Lakers News: Latest Buzz Surrounding the Lake Show

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIDecember 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Kobe Bryant #24, Darius Morris #1, and Jodie Meeks #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers walk up the court past Shaun Livingston #14 of the Washington Wizards during the second half at Verizon Center on December 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers finally snapped their four-game losing streak against the Washington Wizards Dec. 14, but that's not the only news surrounding the team.

Dwight Howard is once again making headlines and a integral team member might soon be returning to the court. Here's the latest news surrounding the NBA's most high-profile franchise.


Harlem Globetrotters Extend Invitation to Kobe Bryant

Yes, you read that right.

Just before the Lake Show downed the Wizards, Bryant was quoted as saying: "Right now I wish we had the Washington Generals on our schedule." While the future Hall of Famer was clearly just frustrated with the losing streak, the Generals' longtime rival came to Bryant with a proposition.

The Globetrotters took to their official Twitter account and invited LA's No. 24 to play a game with the team against the Generals, tweeting:

Kobe wants to play the Generals next. We can make that happen. Just ask former Globetrotter @magicjohnson. Kobe - give us a call.

— Harlem Globetrotters (@Globies) December 14, 2012

Bryant has yet to respond to the team's invitation, but after his 30 points against Washington's NBA team, chances are he's once again happy on his current squad.


Dwight Howard Stars in Latest "The NOC" Parody Video

The Noc has been making a name for itself in the sports world with videos like "Every Fan of the NFL in 90 Seconds." Lakers' center Dwight Howard is the star of the Noc's latest video. 

The video is in response to the fact that the NBA left the center position off the 2012 All-Star ballot. In the video, Howard advocates for the "Centers Center for Centers," which helps reposition centers into point guards due to the position's near extinction.

The funniest part of the video is the charity-type music playing to a slideshow featuring centers like Patrick Ewing and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Howard does a decent job in the comedic role.

At the very least, it's the best headline-grabbing thing Howard has done in quite some time.


Pau Gasol Speaks out About "Day-to-Day" Injury

Gasol did not take part in the Lakers' much-needed victory over the Wizards, instead sitting out for his seventh straight game. The team has listed his tendinitis injury as "day-to-day" but the forward isn't exactly in love with that description.

Gasol told ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin that he views himself as "doubtful" for the Dec. 16 game against Philadelphia, "questionable" for the Dec. 18 game against Charlotte and "probable" for the team's Dec. 22 game at Golden State.

The Lakers might have one recent win under their belt but the return of Gasol would be a huge help both offensively and defensively. This is a team that needs to put a string of wins together before the calendar turns to 2013. It's no secret the chances of accomplishing that feat are easier with Gasol on the court.