1. 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 9 months ago 6,052 reads 14 comments

  2. 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 9 months ago 16,291 reads 96 comments

  3. 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 10 months ago 1,968 reads 3 comments

  4. 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 10 months ago 9,625 reads 51 comments

  5. 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 10 months ago 9,287 reads 50 comments

  6. 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 10 months ago 10,207 reads 26 comments

  7. 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 11 months ago 12,008 reads 18 comments

  8. 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 1 year ago 15,674 reads 22 comments

  9. 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 1 year ago 3,470 reads 17 comments

  10. 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 1 year ago 2,436 reads 10 comments

  11. 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 1 year ago 2,833 reads 13 comments

  12. 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 1 year ago 11,133 reads 29 comments

  13. 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 1 year ago 4,036 reads 29 comments

  14. 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 1 year ago 7,822 reads 28 comments

  15. 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 1 year ago 8,427 reads 36 comments

  16. 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 1 year ago 32,923 reads 67 comments

  17. 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 over 1 year ago 8,113 reads 33 comments

  18. 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 over 1 year ago 17,064 reads 59 comments

  19. 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 over 1 year ago 29,661 reads 107 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 7,981 reads 53 comments

  21. With Doc Rivers, Have Clippers Supplanted Lakers as LA's Best Team?

    With the arrival of new head coach Doc Rivers, the Los Angeles Clippers have just stolen a page from the L.A. Lakers playbook and, in the process, may have changed the basketball landscape here for the foreseeable future ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 3,636 reads 34 comments

  22. The Definitive Case for LA Lakers Spurning Dwight Howard in Free Agency

    Memo to Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak : Are you really sure you want to hand over the franchise keys to Dwight Howard ? As NBA free agency looms (July 1), the burning ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 14,777 reads 71 comments

  23. If Dwight Howard Bolts Lakers, Will Pau Gasol Regain All-Star Form?

    Unloading Pau Gasol to save money could be the dumb decision of the year should the Los Angeles Lakers go in that direction this summer...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 7,570 reads 53 comments

  24. Are Lakers Doomed in Free Agency If Dwight Howard Bolts LA?

    Any way you slice it, the Los Angeles Lakers face a very difficult offseason regardless of what Dwight Howard decides to do...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 20,180 reads 172 comments

  25. Potential Free-Agent Bargains LA Lakers Must Pursue During 2013 Offseason

    The Los Angeles Lakers are in that gray area, otherwise known as "between here and there." Their offseason is filled with more unresolved questions than a Tom Clancy murder mystery...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 17,142 reads 55 comments