Lakers Rumors & News

  • Lakers interested in hiring World Peace as assistant coach

    ESPN "The odds are against Metta World Peace making the Los Angeles Lakers' Opening Night roster, but the Lakers have interest in keeping the veteran forward around as an assistant coach if they can't make room for him as an active player, according to league sources. Sources told that World..." October 21

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • The Time Coach Mike Brown Nearly Had to Fight Metta World Peace

    San Jose Mercury News "This was back when Metta World Peace was still named Ron Artest, the 24-year-old, unstable version. Mike Brown, the Indiana Pacers new, young, 33-year-old assistant, was still learning the volatile quirks of his new player. Brown remembers a road trip to New York City. The plane landed and..." October 20

  • The NBA sent players to Google, Facebook to help answer the biggest questions of their careers

    Business Insider "C.J. Watson’s mom pushed him at a young age to get ready for the “real world,” making him learn how to write checks, do mock job interviews, and accompany her to work. Watson wasn’t sure if he was going to keep playing basketball, much less make the NBA, and his mom wanted him to be prepared..." October 20

  • Warriors' Draymond Green says Lakers' Julius Randle 'has potential' to be better than him

    Orange County Register "With the ball in his hands, Lakers forward Julius Randle stared straight ahead at one of his mentors, but he didn’t look intimidated by Draymond Green’s formidable presence. Instead, Randle charged past him. After drawing a foul on the Golden State Warriors’ All-Star forward, Randle shouted..." October 17

  • Laid-back Luke Walton looks to duplicate Warriors' culture with Lakers

    ESPN "Luke Walton was late -- not for the game but the pregame media session. He wasn't late by a whole lot but just enough to technically qualify. And as the Los Angeles Lakers coach strolled into T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, Walton was stopped by his old boss, Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers,..." October 17

  • Nick Young Vegas Wedding To New GF All Smoke and Mirrors

    TMZ "Nick Young tried to pull a fast one Friday night -- leaving many to believe he'd gone off and married his new GF Paloma Ford -- but we've learned it was just a sham. Young put up and quickly deleted a pic of a pamphlet from a famous Vegas wedding chapel with the caption, "she said yes."..." October 16

  • Wade calls Jordan, Kobe the 2 greatest SGs of all time

    Total Pro Sports "Ask any basketball fan and you might get the same answer when you ask them who the greatest NBA player of all time is and 9 times out of 10, it will be Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. Since his retirement, every new big talent has been dubbed the second coming of Jordan and every single..." October 16

  • Lakers coach Luke Walton: I'll only talk trash to one Warriors player

    ESPN "As an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, Luke Walton enjoyed the luxury of not having to devise a game plan to stop Stephen Curry, a nightmare assignment that kept every other coaching staff up late into the evening trying to conjure up some defensive scheme that might slow the..." October 15

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • Kobe Bryant told Kristaps Porzingis he has 'a bright future ahead'

    USA Today "Of all the moments that New York Knicks sensation Kristaps Porzingis experienced during his rookie season, there's one in particular that he won't soon forget. In an article published in The Players' Tribune on Thursday, Porzingis recalled "a lot of cool moments" from his first NBA season, from..." October 13

  • Luke Walton recalls an amazing Kobe story

    USA Today "Lakers head coach Luke Walton was a guest on the Uninterrupted's Open Run podcast recently, along with Cavaliers vet Richard Jefferson. Toward the end, Jesse Williams, who's one of the podcast hosts, asked Walton if he had a good Kobe Bryant story to share, since everyone who played with Kobe has..." October 13

  • Zach Lowe's crazy predictions for the 2016-17 NBA season

    ESPN "Even the NBA, the most predictable major U.S. pro sports league, is fraught with uncertainty. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals! But making predictions is a useful thought exercise, and it's healthy to creep out on a limb once in a while. As usual, we throw darts at..." October 12

  • The NBA's leaked Christmas jerseys are familiar, and that's a good thing

    CBS Sports "The NBA's Christmas Day slate might not be perfect, but it's going to look great. On Wednesday, the new Christmas jerseys leaked, via UniWatch's Paul Lukas, and they are essentially updated versions of what we saw last year: Not an eyesore in the bunch. It's a little weird that the Los Angeles..." October 12

  • Kobe's 2012 face mask up for auction

    CBS Sports "From winning championships to clutch shots to scoring 81 points in a single game, Kobe Bryant's Hall-of-Fame worthy career was filled with more than several iconic moments. However, one of the more under-the-radar moments from Bryant's career is when he had to wear a mask for 11 games during the..." October 11

  • Luke Walton believes D’Angelo Russell capable of averaging 20 points per game

    L.A. Daily News "The highlights seemed never-ending as D’Angelo Russell drained 3-pointers, drove the basket, made nifty passes and lifted his teammates. So once the Lakers’ 101-97 preseason loss to Denver on Friday became official, it hardly seemed surprising Russell posted 21 points, five assists and four..." October 09

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • Coach Luke Walton looks for consistency from D'Angelo Russell

    Orange County Register "The highlights seemed never-ending as D’Angelo Russell drained 3-pointers, drove the basket, made nifty passes and lifted his teammates. So once the Lakers’ 101-97 preseason loss to Denver on Friday became official, it hardly seemed surprising Russell posted 21 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds,..." October 09

  • Entering 17th NBA season, Metta World Peace says he wants to play 20

    Pro Basketball Talk "Metta World Peace is a longshot to make the Lakers roster this season. Los Angeles already has 14 guaranteed contracts plus the very team friendly deal of Yi Jianlian, who has looked good in camp and will almost certainly make the roster. That makes 15, the max the Lakers could carry into the..." October 09

  • Which NBA legend will you miss the most: Kobe, Duncan or Garnett?

    SI "Each new NBA season brings excitement and optimism around the league, but it also brings difficult goodbyes to retiring stars. This off-season was particularly cruel, as the NBA lost three of its best players in league history: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Each star became a..." October 08

  • Lakers give rookie Brandon Ingram Kobe Bryant's locker

    CBS Sports "The Lakers are opening a new era. Kobe Bryant is gone. The team believes it has the young core that will include at least one new star to lead them forward and back to the championship contender they feel they should be every year, given their storied history. Part of that is making the transition..." October 08

  • D'Angelo Russell will try to overcome slow start

    Orange County Register "This could have marked the time when D’Angelo Russell would put on a show perhaps as captivating as his Summer League play. Maybe he would make another winning 3-pointer. Maybe he would throw out enough nifty passes to fill a highlight reel. Maybe he would carry those positive vibes he has felt..." October 07

  • Brian Shaw buries the past, happy to be back on LA Lakers coaching staff

    L.A. Daily News "All of it had to go: the yellow T-shirts, the purple shorts, the team-issued sweats. By the time Brian Shaw had finished his purge, every piece of apparel he’d accumulated over 12 years as a Lakers player and coach filled two large boxes. Then he carried those boxes out of his Redondo Beach..." October 07

  • Timofey Mozgov Has ‘Special Play’ That Will Let Him Shoot Threes For Lakers

    Lakers Nation "The Lakers made Timofey Mozgov one of their prime targets during free agency this past summer, reaching a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers big man just minutes after the opening bell. The Russian-born center formerly played for Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw when they were in Denver, and the..." October 07

  • Report: NBA, Union Optimistic New CBA Deal Will Get Done

    Bleacher Report "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association could have a new collective bargaining agreement finalized in the near future after reportedly making "significant progress" in negotiations. On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the new deal could be done within the next..." October 06

  • NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    Bleacher Report "There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another. Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that..." October 05

  • Jeff Van Gundy Advocates Zero-Tolerance Policy For Domestic Violence Offenders

    Deadspin "The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met in the preseason this evening, and ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy used the occasion of Derrick Rose’s first appearance with the Knicks to make some points about domestic violence and how Adam Silver and the NBA should deal with players who are convicted..." October 05

  • Nike releasing self-lacing shoes through public lottery

    ESPN "The first pairs of the famous self-lacing MAG shoes from "Back to the Future II" will be made available this month to the public, but you won't be able to buy them. You'll have to win them. Nike announced that only 89 pairs will be available through an online draw that begins Tuesday and..." October 04

  • Metta World Peace thinks newborn babies cry because they want candy

    Black Sports Online "Lakers veteran forward Metta World Peace is filling the quote machine already and the NBA season hasn’t even officially begun. During a media session at Lakers training camp World Peace was asked if the team was enjoying camp. MWP went off on a tangent and referenced babies coming out of the womb..." October 03

  • Mozgov confident he’ll be ready for season

    San Bernardino County Sun "The ice stayed firmly wrapped around Timofey Mozgov’s knees as he sat on a chair. Fortunately, the reasons only stemmed from typical recovery after logging a full practice that entailed countless drills in the post and on defense. Before, those reasons pointed to complications in his surgically..." October 03

  • Ingram careful about adding weight too fast like injured Simmons

    Orange County Register "The injury sent a painful jolt to Philadelphia rookie forward Ben Simmons as he nursed a broken right foot. The 76ers also absorbed a psychological blow as they lost their No. 1 pick for an indefinite amount of time. As much as Lakers rookie forward and No. 2 draft pick Brandon Ingram expressed..." October 02

  • Byron Scott I Don't Wanna Be Friends w/ D'Angelo Russell ... 'It Is What It Is'

    TMZ "The rift between D'Angelo Russell and his former Lakers coach Byron Scott is irreparable -- so says Scott who tells TMZ Sports he doesn't want a relationship with the NBA star moving forward. Russell has been taking thinly veiled shots at Scott recently -- essentially blaming him for his..." September 30

  • NBA hopes new replay protocol speeds up play

    USA Today "In an ongoing effort to make NBA replay reviews more efficient and less time-consuming, more in-game reviews are expected to be made this season by the league’s staff at the high-tech replay center in Secaucus, N.J. Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during..." September 29

  • Brandon Ingram Has Responded To Coming Off The Lakers’ Bench Exactly How You’d Want

    Uproxx "As the No. 2 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, Brandon Ingram joins a Lakers squad loaded with young talent and an eye toward the future. Normally, being such a highly-touted prospect comes with a lot of expectations and responsibilities, but it’s looking more and more like the organization will..." September 27

  • Gilbert Arenas on Never Using a Condom Again Because He Won His STD Lawsuit

    Black Sports Online "Gilbert Arenas recently won a lawsuit against his baby mama Laura Govan after she accused him of having multiple STDs. Arenas was awarded $110k. He has decided to celebrate by saying he is never wearing a condom again and will sue any woman who asks him to do so. Flip the page to see his..." September 27

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • Kobe Bryant on Kevin Garnett’s Retirement Announcement: "I Loved Every Minute I Competed Against You"

    Complex "Elite basketball players tend to hold other elite players in the highest regard whenever they speak about or see each other. Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett held this mutual respect for 20 years, and both are now on the other side of the game as retirees. After KG officially announced his retirement..." September 25

  • Luke Walton Says D’Angelo Russell is Leader of Lakers, But Can He Handle It

    Bleacher Report "D'Angelo Russell's eyes are sparkling as he makes clear how he feels about his new coach. "At this level, I don't really know what it takes to win," Russell says. "So from a guy who knows what it takes to win, I can't do anything but sit back and listen." He is proud that Walton, from their..." September 24

  • NBA Rumors: Lakers giving away Nick Young and Lou Williams for Rudy Gay

    Sportsrageous "Rudy Gay expressed his intention to move out of the Sacramento Kings next summer if he will not be traded before the deadline. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers could offer Nick Young and Lou Williams to acquire Gay from the Kings. Rudy Gay has been involved in various..." September 23

  • D'Angelo Russell: Lakers Put Development 'On Hold' for Kobe's Last Season

    Obsev "If Kobe Bryant's historic 60-point farewell to the NBA felt like a dream, you're not alone. D'Angelo Russell, then a Los Angeles Lakers rookie, felt that way pretty much from the offseason to the end of the regular season, and not in a good way. “Last offseason was Looney Tunes,” Russell..." September 22

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • The Lakers are reportedly bringing Metta World Peace back for another season

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of young guys on their roster. D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle and newest rookie Brandon Ingram are a part of a rebuilding core that is expected to one day to lead the franchise back to some glorious times. Until they develop..." September 21

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell is upbeat about working with new Coach Luke Walton

    Los Angeles Times "His teammates’ and coaches’ sneakers squeaked on the court in front of Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell as he reflected on how much fun he’s having this off-season. “Last off-season was Looney Tunes,” Russell said Tuesday. “Wasn’t real. I didn’t get nothing out of it.” This off-season has..." September 21

  • Metta World Peace on His Stalker Slashing His Tires & Throwing Brick Through His Windows

    Black Sports Online "This sounds serious enough the woman should be put in jail, not just given a restraining order. She seems out of her mind. TMZ Sports has learned … Peace went to the LAPD and told cops a “stranger,” named Miesha Shakes, had been harassing him in a series of disturbing emails dating back to..." September 21

  • Why Luke Walton does not plan to start Brandon Ingram right away

    Inside Socal "The player left Lakers coach Luke Walton giddy about his long-term potential. Walton marveled at his defense, outside shooting, versatility and work ethic. And when asked, Walton informed Lakers vice president of player personnel Jim Buss about his hope the Lakers draft that player. Walton..." September 21

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