Lakers Rumors & News

  • Lakers Could Select Dragan Bender With Second Overall Draft Pick

    Lakers Nation "Los Angeles Lakers fans across the world rejoiced when the purple and gold walked out of the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery with the second overall pick. Notoriously poker-faced general manager Mitch Kupchak even cracked a bit of a smile, relieved that the team had made it through another lottery..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Shaq says ex-teammate Tyronn Lue wasn't allowed to trash-talk him

    Fox Sports "In the latest round of nostalgic analysis from a former NBA player, communication between teammates used to be different -- a.k.a. the right way -- back in the day. On last night's "Inside The NBA," TNT analyst and future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal said he wouldn't let role players like..." May 24

  • 76ers not buying rumors Ben Simmons wants to play for Lakers

    Sportsnaut "Ben Simmons is one of the hottest names out there as the 2016 NBA Draft comes into focus, and the Philadelphia 76ers have the first pick of the draft. However, there have been rumors floating around that the LSU product and Aussie star would rather play for the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the No...." May 23

  • Will Ben Simmons Force His Way to the Lakers? It's Happened Before

    The Big Lead "Before the 2015 NBA draft, as the the stock for 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis soared – remember the hype? – a funny thing happened: His agent wouldn’t let the 76ers near him. The Knicks were drafting 4th, but there was some concern the Lakers might take him 2nd or the 76ers could select him..." May 23

  • Lil B spares Lakers' Russell of 'BasedGod' curse

    The Score "Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell can breathe a sigh of relief after dodging a bullet Saturday afternoon. " May 22

  • Metta World Peace admits working at Circuit City, laments Pacers tenure

    The Score "Metta World Peace never stops being interesting, and this week he reflected on a few legends from his past. One of those pieces of folklore - that he applied for a job at electronics chain store Circuit City as a rookie with the Chicago Bulls - was expanded upon. "I was bored, I was partying a..." May 21

  • Brian Shaw nearing deal with Lakers to become lead assistant

    Lakers Nation "Ever since Luke Walton was hired as the new Los Angeles Lakers head coach, there has been questions regarding who he would choose to fill out his coaching staff with. One name that had continually popped up was former Lakers assistant, and Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw. With the Lakers..." May 21

  • Kobe Bryant Is Getting Storytelling Advice From Steven Spielberg as He Develops Kobe Studios

    Complex "Early in his retirement life, it seems Kobe Bryant is doing just fine. Kobe wakes up and gets a workout in early, then heads to the office of his Kobe Studios production company in Newport Beach, California. He and his 10 full-time employees spend a lot of time "kicking around ideas," then he..." May 21

  • Report: Pat Riley used to fine players for helping opponents up

    The Score "As a player, a coach, and now an executive entrenched in the NBA for nearly 50 years, Pat Riley has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive, no-nonsense names in the league's history. And now there's another story to add to the lore. Hidden within an in-depth feature on the..." May 20

  • 5 blockbuster trade scenarios for the Los Angeles Lakers

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off their worst season since moving from Minnesota over a half century ago. They will now be led by a 36-year-old head coach in Luke Walton that’s looking to duplicate what he helped build with the Golden State Warriors. With Kobe Bryant now fully into..." May 20

  • Report: Brian Shaw offered assistant coaching job under Luke Walton with Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Could former Laker Brian Shaw be on his way back to Los Angeles? Or not. But the former Laker player and assistant coach under Phil Jackson — and more recently deposed Nuggets head coach — has been offered an assistant coaching spot under Luke Walton in L.A., reports Bill Oram of the Orange..." May 19

  • Nick Young And Iggy Azalea Broke Off Engagement?

    Terez Owens "Engaged singer Iggy Azalea showed off her bare left hand as she checked her phone and got ready to fly out of Los Angeles this week. She was spotted not wearing her ring for the second time" May 19

  • Kobe Bryant not interested in ‘Inside the NBA’

    Larry Brown Sports "Kobe Bryant has reportedly been courted by TNT to join the cast of “Inside the NBA,” but the five-time champion is not interested in the position. TMZ spoke with Kobe as he was leaving a Hublot watch event in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, and he had a very simple response when asked if he is..." May 19

  • Metta World Peace says he learned to cook crack at 13

    Sporting News "At the age of 36, Metta World Peace’s NBA career is likely coming to an end — if it isn’t already done. World Peace was in an introspective mood Wednesday when discussing his journey from the rough-and-tumble Queensbridge projects in New York to his time with the Pacers on ESPN’s "Highly..." May 19

  • Lakers to actively shop No. 2 pick in 2016 NBA Draft

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off their worst season since moving to California from Minnesota over a half century ago. Kobe Bryant has retired. Byron Scott was fired, only to be replaced by current Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton, all of just 36 years of age. Needless to..." May 19


    Campus Sports "Per the NBA’s auction website, a portion of the floor paneling from Kobe Bryant’s swan song at the Staples Center was just sold for 179,100 dollars at a recent auction. The piece the lucky bidder received was autographed by Bryant himself after the game in mid-April where he scored a grand..." May 18

  • NBA Draft to See Simmons Go to Sixers, Say Sources, Leaving Ingram to Lakers

    Bleacher Report "The coast-to-coast debate over the merits of Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram atop the NBA draft expected to take place over the next five weeks might be over a moot point. The Philadelphia 76ers are leaning heavily toward taking Simmons, according to league sources, with the No. 1 overall pick..." May 18

  • Warriors troll Luke Walton, trick him into thinking Lakers lost their pick

    CBS Sports "The defending-champion Golden State Warriors employ the Most Valuable Player, the coach of the year and they are the only team in NBA history to win 73 games in a season. If there was an award for trolling, then they would have won that on Tuesday, too. According to the Orange County Register's..." May 18

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Lakers reportedly prefer Ben Simmons to Brandon Ingram

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers are hours away from finding out whether or not they will get to keep their top-three protected first round draft pick or be forced to send it to the Philadelphia 76ers. Los Angeles has a 55.8 percent chance for the pick to land in the top-three during the NBA Draft lottery,..." May 18

  • Lakers are "enamored" with Kris Dunn, could select him with their top-3 protected pick

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers have yet to find out where -- or if -- they'll be selecting in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, but should they keep their top-3 protected pick, the team may use it to select Providence point guard Kris Dunn, a source told ESPN's Mark Spears. The report suggests..." May 17

  • Kupchak: 'Nobody's off limits' in potential Lakers trades

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak isn’t ruling anyone on his current roster out of potential trade talks this offseason. Speaking about the state of his franchise before the team finds out if it will land a top-three pick in the upcoming draft, Kupchak said he likes his young..." May 17

  • It Looks Like Kobe Bryant Finally Got Around To Filing A Trademark On ‘Black Mamba’

    Uproxx "Kobe Bryant dubbed himself with the somewhat ungainly nickname “Black Mamba” several years ago after seeing Kill Bill, the time at which basically everybody learned that black mamba snake is a thing that exists. When he retired earlier this year, he punctuated his farewell speech with “Mamba out,”..." May 16

  • Kobe Bryant sees himself in Green — the jerky part

    San Francisco Chronicle "Weary of long discussions about knees, ankles and adductors, I got Kobe Bryant on the phone for a chat about the semantics of “jerk.” Bryant, who just wrapped up his brilliant 20-year NBA career, has become a leadership mentor to Draymond Green. The two have formed a Brotherhood of the..." May 16

  • Lamar Odom Courted Back to Nevada Brothel ... 'No Drugs This Time'

    TMZ "Talk about a shocking comeback attempt ... The man who owns the Nevada brothel where Lamar Odom overdosed last year says he wants L.O. back -- offering free women and booze ... but is adamant, absolutely NO DRUGS THIS TIME!! So, why would anyone think this is a good idea? We spoke..." May 15

  • Lakers should view draft as Brandon Ingram or bust

    Real GM Basketball "For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Lakers' offseason is predicated on an outcome they cannot control. The Lakers enter the 2016 NBA Lottery with a 55.8 percent chance to remain among the top 3 selections and avoid losing their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. The consensus has..." May 13

  • DeMar DeRozan wants to sign with Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "DeMar DeRozan said he wants to spend his whole career with the Raptors, and he said he’d let teammate Kyle Lowry dictate his free-agent decision. But sometimes players get caught up in the moment and express loyalty to their team in a way that doesn’t reflect reality. How does DeRozan really..." May 13

  • Jazz forward Gordon Hayward breaks down Kobe Bryant's final game

    USA Today "Kobe Bryant's final game was the perfect ending to a 20-year Hall of Fame career, as the Los Angeles Lakers legend scored 60 points on 50 shots to give his team a come-from-behind win in his last hurrah. For Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward — who guarded Bryant for the majority of the game —..." May 13

  • D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle Invited To Play For Team USA Select Team

    Lakers Nation "Despite a franchise-worst 17 wins this past season, there was a glimmer of hope for the Los Angeles Lakers in the form of their young core. The team’s recent lottery selections, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle both showed great flashes of potential. Randle was among the league leaders in..." May 13

  • Kobe Inc. files to trademark Bryant nickname 'Black Mamba'

    ESPN "Kobe Inc., the business arm of recently retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, has filed to trademark his familiar nickname "Black Mamba." The company filed for the trademark May 2, a record with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows, with intent to use the nickname on everything..." May 12

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • D’Angelo Russell unsure where he stands with Nick Young

    Larry Brown Sports "D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young could end up sharing the same locker room again next season, and no one knows how that will turn out — not even Russell. TMZ spoke with Russell earlier this week, and the rookie point guard tried to play dumb about the beef between him and Young. He did, however,..." May 10

  • Derek Fisher Posts Mother’s Day Message for Matt Barnes’ Ex on Instagram

    Complex "If Derek Fisher is trying to make Matt Barnes hate him more than he already does, he’s doing an excellent job. Early yesterday, Barnes wished his ex-fiancée Gloria Govan—the mother of his twin sons Isaiah and Carter—a Happy Mother’s Day on Instagram. The two have had their fair share of..." May 09

  • Magic very concerned about a parody Twitter account of himself

    The Score "Magic Johnson apparently doesn't understand how parody Twitter accounts work. The NBA legend issued an important PSA to his Twitter followers on Thursday warning them about a user that's been masquerading as himself." May 08

  • Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle excited for fresh start under Luke Walton

    ESPN "Luke Walton has yet to be officially introduced as the Los Angeles Lakers’ new head coach, but he’s already made a significant impression on two members of the team’s young core. “I’m excited about it,” Julius Randle said at a community service event with Delta Air Lines and P.S. Arts at Grand..." May 07

  • GM: Walton's youth 'something new' for Lakers

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Lakers are plenty excited about Luke Walton, but the team's brass believes the Golden State Warriors assistant will need time to adjust to his first NBA head-coaching position, especially as the 36-year-old Walton is set to become the youngest coach in the league while also taking..." May 07

  • Lakers’ GM got “a chuckle” at idea team would trade top 3 pick

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers are going to be aggressive this off-season. Jim Buss, the guy with the final say on basketball operations, gave himself a deadline to get the Lakers “back into contention” (which is vaguely defined, but we can say at least the second round of the playoffs) and things need to happen..." May 06

  • Lakers fired Byron Scott in part because of concern other team would hire Walton

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers fired Byron Scott as head coach not long after they had given him an endorsement, making the announcement that he would not be back somewhat surprising. But the firing made much more sense when the team hired Luke Walton a week later. On Friday, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak..." May 06

  • Cops to Derek Fisher Slow Your Roll!!

    TMZ "Derek Fisher was speeding down the 405 Freeway this week ... but don't worry, he WASN'T on the way to a rematch with Matt Barnes. Law enforcement sources tell us ... the ex-Lakers star was clocked doing 80ish in a 65 on Wednesday night. No big deal, just a ticket and he was on his way. " May 06

  • Metta World Peace I'm Not Retiring Yet Wanna Come Back to Lakers

    TMZ "He's 36 years old ... but Metta World Peace says he ain't ready to ride off into the sunset just yet -- telling TMZ Sports he hopes to return to the Lakers for his 17th season! Metta was out at a charity event at Bootsy Bellows nightclub -- when we asked if we should look for him back in..." May 06

  • Byron Scott says he wants to coach again, should have played his veterans even more

    L.A. Daily News "The past week gave Byron Scott plenty of time to reflect over losing a dream job he will forever cherish. He believed he would bring the Lakers back to championship glory after experiencing that three times wearing a purple and gold uniform. But as he wore a suit on the sidelines, Scott oversaw..." May 06

  • How to solve a free-agent problem like Festus Ezeli? $50 million works

    Sporting News "Three years and $50 million? According to several league executives, that is likely to be what it takes to land Warriors restricted free agent center Festus Ezeli this summer. “Obviously there are health issues you’re worried about,” one general manager told Sporting News. “So I don’t think..." May 05

  • Byron Scott Comments on Being Fired by Lakers, Luke Walton's Hiring

    Bleacher Report "Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott appeared on ESPN's The Jump with host Rachel Nichols on Wednesday and said he thought he would be given one more season at the helm of the team's rebuilding efforts, per Baxter Holmes of Scott suggested on the show that there was something..." May 05

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • Kobe Bryant, Sports Illustrated to partner on Dear Basketball project

    SI "Kobe Bryant’s production company, Kobe Studios, Sports Illustrated and Believe Entertainment Group have announced their partnership on a multi-platform video project based on Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” poem, which he used to announce his retirement from the NBA this year. The animated short..." May 05

  • Report: Lakers want to make ‘big run’ at Paul George

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to make a major splash this offseason, and that will mean trying to convince guys like Kevin Durant and LeBron James to sign with them as free agents. It could also involve trying to trade for a superstar. According to Bill Simmons, the Lakers have..." May 05

  • Lakers Determined To Trade Lottery Pick For Proven Star?

    Lakers Nation "The Los Angeles Lakers are about two weeks away from learning their fate in the NBA Draft Lottery on May 17. The storied franchise has a top-three protected pick in the upcoming draft and will need things to go their during the draft lottery to retain their first-round selection. On Tuesday..." May 05

  • Jim Buss Believes Lakers Already Have 'Perfect Number Of Young Guys'

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping their lottery pick remains in the top-3 so it won't automatically be conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers. But there is some doubt as to whether the Lakers would like to keep the pick or trade it away for a proven player. “Right now, I think our young guys are..." May 04

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

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