Last Friday the Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans and lost with an 11-game winning streak being snapped. Anthony Davis dominated in that game scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. On their second meeting of the season the Lakers got their revenge beating the Pelicans 116-92.
The Lakers had control the whole game and looked nothing like the team the Pelicans saw in their first meeting. Anthony Davis was in early foul trouble and finished the game with just 15 points and 5 rebounds. Mike D’Antoni went to a new starting line-up with Steve Nash expected to be out for at least two weeks due to nerve root irritation. Jodie Meeks starting at shooting guard with Steve Blake getting moved to point guard. Jordan Hill started the game for the first time this season and did not disappoint. Hill led the team scoring his career high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Jodie Meeks had a good game as well with 15 points and Pau Gasol added 14 points. Off the bench Xavier Henry had 15 points and had a highlight dunk over his former Kansas teammate Jeff Withey. Nick Young did well off the bench doing most of his work in the first half finishing the night off with 17 points. In total five players for the Lakers finished with double digits while the Pelicans only had three.
From the start the Lakers came out strong and did not take their foot off the gas pedal. The Lakers will play again tomorrow on back to back games against the Denver Nuggets. It is safe to say that D’Antoni will go with the same starting line-up again tomorrow with the way the team played tonight.
By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Marcus Landry, one of the players that played in their summer league squad. Landry played well for the summer league squad and was expected by many to be on the Lakers roster for training camp.
Landry is a small forward who played his college ball at Wisconsin and was undrafted before being picked up by the New York Knicks. He has also spent some time playing for the Boston Celtics as well as the NBA’s D-League and internationally in China, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Spain. He has averaged 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds throughout his career. If Landry is able to make the squad he is expected to make $788,873 for the season. His older brother Carl Landry has played in the NBA for 6 years and currently plays for the Sacramento Kings.
The Lakers are now at full capacity for the regular season but can add up to five more players for training camp. Landry has played for Mike D’Antoni when they were both with the Knicks and has a good shot to make the team with his ability to shoot from the three and is familiar with the style of play the Lakers are expected to run next year.
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Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed fourth year shooting guard Xavier Henry. Henry played his college ball in Kansas before entering the NBA draft in 2010 where he was chosen 12th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies but has not been able to play at the level that many expected him to.
The 22-year old shooting guard has also played for the New Orleans Hornets(now known as the Pelicans) and last season played in the D-League for the Iowa Energy. In the NBA Henry has averaged 4.5 points per game and 1.8 rebounds.
The Lakers this week have now signed Shawne Williams and Henry which makes it 14 players signed going into training camp. The Lakers have one more roster spot open for the season but can sign up to 20 players going into training camp. The players that the team has signed this off season have been players that will fit Mike D’Antoni’s style of play. NBA training camps will start on October 1st and it will be interesting to see who else the Lakers look to add before and what players will make it on the team.
By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to sign forward Elias Harris who played for the Lakers in their summer league squad. Harris was reportedly signed to a two year contract for the minimum salary. The signing of Harris comes with the team needing more depth at the forward position after amnestying forward Metta World Peace who agreed to sign with the New York Knicks.
Harris played his college ball at Gonzaga where he played with Lakers back up center Robert Sacre who was also playing for the Lakers in the summer league.The former Gonzaga forward impressed the team in Las Vegas, where the NBA summer league is held, averaging 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.
With the Lakers adding another forward to the roster it is becoming less likely that they will look to bring back former Laker Lamar Odom who played with the Los Angeles Clippers last year. The Lakers are however still looking for a player to bring to the squad. This off season the Lakers have signed Robert Sacre, Chris Kaman, Jordan Farmar, Nick Young, Wes Johnson and now Elias Harris.