Lakers Rumors & News

  • Rookie Stephen Curry trash-talking Kobe Bryant didn’t end well

    New York Post "Retiring Lakers legend Kobe has said that he appreciates guys who can talk trash. But from a rookie questioning his mettle at the free-throw line? That one didn’t fly, as reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry recalled in an interview with GQ about a meeting between the Warriors and Lakers during..." February 06

  • Kobe Bryant spurs LA Lakers to 99-96 victory over New Orleans

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers showed as much festiveness as the Mardi Gras celebrations. They became as prolific as the most determined bead collectors. They played in rhythm as well as the jazz music here. All of which helped the Lakers accomplish something they have rarely done all season. The Lakers secured..." February 05

  • Silver says changes coming to Hack-A-Shaq rule

    USA Today "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s evolving opinion of Hack-A-Player indicates there may be changes to the increasingly practiced and increasingly reviled strategy. After months of media debate, putrid foul shooting, lengthy games and fan discontent, Silver told USA TODAY Sports in an NBA A to Z..." February 05

  • NBA All-Star Saturday Night: LaVine, Curry back to defend their titles

    CBS Sports "The NBA announced its All-Star Weekend participants Thursday, including who will compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, the 3-Point Shootout and the skills competition. Slam Dunk Defending champion Zach LaVine leads the field after last year's electrifying performance. His challengers include..." February 05

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    Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

    Kobe Bryant will play tonight at New Orleans.

  • Bryant goes off for season high, Lakers snap losing streak with 119-115 victory over Wolves

    Silver Screen And Roll "Kobe Bryant drained a huge dagger in the final minute of the fourth quarter to snap the Los Angeles Lakers' 10-game losing streak with a 119-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bryant ended the night with a season-high 38 points in 33 minutes, battling a late surge from Andrew Wiggins to..." February 03

  • Byron Scott Says Kobe Wouldn’t Make A Good Coach Because He’d ‘Kill Somebody’

    Uproxx "Byron Scott’s mouth has gotten him into a lot of trouble over the last few days. Between his thoughts on keeping the minutes of rookie guard D’Angelo Russell limited in an attempt to help his development as a player to his, um, “hacked” Instagram account, it’s been a weird stretch for the..." February 03

  • Sam Mitchell hates Kobe: 'If I don't ever see him again, it will be too soon'

    The Score "Sam Mitchell and Kobe Bryant have a bit of a history. That history mostly consists of Bryant playing extremely well against teams Mitchell is involved with. Following Tuesday's 119-115 Los Angeles Lakers win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Mitchell put it quite succinctly, albeit tongue in..." February 03

  • Why Abdul-Jabbar says Duncan, not Kobe, has had the 'better' career

    Fox Sports "This is why sports exists, so we debate questions that might not have a right or wrong answer, but are never short on opinions. Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar chimed in with one of his own when asked recently if Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan has had the better career. Abdul-Jabbar's..." February 03

  • People around the NBA don't expect Byron Scott to coach the Lakers next season, according to report

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly do not plan to fire head coach Byron Scott in the middle of the season, but that does not mean that Scott's days in Los Angeles aren't numbered. After reporting last night that the Lakers have not wavered since a December report that they would not part ways with..." February 03

  • Lakers have 'little, if any' chance to sign Durant

    Silver Screen And Roll "Kevin Durant free agency rumors are beginning to fly with just a few months left of the NBA season, and if he does leave the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer, the Golden State Warriors are "significant frontrunners," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Durant, 27, wants to compete..." February 02

  • Report: Remainder of season a 'trial' for Lakers coach Byron Scott

    CBS Sports "It's been a rough couple of seasons for Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott. After the Lakers' worst year in franchise history, they have somehow taken a step back. All signs point to the Philadelphia 76ers leapfrogging the Lakers in the standings soon, at which point the recent boos for Scott..." February 02

  • Byron Scott, Clippers broadcaster trade shots over usage of Russell

    The Score "In a season for the Los Angeles Lakers that represents nothing more than Kobe Bryant's swan song, coach Byron Scott has been skewered since Day 1 for his tight reins on rookie guard D'Angelo Russell. Over the weekend, Los Angeles Clippers broadcaster Don MacLean joined the chorus. "I really..." February 02

  • NBA 2K basketball video game sued over use of player tattoos

    New York Daily News "The makers of hit video game series NBA 2K have been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit for using images of several NBA players’ body art — including four of LeBron James’ tattoos — without permission. Solid Oak Sketches claims Take-Two Interactive Software has used eight of its..." February 02

  • Lakers limit D'Angelo Russell's PT for his own good, coach says

    ESPN "In response to recent criticism from Los Angeles Clippers television broadcasters, Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott defended his conservative approach with rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell's playing time this season, saying he is trying to help "protect" Russell from making too many..." February 01

  • Lakers shut down Larry Nance, Jr. until after All-Star break

    Pro Basketball Talk "Larry Nance, Jr. has been a bright spot in a miserable Lakers season, and he’s going to miss the rest of the Lakers’ schedule through the All-Star break with a sore knee. " February 01

  • Who has the most trade value on this Lakers team?

    Silver Screen And Roll "In the midst of a franchise-worst season last year, the Los Angeles Lakers had assets to deal. Jeremy Lin, Wayne Ellington, Jordan Hill and Ed Davis were all decent pieces, as well as Steve Nash's $10 million dollar expiring contract. However, the trade deadline came and went, and one of the NBA's..." February 01

  • Hornets send Lakers to record-tying 10th loss in row, 101-82

    Charlotte Observer "Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 19 points and 12 rebounds apiece, and the Charlotte Hornets sent the Los Angeles Lakers to their franchise record-tying 10th consecutive defeat, 101-82 Sunday night. Kobe Bryant scored 23 points in 23 minutes, but the Lakers matched the 1994 team..." February 01

  • Lakers sign 18-year-old battling brain cancer to contract

    The Comeback "Despite having one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the Lakers made a great move, signing 18-year-old Yitzi Teichman to a one-day contract. The team announced the new addition to the roster on Sunday. Teichman, who is battling brain cancer, had a tumor removed last year. When the..." February 01

  • Kobe: Lakers snapping 10-game skid wouldn't make 's— season less s—'

    Sporting News "The Lakers lost their franchise record-tying 10th straight game Sunday night and listened to perhaps the loudest boos of a nine-win season during the Staples Center setback against the Hornets. But Kobe Bryant says the team hasn't circled Tuesday's home game against the Timberwolves. Because,..." February 01

  • How players are controlling their own media and what it means for the NBA

    CBS Sports "During an otherwise inconsequential regular season game in March 2009, then-Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva did something unusual. He posted the following tweet from the locker room at halftime. The ensuing media coverage of this apparent indiscretion is pure comedy when you read..." February 01

  • Lakers believe Russell Westbrook coming in 2017

    Pro Basketball Talk "Go to your local grocery store and buy a box of Kosher salt (the good stuff) for this one. You’re going to need it. Lakers management does believe that in the next couple summers they are going to land a major free agent that is going to quickly change the 9-40 team’s fortunes. Someone who can..." February 01

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    L.A. D-Fenders @DFenders

    OFFICIAL: The @Lakers have recalled Tarik Black.
    Black notched a double-double with 15 pts (5/7 FG) & 14 reb in last night's win.

  • Lakers’ Julius Randle unlikely to keep starting position

    L.A. Daily News "The frustration does not emerge as much in Julius Randle’s body language. His jumper also reaches the basket with more dependable accuracy. Since moving into the starting lineup seven games ago, a few things have happened for the better. Randle has posted four double-doubles. He has shot 51.4..." January 31

  • Lakers' D'Angelo Russell trying to turn criticism into motivation

    Los Angeles Times "fter a poor performance in the Lakers' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, rookie guard D'Angelo Russell called himself out for "lackadaisical" play. Both Russell and the Lakers were more competitive on Friday, visiting the Clippers, but 18 turnovers doomed the team to their ninth straight..." January 31

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    L.A. D-Fenders @DFenders

    OFFICIAL: The @Lakers have assigned Tarik Black to the D-Fenders

  • Byron Scott has the worst coaching record in Lakers history

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott made team history on Friday. After losing to the Los Angeles Clippers 105-93, Scott became the losingest coach in Lakers history. From ESPN's Baxter Holmes: Now to be fair to Scott, since he became the head coach in the summer of 2014, he has been..." January 31

  • D'Angelo Russell not on trade block, conflicting reports emerge

    Silver Screen And Roll "Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell was the subject of trade rumors on Thursday, when Brian Geltzeiler of Hoops Critic reported that Russell had "been made available in trade talks," according to his sources around the league. Well, his report actually said "DeAngelo Russell"..." January 30

  • Stephenson, Rivers lead Clippers to 105-93 win over Lakers

    Clips Nation "The bench contributed 56 points as the Los Angeles Clippers downed the Los Angeles Lakers 105-93 Friday night at STAPLES Center. Jamal Crawford (15), Austin Rivers (17) and Lance Stephenson (16) led the Clips to their ninth-straight win over the lowly Lakers (9-40). There wasn't a ton of flow..." January 30

  • D'Angelo Russell Addresses Critics After Loss to Clippers

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers invested in the future of their franchise by drafting D'Angelo Russell second overall this past summer, but it hasn't gone as smoothly as he would like. Russell made only 3-of-10 shots in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's 105-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and..." January 30

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Byron would not say who's starting in Kobe's place. Lou Williams also considered game-time decision (upper respiratory infection)

  • Kobe Bryant will rest vs. Clippers

    The Score "Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant won't play in Friday night's contest against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News." January 29

  • Jimmy Butler justifies All-Star nod in Bulls win over Lakers

    Chicago Sun-Times "Not a bad day for Jimmy Butler at all on Thursday. Not only did the new face of the Bulls franchise get a bro hug from good friend Mark Wahlberg during the first quarter of the eventual 114-91 win over the Lakers, but then went out and backed up his All-Star nod from earlier in the afternoon by..." January 29

  • Kobe Bryant said Pau Gasol felt disrespected by Lakers’ front office

    L.A. Daily News "Moments before tipoff, Pau Gasol turned his head and saw Kobe Bryant walking onto the court. The two then shared a hug before Bryant slapped Gasol on the back multiple times. It symbolized the strong partnership through 6 1/2 seasons with the Lakers that spanned three NBA Finals appearances and..." January 29

  • D'Angelo Russell says he doesn't deserve promotion to starting lineup

    Los Angeles Times "Lakers rookie guard D'Angelo Russell took responsibility for his poor performance Thursday night in a loss to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. "Personally, for me, lackadaisical turnovers," Russell said concerning his play against the Bulls. "I take the blame for a little bit of that. I've..." January 29

  • Lakers shopping Hibbert, Bass, Young, Williams

    The Score "The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to clean house, starting with their glut of disappointing veterans. Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass, Nick Young, and Lou Williams have all been made available, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. Williams, Bass, and Hibbert were brought in the past summer, and have all..." January 29

  • Hassan Whiteside a potential trade target Lakers

    The Examiner "All signs point to the Los Angeles Lakers missing the NBA playoffs for a third consecutive season. Coming into Thursday's game against the visiting Chicago Bulls, the Lakers have won only nine games with no telling when the storied franchise may turn things around. With the NBA trade deadline..." January 29

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    Brian Geltzeiler @hoopscritic

    In taking to people around the league on who has been made available in trade talks a very surprising name has come up: DeAngelo Russell

  • All-Star Reserves Announced

    NBA.com "Millions of fan votes decided who the starters would be for the 65th NBA All-Star Game next month in Toronto. Only 12 to 14 were required, from coaches around the league, were required to decide the 14 other players who would fill out the rosters for the Eastern and Western Conference..." January 29

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    Brad Turner @BA_Turner

    East All Star reserves: Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond, Chris Bosh, John Wall, Isaiah Thomas

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Western Conference reserves: Draymond Green, James Harden, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Aldridge. No Dirk.

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Kobe will play tonight vs. Chicago, Byron says. And Julius Randle will stay in starting lineup tonight and also tomorrow vs Clippers.

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Lou Williams unlikely to play tonight vs. Chicago. Lakers calling him doubtful (upper-respiratory infection).

  • Larry Nance Jr., son of 1st dunk champion, rules out '16 contest

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. has always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and participate in the NBA's annual slam dunk contest held during All-Star Weekend. The high-flying Nance -- whose father, Larry Nance Sr., was the league's first dunk contest champion in..." January 28

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to reevaluate fan voting for All-Star Game

    USA Today "Since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver officially took over for David Stern during All-Star weekend nearly two years ago, his willingness to consider any and all changes that would improve the league has been one of the hallmarks of his tenure. That ideology, it appears, will apply to the All-Star..." January 28

  • Shaquille O'Neal is getting his own statue outside Staples Center

    CBS Sports "Shaquille O'Neal is one of the all-time greatest players in NBA history, most notably for his three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers during a dominant era in the early 2000's. With all the talk of Kobe Bryant's retirement and the fanfare that's accompanied it, it's easy to forget how..." January 28

  • Mark Cuban says he and Kobe Bryant could be future business partners: 'He'd listen to me'

    Dallas Morning News "Though Kobe Bryant sat out his final meeting with the Mavericks because of a sore shoulder, owner Mark Cuban said he fully expects to see more of Bryant in the future. Maybe even as partners. Cuban said he would not have any problem teaming up with Bryant in the business world. "Yeah, of..." January 28

  • Kobe Bryant says Lakers fans didn't appreciate Pau Gasol

    SB Nation "The Lakers welcome Pau Gasol and the Bulls to town on Thursday, which put Kobe Bryant in a nostalgic mood. Bryant made a strong statement when asked about Gasol's Lakers career in a Tuesday morning media session. "I think the city of L.A. didn't really appreciate what he did and what we had,"..." January 28

  • Dirk Nowitzki’s game-winner lifts Mavericks over Lakers, 92-90

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "As Dirk Nowitzki’s game-winning jumper right in front of the Los Angeles Lakers’ bench nestled through the nets, as familiar figure tapped him on the rear end. It was Lakers forward Kobe Bryant. A sore right shoulder kept Bryant out of Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks. But Nowitzki made..." January 27

  • Dirk calls Kobe the Michael Jordan of his generation

    The Score "Add Dirk Nowitzki to the long list of NBA greats who have referred to Kobe Bryant as the preeminent player of his era. "Like I said, this entire time, he's our Michael Jordan, for our generation," Nowitzki said to ESPN's Baxter Holmes. "He's one of the best to ever lace 'em up. It's been a..." January 27