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Jamison Isn't Seeking Release Or Trade

Antawn Jamison regrets the comments he made recently on being displeased about his role on the Los Angeles Lakers, and the veteran forward said on Sunday that he doesn't want to leave and is "here for the long haul."

"I'm here to help this team win a championship," Jamison said. "So, if the opportunity comes up again, I just have to be patient and be ready for that opportunity to present itself. Until then, we're winning. That's the most important thing and we're doing it at a pretty good level right now, so I'm just pulling for my teammates and smiling.

"It's tough not playing, but most importantly, the reason why I'm here is to win."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Jamison Baffled With Consecutive DNPs, Doubts Future With Lakers

Antawn Jamison has fallen out of Mike D'Antoni's rotation in the Los Angeles Lakers' frontcourt.

Jamison hasn't played since Dec. 16 against the 76ers, which was the last game before Pau Gasol returned.

"It doesn't make sense at all," said Jamison. "They're pretty much telling me my services are no longer needed."

Via Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Howard Vows To Maintain Composure, Avoid Petty Fouls

Dwight Howard was introspective when asked about the $35,000 fine he received for his flagrant 2 foul on Kenneth Faried.

"I've got to do a better job of keeping my composure, not getting frustrated, and also remember to play for my teammates at all times and stay on the right path," he said. "I've just got to continue to play through it, whatever it is, if the calls go my way or not my way. I've just got to find ways to affect the game and not let the game affect me."

Howard now has three flagrant foul "points" under the NBA system, which assigns one point for a flagrant foul and two points if the flagrant foul is especially severe. If a player hits six flagrant-foul points, he must serve a mandatory one-game suspension.

"I've been a victim of that for a while, sucking into the calls -- me not getting calls -- so I'm frustrated and I watch other guys get calls," he said. "I can't allow it to affect me in a negative way to where I'm not playing hard and not doing what I can do and just dominate. When I allow those petty things to get to me, then it affects my teammates and we lose games."

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Pau Gasol Has Plantar Fasciitis In Right Foot

An MRI on Pau Gasol's right foot has revealed plantar fasciitis.

Gasol is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Blazers.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Exec: Dwight Currently Playing Like Koufos

Dwight Howard is visibly not the same player he was before undergoing back surgery.

"Dwight Howard is basically Kosta Koufos," said one NBA executive on Wednesday.

"If you dropped in from another planet and had no idea who the players were, you would never know that Dwight Howard was one of the best players," said another executive.

Howard was ejected from Wednesday's loss by the Lakers to the Nuggets.

Via Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

D'Antoni Believes Nash Could Help Extend Kobe's Career

Kobe Bryant is signed through the 13-14 NBA season and how long he continues his NBA career remains unclear.

The ability of Steve Nash to help run the offense may extend Bryant's career.

“I think he'll play another five (or) six years because of it,” said Mike D'Antoni.

Via Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

Lakers Win 5th Straight Game, Reach .500

The Los Angeles Lakers have won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Knicks by a final score of 100-94.

The impact made by the return of Steve Nash has been clear in the Lakers' play.

“We have everybody back on the floor," said Pau Gasol. "We're working together. Everybody on the floor is playing together. We're finally getting somewhere. We're getting closer to the place that we want to be and the team that we want to be.”

The Lakers now have a .500 record.

Via Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

Howard's Career 'Probably' In Jeopardy If He Set Aside Back Issue

Dwight Howard admits he might not have played again had he set aside and played through his back issue until the end of last season with the Orlando Magic.

"If I would have waited until after the season, if I would have tried to continue to play, then I probably wouldn't be able to play anymore," Howard said.

Howard underwent surgery in April to repair a herniated disc in his back. Back then, even doctors told him he could "never play basketball anymore."

"I never had a major injury before," Howard said. "And I just have to keep fighting through it."

Via Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

Howard Admits Not Being Completely Back Physically

Dwight Howard continues to feel the effects of his April surgery to repair a herniated disk.

Howard returned from the surgery ahead of schedule, but he still hasn't played to his pre-surgery form.

"I'm still in that process," Howard said. "People don't understand that. They just come out and see me make a couple dunks and blocks and say, 'Oh, he's back.' But it does take a while for all this stuff to heal. This is not something easy, so I understand that. It will come."

Howard is averaging 17.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per game, but the full influence of his play on defense hasn't been felt yet by the Lakers.

"Tingling in my legs all the way down to my feet," Howard said as he described his current state. "There's times when sometimes I really can't even feel my feet. (The doctors) said that's going to happen. It takes at least nine months for you to get strength back in your legs and all that stuff. So I'm still in that process."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Kobe, D'Antoni Instantly See Nash's Impact On Offense

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Warriors 118-115 in overtime in Steve Nash's first game back after missing the previous 24 with a fractured left fibula.

The Lakers trailed 87-74 at the end of the third quarter before beginning their fourth quarter comeback.

"He orchestrated things," Kobe Bryant said about Nash. "He got us in some sets and some actions and that's exactly what a great point guard is supposed to do. He lined us up and saw things that were executing well for us and he went to them."

"I think that we're a completely different team with him out there," Mike D'Antoni said.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Los Angeles Lakers Archives

Sources: Lakers Passed On Delonte West To Prevent Further Complications

The Lakers elected to pass on signing Delonte West due to concerns about how his presence would possibly further destabilize an already complicated situation, according to sources.

World Peace Fine With Bench Role

Ron Artest is fine with his new bench role.

Nash Scrimmages For First Time Since Injury

Gasol, D'Antoni Meet To Clear Air

Pau Gasol and Mike D'Antoni met on Wednesday evening at a Manhattan Beach restaurant to discuss their differences.

Nash Participates In Full Lakers' Practice

Mike D'Antoni said that there would be no restrictions for Steve Nash when he makes his return.

Kobe Expected To Move To Small Forward

Kobe Bryant is expected to move to small forward with Jodie Meeks at two-guard.

Gasol Has More Issue With D'Antoni's System Than Playing With Howard

Pau Gasol returned to the Lakers' lineup on Tuesday.

Nash Aiming To Return Saturday If No Setback

Steve Nash is looking to return to the court for the Lakers on Saturday.

Gasol Could Return Tuesday

Pau Gasol had a successful workout on Saturday.

Bynum Doesn't Regret Not Already Having Extension

Andrew Bynum said the only player from the Lakers he remains in contact with is Pau Gasol.

Bynum: Dwight Will Have To Adjust Playing With Kobe

Andrew Bynum said playing with Kobe Bryant stunted his development as a player.

Pau Gasol Probable To Return Dec. 22

Pau Gasol could return from knee tendinitis on Dec. 22.

Kobe: It Isn't Fair To Blame D'Antoni For Lakers' Struggles

Kobe Bryant spoke harshly about the Lakers struggles after their loss to the Knicks.

Nash Could Return In 1-2 Weeks

Steve Nash could miss another three to six games.

Howard Still Not Fully Recovered From Back Surgery

Dwight Howard has said he still needs to get his timing and explosiveness back.

Kobe Sees Dwight Maturing

When Dwight Howard was traded to the Lakers in August, Kobe Bryant said the center's "clown act" would not be accepted on his new team.

Lakers Pause Pursuit Of Raja Bell

The Lakers have paused their pursuit of Raja Bell with the point guard position being their short-term priority.

Lakers Would Want Athletic Forward, Bench Depth For Gasol

The Lakers want to give Pau Gasol an opportunity to work within Mike D'Antoni's system when he returns from knee tendinitis.

Jackson Would Not Return To Lakers If Offered Job

Phil Jackson has no desire to return to the Lakers.

Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron

Carmelo Anthony is a greater personal defensive challenge for Kobe Bryant than LeBron James.
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