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Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns might be just what the Lakers need

latimes.com — If Lakers followers leave just enough room between squeezed eyelids, Karl-Anthony Towns might look like a familiar player. Without all the knee problems. And the unpredictable attitude. Towns is a freshman at Kentucky whose two-way play makes him a more robust Andrew Bynum at the same age.

Lakers stay with what they have

latimes.com — Lakers fans can rest easily. Duke star Jahlil Okafor is still a possibility. The Lakers had little incentive to make any moves by Thursday's NBA trade deadline, and they didn't. It shouldn't be surprising. They wanted to keep their draft picks, particularly the top-five protected one they originally owed Phoenix for Steve Nash.

Lakers pass on the NBA trade deadline and keep their draft pick

latimes.com — Lakers fans can rest easily. Duke star Jahlil Okafor is still a possibility. The Lakers weren't incentivized to make any moves by Thursday afternoon's NBA trade deadline, and they didn't. It shouldn't be surprising. They wanted to hang on to their draft picks, particularly the top-five protected one they owed Phoenix for Steve Nash.

More like sibling revelry as NBA All-Stars Pau and Marc Gasol face off

latimes.com — Advantage: Older brother. The Gasol vs. Gasol story line ended in slight favor of Pau, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds while Marc had six points and 10 rebounds Sunday. They were the first brothers to start an NBA All-Star game; Sunday's exhibition was won by Marc's Western Conference team, 163-158.

Russell Westbrook steals the show in All-Star game

latimes.com — It was Westbrook's game from the time he stepped on the court midway through the first quarter. By the time he sat down 11 minutes later, he had 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting, an All-Star record for points in a half.

NBA All-Star game: quarter-by-quarter updates

latimes.com — For the first time since 1998, the NBA All-Star game will tip off in New York when the Western Conference All-Stars, including the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, take on LeBron James and the top players from the East this evening.

Zach LaVine wins All-Star Slam Dunk contest

baltimoresun.com — Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine, who played at UCLA and surprised NBA teams in individual workouts with his incredible vertical leap, had two perfect dunks and a third near-perfect one to win the Slam Dunk competition on NBA All-Star on Saturday. LaVine, 19, became one of the youngest players to win the dunk contest.

Zach LaVine wins All-Star Slam Dunk contest

latimes.com — Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine, who played at UCLA and surprised NBA teams in individual workouts with his incredible vertical leap, had two perfect dunks and a third near-perfect one to win the Slam Dunk competition on NBA All-Star Saturday. LaVine, 19, became one of the youngest players to win the dunk contest.

Stephen Curry wins three-point contest on All-Star Saturday

latimes.com — Try as he might, Stephen Curry could never win the three-point shooting contest during NBA All-Star weekend. Three previous attempts, three previous failures. The All-Star point guard from Golden Steate finally won Saturday, among what many called the best field ever.

NBA's Young Talent On Display

latimes.com — NEW YORK - Kobe Bryant won't play in Sunday's All-Star game, his season already over because of a shoulder injury. Dwyane Wade will also skip it because of a sore hamstring. Carmelo Anthony is here, a reasonable expectation because the New York Knicks are his team, but he can't shake the lurking possibility of season-ending surgery on a troublesome knee.
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Feb 26, 2015

Been away a bit, writing on top college players. As in, ones the Lakers would kill to have. Here's Kentucky's Towns: latimes.com/sports/lakers/…

Feb 19, 2015

Byron on Lakers' future: "We still need pieces at every position...Not going to be able to solve that problem in one year or one summer."

Feb 19, 2015

Jordan Hill back on the court, has missed a couple of weeks because of a hip flexor.

Feb 19, 2015

It's official: The Lakers did not make any trades before today's noon deadline.

Feb 19, 2015

One hour left until the trade deadline. Nothing is in the works for the Lakers.

Feb 18, 2015

Something interesting emerging as tomorrow's trade deadline approaches: Lakers are reluctant to part with rookie PG Jordan Clarkson.

Feb 15, 2015

Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, second-most in All-Star history. One shy of the 42 scored by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

Feb 15, 2015

That's a new record for points in an All-Star game: West leads the East, 161-158. Old record was 318, set last year.

Feb 15, 2015

Russell Westbrook has 23 points in seven minutes. Only in the All-Star game...

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