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Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:16 AM
Kobe Bryant Says Dwight Howard is a "Teddy Bear"

Kobe Bryant Says Dwight Howard is a "Teddy Bear"

After the Lakers' Opening Night loss on Oct. 28, 2014, Kobe Bryant downplayed his dislike for Dwight Howard and called him a "Teddy Bear." Watch »

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Fans Boo Howard, Lakers Still Lose

Fans Boo Howard, Lakers Still Lose

Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets handily beat the Lakers in his return to LA to play the Lakers. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Lakers Host Dwight Howard, Rockets

Lakers Host Dwight Howard, Rockets

Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets face the Lakers in LA for the first time this season Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM
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By Shahan Ahmed

He's Back! Dwight Howard Returns

He's Back! Dwight Howard Returns

Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets take on the LA Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center Read »

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 6:07 AM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Lakers Lose To Rockets

Lakers Lose To Rockets

One horrific third quarter cost the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday's game in Houston. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Another Date With Dwight: Lakers at Rockets

Another Date With Dwight: Lakers at Rockets

Lakers look for another miracle against Dwight Howard and the Rockets. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Kobe Bryant to Return on Dwight Howard's Birthday

Kobe Bryant to Return on Dwight Howard's Birthday

Kobe Bryant announced his return to the Lakers for Dec. 8 -- Dwight Howard's birthday. Read »

Sunday, Nov 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Top 3 Lessons: Lakers Review Thus Far

Top 3 Lessons: Lakers Review Thus Far

The Los Angeles Lakers are seven games into the season, and they've shown some positive and negative signs thus far. Read »

Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Lakers Beat Dwight Howard's Rockets

Lakers Beat Dwight Howard's Rockets

The Los Angeles Lakers looked to the Hack-a-Howard strategy late in their win against Houston, and Dwight Howard failed to convert down the stretch. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Kaman Gets Start Against Howard, Rockets

Kaman Gets Start Against Howard, Rockets

Chris Kaman was brought in to fill the hole left by Dwight Howard's departure, and poetically, Kaman will make his first start for the Los Angeles Lakers against Howard's Houston Rockets. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Lakers Take on Dwight Howard, Rockets

Lakers Take on Dwight Howard, Rockets

The Los Angeles Lakers take on Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets in a game the Lakers need, but Houston is off to a hot start. Read »

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 5:09 AM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Lakers Meet Dwight Howard, Rockets

Lakers Meet Dwight Howard, Rockets

Dwight Howard will be the Los Angeles Lakers' direct opposition for the first time since leaving LA for the Houston Rockets over the summer. Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Kobe on Dwight: "There Was Constant Tension"

The Los Angeles Lakers met at their practice facility in El Segundo Thursday afternoon, when Kobe Bryant, Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash all took turns being surrounded by inquisitive reporters to provide updates on the squad. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Important Dates: Lakers 2013-14 Schedule

Important Dates: Lakers 2013-14 Schedule

The NBA released the Los Angeles Lakers 2013-14 regular season schedule, and there are some key dates every basketball fan needs to know. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM
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By Shahan Ahmed

Kobe Bryant Talks Publicly About Dwight Leaving

Kobe Bryant Talks Publicly About Dwight Leaving

Kobe Bryant talked publicly about the departure of Dwight Howard from the Lakers for the first time. Read »

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Shahan Ahmed Shahan Ahmed is a regular fixture at sporting events around Southern California. Shahan is in his fifth season covering the Los Angeles Lakers for NBC Los Angeles. Along with covering practices and shootarounds in LA, he has covered the team in Beijing, Shanghai, New York, Brooklyn, Miami, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Houston, San Diego and New Orleans. In addition, Shahan also covers the LA Rams, LA Clippers and special sports events around Southern California. Shahan also covers European football for Yahoo! Sports and has covered Premier League and La Liga matches in England and Spain, respectively.
Michael Duarte Michael J. Duarte is a Los Angeles-based writer covering the Dodgers for NBCLA. Born and raised in the City of Angels, Michael did his undergraduate work at the University of California Santa Barbara and a graduate program at the University of Southern California. Michael was awarded the Paul Lazarus Scholarship Award in 2004 for his writing and is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Corwin Writing Award. In addition to sports writing, Michael is an avid runner and softball player.
James Neveau James is a Chicago-based sportswriter who has covered hockey for numerous publications and websites. He currently covers the Blackhawks and the Chicago Bears for NBC Chicago, and covers the Kings and the Ducks for NBCLA.
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Brandon Ingram Sets Career-High Vs. Spurs

Brandon Ingram Sets Career-High Vs. Spurs

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the San Antonio Spurs in blowout fashion on Sunday at Staples Center, but LA rookie Brandon Ingram recorded a career-high in points.

Lakers Coach Luke Walton Talks Julius Randle

Lakers Coach Luke Walton Talks Julius Randle

Lakers coach Luke Walton talks about Julius Randle's progress, the intricacies behind why Julius may not be finished as efficiently around the rim of late and how Randle can succeed. Recorded February 26, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Shahan Ahmed)

Brandon Ingram Scores Career-High 22 points

Brandon Ingram Scores Career-High 22 points

Following Brandon Ingram scoring 22 points against the San Antonio Spurs, LA Lakers coach Luke Walton spoke about how the young 19-year-old rookie was one of the few bright spots in the defeat. Recorded at Staples Center on February 26, 2017. (Shahan Ahmed)

Lakers Lose to Spurs - Postgame

Lakers Lose to Spurs - Postgame

LA Lakers coach Luke Walton addresses the media following the Lakers losing 119-98 to the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 (Shahan Ahmed)

Kurt Busch Wins Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas

Kurt Busch Wins Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas

Decked in Monster gear, chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models, Kurt Busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career. It was Monster Madness! Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday in the opening race of Monster Energy's new role as title sponsor of NASCAR's top series. Busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by Monster, and the company has strongly stood by him through his rocky career.