With the No. 3 seed in the West already locked up heading into Thursday's regular-season finale against the Kings, the Lakers' coaching staff is planning to sit team's stars and use the game as a talent evaluator for its young players.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace faced the media Wednesday for the first time since the NBA announced he would be suspended seven games for striking Oklahoma City's James Harden in the head with his elbow.
The Orlando Magic might be back on the market with Dwight Howard as Thursday's NBA trade deadline looms, but Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum doesn't believe he'll be involved in a swap for Superman.
Kevin Pelton writes that certain stats reveal that defensive-minded coaches have a greater impact on a team's play, and that new Lakers hire Mike Brown (a defensive guru) is also a better offensive coach than he is usually given credit for.
Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus looks at the coming week in the NBA with an eye toward fantasy matchups and lists five players with favorable matchups worth starting, five with unfavorable matchups to bench and one waiver pickup to target.