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Have Lakers lost their allure?
It's conventional wisdom in NBA circles that a free agent, any free agent, would want to play for the prestigious Los Angeles Lakers. The weather. The history. The celebs. Kobe, for at least a little while longer. Then again, things aren't looking so good for the team that once earned the nickname "Showtime."
A win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday got overshadowed by its bizarre finish, in which a little-known rule allowed Lakers center Robert Sacre to remain on the court despite having fouled out (the team had no other healthy players; it was assessed a technical foul). This bumped the Lakers all the way "up" to 17-32 on the year as they await word on Kobe Bryant's health ... and the possible relocation of free-agent-to-be Pau Gasol. Meanwhile, Magic Johnson says he'll happily make calls on his old team's behalf to lure prospective free agents. But shouldn't the team's reputation speak for itself?
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What is Kobe Bryant's future?
Kobe Bryant, out since Dec. 17 with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, was reassessed Tuesday -- and the news was not great. The star will be out for at least the next three weeks, meaning he won't play in the NBA All-Star Game despite being voted in as a starter. With the Los Angeles Lakers at 16-29, should the team just shut him down for the season and look ahead? What does that future hold?
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Where will Melo go?
Carmelo Anthony could become a free agent after the 2013-14 season, and leaving the New York Knicks -- who are a mere 17-27, even after beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday -- might not seem like a bad plan. But will it happen? Kobe Bryant on Sunday said he isn't going to actively recruit the man who broke his Madison Square Garden scoring record with 62 points on Friday night. And Anthony's wife, La La, said Melo "definitely" will stay with the Knicks. What do you think will happen?
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Kobe vs. Jordan one-on-one?
Shocking revelations from Phil Jackson: It turns out that Kobe Bryant is really confident. In an interview with Fox Sports Live, Jackson said that he asked Michael Jordan to talk to Kobe Bryant shortly after Jordan's second retirement in 1999. One might expect a young player to be a bit star-struck when meeting a legend like Jordan, but this is Kobe Bryant we're talking about here. Jackson said the first thing that Kobe said to MJ upon meeting him was ''I could kick your ass one-on-one.'' This is, of course, the perfect Kobe Bryant response -- we'd imagine Kobe says some version of that to most everyone he meets, whether or not they're even professional basketball players.
Bynum, Gasol on trading block?
The Lakers seemed to be happy with their decision not to trade Pau Gasol, but now that Kobe Bryant is out for six weeks, they seem to be putting Gasol back out there. They've discussed one potential deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which would exchange Gasol for Andrew Bynum. The Cavaliers would receive a veteran to complement Kyrie Irving, while the Lakers could waive Bynum in order to save more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes. Not exactly a standard blockbuster trade for the Lakers, but when your playoff hopes are slim, sometimes you have to look to the future.