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Lakers Rumors: Latest on Steve Nash, Kurt Rambis and More Buzz from L.A.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16:  Injured point guard Steve Nash (2ndR) of the Los Angeles Lakers follows the game from the bench with his teammates from left Metta World Peace #15, Jordan Hill #27, Dwight Howard #12 and Kobe Bryant #24 against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on November 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 22, 2012

With all of the craziness coming out of L.A. concerning the Lakers since the early offseason, there’s no way you’ve had your fill of all the exciting trade rumors, coaching drama and more buzz surrounding the franchise.

That’s great, because we have another serving of the hottest Lakers news on the web right now. Keep reading to find out the latest on your favorite team.

 

D’Antoni Considered Rambis

When team brass chose Mike D’Antoni over legendary, Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson to replace Mike Brown, it caused an uproar amongst a significant segment of the Lakers faithful.

D’Antoni was keen to this fact, and originally devised a plan to appease some of these old-school, hardcore fans.

According to ESPN’s Ric Bucher, the former Knicks and Suns coach was seriously considering bringing in Lakers legend and current analyst Kurt Rambis as an assistant to help improve his defense.

However, Rambis reportedly bashed D’Antoni’s defensive mindset (or lack thereof) and his inability to develop big men. That was likely enough for the run-and-gun style coach to abandon any hopes of hiring the former T-Wolves head man.

 

Nash’s Return

Steve Nash still hasn’t returned to action, and fans are hoping that the two-time MVP can get on the floor sooner rather than later to reunite with his former coach.

Unfortunately, those eager to see the elite PG return to action will have to wait at least four games.

TWC SportsNet’s Mike Trudell is reporting that Nash will miss the upcoming contests against the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.

As expected, @stevenash is going to be out at least these next 4 games (Nets, Kings, Grizz, Mavs), D'Antoni clarified.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 21, 2012

We’ll keep you updated right here on B/R with the latest news and updates on when Nash is expected to get back in the starting lineup and star for the Lakers.

 

Gilbert’s Decision

It may sound crazy, but the Lakers have reportedly contacted Gilbert Arenas about joining the team during Steve Nash’s injury-related absence.

If you think that’s wild, get a load of this: Arenas actually turned down the offer.

Hupu.com, a Chinese-language site (h/t HoopsHype), found that the former Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic star would prefer to prove himself in the Chinese leagues than take a roster spot up in L.A. and ride the pine for most of the year.

Arenas is set to make almost $40 million over the next two years from the Orlando Magic, who used the amnesty clause to clear his contract from the books, but still owe him the money.

He’s struggled in the NBA in recent years and clearly needs to rejuvenate himself in order to become more than a deep bench reserve in the league. Hopefully this trip to China does the 30-year-old guard some good. 

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