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Kobe Bryant The GM

by Christopher Reina

Apr 5, 2016 11:51 PM

We uniquely have detailed knowledge of who Kobe Bryant tried to exert his pseudo GM influence for and against during multiple stages of his playing career. Read more »

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2016 Offseason Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

by Keith P Smith

Mar 20, 2016 7:48 PM

Armed with loads of cap space, the Los Angeles market, a tentpole franchise and some exciting young talent, the Lakers will be mentioned in conjunction with every major free agent and every star on the trade market. Read more »

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The Maximum Available 2016 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 2.0

by Keith P Smith

Mar 11, 2016 4:51 PM

Several teams will start the summer assured of having cap space. They'll be joined by several more as roster decisions are made leading up to the summer with more max contract slots available than ever before. Read more »

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Western Conference: Buyers & Sellers

by Keith P Smith

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How Losing In 2008 Spurred Kobe, Lakers To Two Titles

by Andrew Perna

The Lakers won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010; something Kobe Bryant doesn't think would have happened had it not been for the pain inflicted by the Celtics. Read more »
2015 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The only considerations are talent, age, cap flexibility and future draft picks with the goal being to eventually compete for and win the NBA Finals. Read more »
The Prosperous Nihilism Of The Lakers Keeping Kobe Bryant To The End

by Christopher Reina

The Lakers have been rebuilding this entire time behind the veneer of keeping Kobe Bryant a "Laker for Life," which is a remarkable, unthinkable conclusion to his career. Read more »
The Situational Changes For D'Angelo Russell

by Jonathan Tjarks

D'Angelo Russell is a ball-dominant player who didn't play much defense in college on an NBA team that struggles with spacing the floor and playing defense and has five other guys who want to initiate the offense from the perimeter. Read more »
The First Game Of The Rest Of Kobe Bryant's Basketball Life

by Tyler Sherkin

Kobe Bryant doesn't have the legs to really generate a lot of shot volume around the rim, nor the quickness to draw loads of fouls, leaving him to rely on his jumper every night. Read more »
NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

by Brett Koremenos

The Lakers reloaded with a few dependable vets to go along with the return of Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle, and the selection of D'Angelo Russell to at least up their win total from last season. Read more »
The Sinking Legacy Of Kobe Bryant

by Keith P Smith

The longevity of Kobe Bryant, for better or worse, shouldn't impact our overall evaluation of whether he's one of the 10 greatest players of all-time. Read more »
Piece By Piece With No Shortcuts

by Jonathan Tjarks

It doesn't matter whether you are in Los Angeles, New York, Milwaukee, Phoenix or San Antonio. Everyone has to build a team the same way in the modern NBA. Read more »
Leroux's 2015 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Great drafts for the Nuggets, Wolves, Heat, 76ers and Raptors; good drafts for the Bulls, Magic, Pacers, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and Celtics, along with teams having enh and bad drafts. Read more »
Strengths, Weaknesses Of All 30 NBA Teams Entering Draft, Free Agency

by Christopher Reina

These infographics show the percentile rankings for all 30 teams in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate during the 14-15 regular season. Read more »
The Lakers' Draft Predicament

by Jonathan Tjarks

Okafor and Randle both want to play around the rim on offense and makes you confident in their ability to anchor an NBA defense. The worst case scenario is they would end up getting in each other's way on one end of the floor and leave the paint unprotected on the other. Read more »
Potential Destinations For Tom Thibodeau

by Danny Leroux

A Tom Thibodeau team should have played below expectations on defense, have some key players capable of performing at a high level who will still be under team control a few seasons from now and the total talent to be relevant within the first two seasons. Read more »
Reviewing The Lottery Teams In Infographics

by Christopher Reina

The Thunder, Suns, Jazz, Pacers, Heat, Hornets, Pistons, Nuggets, Kings, Magic, Lakers, 76ers, Knicks and Wolves missed the playoffs. Here's where they struggled and where there's hope. Read more »
The Emergence Of Jordan Clarkson

by Sam Yip

Jordan Clarkson is speedy and versatile with his size and has become a great pick out of the second round by the Lakers. Read more »
Scouting Report: Jabari Brown

by Cameron Schott

As the top scorer in the D-League, Jabari Brown will provide some much needed offense for the Lakers. While heís a knock-down shooter, thereís a chance Brown could be more than just a shooting specialist in the NBA. Read more »
Kobe Bryant's Golden Parachute

by Jonathan Tjarks

In a business where rain makers can choose where they want to work, itís never a bad idea to cultivate a reputation as a place that takes care of its employees. The Lakers are still a family business and their perspective is more nuanced than most. Read more »