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Pau Gasol is in the final year of his contract which pays him $19 million this season. He understands he may have to take a pay cut to stay with the Lakers. WASHINGTON — While the Lakers have their wallet open...
As the sum of money in contract extension — $48.5 million for two years — touches off instant debate, Bryant says the Lakers could 'absolutely' still put together a championship team. WASHINGTON — Kobe Bryant was all smiles during his news conference a day after receiving a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension.
The timing is a surprise, before injured Bryant returns to games. Although the superstar sees it as a chance for team to 'bring in max talent,' the reality is the Lakers will hit cap issues in 2015. Was it the fadeaway jumper he made over Nick Young? The step-back shot that was too much for Xavier Henry?
The two-year deal worth nearly $50 million could cripple the team's chances of retooling the roster via the free-agent market. Happily for Kobe Bryant, he is now going to be a Laker for life.
Kobe Bryant signs two-year, $48.5-million extension that could make him a Laker for life but reduces team's financial flexibility. The Lakers experienced an early day, a 9 a.m. charter flight to Washington D.C.
What the Lakers have paid Kobe Bryant per season, from 1996-97 through 2015-16, the last season of two-year extension he signed Monday. Kobe by the numbers
The Lakers play the Wizards, who have a dynamic backcourt with Bradley Beal and John Wall. Lakers tonight
The Lakers beat the Kings, 100-86, and are 7-7 after 14 games, the same record as last season's star-studded team that eventually fell apart. Pau Gasol has 20 points and 10 rebounds.
A three-game winning streak also brings better free-throw shooting, as Lakers improve to 71.7%, going from 28th to 22nd in NBA. Henry in particular boosts his numbers, goes five for six against Kings.
Dallas' Vince Carter discusses Houston's Dwight Howard and complaining to referees; Brooklyn Coach Jason Kidd speaks on criticism. Now he gets it
Kings are struggling and coming off a tough loss to Clippers. Lakers tonight
Jordan Hill, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson and Shawne Williams are making most of second (at the least) chances so far in Los Angeles. They were four players everybody wanted, and then almost nobody did.
Coach Mike D'Antoni says it would be 'very hard' for Kobe Bryant, who is rehabing from a torn Achilles' tendon, to play during the Lakers' three-game trip next week. Maybe Kobe Bryant won't play this month.
Times writer Mike Bresnahan tries to answer seven burning questions about L.A.'s 6-7 NBA team. The Lakers are 6-7, lingering in the bottom half of the Western Conference and running on a treadmill the size of a franchise while awaiting the return of Kobe Bryant.
He comes up big in a 102-95 victory over Warriors with 24 points and 10 rebounds, making money for typhoon victims. A star who had been missing far too long for the Lakers' liking made his return Friday night at Staples Center.
The point guard who has been sidelined nearly two weeks because of persistent back pain doesn't know when he will return but says he is not considering calling it a career before his contract expires. Steve Nash doesn't know when he'll come back, how he'll feel or whether he can be an effective player again.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who is averaging 19.9 points and 8.7 assists, is listed as day to day after sustaining a concussion Monday at Utah. LAKERS VS. GOLDEN STATE
Even as fans cheer for the team to succeed this season, they know that the Lakers doing poorly could help them more next year. In this most conflicted of Lakers seasons, it figures that the common reaction to Kobe Bryant's imminent and inspirational return is actually two reactions.
Houston Hall of Famer says he wishes new Rockets new center 'was doing a better job.' League fines Howard $25,000 for tossing ball at a heckling fan. This might sound familiar to Lakers fans, but Dwight Howard was criticized for being too passive with the Houston Rockets.
Pau Gasol is surprised by the quickness of Bryant's recovery. Steve Blake says his fellow guard is 'playing really well.' Kobe Bryant is seven months into his recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon, but how did he advance so quickly from lying on a training table to being a productive player at Lakers practice?