1. It's Simple: The Los Angeles Lakers Are Bad

    Forget about the creative lead paragraph or interesting anecdote to describe the state of the Los Angeles Lakers . Let's just cut the fat: This Lakers team is B-A-D bad. Enough with the excuses already...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 2 years ago 1,342 reads 8 comments

  2. Brook Lopez Injury Opens Door for Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers

    If you're a Los Angeles Lakers fan, you're likely in the baffling head-versus-heart battle. Your heart tells you the Lakers are, well, the Lakers. They'll be fine. They always seem to be...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 2 years ago 745 reads 0 comments

  3. Los Angeles Lakers Fans Should Be Careful What They Wish for

    Christmas could come early for Los Angeles Lakers fans. Amid rumblings that the Lakers are willing to trade anyone on their roster who doesn’t wear number 24, fake photos ...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about almost 3 years ago 513 reads 0 comments

  4. Los Angeles Lakers: Four Solutions to Their Defensive Woes

    Earlier this week, Jerry West said the Los Angeles Lakers' age is prohibiting them from playing defense at a consistently successful rate. With 10 players on the roster age 30 or older, the Lakers are the second-oldest team in the NBA...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 3 years ago 3,310 reads 8 comments

  5. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: Who Is More Important to His Team?

    Asking that question is like wondering whether Steve Jobs is more important to Apple than Bill Gates is to Microsoft. Or whether Mark Wahlberg is more important to the movie "The Fighter" than Russell Crowe is to "Cinderella Man...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 3 years ago 2,300 reads 34 comments

  6. Cross Your Fingers: Lamar Odom's All-Star Hopes Hinge on Carmelo Anthony Trade

    If Lamar Odom wants to make his first career All-Star appearance this season, he might want to temporarily join the Denver Nuggets front office in order to help facilitate the Carmelo Anthony mega-trade before the NBA All-Star Game on Feb...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 3 years ago 907 reads 1 comments

  7. Bye, Bye Brady: San Diego State Should Be Thankful For Hoke

    When news broke on Tuesday afternoon that two-year San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke accepted the Michigan coaching gig—after signing a five-year extension with SDSU just ...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 3 years ago 484 reads 1 comments

  8. Los Angeles Lakers: Why Andrew Bynum Is the Key to the Team's Turnaround

    When my editor assigned a new article to me, he proposed this story idea: "Why is/isn't Andrew Bynum the key to the Lakers ’ turnaround?" He might as well have asked me to write about why smoking cigarettes is/isn't bad for the lungs...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 3 years ago 2,075 reads 4 comments

  9. Los Angeles Lakers: Don't Sweat the Regular Season Stuff

    Way back when I was in high school, we received progress reports every five, 10 and 15 weeks and the final report card at the end of the semester, the latter of which was the only ...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 3 years ago 1,098 reads 7 comments

  10. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat: Twas the Day Before Christmas

    Twas the day before Christmas, Santa is firing up the sleigh and settling into his seat. He wants to be back in the North Pole early this year, just in time for the Lakers vs...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 3 years ago 350 reads 0 comments

  11. Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Questions for the Three-Peat Quest

    With the 2010-11 NBA regular season right around the bend, the Los Angeles Lakers are gearing up for what could be an all-time league-best third three-peat...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about almost 4 years ago 3,318 reads 12 comments

  12. Why Can't We Be Friends: Los Angeles Lakers Sign Former Foe Matt Barnes

    On Tuesday afternoon, seventh-year swingman Matt Barnes was officially introduced as the Los Angeles Lakers' latest free agent acquisition—another one of the many magician-like ...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about 4 years ago 2,632 reads 11 comments

  13. Go Fish: Los Angeles Lakers Must Sign Derek Fisher To Achieve Three-Peat

    After the Los Angeles Lakers repeated as world champions last month, I wrote a column that proclaimed Mitch Kupchak is the J.K. Rowling of NBA general managers ...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about 4 years ago 1,067 reads 3 comments

  14. 2010 NBA Free Agency: LeBron James Is Decisively Overrated

    Even before LeBron James started storming through the NBA one powder toss, rim-rattling dunk and poster-perfect pose at a time, the so-called king might as well have been handed a heap ...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about 4 years ago 871 reads 0 comments

  15. 2010 NBA Free Agency: Shaquille O'Neal Should Sign With The L.A. Lakers

    Five or six years ago, that headline would have made less sense than two (by all accounts sane) parents allowing their 16-year old daughter to circumnavigate the globe by her lonesome...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about 4 years ago 18,809 reads 74 comments

  16. 2010 NBA Draft Results: Breaking Down the Top Draft-Day Deals

    Like the Kardashian sisters and large amounts of makeup, the NBA draft and same-day trades go hand-in-hand. Thursday was no exception, with 15 deals getting done within a span of 60 selections...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about 4 years ago 1,852 reads 0 comments

  17. 2010 NBA Draft: Who Best Fits The Los Angeles Lakers' Needs?

    Between 1996 and 2006, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired 17 players through the NBA Draft, 10 of which went on to help the franchise win what is now 16 world championships...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about 4 years ago 2,356 reads 6 comments

  18. Not Your Average Mitch: L.A. Lakers' Mitch Kupchak Is the NBA's Top GM

    On May 30, 2007, pro basketball in Los Angeles frantically fell flat on its face, leaving Angelenos wondering, "Will we ever rebound?" Following a third straight forgettable season ...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 4 years ago 2,105 reads 15 comments

  19. NBA Finals 2010: Role Players Will Be the Difference in Legendary Game Seven

    When my 14-year old sister and I head to the hamburger Hall of Fame that is In N' Out, she always orders her same, standard selection: a cheeseburger, merely with meat, cheese and a dab of ketchup...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 4 years ago 466 reads 4 comments

  20. 2010 NBA Finals: L.A. Lakers Lack Team Concept

    After a Game 5 loss that crept the Los Angeles Lakers within one whiff of their second NBA Finals strikeout in three years, my mother made a statement that could possibly serve as a ...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 4 years ago 375 reads 0 comments

  21. 2010 NBA Finals: Derek Fisher Is the Best Playoff PG of the Last Decade

    Among the great NBA debates is the contentious cooler-talk question: "Who is the greatest point guard of the last 10 years?" With an abundance of outstanding playmakers at that position—including ...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 4 years ago 1,871 reads 18 comments

  22. 2010 NBA Finals: L.A. Lakers, Boston Celtics Take Similar Path To Title Bout

    In the waning weeks before the start of the 2010 NBA postseason, both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics suddenly found themselves struggling to search for any type of stimulus to kickstart their respective playoff paths...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 4 years ago 586 reads 0 comments

  23. Should I Stay Or Should I Go: Lakers Must Win Title To Keep Phil Jackson

    According to his longtime girlfriend and Los Angeles Lakers vice president Jeanie Buss, Phil Jackson enjoys listening to tunes from renowned musicals—mainly because he performed in one during his high school years...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 4 years ago 863 reads 34 comments

  24. 2010 NBA Playoffs: Phoenix Suns Deny Los Angeles Lakers a 3-0 Lead

    Sometimes in sports, one team does not win; instead, the other team simply loses, perhaps by beating itself...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 4 years ago 597 reads 21 comments

  25. Josh's Journal: 2010 NBA Playoffs

    While I primarily focus my featured columnist efforts toward the Los Angeles Lakers, I also have many thoughts and observations on other sports and levels of play...

    Josh Hoffman Written by Josh Hoffman about over 4 years ago 115 reads 0 comments