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Quo Vadis? An apt query for frustrated Lakers fans

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The title of the historical novel "Quo Vadis" is an apt question for frustrated Los Angeles Lakers fans to ask of players and coaches after the team's nightmare 2013-14 NBA campaign came to an end. Written by Pole Henryk Sienkiewicz in 1895, the novel borrows its title from the biblical query "Quo vadis Domine?", Latin for "Where are you going, Lord?", and the future destination of the Lakers franchise is certainly up for debate.

Preview: Lakers at Jazz

The Los Angeles Lakers only have two games left in the worst season in franchise history and face the only Western Conference team with a worse record when they visit the Utah Jazz on Monday. Los Angeles fell 102-90 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday for its seventh straight defeat as well as increasing the franchise-record loss count to 55. Utah is also limping to the finish with 20 losses over its last 23 games.

Preview: Lakers at Kings

The Los Angeles Lakers attempt to complete a four-game season sweep of Sacramento when they visit the Kings on Wednesday. The Lakers will also be trying to avoid their 50th loss after falling to Portland on Tuesday – Los Angeles last experienced a 50-defeat campaign in 1974-75 when it went 30-52. Sacramento has just one fewer loss than the Lakers and ended a three-game skid with a 102-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

NBA: Lovebirds Buss, Jackson to sign conflict of interest pact

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and his fiancee, Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss, have been asked by the NBA to sign a document dealing with potential conflicts of interest. Buss told KSPN radio in Los Angeles about the league's concern in the wake of Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach, taking over control of the Knicks this week. "There's a document we have to sign that deal with conflicts of interest," Buss told the sports radio station in an interview. "I understand. I'll sign it. I don't see any problem going forward."

Preview: Kings at Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have rarely been in a situation where they need to win their way out of the basement, but the 2013-14 season is a new experience for the franchise. The Lakers will attempt to gain a game on the Sacramento Kings when they host the division rivals on Friday. Los Angeles has dropped three straight to dip 1 1/2 games behind the Kings and into sole possession of last place in the Western Conference.

Preview: Nets at Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers got a big boost from a pair of newcomers on Friday and are hoping it’s the start of something positive. The Lakers will attempt to put together back-to-back wins at home for the first time since a three-game run from Nov. 17-24 when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The Nets will be enduring the second night of a back-to-back after falling at Golden State on Saturday.

Knicks top Forbes list of most valuable NBA teams

(Reuters) - The New York Knicks remained the NBA's most valuable team, worth over $1 billion, according to a Forbes poll on Wednesday that showed the average team value rose 25 percent from last year. The average NBA team's value rose to $634 million, a jump Forbes said was driven by cost controls from the collective bargaining agreement and the much-anticipated next round of television contracts.

Preview: Nuggets at Lakers

Two teams that just ended long losing streaks clash Sunday when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Denver Nuggets. Los Angeles halted a six-game skid by defeating the Utah Jazz on Friday as recent D-League call-up Kendall Marshall became the first Lakers player since Kobe Bryant in 2002 to reach 20 points and 15 assists in the same game. Denver stopped an eight-game losing streak with a solid showing in Friday’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Preview: Bucks at Jazz

The Utah Jazz look for their 12th consecutive home victory over Milwaukee when they host the Bucks on Thursday. Milwaukee hasn’t won in Utah since the beginning of the 2001-02 campaign and the Bucks are just 4-12 on the road this season even after beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. The Jazz still have the worst record in the Western Conference after winning four of their last seven while Milwaukee owns the worst mark in the East.

Preview: Heat at Lakers

Two of the holiday season's most popular attractions do battle Christmas Day as the two-time defending-champion Miami Heat take on the decidedly less star-studded Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Miami comes into the Wednesday evening showdown having escaped with a 121-119 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks two nights earlier. The Lakers find themselves scrambling to get back to the .500 mark after getting walloped 117-90 by Phoenix.
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