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All-Star 2012 First Returns

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NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2012 – Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and LeBron James of the Miami Heat 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 first returns of 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint. Howard, the Kia Defensive Player of the Year each of the past three seasons, is the overall leader with 754,737 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 Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah (75,038). James leads Eastern Conference forwards with 640,789 votes, followed by Carmelo Anthony (496,351) of the New York Knicks. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls leads Eastern Conference guards with 640,476 votes, followed by Miami’s Dwyane Wade (637,912).

Bryant’s 690,613 votes leads Western Conference guards, with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul placing second (540,173). Durant’s 633,538 votes lead forwards in the West, with Blake Griffin of the Clippers next in line with 394,264 votes. The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum paces Western Conference centers with 496,597 votes, followed by the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (134,961).

2012 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY SPRINT
WESTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 633,538; Blake Griffin (LAC) 394,264; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 231,832; Pau Gasol (LAL) 185,428; Kevin Love (Min) 143,814; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 118,268; Tim Duncan (SA) 81,783; Lamar Odom (Dal) 59,686; Metta World Peace (LAL) 39,006; Danilo Gallinari (Den) 34,438.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 690,613; Chris Paul (LAC) 540,173; Ricky Rubio (Min) 133,520; Steve Nash (Pho) 118,922; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 107,197; Kyle Lowry (Hou) 90,725; Monta Ellis (GS) 63,696; Manu Ginobili (SA) 50,765; Jason Kidd (Dal) 49,596; Chauncey Billups (LAC) 42,657.

Centers: Andrew Bynum (LAL) 496,597; DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 134,961; Marc Gasol (Mem) 102,116; Nenê (Den) 94,167; Marcin Gortat (Pho) 62,631; Kendrick Perkins (OKC) 41,579.

2012 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY SPRINT
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 640,789; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 496,351; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 178,797; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 173,161; Chris Bosh (Mia) 140,601; Paul Pierce (Bos) 94,071; Luol Deng (Chi) 85,086; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 54,739; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 53,477; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 43,154.

Guards: Derrick Rose (Chi) 640,476; Dwyane Wade (Mia) 637,912; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 253,969; Ray Allen (Bos) 174,934; Deron Williams (NJN) 89,128; Jose Calderon (Tor) 42,929; John Wall (Was) 38,025; Richard Hamilton (Chi) 36,418; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 27,713; Joe Johnson (Atl) 23,384.

Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 754,737; Joakim Noah (Chi) 75,038; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 61,774; Joel Anthony (Mia) 41,832; JaVale McGee (Was) 24,713; Al Horford (Atl) 23,546.

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Bryant Named Player of the Week

The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today was named the Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 8.

Bryant guided the Lakers to a 3-1 week, including wins over Houston, Golden State and Memphis. Bryant’s 33.0 point average led the league, and he added 6.3 assists while playing a team-high 38.0 minutes. Bryant, who eclipsed the 30-point plateau in three of the Lakers’ four games, tallied a season-high 39 points on 13-of-28 shooting during a 97-90 win over the Warriors on Jan. 6.

Jan. 3 vs. Houston: Tallied 37 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 108-99 win over the Rockets.
Jan. 6 vs. Golden State: Scored a season-high 39 points and added seven assists during a 97-90 victory over the Warriors.
Jan. 8 vs. Memphis: Posted 26 points and chipped in with nine assists as the Lakers notched a 90-82 victory over the Grizzlies.

Ebanks & McRoberts to Start

Kobe Out vs. Clippers

FROM LAKERS PR:
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who suffered a right wrist injury in Monday night’s game against the Clippers, was examined today by Dr. Steven Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and underwent an MRI exam. Results show that Bryant has a torn lunotriquetral ligament.

Bryant will not play in tonight’s game against the Clippers and his status is day-to-day.

UPDATE: We can expect Derek Fisher to start at the point on Wednesday after not playing in Monday’s preseason opener, and with Bryant out, Devin Ebanks could start at the two. This would keep Matt Barnes in place as the starting small forward, with Metta World Peace coming off the bench. Coach Mike Brown had previously mentioned that Ebanks could get a start at the three, as he’s still figuring out who will be awarded that spot on Christmas Day.

The Lakers have not ruled out having Kobe play in the Christmas Day opener against Chicago. That will depend on whether he can practice in next few days and how his wrist feels. – Mike Trudell

The Many Sweater Vests of Mike Brown

In response to a question about how he is different from his predecessor Phil Jackson last week, head coach Mike Brown joked that he knew one thing for sure–his eyeglass collection was superior to Jackson’s.

After Tuesday’s practice in El Segundo, Brown was queried about another part of his personal fashion, the omnipresent sweater vests. As you can see above, Brown has has been sporting a variety of different colored sweater vests around the team’s practice facility. And these are just the ones we caught on camera this week.

“I love sweater vests,” said Brown. “Been wearing them forever.”

But where does he get them? Watch the video below to find out.

Or if you don’t have a free 39 seconds to watch and just want to know, his supplier is new equipment manager Carlos Maples.

Exit Interview Schedule

Below is the schedule for exit interviews over the next two days:

Tuesday:
9:00 – Andrew Bynum – Video
9:30 – Ron Artest – Video
10:00 – Steve Blake – Video
10:30 – Shannon Brown – Video
11:00 – Luke Walton – Video
11:30 – Derek Fisher – Video

1:00 – Pau Gasol – Video
1:30 – Theo Ratliff – Video
2:00 – Joe Smith – Video
2:30 – Devin Ebanks – Video
3:00 – Trey Johnson – Video
3:30 – Derrick Caracter

Wednesday:
10:00 – Kobe Bryant
10:30 – Matt Barnes
11:00 – Lamar Odom

After Lamar, Mitch Kupchak will meet with the media and then Phil Jackson.

Lakers Second Round Schedule

The Lakers open up their second round playoff matchup with the Dallas Mavericks Monday night at STAPLES Center. DESKTOP SCHEDULE WALLPAPER

Game 1 – Mon May 2 Dallas at L.A. Lakers 7:30PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed May 4 Dallas at L.A. Lakers 7:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Fri May 6 L.A. Lakers at Dallas TBD ESPN
Game 4 – Sun May 8 L.A. Lakers at Dallas 12:30PM ABC
Game 5 * Tue May 10 Dallas at L.A. Lakers TBD TNT
Game 6 * Thu May 12 L.A. Lakers at Dallas TBD ESPN
Game 7 * Sun May 15 Dallas at L.A. Lakers 12:30PM ABC

* if necessary

Kobe Game 5 Hammer Dunk Triptych

For those that might have missed it last night on the Lakers’ Twitter and Facebook accounts here’s a triptych of Kobe’s dunk over Emeka Okafor in the second quarter of Game 5.

(Photos by Harry How/Getty Images, Design by Ty Nowell/Lakers.com)

Lakers First Round Schedule

The second seeded Lakers take on the seventh seeded New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Here’s the entire schedule.

Game 1 – Sun April 17 New Orleans at L.A. Lakers 12:30PM ABC
Game 2 – Wed April 20 New Orleans at L.A. Lakers 7:30PM TNT / FS West
Game 3 – Fri April 22 L.A. Lakers at New Orleans 6:30PM ESPN / KCAL9
Game 4 – Sun April 24 L.A. Lakers at New Orleans 6:30PM TNT / KCAL9
Game 5 * Tue April 26 New Orleans at L.A. Lakers TBD TBD / FS West
Game 6 * Thu April 28 L.A. Lakers at New Orleans TBD TBD / KCAL9
Game 7 * Sat April 30 New Orleans at L.A. Lakers TBD TNT / FS West

(all times pacific, local broadcasts TBD)

Pau Gasol MRI Update

From the Lakers PR Staff:

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who suffered an injury to his right knee in yesterday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, was examined today by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo. Results of an MRI revealed that Gasol has a bone bruise. His status is day-to-day.