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They can finish with the NBA's fourth-worst overall record and still have a crack at the top spot. The Lakers and Sacramento Kings played each other Friday at Staples Center. No better time to ponder lottery percentages.
Pau Gasol and Mike D'Antoni take it up a notch during a dreadful season. Mike D'Antoni has a very selective memory when it comes to keeping things in house. Wasn't he the fellow who proclaimed to reporters in an interview that he sat Pau Gasol down in the fourth quarter "because I wanted us to win the game." If that isn't a slap in the face, I don't know what is.
The slender 6-foot-7 forward was assigned to guard brawny Indiana power forward David West on Tuesday and 7-foot-1 Memphis center Marc Gasol on Wednesday. Wesley Johnson swears he's OK. He laughs when told he survived the NBA equivalent of back-to-back car accidents.
The Lakers have defeated the Kings, who will be without suspended DeMarcus Cousins, twice this season but will remain in last place in the Western Conference even if they win. When: 7:30.
Pau Gasol complains about the Lakers' play in Tuesday night loss at Indiana, Mike D'Antoni defends his system, and then the Lakers lose against the Grizzlies. MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Another loss was swallowed up by the theatrics surrounding it, a common theme nowadays for the Lakers.
Bazemore, who took 19 shots in the Lakers' loss on Tuesday, cuts it down to nine shots on Wednesday after Pau Gasol's complaint that the team needs to move the ball more. MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Welcome to the Lakers. Enjoy the crossfire.
Lakers return to scene of a rare road win, but also where Kobe Bryant suffered a knee injury that has sidelined him for 10 weeks. When: 5 PST.
After getting off to a good start with the team in December, the guard is having a hard time producing. 'I want to get back on track,' he says. INDIANAPOLIS — Count Kendall Marshall among those dragged down by the Lakers' woes.
Gasol never mentions Coach Mike D'Antoni by name, but he cites a lack of discipline, too much one-on-one play and a questionable lineup choice. INDIANAPOLIS — The relationship between Pau Gasol and Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, an uneasy truce in recent months, took a turn for the worse Tuesday.
The shooting guard, who was acquired in the trade that sent Steve Blake to Golden State, has scored career highs and is averaging 31 minutes in two games for the Lakers. Kent Bazemore used to be known for two things.
The Pacers have the best record in the NBA and are 26-3 at home.
The 7-foot center becomes the first openly gay athlete in a major American pro sports league when he signs with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday and plays against the Lakers. Jason Collins rose from his seat on the bench and strode slowly toward the scorer's table.
Jason Collins plays for the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the NBA's first openly gay player. The Lakers suffer their ninth loss in their last 10 home games. The well-chronicled failures of the Lakers were pushed aside for a day, mercifully their fans would say, as national media members converged on Staples Center to cover Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player.
The Lakers go for a season sweep against the Nets, who are contending for a playoff spot in the East despite their losing record. When: 6 p.m.
Regarded as mere throw-ins in Lakers' salary-dump trade of Steve Blake, Bazemore and Brooks make instant impact in win over Boston. Throw-ins?
Recently acquired MarShon Brooks sparks fourth-quarter rally and Kent Bazemore has 15 points in a 101-92 victory over the Boston Celtics. The rivalry that produced Jerry West versus Bill Russell, Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant versus Paul Pierce offered a new matchup Friday night:
Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, acquired for Steve Blake, are big Kobe Bryant fans. Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks won't make the playoffs this season.
Lakers won the first matchup of struggling teams last month in Boston. LAKERS VS. BOSTON
NBA trading deadline: Lakers, unable to trade Pau Gasol, are headed for lottery draft pick and might have long wait for Kevin Love or Kevin Durant. Pau Gasol, the NBA's most-targeted subject of trade innuendo, survived another deadline Thursday at noon, with the Lakers unable to move him and his $19.3-million salary.
Veteran guard is dealt in exchange for young guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks but says he would consider returning as a free agent. Brooklyn Nets are interested in Lakers' reserve big man. The white flag has been unrolled. It's about to be waved.