Los Angeles Lakers

At Drew, stars and aspiring stars square off
There was a time when Mike Taylor was a bit of a phenomenon on the Los Angeles hoops scene.Drafted by Portland in the second round in 2008 out of Iowa State, the 6-2, 165-pound guard was traded to the L.

Lakers at Thunder: What to watch
When the Oklahoma City Thunder shocked the world by trading James Harden just days before the season opener, many wondered whether the franchise was prioritizing the bottom line ahead of winning.

Lakers at Rockets: What to watch
Under the best of circumstances, conventional wisdom dictated the Lakers would require some time to jell. With so many new faces (and at the time, a new offense, which eventually sparked the decision for a new coach), instant chemistry would be a tall order.

Lakers react to Harden trade
James Harden was a thorn in the Lakers' side in last year's playoffs, coming off the bench and carving up L.A.'s subpar substitutes. Harden's averages of 16.

How the James Harden trade affects the Lakers
Well, this was unexpected.Not because I thought moving James Harden would be unfathomable for the Oklahoma City Thunder. I actually expected OKC to explore trade options if contract extension terms weren't agreed upon come Oct.

How the new Lakers might have helped
Aug. 23, otherwise known as "the day Kobe Bryant turned 34," recently came and went with NBA TV airing a slew of games featuring #24. Among those chosen was Lakers-Thunder, Game 4 of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals, the second of two games in that series marred by epic Lakers collapses down the stretch.

The Forum: How good are the Lakers?
After acquiring Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Jodie Meeks and re-signing Jordan Hill, how do the Lakers stack up against the rest of the league? We evaluate the matchups against the Thunder, Heat and the next tier of competition.

How the Lakers match up: Oklahoma City Thunder
On the off chance there was still any question after the 2010-11 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder proved unequivocally they'd passed the Lakers in the Western Conference pecking order.

Potentially bad news for the Lakers, the Heat and maybe the entire NBA
It's not the craziest of talk to suggest the recent Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City could be a preview of many championship matchups to come.

A purple and gold guide to rooting in the Finals
For any Lakers fan, any NBA finals without the purple and gold is by definition a disappointing series. The Lakers are a franchise that openly cries "championship or bust," and that standard has been enthusiastically adopted by the faithful.

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