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Lakers beat their hated rivals, the
Jackson retires after the Lakers are eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. Ex-Cavaliers coach
Lakers trade for former MVP guard
Lakers fire Brown after a 1-4 start. Nash fractures his leg in the second game of the season, suffers nerve damage, and is limited the rest of the season. Team hires Mike D'Antoni as coach, spurning an offer by Jackson to return to the bench.
Lakers longtime owner
Kobe Bryant tears his Achilles' tendon at end of the regular season. Lakers are swept in a first-round playoff series by San Antonio.
Howard, who feuded with Bryant, passes up returning to the Lakers as a free agent and signs with Houston.
Bryant fractures a bone in his knee and misses the rest of the season; he plays only six games.
Bryant has surgery on a torn rotator cuff, ending his 19th season with the Lakers after playing in only 35 games.
Lakers surprise many by drafting Ohio State point guard D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 overall pick.
Bryant announces he will retire after the season.
Lakers enter All-Star break with the worst record in Western Conference. Team will miss the playoffs for the third-season in a row, a franchise record.