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Kobe Bryant Fifth On NBA All-Time Scoring List, But Lakers Just Three Over .500 With Loss

The Lakers have lost two straight, with three games left on the Grammy road trip.

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NBA Free Agent Rumors: Lakers Could Check Out Gilbert Arenas

The Los Angeles Lakers have a pretty good big three, perhaps the best big Three of them all in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. The problem for LA is the significant drop-off the team experiences the further down the roster they go. Metta World Peace is clearly on the downside of his career, and the bench looks more ready to sign up for Hickory High than play for the perennial championship contenders.

The biggest weakness is at point guard. Derek Fisher is pretty much on his last legs, and Steve Blake hasn't been much better off the bench. It's why at this critical moment Los Angeles seems to be willing to make a a desperate decision. They're going to try their luck with Agent Zero. Ken Berger of CBS Sports has more.

Although the Lakers have publicly been noncommittal about whether to pursue the three-time All-Star, Kupchak has nothing to lose by evaluating Arenas as a potential solution to the team's point guard woes. The workout date has not yet been set, but Kupchak is said to be willing to attend depending on timing and logistics.

"The Lakers are going to take a look at him," one of the people familiar with the matter said.

Arenas as the main point guard sounds interesting enough. If by interesting you mean desperate.

To talk about the possibility of Agent Zero and the Lakers, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll.


Kobe Bryant Injury Update: Lakers Guard Declares Right Wrist Healed

Kobe Bryant is playing through pain. This is nothing new. The Lakers guard will be playing hurt probably for the rest of his career, as he refuses to take too much time off to rest his injuries. So it's likely that he'll only stop playing until he's physically unable to walk onto the court.

So it has to be good news for Laker fans that Bryant's torn ligament is healed up. Yeah, I'm not sure exactly how that happened, but apparently ...

Yeah, how exactly did that happen? Science pretty much refutes the idea that Bryant's ligament is healed. Is he bluffing through the pain and just hoping that it's gone for the moment? Or did it really undergo a regenesis?

With Kobe's right wrist all better, that could be good news for the Laker offense because it's tough to see them doing any better if his shooting arm is in pain.

To talk about Kobe and the Lakers, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. 76ers: Kobe Bryant Reaches Milestone But LA Loses 95-90

The formula should be familiar to Laker fans this year: Kobe Bryant has a monster first half, the opponent adjusts to shut him down, and the Lakers can't counter adjust. Tonight, Bryant had 24 points in the first half, and then just two in the second half. Despite Kobe turning off in the second half, he insisted on putting the game on his shoulders despite Andrew Bynum having a 20 point, 20 rebound game. Not surprising that the Lakers came up short, 95-90.

The two teams continued to play at very similar levels in the second half, with two categories differentiating them. The Lakers out rebounded the 76ers 55-30, including 21 offensive rebounds. However, the turnover battle was won convincingly by the Sixers, 16-4. Ultimately, the Sixers were able to take better advantage of their turnover advantage than the Lakers could the rebound advantage.

One could argue that's where not having Mike Brown on the court hurt the Lakers. Not that Brown has shown an ability to completely reign in Kobe Bryant this season, but Kobe had no one in that Arena telling him to change his game up. While Bryant was able to make his usual circus shots, the deep three pointers and fade aways that he threw up while being double teamed looked silly with players open.

The Sixers were lead by Louis Williams who finished with 24 points. Philadelphia, enjoying an extended run of home games, have themselves atop the Atlantic Division despite not having a marquee superstar. The Sixers may not have an All Star starter, but they look like a team planning on making a deep playoff run.

For more recap on this game and the rest of the Grammy road trip, check out Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. 76ers: Kobe Bryant Has 24 In First Half As LA Leads 50-46

In a game that's already seen Kobe Bryant move up on the all time scoring list, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Philadelphia 76ers on the road at halftime 50-46. The aforementioned Bryant had 24 points in the first half, almost tripling his next closest contributor's total. Still a terribly close game, the rest of the Laker squad will have to pitch in their fair share if LA is going to hold on in the second half.

Not that Andrew Byrnum and Paul Gasol haven't contributed, but it hasn't been enough thus far. Brynum does have 10 rebounds, but only seven points. Brynum threw down a high lob with authority in the second quarter, which got the Laker bench on their feet.

In a bit of a surprising turn, the assist leader in the first half was Meta World Peace, getting his first start this season. The two teams really are at loggerheads, with both shooting 44% from the field and 75% from the free throw line at the half. The Lakers have been able to differentiate themselves with their far superior rebounding, currently out rebounding the 76ers 30-14.

Kobe Bryant is having a huge game in his hometown, but it's not yet time for cheesesteaks. If the supporting cast turns it up, the Lakers should be able to finish out and move to 2-1 on the annual Grammy Roadtrip.

For more on this game, the significance of the Grammys, and where Mike Brown is; check out Silver Screen and Roll.


Kobe Bryant Surpasses Shaquille O'Neal On All Time Scoring List

With five minutes left in the first half, Kobe Bryant sunk a two point shot to surpass Shaquille O'Neal and take the fifth spot on the NBA All-Time scoring list. The game was stopped momentarily, as Kobe Bryant and Derrick Fisher hugged. Bryant is now chasing Wilt Chamberlain on the all time list.

Last year, Kobe Bryant moved past Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeen Olajuwon, Oscar Robinson, Dominique Wilkins, and John Havlicek. Kobe Bryant now has 28,597 points in his career. Among the top six all time NBA scorers, five have worn a Laker uniform.

Bryant has been steadily moving up the all-time scoring chart the last few seasons. 2009-10 saw Kobe Bryant pass Jerry West, Reggie Miller, Patrick Ewing, and Allen Iverson. His dunk to pass Jerry West on Feb 1st, 2010 made Kobe Bryant the high scorer in Laker franchise history.

For more on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, check out Silver Screen and Roll.


Kobe Bryant To Pass Shaquille O'Neal On NBA All-Time Scoring List

Two Los Angeles Lakers legends will be remembered again. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal will be linked once more tonight. Well, maybe another game if Kobe doesn't hit his usual figures, but who wouldn't

Bryant currently has 28,573 points, and O'Neal accumulated 28,596 points throughout his career (who knows how many more points there would've been if he knew how to make free throws). Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles reports.

You've seen the smile before.

He flashed it after he won his last championship two years ago and said, "I just got one more than Shaq. So you can take that to the bank. You guys know how I am. I don't forget anything."

He flashed it again Thursday night when I asked him if it will mean anything to him to pass his old teammate in total points now along with championships.

"No," he said with a grin. "It was inevitable."

Bryant will have to be happy that he's passing his old teammate in the next day or two, providing another benchmark that he can hold over the man he bitterly feuded with year after year as a Laker. More titles, more wins, more years, more time as a Laker. It's safe to say that when you look at a list of great Lakers, it'll be clear who'll be remembered first.

To talk about Bryant, O'Neal and the Lakers, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll.


NBA Trade Rumors 2012: Lakers Inquired About Rockets PG Jonny Flynn, Rebuffed

Jonny Flynn didn't do well enough as the stop-gap for the Minnesota Timberwolves until the dawn of the Ricky Rubio era. Flynn averaged over two turnovers a game, but only managed three to four assists during his tenure and saw his playing time and shooting numbers drastically decrease before getting moved to the Houston Rockets, where he has been riding the pine. All in all, it was not a successful project.

Sounds like just the type of point guard the Lakers need! And it appears that's exactly what happened. Chris Broussard of ESPN reports.

Now the Lakers want to go after a point guard that wasn't good enough for the Timberwolves. How tough times are for the Laker point guard once more. Magic Johnson is rolling over in his basketball grave.

To talk about the idea of Flynn on the Lakers, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll. To discuss the possibility of Flynn on the Rockets, check out The Dream Shake.


Lakers Vs. 76ers: Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Lakers take their road show on Monday night to the city of brotherly love, battling the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in the third game of a six-game road trip. Here are the relevant details of Monday night's game:

Records: Lakers (14-10, tied for sixth in Western Conference); 76ers (17-7, third in Eastern Conference)

Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia

Time: 4 p.m. PST


Offensive Efficiency: Philadelphia, 106.3 points per 100 possessions (seventh in NBA); Lakers, 103.7 (15th)

Defensive Efficiency: Philadelphia, 95.0 (tops in the NBA); Lakers, 100.9 (11th)

Home vs. Road: The 76ers are 12-3 at home this season and have won five of their last six games overall; the Lakers are 3-8 on the road, though they have two wins in their last three games away from home.

Series History: The Lakers have won seven of their last eight games against the 76ers, including wins in each of their last four trips to Philadelphia.

Good Hands Team: Philadelphia has not only been the league's best team on defense (in both points per game and points allowed per possession), but has also been efficient on offense, turning the ball over at the best rate in the league, only 10.7% of their possessions. The next best team in turnover rate is the Utah Jazz, at 12.6%.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Kobe Bryant Needs 24 Points To Pass Shaquille O'Neal On NBA All-Time Scoring List

Kobe Bryant returns to his old stomping grounds Monday night as the Los Angeles Lakers battle the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center, 15 miles away from where Kobe graduated high school. Bryant could have an NBA milestone in Philadelphia on Monday night, passing one of his old teammates.

Bryant, the leading scorer in the NBA this season at 29.4 points per game, has scored 28,573 points in his career, and needs 24 points to surpass Shaquille O'Neal for fifth place on the NBA all-time scoring list.

NBA All-Time Scoring List
Rank Player Points
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone
3 Michael Jordan
4 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
5 Shaquille O'Neal
6 Kobe Bryant 28,573

Kobe has scored at least 24 points in 20 of 24 games this season. He has averaged 21.8 points in 14 career regular season games in Philadelphia, including a nine-point effort on December 17, 2010 in the Lakers' last trip to the city of brotherly love.

Monday night's 4 p.m. PST game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and notes on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. 76ers Game Preview: Elton Brand Out With Sprained Thumb

The Los Angeles Lakers continue their road trip Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, and the game will be without a pair of key figures. Lakers head coach Mike Brown was suspended for Monday's game and fined $25,000 for bumping official Zach Zarba Saturday night in Utah, and 76ers power forward Elton Brand will miss Monday night with a sprained thumb.

Brand, who missed Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks, was ruled out for Monday by head coach Doug Collins at practice on Monday, per Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News. Brand is averaging career lows in points (10.1), rebounds (6.7), and minutes (27.6) per game this season.

Kobe Bryant, who attended Lower Merion High School a mere 15 miles from the Wells Fargo Center, where the 76ers now play, needs 24 points to pass Shaquille O`Neal for fifth place on the NBA all-time scoring list. Bryant, who leads the NBA in scoring this season at 29.4 points per game, has scored at least 24 points in 20 of 24 games this season.

The Lakers have beaten the 76ers in seven of their last eight matchups, including winning their last four trips to Philadelphia.

Monday night's 4 p.m. PST game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Head Coach Mike Brown Suspended For Tonight's Game In Philly

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown has been suspended for tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, according to a tweet by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. And according to a tweet from NBAPR, Brown will also be fined $25,000 for making contact with an official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner.

Brown was ejected from the Lakers' 96-87 loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday. Brown received two quick technical fouls for charging towards official Zach Zarba after Jazz guard Earl Watson stole the ball from Pau Gasol at the top of the key amid plenty of contact. No foul was called and it led to a Derrick Favors dunk. Brown's ejection came with 8:34 remaining in the game.

"I was trying to give our guys some juice. I got techs. I shouldn't have got two techs," said Brown after the game. "I put our guys in a deeper hole than we were already in and that probably cost the game."

The Lakers are currently tied for sixth place in the Western Conference.

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