Lakers Rumors & News

  • Prosecution of Lamar Odom for Coke Possession unlikely

    TMZ "Lamar Odom is in desperate shape medically, but legally we're told he may get cut a break. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the Nye County D.A. in Nevada is backing off the statements made by the Sheriff, who said there was a strong chance Lamar would be prosecuted for cocaine possession...." November 28

  • Byron Scott says benching Kobe Bryant for poor play 'not an option'

    ESPN "No matter how much Kobe Bryant struggles during possibly his final season in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers star will not be benched for poor play, Lakers coach Byron Scott told on Friday. Scott told that under no circumstances would he sit the 37-year-old Bryant, who is..." November 28

  • Byron Scott: Lakers chemistry is fine but they 'don't trust each other'

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott dismissed the idea that his team had chemistry issues on Friday, but he did say that they have trust issues on the court. The team is 2-12 on the season, with the second-worst offensive rating and third-worst defensive rating in the NBA. "We don't have..." November 27

  • Byron Scott still senses support from Lakers front office

    L.A. Daily News "As the Lakers finished practice earlier this week, coach Byron Scott and general manager Mitch Kupchak talked near center court. Scott reported he and Kupchak have “been talking almost every other day” throughout the Lakers’ 2-12 start. They enter Friday’s game against the Portland Trail..." November 27

  • Lakers plan to rework Julius Randle's jump shot

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle is not much of a jump shooter. He can score in the paint, but can't punish defenses that dare him to shoot. It's just about impossible to improve as a shooter during a season, so the Lakers plan to work with him on changing his form next summer, via the..." November 27

  • Byron Scott says they just have to get Kobe Bryant better looks

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant is averaging 15.2 points a game at age 37. It’s just taking him 16.4 shots per game to get there. After his 1-of-14 shooting performance against the Warriors the other night — with too much isolation and too many plays run just for him — there has been a lot of talk about his shot...." November 27

  • Kobe Bryant's struggles cause some in NBA circles to say it's time he retires

    Los Angeles Times "The pump fakes began in earnest when Kobe Bryant got stuck with the ball against Denver this month. He had nowhere to go in the lane so he relied on an old trick to get himself out of a jam — and possibly a defender in the air. He pump-faked once. He pump-faked again. He might have done it a..." November 27

  • Kobe's shooting struggles not putting 'pretty defined' role in jeopardy

    ESPN "Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said he has not considered reducing Kobe Bryant's minutes or role even though Bryant's struggles have continually worsened, hitting rock bottom Tuesday, when, in a 111-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Bryant tied the worst shooting performance of his..." November 26

  • Byron Scott gives a great big 'nah' to handing rookie D'Angelo Russell big minutes

    Yahoo! Sports "During Byron Scott’s last NBA season, all the way back in the Truman Administration 1996-97, the NBA had a rule that each of its seven 29 teams had to appear on national TV at least one time per year. This is back when the only options included TBS, TNT, and NBC, so it actually was a bit of a..." November 25

  • Kobe Bryant has worst game of his career against Warriors

    Larry Brown Sports "Even when you take into consideration how badly he has struggled this season, Kobe Bryant was still far worse than expected in Tuesday night’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. The tape says it all. Kobe tied a career-worst shooting mark by hitting just 1-of-14 shots from the field. But we..." November 25

  • Nick Young Bemoans Kobe Bryant’s Play: ‘It Can’t Be Like A Video Game’

    Uproxx "Getting blown out by the Golden State Warriors is not exactly cause for deep self-reflection if you’re already a rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers squad. Sure, it was a particularly embarrassing 111-77 loss to give the Warriors the longest winning streak ever to start a season, but wasn’t that what..." November 25

  • Kobe on Lakers: 'I could've scored 80 ... wouldn't have made a damn difference'

    ESPN "In Tuesday's 111-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tied the worst shooting performance of his career in any game in which he attempted at least five shots. Bryant shot 1-of-14 from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range. He scored four points in..." November 25

  • Warriors make easy work of Lakers on the way to historic 16-0 start

    San Jose Mercury News "The Warriors went where no other NBA team has ever gone on Tuesday and made it all part of their normal, blissful routine. They don't lose any more. On nights like this one, when the sports world is watching, the Warriors look like they can't lose. Which they seem to enjoy quite a..." November 25

  • The defiance that made Kobe Bryant great is now destroying him

    SB Nation "All kings, whether tyrant or saint, are commissioned a portrait at the end of their reign. How then, do we render Kobe Bryant? If we should paint a definitive picture of Kobe as his career comes to a close, then in it, he should be alone. Of course, there are different types of solitude, each..." November 25

  • Byron Scott and D'Angelo Russell disagree on his 4th quarter playing time, development

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers received a royal beatdown from the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, losing 111-77 in a game that did not even feel that close as Golden State extended their season opening win streak to an NBA record 16 games. Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo..." November 25

  • Klay Thompson's Dad: 'Showtime Lakers would beat new time Warriors'

    The Score "Mychal Thompson wasn't shy when asked about his Showtime Lakers' chances against son Klay's Golden State Warriors. "I think in a seven-game series, Showtime vs. New Time, I'm going with Showtime," the senior Thompson said on ESPNLA 710, according to Diamond Leung of Bay Area News..." November 25

  • Kobe Bryant called Luke Walton next Phil Jackson – ‘an average player with a messed-up back’

    Pro Basketball Talk "When the Lakers play the Warriors tonight – hey, Kobe Bryant said Los Angeles had a chance – Kobe will see a familiar face on the opposing sideline. Kobe and Golden State interim coach Luke Walton played together with the Lakers under Phil Jackson." November 24

  • Magic Johnson says Warriors will set winning-streak record against Lakers

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant may think his Lakers can shock the Warriors, but another one of the franchise's all-time greats isn't so sure. Magic Johnson is pretty certain the Lakers aren't going to be the ones to end the Warriors' season-opening winning streak at 15. " November 24

  • Kobe Bryant: When I've become ball-movement voice, you have an issue

    CBS Sports "n what could possibly be his final season, Kobe Bryant is still playing heavy minutes but is shooting a career-low 34 percent from the field and 21.5 percent from three. Bryant has been well aware of his limitations this season which is why he is making a point to help his young teammates like..." November 23

  • Blazers race to 107-93 win over Bryant, Lakers

    CSN Northwest "The Portland Trail Blazers were picking, rolling and running Sunday night. And the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t look at all capable of doing anything about it in a 107-93 Blazer win in the Staples Center. Damian Lillard set a career high in assists with 13 to go with his game-high 30 points in a..." November 23

  • Kobe Bryant says Lakers can end Warriors' streak: 'Stranger things happen'

    Sporting News "If there's one thing Kobe Bryant doesn't lack, it's confidence. The Lakers guard is optimistic his 2-11 team can beat the undefeated Warriors on Tuesday and stop Golden State from reaching 16-0 to set the NBA record for most wins to start the season. "I've seen stranger things happen,"..." November 23

  • Byron Scott on The Positives of Kobe’s 27% Shooting Night

    Black Sports Online "The Los Angeles Lakers have surpassed the comical stage. Now, they’re just downright pitiful and hard to watch. Following their loss to Portland tonight, their record has pummeled to 2-11. On a night where it’s hard to find positives for L.A., head coach Byron Scott had no problem doing so." November 23

  • Klay Thompson's father believes the Lakers will play spoiler to the Warriors

    Sporting News "The Warriors are rolling and nobody can stop them. Except for the Lakers, apparently. While the Lakers have one of the worst records in the NBA, Mychal Thompson, a two-time champion with the franchise and father of Warriors star Klay Thompson, believes that'll work in their favor when they..." November 22

  • Byron Scott not worried about Kobe Bryant’s minutes load

    Orange County Register "Kobe Bryant started for the bench when he saw Metta World Peace heading onto the court in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 102-91 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Just under seven minutes remained in the game and the Raptors lead had ballooned to 13. Bryant had endured a rough shooting night and he..." November 22

  • Raptors snap three-game losing streak with a 102-91 win against Lakers

    Toronto Star "Big win. Big loss. Unleashing a barrage of three-point shots against a woefully inept opponent, the Raptor snapped a three-game losing streak with a 102-91 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night but the victory came at a substantial cost. Jonas Valanciunas could be lost for a..." November 21

  • Kobe Bryant Has No Plans To Play Abroad

    Real GM Basketball "In the past, there has often been the notion that Kobe Bryant could spend a season playing in Italy after his NBA career concludes. But Bryant told ESPN that he has no plans of playing abroad at this point." November 20

  • World Peace: ‘I was disruptive, dysfunctional, and mentally unstable. That’s a bad mix.’

    Sportsnet "When Metta World Peace, then going by Ron Artest, followed his first impulse and darted into the stands at the Palace at Auburn Hills after having a drink thrown on him, nobody—not the fans in Detroit that night, not the Pistons or Indiana Pacers players on the floor, or those of us watching from..." November 20

  • Kobe: ‘If something doesn’t change, this is it for me’

    SI "Los Angles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said Thursday on SiriusXM Radio that if his and his team’s levels of performance don’t change, this will be his last season, reports ​Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. “If something changes, I’ll come back and play next season,” Bryant said. “If..." November 19

  • Report: Khloe Kardashian developed staph infection while with Lamar Odom

    Larry Brown Sports "Khloe Kardashian is reportedly battling a staph infection that she contracted while visiting with Lamar Odom in the hospital. According to TMZ, Kardashian cancelled a portion of her book tour this week because she has developed a high fever, swollen glands and intermittent chills. She is said..." November 19

  • Lakers’ Kobe Bryant: “AAU basketball is just killing us”

    Inside Socal "Father Time and a heavy workload has left Kobe Bryant feeling tired. His shooting inaccuracy has left him frustrated. So has the Lakers’ persistent losing. But as Bryant talked with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on his radio show on SiriusXM , the Lakers’ star expressed irritation about something..." November 19

  • Larry Nance, Jr. thinks it would be cool to enter the dunk contest

    Silver Screen And Roll "Larry Nance, Jr. was initially the much less heralded of the Los Angeles Lakers two first round picks in the the 2015 NBA Draft. In fact, many panned the selection of Nance, Jr. on draft night, calling it a reach. Nance, Jr. answered those critics with solid minutes off of the bench during the..." November 19

  • Metta World Peace laments what he feels could have been a Hall of Fame career

    Yahoo! Sports "Metta World Peace has spent most of his career being scoffed at, even by his admirers. Save for the months that followed his role in 2004 Malice in the Palace (which were preceded by a few weeks of jokes as he attempted to take time off to promote a band he was managing) the former Ron Artest has..." November 18

  • Lamar Odom is ‘confused,’ doesn’t know drugs caused brain injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Lamar Odom is very fortunate to have survived the drug overdose that landed him in intensive care last month, but the former NBA star still has a long road to recovery. In a recent appearance on “Ellen,” Khloe Kardashian confirmed that Odom has suffered brain damage as a result of several..." November 18

  • Champions League set to debut in 2016 with former NBA players, 16 teams

    USA Today "When it comes to jobs that are hard to land, it doesn’t get much tougher than the NBA. At most, there are 450 roster spots to be had by the world’s best players. Consider there were approximately 5,600 Division I men’s college players in 2014 in America alone, and you start to understand it’s..." November 18

  • Suns finish off Lakers late as Brandon Knight posts first career triple-double

    Arizona Republic "The Suns' 3-0 start to this four-game homestand was helped by an assist from the schedule-maker but the assist does not count without the finish. The Suns have pounced on three consecutive visitors who played on the previous night while the Suns were resting at home. The Suns wore down the..." November 17

  • Billy Hunter files amended wrongful-termination complaint against NBPA

    The Score "Former NBPA boss Billy Hunter continues to seek damages from the union for the circumstances surrounding his termination in 2013. Hunter's attorneys filed an amended complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, seeking a jury trial on four breach-of-contract claims, reports Ken..." November 17

  • Lakers need to free D'Angelo Russell, even if he's not that good yet

    Sporting News "The Los Angeles Lakers need to take a page out of the Denver Nuggets’ playbook. Yes, you read that correctly. The Nuggets are still working on their first trip to a Finals, meaning they’ve never won a title and probably never will come close to matching the Lakers’ 16 championships, even if the..." November 17

  • Byron Scott: Lakers need to ‘man up’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers finished with a 21-61 record last season and were one of the worst teams in the NBA. Through 11 games this year, it looks like they could be headed for similar results. After a blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns Monday night, head coach Byron Scott ripped his players and..." November 17

  • Lamar Odom could face felony drug charge

    The Score "The basketball world has rallied around Lamar Odom during his recovery from a drug overdose, but the former NBA star may now be facing a felony drug charge. Nye County District Attorney Angela Bello revealed Monday that a prosecutor is considering whether to file a count of unlawful use of..." November 17

  • Kobe Bryant nears triple-double in Lakers 97-85 victory over Detroit

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers notched their first home victory of the season, beating the Detroit Pistons in a 97-85 slogfest. Kobe Bryant couldn't get his shots to drop, but he flirted with a triple-double with 17 points, eight assists and nine rebounds in 35 minutes. Kobe struggled from the field,..." November 16

  • Kobe to miss third game of four: 'Back, legs killing me'

    ESPN "Lakers star Kobe Bryant will not play Monday against the Phoenix Suns, which will mark the third time in the past four games that the 37-year-old sat out to rest. "Right now, I'm barely standing up. My back and my legs, man, it's killing me," he said Sunday after playing a season-high 36..." November 16

  • Roy Hibbert Suffers Broken Nose, Will Play Against Suns

    Lakers Nation "After a difficult five-game road trip, the Los Angeles Lakers returned home to face the Detroit Pistons. While the game was close throughout, Kobe Bryant’s near triple-double led the Lakers to their second win of the season, 97-85. With Andre Drummond leading the league in rebounding, Roy..." November 16

  • After Playing 36 Mins Kobe Says Everything Hurts Badly

    Black Sports Online "When Kobe tore his Achilles the Kobe we knew was gone. It classic Kobe fashion he hit two free throws with a blown out Achilles. Look at any athlete who has torn their Achilles in any sport, they don’t get up and certainly they don’t walk around without help. Kobe almost had a triple double..." November 16

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Kobe will play tonight vs Detroit. Byron will assess Kobe's availability for Monday's game in Phoenix leading up to tipoff

  • Mavs' big men in 90-82 win over Lakers

    Dallas Morning News "If Maverick fans ever get disheartened and feel like their team is over the hill or inadequate, they can always look at the Los Angeles Lakers. While Kobe Bryant can still put on a show, the Lakers are the epitome of a struggling team and the Mavericks took advantage of that Friday night with a..." November 14

  • Lamar Odom Can't Recognize Friends And Family; Docs Fear Serious Brain Damage

    TMZ "Lamar Odom's in rough shape -- having a tough time with communication and mobility -- and we're told it's so bad, he can't recognize some close friends and family. Our sources tell us Lamar has made little progression in the last couple weeks. We're told he's only able to speak a word here and..." November 14

  • Kobe serves as consultant, not measuring stick, for Wesley Matthews

    ESPN "The competitive spirit that burns inside Wesley Matthews wanted to outwork Kobe Bryant. Matthews, who is quick to remind you that he’s an undrafted dude that has been proving people wrong his whole career, had heard how hard Bryant worked to return from a ruptured left Achilles tendon in a..." November 13

  • Magic stun Lakers 101-99 on Vucevic's shot as time expires

    Orlando Sentinel "As a child, Nik Vucevic dreamed about attempting a game-winning shot, but he never figured out how he’d react if the ball sailed through the hoop. He found out Wednesday night. With the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers deadlocked with 1.5 seconds to go, Vucevic caught an inbounds pass,..." November 12

  • Kardashians Allegedly Receiving Offers For Lamar Odom Drug Movie

    Black Sports Online "The Lamar Odom overdose story has had many twist and turns. What began as a story of an ex-NBA player overdosing in a Las Vegas brothel has become a complicated story of love triangles, big money, drugs and health issues. Those aspects are shared by many of Hollywood’s best scripts and according..." November 12

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    Inside SoCal Sports @InsideSoCalSpts

    Lakers’ Kobe Bryant sit out vs. Orlando because of sore back