Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Lakers, Show Me What You Got

167380833_10Re-signing with the Lakers gives Dwight Howard a guaranteed $30 million next year, but will he do it? Kobe has been harsh towards the big man a few times this season. Always looking out for his players, making sure Dwight reached his full potential was a Kobe priority. Howard visited Bryant at his home recently, and had this to say:

“I think having Dwight come over at that time, really strengthened our bond. He went through a situation where his back surgery, he was all by himself,” Bryant said. “He had nobody there for him. I think he sees … me going through this and doesn’t want me to experience the same thing that he experienced. I see that, I understand that and I respect that. My love for him grew a lot that day.”

Good news for the Lakers if Dwight decides to stay. As of right now, it looks like the big man will not be requiring surgery on his injured shoulder. However, this summer will still be about getting healthy, and working on his shoulder/back is a priority.

After having season ending knee surgery, former Los Angeles Laker, Andrew Bynum, was spotted in Spain dancing the night away. This season, the seven-footer admitted that he re-injured his knees bowling, which left him not playing a single minute on the court. In Spain, Bynum’s movement didn’t seem limited at all, and apart from his towering physique, he looked as normal as he ever has. Check out the video.

Stadium Journey recently released their ranking of the best arenas in the NBA, and Staples Center came in at number two. The Lakers moved into the Staples Center in 1999. Stadium Journey ranks factors including food and beverage in the arena, overall atmosphere, the neighborhood, the fans, access, return on investment and an “extras” category for any unique or bonus points.

The next coming months are going to be exciting, scarey, and downright unpredictable. Lakers Nation loves fan input, so if you want to tell us how you feel the Lakers should be doing, what players they should be looking at, or ask us anything, go to our forums and make a post. Otherwise, you can always tweet @LakersNation or myself @ajmoyal. Thank you for sticking with us this season and being the best fan group in the NBA.

Lakers Nation News

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Phil Jackson Event Discussing Latest Memoir ‘Eleven Rings’

Lakers News: Staples Center Ranked Second-Best Arena in the NBA

VIDEO: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lists His ‘Housewives’ Dream Team

Lakers News: Kobe Says “My Love” For Howard Grew After Home Visit

With Difficult Decisions On The Horizon, The Lakers Are In Limbo

NBA News: 76ers Andrew Bynum Dances On Surgically Repaired Knees

Lakers News: Dwight Howard Doesn’t Need Shoulder Surgery

Lakers News

Dwight Howard Can Do Whatever He Wants [Silver Screen and Roll]

Mike D’Antoni Wants to Add Nate McMillan or Alvin Gentry to Coaching Staff, According to Report [Silver Screen and Roll]

The Worst Part of the Failed 2012-2013 Lakers Season [Silver Screen and Roll]

What Went Wrong With the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers … Guards? [Silver Screen and Roll]

Mitch Kupchak: 2013 Exit Interview [Lakers Blog]

Kobe Bryant: 2013 Exit Interview [Lakers Blog]

Dwight Howard: 2013 Exit Interview [Lakers Blog]

Steve Blake: 2013 Exit Interview [Lakers Blog]

Mike D’Antoni: 2013 Exit Interview [Lakers Blog]

Pau Gasol: 2013 Exit Interview [Lakers Blog]

2012-13 Exit Interviews []

Lakers’ Season in Review: 50 Signs of the LA-pocalypse [Yahoo Sports]

Dwight Howard Advised That Shoulder Surgery Won’t be Necessary [ProBasketballTalk]

Kobe Wants Dwight to Return [LA Times]

Earl The Pearl On The Lakers – From West To Kobe [Forum Blue and Gold]

Dwight Howard’s Choices [Real GM Basketball]

Gasol Knows He Could be Done as a Laker [LA Lakers Index]

He’s Just the Man to Lead the Lakers: Phil for President []


Andrew Bynum is Flamenco Dancing in Spain During NBA Playoffs (VIDEO) [ProBasketballTalk]

Blogtable: Can Lakers Contend in ’13-’14? [Hang Time Blog]

Darius Morris and Memorable Words of Wisdom [Sulia]

Kobe Bryant Wants Lakers to Stay Together [USA Today]

D’Antoni To Hire Defensive Assistant [Real GM Basketball]

Summertime for Lakers, But The Livin’ Ain’t Easy [Sheridan Hoops]

Kobe Bryant: Bond With Dwight Howard Strengthened After Home Visit []

Kobe’s Mom Ready to Auction Off His High School Memorabilia [ProBasketballTalk]

Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Want Lakers to Break Up Team; Dwight Howard Demands Space in Making His Pick [Yahoo Sports]

2012-13 Lakers Report Card: Bench Backcourt [LA Laker Index]

NBA News

NBA Draft Order [USA Today]

Video of Kenneth Faried vs. Stephen Curry’s Ankle [Sheridan Hoops]

Mrs. Carmelo Anthony has Words for Boston’s Mouthiest Scrub [For The Win]

It’s Finally Happening: David Kahn Let Go as Minnesota GM; Flip Saunders to Step In [ProBasketballTalk]

Suns Interviewing McDonough, Weltman, Layden For GM Opening [Real GM Basketball]

Derrick Rose of Chicago Bulls has Support of Teammates [ESPN Chicago]

A History of Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s Tattoos [For the Win]

Tweet of the Night: Metta World Peace Shares His List of Top 5 Centers [Sheridan Hoops]

Stephen Curry Showing He’s a Tough Guy for Warriors [USA Today]

2013 NBA Playoffs: James Harden, Houston Rockets Roll in Game 5 [ESPN]

George Karl Denies Allegations of Nuggets Targeting Stephen Curry []

Clippers’ Blake Griffin (Ankle) Forced From Action in Game 5 Loss, Status Uncertain [The Point Forward]

Las Vegas Summer League Tweaks Format to Crown a Champion []

This is the Most Embarrassing Play of the Thunder-Rockets Game [For The Win]

Blake Griffin Day-to-Day with Ankle Sprain; Chris Paul has Bruised Thumb but Will Play Game 6 [ProBasketballTalk]

How Frank Isola Became The Most Hated Man At Madison Square Garden [Deadspin]

Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” Turns 15 This Week. We All Feel Old. [ProBasketballTalk]

Mark Jackson of Golden State Warriors Accuses Denver Nuggets of ‘Dirty’ Play [ESPN]

Andre Roberson Left Colorado To Develop Game Quicker For NBA [Real GM Basketball]

Will Blake Griffin Play in Game 6? [USA Today]

Hamilton: Humbled and Refocused Knicks Will Win Game 6 in Boston [Sheridan Hoops]

Finally, a Russell Westbrook Shirt You Can Afford [For The Win]

Damian Lillard Named Rookie of the Year in Unanimous Vote [ProBasketballTalk]

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