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The JR Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings: How Close Can The Lakers Fly To The Sun?

by Jonny Auping

Mar 10, 2020 5:59 PM

The Lakers are testing the bounds of what's possible with their interest in Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith. Would LeBron really take a team to a title with Waiters, J.R., Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo? Read more »

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Game, Fame, Myth, Death: The Legacies Of Kobe Bryant

by Colin McGowan

Jan 27, 2020 10:20 AM

Kobe Bryant conceived of himself as an artist, with all the pretension and vanity that suggests. He appreciated the mythic dimension of his life and sought to control the shape of it. Read more »

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It's Been A Pleasure Getting To Know Pau Gasol

by Colin McGowan

Nov 21, 2019 4:41 PM

When Pau Gasol joined the Lakers, their fans were naturally thrilled, but in the long run, his move to L.A. did something for everybody who follows the NBA. Read more »

Tags: Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA

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Will Kyle Kuzma's Game Catch Up To His Fame?

by Jonny Auping

Maybe Kyle Kuzma will give us little glimpses of the lost pairing we never got to see between LeBron and Carmelo. If that's the role Kuzma's going to play, LeBron can't do much to help him. Read more »
2019-20 Pacific Division Season Preview

by Keith P Smith

While the Lakers and Clippers became title contenders with their big additions, the Warriors are attempting to reload on the fly, Sacramento hopes to return to the playoffs, and the Suns look to get out of the cellar. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Los Angeles Lakers

by Colin McGowan

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The Importance Of Danny Green

by Micah Wimmer

Danny Green has long been one of the best role players in the NBA, but he'll have to be something more than that for the Lakers this season. Read more »
2019 Western Conference Offseason Chatter From Summer League

by Keith P Smith

With so much turnover this offseason, and another exciting draft class, teams had lots and lots to say. Read more »
D'Angelo Russell's Weird NBA Journey Now Has Him In Limbo

by Colin McGowan

The Player Empowerment Era looks a little different for D'Angelo Russell: where a guy can get dumped by the team that drafted him, make the best of his new surroundings, and then get shipped to a third franchise that doesn't even want him. Read more »
The Free Agency Farce And The Fun Guy Abiding It

by Louis Keene

The safest claim about Kawhi Leonard's forthcoming decision is that it will be his own. Reverse engineering his decision beyond that will always be a guessing game. Read more »
Los Angeles Lakers: 2019 NBA Offseason Preview

by Keith P Smith

There are multiple paths available to the Lakers this offseason, all of them involve a quick turnaround to maximize the presence of LeBron Jame. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2019 Cap Space for All 30 NBA Teams, Version 2.0

by Keith P Smith

The Knicks, Clippers, Hawks, Kings and Lakers project to have the most cap space this offseason. Read more »
LeBron Makes Basketball Easy, Everything Else Unnecessarily Difficult

by Colin McGowan

LeBron James had a grand vision for himself when he chose the Lakers, but that got in the way of the day-to-day. Read more »
The NBA's Not-So-Great Flux Of 2019

by Colin McGowan

The business of the NBA, it seems more and more every year, is business rather than basketball, and the second thing- the reason we're all here in the first place- is suffering for it. Read more »
Lonzo Ball And Dennis Smith Are Just Trying To Grow Next To Greatness

by Jonny Auping

Not only are Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith Jr. going to be better than they currently are, but the greatness of their greatest skills have yet to be debunked or diminished. Read more »
How LeBron Made Winning Harder For Himself While Improving Life For The Stars

by John Wilmes

In freeing himself from old concepts about franchise loyalty and how you're allowed to move around the league, LeBron James has forged his own kind of kingdom that other ad-campaign-worthy stars see and want for themselves. Read more »
Thirty Futures: LeBron James

by Colin McGowan

Imagining a cursed Lakers future is glimpsing into a post-LeBron NBA, or one in which he's still around but doesn't matter nearly as much as he used to. It's unnerving to think about, in a value-neutral sort of way. Read more »
2018 NBA Offseason Review: Pacific Division

by Keith P Smith

On the offseason moves by the Warriors, Lakers, Kings, Suns and Clippers. Read more »
What Will A Rajon Rondo Mentorship Mean For Lonzo Ball?

by Jonny Auping

Lonzo Ball doesn't need to be the next Rajon Rondo because the Lakers barely need the current Rondo. They have LeBron James. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2019 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

The NBA cap will jump by $7 million while some of the bad contracts of 2016 will come off the books, which means an abundance of cap space again. Read more »