Los Angeles Lakers WiretapDecember 2011 Los Angeles Lakers Wiretap

Brown Plans To Increase Bynum's Role In Lakers Offense

Dec 31, 2011 2:17 PM

Lakers center Andrew Bynum is coming back from a four game suspension, and awaiting the big man is a bigger role.

"He's going to see the ball probably a lot more than he did in the past, but he'll have to be able to do something with it in order to get it and keep getting it," Lakers coach Mike Brown said.

Brown said he would like for Bynum to blossom into a "double-double guy" this season.

"Does that mean 10 and 10 or 20 and 10? I don't know," Brown said. "But I think he can be a double-double guy."

Dave McMenamin/ESPNLosAngeles.com

Tags: Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Rose Near $250 Million Extension With Adidas

Dec 31, 2011 11:08 AM

Derrick Rose is close to agreeing to a 10-year, $250 million extension with adidas, according to an industry source close to the situation.

Rose is adidas' only counter to Kobe Bryant in emerging markets like China, where volume really counts. Rose reportedly already outsells LeBron James there.

Both Bryant and James endorse Nike.

ESPN.com

Tags: Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA

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Bryant: Surgically Repaired Knee '95 Percent Better'

Dec 30, 2011 10:34 AM

Kobe Bryant said Thursday his troublesome right knee is “95 percent better” after the innovative procedure he underwent in the offseason.

“As close to 100 percent as it’s going to get,” Bryant said.

Bryant was approached about the molecular scientist Peter Wehling’s procedure, which involves injecting the patient’s own blood as a serum into the problem area, by baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

“I gave him the phone number,” said Bryant, who added that his message to Rodriguez was: “It made a huge difference for me.”

Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Lakers Making Concerted Effort To Free Kobe Off Ball

Dec 29, 2011 10:32 AM

Kobe Bryant's attempted 47 shots, 19 of which are classified as dribble jumpers by Synergy Sports – a mark that is consistent with his recent increase in this shot type.

However, what is readily apparent  – even in such a small sample size – is the concerted effort Los Angeles is making to help him create space. It isn’t unusual to see someone like Derek Fisher set a down screen for Kobe in the corner, allowing him to flash up then curl off a handoff from Josh McRoberts.

In fact nearly 40 percent of his 64 total possessions have come via screen, handoff or pick-and-roll. In the previous four seasons, those play-types never accounted for even 20 percent of his offense.

Joey Whelan/HoopSpeak.com

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Source: Magic Seeking Veterans In Deal For Howard

Dec 28, 2011 10:11 AM

According to sources close to the situation, the Magic will not hold out for youth and draft picks in a potential deal for Dwight Howard.

The Magic would instead prefer to acquire several established players who can keep the team competitive.

Owner Rick De Vos, 85, is believed to have little interest in rebuilding in the wake of Howard's departure.

Dan Fegan, Howard's agent, has formal permission to discuss trade possibilities with the Nets, Lakers, and Mavericks.

ESPN.com

Tags: Dwight Howard, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Visited Cryotherapy Clinic

Dec 27, 2011 12:28 PM

As the first team to have to go through a back-to-back-to-back in this lockout-shortened 66-game season, the Lakers partook in a unique team activity Monday to guard against the fatigue that the schedule has in store for them.

The Lakers visited a Sacramento-area cryotherapy clinic to experience intense cold therapy, a procedure that is growing in popularity in the world of professional sports and replacing the traditional ice bath.

Lakers players were split into groups of four and placed in a room that was approximately 60 degrees below Fahrenheit for one minute. Once their bodies got used to the cold climate, the players walked into an adjacent room where temperature was approximately 200 degrees below zero, where they were kept for three minutes before being released.

Dave McMenamin/ESPNLosAngeles.com

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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McRoberts 'Terrific' In Debut, Earning 'McRambis' Nickname

Dec 26, 2011 10:51 AM

Josh McRoberts had six points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a Lakers' debut Kobe Bryant described as "terrific."

McRoberts has been nicknamed 'McRambis' by some fans with how his style of play is similar to Kurt Rambis.

McRoberts started at power forward with Pau Gasol shifting to center due to the suspension of Andrew Bynum.

Ben Bolch

Tags: Josh McRoberts, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Report: Bryant Also Underwent Innovative Treatment On Ankle

Dec 25, 2011 12:17 PM

Kobe Bryant visited molecular orthopedist Peter Wehling in Duesseldorf, Germany during the offseason to get treatment on an arthritic joint in his knee. After deeming it a success, Bryant went to see Wehling for his troublesome left ankle.

Wehling's procedure targets interleukin, proteins or molecules that cause inflammatory responses.

Blood is removed from the affected area of a patient and spun in a centrifuge. The antagonists of interleukin are removed to create a serum that is injected back into the targeted area.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Adidas Wouldn't Want Howard To Join Rose With Bulls

Dec 25, 2011 11:36 AM

The ripple effects of Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard both being part of the Adidas endorsement family is that the shoe company wouldn't want the two players on the same team.

As one high-ranking sneaker executive says, “Adidas simply cannot have its two signature players on the same team in the same market. … Derrick is the face of that market, owns that market, and Adidas can’t possibly have maximum bang for its buck with Dwight there.

“It serves Adidas no purpose. They need them as rivals in competing markets.”

Howard has an Adidas renewal on deck in the next year, and Los Angeles and Brooklyn guarantee him maximum money.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Have Highest Average Christmas Day Secondary Market Ticket Price

Dec 25, 2011 10:49 AM

The Knicks have the highest average ticket price of the five Christmas Day games.

Here are the averages, according to information provided by TiqIQ.com:

Celtics @ Knicks: $516.09
Bulls @ Lakers: $466.02
Heat @ Mavs: $395.97
Magic @ Thunder: $295.71
Clippers @ Warriors: $104.95

Ian Begley/ESPNNewYork.com

Tags: Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Jim Buss: Lakers Would Be 'Silly' To Give Up Gasol, Bynum For Howard
The Lakers have never discussed giving up both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol for Dwight Howard.

Los Angeles Times

Lakers Name Devin Ebanks Starting Small Forward
Devin Ebanks has been named a Lakers starter, beating out both Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes for the role.

Janis Carr/Orange County Register

Hamilton Ready To Renew Old Rivalry With Bryant
Rip Hamilton and Kobe Bryant have played against each since high school.

Nick Friedell/ESPNChicago.com

NBA Reduces Suspensions For Bynum, Villanueva
The NBA reduced suspensions for Andrew Bynum and Charlie Villanueva because of the shortened season.

Rachel Shuster/USA TODAY

Kobe Says He'll Play Despite Torn Wrist Ligament
Kobe Bryant torn a ligament in his right wrist during the Lakersí first preseason game against the Clippers.

Dave McMenamin/ESPNLosAngeles.com

Bryant Has Torn Ligament In Right Wrist
Kobe Bryant was wearing a plastic brace around his right wrist on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Times

Kobe Accepting Of Brown's Criticism
Mike Brown was critical of Kobe Bryantís defense in the Lakersí preseason loss to the Clippers.

Elliott Teaford/Los Angeles Daily News

NBA Season Ticket Sales Hold Steady
Ten NBA teams have season ticket bases over 10,000

Sports Business Journal

Kobe Reiterates Desire To Stay With Lakers
Kobe Bryant addressed talk that he might request a trade.

Yahoo! Sports

Source: Stern Lied About Finality Of Nixed Paul Trade
David Stern vetoed a three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Bynum Not Bothered By Trade Rumors, Has No Swelling In Knee
Andrew Bynum addressed the Dwight Howard trade rumors.

ESPNLosAngeles.com

Arenas Interested In Signing With Lakers, Heat, Knicks
Gilbert Arenas is a free agent after clearing the waiver wire last week.

Marc Stein/ESPN.com

Troy Murphy Agrees To Terms With Lakers
Troy Murphy will help fill the void left by Lamar Odomís departure.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Brown: Lakers Need To Make Strides Defensively
Mike Brown was disappointed with some of the Lakersí defensive principals during an intrasquad scrimmage.

Orange County Register

Baron Davis Clears Waivers
Baron Davis has cleared waivers and will become a free agent.

Alan Hahn/Newsday

Vanessa Bryant Files For Divorce
Vanessa Bryant filed legal documents on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences.

TMZ

Kobe Wonders About Lakers' Direction
Kobe Bryant admitted wondering what the Lakers next move might be.

Los Angeles Daily News

Morey Declines Comment On Vetoed Trade, Cites Legal Reasons
Rockets GM Daryl Morey refused to comment on the three-team deal rejected by David Stern.

Associated Press

World Peace To Play Reserve Role For Lakers
Mike Brown announced plans to move Metta World Peace to the bench.

Los Angeles Times

NBA Wanted Rockets To Also Include Lowry, Patterson For Gasol
The NBA demanded that Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson be included in Houston's offer for Pau Gasol.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports