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  • Blame Magic Johnson, not LeBron James, for the Lakers Sucking

    Complex "The 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers have been an abysmal disgrace. There’s no clean way to say that. As one of the people who was ready to die on the hill of a LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers team at the beginning of this season, I watched the Lakers with more fervor than I had in recent..." March 18

  • Paul Pierce Thinks The Lakers Should Trade LeBron If They Get The No. 1 Pick

    Dime Magazine "With every game the Los Angeles Lakers lose in LeBron James’ inaugural season in Hollywood, the drama continues to build. Case in point: the two lasting images from the Lakers most recent loss to the New York Knicks were LeBron sitting away from his teammates on the bench during..." March 18

  • LeBron James Defines Lakers As 'Catering To Players, Everything Else Comes Secondary'

    Real GM Basketball "LeBron James was asked what the Los Angeles Lakers' message to pending free agents will be this offseason. "I don't know," said James. "Listen, at the end of the day this franchise wants to win and wants to win big, and the one thing about the..." March 18

  • Where Missing the Playoffs Will Rank Among LeBron James' Career Lows

    Bleacher Report "While the Los Angeles Lakers aren't officially eliminated from the playoffs quite yet, sitting nine-and-a-half games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth seed with just 12 games remaining represents a deficit not even LeBron James can overcome. In a season that started..." March 18

  • Kobe Bryant: “Anthony Davis Is Better Than Ingram, Lonzo And Kuzma.”

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers 2019 season has turned into an absolute nightmare with the franchise’s hopes of a return to the playoffs all but gone. It seems the turning point of the season may have been when Anthony Davis announced that he was requesting a trade from the New Orleans..." March 18

  • Lakers Rumors: Magic May Target Tom Izzo As Replacement For Luke Walton

    Lakers Nation "When Jeanie Buss overhauled the Los Angeles Lakers front office by ousting brother Jim Buss and former general manager and replacing them with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, respectively, some believed it invariably put head coach Luke Walton on the hot seat. But while..." March 18

  • Report: Lakers signed Michael Beasley over Julius Randle

    247 Sports "The decision that the Los Angeles Lakers made to let Julius Randle and Brook Lopez walk in free agency last July has come under intense scrutiny recently as reporting has shed light on the flawed thought process that led to it. It was reported earlier this week that the..." March 18

  • Mario Hezonja admits how ‘weird’ it was that he saved Knicks’ win over Lakers with defense

    Clutch Points "On Sunday afternoon, the New York Knicks didn’t need any luck in order to take down superstar forward LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, all the Knicks needed to seal a rare win was a little bit of defense from swingman Mario Hezonja, who is typically known almost..." March 17

  • LeBron James shares early free agent pitch to potential signings

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers have a big offseason ahead of them, and it will likely involve some high-profile free agent pursuits. LeBron James figures to be a big part of whatever the Lakers are selling. He was asked after Sunday’s loss to the New York Knicks what the message would..." March 17

  • Lakers' LeBron James to play Sunday against Knicks

    Sporting News "LeBron James is set to make his Madison Square Garden debut as a Laker. The Los Angeles star will suit up when the team travels to New York to face the Knicks, Lakers coach Luke Walton said Sunday. James was rested during the Lakers' Friday night lost to the Pistons,..." March 17

  • Walt Frazier on LeBron James: 'I think he should be more part of the team'

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Lakers got off to a slow start with in their bright and early matchup against the New York Knicks Sunday morning, falling behind 41-30 after the first quarter. But perhaps the most notable part of the game didn’t happen between the lines, which is par for the..." March 17

  • The Lakers Badly Miss Lonzo But Do They Want Him to Stay?

    Bleacher Report "The Lakers season is winding down, well short of their playoff goal. It wasn't supposed to be this way at 31-38, not with LeBron James in town and a roster filled with young players poised for stardom. Injuries and chemistry took care of those hopes. And while the season at hand..." March 16

  • Lakers' Ingram undergoes successful thoracic outlet surgery

    The Score "Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm Saturday and is expected to recover in time for the start of the 2019-20 season, the team announced. The former No. 2 pick took a step forward in production in Year 3, though he..." March 16

  • How high is LeBron James’ trade value in 2019?

    Clutch Points "Could the Los Angeles Lakers actually do the unthinkable and trade LeBron James? Probably not, but it’s hard to ignore the report from Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher that Lakers owner Jeanie Buss actually considered moving James due to her vexation over the fact that James..." March 16

  • LeBron to sit out Friday night’s game for ‘load management’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers have virtually no chance of making the playoffs with just 14 games remaining in the regular season to make up ground in the Western Conference, and they appear to be unofficially waving the white flag. On Friday, the Lakers announced that LeBron James will sit..." March 15

  • Lakers Rumors: Luke Walton a Top Target for Suns HC Job If Fired

    Bleacher Report "If the Los Angeles Lakers move on from Luke Walton after this season, he will be in demand for another head coaching job. Per Sean Deveney of Sporting News, Walton is considered a "top potential replacement" for the Phoenix Suns if Igor..." March 15

  • Luke Walton will be wanted man on coaching market despite Lakers disaster

    Sporting News "The fate of Lakers coach Luke Walton may well have been sealed, oddly enough, on one of the better days in the recent history of the franchise: July 1 of last summer, when the team got LeBron James to sign a four-year contract. That’s because in meeting with James that day, team..." March 15

  • LeBron to Kawhi Leonard: 'We'll be in touch'

    247 Sports "LeBron James is already in recruiting mode. His Los Angeles Lakers are set to miss the postseason, but have enough cap space to sign any free agent on the market. They just have to convince a star player to join them. They still have a long way to go in doing that, but James seemed to..." March 15

  • Jeanie Buss, Rich Paul Clear Air Over Anthony Davis Trade Leak

    Real GM Basketball "Jeanie Buss considered trading LeBron James after suspecting that Rich Paul intentionally leaked Anthony Davis' desire to get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Ric Bucher. Paul denied the leaks and called Buss to clear the air over the situation. " March 15

  • Report: Several teams would be hesitant about trading for LeBron James

    Larry Brown Sports "Jeff Van Gundy suggested during a recent broadcast that the Los Angeles Lakers need to consider the possibility of trading LeBron James this summer, and he is not the only one who feels that way. However, finding a team that would give up a king’s ransom of The King might be more..." March 14

  • NBA Rumors: Jeanie Buss contemplated trading LeBron because she was upset with Rich Paul

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Pelicans reportedly blamed the Lakers for leaking Anthony Davis trade-talk details. Did the Lakers blame Davis’ and LeBron James‘ agent, Rich Paul? Was ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy onto something when he suggested Los..." March 14

  • Report: Teams sought Lonzo Ball's medicals for potential trade

    247 Sports "Lonzo Ball went from No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft to trade bait remarkably quickly. Once the Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James, it was no secret that Ball could be used as a chip to help acquire a second All-Star in his prime to play alongside him. His availability in an..." March 14

  • Is LeBron James' All-NBA 1st-Team Run Coming to an End?

    Bleacher Report "LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists with a 59.6 true shooting percentage (TS%) for the Los Angeles Lakers. Even five years ago, that would've felt like a no-brainer first-team All-NBA line. Actually, it would've felt like that during..." March 14

  • NBA owner says he wouldn’t trade much for LeBron James

    Clutch Points "While some have shut down the mere thought of trading LeBron James as the Los Angeles Lakers are most likely bound to miss the playoffs, it seems he’s no longer the hot mega-star most teams salivated at during this past offseason. “Hmmm,” pondered one..." March 14

  • NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘Could Conceivably Sign’ And Join Lebron With L.A. Lakers In Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "All the talk about Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis is enough to make anyone’s head spin. It has been non-stop since even before the season began. Still, it is just the beginning. With a whole host of other names up for free-agency in July, there’s no telling what..." March 14

  • Report: ‘No way’ Pelicans will trade Anthony Davis to Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James caused chaos by saying he wanted to play with Anthony Davis. The timing of Davis’ trade request was a thinly veiled attempt to get to the Lakers. Once the Lakers and Pelicans began talks, Los Angeles clearly negotiated through the media. Then, Lakers..." March 14

  • Lakers explored leaving Staples Center for return to Forum, emails reveal

    Los Angeles Times "The day before the Clippers announced plans to explore building an arena in Inglewood, business mogul Irving Azoff floated an idea to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and top advisor Linda Rambis about a move that could undercut the Clippers and prompt a seismic..." March 14

  • Patrick Beverley 'Pissed' at Rockets, Calls Lakers' Lonzo Ball 'Easy'

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers' season took another hit Wednesday when Patrick Beverley took a shot at Lonzo Ball. During an interview with Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter, the Los Angeles Clippers point guard said "easy" when asked what immediately..." March 14

  • Lonzo On Upcoming Offseason: 'If I Get Traded, Then I Get Traded'

    Real GM Basketball "Lonzo Ball said he was motivated and excited to have a full summer to work on his craft. “I’m very, very motivated. I want to be the best I can be. I’m looking forward to this summer. I don’t look at it as added pressure, because I haven’t had a full..." March 14

  • Luke Walton has done a lousy job, but he never had chance to shine

    USA Today "Nothing has been simple in this joke of a Los Angeles Lakers season, not simple to describe or simple to execute.  So it is with the curious case of head coach Luke Walton, whose level of blame must be assessed through the reality that while he has done a poor job, it was an..." March 14

  • LeBron James thinks playing against playoff teams down the stretch will help young Lakers develop

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers are down to their last 15 games of the regular season, and while they have yet to be officially eliminated from the NBA playoffs, they’re currently 7.5 games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference and five games below a .500 record. They literally have a..." March 13

  • Lonzo Ball is frustrated but understands why his season with the Lakers is over

    Los Angeles Times "Lonzo Ball didn’t resist the Lakers’ decision Saturday to end his season. He figured it was coming, given how long his ankle is taking to heal. “It’s just the situation I’m in right now,” Ball told The Times before Tuesday’s game, speaking for..." March 13

  • Kobe Bryant once learned a Bosnian swear word just to mess with Jusuf Nurkic

    Pro Basketball Talk "Jusuf Nurkic is having a breakout season for the Portland Trail Blazers. The Bosnian big man has put up impressive numbers in his second full season in Portland, and he’s been a vital part of their team as coach Terry Stotts has chosen to run the offense through Nurkic at the high..." March 13

  • Kobe Bryant Stolen High School Jersey Found In China

    TMZ "Crazy story, crazy ending.  A Kobe Bryant high school basketball jersey -- stolen out of the school's trophy case in 2017 -- has been located by a fan in China who's returning the item ... for free!! Here's the deal ... someone broke into a display..." March 13

  • What was going on in America the last time LeBron James missed the playoffs?

    USA Today "LeBron James reached the playoffs 13 consecutive times with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. He averaged 30.8 points in his first run through the postseason in 2006 and led the Cavs through a seven-game conference finals matchup with the Boston Celtics in 2018, reaching the NBA..." March 13

  • LeBron James: I will play in postseason again

    247 Sports "LeBron James will, in all likelihood, miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005 next month. Only a handful of current players were even in the league at that point, and if Lakers haters have their way, it James won't ever make it back to the postseason. If you squint, it's a..." March 13

  • LeBron says Lakers will keep on playing despite playoffs virtually out of hand

    Clutch Points "It would take a miracle for the Los Angeles Lakers to qualify for the playoffs. But for four-time MVP LeBron James, it’s imperative that the team keeps on playing, especially for the young guys. Per Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints via Spectrum Sportsnet, the..." March 13

  • Knicks, Hawks, Suns Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "All but two of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for 2018/19. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract (or having 10-day contracts..." March 12

  • Kyle Kuzma participated in all of practice; considered questionable against Chicago

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers have had at least two players injured dating back to the Nixon administration. Okay maybe that isn’t actually true (the trend actually predates Nixon), but it definitely feels that way. Kyle Kuzma is the latest victim of the injury bug, but it..." March 12

  • Windhorst: “Lakers Weren’t Prepared To Be In Business With LeBron James”

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers are in turmoil with their season all but done and it’s left the franchise in a difficult position to figure out what changes need to be made with their roster. With the addition of LeBron James this season, many believed that the Lakers would return to the..." March 12

  • D’Angelo Russell has a hilarious response when asked if he is excited to play in LA

    Clutch Points "It’s been a few years since D’Angelo Russell was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Brooklyn Nets. Despite this, the shadow of LA hasn’t left Russell’s side yet … at least to some reporters. Per Anthony Puccio of SB Nation, Russell was asked..." March 12

  • David Griffin: Cavs Tried to Pair Kevin Durant, LeBron James After 2016 Finals

    Bleacher Report "While the Golden State Warriors changed the course of NBA history by signing Kevin Durant in July 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers once dreamed of teaming the former Oklahoma City Thunder star with LeBron James. Former Cleveland..." March 12

  • Walton’s Lakers divorce may get messy after Magic Johnson leak

    New York Post "Luke vs. Magic has a new chapter. As the Lakers look destined for a sixth straight year wading in the draft lottery, more drama between Lakers coach Luke Walton and president Magic Johnson has risen. This time it stems from the offseason, when the Lakers were constructing their roster..." March 12

  • Lakers' Trade Talks For Anthony Davis 'Sapped Morale'

    Real GM Basketball "Sources say the public nature of the Los Angeles Lakers' trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis "sapped morale." All of the Lakers' young players were mentioned in trade talks. " March 12

  • Reggie Bullock 'would love to be back' with Lakers

    Yardbarker "The Lakers haven’t exactly played their best basketball since adding Reggie Bullock to their rotation at the trade deadline. The team is just 2-9 in games that Bullock has appeared in so far, and the veteran sharpshooter hasn’t been at his best during that stretch either — his..." March 11

  • NBA Rumors: Lakers Could Target DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan In Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "The Lakers’ weak frontcourt is a problem they’ll no doubt be looking to change this summer. With enough cap space than they know what to do with, chances are they’ll find someone to fill their hole in the middle. Of course, it depends on who else they get. If they..." March 11

  • Lakers Sign 33-Year-Old Andre Ingram To 10-Day Contract

    SLAM Online "South Bay Lakers guard Andre Igram is getting his second call-up to the big leagues. According to the L.A. Sentinel‘s Lauren A. Jones, the Los Angeles Lakers are signing the 33-year-old to a 10-day contract on Monday. " March 11

  • Lakers Rumors: Magic Johnson Ignored Pleas to Re-Sign Brook Lopez, Julius Randle

    Bleacher Report "Brook Lopez and Julius Randle are enjoying productive seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans, respectively, but the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching staff reportedly wanted President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson to keep them in..." March 11

  • Report: Some officials within Lakers organization continue to advocate for Luke Walton

    Clutch Points "Some within the Los Angeles Lakers organization have continued to advocate for Luke Walton keeping his job as head coach, according to Bill Oram of The Athletic. Walton has a year left on his original four-year contract, one he signed in 2016 after leaving the 73-win Golden..." March 11

  • Lakers Rumors: Kawhi Leonard Doesn’t Want To Play With LeBron James

    Fadeaway World "This rumor-filled offseason may bring excitement to the much-disappointed Laker fanbase, but it won’t be in the form of Kawhi Leonard. The former NBA Champion reportedly does not want to play in the Lakers alongside Lebron James. A number of sources reported Leonard’s..." March 11