Lakers Rumors & News

  • Kobe Bryant on Kevin Garnett’s Retirement Announcement: "I Loved Every Minute I Competed Against You"

    Complex "Elite basketball players tend to hold other elite players in the highest regard whenever they speak about or see each other. Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett held this mutual respect for 20 years, and both are now on the other side of the game as retirees. After KG officially announced his retirement..." September 25

  • Luke Walton Says D’Angelo Russell is Leader of Lakers, But Can He Handle It

    Bleacher Report "D'Angelo Russell's eyes are sparkling as he makes clear how he feels about his new coach. "At this level, I don't really know what it takes to win," Russell says. "So from a guy who knows what it takes to win, I can't do anything but sit back and listen." He is proud that Walton, from their..." September 24

  • NBA Rumors: Lakers giving away Nick Young and Lou Williams for Rudy Gay

    Sportsrageous "Rudy Gay expressed his intention to move out of the Sacramento Kings next summer if he will not be traded before the deadline. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers could offer Nick Young and Lou Williams to acquire Gay from the Kings. Rudy Gay has been involved in various..." September 23

  • D'Angelo Russell: Lakers Put Development 'On Hold' for Kobe's Last Season

    Obsev "If Kobe Bryant's historic 60-point farewell to the NBA felt like a dream, you're not alone. D'Angelo Russell, then a Los Angeles Lakers rookie, felt that way pretty much from the offseason to the end of the regular season, and not in a good way. “Last offseason was Looney Tunes,” Russell..." September 22

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • The Lakers are reportedly bringing Metta World Peace back for another season

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of young guys on their roster. D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle and newest rookie Brandon Ingram are a part of a rebuilding core that is expected to one day to lead the franchise back to some glorious times. Until they develop..." September 21

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell is upbeat about working with new Coach Luke Walton

    Los Angeles Times "His teammates’ and coaches’ sneakers squeaked on the court in front of Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell as he reflected on how much fun he’s having this off-season. “Last off-season was Looney Tunes,” Russell said Tuesday. “Wasn’t real. I didn’t get nothing out of it.” This off-season has..." September 21

  • Metta World Peace on His Stalker Slashing His Tires & Throwing Brick Through His Windows

    Black Sports Online "This sounds serious enough the woman should be put in jail, not just given a restraining order. She seems out of her mind. TMZ Sports has learned … Peace went to the LAPD and told cops a “stranger,” named Miesha Shakes, had been harassing him in a series of disturbing emails dating back to..." September 21

  • Why Luke Walton does not plan to start Brandon Ingram right away

    Inside Socal "The player left Lakers coach Luke Walton giddy about his long-term potential. Walton marveled at his defense, outside shooting, versatility and work ethic. And when asked, Walton informed Lakers vice president of player personnel Jim Buss about his hope the Lakers draft that player. Walton..." September 21

  • Report: Former Michigan basketball star Glen Rice is 'almost broke'

    Miami Herald "Former Miami Heat superstar Glen Rice is “almost broke” despite a 15-year career in the NBA that also included a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. At least, that’s according to Miami-Dade County court records made public earlier this month in a paternity suit filed against Rice by a Fort..." September 21

  • One thing every NBA Western Conference team must fix in training camp

    Fox Sports "A few NBA teams will hold their media days on Friday, and the rest will do so beginning next week. That means training camps are just about upon us, so with that in mind, here's an introductory look at one thing each team should look to address before the regular season gets going at the end of..." September 20

  • Every NBA team's best and worst player according to NBA 2K17

    Fox Sports "NBA 2K17 officially releases today, and one of the best aspects of playing the yearly basketball sim before the NBA season kicks off is seeing how each team's new arrivals and rookies look on the court. Many of the rookies selected in the 2016 draft didn't get much love from the ratings wizards at..." September 20

  • Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram has been getting advice from Andre Iguodala

    CBS Sports "With likely rising stars D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and rookie Brandon Ingram, the Los Angeles Lakers are a team built for the future. Currently though, the Lakers are woefully young and the team will rely on the veteran expertise of Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov to provide..." September 20

  • Jerry West on free agency: “if I had an opportunity to leave the Lakers I would have left”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Jerry West, the Laker icon with a statue in front of Staples Center who is now part of the brain trust of the Golden State Warriors, has been defending the choice of Kevin Durant to come West this summer. As you might expect from one of the guys who helped recruit KD to the Warriors. This week..." September 19

  • Luke Walton Says Brandon Ingram Will Not Be In The Starting Lineup Right Away

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers had a stroke of good luck during the NBA Draft Lottery, landing the second overall pick which they used to draft Duke forward Brandon Ingram. They have added a player to their roster with tremendous potential, and they hope that Ingram will ultimately live up to the..." September 17

  • Yi Jianlian on NBA re-entry: I think I'll have no problem with that

    ESPN "So much unknown surrounds Yi Jianlian as the former lottery pick prepares to return to the NBA following a four-year absence. It's unclear exactly what the 7-footer's role with the Los Angeles Lakers will be in first-year head coach Luke Walton's new system. It's undecided what position Yi..." September 17

  • Lakers’ Luke Walton building foundation through relationships

    L.A. Daily News "Under normal circumstances, Luke Walton would have spent more time mourning a playoff loss. He would have spent more time celebrating the birth of his second child. He surely would have spent more time playing beach volleyball. Instead, Walton became the Lakers’ next head coach at a time that..." September 17

  • Nick Young Wants Everyone To Back Off D'Angelo Russell ... 'He's Good' With Me

    TMZ "Nick Young has a message for anyone still giving D'Angelo Russell grief ... cut the kid a break ... saying his Lakers teammate -- who taped that bro-code violating video -- is "good" with him. TMZ Sports got Swaggy leaving Toast in L.A. and asked how he felt that people are still razzing..." September 16

  • Magic’s Wife On How He Told All of His Lovers He Had HIV

    Black Sports Online "Magic and Cookie Johnson have been married for 25 years. Cookie & Magic were only married for a month when he found out he had HIV and she shares her story on how Magic had to track down all the women he had been with to let them know they could be infected. Cookie writes in her new memoir..." September 15

  • NBA Rumor: Cavs trading Iman Shumpert to Wolves, Lakers?

    Yibada "The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves could be among the potential destinations for Iman Shumpert, with the Cleveland Cavaliers possibly attempting to trade the 26-year-old shooting guard in hopes of improving their roster. Sam Amico of Amico Hoops claimed that the Cavs were trying..." September 14

  • Coby Karl to be coach of Lakers' D-League team

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Lakers announced Monday that 33-year-old Coby Karl, the son of veteran NBA head coach George Karl, will be the new coach of their NBA D-League affiliate team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Karl began his coaching career last season as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks'..." September 13

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • Derrick Rose Drags Nick Young Into Rape Case

    TMZ "Derrick Rose is dragging Nick Young into his alleged rape case -- using his fellow NBA star in an attempt to discredit the accuser. Rose's Jane Doe accuser claims she was traumatized by the alleged gang rape because she's "prudish" and sexually inexperienced. Rose's team says that's a big fat..." September 12

  • Shaq: Lakers a 'long way' from contention

    Orange County Register "At the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Lakers historical supremacy is on full display. From one era, there are tributes to Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor; from another, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. On Friday, the fraternity of Hall of Fame Lakers will..." September 09

  • Identity of Swaggy P’s Mystery Blonde GF Revealed

    Black Sports Online "Nick Young is rebounding better than DeAndre Jordan in L.A. right now. His ex-fiance Iggy Azalea has been publicly dating rapper French Montana but Swaggy P is paying that no mind. Instead, he’s focusign his time & energy on IG model Paloma Ford." September 09

  • Kobe Bryant congratulates ‘big brother’ Shaq on Hall of Fame

    Pro Basketball Talk "Bryant would’ve loathed calling Shaquille O’Neal his big brother and heaping praise on the center. Shaq didn’t work as hard as Kobe. Shaq didn’t take basketball as seriously as Kobe. Shaq didn’t always play with the ferociousness of Kobe. But, man, Shaq sure could play." September 09

  • The best NBA free agents still on the board

    Today's Fastbreak "Jesus Gomez ByJesus GomezPosted on September 8, 2016 It’s September, which means most NBA teams have largely gone into deep offseason mode. Rosters are mostly set and training camp doesn’t start for a few more weeks. The work that needed to be done over the summer is mostly over in all but..." September 09

  • NBA revenue expected to hit $8 billion in 2016-2017

    Today's Fastbreak "ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Thursday that the NBA’s revenue for next season is projected to hit the $8 billion mark. The league reportedly earned $5.2 billion during the 2014-2015 season, which was a record at that time. In February, Forbes estimated that the New York..." September 08

  • Why Shaq's logic for leaving Kobe and the Lakers doesn't make sense

    Fox Sports "An NBA journey that started more than 20 years ago reaches its ultimate destination this weekend, when Shaquille O'Neal joins Allen Iverson, Yao Ming and Sheryl Swoopes in the Basketball Hall of Fame's class of 2016. Few dominated like Shaq — and even fewer generated as much drama as the..." September 08

  • D'Angelo Russell Heckled at Staples Center: 'Hide Your Phones!'

    TMZ "You'd think Lakers star D'Angelo Russell would catch a break at his home court ... instead, he caught a bunch of crap on the way into the Drake concert. As the 20-year-old walked into Staples Center, a couple of hecklers yelled at him-- "Hide your phone!" At first, it seemed Russell was..." September 08

  • D’Angelo Russell Is Better Than You Think He Is

    The Ringer "D’Angelo Russell’s rookie year was doomed from the start with Zombie Kobe given license to fire inefficient shots at will and Byron Scott doing more criticizing than coaching. The Ohio State product sputtered early while other rookies sparkled; it began to look like Kristaps Porzingis and Jahlil..." September 07

  • Shaquille O'Neal: I Only Played 30 Percent Of My Real Game

    Real GM Basketball "Shaquille O'Neal will enter the Hall of Fame this week as one of the most dominant big men in basketball history. “I only played 30 percent of my real game,” O’Neal told The Vertical. “I had a great career, but I didn’t get a chance to showcase what I can really do. That’s because the double-..." September 07

  • Nick Young -- I'm With Kaepernick

    TMZ "Nick Young will do what Colin Kaepernick did when the National Anthem is played at Lakers games, with one big difference." September 03

  • Phil Jackson says he briefly considered trading Kobe Bryant for Grant Hill

    CBS Sports "As we know through various Phil Jackson books, there were some real trying times between the Hall of Fame coach and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. As Bryant was coming up in the NBA and learning how to be a superstar, he didn't always buy into the team harmony concept Jackson was preaching..." September 02

  • Jackson clarifies 'uncoachable' claim, says Kobe sensitive to criticism

    Today's Fastbreak "Phil Jackson spent a total of 11 years coaching Kobe Bryant. Here’s PJ’s take on the many twists and turns, as well as the very positive outcome of their long-term relationship. “Kobe showed up at the press conference that introduced me as the new Lakers coach. He came up to my hotel room..." September 02

  • D'Angelo Russell Says New Coach Luke Walton is "One Of The Best People I Know"

    Complex "D’Angelo Russell had a tenuous relationship with former Lakers coach Byron Scott. After Russell’s rookie year, Scott was fired, and Los Angeles brought in Luke Walton. Russell seems to love his new coach. “He’s one of the best people I know, as far as off the court,” Russell said of Walton..." September 02

  • Lakers sign Julian Jacobs

    Pro Basketball Talk "If the Lakers waive Nick Young, they have potential replacements lined up. The Lakers have 14 players – one shy of the regular-season roster limit – plus Yi Jianlian, who’s very likely to last past the preseason. But dropping Young would create a vacancy. Zach Auguste and Travis Wear are..." September 01

  • Luke Walton Isn’t Sure If Brandon Ingram Will Start Over Luol Deng

    Uproxx "The Los Angeles Lakers have not had a lot of depth the last few seasons. However, after a few years picking highly in the NBA Draft, they are starting to develop some talent. Sure, the team still isn’t very good, but new head coach Luke Walton actually has some decisions to make on who is going to..." September 01

  • Lakers let stretch deadline pass on Nick Young

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers are reportedly willing to waive Nick Young if they can’t trade him. They just didn’t do it yesterday. The Lakers let the Aug. 31 deadline to stretch a player’s 2016-17 salary pass with Young still on the roster. He’ll count $5,443,918 against the cap this season. This was the..." September 01

  • Nick Young: ‘Chris Brown Is Making The Block Hot’

    SLAM Online "Music star Chris Brown has been in a standoff with the LAPD after he allegedly threatened a woman inside of his Los Angeles home and neighbor Nick Young is on the scene. While police helicopters circled overhead, the Lakers guard took to Instagram to tell everyone that Breezy is “making the..." August 31

  • Xavier Henry Signs Camp Deal With Bucks

    Real GM Basketball "Xavier Henry has agreed to a camp deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. Henry had a workout recently with the Los Angeles Lakers. Henry ruptured his left Achilles tendon early in the 14-15 season" August 30

  • Julius Randle needs seven stitches after lacerating the webbing on his hand

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle will be out of commission for a few weeks this offseason after lacerating the webbing on his right hand. He had seven stitches, the Lakers said Tuesday, and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Randle had a terrific rebounding season but struggled on both..." August 30

  • D’Angelo Russell poised to ascend under Luke Walton

    Today's Fastbreak "The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t whiff on D’Angelo Russell when they selected him second overall in the 2015 NBA draft. In fact, he’s far more likely to be a star in the NBA than most dare imagine. A look at his humble stat-line from the 2015 season (13.2 points, 3.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds per..." August 30

  • Shaq Says Both His Sons Will Make NBA

    TMZ "The O'Neal reign in the NBA ain't even close to being over -- with Shaq telling TMZ Sports BOTH of his sons are bound for the league. You've heard about 16-year-old Shareef O'Neal for a while ... he's one of the top high school players in the country. But Shaq says his other son -- 13-year-old..." August 30

  • Lakers signs Zach Auguste, Travis Wear To Training Camp Deals

    Lakers Nation "Training camp is only a month away for the Los Angeles Lakers and while the team does currently have the league maximum of 15 contracts, they can bring in up to 20 for camp. One player who had been rumored to be joining the Lakers was former Notre Dame big man Zach Auguste. Auguste played for..." August 29

  • Jason Terry Reveals His Free Agency Pitch to Luke Walton

    Lakers Nation "As the new-look Los Angeles Lakers get ready for their 2016 campaign, there were many questions surrounding how the team would go about filling out the rest of their roster. Head coach Luke Walton has surrounded his young core with some savvy veterans, and apparently Jason Terry made a pitch to..." August 27

  • Kobe: ‘A real competitor’ would not be intimidated by Warriors

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant wouldn’t be scared of the Golden State Warriors, and he doesn’t think you should be either. Bryant appeared on Thursday’s edition of “The Jim Rome Show” and said he was happy for Kevin Durant, but he wouldn’t be scared of him and his teammates. “I was happy for him. This is..." August 26

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