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  • LeBron James: Lakers ‘long way’ from Warriors

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers’ front office insists they’re trying to beat the Warriors. Los Angeles’ newest star, LeBron James, isn’t there yet. “We’ve got a long way to go to get to Golden State,” LeBron said. “They can pick up right where they..." September 24

  • 5 burning questions as LeBron James and Co. begin training camp

    Orange County Register "It’s not just a dream anymore. On Monday afternoon, LeBron James and the Lakers meet with the press for the first time ahead of the season, breathing real life into the franchise’s ambitions to return to prominence. For the first time since Kobe Bryant retired,..." September 24

  • Interpreting LeBron’s welcome message to Anthony Davis

    New York Post "LeBron James’ latest LA pitch might be toward Anthony Davis. The new Lakers star sent out a congratulatory tweet to Davis on Sunday after the five-time NBA All-Star switched agents and teamed up with Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports Group. Paul is a close confidant of James and..." September 24

  • New lottery rules change tanking incentives, starting this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "To paraphrase Jerry Tarkanian, the NBA is so mad at the 76ers, it’ll keep the Hawks losing another couple years. The NBA finally enacted lottery reform that will take effect this season. The measures appeared designed to curb Sam Hinkie’s ambitious..." September 23

  • The science behind the training methods Micah Lancaster used with Brandon Ingram

    Silver Screen And Roll "Last Wednesday on the Laker Film Room podcast, Pete Zayas and Darius Soriano had skills enhancement trainer Micah Lancaster on to discuss his ongoing skills development with Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram. Micah is the founder of I’m Possible Training and, in addition to..." September 22

  • LeBron James Files Two More Trademarks for Newly Launched I Promise School

    Complex "It was nearly two months ago when LeBron James opened the doors to I Promise—a public school in Akron, Ohio dedicated to at-risk kids. In an effort to cover some legal bases, the NBA star had filed several trademark applications for the intuition, such as the phrases “Nothing..." September 22

  • Kyle Kuzma says all the Lakers have to step up now that LeBron James is on the team

    Silver Screen And Roll "Expectations for the Los Angeles Lakers are as high as they’ve been among fans and the media in years thanks to LeBron James joining the team in free agency, and Kyle Kuzma says that the team’s internal expectations — and motivation to meet them — have also went up a few..." September 22

  • Lonzo Ball’s cleaned-up shot draws approval from Lakers brass

    Orange County Register "What can Lonzo Ball do to improve his shot? If you asked 10 different people, you’re likely to get 10 different answers. But it seems Ball went in search of his own answers to that question after shooting just 36 percent from the field last year, one of the worst guard..." September 22

  • NBA announces three rule changes for 2018-19 season

    247 Sports "Some changes will be coming to the NBA for the 2018-19 season.  According to a press release from the league office, the NBA's Board of Governors unanimously voted to pass three rule changes for the 2018-19 season. The tweaks include a change to the shot clock..." September 21

  • Report: Silver memo encourages teams to put more women in leadership roles

    The Score "NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo "strongly" encouraging all 30 teams to increase the number of women in their organizations in general, including in leadership roles, and improve reporting processes for sexual harassment, sources told The Athletic's Shams..." September 21

  • Why the Lakers won't trade for Jimmy Butler

    247 Sports "Jimmy Butler reportedly requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves this week, and that came with an unusual wishlist of teams that he would like to play for. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, that list is three teams long: the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los..." September 21

  • Magic Johnson shoots down criticism of Lakers' offseason moves

    USA Today "Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers made the biggest move of the NBA offseason by signing LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million deal. There's little to criticize about bringing in a four-time MVP who remains at the top of his game even after 15 years in the league. Some..." September 21

  • Magic Johnson to Luke Walton: 'Don't worry' if Lakers have bad start

    ESPN "Saying he understands that the revamped Los Angeles Lakers will need time to mesh, Magic Johnson said he told head coach Luke Walton not to worry if the team gets off to a bumpy start this season. "As I was talking to Luke [with GM Rob Pelinka], we said don't worry..." September 21

  • LeBron James proclaims decision to join Lakers was focused on basketball

    The Sports Daily "Since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency back in July, All-Star forward LeBron James has been involved in numerous projects in the entertainment industry. This has created the narrative that James in large part chose to join the Lakers due to opportunities that Los Angeles..." September 20

  • LeBron James on Donald Trump's insulting tweet: 'What bothers me is that he has time to even do that'

    Sporting News "LeBron James didn't publicly respond after President Donald Trump sparked controversy when he questioned James' intelligence in August. But now more than a month later, the Lakers star is opening up about the insulting tweet.  In an interview with The Hollywood..." September 20

  • Report: Michael Jordan's Involvement Discussed for LeBron James Space Jam Sequel

    Bleacher Report "LeBron James will star in Space Jam 2, and according to Dave McMenamin of, NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is in discussions to be involved in the project: September 20

  • LeBron's arrival made Lakers less appealing to Butler

    The Score "Jimmy Butler doesn't want to play second fiddle to The King in Hollywood. The Los Angeles Lakers aren't one of Butler's three preferred destinations after the 29-year-old reportedly asked to be traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this week. That's because..." September 19

  • LeBron James Sets 'Black Panther's' Ryan Coogler to Produce 'Space Jam' Sequel

    The Hollywood Reporter "In his first project since directing the record-breaking Black Panther, Ryan Coogler is teaming with LeBron James on the anticipated follow-up to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny hit Space Jam, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.  Coogler will produce..." September 19

  • Bill Simmons Suggested LaVar Ball Got Hush Money to Keep Quiet About LeBron and the Lakers

    12 Up "LaVar Ball hasn't been heard from in awhile. Strange, right? And while the whole sports world probably couldn't be happier about his apparent desire to lay lower than usual, The Ringer's Bill Simmons has a wild theory that might explain everything. On WFAN radio..." September 19

  • Lonzo Ball Won't Be a Full Participant in Camp Due to Knee Injury

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will not participate in 5-on-5 scrimmages when the team opens training camp next week. Speaking to Spectrum SportsNet's Mike Bresnahan on Tuesday, head coach Luke Walton said the Lakers won't "rush him back at..." September 19

  • Matt Barnes Says He Smoked Weed Before NBA Games

    TMZ "If you've seen Ex-NBA tough guy Matt Barnes play basketball, chances are you've seen him high as a kite ... because MB says he smoked weed before every game he played ... SINCE HIGH SCHOOL.  Barnes appeared on Van Lathan's 'Red Pill Podcast' and..." September 18

  • NBA Rumors: Durant will join Lakers next year

    247 Sports "Take this for what you will, but Kevin Durant is apparently lining up to join the Los Angeles Lakers next season. According to a source who spoke with Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson, Durant is planning a move to join the Lakers and team up with LeBron James next..." September 18

  • Shaquille O'Neal says LeBron James can't be in conversation for greatest Laker

    The Sports Daily "The Los Angeles Lakers have added All-Star LeBron James to the mix this offseason in free agency, which has added yet another all-time great talent to their historic franchise. Although James has put together an illustrious career, Hall of Famer and former Lakers Shaquille..." September 17

  • Luke Walton Believes Lakers Have Potential To Develop Into Championship Contender

    Lakers Nation "Any time a team adds a player like LeBron James, who has made it to eight straight NBA Finals, the pressure on them immediately increases. For the Los Angeles Lakers, arguably nobody will feel the expectations rise than head coach Luke Walton. He will have the difficult job of..." September 17

  • Ivica Zubac says Lakers not thrilled he chose to play for Croatia in World Cup qualifiers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Lakers’ big man Ivica Zubac was one of the nearly couple dozen NBA players who decided to play in the September FIBA World Qualifiers. His Croatian team has a few of them with them including Dario Saric of the Sixers and Bojan Bogdanovic of the..." September 17

  • LeBron James to produce show about first female head coach of men’s college team

    Deadline "The network has given a script commitment plus penalty to basketball-themed drama Hoops, from writer Jennifer Cecil (Notorious), LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions, and Warner Bros...." September 16

  • Kyle Kuzma on hometown of Flint: ‘It pretty much is a third-world country’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kyle Kuzma is one of the best young players on the Los Angeles Lakers. He is also a native of Flint, Michigan, a city which is still dealing with significant issues regarding its water supply. Along with guys like Rasheed Wallace, Kuzma is one of several NBA players hoping to help the..." September 16

  • Clippers, not Lakers, top Kawhi Leonard’s destination list

    Lakers Nation "As the Los Angeles Lakers were preparing to chase two max-level players in free agency, they also were connected to the saga between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. With their relationship seemingly beyond repair, Leonard sought a trade from the Spurs. It was widely reported..." September 15

  • Lonzo Ball showing a more simplified jumper in workouts

    Hoops Rumors "Lonzo Ball‘s ability as a passer has never been questioned but his ability to shoot has been a concern ever since the 2017 NBA Draft.  As Ball prepares for his sophomore campaign, it appears he has simplified the release on his jumper, Joe Morgan of Sporting News writes. In..." September 15

  • Leonard 'Will Not Join the Lakers'; Does Not Want to Play in LeBron's Shadow

    The Big Lead "Many Lakers fans are expecting Kawhi Leonard to be joining LeBron James next summer as a free agent, however, another Paul George scenario could be brewing. When discussing Leonard’s future on Get Up this week, Jalen Rose made it very clear that if Leonard does leave Toronto, it will..." September 15

  • JaVale McGee 'Why'd Bron Block Me On Instagram? ... I Have No Idea!'

    TMZ "LeBron James finally unblocked his new Lakers teammate, JaVale McGee, on Instagram this week ... so, when we saw JM at LAX, we had to ask ... WHY!? Turns out, the whole thing dates back 5 years ... but JaVale tells TMZ Sports he's not sure if there's a specific incident..." September 15

  • David Stern on The Decision: ‘We knew it was going to be terrible, and we tried very hard for it not to happen’

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Decision was bad. Everyone agrees. Even LeBron James has apologized and expressed regret for how he announced his departure from Cleveland for Miami in 2010. (Just don’t don’t think too hard about how similar The Decision was to the nationally televised..." September 14

  • Lakers should add Jamal Crawford or Nick Young

    247 Sports "I know the Los Angeles Lakers are stubborn in their approach. We've heard it all offseason long. Rob Pelinka put together this team with the idea that they could beat the Golden State Warriors by being a non three-point shooting team. They've seen what's happened with..." September 14

  • LeBron James reacts to Nike’s stock soaring at an all-time high

    Clutch Points "Nike’s bold move to make the extremely polarizing Colin Kaepernick as the face of the company’s latest ad campaign has inspired a countless number of people to channel their hidden pyromania. The initial fear among Nike supporters was that the sports apparel giant’s stock..." September 14

  • Jeanie Buss Responds To Claims LeBron James Will Make Lakers Basketball Decisions Over Magic Johnson

    Lakers Nation "Over the past few seasons, LeBron James developed a reputation as being the ‘general manager’ while with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team obviously had someone with that title, but many believed that James was who made decisions on trades and signings of free..." September 13

  • Jamal Crawford has offers from Lakers, Sixers, Warriors

    Clutch Points "It is quite a surprise that Sixth Man extraordinaire, Jamal Crawford is still one of the free agents available at this stage of the offseason. The 38-year-old veteran guard is known for his ability as a microwave scorer who has killer handles with the ball. Last season, Crawford spent..." September 13

  • Ray Allen: ‘LeBron Has to Reinvent Himself’ with Lakers

    SLAM Online "Ray Allen says that LeBron James will have to “reinvent himself” as a member of the Lakers. While guesting on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, Allen said it will be interesting to see how LeBron gives up some of the playmaking responsibility in Los..." September 12

  • Andrew Bynum Works Out At Lakers’ Facility

    Hoops Rumors "Andrew Bynum‘s attempted NBA comeback included an appearance this week at the Lakers’ practice facility, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. It wasn’t considered an official workout for the team, but Bynum was permitted to participate in activities at..." September 12

  • LeBron James unblocks new teammate JaVale McGee on Instagram

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James has apparently not been a fan of JaVale McGee for quite some time — at least if social media is any indication. But now that the two are teammates, something had to give. On Tuesday, a Reddit user noticed that LeBron began following McGee on Instagram. Why is..." September 12

  • Shaq: Kobe unretiring 'would be the biggest sports announcement in history'

    The Score "Although Kobe Bryant continues to insist he has no interest in coming out of retirement, it hasn't stopped some people - including former teammate Shaquille O'Neal - from wondering what would happen if he did. On a recent episode of "The Big Podcast with Shaq,"..." September 11

  • Lonzo Ball says knee surgery was his last option

    247 Sports "Los Angeles Lakers second-year guard Lonzo Ball underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in July; a procedure that he recently referred to as a "last option."  Ball was diagnosed with a torn left meniscus in June. He received..." September 11

  • LeBron James to Produce NBC Comedy 'Brotherly Love' Based on Ben Simmons

    Bleacher Report "Basketball stars LeBron James and Ben Simmons are combining to make a comedy television show based on Simmons' life called Brotherly Love, according to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline. NBC has given a script commitment for the show, which will feature veteran..." September 11

  • Should Consideration Be Given To Signing Free Agent Andrew Bynum?

    Lakers Nation "At one point, Andrew Bynum was considered to be one of the best centers in the NBA. The former All-Star posted nearly 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011-12 but then saw his career cut short by a series of injuries. Now, at 30 years..." September 11

  • LeBron James: ‘That Trophy Goes Through Golden State’

    SLAM Online "LeBron James points out the obvious: everyone in the NBA is chasing Golden State. James says the defending, two-time champion Warriors are “the team that everybody is trying to catch.” September 11

  • Luol Deng Widely Expected To Sign With Wolves

    Real GM Basketball "Luol Deng is expected to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Deng, however, has received interest from other teams. " September 10

  • Report: Timberwolves agree to one-year deal with Luol Deng

    Larry Brown Sports "Tom Thibodeau continues to collect former Bulls in Minnesota. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free agent Luol Deng on a one-year deal after he was bought out by the Los Angeles Lakers. " September 10

  • Luke Walton Is The Latest Coach To Learn That Finding Rest For LeBron Is Always A Problem

    Dime Magazine "In his age-33 season, LeBron James appeared in all 82 regular season games for the Cleveland Cavaliers and, in the process, led the NBA in minutes. That is anything but typical of a player in the 15th season of his Hall of Fame career but, given the dire nature of Cleveland’s situation..." September 10

  • At least 18 NBA players will play for home country in FIBA World Cup qualifiers this month

    Pro Basketball Talk "We’ve focused mostly on the big names not taking part — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli, any notable player for Team USA — in the September qualifying window for FIBA’s World Cup next season. If you..." September 10

  • Shaquille O'Neal believes Kobe Bryant would prosper in return to Lakers

    The Sports Daily "A few weeks ago, there were rumblings about possible chatter that former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant would consider a return back to his former team. This was quickly shot down by his wife on social media while also voiced that in a recent interview on the Rich Eisen Show..." September 09

  • LeBron warns Lakers teammate: ‘Get your hands ready or I’m gonna break your nose’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Former teammates of Magic Johnson — and some of the game’s other great passers — tell stories of needing to be always ready with them, because you never knew when the pass was coming. Times players thought they could relax out of the play the ball would come flying fast and..." September 08