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D’Antoni Resigns


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First Pitch at Dodger Stadium

L.A.’s favorite backcourt duo traded in their silver and black for Dodger Blue Wednesday night. The two San Fernando Valley natives visited Chavez Ravine to throw out the first pitch before the Dodgers took on the Philadelphia Phillies.

They sign us up for a 10 day contract lol me and @jrfarmar

@swaggyp1 and Farmar in #Dodgers dugout

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Kareem 30 Years Later

30 years ago today, Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar faked right before pivoting left and launching his patented skyhook for career point 31,422 and sole possession of the NBA’s all-time scoring title.

At last night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, Cap was shown on the videoboard and soaked in the applause from the Lakers faithful.

Here’s the full clip from Kareem’s record-setting night.

Gasol Out vs. SAC

Pau at Indian Wells

It’s rare to have multiple off-days in a row during the NBA season, but Pau Gasol took advantage of a scheduling quirk that left the Lakers idle from Sunday-Thursday. With Coach D’Antoni giving the players Monday and Tuesday off, Gasol headed two hours east to see fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal compete at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA.

Unfortunately, Gasol’s recent hot-streak (six straight games with 20 or more points) didn’t rub off as Nadal fell 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) to the Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov. Afterwards the countrymen were able to catch up over dinner.

#Bazemoring to a Victory

While a member of the Golden State Warriors, Kent Bazemore became known for his work on the bench just as much as his work on the floor. The young guard’s enthusiasm even spawned a phenomenon that became known as #Bazemoring.

In his short time with the Lakers, Bazemore has seen almost as much playing time as he did during his entire rookie season in Oakland, starting four games and averaging 33 minutes, but he’s still found time to make an impact on the sideline as well.

In the above Vine, you can see some of the best #Bazemoring from last night as the Lakers used record setting three-point shooting game to charge back from a big third-quarter deficit. We also got our first taste of Bazemore teaming up with the team’s cheerleading stalwart, Robert Sacre.

The two superpowers of excitement collided on a Ken Griffey Jr-esque homerun scene, but it was more a “game recognize game” situation. When shown the video in the post-game locker room Bazemore wasn’t even aware of Sacre’s presence.

“He’s an elite celebrator, I’m an elite celebrator, that’s just what happens,” said Bazemore.

With chemistry like that, this is just the start.

Young Out for Road Trip

Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles LakersInjury ReportGuard Nick Young, who returned to the floor Sunday against the Nets after missing the previous six games, is not expected to play on the team’s mid-west back-to-back trip that beings tonight in Indianapolis.

Steve Nash: The Finish Line

Since breaking his leg in just his second game with the Lakers, Steve Nash has been fighting a battle against his own body to get back onto the floor at, or at least near, an evasive level that used to come so easily.

Grantland took an in-depth look at both the mental and physical challenges Nash continues to face.

Hockey on the Hardwood

From once being under the same ownership group, to sharing the Forum and now being co-tenants at STAPLES Center and practicing in the same facility, the Lakers will always be linked together in LA’s sports culture with the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion, Los Angeles Kings.

On Friday in Philadelphia though, the team had some unexpected visitors from the world of hockey when Calgary Flames defenseman Jiri Hudler jumped onto the hardwood in full pads. The 30-year old Czech got some free throws up with player development coach Larry Lewis.

And then tried his hand in the open court as Jordan Farmar looked on.

Good luck to Jiri and the Flames against the Flyers tomorrow.

UPDATED: Here’s video of Hudler courtesy of FlamesTV.

One Year with Vine

Vine LogoOne year ago, the Vine app launched as a way to share 6-second videos on social media. In the past 365 days we’ve seen it used to make news, cover breaking news, make us laugh and show us things we didn’t think were possible. During that time we posted 147 vines (watch them all here), below are some that stood out.

Vine sat dormant on our phones for the better part of a month, but when we did start to utilize it, we knew exactly who to point the camera at.

March 10th, 2013 saw the Lakers defeat the Chicago Bulls 90-81 on ABC and pull back into the playoff picture after a slow start to the season.

Vine became embeddable in April, right around the time Metta World Peace was making his return from knee surgery. Vine became a simple, easy way to show MWP’s progress at the top of the article.

Want to know how strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco keeps the Lakers eating at their best? Rob’s here to show you.

High-school friends/rivals Nick Young and Jordan Farmar show the Lakers fans their hops shortly have joining the purple and gold.

Our most liked and revined post so far.

Turn the audio on for this one to understand how popular Kobe is in China.

Through pregame warmups:

And as they get brought out before tip:

The players sign hundreds of items for charity at the team’s annual signing session. We travel through the process here.

Pau Gasol handled the pregame captain’s duties alone early in the season, until Kobe Bryant returned and joined him at center court against the Raptors.