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Kobe: Nash 'did everything possible' to get back

Fri Oct 24, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Playing without Steve Nash was nothing new for the Lakers. Since acquiring the two-time Most Valuable Player two summers ago, it has been the norm to expect his absence. But Friday was the first time the Lakers did so with knowledge he will not return. Even as the Lakers wrapped up the preseason with a 93-92 los

Season - and likely career - end for Lakers' Nash

Thu Oct 23, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Steve Nash was as optimistic as he had been in his Lakers tenure. He executed his meticulously rehearsed pregame routine with surgeon-like focus, crouching at the free throw line and rotating his torso side to side while younger teammates casually tossed up jumpers and goofed around. He started a preseason game that nig

Lakers' Nash done for season, and likely career

Thu Oct 23, 2014

Steve Nash finally gave up the fight to get back onto the court after battling nerve issues in his back and legs the past two years and will sit out this season, the Lakers announced Thursday. Nash’s decision to forgo another attempt to return likely spells the end of his Hall of Fame career. The 40-year-old point guard previously

Lakers' Nash done for season, and likely career

Thu Oct 23, 2014

Steve Nash finally gave up the fight to get back onto the court after battling nerve issues in his back and legs the past two years and will sit out this season, the Lakers announced Thursday. Nash’s decision to forgo another attempt to return likely spells the end of his Hall of Fame career. The 40-year-old point guard previously

Jeanie Buss comes to Kobe's defense

Thu Oct 23, 2014

Jeanie Buss fired back Thursday at anonymous league sources who in an ESPN The Magazine story blamed Kobe Bryant for the Lakers' inability to attract top free agents last summer. “Any free agent that woul

Lakers give Bryant final two preseason games off

Wed Oct 22, 2014

ONTARIO – Byron Scott apparently has seen all he needs to know that Kobe Bryant will be ready for his 19th and second-to-last NBA season. So he gave the Lakers star the final two exhibition games off, starting with Wednesday’s game against Portland. After a two-plus hour bus ride to Citizens Business Bank Arena, Bryant sat in

Miller: Kobe wise in being 'afraid'

Wed Oct 22, 2014

He made headlines in July when he announced he was “scared” about his future. I remember being confused initially, wondering why this even was a story. Of course, Kobe Bryant’s scared about his future. Like everyone else, he’s seen the Lakers’ roster. Then I read a little deeper and discovered Bryant

Miller: Kobe wise in being 'afraid'

Wed Oct 22, 2014

He made headlines in July when he announced he was “scared” about his future. I remember being confused initially, wondering why this even was a story. Of course, Kobe Bryant’s scared about his future. Like everyone else, he’s seen the Lakers’ roster. Then I read a little deeper and discovered Bryant

Price is right on point for Lakers

Tue Oct 21, 2014

ANAHEIM – Through a preseason in which he has lamented his team’s defense and effort, Lakers coach Byron Scott appears to have found one player who is doing everything he asks. Not Kobe Bryant, the Hall of Famer, nor Carlos Boozer, the savvy veteran, but Ronnie Price, the journeyman backup point guard who showed up for traini

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

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