Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Offseason News Wrap-Up
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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Nash turns 40 this season, but claims he is nowhere near retirement. He plans on doing all he can for the Lakers this year, and he is determined to let things just fall into place for the rest of his career:

“I want to concentrate on this season and have a great season and then next year I’ll worry about next year. After that there’s a chance I could keep playing, but I’m totally open to not playing or playing again and I don’t really want to predict. I just want to concentrate on the now and worry about the future when it arrives.”

Yasiel Puig visited the Lakers facilities yesterday and took the time to share his time there by way of numerous Instagram pictures. This came before Kobe Bryant was spotted at Dodger Stadium last night and hanging out with the recent Dodger phenom. Looks like the two are getting to be amazing buddies.

Speaking of the Dodgers, have I got a goodie for L.A. sports fans! During the basketball offseason, if you are anything like me and my friends, you’re reppin’ your classic blue Dodger hat and a few other “bleed blue” items all around town. Well, on September 12, the Dodgers will be participating in Magic Johnson bobblehead night to combine everyone’s love of the Lakers with their love of the Dodgers. Don’t miss out!

Ossie Schectman has died at the age of 94. Born March 30, 1919, Schectman is the first person to score a basket in an NBA game. He played one season for the New York Knicks and made history against the Toronto Huskies on November 1, 1946. The Knicks won the game 68–66. He averaged 8.1 pts and 2.0apg  in his one year playing for New York.

Throwback Thursday at Lakers Nation doesn’t mean collecting the writers’ baby photos and posting them on Instagram (although we should), but rather sharing with you some of the memorable moments in purple and gold history. Twenty-five years ago, James Worthy became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double in a Game 7 of the Finals, when he put up 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Lakers 108-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Worthy was named Finals MVP during that Lakers championship year and solidified himself as one of the greatest L.A. big men.

The Nike 3on3 Tournament, held from August 9-11 with courts all around L.A. Live, is right around the corner and you still have an opportunity to sign your team up at a discounted rate by using the discount code LAKERSNATION. You can register here. Lakers Nation is also partnering up with Nike Basketball 3on3 to give one lucky team free registration to the Nike 3on3 tournament (valued at $180) along with a few other awesome prizes. Check out how to win here.

Lakers Nation News

Dodgers To Have Magic Johnson Bobblehead Night In September

NBA News: Ossie Schectman Dies; Scored NBA’s First Point

Lakers’ Steve Nash Says Soccer Was ‘My First Love’

Lakers Nation Contest: Enter To Win Exclusive Nike 3on3 Package

Lakers News: Steve Nash Not Thinking About Retirement Date

Antawn Jamison Dealt With ‘Unnecessary Nonsense’ With Lakers

Throwback Thursday: James Worthy’s 1988 NBA Finals Performance

Dodgers Phenom Yasiel Puig Visits Lakers Practice Facilities

Lakers News

The Lakers’ Pick-and-Roll Defense Won’t Survive Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman [Silver Screen and Roll]

Marcus Landry Has ‘small guarantee’ Contract to Join Los Angeles Lakers [Silver Screen and Roll]

Kurt Rambis Discusses Defensive Role with Lakers as Assistant Coach [Silver Screen and Roll]

Steve Nash Tries Out for Inter Milan and Talks LeBron, Kobe as Soccer Players [Bleacher Report]

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

Shaq Says Auto Racing was the Toughest Three Hours of His Life [For the Win]

Full Win-Loss Predictions for Each NBA Team in 2013-14, Post-Free Agency Edition [Bleacher Report]

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

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

Nash Dishes on Retirement, Health and Soccer [ESPN]

Pau Gasol Wants to be Dominant Again for Lakers [USA Today]

Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers Focuses on Healthy Season After Inter Milan Test [ESPN Los Angeles]

More (Efficient) Threes to Come? [Lakers Blog]

Mike D’Antoni Says Lakers ‘can be better than most people think’ [Lakers Now]

Yasiel Puig and Kobe Bryant are BFFs [For the Win]

Not Tanking the Path to a Better Future? The Lakers Seem to Think So [Forum Blue and Gold]

Steve Nash Calls Kobe Bryant a ‘freak,’ but in a Good Way [Lakers Now]

NBA News

Report Card Grades for New Orleans Pelicans New Uniform [Bleacher Report]

USA Basketball to Build New $350 Million Home in Arizona [ProBasketballTalk]

Rockets’ Terrence Jones Accused of Stomping Homeless Man [USA Today]

NBA Offseason Moves: Who Won? [Grantland]

What It Takes to Be a Brooklynettes Dancer: The Final Cut [Bleacher Report]

Luol Deng Talks About Life-Threatening Illness that Kept Him Out of Playoffs [ProBasketballTalk]

Chris Bosh Tapes Farewell to Vacation in Festive Swim Trunks [For the Win]

Ossie Schectman, Scorer of NBA’s First Points, Dies [USA Today]

Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert works out with Google Glass [CBS  Sports]

Wizards, Wall Agree to Contract Extension [NBA.com

Paul George, Kyrie Irving Excited for John Wall and His New $80 million Contract [ProBasketballTalk]

LeBron James Considering Running for President of NBPA [ESPN]

Steve Kerr Names His All-Time Starting 5 [Bleacher Report]

Pistons Complete Trade with Bucks for Jennings [NBA.com]

Former NBA Player Craig Ehlo Jailed in Wash [Yahoo Sports]

Report: Knicks Trying Hard to Sign Beno Udrih [ProBasketballTalk]

Rockets Forward Terrence Jones Arrested on Harassment Charge [CBSSports.com]

NBA Throwback Jerseys We Want Resurrected Next Season [Bleacher Report]

Harris Officially Rejoins Mavs [NBA.com]

Greg Oden’s Decision on Where to Play Likely Coming This Weekend [ProBasketballTalk]

Andrei Kirilenko Explains Signing with Brooklyn Nets [USA Today]

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