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Other teams would like to have him (Mavericks most of all), but Lakers have more to offer, and not just money. It will be the story of the Lakers' off-season, they hope without anything remotely resembling "The Decision."
Franchise is in disarray, and perhaps only one man can fix it: Phil Jackson. But not in the way you might think. On farewell day, they waved until their hands hurt.
Kobe Bryant says it is 'very important' for the soon-to-be free agent to come back, and General Manager Mitch Kupchak says he's optimistic. Pau Gasol doesn't get strong indication of his future. There's unanimity within the Lakers. Kobe Bryant and General Manager Mitch Kupchak both want Dwight Howard to return.
Collins is the first male athlete in a major U.S. professional team sport to come out as gay. He draws praise from Presidents Obama and Clinton and from several in sports world, including Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Jason Collins had long been keeping a secret.
Nash calls this season the most frustrating of his 17-year career and wants to make next season 'a phenomenal experience.' To that end, he is 'very hopeful' the soon-to-be free agent center will return. Steve Nash couldn't finish this season because of injuries, but he knew where to start next season.
Fans are upset with Howard over Lakers' wasted season, and his ejection in final game. But he's still the best option to build around. Re-signing him is essential. We have a major difference of opinion.
The center has proven he can't handle being the face of a franchise like the Lakers. The team needs to rebuild and needs the financial flexibility it won't have if Howard is re-signed. His exit from the Lakers' season was as regal as his entrance, Dwight Howard surrounded by screams and gasps as he swaggered through the Staples Center tunnel into the shadows of summer.
Drearily departed: Lakers' lost season ends tepidly as Spurs roll, 103-82, in Game 4. The free giveaways made sense, handed off to all Lakers fans as they entered Staples Center.
Gasol stays classy as the Lakers' season ends with Game 4 loss to Spurs in first round, but he probably has played his last game for L.A. for team financial reasons. He appears stoic about his fate. Staples Center held Pau Gasol in a warm embrace late in the fourth quarter Sunday, as fans stood to applaud when he left a game that had long been lost.
Dwight Howard can decide to become a free agent, the Lakers can amnesty a player and several reserves probably won't return. The Lakers have the largest payroll in the NBA and could look to lower taxes. That was a waste of a season. Now what?
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni says he hears fans' calls for Phil Jackson and understands why they do it. He also admits mistakes and vows to turn things around. It is the chant that has defined the season, yet somehow has not defined the man.
They would have to do what's never been done before to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win four NBA playoff games. Beyond that, their future is uncertain. It's become a record-breaking playoff run for the Lakers, not the kind they ever expected when Steve Nash put ink to paper last July, followed a month later by the Dwight Howard acquisition.
Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Steve Blake are out, Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock start, and Lakers lose 120-89. They trail series 3-0; season could end Sunday. The Lakers' locker room was an inexplicably steamy 77 degrees an hour before their playoff game.
A 120-89 loss in Game 3 to the San Antonio Spurs puts the Lakers in a 3-0 series deficit that no miracles, casts, bandages or pain killers can help. The Lakers guard stepped to the foul line and the familiar chant rose from the Staples Center crowd.
The D-League's MVP takes advantage of his start in Game 3, but his 20 points fall short of what the Lakers need. Faint chants could be heard as Andrew Goudelock stepped to the free-throw line late in the first quarter.
San Antonio pulls away for a 120-89 victory to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series. San Antonio pulls away for a 120-89 victory to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series.
NBA's president of basketball operations says strategy slows the game down. Dwight Howard says he needs to make his free throws. The Hack-a-Howard strategy might get hacked.
Readers are split on Dwight Howard, but they're in agreement that Kobe Bryant should mind his own tweeting business. This talk of whether the Lakers should re-sign Dwight Howard is a no-brainer. D12 is the superstar the Lakers need to build their future on.
The Lakers, who trail the Spurs, 2-0, in the best-of-seven series, will definitely be without Steve Blake and probably won't have Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks. Their starting guards could be Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock. The Lakers will have a most valuable player in their backcourt Friday.
The All-Star center has a chance to show that he can be the focal point of the franchise against the Spurs, but it appears he's no Shaquille O'Neal. SAN ANTONIO -- Kobe Bryant wasn't tweeting Wednesday night, so perhaps the most compelling electronic observation came from a text sent to press row from a neighbor who probably spoke for a city.