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  1. Q&A: Lakers coach Mike Brown

    Brian Kamenetzky

    It has been an outstanding summer for Lakers head coach Mike Brown, and not only because he was able to take his first real family vacation since taking the gig last year. With the lockout in the rearview mirror, Brown now can prepare for the season ...

    Blog | August 22, 2012
  2. 2011-12 Report Card: Andrew Goudelock

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Selected with the 46th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, in his first interview with a local press corps unfamiliar with him and his skill set, Andrew Goudelock filled in the blanks. "Unless something happens, unless I gain some kind of disease where I for...

    Blog | May 25, 2012
  3. Matt Barnes Exit Interview: Facing an uncertain future in Los Ang...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    For most of the season, Kobe Bryant made a point of noting the Lakers were a championship caliber team, but working with very little margin for error. In the playoffs, an important chunk of it went away with the disappearance of Matt Barnes. The t...

    Blog | May 23, 2012
  4. 8 questions facing the Lakers this offseason

    Brian Kamenetzky

    For the second straight season, the Los Angeles Lakers have been bounced in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Not cause for panic in many markets, but in Los Angeles, where expectations are always stratospheric and Kobe Bryant is far closer to th...

    Blog | May 21, 2012
  5. The problem with Pau is the problem for Pau

    Brian Kamenetzky

    The fourth quarter of Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Thunder was filled with mistakes by multiple Lakers, but one play in particular -- the shot opportunity passed on by Pau Gasol for the pass he made instead, picked off by Kevin Durant -- became almo...

    Blog | May 20, 2012
  6. Rapid Reaction, Game 4 - Thunder 103, Lakers 100

    Brian Kamenetzky

    For the second time in the series, the Lakers had a game in their hands, and for the second time, they let it get away. In the process, they allowed any realistic chance of advancing to get away, too. This will be one the locals talk about for a w...

    Blog | May 19, 2012
  7. PodKast: Game 2 disaster, looking to Game 3, Sessions, and more

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Sometimes with a night's rest, the dawn of a new morning, and the opportunity for some fresh perspective, in the rear view mirror a game can look a little different. Sometimes. Game 2 Wednesday in Oklahoma City doesn't qualify. As we s...

    Blog | May 17, 2012
  8. On the last shot of Game 2

    Brian Kamenetzky

    So here's the last play from Wednesday's loss (fast forward to about 56 seconds in): You'll notice (notice again, I'm sure) it was Steve Blake taking the shot, not Kobe Bryant. Any time something like this happens, there will be discussion. Vi...

    Blog | May 17, 2012
  9. Today's Lakers chat transcript

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Lots of talk about the debacle in Game 1 (has "The World Naked Gardening Day Pruning" caught on, yet? I didn't think so.), and looking ahead to tonight's Game 2. And while there is still a lot of hoops left to play against OKC, more than a few fan...

    Blog | May 16, 2012
  10. A very crowded drawing board

    Brian Kamenetzky

    On May 27, 1985, the Celtics destroyed the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, 148-114, a game quickly declared the "Memorial Day Massacre." The Lakers, of course, went on to win the series in six games, finally vanquishing the Celtics curse. ...

    Blog | May 15, 2012
  11. Rapid Reaction, Game 1: Thunder 119, Lakers 90

    Brian Kamenetzky

    It's only Game 1. There is a lot of basketball left to play. That is not meant as a threat. The Oklahoma City Thunder entered their Western Conference semifinal against the Los Angeles Lakers as overwhelming favorites, and Monday at Chesapeake ...

    Blog | May 14, 2012
  12. Defending the superstars

    Brian Kamenetzky

    The series between the Lakers and Thunder features not only two of the NBA's great scorers, but also some of the league's better defenders countering them. The Lakers have Metta World Peace for Kevin Durant, while the Thunder offer Thabo Sefolosha on...

    Blog | May 14, 2012
  13. First Look: Lakers vs. Oklahoma City

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images High on the list of intriguing storylines in this series will be the battle between the NBA's two leading scorers. The prospect of facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the postseason has for most of the season conjured i...

    Blog | May 13, 2012
  14. Game 7 is an opportunity, and a major challenge

    Brian Kamenetzky

    In Denver, the conversation around Saturday's Game 7 at Staples is entirely optimistic. The question is "What if they win?" They're the team playing with house money, only now discovering potential that even if it doesn't get them over the top in ...

    Blog | May 11, 2012
  15. The practical implications of losing Game 5

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Inside the Lakers locker room, the lone wall not lined with stalls has in the center a large flatscreen used for watching video flanked by two whiteboards. Before the tip, coaches use the space for notes on the evening's game plan and opponent. After...

    Blog | May 09, 2012
  16. Rapid Reaction, Game 5: Nuggets 102, Lakers 99

    Brian Kamenetzky

    As the old saying goes, "It's tough to play 41 average-to-bad minutes and seven good ones and still expect to win a playoff game in the NBA." It's not a saying that necessarily gets used a lot, but seems totally applicable for Tuesday's Game 5, in...

    Blog | May 08, 2012