Lakers Rumors & News

  • Kobe says he's always available for Lakers: 'I'm only a phone call away'

    CBS Sports "Despite the fact that Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson said Kobe Bryant could have any role he wants with the team and then hired Bryant’s former agent Rob Pelinka as general manager, it does not appear that Bryant is going to officially join the front office anytime soon. Bryant told..." March 26

  • Lakers defeat Timberwolves in OT to end skid

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal was the center of attention before the Los Angeles Lakers ended a six-game slide on Friday night. Afterward, Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns was the focus after a spat late in the game with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Jordan Clarkson scored a..." March 25

  • James Harden helped recruit Lou Williams to Houston

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers had been shopping Lou Williams around in the run-up to the trade deadline, the only question was would they get a first-round pick for him. Rumors around the league say that Houston had offered them one weeks before, it was on the table, but the Jim Buss/Mitch Kupchak front office held..." March 25

  • Shaq's Lakers teammates recall practice pranks worthy of statue honor

    Orange County Register "His brute force intimidated anyone who tried to defend him, and his pranks left nearly everyone roaring with laughter. A dominant big man and a life-long jokester, Shaquille O’Neal brought those traits to every stop during his 19-year NBA career, which included an eight-year run with the Lakers..." March 24

  • Phil Jackson blows off scouting opportunity for Shaq

    New York Post "Phil Jackson stayed in Los Angeles after the Knicks departed, didn’t join them here Thursday and won’t in San Antonio on Saturday either. The Knicks president didn’t attend the NCAA Tournament either. According to the Orange County Register, Jackson will attend the unveiling of the Shaquille..." March 24

  • Magic Johnson to skip Shaq statue unveiling to scout UCLA vs. Kentucky game

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are unveiling a statue of Shaquille O’Neal outside of Staples Center Friday night, but new team general manager Magic Johnson reportedly won’t be around for the ceremony. But at least he has a good reason for missing the big event. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein,..." March 24

  • Lakers legend Kobe Bryant says there's no way he'd miss Shaq's statue unveiling

    Los Angeles Times "Only in looking back can Kobe Bryant truly appreciate the impact Shaquille O’Neal had on his career. In basketball history it is impossible to mention one without the other. “When you win three titles together and you’ve had so much impact on one another’s legacy as a player and as a champion,”..." March 24

  • March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M

    Real GM Basketball "March Madness generated $1.24 billion in advertising revenue for CBS and Turner in 2016. The two networks pay a combined $800 million per year to broadcast the NCAA tournament and that figure will increase to more than $1 billion beginning in 2024. The advertising revenue generated for CBS and..." March 23

  • Clippers top Lakers for 13th time in 14 meetings

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The highs and lows of the Los Angeles Clippers usually revolve around their defense. The Clippers locked down the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter Tuesday night and coasted to an easy win. Chris Paul scored 27 points and J.J. Redick contributed 24, and the..." March 22

  • NBA takes wrong approach to scheduling issue

    USA Today "There’s well-meaning, and then there’s meddling. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s letter to owners, urging them to get more involved in the decision to rest key players and warning of “significant penalties” for teams that flout league rules, will do little to stem the growing problem and might..." March 22

  • Steve Kerr, Rick Carlisle, Gregg Popovich agree rest unrest fixable

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he would be willing to cut his own salary if the NBA shortened the schedule as a potential solution to the issue of stars resting during regular-season games as preventative maintenance. "I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own..." March 22

  • Lakers Sign David Nwaba To Two-Year Deal

    Hoops Rumors "5:04pm: The Lakers have officially re-signed Nwaba, the team announced today in a press release. “We have been impressed by David’s focus and determination, especially on defense,” GM Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “He has a mentality about him that is infectious, and he works hard every day..." March 21

  • Irving scores 46 as Cavaliers beat Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said his club coasted for three quarters before launching a rally in the final period against the Los Angeles Lakers. Kyrie Irving scored 46 points, and the Cavaliers used a fourth-quarter rally to knock off the Lakers 125-120 on Sunday at..." March 20

  • Despite sleepless nights, Luke Walton still optimistic about Lakers

    ESPN "The windows down, music up, Oakland whizzing by as the late-night freeway offers open lanes to cruise on a postgame high that few could ever imagine. "Oh, man," Luke Walton recalls of a yesterday that seems like forever ago. Those were good times, better than good, those jaunts out of Oracle..." March 19

  • Greg Monroe, Nick Young, D'Angelo Russell Fined After Lakers, Bucks Altercation

    Bleacher Report "The NBA handed out fines following an incident during the Milwaukee Bucks' 107-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night. The league docked Bucks big man Greg Monroe $35,000, and Lakers guards Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell were fined $25,000 and $15,000, respectively. HoopsHype's Alex..." March 19

  • Bucks win tussle with Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- A scuffle late in the third quarter briefly sparked the Los Angeles Lakers, but in the end the Milwaukee Bucks prevailed and continued their bid for the NBA playoffs. Khris Middleton scored 30 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 26 points, eight rebounds and five..." March 18

  • D'Angelo Russell's cowardice in Lakers-Bucks fight made Draymond Green angry

    Sporting News "As if Friday night's shove match between the Lakers and Bucks could not get more embarrassing, Warriors forward Draymond Green, who of course had nothing to do with the altercation, on Saturday pointed out arguably its most embarrassing aspect. That would be Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell's..." March 18

  • Lakers' Jeanie Buss asking for brothers' votes for rest of her life

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss has asked her older brothers Johnny Buss and Jim Buss for assurances they'll vote for her to remain both the controlling owner and a member of the team's board of directors for the rest of her life, according to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court..." March 18

  • Luke Walton criticizes officials, Bucks staffer over on-court melee

    ESPN "After two of his players were ejected in a third-quarter skirmish with Milwaukee Bucks players in Friday's 107-103 loss at Staples Center, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton harshly criticized the officials and alleged that a Bucks employee involved in the on-court scuffle "put his hands" on one..." March 18

  • D'Angelo Russell has historically bad game in Lakers loss vs. Rockets

    Sporting News "The Lakers were blown out by the Rockets 139-100 and D'Angelo Russell was a big part of the collapse. The young point guard played 25 minutes and scored just five points while committing seven turnovers and six personal fouls. These stats combined led to a historically poor performance, as..." March 17

  • Luke Walton: Lakers are in ‘hard spot as a group’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers are underdoing a major paradigm shift as an organization right now, and head coach Luke Walton will be the first to admit that it’s a difficult process. Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Walton acknowledged that the team is in a “hard spot as a group” with all the..." March 17

  • Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni offers sympathy to recently fired Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss

    Orange County Register "The Lakers’ fan base frequently made Mike D’Antoni aware they wanted a different coach. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol disliked D’Antoni’s faster-paced offense. Lakers president Jeanie Buss remained incredulous the Lakers hired D’Antoni to replace Mike Brown in 2012 after interviewing her former..." March 16

  • Williams, Rockets light up Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was quick to admit that when it became obvious that the Lakers could offer little defensive resistance against his team, the Rockets' attention to detail began to wane. But when the Lakers mustered some verve in the second half, the Rockets rediscovered their..." March 15

  • Lakers shut down healthy Deng for rest of season

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Lakers have effectively shut down healthy veterans Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov for the rest of the season to give the majority of playing time over the final 15 games to their younger players, sources told ESPN. Deng and Mozgov were the Lakers' big free-agent acquisitions last..." March 15

  • Barton boosts Nuggets in rout of Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- As the postgame media crowded around Will Barton's locker, Denver coach Michael Malone walked by and shouted, "They weren't there last game! The Thrill is back!" He is, and the Nuggets are happier for it. Barton broke out of a slump to score 22 points, Jamal Murray also had..." March 14

  • Lakers to make Timofey Mozgov healthy scratch for remainder of season

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s hard to cut your losses on a $64 million investment, but that’s exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to do. According to a report by Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated on Tuesday, the Lakers will shut down a healthy Timofey Mozgov for the remainder of the season to get a..." March 14

  • Saric (29 points) steers 76ers past Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Lakers coach Luke Walton shook up his lineup, but the results were a familiar one for Los Angeles. Rookie Dario Saric scored a career-high 29 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Lakers 118-116 on Sunday night at Staples Center...." March 13

  • Nick Young moves to bench to make way for young players

    Larry Brown Sports "The Lakers will be giving their younger players more court time over the remainder of the season. As a result, Nick Young will take on a reduced role. A season that began with the Lakers getting off to a 7-5 start has turned into one that has them with the worst record in the NBA’s Western..." March 13

  • Jerry West had interest in Lakers return, didn’t match Jeanie Buss’ vision

    Bleacher Report "The buzzword in L.A. is "family," because everyone has one and it's natural to rubberneck when someone else's has run itself off the road…especially when the folks can afford much more than a minivan. The business, though, is basketball. And for this business that happens to be run by Jerry..." March 13

  • Rob Pelinka has talked to Kobe about helping Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "Rob Pelinka has the inside pipeline with Kobe Bryant, so it’s no surprise that he’s talked to his former client about being involved with the Lakers. Pelinka was officially introduced as the new Lakers’ GM during the week. Pelinka was the agent to many NBA players — including stars like Kobe..." March 12

  • Lakers smash Suns, snap eight-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Magic Johnson has his first win as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations. And the Phoenix Suns have a better shot at a few more ping-pong balls in the NBA draft lottery. In a matchup of young, athletic, fast-paced teams who are headed for high spots in..." March 10

  • Pelinka: Lakers will be 'greatest sports franchise in the world'

    Los Angeles Times "Kobe Bryant sat in the first row, with his wife Vanessa, Lakers controlling owner and governor Jeanie Buss, co-owner Janie Buss and alternate governor Joey Buss as the Lakers introduced their new general manager. Rob Pelinka, Bryant's agent for most of his career, sat beside Lakers president of..." March 10

  • Jeanie Buss resented Jim Buss for breakdown in her relationship with Phil Jackson

    ESPN "It was long past time for Jeanie Buss to head home. Her headache had turned into a full-blown migraine hours ago -- spots in her field of vision; throbbing at the back of her skull; the works. It was 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and she had a few last calls to make before she could turn off the..." March 10

  • NBA's Nick Young Burglarized AGAIN ... Entire SAFE Stolen

    TMZ "The celebrity burglary thiefstravaganza continues ... this time, crooks struck the L.A. home of Lakers star Nick Young (again!) and made off with $500k in cash and jewelry after taking his entire safe!!! Law enforcement sources confirm ... Young's Valley residence was hit in February when the..." March 09

  • Nowitzki hits 30,000 points, leads Mavs past Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki described the evening as surreal. Historic is appropriate, too. The greatest player in Dallas Mavericks history reached the 30,000-point milestone in rousing fashion, showing off the range of shots that have defined his Hall of Fame career. Nowitzki scored a..." March 08

  • Legal experts say Jeanie Buss appears well positioned to retain control of Lakers

    Los Angeles Times "Buried in the 39-page trust document stamped “Confidential” is the paragraph at the heart of the struggle to control the Lakers. Wedged between legalese about distributing household items and trustee powers, the 148 words lay out Jerry Buss’ plan for who would run the team after his death in..." March 08

  • Lakers are viewed as a 'soft team' according to coach Luke Walton

    Sporting News "The Lakers lost another game Tuesday night as they now hold the second-worst record in the NBA. After falling to the Mavericks, coach Luke Walton said his team isn't very intimidating. “We still haven’t truly figured out how to make teams uncomfortable,” Walton said. “I think teams feel like..." March 08

  • Mark Cuban on new Lakers front office: ‘I hope they fail miserably’

    Larry Brown Sports "Don’t expect Mark Cuban to send the Lakers any congratulations or well-wishes on their new hires. The Dallas Mavericks owner has long had a rivalry with the Lakers and had no qualms about taking shots at them. Now the legendary franchise is at the bottom of the barrel in the NBA and decided to..." March 08

  • Kobe Bryant Endorses Rob Pelinka As New General Manager Of The Lakers

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers officially announced the hiring of Rob Pelinka as the team’s new general manager on Tuesday. Immediately following the announcement from the team, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to give his endorsement of his longtime agent A few weeks, Bryant met with Lakers..." March 08

  • Lakers’ Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov mindful of criticism about their play, contracts

    L.A. Daily News "The two could not help but laugh over the circumstances. And why not? Within a couple of days of free agency last July, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov became the highest-paid players on the Lakers’ roster. Shortly after agreeing to join the Lakers on a four-year, $64 million deal, Mozgov joked he..." March 07

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell doesn't want to overthink his play

    Orange County Register "The form looked smooth, the follow through seemed sharp and the confidence remained high. Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell spent the latter part of Monday's practice moving around the perimeter to take 3-pointers. And most of the time, they went into the basket. Having Russell take..." March 07

  • Pelicans top Lakers for first win with Cousins

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The adjustment to life with a new employer is proving difficult for DeMarcus Cousins. On Sunday night, however, Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans figuring out a winning formula. Anthony Davis scored 31 points and collected nine rebounds, and the Pelicans defeated the Los..." March 06

  • Lakers coach Luke Walton adjusting to new landscape in Los Angeles

    USA Today "Among the many things Luke Walton has going for him as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers is that he actually talks with Jeanie Buss. Every so often, the 36-year-old will pop in to those corner offices at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, Calif., where Jeanie and her longtime friend,..." March 06

  • Luke Walton expected Buss, Kupchak to remain in their roles

    Yardbarker "Luke Walton has been the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for less than a full year, and already the team’s front office looks much different than he envisioned it looking when he agreed to take the job. In an interview with Sam Amick of USA Today, Walton essentially admitted that he was..." March 06

  • Lou Williams Tweets Swaggy P About Giving Him His Money After Young Thought He Got Away With It

    Black Sports Online "Pay what owe! Also, just because that person isn’t around you all the time, doesn’t mean that you can skip out on that payment. Swaggy P thought he was Swiper when Lou Williams got traded to the Houston Rockets. Apparently, he owes Lou Will some money and thought just because he’s a few states..." March 05

  • Celtics follow big win with another victory

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Coming off a big win Wednesday over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics didn't want to let their guards down Friday night against the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. "We knew it was a big game for us," Thomas said. "We knew the first game on the road..." March 04

  • Luke Walton upset with Lakers after Celtics showboat in blowout

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton is not pleased after the Boston Celtics did a bit of showboating in their blowout win Friday night. The Celtics blew out the Lakers 115-95 at Staples Center, and with the game already a blowout in the third quarter, the Celtics started reeling off plays like..." March 04

  • Why the Cavaliers will have to emulate the 2001 Lakers to repeat as champions

    Fox Sports "Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had plenty of reason for frustration with his team’s defense on Friday night. The Cavs were lights-out on offense against the Atlanta Hawks, pouring in 25 3-pointers to tie their own all-time record, yet they surrendered 130 points in the process. As a..." March 04

  • Jeanie Buss gets restraining order to prevent brothers from ousting her as Lakers president

    Los Angeles Times "The behind-the-scenes struggle for control of the Lakers spilled into public view in a sixth-floor room in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, with a thick stack of documents in which Jeanie Buss sought a restraining order against her brothers Jim and Johnny. In the latest chapter of a..." March 04

  • Buss brothers deny trying to remove Jeanie Buss as controlling owner

    ESPN "Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss has thwarted a legal attempt by her older brothers, Johnny and Jim Buss, to strip her of her seat on the Lakers' board of directors, and potentially her controlling ownership of the NBA team. On Feb. 24, the elder Buss brothers sent a notice to the..." March 04