My name is Mark Travis and I am journalism student at the University of Oregon. I started writing back in 2008, when Michael Crabtree and the Texas Tech Red Raiders inspired him to start his own website. My first site, But The Game Is On, got me my first media credential in the summer of 2008 when I covered the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate. I then gained media access to Team USA Basketball, NIKE and the NBA in the summer of 2009 and interviewed the likes of Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and many other NBA stars.
After assembling a super team this off-season, the Lakers flopped in their season opener, ultimately leading to their demise against the Mavericks, 99-91.
With tip off just a few hours away, Kobe Bryant seems fairly certain that he will play tonight despite a foot injury.
Despite a troubled past and several burned bridges, West would bring a crucial element to the Lakers' bench.
A season and a half in New Jersey dropped Deron Williams from national cognizance. With the new-look Nets moving to Brooklyn, Williams is poised to explode back onto the scene and lead a stronger supporting cast.
A foot injury has kept Bryant off the floor for six straight days, making him questionable for the season opener against the Dallas Mavericks.
Laker superstar Kobe Bryant sees a bit of himself in Oklahoma City's oft criticized yet incredibly productive point guard Russell Westbrook.
The Lakers have many defensive weaknesses, and the ultimate defensive strength. What happens when you put it all together?
Dwight Howard will have a profound effect on the Lakers defense and that transformation should make them a prohibitive title favorite.
Australian big man got his chance to shine with the Lakers summer league squad. And he took advantage of it. How would he fit in with the real Lakers?
Eric Bledsoe has played some incredible defense so far this post-season, most notably against Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, and has given the Clippers some hope against the Spurs.
The Lakers just got done with a grueling battle against the fast and hard working Nuggets. Now they're facing off against a team just as fast and hard working that is armed with even more talent. Will the Lakers be able to handle the Thunder?
Ramon Sessions was one of the main reasons people thought the Lakers might make some noise in the playoffs