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  • Ex-ESPN Reporter Apologizes For Giving LaVar Ball A Platform To Speak: “He’s Not Very Bright”

    Total Pro Sports "You might not have noticed, but Jeff Goodman is no longer with the Worldwide leader in sports, but before he left, he was put on an assignment that he didn’t like. With ESPN, Goodman served as the network’s college basketball insider, so he was sent out to Lithuania..." July 18

  • Magic Johnson thinks Lakers will get off to slow start

    Larry Brown Sports "The start of the NBA season is still over three months away, but Magic Johnson is already trying to temper expectations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Guesting on the ESPN broadcast during his team’s Summer League championship game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, the..." July 18

  • Luke Walton encouraged by meeting with LeBron James

    Sportress of Blogitude "Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton had his first in-person interaction with LeBron James over the weekend. And not surprisingly Walton was left impressed and encouraged by the meeting. Walton and James did exchange some text messages before their encounter at the Lakers’..." July 17

  • Josh Hart Named MVP of MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 "The Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart today was named Most Valuable Player of MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018. The 6-5 guard also headlines the All-NBA Summer League Teams. MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, an 82-game, 12-day event showcasing all 30 NBA teams for the first time,..." July 17

  • Lakers, 76ers have given up on Leonard trade

    Sportsnaut "As the drama around San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and the organization stretch towards another month, it appears reality is setting in for some teams. The hope they once had for landing the All-Star forward is gone. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Los Angeles..." July 17

  • Josh Hart Is The Real Deal And The Lakers Have To Be Thrilled

    The Big Lead "Josh Hart’s incredible showing at the Las Vegas Summer League continued on Monday night. The 23-year-old guard dropped 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-109 in an entertaining semifinal battle. This isn’t some Summer..." July 17

  • LeBron James met with Luke Walton at summer league

    Larry Brown Sports "When LeBron chose to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, much was made about him supposedly making the decision without really consulting with head coach Luke Walton. In fact, one report said James had “zero contact” with Walton. James clearly didn’t..." July 16

  • LeBron James skipping next week’s Team USA minicamp

    Clutch Points "Once the Team USA Basketball minicamp begins next week in Las Vegas, one conspicuous individual could be noted for his absence, and that’s no other than three-time Olympian LeBron James. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, while citing sources, the new Los Angeles Lakers..." July 16

  • Rajon Rondo: Lakers can overtake Warriors next season

    Sportsnaut "If LeBron James is going to reach the NBA Finals for the ninth straight year, it would mean his Los Angeles Lakers dethroning the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. But one of LeBron’s new teammates, Rajon Rondo, made it clear that he expects just..." July 16

  • LaVar Ball now claims he could have beat LeBron James 1-on-1 back in the day

    USA Today "We’ve been here before with LaVar Ball making utterly absurd claims about who he could beat 1-on-1 back when he was in peak shape, so let’s just get right to it. In an interview with Fanatics View, he said he believes LeBron James is “too weak” to beat..." July 16

  • LeBron James' Lakers Shorts Cost $500 & Sold Out Almost Immediately

    Total Pro Sports "On Sunday, LeBron James made his first appearance in front of his new fan base when he showed up to watch the baby Lakers in the Las Vegas Summer League. He received a standing ovation. What was most noticed is that The King was wearing some Lakers shorts as he made his way to..." July 16

  • Rondo not concerned about starting for Lakers

    247 Sports "While speaking with Bill Oram of The Athletic, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo explained how the Lakers plan to employ an abundance of playmakers out on the floor.  “We might have a roster where there’s five ballhandlers on the court at one..." July 16

  • LeBron James Made His Glorious L.A. Debut Wearing Lakers Shorts To Watch Summer League

    Dime Magazine "LeBron James made his first public appearance on Sunday since joining the Los Angeles Lakers when he showed up in Las Vegas at a Lakers playoff game at Summer League. Fresh off signing a four-year deal with the Lakers, LeBron has laid low since announcing he would join the..." July 15

  • Isaiah Thomas' dramatic fall firmly validates Danny Ainge's cold-hearted approach

    WEEI Boston "Last summer, Isaiah Thomas declared the Celtics would have to “bring the Brinks truck out” if they wanted to re-sign him in free agency. This week, Thomas signed with the Nuggets for the veteran’s minimum. Even in the high-paced world of professional sports, this was an..." July 15

  • There Are Rumblings LeBron James Will Attend The Lakers’ Summer League Game On Sunday

    Dime Magazine "The Los Angeles Lakers’ Summer League squad will take the floor in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Pistons. As it turns out, as that game goes down, there might be some major star power sitting courtside in the form of the Lakers’ newest..." July 14

  • Julius Randle shades Luke Walton, Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s safe to say Julius Randle is happy to be rid of the Los Angeles Lakers. While being introduced as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Randle took a pretty clear shot at the Lakers and coach Luke Walton, using the opportunity to say that Pelicans assistant Darren Erman was..." July 14

  • Rajon Rondo Had Longstanding Communication With Kobe Bryant Before Signing

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers have made a number of moves this summer, including signing veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. The hope is that Rondo can be a mentor for Lonzo Ball while also providing LeBron James with the kind of high-basketball IQ player that he wants to play..." July 14

  • Magic Johnson: Lakers to consult with LeBron James on moves

    ESPN "Magic Johnson says LeBron James' arrival has taken the Los Angeles Lakers' three-year rebuilding plan to "a whole 'nother level" and that the team plans to remain disciplined and maintain salary-cap space to pursue another max free agent next summer. The..." July 14

  • LeBron's production company reignites 'Space Jam 2' rumors

    The Score "Talk of a "Space Jam" sequel cooled off last August after director Justin Lin stated that the timing wasn't right, but with LeBron James now in Los Angeles, plenty of people are wondering if the film could finally happen. James' production company, SpringHill..." July 14

  • Kobe Bryant now aiming to conquer young-adult novel genre

    Sportress of Blogitude "Kobe Bryant, having already made successful inroads into Hollywood courtesy of winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” has now set his post-NBA retirement sights on the literary world. First, the Los Angeles Lakers icon announced in May..." July 14

  • Lonzo Ball to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, the team announced. The Lakers said Ball will undergo the procedure on Tuesday, and further updates will be provided at that time. July 13

  • Magic Johnson: Lakers' rebuilding plan at 'whole nother level' with LeBron James

    ESPN "Magic Johnson says LeBron James' arrival has taken the Los Angeles Lakers' three-year rebuilding plan to "a whole nother level" and that the team plans to remain disciplined and maintain salary-cap space to pursue another max free agent next summer. The..." July 13

  • Magic Johnson warns players Josh Hart may be coming for a starting job

    Clutch Points "Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers have made it clear that it is an open competition around LeBron James for the other four starting spots. One guy who has been getting a lot of praise from the organization is Josh Hart, who has been opening up a lot of eyes during the..." July 13

  • Lakers Have Not ‘Shown A Sense Of Urgency’ For Kawhi Leonard Trade

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers have found themselves in the middle of a number of rumors this offseason, but perhaps the more intriguing one involves San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. With tensions between Leonard and the Spurs reaching irreconcilable levels, the belief is that a trade..." July 13

  • What the Celtics Doctors Did to Isaiah Thomas is Actually Criminal

    12 Up "No one in the NBA has fallen from grace harder the past two years than ?Isaiah Thomas. From being voted onto the 2017 All-NBA second team as a Boston Celtic to signing a minimum contract with the Denver Nuggets this offseason, Thomas' decline has been sad to..." July 13

  • How Kevin Love learned LeBron James left Cavaliers

    247 Sports "If you had any interest in knowing how Kevin Love learned that LeBron James was leaving Cleveland, you've come to the right place. According to Colton Jones of Amico Hoops, Love commented while appearing at Sports Illustrated's Fashionable 50 Red Carpet on Thursday that..." July 13

  • LeBron James-era Lakers built to battle Warriors, not beat them at their own game, GM says

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers were unquestionably the winners of free agency. How could they not be after signing LeBron James, the best player on the planet? But the margin of their victory in this subjective game has been lessened by some of their follow-up moves, which included..." July 13

  • Kawhi still wants to go to Lakers, doesn’t want to be rented for 1 season

    Clutch Points "Kawhi Leonard’s future destination remains the biggest enigma in the NBA world, but according to former NFL-wideout-turned-analyst Cris Carter, not much has changed coming from his side. “Nothing’s changed from Kawhi’s side,” said Carter on Fox Sports..." July 13

  • Isaiah Thomas has no choice but to be a sixth man after joining Nuggets on one-year deal

    USA Today "The Brink’s truck never came for Isaiah Thomas. It had been a little more than a year since the then-Boston Celtics point guard shared that infamous quote at Las Vegas Summer League, announcing to the basketball world that it would cost untold millions for any team to land him..." July 13

  • Isaiah Thomas Reportedly Agrees to One-Year Contract with Nuggets

    SLAM Online "That slow grind continues. Isaiah Thomas has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Nuggets. Thomas’ contract is reportedly worth $2 million. He’s coming off a season in which he played in 15 games for the Cavaliers and in 17 games with the Lakers. He..." July 13

  • Lakers Among Teams Interested In Signing David Nwaba After Bulls Rescind Qualifying Offer

    Lakers Nation "Last summer the Los Angeles Lakers made what appeared to be an innocent decision by waiving David Nwaba. It was a salary-clearing move that played a role in the signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract. Although Nwaba was placed on waivers, there was a hope..." July 13

  • Celtics’ Jaylen Brown wishes LeBron had not left East

    Larry Brown Sports "Jaylen Brown is not one to run away from a challenge. Brown and Kyrie Irving were in Las Vegas on Thursday to watch the Boston Celtics’ Summer League team play. Brown, who just completed his second season in the league, spoke with reporters at halftime of the game. As..." July 12

  • NBA Teams With 2018/19 Cap Room Remaining

    Hoops Rumors "Last Wednesday, we noted that only three NBA teams still had significant cap room available. Depending on your definition of “significant,” that’s still the case. One of those three teams – the Kings – made a player for another’s..." July 12

  • LeBron was leaning toward the Lakers for ‘months’

    Clutch Points "During this past NBA season, the rumors about LeBron James going to the Los Angeles Lakers picked up steam as each month went by. According to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, that may have been the case: “James was leaning toward L.A. for days, and according to..." July 12

  • Lakers insist they’re trying to compete with Warriors

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Warriors were already historically great, and then they signed DeMarcus Cousins. If all goes well, they could be the greatest team of all-time. Their floor is championship favorite. Plenty of teams seem content to wait out Golden State. Does that include the..." July 12

  • Sorry Lonzo, Josh Hart is the Lakers Guard of the Future

    12 Up "?It takes the right blend of championship pedigree and maturity to play alongside LeBron James. All of Los Angels is ready to envision ?Lonzo Ball throwing lobs to the four-time MVP, but in the process they're losing sight of their most valuable guard: Josh..." July 12

  • Kobe on new media project: Like 'Harry Potter and the Olympics had a baby'

    SI "The man who fashioned himself a killer snake wants to raise your children. Like most grand ambitions in 2018, it all starts with a podcast. But since the podcast belongs to Kobe Bean Bryant, it is a bigger production than the common download. Seven actors, two keyboard players and an..." July 12

  • History Shows the Lakers' Plan to Crack the Warriors' Code May Work with Kawhi Leonard

    The Big Lead "Everyone in the NBA is trying to solve the mystery of how to beat the Golden State Warriors. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka opened up on how his team is going about it. According to history, LA’s approach may work if a Kawhi Leonard-caliber player is added to the..." July 12

  • Rockets Lose Two of Their 7 Best Players, Will Have to Battle the Lakers For 2nd Best in the West

    The Big Lead "Here’s how things have gone for the Houston Rockets since Chris Paul did this in Stephen Curry’s face in the Western Conference Finals in May: An hour later, Chris Paul got hurt, and never played in the series again. The Rockets lost the final two games by double..." July 12

  • Artist suspects Kobe fans defaced LeBron mural

    Larry Brown Sports "The Mamba Army may think that they’re slick, but Jonas Never can see right through them. Speaking with ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk on Wednesday, the Los Angeles-based muralist indicated that he suspects Kobe Bryant fans were responsible for defacing his highly-publicized mural..." July 12

  • L.A. artist paints over LeBron James mural after more vandalism

    ESPN "After seeing his LeBron James mural vandalized for the second time in five days, Jonas Never opted to put an end to what had become an apparent hot-button topic among some fans. Never told ESPN he covered the mural with white paint Wednesday not long after a vandal had splattered..." July 12

  • Lakers’ rookie Moritz Wagner leaves Summer League game with ankle, knee issues

    Pro Basketball Talk "Moritz Wagner, the Lakers’ rookie center out of Michigan, has had a solid summer. In the Sacramento Summer League he averaged 14.7 points and 8 rebounds a game, and in Las Vegas it has been 10.3 points and 8 rebounds a night. He’s shown three-point range, but hasn’t been..." July 11

  • Jerry West slights Lakers over LeBron signing

    SI "Late in the afternoon of Saturday, March 11, 1972, Wilt Chamberlain, 35, and in the 13th season of a career that would last only one more year, began welcoming a few hundred of his closest friends to a party at his recently-completed Bel-Air mansion. He had christened the massive..." July 11

  • LeBron James in talks to star in major motion picture

    Hot New Hip Hop "LeBron James is making his way into Hollywood with his next move. The past few weeks have been major for LeBron James. The famed basketball player is fresh off of signing his new four year $154M contract with the Los Angeles Lakers which is one of the biggest deals ever in NBA..." July 11

  • Pelinka: Lakers designed to combat Warriors

    ESPN "Saying that the Los Angeles Lakers didn't want to fall into "the trap" of trying to beat the Golden State Warriors at their own offensively loaded game, general manager Rob Pelinka said the Lakers' goal in free agency was to purposely build a team "very differently than..." July 11

  • LeBron James agent infers decision to join the Lakers was not about winning titles

    Sportsnaut "There’s a whole plethora of reasons LeBron James decided to move on from his Cleveland Cavaliers this summer and join one of the most notable franchises in sports history. Suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers will enable James to play for a franchise that boasts some of the..." July 11

  • Lakers GM: LeBron James only lock to start

    Hoops Rumors "While LeBron James is – of course – a lock to open the season in the Lakers‘ starting lineup, the team isn’t ready to pencil in the rest of its starting five quite yet, general manager Rob Pelinka said today. As Ohm Youngmisuk of (Twitter link) relays, Pelinka..." July 11

  • LA LeBron mural is completely wiped out

    Larry Brown Sports "If you wanted to see that LeBron James mural in Los Angeles, we have some bad news for you. As of Wednesday, the mural has been completely wiped out and mostly covered in white paint. The mural was already vandalized once. It’s not clear if this was another act of..." July 11

  • Lakers Exploring Options For Lonzo Ball, Surgery a Possibility

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers are "exploring all options" regarding the injured left knee of point guard Lonzo Ball, general manager Rob Pelinka told reporters Wednesday.  According to's Ohm Youngmisuk, the team expects Ball will be healthy for the start of..." July 11

  • Charles Barkley says Lakers won't win title next year

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers won't win a title during LeBron James' first season with the franchise, according to NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley.  "He not gonna win next year," Barkley said, via TMZ... "Stop it, dude." Though he..." July 11

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