Lakers Rumors & News

  • Kobe Bryant calls out President Trump for inspiring 'dissension and hatred'

    CBS Sports "During the Golden State Warriors' media day on Friday, Stephen Curry made it clear that he had no interest in going to the White House in honor of the team's championship, but noted that the team would discuss the opportunity, and make a final decision together. However, just about 12 hours..." September 23

  • Brook Lopez, one of few veterans on young Lakers team, might be biggest kid of all

    L.A. Daily News "After visiting Disneyland twice in his first three days living in Los Angeles, Brook Lopez knew he had to rein things in if he had any hope of getting himself ready for his 10th NBA season and first with a new team. “I’ve been trying to be good,” he said last week, “trying to temper..." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • Lonzo Ball Reveals New Design for the BBB ZO2 Prime

    SLAM Online "The brand and shoe ended up being as much of a conversation during Summer League in Las Vegas as the actual NBA franchises partaking in the games. You had the all-day news ticker at the bottom of ESPN’s live feed, which as ridiculous as it sounds, gave the latest information on what sneaker..." September 21

  • Lakers sign deal with company for ads on jerseys this season

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are the latest NBA team to ink a deal with a company for advertisements on jerseys for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Wish, an eCommerce company based out of San Francisco, will be lucky enough to see its corporate logo on Lakers jerseys for the season. It’s not yet..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • Magic Johnson subpoenaed as witness in Draymond Green civil lawsuit

    ESPN "Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed as a witness in a civil lawsuit accusing Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green of assault, according to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press. Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations, and Green both played basketball..." September 20

  • USA Today is launching a website entirely devoted to Lonzo Ball. Here’s why

    Awful Announcing "Lonzo Ball is not the best player in the NBA. He may not even be the best rookie. He’s also not the most famous player, the most scandalous, the most popular or the most charismatic. But he is now the only player in the NBA with an entire website, run by a major media company, built around..." September 19

  • Andrew Bogut to sign with Lakers for 1 year, $2.3 million

    ESPN "Free-agent center Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to agent David Bauman. The deal is for a veterans minimum of $2.3 million, Bauman confirmed on Twitter. Sources told ESPN the deal is not fully guaranteed. Bogut suffered a broken leg during..." September 19

  • Could Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Paul George form superteam with Lakers?

    Larry Brown Sports "The only way LeBron James is going to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for a Western Conference team is if said Western Conference team would have an immediate shot at competing with the Golden State Warriors. As rumors continue to pile up, it sounds like the Los Angeles Lakers have an outside chance..." September 18

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • NBA 2K18 has embarrassing glitch featuring Lonzo Ball naked

    Yardbarker "The latest “NBA 2K” video game appears to have done Lonzo Ball dirty. “NBA 2K18” officially dropped on Friday for those who pre-ordered it, and one gamer discovered an embarrassing glitch in it: the Los Angeles Lakers star rookie appears in his player profile picture totally naked." September 17

  • LeBron James ‘unequivocally’ will leave Cavs for Lakers

    Sportsnaut "It’s been reported for months now that LeBron James will leave the Cleveland Cavaliers when free agency hits in 2018. The Los Angeles Lakers have been mentioned on many an occasion as the team King James is most likely to join. The latest trade that brought Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland reportedly..." September 16

  • Patrick Beverley looking to shut Lonzo Ball down on opening night

    Clutch Points "Patrick Beverley is warning Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball of a rude awakening in the NBA. The newly acquired L.A. Clippers guard, known as one of the peskiest defenders in the NBA, has circled Oct. 19 on his calendar, the day he’ll get to get chance hounding the much-ballyhooed..." September 16

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Magic Johnson Says Multiple Teams Are Interested in Trading for Pair of Lakers Youngsters

    12 Up "​We can finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Los Angeles Lakers. Their playoff drought is now at four seasons and counting, but for the first time in a long time, there's reason for optimism in Tinseltown. The Lakers have a lot of young, promising talent, and it..." September 13

  • Lonzo Ball not worried his father LaVar will be problem with teammates

    Pro Basketball Talk "Los Angeles coach Luke Walton tells the story of coming to Lakers training camp as a rookie in 2003, when his father Bill was an outspoken television color commentator on national NBA games, and having multiple veterans basically tell him “I’m going to make your life hell because of your father.”..." September 13

  • Magic Johnson says Larry Nance is ‘secret weapon’ for Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "There is a lot of anticipation surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason with Lonzo Ball having torn up the Summer League, but one player we haven’t heard a whole lot about is Larry Nance Jr. And that’s just the way Magic Johnson likes it. Apparently Magic is expecting huge things from..." September 13

  • Magic Johnson Believes Kyle Kuzma Will Be ‘Steal Of The Draft’

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers taking Lonzo Ball second overall in the NBA Draft seemed like a foregone conclusion before the draft even began. What the team would do with the 27th pick was anyone’s guess, but the Magic Johnson and the Lakers were very excited to see Kyle Kuzma still on the board when..." September 13

  • Lakers to Retire Both Kobe Bryant Jersey Numbers

    SI "The Los Angeles Lakers will retire former guard Kobe Bryant's No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys on Dec. 18, according to a report from TMZ and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. The ceremony will take place during the game against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant will be the 10th Laker player to have his..." September 12

  • ESPN Ranked Lonzo Ball Ahead Of Carmelo Anthony For 2017-18

    Uproxx "Not even the resurgence of Hoodie Melo can keep Carmelo Anthony from falling down the NBA totem pole and, at least at one outlet, find himself behind Lonzo Ball. ESPN is counting down its annual list of the best NBA players this week, and the first big news out of the 2017-18 rankings is that..." September 12

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Brandon Ingram has grown to at least 6-foot-11, completely changed his shooting stroke

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers have great aspirations for the upcoming season, boasting a very different look from last season and with promising young players. One of them has already started to show promise in lanky forward Brandon Ingram, who dropped 28 points in his first and only game of Summer..." September 12

  • Magic Johnson Turned Down Offers From The Knicks And Warriors Before Getting The Lakers Job

    Uproxx "It feels like Magic Johnson was always going to be involved with the Los Angeles Lakers somehow, but it turns out the Lake Show’s current team president had a number of other offers before the Lakers finally came calling. Johnson appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” on Tuesday and said the Lakers..." September 12

  • Kobe Bryant's Lakers Jersey Retirement Reportedly Set for Dec. 18 vs. Warriors

    Bleacher Report "TMZ Sports reported Tuesday that the Los Angeles Lakers are planning to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey number on Dec. 18 prior to a game against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center in L.A. While TMZ Sports noted that the Lakers have yet to confirm, the organization said in a letter to..." September 12

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Lonzo Ball Says He Isn't Worried About Lil B 'Curse': 'I Don't Believe in That'

    Bleacher Report "Curses obviously aren't real; nobody should need an athlete to confirm this. Rapper Lil B claims to have the power to hex NBA players. He, of course, doesn't because curses aren't real. Nevertheless, he identified Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball as his latest target after the..." September 09

  • Pacers won't pursue legal action against Lakers for tampering

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers were recently the subject of an NBA investigation after being accused of tampering with former Indiana Pacers star Paul George. The investigation revealed that Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka had a conversation with George’s agent Aaron Mintz, so the Lakers were fined..." September 06

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • Magic asked Jeanie Buss to take the tampering fine out of his salary

    Los Angeles Times "Since the Lakers were hit with a $500,000 fine for tampering with Paul George, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson says, he has given the matter little thought except for one thing: He doesn’t want his close friend and boss, Jeanie Buss, to bear the burden of the fine. “We can’t..." September 05

  • LaVar Ball's Reality Show Retained 10% of It's Facebook Audience From 1st to 2nd Episode

    The Big Lead "Ball in the Family, the Big Baller Brand infomerical starring Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball, his father, LaVar Ball and various other people with that same last name, premiered on Facebook on Friday. Over 5 million people watched the first episode. The second episode, which was released..." September 04

  • Dwyane Wade A Possibility If Bought Out By Bulls?

    Lakers Nation "With training camp just a couple of weeks away, the majority of moves that could potentially be made by the Los Angeles Lakers have already happened. There are a couple of lingering possibilities out there, one of which involves Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade. It is widely presumed that Wade..." September 04

  • LaVar Ball makes bold prediction: 'LeBron is coming to L.A.' to join Lonzo, Lakers

    CBS Sports "For all of his bombastic rhetoric and swagger, you have to give LaVar Ball credit when it's due. Before the NBA Draft lottery even took place, he predicted that the Lakers would get the No. 2 pick and would use it to select his son, Lonzo. That's exactly what happened, and LaVar was the first..." September 03

  • Nas' Manager Claims the Rapper Has Never Heard of Lonzo Ball

    Complex "Great music is timeless, and that's a big reason why so many hip hop and sports fans have crushed Lonzo Ball for recent comments he made about Nas. The Queensbridge legend is responsible for some of the greatest music in the history of rap, so a teenager calling him irrelevant doesn't sit well..." September 03

  • LaVar says Steve Nash not working out with Lonzo, calls him 'short and slow'

    Total Pro Sports "It feels like it’s been a few weeks since LaVar Ball said something pretty stupid to make people go crazy. He made up for it on Saturday. LaVar was recently asked for his thoughts on the many rumors that former Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash was working out with his son Lonzo. He pretty..." September 03

  • Lil B threatens to curse Lonzo for badmouthing Nas

    Fanrag Sports "Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball raised some eyebrows among those who follow hip hop earlier this week, as he claimed that people no longer listen to Nas and that artists such as Migos and Future are “real hip hop.” As one would expect there was no shortage of reactions to Ball’s..." September 02

  • Did Lakers sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to appeal to LeBron?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers possibly had something of an ulterior motive for bringing in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope this summer. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported on Friday that the Lakers may have been motivated to sign Caldwell-Pope since he shares an agent with LeBron James. More from..." September 02

  • Lonzo Ball says Nas no longer relevant; Migos, Future real hip-hop

    Clutch Points "The “Ball In The Family” reality show has only been up on the net for a little more than 24 hours and it’s already started to make waves, especially thanks to some comments, surprisingly coming from Lonzo Ball and not his father LaVar. The Los Angeles Lakers No. 2 overall selection claimed..." September 01

  • Report: Lakers Could Look to Trade Young Star

    12 Up "We all know that the Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a huge rebuild, with all eyes set on locking down some major players in next summer's free agency​ class. However, something has to give with their current roster, and that includes possibly dealing one of their most promising young..." August 31

  • Lakers Fined $500,000 For Violating Anti-Tampering Rule

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $500,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-tampering rule on Paul George. The conduct at issue involved communications by Rob Pelinka with the agent representing Paul George that constituted a prohibited expression of interest in the player while..." August 31

  • Highlights of LaVar Ball's Debut Episodes of 'Ball in the Family' Reality Show

    Bleacher Report "The first two episodes of LaVar Ball's Ball in the Family reality series debuted Thursday on Facebook to plenty of fanfare. In the opening episode, viewers get a closer look at the Ball family as a whole. As most would have expected, there is plenty of fatherly boasting from LaVar regarding his..." August 31

  • Chris Broussard weighs in on LeBron James' future, names dark-horse free agency suitor

    Hoops Hype "In the latest episode of The HoopsHype Podcast, FS1’s NBA reporter Chris Broussard discussed the biggest stories of the NBA offseason as well as his journalism career. At one point during the episode, Broussard discussed LeBron James’ future and whether he’ll remain with the Cleveland..." August 30

  • LaVar Ball, family to star in reality show on Facebook

    NBA.com "Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball is known by many for his passing skills, point guard acumen and the overall ability he brings as the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Aside from his playing ability, though, he is known to others because of the boisterous (and at times, controversial)..." August 30

  • Lamar Odom in discussions to sign one-day contract to retire as member of Lakers

    CBS Sports "Lamar Odom hasn't played in the NBA since 2013 when he averaged career lows across the board. Only two seasons before that he was a key part of the Lakers while winning the Sixth Man of The Year award. However, a trade to the Mavericks left him emotionally hurt and he began a slow descent into..." August 29