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Lonzo Ball says he'll be ready for opener on Thursday

As Lonzo Ball backed toward a crowd of reporters waiting to speak with him, he tossed a few words of friendly trash talk toward Kyle Kuzma. The two rookies had just finished their near-daily half-court shooting competition and this time Ball had won. “Redemption,” Ball said. After a practice last...

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  • Lonzo Ball returns to practice for his most extensive workout since spraining his left ankle

    Lonzo Ball returns to practice for his most extensive workout since spraining his left ankle

    When the injury first happened, Lonzo Ball assumed his sprained left ankle was no big deal. But on Oct. 3, he awoke to swelling that told him otherwise. “It got fat and that is what set me back a little bit,” Ball said. Ball is questionable for the Lakers’ preseason finale against the Clippers...

  • Lakers fan? Here's something you'll want to sign up for

    Lakers fan? Here's something you'll want to sign up for

    Do you need more information on the Lakers? We’ve got the answer for you. Starting Oct. 19, the season opener for the Lakers, The Times will be producing a free email newsletter on the purple and gold that will be sent to your inbox approximately twice a week. The newsletter, written by Times Lakers...

  • Lakers looking to improve what has been a dreadful defense

    Lakers looking to improve what has been a dreadful defense

    Kyle Kuzma was going to have to guard Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson on Tuesday night, a man entering his 16th season in the NBA, who’d earned the nickname “Iso Joe” for his tendency to gravitate toward isolation plays. What started as a pejorative nickname is now a compliment, and Johnson would...

  • Kings will honor former broadcaster Bob Miller with a statue outside Staples Center

    Kings will honor former broadcaster Bob Miller with a statue outside Staples Center

    Hall of Fame former Kings broadcaster Bob Miller will be the latest local icon to have a statue outside Staples Center. The statue will be unveiled before a Jan.13 game against the Ducks, the Kings announced Wednesday. Miller will be the third person from the Kings to have a statue in the plaza...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 105-99 loss to the Utah Jazz

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 105-99 loss to the Utah Jazz

    The Lakers went toe to toe with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night in a game that shined a light on some positives and a few negatives in individual performances. Here are five takeaways from Tuesday’s game. 1. Brandon Ingram’s mental state has been the subject of discussion. He hadn’t been shooting...

  • Bruins bopping to a new beat in UCLA's $35-million basketball center

    Bruins bopping to a new beat in UCLA's $35-million basketball center

    UCLA is now the grooviest team in the Pac-12 Conference. From the basketball courts to the locker rooms to the players lounge to the training room inside the new $35-million Mo Ostin Basketball Center, the Bruins are bopping to a variety of beats. “It’s like you’re in a studio,” UCLA coach Steve...

  • Lakers want Brandon Ingram to have fun and enjoy his time as a young player

    Lakers want Brandon Ingram to have fun and enjoy his time as a young player

    On Sunday night in Las Vegas, Magic Johnson, a man with great expectations for Brandon Ingram, made an observation to the second-year forward. He hadn’t seen Ingram have fun yet this preseason. And he wasn’t alone in feeling that way. “I think [Lakers coach Luke Walton] and Magic have been trying...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 75-69 win over the Sacramento Kings

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 75-69 win over the Sacramento Kings

    The most important thing the Lakers did on Sunday night was not win a game or finally play decent defense. The most important thing they did was throw their arms around a family who lost a son last weekend in the shooting across the street from Mandalay Bay. Especially impressive was Lakers coach...

  • Lakers try to help ease Vegas’ pain

    Lakers try to help ease Vegas’ pain

    As far as his parents can remember, little 12-year-old Quade Robbins hadn’t smiled since the day his brother fell victim to the horror that gashed this city on Oct. 1. But when the head coach of his favorite team put his arm around him, his lips parted, his face glowed and for a few moments he...

  • Lonzo Ball will miss Sunday's game — and possibly the rest of the preseason

    Lonzo Ball will miss Sunday's game — and possibly the rest of the preseason

    Lonzo Ball will miss his second preseason game on Sunday night in Las Vegas, and it’s possible he won’t play again until the regular season. Ball suffered an ankle injury on Monday against the Denver Nuggets. He returned to the game after the injury, but hasn’t played since that game. The Lakers...

  • Lakers' Lonzo Ball limited in practice because of sprained ankle

    Lakers' Lonzo Ball limited in practice because of sprained ankle

    Lonzo Ball walked over to a cluster of reporters, gingerly. His left ankle was covered in black medical tape with blue wires emerging from it from the treatment he received toward the end of Friday’s practice. As scheduled, Ball was limited in Friday’s practice because of a sprained left ankle....

  • Lakers' Julius Randle has transformed his body and he hopes his game

    Lakers' Julius Randle has transformed his body and he hopes his game

    Julius Randle gave up the ball, then took a bounce pass from Luol Deng as he rolled toward the basket. He paused in the paint for just as long as it took for him to jump above Nuggets center Mason Plumlee and deliver a thunderous dunk over the near seven-footer. It was a rare highlight Wednesday...

  • Reaching World Series is a must for Dodgers — and so is winning it

    Reaching World Series is a must for Dodgers — and so is winning it

    Sorry, I must have missed the memo. When did finishing second suddenly become acceptable in Los Angeles? What are we, Tampa Bay? Bill Plaschke is right — to a point. The Dodgers have no excuse to not reach the World Series this year. Only I’ll take a step further: They have to win it. I wouldn’t...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 122-104 loss to the Denver Nuggets

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 122-104 loss to the Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers are now 0-3 in the preseason after their yearly trip to Ontario, where they faced the Denver Nuggets without their last two top draft picks, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. Halfway through their preseason schedule, the Lakers are still a long way from where they want to be. This is a...

  • Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball held out of exhibition game because of a mild ankle sprain

    Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball held out of exhibition game because of a mild ankle sprain

    Lonzo Ball rode the bus from El Segundo to Ontario with his teammates Wednesday afternoon, sharing the drive that took more than two hours, into his turf. Ontario, where the Lakers faced the Nuggets in their third preseason game, is only a 20-minute drive from Chino Hills, where Ball was raised....

  • Lonzo Ball sits out practice because of a mild left ankle sprain

    Lonzo Ball sits out practice because of a mild left ankle sprain

    Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball sat out Tuesday’s Lakers practice while getting treatment on his left ankle, on which he suffered a mild sprain Monday night. “I don’t think Lonzo’s [injury] is anything too serious, but since it’s preseason we gave him the day off to make sure his ankle’s right and...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets

    Let’s get the main thing out of the way first: Lonzo Ball should be fine, but he planned to see how he felt Tuesday morning after a mild left ankle sprain Monday night. Ball said he’ll be fine. He also said the reason he re-entered the game in the second half is that he believes that kind of injury...

  • Lakers rookie who’s turning heads is Kyle Kuzma

    Lakers rookie who’s turning heads is Kyle Kuzma

    Early in the first quarter, a handful of fans chanted Kyle Kuzma’s name to a beat. Amused Lakers teammates Larry Nance Jr. and Andrew Bogut grinned on the bench and began dancing to it, teasing the rookie. When Kuzma checked into the game and made his first three-point attempt, a chorus of “Kuuuuuuz”...

  • Lakers will be in touch with Las Vegas police in advance of Sunday game there

    Lakers will be in touch with Las Vegas police in advance of Sunday game there

    As of now there are no changes to the Lakers’ plans to play in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The organization will be in touch with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department today to discuss security concerns in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. A gunman fired shots from...

  • Andrew Bogut shares bond with new Lakers teammate

    Andrew Bogut shares bond with new Lakers teammate

    Sometimes Andrew Bogut might mix up his sentence structure or use the wrong pronoun when he speaks Croatian. He gets his point across, but it’s not his primary language. He grew up in Australia learning it informally, the way the children of immigrants often learn their parents’ vernacular. Ivica...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 108-99 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 108-99 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves

    The day before the Lakers played the Timberwolves at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Lakers Coach Luke Walton was asked about the end of the Lakers’ four-day training camp. He chuckled dismissively and said this is not really the end of the Lakers training camp. They aren’t anywhere near finished...

  • 'Welcome to the Ball era': Lakers lose preseason opener, but that doesn't matter

    'Welcome to the Ball era': Lakers lose preseason opener, but that doesn't matter

    After a summer filled with drama, basketball served as a unifier for the Los Angeles Lakers organization. Lonzo Ball’s preseason debut, specifically. On Saturday night at the Honda Center, there was controlling owner Jeanie Buss, in a section across from the Lakers bench, making a rare preseason...

  • Lou Williams steps in as Clippers' new sixth man

    It would not be a stretch to say the most seamless change during a sea of changes the Clippers made during the offseason was in the sixth-man role. Lou Williams has carved out a successful 12-year NBA career being one of the best sixth men in the league. It’s a good thing for the Clippers that...

  • Frank Hamblen, longtime Lakers and Phil Jackson assistant, dies at 70

    Frank Hamblen, longtime Lakers and Phil Jackson assistant, dies at 70

    Lakers coach Luke Walton smiled as he remembered former Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen before the Lakers began their preseason schedule. “Frank would be pissed off at me for even talking about him right now because that’s who Frank is,” said Walton, who was drafted by the Lakers in 2003 and...

  • Luol Deng eager to help young players, worry less about his role

    Luol Deng eager to help young players, worry less about his role

    When Lakers coach Luke Walton sees Luol Deng interact with the team’s young players, he sees a change from last season. He seems to be more vocal and engaged. That is by design. “This year I’m just working on my game, be the best I can be, but also be a mentor, just be there for these young guys,”...

  • Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball shines on the first night of Lakers scrimmages

    Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball shines on the first night of Lakers scrimmages

    There might come a point when Lonzo Ball’s teammates and coaches don’t marvel at what he can do, when his talent just becomes a normal part of their days. It hasn’t happened yet. On Wednesday night, the Lakers got to see Ball run an offense in five-on-five scrimmages for the first time in training...

  • Lakers' Brandon Ingram is stronger, louder and more comfortable

    Lakers' Brandon Ingram is stronger, louder and more comfortable

    Sometimes Brandon Ingram would sneak into the gym this summer, even when his coaches wanted their players to rest. He knew he had work to do and Ingram dedicated himself to it all summer long. What resulted was a player who changed dramatically from the shy, rail-thin 19-year-old whom the Lakers...

  • Lakers have agreed to one-year deal with Andrew Bogut

    Lakers have agreed to one-year deal with Andrew Bogut

    The Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal with Andrew Bogut, according to people familiar with the deal who were not authorized to speak publicly. Bogut is very familiar with Lakers coach Luke Walton’s system, having played for the Golden State Warriors from 2012 to 2016. Walton was an assistant...

  • Lakers plan to retire both numbers, 8 and 24, that Kobe Bryant wore during his career

    Lakers plan to retire both numbers, 8 and 24, that Kobe Bryant wore during his career

    Two seasons removed from his celebrated retirement, Kobe Bryant will have his jersey retired by the Lakers this fall. The Lakers said Tuesday they would retire both of the numbers Bryant wore as a Laker. He wore No. 8 when his career began, then switched to No. 24 at the start of the 2006-07 season....

  • Magic Johnson asked Jeanie Buss to take the tampering fine out of his salary

    Magic Johnson asked Jeanie Buss to take the tampering fine out of his salary

    Since the Lakers were hit with a $500,000 fine for tampering with Paul George, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson says he has given the matter little thought except for one thing: He doesn’t want his close friend and boss, Jeanie Buss, to bear the burden of the fine. “We can’t say...

  • Former Laker Michael Cooper fired by WNBA's Atlanta Dream

    Former Laker Michael Cooper fired by WNBA's Atlanta Dream

    The Atlanta Dream fired coach Michael Cooper on Tuesday after plummeting to their worst season since 2008. The WNBA team said it “decided to part ways” with Cooper, the former Los Angeles Lakers star who guided the team the last four years. With leading scorer Angel McCoughtry deciding to sit out...

  • Magic Johnson works with Stevie Wonder, West Angeles Church for Harvey relief

    Magic Johnson works with Stevie Wonder, West Angeles Church for Harvey relief

    As often happens, people stopped Magic Johnson every few feet as he made his way through the facility he toured Monday morning. These folks were more than fans, though. They were volunteers in a hangar near West Angeles Church, pausing while separating donation items as part of a drive to help...

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