Lakers News: Latest on Steve Nash’s Soccer Excursion, Carmelo Anthony and More

The dust is finally starting to settle in the 2013 NBA offseason, and the Los Angeles Lakers may be the team walking away with more questions than any.

Talk of Dwight Howard's departure has over-saturated the market for weeks now, with everyone ready and willing to give their hot takes on what this means for the Lakers franchise. Replacing Howard with a motley crew of veterans that includes Chris Kaman, Nick Young and draft-bust Wesley Johnson hasn't helped matters, either.

But that situation has reached the point where it's beyond any notable analysis. Howard is a Rocket. Nothing is going to change that, and the Lakers franchise has to move forward with what they have—even if it means giving significant playing time to guys barely hanging on in the league.

Last week saw some glimmers of hope for the Lakers, when owner Jim Buss told ESPN's Arash Markazi that Kobe Bryant is ahead of schedule rehabbing his Achilles injury. While Buss' claim that Bryant could return in the preseason is a little preposterous—about on the level of anyone thinking Robert Griffin III should suit up for the preseason—there remains the very real possibility that No. 24 could defy the odds once again.

The Lakers news cycle has been a little slower this week, but there still have been some notable stories—some strange and others understandable. With that in mind, let's take a look around the SoCal area and analyze what we've learned about the Purple and Gold recently. 


Nash to Try Out for Inter Milan Next Week

Steve Nash's affinity for international football is almost as great as his ability to drop dimes through razor-thin space on the basketball court. In another life, Nash once claimed to GQ, he could have been a professional soccer player.

Now he's about to get his chance. According to the Associated Press' Tim Reynolds (h/t th...

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