Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Critques and a Little Nostalgia

Everything is just coming up roses for the Lakers these past few days which has a flutter of news pouring into Lakers Nation. But even with the Dwight Howard excitement, there have been a few naysayers who have doubts as to the functionality of this year’s team. These range from ideas of the Lakers being too old to the actual dynamics of the organization.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest centers in NBA history and currently holds the title of leading scorer in the league. The Lakers won five national championships with this UCLA alum, who was one of the greatest coaches of all time, John Wooden. With these credentials, it would be hard to argue with his opinion on the game, but as it stands, Kareem has one major issue with the current L.A. Lakers; chemistry. Essentially, in order to become successful this season, the Lakers need to perfect their chemistry. And he is right; you can have the best players possible but if their style of play and attitude do not mesh well, outcomes could be disastrous.

If you are curious as to what else Lakers legend Kareem is thinking, Ramneet Singh wrote a great piece on Abdul-Jabbar’s comparison of Bynum and Howard’s work ethic. It is interesting to see what differences Bynum or Howard could have made for the team.

Lakers Nation has brought you a wonderful three piece segment on Lakers pop culture, which continues by celebrating the Lakers franchise in the 1990s. The piece done by Andrew Ungvari gave me a chuckle, especially with the YouTube scene from “Good Burger.” But there are far more details to reminisce about. We all remember the 90s when Shaq and Kobe were BFFs, the Lakers were referenced in Biggie Smalls raps, and Kobe decided to rock his mini ‘fro. Oh, and how could I forget, the greatest movie of all time, “Kazaam” that made Shaquille an…er…international film star.

What was your favorite Lakers 90’s moment??

Lakers Nation News

Antawn Jamison: A Big Key to Lakers Success Next Season

Are The Lakers Really Too Old Or Are Their Critics Just Wishfully Thinking?

Video: Let’s Be Honest – Lakers Got Dwight!

3-on-3 Basketball Possibility for 2016 Olympics

Abdul-Jabbar Compares Howard’s and Bynum’s Work Ethic

Pop Culture And The L.A. Lakers Pt. II (The 90s)

Philadelphia 76ers President Rod Thorn Talks About Acquiring Andrew Bynum

Former Magic Assistant Coach Steve Clifford Joins Lakers’ Coaching Staff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Sees Chemistry as Biggest Hurdle for Lakers

Lakers News

Lakers Will Hire Bernie Bickerstaff, Finalize Eddie Jordan Interest [Silver Screen and Roll]

Kupchak Might Be Lakers’ True Superhero [OC Register]

Is Dwight Howard Undervalued? [Forum Blue and Gold]

Dwight Howard Presser Breakdown [Lakers Blog]

NBA Cult Classics — Adam Morrison [Silver Screen and Roll]

The Art Of Hating Kobe [Searching For Slava]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Knows What Lakers’ Dwight Howard is Going Through [LA Times]

The 2013 Lakers Aren’t the 2004 Lakers [Land O’ Lakers]

Q&A With Silver Screen and Roll: Discussing Dwight Howard [Welcome to Loud City]

Report: Lakers Will Hire Bernie Bickerstaff, Finalize Eddie Jordan Interest [SB Nation]

Lakers Report Card: Front Office Was Perfect With Every Signing [LA Times]

With Dwight Howard in Tow, The Lakers are Facing a Huge Luxury Tax Hit [Ball Don’t Lie]

Are You Scared? OKC Edition — Welcome to Loud City Analyzes The New Look Lakers [Silver Screen and Roll]

On Kobe Bryant’s Last Olympics and the Final Seasons to Come [Land O’ Lakers]

Abdul-Jabbar Smacks Andrew Bynum On Way Out the Door [Pro Basketball Talk]

NBA News

Rose: Finding out ACL Torn was Like Death [NBA]

What Was in Rockets Offer for Dwight Howard Depends on Whom You Ask [ProBasketballTalk]

Sans Nash, Suns In Transition []

Hear Ye, Hear ye, the Mavericks Preseason Schedule is Here [Mavs Money Ball]

Stan Van Gundy Talks About the Dwight Howard Trade [Eye On Basketball]

Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose Says He’s 2-3 Weeks Ahead of Schedule [ESPN Chicago]

Suns Sign Jermaine O’Neal, Magic Keep Ish Smith [ProBasketballTalk]

Amar’e Stoudemire, Baron Davis and Danny Granger are Coming to a TV Near You [The Basketball Jones]

Bynum Receives Rock Star Welcome in Philadelphia []

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