Preview: Nuggets vs. Lakers

He’s back! Andrew Bynum will make his season debut on Saturday when the Lakers (2-2) take on the Denver Nuggets (2-1) at Staples Center before they head to the Mile High City the following day for their second of a back-to-back. His return couldn’t have come at a better time as the Lakers are starting […]

Recap: Knicks vs. Lakers (82-99) – Sliced Apple

Mike Brown wanted to instill a defensive mentality in his players, but his offensive system is creating problems for the opposition as well. Everything is starting to come together for the Lakers (2-2), and it’s never been this obvious this season until they faced the New York Knicks (1-2) at Staples Center. The task at […]

Preview: Knicks vs. Lakers

If the Utah Jazz wasn’t exactly a tough challenge for the Lakers, the visiting New York Knicks (1-1) should fit that bill tonight. Defense is what the Lakers have been aiming for as their identity since the season began, but they are facing last year’s 2nd highest-scoring team behind Oklahoma City Thunder. With Andrew Bynum […]

Recap: Jazz vs. Lakers (71-96) – Third’s a Charmer

With the previous 2 games resembling a team that has no place in the playoffs, the Lakers (1-2) took refuge at home and defeated the Utah Jazz (0-1) for their first win of the new season. They came out with better focus defensively and made sure their offense ran from the post. No one took […]

Game Preview: Jazz vs. Lakers

For the first time in 33 years, the Lakers (0-2) are trying to avoid an 0-3 start. They had a chance to start the season with a “W” against the Chicago Bulls on Christmas but missed free-throws and key turnovers turned a holiday into gloomday. Last night in Sacramento, the Lakers didn’t look as sharp […]

Pre-Season Recap: Clippers vs. Lakers (114-95) — Duality

The Lakers and Clippers resumed their rivalry at Staples Center last night in their first of 2 pre-season games of this shortened season. It was a bit of a role reversal as the red and blue played like they were the former back-to-back champs. Then again, if you have the most complete point guard in […]

The 2011-2012 Lakers

Last Season: 57-25. 2nd seed in Western Conference. Lost to Dallas in 4 games in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Who’s Gone: Phil Jackson retired. Lamar Odom traded to Dallas. Shannon Brown signed with Phoenix. Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff (both unrestricted free agent) will not return. Who’s New: Jason Kapono – Forward/Guard (1-year/$1.2 million), Josh […]

Lakers Sign Murphy

The Lakers just signed forward Troy Murphy to a 1-year deal for the veteran’s minimum of $1.35 million. With Bynum suspended for the first 5 games of the season and Derrick Caracter out for at least 6 weeks after tearing his lateral miniscus, Pau Gasol and Josh McRoberts will need all the help they can […]

What’s Next for the Lakers?

No Dwight Howard. No Chris Paul. Now what? Despite the general climate among Laker fans and what some pundits are trying to lead people to believe, the Lakers still have a solid core that can compete with any team. They still have the best frontcourt tandem and “The Black Mamba”. Yeah, Lamar Odom is gone […]

Will Patience Pay Off For Kupchak and Lakers?

Nearly a week after bowing out of the Chris Paul sweepstakes and 3 full days after making the most controversial decision of his general managerial career, Mitch Kupchak stays calculated and collected as he addressed the media regarding the Lamar Odom trade and what he’s planning to do with the roster before the start of the NBA […]

The Competition: Miami Heat

With the NBA lockout finally out of the way, The Purple And Gold Blog is back to bring you more Laker news, articles and (soon enough) game previews and recaps! Now, on to the season preview! This is competition #1 in the Eastern Conference. When the trio in Miami decided to join forces, make no […]

Lamar Odom is “Always On”

Whether he’s pushing the ball up the court at Staples Center or cruising the streets of L.A. or his old stomping ground in Queens, Lamar Odom is never far from the things he enjoys in life. The sun. The game. His ride. His friends. And of course, the sweets. Well, at least that’s according to Nike. […]

The Competition: Chicago Bulls

This is competition #2 in the Eastern Conference. Three years after taking Derrick Rose as their first overall pick in 2008, the Chicago Bulls did something they haven’t done since a guy named Michael Jordan was electrifying the Windy City and the NBA…getting to the Eastern Conference Finals. They only lost 3 times in their […]

West To Have Book Signing

Hall-of-Famer and Laker legend Jerry West will hold a book signing of his autobiography, West By West: My Charmed, Tormented Life, next week on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd at downtown’s ESPN Zone L.A. Live! starting at 6:00 p.m. Fans are invited to show their support by attending and having their copy of the book signed by […]