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2014 Free Agency, Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Report: Multiple Sources Say Kobe Is To Blame For Steep Decline Of The Lakers

Kobe Bryant

Former ESPN True Hoop head honcho and one of the most respected writers in the game, Henry Abbott, published a sprawling, multifaceted feature on Kobe Bryant today. It’s not the usual puff piece, though, with tales of Mamba’s preparatory diligence scattered among clichéd paeans to his greatness. Instead, it’s a roundup from agents, league insiders, front office executives and others around the NBA (many of whom are unnamed) dismaying at all the carnage wrought on the Lakers’ franchise by Bryant. Based on Abbott’s rather extensive array of quotes and anecdotes from sources, it’s Bryant who inherits the majority of blame for LA’s current status as an NBA also-ran. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 30, 2014 / 10:10 pm

Report: Mike D’Antoni Resigns As Coach Of Lakers

Mike D'Antoni

The Lakers announced that head coach Mike D’Antoni has resigned as their coach in a press release earlier today. The 62-year-old D’Antoni was under contract through the 2014-15 season, with a team option for 2015-16 D’Antoni was hoping the Lakers would pick up, according to a USA Today report earlier this week. It seems they wouldn’t give him that comfort, so now he’s resigned, ending a tumultuous year for the franchise and coach. Read More »

NBA / Feb 20, 2014 / 12:30 pm

10 Bold Predictions For The NBA’s Second Half

Andrei Kirilenko, Carmelo Anthony

We’re technically past the halfway point in the NBA season, but really, let’s be serious: Things don’t start to heat up until after the All-Star break. Now we’re on the cusp of the trade deadline, and soon teams will be fighting for playoff spots and lottery ping-pong balls. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Nov 25, 2013 / 12:16 pm

Report: Kobe Bryant Signs Two-Year, $48 Million Extension

Jim Buss, Kobe Bryant, Mitch Kupchak

According to Ramona Shelburne and Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Lakers and Kobe Bryant have agreed on a two-year, $48 million extension keeping Kobe as a “Laker for life.” The extension will make Kobe the NBA’s highest paid player in both seasons as he collects $23.5 million in 2014-15 and $25 million in 2015-16 when he turns 37 years old in what will be his 20th season in a Laker uniform. Read More »

NBA / Sep 24, 2013 / 4:30 pm

Why Everything You’ve Heard About LeBron James To The Lakers Is Wrong

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers, coming off the Dwight Howard debacle which intertwined nicely with the disgraceful decision making process behind their current coach, have now declared themselves out of the LeBron James enticement business. I don’t think that will be enough to stop a year’s worth of speculation as to where LeBron may be going off to next year, including occasionally from yours truly, but it did provide some insight into the internal thinking of the utter mess that is the Lakers at the moment. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Sep 23, 2013 / 5:00 pm

LA Times Publishes Excerpt From Updated Jeanie Buss Memoir, “Laker Girl”

Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss (photo. @jeaniebuss)

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times published an excerpt from Jeanie Buss‘ updated memoir, Laker Girl. In the passage, Jeanie writes about the events surrounding the Lakers’ firing of Mike Brown and ensuing hire of Mike D’Antoni, but only after reaching out to her fiancé Phil Jackson first. Read More »

NBA / Sep 12, 2013 / 10:45 am

Jim Buss Says His Late Father Didn’t Think Phil Jackson Was a Long Term Option As Lakers Coach

Jerry Buss

The late, great Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss was a titan in the game of basketball and easily one of the finest owners, not just in the NBA, but in sports history. After he passed away in February this year, his often excoriated son, Jim Buss, took over as the final say on basketball matters. In a revealing interview with ESPN, Jim explains his late father’s last important Lakers decision. Read More »

NBA / Sep 4, 2013 / 3:30 pm

Phil Jackson Continues To Consult For The Lakers Despite Buss Sibling Rivalry

Phil Jackson

The present situation with the Los Angeles Lakers is bizarre. Jeanie Buss, the team’s executive vice president and brains behind the most popular brand in the NBA, still defers to her older brother, Jim Buss, on basketball decisions. But she is engaged to Phil Jackson, and she revealed to the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina that the Zen Master still consults for the Lakers. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Aug 25, 2013 / 1:30 pm

Sources Claim Dwight Howard Asked Them To Fire Mike D’Antoni & Amnesty Kobe Bryant

Dwight Howard

The Dwight Howard Lakers saga just won’t die. After the publication of Ric Bucher’s THR piece about the Buss siblings, he has passed along some extra quotes that didn’t make it into the piece, but that reveal some interesting revelations about Dwight’s demands if he had re-signed with the Lakers. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Aug 15, 2013 / 11:29 am

Lakers’ Owner Jim Buss Says The Departed Dwight Howard “Was Never Really a Laker”

Dwight Howard

The Lakers just can’t seem to let it go. Comcast SportsNet NBA analyst Rich Bucher, contributed a piece to The Hollywood Reporter yesterday detailing the often contentious relationship between the two siblings who co-run the Los Angeles Lakers’ $1 billion behemoth: Jeanie Buss and her brother, Jim Buss. In THR piece the elder Jim was pretty forthright about Dwight Howard‘s brief time in LA. Read More »