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  • Walton is trying to find more minutes for Svi Mykhailiuk, who he thinks can be ‘an elite shooter’ in the NBA

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Lakers have struggled to shoot this year. They are the third-worst shooting team in the entire NBA from behind the arc (33.4 percent), and don’t exactly boast a ton of players known for their shooting ability. Because of those issues, the team has been hoping they..." January 16

  • Lakers Turn to Defense in LeBron's Absence

    NBA.com "Let’s start with the obvious: There is no way to fully replace LeBron James. The greatest player on the planet brings so much to the table that any team would struggle in his absence. The Lakers have felt this void over the last three weeks, compiling a 4-7 record in his..." January 16

  • NBA Rumors: Kendall Jenner Trying To Lure Ben Simmons To Play For The Lakers

    Total Pro Sports "Okay, it’s official. The Kardashians run the NBA. Along with dating multiple athletes in the sport, the Kardashian clan now seem to be trying to facilitate possible trades just to get their boy-toy closer to them during the season. Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has been..." January 16

  • NBA, NBPA agree to $1.1B ‘NBA 2K’ licensing agreement

    Sportress of Blogitude "The NBA and NBPA have agreed to a lucrative licensing agreement extension with Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., creators of the popular “NBA 2K” video game franchise, the league announced this week. The new agreement reportedly spans seven years and is said to be..." January 16

  • Is Luka Doncic Having a Better Rookie Season Than LeBron James Did?

    Bleacher Report "Luka Doncic's arrival as a rookie phenomenon is now complete. Not because of his monstrous play in the clutch, those groin-stretching step-backs or the generally indomitable confidence that defines the Dallas Mavericks' 19-year-old star. No, Doncic has arrived because he's..." January 16

  • Report: Lakers to change up lineups in lieu of LeBron, wins

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Los Angeles Lakers are not a good basketball team without LeBron James. This is fairly obvious, and we knew the ultimate test heading into this season would be if James suffered an injury that kept him out for a significant period of time. Of course we have been able to test..." January 16

  • Lakers firing Luke Walton would be totally unfair - but that won't save him

    USA Today "LeBron James still being out injured sure as heck doesn’t stop the NBA universe from talking about LeBron James, and it doesn’t stop the chatter and speculation about his supporting actors in the ever-entertaining Los Angeles Lakers soap opera either. The latest..." January 16

  • LeBron James (groin) won't be with Lakers on upcoming road trip

    ESPN "LeBron James will miss at least the next two games for the Lakers as he continues to rehabilitate a strained left groin, his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told ESPN on Tuesday. James has missed the past 11 games since suffering the injury on Christmas Day at..." January 16

  • Lakers' Kyle Kuzma tweets at halftime of game for some reason

    247 Sports "What exactly happens at halftime of an NBA game is extremely dependent on what happened during the half that preceded it. Generally, coaches will go over any strategic adjustments that the team is going to make. Players have an opportunity to use the bathroom and rest for a bit. If anyone needs..." January 16

  • Lakers to start Tyson Chandler, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers are making a few changes to their starting lineup. Tyson Chandler will start in place of JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over Josh Hart for their game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, according to The Athletic’s Shams..." January 15

  • Luke Walton still has the backing of Lakers owner

    Yardbarker "The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped from a top-four seed on Christmas Day to completely out of the Western Conference Playoffs in a matter of less than a month. It’s obvious that the loss of LeBron James to a groin injury has played a role in this free fall. Los Angeles boasts a..." January 15

  • Lakers optimistic as LeBron James to have injury re-evaluated

    ESPN "One day before he will be medically re-evaluated, LeBron James did the most he's done at a shootaround since injuring his groin by shooting and passing during half-court situations Tuesday morning. While James has yet to do any full-court basketball activities with the..." January 15

  • Rajon Rondo nearing Lakers return? 'I will be traveling with the team'

    Los Angeles Times "About a week after he had a second surgery on his right hand, Rajon Rondo was getting restless. He wasn’t allowed to travel with his Lakers teammates. He wasn’t allowed to shoot. But after one practice at home, his teammates were getting ready for their usual post-practice..." January 15

  • Lonzo wants to lead by example with LeBron, Rondo out with injuries

    The Score "The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped seven of their last 10 games since losing LeBron James and Rajon Rondo to injuries on Christmas Day, including a 101-95 defeat to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers. Not only have the Lakers missed James' and Rondo's talents..." January 15

  • LeBron is using a hyperbaric chamber to recover from his groin injury... But what does it actually do?

    Silver Screen And Roll "Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James continues to recover and rehabilitate from a “left groin strain” that has kept him out since the team’s Christmas day win over the Warriors. James has missed 10 games and counting, but no one can say he..." January 14

  • Luke Walton hints at change with starting lineup after loss to Cavs

    Clutch Points "After being down by 15 points in the first quarter and eventually losing against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton may implement a change in his team’s starting five. Per Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints, Walton believes that the solution to their..." January 14

  • LeBron James' injury could lead to a 'nightmare scenario' for NBA playoffs

    Yardbarker "In an NBA Insiders piece for ESPN, writers Kevin Arnovitz, Chris Herring, Brian Windhorst, Andre Snellings and Kevin Pelton discuss the Lakers’ playoff chances with superstar LeBron James missing extended time with the groin injury he suffered on Christmas Day against the..." January 12

  • Luke Walton says he talks regularly with Magic Johnson: ‘It’s been good’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Back on Oct. 30, Magic Johnson chewed out Luke Walton for the Lakers’ 2-5 start. Magic is a little like that boss we’ve all had who is around a handful of days a month but swoops in like he knows everything and offers edicts. Still, the rebuke reverberated. Magic and GM..." January 12

  • Lonzo Ball's Shooting Is a Serious Problem for LA Lakers

    Bleacher Report "With LeBron James sidelined with a groin injury since Christmas, the Los Angeles Lakers have needed more from their younger stars, especially second-year point guard Lonzo Ball. Ball, who has struggled to shoot consistently since joining the NBA as the 2017..." January 11

  • NBA Rumors: These teams are willing to give up first-round picks, SN sources say

    Sporting News "The countdown to the NBA’s trade deadline has reached four weeks, and with 25 teams within 3.5 games of a postseason slot, the league swap meet could be as confused as ever. Let’s have a look in this week’s Friday Rumor-rama, or as it is known in Canada,..." January 11

  • LeBron James reportedly prepared to miss ‘multiple weeks’ if necessary

    Silver Screen And Roll "LeBron James took a small step toward making his return for the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, as the team announced that he has been given the okay to ramp up his workloadon the court. However, while any update on James is good news at this point,..." January 11

  • LeBron James to miss another three games with groin injury

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print LeBron James will miss at least another week with a strained left groin, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday. James, who suffered the injury..." January 11

  • Nike to release new version of LeBron's 'Equality' sneakers

    The Score "LeBron James made a powerful statement on the court last season with his black and white "Equality" sneakers. Now, Nike is working on a new version of the shoe. Images apparently showing the LeBron 16 "Equality" have started to leak online ahead of its..." January 10

  • LeBron James to be re-evaluated Friday in L.A. as he continues treatment for groin strain

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers have been without their biggest star for over two weeks, but there's hope he'll be returning sooner than later.  Luke Walton, who announced last week that LeBron James will miss at least one week action, confirmed the Lakers star will miss..." January 10

  • LeBron James Leads Western Conference in Second Fan Returns of NBA All-Star Voting

    NBA.com "The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo have expanded their conference leads in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google. Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the..." January 10

  • Kyle Kuzma: Lakers' Small-Ball 'Death Lineup' Will Make Difference In Playoffs

    Real GM Basketball "Kyle Kuzma said he wanted the Los Angeles Lakers to unveil their own version of a small-ball lineup featuring him, Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and LeBron James. “I think our small-ball unit can be really good. I think we can have a death lineup whether that’s..." January 10

  • Kyle Kuzma eager to see Lakers roll out 'death lineup'

    ESPN "Whenever the Los Angeles Lakers get LeBron James and Rajon Rondo back healthy, Kyle Kuzma wants to see the team implement a strategy it hasn't yet used this season: a "death lineup." "Honestly think our small-ball unit can be really good," Kuzma said at..." January 09

  • 5 Best Buyout Candidates That Could Help LeBron James And The Los Angeles Lakers

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers are finally thriving off LeBron James’ arrival as they look to put an end to their playoff drought and take the team back to the top of basketball following the post-Kobe Bryant era. Even so, it’s been pretty clear that when James is not on the..." January 09

  • Report: Tyson Chandler chose Lakers over Warriors due to lack of minutes when DeMarcus Cousins returned

    Yahoo! Sports "Los Angeles Lakers big man Tyson Chandler has been effective for LeBron James and his squad in the short amount of time the two sides have been together. Chandler started the season with the Phoenix Suns, but received the classic veteran buyout early in the year..." January 09

  • Lakers' Michael Beasley has returned to bolster depleted rotation at forward

    Los Angeles Times "It has been a difficult fall for Michael Beasley, who spent much of the early season away from the Lakers to be with his mother. She passed away last month and the Lakers gave Beasley time to grieve. Now that he has returned, Beasley has contributed in important..." January 09

  • Luke Walton reportedly in no ‘imminent danger’ of being fired

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Los Angeles Lakers have not surprisingly struggled amid LeBron James’ recent absence due to injury, but Luke Walton’s job reportedly remains safe. The Athletic’s Sam Amick mentions in his Tuesday “Notes” column that Walton, currently in his third year..." January 08

  • Lakers' Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball respond to public challenge from Luke Walton

    CBS Sports "After Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton publicly challenged Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball to play with more passion, the young duo responded against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.  Ingram scored a season-high 29 points, and also added six assists, three..." January 08

  • Kyle Kuzma (back) will give it a go Monday night vs. Mavericks

    USA Today "At a time when the Los Angeles Lakers are suffering offensively, they’ll get a much needed shot in the arm in Monday night’s matchup against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. Starting power forward Kyle Kuzma will play, according to Lakers team reporter Mike..." January 07

  • Kobe Bryant is right: Luke Walton isn’t responsible for Lakers’ current struggles

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers have gone 1-5 since LeBron James and Rajon Rondo went down with injuries in the team’s Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors, and fans of the team are (understandably) not happy. That lack of happiness has led..." January 07

  • Luke Walton: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram Need To Show More Fight

    ESPN "After a 108-86 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves dropped the Los Angeles Lakers to 1-5 without LeBron James this season, Lakers coach Luke Walton said he wants to see more fire from his team's two former lottery picks, Lonzo..." January 07

  • Kyle Kuzma (back) will be game-time decision vs. Timberwolves

    Sporting News "The Lakers could get forward Kyle Kuzma back from an injury sooner rather than later.  Los Angeles announced the 23-year-old forward will travel with the team during its two-game road trip to Minnesota and Dallas after missing Friday's game, though he will be a game-time..." January 06

  • Lakers, Nets to play preseason games in China

    ABC7 "The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets will travel to China later this year for games before the start of the 2019-20 season, multiple sources told ESPN's Michael Yuan. The teams will play in Shanghai on Oct. 10 and will meet in Shenzhen on Oct. 12, continuing the trend of..." January 06

  • Lakers forward travels with team, questionable vs. Timberwolves

    Sporting News "The Lakers could get forward Kyle Kuzma back from an injury sooner rather than later.  Los Angeles announced the 23-year-old forward will travel with the team during its two-game road trip to Minnesota and Dallas after missing Friday's game, though he still is listed as..." January 05

  • USA Today predicts Warriors’ Kevin Durant will sign with Lakers

    Clutch Points "Kevin Durant leaving the Golden State Warriors after this season is expected to happen. The two-time finals MVP joining the Los Angeles Lakers after isn’t. However, according to USA Today Sports, it’s possible that Kevin Durant would opt to move to..." January 05

  • Lakers need leadership in lieu of LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, coach Luke Walton says

    Flow Sports "Luke Walton acknowledged his young Los Angeles Lakers side has a tendency to fall apart without LeBron James and Rajon Rondo. With veteran duo LeBron James and Rajon Rondo out with injuries, Luke Walton has urged other Los Angeles Lakers players to fill the leadership..." January 05

  • Lakers' Lonzo Ball on loss to Knicks: We didn't come to play

    Sporting News "The Lakers are missing a noticeable member of their team with the absence of LeBron James, who is expected to miss at least four more games with a groin injury, and it's starting to show as Los Angeles has now fallen to 1-4 without the four-time MVP after losing to the..." January 05

  • LeBron James To Miss At Least Four More Games

    Hoops Rumors "Injured Lakers star LeBron James will be re-evaluated in one week, the team announced today in a press release. That means that James, who continues to battle a strained left groin, will miss at least Los Angeles’ next four games. James suffered his..." January 04

  • The Lakers need to fix their free-throw woes before they really cost the team

    Silver Screen And Roll "Every Lakers fan had a similar feeling of dread at the end of last Thursday’s game against Sacramento when Brandon Ingram went to the free-throw line with Los Angeles up one. There was a palpable lack of confidence that Ingram would make both free throws and..." January 04

  • Kyle Kuzma has a bruised back and is questionable for Lakers' game on Friday

    Los Angeles Times "The MRI exam Kyle Kuzma received Thursday confirmed he has a bruised lower back and he’s listed as questionable for Lakers’ game against the New York Knicks on Friday at Staples Center. Kuzma was injured during the second quarter of the Lakers’ loss to the..." January 04

  • David Fizdale wants to call in LeBron favor for Kevin Knox

    New York Post "David Fizdale won’t get the chance to see Kevin Knox face LeBron James for the first time Friday at Staples Center. But the Knicks coach hopes not to leave the arena without the 19-year-old Knox and the injured Lakers star sharing a conversation. Fizdale and James are close from..." January 04

  • Rockets’ 3 best trade options for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Clutch Points "It was a difficult first two months for the Houston Rockets but their recent 10 wins in 11 games has brought them back to playoff contention. Coupled with reigning MVP James Harden’s surge in performance in which he scored 32 points in 10 straight games, the Rockets have..." January 04

  • Kevin McHale: LeBron James’ GOAT chatter ‘disrespectful’

    Boston "Celtics legend Kevin McHale recently spoke about LeBron James calling himself the “greatest player of all-time” during an ESPN special. “We all sit at this table all the time and sing his praises, I think LeBron is a great player. I just think that’s..." January 03

  • Ainge wonders if LeBron is taking "Trump approach" with GOAT boast

    NBC Sports Boston "LeBron James declaring himself the greatest NBA player of all time has sparked a pretty fierce public debate. Perhaps that was all part of his plan? Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked Thursday what he thought of the Los Angeles Lakers..." January 03

  • Thunder's Paul George was right to snub Los Angeles, and Lakers fans just proved it

    USA Today "Paul George made the right decision when he snubbed the Los Angeles Lakers without so much as a flirtatious glance last summer, and Wednesday night proved exactly why. Towards the end of an evening where he had been booed during warm-ups, introductions and virtually every time he..." January 03

  • Kyle Kuzma To Undergo MRI On Lower Back

    Real GM Basketball "Kyle Kuzma suffered a lower back contusion in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 107-100 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He left the game and did not return. " January 03