1. 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 5,318 reads 48 comments

  2. 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 2,558 reads 5 comments

  3. 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 1,040 reads 12 comments

  4. 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 1,688 reads 9 comments

  5. 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 3,832 reads 32 comments

  6. 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 2 years ago 33,964 reads 173 comments

  7. 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 2 years ago 4,219 reads 15 comments

  8. 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 2 years ago 1,104 reads 4 comments

  9. 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 2 years ago 3,136 reads 11 comments

  10. 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 2 years ago 8,695 reads 15 comments

  11. 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 2 years ago 2,726 reads 22 comments

  12. 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 2 years ago 2,022 reads 11 comments

  13. 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 2 years ago 8,255 reads 11 comments

  14. 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...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 4,127 reads 4 comments

  15. 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 2 years ago 2,707 reads 16 comments

  16. 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 ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 275 reads 8 comments

  17. 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 )...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 6,406 reads 11 comments

  18. 5 Reasons L.A. Lakers Cannot Live and Die by Princeton Offense

    Even before the refs threw up the ball at the beginning of the first game of the new season, the Los Angeles Lakers knew they would not be using the Princeton as their exclusive offensive scheme...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 2,120 reads 9 comments

  19. 5 Positive Signs from the L.A. Lakers' Early-Season Games

    Contrary to popular belief, the Los Angeles Lakers have not fallen off a cliff. And, no, that three-alarm blaze you heard about in downtown was not a call to rescue the purple and ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 6,093 reads 20 comments

  20. What Would Derek Fisher Bring to the L.A. Lakers?

    The Lakers may soon be creating a new position for free agent Derek Fisher: Resident Coach in Shorts ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 9,125 reads 24 comments

  21. Pau Gasol: Why 2012-13 Will Be a Career Year for Lakers' Big Man

    Pau Gasol never was one to offer excuses for shoddy play. And while Lakers Nation burned all around him last season and Gasol saw his postseason average dip to an all time low of just 12...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 3,766 reads 15 comments

  22. Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Bold Predictions for LA in 2012-13

    Talk about high expectations. The city of Los Angeles not only expects its new-look Lakers to win an NBA title this season, it also predicts that Steve Nash, Dwight Howard , ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 4,261 reads 46 comments

  23. Why Mike Brown Will Be to Blame If L.A. Lakers Don't Win This Season

    Mike Brown may easily become the scapegoat if the Lakers don't win the NBA title this season, but that's not to say he'd be the only one to blame...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 2,100 reads 23 comments

  24. Establishing What Kobe Bryant's Contract Should Actually Be

    Kobe Bean Bryant is worth every last penny the Lakers will pay him this season and next, totaling almost $60 million. Just ask Time Warner Cable , which is shelling out a reported $3...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 593 reads 17 comments

  25. 5 Things We Learned About the LA Lakers During Second Week of Preseason

    The Los Angeles Lakers are just two weeks into their preseason, and already we're learning things about this team we might not have thought about this last spring after they'd been ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 2 years ago 4,173 reads 21 comments