Lakers Rumors & News

  • Kobe gives thoughts on LaVar's Big Baller Brand: 'I'm all for doing things differently'

    CBS Sports "Whether he's ready or not, Lonzo Ball has become the face of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, a position that Kobe Bryant left open when he retired after the 2015-16 season. Unlike Kobe, however, Lonzo comes as a package deal with his outspoken father, LaVar, whose controversial statements have..." October 21

  • LaVar Ball Says Lonzo Will Always Have Bad Rap 'Because I'm Talking About Him'

    Bleacher Report "LaVar Ball acknowledged Friday that his outspokenness impacts public perception of his son—Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. In an interview with ESPN (h/t John Chick of theScore), the elder Ball said, "[Lonzo's] always gonna have a bad rap. You know why? Because I'm..." October 21

  • Michelle Beadle Called LaVar Ball A ‘Clown’ And ‘Garbage’ In An Epic ‘SportsNation’ Rant

    Uproxx "Michelle Beadle is sick of LaVar Ball and more than a bit upset at her own network facilitating the Big Baller Brand’s incessant ranting. The SportsNation host went off during a segment about Lonzo Ball’s disappointing NBA debut, telling his father to “go away” after he bombastically insisted..." October 21

  • Walton: Randle 'frustrated' over not being a starter for Lakers

    L.A. Daily News "Do the Lakers have a Julius Randle problem? After one game it appears they might. Randle, the former lottery pick who, along with Jordan Clarkson, is the Lakers’ longest-tenured player, scored nine points off the bench in a 108-92 loss to the Clippers on Thursday at Staples Center. He grabbed..." October 20

  • LaVar Ball Needs to Pipe Down For Lonzo's Sake

    Complex "Hate him or love him, LaVar Ball will always be talked about. That’s the Big Baller Brand way and how he wants it. Personally, I love LaVar and want to see his family win. But not feels the same. After his son’s disappointing debut for the Lakers Thursday, in which Lonzo finished with just..." October 20

  • LaVar Ball fires back at Patrick Beverley for trashing Lonzo

    Fanrag Sports "Patrick Beverley is a grinder. After being ruled academically ineligible prior to his junior at Arkansas, the Los Angeles Clippers guard played a year in the Ukraine before entering the 2009 NBA Draft. Beverley was drafted 42nd overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, but traded to the Miami Heat in..." October 20

  • Lonzo Ball Requested An Insane Number Of Tickets So His Family Could Watch His Debut

    Uproxx "The Lonzo Ball era in Los Angeles will begin on Thursday night. The Los Angeles Lakers are nominally the home team during their season opener against the Clippers, and it’s a really intriguing game for a few reasons, chief among them is the debut of the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. As we..." October 20

  • Beverley reportedly taunts Lonzo after shutting down rookie

    CBS Sports "Clippers guard Patrick Beverley made it his mission to make Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball's NBA debut miserable, and by all accounts he succeeded in the Clippers' 108-92 season-opening win. Ball finished with three points and four assists, and the statistics say he was absolutely smothered while..." October 20

  • Lakers hope ‘little things’ will land them big stars next summer

    Orange County Register "Luke Walton patiently ticked through the list of things he wants his team to accomplish over the 82 games to come. Establish an identity. Bring it defensively every night. Get out and run. “Obviously we want to win,” Walton said. “Everybody wants to win. But to me, when you focus on the..." October 19

  • Lakers, Vander Blue Agree To Two-Way Contract

    Hoops Rumors "After being waived by the Lakers on Saturday, shooting guard Vander Blue is returning to the franchise. The Lakers and Blue have reached an agreement on a two-way contract, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical (via Twitter). Blue, 25, has appeared in just five total regular season NBA games,..." October 18

  • Lakers hire Antawn Jamison as scout

    Fanrag Sports "Antawn Jamison will make a transition for the Los Angeles Lakers, now stepping into a bigger role with the franchise. The former All-Star forward accepted a position as a pro scout under the Magic Johnson- and Rob Pelinka-led regime. Jamison currently serves as a Lakers television analyst...." October 18

  • Ball family reality show renewed for 2nd season

    Bleacher Report "LaVar Ball is not disappearing from the spotlight anytime soon. According to Bill Oram of the So Cal News Group, the reality show Ball in the Family has been renewed for a second season. The show, produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, has posted eight episodes so far on Facebook. The..." October 18

  • Kobe Bryant Offered Gordon Hayward Poignant Advice For His Road To Recovery

    Uproxx "Gordon Hayward and the Celtics had such high hopes for his first season in Boston. With Kyrie Irving joining the squad, the Celtics planned on once again competing for the East’s top seed and hoped this year they had the star power to get past the Cavs in the playoffs. The opener against..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Lonzo Ball Leads Lakers To Highest Ticket Prices In Four Seasons

    SLAM Online "Lonzo Ball and the 2017-18 version of the Los Angeles Lakers kick off their regular season campaign on Thursday, as they host the Los Angeles Clipper. Thanks to the addition of the UCLA point guard, the hype and popularity surrounding the Baby Lakers has skyrocketed. Although this team is not..." October 17

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Lakers rule out Julius Randle and Andrew Bogut for opening night

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers‘ first game under the Magic Johnson-Rob Pelinka regime won’t feature the team’s full rotation. Two frontcourt players won’t suit up when the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers face off in their neutral-site matchup. Neither Julius Randle nor Andrew Bogut will play for the..." October 17

  • Andrew Bogut Says Lonzo Ball Isn’t What He Expected

    Lakers Nation "Sometimes, appearances can be deceiving. Or, if you prefer, it’s not wise to judge a book by it’s cover. Regardless of which cliché you prefer, it appears that new Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bogut is finding out that his rookie point guard Lonzo Ball is nothing like he expected him to..." October 16

  • Caron Butler "D-Wade Considered OKC, Lakers ... Before Signing w/ Cavs"

    TMZ "Dwyane Wade was REALLY close to heading west instead of reuniting with his bestie LeBron James this off-season ... so says ex-NBA star Caron Butler. TMZ Sports spoke with Tuff Juice about his convo with Wade before he made his decision to join the Cavs ... and he says Wade was seriously..." October 15

  • Lakers fan names baby boy after Lonzo Ball

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball hasn't even suited up for a regular-season game yet, but that didn't stop one family from naming its son after him. Twitter user Kneelo Elim, whose profile says he lives in the Philippines, shared pictures of his one-month-old son, Lonzo, decked out in..." October 15

  • Lakers hire 19-year-old scout

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers are taking their youth movement to a whole new level. According to a report by international basketball writer David Pick on Friday, the Lakers have hired 19-year-old Turkish scout Can Pelister, who now becomes the youngest international scout ever. Remarkably,..." October 14

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Draymond Green reveals the best advice Kobe gave him

    USA Today "Draymond Green revealed that he turned to Kobe Bryant for advice when he was feeling down after the Warriors lost to the Cavaliers in the 2016 Finals in a GQ feature story by Clay Skipper. Green says he didn't know how to deal with everyone thinking he was kicking other players on..." October 13

  • With Lakers thinking cap space, don’t look for Julius Randle extension

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers’ plan is no secret: Spend this season developing the young core — Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., Kyle Kuzma and on won the list — while hoarding cap space, create more with trades, then next summer get at least one and maybe two max contract players to come..." October 13

  • Trevor Booker thinks Kyle Kuzma will be better than Lonzo Ball

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Booker is all-in on the Kyle Kuzma hype. As LA Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma, who has been an absolute stud in both Summer League and preseason play, dropped 18 points on the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, Booker tweeted that Kuzma would be better than Lonzo Ball. The 22-year-old Kuzma has..." October 11

  • Can Lakers snag two stars? Teams with big cap space ahead of 2018 offseason

    Sporting News "The 2018 offseason is shaping up to have a few different dynamics from recent summers, with one of the biggest changes being a significant reduction in the number of teams with serious cap space. While there are other franchises that can clear significant space, including the Spurs, Knicks,..." October 11

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Magic Johnson implores fans to not let 'evil, hate' keep people from Vegas

    ESPN "A somber Magic Johnson implored fans to "come together" and not let "evil and hate" stop people from coming to Las Vegas before the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings tried to entertain fans and take their minds off the shooting that took place here last Sunday. "This is a tough situation..." October 09

  • Lakers Hire Jason Rosenfeld As Director Of Basketball Analytics

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Jason Rosenfeld as director of basketball analytics. Rosenfeld held the same role for the NBA. The Lakers have been notoriously late adopters for analytics." October 06

  • Kobe Bryant said he would kneel for national anthem if he were still playing

    USA Today "Retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant says he'd kneel during the national anthem if he was still playing in the league today. Bryant was asked on The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast what he would do before a game — in light of the current political statements being made in the sports..." October 05

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • Jeanie Buss: My brother doomed my life with Phil Jackson

    New York Post "For Jeanie Buss, Zen just couldn’t go the distance. The Lakers owner shared during an appearance at the annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit on Tuesday that her romance with former fiancée Phil Jackson was doomed after her brother, Jim Buss, didn’t bring Jackson back as coach in 2012. Jackson..." October 05

  • What Andrew Bogut brings to Lakers: 'I have seen everything'

    ESPN "Andrew Bogut walks over to a couple of chairs on the side of one of the Los Angeles Lakers' new sparkling practice courts and takes a seat. "Come sit in my office," he says invitingly. As Bogut sits down, you almost expect to hear him let out a groan as his 7-foot, 260-pound frame takes a..." October 05

  • Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram sit out Lakers' practice

    ESPN "Lonzo Ball (mild ankle sprain) and Brandon Ingram (head) did not practice on Tuesday and their statuses will be updated before the Los Angeles Lakers play the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game Wednesday. Ball landed on the foot of Denver point guard Emmanuel Mudiay near the end of the first..." October 04

  • Lamar Odom says Nick Young should have fought D’Angelo Russell

    Larry Brown Sports "Lamar Odom apparently takes the Bro Code very seriously. In an appearance this week on Complex’s “Everyday Struggle,” the former Sixth Man of the Year and ex-Los Angeles Laker commented on the Nick Young-D’Angelo Russell scandal that rocked the Lakers last year. “If I was Nick Young, I..." October 04

  • LaVar Ball wanted Chino Hills coach to add players to varsity team

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball announced earlier this week that he is pulling his son LaMelo out of high school so he can be home schooled, and issues the elder Ball had with LaMelo’s coach could have played a role in the decision. Wayne Joseph, the superintendent of the Chino Valley Unified School District, said..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Chris Bosh was with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka at team practice today

    Hoops Hype "Two-time NBA champion and 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Bosh was spotted at a practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday afternoon. Bosh, 33, was diagnosed with a career-ending illness and was officially released by the Miami Heat without any financial penalties earlier this..." October 03

  • It's official: LaVar Ball is worst sports parent ever

    USA Today "Congratulations, LaVar Ball. You’ve finally done the impossible. Not create the world’s greatest basketball player – the jury will be out on that for a while but early indications are not promising. Nor did you create a model athletic experience or dynasty that will be remembered for years to..." October 03

  • Paul George to give OKC chance to re-sign him; Lakers could be left in lurch

    CBS Sports "It looks like the Oklahoma City Thunder's chances of keeping Paul George beyond this season have gone up slightly. According to David Aldridge of TNT, George will grant the Thunder an audience this summer when he's making his final free agency decision. He is said to be impressed with the..." October 02

  • Former Lakers coach Byron Scott loses $220K in jewelry, watches in heist

    Pro Basketball Talk "Police say an estimated $200,000 in watches, jewelry, high-end purses and cash were stolen from the home of former Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott, who now does some analysis work for the Lakers’ cable network in L.A. The break-in at Scott’s Hermosa Beach house is the latest in a string of..." October 02

  • Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma continues to build off of impressive summer

    ESPN "Lonzo Ball said he doesn't remember much about Kyle Kuzma in college. "In college, he wasn't that good, to be honest," Ball said dryly about one of his closest friends on the Los Angeles Lakers. "I don't even remember when we played him. But now I am happy he is on my team." Ball likely was..." October 02

  • New Lakers teammates Andrew Bogut and Ivica Zubac are speaking the same language

    Orange County Register "Ivica Zubac was 14 when he was first told he needed to meet Andrew Bogut. Bogut was the starting center for the Milwaukee Bucks and already one of the best defensive centers in the NBA. A mutual friend believed the veteran center could help Zubac. Word of the young Zubac had reached Bogut,..." October 02

  • LaVar Ball says he won't have issues with Magic Johnson

    CBS Sports "There was plenty of excitement inside the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday night for Lonzo Ball's first preseason game with the Los Angeles Lakers. Before the game, however, it was his father, LaVar, who was the main attraction, holding court while hundreds of fans waited in line to meet..." October 01

  • Walton: Lakers will lock arms during anthem throughout season

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton says the team plans to lock arms during the national anthem throughout the season, beginning with its preseason game Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. "We are in this together," Walton said of the coaches locking arms with the players. "I..." October 01

  • Former Lakers, Bulls coach Frank Hamblen dies at 70

    Los Angeles Times "Lakers coach Luke Walton smiled as he remembered former Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen before the Lakers began their preseason schedule. “Frank would be pissed off at me for even talking about him right now because that’s who Frank is,” said Walton, who was drafted by the Lakers in 2003..." October 01

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • LaVar Ball says he got illegal offers ‘every summer’

    Sporting News "Though the FBI’s investigation and subsequent arrests of NCAA coaches charged with corruption shocked the sports landscape, there’s always been the sense something shady was happening in college basketball. Few were probably less surprised by the revelations than LaVar Ball, who told CBS Sports..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

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