Kamenetzky: Lakers Win! Lakers Win!

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LOS ANGELES — It’s a standard scene in every old war movie. A ragtag, weary outfit, battered and bruised, is charged with holding a key bridge in order to save France from the advancing German army. If the bridge goes, the free world goes with it. For the Lakers, entering Sunday’s game at Staples against the Charlotte Hornets sitting at 0-5 for the first time since 1957 and facing run of high end opponents over the next 10-plus days, Sunday’s game was

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Kamenetzky: Kobe Learning to Let Go of Lacking Lakers

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LOS ANGELES — “You can only control what you can control. That’s really tough to process, it’s tough to let that go. But it’s the truth, man.” That was Kobe Bryant at the podium Tuesday night after his Los Angeles Lakers dropped their season opener to the Houston Rockets, a 108-90 home loss that wasn’t as competitive as even the lopsided score might indicate. Small picture, he was speaking specifically about the spirit-crushing injury – a broken right tibia – suffered by

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Five Things To Watch: Los Angeles Lakers

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Over the last 35 years, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the gold standard for success, not just in the NBA, but across the Big Four sports in America. That’s the big picture. Little picture? The Lakers last season set a new standard for futility: 55 losses, more than any other team in franchise history. Nearly from start to finish, the 2013-14 campaign was a disaster of injuries and ire, much of it directed at owner and basketball operations head Jim

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Kamenetzky Bros. Power Rankings: Preseason Edition

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So … how was your summer? In the quiet of late September, it’s easy to forget how totally nutty things got after the San Antonio Spurs ended the Miami Heat Era (even if nobody quite knew it yet). Transformative free agent maneuvering. Blockbuster trades. Courtroom drama. Spectacularly damaging internal memos uncovered in the wake of wildly inappropriate scouting reports. Now that it’s over, the pillars of power in the NBA have shifted. Some of them, at least. It’s easy to see where the

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Kamenetzky: Who Will “Make a Splash” as Next Lakers coach?

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A fairly inclusive list of potential replacements for Mike D’Antoni following his resignation as head coach of the Lakers earlier this week: John Calipari, Kevin Ollie, Byron Scott, Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy, Derek Fisher, George Karl, Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Lionel Hollins, Tom Thibodeau, Mark Jackson, Steve Kerr, Ettore Messina … Plenty of impressive names, but hardly reflective of some grand organizational philosophy on playing style or priorities beyond, as has been reported, to “make a splash.” It’s an expression

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Kamenetzky Bros. Power Rankings: Examining the Slippage of Pacers and Heat

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It’s not necessarily that things are getting tighter atop the standings – Indiana and Miami remain a country mile ahead of their Eastern Conference brethren – but with less than a month to go before the playoffs, things are growing a whole lot more competitive. Once an affront to James Naismith, Massachusetts, and peach baskets, the bottom 3/4ths of the playoff ladder has taken on a totally new look since the All-Star break. Specifically: Records since the circus left New Orleans:

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Kamenetzky Bros. Power Rankings: The Curious Case of the Pelicans

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At this time of year, it’s common practice to categorize teams into tankers and non-tankers, but where a team is in mid-March isn’t necessarily where they were in October. You have your teams who started the year constructed to be historically atrocious, now rounding spectacularly into form (Philadelphia). Some expected to be bad, but turned out pretty good (Phoenix, Toronto). Some hoped to be maybe-we-scrape-the-playoff-ladder-if-all-goes-well-but-we-know-it’s-a-rebuilding-year competent, then saw everything go straight to the terlit (Lakers). Then there is the curious case of

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Kamenetzky Bros. Power Rankings: Putting Jason Collins into Context

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Before getting hitched, I lived with my future wife for a few months, then we were engaged for about a year and a half. We were told over and over: “It’ll be different when you’re married.” Then the day came, and guess what? Our routines were the same. We treated each other just as we had before. In that sense, absolutely nothing was different. But around us, context changed. People viewed our relationship differently. Making the bond official added a layer of obligation

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