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Jim Buss defends Coach Byron Scott and the Lakers' use of analytics

A popular topic in NBA circles is analytics, which involve studying advanced statistics to gain an advantage on the basketball court.

In February, Lakers Coach Byron Scott downplayed his use of analytics but has since gone on record, via radio on The Beast 980, that he'll "use analytics a lot more" this season.

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Jim Buss talks about D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and the Lakers' struggles

Lakers part-owner Jim Buss says he's anxious for the new season to begin, and one of the reasons is the team's top draft pick, D'Angelo Russell.

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Lakers make signing of Florida guard Michael Frazier official

On Tuesday, the Lakers announced the signing of undrafted Florida guard Michael Frazier.

Last week, The Times reported that Frazier would join the Lakers on a two-year, $1.4-million contract.

Frazier will still have to fight his way through training camp, as only $50,000 of his rookie salary ($525,093) is guaranteed.

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Lakers, Metta World Peace have 'casual conversations' about a return

The Lakers and Metta World Peace have had “casual conversations” about the forward returning to play for the team, said an NBA official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The executive said there has been no talk about a deal and that nothing is imminent.

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Lakers promote Ryan West to director of player personnel

The Lakers have promoted Ryan West to director of player personnel.

West, formerly the team's assistant director of scouting, started as a scout for the team in 2009.  He also worked as a scout for the Memphis Grizzlies for almost eight years.

A team spokesman confirmed West's change in title, although an official announcement won't be made until September.

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Lakers' Kobe Bryant returns to court to practice shooting

Kobe Bryant is finally able to practice shooting.

On Saturday, the Lakers All-Star guard posted a photo of himself via Instagram, with the caption, "First day back on the court shooting! Bout Damn time!! #shoulderrecovery #20thseason #drinkbodyarmor #lakers."

Bryant suffered a season-ending injury in January, tearing the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

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