1. 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 10,157 reads 73 comments

  2. 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 3,097 reads 3 comments

  3. 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 8,064 reads 34 comments

  4. 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 3,948 reads 8 comments

  5. 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 6,792 reads 37 comments

  6. 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 3,564 reads 29 comments

  7. 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 2,958 reads 7 comments

  8. 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...

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  9. 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 5,245 reads 48 comments

  10. 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 2,454 reads 5 comments

  11. 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...

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  12. 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 1,597 reads 9 comments

  13. 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 3,786 reads 32 comments

  14. 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 33,976 reads 173 comments

  15. 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 4,180 reads 15 comments

  16. 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 1,060 reads 4 comments

  17. 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 3,085 reads 11 comments

  18. 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 8,619 reads 15 comments

  19. 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 2,640 reads 22 comments

  20. 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...

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  21. 5 Reasons the L.A. Lakers Are Speeding Up After Slow Start

    The L.A. Lakers —who began the season a pathetic 1-4—gave new meaning to the expression "slow start". More than a facilitator for their offense, this bunch needed a resuscitator...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 8,186 reads 11 comments

  22. 5 Adjustments L.A. Lakers Coaching Staff Still Needs to Make

    The Los Angeles Lakers just spent an entire offseason, preseason and five games of the regular season trying to learn a new offensive system of play under the guidance of former head coach Mike Brown...

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  23. Should L.A. Lakers Bring One of Their Four Star Players off the Bench?

    Now that the Los Angeles Lakers have entered the Mike D'Antoni era, expect some interesting changes to an offense that's been particularly stagnant and without structure the past couple of seasons...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 1 year ago 2,647 reads 16 comments

  24. Lakers Snub of Phil Jackson Will Cost Kobe NBA Title He Needs to Cement Legacy

    What were they thinking? Apparently, not much. What's the real story behind Phil Jackson not getting the Lakers ' head coaching job and will it cost Kobe Bryant in his quest ...

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  25. Why Brian Shaw is Perfect Head Coach to Revitalize Deflated Lakers Squad

    Okay, so people make mistakes. Jim Buss is human. Mike Brown was not the right choice for the Lakers head coaching job, and on Friday, Buss acknowledged that by firing him five games into the season (via ESPN )...

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