Lakers Rumors & News

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Hit With $900k Judgment In Auction House War

    TMZ "Bad news for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... the NBA legend has been ordered to pay more than $900k to a famous auction house for backing out of a deal to sell a bunch of his memorabilia ... TMZ Sports has learned. Kareem had been at war with Julien's Auctions for years -- after a 2012 deal to sell..." July 27

  • Report: Lamar Odom’s family working to get him to go to rehab

    Larry Brown Sports "Lamar Odom walked out on his family’s attempt at an intervention last week, but that is not stopping those close to him from trying to convince the former NBA star to seek professional help. According to a report from Extra, Odom’s family is searching for “additional options to present to him”..." July 27

  • Kendall Jenner And Jordan Clarkson Living Together?

    The Big Lead "Kendall Jenner and Jordan Clarkson were “casually dating” just a few weeks ago, but now things have reportedly gone to another level. OK! is reporting the pair is now living together in Jenner’s mansion. A source told OK! the following: “Kendall and Jordan are officially ‘casually..." July 27

  • ESPN says the Lakers will be the worst team in the Western Conference

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers almost undoubtedly will improve this season. Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour was fun at times, but on most nights having one of the least efficient players in the league use up the fourth-highest percentage of possessions of any player to average more than 20 minutes per game..." July 26

  • The post-Kobe Bryant Lakers era can finally begin

    SB Nation "It's the dawn of a new day for the Lakers, who begin a season without Kobe Bryant for the first time in 20 years. There's renewed optimism with a developing young core of Brandon Ingram, D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, but also your usual skepticism thanks to massive contracts to Timofey..." July 26

  • Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram has skill and moxie, scouts say of his Las Vegas summer league stint

    Los Angeles Times "Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram got more than just a passing grade during his pro basketball debut earlier this month at the summer league in Las Vegas. NBA coaches and scouts on hand said they saw an 18-year-old with enough talent on both offense and defense to be successful in the league. They..." July 24

  • D'Angelo Russell Seems to Be Doing Much Better When Surrounded By Real Coaches

    The Big Lead "D’Angelo Russell had a decent rookie season (13.2 points, 3.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds) last year. Especially when you consider… everything. Kobe Bryant didn’t seem like he was as interested in a mentor role as he was with accepting gifts and ovations from opposing crowds. He got himself involved in..." July 22

  • How the Magic let the Lakers steal Shaquille O'Neal

    CBS Sports "Twenty years ago this month, Shaquille O'Neal, 24 years old and already poised to become one of the most dominant forces in NBA history, left the Orlando Magic to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Looking back, it was perhaps the most significant free agent signing ever. In any sport. Never before,..." July 22

  • Lakers' Brandon Ingram Claims to Have Never Missed a Free Throw in High School

    Bleacher Report "Brandon Ingram excelled at many things while wearing a Duke Blue Devils uniform, ultimately working his way into becoming the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. While there is a lot to love about his game, free throws aren't exactly a strong point for the 6'9" forward. It's not like he..." July 21

  • Shannon Brown Allegedly Cheated On Monica, Got Sidechick Pregnant, Pray For Him

    Hip Hop Wired "Former NBA player Shannon Brown has reportedly been caught cheating on his wife, R&B singer Monica. Pray for that man. Word is—actually, according to a gossip site called The On Industry Blast—the high flying guard even got the sidechick pregnant. Ugh. Needless to say, the Twitter peanut..." July 20

  • The Lakers shouldn't hold Mitch Kupchak to Jim Buss' deadline

    Silver Screen And Roll "A recent video detailing the struggles of the Los Angeles Lakers over the past three seasons hinted at the possibility of general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss both being gone at the end of this upcoming season. It’s hard to see Buss stay in his current..." July 20

  • Team USA double-checks with Kobe Bryant about not competing in Rio

    CBS Sports "Team USA practice started this week, and for the first time in nine years Kobe Bryant was not part of the team's Olympic preparation. Bryant told reporters in January he'd decided to decline to participate following his retirement last season. However, that didn't stop Team USA and Coach K from..." July 20

  • Kevin Durant saying Brandon Ingram 'further along' than him is a stretch

    Sporting News "Kevin Durant reportedly made a comment to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters Tuesday about how Brandon Ingram is “even farther along than he was at that age.” That’s super nice of Kevin to say, but no. Well, if you want to frame the comment as “Ingram is much farther along to being a poor..." July 20

  • Kobe pens cryptic letter warning his younger self not to give money to family

    Fox Sports "With his NBA career over, Kobe Bryant has moved into a new era in his life as a storyteller -- and his latest tale is an emotional roller coaster. Bryant, who's the Editorial Director for player-centric website "The Players' Tribune," wrote a rather vague letter to his 17-year-old self on..." July 20

  • Coach K asked Kobe about availability for Rio: 'He's still part of our program'

    The Score "Kobe Bryant could scarcely have closed out his NBA career in more fitting fashion, but the Team USA brass still reached out to see if he wanted to chase one more gold medal this summer. "When we were going through the pool, we did check to make sure he had retired, and he said to (USA..." July 20

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • Kevin Durant: Lakers are “couple years away from where I wanted to be”

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers chased another star. Once again, that star ran away. This time, the reasons had nothing to do with personality conflicts with teammates, salary or a poor sales pitch in its meeting. Kevin Durant did not grant the Lakers a meeting at all namely because he figured it would be a waste..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Brandon Ingram Plans To Seek Out Kevin Durant For Advice, But Not For What You Think

    Uproxx "Brandon Ingram had an up-and-down Summer League, but he did show flashes of the player the Lakers were expecting when they took him second overall in last month’s NBA Draft. Before the season starts, Ingram will have more opportunities to improve his game, as he was selected to be a member of..." July 18

  • Summer school will continue for the Lakers' Brandon Ingram, who will train with the U.S. Select team

    Orange County Register "Everywhere Brandon Ingram turned, he could have easily noticed the finality approaching. The passionate Lakers crowd that dominated these Summer League games appeared smaller. After exerting his scoring superiority, Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell dressed in street clothes and sat on..." July 17

  • Lakers’ Anthony Brown leaves Summer League frustrated with his shooting

    Inside Socal "The positive energy emerged in numerous ways for a Lakers organization that struggled finding any of that in recent years. D’Angelo Russell looked invigorated under a more aggressive game and a more nurturing coaching staff. Until he sat to treat a sprained right hand, Larry Nance Jr. seemed..." July 17

  • Brandon Bass agrees to Clippers deal

    Yahoo! Sports "Despite a strong pursuit from the San Antonio Spurs, free agent Brandon Bass reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, league sources told The Vertical. Bass had been deciding between veteran-minimum offers from the Spurs and Clippers, but the recruitment..." July 17

  • Lakers' Nance has sprained wrist, no fracture

    The Score "Los Angeles Lakers sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a sprained right wrist on a hard fall during Thursday's summer league contest, the team announced. That should come as a relief to both player and team. It was initially reported that Nance had fractured the third metacarpal in his..." July 16

  • Nick Young: My career is 'back on track' after Azalea split

    The Score "Nick Young and Iggy Azalea called off their engagement late last month, and the Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard believes his career is better for it. " July 16

  • Jose Calderon reflects on Knicks tenure: I needed a lesser role

    New York Post "Nothing personal, says Jose Calderon. In fact, the former Knicks point guard now with the Lakers admits that his role perhaps got too large the past two seasons. He credits team president Phil Jackson for doing the right thing in obtaining Derrick Rose to man the position. Calderon was..." July 15

  • Nick Young Posts Picture With Laura Govan, Gilbert Arenas' Ex: "we even lol"

    The Big Lead "Nick Young posted a picture to Instagram on Thursday of himself and Laura Govan, the ex-fiancée of Gilbert Arenas. Young tagged Arenas on Instagram and added the line, “we even lol.” This comes a week after Arenas invaded Young’s home and made fun of him about his relationship with Iggy Azalea..." July 15

  • Kyrie Irving FaceTimed Kobe From The Locker Room After Game 7 "It all fell into place for Kyrie Irving. In the final minute of Game 7 of the NBA Finals, he broke a scoreless tie with a fadeaway 3-pointer over two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry. The Cavs proceeded to win the game and the series, and Irving etched his name in NBA glory forever. The dream..." July 15

  • Details on Kobe Putting Together Meeting w/ BLM, LAPD, Actors & Activists

    Black Sports Online "Has Kobe Bryant found one of his callings after basketball? According to Dave Zirin — Bryant did some post ESPY activism — reportedly meeting with reps from the Black Lives Matter movement, the LAPD, some actors and several activist in L.A." July 15

  • D'Angelo Russell -- Something In Common With Swaggy P ... I'm Single Now Too!!

    TMZ "Lakers guards are turning over women like they do basketballs ... first Nick and Iggy, now D'Angelo Russell is on the market ... after a breakup with his superstar college athlete GF Niki Withers. The couple scrubbed each other off all social media -- a telltale sign of trouble in paradise --..." July 15

  • Lakers say Larry Nance Jr. suffers probable broken right hand

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers said forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a “probable” break in his right hand during an 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in the summer league in Las Vegas. The Lakers said preliminary results from an X-ray Nance took after the game showed a fracture to the third..." July 15

  • Kobe 'didn't want people to be sad' during final game

    The Score "It was a touch over three months ago when Kobe Bryant graced the Staples Center with his presence on the hardwood one final time as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. In a finale befitting of his legendary career, Bryant torched the Utah Jazz to the tune of 60 points on 22-of-50 shooting..." July 14

  • Jeanie Buss discusses the Lakers’ free agency struggles, but is excited about the current state of the team

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of the worst three-year stretch in franchise history, and no one involved with the team has come out looking good. The acumen of the front office has been questioned and there have been reports of discord amongst the team’s ownership. One of the Lakers’..." July 14

  • It Looks Like Shaq Agreed to a WrestleMania Match With Big Show at the ESPYs

    Complex "John Cena hosted the 2016 ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, and the WWE used it to their full advantage. If you missed the show, you can check out Cena’s opening monologue here, which featured him referencing the world of pro wrestling while poking fun at some of the professional athletes who were..." July 14

  • Lamar Odom: Strip Club Turn Up After First Class Puking

    TMZ "Lamar Odom made it to NYC after all and looked fully recovered from his puking session on the plane ... because he beelined it for a strip club. Lamar was photographed hanging with friends and staffers at CityScapes Gentlemen's Club in Queens on Tuesday night. A far cry from his Monday night --..." July 13

  • Vanessa Bryant Pregnant With Third Child, See Kobe's Wife's Adorable Baby Announcement

    E News "And a baby makes five! Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa are expecting their third child and the expecting mother took to Instagram to announce the happy family news. "Beyond blessed and excited to share that we are expecting our third baby girl!!! #blessed #babymamba #thankful," the..." July 13

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Magic Johnson voices support for Draymond Green following assault arrest

    College Spun "Draymond Green was arrested in East Lansing, Mich. over the weekend for an alleged assault. The Golden State Warriors’ star forward allegedly slapped a taunting fan at a nightclub. Magic Johnson took to Twitter this afternoon to voice his support for Green, who, like Magic, played collegiately..." July 12

  • Free from Byron Scott, D'Angelo Russell is flourishing in the NBA Summer League

    Fox Sports "Perhaps it's the level of competition. Perhaps it's having been here before. Or perhaps D'Angelo Russell is finally comfortable because he's no longer playing for Byron Scott. In three games so far at the Las Vegas Summer League, Russell has been fantastic. He capped his outstanding performance..." July 12

  • Lamar Odom reportedly removed from flight for being drunk, vomiting

    Larry Brown Sports "Lamar Odom was reportedly removed from a flight on Monday night because he was drunk and vomiting. Witnesses told TMZ that Odom spent a good amount of time in the Delta lounge at LAX airport prior to boarding his flight for NYC and was “pounding down beers and whiskey.” He was described as..." July 12

  • Larry Bird ‘Couldn’t Imagine’ Teaming Up With Magic Johnson On Lakers

    NESN "The NBA officially is in the “superteam” era, and Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the mighty Golden State Warriors is the latest proof. It’s hard to blame Durant for joining the team that gives him the best chance to win a championship, but KD has received criticism for adopting the “if you..." July 12

  • Lakers, D’Angelo Russell hope for better balance between scoring, playmaking

    L.A. Daily News "The highlight reels seemingly happen on every play, as D’Angelo Russell has dazzled the partisan crowd this past week with a confident presence, a game-winning 3-pointer and quick scoring outbursts. So much that in the Lakers’ 78-65 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday at Thomas and..." July 12

  • Lakers think they can sign Russell Westbrook next summer

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Los Angeles Lakers continue to aim high for their free agents. ESPN’s Chris Broussard told MSG recently that the Lakers firmly believe they can lure Russell Westbrook back to southern California as a free agent in the summer of 2017. “The Lakers think they can sign him,” Broussard said...." July 12

  • Report: Kardashian kicks Odom out of rental home

    Larry Brown Sports "Lamar Odom is looking for a new roommate or a place to live. Since he was released from the hospital after nearly losing his life to a drug overdose, Odom had been living in a rental home that his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian rented for him. The home was in the same upscale Calabasas..." July 11

  • The New-Look Los Angeles Lakers Are Going To Be A Lot Of Fun

    The Big Lead "The Los Angeles Lakers opened their Summer League session Friday night with an 85-65 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Obviously the results in summer contests don’t mean much, but seeing the development of the team’s young players is extremely important. Last night the young Lakers weren’t just..." July 10

  • D'Angelo Russell to ESPN Sideline Reporter: "I played like sh!t" After Buzzer-Beater

    Complex "D’Angelo Russell wasn’t happy about the way he played in the Lakers’ Las Vegas Summer League game against the 76ers on Saturday night, but he was thrilled with the final result. With less than two seconds remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter and the Lakers trailing by two, Russell caught..." July 10

  • Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak pleased with upgrades to roster after adding several veteran leaders

    Orange County Register "Mitch Kupchak no longer needs to keep his ear glued to his phone at every waking hour. The Lakers general manager spent most of his time last week filling out a roster he believes will produce much better results than last season’s franchise-worst 17-65 record. The Lakers made relative..." July 10

  • Will Ingram Be Next Superstar To Carry Lakers' Banner? "There's a large magnetic board in Mitch Kupchak's office containing the names of every player on the Laker roster, and what grabs him every morning is the name that's missing. "Not seeing him up there is not a great feeling," said the Laker general manager. "But I mean, really. We had him for..." July 09

  • Lamar Odom Files Divorce Docs: Khloe Kardashian Split Will Soon Be Finalized

    Hollywood Life "And that’s a wrap, folks. Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have now BOTH agreed to end their marriage, as the former NBA star finally filed his own divorce documents, TMZ claims. To find out when they split will be official, keep reading. Lamar Odom has finally filed his response to Khloe..." July 09

  • Nick Young: I'm About That Single Life ... I'm NOT Back With My Ex!

    TMZ "Nick Young's got a cold, hard fact for his baby mama -- Swaggy P's single and completely unattached, even though he knocked her up a second time. Sources close to the NBA star tell TMZ Sports ... Nick and his ex, Keonna Green, are NOT back together. If you'll recall ... Keonna told US Weekly..." July 09

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