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L.A. City Council declares 8/24 as 'Kobe Bryant Day'

Retirement has been good for Kobe Bryant. The former Laker superstar recently launched a $100-million investment fund and test drove a $490,000 car at Ferrari headquarters, and now he will have his own day. On Monday, the L.A. City Council announced that this Wednesday will be known as “Kobe Bryant...

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  • Young Clippers and Lakers players thrilled to be practicing against U.S. Olympic team

    Young Clippers and Lakers players thrilled to be practicing against U.S. Olympic team

    Forward Brice Johnson had his welcome-to-the-big-leagues moment before he even put on a Clippers uniform. Johnson, chosen 25th by the Clippers from North Carolina in this year’s NBA draft, is a member of the USA Basketball Select Team, which has been practicing and scrimmaging against the U.S....

  • Good news for the Lakers: Larry Nance Jr.'s wrist is sprained, not broken

    Good news for the Lakers: Larry Nance Jr.'s wrist is sprained, not broken

    Larry Nance Jr. and the Lakers received some good news Friday after an examination revealed that he suffered only a sprained right wrist and not something more serious as the team originally thought. When Nance was injured Thursday night in the Lakers’ 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in...

  • Three takeaways from the Lakers' summer league loss to Cleveland

    Three takeaways from the Lakers' summer league loss to Cleveland

    1. It was all going so well for Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell in the first half Thursday night, the game coming easy and his swag as high as ever. But Russell fell back to earth with a thud in the second half of the Lakers’ 88-80 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer league in Las Vegas....

  • Lakers say Larry Nance Jr. suffers probable broken right hand

    Lakers say Larry Nance Jr. suffers probable broken right hand

    The Lakers said forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a “probable” break in his right hand during an 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in the summer league in Las Vegas. The Lakers said preliminary results from an X-ray Nance took after the game showed a fracture to the third metacarpal...

  • D'Angelo Russell, showing sudden progress, could be turning into a player — seriously

    D'Angelo Russell, showing sudden progress, could be turning into a player — seriously

    The hit with the biggest Southland buzz this summer hasn’t come at Chavez Ravine or Angel Stadium, but in the middle of the desert in a sport out of season. Did you see D’Angelo Russell the other night in Las Vegas? Did you see him nailing that three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lakers’ summer...

  • Lakers rookie Ivica Zubac is living his dream of being an NBA player

    Lakers rookie Ivica Zubac is living his dream of being an NBA player

    His basketball odyssey began a world away from the United States, a winding path through the Balkans that eventually landed Ivica Zubac in Los Angeles with the Lakers. He grew up in the little town of Citluk with about 5,000 people, but Zubac was born in Mostar, a city with just over 100,000 citizens...

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell steals show from Ingram, 76ers' Simmons with a buzzer beater

    Lakers' D'Angelo Russell steals show from Ingram, 76ers' Simmons with a buzzer beater

    They tapped each other in the chest, knowing every eye inside of Thomas & Mack Center was glued to them, yearning to see a showdown between Lakers No. 2 draft pick Brandon Ingram and Philadelphia 76ers No. 1 pick Ben Simmons. But the showstopper Saturday night was D’Angelo Russell. Russell stole...

  • What we learned from the Lakers' summer league opener

    What we learned from the Lakers' summer league opener

    What we learned from the Lakers’ 85-65 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in their summer league opener Friday night.  1) D’Angelo Russell eased his way into the game, looking for his teammates early on before he became more aggressive. It was a delicate balance for Russell in the Lakers’ victory...

  • Lakers’ Brandon Ingram impresses at his Summer League opener

    Lakers’ Brandon Ingram impresses at his Summer League opener

    The cheers kept rising and rising each and every time Brandon Ingram delivered another noteworthy play for the Lakers. Ingram gave all the Lakers fans who watched him play against the New Orleans Pelicans in his professional debut in the Las Vegas Summer League a lot to hope for during an 85-65...

  • Letters: As Lakers' off-seasons go, this one's already way off

    Letters: As Lakers' off-seasons go, this one's already way off

    Does Jim Buss realize he’s been played like a version of The Good, Bad, and the Ugly by former Lakers? The Logo (the Good) continues to perform his magic, albeit with other teams who make the Lakers look like D-League contenders. Then there’s the Mamba (the Bad), who held the Lakers captive for...

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell is on his grind, ready for the summer league

    Lakers' D'Angelo Russell is on his grind, ready for the summer league

    Brandon Ingram will play in the NBA’s summer league, by far the No. 1 reason to watch the Lakers in Las Vegas over the next week or so. Reason No. 2 would be to gauge the development of D’Angelo Russell. He was up and down as a rookie last season, losing his starting job after 20 games, getting...

  • Lakers acquire veteran guard Jose Calderon

    Lakers acquire veteran guard Jose Calderon

    The Lakers acquired veteran Jose Calderon from the Chicago Bulls, adding a point guard near the end of his career with three-point touch and solid passing skills. No other current players were involved in the deal, though the Lakers received two future second-round draft picks from the Bulls, according...

  • Larry Nance Jr. is already impressed with rookie Brandon Ingram

    Larry Nance Jr. is already impressed with rookie Brandon Ingram

    Larry Nance Jr. is not a talent evaluator by nature. He’s an NBA player with one year of pro experience. His comments on Brandon Ingram, though, were worth noting Wednesday as the Lakers concluded their second day of practice for summer league. “He’s the real deal,” Nance Jr. said. “I called my...

  • Lakers second-round pick Ivica Zubac wants to prove he can stay in L.A.

    Lakers second-round pick Ivica Zubac wants to prove he can stay in L.A.

    Ivica Zubac, who the Lakers selected with the 32nd pick in the NBA draft last month, tried to take everything in Tuesday at the Lakers practice facility — the trophies, banners, jerseys and then all of the questions. It was understandably a bit overwhelming for the Bosnian-born 19-year-old.  “It’s...

  • Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram is set to begin summer league

    Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram is set to begin summer league

    Brandon Ingram, selected by the Lakers with the second pick in the NBA draft last month, is ready to begin summer league games in Las Vegas. Ingram knows there is pressure building on him — Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that by moving him into Kobe Bryant’s old locker — but the...

  • Watch the Lakers' Nick Young pick up an exploding firework and somehow escape unscathed

    Watch the Lakers' Nick Young pick up an exploding firework and somehow escape unscathed

    Nick Young did something really stupid over the holiday weekend. Luckily he lived to tell about it — and he can even gesture with both hands and all 10 fingers while relating the story if he wants. Check out this video TMZ obtained from what it says is a Fourth of July party at the Lakers’ shooting...

  • What's the word on the Lakers' top pick? 'Coachable'

    What's the word on the Lakers' top pick? 'Coachable'

    There’s plenty about Brandon Ingram that remains unknown, from whether his slender frame can withstand the increased physicality he will encounter in the NBA to how he will deal with being the focal point of a major market’s flagship sports franchise. Here’s what can be said: Ingram shouldn’t be...

  • Lakers introduce draft picks Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac

    Lakers introduce draft picks Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac

    Kobe Bryant’s nameplate has been removed from his locker at the Lakers’ training facility. In its place is one for Brandon Ingram. It’s symbolic, or something like that, as the second overall pick in last month’s draft takes the spot of the franchise player from all those years past. No pressure,...

  • Lakers great Jerry West is helping create a Warriors dynasty, and that hurts

    Lakers great Jerry West is helping create a Warriors dynasty, and that hurts

    The horrified reaction from Southland basketball fans to Monday’s announcement that Kevin Durant was joining the Golden State Warriors was not about his destination, but his transportation. He was supposedly talked into it by Jerry West? Are you kidding me? The greatest basketball mind in Lakers...

  • Kevin Durant opts for the Golden State Warriors in a free agency upset

    Kevin Durant opts for the Golden State Warriors in a free agency upset

    When Kevin Durant strode onto a stage to accept the NBA’s most valuable player award two years ago wearing a blue suit matching the Oklahoma City Thunder’s uniforms, he held his adopted city in a tight embrace and seemingly never wanted to let go. He thanked fans and detailed the contributions...

  • Lakers agree to sign Luol Deng to four-year, $72-million deal

    Lakers agree to sign Luol Deng to four-year, $72-million deal

    The Lakers made one of their last big free-agent deals of the off-season, adding another veteran Saturday by agreeing to a four-year, $72-million deal with former All-Star Luol Deng. Deng, 31, typically does a little bit of everything on the court and gives the Lakers someone to fill the small-forward...

  • Lakers keep Clarkson, with a $50-million deal

    Lakers keep Clarkson, with a $50-million deal

    The Lakers stayed connected with one of their own on the first full day of free agency, agreeing to terms with guard Jordan Clarkson on a four-year, $50-million deal early Friday. They liked the career arc of their 2014 second-round pick, privately touting his potential and work ethic, and planned...

  • The Lakers have the bucks, but they're more like the Bucks

    The Lakers have the bucks, but they're more like the Bucks

    The hope and anticipation that was inspired by the start of the free-agency period has already vanished, the last 24 hours serving as a sobering reality check for Lakers fans. The idea the Lakers could transform themselves into contenders overnight? Sorry, no. The theory their status as a destination...

  • Letters: Readers are stunned by Lakers' first free-agency move

    Letters: Readers are stunned by Lakers' first free-agency move

    Just off the top of my head, I can think of 64 million reasons why it is time for Jim Buss to step down from running the Lakers. Joe Nadeau Santa Clarita :: Mozgov? $64 million? You've got to be kidding. I looked it up and Mozgov means "Robert Sacre" in Russian. Looks like Mitch Kupchak has been...

  • Luke Walton's Lakers coaching staff has familiar faces

    Luke Walton's Lakers coaching staff has familiar faces

    Luke Walton’s coaching staff has a familiar ring to it. Brian Shaw and Mark Madsen were selected to be two of Walton’s three main assistant coaches, the Lakers announced Friday. They are each former players and assistants for the Lakers. Shaw worked on Phil Jackson’s staff and also won three championships...

  • Jordan Clarkson agrees to four-year deal to stay with Lakers

    Jordan Clarkson agrees to four-year deal to stay with Lakers

    The Lakers remained active in the free-agency period, keeping point guard Jordan Clarkson by agreeing to a four-year, $50-million deal early Friday morning. The Lakers like the career arc of the second-round pick from the 2014 draft, privately touting his potential and work ethic. Team officials...

  • Lakers begin free agency by agreeing to four-year deal with Timofey Mozgov

    Lakers begin free agency by agreeing to four-year deal with Timofey Mozgov

    The Lakers’ continual search for a big man led them to a backup center for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Still trying to find someone to replace Pau Gasol, the Lakers agreed to terms Thursday with Timofey Mozgov on a four-year, $64-million deal. The Lakers moved quickly, reaching agreement with Mozgov...

  • Lakers give qualifying offers to three players, including Jordan Clarkson

    Lakers give qualifying offers to three players, including Jordan Clarkson

    The Lakers made qualifying offers to three players Thursday, officially making them restricted free agents: guards Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas as well as center Tarik Black. Clarkson was the least surprising move among the three players, an easy decision for the Lakers after he became a...

  • Lakers need a home run, but they're way behind in the count

    Lakers need a home run, but they're way behind in the count

    The Lakers are beginning the NBA’s free agency period Friday in a legendary slump. Over the last three seasons, they are hitless in seven serious pursuits of serious players, from Carmelo Anthony to Dwight Howard to LaMarcus Aldridge. The Lakers are beginning the NBA’s free agency period down two...

  • Here's who the Lakers might be looking to pick up (Hint: Kevin Durant is not on the list)

    Here's who the Lakers might be looking to pick up (Hint: Kevin Durant is not on the list)

    There are quite a few holes to fill on the Lakers’ roster. They currently have no centers and only one small forward with legitimate NBA experience — the embattled Nick Young. Lucky for them, they get to go shopping. And they have a lot of money at their disposal when free agency begins Thursday...

  • Bill Plaschke: I regret marginalizing Pat Summitt's greatness

    Bill Plaschke: I regret marginalizing Pat Summitt's greatness

    It was a battle of unbeatens, the Sparks hosting the Minnesota Lynx, one of the biggest regular-season games in WNBA history, the story of the season. Sadly, for me, it wasn’t even the story of the day. Last week I planned to visit Staples Center to write about what could have been a very nice...

  • Clippers land pitch meeting with superstar free agent Kevin Durant

    Clippers land pitch meeting with superstar free agent Kevin Durant

    A Los Angeles team has landed a pitch meeting with Kevin Durant, but it’s not the one that desperately needs help and is flush with financial resources. The Clippers, not the Lakers, are among the handful of teams that will get a chance to try and lure the summer’s top NBA free agent, according...

  • Lakers draft Brandon Ingram and start the post-Kobe Bryant era

    Lakers draft Brandon Ingram and start the post-Kobe Bryant era

    As easily as the Lakers said hello to Brandon Ingram, a final goodbye was given to Kobe Bryant. The draft came and went, sweeping in two new teenagers for the Lakers, neither of whom were born when Bryant was plucked out of high school in 1996. The page turns quickly, time waits for no one, and...

  • Letters: Best NBA team has the worst finish

    I’d like to congratulate the Chicago Bulls for continuing to be the best team ever. I’d like to congratulate the Golden State Warriors for being the best team ever to not win the NBA Championship. Loren Coleman West Hollywood :: 13 points? Really? That’s all the “best team ever” could muster in...

  • New Lakers Coach Luke Walton says, 'We're going to compete'

    New Lakers Coach Luke Walton says, 'We're going to compete'

    The daunting task of trying to turn around the once proud Lakers franchise is not something that frightens Luke Walton. Instead, Walton said he has embraced the immense challenge that lies ahead for him as the new coach of the Lakers. This is the franchise that drafted Walton in 2003 and    with...

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