Lakers Rumors & News

  • Magic Johnson 'Lavar Ball Is Like Kris Jenner ... Here's How'

    TMZ "Magic Johnson says LaVar Ball reminds him of Kris Jenner ... and that ain't a bad thing. Johnson was asked about LaVar Ball when he joined 'Afternoons with Marcellus and Kelvin' on ESPN radio ... and not only did he compare L.B. to Kim Kardashian's mama, Magic said he's got no problem with Papa..." May 25

  • Magic Johnson: Brandon Ingram is only untouchable player on Lakers roster

    ESPN "As the Los Angeles Lakers' new management eyes dramatic change to revive an illustrious franchise that has fallen to historic lows, there's only one player on the roster that Earvin "Magic" Johnson considers untouchable: forward Brandon Ingram. "I would say probably the only player that we..." May 25

  • Lakers hire Kardashian trainer to head strength and conditioning department

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers hired Gunnar Peterson, who counts celebrities among his past clientele, to be their director of strength and endurance. Peterson, a personal trainer before joining the Lakers, replaces Tim DiFrancesco, who resigned from his post as the Lakers’ strength and conditioning coach this..." May 25

  • Former Lakers coach Byron Scott ‘felt betrayed, lied to and deceived’ by Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss

    Orange County Register "Byron Scott and Luke Walton had an unexpected meeting a few months ago, crossing paths at a restaurant after one of the Lakers’ late-season games. After exchanging pleasantries, their conversation shifted to Walton’s first season as the Lakers’ head coach. “I told him he’s doing a good job and..." May 24

  • D'Angelo Russell Likes Tweet: 'No Way in Hell' the Lakers Should Take Lonzo Ball

    Bleacher Report "It seems Los Angeles Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell is not in favor of Lonzo Ball joining the team. On Tuesday night, the 21-year-old liked a tweet from Twitter user @Beck_Jordan11, who said that, after watching Russell’s 2016-17 highlights, "there is no way in hell they should draft..." May 24

  • Charles Oakley 'Carmelo + Lakers = Bad Fit Wouldn't Make Playoffs'

    TMZ "Charles Oakley says Carmelo Anthony should stay far away from the Lakers when he looks for a new NBA home ... telling TMZ Sports, the future ex-Knick needs to play for a contender. There have been rumors that L.A. could be a destination for the All-Star ... who has final say in where he plays..." May 23

  • Barkley Stays Dumb with the Rings Debate: "If Lebron can beat the Warriors, I might put him on Kobe's level"

    The Big Lead "Charles Barkley is great television, but if you listen to the words actually coming out of his mouth, it’s mostly buffoonery. Barkley relentlessly bashes the Warriors as soft jump shooters; somebody at TNT needs to show him the offensive and defensive stats from the teams he played on in the 80s..." May 23

  • Luke Walton not stressing LaVar Ball: ‘My dad’s got a big personality, too’

    TMZ "Lakers coach Luke Walton ain't scared of LaVar Ball ... telling TMZ Sports the big personality on Lonzo's dad isn't an issue 'cause Walton's already dealt with a celebrity papa ... his own dad, Bill. We got Luke at the Tour de Pier charity event in Manhattan Beach and talked to him about the..." May 22

  • Taking away the hometown factor, is Lonzo Ball the obvious pick for the Lakers?

    CBS Sports "Back in 1987, Indiana Pacers general manager Donnie Walsh had a real dilemma on his hands. With the No. 11 pick in the draft, there was immense pressure to draft hometown hero Steve Alford, who had just led Indiana University to a national championship and had pretty much been a basketball hero in..." May 22

  • Trading Paul George to Lakers or Celtics aren't only options for Pacers

    CBS Sports "The person most upset about Paul George not getting All-NBA honors is definitely Paul George. George missed out on being eligible for an extension worth $70 million more if the media voting had deemed him one of the top six forwards in the league this season. But almost as upset as George..." May 22

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 'Dwight Howard didn’t want to do any work' with Lakers

    Lakers Nation "Few former NBA players and Los Angeles Lakers legends are more revered than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The 70-year-old Jabbar shattered records during his 20-year NBA career in the league leaving behind a legacy that may never be topped by another player. With all the knowledge and wisdom Jabbar has..." May 19

  • The Lakers Will Dig Into LaVar Ball's Past Before The Draft

    The Big Lead "Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton was on the Dan Patrick Show Friday to discuss his team’s strategy heading into the 2017 NBA Draft. Walton revealed the steps the franchise will take when assessing who to draft but he revealed someone with the Lakers will dig in to LaVar Ball’s..." May 19

  • The Lakers Should Draft De'Aaron Fox, Not Lonzo Ball

    SI "Lonzo Ball has been in the news this week for the same reason that Lonzo Ball has been in the news every week for the past two months: LaVar Ball said something crazy. After months in the spotlight, this week Lonzo's father responded to a few critics directly, saying "Jason Whitlock can't..." May 19

  • Dwight Howard Explains Why It Wasn’t His Fault He Didn’t Work With Kareem, But Lakers Fault

    Black Sports Online "I think we all want to forget about Dwight Howard with the Lakers. It was a top-notch failed experiment and an embarrassment to the Lakers organization. Actually, the 2012 year for the Lakers should be forgotten… Sadly, that year has been brought up for interview purposes with Laker legend,..." May 19

  • Byron Scott 'LaVar Has Huge Ego ... But Magic Can Handle Him'

    TMZ "Magic Johnson will keep LaVar Ball in line while Lonzo is tearing it up in L.A. ... so says former Lakers coach Byron Scott who tells TMZ Sports Magic is too tough to fear the Balls. It's the million dollar question right now ... is Lonzo's basketball artistry worth having to deal with LaVar..." May 19

  • Kobe Bryant is still clutch, helps student avoid taking final exam

    The Sports Daily "Kobe Bryant may have called it quits as far as his NBA career goes, but he’s still active on social media. And when one particular student sent him a tweet in search of some assistance, Bryant came through in the clutch. The high school student informed Kobe that an agreement was in place..." May 19

  • D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle for Paul George is a Trade Lakers Fans Should Endorse

    The Big Lead "Paul George not making the All-NBA team essentially seals his fate in Indiana – why would the Pacers keep him this summer, and then risk losing him for nothing next summer? If you think Indiana can somehow put together a lineup that could get them to the Eastern Conference Finals next year and..." May 19

  • Magic Johnson: Lakers plan to involve Kobe in decisions

    USA Today "Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson has reached out to former Laker Kobe Bryant for advice since stepping into his new role. Bryant, who retired at the end of last season, had previously said he’s one call away, but didn’t want to have an official role with the organization. Johnson had..." May 19

  • Lakers Reportedly 'Pretty Confident' It'll Land Paul George in '18

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers believe they'll be able to sign Paul George as a free agent in the summer of 2018, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. George, 27, averaged 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in the 2016-17 season for the Indiana Pacers. He's set to become an unrestricted free..." May 18

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons

    NBA.com "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • Could a Jimmy Butler, D’Angelo Russell trade be in the works?

    Sportsnaut "There’s a scenario in play that suggests the Chicago Bulls could move All-Star guard Jimmy Butler this upcoming summer. He was bandied about as bait during February’s trade deadline. But in the end, Chicago decided to keep its star guard en route to earning a trip to the playoffs. Now that an..." May 18

  • Lakers will also consider De’Aaron Fox with No. 2 overall pick

    Larry Brown Sports "De’Aaron Fox may be trampling on Lonzo Ball’s hopes and dreams once again. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress reports on Wednesday that while Ball is the “heavy favorite” to be chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick, the Lakers will also take a “long, hard look” at Fox and..." May 17

  • LaVar Ball guarantees the Lakers will make the playoffs with Lonzo Ball, reveals how his $495 shoe is selling

    Fox Sports "LaVar Ball visited "Undisputed" Wednesday morning after the Lakers landed the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and promised that if his son Lonzo goes to Los Angeles as expected that he will lead the team to the playoffs in his rookie season. “I’ll put it out there before we even do it...." May 17

  • Lonzo Ball Reportedly May Only Work Out for Lakers Before 2017 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Lonzo Ball may know something everybody else doesn't. A source told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne that Ball may choose to only work out for the Los Angeles Lakers: "We will make that decision closer to June." The source added that the Lakers are their "desired destination." The Lakers will..." May 17

  • Multiple NBA teams evaluating trade packages for Lakers' D'Angelo Russell

    SI "With the Los Angeles Lakers coming away with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft following Tuesday night’s lottery, multiple NBA teams are evaluating trade packages for D’Angelo Russell, league sources told SI.com. Securing the No. 2 overall pick clears the way for the Lakers to..." May 17

  • Lakers have a plan no matter if they keep top-three pick in Tuesday's draft lottery

    Los Angeles Times "The last great Lakers point guard will sit on stage Tuesday night during the NBA’s draft lottery, as the public face of the organization. Magic Johnson is now charged with turning around his beloved franchise, with making sure that the Lakers’ status lately as a fixture in the NBA draft lottery..." May 16

  • The Future of the Lakers Rests on the NBA Draft Lottery

    Complex "Tonight, representatives from each of the 14 NBA teams who missed the playoffs will shuffle into a windowless conference room at the New York City Hilton Midtown, where they’ll watch helplessly as ping pong balls are drawn Pick 6-style to determine the future of each franchise. The NBA Draft..." May 16

  • Sixers troll Lakers over draft lottery with awesome GIF

    Sportsnaut "As the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors take on one another in the Western Conference Finals Tuesday, non-playoff teams will also be squaring off. It will take place in the form of the 2017 NBA Draft lottery during the broadcast of a game that pits two teams these lottery squads want..." May 16

  • Kobe sends jersey, shoes to brother of teen killed by police

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant sent a special birthday gift to Kevon Edwards, the brother of Jordan Edwards, the unarmed 15-year-old who was fatally shot by a Dallas police officer while leaving a party last month. The former NBA star mailed Kevon a signed Lakers jersey and two pairs of his signature shoes, to..." May 16

  • Paul George to work out with Kobe Bryant

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to acquire Paul George at some point over the next year or so, and Kobe Bryant may be in the best position to start the recruiting process. In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week, George was asked about the abundance of rumors..." May 16

  • Rudy Tomjanovich no longer with the Lakers

    Inside Socal "The Lakers’ wave of sea changes in their basketball operations department included Rudy Tomjanovich, who coached the Lakers 43 games into the 2004-05 season before abruptly resigning and serving as a consultant for the Lakers in various capacities in subsequent years. A Lakers spokesperson..." May 16

  • NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18

    Hoops Rumors "Having created a post last week to track this offseason’s player option decisions, we’re turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the space below to keep tabs on all the team options for 2017/18, making note of whether they’re picked up or declined. True team..." May 15

  • LaVar Ball: Lonzo's Going to Be a Laker

    ESPN "It has been, what, six months since the world met LaVar Ball and his brood of big ballers? And already most basketball fans would recognize their big house in this upscale tract-housing community about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles. There's the double-rimmed basketball hoops rising from..." May 15

  • Jordan Clarkson Response to Seeing Ex-GF Kendall in The Club: “I’m a Playa” & Leaves With 3 IG Models

    Black Sports Online "I would imagine it was Jordan who did the breaking up. He doesn’t seem bothered at all his Ex was at the club with her new guy. Kendall Jenner nearly had a seriously awkward moment when she and A$AP Rocky ended up at the same party as her ex, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson — except Jordan..." May 14

  • NBA execs say LaVar Ball won't influence Lonzo Ball's draft slot

    ESPN "New Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson says LaVar Ball and his provocative personality won't influence whether Johnson drafts former UCLA star Lonzo Ball. "No effect at all," Johnson told ESPN at the NBA combine. "I think what you're drafting is the son and not the father. I think that..." May 12

  • Magic Johnson says LaVar Ball won't impact Lakers' NBA Draft strategy

    CBS Sports "No prospect has had more publicity -- and will continue to get such widespread press -- in the buildup to the 2017 NBA Draft as former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball. His game, of course, is the reason for much of that. But his father, LaVar, is primarily responsible for the exposure. And over the..." May 12

  • Byron Scott: Lakers should trade for Paul George, offer up young players

    CBS Sports "Byron Scott was never a fan of the Lakers' young roster when he was Los Angeles' coach. He publicly blasted them and was notoriously fickle about giving them consistent minutes. With Kobe Bryant on a retirement tour it seemed like Scott was more interested in trying to give Bryant a happy farewell..." May 12

  • NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

    Bleacher Report "What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets. And for however long they are alive in these playoffs—and facing elimination in..." May 11

  • LaVar Ball back at it again, says Lonzo doesn't need any advice from Kobe

    CBS Sports "If you had Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in the "Which NBA star will LaVar Ball take a shot at next?" pool, congratulations my friend. In an interview on ESPN Radio 710 in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, the outspoken father of former UCLA point guard and future NBA Draft lottery pick Lonzo Ball,..." May 11

  • Tyronn Lue: Cavs-Warriors Finals can be throwback to Celts-Lakers

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue agrees with his old Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant's take on a potential third straight NBA Finals next month featuring the Cavs and Golden State Warriors: There is no way it should be seen as a bad thing for basketball. "Is it a problem? I don't..." May 10

  • Kobe: Cavs-Warriors III wouldn't be bad for NBA

    CBS Sports "Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest to ever play basketball. As the winner of five championships, an MVP and many other accolades, it would make sense people give weight to his basketball opinions. In an interview with ESPN's Jackie MacMullan, Bryant talked about the negativity surrounding the..." May 10

  • Kobe happy to aid Isaiah Thomas; says he's open book for NBA's players

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant might be retired but he hasn't stopped watching game film. He tells ESPN.com he keeps his personal laptop handy at the offices of Kobe Inc. and continues to make it readily available when he arrives home in the evening. "You never know who might call," Bryant chuckles. Celtics..." May 10

  • Lakers Eyeing Four Prospects For Potential Lottery Pick

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers aren’t assured of a lottery pick in this year’s draft, but they appears to be zeroing in on a small handful of prospects in case they do get lucky in next Tuesday’s lottery and hang onto their pick. According to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, the Lakers are focusing on Markelle Fultz,..." May 09

  • Shaquille O'Neal says he'll run for sheriff in 2020

    ESPN "NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal says he is thinking about running for office, telling an Atlanta TV station that he will try to become sheriff in 2020. O'Neal didn't clarify to WXIA where he would enter a sheriff race. The 2000 NBA MVP holds residency in Florida and Georgia. "This is not..." May 09

  • Lakers director of analytics quits after team tries to demote him

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t had the greatest reputation for embracing analytics these last few seasons, and that may continue for a bit longer. ESPN’s Baxter Holmes reports Thursday that Lakers director of basketball analytics Yuju Lee has left the team after they attempted to demote him...." May 05

  • Lakers 'Enamored' By Lonzo Ball

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers "appear to be enamored" by Lonzo Ball. Ball has star potential, wants to play for the Lakers and grew up in the Los Angeles area." May 04

  • Floyd Mayweather Meets with Magic Johnson, Gunning for NBA Ownership

    TMZ "Floyd Mayweather wants to be the next Steve Ballmer ... or Mark Cuban ... or Michael Jordan -- as in, he wants to own an NBA franchise. The boxer says he had a meeting in L.A. with Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson on Thursday morning -- and when he left, he was more..." May 04

  • Kobe Bryant helping Celtics' Isaiah Thomas with playoff preparation

    ESPN "Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant reached out to him after Thomas' sister passed away last month and has been helping him break down playoff game film. Thomas said he emailed game clips to Bryant after Boston fell into a 2-0 hole against..." May 03

  • Magic Johnson assures Luke Walton that Lakers will keep their first-round pick

    Larry Brown Sports "Magic Johnson is confident that the magic of the ping-pong balls will be in his favor during his first draft lottery as Lakers president of basketball operations. In a recent appearance on CBS Sports’ “We Need To Talk,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton said that Johnson has all but guaranteed him..." May 03

  • Luol Deng Has Surgery On Pectoral Muscle

    Hoops Rumors "Lakers forward Luol Deng underwent successful surgery today on his right pectoral muscle, the team announced via Twitter. The 32-year-old is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp. Deng appeared in just 56 games this season after signing a four-year, $72MM deal last summer. " May 03