Lakers Rumors & News

  • Suns run away with season-opening win over Lakers

    Arizona Republic "The Los Angeles Lakers have ended a Suns postseason eight times. The history of the two teams meeting in the season opener had not gone much better for the purple from Phoenix. The Suns had never won a season opener or a home opener against the Lakers until Wednesday night, when even an..." October 30

  • Kobe Bryant tells Jeremy Lin 'to run the offense'

    SB Nation "The Lakers' backcourt is already having some chemistry problems just a couple games into the season. Two games into the Los Angeles Lakers' season, Kobe Bryant is already vocalizing his frustrations with the team's performance on the court. Following a 119-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns on..." October 30

  • Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

    Real GM Basketball "The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and possibly Charlotte Hornets are all teams that could be interested in Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. The Los Angeles Lakers lost Julius Randle for the entire season on opening night and are expected to struggle to make the..." October 30

  • Isaiah Thomas said he had interest in signing with Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "After years of the Kings’ management seeming to just not believe in him and bringing in guy after guy to take his job, Isaiah Thomas wanted to be wanted as a free agent this summer. Sure, he wanted to get paid, money is king, but part of attracting a free agent is making him feel like your..." October 30

  • Lakers' Julius Randle reportedly suffers broken leg in NBA debut

    SI.com "Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle reportedly suffered a broken leg during his NBA debut against the Rockets on Tuesday. Randle, 19, was the No. 7 pick in June's draft. The TNT broadcast reported that Randle broke his leg, citing the Lakers' bench, as he departed the court on a stretcher." October 29

  • Dwight, Rockets get best of Kobe, Lakers in season opener

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had brushed aside the Lakers so easily, you could almost hear Kobe Bryant’s blood boiling. The Rockets had done nothing for the first six minutes of the second half and still had no difficulty pushing the lead back to 16 with James Harden dominating. With the lead up to 26,..." October 29

  • PSD’s 2014-2015 NBA Western Conference Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    The Western Conference is filthy. In the Eastern Conference their are two elite teams and everyone else, the west has seven teams that, with a bit of luck, could win the NBA championship. The regular season and playoffs are going to be battle of attrition with furious competition and a list of teams and fan bases ready for long playoff runs. October 29

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Julius Randle underwent surgery this morning and is expected to make a full recovery from his broken leg. He won't return this season.

  • 3 reasons to believe the Lakers are secretly tanking

    SB Nation "Several major, smart NBA analysts have wondered aloud if the L.A. Lakers might be secretly, sneakily tanking the season, unbeknownst to anyone. (Remember: they owe their first-round pick to the Suns unless it falls in the top five). Zach Lowe is the latest to mention the possibility. Kevin Pelton..." October 29

  • Howard: L.A. exit wasn't due to fear of Kobe

    ESPN Los Angeles "Dwight Howard said Tuesday that Kobe Bryant's presence with the Los Angeles Lakers had nothing to do with his decision to leave the team and sign with the Houston Rockets last year. "I didn't leave L.A. because I was afraid of Kobe Bryant," Howard said Tuesday, according to the Houston..." October 29

  • Dwight elbow to Kobe's face causes scuffle

    ESPN Los Angeles ""They don't like each other, simple as that." That's how Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott summarized Tuesday's fourth-quarter skirmish between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard during the Houston Rockets' 108-90 win at Staples Center. The verbal altercation between the ex-Lakers teammates..." October 29

  • Jeanie Buss wants Kobe Bryant to sign another contract in 2016

    USA Today "Know this much about Jeanie Buss and her perspective on the final chapter of Kobe Bryant’s storied career: she hopes it doesn’t end anytime soon. In a wide-ranging interview with USA TODAY Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers president and governor said she wants the 36-year-old Bryant to sign..." October 28

  • Byron Scott doubts Dwight Howard's drive

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard clashed during their one-season stint as Los Angeles Lakers teammates in 2012-13. And Byron Scott believes he knows why. "My outside perspective is Kobe is a real serious guy and wants to win championships," Scott, the Lakers' first-year head coach, said after his..." October 28

  • Lakers’ Byron Scott says Kobe Bryant’s playing time between 30-40 minutes

    Inside Socal "After only playing in six games amid injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee, it appears that Kobe Bryant finally has a positive health report. “He’s good,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. Bryant averaged 19 points and four assists in 26.7 minutes through six exhibition..." October 28

  • Jeanie Buss: Lakers aren't a stock you should sell

    USA Today "When Jeanie Buss ordered her latte at a Manhattan Beach coffee shop this week, the name that had been scribbled on her cup by the barista said it all. "Jeanie." Not Los Angeles Lakers president and governor, as her top-of-the-totem-pole title reads in the team's media guide. Not "Laker..." October 28

  • Lakers boss dishes on love, marriage and sexy meals with Phil Jackson

    New York Post "Sitting in the lobby of the St. Regis, on 55th Street, Jeanie Buss fondly recalls some of the wonderful times she’s had while staying in the venerable hotel. “When my father was alive, we always took this opportunity to go to Broadway plays, spend time together and go to fabulous restaurants,”..." October 28

  • Melo: Would love to play with Kobe

    ESPN New York "Carmelo Anthony heard "MVP" chants from the Madison Square Garden crowd as the New York Knicks held an open practice Sunday afternoon. So yes, it's good to be back in New York after a summer of free agent visits to Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Houston. Anthony ultimately chose to remain in..." October 27

  • LeBron James reflects on Steve Nash's career, says 'it sucks' to go via injury

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James is a huge fan of future Hall-of-Famer Steve Nash, who is staring at the end of his career after his latest season-ending back injury. Nash, 40, hasn't officially called it a career, but the writing is on the wall for the Los Angeles Lakers' point guard. Following Sunday's..." October 27

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    Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

    Xavier was able to shoot today & is scheduled to run tomorrow. Byron is not expecting him to be available Tues: “He’s still 3 weeks behind.”

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    Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

    With Price dinged up, Byron says that @JLin7 will start at the point Tuesday night against Houston.

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    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

    Ellington is out for Tuesday's opener because of a concussion. Kelly will also be out b/c of hamstring injury. Hill, Price = probable.

  • Lakers' Scott says he'd love to have Nash around to mentor young guys

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers prepared for their upcoming game the same way they have done for most of the past two seasons. They knew that Steve Nash would stay sidelined because of injuries. The circumstances changed this time. The Lakers tried absorbing the unsettling reality that Nash would remain out for..." October 26

  • Kobe: Steve Nash 'did everything'

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant said Steve Nash can go to sleep at night knowing he did everything he could in order to return this season. Bryant also said that if he was in Nash's position, he would accept his fate as well. "You can control what you can control," Bryant said before the Lakers' final..." October 26

  • Kobe Bryant viewed Dwight Howard leaving Lakers in free agency as ‘a positive’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Much has been written about the poor relationship that existed between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard during their ill-fated season together in Los Angeles. To sum it up as succinctly and politely as possible, Bryant is ruthlessly competitive, whereas Howard prefers to take a much lighter..." October 26

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    Bill Oram @billoram

    Lakers will apply for disabled player exception following Nash news. If granted, exception would be worth roughly $4.85 million.

  • Byron Scott says Lakers may need to trade for point guard

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers have their final preseason game Friday night, hosting the Sacramento Kings, and we’re going to see something that seemed impossible when camp opened but appears headed to become a regular season reality. Ronnie Price will start at the point, and Jeremy Lin will come off the..." October 25

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    Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard

    Keep eye on Tobias Harris. Won't sign ext w/Orlando b4 10/31. Restricted FA next summer. Nike deal gives him upgrade if he in LA, NY or CHI

  • Steve Nash to miss entire 2014-2015 season with nerve damage

    CBSSports.com "Bleacher Report reports that Lakers point guard and two-time-former MVP Steve Nash will miss the entire 2014-2015 season due to recurring nerve damage in his back. Nash is expected to be ruled out for the 2014-15 NBA season because of recurring nerve damage in his back, according to league..." October 24

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    Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

    Full press release on Nash including quotes from him and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. pic.twitter.com/FsuMq1JWis

  • Jeanie Buss thinks you're a loser if you don't want to play with Kobe

    CBSSports.com "The scuttlebutt around the league this week has been whether or not the assertion that Kobe Bryant is the cause for the downfall of the Los Angeles Lakers is a fair one. Following an article in ESPN The Magazine about Bryant being blamed for the reason Jim Buss and the Lakers have been unable to..." October 24

  • Lakers shut down Kobe for rest of preseason

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will sit out the team's final two preseason games, coach Byron Scott said Wednesday. The Lakers play the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday and Sacramento Kings on Friday. "I just think he needs some rest," Scott said. "I think he's shown me enough. I..." October 23

  • Lakers’ Jordan Hill envisions better season without Mike D’Antoni and alcohol

    L.A. Daily News "As he sat recently by his locker stall, Lakers forward Jordan Hill exuded a sense of peace. In his mind, all the hurdles that stood in his way from last season have since moved. Though he rarely said so publicly, Hill clashed philosophically with Mike D’Antoni’s small-ball system and believed..." October 22

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays.

  • Lakers' Jordan Hill: 'If Mike [D'Antoni] was here, I wouldn't be back'

    L.A. Daily News "As he sat recently by his locker stall, Lakers forward Jordan Hill exuded a sense of peace. In his mind, all the hurdles that stood in his way from last season have since moved. Though he rarely said so publicly, Hill clashed philosophically with Mike D’Antoni’s small-ball system and believed..." October 22

  • Kobe shrugs off critical article, cites 'cycle'

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he has learned the ebb and flow of the media cycle over the course of his 19-year career and that it has given him the perspective to decide when he wants to react to criticism and when he wants to let it go. In his first time speaking to media after an..." October 22

  • Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21

  • Is Kobe Bryant the reason for the Lakers downfall?

    ESPN.com "NOT LONG AFTER the final horn of Game 7 of the 2010 Finals, Champagne-soaked Lakers captain Derek Fisher, who carries a reputation as an NBA stoic, screamed with glee. "We just gettin' started, baby!" he bellowed from beneath his freshly minted back-to-back-title cap. In case anyone missed it, he..." October 21

  • Kobe Bryant believes Lakers will play “smashmouth basketball”

    Inside Socal "The NBA championship trophies sitting near the window in Jeanie Buss’ office may greet the Lakers every time they step foot on the practice floor. The celebrity starpower that still watch the Lakers at Staples Center may seem captivating. Even Byron Scott’s presence as the Lakers’ coach may spark..." October 21

  • Kobe Bryant to Julius Randle: You’re an idiot if you f*** this up

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle had one of his better games of the preseason on Sunday night against the Utah Jazz. The 19-year old scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. There will likely be some growing pains for Randle throughout the season, but Kobe Bryant..." October 20

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Lakers' Ryan Kelly out vs. Jazz with right hamstring injury http://t.co/vbTlFSsjCL

  • Xavier Henry seeks more treatment

    ESPN.com "Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry continues to have issues with his surgically repaired right knee and will miss the team's final four preseason games while seeking further medical treatment, the team announced Saturday. In the coming days, the 23-year-old will travel to New York City to..." October 19

  • Jeremy Lin takes sane approach to his opportunity with the Lakers

    Los Angeles Times "If you ever meet Jeremy Lin, don't bring up the "L" word. He doesn't like it. Definitely tries to create distance from it. That wild run in New York might as well have happened three decades, not three seasons, ago. The Lakers guard now considers himself more Linteresting than Linsanity,..." October 19

  • Nash optimistic, but return unknown

    ESPN Los Angeles "In his first public comments in nearly a week, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash said Saturday his health issues aren't as severe as those that kept him sidelined for all but 15 games last season. But it remains unclear when Nash, who specifically has had trouble with his back, will..." October 19

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    Brad Turner @BA_Turner

    Xavier Henry headed to New York for second opinion on right knee. Then he's going to Germany pic.twitter.com/0ufr9jcFoL

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    Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

    Byron says that @JClark5on is likely to play on Tues & hoping that @XavierHenry can get in at least 1 game before the regular season starts.

  • Kobe: Not motivated by ranking

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant grinned from ear to ear as the question was being lobbed his way, then the Los Angeles Lakers star offered a deep laugh. No, Bryant said after a pause, he did not consider ESPN.com ranking him as the 40th-best NBA player to be any form of motivation. "I've known for a long time..." October 18

  • Kobe Bryant calls ESPN a 'bunch of idiots'

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant doesn't sugar coat things and in his 19th season in the NBA it's doubtful he's going to start. ESPN released their annual rankings of NBA players and named Bryant as the 40th best in the league. Hard to believe but according to the "worldwide leader in sports" there are 39 players..." October 18

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Lakers coach Byron Scott on his philosophy on 3-pointers: "I don't believe it wins championships, gets you to the playoffs."

  • Kobe, Scott talk about limiting minutes, but no specifics are revealed

    ESPN Los Angeles "How many minutes will Kobe Bryant play per game this season? Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said Wednesday that he and his star have, in fact, reached an agreement on the matter, but Scott declined to reveal the exact figure. "His number was lower than mine," Scott said after Lakers..." October 16

  • NBA May Base Teams in Europe If Arenas Meet League’s Standards

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television..." October 16