2007-08 Feature Stories

PAU GASOL: Follow My Lead
When he steps into the bright lights of STAPLES Center this Sunday for Game One of the Lakers' First Round series against the Denver Nuggets, Pau Gasol will officially be entering uncharted territory.While the Spanish star played in playoff games as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, he has never gone into the postseason with a legitimate chance of wining it all.
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The Anatomy of Walton
In a league of over 400 players, some just “get it” a little more than others. From Kobe Bryant’s uncanny ability to determine when the perfect moment is to take over a game to Tim Duncan’s perfect readings of an opponent’s defense, basketball I.Q. is an innate quality that takes careful nurturing. For Luke Walton, his growth has been both an organic and developmental process.
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Vladimir Radmanovic: Lending a Helping Hand
Since coming to L.A., Vladimir Radmanovic has shot more than his fair share of three pointers, delighting the STAPLES Center crowd with each and every make. While most fans see a more serious side of Radmanovic on the floor, he is anything but off of it. With a heart as large as his 6’10” frame, the forward has emerged as one of the NBA’s standout performers in the community.
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Lamar Odom: Shapeshifter
Early on in Lamar Odom’s career, Miami Heat Coach Pat Riley once said that the now Lakers forward is the only player that has come into the NBA that can match the ability of the legendary Magic Johnson. Hailed from his first day on the court as a sure-fire star, Odom has been a case study in diversity, passion and flexibility in each of his three stops in the league.
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Lakers Legends and Fans Take Lesson in Basketball 101
The Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission (LASEC) and over 400 business, entertainment and sports industry leaders stepped back into the classroom on Jan. 16 for a lesson in Basketball 101.
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Andrew Bynum: Building on the Legacy
Lakers.com guides you through Andrew Bynum’s amazing transformation from a lanky high schooler who became the youngest player drafted in NBA history to one of the league’s best up-and-coming players, only three years later.
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Ariza Comes Full Circle
When Trevor Ariza was traded from the Orlando Magic one month ago, it was only natural that his next stop was Los Angeles. After all, it is in the land of stars that Ariza first came to fame as a member of Westchester High School’s 2002 and 2003 California State Championship teams.
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Ronny Turiaf: A Multicultural Warrior
From the sandy beaches of the Caribbean, the iconic Eiffel Tower, the majestic mountains of Washington to the hills of Hollywood; Ronny Turiaf has traveled the world and seen it all, to become a Multicultural Warrior.
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Brian Shaw: The Eternal Voice of Reason
A key reserve from the Lakers championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002, Brian Shaw's playing days may be over, but the assistant coach’s calming presence still resides over the Lakers.
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Sasha Vujacic: Ready for Primetime
Lakers.com delves into the world of Sasha Vujacic, his journey to the NBA and what his new-and-improved game will mean for the team this season. Most teenagers spend their time hanging out with friends in the park, chatting on the phone, going to movies and making sure they are home before their 11 o’clock curfew.
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Javaris Crittenton: Stepping Into the Spotlight
When former Georgia Tech star Javaris Crittenton walked off the court last March after losing to UNLV in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, he looked up above for guidance, knowing that the most difficult—and most important—decision of his life awaited him.
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Chris Mihm: Finding His Footing
When Lakers center Chris Mihm gingerly limped off the court in April 2006, he had no idea it would be his last NBA action for almost a year and a half. The center was firmly planted on the bench for the Lakers entire 2006-2007 campaign, forced to endure a grueling recovery from a severely sprained ankle that knocked him out of the final weeks of the 2005-2006 season and all of last season. Click here to read the full article

Positional Breakdown: Power Forward
The Lakers offer a variety of talents a power forward, with the passing of Lamar Odom, the long distance shot of Brian Cook and the physical intensity of Ronny Turiaf. In addition, Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm might grab some minutes at the position against more physical match-ups. With Odom likely to get minutes at small forward, everyone else will be looking to show that their unique skill set is what the Lakers need at the four. Click here to read the full article

Positional Breakdown: Small Forward
After signing a lucrative contract in the offseason, Luke Walton will be relied upon to lead the charge at small forward for the Lakers either in a reserve role if Lamar Odom opens the game at the three or as the team’s starter against smaller opponents. Vladimir Radmanovic will look to rebound from a poor showing in his first season with the team and become a reliable role player for the Lakers. Click here to read the full article

Positional Breakdown: Center
The fierce battle for minutes at the center spot for the Lakers should prove to be one of the team’s more interesting plotlines as the season develops. With three starting-caliber centers in Andrew Bynum, Chris Mihm and Kwame Brown, the Lakers enter the 2007-2008 season in arguably their best shape at the position since Shaquille O’Neal left in 2004. Click here to read the full article

Positional Breakdown: Shooting Guard
With the best player in the game in Kobe Bryant manning the two-guard spot for the Lakers, the position is the team’s greatest strength. Although most of the minutes at the position are already divvied out to the first-team All-NBA guard, Maurice Evans and rookie Coby Karl will still be looked upon to spell Bryant when he needs a breather. Click here to read the full article

Positional Breakdown: Point Guard
Who will man the helm for the Lakers at point guard is a hotly-contested debate as the team opens up the 2007-2008 season. With veteran Derek Fisher returning and expected to start, Jordan Farmar ready for his second season of action, Sasha Vujacic showing signs last year and Javaris Crittenton preparing to make his NBA debut, the Lakers are loaded with several promising options at the position. Click here to read the full article