(Video) NBA: Check Out Shaq’s Awesome Reaction When He Finds Out Lakers Are Building Him a Statue

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There’s a row of icon statues outside of the Staples Center including Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Magic Johnson.  Now they’ll add one more, Shaquille O’Neal.  The former Lakers star thought he was doing a standard appearance on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show, but the TV host and the Lakers had a big surprise for the legendary big man.

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NBA: Kobe Bryant Reportedly Rips Younger Lakers Players For Smiling After 6th Straight Loss

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The Los Angeles Lakers lost their sixth straight game on Saturday, losing 121-103 to the Portland Trailblazers.  They currently hold the last spot in the Western Conference and are just above the Philadelphia 76ers for the worst team overall.  It is Kobe Bryant’s last season in the NBA and of course he isn’t happy about going out this way.  The Black Mamba was particularly upset with the younger players taking the loss so lightly and even smiling.

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(Video) NBA: Kobe Bryant Passes Jerry West For 2nd on Lakers All-Time Assists Leaders List

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The Lakers don’t have much to celebrate lately, like GM Mitch Kupchak said, this season is all about Kobe Bryant.  The franchise superstar is retiring after 20 seasons and has hit several milestones along the way.  During the Lakers 112-95 loss the Rockets, Kobe Bryant became the second all-time leader on an interesting list.

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NBA: Sorry Lakers, DeMar DeRozan Says He Wants to Spend Whole Career With Raptors

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It was reported that DeMar DeRozan would likely opt out of the final year of his contract with the Toronto Raptors.  The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in him but it looks like DeRozan is staying put in the 6.

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NBA: Lakers Interested in DeMar DeRozan When Kobe Bryant Leaves

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Kobe Bryant is retiring at the end of the season and the Los Angeles Lakers are looking for another star.  They have their eyes set on Kevin Durant but that’s nowhere close to a guarantee so they’re exploring other options.  They reportedly are also considering Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan.

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NBA: Vlade Divac Reveals He Nearly Blocked the Trade That Sent Kobe Bryant to the Lakers

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The Lakers made one of the best trades in NBA history in 1996 – Vlade Divac for rights to Kobe Bryant. Not only did the deal get them Kobe, shedding Divac’s salary helped them clear the cap room to sign Shaquille O’Neal.  But Divac – who’d spent his entire seven-year career with the Lakers at that point – said he nearly blocked the deal from happening.

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NBA: Lakers GM Says This Season is All About Kobe Bryant, They’ll Develop the Young Players Later

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It’s been said and fairly obvious that the Lakers won’t make any major moves or development until Kobe Bryant is gone.  Aside from the rumors that free agents don’t want to play with him, the team is focused on the last season of their franchise superstar.  Coach Byron Scott has been criticized for benching young players like DeAngelo Russell, Julius Randle and others and letting Kobe hijack the offense despite numerous missed shots; aside from tanking, they’re also making sure the focus is on Kobe’s farewell.

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NBA: Julius Randle Defends His Play After Byron Scott Calls Him Immature For Being Upset Over Benching

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If the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to tank then hiring and keeping Byron Scott was the right move because things are pretty ridiculous over there.  His qualms with rookie DeAngelo Russell and his bizarre benching have been well documented but now the issue is with Julius Randle.

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NBA: ‘8’ or ’24’? The Lakers Might Retire Both Numbers For Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant will retire at the end of this season as one of the greatest players in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise.  It is inevitable that they will eventually retire a number(s) in his honor.  The large debate has been whether the Lakers will retire ‘8’ or ’24’; Kobe has had amazing almost separate careers wearing both numbers so the Lakers might just retire both.

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(Photo) NBA: Nick Young Rocks Yeezys on Court & Credits Kanye West’s Shoutout For Lakers Winning

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If you didn’t already know, Nick Young is a huge Kanye West fan.  Young recently told reporters that Michael Jordan’s message to Kobe Bryant is like West shouting him out.  Well Swaggy P got his wish, Kanye West released the song “Facts” on New Year’s Eve and on the song he mentions Nick Young.  Since then the Lakers have been winning and Young says West is to thank for it.

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