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Monday
Nov102014

Lakers Pick Up First Win of the Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(LOS ANGELES) -- The wait is finally over. The Los Angeles Lakers won their first game of the season on Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Lakers had been 0-5, the worst start in the team's Kobe Bryant-era. The team also avoided losing six straight to open a season for the first time since 1957-58, when the team played in Minneapolis.

"We got to start somewhere," Bryant said after the win.

Bryant and Jeremy Lin led the way for the Lakers as they each scored 21 points. Carlos Boozer also chipped in 16 points.

"Guys weren't just looking to get the ball to Kobe and step out of the way," Lakers head coach Byron Scott said of the win. "I talked to Jeremy before the game about being more assertive on both ends of the floor."

After their win on Sunday, the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves as the only winless team left in the NBA. On Sunday, they lost to the Toronto Raptors and fell to 0-7 in the season.


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Saturday
Nov082014

Byron Scott wants Lakers to Stop Deferring to Kobe Bryant so much

Chris Chamber/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Heading into Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is leading the NBA in scoring, but head coach Byron Scott wants the team to stop relying on him so heavily during the course of the game.

The 36-year-old Bryant, who's in his 19th NBA season, is averaging 27.6 points per game. Despite the scoring, Bryant is shooting only .402% from the field.

Also going against Bryant is that he's averaging 24.4 field goal attempts per game, which by far leads the NBA.

‘I know how great this guy is, but you guys have got to play basketball,'” Scott told the team after practice Thursday. “‘You can’t look at him every single time and try to give him the ball. You’ve got to take shots that are there. You can’t pass up shots."

“They can’t be afraid to fail,” Scott said of the team regarding playing with Bryant. “That’s the biggest thing. You’ve just got to be able to go out there and play.”

The Lakers and 76ers are the only team's in the NBA without a win this season.


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Sunday
Nov022014

Thompson Powers Warriors Past L.A. Lakers, 127-104

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson poured in 41 points as Golden State (2-0) bounced the Los Angeles Lakers (0-4), 127-104 on Saturday night.

Thompson finished the game 14 of 18 from the field, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.  Point guard Stephen Curry had 31 points and 10 assists while center Andrew Bogut pulled down 10 rebounds.

Shooting Guard Kobe Bryant led the way for the Lakers with 28 points on 12 of 28 shooting. He scored 19 points in the third quarter, but was stifled by Thompson in the fourth, managing only one point.

The last time the Lakers began the season 0-4 was in the 1957-58 season, when the team was located in Minneapolis.


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Wednesday
Oct292014

Lakers' Julius Randle Breaks Leg

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle broke his leg midway through the fourth quarter in Tuesday night's 108-90 loss to the Rockets.

Team doctors said that Randle suffered a broken tibia and his return this season is in question.

"It is heartbreaking, because I saw him all summer," coach Byron Scott said. "I saw the work that he was putting in. I saw the progression that he was making, the steps that he was taking to get better. And his first game, he goes down."

"I don't think anybody in that locker room is happy about the way we played, but we're even more saddened about the fact that we lost one of our young guys," he continued.

"I just told him to stay strong," Scott added. "Adversity tests the true character of a man. This is some adversity that we're facing with a young guy being out, and obviously, it's something that he's facing. I feel for him. I feel extremely bad for him. He was kind of crying, and I just told him to stay strong and that it's going to make him a better basketball player."

Hall of Famer James Worthy, who was drafted by the Lakers in 1983 and suffered the same injury during his rookie season, gave some encouraging word to Randle.

"I had the same injury as @J30_RANDLE - he'll recover fine. #StayStrong," Worthy tweeted following Randle's injury.

The Lakers drafted Randle in the first round with the seventh pick this year.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Kobe: Nash Retiring Is Tough

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(LAS VEGAS) -- Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant stands behind future Hall of Famer Steve Nash's decision to hang it up this week.

Nash announced his retirement following another back injury and Bryant said on Friday that he knows Nash did everything he could to get back on the court.

"You can control what you can control," Bryant said. "He did everything to get back and play at a high level. From that standpoint he should be able to sleep at night. I know I would. I can only think about that in my situation; I just tried to do everything possible to be ready, and if it wasn't in the cards, if I couldn't get back to being at that level, you just have to accept it and when you lay your head down you know that you did absolutely everything possible."

Bryant would have liked to play a full season with Nash, but understands that his teammate made the right choice.

"It's tough," said Bryant.. "I just asked him if he was in good spirits and he said, 'Yeah.' It kind of is what it is at this point. ... He struggled with his back even when he was in his prime. I really don't think it's an age thing, it's an injury thing. He's had to deal with it his entire career, and it just caught up with him now."

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak reached out to the league about applying for a disabled player exception.

"I think all he knows is that he can't continue to play," Kupchak said. "Whenever he feels like he can, he tries to and then he gets set back three or four weeks. There's age, there's life after basketball. The only reason he's playing this year is because he loves to play, so there's a lot racing through his head. The bottom line is he can't put it together."


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Friday
Oct242014

Steve Nash Out for Entire Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will miss the rest of the season due to a recurring back injury, the Lakers announced Thursday.

"Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now," Nash said in a statement released by the team. "I work very hard to stay healthy and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during this period of rest, and will focus on my long-term health."

Nash played in just 15 games for the Lakers last season while dealing with various injuries. He hasn't practiced with the team since Oct. 12, when he tweaked his back while carrying bags.

Nash, 40, is in the final year of a three-year, $28 million deal that will pay him $9.7 million this season.

Nash has played 18 NBA seasons. During that time, he's won two league MVPs and has been named an all-star eight times.


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Monday
Oct062014

Steve Nash Open to Playing Beyond this Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Even though Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has had to battle to stay on the court in recent years, with one year left on his contract he's open to playing beyond the 2014-2015 season.

At 40 years old, Nash is the already the oldest player in the NBA. He appeared in just 15 games for the Lakers last season, and just 50 the season before that.

Nash was expected by many to retire once his current contract expires, but he left the door open for extending his career beyond this season.

“If I have a chance to play, it would have to be here. I’m not going to at this stage move somewhere else for a season and move my kids there,” Nash told the Los Angeles Daily News of the possibility of playing longer.

Nash is a two-time league MVP and is likely headed to the Hall of Fame one day. This past season, Nash averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists per game.


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Saturday
Oct042014

Lakers Nick Young has Torn Thumb Ligament

National Basketball Association(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young endured a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb during practice Friday.

According to ESPN.com, Young's agent, Mark Bartelstein, the injury is expected to sideline the 29-year-old six to eight weeks.

Young injured the thumb while guarding teammate Kobe Bryant at practice Thursday.

An MRI Friday showed the tear and Young will have surgery on Monday.

Young played in 64 games for the Lakers last season averaging 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Kobe Bryant: I Feel 'Normal...Like Myself'

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant is back and ready to show the rest of the NBA that he is 100 percent.

Bryant missed most of last year after suffering a torn Achilles tendon to go along with a fracture in his left knee. Still, he practiced for the first time with his team Tuesday for the first two hours and 15 minutes of the three hour practice run by Byron Scott.

"I felt normal. I felt like myself," Bryant said. "That's a good thing."

"I love playing the game," Bryant continued. "I truly enjoy it. The game was becoming a little stale but the Achilles injury ignited a new challenge for me personally to see if I can do this because you don't know. This was a challenge that presented itself to see if I can make this a successful comeback."

Bryant said he still has concerns about returning to the court. "My concerns are no different anybody else's in being able to comeback from this. A lot of it is the same thing. If I can prove to myself that I can do this I can prove it to everybody else as well," he explained.

Steve Nash, who also was sidelined last season due to multiple injuries, was at practice and felt good.

"I need to not get injured and I don't mean that in a factious way," Nash said. "It's important not get an ankle [injury] or a thigh bruise or all the little injuries and try to manage them as much as possible. If I can manage the amount of minutes I'm on the court and keep myself going and don't overdo it to where I can't recover, maybe I got a chance to play a lot more."


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Next Season Likely the Last for Lakers' Steve Nash

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will suit up for his 19th NBA season in 2014-2015, and according to Nash, it will likely be his last.

"I think this is my last season. But I still love to play," Nash told reporters. "I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year."

The 40-year-old Nash is likely headed to the Hall of Fame when he does retire. He's a two-time NBA MVP during his time with the Phoenix Suns, and is also third in NBA history in assists. For his career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.

Still, he's had a hard time staying on the court in recent years. He's missed 99 total games the past two seasons as he's battled various injuries.


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