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Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: Who Is More Important to His Team?

Asking that question is like wondering whether Steve Jobs is more important to Apple than Bill Gates is to Microsoft.Or whether Mark Wahlberg is more important to the movie "The Fighter" than Russell Crowe is to "Cinderella Man."Or whether chocolate ... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles Lakers: Why Andrew Bynum Is the Key to the Team’s Turnaround

When my editor assigned a new article to me, he proposed this story idea: "Why is/isn't Andrew Bynum the key to the Lakers’ turnaround?" He might as well have asked me to write about why smoking cigarettes is/isn't bad for ... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles Lakers: Don’t Sweat the Regular Season Stuff

Way back when I was in high school, we received progress reports every five, 10 and 15 weeks and the final report card at the end of the semester, the latter of which was the only evaluation that actually counted ... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat: Twas the Day Before Christmas

Twas the day before Christmas, Santa is firing up the sleigh and settling into his seat. He wants to be back in the North Pole early this year, just in time for the Lakers vs. the Heat. St. Nick will be ... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Questions for the Three-Peat Quest

With the 2010-11 NBA regular season right around the bend, the Los Angeles Lakers are gearing up for what could be an all-time league-best third three-peat. Still, the defending champs have some questions to address before they hit the hardwood ... (Continue reading)

Why Can’t We Be Friends: Los Angeles Lakers Sign Former Foe Matt Barnes

On Tuesday afternoon, seventh-year swingman Matt Barnes was officially introduced as the Los Angeles Lakers' latest free agent acquisition—another one of the many magician-like moves general manager Mitch Kupchak has pulled out of his hat; this one of the discounted ... (Continue reading)

Go Fish: Los Angeles Lakers Must Sign Derek Fisher To Achieve Three-Peat

After the Los Angeles Lakers repeated as world champions last month, I wrote a column that proclaimed Mitch Kupchak is the J.K. Rowling of NBA general managers . I praised the Lakers GM for keeping Kobe Bryant in purple and gold, ... (Continue reading)

2010 NBA Free Agency: Shaquille O’Neal Should Sign With The L.A. Lakers

Five or six years ago, that headline would have made less sense than two (by all accounts sane) parents allowing their 16-year old daughter to circumnavigate the globe by her lonesome. Then again, five or six years ago Shaquille O'Neal was ... (Continue reading)

2010 NBA Draft: Who Best Fits The Los Angeles Lakers’ Needs?

Between 1996 and 2006, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired 17 players through the NBA Draft, 10 of which went on to help the franchise win what is now 16 world championships. Aside from Kobe Bryant, none of the other nine players had ... (Continue reading)

Not Your Average Mitch: L.A. Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak Is the NBA’s Top GM

On May 30, 2007, pro basketball in Los Angeles frantically fell flat on its face, leaving Angelenos wondering, "Will we ever rebound?" Following a third straight forgettable season -- the latest of which resulted in a repeat first-round exit at the mercy of ... (Continue reading)