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Lakers address Heat and expectations

January, 16, 2013
1/16/13
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Markazi By Arash Markazi
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LOS ANGELES -- Miami Heat forward LeBron James recently said the Los Angeles Lakers haven't had to go through the same level of scrutiny he and the Heat did two seasons ago.

On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant responded as only he can.

"What does it matter?" Bryant said. "What does he want, a cookie for that?"

The Lakers will play the Heat on Thursday with both teams looking for a win rather than bragging rights about dealing with expectations and adversity.

Before Thursday's game, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni also weighed in on whether the Heat received more scrutiny.

"Probably, because I don't think he handled 'The Decision' very well," D'Antoni said of James. "So, that was probably it. He's right, they did have it a lot tougher. A little bit of it was like self-inflicted, but that's over and he lived up to it. He did a great job."

In 2010-2011 when James joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, the Heat started the season 9-8 before finishing 58-24 and losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. This season, the Lakers with Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol are 17-21. Various injuries to Howard, Nash and Gasol have prevented the Lakers' core from playing together at the same time much this season.

Howard said he understood where James was coming from with his comments, considering the widespread backlash James received after announcing his decision to take his "talents to South Beach" during a nationally televised special.

"Most people hated LeBron for what he did and how he did it," Howard said. "Not just that he left, but the manner that he left as far as doing it on TV and the whole thing. In this situation, I don't think people have hate for the Lakers for [trading for Howard and Nash]. I think that's a little bit different. As far as pressure, with our team, everyone expected us to go 82-0 so there's a lot of pressure on us. We feel it every time we step on the court and we can hear it every time we miss a shot or somebody scores. People are upset. They don't expect anybody to score on us. It's a lot of pressure."

Howard said he was actually pulling for James to win a championship last season as Howard recovered from back surgery.

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One-on-one with Phil Jackson Video

December, 22, 2010
12/22/10
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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Phil Jackson sits down with Hannah Storm, discussing what brought him back to the Lakers, how he thinks he'll be remembered, and his future in basketball and beyond.

Oh, and just in case there was any question bout how Phil feels about playing on Christmas Day, P.J. cleared that up before Tuesday's loss in Milwaukee.

(Hint: He's still not a fan...)

One-on-one with Kobe Bryant Video

December, 21, 2010
12/21/10
2:28
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Kobe Bryant talks about what motivates him, Heat-Lakers Christmas Day matchup, history of the game and his future. Including this little gem regarding the end of his career: "It's not around the corner, but it's down the street."

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