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Mar 22, 2017
Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball
An ESPN feature story by Baxter Holmes revealed that the NBA has a bizarre fixation on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, dating back to the Boston Celtics’ championship run in 2008. There was a lot to take away from Holmes’ 4,000-word feature, but the most compelling tidbit came from then-Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton. Walton, according to the story, waged an impassioned war on behalf of PB&Js for his team last season.
Mar 20, 2017
numberFire
Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell will be asked to spend more time playing off-ball over the remainder of the season. What It Means: Head coach Luke Walton is using the remainder of the Lakers' lost season to evaluate the young talent on the team, and this will be part of that evaluation. Russell scored a career-high 40 points starting at shooting guard while Jordan Clarkson manned the point on Sunday, and he will likely continue to see plenty of minutes alongside Clarkson in the back-court moving forward. Russell has averaged 15.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.7...
Mar 18, 2017
Hoops Hype
These are the articles the top NBA reporters have been sharing on Twitter the last 24 hours. Enjoy! Lakers’ Walton to Bucks: Don’t touch my players – via espn.com March 18 03:09 AM Luke Walton had a simple message to the Bucks staffer who was allegedly involved in a players’ on-court scuffle during Friday’s Bucks-Lakers game, saying “don’t touch my damn players.” Shares The Friday Mailbag: Art and Opportunity – via espn.com March 17 05:11 PM Kevin Pelton, BIG Wos, Kaileigh Brandt, Justin Verrier, Zach Harper, Cian Fahey and briefly Tom Haberstroh answer...
Silver Screen and Roll 1 hour ago
The Lakers are trying to figure out if Larry Nance, Jr. or Julius Randle can shoot threes

The Lakers are trying to figure out if Larry Nance, Jr. or Julius Randle can shoot threes

So far, the returns are promising. LOS ANGELES- As Luke Walton sauntered past the Los Angeles Lakers’ court on his way into Staples Center hours before a recent loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, he saw something he didn’t like. Black ball cap slightly askew, Walton had spotted sophomore forward Larry Nance, Jr. and guard Tyler Ennis shooting 3-pointers, and sarcastically yelled at them to stop. "Neither one of you need to be working on those threes,” Walton said. “Neither one of you'll shoot them [in a game].” Nance looked over at Walton before yelling something back and launching a...
Canis Hoopus 7 hours ago
Game Thread #70: Wolves at Lakers

Game Thread #70: Wolves at Lakers

The Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) take on the Los Angeles Lakers (20-51) Who: Timberwolves and the Lakers What: Late season basketball Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA (also FS North) When: 9:30 pm CST Why: For the Wolves, it’s a chance to start the three-game road trip off on a good note while desperately clinging onto their 1% playoff chances. For the Lakers, who have already been officially eliminated, tonight’s contest is all about finding out how deep the tank really goes. They’ve dropped 14 of the last 15 games, and Luke Walton is starting to get antsy. In their last game...
Canis Hoopus 17 hours ago
Wolves at Lakers: Who Wants it Less?

Wolves at Lakers: Who Wants it Less?

A late game between two lottery teams in March! Whee! Wolves at Lakers9:30 pm CSTFS North Welp. A late March game from the West Coast between two teams going nowhere. That’s entertainment! On November 30th, the Lakers beat the Bulls to move to a surprising 10-10 on the season with a very young roster and first time head coach Luke Walton. Since then, it’s been a death march: They currently sit at 20-51, though to be fair they gave up trying to win a while ago. The Lakers have tumbled to the bottom of the Western Conference and have the second worst record in the NBA as they...
Los Angeles Times Mar 24, 2017

Long trips for one game don't sit well with Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton

In the NBA’s attempt to reduce games on consecutive nights and stretches of four games in five nights, the league has created a schedule quirk that annoys Lakers Coach Luke Walton: One-game trips several time zones away. The Lakers this season have played the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks,...
Orange County Register Mar 23, 2017
Lakers' Luke Walton strives to keep players focused as season winds down

Lakers' Luke Walton strives to keep players focused as season winds down

EL SEGUNDO – Even when the Lakers’ seasons ended in championship parades, this part of the NBA schedule seemed pointless, too. While the current Lakers (20-51) enter Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) at Staples Center...
Lake Show Life Mar 23, 2017

Luke Walton sends message to young Lakers that the team comes first

The Los Angeles Lakers were so bad in their embarrassing Tuesday night loss (133-109) to the Los Angeles Clippers that head coach Luke Walton benched his starters to begin the second-half. The Lakers just can’t seem to get it together and muster up any consistency. Be it youth, or worse, complacency, but they went from […] Luke Walton sends message to young Lakers that the team comes first - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - A Los Angeles Lakers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Silver Screen and Roll Mar 23, 2017
The Credits:

The Credits: "Death of a Dynasty" - Lakers Links

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Los Angeles Times Mar 22, 2017

Lakers report: Luke Walton uses benching to provide Brandon Ingram with a lesson in leadership

Brandon Ingram wasn’t among the players who lacked energy and effort at the beginning of the Lakers’ 133-109 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday night. But he was part of a starting lineup that did as a whole. Coach Luke Walton wasn’t interested in singling out anyone, so the whole group had to pay...
Orange County Register Mar 22, 2017
Lakers' Luke Walton pushing Brandon Ingram to be more of a vocal leader

Lakers' Luke Walton pushing Brandon Ingram to be more of a vocal leader

EL SEGUNDO – Once the Lakers gathered in the locker room, Coach Luke Walton did not just express his displeasure with his team’s play. He became so disgusted with the Lakers’ 30-point halftime deficit to the Clippers on Tuesday that he informed...
Silver Screen and Roll Mar 22, 2017
Luke Walton wants Jordan Clarkson to do more even when he isn’t scoring

Luke Walton wants Jordan Clarkson to do more even when he isn’t scoring

Seems like that isn’t too much to ask. Jordan Clarkson is far from the first player in sports history to let their scoring dictate how they play in other facets of the game, but Luke Walton thinks it’s time to move on from the habit. Clarkson possesses the physical tools to be at least a decent defender on the ball. Off it, his quickness should put him in position to nab a steal or two. His vertical athleticism should help him challenge for the occasional rebound in traffic. Walton has empowered him lately to help his teammates’ scoring. For Clarkson it pretty much comes down to...
Luke Walton waged war against the Warriors’ trainer over PB&J sandwiches and won

Luke Walton waged war against the Warriors’ trainer over PB&J sandwiches and won

An ESPN feature story by Baxter Holmes revealed that the NBA has a bizarre fixation on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, dating back to the Boston Celtics’ championship run in 2008. There was a lot to take away from Holmes’ 4,000-word feature, but the most compelling tidbit came from then-Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton. Walton, according to the story, waged an impassioned war on behalf of PB&Js for his team last season.
Los Angeles Daily News Mar 22, 2017
Lakers' Luke Walton pushing for Brandon Ingram to be more of a vocal leader

Lakers' Luke Walton pushing for Brandon Ingram to be more of a vocal leader

EL SEGUNDO - Once the Lakers gathered in the locker room, coach Luke Walton did not just express his displeasure with his team's play.He became so disgusted with the Lakers' 30-point halftime deficit to the Clippers on Tuesday that he informed his starters they would begin the second half on the bench.
Orange County Register Mar 22, 2017
Lakers' Luke Walton wants Jordan Clarkson to find other ways to contribute on poor shooting nights

Lakers' Luke Walton wants Jordan Clarkson to find other ways to contribute on poor shooting nights

LOS ANGELES – In theory, the latest lineup switch should have invigorated Jordan Clarkson. After all, the third-year guard appears most comfortable whenever he has the ball in his hands. In the Lakers’ 133-109 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday at...
Orange County Register Mar 21, 2017
Lakers' Luke Walton doesn't want Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. parked on the arc

Lakers' Luke Walton doesn't want Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. parked on the arc

LOS ANGELES – As Julius Randle fired 3-point shots after recent shootarounds and practices, he heard Lakers associate coach Brian Shaw say a few biting words. “He kept calling me scared,” Randle said before Tuesday’s game against the Clippers...
Inquisitr Mar 21, 2017
Los Angeles Lakers Encouraged By D’Angelo Russell’s play At Shooting Guard

Los Angeles Lakers Encouraged By D’Angelo Russell’s play At Shooting Guard

With the Los Angeles Lakers trekking through the final stretch of another disappointing season, first-year head coach Luke Walton has taken this opportunity to further evaluate the younger talent on the roster. Much of this focus has been on the play of second-year guard D’Angelo Russell. It has been an interesting last couple of weeks for Russell having seen his role with the team see some major changes. Walton had benched him last week in favor of third-year guard Jordan Clarkson to see what he can do with the point guard duties in the starting lineup. This move to the bench had also...

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