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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Nicolas Batum ‘talking with Lakers’

Los Angeles is getting in on the race for the talented wing, but they can’t be seen as the favorites just yet. The Los Angeles Lakers’ selection of Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft did wonders for their sorely lacking wing depth. However, with Kobe Bryant’s retirement and Nick Young all but a certainty to be shipped out or waived using the stretch...
Via Silver Screen & Roll
33 minutes ago

Who should the Lakers avoid signing in free agency?

Los Angeles has a lot of rumored targets, but who should they stay away from? The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to essentially every major free agent on the market at this point. The team may not be getting a meeting with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, but it looks like they will at least get to pitch just about anyone else they want. But what kind of players...
Via Silver Screen & Roll
5 hours ago

Report: Kevin Durant will not meet with Lakers

Kevin Durant will reportedly not be meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers during his magical mystery free agency tour, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports. Despite their hopes, Lakers will not get a meeting with KD, sources say. — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 29, 2016 Really, if accurate, this shouldn’t be a shocking revelation. The Lakers, even if they do land their...
Via Sportsnaut
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

NBA Free Agency: Should the Lakers attempt to woo DeMar DeRozan?

After watching him struggle in the playoffs, Los Angeles shouldn’t bring back their native son. Welcome to Lakers LinkedIn, our new free agency preview series (inspired by our friends over at Liberty Ballers’ own "Sixers Tinder") where we look at the "resumes" of various free agents, and determine whether or not we think the Lakers should hire them. The Lakers are a natural destination...
Via Silver Screen & Roll
7 hours ago

Young jokes he lost Azalea’s ring to collect insurance money

Nick Young appears to be in good spirits after his engagement to Iggy Azalea was called off, and he’s even ready to cracks jokes about it. TMZ caught up with Young as he was leaving The Nice Guy in West Hollywood on Tuesday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers swingman had a great response when asked what he did with Iggy’s engagement ring. “What did I do with the ring? I lost...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Buss thought Lakers would sign LeBron, Durant, more

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in shambles since the legendary Jerry Buss passed away, and his son Jim is to blame for a lot of that. If Jim Buss stopped being so delusional, the Lakers might have an easier time of moving forward. A lengthy feature from Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report provides an in-depth look at some of the recent failures of the once-dominant Lakers. According...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Are the Lakers Back?

Enduring one of the worst seasons in Lakers history finally paid off last Tuesday for the fan base, as they left the draft with one of the few prospects with star potential on their roster. With Luke Walton taking the reigns as head coach, and the now abundant youth talent in Los Angeles, might the Lakers be competing sooner than later?  The Los Angeles Lakers won 17 basketball...
Via The Lottery Mafia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant, Jackie Chan hang out in China

The Kobe Bryant retirement tour took place on the court last season, with the Black Mamba receiving gifts from many teams around the league. The tour has now moved off the court, and it seems as if Kobe is traveling the world, crossing off items from his bucket list. One of them, apparently, was to eat dinner with Jackie Chan. The two recently met up in Beijing, China, and had...
Via The Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Lakers to ‘aggressively pursue’ Hassan Whiteside

The Los Angeles Lakers have identified a “priority target” in free agency. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers have set their sights on Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who is “highly intriguing” to the franchise thanks his to his defense and rebounding inside. The 27-year-old averaged 14.8 points and 11.8 rebounds in 2015, while leading the...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Lakers are finally embracing modern basketball

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. —€” The Los Angeles Lakers have lived in the past for far too long.Since the Lakers' last championship in 2010, basketball has undergone an evolution, where pace, space and 3-point shooting are the pillars of modern success. The Lakers have been slow to embrace the movement, choosing to instead double-down on Kobe Bryant and his archaic skill set, which seemingly...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kerr on gun control: 'We are insane'

Steve Kerr recently appeared on The TK Show, a podcast hosted by Mercury News sports columnist Tim Kawakami to presumably talk about the fallout from the Golden State Warriors’ Game 7 loss in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Much of the podcast was decidated to the usual topics. Kerr talked about the upcoming free agent period and the likelihood that some of the...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA draft recap: How did the Los Angeles Lakers do?

In the weeks leading into the 2016 NBA Draft, fans of the Los Angeles Lakers, fans of basketball, and “draft experts” of the sport had the Lakers selecting Brandon Ingram from Duke at second overall.  However it all hinged on who the Philadelphia 76ers would select, Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons from LSU. The Lakers and even fans were almost in a consensus that they wanted Ingram...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Ivica Zubac Become a Second Round Gem for the Los Angeles Lakers?

The Los Angeles Lakers had a successful draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn adding youth and talent. The selection of second overall pick Brandon Ingram will surely generate the most hype, but 32nd overall selection Ivica Zubac must not be overlooked. Zubac stands 7-foot-1, 265-pound and is a very young 19 years old. The Croatian was once considered a first round pick and has already...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Young breaks into song over split with Iggy Azalea (vid)

If there’s one thing that can be gleaned about Nick Young amidst the fallout from his split with Iggy Azalea that’s abundantly clear, it’s that the breakup won’t stop him from seeking out attention. Young emerged in the public for the first time Thursday since Azalea unceremoniously dumped him Sunday in a demonstrative affair — allegedly spawned by Swaggy P’s infidelity...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Ingram skinny memes are downright cruel

The Los Angeles Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night, and one of the first things people noticed was how slender the former Duke star is. Naturally, the very mean people of the internet hopped on the meme train. Here are some of the funnier ones (sorry, Brandon): With the 2nd pick of the 2016 NBA draft, the LA Lakers select...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mitch Kupchak On Lakers Free Agency & Altering Pitch

Mitch Kupchak says the Lakers will pursue veteran leadership in free agency and the pitch will be a bit different than the last couple seasons.
Via Lakers Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mitch Kupchak On Brandon Ingram, No. 2 Pick Trade Talks

Los Angeles general manager Mitch Kupchak on why the Lakers selected Brandon Ingram No. 2 and whether the Kevin Durant comparisons are fair.
Via Lakers Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers select Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram is going to be a Los Angeles Laker. How does he fit in Hollywood? The Player: Brandon Ingram is tall, long, and rail-thin. While visually he draws comparisons to Kevin Durant as a thin, lanky wing draining shots from outside, he isn’t on Durant’s level as a player. That doesn’t mean he won’t be a star, because he has all of the skills to become just that....
Via The Lottery Mafia
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kobe mentoring draft prospect Hield

Buddy Hield may not know where he’s going to be drafted. But the University of Oklahoma star is seeking advice from a great source — Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Fame guard has been counseling the soon-to-be NBA rookie. “He’s been a huge influence with the way he told me to approach the game,” Hield said, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “He said that, ...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every player on the 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers roster

The 2015-16 NBA season marked the worst in Los Angeles Lakers franchise history, even dating back to its days in Minneapolis. Can you name the 15 players who were on this Lakers squad?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Metta World Peace explains triangle offense using food

There are few people who know the ins and outs of the triangle offense as well as Phil Jackson. He won a ton of NBA titles with it as a coach. However, even fewer of his players have been able to master the offensive scheme. One would think that Ron Artest …e rrr, Metta World Peace, would be among those that haven’t mastered the offense. After all, he didn’t exactly play offense...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell on Luke Walton, Trade Rumors, New Commerical

Los Angeles Lakers D'Angelo Russell on new head coach Luke Walton, trade rumors and his new commerical.
Via Lakers Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant to appear in Chinese reality TV show

Kobe Bryant is going to be doing more than fighting ghosts this summer. Although maybe there was a clue as to Bryant’s offseason agenda during his Ghostbusters ad which debuted during the NBA Finals. “My vision is bigger than that,” said the Black Mamba at the beginning of the spot. “We built a whole studio in China!” While we don’t know anything about any mysterious...
Via Awful Announcing
10 days ago  |  Discuss

LeBron has Lakers, others 'on watch again' in free agency?

LeBron James has the Cleveland Cavaliers on the cusp of a title after storming back from a 3-1 defecit against the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. And if the Cavaliers win, could James leave in free agency? Maybe it’s not as outlandish as it sounds, especially with teams such as the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers hanging around with ways to bring James on board...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Metta World Peace is now friends with the fan who sparked the Malice at the Palace

It has been nearly 12 years since the Malice at the Palace rocked the sports world and changed the NBA forever. The events that night altered the course of two NBA franchises, led to the implementation of new league-wide rules,  and forever changed the lives of many of the game’s participants and those in attendance. Perhaps no one was more affected than the man at the genesis...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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