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Mike D'Antoni's future to be a big part of Lakers off-season suspense

Coach Mike D'Antoni says he'll be talking with execs Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. But with 12 Lakers expected to be free agents, there'll be decisions 'on about a million things,' D'Antoni says.  

Kobe Bryant doesn't stick around for Lakers' finale

Injured star begins vacation early and Lakers finish with their worst record despite 113-100 victory over top-seeded Spurs. SAN ANTONIO — Finally.

Trainer Gary Vitti suffers through a painful season with the Lakers

Vitti says it all started with the vetoed Chris Paul deal, and then the speed of the game might have caught up to the Lakers this season. He says Kobe Bryant will be fine next season. Gary Vitti's workspace at the Lakers' training facility is surrounded by a life-size skeleton, detailed charts of the human muscular system and books about tendons and ligaments. Lots of books.

Up next for the Lakers: Wednesday at San Antonio

The Lakers close out the season against the Spurs, who have the best record in the league. AT SAN ANTONIO

Lakers beat Utah Jazz, 119-104, and attitude is 'Thanks but no tanks'

Nick Young scores 41 points and Jodie Meeks adds 23 in a victory that doesn't help their chances at the lottery's No. 1 pick. No matter — 'We're all trying to compete,' Robert Sacre says. SALT LAKE CITY — Poor Lakers. They lose even when they win.

Mitch Kupchak won't discuss Mike D'Antoni's future with Lakers

General manager says there is no timetable for a decision on whether the coach will return next season. SALT LAKE CITY — Mitch Kupchak paused for several seconds. It wasn't an easy question to answer.

Lakers' 'rough year' continues with 102-90 loss to Grizzlies

Top projected draft pick Joel Embiid attends the game as L.A. fades on fan appreciation night. The Lakers gave out gas cards, fast-food coupons and casino getaways on fan appreciation night.

Up next for the Lakers: Monday at Utah

The Jazz has lost 15 of its last 17 games but has defeated the Lakers twice this season. When: 6 PDT.

Jodie Meeks is one bright spot in a gloomy Lakers season

He is averaging a career-best 15.6 points and his game keeps improving, but returning to the team next season is not a sure thing. Emerging from the rubble of the Lakers' worst season since moving to Los Angeles was the story of someone who shall inherit the earth.

Up next for the Lakers: Sunday vs. Memphis

The Grizzlies are battling Phoenix and Dallas for seventh place in the West. Lakers tonight

Kobe Bryant needs to show his face, angry or not

The Lakers' injured star should find time to be on the bench during games. Kobe Bryant could learn something from Chance the Gardener, the childlike simpleton from the movie "Being There": Sometimes all that matters is showing up.

Lakers put up little fight in 112-95 loss to Golden State

Lakers endure sixth loss in a row and extend their team record for losses in a season to 54. Warriors' Stephen Curry gets his fourth triple-double of the season and Steve Blake torments former team. Nobody got hurt. The Lakers didn't lose by 50. There are only three games left.

Lakers have trouble filling Staples Center seats

There have been nine non-sellouts at home this season for the Lakers, who had 270 consecutive sold-out home crowds until November. Another sign of a team in decline — empty seats.

Steve Blake returning to Los Angeles with Warriors

The guard was traded to Golden State in February and will be back at Staples Center when the Lakers host the Warriors on Friday night. Blake misses L.A., where his wife and sons remain. Kobe Bryant was annoyed.

Up next for Lakers: Friday vs. Golden State

The Lakers will try to avoid losing the season series to the Warriors. LAKERS VS. GOLDEN STATE

Lakers' Mike D'Antoni uses humor to keep sanity

Coach tries not to be caught in the gloom and doom of a forgettable season. Mike D'Antoni thinks of it this way: don't make a bad situation worse.

Lakers don't dwell on present lows in 145-130 loss to Houston

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak gets a contract extension after his recent meeting with Kobe Bryant along with Jim Buss. The team clinches worst record in L.A. era. It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup.

Not even John Wooden could have helped these Lakers, Steve Nash says

Nash comes to the defense of Mike D'Antoni, who also was his coach in Phoenix when he won MVP awards. He says change and injuries doomed the Lakers this season. It came during a pause in the national anthem, loud and clear.

Up next for the Lakers: Tuesday vs. Houston

The Rockets' Dwight Howard has missed the last five games because of a strained left ankle but has shown improvement and is listed as day to day. vs. Houston

Lakers' Kent Bazemore to have surgery for torn tendon in right foot

The shooting guard was injured Sunday in a game against the Clippers and will miss the remaining five games of the season. A season of epic losses continued for the Lakers, who are dropping players almost as fast as they are games.

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