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Lakers reportedly checking out '50-60 players' in anticipation of the draft

Things are pretty simple for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA Draft, right? General manager Mitch Kupchak just has to wait for the Minnesota Timberwolves to pick either Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony towns, and then he passes the word on to Adam Silver that the Lakers are taking the other one. Easy. In the words of a different sport's most enthusiastic analyst: "Not so fast...
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Kobe Bryant is Headed into a Battle with an Undefeated Foe

Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant stand for the national anthem before a game against the Miami Heat on January 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) The time is near for the National Basketball Association. It’s almost time for one of the best players to ever grace the hardwood to finally call it quits. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is beginning...
Via The Sports Journal
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mitch Kupchak talks about Lakers chances of trading No. 2 pick

The Los Angeles Lakers have the No. 2 overall pick in the 20125 NBA Draft, and plan on keeping the selection. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was asked Tuesday during the first day of predraft workouts if he’s considered trading the second overall pick. “Nothing’s really taking place in that regard,” said Kupchak. “It would have to be a heck of an opportunity...
Via Sports-Glory
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shaq once threatened to murder Kobe Bryant

It’s long been known that despite all the on-court successes the two enjoyed as Los Angeles Lakers teammates, the relationship between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant was tenuous at best, contentious at worst. In a comprehensive and fascinating oral history put together by Bleacher Report NBA senior writer Ric Bucher, the combustible alliance between the...Read More The post...
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Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak: 'It looks like Julius Randle has recovered completely'

Oh, how different the Los Angeles Lakers' season might have been were it not for the injury to rookie Julius Randle. That's not to say things might have worked out better; the Lakers undoubtedly would have won a few more games, but that would in turn have meant lowered chances of snagging the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft. And Randle's presence probably wasn't going to...
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Lakers GM: We don't have time to 'slowly build through draft'

The Los Angeles Lakers are in a pretty nice place in the 2015 NBA Draft. With the second overall pick, they'll likely have their choice of whichever of Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns isn't selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. If the Lakers want to think outside the box and draft D'Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay, that will probably be on the table, too.No matter whom the...
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Will Phil Jackson give himself a chance to succeed with Knicks?

There is more than one specific way to win in the NBA. The Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Golden State Warriors all have distinctive, unique styles. Despite those differences they all have something in common – they base the way they play around their talent. Houston puts James Harden in position to maximize his ability to attack the basket and...
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Kupchak: Lakers Don't Have Time To Slowly Build Through Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers expect to keep the second overall pick, but their rebuilding project will likely involve pursuing free agents this summer and next. "We don’t have …. the time to methodically and slowly build through the draft," said Mitch Kupchak. The Lakers almost certainly won't have their own first round pick in 2016, though this year they have their own pick at No...
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Julius Randle has completely recovered from broken leg

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY SportsJulius Randle was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has the type of skill-set to help rebuild the front-court for the Lakers, but unfortunately he ended up breaking his leg in his first career regular season game. It was a disheartening injury, but he has attacked his rehab and is reportedly...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers: The Perfect Draft

  By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff.. It seems to be a given that the Los Angeles Lakers will draft Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor 2nd in the NBA Draft, taking the elite big man that the Minnesota Timberwolves do not pick. The Lakers are in an excellent position because Towns of Okafor can become their franchise big man and their next franchise player and one...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Harrison Barnes Received First Training With Jerry West Before Season

Harrison Barnes called upon Jerry West to receive training during last offseason. Barnes grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant, whom West acquired with the Los Angeles Lakers. "I had seen him at summer league my rookie year (in 2012 after he was drafted seventh overall out of North Carolina), and I would just jokingly say to him, 'Look man, when are we going to get some work in?'" Barnes...
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Los Angeles Lakers: What will they do with their pick?

Finally the time has come, the Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the second pick of this years NBA draft. However, this news does come with a bitter-taste considering this may be seventeen time All-Star Kobe Bryant’s last season. According to Lakers General Mitch Kupchak, Bryant indicated that this season may indeed be his last. This news may be saddening to loyal Lakers’...
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Report: Kobe Bryant likely to retire following next season

The last few years haven’t exactly gone according to plan for one of the greatest basketball players to set foot on a court. And it now appears that the end of Kobe Bryant’s tremendous NBA career is nearing. Bryant apparently told Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak that the 2015-2016 season will be his last in the NBA. “He has indicated to me that this is it...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers: The West Coast Bulls?

Jimmy Butler The Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls finished the regular season on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Lakers were destined for the lottery from the start and they ended up near the bottom of the Western Conference and with the number two pick in the NBA Draft. The Bulls, on the other hand, had title aspirations until they were shut down by LeBron James and...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Post Lottery 2015 NBA Mock Draft

With the lottery just a few days ago, I slot the players whom I would go with if I was the GM of each team in my second 2015 NBA mock draft of the year. 1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Anthony-Towns (C/Kentucky) Karl Anthony-Towns is one of the top prospects in this years draft, and has potential to be a dominant force in the NBA. The first team since 2004 to win the lottery...
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Would both Towns, Okafor prefer not being the No. 1 pick?

Opportunities like this don’t come around too often. The Los Angeles Lakers, perhaps the most storied franchise in all of sports, are usually...
Via Athlon Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers will reportedly pursue Tom Thibodeau

Byron Scott still has a year remaining on his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, but that isn’t stopping the team from exploring other options. According to basketball reporter Jordan Schultz, the Lakers are planning to pursue Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. It is basically a foregone conclusion that Thibodeau will not be coaching...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers to pursue Tom Thibodeau

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Lakers were not expected to be one of several teams looking for a new head coach this summer after hiring Byron Scott last year. But according to Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report, the Lakers will pursue Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Being told that the Lakers will be pursuing Tom Thibodeau. Byron Scott has just the one...
Via Sports-Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Byron Scott Gives Sly Wink As Lakers Land Top 3 Pick At Draft Lottery

This is awesome. While many Laker fans were watching the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery at home while going absolutely nuts, the team’s head coach, Byron Scott, was cool and collected in New York City. I mean, this guy has played in some big NBA Finals games over his career, so the draft lottery must have been a piece of cake. Still, even Scott couldn’t hide his excitement after it was...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Land Second Overall Pick In 2015 NBA Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers will be picking second at June’s NBA Draft. After months of waiting, the Lakers finally had their draft position determined tonight after the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery was held in New York City. The Lakers started their night in fourth – at least record-wise – though they jumped up two spots thanks to the lottery system. The purple and gold will now have...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Los Angeles Lakers Future is Left to Chance

Los Angeles Lakers’ 2014 first round selection, Julius Randle Angeles Lakers handles the basketball during a game against the Sacramento Kings on October 24, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) Tonight the Los Angeles Lakers will hope and pray that the NBA Lottery gods are kind to them on Tuesday. The Lakers are...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

New Los Angeles MLS Team Picks Stadium Site, Unveils Rendering (Photo)

LOS ANGELES — Major League Soccer’s expansion Los Angeles Football Club plans to build a $250 million stadium on the site of the old Sports Arena next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The 15-acre complex in Exposition Park would also include a conference center, restaurants, 130,000 square feet of plazas and streetscapes, and a soccer museum....
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Kobe the mentor? Lakers expected to offer Jimmy Butler max deal this summer

The Lakers are expected to give restricted free agent Jimmy Butler a max contract offer. The sound you hear is Kobe rubbing his hands like Birdman. The post Kobe The Mentor? Lakers Expected To Offer Jimmy Butler Max Deal This Summer appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

35 years later: Magic Johnson's Game 6 performance

Magic Johnson wasn’t always a household name. Long before there was Hall of Fame Magic Johnson or “one of the greatest players to ever play” Magic Johnson, there was simply Magic Johnson — an exciting rookie who was coming off one of the most hyped, mythologized, and historically ingraining NCAA tournament championship games in the history of college basketball. It was...
Via Crossover Chronicles
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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