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Memphis Grizzlies invite former Lakers forward Earl Clark to camp

On Monday, former Lakers forward Earl Clark signed a nonguaranteed contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, but he'll have to outplay two others competing for one roster spot -- assuming the Grizzlies take 15 players to the regular season.

After a breakout season with the Lakers in 2012-13, Clark signed a two-year, $9-million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers but the Cavs soon after dealt him to the Philadelphia 76ers for Spencer Hawes, who in turn cut him loose (before his second season became fully guaranteed).

Clark is one of many former Lakers around the league.

Pau Gasol left as a free agent to join the Chicago Bulls.  Marc Gasol, who was originally drafted by the Lakers and was sent to the Grizzlies in 2008 in exchange for his brother, has blossomed in Memphis.

Jodie Meeks left for the Detroit Pistons on a three-year, $18.8-million contract where he'll play with Caron Butler.  Kent Bazemore took a two-year, $4-million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Jordan Farmar switched locker rooms,...

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Lakers announce Byron Scott's coaching staff

The Lakers announced Coach Byron Scott's support staff Tuesday.

Mark Madsen, who worked as a player development coach for the team last season, has been promoted to a full-fledged assistant.  Also on Scott's bench will be Jim Eyen, who was formerly with the team under coaches Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy.

Scott has also added Paul Pressey as an assistant. Pressey worked with Scott both with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans).

Larry Lewis, who partnered with Madsen last year as player development coach, was named assistant coach/director of player development.  Thomas Scott, formerly with the D-Fenders and son of Byron  Scott, was also named assistant coach/player development.

Clay Moser (assistant coach/head advance NBA scout), Tom Bialaszewski (video coordinator/coach) and J.J. Outlaw (video coordinator/player development) will all return, as part of Scott's staff.

“I’m excited to have completed my staff with a group of individuals who each possess unique...

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Lakers' training camp less than two weeks away

In less than two weeks, the Lakers will reconvene for training camp.

On Sept. 29, the franchise is scheduled to host media day at its practice facility in El Segundo.

The Lakers are then to host the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 6 at the Valley View Casino Center for the team's first preseason game.

Coming off their worst record since moving to Los Angeles (27-55), the Lakers expect to rebound in the 2014-15 season, starting on Oct. 28 at home against the Houston Rockets.

First, the Lakers are set to play eight exhibition games, including two at Staples Center (Oct. 9 vs. the Golden State Warriors and Oct. 19 vs. the Utah Jazz).

The team is also scheduled to visit Ontario's Citizens Business Bank Arena (Oct. 12 vs. the Warriors and Oct. 22 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers) and Anaheim's Honda Center (Oct. 16 vs. the Jazz and Oct. 21 vs. the Phoenix Suns).

The Lakers are set to close out the preseason on Oct. 24 in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against the Sacramento Kings.

The team...

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Lakers linked to center Ryan Hollins, other free agents

The Lakers have considered adding on Ryan Hollins -- according to the free agent center, who visited the "Bottom Line Sports Show" over the weekend.

As tweeted by Sirius/XM NBA Radio, Hollins said, "he's been in talks with the [Miami] Heat, [Sacramento] Kings, [Chicago] Bulls, Lakers, [and San Antonio] Spurs, among others."

The 7-footer, who played for the UCLA Bruins, spent the last two season with the Clippers. He's also played for the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets). The Bobcats originally selected him with the 50th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft.

Over the course of his eight-year career, Hollins has averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds a game.

Jordan Hill projects to start at center for the team this season, backed up by Robert Sacre and Ed Davis.  Power forward Carlos Boozer may also get time at the five

In August, the Lakers reportedly worked out big men Greg Stiemsma, Daniel Orton and Dexter...

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Jeremy Lin pranks at Madame Tussauds, pretends to be wax likeness

Jeremy Lin chose to have some fun with patrons at Madame Tussauds on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

The veteran point guard recent dressed in his Lakers uniform, pretending to be a wax statue -- surprising spectators as they approached to take a photograph.

Lin managed to fool his uncle, but his mother seemed skeptical -- giving her son a quick poke and then a slap on his shoulder.

Other guests were completely taken off guard once the motionless Lin came to life.

Lin's likeness was unveiled Aug. 14, joining Madame Tussauds' collection of celebrities, athletes and politicians.  The San Francisco branch also features local icons such as Lin, who is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.

The Lakers acquired Lin from the Houston Rockets in a July trade.  He may start for the team this season, or come off the bench behind 40-year-old Steve Nash.

The 26-year old guard averaged 12.5 points a game for the Rockets last season, shooting career highs from the...

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D-Fenders announce 2014-15 D-League schedule

While the Lakers open the 2014-15 regular season on Oct. 28 at Staples Center against the Houston Rockets, the team's NBA Development League affiliate won't start its campaign until Nov. 14.

The D-Fenders visit the Santa Cruz Warriors, playing the team that knocked them out of the 2014 playoffs in a two-game sweep.  The Warriors ultimately advanced to the D-League finals, falling to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (also in a sweep).

Phil Hubbard has taken over as head coach of the D-Fenders, replacing Bob MacKinnon, who led the team to a 31-19 record and a top seeding in the Western Division.

The D-Fenders will play 24 games at home at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, starting with the Texas Legends on Nov. 15.

For its 14th season, the D-League will be broken into two conferences (East and West), with four divisions (West, Atlanta, Central and Southwest).  The league has 18 franchises, with 17 of them paired with NBA parent clubs -- the Mad Ants are the lone independent.


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Robert Horry calls the 2000-01 Lakers the best of three-peat run

Robert Horry won more NBA titles than Michael Jordan -- three with the Lakers and seven in all.

The retired forward reflected on his experiences with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, former coach Phil Jackson and the Lakers during an appearance on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

"The 2001 team was probably the best," Horry said.  "We went [15-1], which will never be accomplished again. You should have looked at us after we lost that first game [against the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Finals], we were so disappointed. We were so hurt that we didn't sweep everybody in the playoffs, because that was our goal."

The league lengthened the first round to best of seven, instead of five, for the 2002-03 season-- increasing the number of wins necessary for an NBA title to 16.

Under the 15-win format, the 2000-01 Lakers hold the all-time greatest record.

Horry said his favorite series of the Lakers' three-title run was against the Portland Trail Blazers in 2000.

"Everybody talks about the rivalry...

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Tracy McGrady mulling comeback, reportedly works out with Kobe Bryant

Mulling a comeback, former All-Star guard-forward Tracy McGrady reportedly worked out recently with Kobe Bryant of the Lakers.

According to Yahoo Sports, McGrady "worked out three days a week for a period of time in August."

McGrady struggled late in his career with knee issues, but was a seven-time All-Star for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.  He also won the NBA's scoring title for two straight years (2002-04) with the Magic, averaging 32.1 and 28.0 points a game.

Bryant is fully recovered from Achilles' tendon and knee injuries that kept him out all but six games last season.  The 36-year-old Bryant has two years left on his contract.

McGrady, 35, has an obligation in China that will keep him out of training camp with any NBA team this season, but if he feels healthy enough to return, he might be able to find a team looking to add a veteran scorer.

Last with the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the 2012-13 season, McGrady also experimented as a pitcher with the Sugar Land...

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Lakers officially choose not to stretch out Steve Nash's salary

The deadline for the Lakers to use the "stretch" provision on Steve Nash passed over the weekend.

The 40-year-old point guard is heading into his third year with the team, earning $9.7 million for the 2014-15 season.

Had the Lakers waived Nash prior to September, they would have been able to stretch his salary over the next three years at around $3.2 million annually.

Nash was acquired by the Lakers in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns in 2012, but he suffered a fractured knee in his second game with the team and has struggled to stay healthy since, with related problems in his back and hamstring. He managed to play through just 15 games in 2013-14, averaging 6.8 points and 5.7 assists.

While Nash is currently healthy, it remains to be seen if he'll be able to play through the final year of his contract.  The Lakers acquired point guard Jeremy Lin over the off-season, who may start at the position or come off the bench if Nash is capable.

The Lakers went under the NBA's salary cap...

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Lakers' week in review

The Lakers added their 13th player last week, signing rookie guard Jordan Clarkson to a two-year contract.

Clarkson agreed to a two-year, minimum deal for a total of $1.4 million, with the first season fully guaranteed.

The team is still looking to add to the roster, auditioning forward Michael Beasley for a second time, along with a number of available free agents.

Thus far, the Lakers haven't convinced oddsmakers -- gambling website Bovada gave the franchise 66-1 odds for the 2014-15 NBA title.

Meanwhile, the D-Fenders hired Phil Hubbard to coach the Lakers' D-League affiliate.

Former Laker Darius Morris, recently signed to a training camp contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, called Kobe Bryant "one of the best" teammates he's ever had.

Jeremy Lin helped unveil his wax likeness at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco.

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Watch Jeremy Lin meet Jeremy Lin at Madame Tussauds

Last week, Jeremy Lin was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

Joined by friends and family, Lin helped unveil his wax figure, which features the 26-year-old point guard in a Lakers uniform.

"You guys changed up the jersey and the shoes very quickly," said Lin after the unveiling.

Lin was traded to the Lakers in July from the Houston Rockets. He originally sat with Madame Tussauds to help model the wax figure while still with the Rockets.

"We just had a room over there for maybe two hours," said Lin. "I had to do my best to stay in this pose as long as possible.  It was a cool experience."

"It's a little too real," said Lin, of his likeness.

Madame Tussauds is famous for lifelike wax images of celebrities, athletes and politicians. The San Francisco branch also features local icons such as Lin, who is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.

Lin averaged 12.5 points a game for the Rockets last season, shooting career...

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D-Fenders hire Phil Hubbard to coach Lakers' D-League affiliate

The D-Fenders have hired Phil Hubbard as the head coach of the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate.

"We are excited to announce Phil Hubbard as the head coach of the D-Fenders," said club President and Chief Executive Joey Buss in a statement. "Phil is an NBA veteran, consummate professional and has decades of coaching experience. His passion for basketball will inspire our players to develop both on and off the court while competing for a championship."

Hubbard was previously an assistant with the D-Fenders (2011-13), before leaving to assist with the Santa Cruz Warriors last season.

The 57-year-old veteran coach has also worked as an assistant for a number of NBA teams including the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards.

"During his previous tenure with the team, and throughout his career, Phil has proven to be exceptional at relating to players while preparing them for the next level,” said D-Fenders General Manager Nick Mazzella.  "Our team will benefit...

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