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Should Jodie Meeks Be a Key Cog in Lakers' Rebuild?

Eighty percent of the guys on the current Los Angeles Lakers roster are without a contract for next season.<p>And, Jodie Meeks is one of them.<p>Meanwhile, the sharpshooter is having a career season, averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc.<p>Meeks is in the second and …

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Los Angeles Lakers' True Rebuild Was Set Back by Failed Chris Paul Trade

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Speaking with a Los Angeles Lakers staffer, I begin my sentence with the following words:<p><i>“What would have happened if…”</i><p>Five utterly innocuous and totally general words are enough for that person to interrupt me with two words—flatly stated, spot-on.<p><i>“Chris Paul.”</i><p>Twenty-six …

Life Without Kobe Bryant a Glimpse into LA Lakers' Uncertain Future

Kobe Bryant’s prolonged absence has given the basketball world a crystal ball to observe the Los Angeles Lakers’ future.<p>The sight is not a pretty one. Bryant missed the first portion of the early season schedule rehabbing his ruptured Achilles. The Purple and Gold stayed afloat during that time by …

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Will Kobe Bryant Return to L.A. Lakers Team Already out of Playoff Contention?

Link to Media<p>With Kobe Bryant out six weeks with a left knee injury, will the Los Angeles Lakers fall too far out of playoff contention before he returns?<p>It’s not the best of times for the Purple and Gold. They were shelled by the Phoenix Suns, 117-90 on Monday night and shelled by the Golden State …

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NBA Trade Rumors: Buying or Selling Latest Buzz Around the Association

The NBA trade deadline may not be until Feb. 20, but rumors about a number of players changing teams are continuing to come up, and some seem to be legitimate.<p>With key injuries and teams looking to rebuild, a few players keep coming up in trade rumors. Some names make a lot of sense in these …

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Will Carmelo Anthony Consider Bolting Knicks If Nightmare Season Continues?

Carmelo Anthony is looking over the fence, and he likes what he sees.<p>The New York Knicks superstar expressed admiration for the situation LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh find themselves in, per the <i>New York Daily News</i>' Frank Isola:<p>Keep in mind, the Knicks were modeled after the Miami Heat. …

How Kobe Bryant's Injury Impacts LA Lakers' 2014 Offseason Plans

The Los Angeles Lakers had done a fine job of treading water without Kobe Bryant.<p>But now that Bryant is sidelined once again, this time with a knee injury, you have to wonder about the viability of the set plans for the Lakers moving forward.<p>While Bryant's injury doesn't preclude him from future …

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