1. 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 10 months ago 7,602 reads 28 comments

  2. 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 10 months ago 8,386 reads 36 comments

  3. 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 11 months ago 32,836 reads 67 comments

  4. 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 11 months ago 8,030 reads 33 comments

  5. 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 12 months ago 16,761 reads 59 comments

  6. 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 12 months ago 29,508 reads 107 comments

  7. 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 12 months ago 7,850 reads 53 comments

  8. 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 1 year ago 3,577 reads 34 comments

  9. 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 1 year ago 14,732 reads 71 comments

  10. 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 7,530 reads 53 comments

  11. 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 20,142 reads 172 comments

  12. 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 17,056 reads 55 comments

  13. Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios for Steve Nash in 2013-14 Season

    It was not the sort of season Steve Nash envisioned when he agreed to a trade last summer that brought the 17-year NBA veteran point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers . His familiar No...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 17,741 reads 67 comments

  14. Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios for LA Lakers 2013 Offseason

    The Los Angeles Lakers are at a crossroads. There are a handful of directions the team could go in this offseason, and most of them aren't pretty...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 22,755 reads 77 comments

  15. Full Roster Predictions for LA Lakers Next Season

    Well, gee whiz... Dwight Howard is doing it again. By saying he won't be rushed into making a decision on where he'll play next season, Howard is essentially holding the Los Angeles ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 26,778 reads 42 comments

  16. Biggest Questions L.A. Lakers Must Answer in 2013 Offseason

    The Los Angeles Lakers 2012-13 season is about to go down as one of the most over-hyped, over-anticipated, enormously disappointing campaigns in team history...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 9,990 reads 49 comments

  17. How Pau Gasol Is Transforming into LA Lakers' Most Critical Player

    Come on, admit it. You were ready to toss Pau Gasol onto the scrap heap of worn-out, used-up NBA has-beens, weren't you? But now, if you count yourself among the Los Angeles ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 3,249 reads 12 comments

  18. LA Lakers' Turbulent Season Is Critical to Dwight Howard Reaching Full Potential

    Everything happens for a reason, right? You'd have a hard time convincing Kobe Bryant , Dwight Howard and the rest of the weary, but still breathing, Los Angeles Lakers , who ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 2,936 reads 6 comments

  19. Blueprint for LA Lakers to Make Deep Playoff Run in 2013

    For the Los Angeles Lakers to have any real chance of riding deep into the playoffs this spring, they'll need that "back-to-the-wall" energy they've showed in must-have wins over Sacramento, Dallas and Memphis this week...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 11,839 reads 76 comments

  20. Grading Every Aspect of Pau Gasol's Game Since Returning from Foot Injury

    Please, pass me the Tums. Pau Gasol is back playing big minutes for the Los Angeles Lakers , and the Lakers look like a team headed for an early exit. Gasol's game didn't look so good before his recent foot injury...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 404 reads 20 comments

  21. Ranking Kobe Bryant's 17th NBA Season with Best Ever

    Chances are, if you played at least 17 NBA seasons, you are keeping rare company with a small group of superstars. Of the thousands of NBA players over the last 60 years, just 42 played for at least that long, making it an amazing accomplishment...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 5,076 reads 37 comments

  22. Alarming Stats Haunting Laker Fans' Postseason Dreams

    For every step forward the Los Angeles Lakers have taken since the All-Star break, they take a couple of steps backward. It's certainly not a winning move for Dancing with the Stars...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 3,945 reads 12 comments

  23. Pros and Cons of Los Angeles Lakers Committing to Dwight Howard Long-Term

    For Dwight Howard , every day is a new day and a chance to right the wrongs that may have preceded it. Just hours before the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Atlanta Hawks at ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 20,207 reads 92 comments

  24. Ranking the Most Desperate NBA Teams Down the Final Stretch

    At this late stage of the NBA season, players and their teams fall into one of three categories: 1. Playoff lock; 2. Desperately seeking seeding, and 3...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 488 reads 5 comments

  25. Biggest Roadblocks to LA Lakers Making 2013 Postseason

    There's no question the Los Angeles Lakers are playing better basketball. If this were early in the season, the team would be near the top of the standings in the Western Conference...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 9,895 reads 27 comments