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Kobe Bryant Called Alex Rodriguez to Give Pep Talk

Kobe Bryant Called Alex Rodriguez to Give Pep TalkNBA via Los Angeles Lakers(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- The New York Yankees are on the brink of elimination and third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been the subject of criticism for his playoff slump. In an effort to boost his spirits, Los Angeles Lakers guard Ko...

Lakers’ Dwight Howard practices for First Time

Lakers’ Dwight Howard practices for First TimeKevork Djansezian/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers biggest offseason acquisition practiced for the first time, after having back surgery five months ago. Dwight Howard was back on the court with his new team on Tuesday, but ha...

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: It’s My Team

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: It’s My TeamNBA via Los Angeles Lakers(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Whose team is it?  That is the question the five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant had to answer as the Los Angeles Lakers held their media day on Monday. The Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2012-13 seaso...

Dwight Howard: I Don’t Have Any Regrets

Dwight Howard: I Don’t Have Any RegretsKevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers brought in an all-star center in Dwight Howard during the offseason in what was the biggest NBA move of the summer. Howard has been criticized since; critics pointing towards him following ...

Mavericks’ Mark Cuban Not Worried about Lakers Offseason

Mavericks’ Mark Cuban Not Worried about Lakers OffseasonRonald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is at it again. This time he is lighting a fire under the Los Angeles Lakers moves this summer and whether or not they will pay off in big dividends.  "The Lakers have done ...

Bynum Heading to Germany for Knee Procedure

Bynum Heading to Germany for Knee ProcedureLos Angeles Lakers/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum is going to Germany in September to have a non-surgical procedure on one or both of his surgically repaired knees, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Bynum, who just was tr...

Dwight Howard Introduced to Lakers

Dwight Howard Introduced to LakersKevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After a year of speculation and rumors, Dwight Howard finally has a new home in Los Angeles with the Lakers.  The Magic sent Howard to Hollywood on Thursday night in a four-team 12-player trade that e...

Sources: Dwight Howard to Lakers Deal Complete

Sources: Dwight Howard to Lakers Deal CompleteSam Greenwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dwight Howard saga may be put to rest; a source with direct knowledge of the four-team deal confirmed to ESPN.com's Marc Stein Thursday night that Orlando will send Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. The other...

Sources: Dwight Howard to Lakers Deal Complete

Sources: Dwight Howard to Lakers Deal CompleteSam Greenwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dwight Howard saga may be put to rest; a source with direct knowledge of the four-team deal confirmed to ESPN.com's Marc Stein Thursday night that Orlando will send Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. The other...

US Men’s Basketball Team Routes Australia

US Men’s Basketball Team Routes AustraliaRonald Martinez/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team earned a triple double from LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant scored all 20 of his points in the second half as it routed Australia 119-86, to advance to the semifinals. The Aus...

Kevin Durant Leads USA Basketball Over France, 98-71

Kevin Durant Leads USA Basketball Over France, 98-71Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(LONDON) -- The United States men’s basketball team tipped off Group A preliminary action Sunday with a 98-71 victory over France. Forward Kevin Durant led the way for the Stars and Stripes with 22 points and nine rebound...

Kobe Bryant Disagrees with Olympic Age Limit

Kobe Bryant Disagrees with Olympic Age LimitDavid Becker/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) -- Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant doesn't agree with the 23-and-under concept proposed by NBA commissioner David Stern regarding the Olympics. Team USA arrived in London on Tuesday and the Lakers forwa...

Team USA Ready for Another Run at Gold

Team USA Ready for Another Run at GoldStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The Men's 2012 USA basketball team is set.  Now they'll be trying to bring home back-to-back gold medals in the Olympics.The team did lose Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Dwight Howard, but gained Western ...

Kobe Bryant discusses Steve Nash, Dwight Howard

Kobe Bryant discusses Steve Nash, Dwight HowardChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Lakers boosted themselves right back into title contention after they made some early fireworks on July 4 when free agent guard Steve Nash agreed on a sign-and-trade deal on Wednesday. His ne...

Sources: Steve Nash headed to Los Angeles Lakers

Sources: Steve Nash headed to Los Angeles LakersBrian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cross off another highly touted NBA free agent this summer.  Steve Nash has agreed on a sign-and-trade deal from the Phoenix Suns to Los Angeles Lakers that will boost the Lakers right back into title ...

Kobe Bryant’s Jersey is Top in International Sales

Kobe Bryant’s Jersey is Top in International SalesLos Angeles Lakers/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant led all NBA players in international sales for the 2011-2012 season, according to the league. This is the first time the NBA has released who has the top-selling jersey internationally. ...

Pro Athletes Turn to Controversial Blood Injections for Chronic Pain Relief

Pro Athletes Turn to Controversial Blood Injections for Chronic Pain ReliefiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Tracy McGrady was one of the best basketball players in the world, a seven-time All-Star forward and a scoring machine, until he suffered a devastating knee injury in 2008. When McGrady returned to the game after two...

Report: Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Will Not Divorce

Report: Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Will Not DivorceKevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Kobe Bryant may not be getting divorced after all.According to TMZ, the L.A. Lakers star and his wife of 13 years, Vanessa Bryant, are working on a reconciliation that’s stopping her from signing the divorce ...

Extreme Makeover Coming to Los Angeles

Extreme Makeover Coming to Los AngelesRonald Martinez/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- There will be some big changes this summer in Los Angeles.  After the Lakers were kicked out of the playoffs in five games by the Thunder, making their second straight exit in round two, Lakers g...

Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Thunder Advance to Western Conference FinalsRonald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- For the second straight year, the Oklahoma City Thunder is headed to the Western Conference Finals. Oklahoma City received 28 points from guard Russell Westbrook as the Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers ...

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