1. 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 493 reads 5 comments

  2. 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 9,904 reads 27 comments

  3. Have LA Lakers Finally Unlocked Winning Chemistry?

    Trying to figure out the psyche of the Los Angeles Lakers is a daily challenge. Actually, it seems to change from quarter to quarter...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 6,349 reads 31 comments

  4. Ranking the Top Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Performances Ever

    How many NBA teams can boast of having 11 of the greatest performances in All-Star history? Give up? Only one team, the Los Angeles Lakers , can lay claim to 11 All-Star Game MVP Awards...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 5,339 reads 11 comments

  5. L.A. Lakers Adjusting to NBA's New 'Dual Point Guard' System

    Kobe Bryant will do absolutely anything to help the Los Angeles Lakers win another world championship. That includes, at age 34 and in his 17th season, becoming a second point guard alongside one of the greatest in league history, Steve Nash...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 3,283 reads 9 comments

  6. How Much Is Kobe Bryant's Facilitating Really Helping the LA Lakers?

    Somewhere between the dual hoops personalities of the Black Mamba and Kobe "Johnson" lies the true Kobe Bryant who will help propel the Los Angeles Lakers where they all want to go: deep into the NBA playoffs...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 12,758 reads 41 comments

  7. Why 2011 Miami Heat Are Reason Enough to Believe Lakers Talent Will Prevail

    Everyone needs to just settle down—yours truly included. While the Los Angeles Lakers are still battling to remain intact, stay afloat and show resilience, they are not dead ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 7,524 reads 70 comments

  8. An Open Letter to Kobe Bryant from a Fed-Up Lakers Fan

    Dear Kobe, In a few minutes, you'll wake up from this really terrible nightmare that is the Lakers season of 2012-13 and realize it was all a dream...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 289 reads 5 comments

  9. Unexpected Winners and Losers from Lakers Struggles

    In this most disastrous of NBA seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers , not everyone has their head buried in the sand or is sitting alone in some bar, despondent over the team's major struggles...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 1,736 reads 10 comments

  10. 5 Reasons for Lakers Fans to Not Trust Mike D'Antoni's System

    How much faith can you realistically put into Mike D'Antoni's coaching system with a Lakers team that continues to struggle game after game? And how much of what ails this superstar-studded ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 2,925 reads 12 comments

  11. 5 Big Men LA Lakers Must Target to Complement Dwight Howard

    However this wildly bizarre season turns out for the Los Angeles Lakers , they will need to address several key issues, including the future of Pau Gasol. The 32-year-old, seven-foot Spaniard is a lock for the Basketball Hall of Fame...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 10,281 reads 73 comments

  12. Best and Worst NBA All-Star Uniforms Ever

    Let's face it: the annual NBA All-Star Game is all about looking good. No one remembers the outcome. The final score is usually 160-158. Players do whatever they can to avoid defense and injury...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 3,375 reads 3 comments

  13. 5 Adjustments LA Lakers Must Make to Improve Their Chemistry

    There's really no way to teach chemistry. But, for the L.A. Lakers to make a serious run at the playoffs, they'll need to make adjustments both on and off the court as they look for that elusive key to success...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 8,111 reads 34 comments

  14. Predicting How Long Kobe Bryant Will Play at an Elite Level

    Barring injury, Kobe Bryant could play at an elite level for at least two or three more seasons. In fact, he could easily play until he is 40 and still be capable of averaging 20-plus points per game...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 4,076 reads 8 comments

  15. What's the Real Reason for LA Lakers Defensive Struggles?

    Is it me or do the Los Angeles Lakers often seem more discombobulated than cohesive over the course of a 48-minute game? This team has about as much chance of winning an NBA title this season as most of us would in pulling a rabbit out of a hat...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 6,825 reads 37 comments

  16. NBA Superstars Who Still Need to Grow Their Game to Evolve

    Very few NBA superstars arrive from the college campus as complete players. There is a learning curve, and even the greatest of all time take time to develop. It's not often you find someone like Earvin Magic Johnson...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 3,613 reads 29 comments

  17. Is Magic Johnson an Analyst or a Lakers Exec First and Foremost?

    Earvin " Magic " Johnson is the quintessential fan: he's played, coached, owned a share of and now serves as analyst of those very same L.A. Lakers ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 3,146 reads 7 comments

  18. Updated Blueprint for Another Kobe Bryant MVP Season

    Kobe Bryant is having one of the best regular seasons of his career. He's even playing better than in 2008, when he won his only Most Valuable Player award...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 191 reads 11 comments

  19. Why Kobe Deserves to be in the MVP Conversation for 2012-13

    He may not win the award, and there will always be detractors, but for Kobe Bean Bryant, this season has been as sweet, productive and positive as any in his extraordinary 17-year career...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 5,291 reads 48 comments

  20. How Steve Nash Alters the Pau Gasol/Dwight Howard Pairing

    Imagine driving a car down the street with no steering wheel. It's what Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard have felt like for the past two months without Steve Nash directing the Lakers offense...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 2,511 reads 5 comments

  21. Surprise Western Conference Teams That Are Better Than Lakers

    By continuing to place the Los Angeles Lakers as the third most likely Western Conference team to win an NBA title this season, the Las Vegas oddsmakers know something the rest of us so-called experts don't...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 1,023 reads 12 comments

  22. Are Ben Howland's Days as UCLA Head Coach Numbered?

    Does UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero suddenly think he's Lakers owner Jerry Buss? Why else would he be thinking of replacing Ben Howland as head coach of the men's basketball ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 1,644 reads 9 comments

  23. 5 Things LA Lakers Must Do to Live Up to 2012-13 Title Expectations

    Forget talk today of a title run; the Los Angeles Lakers face formidable odds merely trying to make the playoffs. At 12-14, they'll need to go 36-20 the rest of the way just to get to 48 wins and a probable postseason berth...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 3,809 reads 32 comments

  24. Ranking the NBA's Aging Stars at Quarter-Season Mark

    The NBA may seem like a young man's game, but don't let the numbers fool you. The "old guys" can still play, and there's a handful who are playing instrumental roles in the success of their teams this season...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 34,012 reads 173 comments

  25. 5 Reasons Steve Nash Will Reignite Pau Gasol for LA Lakers

    The return of Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers ' starting lineup cannot happen fast enough for one seven-foot Spanish basketball player who thrives in a motion offense that rewards good passing...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 2 years ago 4,218 reads 15 comments