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Los Angeles Lakers hire Byron Scott as their new coach

Mike Bresnahan The Los Angeles Lakers have officially hired Byron Scott as their next coach, ending a search of almost three months by choosing a familiar name to Lakers followers.

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Los Angeles Lakers veteran Pau Gasol is the big man in the middle of free agency

Adios? Pau Gasol may be saying goodbye to long-time LA Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant.

Billy Witz If it was not apparent by now that Pau Gasol is cut out a little differently, consider the outside interests of the sublimely skilled, ever so polite and supremely conscientious 7-foot center.

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Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime era was truly Magic

Steve Smith Pat Riley, the Los Angeles Lakers championship winning coach, once asked a group of friends to sum up his success in two words.

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Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers rivalry now lacklustre

Los Angeles Lakers Kent Bazemore (R) struggles the ball with Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (L) during NBA action, February 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

Billy Witz It was just four years ago that the Celtics were beaten by the Lakers, and coach Doc Rivers went around the visitors' locker room and collected $100 from every player and coach.

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Los Angeles Lakers setting records for all the wrong reasons after loss to Denver Nuggets

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, from Spain, reacts after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Monday, March 3, 2014.  Gasol topped the Lakers in scoring with 22 points as they won 107-106. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The spectre of ugly history flew over the Los Angeles Lakers again, opened its mouth and dropped more basketball sludge on this wreck of a season.

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Los Angeles Lakers upset Portland Trail Blazers by one point

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, from Spain, reacts after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Monday, March 3, 2014.  Gasol topped the Lakers in scoring with 22 points as they won 107-106. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Wesley Johnson scored on a lob pass with 6.4 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant out for rest of 'frustrating' season

Kobe Bryant.

Hobbled five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has been shut down for the season, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Wednesday in a crowning blow to an abysmal year for the storied franchise.

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Los Angeles Lakers thump New York Knicks in Jackson's LA return

Xavier Henry leads the breakaway from Iman Shumpert at the Staples Center.

Reserve Xavier Henry scored 22 points and the Los Angeles Lakers routed the New York Knicks 127-96 on Tuesday in a showdown of Phil Jackson's current and former NBA clubs.

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Double Dribble: Steve Nash heading for inglorious NBA exit at Los Angeles Lakers

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Paul Suttor Ohhh, Steve Nash, don’t feel too bad, many of the history’s greatest sportspeople played one season too many.

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Kobe Bryant rusty in NBA comeback as Los Angeles Lakers beaten by Toronto Raptors

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a 116-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on December 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant's made his much-anticipated season debut, finishing with nine points in his first game in eight months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

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Kevin Durant deflects Washington Wizards chatter, but leaves D.C. door open

In demand: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant during game one of the Western Conference Final.

Michael Lee Kevin Durant understands that questions about his future are unavoidable. His contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder has an expiration date in 2016 and he will be the most in-demand free agent, with...

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Boomers bolter Cameron Bairstow follows Luc Longley's lead with Chicago Bulls

Sweet home Chicago: Cameron Bairstow has been drafted by the Bulls with the 49th pick.

Lee Gaskin He is the Boomers bolter who has exploded in the past 12 months - Cameron Bairstow, following in the footsteps of Australian great Luc Longley in joining the Chicago Bulls.

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LA Lakers draft pick Julius Randle relieved to be cleared to play

New sensation: The Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak Lakers part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations, Jim Buss, introduce forward Julius Randle in El Segundo. The former Kentucky forward was selected seventh overall by the Lakers during the 2014 NBA draft.

Mike Bresnahan Waiting for Carmelo Anthony, Day 7 ...

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LeBron James' pending "The Decision II" has NBA world holding its breath

Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

Larry Fine On the four-year anniversary of a nationally televised special called "The Decision" where LeBron James announced he would sign with the Miami Heat, the NBA world was in a holding pattern for the...

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Luol Deng agrees to contract with Miami Heat

Luol Deng (l) is on his way to Miami.

The Miami Heat continued to recover nicely from the departure of LeBron James, agreeing on Sunday to sign free agent small forward Luol Deng to a two-year, $20 million deal.

Knicks re-sign All-Star Carmelo Anthony

A New York Knick at heart: Carmelo Anthony.

Larry Fine High-scoring All-Star Carmelo Anthony has re-signed with the New York Knicks, giving team president Phil Jackson the foundation piece he desired in his quest to bring a long-awaited title to Madison...

Chris Bosh agrees to $118 million deal to stay in Miami - report

Chris Bosh

The Miami Heat went on the offensive after losing LeBron James on Friday by agreeing to a massive five-year, $118 million deal to retain nine-time All-Star Chris Bosh, according to a Yahoo report.

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LeBron James dethrones Michael Jordan as most popular US athlete - poll

LeBron James attends a promotional event at Phenom House, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday.

LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States' most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll.

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NBA's off-season is the best in sports - thrills, drama and mystery

The big fish: Superstars such as LeBron James of the Miami Heat have the power to force change in the NBA.

Ryan Black If the NBA offseason were a novel, it would be a thriller. Or perhaps it would be in the mystery section. A case could be made it should be listed as a drama, too.

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New York Knicks trade Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler for a passer and flexibility

Tyson Chandler shoots for the Knicks against the Clippers earlier this year.

Scott Cacciola Phil Jackson has been fairly methodical in his short tenure as the New York Knicks' president.