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Thirty Futures: Los Angeles Lakers

by Colin McGowan

Dec 16, 2020 5:01 PM

Everybody has to overcome themselves; almost no one has to deal with scoring on Rudy Gobert. Dennis Schroder has managed it, with greater efficiency than you'd expect, and the Lakers are his reward. Read more »

Tags: Dennis Schroder, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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20-21 NBA Season Preview: Pacific Division

by Keith P Smith

Dec 8, 2020 1:18 PM

While the Lakers are trying to repeat and the Clippers are trying to figure out what wrong, the Suns and Kings are seeking their first playoff berths in ages, and the Warriors want to stave off another gap year. Read more »

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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Player Empowerment In NBA Remains Rare, Selective

by Micah Wimmer

Nov 21, 2020 9:41 AM

The life of a professional athlete is inherently precarious, and stars are justifiably doing what they can to reduce the element of chance in their careers. But what does it mean if the players already most insulated from randomness are the only ones able to take such steps? Read more »

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LeBron Wants This To Never End

by Colin McGowan

The only truly fresh possibilities left for LeBron James will be created by creeping limitations. What will he be able to do as his body deteriorates? Read more »
The Coda To These Finals Is Where We'll Discover Novel Territory

by Colin McGowan

It's fitting that this season should end on a pro-forma note since these playoffs have at bottom been about satisfying sponsors and television partners, trying to keep rich folks off each other's necks. Read more »
After All That, The Strangeness Is At A Minimum For The Finals

by Colin McGowan

LeBron is a winning enterprise unto himself and Miami has been consistently competing for titles since the 90s. These are two legibly very good teams, and now we find out which one deserves to be called great. Read more »
Winning A Title For LeBron Enterprises, LLC

by Colin McGowan

There's nothing wrong with characterlessness, or a lack of narrative, but what lies beneath that pap is a discomfort with the mercenary and transactional nature of the professional sports, or perhaps even more discomfitingly, boredom. Read more »
Lakers, Bucks And The Fragile Endeavor Of A Title Run

by Colin McGowan

The number one seeds in each conference appear to be taking the circuitous route to the peaks they'll need to find in later rounds. There's time for that, but it's far from abundant. Read more »
Dwight Howard Remains The Same Even During His Time Of Personal Growth

by Colin McGowan

Dwight Howard means well, but he unfortunately can't be relied upon to say the right things for more than a few days- or even a few sentences- in a row. Read more »
JR Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings: The Prophecy Fulfilled

by Jonny Auping and Alex Siquig

Everyone's favorite moment chasers are teammates, and this isn't a small victory. It's an enormous one. Of course, it comes at a moment of blinding uncertainty. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

We look at the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
The JR Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings: How Close Can The Lakers Fly To The Sun?

by Jonny Auping

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

by Colin McGowan

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 »
It's Been A Pleasure Getting To Know Pau Gasol

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »