Los Angeles Lakers News
1-9-17: After a difficult December, the Lakers have played better in 2017. With wins on Friday and Sunday, Los Angeles has three wins in its last four games. The Lakers returned home on Friday to host the Miami Heat, and Brandon Ingram matched his career high with 17 points in the Lakers’ 127-100 victory. He then scored 17 points again on Sunday, as six Lakers scored in double figures in their 111-95 win against the visiting Orlando Magic.
12-26-16: The Lakers finally stopped their four-game losing streak on Sunday, as they beat the Los Angeles Clippers, who were without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Timofey Mozgov scored a team-high 19 points in the Lakers’ 111-102 Christmas Day victory. The Lakers continue their homestand on Tuesday against the Utah Jazz.
12-12-16: Even with Nick Young returning to the lineup for games on Sunday and Monday, the Lakers were unable to break their losing streak. Los Angeles entered December with a 10-10 record on the season, but has since lost seven consecutive games. On Monday, DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings were too much for the Lakers, who were led by Louis Williams’ 24 points.
11-28-16: Julius Randle missed his third straight game on Sunday due to a hip injury, but Lou Williams scored a game-high 21 points against the visiting Atlanta Hawks, as the Lakers stopped their two-game losing streak. Unfortunately, the Lakers will also be without D’Angelo Russell for a couple weeks after receiving an injection for his sore left knee.
11-21-16: Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls were too much for the Lakers, as Los Angeles fell, 118-110, on Sunday evening at Staples Center. D’Angelo Russell, who was nursing a sore knee, shot 3-for-11 from the field and scored just eight points in the loss. On the bright side, Louis Williams came off the bench to score a team-high 25 points.
11-7-16: Nick Young's 22 points led the Lakers to their 119-108 victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns. Young also grabbed seven rebounds in the Lakers' third straight win. Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson each scored 18 points in the victory. The Lakers finish their three-game homestand against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
4-12-16: Bryant shot very well on Sunday, as he scored a team-high 35 points, but his team fell, 130-110 at Houston to lose its fifth consecutive game. Then, most of the Lakers struggled on Monday, as they fell at Oklahoma City, 112-79. On Wednesday, the Lakers host the Utah Jazz for what expects to be Bryant’s last NBA game.
3-29-16: Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 28 points against the visiting Denver Nuggets last Friday, but the Lakers fell, 116-105. Unfortunately, D’Angelo Russell was carried off the floor after suffering an ankle injury on Friday. He surprisingly played on Sunday and had a game-high 22 points, but Los Angeles lost to the Washington Wizards. Then, he struggled in Monday’s blowout at the hands of the Utah Jazz.
3-15-16: The highlight of the Lakers’ 2015-16 season seems to have come earlier this month when they defeated the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center behind a game-high 25 points from Jordan Clarkson. Then, Los Angeles had its first winning streak since the beginning of February, as Byron Scott’s squad defeated the visiting Orlando Magic, 107-98. However, the Lakers then lost to the Cavaliers and Knicks.
2-29-16: In each contest of a home-and-home set with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Lakers had the game-high scorer, but fell in both contests to extend their losing streak to eight games. Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell, the game-high scorers, put up a combined 50 points. The Lakers, who have some time to rest, will try to avoid their 50th loss of the season on Tuesday against the visiting Brooklyn Nets.
2-24-16: The Lakers’ losing streak continued this past week, as they fell to 36 games below .500 in 2015-16. On Monday, Giannis Antetokounmpo was too much for Los Angeles, as he put up a triple-double. On the bright side, Larry Nance Jr. is back on the court for the first time in a few weeks after sitting due to a knee injury.
2-16-16: Roy Hibbert returned on Wednesday and played 17 minutes; he scored nine points, his most since January 29, but the Lakers’ 111-point output was not enough to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Louis Williams scored a team-high 28 points on very efficient shooting. All-Star Game starter Kobe Bryant went 5-for-16, but made three of his seven 3-pointers and scored 17 points in the loss to the Cavaliers.
2-10-16: Monday was the first game that starting center Roy Hibbert missed this season, and he missed it due to a left ankle injury. Robert Sacre started for Hibbert, and he went scoreless in 15 minutes. Backup center Tarik Black had the same amount of playing time and also did not put up any points in the Lakers’ 89-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Kobe Bryant shot 6-for-25 in the team’s second consecutive loss.
2-3-16: The Lakers recently had to shut down forward Larry Nance Jr. until after the All-Star break, as he continues to nurse a sore right knee. Meanwhile, the Lakers had been struggling, as they headed into Tuesday’s contest against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves with 10 straight losses. Then, Kobe Bryant came alive, as he scored a season-high 38 points, including seven made 3-pointers.
1-12-16: The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four games in a row and are two wins away from reaching the double-digit mark for the season. The Lakers play the New Orleans Pelicans, then consecutive games on the road against the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz before returning home against the Houston Rockets.
1-4-16: The Los Angeles Lakers have won three straight games and are two wins away from reaching the double-digit mark. The winning streak will most likely end against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, January 5th but have three other games this week against the Sacramento Kings on the road and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz at home.
12-28-15: It’s now three straight losses and five out of the last six for the Los Angeles Lakers, who’s aspirations of building something with their young players are put on hold during Kobe Bryant’s retirement tour. They have two road games against the Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics before returning home against the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns.
12-21-15: Now at 2-8 in their last 10 games, the Los Angeles Lakers seem comfortable with throwing this season out the window for Kobe Bryant. They look to snap their two-game skid against the Denver Nuggets before two home games in a row against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas Day.
12-11-15: At 3-19, the Lakers are in purgatory as losing games seems acceptable during Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour. The Lakers have two road games against the Spurs and Rockets before returning to the Staples Center on December 15th.
11-20-15: Is this the final year for Kobe Bryant? He said if things don’t change it may be, as the NBA secretly hopes for an uptick in performance. The Lakers have winnable home games against the Raptors and Trail Blazers this weekend.
11-13-15: The positives are tough to find in Laker Land, as the 1-7 start and struggles from both Kobe Bryant and rookie guard D’Angelo Russell shows no improvement is coming anytime soon. The Lakers look for their first home win of the season on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons.
11-5-15: The Los Angeles Lakers are losing and they’re losing ugly. After one of the most disappointing season’s in franchise history last year, it seems not much is getting better. The Lakers have two games this weekend, including a battle of winless team between them and the Brooklyn Nets.
10-6-15: The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t perform well in their first preseason game against the Utah Jazz in Honolulu, Hawaii, losing by 19 points. They take on the Jazz against tonight in their second half of their Hawaii trip, before traveling to Ontario, California to face the Toronto Raptors on October 8th. On Sunday, the Lakers host Maccabi Haifa at the Staples Center in an international exhibition.
5-3-15: On Saturday night the world watched the decisive Game 7 of the first round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs wondering if a new NBA champion would be crowned this season. While the world waited on the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight to begin in Los Vegas Chris Paul was delivering the knockout blow to Tim Duncan and the Spurs all on a bad left hamstring. With just one second left on the clock Paul knocked down what became the game winning shot in front of the home crowd at the Staples Center cementing the best of seven series victory for the Clippers. Los Angeles left it all on the court with Blake Griffin and JJ Redick each playing more than 40 minutes in the contest and combining for 38 points to go with Paul's 27 point and six assist night. Griffin finished the contest with a playoff triple double scoring 24 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists in the series victory for the Clippers. Tim Duncan did his best to bring the Spurs back and at least force an overtime period scoring 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while Tony Parker added 20 points for San Antonio but it was not enough for the victory. The NBA will crown a new NBA Champion this season with the elimination of the Spurs while the Clippers quest for that title continues next week against James Harden and the Houston Rockets.
3-31-15: The Los Angeles Lakers still have a mathematical chance at the playoffs this season after posting a 17-50 record but the chances of that happening are slim to none after struggling for much of this season. Rather than gearing up for a playoff push the team is instead working towards the draft and the 2015/2016 NBA season. The Lakers started this week by staying at home inside the Staples Center to play host to the Philadelphia 76ers. During the contest the Lakers defense held Philadelphia to just 87 points total and 12 points when it mattered most in the fourth quarter in an eventual 101-87 victory for Los Angeles. The leading scorer in the contest was Jeremy Lin who had 29 points and five assists in the victory for Los Angeles. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the 76ers was led by Robinson who had 14 points and eight rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Philadelphia. For the Lakers next contest the team traveled to Oklahoma City looking to be the first team to slow down Russell Westbrook in the second half of this season. During the game the Thunder and the Lakers ditched playing defense and played in a shootout that saw the 30 point mark eclipsed four different times in a quarter by both teams. The Thunder had their worst scoring output in the fourth quarter only scoring 27 points but were still able to hold on and beat the Lakers by the final score of 127-117 behind 27 points and 11 assists from Russell Westbrook. Meanwhile the Lakers scoring attack was led by Clarkson who led all scorers in the contest with 30 points and seven assists but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. For the Lakers next contest the team made the trip out to Minnesota to face off with Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers so these two teams went into overtime. Los Angeles took a big first quarter lead before Minnesota chipped away at it in the second and third and closing the gap to just seven entering the fourth. In the fourth the Timberwolves closed the gap and tied the game up at 90 each before the last buzzer sounded forcing the extra five minute period. In the overtime the Lakers had the hotter shooting hand and were able to narrowly escape with a 101-99 victory over Minnesota. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 19-51. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a trio of road games against the Toronto Raptors, the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers before returning home to finish the week off by playing host to the New Orleans Pelicans.
3-24-15: The Los Angeles Lakers have turned their attention away from the playoffs and now have their sights set on the NBA Draft Lottery and the 2015/2016 season. The team took another step in the wrong direction last week and currently sports a 17-47 record. The Lakers started this week by staying at home inside the Staples Center to play host to Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks. During the game the Hawks got back to their winning ways by holding the Lakers to 14 points in the first quarter and grinding out a 91-86 victory. The leading scorer in the contest was Dennis Schroder who had 24 points and 10 assists for the Hawks while Bazemore pulled down nine rebounds in the victory for Atlanta. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Lakers was led by Carlos Boozer who had 13 points but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. The Lakers were back out on the court the very next night in Golden State when the team faced off with the Golden State Warriors. During the game the Lakers gave Golden State all they could handle on both sides of the basketball but the Warriors were able to still survive and edge Los Angeles by the final score of 108-105. The leading scorer in the contest was Klay Thompson who had 26 points for Golden State with the help of nine assists from Stephen Curry in the victory. Meanwhile in the loss the Lakers scoring attack was led by 17 points from Ellington and 12 rebounds and five assists from Jordan Hill. For the final game of the week for the Lakers the team stayed home in Los Angeles to play host to Derrick Favors and the Utah Jazz. During the contest the Lakers eclipsed the 20 point plateau just once in the contest and were held to 73 points overall in an 80-73 loss to the Utah Jazz. The leading scorer in the contest was Gordon Hayward who had 22 points and five assists for the Jazz while Derrick favors grabbed seven rebounds nit he victory for Utah. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Lakers was led by Black who had 13 points but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 17-50. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Philadelphia 76ers before finishing their week off out on the road facing off with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
3-3-15: The Los Angeles Lakers come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week hoping to turn around one of the worst records in the NBA this season boasting a 13-40 record. The Lakers started this week by staying at home inside the Staples Center to play host to the new look Brooklyn Nets and Mason Plumlee. During the contest the Nets used an explosive first quarter and an even bigger third quarter to hold off the young Lakers offense in a 114-105 victory for the Nets. The Brooklyn scoring attack that scored 34 points in the first quarter and 40 points in the third quarter was led by Joe Johnson who scored 23 points in the victory for the Nets. Meanwhile the Lakers attack was led by 18 points from Jeremy Lin while Ed Davis added 16 points but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. For the Lakers next contest the team stayed home inside the Staples Center to play host to the Boston Celtics. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Lakers and the Celtics and an extra overtime period was needed. The Lakers offense was very hot and cold on the night with bigger second and fourth quarters mixed in with lackluster first and third quarters. Meanwhile the Celtics seemed to shoot themselves tired and out of this game the later the game went on. In the overtime period Boston managed just five points in the extra five minute period while the Lakers put up 12 points on the scoreboard to win the game by the final score of 118-111. For the Lakers next contest the team made the trip out to Salt Lake City to face off with Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz. During the game the Jazz out-shot and out-rebounded the Lakers but Los Angeles made the best of their extra shooting opportunities created from the defense. Los Angeles was able to force 212 turnovers in the contest and used the extra shots to edge the Jazz by the final score of 100-97. The Lakers scoring attack was led by 22 points from Jordan Clarkson while Jordan Hill added 16 points in the victory for Los Angeles. Meanwhile the Utah offense was run through 20 points from Gordon Hayward while Derrick Favors added 18 points but it was not enough in the loss for Utah. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 15-41. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Milwaukee Bucks and the Oklahoma City Thunder before finishing the week off with a pair of road contests against the Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat.
2-20-15: The Los Angeles Lakers enters the NBA’s All Star Weekend with no much to cheer about as the team has
posted one of the worst records in the NBA this season with a 13-40 record. The Lakers started this
week by staying home and resting up while everyone else watched the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game
and NBA All Star Saturday Night festivities. Unfortunately no members of the Lakers were invited to the
All Star Game or the competitions. The All Star Game pit the best of the Eastern Conference against the
best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense was thrown out the window in lieu of loads of
offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the offensive department as these two teams combined
for 321 points total on the night inside Madison Square Garden. Leading the way for the Western
Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points winning the MVP Award while James Harden
added another 29 points for the West. In the East the hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points
in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the way with 30 points. It was not enough for
Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference once again showed its dominance in a
163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All Star Game. When the week was all said
and done the team finished with an overall record of 13-40.
2-9-15: The Los Angeles Lakers came into the week still sitting as one of the cellar dwellers in the Western
Conference this season posting a 13-34 record. The Lakers started this week by making the trip to
Madison Square Garden to take on Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. During the contest the
Knicks scored 34 points in the first quarter and held Los Angeles to just 36% shooting in a 94-80 victory
for New York. Carmelo Anthony scored 16 of his game high 31 points in the third quarter while also
grabbing 8 rebounds in the victory for the Knicks. Meanwhile the Lakers were led by Carlos Boozer and
Jordan Clarkson who had 19 points each but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. For the Lakers
next contest the team made the trip out to Milwaukee to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. During the
game four quarters could not decide a winner between these two teams as the game went into
overtime. Surprisingly the Lakers held a big eight point advantage at halftime but came out flat in the
third quarter scoring just 14 points and facing a six point deficit entering the fourth. In the fourth
Milwaukee gave all six points back forcing the extra five minute period but the tide would change once
again. Milwaukee outscored the Lakers by eight points scoring 19 points total in the overtime period to
win the game over the Lakers 113-105. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an
overall record of 13-36. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of road games against
the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers before returning home to Los Angeles to play host to the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers will then finish their week off when the team travels to Portland to take on the Portland Trail Blazers inside the Moda Center.
1-29-15: The Los Angeles Lakers struggled once again last week dropping games and dropping their overall record
to 12-28 on the 2014/2015 NBA season. The Lakers started this week by traveling to Salt Lake City to
take on their Western Conference foes in the Utah Jazz. During the contest Kobe Bryant took the night
off for the Lakers and the Los Angeles attack suffered for it in a 94-85 loss to the Jazz. Utah’s attack was
led by 31 points from Gordon Hayward while Trey Burke added 20 points in the victory for the Jazz.
Meanwhile Nick Young led the Lakers with 23 points while Jordan Hill added 16 points as they tried to
pick up the scoring slack in Bryant’s absence but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. For the
Lakers next contest the team traveled to Phoenix to take on their Pacific Division rivals in the Phoenix
Suns. During the contest the run and gun Suns offense was simply too much for the Lakers to stop in a
115-100 victory over Los Angeles. Nick Young did score 24 points for Los Angeles but the team could not
overcome a strong second half and an explosive third quarter for Phoenix. Goran Dragic led the Suns in
scoring with 24 points and 9 rebounds while Eric Bledsoe added 7 assists in the victory for Phoenix over
the Lakers. For the Lakers next contest the team traveled to New Orleans to take on their Western
Conference foes in the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest the Lakers offense continued to
struggle and the Pelicans took full advantage of it in a 96-80 victory over Los Angeles. Jordan Hill led the
Lakers in scoring with 15 points while adding a team high 13 rebounds but the team’s 12 point scoring
output in the fourth quarter ended any comeback attempts for the team. Anthony Davis led all scorers
in the contest for New Orleans with 29 points as the Pelicans easily handled the Lakers in the contest.
When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 12-31. Get your tickets
for next week as the team travels to San Antonio to take on the San Antonio Spurs before finishing their week off at home playing host to the Houston Rockets, the Washington Wizards and the Chicago Bulls.
1-12-15: The Los Angeles Lakers came into the week reeling off another bad week that left their overall record on the season at 10-22. The Lakers started this week by staying home inside Staples Center to play host to Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies. During the game the Grizzlies overcame 53% shooting from the Lakers and Kobe Bryant’s 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to win the game 109-106. Los Angeles was led by Jeremy Lin and Ed Davis both scoring 20 points each but it was not enough to overcome Mike Conley’s 19 points and Marc Gasol’s 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win for Memphis. The Lakers hoped for better results during their next contest when the team stayed home inside Staples Center to play host to the Indiana Pacers. During the contest Indiana had to feel good about their output after one quarter outscoring the Lakers by the score of 28-15. Los Angeles began chipping away at the lead in the second and into the second half despite an off night of shooting by Kobe Bryant. CJ Miles scored 17 points for Indiana to lead their attack but the team’s overall attack stalled as the team combined for 59 points in the final three quarters. The Lakers staged a fourth quarter comeback that ended with Los Angeles grabbing a narrow 88-87 victory from the jaws of defeat over the Pacers. The last place Lakers spent their next contest in Portland when the team traveled to take on the first place Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Lakers and Jordan Hill played the first place Blazers closely until Los Angeles fell apart in the fourth quarter. The Lakers behind Hill’s 23 points and 14 rebounds led by three points entering the fourth quarter before Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers took over. Lillard finished with a game high 39 points and 5 assists as Portland came back to beat Los Angeles by the final score of 98-94. In the latest battle for Los Angeles both team’s that call the Staples Center went head to head with the Los Angeles Lakers acting as the road team and the Los Angeles Clippers acting as the home team. During the contest the Clippers used a huge first half of scoring to claim the city of Los Angeles at least temporarily in a 114-89 victory over the Lakers. Clarkson led the way for the Lakers with 14 points on an off night of shooting from Kobe Bryant while Blake Griffin led all scorers with 27 points in the victory for the Clippers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 11-25. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home all week inside Staples Center to play host to the Orlando Magic, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
1-2-15: The Los Angeles Lakers 2014/2015 season to date has not gone according to plan as the team has one of the worst records in all of the Western Conference posting a 9-19 overall record. The Lakers started this week by traveling to Dallas to take on Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest the Lakers managed just 36% shooting as a team as Los Angeles was without Kobe Bryant for their third straight game. Meanwhile Dallas shot 51% from the field as a team behind a game high 21 points from the newest Mavericks player Rajon Rondo. The Lakers attack was led by 18 points from Carlos Boozer but his efforts once again fell just short as Dallas went on to beat Los Angeles by the final score of 102-98. The Lakers hoped to turn things around in their next contest when the team stayed home inside Staples Center to play host to the Phoenix Suns. During the contest the Lakers enjoyed the return of Kobe Bryant and 52% shooting as a team but the Suns made things difficult for Los Angeles all game long. Bryant managed just 10 points in 32 minutes Phoenix’s guard play led by Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic combined for 46 points in a 116-107 victory over the Lakers. The Lakers looked to turn things around during their next contest when the team traveled to Denver to take on the Denver Nuggets. During the contest the Lakers welcomed Kobe Bryant back to action in a big way as the Lakers star posted a triple-double. Kobe finished with a game high 23 points, game high 11 rebounds and a game high 11 assists in the contest. Denver’s attack was led by 16 points each from Ty Lawson and Jusuf Nurkic but it was not enough in a 111-103 loss to the Lakers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 10-22. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Memphis Grizzlies and the Indiana Pacers before setting out on the road to finish the week off against the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers.
12-22-14: The Los Angeles Lakers start to the 2014/2015 season has not gone according to plan as the team has struggled while posting a 6-16 record. The Lakers started this week by traveling to San Antonio to take on the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs on the road. During the contest it was Nick Young and not Kobe Bryant who shouldered the offensive attack for the Lakers as Young finished with 29 points. The Lakers, led by Young, took an 11 point lead into the fourth quarter as hopes were high before San Antonio, led by Tim Duncan’s 19 points, stormed all the way back to force an overtime. In the overtime Young was the hero for the Lakers as he hit the game winning shot propelling Los Angeles to a 112-110 victory over the Spurs. The Lakers looked to start a winning streak in their next contest when the team traveled to Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. During in the contest the Lakers star Kobe Bryant passed another great in NBA history when his 26 points were enough to pass Michael Jordan on the All-Time scoring list. While the milestone was great Bryant wanted a win and his teammates led by 22 points from Carlos Boozer propelled Los Angeles to a 100-94 victory. Minnesota’s attack was led by 28 points from Shabazz Muhammad but it was not enough for the home team. Bryant and his team traveled to Indiana for their next contest as the Lakers guard looked to distance himself from MJ a little more against the Indiana Pacers in his next contest. During the contest the Pacers used a huge first half in which the team posted 60 points while holding Los Angeles to 27 points to propel the team to victory. Kobe Bryant was in the middle of most of the Lakers scoring on the night adding 21 points but it was 20 points each from Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles that was the difference in the contest. The Pacers took an early lead and never relinquished the lead in a big 110-91 victory over the Lakers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 8-17. The team travels home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder before setting out on the road to face off with the Sacramento Kings. Los Angeles will then return home to Staples Center to host the Golden State Warriors before finishing their week out on the road in Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day.
12-15-14: The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 5-14 record. The Lakers started this week by traveling to Boston to take on the Boston Celtics in the latest chapter of a long history between these two teams. During the contest the Celtics had to feel good about holding Kobe Bryant to just 9-21 shooting and 22 points while holding the Lakers team as a whole to just 41% from the field. The Celtics on the other hand shot better from the field shooting 51% from the field led by 24 points from Tyler Zeller in a 113-96 victory over the Lakers. The Lakers looked to get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest the Pelicans came out of the locker room with the hot hand as the team outscored the Lakers in each of the first three quarters. The Lakers, led by just 14 points from Kobe Bryant, managed to shoot just 40% from the field as Anthony Davis’ 23 point game proved to be too much to overcome for Los Angeles. New Orleans went on to beat the Lakers by the score of 104-87 in a complete team victory. The Lakers searched for better results in their next contest when the team stayed home to host the Sacramento Kings in a Western Conference showdown. During the contest the Kings shot for a higher shooting percentage but the Lakers forced 16 turnovers leading to 26 more shooting opportunities. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 32 points on 27 shot attempts while Carlos Boozer added 15 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles. The Kings were led by 26 points from Darren Collison but the Lakers held Sacramento to just 14 points in the fourth quarter which was ultimately their downfall. Bryant led the Lakers to a fourth quarter comeback and a victory over the Kings by the score of 98-95. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 6-16.
12-5-14: The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the worst teams in the Western Conference this season as the team has only been able to post a 3-12 record in the first five weeks of the new NBA season. The Lakers started this week by traveling back home to Staples Center to play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the contest the Lakers and the Timberwolves traded buckets for much of this contest as the game went down to the final buzzer to determine a winner. With just 0:05 left in the game Kobe Bryant scored two of his 26 points to tie the game giving the Wolves one more shot in regulation. Minnesota would call a time out before knocking down a quick bucket to take a one point lead late setting up a buzzer beating shot for Bryant. Kobe missed the shot as the buzzer went off as the Lakers went on to lose the contest by the score of 120-119. In the next contest for the Lakers the team was back at home in Staples Center to host the Toronto Raptors with a huge milestone for Kobe Bryant within reach. Kobe Bryant was within striking distance entering the contest of becoming the first player in NBA history score at least 30,000 points and have 6,000 assists in a career and he did not disappoint. Kobe led all scorers with 31 points while collecting 11 rebounds and dishing 12 assists for the triple-double and the milestone. Toronto attacked Los Angeles with more of a team effort and with a late push forced an overtime period in the contest. The Lakers took over in the overtime period scoring 20 points while holding the high powered Toronto offense to just 13 points as the Raptors fell by the score of 129-122. The Lakers looked to start a winning streak in their next contest when the team traveled to Detroit to take on the Detroit Pistons. During the contest the Pistons held Bryant to just 4-11 shooting from the field in the contest and 12 points while taking a narrow one point lead with them into halftime. The Lakers, and specifically Jordan Hill, exploded in the second half as the Los Angeles center finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead all scorers. While Detroit presumably felt good about limiting the damage done by Kobe the team itself shot just 37% from the field and fell behind the Lakers in the third quarter. The Pistons could not make up the deficit and ended up losing to the Lakers by the score of 106-96. The Lakers ended their week by traveling to Washington to take on the Eastern Conference’s own Washington Wizards. During the contest the Wizards took full advantage of a slow shooting night from the Lakers and specifically Kobe Bryant. Washington held Los Angeles to just 39% shooting and Bryant to just 8-22 shooting although the Lakers star did score 29 points. Washington on the other hand shot 48% from the field while Bradley Beal scored 27 points in a 111-95 victory over the Lakers.When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-14.
11-28-14: The Los Angeles Lakers have had one of the tougher starts to the 2014/2015 season but have won each of their last two contests to push their record to 3-9 in the campaign. The Lakers started this week by traveling to Dallas to take on Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on the road. In the game the Lakers were led by 18 points from Jeremy Lin and a double-double from Jordan Hill but the team could not overcome a cold night from Kobe Bryant. Bryant finished with just 17 points on 6-22 shooting as the Mavericks made quick work of the Lakers 140-106. In the contest the Mavericks were led by 23 points from Dirk Nowitzki as the team shot a staggering 62% from the field in the victory for Dallas. In the Lakers next contest the team was back in the Staples Center hosting the Denver Nuggets in a home game. In the contest the Lakers were led by 27 points from Kobe Bryant while Jordan Hill added a double-double but it was not enough in a 101-94 loss to the Nuggets. Los Angeles shot just 37% from the field and a miniscule 13% from beyond the arc as the team dropped their second straight game. Meanwhile Denver had five players that scored in double figures while the team shot 38% from the field in the victory for the Nuggets. Memphis spent the night before Thanksgiving playing their final game of the week as the road team in Los Angeles against the Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest the Grizzlies held Kobe Bryant in check allowing 22 points to the Lakers star. The good news for Memphis was that 10 of Bryant’s 22 points came on the free throw line as Bryant finished shooting just 5-15 on the night. Bryant’s efforts were not enough as the Lakers fell to the Grizzlies in this contest by the score of 99-93. Memphis was led by 19 points each from Marc Gasol and Mike Conley in the game as the Grizzlies out-shot and out-rebounded the Lakers in the contest. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-12.
11-21-14: The Los Angeles Lakers have had a terrible start to their 2014/2015 campaign both on and off the court.
The bad start began with the loss of Steve Nash and Julius Randle to injury and has spilled over onto the
court as the team has started the young season with a 1-7 record. The Lakers started this week by
playing host to the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs at home in Staples Center as the team
searched for its second win of the young season. In the contest Kobe Bryant was absolutely cold from
the field shooting just 1-14 and 0-5 from the three point line as the star guard managed just nine points
in the contest. Meanwhile the Spurs were led by the usual suspects in Tim Duncan and Tony Parker as
San Antonio went on to beat the Lakers in convincing fashion by the score of 93-80. The Lakers looked to
turn things around in their next contest when the team headed home to host the Golden State Warriors
at Staples Center. In the game the Lakers were led by none other than Kobe Bryant as the Los Angeles
guard scored 44 points and grabbed five rebounds but once again his supporting cast was a no show for
the most part in the contest. The Warriors had much more of a complete team game on the night with
seven players from Golden State scoring in double digits including Stephen Curry’s 30 point night. The
Warriors outlasted Kobe and the Lakers in this contest winning by the score of 136-115. In the Lakers
next contest the team was back out on the road in Atlanta taking on the Atlanta Hawks from the Eastern
Conference. In the contest the home team Hawks were led offensively by 29 points from Paul Millsap
and 23 points from Jeff Teague while the team shot an impressive 48% from the field. The Lakers were
all that much better on the night as Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles with 28 points while Carlos Boozer
added 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers second victory of the season. The Lakers would win the
game by the score of 114-109 after scoring 67 points in the first half and coasting to victory in the
second half. The Lakers looked to win their second consecutive game in their last matchup of the week
as the team traveled to Houston to take on the Houston Rockets. In the contest the Rockets were led by
none other than James Harden as the Houston guard scored 24 points. The Rockets did not take nearly
the amount of shots in the contest as the Lakers did as Houston attempted just 74 shot attempts for a
41% make percentage. Los Angeles also had a 41% make percentage shooting on the night but
attempted 91 shot attempts in a 98-92 victory for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant led the team with 29 points
while Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill each added a double-double in the Lakers victory. When the week
was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-9.
11-14-14: The Los Angeles Lakers 2014/2015 campaign did not start the way that Steve Nash, Julius Randle, and Kobe Bryant had hoped as two of them are gone for the season and Bryant is 0-5 to start the season. The Lakers started this week by taking four days off before traveling to Charlotte to take on the Charlotte Hornets. In the game Al Jefferson once again led the way for the Hornets with 23 points but the Lakers duo of Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin combined for 42 points. In the end the Lakers got their first victory of the season as Los Angeles beat Charlotte in convincing fashion by the score of 107-92. The Lakers looked to make it two victories in a row in their next game as Los Angeles traveled to Memphis to take on the Memphis Grizzlies. In the contest Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 23 points while Beno Udrih added 16 points in a 107-102 victory over the Lakers. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 28 points in the contest but once again had little help from his supporting cast in yet another loss for Los Angeles. The Lakers finished their week off by traveling to New Orleans to play a Western Conference road game with the Pelicans. In the contest the same old story went down for Los Angeles as Kobe Bryant led the team in scoring with 33 points but his supporting cast was not supportive enough in a 109-102 loss for the Lakers. The Pelicans offensive attack was led by 25 points from Anthony Davis in the victory for New Orleans. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 1-7.
11-7-14: The Los Angeles Lakers started their 2014/2015 season off last week by dropping their home opener to
the Houston Rockets and by dropping their first road game of the season to the Phoenix Suns to start
their season 0-2. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week the Lakers headed home to host
their crosstown rivals in the Los Angeles Clippers in Staples Center. The Lakers were without Steve Nash
and Julius Randle in the contest and had nobody to defend Blake Griffin as he dropped 39 points in the
contest. Jordan Hill scored 23 points for the Lakers while Kobe Bryant added 21 points in a loss to the
Clippers by the score of 118-111. The Lakers continued their quest for their first victory of the season
when they traveled to Golden State to play the Golden State Warriors on the road. In the game the
Warriors Klay Thompson went off offensively scoring 41 points while Stephen Curry added 31 points in a
game that Golden State won by the score of 127-104. In the game Kobe Bryant did his part scoring 28
points while Jordan Hill added 23 points but the defense had no answer for Thompson and Curry in this
contest in the loss. Los Angeles ended their week back at home in Staples Center when the Lakers
hosted the Phoenix Suns for the second time in their young season. Kobe Bryant went off offensively in
the game scoring 39 points and grabbing 9 rebounds while getting help from Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hill, and
Carlos Boozer. While Kobe was a one man wrecking crew for the Lakers the Suns played more of a team
game when Markieff Morris, Gerald Green, and Isaiah Thomas each scored over 20 points while pulling
down a combined 22 rebounds in the game. The trio for Phoenix was too much for the Lakers as the
Suns beat Los Angeles for the second time in the young season by the score of 112-106. When the week
was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 0-5.
10-31-14: The Los Angeles Lakers tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Houston Rockets on the road and it didn’t take long for the Lakers season to absorb another blow. The Lakers are already without Steve Nash for the entire season and may now be without lottery pick Julius Randle after he suffered a broken tibia in his NBA debut, a Lakers 108-90 loss to the Rockets. The Lakers are going to apply for a disabled list exemption for Nash and may do so as well with Randle if the injury is deemed season ending, which looks extremely likely. Los Angeles is now pursuing former Nuggets forward Quincy Miller who was just waived by Denver. The Lakers are set to save about $4.851 million on the Nash contract and $1.499 million on the Randal contract that Los Angeles will use on a free agent or two like Miller to replace their players. One good line of thinking that the Lakers are employing after the losses of Nash and Randle is that the team will likely be in contention for a Top 5 lottery draft pick next season. The Lakers 2015 first round pick is owed to the Phoenix Suns but is protected if Los Angeles’ pick is in the Top 5. Next week, the team travels home to host the Los Angeles Clippers before traveling to take on the Golden State Warriors. Los Angeles will then head back home to host the Phoenix Suns before taking four days off before their next game.
10-29-14: With Kobe Bryant back to full health, Laker tickets on the secondary market have experienced a steady increase in price since last season. The average secondary market price for tickets at Staples Center this season is $232.55, 46.2% higher than last year’s average of $159.06. Kobe and his young cast of talent will take a stab at LeBron’s Cavaliers on January 15 at home, which will be the most expensive game on the Lakers schedule this season. The average price for Lakers vs Cavaliers tickets is $482.10, 107.3% above the season average, with a get-in price of $88.
10-24-14: The Los Angeles Clippers finished in first place in the Pacific Division last season but have struggled in the postseason this year. The team sits at 2-5, failing to post a victory on the road. Some kinks will need to be worked out, though Blake Griffin and company will likely have another stellar year at the Staples Center.
10-15-14: The Los Angeles Lakers opened their preseason schedule on Oct 6 with a 98-95 win over the Denver Nuggets, but have since dropped two straight games to the Golden State Warriors, including a 116-75 loss in their last outing on Oct 12. Next on the Los Angeles Lakers preseason schedule is a meeting with the Utah Jazz at the Honda Center this Thursday, followed by four more preseason games to go with another meeting with Utah, then Phoenix, Portland, and Sacramento before they kick off their regular season on Oct 28 at home against the Houston Rockets.
10-8-14: The Los Angeles Lakers got a win over the Denver Nuggets this past Monday to kick off their preseason as they now get ready to play two upcoming games with the Golden State Warriors on October 9 and 12, followed by two meetings against the Utah Jazz on October 16 and 19, with the remaining preseason games against Suns, Trailblazers, and Kings to finish off their preseason schedule. After rough season filled with injuries, gone is Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Mike D’antoni. In comes new head coach Bryon Scott and a healthy Kobe Bryant who hasn’t played much in the past year and a half due to injuries.
9-22-14: The Lakers point guard situation last year was riddled with injuries. Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar were sidelined for a lot of the season. Point guard duties fell to d-league call-up Kendall Marshall who played well but is now with the Milwaukee Bucks. The fill their hole the Lakers acquired sensation Jeremy Lin from Houston. Looking to learn under and take the minutes load off of Steve Nash the lakers hope to have their point guard woes solved with this signing. Regardless fans will love seeing Linsanity in the purple and gold.
8-13-14: The LA Lakers didn’t get much of a boost to their roster this offseason as they struck out in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstake and getting rejected by Pau Gasol when offering a 3 year deal worth $29 million. However, they did add Jeremy Lin to the squad after he lost his starting job in Houston, and Carlos Boozer from a waiver who was being benched by Chicago in crunch time. Jordan Hill is back for $9 million, while Kobe is 36 years old and Steve Nash is 40 both coming off injury plagued seasons.
Los Angeles Lakers 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 7, Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
Round 2, Pick 46, Jordan Clarkson, PG, Missouri (via trade with Washington Wizards)
4-7-14: Friday night was one to forget for the Lakers. They gave up more than 140 points for the second time in March as they fell by 36 points against the Timberwolves in Minnesota. However, on Tuesday, Chris Kaman and the Lakers played the role of spoilers for the visiting Phoenix Suns. Kaman put up 28 points and 17 rebounds as Los Angeles won, 115-99. Then on Tuesday, Nick Young scored a game-high 40 points and Steve Nash registered a double-double, but those performances were not enough as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Lakers, 124-112. Then, Wednesday was not a good night because Pau Gasol, Xavier Henry, Kaman and Nash all sat out, and Los Angeles lost by five points in Sacramento.
4-1-14: The Lakers’ week did not start so well, but they ended up going 2-2. On Friday, they lost to the Washington Wizards by 10 points and Pau Gasol left Sunday’s game after experiencing dizziness and nausea. However, the Lakers fought hard without their star. Jordan Hill scored a career-high 28 points as Los Angeles defeated the Orlando Magic, 103-94. On Tuesday, Gasol remained out as the Lakers set their franchise record for most points scored in a quarter. They put up 51 points in the third quarter against the New York Knicks and went on to win, 127-96. The Lakers could not make it three wins in a row, as they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-105.
3-24-14: The Lakers played only two games this past week, and they faced the league-best San Antonio Spurs twice. Pau Gasol put up game-highs in both points and rebounds on Friday in San Antonio, but that performance was not enough as the Los Angeles Lakers became the first team to be eliminated from the 2014 NBA playoffs. The Spurs won that night, 119-85. Then on Wednesday, the teams faced off at the Staples Center. The Lakers topped 100 points in this contest as Gasol filled the stat sheet again: 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four blocks. However, the Lakers dropped that game by 16 points.
3-17-14: The Lakers made the Staples Center crowd happy as they won their only home game this past week. After dropping Friday’s contest at Denver by eight points, Mike D’Antoni’s squad returned home to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The juggernaut of the Western Conference was shocked by Jodie Meeks’s career-high 42 points on Sunday. With Meeks scoring by far the most points by a Laker in a game this season, Los Angeles was able to upset Oklahoma City, 114-110. On Wednesday, the Lakers organization announced that Kobe Bryant would sit out for rest of season. Then on Thursday, the Lakers were unable to get two victories in a row against the Thunder.
3-10-14: The Lakers had a crazy four games this past week. On Friday, they made a franchise-record 19 shots from 3-point distance in their 126-122 win over the Sacramento Kings. Then on Monday, Kent Bazemore’s lob to Wesley Johnson with 6.9 seconds remaining lifted the Lakers past the Portland Trail Blazers, 107-106. Although the wins stopped there, the excitement did not. The Lakers put up a lot of points on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, but suffered their first loss when scoring at least 125 points in regulation since 1990. Then on Thursday, the Lakers’ 48-point loss was their worst in franchise history.
3-3-14: It is all about the high draft pick now for the Lakers. They will be looking to develop some players on their current roster, but like past years, the organization will try to find gems on the open market. As far as on the court, the Lakers stopped another losing streak on Friday. They defeated the visiting Boston Celtics, 101-92, to snap their franchise-worst eight-game home losing streak. Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks combined for 29 points off the bench in the victory. Bazemore then moved into the starting lineup, but his teammates could not continue their success. He averaged 18 points per game the rest of the week, but the Lakers dropped games to the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies.
2-26-14: This Friday's matchup with Sacramento is the cheapest such game at Staples Center of the past four seasons. With Kobe Bryant injured and both teams struggling at the bottom of the Pacific Division, the luster of a Lakers/Kings matchup seems to have faded away this season. Cheapest ticket available is currently $17.
2-24-14: Kobe Bryant, who is out indefinitely with a fractured left knee, was voted to start for the Western Conference All-Star team, but had to sit out the exhibition contest. There were no other Lakers representatives during All-Star weekend. Los Angeles has had quite a few injuries this season, but the organization traded one of its remaining healthy players. The Lakers sent Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. Mike D’Antoni’s squad had a light week on the court. The only game was Dwight Howard’s return to the Staples Center. Howard’s 20 points and game-high 13 rebounds led the Rockets to the 134-108 victory on Wednesday.
2-18-14: Well, at least the Lakers are not the worst team in the NBA. They faced the second-worst squad in the league, the Philadelphia 76ers, on Friday and beat them by 14 points. Although Jordan Farmar missed that contest due to a leg injury, Steve Nash scored a season-high 19 points. Then, the team struggled the rest of the week, but there were some good individual performances. Both Chris Kaman and Kendall Marshall double-doubled in the Lakers’ loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. On Tuesday, Kaman made it back-to-back double-double games for the first time this season as he went for 25 points and 14 rebounds. Kendall Marshall matched his career-high with 17 assists on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the Lakers encountered their franchise-record seventh straight home loss.
2-10-14: What an odd week it was for the Lakers. They closed out January on a six-game losing streak and finished the month with 12 losses for the first time in 50 years. The news did not get any better for the Lakers as star big man Pau Gasol was added to the team’s lengthy injured list with a strained right groin. Los Angeles finally had an injured player return to the lineup as Steve Nash played 25 minutes and dished out nine assists in his first game since November. Although the Lakers lost that evening, they won the following night in Cleveland despite having an extremely depleted roster. The excitement was short-lived though because Nick Young is now out for the next two weeks with a knee injury.
2-4-14: This is just getting ugly for the Lakers. Since starting the season 13-13, Los Angeles has won just three of their last 20 contests. Their Grammy road trip started well, but they lost the last four games of it and have now given up 100 points in an NBA-worst 13 straight games. On Friday in Orlando, Pau Gasol and Kendall Marshall each registered double-doubles, but the Lakers fell by nine points. Then on Sunday, Jodie Meeks unleashed a 3-point barrage in New York, but the Lakers came up short again. The Lakers fought hard two days later to tie the Indiana Pacers at halftime, but a bad third quarter led Los Angeles to its fifth straight loss.
1-27-14: Pau Gasol, the Lakers’ leading scorer and rebounder this past week, led the team to a 2-2 record as Los Angeles continues its lengthy Grammy road trip. They traveled from Phoenix all the way to the East Coast to take on the Boston Celtics and spoiled Rajon Rondo’s season debut on Friday. Gasol scored a team-high 24 points and rookie Ryan Kelly chipped in with 20 points of his own. Then, Nick Young led the Lakers in scoring the next two games. He scored a game-high 29 points in their win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. On Monday, Young registered the Lakers’ first 30-point game of the season. However, that performance was in a loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers then dropped Thursday’s contest in Miami.
1-20-14: Well, at least the Lakers are in position to get a good draft pick. Since beginning the season 13-13, they have lost 12 of their last 13 games. They have been extremely unlucky with regard to injuries this season. Los Angeles does not even have enough healthy players on the roster to suit up a second five-man team in practice. Although Mike D’Antoni hopes that Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash return within the next couple of weeks, the team signed Manny Harris from the NBA Developmental League to provide some depth with Nick Young being suspended one game for throwing a punch at Goran Dragic on Wednesday.
1-7-14: The Lakers have lost their last six games, which is by far their worst losing streak of the season. The team’s situation has not gotten much better recently, as the injuries are piling up. Just as Pau Gasol returned from injury, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry, Wes Johnson and Chris Kaman went down recently. The combined record of the teams that the Lakers faced this past week was 29-70, but they still lost to each of them. The Lakers lost to the Utah Jazz by two points, lost to the Philadelphia 76ers by seven and lost to the Milwaukee Bucks by 15. Now standing at 13-19 on the season, the Lakers do not look like they will make the playoffs.
12-30-13: The Lakers had a busy week, especially with it being around the holidays. They began it with an impressive double-digit victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center. Nick Young, who is taking advantage of his extra touches on the offensive end, scored a team-high 25 points that night. Xavier Henry and Pau Gasol also added 21 points each. However, after getting back to .500, the Lakers suffered three consecutive losses for the second time this season. Mike D’Antoni’s squad went on a quick two-game road trip, but lost those games by a combined 46 points. They then returned home and put up a fight against the defending champion Miami Heat on Christmas Day, but lost by six points.
12-22-13: It has not been an easy season for the Lakers organization, which had to sign Kendall Marshall to get a ball handler on the roster. First, the Lakers lost all of their point guards from their opening day roster due to injuries, and then Kobe Bryant went down again. Bryant played just six games before fracturing his left knee, which will sideline him for six weeks. He did leave on a high note, as he and Pau Gasol led all scorers with 21 points in their road victory over the Grizzlies on Tuesday. The 96-92 win at Memphis ended a 2-2 road trip for the Lakers, which included a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats and losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks.
12-19-13: After returning from the achilles injury just a week ago, Kobe Bryant is once again on the shelf, this time for six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.
12-13-13: Kobe Bryant is back, but all of a sudden, the Lakers are now having trouble winning games. Without Bryant, the team started the season 10-9, including Friday’s victory over the Kings. The Lakers star then returned, and the team lost home games to the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns. After faltering at the Staples Center, they have to play five of their next seven games on the road. In addition, the Lakers will be without Steve Blake, who will miss at least six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Bryant needs to get his game into gear sooner rather than later if the Lakers want to make a push for the postseason.
12-7-13: Kobe Bryant is soon to return to a Lakers team that has fought valiantly without him early in the 2013-14 season. Before losing on Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles had won five of its previous six games. Pau Gasol has been his typical self, but Nick Young and Jodie Meeks have provided great scoring for the Lakers. It will be interesting to see how Mike D’Antoni’s squad changes when Bryant is back to playing full minutes. In the Lakers’ win in Detroit on Friday, Wesley Johnson led all scorers with 27 points on very efficient shooting. He and Xavier Henry have made strong contributions to this season’s Lakers as well.
11-28-13: Lost in the hubbub of the gigantic Kobe Bryant contract extension news (2 year, $48.5M), was the continued surprising play of the Lakers sans Bryant. The Lakers have won four of their last five games, with essentially a different role player stepping up each night to support Pau Gasol. Kobe took part in a full-team practice last Tuesday but said after the game that he considered himself “weeks” away from returning rather than “days”. Still, fans should be encouraged by the early play with the Lakers treading water at 8-8 and Kobe nearing return.
11-25-13: Kobe Bryant has signed a two-year extension with the Lakers worth $48.5 million dollars. Bryant will earn $23.5 million in 14-15 and $25 million in 15-16.
11-22-13: Despite getting just 135 minutes from Steve Nash and 0 minutes from Kobe Bryant through 12 games, the Lakers have somehow managed to claw their way to a 5-7 record. All despite playing the league’s strongest strength of schedule so far. With Kobe Bryant miraculously ready to return to the court from his torn Achilles, the Lakers may be a team that is forced to be taken seriously. After five days rest, the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors Friday night.
11-15-13: Steven Nash is taking an indefinite leave from the court in L.A., as nerve issues with his back are causing too much pain for him to play. The absence of Nash and Kobe Bryant (achilles) apparently aren’t enough to drown the new-look Lakers, though, as they’ve held their own with a 4-6 mark through their first 10 games. Los Angeles isn’t playing great defense and doesn’t have a true go-to scorer, but they’re getting by with team offense and just biding their time until they can get back to full health.
11-8-13: Kobe Bryant is still sidelined and Steven Nash is looking the part of a 40-year old on the court, yet the Lakers keep clawing their ways to wins. Oddly enough, the current roster in L.A. seems to perfectly fit head coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system, and the Lakers find themselves at a solid 3-3 record through two weeks. Xavier Henry is just one of the many pleasant surprises on offense, as the no-name Lakers already own impressive wins over the Clippers, Hawks and Rockets on this young season.
11-1-13: Kobe Bryant battled through injuries to get through the 2012-13 regular season, but was physically unable to play in the playoffs. After another offseason surgery, he was absent from the active roster at the beginning of the season. In the meantime, newcomers Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and Chris Kaman will have to step up to fill the void. Starting center Pau Gasol, who had a strong preseason, has to take on a lot of responsibility as well until Bryant can return to the lineup. It will be interesting to see how Mike D’Antoni adjusts his offensive scheme when his star is able to play at or close to 100 percent.
10-18-13: The Los Angeles Lakers are 2-4 through six preseason games. Xavier Henry was the leading scorer for the Lakers in their first two games, scoring 29 and 15 points, respectively. After defeating Golden State 104-95, the Lakers lost 97-88 against the Denver Nuggets the following game. They have lost the last three, but Pau Gasol was the leading scorer with 16 points in the Lakers’ most recent 115-89 loss to the Warriors. The Lakers have two preseason games left:
- Oct 22 vs Utah
- Oct 25 vs Utah
10-17-13: The Lakers have waived their 2012 draft pick, Darius Johnson-Odom.
9-5-13: The Lakers have signed free agent forward Shawne Williams. The six-year vet has played with the Pacers, Knicks Nets, and Mavericks. Details of the contract were not disclosed.
8-23-13: After losing out on re-signing Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers are a team without a clear direction for the first time in almost two decades. With Steve Nash set to turn 40 at the start of the season, Pau Gasol showing serious signs of wear and tear, and Kobe Bryant recovering from a torn Achilles, there isn’t much hope in the immediacy for Lakers fans. Luckily, going to Lakers games is about being seen! With Kobe Bryant expected back early in the season, fans will still get a chance to watch one of the all-time great Lakers perform at a high level. While they may not have the sex appeal Lakers fans are used to, the signings of Nick Young and Chris Kaman will help in a big way to stabilize the lineup.
The Los Angeles Lakers open their season at the Staples Center on Tuesday, October 29th against their in-town rivals, the Clippers. Dwight Howard will make his first return appearance with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, February 19th and will return once more on Tuesday, April 8th. The Oklahoma City Thunder will come to town on Thursday, February 13th as well as on Sunday, March 9th. The Miami Heat will make their sole appearance against the Lakers on Christmas Day.
Key Home Games:
- October 29th – Los Angeles Clippers
- December 25th – Miami Heat
- February 9th – Chicago Bulls
- February 19th – Houston Rockets
- February 23rd – Brooklyn Nets
8-20-13: During the 2013-14 season, the Lakers will wear white short-sleeve jerseys for a handful of games across the season. They will also be wearing a black alternate jersey.