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Kobe Bryant helps class get out of a final exam

It’s that time of year when students are frantically studying (or cramming) for their final exams. It’s probably one of the most stressful times in the school year. But one Indiana high school senior sought help from an unlikely source to get his entire class out of a final exam. Prior to the test,...

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  • Luol Deng has outpatient surgery to repair offseason pectoral injury

    Luol Deng has outpatient surgery to repair offseason pectoral injury

    Lakers forward Luol Deng had successful surgery on Wednesday morning to repair an injury to his right pectoral muscle, the Lakers announced. Deng suffered the injury while working out in the offseason. It did not affect him during the season. He went home a few hours after the outpatient surgery,...

  • Letters: Who's pitching in for the Dodgers?

    Letters: Who's pitching in for the Dodgers?

    Not much seems to have changed. Still the same old Dodgers. Five-hit-game wonders and Dave Roberts looking more and more like Don Mattingly as he shuffles his pitching staff, most notably removing Alex Wood, who pitched six innings of shutout ball and threw only only 77 pitches, followed by a shaky...

  • Watch Kobe Bryant perform slam poetry on Steve Urkle from '90s sitcom 'Family Matters'

    Watch Kobe Bryant perform slam poetry on Steve Urkle from '90s sitcom 'Family Matters'

    Retirement has been busy for former Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Yet his knows how to have a little fun with it. The Black Mamba has recently been promoting his latest animated short documentary “Dear Basketball,” which narrates Bryant’s life from childhood to his NBA career. Although his career has...

  • Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka to represent Lakers during draft lottery drawing

    Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka to represent Lakers during draft lottery drawing

    Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson will be the public face of the team during next month’s draft lottery. Johnson will appear on the lottery show that will be broadcast on May 16. The actual drawing for draft positioning will happen off camera before the show. Each team will...

  • Does Kobe Bryant miss playing basketball? No. He explains why

    Does Kobe Bryant miss playing basketball? No. He explains why

    It’s almost hard to imagine that it’s only been a year since the last time we saw Kobe Bryant don the purple and gold Lakers uniform. Of course who could forget the 60-point performance in Bryant’s finale? He has many memorable moments throughout his 20-year career with the Lakers. So you would...

  • Survey: Dodgers pass Lakers as L.A.'s favorite team

    Survey: Dodgers pass Lakers as L.A.'s favorite team

    Magic Johnson arrived in Los Angeles as a wide-eyed teenager in 1979, when Dusty Baker, Ron Cey and Steve Garvey starred for the team that had captured the affection of the city. “I've seen how the Dodgers can be as big as the Lakers,” Johnson said when he announced his pursuit of an ownership...

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell told to work on leadership, consistency and body during break

    Lakers' D'Angelo Russell told to work on leadership, consistency and body during break

    D’Angelo Russell received a clear message from Lakers’ leaders during his exit interview on Tuesday. They wanted to see him improve his consistency, his leadership and his body. “I wouldn’t say I played bad, but I looked throughout the season, I would say I was inconsistent at times,” Russell said....

  • Letters: Kings' Cup isn't exactly running over now

    Letters: Kings' Cup isn't exactly running over now

    Firing Dean Lombardi and Darryl Sutter will be judged as one of the darkest days in Kings history. For 45 years, L.A. hockey fans were entranced in a state of mediocrity, feeling grateful for the occasional playoff appearance. Along came these two men to bring us, twice, to hockey's pinnacle and...

  • Lakers GM Rob Pelinka will look to the stars to bring a championship back to L.A.

    Lakers GM Rob Pelinka will look to the stars to bring a championship back to L.A.

    That it takes a few All-Star players to win a championship in the NBA is no secret. That the Lakers aspire to win a championship as soon as possible is no secret either. It’s why owner Jeanie Buss turned over the team’s front office nearly two months ago. So how quickly can Lakers general manager...

  • Lakers want Brandon Ingram to work with Kobe Bryant this summer

    Lakers want Brandon Ingram to work with Kobe Bryant this summer

    Kobe Bryant knows what it was like to be a 19-year-old future star playing for the Lakers. The Lakers’ front office wants Brandon Ingram to take advantage of that knowledge this summer. In Ingram’s exit interview Thursday, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob...

  • Metta World Peace says Lakers are 'probably not going to bring me back' next season

    Metta World Peace says Lakers are 'probably not going to bring me back' next season

    Metta World Peace isn’t likely to return to the Lakers next season. “Magic [Johnson] said he’s probably not going to bring me back,” World Peace said Thursday at the team’s training facility in El Segundo after a brief meeting with members of the Lakers’ front office. “We talked ’bout the season...

  • Forward Julius Randle encouraged by the Lakers' vision moving forward

    Forward Julius Randle encouraged by the Lakers' vision moving forward

    Seemingly unlike in past seasons, there’s actually a plan for the Lakers’ future, forward Julius Randle said Thursday at the team’s training facility in El Segundo. It includes him preparing for training camp like he’s never prepared before. “The biggest focus for me this summer is coming back...

  • Timofey Mozgov expects to contribute to Lakers next season

    Timofey Mozgov expects to contribute to Lakers next season

    Things will change next season, Lakers center Timofey Mozgov said Thursday at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo. Mozgov signed a four-year, $64-million deal as a free agent in June but was mostly ineffective in the Lakers’ 26-56 season. He played in 54 games and averaged 7.4 points and...

  • Could Swaggy P and the Ball family coexist on the Lakers? Nick Young isn't sure

    Could Swaggy P and the Ball family coexist on the Lakers? Nick Young isn't sure

    Nick Young knows if he picks up his player option and returns to the Lakers, he’ll be signing up for another year of the Lakers rebuild, taking a backseat to that goal. He also knows it’s possible another bombastic personality will become part of the franchise. “If we get the top-three pick, we...

  • Lakers jockeying with Suns for draft position

    Lakers jockeying with Suns for draft position

    The Lakers had a chance to close the gap between themselves and the Phoenix Suns, and position themselves to at least tie for the second-worst record in the NBA entering Sunday’s game. Their 110-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves kept them 11/2 games better than the Suns, who also won on...

  • David Nwaba's unique journey from the D-Fenders to the Lakers and back again

    David Nwaba's unique journey from the D-Fenders to the Lakers and back again

    Two hours before the sun rose over Los Angeles on Friday morning, David Nwaba and L.A. D-Fenders general manager Nick Mazzella boarded a plane in McAllen, Texas, a town pushed right up against the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Nwaba was coming off a doubleheader. He’d played 28 minutes for...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 98-94 win over the Sacramento Kings

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 98-94 win over the Sacramento Kings

    The Lakers are 3-1 in April, winning games they shouldn’t in many senses. Their latest was a 98-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Here are five takeaways from Friday night’s game at Staples Center. 1. At this late point in the season many teams lack incentive to win. The Kings, at 31-48, aren’t...

  • Lakers steal one at the finish from the Kings, 98-94

    Lakers steal one at the finish from the Kings, 98-94

    Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. missed the first of two free throws, then made the second to give the Lakers a two-point lead with five seconds remaining against the Sacramento Kings. Corey Brewer stole the ensuing inbounds pass from Kings guard Buddy Hield, then made two free throws to give the...

  • More upheaval in Lakers' front office with Glenn Carraro's departure

    More upheaval in Lakers' front office with Glenn Carraro's departure

    Another change hit the Lakers front office Thursday when assistant general manager Glenn Carraro resigned after five years in the role. Carraro had been with the Lakers organization since 2000, the same year Mitch Kupchak became the team’s general manager. It’s unclear what the Lakers will do...

  • Lakers can win by losing, so that's what they should do

    Lakers can win by losing, so that's what they should do

    It was their most inspirational victory of the season. It was also their saddest. How messed up is the current NBA draft lottery system? Just check out the Lakers’ 102-95 win, um, loss, um, whatever, on Wednesday night against San Antonio. The game begins and Larry Nance Jr. grabs an offensive...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 102-95 win over the San Antonio Spurs

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 102-95 win over the San Antonio Spurs

    The objective of sports contests is to win, but winning can be losing sometimes. That’s an unpleasant side effect of a draft system aimed at improving parity. The worse you are, the better player you have an opportunity to draft the following year. The NBA’s system muddies that equation with the...

  • Lakers pick up another win without shame, 102-95 over the Spurs

    Lakers pick up another win without shame, 102-95 over the Spurs

    The Lakers put forth an energetic effort at an inopportune time. They beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-95 on Wednesday for their second win in as many games. Yes, both of those wins hurt their chances in next month’s draft lottery. No, the players involved don’t care. Wins have been scarce enough...

  • Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell sits out against Spurs because of knee soreness

    Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell sits out against Spurs because of knee soreness

    The Lakers sat guard D’Angelo Russell on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. They also put forward Brandon Ingram back on a minutes restriction. Tyler Ennis started in place of Russell, who was ailing from some knee soreness, and scored 19 points in the Lakers’ surprising victory. The soreness...

  • Lakers report: Not much matters but the lottery at this point

    Lakers report: Not much matters but the lottery at this point

    With only a handful of games left in the NBA season, the picture for next month’s draft lottery is sharpening. Because the Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, their lottery position could be determined by chance. After having the 29th-best record in the league for several weeks, the Lakers...

  • D'Angelo Russell's results trending up along with his learning curve

    D'Angelo Russell's results trending up along with his learning curve

    D’Angelo Russell has experienced several peaks and valleys during his second season. Count Sunday’s game against Memphis as one of the peaks and, to Lakers Coach Luke Walton, another sign of Russell’s overall improvement this season. After a bit of a disjointed start, Russell finished with 28 points,...

  • Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram is feeling close to 100%

    Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram is feeling close to 100%

    On the first play of the Lakers’ game against Memphis on Sunday, Brandon Ingram drove to the basket, his face contorted with intensity and aggression — the kind he didn’t always have early in the season. Ingram didn’t get to finish the game, but he made his mark at the start. “I felt great being...

  • Lakers have three players record double-doubles in 108-103 win over Grizzlies

    Lakers have three players record double-doubles in 108-103 win over Grizzlies

    Beating Memphis isn’t often pretty, and the Lakers did some dirty work for it in their 108-103 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday. Three Lakers — Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle and Thomas Robinson — earned double-doubles in the game, and though Los Angeles lost some positioning for next month’s draft...

  • Larry Nance Jr. gets his first start of the season with the Lakers

    Larry Nance Jr. gets his first start of the season with the Lakers

    In the first 75 games of their season, the Lakers played 22 different starting lineups and none of them included Larry Nance Jr. Nance finally got his chance Saturday in the Lakers’ 115-104 loss to the Clippers. “We wanted to see Larry with the starters, going against starters,” Lakers coach Luke...

  • Clippers take their foot off the gas ahead of what could be their last playoff ride together

    Clippers take their foot off the gas ahead of what could be their last playoff ride together

    This has always been the best time of the year for the Clippers, these first few days in April, these last few moments of infinite promise before the reality of the playoffs. The Clippers are hot! The Clippers are dangerous! The Clippers are going to surprise! This spring has been different. You...

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