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Short-handed Lakers can't hold off Grizzlies

Wed Nov 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It’s understandable if these dark days of Lakers basketball have fans longing for an era that evoked a cheerier disposition. Wouldn’t it be nice, some are probably thinking, to experience Showtime basketball just one more time? It wouldn’t take a time machine. Byron Scott joked the Lakers are

Final: Grizzlies 99, Lakers 93

Wed Nov 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES - The Lakers led after the first period and maintained a five-point advantage at the half. They played efficiently Wednesday despite Kobe Bryant not taking a shot for the first nine-plus minutes. In the end, no matt

Lakers assessing options for adding players

Wed Nov 26, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – The pieces that would allow the Lakers to bolster their depleted roster by signing another player are quickly coming together. Despite being at the league maximum of 15 players on their roster, the Lakers' rash of injuries have opened several pathways for them to add at least one player in the coming days or weeks.

Lakers try to keep Kobe in top shape

Tue Nov 25, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – The Lakers are conducting something of a physiological experiment these days. The hypothesis: The effects of advanced age on an NBA player are better combated by reduced practice time than by fewer minutes in games. The subject: Kobe Bryant. Coach Byron Scott said the Lakers’ next three games, pla

Lakers receive $4.85M injury exception for Nash

Tue Nov 25, 2014

The NBA has awarded the Lakers a diabled player exception worth $4.85 million to compensate for the absence of Steve Nash, who will miss the season with recurring nerve issues in his back.  The Lakers may use the exception to sign or trade for a player who is not under contract beyond this season. The exception will expire March 10.

Lakers lose another player as Henry ruptures Achilles' tendon

Mon Nov 24, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Lakers swingman Xavier Henry has been ruled out for the season after rupturing his left Achilles’ tendon Monday in practice. The injury occurred during a simple three-on-three drill, Coach Byron Scott said. “He just made a move like most guys do when they mess up their Achilles,’” Scott

Former coach, GM Kundla, 98, foresees Lakers comeback

Mon Nov 24, 2014

John Kundla is a longtime Lakers fan, and perhaps one of the most loyal members of Lakers Nation. He certainly is one of the oldest. So it’s understandable that the 98-year-old Minnesota resident doesn’t see many of the flaws that mark this year’s underwhelming team. The Lakers slipped to 3-11 after losing to Denver on

Lakers' Xavier Henry believed to rupture Achilles tendon

Mon Nov 24, 2014

EL SEGUNDO -- Lakers swingman Xavier Henry could be out for the season after suffering what the team believes was a ruptured Achilles tendon Monday.  The injury occurred during a game of three-on-three. Henry was undergoing an MRI early Monday afternoon, which was expected to confirm he suffered the same injury that sidelined Kobe B

Shooting woes doom Lakers

Sun Nov 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES – To appreciate how a loss can be so bad when the game was never any good to begin with, you had to be watching Robert Sacre. He exploded off the Lakers bench like a contestant on “The Price is Right.” He nearly ran into the crowd to find someone to hug, but settled instead for injured teammate Ryan Kelly. H

Shooting woes doom Lakers in OT

Sun Nov 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES - LOS ANGELES -- For just shy of four quarters, the Lakers inability to make baskets at a reasonable clip wasn't that big of a deal. But they missed their final six shots of regulation and couldn't recover in overtime, falling 101-94 to the Denver Nuggets. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points, but after starting

Woike: Bryant rich, right and polarizing

Sun Nov 23, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Kobe Bryant’s continued defense of his contract continues to be the most compelling subplot of the NBA season. Like Bryant, his thoughts on stars taking pay cuts in order to build better teams, is polarizing. On one hand, the Black Mamba, who is the most capitalistic of all snakes, is right in saying

Scott tired of Lakers' inconsistent, porous defense

Sat Nov 22, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – It’s not as if Byron Scott is talking to a blank wall or empty room. But are any of the players listening when the Lakers coach stresses defense in team meetings? So far it doesn’t seem that way. Despite Scott’s constant pleas and lectures, the Lakers are giving up a league-high 112.5 points a

Kobe's shot not on the money in loss to Dallas

Fri Nov 21, 2014

DALLAS – The Lakers owe Kobe Bryant $48.5 million over the next two seasons. For most of this start to his 19th season, Bryant’s on-court performance has offered an enthusiastic defense of the monster contract, if the overall quality of the Lakers roster has not. Entering Friday’s game in Dallas, Bryant was aver

Ellington back with Lakers for first time since father's death

Fri Nov 21, 2014

DALLAS - The dark, half-moon potholes that grief and fatigue had carved under Wayne Ellington’s eyes were still damp from recently puddled tears. He has not slept well. Scott said he has lost weight. Friday marked Ellington’s first time in his Lakers uniform since Nov. 9, the

Final: Lakers 98, Rockets 92

Wed Nov 19, 2014

HOUSTON – With Kobe vs. Dwight, Part 2, on hold, the pivotal matchup of Wednesday’s nationally televised game was Wesley Johnson vs. James Harden. Who ya got? Probably not Johnson, the slumping Lakers small forward, stealing the ball from Harden at midcourt, streaking for a layup, drawing a foul

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