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  • NBA All-Stars: Lakers' Nick Young out after first round in three-point contest

    NBA All-Stars: Lakers' Nick Young out after first round in three-point contest

    Nick Young of the Lakers hadn’t checked in with his young son yet after his first-round elimination from the NBA’s three-point shooting contest. “I didn’t want to look at his face,” Young said, with an air of mock seriousness. “I didn’t want to see the disappointment.” Young finished fourth in...

  • Lakers have two Rising Stars, but no All-Stars for the first time in 21 years

    Lakers have two Rising Stars, but no All-Stars for the first time in 21 years

    There were silly questions and silly answers, tension in some parts, moments of gravity, moments of levity and even some basketball conversation. It was a typical kickoff media session for NBA All-Star weekend, except for one thing. Not one single Laker was in the room. “First time in 20 years?”...

  • Clippers' DeAndre Jordan is ready to make big leap during NBA All-Star weekend

    Clippers' DeAndre Jordan is ready to make big leap during NBA All-Star weekend

     One might assume that having the 2011 slam dunk contest champion on one’s team would provide an advantage when participating in the same contest.  As Clippers center DeAndre Jordan tells it, though, one would be wrong in that assumption.  “None,” Jordan said glumly when asked what advice his teammate...

  • Letters: They're not thrilled by this Magic trick

    Letters: They're not thrilled by this Magic trick

    The notion that just because a player had a great basketball career it will transfer to management is flawed. I can count on one finger a former player who is an exception to this rule and his name is Jerry West. Magic Johnson, one of the all-time great players, was a total bust as a coach, not...

  • Nick Young calls three-point participation a blessing

    Nick Young calls three-point participation a blessing

    What it’s like to be discussed as a trade piece is complicated for Lakers guard Nick Young. “It depends,” Young said. “When they talk about you in trades or being let go, there’s just so much negativity around, that’s bad. But when you’re doing good, and teams want you, they want to trade for you,...

  • The signs are all there: Magic Johnson is the man in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers

    The signs are all there: Magic Johnson is the man in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers

    Since being named as a Lakers “advisor’’ two weeks ago, Magic Johnson has bombarded the media with one piece of advice. He shouldn’t be the advisor. He should be the boss. He has talked to USA Today about wanting to “call the shots.’’ He told ESPN he wanted to be the Lakers’ “one voice.’’ At first...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 137-101 loss to Phoenix

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 137-101 loss to Phoenix

    The Lakers absorbed a wire-to-wire beating at the hands of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, staggering into the All-Star break with one of their worst defensive performances of the season. Here are five things we learned from their 137-101 loss to the Suns in Talking Stick Resort Arena: 1....

  • Lakers blown out again, this time by lowly Suns, 137-101

    Lakers blown out again, this time by lowly Suns, 137-101

    There was a hint of disdain in Luke Walton’s voice Wednesday night when the Lakers coach was asked about his lengthy team meeting after the debacle that was a 137-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns in Talking Stick Resort Arena. “There were two messages delivered to the team,” Walton said after the helpless...

  • Mitch Kupchak says Lakers have more players that other teams may pursue in trade discussions this season

    Mitch Kupchak says Lakers have more players that other teams may pursue in trade discussions this season

    As the NBA trade deadline approaches on February 23, the Lakers have their ears open.   “We are active, yes,” General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. “We’re active every year. … Quite frankly compared to the last three or four years, we have a lot of talent on this roster that I think a lot of people...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 97-96 loss to Sacramento

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 97-96 loss to Sacramento

    Lakers guard Lou Williams scored 19 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to offset Sacramento forward DeMarcus Cousins, who scored 16 of his 40 points in the final period and hit the winning free throw with nine seconds left. Here are five things we learned...

  • Lou Williams' big effort isn't in enough as Lakers fall to Kings, 97-96

    Lou Williams' big effort isn't in enough as Lakers fall to Kings, 97-96

    Lou Williams is the Lakers’ closer and Tuesday night at Staples Center he tried to do his part. Williams hit a three-pointer with 1 minute 45 seconds left and the Lakers tied the Sacramento Kings for the first time in the fourth quarter. A little more than a minute later, he did it again, tying...

  • Magic Johnson wants to be in charge of the Lakers

    Magic Johnson wants to be in charge of the Lakers

    Lakers advisor Magic Johnson directly lobbied to be the face of the team’s front office and to be in charge of basketball operations, as his national media tour continued with a day of appearances on ESPN, with which he is still contracted for appearances. Johnson was asked Tuesday if he wants...

  • Brandon Ingram is a raw rookie but also a window to a bright Lakers future

    Brandon Ingram is a raw rookie but also a window to a bright Lakers future

    Brandon Ingram’s duties as a Lakers rookie sometimes include carrying a veteran player’s bags. In a year or two, Ingram might be asked to carry the entire team. Ingram on Tuesday made his fourth straight start at small forward, a significant moment for the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft. Earlier...

  • Up next for Lakers: Tuesday night vs. Sacramento

    Up next for Lakers: Tuesday night vs. Sacramento

    LAKERS UP NEXT VS. SACRAMENTO KINGS When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 19-37; Kings 23-32. Record vs. Kings: 1-1. Update: The last time these teams met, Lakers Coach Luke Walton grew so furious...

  • Rigors of the road can be disorienting for Lakers players

    Rigors of the road can be disorienting for Lakers players

    One November morning during his rookie year, Larry Nance Jr. arrived dutifully at a film session. Nance was sure he was still in New York, but all the clips showed the Miami Heat. “Are we gonna fly there later today?” Nance thought. Nope. The Lakers were already in Miami. It was Tuesday and they...

  • Magic Johnson: Lakers rebuild will take three to five years

    Magic Johnson: Lakers rebuild will take three to five years

    Magic Johnson’s timeline for rebuilding the Lakers does not jibe with that of Jim Buss, who said he would resign as executive vice president of basketball operations if the team failed to make a deep playoff run by 2017-2018. But it does align with first-year Coach Luke Walton’s assessment of the...

  • Ivica Zubac improving, getting minutes

    Ivica Zubac improving, getting minutes

    If you ask Ivica Zubac for the thing he needs to improve upon the most, and the thing he’s already improved the most, his answer will be the same.  It’s all about defense.  “I want to keep improving in my pick-and-roll defense,” Zubac said. “I think that’s the area where I can improve the most...

  • Chargers take their 'Fight for L.A.' to the people

    Chargers take their 'Fight for L.A.' to the people

    Scrolling down past a grainy video of your niece’s dance recital, your old roommate’s engagement photos and your uncle’s political manifesto, you might’ve noticed an advertised declaration of battle from this city’s newest pro sports team. The Chargers are trying to let the people of Los Angeles...

  • Doing grunt work makes Larry Nance Jr. a valuable asset for Lakers

    Doing grunt work makes Larry Nance Jr. a valuable asset for Lakers

    On a team dependent on rotations, where few starting spots are guaranteed, the Lakers have tried so many different groups that nearly every player has had a shot at least once this season. Oddly enough, the one player who hasn’t started yet is one of the Lakers’ most important pieces — Larry Nance...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 122-114 win over the Milwaukee Bucks

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 122-114 win over the Milwaukee Bucks

    The Lakers finished their Grammy trip with a burst of energy. Their play in the first quarter Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, a team reeling after Jabari Parker tore his ACL two days before, was inspired and aided by their strong shooting. The Lakers have a tendency to let poor shooting...

  • Magic Johnson says he wants to 'call the shots' with the Lakers

    Magic Johnson says he wants to 'call the shots' with the Lakers

    Lakers adviser Magic Johnson hopes to be calling the shots for the Lakers eventually, he said in an interview with USA Today on Thursday. “Working to call the shots, because it only works that way,’’ Johnson said when asked what he hopes his role with the franchise will be.  “Right now I’m advising....

  • Lakers' hot start in final game of road trip carries them to 122-114 win over Bucks

    Lakers' hot start in final game of road trip carries them to 122-114 win over Bucks

    Nick Young drained a three-pointer and took contact, rolled into a backward somersault and then lay sprawled face first on the court for a few seconds. He got up, made the free throw, and gave the Lakers a season-high 76 first-half points. It capped a remarkable start for a team that was itching...

  • Letters: A super week, unless you're a Falcons fan

    Letters: A super week, unless you're a Falcons fan

    What a great sporting event. I hope someday L.A. gets a pro football team. Paul Zimmelman Marina de Rey :: This time it looks like Tom Brady chose to let the air out of Atlanta’s Super Bowl victory parade. Bob Paniagua  Susanville, Calif. :: Can we all now agree that Tom Brady has no need for underinflated...

  • Luke Walton pushes the Lakers in a competitive practice after another loss

    Luke Walton pushes the Lakers in a competitive practice after another loss

    Do you think the Lakers trust each other as a team? Larry Nance Jr. took a full second before he answered the question. “I don’t,” Nance said. “I don’t think we do.” Then he gave the thought another second and amended it. “I think we do sometimes,” Nance said. “We trusted each other in New York...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 121-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 121-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons

    It’s too soon to draw any dramatic conclusions about the Lakers’ new starting lineup. That lineup has now played two games with wildly different results.  Here are five takeaways from the Lakers’ 121-102 loss to Detroit on Wednesday night. 1. D’Angelo Russell struggled tremendously. Monday night’s...

  • Lakers come away with a clunker in Detroit

    Lakers come away with a clunker in Detroit

    So many times this season, the Lakers have thought they figured out something, only to find they hadn’t quite yet. They figured out how to play better in the third quarter, until they didn’t. They figured out how to start games better, until they didn’t. They figured out how to limit turnovers,...

  • Lakers report: Metta World Peace returns to Detroit, and he wants to help the city

    Lakers report: Metta World Peace returns to Detroit, and he wants to help the city

    Metta World Peace has a complicated history with the city of Detroit. But when World Peace had an idea he thought could help the children of Detroit, he didn’t let that complicated history get in the way of what he saw as a city in need. “I was actually trying to present it to Donald Trump before...

  • Tarik Black's defense wins him a spot in the Lakers' starting lineup

    Tarik Black's defense wins him a spot in the Lakers' starting lineup

    On a Lakers roster crowded with young, high draft picks in need of development, it was easy to lose Tarik Black. He was the one more worried about defense than anything else. The one who endured losing his spot in the lineup after spraining his ankle. The one who once believed the hype, and by...

  • Ingram shines as new-look Lakers cruise past Knicks

    Ingram shines as new-look Lakers cruise past Knicks

    Brandon Ingram had to laugh it off. An airball is one thing, but his airball from the free-throw line on the Lakers’ first possession drew the unforgiving ire of the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. A different kind of player might have let that start dictate the course of the rest...

  • Coach Luke Walton touches base with Magic Johnson, who'll serve Lakers in advisory role

    Coach Luke Walton touches base with Magic Johnson, who'll serve Lakers in advisory role

    After days of phone tag, Lakers Coach Luke Walton finally connected with Magic Johnson on Monday. It was the first time since Johnson rejoined the Lakers in an advisory role that the two spoke to each other. “I was excited to hear that he wants in and wants to grind,” Walton said. “That’s what...

  • Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram set to start over Luol Deng

    Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram set to start over Luol Deng

    The Lakers are looking to their new era now. Brandon Ingram will start tonight against the New York Knicks in place of small forward Luol Deng, according to two sources. In the past, Ingram has started only in case of injuries. He has made starts at point guard, shooting guard and small forward...

  • Celtics claim more than a victory over Lakers, taking all-time lead in NBA wins

    Celtics claim more than a victory over Lakers, taking all-time lead in NBA wins

    The history had little to do with any of the players on the court. Most of the championship series between these two teams happened long before these players were born. Some weren’t even teenagers yet during the last one in 2010. But Friday’s game between the Lakers and Boston Celtics marked a...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 116-108 loss to the Washington Wizards

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 116-108 loss to the Washington Wizards

    Thursday was a big news day for the Lakers, making that night’s game secondary. Lakers Coach Luke Walton’s pregame news conference was dominated by talk of the Lakers hiring Magic Johnson in a role that seems to be as an all-purpose adviser who reports to team President Jeanie Buss. When the news...

  • Lakers wipe out 19-point deficit before losing to Wizards, 116-108

    Lakers wipe out 19-point deficit before losing to Wizards, 116-108

    Lou Williams stole the ball and rushed up the court on a fastbreak. He saw Larry Nance Jr. approaching the basket and threw a lob to the forward, who finished the play with a one-handed dunk. It was one highlight in a fourth-quarter stretch during which the Lakers erased a 19-point deficit and...

  • Lakers hire Magic Johnson to advise ownership

    Lakers hire Magic Johnson to advise ownership

    In his first public comments since being hired as an advisor to Lakers governor and co-owner Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson tread softly about the Lakers executive of whom he has been most critical through the years. His role, he said, was simply to help in any way he could. “Jim [Buss] is calling...

  • Letters: Readers are able to find their Super powers

    Letters: Readers are able to find their Super powers

    Lost somehow amidst the incalculable media hype is the irony of Tom Brady taking center stage in Super Bowl LI(E).  Steve Ross Beverly Hills :: Bill Plaschke is casting the Super Bowl as Good (Falcons) versus Evil (Patriots.) I guess pumping in crowd noise is good?  Also, politics should have nothing...

  • Magic Johnson returns to the Lakers and change is on its way

    Magic Johnson returns to the Lakers and change is on its way

    With the return of an antique, the remodeling can now officially begin. Jeanie Buss has brought Magic Johnson back into the room, and everything on the Lakers suddenly looks new again. Johnson was hired as an advisor to Buss on Thursday in an announcement designed to begin the process of reshaping...

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