Assessing team needs for the Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers were terrible on defense throughout last season. They allowed the third most points at 111.5 per game and an NBA worst 110.6 defensive rating. They lacked anything close to a good perimeter defender, which didn’t help because they did not have a defensive anchor inside. The best thing they had to a paint protector was Timofey Mozgov, which isn’t comforting at all...
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Heisler: Could be worse: Imagine Jackson running Lakers as he has Knicks

Phil and Melo, the divorce. Once, if briefly, Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony were on the same side, in the summer of 2014 when Phil, newly arrived as Knicks president, got Melo to accept a $130 million, five-year deal with an iron-clad no-trade clause. The Knicks are 80-166 since, finishing 15th, 13th, and 12th in the lame Eastern Conference.
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The young Lakers look like they’re having a blast working with Magic Johnson

The team’s new president is conducting things differently than his predecessors. On some level, the reason so many Los Angeles Lakers fans get excited when the team says it wants its players to work out with Kobe Bryant is the same reason they were happy the team hired Magic Johnson: It’s cool to see your favorite team’s current players get to pick the brains of its past greats...
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Los Angeles Lakers: D'Angelo Russell Discusses His Exit Meeting

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7 hours ago

Lakers News: Luol Deng says he could see a lot of change on the horizon

Could it start with him being shown the door? To say Luol Deng’s contract is a point of contention among Los Angeles Lakers fans is an understatement along the lines of “Kobe Bryant is pretty popular in the greater Los Angeles area”. He’s currently in the third year of a four-year deal worth roughly eleventy billion dollars and had most fans wondering if he was actually...
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Lakers News: Luol Deng says he wants to play power forward more next season

Los Angeles’ highest-paid player wants to maximize his talents by moving up a position. When the Los Angeles Lakers handed Luol Deng a four-year contract reportedly worth $72 million last summer, it was one of the most scrutinized deals of the off-season. Would it be an overpay? Would Deng block minutes from Brandon Ingram? Would he be able to play his most effective position from...
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20 hours ago

Jerry West compares Russell Westbrook to Michael Jordan

The NBA’s logo, Hall of Famer, and former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jerry West sang Russell Westbrook’s praises Friday on ESPN. “We’re looking at a reincarnation of Michael Jordan who might be a little better in terms of athletic ability,” said West, now a consultant for the Golden State Warriors. Look, Russell Westbrook had a historic season. He will be a deserving...
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LeBron James shows inhuman nature leading Cavs to 26-point comeback

Never doubt LeBron James.In honor of 4/20, The King was blazing as he simply dominated the second half of Thursday’s Game 3 against the Pacers, leading the Cavs back from a 26-point deficit on the road. They went on to win 119-114, and James finished with a divine state line of 41 points (28 in the second half), 13 rebounds, 12 assists and two blocks.According to Basketball Reference...
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Report: Jerry West wants job offer from Lakers, is not getting one

The Logo wants a role with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he is apparently not going to get it.Jerry West, who spent over 40 years with the Lakers as a player, coach, and executive, would reportedly like to return to the organization as a consultant — but no offer is coming.Mark Heisler of the Orange County Register reported that the Lakers are aware of West’s desire to return,...
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What Should the Los Angeles Lakers do about the center position?

The Los Angeles Lakers have been abysmal on the court in recent years, going through the worst four-year stretch in the storied franchises history. The dysfunctional front office of Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak did an awful job of retooling on the fly after the unfortunate injuries that occurred to Kobe Bryant and the departure of Dwight Howard in the summer of 2013. It was like Howard...
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WATCH: D'Angelo Russell: Lakers Exit Interview 2017

In his 2017 Lakers exit interview, D'Angelo Russell talks about what Magic and Rob Pelinka want him to focus on this offseason. Plus, what aspect of his game, did Russell see the most improvement? Russell also opens up about the passing of his grandmother and his emotional last game of the season. Watch more of our most popular videos! Ever see Kobe Bryant trash talk in practice...
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Magic Johnson wants to bring superstar to Lakers

From Jerry West to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Kobe and Shaq and of course, Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers have been blessed to have multiple superstars wear the purple and gold over the years. Magic is now the team’s president, and he wants to bring another superstar back to the team.Johnson joined Rodney Peete and Fred Roggin on AM 570 in Los Angeles on Monday and talked about...
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LeBron James joins an elite NBA club today

The Indiana Pacers head to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Saturday. While the Cavaliers haven’t been playing their best basketball of the year (by any means), they still are heavy favorites to eliminate Paul George and the Pacers.With Saturday’s game, LeBron James joins an elite club playing in his 200th NBA Playoff game. It’s a lofty accomplishment considering James is...
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The Los Angeles Lakers’ 2017 season recap

The Los Angeles Lakers officially ended their 2017 season on Wednesday, with a loss to the Golden State Warriors. That loss dropped them to a 26-56 record, which is a nine-win improvement from last season. It was the first season under head coach Luke Walton and a rather promising one. The season may have been full of losing, but there’s no doubt that it was fun, exciting, and...
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WATCH: Ivica Zubac Hopes To Earn Lakers Starting Spot Next Season, Says Playoffs Are The Goal

Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Ivica Zubac said he parked next to Magic Johnson's car before his exit interview and it was like a dream come true! Zubac talks about the feedback he received in his exit interview and says he hopes to work to earn the Lakers starting spot again next year. Zubac also says playoffs are the goal next year and they can't have any more seasons like...
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WATCH: Brandon Ingram On Summer Workout Plans With Kobe Bryant, Leading This Team

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram says he plans to work out with Kobe Bryant this summer. Plus, Ingram talks about the feedback he received from Magic and Rob Pelinka and the process he's gone through of becoming more vocal on the court. Ingram says he now views himself as a leader and as someone who brings confidence to his teammates. Ingram also admits he had rookie of...
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Jim Buss once tried to offer Kobe Bryant shares of Lakers

Here we have some further evidence that Jim Buss was in over his head during his time as Los Angeles Lakers head of basketball operations.According to a feature by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne on Tuesday, Buss attempted to offer shares of the franchise to Lakers legend Kobe Bryant last season as “a show of appreciation.” But the family trust reportedly does not allow for that sort...
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D’Angelo Russell hits game-winner on day of grandmother's passing

Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell wasn’t even supposed to play in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, as he was mourning the loss of his grandmother.The Lakers may be in tanking mode, but Russell clearly was not. His grandmother had passed away earlier in the day, and he was clearly looking to deliver a strong performance to honor her.And that’s exactly...
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Report: Long-time Lakers assistant Glenn Carraro resigns

Los Angeles Lakers’ longtime assistant GM Glenn Carraro has resigned, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wonarowski. Carraro, a cap guru among other things, had been with the Lakers since 2000. This is yet another front office shift in what has been a period of turnover for the Lakers. Carraro, who worked alongside former general manager Mitch Kupchak, was somewhat emblematic of the...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

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