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  • Lakers take ex-UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with No. 2 pick in draft

    Lakers take ex-UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with No. 2 pick in draft

    After Lonzo Ball’s dream came true, he finally admitted that he’d felt this coming. “Ever since my season at UCLA I kind of felt confident,” the former Bruins point guard said in a quiet moment between the constant stream of interviews and photo ops that come with being the No. 2 pick in the NBA...

  • Later picks bring Lakers shooting, defensive skills

    Later picks bring Lakers shooting, defensive skills

    The average Lakers fan was probably satisfied with the team’s selection of Lonzo Ball at No. 2 overall. But with control over the Brooklyn Nets’ No. 27 pick thanks to their trade of D’Angelo Russell as well as the No. 28 selection, Lakers executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka weren’t done making...

  • As Lonzo Ball's play does the talking, his dad LaVar needs to quiet down

    As Lonzo Ball's play does the talking, his dad LaVar needs to quiet down

    It took Lonzo Ball 19 years to make the storybook trip from Chino Hills to UCLA to the Lakers. It took his father LaVar about two minutes to hijack the journey. Almost immediately after Lonzo was smartly selected by the Lakers as the number-two overall pick in the 2017 draft Thursday, his infamously...

  • Lakers guard Nick Young declines player option, will become a free agent

    Lakers guard Nick Young declines player option, will become a free agent

    Lakers guard Nick Young declined his player option Wednesday, ensuring he will become a free agent. Young had been leaning toward declining the option for several weeks, but made it official at the deadline for making the decision. He was set to earn $5.7 million next season, and frees up that...

  • Lonzo Ball is cool and calm as he waits for the NBA draft

    Lonzo Ball is cool and calm as he waits for the NBA draft

    On the eve of the biggest night of his life, Lonzo Ball pops up from underneath a fluffy, white down comforter and digs through a box of chicken nuggets. On a television a few feet away, pundits debate De’Aaron Fox, one of the top point guards in this year’s NBA draft. “Ey, bro, you have a turn...

  • Dodgers President Stan Kasten understands the task before Jeanie Buss

    Dodgers President Stan Kasten understands the task before Jeanie Buss

    When Stan Kasten entered the Los Angeles sports scene in 2012, as part of the group buying the Dodgers, he was keenly aware of the stakes. They bought a franchise that had filed for bankruptcy protection earlier in the year from an owner whose standing in major league baseball had taken a hit....

  • Jeanie Buss and Magic Johnson forged a close friendship over four decades

    Jeanie Buss and Magic Johnson forged a close friendship over four decades

    There weren’t many times when Magic Johnson was down in the dumps, but injuries during his playing career could do it. Once, while he nursed a finger injury, two of his closest friends in Los Angeles tried to help. “My dad, he just said, ‘OK, well we can’t go shoot pool because your hands hurt,’”...

  • The top five picks in the NBA draft are already a certainty

    The top five picks in the NBA draft are already a certainty

    The consensus from many NBA executives is that the players who’ll be taken with the top five picks in Thursday’s NBA draft are a foregone conclusion. It’s the order in which these one-and-done collegiate players will be selected that remains open for debate. Except that all the executives, who...

  • Letters: Jerry West a Clipper? Is it April Fools?

    Letters: Jerry West a Clipper? Is it April Fools?

    Well, at least Jerry West isn’t a Celtic. Vaughn Hardenberg Westwood :: Maybe Jerry West can convince Steve Ballmer to move the Clippers back to San Diego. Steve Shaevel Woodland Hills :: I hope Jerry West doesn't play in any golf tournaments now that he is a Clippers employee. He'll never get...

  • The Clippers take bold steps in trying to separate themselves from the Lakers

    The Clippers take bold steps in trying to separate themselves from the Lakers

    The two red, white and blue bolts struck through the Los Angeles basketball landscape in a span of a few hours this week, one after the other, two sizzling revelations, one strong message. The Clippers are tired of being Lakers lackeys. They’ll never beat them in basketball history. They’ll never...

  • Markelle Fultz on Lonzo Ball: 'I’m going to try to beat him in everything I do'

    Markelle Fultz on Lonzo Ball: 'I’m going to try to beat him in everything I do'

    You never know what can happen in the draft. That’s why Markelle Fultz followed his workout with the Boston Celtics with a second workout with the Lakers. “I think it was a family decision, just going through it,” Fultz said. “Giving everybody the opportunity. Never know where I might land, so...

  • Jerry West explains his move to the Clippers

    Jerry West explains his move to the Clippers

    Jerry West is leaving the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to join forces with the Clippers, and the natural question is why. He provided an answer in an interview Thursday morning: the people. The allure of working with Clippers owners Steve Ballmer and Dennis Wong, as well as coach Doc Rivers,...

  • Lakers wrapping up research on top picks while keeping trade options open

    Lakers wrapping up research on top picks while keeping trade options open

    In New York, just after the Lakers secured the second overall pick in this year’s NBA draft through the lottery, general manager Rob Pelinka made it clear he’ll listen if teams want to talk about trades. He also noted it’s unlikely the second pick in the draft gets moved. In the month since then,...

  • Jerry West’s move to the Clippers is another dagger for Lakers

    Jerry West’s move to the Clippers is another dagger for Lakers

    This is exactly what the Clippers needed. This is exactly what the Lakers dreaded. This is a move filled with Clippers’ credibility and hope. This is move full of Lakers’ embarrassment and dread. In the 34 years these two teams have shared a city, never before have they shared a transaction that...

  • Looking for a new challenge, iconic executive Jerry West will join Clippers

    Looking for a new challenge, iconic executive Jerry West will join Clippers

    Jerry West, one of the NBA’s most distinguished executives who once presided over making the Lakers a powerhouse, is finalizing a deal to join the Clippers as a consultant, said several league officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. West, who spent the last six seasons...

  • Inglewood will vote on deal for Clippers to explore new arena

    Inglewood will vote on deal for Clippers to explore new arena

    As round-the-clock construction continues on the $2.6-billion stadium for the Rams and Chargers in Inglewood, the resurgent city is moving toward adding another team. Inglewood's City Council will vote Thursday on an exclusive negotiating agreement for a Clippers-controlled company to build an...

  • Lakers brass will spend several hours with Lonzo Ball on Friday

    Lakers brass will spend several hours with Lonzo Ball on Friday

    For his first workout with the Lakers, Lonzo Ball came to the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. The second one won’t be there. Ball’s second workout has been scheduled for Friday at an undisclosed location, said a source who was not authorized to speak publicly. The Lakers brass is planning...

  • Lakers need to trust their instincts and draft Lonzo Ball

    Lakers need to trust their instincts and draft Lonzo Ball

    Whenever chaos engulfed the UCLA basketball team during games this past season, Lonzo Ball usually had the perfect response. Dribbling downcourt, instead of making his usual pass, he would suddenly stop from beyond the three-point line, trust his instincts, and fire. Moon shot, big splash, order...

  • Lakers, still undecided on pick, host second workout for Josh Jackson, plan one for Lonzo Ball

    Lakers, still undecided on pick, host second workout for Josh Jackson, plan one for Lonzo Ball

    It was not possible to draw a definitive conclusion from Kansas forward Josh Jackson’s second pre-draft workout with the Lakers on Tuesday because the team plans on bringing in UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball for another workout. Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox had worked out for the Lakers earlier...

  • Dominance of Warriors and Cavaliers isn't going away any time soon

    Dominance of Warriors and Cavaliers isn't going away any time soon

    For a little while, LeBron James will take a break. He’ll take his mind off the game. He’ll spend some time with his kids. It won’t be long before James gets back on a basketball court, the unceasing pull of the sport he loves calling him, just as much as the memory of losing in the NBA Finals...

  • Kentucky's Isaac Humphries works out for Lakers, speaks highly of former teammate De'Aaron Fox

    Kentucky's Isaac Humphries works out for Lakers, speaks highly of former teammate De'Aaron Fox

    The day before the Lakers have their workout with Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, one of his former teammates spoke glowingly about the point guard many view as being a top-five NBA draft pick. Kentucky forward Isaac Humphries had his workout for the Lakers on Monday, and it was his chance to display...

  • Lakers' workouts continue

    Lakers' workouts continue

    His name hasn’t drawn the same attention as Washington’s Markelle Fultz or UCLA’s Lonzo Ball or Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, all point guards who are expected to go in the top five of the NBA draft. That is not an issue for North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr. The idea of trying to compare himself...

  • The Logo on the Clippers? The Lakers should be very afraid

    The Logo on the Clippers? The Lakers should be very afraid

    It is the potential summer acquisition that could shake the Los Angeles basketball landscape down to its old-school roots. It’s not a trending topic like the Lakers’ first-round draft pick. It’s not a hot take like Chris Paul’s courtship with the San Antonio Spurs. But it’s real, and it could happen,...

  • Letters: What will the Lakers do with No. 2?

    Letters: What will the Lakers do with No. 2?

    Careful what you wish for, Bill Plaschke. If Lonzo Ball does indeed have NBA-ready skill sets (probably wishful thinking) and if he is coachable and possesses necessary leadership ability (at best unproven) and if a neophyte coach with one disastrous season under his belt can actually coach him,...

  • Lakers have less hype for Friday's pre-draft workouts

    Lakers have less hype for Friday's pre-draft workouts

    The commotion and hype surrounding the Lakers’ pre-draft workout with Lonzo Ball on Wednesday far outweighed the commotion and hype for the team’s workouts Friday. Some 50 media members were at the Lakers’ training facility when Ball was on display for his solo workout. The former UCLA guard is,...

  • You may not like the building of a dynasty, but LeBron James thinks it's fair

    You may not like the building of a dynasty, but LeBron James thinks it's fair

    There was something calm about LeBron James’ demeanor early Thursday afternoon as he spoke about the Goliath he seemed to know he couldn’t beat. “Is it fair?” James said the day after the Cleveland Cavaliers fell into a 3-0 deficit in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. “I don’t care....

  • Kevin Durant rises to occasion against Cavaliers and Warriors are one win from NBA title

    Kevin Durant rises to occasion against Cavaliers and Warriors are one win from NBA title

    Kevin Durant saw the space and stepped back. Then he rose, to the moment, to his MVP stature, to the expectations imposed upon him. With LeBron James guarding him late in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Durant made a 26-foot three-pointer that gave the Golden State Warriors the lead for good in a 118-113...

  • Lonzo Ball promises to bring 'winning atmosphere' to Lakers

    Lonzo Ball promises to bring 'winning atmosphere' to Lakers

    Lonzo Ball peered over his right shoulder when about 50 media members rushed onto the Lakers’ practice court Wednesday in a quest to dissect his first pre-draft workout and to hear why he should be selected by Los Angeles with the second pick in the NBA draft. Ball rose from the chair he had been...

  • It's Ball time with Lakers. Forget the dad and focus on the son.

    It's Ball time with Lakers. Forget the dad and focus on the son.

    He didn’t bring his outlandish father. He didn’t wear his $495 shoes. He was not surrounded by an entourage. He wasn’t trailed by his two little brothers. He was not showered by nasty boos or derisive chants or anything other than squeaking sneakers and the rattle of a rim. When Lonzo Ball finally...

  • Scenes from the NBA Finals: The moments that have social media buzzing

    Scenes from the NBA Finals: The moments that have social media buzzing

    Like most of us, JR Smith has a few group texts with his close friends. While he’s playing basketball, they keep an eye out for the Internet memes of the day or viral video clips, especially if they involve their unorthodox friend. After Game 2 of the NBA Finals, they, like many others on various...

  • Jerry West has 'love' for Lakers and would have loved to end his career with them

    Jerry West has 'love' for Lakers and would have loved to end his career with them

    Jerry West remains unabashed in his affection for the Lakers, still expressing his “love” for them and even admitting that a part of him still yearns to work for the organization that he in so many ways helped to prominence. West made his feelings clear about the Lakers on Thursday during an interview...

  • Jerry West, Clippers have mutual interest

    Jerry West, Clippers have mutual interest

    Jerry West, one of the NBA’s foremost executives, is “very intrigued” about joining forces with the Clippers, said two league executives who were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing talks. West, an executive board member with the Golden State Warriors who consults with the team’s...

  • Lonzo Ball's workout for Lakers is set for June 7

    Lonzo Ball's workout for Lakers is set for June 7

    Former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball plans to have a pre-draft workout with the Lakers on June 7, according to a person who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. The Lakers will have the second pick in the draft, which will take place in New York on June...

  • How involved would LaVar Ball actually be if the Lakers drafted Lonzo?

    How involved would LaVar Ball actually be if the Lakers drafted Lonzo?

    Steve Alford didn’t hesitate when asked about Lonzo Ball’s enthusiastic and controversial father, LaVar. Was LaVar Ball around the team much? “Zero,” Alford said. Was he ever at practice? “Never at practice,” Alford said. “Never at practice; never called me.” Did he ever try to meddle in your...

  • Lonzo Ball will not work out for the Celtics, hasn't ruled out other workouts

    Lonzo Ball will not work out for the Celtics, hasn't ruled out other workouts

    Leading up to the draft, Lonzo Ball will work out for the Lakers, who have the second overall pick, and he will not work out for the Boston Celtics, who have the first overall pick, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told a Boston radio station. Although it’s possible the Lakers will be Ball’s...

  • Lakers hire Kardashian trainer to head strength and conditioning department

    Lakers hire Kardashian trainer to head strength and conditioning department

    The Lakers hired Gunnar Peterson, who counts celebrities among his past clientele, to be their director of strength and endurance. Peterson, a personal trainer before joining the Lakers, replaces Tim DiFrancesco, who resigned from his post as the Lakers’ strength and conditioning coach this spring....

  • Kobe Bryant helps class get out of a final exam

    Kobe Bryant helps class get out of a final exam

    It’s that time of year when students are frantically studying (or cramming) for their final exams. It’s probably one of the most stressful times in the school year. But one Indiana high school senior sought help from an unlikely source to get his entire class out of a final exam. Prior to the test,...

  • Why the All-NBA team selections improve the Lakers’ chances of adding Paul George

    Why the All-NBA team selections improve the Lakers’ chances of adding Paul George

    When the NBA and the National Basketball Players Assn. agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement in December, the league sought to give teams a better chance of keeping the players they drafted — while also compensating players handsomely for making that choice. Because of that, today’s announcement...

  • NBA mock draft: Look for Lonzo Ball to join the Lakers

    NBA mock draft: Look for Lonzo Ball to join the Lakers

    In the eyes of several NBA executives, the odds of the Lakers keeping their first-round draft pick were at “100%.” The executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they didn’t want to suggest there was something nefarious going on between the league and one of its more famous franchises,...

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