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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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  • Lost In The Desert: The Suns and Alvin Gentry have parted ways,…

    Lost In The Desert: The Suns and Alvin Gentry have parted ways, makin…

    The Suns and Alvin Gentry have parted ways, making Gentry the fourth coach fired this season. Things were dismal in Phoenix, but Gentry was hardly to blame, says Ian Thomsen.
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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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  • The Milwaukee Bucks won in Phoenix for the first time in 25 yea…

    The Milwaukee Bucks won in Phoenix for the first time in 25 years

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    On Thursday night, the Milwaukee Bucks overcame an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit and beat the Suns 98-94 in Phoenix behind a 10-point, perfect-shooting final period from scoring guard Monta Ellis. That fact in itself is not news. The Bucks are a so…
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 - Suns, Alvin Gentry Part Ways 04:05

    Suns, Alvin Gentry Part Ways

    Jan 18
    Marc Stein discusses the Suns' decision to part ways with coach Alvin Gentry and mentions possible replacements.
  • 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.

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  • Ian Thomsen: Hard to blame departed Gentry for Suns' woes

    Jan 18
    The Suns came to terms Friday with coach Alvin Gentry on his midseason departure. A friend of Gentry's said the coach had anticipated he would be fired at the end of the season, which is shaping up to be the Suns' worst since they went 16-66 in their ex…
  • Ian Thomsen: Conley grows into Grizzlies leader after learning hard lesson…

    Jan 18
    These are hazardous times for an excellent team in Memphis. Coach Lionel Hollins is in his lame-duck year, new owners have taken over and Rudy Gay or Zach Randolph reportedly could be traded in the next month. It is in stressful moments like these that …
  • Lee Jenkins: Once a Finals preview, Heat-Lakers now just a LeBron showcase

    Jan 18
    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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