Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Kurt Rambis Equals Defense

wolf0414coverKurt Rambis is probably the most exciting hire this summer because of what he brings on the defensive end. Rambis spent many years as an assistant under Phil Jackson, and his main focus was on defense. Hopefully, Kurt brings the same level of expertise to D’Antoni’s system. Even more so, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant need special attention; neither players defensive skills are stellar.

The Lakers may have lost Dwight’s defensive skills, but they acquired Rambis’ defensive philosophies. Lakers fans can be confident that this upcoming season will be met with a different kind of defensive talent.

Check out the Lakers Nation roundtable for today, where there team discusses who will get the last roster spot. Suki Thind makes the bold Lamar Odom guess, one riddled with controversy as the aging big man seems to be more in love with the Lakers then they are with him. Ryan Ward claims Marcus Landry is the best bet, while Ramneet Singh joins the LO bandwagon. Lastly, Elizabeth Benson gives the vote for Landry. Make sure to see the reasons why, but also give us your opinion! If you think you know who’s going to suit up in purple and gold, either leave a comment below or head on over to our Forum to tell us your opinion.

Paul Gasol is an ambassador for UNICEF and travels around the world to promote child survival and development. This past week, Gasol visited Iraq to help thousands of refugees who have fled from the violence in Syria. Here’s the video of Gasol’s visit to Iraq, courtesy of UNICEF.

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Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Offseason News Wrap-Up

Lakers News

Kobe Bryant Achilles Rehab: Looking for Any Clues We Can Find on Comeback Trail [Bleacher Report]

Why Pau Gasol’s 2013-14 Season Will Be Most Critical for His NBA Career [LA Times]

Marcus Landry Tweet Suggests He and Lakers Nearing Agreement [Lakers Now]

Steve Nash Doesn’t Really Buy Your “Championship or Bust” Attitude [ProBasketballTalk]

LA Lakers’ Offseason Free-Agent Moves Prove Mike D’Antoni Is Here to Stay [Bleacher Report]

This Nine-Minute Video Of Wilt Vs. Kareem Is The Only Thing You Need To Watch Today [Next Impulse]

Q&A: Steve Nash on Trying Out for Inter Milan, the Dwight Howard Pitch Meeting, and His Favorite TV Dramas [The Triangle Blog]

Shot Distance, Offensive Efficiency, & Wins [Forum Blue and Gold]

Post-Lakers, Antawn Jamison approaching free agency with caution [Sporting News]

The Most Underrated Player on Every NBA Team Entering 2013-14 Season [Bleacher Report]

Rambis Hire Fraught With (Real Or Imagined) Intrigue For 2013-14, Beyond [Hang Time Blog]

What Kobe Bryant’s Early Return to Lakers Would Mean to the City of LA [LA Times]

Lakers Assistant Kurt Rambis Wants to Improve Team’s Defense [Lakers Now]

NBA: Steve Nash on the Field with Inter Milan [Sporting News]

What 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers Must Do to Make Playoffs and Exceed Expectations [Bleacher Report]

NBA Podcast: 2013-14 LA Lakers Season Preview [LA Times]

Yasiel Puig Visits Lakers, Kobe Bryant at Dodgers-Yankees Game [Lakers Now]

NBA News

Three Months After Coming Out of the Closet, Jason Collins is Still Without an NBA Gig [Ball Don’t Lie]

Andrei Kirilenko of Brooklyn Nets Says He Can’t Control Conspiracy Theories [ESPN New York]

Wall Wants to Lead Wizards Into the Postseason [Yahoo! Sports]

Throwin’ Elbows: Pelicans Need Anthony Davis To Go Outside [Sporting News]

Knicks in Talks With Reserve Big Man Ivan Johnson [ProBasketballTalk]

Greg Oden Plans to Choose Next Team Friday [ESPN]

Childress Eager For Another Shot In NBA [Hang Time Blog]

NBA Schedule to be Released Tuesday [Yahoo! Sports]

Nets’ Anderson Makes It All Way Back []

A College Star Wants to Play for the Bobcats? Meet Seth Curry. [ProBasketballTalk]

New Orleans Pelicans Unveil New Blue, Red and Gold Uniforms [ESPN]

Luol Deng Discusses the Spinal Tap Procedure That ‘really put [his] life in danger’ [Ball Don’t Lie]

NBA Schedule to be Released Tuesday; Some Matchups Already Leaked [Sporting News]

Pistons Accept the Challenge of Brandon Jennings, While Bucks Elect to Move On [The Point Forward]

Who Made the Right or Wrong Moves in the West? [ESPN]

Court Vision: Roy Hibbert Tries Out Google Glass []

Craig Ehlo Faces Felony Domestic Violence Charge [USA Today]

Who Made the Right or Wrong Moves in the West? [ESPN]

Spurs Assistant Brett Brown in Lead for Sixers Job [ProBasketballTalk]

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Future and the Legacy of the James Harden Trade [Grantland]

Greg Oden Nearing Decision on Team [Yahoo! Sports]

John Wall Signs New Contract, Wants to Lead Washington Wizards to Postseason [ESPN]

John Wall Signs Five-Year, $80 Million Deal with Wizards [Sporting News]

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