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Andrew Bynum says he believes the Lakers won't trade him

The Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz talks with Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who says he believes he'll remain a Laker after the March 15 trading deadline--The Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz talks with Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who says he believes he'll remain a Laker after the March 15 trading deadline. Schmitz also reports a rumor involving the Magic and the Lakers: The Lakers trade Bynum and Pau Gasol to the Magic for Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson. 

--The Times' John Cherwa looks at how Lakers and the Clippers are strongly represented on this year's Western Conference all-star team. 

--The Times' Ben Bolch looks at the Clippers' improved popularity in Los Angeles. 

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore and the Orange County Register's Janis Carr examine West all-stars Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Bynum. Bonsignore explains how Bryant uses All-Star weekend to rest

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky hands out midterm grades to the Lakers. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe wonders how much Bryant wants a fifth All-Star MVP award. 

--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell reflects on Magic Johnson's performance in the 1992 NBA All-Star game.

--Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan details how NBA Commissioner David Stern remained unanswerable in whether he thought it was appropriate to stop Paul from going to the Lakers. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports that Howard is ready to finish this season with Orlando. 

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues that Lakers would be a much better team had Paul been allowed to stay with the team. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano reflects on Bryant's first NBA All-Star game. 

Tweet of the Day: "Hardest thing for Lakers fans today will be seeing Kobe, CP3 & Bynum in the starting lineup knowing that could've been their nightly lineup." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "We need youth, a point guard, offense and leadership.
So Jim Buss gets us an old, retired, defensive-minded power forward, that holds records for technical fouls. BRILLIANT!" - Neil Garces

-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Andrew Bynum finishes off a dunk against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Feb. 23. Credit: Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Lakers midseason report card: Andrew Bynum showing growth

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This is the third in a series of posts awarding midseason grades to some members of the Lakers.

Player: Andrew Bynum

How he performed: Averaging 16.3 points per game on 55.4% shooting, plus 12.8 rebounds and two blocks

Good: Let's say it all together. Bynum is finally healthy. There's still 33 more games to go, but so far, so good. The only setback came in the Lakers' 100-85 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he showed some slight discomfort.  The procedure he's receiving today involves preventive care and was already scheduled so it's likely this shouldn't be anything serious. Secondly, Bynum earned his first All-Star appearance for showing what the Lakers envisioned he had all along. He's shown more aggressiveness in establishing post position, even when Bynum doesn't get looks. Bynum's footwork and awareness in passing and re-posting out of double teams has progressively improved. On nights where he shoots poorly or lacks touches, Bynum still maintains a strong effort on defense and on the glass. 

Bad: Responding to double-team coverage still remains an ongoing issue. During games in which he lacks touches, Bynum will delay passing out of double teams instead of ensuring crisp ball movement. On pick-and-roll defense, Bynum also either shows too early or responds too late on covering the lane. He needs to strike a balance between being both. Bynum will improve those two elements, however, with more time.

Grade: A-minus

There's no reason to think Bynum can't maintain his prolific rate the rest the season. Assuming he stays healthy, of course. 

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-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com 

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum will make his first NBA All-Star appearance this weekend in Orlando. Credit: John Raoux / Associated Press / Jan. 20, 2012

Andrew Bynum to have knee procedure

Lakers center Andrew Bynum will miss Saturday's practice during All-Star weekend because of a previously scheduled appointment with his longtime knee specialist, David AltchekThe Times' Mike Bresnahan notes that Lakers center Andrew Bynum will miss Saturday's practice during All-Star weekend because of a previously scheduled appointment with his longtime knee specialist, David Altchek. Bresnahan says Bynum will receive a Synvisc injection in his right knee, part of what the Lakers called a routine procedure to lubricate joints in the knee.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin also says Bynum is just undergoing the procedure for maintenance purposes.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell also details Bynum's procedure.

Game stories

--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on the off night Kobe Bryant and Bynum experienced in the Lakers' 100-85 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the Lakers couldn't match the Thunder's speed.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry believes a changing of guard has taken place between the Lakers and Oklahoma City.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says Oklahoma City controlled the tempo against the Lakers.

Notebooks

--The Daily News' Teaford explains what Lakers Coach Mike Brown admires about Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti.

Sidebars

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr profiles Bynum.

--The Oklahoman's John Rohde highlights Kobe Bryant's contention that the media needs to stop scrutinizing Russell Westbrook.

Columns

--The Times' Helene Elliott argues that the Lakers' inconsistency will persist if they don't make a roster move before the March 15 deadline.

--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel explains how the Thunder's victory over the Lakers validated their efforts in acquiring Kendrick Perkins.

Blogs

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin believes a changing of the guard is taking place between the Lakers and Thunder.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as Ramona Shelburne debate the Lakers' future.

--ESPN Los Angele's McMenamin breaks down the Lakers' loss to Oklahoma City.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues OKC undressed the Lakers' weaknesses.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett breaks down the good, bad and the ugly in the Lakers' loss to the Thunder.

Tweet of the Day: "I asked Dwight if true there was 0 percent chance he'd stay in Orlando: "If it's not about All-Star weekend I don't want to talk about it."" -- sam_amick (Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "These losses to better teams will continue unabated. we will not ever beat the Heat, the Bulls, or the Thunder, until we add a PG and another scoring threat. Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo, and Ramon Sessions are out there for the taking, and none of them will cost us any of our big 3 of Bryant (of course), Bynum, or Gasol. I don't know what Kupchak is waiting for....this team has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it will not get past the 1st round of the playoffs if they get there at all." -- Jeff Sadie

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-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Andrew Bynum finishes off a dunk against the Thunder on Thursday night in Oklahoma City. Credit: Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Thunder would beat Lakers in playoffs

Oklahoma City Thunder

Why the Thunder is a threat to the Lakers: The Lakers showed in their 100-85 loss Thursday to Oklahoma City why they would have no chance against the Thunder in the playoffs. Regardless of how the Lakers tried to control the tempo, it didn't work. The Thunder went on a 9-0 third-quarter run even though the Lakers remained methodical on offense and minimized Oklahoma City's transition game. The Thunder also scored 21 fast-break points. All in all, they showcased their depth, while the Lakers scrambled to find oxygen masks.

Why the Lakers are a threat to the Thunder: Blame part of the Lakers' struggles against the Thunder to their back-to-back the previous night against Dallas. In the playoffs, the Lakers would have more days to rest their aging bones and to make adjustments. James Harden's trash talk would prompt Kobe Bryant to light him up the next game. Metta World Peace would have more chances to figure out how to temper Kevin Durant's scoring. Andrew Bynum wouldn't do as much of a disappearing act. Also, come April, the Lakers offense will look much prettier than it appears right now.

VERDICT: Two years ago, the Lakers survived a six-game first-round series against the Thunder because of their experience. That's not a factor anymore. Oklahoma City is now battle-tested, having reached last year's Western Conference finals. Meanwhile, the Lakers have become older and slower. Unless they upgrade their roster, they likely could only push a playoff series to five games. 

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-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and guard James Harden slap hands after scoring against the Lakers and power forward Troy Murphy in the first half Thursday night in Oklahoma City. Credit: Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press / February 23, 2012

Five things to take from Lakers' 96-91 win over Dallas Mavericks

683066071. The Lakers made it harder than necessary in securing a 96-91 victory Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks. They should feel happy by collecting a rare road win. But it didn't have to be this hard. Despite leading 93-86 with 1:06 remaining, the Lakers nearly squandered the game. They missed six consecutive free throws. They gave Jason Terry a wide-open three-pointer and failed to box out Dirk Nowitzki on a tip-in, plays that cut the lead to 93-91 with 29 seconds left. But the Lakers still prevailed, partly because Matt Barnes secured a rebound off Pau Gasol's second missed foul shot. Barnes then made both free throws to secure the win.

2. Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum played aggressively. It's easy to psychoanalyze the reason behind Gasol's 24 points on 11-for-18 shooting  with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. This came days after Kobe Bryant publicly blasted the front office for not providing clarity on Gasol's future. It also marked his first visit to Dallas since the Lakers' sweep by the Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference semifinals, a series in which Gasol proved a huge factor in the Lakers' fall. Whatever it was, Gasol looked agressive right from the first possession.

He attacked the Mavericks on hook shots in the lane, turnaround jumpers and putbacks. Gasol made two crucial baskets late in the game. He tipped in Bryant's miss, tying the score, 80-80, with 6:41 to play. Gasol also converted off Bryant's jump pass to him inside, extending the Lakers' lead to 91-86 with 1:29 remaining. Despite having trouble guarding him in last year's playoffs, Gasol held Dirk Nowitzki to 25 points on nine-for-22 shooting by forcing him to take off-balance shots that even he couldn't make. He didn't avoid the brutal contact Brendan Haywood delivered with his elbow with 20 seconds left.

Gasol wasn't perfect. He committed five turnovers and missed his two free throws in the fourth quarter. But his aggressiveness, enthusiasm for greeting the bench after a hot start and high-fiving Bryant throughout the game demonstrated his sharp focus.

As for Bynum, his 19 points on six-of-10 shooting, seven free throws, 14 rebounds and one block appears more impressive than it does on paper. That's because his production mostly hinged on Bynum making himself big in the post, restablishing position after kicking out of double teams and making putbacks. The Lakers need to involve him more, but it shows Bynum's growth that he can still produce on his own.

3. Derek Fisher had a strong shooting night. Don't look now, but Fisher has put a string of performances that shows he's still capable of providing some supplementary shooting. He scored 15 points on six-for-eight shooting. He successfully advocated for an official's replay in the third quarter on an out-of-bounds call that went the Lakers' way. Fisher held possession off an inbounds pass with 27 seconds left despite facing a double team. 

It's unrealistic to think Fisher will sustain the 8.8 points on 62.5% shooting he has averaged in the last four games. But at least against the Mavericks, Fisher played with great efficiency. His shots came in rhythm and off great ball movement. That included a sequence that entailed Bryant facing a double team and feeding to Gasol at the left elbow, Gasol passing to Bynum inside and Bynum kicking the ball out at the top of the key. Fisher nailed the three-pointer to give the Lakers an 87-82 lead with 4:13 remaining. He then made a floater in the lane on the next possession, a shot Fisher usually never makes. For his strong play, Fisher played the last 5:28 of the fourth quarter. Brown usually has granted that time to Steve Blake both to rest Fisher's body and because of his shooting and defensive struggles. But against Dallas, Fisher rightfully earned the 27 minutes.

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Lakers face tougher challenges on the road

Just before Lakers forward Pau Gasol entered the training room, Andrew Bynum stopped him.

"What's the difference, man," Bynum said, "with us on the road?"

Gasol had just spent five minutes analyzing the disparity between the 18-12 Lakers' records at home (13-2) and on the road (5-10) after practice Saturday at the Lakers' facility. So Bynum figured he'd just consult his teammate so he could repeat the same answers to reporters.

"I told them about the consistency factor," Gasol said with a smile. "We're not as consistent on the road as we have been at home."

Bynum smiled and then turned toward a small group of reporters: "We're not as consistent as we are at home."

Every Laker can agree on that. But they're stuck for answers about the reasons behind their being one of only three Western Conference playoff teams with a losing road record . . . or whether the inconsistency will end when the Lakers play the Suns (12-19) Sunday in Phoenix.

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Lakers show offensive improvement in 111-99 victory over Phoenix Suns

Summoning his players over, Lakers Coach Mike Brown looked them in the eye and told them to appreciate what they have.

Embrace the grind that a compacted 66-game schedule entails. Relish the hard work that comes with nailing down his offensive and defensive system. Tolerate the fluctuating lineup changes. Block out the "outside noise" regarding what moves the Lakers will make before the March 15 trade deadline. Understand that all of these challenges remain an ongoing effort.

"I knew we were going to get socked on the chin because I didn't have enough time to figure out what I had," Brown said. "So it starts with me. Then, to our guys' credit, they were searching too. I'm not saying we have arrived, because we have not, but we are getting better."

Mike Brown on win over Phoenix

The Lakers  showed that in their 111-99 victory Friday over the Phoenix Suns. They reached their season high in points and reached the 100-point threshold for the fourth time all season. After shooting 37% from the field in the last seven games, Kobe Bryant dropped 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting, including 18 in the third quarter. The Lakers bench combined for 34 points on 13-of-20 shooting. Andrew Bynum showed tremendous ability in passing out of double teams and re-posting en route to 17 points on a seven-of-13 clip.

It remains to be seen whether the old adage What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" will apply to this current Lakers team. The Suns (12-19) rank 23rd overall in total defense (97.32 points allowed per game) and 20th in opponent field-goal percentage (45.2%). The Lakers allowed Phoenix to cut double-digit leads in both the second and fourth quarter, partly because of 17 turnovers. Bryant believes Pau Gasol's 10-point effort on four-of-13 shooting relates to the possibility the Lakers might trade him.

Still, the Lakers' progression leaves Brown confident enough to say that "I'll bet on us in the playoffs." It leads Suns Coach Alvin Gentry to dread the Lakers the same way as when L.A. eliminated Phoenix in six games of the 2010 Western Conference semifinals. It gives the Lakers' players some hope that progress finally feels as if it has arrived.

"For this stretch that we've been on in the first half has been difficult," said Bryant, whose team currently ranks fifth in the Western Conference. "But we haven't had many practices and juggled with the lineup, played two rookies in the fourth quarter on the road and they have to learn on the fly. It's been tough.  I think I'm fairly pleased with where we are at this point."

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Gilbert Arenas reportedly works out for Lakers

Kobe Bryant--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak attended a private workout for free agent guard Gilbert Arenas while the Lakers were in Toronto.  Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowksi and Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick confirmed the news.

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers played so poorly in their 94-92 win Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the Lakers' nearly blowing an 18-point lead against Toronto.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits Kobe Bryant for his game-winning shot against Toronto.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan looks at the Lakers' struggles defending point guards.

--The Orange County Register's Ding presents a photo slideshow of his six-game trip.

--The Daily News' Teaford explains why Metta World Peace still has the green light to shoot.

Sidebars

--The Edmonton Journal's Bruce Arthur notices Bryant makes this game-winning shot thing sort of a routine.

--The National Post's Eric Koreen highlights Toronto's late-game unraveling.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Holly MacKenzie details the Lakers' "average" 3-3 trip.

Columns

--The Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly describes Bryant's mannerisms as rude and condescending.

Blogs

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott argues Bryant kills crunch time.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Toronto.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Raptors game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues Bryant's game winner against Toronto rectified his poor play earlier in the game.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Zephid breaks down the good, bad and the ugly in the Lakers' win over Toronto.

Tweet of the Day: "Fans got Kobe & Bynum right 4 All Star. Asked Phil why coaches got it wrong not adding @paugasol. He said they must like small ball." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "In terms of the Lakers down the stretch, I want Kobe take game-winning shots in the final minute or final seconds, but he starts going into Mamba mode in the last five minutes of a game, which is way too early. He wants the ball on every possession down the stretch in the final five and that's hurting the Lakers. It's completely predictable by now. When they trailed by four, Pau finally had enough and drove the lane and dished to Bynum for a dunk. Why not do more of that? Kobe bailed the Lakers out, but he also put them in the hole." -- Fred Robledo

--Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Kobe Bryant elevates for what proved to be the game-winning shot over Raptors forward James Johnson with 4.2 seconds left in the game Sunday at Toronto. Credit: Nathan Denette / Associated Press / February 12, 2012

Five things to take from Lakers' 93-89 win in Denver

Lakers31. An important road win against a conference playoff contender. Let's start with the biggest positive of the night: a quality win on the road against a conference opponent. So it wasn't pretty, but the Lakers still went on the road to beat the Nuggets, 93-89. When they want to know whether you won or lost, they ask how many, not how well you played. The Nuggets (15-8) have proven to be a formidable opponent since the departure of Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks as well as Kenyon Martin (now of the Clippers) and J.R. Smith to China. Just as impressive, the Lakers (14-9) overcame some controversial calls, or non-calls, to earn the victory and move up in the Western Conference standings.

2. Broken record: The Lakers need to execute better on offense. Once again, the Lakers continued to have breakdowns in running their offensive sets, often resulting in poor-quality possessions that ended with rushed shots at the end of the 24-second clock. And with Andrew Bynum running hot, how can he end the game with only 13 shots? The Lakers continually failed to get him the ball when he had great post position. A couple of scenarios in the game included the Lakers' two most veteran players -- guards Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant -- failing to get Bynum the ball when he had established himself on the block. Bryant ended up driving wildly into the lane and hoisting an off-balance shot on more than one occasion.

3. Broken record II: The Lakers need to improve their transition defense. Too many times the Nuggets were able to get down the court for easy layups. And that included big men Nene and Timofey Mozgov as well as the speedy Ty Lawson and other perimeter players. The Nuggets are primarily a young and athletic team, and they're not the only one in the West that will torch teams in transition if defenses aren't paying attention. Think Thunder, Clippers, Blazers, Jazz, Warriors, etc.

PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Nuggets

4. Broken record III: Kobe Bryant needs to know when to defer to the big men. Bynum made 10 of 13 shots for 22 points while collecting 10 rebounds and Pau Gasol was five of 10 from the field for 13 points while pulling down 17 rebounds. It became obvious as the game unfolded that the Lakers had the advantage on the front line. When your two big men are shooting better than 65% combined, they need to take more than 23 shots in the game.

5. Andrew Goudelock continues to impress. The rookie guard made six of 10 shots, including one of three from three-point range, for 13 points, his fourth double-digit effort in the last five games. When Steve Blake returns to the lineup, the Lakers' backcourt will have more weapons and depth, plus the ability to give more rest to Fisher and Bryant.

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--Dan Loumena

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives the baseline for a reverse layup in front of the rim against the Nuggets in the second half Friday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Credit: Jack Dempsey / Associated Press

Lakers grind out second consecutive road victory with 93-89 triumph over Denver

Lakers1_350Just when it seemed as if the Lakers were on the verge of an epic fourth-quarter meltdown, they pulled out a 93-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at the Pepsi Center.

Kobe Bryant scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol each logged double-doubles and rookie guard Andrew Goudelock continued to impress with 13 points off the bench.

And still, it almost wasn't enough. After trailing by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, Denver had a chance to win before Al Harrington's step-back three-pointer missed, with Matt Barnes grabbiong the rebound and getting fouled with two-tenths of a second left, securing the Lakers' second consecutive road victory.

PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Nuggets

The Lakers helped the Nuggets rally by being called for a pair of fourth-quarter technical fouls, one on Bynum and another on Barnes. Gasol also committed a late turnover on a behind-the-back pass that eventually led to a dunk by Nene that pulled the Nuggets to within 91-89.

Bynum was involved in another controversial play when he missed a layup with 12 seconds left but indicated he was fouled by Nene. Video replays appeared to show Nene hitting Bynum on the arm without touching the ball, which went out of bounds to the Nuggets, setting up their final play.

"We made it tough on ourselves down the stretch," Lakers Coach Mike Brown said. "The missed call [on Nene] was tough to swallow. We didnt' execute well, but we got a clean dunk but didn't get the call."

Said Bynum: "I can just let it go. It really wasn't that bad."

In his first game since becoming an All-Star for the first time, Bynum had 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting to go with 10 rebounds. Gasol finished with 13 points and a season-high 17 rebounds. Derek Fisher also was clutch for the Lakers, making a jumper to give them a 91-87 lead and making a steal in the final minute.

Goudelock made six of 10 shots and has averaged 11.8 points in his last six games.

"He's found his niche," Bryant said. "He comes in off the bench and he lights it up."

The Lakers improved to 3-7 on the road and will go for a third consecutive road win on Saturday against Utah in Salt Lake City, where they pulled out a triumph in overtime last month.

"I've been telling everybody we're going to be fine," Bryant said. "I mean, it's the start of the year and it's tough to kind of get out on the road. We've had some very tough opponents to start the season on the road. We're kind of getting used to everything with no practices. We're going to be A-OK."

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--Ben Bolch in Denver

Photo: Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov tries to cut off the drive of Lakers power forward Pau Gasol in the first half Friday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Credit: Jack Dempsey / Associated Press

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