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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Lakers' Luol Deng shares his refugee experience in wake of Trump travel ban

    Lakers' Luol Deng shares his refugee experience in wake of Trump travel ban

    As refugees living in Egypt, Luol Deng and his family woke up every day hoping that would be the day they found a new home. Civil war forced them from a part of Sudan that is now South Sudan. Five years later the United Kingdom finally gave them political asylum. When refugees were halted this...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 120-116 win over the Denver Nuggets

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 120-116 win over the Denver Nuggets

    With their 17th win of the season, the Lakers matched last year's win total more than two months before the end of the season. So there’s progress, even though most of those wins came in the first month of the season. After Tuesday’s game, Lakers Coach Luke Walton wanted to make sure the team paid...

  • Lakers hold off Nuggets, 120-116

    Lakers hold off Nuggets, 120-116

    As Lakers rookie Ivica Zubac addressed a throng of reporters Tuesday, teammate D’Angelo Russell stood in the back claiming a bit of credit. “D-Lo saw it first,” Russell said, presumably referring to what everyone now is seeing in Zubac.  It followed each player’s best game of the season. In a 120-116...

  • Lakers' Ingram is not feeling walled off

    Lakers' Ingram is not feeling walled off

    One could excuse Lakers forward Brandon Ingram if he were hitting the “rookie wall.” After all, he has played 51 games so far this season, after playing only 36 as a freshman at Duke last season.  Lakers Coach Luke Walton would have found that a perfectly reasonable explanation for Ingram’s apparent...

  • Luke Walton wants Lakers to keep the ball moving, but passes need to have a point

    Luke Walton wants Lakers to keep the ball moving, but passes need to have a point

    Right from the start of his tenure as the Lakers head coach, Luke Walton made clear what a priority ball movement was for him. More than halfway through the season, that is still very much a work in progress for the Lakers. “I would say it comes down to us passing the ball and making shots,” Lakers...

  • Lakers' Deng not expected to be affected by Trump's executive order

    Lakers' Deng not expected to be affected by Trump's executive order

    The confusion and uncertainty following President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration extended into the sports world and in discussions about the Lakers this weekend. Although several outlets speculated that the order could prevent Lakers forward Luol Deng from traveling abroad, the order...

  • Julius Randle out with pneumonia as Lakers hit a break in their schedule

    Julius Randle out with pneumonia as Lakers hit a break in their schedule

    Lakers forward Julius Randle will miss at least two to three days because of pneumonia. Randle was examined by a doctor on Saturday and diagnosed with the illness. The team said he is restricted from all activities and will be re-examined Monday. The Lakers have a rare break in the schedule, giving...

  • Some mystery remains about Lakers' last three lottery picks

    Some mystery remains about Lakers' last three lottery picks

    Brandon Ingram’s serene, heavy-lidded look rarely changes, and neither does the quiet speech he’s learning to amplify to better lead an offense. The Lakers rookie's demeanor Thursday night after a 96-88 loss to the Utah Jazz — in which he was scoreless for the second consecutive game — betrayed...

  • Letters: Are these the Lakers or the losing 49ers?

    Letters: Are these the Lakers or the losing 49ers?

    After Sunday’s defeat by 49 points, the Lakers stood tall together and proclaimed, “Nobody beats the Lakers by 50 points.” Paul Kessler Century City :: In a Jan. 24 story about the Lakers,  Luke Walton said his team was better than it showed, knew the amount of work his team was putting in and...

  • Not a Sweet 16-0 for Lakers in loss to Jazz

    Not a Sweet 16-0 for Lakers in loss to Jazz

    For a change, the start after halftime wasn’t the problem. For a change, the Lakers came into the third quarter Thursday night with some energy, turning a three-point deficit into a four-point lead.  Then the rerun began. A day after a lackluster third-quarter start at Portland doomed the Lakers,...

  • Rookie Ivica Zubac is exceeding expectations set by Lakers Coach Luke Walton

    Rookie Ivica Zubac is exceeding expectations set by Lakers Coach Luke Walton

    When the season began, Lakers Coach Luke Walton had a conversation with rookie Ivica Zubac to set expectations. Walton told the 19-year-old, the 32nd  pick in the draft, that he shouldn’t expect much playing time; that he should use his rookie season to improve himself, work in the Development...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 105-98 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 105-98 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

    There was good and bad from the Lakers on Wednesday night in Portland, and it left Lakers Coach Luke Walton answering questions about potential changes. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' third loss of the season to the Trail Blazers. 1. Granted, the Lakers’ first unit lacked its starting...

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