1. 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 17,862 reads 67 comments

  2. 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 22,683 reads 77 comments

  3. 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 26,903 reads 42 comments

  4. 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 almost 2 years ago 10,006 reads 49 comments

  5. 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 almost 2 years ago 3,306 reads 12 comments

  6. 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 almost 2 years ago 2,972 reads 6 comments

  7. 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 almost 2 years ago 11,881 reads 76 comments

  8. 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 almost 2 years ago 488 reads 20 comments

  9. 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 almost 2 years ago 5,213 reads 37 comments

  10. 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 almost 2 years ago 3,976 reads 12 comments

  11. 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 almost 2 years ago 20,261 reads 92 comments

  12. 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 almost 2 years ago 504 reads 5 comments

  13. 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 almost 2 years ago 9,927 reads 27 comments

  14. 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 almost 2 years ago 6,375 reads 31 comments

  15. 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 almost 2 years ago 5,424 reads 11 comments

  16. 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 almost 2 years ago 3,319 reads 9 comments

  17. 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 almost 2 years ago 12,807 reads 41 comments

  18. 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 2 years ago 7,551 reads 70 comments

  19. 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 2 years ago 386 reads 5 comments

  20. 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 2 years ago 1,738 reads 10 comments

  21. 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 2 years ago 2,976 reads 12 comments

  22. 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 2 years ago 10,341 reads 73 comments

  23. 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 2 years ago 3,676 reads 3 comments

  24. 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 2 years ago 8,117 reads 34 comments

  25. 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 2 years ago 4,165 reads 8 comments