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Is Steve Nash's career over?
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday that Steve Nash likely won't play again in 2013-14. And with the point guard struggling with health issues for the better part of two seasons, it's safe to wonder whether we've seen the last of Nash as an NBA player. Nash, meanwhile, said "we'll see" when asked whether he'll return this season, and has given mixed signals as to whether he wants to play in 2014-15. Is this it for the man with more than 10,000 assists to his name over 18 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Lakers?
ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton gave the Los Angeles Lakers an A for trading Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for MarShon Brooks, Kent Bazemore and, most importantly, money savings and lottery positioning. Lakers star Kobe Bryant, meanwhile, likely would not be so generous if forced to attach a letter to the move. A day after the trade, Bryant tweeted his displeasure, labeling the deal "not cool." A source told ESPN.com that this was meant to show support for Blake, not tweak the organization, but it's hard not to read a little anger into the missive.
Now, this is far from likely to create a rift between Bryant and the team that gave him a two-year, $48.5 million extension in November. But was Bryant still a little out of line?
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Together no more
Bryant and Blake are done teaming up.Getty Images
Dwight Howard faces Lakers
Dwight Howard returns to Los Angeles to face his former team the Lakers on Wednesday. Howard spent one season in L.A. before departing for the Rockets via free agency. Houston's big man is certain to hear plenty of boos tonight, but does SportsNation blame him for leaving Los Angeles? Vote below!
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?