timberwolves has decided to call it a career according to NBA.com: Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman today announced his retirement from coaching in the NBA after 23 seasons as a head coach. Adelman will remain with the Wolves in a consultant role. Although Adelman's stint in Minnesota will be considered a disappointment ...

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NBA News: Phil Jackson, Knicks Part Ways With Mike Woodson

Phil Jackson has officially begun to make the drastic moves promised in order to change the culture of the New York Knicks. As expected, Jackson's first major move was firing head coach Mike Woodson and his coaching staff. According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Woodson and his staff have been relieved of their duties: Mike Woodson has been fired as the New York Knicks' head coach, the team announced Mond ...

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