Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Players & Their Off-Season Habits

teamThe Lakers have hired Larry Lewis as their new player development coach. D’Antoni lost a number of coaches this offseason and is trying to fill his staff with the best talent possible. Lewis spent the past two seasons with the D-Fenders. D’Antoni plans to hire two more full time assistants and one more developmental coach.

Each summer, the Steve Nash Foundation puts together a Showdown, which takes Nash and some of the top NBA and soccer stars from around the globe and puts them on the pit for an exhibition soccer match for charity. Usually, the event is held in New York City, but Showdown will have an additional friendly in Los Angeles on July 14. Check out this post for more details.

Can you imagine if Kobe was your daddy? Apart from your life being absolutely amazing, one thing would be for sure; your pops would love Corona. Yesterday, Bryant spent his daddy’s day watching the Yankees and Angels play down in Anaheim. I am diggin’ those shades!

Kobe Bryant has been immortalized, in metal! A Lakers fan posted a photo on Twitter of a Bryant statue in China. Talk about leaving your mark!

Lakers Nation News

Gary Vitti Discusses How Dwight Howard’s Back Injury Affected Season

Lakers News: Team Hires Larry Lewis As Player Development Coach

Lakers News: Picture of Kobe Bryant Statue in China on Twitter

Phil Jackson Compares Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal

Kobe Bryant Enjoys A Father’s Day Beer at Angels, Yankees Game

Showdown: Steve Nash Foundation Bringing Friendly to Los Angeles

Lakers News

Lakers are Confident Dwight Will Stay, Would Prefer Cap Space to Sign-and-Trade [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Podcast Live Tonight at 9 p.m. ET [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Hold Draft Workout for Six Prospects [Silver Screen and Roll]

Clippers to Offer Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe for Dwight Howard [Silver Screen and Roll]

Kobe Bryant Soaks Down a Father’s Day Beer at Yankees vs. Angels Game [Bleacher Report]

Kobe Bryant Items’ Auction Proceeds to Benefit Anti-Bullying Campaign [Lakers Now]

Lakers Unlikely to Sign and Trade Dwight Howard to the Clippers, Rockets, or Anyone Else [ProBasketballTalk]

Phil Jackson Compares Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal [LA Times]

Making the Call on LA Lakers’ 5 Toughest Offseason Decisions [Bleacher Report]

Lakers Kobe Bryant Wants to Win at Least Two More Rings [Eye on Basketball]

Kobe Bryant Promotes IOC’s Get-Active Campaign [ESPN]

Kobe Bryant Adopts ‘The Last Chapter’ as His Comeback Slogan []

Dwight Howard to Voice Cartoon Turkey in Time-Traveling Turkey Movie [Ball Don’t Lie]

Latest On What Lakers Will Do With Dwight [TrueHoop Blog]

Lakers Not Ruling Out Sign-And-Trade Of Dwight [Hoops Rumors]

Phil Jackson Recalls Night he Asked Jerry West to Leave Locker Room [Lakers Now]

Monta Ellis to Opt Out, May Seek Team-Up with Dwight Howard [Eye on Basketball]

Would You Be in Favor of a Dwight Howard for Blake Griffin Trade? [LA Times]

Lakers Trainer Hints Steve Nash Should Be On Minutes Cap Next Season [ProBasketballTalk]

Could Los Angeles Lakers Turn Steve Nash Into a Role Player? [Bleacher Report]

NBA News

Allen Iverson’s Wife Claims He Abducted Their Children, Has Them in Georgia Hotel [ProBasketballTalk]

NBA Draft 2013: Team-by-Team Needs and Predictions [Bleacher Report]

Grading Miami Heat’s Game 5 [ESPN]

Spurs Knock the Stuffing Out of the Heat in Game 5 []

Brian Shaw to Get Second Interview with Clippers; Team Focuses on Him, Hollins [ProBasketballTalk]

Ex-Teammates LeBron James, Danny Green Held Epic Dance Battle [Eye on Basketball]

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs []

Manu Ginobili of San Antonio Spurs Says He Has Considered Retirement [ESPN]

Road Ends For Miami, Title Quest Continues [Hang Time Blog]

Kings Agree to Hire Nuggets Executive Pete D’Alessandro as New GM [The Point Forward]

Clippers Still Trying to Work Out Deal With Celtics for KG, Doc [CBS Sports]

Dirk Nowitzki Says NBA Will Never Be Able to get Rid of Flopping [ProBasketballTalk]

Breakdown: Danny Green Taking Advantage of Heat’s Bad Defense [Eye on Basketball]

Spurs, Heat Defined By Stability at the Top [Yahoo! Sports]

Clippers Turn Down Celtics, Rivers to Stay in Boston []

Victor Oladipo Ducking His Hometown Wizards? [ProBasketballTalk]

Jason Kidd Hired as Coach of Brooklyn Nets [The Point Forward]

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki on Flopping in the NBA [SI Wire]

Tim Duncan Cures Manu Ginobili’s Baldness [Eye on Basketball]

Heat Must Accomplish Something They Haven’t Been Able to in a Month if They Want to Repeat as Champions [ProBasketballTalk]

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