Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Happy Holidays from LN

Lakers Warriors BasketballSteve Nash made his long-awaited return to the starting lineup against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. With Nash’s return came what many people expected – a win. Even though the Lakers struggled for part of the game, L.A. was able to claim a victory in overtime with Nash being a crucial player on the court.

Kobe and head coach Mike D’Antoni immediately saw the impact Nash had during the game against the Warriors. Nash did a great job running the offense, which allowed Kobe to take advantage offensively and put up more shot attempts. D’Antoni worked alongside Nash in Phoenix and there is no doubt that D’Antoni’s offense works best when there is a point guard like Nash who has the ball in his hands.

The win pushed the Lakers up to #12 in the NBA Power Rankings,with a record of 13-14.

Today is about keeping it light, because if you are anything like me, you’re preparing for your second food coma of the day surrounded by friends and family. Therefore, from me and everyone else at Lakers Nation, we wish you the happiest of holidays.

Tomorrow we all get a little gift with the Lakers playing the Knicks in their new bright white uniforms.

Lakers Nation News

Lakers Win Over Warriors Finally Showed Team’s Will to Win

Kobe, Mike D’Antoni See Immediate Impact With Nash’s Return

Lakers Rumors: Team Passed on Delonte West to Avoid Complications

Dwight Howard Stresses Communication For Improved Team Defense

NBA Power Rankings Week 9: A New Sheriff In Town, Lakers Continue To Climb

Lakers News

Breaking Down the Lakers Overtime Victory Against the Golden State Warriors [Silver Screen and Roll]

Steve Nash is Peter Pan, Making the Impossible Possible [Silver Screen and Roll]

Beast or Burden: The Magic Comes Back [Silver Screen and Roll]

The Lakers’ Dilemma at Center [Forum Blue and Gold]

Nash Leads Lakers’ Uphill Battle [Lakers Index]

Metta World Peace Seeks Therapy From Kids [Inside the Lakers]

What to Expect from Lakers on Christmas Day [ESPN]

Lakers Still Looking for Balance After Steve Nash’s Return [LA Times]

Ding: Lakers Still Await Howard’s Inspiration [OC Register]

Lakers – Warriors Postgame Numbers [BasketBlog]

NBA Game of the Week: Knicks at Lakers on Tuesday [LA Times]

Lakers’ Victory Over Warriors Actually Showed Depth [Lakers Blog]

Christmas Games Don’t Bring Out Cheer in All NBA Players [LA Times]

Dwight Howard on Health, Reputation and Lakers’ Woes [US Today]

Mike D’Antoni Noncommittal on Who Will Guard Carmelo Anthony [Inside the Lakers]

Lakers’ Screen and Roll with Steve Nash is Potent Already [LA Times]

The Right Direction [OC Register]

It’s Not Kobe [The Wine and Cheese Crowd]

Lakers Believe Win Over Golden State fostered growth [Inside the Lakers]

Lakers’ Nash Returns to Key Overtime Win Over Warriors [The Point Forward]

Dwight Howard Imagined Having To Retire [Hang Time Blog]

NBA News

Mavericks Waive Derek Fisher at His Request [LA Times]

Celtics Sign D-League Big Man Jarvis Varnado [SB Nation]

Knicks 94, Timberwolves 91 [Posting and Toasting]

Kings 108, Blazers 96: Total Team Effort Paves the Way to Victory [Sactown Royalty]

NBA Scores: Clippers Win 13th straight [SB Nation]

Bob Myers Has Had Quite a Hoop Journey [LA Times]

Jazz Survive Late Rally to Beat Magic 97-93 [Yahoo Sports]

Could LeBron Head Back to Cleveland? [SB Nation]

A Very Sager Christmas [Searching For Slava]

LeBron James Says He’ll Never Do the Dunk Contest[CBS Sports]

NBA Christmas Games: Five burning questions for Heat-Thunder [SI.com]

A Long Road in Memphis: The Rise of Mike Conley [Eye on Basketball]

Spurs Pummel Mavericks, 129-91 [Pounding the Rock]

Stoudemire’s Return Will Boost The Knicks [CBS]

DeMarcus Cousins Reinstated by Kings [SB Nation]

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