1. Realistic Expectations for Julius Randle's Rookie Season With LA Lakers

    Julius Randle has something to prove. Fortunately for the Los Angeles Lakers , the 6’9”, 250-pound power forward drafted seventh overall in last month’s NBA draft gets to prove the critics wrong while wearing purple and gold...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 18 hours ago 17,357 reads 69 comments

  2. LA Lakers Coaching Candidates Whom Kobe Bryant Would Most Want

    Whether you agree with the decision to pay L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant close to $50 million or think the team totally overpaid is irrelevant...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 28 days ago 29,976 reads 22 comments

  3. Analyzing LA Lakers' Biggest Draft Needs

    The Los Angeles Lakers head into the June 26 NBA draft with a number of needs but only one pick. Their main objective: See how many of those needs they can fill with the No...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 1 month ago 7,825 reads 32 comments

  4. Ideal Potential Free Agents for LA Lakers at Every Position

    In the minds of diehard Los Angeles Lakers fans, there exists a perfect world where superstar free agents like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony happily sign to play for the purple and gold next season...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 1 month ago 41,119 reads 115 comments

  5. Realistic 2014 Free-Agency Targets for the LA Lakers

    Now that the Los Angeles Lakers and Mike D'Antoni have parted ways, the process for targeting free agents this summer gets a bit tricky...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 months ago 35,234 reads 20 comments

  6. 5 Areas LA Lakers Must Upgrade This Offseason

    Take one look at the Los Angeles Lakers , who finished this season prematurely with the worst record in franchise history, and what do you surmise? It certainly doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out this team needs a major overhaul...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 months ago 5,900 reads 14 comments

  7. Final Regular Season Grades for Every LA Lakers Player

    Collectively, the Los Angeles Lakers produced their worst season in franchise history. Individually, the players all get passing grades accompanied by a cloudy future...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 months ago 16,142 reads 96 comments

  8. Kobe Bryant's Leadership Must Become More Mentor Than Master

    Kobe Bryant knows time is not on his side. But, while he yearns for that sixth championship, Bryant must also realize it's not going to happen right away...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 months ago 1,685 reads 3 comments

  9. Grading Mike D'Antoni's Season with the Los Angeles Lakers

    If coaching the Los Angeles Lakers was a college course, Mike D'Antoni would be on the verge of flunking. In college, you usually get to come back and take the class again...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 months ago 9,462 reads 51 comments

  10. Would Phil Jackson Have Fixed the Los Angeles Lakers?

    Phil Jackson is not a miracle worker. He just plays one on TV when acting out his role as head coach and winner of 13 NBA Championship rings (two as a player, 11 as a coach)...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 months ago 9,055 reads 50 comments

  11. Most Improved LA Lakers This Season

    The Los Angeles Lakers may very well finish this season with their worst record in franchise history. Yet, beneath the embarrassment of a 22-46 record is a handful of players who've ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 4 months ago 10,131 reads 26 comments

  12. LA Lakers Must Cut Ties with Mike D'Antoni Sooner Rather Than Later

    What are the Los Angeles Lakers accomplishing by holding on to lame-duck coach Mike D'Antoni ? Is executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss so frozen in his own indecisiveness ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 4 months ago 11,928 reads 18 comments

  13. Kobe Bryant's Setback Dispels the Notion of Superhumans in the NBA

    Kobe Bryant is human after all. We think. His latest setback, a fracture on December 17 of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee while playing against the Memphis Grizzlies ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 6 months ago 15,414 reads 22 comments

  14. LA Lakers' Role Players Must Carry This Team All Season Long

    It's a new year and time to face reality: About the only thing the youthful roster of the Los Angeles Lakers will be shooting for between now and April are starting jobs and a guaranteed contract...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 7 months ago 3,302 reads 17 comments

  15. Everything You Need to Know About LA Lakers Power Forward Shawne Williams

    Shawne Williams has been odd man out for too long. The 27-year-old power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers has bounced around, in and out of the NBA for seven years, a nomadic ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 7 months ago 2,188 reads 10 comments

  16. Evaluating Mike D'Antoni's First Full Year as LA Lakers' Head Coach

    Mike D'Antoni has proven to be a good head coach in the NBA . He's just not a great one, and the Los Angeles Lakers demand greatness...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 7 months ago 2,666 reads 13 comments

  17. Why the Jordan Hill-Pau Gasol Frontcourt Works for the Los Angeles Lakers

    Los Angeles Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni was forced to insert Jordan Hill into the team's starting lineup after an embarrassing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 10 in which the purple and gold surrendered 47 points in the first quarter...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 7 months ago 11,026 reads 29 comments

  18. Can Jordan Farmar Save the LA Lakers' Point Guard Position?

    Jordan Farmar , Los Angeles native, UCLA alumnus and holder of two NBA World Championship rings with the L.A. Lakers, is back where it all started with a golden opportunity to lock down a long-term spot as the team's No...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 8 months ago 3,909 reads 29 comments

  19. What's Wrong with LA Lakers' Pau Gasol?

    The numbers don't lie. Pau Gasol of the L.A. Lakers is having the worst statistical season of his illustrious 13-year career...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 8 months ago 7,504 reads 28 comments

  20. Realistic Predictions for LA Lakers Based on Evidence So Far

    Something about the state of the Los Angeles Lakers ' season seems eerily familiar to last year. In fact, it reminds me of an old famous television series that opened with "the story you are about to hear is true...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 8 months ago 8,355 reads 36 comments

  21. Ranking Players Most Likely to Be Traded by the LA Lakers This Season

    The Los Angeles Lakers are a lunch-bucket group of hungry players, many of whom are auditioning for job security. And, with the exception of Kobe Bryant , none of them have it yet, just three games into a new season...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 8 months ago 32,786 reads 67 comments

  22. 5 Ways for LA Lakers to Pick Up Scoring Slack from Kobe Bryant's Absence

    Presuming that Kobe Bryant being a 27-point per game scorer is at least a few months away, the Los Angeles Lakers must find a way to make up almost one-third of an offense that ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 9 months ago 7,970 reads 33 comments

  23. Which New Lakers Player Has Best Chance to Emerge as a Star in LA?

    If Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Mike D'Antoni is known for anything in the NBA , it's his ability to turn marginally talented players into desirable commodities by virtue of a run-and-gun, freewheeling style of play...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 9 months ago 16,625 reads 59 comments

  24. Realistic Free-Agent Options LA Lakers Should Pursue During 2014 Season

    There are so many possibilities of what the Los Angeles Lakers can or will do next summer when the big NBA free-agent class of 2014 hits, that it's nearly impossible to predict...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 10 months ago 29,264 reads 107 comments

  25. Is Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni On a One-Year Hot Seat?

    Mike D'Antoni is either the luckiest NBA coach in history or this year's recipient of the Lame Duck Award, given annually to the league's most obvious human pinata...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 10 months ago 7,752 reads 53 comments