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Lakers rookie Jabari Brown named to 'All-NBA D-League Third Team'

Lakers rookie guard Jabari Brown was named to the both the "All-NBA D-League Third Team" and the "NBA D-League All-Rookie Second Team" for his time with the D-Fenders before his March call-up.

Through 39 games with the D-Fenders, including 25 starts, Brown averaged 25.7 points while shooting 45.7% from the field and 39.2% from three-point range.

He made 19 appearances (five starts) with the Lakers, averaging 11.9 points on 41.2% and 37.1% shooting, respectively.

After his exit meeting with General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Byron Scott, Brown acknowledged it was difficult waiting for his chance to play in the NBA.

"Things aren't always gonna go easy," he said.  "Everybody's road is different.  There are guys that go top 10 and there are guys drafted in the second round.  You've got to play to stay."

Brown is under contract with the Lakers next season at $845,059, but his salary isn't guaranteed.

In July, he'll play with the Lakers' summer-league squad in Las Vegas.

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Pau Gasol wins the 2014-15 Magic Johnson Award

Lakers fans will not be surprised by this news: Bulls forward Pau Gasol is the winner of the 2014-15 Magic Johnson Award, which is given annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Assn. to the player who excels on the court and in showing dignity in dealing with the media and public.

Gasol, who showed great patience and poise during some tumultuous times with the Lakers, was gracious as always upon hearing the news.

“It's easy to be friendly. It's easy to be kind,” Gasol told reporters on Wednesday. “It rubs off on people, so you want to balance out the negatives in the world with some positives. So that's what I try to do.

“I just try to be helpful. I try to help other people do their jobs well,” Gasol said. “I understand my position and that this is a part of our jobs. So I always try to be kind and polite, even when I'm not feeling great or I might be upset because of the loss. I understand that it's still part of my job to be one of the team's leaders and role models to stand...

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Ed Davis opting out of contract, but hoping for return to Lakers

Forward/center Ed Davis will opt out of the second year of his deal with the Lakers before July, foregoing $1.1 million for a shot at a bigger contract.

"I'm going to test free agency," Davis told The Times in a telephone interview. "Hopefully I'm back with the Lakers, as long as everything is equal with all the other teams."

The Lakers signed Davis last summer to a two-year, $2.1-million minimum contract.  In 79 games this season, the five-year NBA veteran averaged career highs in scoring (8.3 points a game), rebounding (7.6), blocked shots (1.2), assists (1.2) and field-goal percentage (60.1%)

"That's always been a strength of mine, just being able to finish in the paint with contact," he said.

Davis, 25, will spend some time at home in Richmond, Va., before working out in North Carolina.

"Once I start to pick it up, I'll come back out to L.A. and train out there," said Davis, the 13th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors.

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Lakers' Week 25 in review

The Lakers finished Week 25, and the 2014-15 season, with a pair of losses to the Sacramento Kings and a 21-61 record -- the worst winning percentage in franchise history.

Week 24 ended with a 120-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.  Kobe Bryant and Dallas point guard Rajon Rondo did not connect for another breakfast meeting.

The Lakers added guard Vander Blue from the D-Fenders for the team's final two games.  The team lost the first one in Sacramento, 102-92.

Both Jabari Brown and Blue played 48 minutes on Wednesday in the team's 122-99 loss to the Kings at Staples Center.

The team's players met with Coach Byron Scott and General Manager Mitch Kupchak for exit interviews.

Jeremy Lin said his relationship with the Lakers improved despite his benching.

Nick Young blamed the rim for his shooting woes. Both Lin and Young said they hope to return to the Lakers next season.  Young is under contract, and Lin will be a free agent.

Wesley Johnson looks at free agency as a frustrating process.


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar undergoes quadruple coronary bypass surgery

NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the hospital said Friday.

The Lakers great was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease earlier in the week.

A press release from UCLA said, "At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon."

Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the operation, said Abdul-Jabbar was expected to make a full recovery.

Lakers’ owner and executive Jeanie Buss tweeted, “Dear #Lakers Family: Please send all your positive energy to our Captain-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar @kaj33. Get well soon.”

Abdul-Jabbar had the surgery on his 68th birthday.

The 7-foot-2 New York native won six NBA championships, five with the Lakers and one with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Abdul-Jabbar battled successfully through leukemia in 2009.

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Lakers get 27th pick in draft from Rockets after tiebreaker with Clippers

The Lakers got a bit of good news on Friday, with the Houston Rockets winning their draft tiebreaker over the Clippers.

The Rockets and Clippers finished with identical 56-26 records. By winning a drawing Friday to break the tie, the Rockets received the 27th overall pick, which will go to the Lakers as part of last summer's Jeremy Lin trade.

The Clippers will pick 28th overall, although that selection will go to the Boston Celtics as part of the agreement that allowed Coach Doc Rivers to leave Boston for Los Angeles. The Clippers' second-round pick (57th) will go to the Denver Nuggets, for Cheikh Samb.

Had the Clippers finished with the 51st to 55th pick, it would have gone to the Lakers, via Houston.

The Lakers will have to wait until May 19 to learn the position of their own first-round pick. Currently in fourth, the Lakers have 82.8% odds of staying within the top five. If the selection falls to six or seven, the Lakers will send the pick to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the Steve...

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