1. Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Takeaways from the Lakers' First NBA Game in 2011

    Magic Johnson answered his own question during halftime of the Lakers - Bulls opening day battle from Staples Center that was aired on ESPN. “Can the Lakers get a championship from this team? No way...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 2 years ago 6,124 reads 29 comments

  2. Los Angeles Lakers: What the Lakers Lineup Could Look Like on Christmas Day

    If you’re a Lakers fan, the past few weeks have felt like being stuck sitting at a really long, really bad movie. You just want it to end already so you can get up, stretch your legs and get out of the theatre as quickly as possible...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 2 years ago 12,829 reads 25 comments

  3. Los Angeles Lakers: How the Lockout Affects Their Top 10 Players

    The ultra long NBA lockout, now over, may prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 2 years ago 1,395 reads 5 comments

  4. NBA Lockout: Impasse Feels Like a Three-Advil Headache

    I don’t know about you, but my head is about to explode. The NBA is sitting on a gold mine and instead is about to detonate a land mine if the players and owners can’t compromise and sign a new collective bargaining agreement...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 2 years ago 84 reads 1 comments

  5. 5 Players the LA Lakers Should Pursue To Help Transition to Next Generation

    The Los Angeles Lakers are getting old in a hurry. The current NBA lockout, which threatens to curtail part of or even an entire season, is not helping matters. Make no mistake: There still exists a boatload of talent on the Lakers roster...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about over 2 years ago 4,206 reads 9 comments

  6. Mike Brown Has More Pressure to Succeed with Kobe Bryant Than with LeBron James

    Have you seen the latest addition to Staples Center in Los Angeles? It’s a microscope with a state-of-the-art lens strong enough to see the smallest of imperfections in an NBA head coach...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 2,393 reads 7 comments

  7. LA Lakers: What Can We Expect from Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest in 2011-12?

    The NBA player originally known as Ron Artest has officially and legally become Metta World Peace. A judge has ruled as such, and the ESPN.com website that shows NBA players and their stats has made the change as well...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 941 reads 3 comments

  8. L.A. Dodgers: Kemp, Kershaw and a Host of Reasons to Feel Optimistic for 2012

    Who are these guys? The Los Angeles Dodgers of the past 60 days have looked nothing like the team that staggered into the All-Star break...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 6,211 reads 12 comments

  9. Buffalo Bills and the Boston Writers Who Can't Believe Their Pats Lost

    This was the lead to a column on Monday in the Boston Globe by veteran sportswriter Dan Shaugnessy: "ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—We are reeling. Our world no longer makes sense...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 532 reads 5 comments

  10. Could Kobe Bryant's Ego Handle Being Anything Other Than Lakers No. 1 Option?

    Kobe Bryant has lived in the proverbial sports spotlight since coming directly into the NBA from high school in 1996...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 1,842 reads 17 comments

  11. Kobe Bryant's NBA Legacy May Be on the Line Next Season

    When you’re king of the NBA hill for as long as Kobe Bryant has been, there comes a time when the doubters and naysayers come out of the woodwork in force...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 2,271 reads 28 comments

  12. LA Lakers Must Put Their Egos Aside, Come Together as a Unit If They Want to Win

    The Los Angeles Lakers will contend for a championship if they can just get out of their own way. Being the eternal optimist, I think there will be an NBA season, albeit a shorter version that probably starts around Jan...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 688 reads 5 comments

  13. LA Dodgers: 5 Reasons for Fans To Have Hope

    Shall we just get on the crazy bus right now? I mean, can things get any worse for the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise? Just when we were starting to think this sorry ship of an ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 1,940 reads 13 comments

  14. LA Lakers: 5 Free Agents Who Could Make Them Title Favorites

    Nothing is free these days—most notably free agents in the NBA . The Los Angeles Lakers pay dearly for their championship-caliber roster, yet they find themselves in need ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 18,696 reads 48 comments

  15. LA Lakers: Ranking Each of the Team's Greatest Franchise Players

    Is it just me, or have this summer’s headlines been all about contentious debates? Whether it’s been about raising the debt ceiling so that our government doesn’t ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 19,442 reads 81 comments

  16. LA Lakers: 5 Potential Replacements for Derek Fisher

    Former Laker and seven-time NBA Champion Robert Horry has never shied away from taking the big shot in a big game...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about almost 3 years ago 94 reads 21 comments

  17. LA Lakers: 5 Ways the NBA Lockout Will Affect the Lakers

    There’s really nothing good about the current NBA lockout. Unless, of course, you happen to think a bunch of “suits” in a room talking about how many millions ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 years ago 3,307 reads 10 comments

  18. NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Non-Rumored Deals LA Lakers Should Try to Make Happen

    With a ridiculously stupid NBA lockout looming in a couple of days, it looks like we’ll have plenty of time this summer to catch up on magazines, newspapers, books, gardening ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 years ago 50,001 reads 84 comments

  19. NBA Draft 2011: Top 32 Draft Busts of the Last Decade

    NBA general managers take note: The following Bleacher Report opinion piece may be detrimental to your well-being. Take all precautions before proceeding...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 years ago 13,621 reads 16 comments

  20. NBA Draft 2011: Five High-Bust Potential Players the L.A. Lakers Should Avoid

    In what many experts are calling one of the weakest overall drafts in recent memory, the upcoming NBA draft Thursday promises to be a major challenge for the championship-challenged Los Angeles Lakers who have four picks, all in the second round...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 years ago 6,770 reads 5 comments

  21. Kobe Bryant: Is Lakers' Star Still in His Prime or Have Best Years Come & Gone?

    I used to think there would come a day when I could say that an older Kobe Bryant , with all that wear and tear from 15 seasons in the NBA , was still preferable than just about any other player in the league...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 years ago 19,246 reads 391 comments

  22. Kobe Bryant: How Come the L.A. Lakers Star Hasn't Commented on Mike Brown Hire?

    Is this all much ado about nothing? Has Kobe Bryant circled the Mike Brown wagon with the intention of ambushing the new hire before he’s even had the chance to lace up ...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 years ago 9,137 reads 24 comments

  23. LA Lakers Coach: What Does Mike Brown's Hiring Mean for the Team Moving Forward?

    So, before I put on the pith helmet and run for cover, I thought I would take a few moments to explain why I think the Los Angeles Lakers ' choice of Mike Brown as their new head coach is not such a bad one...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 years ago 2,340 reads 16 comments

  24. NBA Playoffs 2011: 10 Greatest Playoff Performances of the Past Decade

    With 30 NBA teams playing 82 regular season games, there certainly are a fair share of individual performances that could be classified as classic...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 years ago 3,667 reads 11 comments

  25. L.A. Lakers: Kobe Bryant and the 10 Best Ever Draft Picks

    If it’s any consolation to Lakers fans, Dirk Nowitzki, JJ Barea, Jason Terry and the Mavericks bench absolutely shredded the Oklahoma City Thunder last night in the first game of their Western Conference Finals series...

    Howard Ruben Written by Howard Ruben about 3 years ago 14,871 reads 31 comments