Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Lakers Lose 4 In Row; Metta Gets Nashty!

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersThe season continues to get out of hand for the Los Angeles Lakers with the team losing four straight after falling to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night.

The Rockets torched the Lakers last night putting up 125 points on the shorthanded squad. The team traveled to Houston with Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill all having to sit out due to injuries sustained in the loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Although earlier indications showed Howard being out a considerable amount of  time due to his shoulder injury, the superstar center may be back much soon than first anticipated. Howard’s injury was first classed as a torn labrum, but apparently it’s not torn and will not require surgery that may have ended his season.

In the forgettable loss to the Rockets on Tuesday, the only memorable part of the game was Steve Nash and Metta World Peace exchanging a sweaty towel. Nash finished wiping down his armpits after a stoppage in play and then tossed it to World Peace who dried his face with Nash’s sweaty towel.

Outside of World Peace’s lapse in judgement, there was nothing funny about the loss to the Rockets. Houston took advantage of the Lakers’ defensive woes with James Harden and company cruising to a win and handing Los Angeles a fourth straight loss.

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Lakers News: Magic Johnson Tells Howard To “Stop Complaining”

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Lakers News

Phil Jackson Tells Website He Has ‘No Intention Of Ever Coaching Again’ [LA Times]

Watch Magic Johnson, Steve Nash and Chris Paul In New NBA Ad [LA Times]

Steve Nash Records 10,000th-Career Assist [LA Times]

Dwight Howard Unhappy With Lakers’ Description Of Injury [LA Times]

Lakers At Clippers Draws Big Numbers On ESPN [LA Times]

Lakers’ Robert Sacre Shows He Is Relevant [LA Times]

Steve Nash Reaches Milestone But It Is On A Lakers Road To Nowhere [LA Times]

Lakers Continue To Sputter In Loss To Rockets [OC Register]

Howard’s Injury Not As Bad As Feared [OC Register]

Lakers Lose Gasol, Howard To Injuries [OC Register]

Progress Report: Grading The Free Agents Thus Far [Silver Screen & Roll]

Tweetbag: Nash Says Lakers Need A Win Badly [Silver Screen & Roll]

How Does LA Overcome Several Critical Injuries? [Silver Screen & Roll]

LAKERS NOTEBOOK: Dwight Howard Insists Labrum Is Separated, Not Torn [LA Daily News]

LAKERS NOTEBOOK: Dwight Howard Says Lakers Not Doing Well In Chemistry [LA Daily News]

Injury Bug Bites Lakers’ Big Men [Forum Blue & Gold]

NBA News

Carmelo Anthony Suspended One Game After Altercation With Garnett [Sports City]

Report: Timberwolves’ Kevin Love Expected To Be Out 8-10 Weeks [Sports City]

Report: Maloofs Finalizing Sale Of The Kings To Seattle Group [Sports City]

Cavs’ Anderson Varejao To Have Knee Surgery And Miss 6-8 Weeks [Sports City]

Kings To Seattle: Complete Timeline [SB Nation]

Here We Stay Petition To NBA [SB Nation]

How Kings’ Sales Price Compares [SB Nation]

John Wall Expects To Play Saturday [SB Nation]

Amar’e Stoudemire’s Minutes Will Be Limited [SB Nation]

Derrick Rose Is Dunking Again, Taking Some Contact In Practice [Pro Basketball Talk]

LeBron ‘Very Frustrated’ With Heat’s Rebounding Woes [Pro Basketball Talk]

The Extra Pass: Indiana’s Strange Success [Pro Basketball Talk]

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