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Kobe and Kevin? Lakers fans can dream

Thu Dec 18, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Even with 57 games to go, Lakers fans might be ready for this season to end and transition into the summer’s free agency, when the team will get another chance to reshape its roster. But gaze a little further into the future, 2016. Just as Kobe Bryant is expected to be riding into the sunset, Kevin Durant will be

Miller: Kobe's presence all that's keeping Lakers relevant

Thu Dec 18, 2014

This, this is a big part of the reason the Lakers re-signed Kobe Bryant last year, agreeing to pay him $48.5 million over two seasons in a contract that crippled their roster but clinched their relevance.This story right here, the one on Yahoo!’s website about Bryant on Sunday passing Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time

Lakers rookie Randle off crutches, eager to return

Wed Dec 17, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Julius Randle ditched his crutches two weeks ago, not on doctor’s orders but by his own choice. The Lakers rookie is eager to get back to playing basketball after breaking his right leg in the regular-season opener against Houston. “I'm off crutches. I'm walking around, just trying to get the strength back

Boozer steps up for Lakers after demotion

Tue Dec 16, 2014

When Byron Scott announced Dec. 6 that he was demoting veterans Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin, the stated purpose was to improve the defense of the starting unit. What went unsaid, however, was the hope of the first-year Lakers coach that his moves would serve as a wakeup call for Boozer and Lin. “Getting minutes in this lea

Bryant, Lakers don't celebrate for long

Mon Dec 15, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – The night before, the celebration had been genuine, the emotion pure. And Kobe Bryant seemed to allow himself a rare, fleeting moment of satisfaction after surpassing Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Within 24 hours, that was all gone. History relegated to the past. After a 110-91 loss to the

Lev: Lakers broadcaster Bill Macdonald never tanks

Mon Dec 15, 2014

“Yes!” That was Bill Macdonald’s call of a fourth-quarter Nick Young 3-pointer in a late-November game against Toronto that the Lakers eventually would lose, because, well, that’s who the Lakers are these days. They’ve had a bunch of ugly losses. More are coming. They’re still interesting becau

Kobe Bryant carries Lakers to win after passing Jordan

Sun Dec 14, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – After Kobe Bryant slid into third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, there was really only one thing left for the Lakers’ superstar to do. Carry his team to a win. Bryant buried a 3-pointer with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter to break a tie and propel the Lakers to a 100-94 win over the Tim

Oram: Young makes even this Lakers team worth watching

Sun Dec 14, 2014

So there we were on Friday night, facing a deadline made tougher than it should have been by ESPN and overtime. A large crowd elbowed for space around Kobe Bryant’s locker, although Bryant was nowhere to be found. Out from a side room strutted Nick Young. Young, he of the infectious personality and too-big-to-fail self-image, was a

Bryant's next record? Foul play

Sat Dec 13, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – Here’s something no one else is going to tell you this weekend: Kobe Bryant will snap Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record. It is, so to speak, a slam dunk. And you know what? It’s going to be sooner rather than later. Not his scoring record, mind you. As Byron Scott said Friday in San Antoni

Young's long 3-pointer in OT lifts Lakers in San Antonio

Fri Dec 12, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – In the absence of Kobe Bryant passing Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, there was Nick Young. As Kobe Bryant struggled to 22 points, remaining nine behind Jordan’s 32,292 career points, Young stepped up in his place. Young scored a game-high 29 points, including a wild

Lakers' Scott doesn't see anyone catching Abdul-Jabbar

Fri Dec 12, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – For those not old enough to remember, Kobe Bryant’s pursuit of Michael Jordan’s 32,292 career points is not the first time a Laker has chased a significant scoring milestone. It’s been more than 30 years since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar needed 22 points to pass another Lakers great, Wilt Chamberlain, for th

Byron Scott says he'll feel 'like a dad' when Bryant passes Jordan

Fri Dec 12, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – Byron Scott was on hand for Kobe Bryant’s first career point, a free throw at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5, 1996. And he’ll be there when the Lakers star passes Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, a milestone Bryant may achieve as soon as Friday against the defending champsion Spurs. &l

Kobe's presence livens up Lakers practice

Thu Dec 11, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Kobe Bryant was back on the practice floor Thursday, and so was the intensity. Drills were a bit more spirited and a scrimmage between the starters and reserves turned heated. Bryant was back and so were the trash-talking and the not-so-subtle critiques from the Lakers star. “Is this the type of (stuff) t

Kobe to start at point guard? 'I'm thinking about it,' Scott says

Wed Dec 10, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – It is no surprise to see Kobe Bryant with the ball in his hands at the end of games. But late in Tuesday’s 98-95 win over the Sacramento Kings, it was by design. Coach Byron Scott opted to eschew a traditional backcourt, playing Bryant at point guard for all but the final 34 seconds of the fourth quarter.

Lakers don't follow Magic plan in win over Kings

Tue Dec 09, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Believe in Magic? Not these Lakers. At the very least, they weren’t buying what one of the franchise’s greats was selling. Lose games for the long-term betterment of the franchise? Nah. Hours after Magic Johnson made waves by saying he hoped his former team would “lose every game,&rdq

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