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Summer Podcast: Adrian Garcia Marquez

Lakers spanish play-by-play man Adrian Garcia Marquez joins Mike Trudell to talk about the new Time Warner Cable Deportes station that launches on October 1st and the new look 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers.

Listen below in english and spanish.

Summer Pod: Chris Duhon

Former Magic, Knicks and Bulls point guard Chris Duhon came to the Lakers alongside Dwight Howard (and Earl Clark) in a trade with Orlando, and joined us on the phone from Santa Barbara to share his thoughts on the move.

Duhon detailed what it’s like playing with Howard, told us why Steve Nash is so good at what he does, thought about the varying looks the Lakers can throw at opposing defenses from a point guard’s perspective and more:

Lakers Draft Johnson-Odom, Sacre

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired the draft rights to Darius Johnson-Odom (55th overall pick) from Dallas in exchange for cash considerations and have selected Robert Sacre with the 60th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, it was announced today.

Johnson-Odom, a 6-2 guard out of Marquette, averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 105 career games. As a senior, the Raleigh, North Carolina native led his team in scoring (18.3 points per game) and earned First Team All-Big East honors in addition to being named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press.

Sacre, a 7-0 center from Gonzaga finished his career with the Bulldogs ranked second all-time in school history in career blocks (186) while averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 135 games. As a senior, Sacre was named the 2012 WCC Defensive Player of the Year as well as an All-WCC First-Team honoree while averaging 11.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

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Robert Sacre: CLICK HERE

Bryant has Most Popular Jersey Internationally

NEW YORK, June 20, 2012 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today released its first-ever overall international top selling jerseys list and five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant has the most popular NBA jersey internationally. The top 15 list was based on sales at adidas locations outside the United States during the 2011-12 NBA season.

Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Miami’s LeBron James, Boston’s Kevin Garnett and Orlando’s Dwight Howard, round out the top five. The list features three players in the NBA Finals: James, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. International stars such as Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol from Spain, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki from Germany, San Antonio’s Tony Parker from France, and Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio from Spain made the top 15.

The NBA also announced the top five selling jerseys in key regions: China, Europe and Latin America. In China, Bryant has the top selling jersey for the sixth straight season while Rose moves up to No. 2. Bryant had the top selling jersey in Europe and Latin America this season.

2011-12 Top Selling Jerseys Internationally
1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
3. LeBron James, Miami Heat
4. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
5. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
6. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
7. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
8. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
9. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
10. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
11. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
12. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
13. Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
14. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
15. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves

2011-12 Top Selling Jerseys in China
1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
3. LeBron James, Miami Heat
4. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
5. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

2011-12 Top Selling Jerseys in Europe
1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
3. LeBron James, Miami Heat
4. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
5. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

2011-12 Top Selling Jerseys in Latin America
1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. LeBron James, Miami Heat
3. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
4. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
5. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Round 2 Schedule

Game 1 – Mon May 14 Lakers at Oklahoma City 6:30PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed May 16 Lakers at Oklahoma City 6:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Fri May 18 Oklahoma City at Lakers 7:30PM ESPN
Game 4 – Sat May 19 Oklahoma City at Lakers 7:30PM TNT

Game 5 * Mon May 21 Lakers at Oklahoma City TBD TNT
Game 6 * Wed May 23 Oklahoma City at Lakers TBD ESPN
Game 7 * Sun May 27 Lakers at Oklahoma City TBD TNT

* – if necessary
(All Times Pacific)

First Round Playoff Schedule

The Lakers will open up their 2012 Playoff campaign against the Denver Nuggets at STAPLES Center on Sunday April 29th at 12:30pm PT (ABC). Game 2 will take place in Los Angeles Tuesday night before the series shifts to Denver for games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday respectively.

Game 1 – Sun April 29 Denver at L.A. Lakers 12:30PM ABC
Game 2 – Tue May 1 Denver at L.A. Lakers 7:30PM FS West/TNT

Game 3 – Fri May 4 L.A. Lakers at Denver 7:30PM KCAL/ESPN
Game 4 – Sun May 6 L.A. Lakers at Denver 6:30PM KCAL/TNT
Game 5 * Tue May 8 Denver at L.A. Lakers TBD FS West/TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 10 L.A. Lakers at Denver TBD KCAL/TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 12 Denver at L.A. Lakers TBD FS West/TNT

* – if necessary
(All Times Pacific)

Bynum Named Western Conference Player of the Week

The Los Angeles Lakers’ Andrew Bynum today has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 12, through Sunday, March 18.

Bynum led the Lakers to a 3-1 week, which included wins over the Grizzlies and Timberwolves. Bynum led the West in rebounding (14.8 rpg) and placed second in scoring (27.5) while shooting .665 from the field (fourth in the Conference). Bynum collected a point-rebound double-double in all four of the Lakers’ games, including a 37-point, 16-rebound in a 116-111 win over Memphis on March 13.

Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers
March 13 @ Memphis: Scored 37 points and added 16 rebounds in a 116-111 win over the Grizzlies.
March 14 @ New Orleans: Tallied 25 points, 18 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a 107-101 win over the Hornets.
March 18 vs. Utah: Tallied 33 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks during a 103-99 loss to the Jazz.

All-Star 2012 Second Returns


NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2012 – Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls top the Eastern Conference, while Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder lead the Western Conference after the second returns of 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint. Howard, who leads the NBA in rebounding (15.6 rpg), is the overall leader with 1,161,797 votes.

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

Howard paces centers in the East, followed by the Bulls’ Joakim Noah (141,683). LeBron James of the Miami Heat leads Eastern Conference forwards with 972,580 votes, followed by Carmelo Anthony (779,945) of the New York Knicks. Rose leads Eastern Conference guards with 1,040,210 votes, followed by Miami’s Dwyane Wade (972,015).

Bryant’s 1,110,379 votes leads Western Conference guards, with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul placing second (835,026). Durant’s 973,152 votes leads forwards in the West, with Blake Griffin of the Clippers next in line with 619,913 votes. The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum paces Western Conference centers with 777,365 votes, followed by the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (214,883).

The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players – 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences – with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference. The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: Bill Simmons (Grantland), Sekou Smith (, Doug Smith (Toronto Star/PBWA), and Ian Thomsen (Sports Illustrated).


Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 973,152; Blake Griffin (LAC) 619,913; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 354,434; Pau Gasol (LAL) 327,596; Kevin Love (Min) 232,656; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 188,829; Tim Duncan (SA) 133,575; Lamar Odom (Dal) 96,080; Metta World Peace (LAL) 63,055; Danilo Gallinari (Den) 59,646.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,110,379; Chris Paul (LAC) 835,026; Ricky Rubio (Min) 248,423; Steve Nash (Pho) 188,537; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 167,996; Kyle Lowry (Hou) 132,972; Monta Ellis (GS) 105,926; Manu Ginobili (SA) 79,821; Jason Kidd (Dal) 79,783; Chauncey Billups (LAC) 73,429.

Centers: Andrew Bynum (LAL) 777,365; DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 214,883; Marc Gasol (Mem) 182,992; Nenê (Den) 144,066; Marcin Gortat (Pho) 92,511; Kendrick Perkins (OKC) 66,380.


Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 972,580; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 779,945; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 281,617; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 268,980; Chris Bosh (Mia) 209,640; Luol Deng (Chi) 166,671; Paul Pierce (Bos) 145,077; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 101,612; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 93,456; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 80,694.

Guards: Derrick Rose (Chi) 1,040,210; Dwyane Wade (Mia) 972,015; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 394,672; Ray Allen (Bos) 274,233; Deron Williams (NJN) 143,941; Jose Calderon (Tor) 84,881; Richard Hamilton (Chi) 64,757; John Wall (Was) 61,160; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 53,300; Joe Johnson (Atl) 40,718.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,161,797; Joakim Noah (Chi) 141,683; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 107,735; Joel Anthony (Mia) 67,210; JaVale McGee (Was) 41,249; Al Horford (Atl) 35,860.


Bryant Named Player of the Week… Again

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2012 – The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 15.

Bryant guided the Lakers to a 3-1 week, and led the league in scoring with a 43.0 average. Bryant tallied 40-plus points in each of the Lakers’ four games. The Lakers opened the week with a 99-83 win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 10, fueled by Bryant’s 48 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Bryant’s 32.0-point scoring average is tops in the league.

Jan. 10 vs. Phoenix: Racked up 48 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 99-83 victory over the Suns.
Jan. 11 @ Utah: Tallied 40 points and added eight rebounds during a 90-87 win over the Jazz.
Jan. 13 vs. Cleveland: Posted 42 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Lakers bested the Cavaliers 97-92.

This marked the 30th time in Bryant’s career that he was named Player of the Week.

Steve Blake Injury Update

LOS ANGELES - After further evaluation, it has been determined that Lakers guard Steve Blake will be out approximately three to four weeks dur to the costochaondral fracture (fracture of the cartilage that connects the rib to the sternum) he originally suffered during the Lakers game against Phoenix on Tuesday and aggravated in Wednesday’s game at Utah.