Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Time is Ticking for Nash, Pau

Steve Nash and Pau GasolAge has been a deterrent to success this season and many fans have pointed fingers at Gasol and Nash for not being what they used to be. Nash was in court today over a custody battle, but his testimonial cleared up some rumors. The Lakers PG has “no plans to hang up his jersey and retire from basketball.” Last season was mediocre for the NBA vet. Injuries made it hard for him to perform to the best of his ability.

Pau Gasol’s future is uncertain this coming season and Lakers Nation had something to say about it. Check out our roundtable to get perspectives from some of our best writers. Daniel Buerge states the dichotomy between a Lakers legendary player who has done so much for this team, while he battles the reality of his aging body. Ross Gasmer talks about the NBA getting quicker, and whether or not Pau can keep up. Elizabeth Benson mentions Gasol’s professionalism, but notes the Lakers CBA luxury tax system as a reason for him to get traded. Lastly, Ryan Ward discusses how Pau has been on the end of trade rumors for a while but this time will probably be sent packing.

To add, Lakers Nation decided to poll readers on a particularly interesting Gasol question. The team asked who has had the better career thus far, Pau Gasol or Chris Paul? 95% of you voted that Pau’s has been better. Both are at different point in their careers, so it will be interesting to see where Paul ends up. Maybe he will get two rings like Gasol.

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Lakers News

Steve Nash is Not Retiring, According to Report [Silver Screen and Roll]

Draft Primer: Searching for Contributors [Silver Screen and Roll]

Is Dwight Howard the NBA’s Greatest Villain? [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers to Make Sixth Appearance in Las Vegas NBA Summer League [LA Times]

Phil Jackson Has Advice for Lakers [ESPN]

Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor Auctioning Off Memorabilia [ProBasketballTalk]

Mick Jagger, Who Should Know, Makes Fun of How Old the Los Angeles Lakers Are [Ball Don’t Lie]

2013 Free Agent Primer: Big Men [The Point Forward]

Mitch Kupchak Expects Dwight Howard to Explore Opportunities [Lakers Now]

Metta World Peace Wrote Children’s Book: “Metta’s Bedtime Stories” [ProBasketballTalk]

Roundtable: 2013 Lakers Draft [Lake Show Life]

Stan Van Gundy Says Dwight Howard Far Better Than Roy Hibbert [LA Times]

NBA Draft Trends: How Western Teams Make Their Picks [Eye on Basketball]

Report: Steve Nash Tells Judge He Has No Plans to Retire [CBSSports]

NBA Summer League 2013 in Las Vegas to Feature 22 Teams Competing for a Title [THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS]

‘Wait Till Next Year’ Takes on More Meaning for Lakers, and the NBA [latimes.com]

Roy Hibbert Doesn’t Hold a Candle to Dwight Howard [ProBasketballTalk]

Diagramming Pau Gasol’s Struggles, Resurgence Under Mike D’Antoni [Lake Show Life]

How to Lead Like Phil Jackson [CBS Sports]

West Weighs in on LeBron vs. MJ [NBC Sports]

Phil Jackson on Lakers, Coaching Prospects [ESPN]

How the Lakers Got Here: 10 Decisions that Shaped Their Fate [Los Angeles Lakers Index]

Former Lakers Executive Ronnie Lester Joins Suns’ Front Office [Lakers Now]

Kobe Bryant Loses the Walking Boot, Moves to ‘Medical Mamba’ Shoe [LA Times]

Kobe and Duncan, by the Numbers [ESPN]

Rockets Trying to Trade Thomas Robinson to Clear Cap Space in Pursuit of Dwight Howard [ProBasketballTalk]

NBA News

Dwyane Wade’s Struggles Putting Extra Pressure on LeBron James and Chris Bosh [ProBasketballTalk]

Cavs still Considering Trading No. 1 Pick for Small Forward [CBSSports]

The Ballad of Tiago Splitter [Pounding the Rock]

Three Reasons the Pacers Can Oust the Mighty Heat [USA Today]

Clippers Speak With Bryon Scott About Coaching Vacancy [ProBasketballTalk]

Roy Hibbert Has Stepped Toward Stardom in the 2013 NBA Playoffs [Ball Don’t Lie]

Wesley Matthews of Portland Trail Blazers has Elbow Procedure [ESPN]

Shane Battier Says Bigger Fines is Best Deterrent to Flopping [ProBasketballTalk]

Bucks Prefer Monta Ellis to Brandon Jennings in Free Agency [CBSSports]

The Most Important Game of the Season [Grantland]

LeBron James, David West, Lance Stephenson Fined for Flopping [ESPN]

Jared Sullinger Worked at a Taco Bell for a Day (for Charity) [ProBasketballTalk]

Kevin Durant is Playing Pickup Basketball at a D.C. High School [For the Win]

Grizzlies’ Quincy Pondexter Got a Date With Miss Tennessee on Twitter [Yahoo Sports]

Pistons Interviewing Adrian Griffin for Coaching Position [CBSSports]

Early Look at NBA Off Season Storylines [ESPN]

The NBA’s Dirtiest Players [Sports on Earth]

Pacers’ Starters are Controlling the Conference Finals [ProBasketballTalk]

Spurs Top 10 Role Players of the Championship Era [Yahoo Sports]

Carmelo Anthony Wants Knicks to Add Another Scorer [CBSSports]

Steve Clifford Named 6th Bobcats Coach Since 2007 [ESPN]