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NBA general managers rank Kobe Bryant as third-best shooting guard — Kobe Bryant is the third-best shooting guard in the league, according to a poll of general managers. The annual GM survey, released on Wednesday, lists James Harden of the Houston Rockets as the top guard, with 63% of the vote.

Ed Davis has hit nearly all of his shots for Lakers in preseason — The Lakers brought in 6-foot-10 forward/center Ed Davis this offseason on a two-year minimum contract worth $2.1 million (with a player option on the second season). Coming off the bench through four exhibition games, Davis has impressed -- hitting 15 shots from the field in 19 tries.

Lakers' Julius Randle can take hard knocks, wants to dish some out — The rookie had reasons to fall further into an exhibition-season abyss. His shot was way off, his turnovers were high and his coach kept saying he "looked lost" on the court while wondering aloud about his physical conditioning.

Julius Randle excited, not frustrated despite slow preseason start — Rookie power forward Julius Randle gave arguably his best performance of the preseason on Sunday, helping the Lakers rally back from a 22-point deficit against the Utah Jazz while scoring eight points with five rebounds in just over 20 minutes. "I thought Julius came in and played great in the second half," said Coach Byron Scott after the 98-81 victory.

Lakers' week in review — The Lakers split a pair of preseason games against the Utah Jazz while trying to get healthy before the team's Oct. 28 regular season opener against the Houston Rockets. After badly losing two straight to the Golden State Warriors last week, the Lakers looked overwhelmed.

Xavier Henry headed to New York, Germany to have knee treated — Lakers guard/forward Xavier Henry has struggled to recover from a December knee injury that sidelined him for much of last season. According to the team, Henry will travel to New York City to have Dr. Keith Pyne examine and give a second opinion on Henry's right knee.

Ryan Kelly to the rescue? Lakers forward hopes to play vs. Utah Jazz — The Lakers have looked especially punchless over their last three exhibition games, losing on Sunday to the Utah Jazz, 119-86. Injuries have been a significant issue, with Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Nick Young (thumb), Jeremy Lin (ankle), Steve Nash (back), Jordan Clarkson (calf) and Xavier Henry (back) all sidelined.

A Look at Extensions, Options & Final Rosters — Please enable Javascript to watch this video The 2014-15 NBA regular season is less than two weeks away. While most general managers are close to finalizing their 15-man rosters, teams still have a number of items to resolve before November. Extensions Teams have until Halloween to ink extensions with first-round picks in the final year of their rookie contract.

Kobe Bryant ranked as NBA's 40th-best player by — According to, Kobe Bryant is the 40th-best player in the NBA. The sports website ranks nearly every player in the league annually prior to the season. Last year, Bryant was slotted 25th, with uncertainty surrounding his Achilles injury. The Lakers' All-Star guard managed just six games after suffering a knee fracture.

Steve Nash hurts his back moving bags, won't play Thursday — Life at 40 has not been easy for Steve Nash. Nash managed to play through a quarter of the Lakers' preseason 116-75 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday before asking to be taken out because, according to Coach Byron Scott, "He just didn't feel right."
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Oct 23, 2014

Doc Rivers made the case postgame for a 4-game preseason - start the season 1 week earlier - still time for teams to play overseas, etc

Oct 23, 2014

Phoenix rookie TJ Warren has a broken left thumb - Suns have no timetable for his return - he'll wear a splint for a while

Oct 23, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder picked up options on Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Andre Roberson, Steven Adams @BBallInsiders…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @JLin7: Great team win tonight!! Cant wait to sleeeepppp

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