Lakers Rumors & News Recap: Tonight is the Night

Tonight the Lakers face the Denver Nuggets who are playing for the second night in a row. The Lakers have a big advantage here, allowed to rest in between games, which was especially beneficial to Kobe who is coming off having the flu. There is good news though; Kobe Bryant did participate in a full practice today. Kobe Bryant managed to score 40 points in the Lakers last loss to the Indian Pacers Tuesday, even while playing sick, which leads me to believe he will impress just as much tonight.

LN has mentioned the past few days what exactly seems to be going awry in Laker land. Since taking over the reins of the most expensive team in basketball, Mike D’Antoni has given fans reasons to be optimistic. Since beginning to implement his system, he is currently 4-3 and the Lakers are sitting barely below .500 with a 7 – 8 record. All the while, the Lakers have been playing with a still-recovering Dwight Howard, an overworked Pau Gasol, and without their first and second string point guards.

Tonight is a new night, and all this adversity can still be reconciled, as the season is still fresh. The wounds aren’t too deep, and Mike D’Antoni appears to have been the right call for L.A. Even Kobe Bryant sees improvement on the horizon; he envisions improved free-throwing, less turnovers, and a stronger team.

Let’s get a win tonight Lakers.

Denver Nuggets (8-8) at Los Angeles Lakers (7-8)
7:30 PM PST, November 30, 2012
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: TWC Sports Network
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

Nuggets Projected Starting Line-up

PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Andre Iguodala
SF: Danilo Gallinari
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Kosta Koufos

Key Reserves: C: Javale McGee PG: Andre Miller GF: Corey Brewer

Lakers Nation News

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Lakers Rumors: Gasol For Stoudemire Trade Talks Never Took Place

Kobe Bryant Not Concerned With Team’s Poor Free-Throw Shooting

Kobe Bryant Wearing Cutting Edge Kobe Nike VIII Shoes

Video: Lakers Highlights of the Week – Nov. 25 – Nov. 30

Lakers vs. Nuggets Pre-Game Report: Lakers Look to Rebound After Tough Loss

Lakers News

Matt Barnes on Why He Isn’t a Laker, “Mike Brown” [Silver Screen and Roll]

Bryant Reflects on His Lasting Impact [Lakers Index]

Preview & Chat: The Denver Nuggets [Forum Blue and Gold]

Pau Gasol Appreciates Mike D’Antoni’s Support [Inside the Lakers]

NBADL Affiliates Look To Replicate Celtics-Lakers [Ridiculous Upside]

Mike D’Antoni Calls Lakers Offense “Anemic” [Lakers Blog]

Feisty Friday Forum [Forum Blue and Gold]

Lakers Well Represented in D-Fenders Season Opener [LA Times]

Heat Read: Role Players Will Make a Difference [ESPN]

Lakers vs. Nuggets: What to Watch [Lakers Index]

Nuggets at Lakers Preview [SB Nation]

Lakers Missing Their PG’s [Lakers Blog]

The Book on Mike D’Antoni [True Hoop Blog]

Lakers Leading the League in Turnovers [LA Times]

Metta World Peace Happy to See Derek Fisher in Uniform Again [Lakers Blog]

Mike D’Antoni is Preaching Patience [LA Times]

The Forum: On the (Eventual) Return of Steve Nash [ESPN]

Game Preview: Nuggets at Lakers Q&A [Roundball Mining Company]

NBA News

Commissioner Stern Apologizes to Fans for Spurs’ Decision [NBA]

Andrew Bogut Admits to Microfracture Surgery, Out Indefinitely [ESPN]

Suns Send Rookie Kendall Marshall to the D-League [ProBasketballTalk]

Mavs Moneyball Staff Reactions to the Derek Fisher Signing, Part 1 [Mavs Moneyball]

Veteran Clippers’ PA Announcer Courtney Dies [NBA]

Rajon Rondo’s Misplaced ‘Loyalty’ in Scuffle With Kris Humphries Hurts Celtics [Yahoo Sports]

Brook Lopez of Brooklyn Nets to Miss Next Two Games [ESPN NY]

Paul Pierce Falls…Again [Shaky Ankles]

Magic Players and Coaches Hold Team Meeting to Address Issues [ProBasketballTalk]

David Stern Threatens the San Antonio Spurs for Sitting Their Players [Ball Don’t Lie]

From France with a Family Flair – Nando De Colo [NBA]

Gerald Wallace Gets Flopping Warning for Move on ‘Melo [ProBasketballTalk]

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