1. 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 12,738 reads 41 comments

  2. 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 7,497 reads 70 comments

  3. 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 244 reads 5 comments

  4. 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 1,717 reads 10 comments

  5. 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 2,887 reads 12 comments

  6. 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 over 1 year ago 10,223 reads 73 comments

  7. 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 over 1 year ago 3,217 reads 3 comments

  8. 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 over 1 year ago 8,091 reads 34 comments

  9. 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 over 1 year ago 4,016 reads 8 comments

  10. 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 over 1 year ago 6,812 reads 37 comments

  11. 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 over 1 year ago 3,589 reads 29 comments

  12. 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 over 1 year ago 3,054 reads 7 comments

  13. 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 over 1 year ago 176 reads 11 comments

  14. 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 over 1 year ago 5,272 reads 48 comments

  15. 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 over 1 year ago 2,480 reads 5 comments

  16. 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 over 1 year ago 1,005 reads 12 comments

  17. 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 over 1 year ago 1,620 reads 9 comments

  18. 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 over 1 year ago 3,783 reads 32 comments

  19. 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 over 1 year ago 33,999 reads 173 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 4,206 reads 15 comments

  21. How Much Longer is the L.A. Lakers' Title Window Realistically Open?

    The NBA All-Star Game is Sunday, Feb. 17 in Houston . The Los Angeles Lakers will know by then if they are a championship-caliber team or an experiment by management that turned them into the Frankenstein of professional sports...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 1,071 reads 4 comments

  22. Ranking the L.A. Lakers' 10 Best Highlights of the 2012-13 Season to Date

    What's frustrating about the Lakers and their pathetic 8-10 start to the season is the potential that lies below the surface, occasionally bubbling up and over like Mount St. Helens coming back for a nightcap...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 3,108 reads 11 comments

  23. 5 L.A. Lakers Who Still Must Make (Major) Adjustments in Mike D'Antoni's Offense

    Can't you just picture how it all played out when a surprised Mike D'Antoni limped onto the practice gym floor for his first day as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 8,645 reads 15 comments

  24. Why the Los Angeles Lakers Are Better Than Their Current Record

    What side of the bed will the Lakers wake up on today? They are the model of consistent inconsistency and, when all the facts are added up, a far better team than their current record...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 2,664 reads 22 comments

  25. Despite D'Antoni's Arrival, LA Lakers' Potential Still Hinges on Kobe Bryant

    The Los Angeles Lakers could have hired the Dalai Lama, Donald Trump or even Phil Jackson. They would still be Kobe Bryant 's team. Bryant, while welcoming Dwight Howard this summer, said as much...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 1,979 reads 11 comments