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Kobe Bryant says Lonzo Ball will 'figure it out'

The night before the NBA draft, Lonzo Ball considered what he would ask Kobe Bryant if the Lakers legend was standing right in front of him. Ball cocked his head and thought for a few seconds. “What was the hardest thing you had to deal with your first year?" Ball said. "I'd ask him that.” In the...

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  • Letters: Balls say bye-bye to the Bruins

    Letters: Balls say bye-bye to the Bruins

    Under the expert tutelage of their star-maker father, I cannot wait to see LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball when they turn pro. Hopefully they will remember to hold the onions on my Big Mac. Mike Gamboa Buena Park :: Now that LiAngelo Ball has been pulled out of UCLA by his shy and demure father LaVar...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 107-104 win over the 76ers

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 107-104 win over the 76ers

    Often when NBA players face their friends, the drive to win intensifies. That might have been one of Julius Randle’s motivations Thursday night against Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid. Randle hated the way he played against Embiid the first time the Lakers faced the 76ers. His defense was part...

  • For second time in months, big-city disaster affects Lakers' Corey Brewer

    For second time in months, big-city disaster affects Lakers' Corey Brewer

    Twice now, disaster hitting two of America’s biggest cities touched Corey Brewer’s life. In August, when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and caused historic flooding and nearly $200 billion in damage, the water crept up to the edge of Brewer’s home before it receded. On Wednesday, when wildfires ripped...

  • Lakers defeat 76ers on Ingram's shot to end a five-game losing streak

    Lakers defeat 76ers on Ingram's shot to end a five-game losing streak

    Lonzo Ball thought about taking the shot, and Brandon Ingram thought he was going to take it. But in the split second Ball had to make the decision, he remembered how much time remained in the game and that his coach told him moments before that the Lakers wanted the last shot. So with the score...

  • LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball hire an agent, could play together overseas

    LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball hire an agent, could play together overseas

    What has been presumed for months is official now. LaMelo Ball will officially not follow his brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo to UCLA. LaMelo and LiAngelo hired agent Harrison Gaines, officially ending their NCAA eligibility. Gaines also represents Lonzo, the Lakers point guard. The family is looking...

  • Lakers trying to cut down on turnovers

    Lakers trying to cut down on turnovers

    Here’s what it has come to for the Lakers and their turnover problems: They are now doing drills so basic it reminds some players of their high school practices. And still they can’t solve it. “If I had the magic wand that’d be the one thing I would fix that would give us the best chance of getting...

  • LiAngelo Ball leaving UCLA is the best news Bruins could have gotten

    LiAngelo Ball leaving UCLA is the best news Bruins could have gotten

    After spending several weeks uncomfortably marinating in international embarrassment, the UCLA basketball team has finally received some good news. The Bruins are getting out of the Ball business. In an interview with The Times on Monday, LaVar Ball confirmed that he is pulling middle son LiAngelo...

  • Brandon Ingram is transforming before the Lakers' eyes

    Brandon Ingram is transforming before the Lakers' eyes

    After the Lakers lost Sunday to the Houston Rockets, Brandon Ingram caught himself as he spoke about the Lakers’ young players as if he wasn’t one. “All we can do is give advice to the young guys,” Ingram, 20, said. “Of course I’m a young guy too, but give it to the rookies.” That was another part...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 118-95 loss to the Rockets

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 118-95 loss to the Rockets

    The Lakers are in the midst of another losing streak, and this one has included several close calls. Those close calls have given Lakers Coach Luke Walton some cause for optimism. Sunday’s game wasn’t a close call, but it also wasn’t a game in which the Lakers never had a chance. They cut the Rockets’...

  • Lakers no match for conference-leading Rockets

    Lakers no match for conference-leading Rockets

    Those Lakers who were with the team last season know the burn of an unkind December. Last December started a lot like this one has, with losses Dec. 2 and 3. This one has the potential to be as difficult as the last one. “Everyone that’s with us knew this was going to be a testing time of the season,”...

  • Lonzo Ball hindered by tight calves against Houston Rockets

    Lonzo Ball hindered by tight calves against Houston Rockets

    That Lonzo Ball would play Sunday against the Houston Rockets wasn’t certain until just before the game. Ball had experienced tightness in both of his calf muscles on Saturday night. His left calf tightened up before the game and his right calf tightened up during the game. Ball went through the...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 115-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 115-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets

    There is little point in sugar-coating Saturday night's Lakers loss in Denver. One should consider that Denver is a difficult place to play, but the Nuggets were down three big men and the Lakers had a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers’ 115-100 loss...

  • Brook Lopez settles into role with Lakers

    Brook Lopez settles into role with Lakers

    For the first time in five games, Lakers center Brook Lopez scored in double figures Saturday. He did it mostly in a first half during which the Lakers were strong inside against the ailing Denver Nuggets. Lopez has been in a bit of a slump lately, as he adjusts to a role with the Lakers that doesn’t...

  • Lakers run out of breath in 115-100 loss to the Nuggets

    Lakers run out of breath in 115-100 loss to the Nuggets

    For a time the Lakers looked ready to win in a difficult building, to finish a game with as much intensity as they started. But the Denver Nuggets rarely lose at home and they became suddenly unstoppable for three minutes 57 seconds on Saturday night. Missing three starting frontcourt players because...

  • G League gains importance in 'NBA family'

    G League gains importance in 'NBA family'

    Every NBA referee hired in the past 15 years came through the G League, formerly known as the D League. Three NBA head coaches (four to start the season) and 29 NBA assistant coaches came through a G League coaching staff. Many NBA basketball and business operations employees came through the G...

  • Lakers' Kyle Kuzma named rookie of the month, and he might play Saturday

    Lakers' Kyle Kuzma named rookie of the month, and he might play Saturday

    Brian Shaw followed Kyle Kuzma around the court, calling him “short dog” every time he shot the ball. “I kept missing short,” Kuzma said. “Just kept missing short every time he said it. Stressing me out.” In a post-practice three-point shooting competition Friday, Kuzma and Lonzo Ball faced Shaw,...

  • A studious Lonzo Ball is learning to be more assertive

    A studious Lonzo Ball is learning to be more assertive

    After almost every game he plays, Lonzo Ball puts himself through it one more time. He and his manager, Darren Moore, watch the games again to see what could have gone better. “It’s just me and my man D-Mo,” Ball said. “We definitely break it down, us two. We talk about it, see what we could’ve...

  • Lonzo Ball's offensive game isn't just a passing fancy

    Lonzo Ball's offensive game isn't just a passing fancy

    The first time it happened, it was the final seconds of the first half, the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball grabbed the ball near the three-point line, and the Staples Center crowd screamed. “Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!’’ He didn’t shoot. It was as if he couldn’t bring himself to shoot. He passed, and the Lakers never...

  • Lakers fight to the finish before falling in overtime to the Warriors

    Lakers fight to the finish before falling in overtime to the Warriors

    Those who were surprised by Wednesday night’s game between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors, by how tough the Lakers played their big brothers up north, did not heed history. The Lakers lost to the most talented team in the NBA 127-123 in overtime. Since Steve Kerr became the Warriors coach...

  • Kyle Kuzma doesn't play against Warriors because of back spasms

    Kyle Kuzma doesn't play against Warriors because of back spasms

    Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma missed Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors because of back spasms. Kuzma participated in the shootaround, but his back tightened up toward the end of pregame warmups, the Lakers said. The Lakers planned to re-evaluate him Thursday morning and see...

  • Blake Griffin injury leaves Clippers with one option — trade and tank

    Blake Griffin injury leaves Clippers with one option — trade and tank

    The expletive was loud enough to be heard from press row behind the Clippers’ basket, a shriek coated in futility and resonating with pain. The Clipper Curse was appropriately accompanied by a Clippers’ curse. “(Bleep!)’’ shouted Blake Griffin. Bleep, indeed. When Griffin hit the floor after a...

  • UCLA coach Steve Alford defends Lakers' Lonzo Ball against criticism

    UCLA coach Steve Alford defends Lakers' Lonzo Ball against criticism

    Among those attending Monday night’s game between the Lakers and the Clippers was UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford. Alford has heard the criticism his former point guard Lonzo Ball has received early in his first NBA season, especially about his jump shot. Alford doesn’t think it’s totally...

  • Clippers' Blake Griffin will miss two months with knee injury

    Clippers' Blake Griffin will miss two months with knee injury

    Clippers forward Blake Griffin sprained the medial collateral ligament injury of his left knee, the team announced Tuesday, and his timetable to return can be up to eight weeks with this type of injury. Griffin, who was injured in the fourth quarter during the Clippers’ win over the Lakers at Staples...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 120-115 loss to the Clippers

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 120-115 loss to the Clippers

    A spate of injuries has made the Clippers very beatable lately and at least partially contributed to an eight-game losing streak they went on this month. It was a very different team than the one the Lakers faced in the season opener. The Lakers didn’t get pushed around quite like they did in that...

  • Larry Nance Jr. returns to starting lineup against Clippers

    Larry Nance Jr. returns to starting lineup against Clippers

    It happens sometimes, but Luke Walton isn’t a coach who believes in a player losing his starting job because of an injury. So when Larry Nance Jr. healed from the broken hand he suffered on Nov. 2, he took back the spot he earned in training camp and became the Lakers’ starting power forward again...

  • Clippers hold their breath; Griffin’s season in jeopardy

    Clippers hold their breath; Griffin’s season in jeopardy

    Just when the Clippers had regained their footing on the way to winning their third consecutive game, just when power forward Blake Griffin was becoming surprisingly effective as their de facto point guard by displaying uncanny vision while he directed their offense, Griffin’s knee was twisted...

  • Clippers lose Blake Griffin but beat the Lakers

    Clippers lose Blake Griffin but beat the Lakers

    Blake Griffin suffered a left knee injury late in the fourth quarter and wasn’t around to see Lou Williams take control of the game and lead the Clippers past the Lakers 120-115 on Monday night at Staples Center. Griffin was injured when Austin Rivers fell back into his knee as both players scrambled...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings

    There was hope heading into Wednesday’s game for the Lakers to reach the 10-10 record this season that had everyone so excited last year. Sacramento has struggled tremendously and had won only four games this season before Wednesday. Instead, the Kings got the best of the Lakers with an uncharacteristic...

  • Forget the Ball vs. Fox hype because Lakers can't keep pace with Kings

    Forget the Ball vs. Fox hype because Lakers can't keep pace with Kings

    Put aside the sensational, the perceived ill will and what everyone else wants this to be. At the heart of the rivalry between De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball are two players, born two months apart, who have known each other since high school, understand each other and who want to beat each other because...

  • Lakers find the right energy in the second half to beat the Bulls 103-94

    Lakers find the right energy in the second half to beat the Bulls 103-94

    The Lakers have improved dramatically on defense this season. But what happened through the first half Tuesday night was indefensible. They fell behind by 19 points to one of the NBA’s worst teams, the three-win Chicago Bulls, and were on track for an embarrassing loss before a dispirited Staples...

  • The big blowhard: LaVar Ball has made a living off the backs of his children

    The big blowhard: LaVar Ball has made a living off the backs of his children

    Just in time for the holidays, LaVar Ball has been good enough to advise us on one way to obtain a pair of his company’s odd $495 sneakers. Steal them? The father of UCLA freshman basketball player LiAngelo Ball has spent the last week telling the world his son and fellow Bruins Cody Riley and...

  • LaVar Ball says Lakers are going too 'soft' on his son Lonzo

    LaVar Ball says Lakers are going too 'soft' on his son Lonzo

    Another day, another LaVar Ball eruption. In online comments published Tuesday, the outspoken father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball said the team’s coaches are “messing around” and “soft” on his son. “They're soft,” the elder Ball told bleacherreport.com. “They don't know how to coach my son. I know...

  • Lakers like Julius Randle's aggressive play in win over Nuggets

    Lakers like Julius Randle's aggressive play in win over Nuggets

    Lakers coach Luke Walton considered the question. Why was Julius Randle so effective on Sunday night in the Lakers’ 127-109 win over the Denver Nuggets? Why was he so aggressive and so active in the paint? “I’m trying to figure that answer out,” Walton said. “When he plays like he did tonight he’s...

  • Lonzo Ball has another triple-double to lead Lakers to victory over Nuggets

    Lonzo Ball has another triple-double to lead Lakers to victory over Nuggets

    Hours after the war of words between his father and the president of the United States escalated, Lonzo Ball did what he does best: He played basketball. Ball notched his second career triple-double to lead the Lakers to a 127-109 win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. “I actually like...

  • Lonzo Ball hears about it after walking away from a skirmish against the Suns

    Lonzo Ball hears about it after walking away from a skirmish against the Suns

    Late in the Lakers’ loss Friday night to the Phoenix Suns, a shoving match began between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Phoenix point guard Tyler Ulis. Phoenix rookie Josh Jackson dived into the fray and earned himself a technical foul. Brook Lopez and Brandon Ingram jumped in to try to break it...

  • Rookie Kyle Kuzma has season-high 30 points but Lakers fall to Suns

    Rookie Kyle Kuzma has season-high 30 points but Lakers fall to Suns

    The Phoenix Suns got embarrassed by the Houston Rockets on national television Thursday night. They gave up 90 points by halftime and weren’t about to let that kind of thing happen again. On Friday night, the Lakers were victims of the Suns’ best shot with a 122-113 victory at Staples Center. The...

  • Lakers' Lonzo Ball tries a new look after his worst game so far

    Lakers' Lonzo Ball tries a new look after his worst game so far

    Bemused at the attention paid his new look, Lonzo Ball smiled. “It’s just a haircut, man,” Ball said. There was no deeper meaning to the style, but because it happened a day after the worst game of Ball’s fledgling NBA career, it caused a stir. Perhaps more relevant to his quest to forget his recent...

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