February 27th, 2014 at 9:50 PM
By Anousheh Emadi
About a week ago, the Los Angeles Lakers traded veteran point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for guards Kent Bazemore and Marshon Brooks.
After multiple reports suggested that big men Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman may be traded, the Lakers ultimately decided to part ways with the 34-year-old Blake.
With L.A. currently dead last in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, and making the playoffs are nothing more than a pipe dream, the Purple and Gold are officially set to look forward to the offseason — primarily the stacked 2014 draft and the star-studded free agency.
As a result, it's time for the Lakers to evaluate their current roster.
With Blake in the San Francisco Bay Area, L.A. is left with two healthy point guards in Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak explained the reasoning behind trading Blake:
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"With Kendall and Jordan and of course Steve Nash and Steve Blake, it really got to the point where we needed to free up some time in the backcourt to look at Jordan and give Kendall the time that he's earned — let's review and evaluate where we are with those two players."
February 9th, 2014 at 9:27 PM
By Anousheh Emadi
A familiar face has rejoined the Purple and Gold.
After being waived on January seven before his contract would have become fully guaranteed, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Shawne Williams to a 10-day contract due to an injury-riddled squad.
Even with the signing of Williams, the Lakers only had nine available players in today's loss against the Chicago Bulls — Steve Blake, Steve Nash, Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman, Kendall Marshall, Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre, Jordan Hill and Williams.
In his first tenure with L.A. this season, Williams averaged a paltry 5.2 points on 37.7 percent shooting from the field. And in his first two games back, the former Memphis Tiger finished with seven and four points while shooting 33 percent on both occasions.
Williams remains a favorite of head coach Mike D'Antoni's, and although he is struggling shooting the ball, he will certainly continue to receive minutes off the bench — for now.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 1st, 2014 at 8:20 PM
By Anousheh Emadi
Although Los Angeles Lakers' superstar Kobe Bryant has only played six games through the first half of the regular season due to various injuries, the future Hall of Famer was voted in by the fans to his 16th All-Star game.
However, Bryant is reportedly returning after the All-Star game, so he will most likely not participate in the traditional event. As a result, the NBA's new commissioner, Adam Silver, will determine Bryant's replacement.
Because of a very talented Western Conference, there are many deserving players who can effectively replace Bryant. Unlike the Eastern Conference where the Indiana Pacers' up-and-coming shooting guard, Lance Stepehnson, is arguably the only snub, the NBA's more competitive conference have numerous worthy players who deserve to play in New Orleans on February 16.
Before discussing some potential players that can replace Bryant, here are the Western and Eastern Conference players that have been selected to the All-Star game. Read more... Join the Conversation...
January 27th, 2014 at 2:32 PM
By Sean Walters
The Los Angeles Lakers ended their seven game road trip with a 110-103 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Lakers may have gone 2-5 on the trip, but they certainly exceeded expectations while away.
On the road trip, L.A. was competitive in every game they played, and never lost by double digits. That says a lot about their effort level in a league where many teams have off nights and pack it in on the road leading to huge blowouts. The NBA is an effort league. The season is a long, strenuous one, and often wins don’t always go to the most talented team, but rather the one giving the most energy. This team is showing that level of energy, and the wins may be waiting for them back at the Staples Center.
The key to this team is their youth. A team that certainly has less talent than most others in the NBA, makes up for it with energy and will. Some of the young players on the Lakers roster haven’t been in the league long, and are playing their tails off to continue living their dream. Guys like Kendall Marshall and Manny Harris have only recently been signed, and are enjoying their time at the highest level.Read more... Join the Conversation...
January 24th, 2014 at 7:07 AM
By Sean Walters
The Los Angeles Lakers played tough against the Miami Heat, but ultimately fell short by a final count of 109-102.
In the first half the Lakers looked out of sorts on the defensive end of the floor, which has been the case all season. Countless layups for the Heat contributed to their impressive 52 points in the paint on the night. When the Lakers weren’t giving up lay ups they were allowing the Heat to walk in to wide open 3-pointers. The Heat shot 40 percent from the 3-point line, and that was one of the main reasons they lead at halftime.
It was nice to see Greg Oden come in and play effectively for the Heat. Oden didn’t have the best game of his life, but 5 points and 5 boards in 10 minutes is a very solid showing for the big man who has had trouble staying on the court. All of these factors contributed to an 11 point Heat lead at halftime that felt like it should have been much bigger.Read more... Join the Conversation...