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Tyler Ennis adjusts to life with the Lakers, his fourth team in two years

Not long after the Lakers traded for him, point guard Tyler Ennis got a phone call from his new head coach. “That just made me feel a lot more comfortable,” Ennis said. On Saturday, Ennis participated in his first Lakers practice. The Rockets traded Ennis and the draft rights to Australian Brad...

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    Plaschke: Can the greatest Laker ever save the worst Lakers ever?

    The Lakers now belong to Earvin Johnson, and there’s nothing magic about it. The smiling, charismatic former star has been handed the serious job of fixing this city’s crown jewel sports franchise, and it will require more than a no-look pass or baby sky hook. This is not some late-night TV show...

  • Rob Pelinka to be new Lakers general manager

    Rob Pelinka to be new Lakers general manager

    Magic Johnson, maybe the best basketball player ever to put on a uniform in Los Angeles, sat next to his new boss Tuesday afternoon inside a television studio and talked about his vision for his organization, the Lakers. Johnson had been named the team’s president of basketball operations earlier...

  • Grading the Lakers' moves in the Jim Buss era (Spoiler alert: It's not a passing grade)

    Grading the Lakers' moves in the Jim Buss era (Spoiler alert: It's not a passing grade)

    Grading some of the Lakers’ key moves since Jim Buss took control of basketball operations after his father, Jerry Buss, died in February 2013. 2013 June 27: Drafted Ryan Kelly in the 2nd round (48th pick) of the 2013 NBA draft. Kelly averaged 6.5 points in three seasons with the Lakers. He was...

  • Magic Johnson to serve as Lakers' GM until trade deadline passes

    Magic Johnson to serve as Lakers' GM until trade deadline passes

    New Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson will function as the team’s general manager during trade talks in the next two days, Johnson said on Spectrum SportsNet, the Lakers’ official TV station. The NBA trade deadline is noon Pacific time Thursday. Johnson said he had already...

  • Five candidates to be the Lakers' next general manager

    Five candidates to be the Lakers' next general manager

    Inside the carnage of the Lakers’ “Red Wedding” trade deadline, where decades of service to the franchise were sent packing, an opportunity has arisen. Magic Johnson, the man who always knew how to pick ‘em in transition, the man who made the perfect pass at the perfect moment, needs to hire himself...

  • Five questions to keep in mind as the NBA trade deadline approaches

    Five questions to keep in mind as the NBA trade deadline approaches

    DeMarcus Cousins was just one man among many, surrounded by the greatest players in the NBA. He had played just 2½ minutes and scored three points during a game in which the other All-Stars combined to score 371. If it was a normal postgame, Cousins probably would’ve been largely ignored, save...

  • Pelicans’ Davis scores All-Star-record 52 points, and host team gets Cousins in trade

    Pelicans’ Davis scores All-Star-record 52 points, and host team gets Cousins in trade

    DeMarcus Cousins played only 2 minutes and 27 seconds in the NBA All-Star game Sunday night, but still he looked weary as he addressed reporters following the game.  That’s because even as he jumped up and down, pumping his right fist in the air to celebrate Kevin Durant’s alley-oop lob to Russell...

  • 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...

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