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Kobe to Randle: Don't blow this opportunity

Mon Oct 20, 2014

The last time the Lakers had a rookie of whom so much was expected, as it is now for Julius Randle, the player was Kobe Bryant. So, it should be no surprise that Bryant, now in the final stages of his career, would be expected to help shepherd the No. 7 pick through the introductory stages of his NBA career. When asked Sunday, after Rand

Lakers beat Utah, finally show signs of life

Sun Oct 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It’s unclear if the Lakers’ record will mirror that of the franchise-worst achieved by last year’s squad, but by Sunday they were well on the way to equaling that team’s absurdity. Try this on: Ryan Kelly was to make his preseason debut Sunday after missing the first three weeks of training cam

Lakers beat Utah, finally show signs of life

Sun Oct 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It’s unclear if the Lakers’ record will mirror that of the franchise-worst achieved by last year’s squad, but by Sunday they were well on the way to equaling that team’s absurdity. Try this on: Ryan Kelly was to make his preseason debut Sunday after missing the first three weeks of training cam

Oram: NBA ponders getting shorter

Sun Oct 19, 2014

It's rare that we lay-folk find we have something in common with Kobe Bryant, the NBA’s highest-paid player whose opulent lifestyle involves Parisian getaways with his family and a helicopter shuttling him to Lakers home games. But Bryant describes himself as a traditionalist, and I think a lot of us can probably relate to that.

Oram: NBA ponders getting shorter

Sun Oct 19, 2014

It's rare that we lay-folk find we have something in common with Kobe Bryant, the NBA’s highest-paid player whose opulent lifestyle involves Parisian getaways with his family and a helicopter shuttling him to Lakers home games. But Bryant describes himself as a traditionalist, and I think a lot of us can probably relate to that.

Nash hopes to be playing for Lakers before opener

Sat Oct 18, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Steve Nash hopes to return to the Lakers lineup before the start of the regular season, and said it had only been a matter of time before the nerve damage in his back that limited him to 15 games last year flared up again. “I expected things to happen,” Nash, 40, said. “It's inevitable with everything

Nash aiming to be in Lakers' lineup for season-opener

Sat Oct 18, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Steve Nash hopes to return to the Lakers lineup before the start of the regular season, and said it had only been a matter of time before the nerve damage in his back that limited him to 15 games last year flared up again. “I expected things to happen,” Nash, 40, said. “It's inevitable with everything

Scott has Lakers shooting fewer 3-pointers

Fri Oct 17, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Hard to believe it was just last season that the Lakers made more 3-pointers than all but two other NBA teams. At the dawn of the Byron Scott Era, the Lakers have made just six shots from long range in four exhibition games, are 1 for 19 in their past three and haven’t made a long ball in two. Whither Mike D&rsqu

Like his mentor, The Mailman, Boozer wants to deliver for the Lakers' Randle

Thu Oct 16, 2014

ANAHEIM – Karl Malone is not always an easy guy to track down. With various hunting and fishing expeditions, trips to his second home on Alaska’s Kenai River and a preference to emerge in public only when it suits him, he has a tendency to go off the grid. If you want to talk to Malone, he needs to want to talk to you.

Lakers' Nash hurts his back carrying luggage

Wed Oct 15, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Steve Nash’s pursuit of a healthy final season suffered another blow Wednesday when the 40-year-old Lakers star aggravated his back while carrying luggage. The injury will almost certainly keep Nash out of the lineup for Thursday’s preseason game in Anaheim against the Utah Jazz, and raises serious concern

Bryant: Players should strive for highest market value

Tue Oct 14, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Kobe Bryant has long shunned the notion that players should accept smaller contracts in the pursuit of championships, a belief reinforced when he signed a $48.5 million contract last November that will keep him the NBA’s most handsomely paid player for the next two seasons. And for that, Bryant makes no apologies

Bryant: Players should strive for highest market value

Tue Oct 14, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Kobe Bryant has long shunned the notion that players should accept smaller contracts in the pursuit of championships, a belief reinforced when he signed a $48.5 million contract last November that will keep him the NBA’s most handsomely paid player for the next two seasons. And for that, Bryant makes no apologies

Young Lakers Clarkson, Brown share a close bond

Mon Oct 13, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – They aren’t brothers by birth or by blood. They don’t look alike, act alike or even play basketball alike. One is a shooting guard, the other a point guard. Yet, Lakers rookies Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown are as close as siblings can be. Maybe closer. They share a friendship that was born on the

Young Lakers Clarkson, Brown share a close bond

Mon Oct 13, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – They aren’t brothers by birth or by blood. They don’t look alike, act alike or even play basketball alike. One is a shooting guard, the other a point guard. Yet, Lakers rookies Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown are as close as siblings can be. Maybe closer. They share a friendship that was born on the

Bryant's leadership style with Lakers softens

Sun Oct 12, 2014

ONTARIO – Kobe Bryant’s style of leadership has been more or less consistent over the first 18 years of his career. It’s called tough love. Like it or prepare to be at odds with the tough-minded superstar. Until this year, that is. Bryant said last week that he was taking a more “nurturing” r

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