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Los Angeles Lakers: Don’t Sweat the Regular Season Stuff

January 5th, 2011
Way back when I was in high school, we received progress reports every five, 10 and 15 weeks and the final report card at the end of the semester, the latter of which was the only evaluation that actually counted toward anything relevant, like college. The point is that progress reports ...

Twas The Day Before Christmas: Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Miami Heat

December 24th, 2010
Twas the day before Christmas, Santa is firing up the sleigh and settling into his seat. He wants to be back in the North Pole early this year, just in time for the Lakers vs. the Heat. St. Nick will be delivering bicycles and Barbies, teddy bears and basketballs, but this ...

Los Angeles Lakers Sign Former Foe Matt Barnes: Why Can’t We Be Friends?

July 28th, 2010
On Tuesday afternoon, seventh-year swingman Matt Barnes was officially introduced as the Los Angeles Lakers' latest free agent acquisition—another one of the many magician-like moves general manager Mitch Kupchak has pulled out of his hat, this one of the discounted two-year, $3.6 million variety. The signing of Barnes cements L.A.'s last ...

Go Fish: Los Angeles Lakers Must Sign Derek Fisher To Achieve Three-Peat

July 12th, 2010
After the Los Angeles Lakers repeated as world champions last month, I wrote a column that proclaimed Mitch Kupchak is the J.K. Rowling of NBA general managers . I praised the Lakers GM for keeping Kobe Bryant in purple and gold, for landing Pau Gasol in the most crooked acquisition since ...

2010 NBA Free Agency: Shaquille O’Neal Should Sign With The L.A. Lakers

July 5th, 2010
Five or six years ago that headline would have made less sense than two (by all accounts sane) parents allowing their 16-year old daughter to circumnavigate the globe by her lonesome. Then again, five or six years ago Shaquille O'Neal was still posting double-doubles with regularity, playing thirty-plus minutes per game, and putting his ...

2010 NBA Draft Results: Breaking Down the Top Draft-Day Deals

June 25th, 2010
Like the Kardashian sisters and large amounts of makeup, the NBA draft and same-day trades go hand-in-hand. Thursday was no exception, with 15 deals getting done within a span of 60 selections. However, the one trade that everyone is talking about occurred before the draft began, in the form of the Chicago ...

Not Your Average Mitch: L.A. Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak Is the NBA’s Top GM

June 19th, 2010
On May 30, 2007, pro basketball in Los Angeles frantically fell flat on its face, leaving Angelenos wondering, "Will we ever rebound?" Following a third straight forgettable season -- the latest of which resulted in a repeat first-round exit at the mercy of the Phoenix Suns in the 2007 playoffs -- the Lakers were arguably ...

NBA Finals 2010: Role Players Will Be the Difference in Legendary Game Seven

June 17th, 2010
When my 14-year old sister and I head to the hamburger Hall of Fame that is In N' Out, she always orders her same, standard selection: a cheeseburger, merely with meat, cheese and a dab of ketchup. No crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, grilled onions or best of all, the "heaven ...

2010 NBA Finals: L.A. Lakers Lack Team Concept

June 15th, 2010
After a Game 5 loss that crept the Los Angeles Lakers within one whiff of their second NBA Finals strikeout in three years, my mother made a statement that could possibly serve as a forewarning to Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon and Jon Barry's job security in the NBA analyst arena. "You ...

2010 NBA Finals: Derek Fisher Is the Best Playoff PG of the Last Decade

June 9th, 2010
Among the great NBA debates is the contentious cooler-talk question: "Who is the greatest point guard of the last 10 years?" With an abundance of outstanding playmakers at that position—including Steve Nash and his unparalleled leadership skills, Chris Paul and his king-like court vision, Deron Williams and his unprecedented offensive ...