Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Changes Are Coming, But It’s Not The Lakers

Not too much has been going on in La La Land, except for the impeding wait to see if this Howard trade will ever go through. Orlando hasn’t made its mind up yet as to where Howard will go next season. With Coach Stan Van Gundy being fired and GM Otis Smith parting ways, Orlando has a lot to think about that doesn’t concern Howard.

The search for a new head coach has been underway, and the franchise has narrowed the choices down to three candidates: Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Curry, Phoenix Suns’ Lindsey Hunter and Jacque Vaughn from the Spurs, who appears to be the front runner. Hiring a new head coach may have become the top priority Orlando moving forward. It looks like we will continue waiting to hear about Howard for a bit longer.

Rafael Nadal, professional tennis player, sustained an undisclosed injury this weekend, pulling him from competing for Spain in the Olympics. Unfortunately for Spain, Nadal was set to represent them as Spain’s flag bearer in the Opening Ceremony in London. However, the doors have opened for Pau Gasol to step in, as Spain has nominated the Los Angeles Laker to be Nadal’s replacement. Embodying an athlete that has great values on and off the court, the pick was easy for Spain. This won’t be the only time Pau is in the limelight these London Olympics; Spain is said to be the number one competition for the USA this Olympic games for the gold. USA is lacking height, which is going to be a disadvantage for them against Spain. Let the games begin!

Lakers Nation News

Dwight Howard In Purple And Gold? I Still Wouldn’t Bet On It

Lakers, Miami Heat Games Set for 2012-13 NBA Season

Lakers Continued Need For A Back-Up Shooting Guard

NBA News: Orlando Magic Narrow Coaching Search to Three Candidates

Pau Gasol to Replace Rafael Nadal as Spain’s Flag Bearer

Lakers Coach Mike Brown: Steve Nash is ‘Intelligent Leader’

NBA Jersey Ads Approved for 2013-14 Season

Lakers News

Jordan Hill To Return to the Lakers [Forum Blue and Gold]

Did the Lakers Find a Jewel in the Roughs? [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Girls Auditions [OC Register]

Lakers Girls Auditions #2 [Lakers Blog]

Observations from Las Vegas [Hang Time Blog]

Bynum’s Agent Says Call First [ESPN]

How Much Patience Should Lakers Have With Dwight Howard Talks? [LA Times]

Kobe Bryant Says Pau Gasol Will Be in L.A. As Long As He Is [CBS Sports]

USA vs Argentina Open Thread [Silver Screen and Roll]

NBA News

Jason Kidd Apologized for His Recent Arrest [ESPN NY]

Lessons From the 2012 NBA Free Agency Madness [CBS Sports]

James Harden Is Pretty Much Why You Should Love America [SB Nation]

Kevin Love is Excited About His Timberwolves, Now That All the ‘Bad Blood’ is Out of the Locker Room [Ball Don’t Lie]

Suns Re-sign Shannon Brown [SI Tracking Blog]

Juwan Howard Undecided on Next Season [Yahoo! Sports]

Knicks’ Lin-Decision Sends Guard to Houston [OC Register]

Kobe: Team USA’s Citizenship Will be Revoked If We Don’t Win Gold [CBS Sports]

Boston Celtics Acquire Courtney Lee in Sign-and-Trade Deal [ESPN Boston]

Dwyane Wade Made A Cake, And ‘It Was Bom’ [SB Nation]

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