Five Things to Watch: Los Angeles Lakers

Phil Jackson fishing

It’s going to be an interesting season for the Los Angeles Lakers. It is a time of obvious transition, but for a team that’s accustomed to being on top, it’s going to be much different than that. After a season in which they struggled to simply reach the playoffs, things might be even more frustrating for the Lakers in 2014. So before we dive into the upcoming season, a quick look at all the turmoil from a season ago should help

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SH Blog: Heat come to terms with Beasley, Jim Buss explains why Lakers really passed on Phil Jackson

Michael Beasley

You can be an incredibly gifted scorer in the NBA, but these days, that skill alone won’t necessarily cut it for most teams. You have to understand the concept of team play on both ends of the court. Without it, you might not be good enough to stick around in the league, and that is especially true if you come with baggage. At this point in his career, Michael Beasley is that guy – a pretty good scorer that doesn’t defend

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SH Blog: Jim Buss takes shot at Dwight Howard, Olajuwon says Howard is still raw

Lakers Jim Buss

When certain NBA owners are unable to attain a coveted player via free agency, they seem to feel the need to lash out or downplay what that player meant to their franchise. Mark Cuban has done this a number of times: he said the Dallas Mavericks were better off by not signing Deron Williams in the summer of 2012, and basically said the same about Dwight Howard after missing out on the center this summer. We all know about the

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SH Blog: Pierce convinced Garnett to leave Boston, Wiggins wants to play for Raptors

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After weeks of knowing that the trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry would join the Brooklyn Nets, they were finally introduced at the Barclays Center on Thursday afternoon. While all the reports were out on how everything came about and what pieces were needed to successfully get a blockbuster deal done between the Nets and the Boston Celtics, there was never an opportunity to hear how the trio coming from Boston really felt about what went down. 

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Tweet of the Day: David Lee

Lakers' D12 marketing campaign as seen on Sunset Blvd.

After billboard signs, a team meeting and a Time Warner Cable presentation, the Los Angeles Lakers lost the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. Howard chose to take his talents to H-Town, joining forces with James Harden the the Rockets. [Tweet of the Night: Dwight Howard makes official announcement of his decision to play for Houston] The Lakers—as a team—are moving on without the All-Star center. However, it appears that the Lakers’ PR and marketing staffs are not on the same page with basketball operations. Golden

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