Mamba Unsure About Opening Night

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Asked around 11 a.m. Saturday about his some-day return to the court, Kobe Bryant said “My goal is to play tonight.” So there was not going to be a lot of clarity.

Saturday night would have been out of the question if there had been a game, but little on the calendar after that seemed much of a certainty as the Lakers reconvened in preparation for the new season that will include Bryant. At some point.

The coach is not ruling Bryant out of at least the last of the exhibition games, Mike D’Antoni said. But D’Antoni balanced that by noting he is not counting on Bryant for any of the eight preseason contests in Southern California, Las Vegas or two in China against the Warriors.

The player is not ruling out opening night of the regular season, Bryant said. But the…

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D’Antoni: Gasol better post player than Dwight

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Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has gone from Dwight Howard at center to Chris Kaman, from publicly criticizing Pau Gasol to a hard sell on Gasol as a reason for hope, and from a 2012-13 of immense expectations to a follow-up where just making the playoffs could make this season a success.

His world has not stopped spinning since getting the job 10 1/2 months ago. D’Antoni is willing to be honest in the assessment that the Lakers would be better off if Howard had re-signed, a sentiment a lot of scorned Lakers backers dismiss.

With the Los Angeles portion of the Dwightmare closed and D’Antoni in his first full season as coach, he looked back in an NBA.com interview at the 2012-13 with the perspective of time and where it has left the Lakers in 2013-14.

Question: How much of…

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NBA Weighs Finals Switch To 2-2-1-1-1

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After 29 years of staging its championship round in a 2-3-2 format of home/road games, the NBA is considering a return to the 2-2-1-1-1 system used for The Finals prior to 1985 and still used for all earlier playoff rounds.

The league’s competition committee voted to recommend the switch to the Board of Governors, which is expected to approve the move at its meetings Oct. 22-23. Still to be determined: whether the change would take effect for The Finals this June or wait till 2015. The committee’s recommendation was first reported by the Boston Herald Sunday.

“The idea was raised at the competition committee and was well-received,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Sunday, “and the committee ultimately unanimously voted to recommend the change in format.”

The 2-3-2 format was adopted for the championship round in 1985, after three consecutive Finals – and nine in a span of 10 years –…

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Celebrating 200,000 photos on Houzz! #interiordesign

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We’re celebrating in the houzz! We hit the 200K photo mark today (200,019 at the time this screen shot was taken). That’s two hundred thousand high-quality photos of residential interiors and exteriors, uploaded by design professionals into their portfolios on houzz.com. Thanks to our wonderful community of pros – more than 28,000 of them have created profiles and are active on Houzz – and all our design enthusiasts, we’re honored to provide a platform that brings greater exposure to amazing design work, and is changing the building and remodeling process for designers and homeowners alike.  Happy browsing, we hope all the new photos will soon fill your eyes and your ideabooks!

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Design Events Around the World: October 14 – November 4, 2011

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A quick-reference summary of the design events for this week, from around the world. Know of an upcoming event or one we’ve missed? Lets us know @houzz_inc or leave a comment on this post.

  1. ART WALK — Oct. 15, 2011  Yerba Buena Gallery Walk, 4-7pm, San Francisco, CA
  2. EVENT — Oct. 15, 2011 Appetite for Design: Inspiration KitchensInspiration Kitchens, 3504 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
  3. FAIR — October 15, 2011 Fall Crafts in Chelsea, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    W. 21st St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Chelsea
    New York, NY
  4. FESTIVAL — Oct. 14-17, 2011  Andersonville Arts Weekend Chicago, IL
  5. TRADE SHOW — Oct. 22-27, 2011  High Point Market  High Point, NC
  6. FESTIVAL — Nov. 1-6, 2011  Tokyo Designers Week 2011  Tokyo, Japan 

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