Lakers News & Rumors Recap: We Meet Again, Dwight

Dwight Howard JPGWith bits and pieces of the schedule coming out, Lakers fans discovered that the purple and gold would be facing the Miami Heat on Christmas Day. But I am sure the game on the back of everyone’s minds was that against the Houston Rockets and former Lakers player Dwight Howard. The first matchup between the Lakers and Rockets will be an away game on Nov. 7. Hope goes out for Kobe Bryant that he will have recovered by then.

The season opener is said to be against the Clippers, which will be a great way to start the season for L.A. fans. The Clippers will begin the year as the defending Pacific Division champions.

The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in free agent Austin Day, as he worked out for the team on Wednesday. Daye played his first four seasons in the league with the Pistons and went to Russia to play BC Khimki during the 2011 NBA lockout. The team has only two spots remaining on their roster for guaranteed contracts after signing free agents Chris Kaman, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar and Wesley Johnson.

On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant announced a new contest on his social media accounts that is meant to raise awareness and monetary support to benefit KVBFF and Sports Spectacular’s campaign to fight homelessness. With this campaign, the winner will have a chance to personally meet with Kobe Bryant on top of other rewards. Check out the details here.

Lakers Nation takes a look back at Shaquille O’Neal’s top five moments in purple and gold. During his time in Los Angeles, O’Neal delivered three consecutive championships and also earned three Finals MVP awards at the beginning of the decade. In his eight-year career with the Lakers, O’Neal averaged 27.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks. See which moments we chose here.

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With Lakers, Mark Madsen Takes Step Toward Becoming a Head Coach [Lakers Now]

Worrying About Kobe Bryant’s Miraculous Recovery [Silver Screen and Roll]

Mark Madsen Gives His Take on Three Promising Summer League Players [Lakers Now]

Heat to Open Against Bulls, Play the Lakers on Christmas []

Andrew Bynum Makes Backhanded Dig at Lakers Fans [ProBasketballTalk]

For Lakers and Kobe Bryant, Next Summer is the Dream Season [LA Times]

Land O’Lakers Podcast: Kobe Bryant’s Health, Potential Starting 5′s, Jim Buss and Free Agency 2014, “Ask a Kamenetzky!” [Land O’Lakers]

Checking in With the Lakers Video Room [Lakers Blog]

5-on-5: Lakers the West’s big wild card? [ESPN Los Angeles]

Lakers Could Host Miami Heat on Christmas [Lakers Now]

Money Matters [Forum Blue and Gold]

For Lakers and Kobe Bryant, Next Summer is the Dream Season []


Lakers First Take on Howard, Rockets on Nov. 7; Open Against Clippers [ProBasketballTalk]

Could Philadelphia 76ers Help Lakers Ditch Luxury Tax? [Lakers Now]

Phil Jackson, Lord of the Rings [Men’s Journal]

Expect Lakers to Provide Grins Rather Than Glory [LA Times]

Carmelo Anthony on Joining the Lakers: “I doubt it.” [ProBasketballTalk]

New Lakers Forward Wesley Johnson Re-Joins Twitter [Lakers Now]

NBA News

Andrew Bynum Looks Forward to Cleveland Fans Who Support Their Team [Lakers Now]

Pistons Monroe brushes off trade rumors, says he doesn’t want change [ProBasketballTalk]

Kevin Durant, Kevin Love to Keep Playing for Team USA [ESPN]

John Wall Expects Contract Talks with Wizards to Pick Up Soon []

After A Day To Adjust, Thompson Likes International Line, Ball [Hang Time Blog]

Derek Fisher Re-signs with Oklahoma City Thunder [ESPN]

Linas Kleiza Headed to Turkey for Next Season [ProBasketballTalk]

Chandler Parsons Lured Dwight Howard to Houston [Yahoo! Sports]

NBA Offseason Moves – Assessing the Winners, Tankers, and Everything Inbetween [Grantland]

LeBron James Done Playing for Team USA Basketball []

Rosters Set for Thursday’s USA Basketball Intra-Squad Showcase [ProBasketballTalk]

George Returns to Team USA a Star on the Rise []

Mike Miller Decides to Join Memphis Grizzlies [ESPN]

Kyrie Irving denies rumor of unhappiness in Cleveland [The Point Forward]

Ten Free-Agency Steals: Impact Players on the Cheap []

Why Don’t the Philadelphia 76ers Have a Head Coach? [Ball Don’t Lie]

George Ready To Lead Pacers Further []

Flip Saunders Headed to NYC to Meet with Pekovic’s Agents [ProBasketballTalk]

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