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Several Lakers will get to guard Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns

Lakers Coach Luke Walton looked over to Julius Randle, lined up at the Target Center, ready to do some extra shooting after practice. “Julius, you want us to put Zu on Towns tomorrow?” Walton said, teasing the Lakers power forward about having rookie center Ivica Zubac take the defensive assignment...

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  • Lakers one step closer to the NBA draft's top pick

    Lakers one step closer to the NBA draft's top pick

    With this loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers fell to 21-52, half a game worse than the Phoenix Suns. The team with the worst record in the NBA will have a 64.1% chance of having a lottery pick in the top three. The team with the second-worst record will have a 55.7% chance and the team...

  • Trail Blazers go deep to defeat Lakers and sweep season series

    Trail Blazers go deep to defeat Lakers and sweep season series

    When less than five minutes remained in the third quarter Sunday night, the Portland Trail Blazers began to drown the Lakers in three-pointers. Suddenly an eight-point lead became 21 points, and the Lakers never recovered. Portland beat them, 97-81, at Staples Center to sweep the four-game season...

  • Jordan Clarkson's extra shooting practice pays off with career highs against Timberwolves

    Jordan Clarkson's extra shooting practice pays off with career highs against Timberwolves

    While Jordan Clarkson was in the middle of a one-for-nine shooting performance Tuesday against the Clippers, he wandered by the bench and told his coach his shot was broken. For the next two days, Clarkson spent extra time shooting, trying to fix it. That paid off Friday during the Lakers 130-119...

  • Lakers dominate in overtime to defeat the Timberwolves, 130-119

    Lakers dominate in overtime to defeat the Timberwolves, 130-119

    On a day the franchise celebrated one of the greatest players in its history, the Lakers’ current players looked tired of losing. They beat Minnesota, 130-119, in overtime Friday night at Staples Center, handing the Timberwolves their fifth loss in a row. Jordan Clarkson set career highs in points...

  • NBA: Suns' Devin Booker scores 70 points in loss to Celtics

    NBA: Suns' Devin Booker scores 70 points in loss to Celtics

    Devin Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns, 130-120, on Friday night at Boston. Booker, a second-year guard, joined Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson,...

  • Kobe and Shaq team up again at O'Neal's statue unveiling

    Kobe and Shaq team up again at O'Neal's statue unveiling

    The two of them sat next to each other on stage. They laughed, they joked, they acknowledged each other’s place in the franchise’s lore. As they did it, a fraught chapter in Lakers history closed. “Brother, thank you,” Shaquille O’Neal said to Kobe Bryant, standing on a stage at Star Plaza in front...

  • Letters: Will Steve Alford take, er, leave his Balls and go home?

    Letters: Will Steve Alford take, er, leave his Balls and go home?

    Did you hear the story of the extremely successful Los Angeles basketball coach who coached an extremely talented 6-6 point guard , the top point guard in the entire country? Who then surprisingly resigned so he could be closer to his home? Or maybe he resigned because he could not cope with the...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' dominant 133-109 win over the Lakers

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' dominant 133-109 win over the Lakers

    The Clippers took care of business at Staples Center on Tuesday, doing what they needed to do to beat their in-building rival. Here are five takeaways from the Clippers’ 133-109 win over the Lakers: 1. It seems like every game, Chris Paul is taking and making more three-pointers. Paul attempted...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 133-109 loss to the Clippers

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 133-109 loss to the Clippers

    The Clippers and Lakers are in vastly different places and began Tuesday night's game with very different goals. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers’ 133-109 loss to the Clippers. 1. Jordan Clarkson had probably his toughest outing since he began starting at point guard. He shot one for nine...

  • Clippers take advantage of Lakers' bad start and never look back in 133-109 win

    Clippers take advantage of Lakers' bad start and never look back in 133-109 win

    Fans received twinkling purple necklaces as they entered Staples Center for Tuesday night’s Lakers home game against the Clippers. The lights kept blinking, but the other team in town quickly sapped the rest of the energy out of the building. The Clippers beat the Lakers, 133-109, tying a season...

  • Lakers sign David Nwaba for the rest of the season

    Lakers sign David Nwaba for the rest of the season

    David Nwaba will be with the Lakers for at least the rest of the season. After two 10-day contracts, the Lakers signed Nwaba through this campaign and have a team option to retain him for another year. “We have been impressed by David’s focus and determination, especially on defense,” Lakers General...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' 114-105 victory over the New York Knicks

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' 114-105 victory over the New York Knicks

    The Clippers have won 10 straight over the New York Knicks dating back to Feb. 10, 2013, their longest active win streak against an opponent and their longest win streak against New York in team history. Here are five things we learned from their 114-105 victory over the Knicks at Staples Center...

  • Clippers and Lakers face off again on Tuesday

    Clippers and Lakers face off again on Tuesday

    Clippers-Lakers tonight When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. PDT. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet, Prime Ticket; Radio: 570, 710, 1330. Records: Clippers 42-29, Lakers 20-50. Season series: 1-1. Update: The Clippers have won two in a row after defeating the New York Knicks on Monday...

  • Los Angeles Lakers like what they see with D'Angelo Russell at shooting guard

    Los Angeles Lakers like what they see with D'Angelo Russell at shooting guard

    The lineup the Lakers tried Sunday night is one they’ll continue to use until further notice. It’s the one with D’Angelo Russell starting at shooting guard and Jordan Clarkson at the point. “We’re still trying to evaluate and see some things,” Coach Luke Walton said. “With the starting group,...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 125-120 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 125-120 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers

    In both of their games this season, the Lakers played the Cavaliers close and gave the kind of effort that makes Lakers Coach Luke Walton happy. We saw another example of that on Sunday at Staples Center. The Lakers led for most of the game but couldn't quite pull it off. In the end, that might...

  • D'Angelo Russell notches career high in Lakers' 125-120 loss to Cavaliers

    D'Angelo Russell notches career high in Lakers' 125-120 loss to Cavaliers

    D’Angelo Russell caught everyone’s attention, including the superstar guard on the other bench. After the Lakers’ 125-120 loss to Cleveland, a game in which both Russell and Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving eclipsed 40 points, Irving sought Russell. “He said he supported me,” Russell said. “He knows I...

  • Nick Young, D'Angelo Russell and Greg Monroe fined for Lakers-Bucks altercation Friday

    Nick Young, D'Angelo Russell and Greg Monroe fined for Lakers-Bucks altercation Friday

    Lakers guards Nick Young and D’Angelo Russell and Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe were fined for their roles in an altercation during Friday’s game. Monroe, who grabbed Young by the neck and slapped Lakers forward Brandon Ingram in the face, was assessed the heaviest fine: $35,000. Young began...

  • Magic Johnson won't shy away from activism now that he's the Lakers' president

    Magic Johnson won't shy away from activism now that he's the Lakers' president

    Magic Johnson stood holding a microphone, with a row of stained glass windows to his right. His voice rose and the energy amid the wooden pews grew electric. “In front of all you guys,” Johnson said, 10 hours after he watched the Lakers fall to the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center, “we’re going...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 107-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 107-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks

    The big stories from Friday night’s game were the dust-up that got Nick Young, D’Angelo Russell and Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe ejected following a hard foul by Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, along with Lakers Coach Luke Walton’s postgame comments about how that incident was officiated. They overshadowed...

  • Tempers flare, ejections follow in Lakers' 107-103 loss to the Bucks

    Tempers flare, ejections follow in Lakers' 107-103 loss to the Bucks

    It started as what appeared to be a routine play with 36 seconds left in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 107-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon tried to block a shot by Lakers guard Nick Young as he attempted a layup. Brogdon swiped the side of Young’s head in the process...

  • Lakers urge D'Angelo Russell to be more aggressive

    Lakers urge D'Angelo Russell to be more aggressive

    In the past two days, Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell has heard from Luke Walton, Brian Shaw, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. All of them had a similar message. “Be aggressive no matter what my role is,” Russell said. “Be aggressive. I think I was. I just wasn’t, I guess my mentality wasn’t...

  • Buss brothers agree to new board of directors for Lakers, with Jeanie Buss on it

    Buss brothers agree to new board of directors for Lakers, with Jeanie Buss on it

    The struggle between Jeanie Buss and her brothers, Jim and Johnny, for control of the Lakers has moved toward resolution. The brothers signed a two-page consent agreement earlier this week to waive the team’s annual shareholders meeting and elect their sister and four others to the board of directors,...

  • Letters: Plenty of Madness to go around

    Letters: Plenty of Madness to go around

    My wife attended the University of Arizona. So you can imagine my disappointment upon reading expert prognosticator Bill “It Just Feels Right to Pick the Falcons to Win the Super Bowl” Plaschke's choice of U of A to win the NCAA tournament. Too bad, Wildcats, there's always next year. Konrad Moore...

  • Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka spend time with Lakers players

    Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka spend time with Lakers players

    As soon as he finished addressing the media after Thursday’s practice in El Segundo, Lakers Coach Luke Walton strolled over to the side of the court where Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jordan Clarkson had gathered. “Earv!” Walton said, greeting the Lakers president of basketball operations. Johnson...

  • Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka meet individually with players after Lakers practice

    Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka meet individually with players after Lakers practice

    As soon as he finished addressing the media after Thursday’s practice in El Segundo, Luke Walton strolled over to the side of the court where Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jordan Clarkson had gathered. “Earv!” Walton said, greeting the Lakers president of basketball operations. Johnson and Pelinka...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 139-100 loss to the Houston Rockets

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 139-100 loss to the Houston Rockets

    The Lakers’ season-opening win over the Houston Rockets is but a distant memory. More clearly, they recall consecutive 39-point losses in Houston. Lakers Coach Luke Walton offered a familiar refrain after this one. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers’ 139-100 loss to the Rockets. 1. Walton...

  • Houston's Lou Williams has a big game against the Lakers, but he isn't gloating

    Houston's Lou Williams has a big game against the Lakers, but he isn't gloating

    Lou Williams had hit a bit of a slump. In the six games before Wednesday night, he made only seven of 30 shots. Then he faced the Lakers and broke it. He made seven shots in a row before he missed, and finished with 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting, making seven three-pointers in the Houston Rockets’...

  • Lakers suffer through another nightmare loss in Houston

    Lakers suffer through another nightmare loss in Houston

    In this building, Corey Brewer isn’t used to being on this side of things. Like watching the other team thump their chests, scream into the crowd and bury you with easy buckets — that side of things. Until three weeks ago Brewer was part of the Houston Rockets, inflicting these types of games on...

  • Luke Walton considering starting D'Angelo Russell at shooting guard

    Luke Walton considering starting D'Angelo Russell at shooting guard

    D’Angelo Russell might start at shooting guard Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets. That starting spot is the only one that might change from Monday night's lineup. Jordan Clarkson will start at point guard again, Ivica Zubac at center, Brandon Ingram at small forward and Julius Randle...

  • Ivica Zubac finds himself in the (teen) Lakers' record book

    Ivica Zubac finds himself in the (teen) Lakers' record book

    On an otherwise dreary Monday night for the Lakers, hope came from their 19-year-old center. Ivica Zubac scored a career high 25 points and added 11 rebounds, becoming the first teenager in Lakers franchise history with at least 25 points and at least 10 rebounds in a game, according to the Elias...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers 129-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets

    Five takeaways from the Lakers 129-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets

    After a 129-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets, Lakers Coach Luke Walton took a little extra time to come out from the post-game locker room for his availability on Monday night. He said he was a little baffled by the lack of effort he saw from his team on the court, and declared the post-game message...

  • Luke Walton starts Jordan Clarkson over D'Angelo Russell in Lakers' loss

    Luke Walton starts Jordan Clarkson over D'Angelo Russell in Lakers' loss

    His teammates were gone and D’Angelo Russell had just wrapped up a postgame television interview in the visiting locker room at the Pepsi Center. He picked up a folded-up sheet with the final box score from the Lakers’ 129-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He read the numbers, disappointed. “Negative...

  • Lakers' Jordan Clarkson gets props from Luke Walton

    Lakers' Jordan Clarkson gets props from Luke Walton

    The Jordan Clarkson-D’Angelo Russell backcourt was a regularity for the Lakers last season, and Russell is interested in seeing how it might look this season. With a twist. “If I got the opportunity to play with him now I would rather him have the ball in his hands and me play off the ball,” Russell...

  • Lakers GM Rob Pelinka meets with team, plans to meet players individually

    Lakers GM Rob Pelinka meets with team, plans to meet players individually

    Rob Pelinka addressed the Lakers before their game Sunday. It was the first time the Lakers new general manager had met with the team as a whole since being named the team's 13th general manager on March 7. He also said he and Magic Johnson . “For Earvin [Magic Johnson], Luke and I, we see our...

  • Lakers' rally falls short in 118-116 loss to 76ers

    Lakers' rally falls short in 118-116 loss to 76ers

    The history between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Lakers is some of the richest in the NBA’s history. Since 1980, they’ve met in the NBA Finals four times. Earvin Johnson really became “Magic” when he took the court as a starting center. Julius Erving and Moses Malone validated Hall of Fame careers...

  • Nick Young among veterans seeing court time trimmed to give newer players a chance

    Nick Young among veterans seeing court time trimmed to give newer players a chance

    Nick Young had laced up his shoes and started his walk out of the Lakers’ locker room Sunday evening, lamenting a chance that might’ve passed. “I had like 169,” he said, mildly inflating the 166 3-point shots he’s made this season. But this wasn’t boasting. Young, who earlier Sunday wanted to know...

  • Lakers Coach Luke Walton ready to work closely with new GM Rob Pelinka

    Lakers Coach Luke Walton ready to work closely with new GM Rob Pelinka

    To start the process of synergy between departments, Lakers Coach Luke Walton and General Manager Rob Pelinka spent two hours talking before Friday’s news conference to introduce Pelinka. “The one thing I’ve seen with the great organizations that have had success recently [is] that the coach, general...

  • Rob Pelinka vows to make the Lakers the 'greatest sports franchise in the world'

    Rob Pelinka vows to make the Lakers the 'greatest sports franchise in the world'

    As he embarked on a new chapter in his life, one aimed at reversing the fortunes of a proud Lakers franchise, new General Manager Rob Pelinka thought back a decade to another time he had a hand in changing its fate. It was May 2007. The Lakers were amid a rebuilding project much less stark than...

  • Letters: Father-son story has some worried about how it will end

    Letters: Father-son story has some worried about how it will end

    Gosh, does Bill Plaschke’s column on Mark and Aiden Cullen [”The pride and the pain,” March 9] sound like a screenplay waiting to happen? Screenwriter father cruelly exploits son to compensate for his failures as an athlete. Son breaks down physically, father realizes he’s been a schmuck. Cue swelling...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 122-110 win over the Phoenix Suns

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 122-110 win over the Phoenix Suns

    After eight straight losses, the Lakers finally had enough. They were more focused during shootaround that morning, and Lakers Coach Luke Walton was pleased to see that translate into their game and a 122-110 win over the Phoenix Suns. D’Angelo Russell was really strong. Here are five takeaways...

  • Lakers end eight-game losing streak with victory over Suns, 122-110

    Lakers end eight-game losing streak with victory over Suns, 122-110

    During the Lakers’ 122-110 win over the Phoenix Suns, one Lakers fan sitting in the first row of seats at Talking Stick Resort Arena vocalized the complicated emotion felt by many like him these days. “I’m fine with winning this game so long as we lose the rest of them,” said Jonathan Ajimine,...

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