Lakers Rumors & News

  • Who's on the hot seat? Evaluating job security of every NBA coach

    Sporting News "When Phoenix gave the pink slip to Earl Watson in October, it ended a remarkable stretch of NBA coaching stability. Before the move to replace Watson, it had been a year-and-a-half since the league last had a coach get fired. Since then, we’ve already had another firing, a stunner that saw..." December 12

  • Lakers Shine in transition offense but commit too many turnovers

    Clutch Points "The past five-game losing streak has placed the Lakers in a familiar position. The criticism and scrutiny of the shrewd Lakers fans are slowly mounting. There is one bright spot and one glaring weakness that arise from a brief review of the Lakers performance thus far. Lakers amazingly rank..." December 12

  • Shaq on free throws: ‘I told Rick Barry I’d rather shoot 0% than shoot underhand’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rick Barry famously made 90% of his free throws while shooting underhand. Shaquille O’Neal infamously shot just 53% on his free throws, inspiring hack-a-Shaq. Why didn’t Shaq use Barry’s technique? Shaq, via Emmanuel Ocbazghi, Noah Friedman and Graham Flanagan of Business..." December 11

  • Lonzo Ball’s inconsistent fourth-quarter role not an issue in Lakers’ locker room

    Orange County Register "If anyone other than a certain parent objects to Lonzo Ball’s minutes during the fourth quarter of Lakers games, they aren’t saying it. “That’s what the team is for,” Lonzo Ball said after the Lakers pulled away from the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday to win 110-99 while Ball and starting center..." December 11

  • Magic Johnson Says Lakers Aren’t Guaranteed To Use Entire Cap Space If 2 Max-Contract Players Aren’t Signed

    Lakers Nation "Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has hardly made any secret of his team’s desire to sign multiple superstars in 2018 NBA free agency, both in his words and in actions. Team officials like Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have spoken openly about..." December 11

  • Kobe upset with how media twisted Lonzo comments

    Total Pro Sports "Over the weekend, Kobe Bryant was asked a serious of question about the current state of the Lakers and the talent on the team. Naturally, Lonzo Ball’s name came up and the Black Mamba clearly stated that Lonzo needs to have the mentality to win, but his words got cut up and twisted when it was..." December 10

  • Walton on LaVar criticism: Parents won't make our coaching decisions

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, LaVar Ball went on the radio, and did what he has done so many times before: spoke his mind. Discussing the state of the Lakers, LaVar was highly critical of Lakers coach Luke Walton, critiquing everything from how much he plays his son, Lonzo Ball, in the fourth quarter, to how..." December 09

  • Kobe: Lonzo needs 'get better now' mentality

    247 Sports "Despite struggling with his shot all season, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is doing everything else really well as he is averaging 8.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and seven assists. Ball's all-around game and excellent playmaking ability is why the Lakers have already anointed him as their point..." December 09

  • Lakers reportedly concerned LaVar Ball could undercut Luke Walton

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton continues to shrug off LaVar Ball’s public criticism, but there are private concerns regarding the ongoing airing of grievances. According to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, there is some concern within the Lakers’ organization that Ball’s constant..." December 09

  • How Bill Walton, Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr shaped Luke Walton

    ESPN "There are times when Rob Pelinka will walk down the hallway from his office at the UCLA Health Training Center, past Magic Johnson's office, where a flat-screen television is almost always tuned to sports shows, and down to Luke Walton's office. Sometimes, the sounds of the Grateful Dead and..." December 09

  • Lakers stay the course as LaVar Ball ramps up criticism of Luke Walton

    Orange County Register "There was no mistaking the boastful baritone that caromed off the concrete hallways of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday. “I heard him while I was in the locker room,” Lonzo Ball said. “I was laughing.” In reality, the powerful voice of Ball’s father, LaVar, has been..." December 09

  • Lakers' Brook Lopez uses car service to evacuate his cat from Skirball fire

    Los Angeles Times "When the car service scheduled to pick up Brook Lopez on Wednesday morning arrived, it collected two guests. The first was Lopez. The second was Poupin, Lopez’s 10-year-old cat. “I got a car service for my cat,” Lopez said. With the Skirball fire threatening Lopez’s Bel Air Crest..." December 08

  • Brett Brown says Brandon Ingram reminiscent of young Kevin Durant

    Clutch Points "Even before he entered the NBA, Brandon Ingram has already received a lot of comparison to the game of Kevin Durant. He is also a natural at the small forward position, and versatile enough to switch to the four spot as well. However, the obvious similarity they have is their lanky frames, which..." December 08

  • Report: NBA to establish G-League franchise in Mexico as soon as possible

    Larry Brown Sports "In an effort to expand its product internationally, the NBA is reportedly starting a G-League franchise south of the border. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the NBA intends to “move quickly” to establish a team in Mexico, with play potentially beginning as early as..." December 07

  • Lonzo Ball says LiAngelo leaving UCLA was a family decision, 'the best thing for him'

    CBS Sports "The headlines all peg LaVar Ball as the mastermind behind pulling his middle son, LiAngelo, out of UCLA amid an indefinite suspension following his highly publicized shoplifting arrest in China. But Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball says that it was a family decision. On Thursday, Lonzo said that he..." December 07

  • Luke Walton Enjoying 'Clearer Vision' Of Lakers' Direction Under New Regime

    Real GM Basketball "Luke Walton was hired by Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, but a source close to Walton says one of the best things to happen to him was the hiring of Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson. Walton and Pelinka meet before every game to discuss basketball and life. Walton has known Pelinka and Johnson for..." December 07

  • LaVar Ball's latest interview about Lakers misusing Lonzo is his most absurd yet

    CBS Sports "After a 23-point loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers are now on a five-game losing streak, and have dropped to 8-15 on the season. With both the Lakers and Lonzo Ball struggling, you already know who had takes on the situation. That's right, the world's most..." December 07

  • Lakers scratching their heads over turnover woes

    Orange County Register "Two days removed from when his team last committed a turnover, Luke Walton continued to harp on what he perceives to be the Lakers’ biggest issue in this, their season of giving … the ball away. “If I had the magic wand,” Walton said, “that’d be the one thing I would fix that would give us the..." December 06

  • LaVar Ball goes after Lakers coaches again

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball is airing out some more grievances about his son Lonzo’s handling by the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff. In an appearance Tuesday on SiriusXM NBA Radio, LaVar said that Lonzo is “disgusted” by the losing that the Lakers have been doing. Ball also pointed to his son’s lack of..." December 06

  • Brandon Ingram is transforming before the Lakers' eyes

    Los Angeles Times "After the Lakers lost Sunday to the Houston Rockets, Brandon Ingram caught himself as he spoke about the Lakers’ young players as if he wasn’t one. “All we can do is give advice to the young guys,” Ingram, 20, said. “Of course I’m a young guy too, but give it to the rookies.” That was..." December 05

  • NBA's TV viewership up 32%, highest since 2010-2011 season

    USA Today "Whether it was this summer’s unprecedented player movement or the NBA’s abundance of intriguing story lines, the league's television ratings are up substantially from last season. Between ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, the league’s viewership is up 32% this season and averaging 1.4 million viewers..." December 05

  • The NBA Has Been Making Behind The Scenes Moves For The Legalization Of Sports Gambling

    Uproxx "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Christie v. NCAA on Monday, better known as the sports betting legalization case. Gambling, particularly on sports, was once taboo, but has now become part of the sports fan’s lexicon and a ubiquitous presence around sports coverage. A look at..." December 04

  • Lakers enforcing so-called 'LaVar Ball rule' at Staples Center

    ESPN "In what many employees at Staples Center view as the "LaVar Ball rule," this season the Los Angeles Lakers are enforcing "an existing policy" that no longer allows members of the media to congregate in a section of the arena among family and associates of players after games. Family, friends..." December 04

  • Brook Lopez settles into role with Lakers

    Los Angeles Times "For the first time in five games, Lakers center Brook Lopez scored in double figures Saturday. He did it mostly in a first half during which the Lakers were strong inside against the ailing Denver Nuggets. Lopez has been in a bit of a slump lately, as he adjusts to a role with the Lakers that..." December 04

  • LaVar Ball calls out Lakers' Walton, Randle for 'crucial' mistake in loss to Warriors

    CBS Sports "Hey here's something new: LaVar Ball is publicly criticizing Lakers coach Luke Walton. Oh, and this time he threw another player under the bus as well. The Lakers lost in overtime to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, but they actually had a chance to win the game at the end of..." November 30

  • Brandon Ingram 'Still Trying To Figure Out NBA Identity'

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers are straddling the line between developing young players like Brandon Ingram while planning on pursuing multiple max free agents in the 2018 offseason. Ingram is trying to stay focused on the present. “I don’t think about it right now,” Ingram told USA TODAY Sports..." November 30

  • Lakers’ Luke Walton told Lonzo Ball he’d be ‘one of the best point guards’ in the NBA

    Clutch Points "NBALakers’ Luke Walton told Lonzo Ball he’d be ‘one of the best point guards’ in the NBAby Ryan WardNovember 29, 2017Luke Walton and Lonzo Ball On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers put up quite a fight against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors forcing Stephen Curry and..." November 30

  • LaVar Ball still says Lonzo is better than Steph Curry

    Larry Brown Sports "You might as well stop asking him the question, because you know the answer isn’t changing: LaVar Ball still and always will believe that his son, Lonzo, is better than Steph Curry. With the Lakers and Warriors squaring off on Wednesday, LaVar was interviewed by NBC Sports. He was asked whether..." November 30

  • Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant have Lonzo Ball’s back, say give him time

    Pro Basketball Talk "In Stephen Curry‘s first two months in the NBA, he averaged 10.2 points on 44 percent shooting (39.5 percent from three) and 5.4 assists per game. He played well, but nobody was watching him thinking “this is a future two-time MVP and leader of a championship team.” It took some time for Curry to..." November 29

  • Swaggy 'going to go in and try to kill' the Lakers

    San Jose Mercury News "It seems inevitable the insults will spill out of Nick Young’s mouth as quickly as he takes shots. When the Warriors (15-6) visit the Los Angeles Lakers (8-12) on Wednesday, it won’t just mark Young’s return since ending a four-year run with the Lakers to join the Warriors in hopes of winning..." November 28

  • Doc Blames Lonzo for Blake Griffin Injury But Appears To Be Wrong

    SI "Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the 120–115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. Griffin was still being evaluated on Tuesday to determine the extent of his injury. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers pointed the finger at..." November 28

  • Lakers’ league-low free-throw percentage concerns Luke Walton

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers are giving away points and giving away games. That’s Luke Walton’s opinion, and he’s not wrong. The Lakers are shooting a league-worst 70.5 percent from the free throw line, averaging only 16.6 made free throws in 23.6 attempts through the season’s first 19 games. It helped to..." November 27

  • Lakers expect Larry Nance Jr. back in lineup against Clippers

    ESPN "Larry Nance Jr. is expected to return to the starting lineup tonight with rookie Kyle Kuzma sliding back to a key reserve role for Los Angeles again, according to Lakers head coach Luke Walton. Barring something unforeseen, Nance Jr. will start against the LA Clippers after missing the last 11..." November 27

  • Lakers may have found their ideal lineup, now they just need to use it

    Los Angeles Times "Julius Randle and Brook Lopez played together for only five minutes against the Chicago Bulls last week, but it was enough for Randle to really appreciate the way his game complements Lopez’s game. “I really noticed the spacing in Chicago in the second half,” Randle said, and added, “If I’m in..." November 27

  • Lakers Haven't Considered Moving Lonzo Ball Out Of Starting Lineup

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers haven't considered removing Lonzo Ball from their starting lineup despite his inconsistencies. “The benefit is he gets the game experience,” Luke Walton said this week. “Whether it’s close games, it’s blowouts, it’s playing against top elite point guards that do..." November 27

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar not fond of Magic Johnson/Lonzo Ball comparisons

    Clutch Points "When it comes to Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, it will be extremely difficult for Los Angeles Lakers rising star point guard Lonzo Ball to avoid people bringing up the comparisons between him and Johnson. However, one of those people that do not see the resemblance is a fellow Lakers legend in..." November 27

  • LaVar Ball 'My ZO2's Will Help Trump Calm the F*** Down!!!'

    TMZ "LaVar Ball is finally showing his hand -- not that it wasn't obvious -- his endgame with Donald Trump is to line his pockets with profits for his Big Baller Brand. We got LaVar Friday at the New York Grill in Ontario, CA, and he's reveling over his feud with Trump. LaVar was with sons Lonzo,..." November 25

  • Lonzo Ball Was Offered Four-Year, $10M Shoe Deal

    Real GM Basketball "Lonzo Ball rejected a traditional sneaker endorsement from at least one company worth $10 million over four years. LaVar Ball handled negotiations as he was seeking $1 billion for Big Baller Brand." November 24

  • 25 Players Still On Non-Guaranteed 2017/18 Salaries

    Hoops Rumors "There are 25 players around the NBA playing on 2017/18 salaries that aren’t yet fully guaranteed. While having those salaries guaranteed will be a mere formality for some players, others may be at risk of losing their roster spot with decision day nearing. If teams keep non-guaranteed players..." November 23

  • Julius Randle continues to make case for bigger role with Lakers

    Orange County Register "Since Julius Randle arrived at training camp as the presumptive starter at power forward, his third full season with the Lakers has been one of needing to prove himself. He lost the starting job to Larry Nance Jr., by the fourth preseason game. The Lakers did not offer him a fairly standard..." November 23

  • Lakers coach caught dissing D'Angelo Russell

    Total Pro Sports "Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to part ways with D’Angelo Russell to make way for their new star, Lonzo Ball. Parting ways with Russell had more to do with just another top pick coming in to take his place, it had more to do with what type of person he was and how he wasn’t..." November 22

  • Lakers' Luke Walton has 'absolutely nothing' to say about LaVar Ball criticizing him

    CBS Sports "Well, the inevitable happened. Recently, LaVar Ball publicly criticized Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, complaining that the Lakers have been "soft" on their rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and adding"they don't know how to coach my son." The potential for these kind of comments, and..." November 22

  • UConn already recruiting Kobe Bryant's daughter?

    Sportsnaut "The UConn women’s basketball team is pretty much the holy grail when it comes to college sports. Here’s a program that has won 10 national titles since the 2000 season. Head coach Geno Auriemma could coach any men’s college team or even in the NBA if he wanted to. On the other side of the..." November 22

  • Lonzo Ball on his shot: “I feel like they’re going to fall. Just have to keep shooting.”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Lonzo Ball‘s shooting woes this season have been well chronicled. Maybe even beaten to death — but when your father is a hype man, and Magic Johnson says you’re the “face of the franchise” it invites a whole new level of scrutiny. Doesn’t matter if it’s fair, it’s reality. Rather than a cold..." November 22

  • LaVar Ball: Walton, Lakers ‘don’t know how to coach my son’

    Larry Brown Sports "Lonzo Ball has experienced some growing pains early on in his NBA career, and his father LaVar believes that has something to do with the Los Angeles Lakers not knowing the best way to coach the rookie. Like most of his teammates, Lonzo Ball’s performance this season has been inconsistent. The..." November 21

  • Lonzo Ball has heard about not dating a Kardashian ‘a lot

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball isn’t having the rosiest of rookie seasons. While he’s a threat to drop a triple-double on any given day, the highlight remains on his growing bust-potential, brought about mostly by his struggles to shoot the ball. Ball’s trouble in knocking down shots in..." November 21

  • L.A. Met With Free Agent Forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers are a team on the rise in the NBA right now. Head coach Luke Walton has his team performing at a top-5 level on the defensive end, but the offense has been struggling mightily. One big reason for it is the lack of perimeter shooting as the Lakers currently rank dead last..." November 21

  • Are Lakers Intentionally Padding Lonzo Ball’s Assist Numbers?

    Dime Magazine "While his father LaVar is feuding with the President of the United States and his younger brother LiAngelo is laying low after getting arrested in China for shoplifting, Lonzo Ball is trying to make it through his first season in the NBA as the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers...." November 20

  • Metta World Peace to join BIG3, play under name Ron Artest

    Larry Brown Sports "Metta World Peace has found a place to play basketball next summer, and the former Los Angeles Lakers forward has reportedly decided to get back to his roots. According to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, World Peace is bringing his old name back and will play as Ron Artest in the BIG3 league next season." November 20

  • Lonzo Ball records second triple-double to join Magic Johnson, Jerry West in record books

    Sporting News "Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has endured some rough moments this season, but he took a step back in the right direction Sunday with his second triple-double. Ball helped the Lakers to a 127-109 win over the Nuggets by scoring 11 points with 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Ball recorded..." November 20

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