Apr 30, 2012 4:09 PM EDT
Jordan Hill has been charged with a felony assault.
Hill is accused of allegedly choking a former girlfriend in Texas a little more than two weeks before being traded to the Lakers.
Hill had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Game 1 against the Nuggets and is expected to return to Houston for a court appearance at a later date.
Apr 30, 2012 10:18 AM EDT
Andrew Bynum tied the all-time NBA playoff record with 10 blocks as the Lakers coasted to a 103-88 Game 1 victory over Denver.
George Karl suggested Bynum’s defense was helped by poor officiating.
"(Bynum) was playing nice illegal defense," Karl said. "He zoned up good. I think we got one illegal defense (called against the Lakers). I saw about 30."
Bynum was called for the infraction once, with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter and the Lakers up 64-47.
"It just isn't going to be called," Karl said. "We know it's not going to be called. It's just not a thing that's called. We play too fast sometimes and we don't let the call happen and then other times, the action creates the vision of the referees. (Bynum) was sensational defensively.Pau Gasol was good out front and they did a great job protecting the basket."
Apr 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT
Andrew Bynum is ready to put the regular season behind him and focus on the postseason.
"The season's over. It's the postseason and we know we have to go far," Bynum said. "L.A. expects us to do big things and we expect it of ourselves. So, the test is here."
Bynum is looking to set the tone with a dominant performance in Game 1.
"I think we're well aware that we need to come out here and make a statement with the first game," said Bynum. "We need to win it in a good way."
Apr 26, 2012 2:58 PM EDT
With Kobe Bryant sitting Thursday's game against the Kings, Kevin Durant will win his third consecutive scoring title.
Bryant would have won the scoring title with 38 or more points against Sacramento.
Durant averaged 28.0 points per game.
Apr 26, 2012 10:07 AM EDT
Kobe Bryant believes he will win his sixth NBA championship this season.
"I expect to win it, absolutely," Bryant said. "I think the thing that's our biggest strength is our versatility and our size. (Ramon) Sessions has added another dimension to our team in terms of speed and point guard that can score the ball. Our bench has been playing extremely well. We've been shooting the ball extremely well, and our biggest key is our perimeter shooting, limiting our turnovers, and keeping the game at our pace. If we can do those things in the postseason, I like our chances."
The Lakers will face either the Nuggets or Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.
"Everybody's a problem," Bryant said when asked about potential matchups. "The Western Conference has been tough from top to bottom now for years. There are no easy matchups. You can't look at one particular matchup and say, 'OK, that's going to be an easy series. That's going to be a gimme series.' That just doesn't happen in the Western Conference.
"The Clippers have a good seed at the four slot, and they've got to face Memphis. You're looking at us in the third slot, and we've got to deal with a Denver team that's incredibly active and a great scoring team or we've got to play the defending champs. There's no easy matchup."
Apr 25, 2012 8:48 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled guard/forward Christian Eyenga from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.
Acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 15 along with Ramon Sessions in exchange for Luke Walton and Jason Kapono, Eyenga has yet to play for the Lakers this season. In six regular season games with the D-Fenders, Eyenga averaged 12.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 blocks and 33.0 minutes, before helping the D-Fenders reach the D-League finals.
Apr 24, 2012 7:55 PM EDT
Metta World Peace has been suspended seven games by the NBA.
World Peace will miss the final Lakers' game of the regular season and their first six playoff games. If the Lakers play fewer than six playoff games, the suspension will carryover into the 12-13 regular season.
World Peace elbowed James Harden to the head on Sunday.
Apr 22, 2012 6:53 PM EDT
Metta World Peace was ejected for elbowing James Harden in the head during the second quarter of the Lakers’ 114-106 win over the Thunder on Sunday.
World Peace had just dunked on a fast break and was pounding his chest in celebration when he ran into Harden and swung his left elbow into Harden’s head.
World Peace was ejected after a referee consultation and will undoubtedly face a multi-game suspension from the league.
Harden was held out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons.
Apr 22, 2012 1:07 PM EDT
Kobe Bryant downplayed the meaning of winning a third scoring title.
“(It’s) not very important,” Bryant said. “San Antonio was playing me single coverage yesterday, if it was important I would have gone for 50 yesterday.
“You guys now know I can get it. I’m not really tripping about it.”
Bryant leads the league in scoring with a 27.9 average while Kevin Durant is second, averaging 27.8 points a game.
Apr 21, 2012 11:31 AM EDT
Andrew Bynum confirmed on Friday that he is uninterested in playing in the 2012 Olympics.
Bynum would prefer the extra rest and will undergo the same procedure in Germany that Kobe Bryant had last summer.
"I've got to take care of my legs in the off-season," Bynum said Friday. "I've got some things planned for my knees.... I've got to do some therapy that I'm going overseas to do."
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Kobe Bryant has also missed the previous two games due to his sore left shin.
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Kobe Bryant sat out Saturday's game against the Suns due to inflammation in his left shin.
Andrew Bynum was ejected in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 112-107 home loss to the Rockets on Friday.
Dwight Howard was reportedly adamant about only wanting to be traded to the Nets.
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