Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Laker Makeover Almost Complete

Pre-season game three is tomorrow, and hopefully the Lakers can clinch a win. Dwight won’t be playing, but Kobe should. Although Robert Sacre has been doing a great job at the center spot, so I am not too worried.

Jabari Davis of Lakers Nation put together a great piece today on his impressions over the past two games. He speaks on the “locked and loaded” roster and whether these players are enough to win a championship this year. Mike Brown gets a few nods, and so does the Lakers bench. I don’t want to spoil this article; Jabari writes a well put together dissertation. But I promise you it is worth the read, and will hopefully put some of your minds to rest on concerns you may have.

There may be a trade coming the way of L.A. The Lakers are attempting to create an open spot in the back-court by moving Chris Duhon or Steve Blake, who has since recovered from his parking lot injury. Even though both players are set to back up Steve Nash, they only offer a select talent, it could benefit to trade them for someone with more bench power. One of the most interesting rumors has been whether or not this trade could bring back Fisher to the Lakers roster.

This Saturday should be Dwight-less again, despite him looking great in practice. Taking the overly cautious, patient route, Howard is not 100 percent and has declined to participate in the game against the Jazz. However, he may show up on the court before the opening night against the Mavericks. Stay tuned.

Remember yesterday’s comments by Kobe? Well Smush Parker had something to say about it. Although Parker commends the player Bryant has been, he shared how he felt about Bryant’s attitude and personality:

“The reason I wasn’t a Laker after my second year is because I didn’t bow down to [Kobe]. I didn’t kiss his a–. I wasn’t kissing his feet. Quite frankly, towards the end of the second season, I stopped passing him the ball. I stopped giving him the ball. I started looking him off.”

First Shaq running his mouth, and now these two. Can’t we all just get along?

Lakers Nation News

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Lakers Rumors: Robert Sacre Might Make Lakers Roster

Kobe Bryant on Derek Fisher: ‘Every Team Needs a Guard Like Him’

Lakers News: Dwight Howard Not Expected to Play Against Jazz

Lakers Rumors: Chris Duhon, Steve Blake on the Trading Block?

Lakers News: Smush Parker Responds to Kobe’s Comments

Special Feature Video: Mychal Thompson on Lakers Future, Even Without Kobe

Lakers News

Metta World Peace: Steve Nash Should Perform Magic Tricks [LA Times]

Smush Parker: ‘I Don’t Like That Side of Kobe…’ [Lakers Blog]

Lakers’ Howard Again Won’t Play, but Bryant Will [OC Register]

The Other Guys: At #7… [Forum Blue and Gold]

Practice Report: Conditioning, Dwight’s Back, Sacre (Black And) Blue [ESPN]

A Focused Metta World Peace is Getting The Looks [LA Times]

Fish Back to Lakers? Here’s How [True Hoop]

Oddsmakers Favor Lakers to Win the West [OC Register]

Dwight Howard Says Leg Felt ‘Dead’ [ESPN]

Dwight Howard Wants to Improve Conditioning Before Returning [LA Times]

Kobe Bryant Limited in Lakers Practice Thursday [Silver Screen and Roll]

Smush Parker: Kobe was a Bad Teammate, and I Stopped Passing to Him [Larry Brown Sports]

Kobe Bryant (Shoulder) Return [ESPN]

Dwight Howard was Hurting All Over Last Season [LA Times]

Kobe’s Shoulder is Just Fine [Lakers]

Rookies Battle Dwight [Lakers]

Dwight Howard Can Look Forward to Favorable Lakers Schedule Early in Season [OC Register]

Smush Parker Blows Up Kobe Bryant [Silver Screen and Roll]

Five Takeaways From Lakers/Blazers [Forum Blue and Gold]

NBA News

Chris Douglas-Roberts Working to Re-Enter the NBA [ESPN]

Iguodala was Frustrated in Philly, Which Somehow is News [ProBasketballTalk]

Al Jefferson’s Bed is Really Huge [Eye on Basketball]

Revisiting Kevin Garnett’s Terrifying Prime [Shaking Ankles]

DeMarcus Cousins Becoming a Long Distance Shooter? [Sactown Royalty]

MarShon Brooks of New Jersey Nets out 7 to 10 days [ESPN]

Why Good Defenses Don’t Go for Offensive Rebounds [Hoop Speak]

Brook and Robin Lopez Write Comic Books Together [The Basketball Jones]

Suns Transition into New Era Without Steve Nash [Yahoo Sports]

Western Conference Matchups to Highlight Friday’s Action [SB Nation]

The Heat Shooters Wish They Weren’t So Open. Rough Life [Eye on Basketball]

Avery Bradley looks to return before Christmas Day [Pro Basketball Talk]

Heat Win in China, Knicks Grab Preseason Opener [SB Nation]

Heat vs Clippers [NBA]

Knicks vs Wizards [NBA]

76ers vs Magic [NBA]

Spurs Season Preview [NBA]

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