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After so many exit doors being propped open without Pau Gasol actually stepping through to depart the Los Angeles Lakers , the sweet-hearted soul tough enough to win two NBA titles is finally gone.
The news couldn't have made Kobe Bryant very happy as the Lakers continued to lose out on free-agent targets.
"After meditating it a lot I've chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls," Gasol wrote.
That's not an insult; it's just the truth. Now in the last few years of his storied career, the Mamba isn't content to just sit around and wait for the Los Angeles Lakers to complete a lengthy rebuild, instead hoping they make noise right away.
The Houston Rockets finished a deal to trade point guard Jeremy Lin along with a first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday, according to ESPN.
On a day in which the slowly percolating Los Angeles Lakers finally closed some free-agency deals, their summer league roster also showed off its first moves in Las Vegas.
Chad Finn is the sports media columnist for the Globe and writes the irreverent Touching All the Bases blog for Boston.com.
The five-day Kobe Academy provides opportunities for young basketball players from around the world to learn from the NBA champion and his corps of youth coaches.
Carmelo Anthony might not be coming, but hey, in two summers Kevin Durant will be a free agent and the Lakers should have plenty of money to throw at him.
In 2012, after playing just 55 minutes all season, the spiraling Knicks brought in Lin to spark a team that had lost 11 of their previous 13 games.
The Los Angeles Lakers embraced one of them Friday with their trade for Jeremy Lin , whose arrival meshes well with the Lakers' massive global brand.
Apr 16, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill dunks the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at AT&T Center.
May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams in the first half in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center.Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports The Lakers acquired Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets.
Jeremy Lin is headed to the Lakers in a trade that will help Houston land Chris Bosh, as the dismantling of the Miami Heat continues.
January 31, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Nick Young reacts after shooting a three point basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half at Staples Center.
You didn't think LeBron James was gonna be able to pull this "Returning Home" thing off without getting some crap for it, did you??? Well, Snoop Dogg -- a hardcore Los Angeles Lakers fan -- was one of the first celebrities to fire a shot at King James ... with a little bit of help from Kobe Bryant.
It's a nice, partially true sentiment. Bryant never left Los Angeles. The Black Mamba did leave his hometown to win championships with a team far away, however, so it may not be the best example.
Updated: Sun Jul 13, 2014 01:58 am
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