Los Angeles Lakers WiretapJanuary 2012 Los Angeles Lakers Wiretap

Phil Jackson Writing Memoir Titled 'Eleven Rings'

Jan 31, 2012 1:01 PM

Phil Jackson’s next title will be on the cover of his new book.

Penguin Press says Tuesday that Jackson, the Hall of Famer who won 11 NBA championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, is writing his memoir called “Eleven Rings.”

The book is tentatively scheduled to be out next year.

Associated Press

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Lakers Talk Trade For Ramon Sessions

Jan 30, 2012 5:53 PM

The Lakers have held trade talks with the Cavaliers about acquiring Ramon Sessions, according to sources.

While no deal is near, the Lakers believe Sessions would help their backcourt.

the Lakers own an $8.9 million trade exception that could be used in a trade, while Cleveland wants to stockpile draft picks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Ramon Sessions, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Adelman Not Looking Back On Lakers' Interview

Jan 30, 2012 10:29 AM

Rick Adelman was a candidate for the Lakers' head coaching job this offseason, but they eventually went with Mike Brown and he is now coaching the Timberwolves.

"I don't think about it that much," Adelman said. "That was a long, long time ago and it was just a conversation we had. I never look back at something like that."

Adelman shared his insight into some of the reasons why the Lakers have struggled to start the season.

"I think they're just trying to adjust," he said. "They're not unlike a lot of other teams. Some teams kind of hit the skids sometimes when they go on the road and the schedule becomes real difficult.

"But if you ask around, you find out they're still considered one of the top four teams in the West. I don't care what their record is. I just know the players they have."

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

Lakers Reportedly Reached Out To Gilbert Arenas

Jan 29, 2012 12:07 PM

The Lakers have reached out to Gilbert Arenas, according to a source close to the situation. Arenas is currently a free agent.

The source also said Arenas, a former Los Angeles-area high school standout, was interested in signing with the Lakers.

Arenas averaged eight points on 34.4 percent shooting in 49 games with the Magic last season.

Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Gilbert Arenas, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Assign Caracter To D-League

Jan 25, 2012 6:36 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Derrick Caracter to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.

Caracter, who underwent surgery on December 14th to remove part of a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, originally sustained the injury two days prior during Lakers training camp.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Derrick Caracter, Los Angeles Lakers, South Bay Lakers, NBA, D-League, D-League Transaction, D-League Teams

Gasol Wants To Get Closer To Bucket, Would Like To Discuss Situation With Brown

Jan 23, 2012 10:57 PM

Pau Gasol wants to get back to operating offensively close to the basket.

"I would like to get a little more inside, myself," Gasol said after scoring only eight points in a 98-96 loss to the Indiana Pacers. "I always like to have different looks and be able to attack from different angles, and in the second half I didn't have one chance to attack from the post."

Gasol has often positioned by Mike Brown outside the lane in his offense, occasionally requiring Gasol to drift near the three-point line. 

Gasol was asked if he wanted to talk strategy with Brown.

"I would like to," Gasol said. "I think it's smart. Orlando did it to us, [Indiana] has done it to us, going inside. You pick teams apart when you have good inside players and we have two pretty good inside players on this team that can do a lot of damage."

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Lakers Continue To Struggle With Offense

Jan 23, 2012 11:30 AM

The Lakers lost to the Pacers 98-96 on Sunday, which was the 11th consecutive game where they failed to score at least 100 points. It is their worst streak since doing it 12 times during the 03-04 season.

"We've had a loaded schedule here to start, so hopefully that had something to do with our poor shooting," said Kobe Bryant. "I think some of the guys just need time off just to get their legs back."

Pau Gasol only scored eight points, the second time he has done so in four games.

"I did notice that he's out on the floor ... a lot further away from the basket," said former Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who returned as a member of the Indiana coaching staff.

"If you have the two big guys, that's always been the strength of this team. You want your biggest guys closest to the basket. Sometimes Pau is out around the three-point line, so I think maybe it's just going to take him a little time to get adjusted to the new places he is on the floor."

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

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

Source: Williams' Future With Nets Completely Tied To Howard

Jan 20, 2012 4:13 PM

Deron Williams' would prefer to remain with the Nets, but that appears to be predicated on the team's ability to acquire Dwight Howard, say sources.

Williams will sign a new deal with the Nets if Howard ends up joining him in Brooklyn.

The Mavericks, the Knicks and the Lakers would be his preferred options if he leaves the Nets, according to sources close to the situation.

If Howard is traded to another team that he plans on re-signing with, the Nets will begin to explore a trade of Williams, according to a source.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bryant: Lakers Offense 'Under Construction'

Jan 20, 2012 10:46 AM

Kobe Bryant said the Lakers’ offense is more than just a work in progress.

"It's under construction. Still working on the blueprints actually," Bryant said after a 98-87 loss to Miami, adding that the process "feels strange."

"He (Mike Brown) has to see what he has. He knows what he has with me but he needs to see what some of the other guys can do and what they can't do. 

"The only time he can see that is during a game," he added.

Brown agreed that there was plenty of work to do on offense.

"We still don't have a good feel in terms of second and third options," he said. "We are not quite there yet and against better defensive teams it really shows."


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Lakers, Magic Haven't Recently Discussed Howard Trade

Jan 20, 2012 10:29 AM

The Lakers and Magic haven’t had any recent discussions about Dwight Howard, according to a person familiar with the teams' thinking.

However, one person in the Lakers' organization has been talking to Howard.

Kobe Bryant has had at least one in-depth phone conversation with Howard recently, even discussing how Howard might fit in with the Lakers' scheme.

One person with knowledge of the conversation said Howard came away feeling as if he wouldn't be the Lakers' top option, since it remains Bryant's team.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Lakers Seek Aggressive Looks When Kobe Gets Doubled
Mike Brown wants the Lakers' supporting cast to be as aggressive as Kobe Bryant, especially when he receives attention from multiple defenders.

Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

Brown Hopes To Lower Kobe's Minutes
Kobe Bryant’s minutes are up over last season.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Howard's List Hasn't Expanded To Include Clippers
Dwight Howard's objective is to concentrate on playing basketball.

Jarrod Rudolph/RealGM

74.1 Percent Of GMs Expect Heat To Win 2012 NBA Finals
Miami scores 74.1% of the vote, followed by the Thunder at 14.8%, Lakers at 7.4% and Bulls at 3.7%.


Bryant Intends To Play For Team USA Despite Wrist Injury
Kobe Bryant plans to play for Team USA this summer despite a torn ligament in his shooting wrist.

Dave McMenamin/ESPNLosAngeles.com

Kobe Says Injured Wrist Feeling Stronger
Kobe Bryant said the torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist is starting to heal.

Dave McMenamin/ESPNLosAngeles.com

Steve Blake Out 3-4 Weeks
After further evaluation, it has been determined that Steve Blake will be out approximately three to four weeks due to a costochaondral fracture.

RealGM Staff Report

Kupchak Says Lakers Done Dealing For Now
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak indicated no roster moves are imminent.


Steve Blake Day-To-Day With Rib Injury
Steve Blake will be re-evaluated in the next day or two, but for now his status should be considered day-to-day.

RealGM Staff Report

Sources: Odom Stressed By Offseason Turmoil
Lamar Odom has struggled to find his niche with the Mavericks.

Chris Mannix/SI.com

Brown: Kobe More 'Serious-Minded' Than LeBron
Lakers coach Mike Brown compared Kobe Bryant to LeBron James.

Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

Bynum Not Bothered By Team USA Snub
Andrew Bynum is not expected to be named to Team USA's preliminary roster.

Los Angeles Times

Bryant Takes Shot At ESPN Player Ranking After Scoring 48 Against Suns
Kobe Bryant took a shot a panel of ESPN writers after scoring 48 points on 18-of-31 shooting against the Suns on Tuesday.

Los Angeles Times

Kobe Scores 48 Points
Kobe Bryant's 48 points is the highest scoring game of the 11-12 NBA season.

RealGM Staff Report

Colangelo: Team USA 'Loaded' At Guard, Small Forward Positions
Jerry Colangelo pointed to Team USA’s abundance of star guards and forwards when discussing the talent level of a potential 19-man roster.

USA Today

Report: Team USA Preliminary Roster Set
USA Basketball is set to name 19 players who make up the preliminary roster for the 2012 Olympics.


Bryant Will Not Undergo Orthokine Therapy On Wrist
Kobe Bryant will not undergo platelet rich plasma therapy on his injured shooting wrist.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Bryant Pleased By Constant Communication With Mike Brown
Kobe Bryant is enjoying how Mike Brown keeps long hours at work, something that was never the case with Phil Jackson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Bynum's Work With Darvin Ham Paying Off
When Darvin Ham interviewed with the Lakers, Mike Brown told him to expand Bynum's game.

Los Angeles Times

Blake, Barnes Contributing More To Lakers With Triangle Offense Gone
Steve Blake and Matt Barnes are having better seasons for the Lakers than in 10-11 when they were trying to learn the triangle offense.

Orange County Register