The Lakers (13-13) can leapfrog the ninth-place Golden State Warriors (14-13) with a win on Saturday night in Oakland.
Back spasms sidelined Chris Kaman for a stretch in late November but when he improved, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni left the veteran center out of the rotation.
Playing without their top three point guards and All-Star Kobe Bryant, the Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-91, at Staples Center on Friday night.
NBA rookies are guaranteed a two-year contract if they're drafted in the first round.
Might as well make a banner and hang it at the Lakers' training facility: 10-9 without Kobe Bryant.
Despite injuries, Kobe Bryant has the second-most popular selling NBA jersey, according to the league.
The Lakers (12-13) play the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-13) on Friday night at Staples Center.
As news spread around the NBA on Thursday that Kobe Bryant would miss six weeks with a knee injury, players around the league took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
Injuries have decimated the Lakers at the point: Kobe Bryant (knee), Steve Blake (elbow), Steve Nash (back) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) are all sidelined.
While the Lakers scrambled to deal with a knee injury to Kobe Bryant, point guard Steve Nash made a visit to the facility.
The Lakers have agreed to terms with free-agent point guard Kendall Marshall, according to an NBA executive with knowledge of the situation.
The Lakers were stunned Thursday to hear that Kobe Bryant had suffered a knee injury that will knock him out for six weeks.
The team survived the first 19 games of the season without Kobe Bryant, winning 10 while waiting for their All-Star guard to return from Achilles' tendon surgery.
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni was stunned to learn Thursday that Kobe Bryant will be out six weeks with a knee injury.
With news that Kobe Bryant will miss six weeks with a knee fracture, the Lakers will turn to 6-foot-6 Xavier Henry to play point guard.
Kobe Bryant will be out about six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, according to a team spokesman.
Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol has had an up-and-down season, recently playing through an ankle sprain that limited his mobility.
While in Memphis on Tuesday to play the Grizzlies, Pau Gasol joined his brother Marc for a visit to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The Lakers are desperate for a point guard, but they'll have to wait a little longer.
Matt Barnes was back on the practice court for a shoot-around Wednesday, along with a new set of goggles and a flurry of nicknames.
The return of Kobe Bryant from an Achilles injury should be a long-term positive for the Lakers, but the team has struggled since he made his debut in a Dec. 8 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
With 32 minutes logged in a loss on Monday night to the Atlanta Hawks, Kobe Bryant climbed to fifth on the NBA's list of players with the most career minutes played, regular and postseason combined.
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Kobe Bryant will join former President Clinton on Jan. 13, leading a panel on kids and sports in La Quinta.
The Lakers (11-13) wrap up their four-game road trip with a stop in Memphis on Tuesday, visiting the Grizzlies (10-13).
The Lakers fell to the Hawks on the road Monday night in Atlanta, 114-100.
The Lakers (11-12) visit the Atlanta Hawks (12-12) on Monday night, their third stop on a four-game road trip.
The Lakers dipped back under .500 after a difficult Week 7.
The Lakers finally got a win with Kobe Bryant on the floor in Week 7, but the team's woes at point guard continued.
If the Lakers have any intention to make a deal before the Feb. 20 trade deadline, a number of players on the roster just became trade eligible.
The Lakers (11-12) have used 10 different starting lineups this season through 23 games.
Lakers 88, Charlotte Bobcats 85 (final)
The Charlotte Bobcats (10-13) won only 21 games last season but with former Lakers assistant Steve Clifford as head coach, the Bobcats have emerged this season as one of the better defensive teams in the NBA.
The Lamar Odom-Khloe Kardashian marriage appears to be over.
Oklahoma City Thunder 122, Lakers 97 (final)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kobe Bryant offered two words when quizzed by reporters about his apparent position change to point guard.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Every once in a while, Pau Gasol complains about not getting enough touches in the post.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Guarding Russell Westbrook is a tough assignment for any player any day. Especially if it's your third game back from a torn Achilles' tendon.
Hitting the road with a two-game losing streak, the Lakers (10-11) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-4) on Friday night.
Recently waived forward Elias Harris, who made two regular season appearances with the Lakers this season, has agreed to play in Germany.
El Segundo police arrested a security guard Tuesday, charging him with stealing two Lakers championship rings from the team's practice facility.
Former NFL running back Jim Brown gave a controversial opinion on Kobe Bryant while visiting "The Arsenio Hall Show" on Tuesday night.
Kobe Bryant is expected to be the Lakers' new starting point guard.
Steve Blake will be out at least six weeks because of a torn ligament in his right elbow, meaning all three Lakers' point guards are injured.
The Lakers' Kobe Bryant is still dominating the All-Star balloting, despite sitting out most of the season recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury.
Working Kobe Bryant back into the lineup has been an adjustment for the Lakers, losers of two games in a row.
With two straight losses, the Lakers have dipped back below .500 to with a 10-11 record.
Pau Gasol had a better offensive game against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday than he did Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, but the Lakers clearly have issues defensively.
The Lakers are one of the top three-point shooting teams in the NBA.
The Lakers (10-10) host the Phoenix Suns (11-9) Tuesday night at Staples Center.
Mike D'Antoni has seen enough of big men setting career-highs against the Lakers.
Lamar Odom has pleaded no contest to a drunk-driving charge.
Yeah, so, about that over-the-top video announcing Kobe Bryant's return -- you know, the one that featured his jersey flailing, tearing and repairing to dramatic music.
Kobe Bryant and his family are celebrating the holidays in purple and gold.
In honor of Kobe Bryant's return Sunday night from an Achilles' tendon injury, Nike paid tribute to Bryant in a commercial.
Raptors 106, Lakers 94 (end of regulation)
Kobe Bryant made his season debut on Sunday night, starting for the Lakers at Staples Center against the Toronto Raptors.
With Kobe Bryant's season debut nearing Sunday night, the NBA released a video message on YouTube welcoming the Lakers All-Star guard back from his Achilles' injury.
Not only will the Lakers get Kobe Bryant back Sunday night when they host the Toronto Raptors, but the team also recalled rookie forward Ryan Kelly from the D-Fenders.
Eric Pincus has covered the NBA for over a decade. His focus is on the minutia of teams trying to win a championship , as well as a deeper understanding of the game of basketball and the league itself. @EricPincus
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