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Gasol wouldn't embrace coming off the bench

Gasol wouldn't embrace coming off the bench

ESPN.com CNNSI.com Updated Jan 18, 2013
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is wrestling with the idea of bringing Pau Gasol off the bench, and the four-time All-Star is not embracing the thought of a potential demotion.
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  • Posey, Ellsbury among 81 players reaching deals

    Posey, Ellsbury among 81 players reaching deals

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    NL MVP Buster Posey agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, teammate Hunter Pence got a $13.8 million deal and Jacoby Ellsbury settled with the Boston Red Sox for $9 million on a busy Friday as players and teams swapped…
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  • Dodgers announce itinerary for community caravan

    Dodgers announce itinerary for community caravan

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Dodgers will kick off their caravan Monday, with club alumni appearing around the Southland Monday through Thursday and current team members on Friday.
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  • Angels avoid arbitration with Hanson, Vargas

    Angels avoid arbitration with Hanson, Vargas

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, agreeing to one-year deals with both newly acquired starting pitchers.
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  • Dodgers agree to contracts with Ellis, Belisario

    Dodgers agree to contracts with Ellis, Belisario

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Los Angeles Dodgers reached one-year contract agreements with their only two arbitration-eligible players Friday, avoiding a potentially acrimonious process that could have dragged into spring training.
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  • Why Kevin Durant Is Better At Taking The Last Shot Than LeBron

    Why Kevin Durant Is Better At Taking The Last Shot Than LeBron

    dimemag.com Jan 18, 2013
    LeBron James and the Heat defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the Staples Center last night, 99-90. LeBron had 39 points after shooting a hyper-efficient 17 for 25 from the field. The Heat have struggled this season, but James has not, shooting 55 percen…
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  • This Airballed Free Throw Is Why The Lakers Are Vulnerable To H…

    This Airballed Free Throw Is Why The Lakers Are Vulnerable To Hack-A-Dwight

    deadspin.com Jan 18, 2013
    Dwight Howard went to the line 13 times last night, more than twice as often as the rest of the Lakers' starters combined. He went just 5-for-13, with his final two attempts coming with under two minutes remaining and a chance to tie the game. This was …
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  • LeBron James does everything in Heat win over Lakers (VIDEO)

    LeBron James does everything in Heat win over Lakers (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    It wasn't just the season-high point total; it was how he got them, by making 17 of his 25 shots, including a perfect 15 for 15 in the restricted area. LeBron James set up shop in that little semi-circle throughout the Miami Heat's Thursday night road w…
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  • Defense-focused Kobe: I need help on offense

    Defense-focused Kobe: I need help on offense

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    It was asking a lot of Kobe Bryant when the Los Angeles Lakers shifted to assigning the 34-year-old to guarding the opposing team's most dynamic guard while still relying on him on the offensive end.
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  • All That Glitters: A closing 9-0 Miami run sealed a 99-90 win o…

    All That Glitters: A closing 9-0 Miami run sealed a 99-90 win over L…

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    A closing 9-0 Miami run sealed a 99-90 win over L.A. The Lakers fought hard, but LeBron James may have just ignited another championship run for the Heat, writes Lee Jenkins.
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  • Lee Jenkins: Once a Finals preview, Heat-Lakers now just a LeBr…

    Lee Jenkins: Once a Finals preview, Heat-Lakers now just a LeBron showcase

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    LOS ANGELES -- Outside of fame, riches and backlit banners, there is no motivator in sports quite like the threat of everlasting ignominy. It is the specter that hangs over each of the so-called super teams, the realization that if they fail, reputation…
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  • Boston Grasps Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory; The Lakers Figur…

    Boston Grasps Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory; The Lakers Figure Out How To Play Together

    dimemag.com Jan 18, 2013
    Each time we checked in with the Hawks vs. Celtics it was like watching a different game. In the first half the Celtics were on cruise control and it almost looked as if Tommy Heinsohn could have stepped in because of Boston’s 27-point lead. Atlanta was
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  • Miami Wins An Instant Classic Against The Lakers ; Iman Shumper…

    Miami Wins An Instant Classic Against The Lakers ; Iman Shumpert Gives The Knicks A Boost In London

    dimemag.com Jan 18, 2013
    Lakers-Heat was Hollywood at its finest. The Heat’s 99-90 win had leading men, a duel as its storyline and a big budget (the Lakers’ payroll). Generally in a big game like Miami-Lakers the question after the game becomes was Team X that impressive or
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  • We Went There: LeBron James Rolls Over the Lakers

    We Went There: LeBron James Rolls Over the Lakers

    grantland.com Jan 18, 2013
    Even in a game featuring LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, the first 40 minutes of last night's Lakers-Heat game had been filled with typical, mid-January...
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  • Video - Can The Lakers Improve And Make The Playoffs? 04:50

    Can The Lakers Improve And Make The Playoffs?

    Jan 18
    Kurt Rambis looks at what the Lakers need to do to improve this season.
  • Video - Where Have All The Gunners Gone? 05:31

    Where Have All The Gunners Gone?

    Jan 18
    David Thorpe explains why so few NBA players have had huge scoring averages in recent years.
  • Video - Should The Lakers Be Encouraged? 05:56

    Should The Lakers Be Encouraged?

    Jan 18
    Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless debate whether the Lakers should be encouraged after a close loss to the Heat.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Ravens owe consistent success to 'other' Harbaugh

    Jan 18
    ATLANTA -- I'll be spending the weekend covering the NFC Championship Game, but before I get too heavy into Niners-Falcons, I wanted to write about the most under-appreciated single person of the NFL weekend: John Harbaugh.
  • Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get revenge on Patri…

    Jan 18
    The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…
  • NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Championship round

    Jan 18
    Teams put up 276 points in the divisional round of the playoffs. Will the trend continue?
  • The Sports Guy's All-Te'o Mailbag

    Jan 18
    Even the NFL playoffs can wait for the weirdest sports story of our age.