3:07 PM EDT, Mon April 24, 2017
7 mins ago
Lakers News: Magic Johnson didn’t see a star on the roster before taking the job, per Jeanie Buss

Lakers News: Magic Johnson didn’t see a star on the roster before taking the job, per Jeanie Buss

He advised they build around the coach, instead. Heading into the offseason, much of the analysis and predicting surrounding the direction the Los Angeles Lakers might go with Magic Johnson at the helm has been some version of “they’re going to try to win now”. For just about everyone with insight into the organization’s preferences, the tea leaves have pointed to some type of roster upheaval. Which, fine. On some level, it’s hard to blame the front office for wanting to put Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak’s decisions behind them, like some kind of lion killing the cubs of a...
21 mins ago
Jeanie Buss says she’ll send dragons after anyone who messes with the Lakers

Jeanie Buss says she’ll send dragons after anyone who messes with the Lakers

She probably means metaphorically, but who knows? Rich people have cool stuff. Los Angeles Lakers co-owner and former Vice President of Basketball Operations Jim Buss learned the hard way this season that his sister, Team Governor Jeanie Buss, doesn’t mess around when it comes to her team. Jeanie Buss easily thwarted Jim and Johnny Buss’ attempt at a coup to take over the team in court, and forced her remaining siblings to basically make her Governor for Life” (patent pending). During an appearance on the “Open Run” podcast, she offered a warning for anyone else thinking of...
14 hours ago
Kobe Bryant compared himself to a great white shark and said he could’ve scored 90 points in his last Lakers game

Kobe Bryant compared himself to a great white shark and said he could’ve scored 90 points in his last Lakers game

Come read the most peak Kobe quotes of all-time. Kobe Bryant has always been a little bit different. The now-retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar spent his career drawing inspiration not just from his opponents and critics alike, but also from the animal kingdom and (apparently) music. In his quest to be a “different animal and the same beast,” Bryant would often turn to nontraditional sources for tips on how to succeed. There was the time he credited his lightning-quick, deadly step-back watching film of cheetahs, and more recently when he watched great white sharks hunt seals in order...
Apr 22, 2017
The young Lakers look like they’re having a blast working with Magic Johnson

The young Lakers look like they’re having a blast working with Magic Johnson

The team’s new president is conducting things differently than his predecessors. On some level, the reason so many Los Angeles Lakers fans get excited when the team says it wants its players to work out with Kobe Bryant is the same reason they were happy the team hired Magic Johnson: It’s cool to see your favorite team’s current players get to pick the brains of its past greats. Johnson will obviously be doing a lot more than that, and the tips he gives the young Lakers aren’t the main way he’ll help return the franchise to relevance, but there is an intangible benefit to having...
Apr 22, 2017
Lakers News: Luol Deng says he could see a lot of change on the horizon

Lakers News: Luol Deng says he could see a lot of change on the horizon

Could it start with him being shown the door? To say Luol Deng’s contract is a point of contention among Los Angeles Lakers fans is an understatement along the lines of “Kobe Bryant is pretty popular in the greater Los Angeles area”. He’s currently in the third year of a four-year deal worth roughly eleventy billion dollars and had most fans wondering if he was actually alive for the first part of the year. This season was by no definition a success, and he seems intent upon changing that heading into the summer. To his credit, Deng has handled the season very professionally and...
Apr 22, 2017
Lakers News: Luol Deng says he wants to play power forward more next season

Lakers News: Luol Deng says he wants to play power forward more next season

Los Angeles’ highest-paid player wants to maximize his talents by moving up a position. When the Los Angeles Lakers handed Luol Deng a four-year contract reportedly worth $72 million last summer, it was one of the most scrutinized deals of the off-season. Would it be an overpay? Would Deng block minutes from Brandon Ingram? Would he be able to play his most effective position from the season before (power forward) in the Lakers’ crowded frontcourt? The answers to those questions were: “Yes,” “kind of” and “not really.” Deng has already said he wants to “shut up” his...
Apr 21, 2017
Magic Johnson says he was conflicted about the Lakers’ late-season winning streak

Magic Johnson says he was conflicted about the Lakers’ late-season winning streak

He didn’t quite admit to being on #TeamTank, but he only kind of denied it. The Los Angeles Lakers looked all-but-assured to finish with the second-worst overall record in the NBA until a late-season 5-5 stretch helped catapult them past the Phoenix Suns in the standings. In a vacuum, the team’s young core showing the ability to string together some success at the NBA level would be a good thing, but the stint cost them the 55.8 percent chance to keep their top-three protected overall pick they would have received if they had finished with the second-worst record in the NBA. They will...
Apr 21, 2017
Lakers Trade Rumors: Magic Johnson basically admitted he wants Paul George

Lakers Trade Rumors: Magic Johnson basically admitted he wants Paul George

He technically still isn’t leaking anything! When Magic Johnson was hired as team president of the Los Angeles Lakers, he was pretty adamant about not leaking personnel rumors of any kind. Mission. Accomplished. Rather than go through the trouble of finding an agent to leak something through a reporter who might not quite get the message correctly to an audience who might misread the situation, Magic is letting everyone get everything from the source — not sources. At the trade deadline, Magic announced to the public that Lou Williams was on the trade block and garnering quite a bit...
Apr 21, 2017
Lakers Podcast: ESPN’s John Ireland thinks Magic Johnson will ‘shuffle the deck’ this summer

Lakers Podcast: ESPN’s John Ireland thinks Magic Johnson will ‘shuffle the deck’ this summer

There could be big changes on the horizon for Los Angeles’ roster. Media exit interviews continue on Locked on Lakers, this time with ESPN and Spectrum SportsNet’s John Ireland, who joined for what is now his third show. Before he joined, we intro’d the show by covering some of the day’s topics, starting with Magic Johnson being so adamant about the Lakers’ conditioning. It also turns out I don’t know nearly enough about my wife’s education. Then, we’d be remiss not to mention the vitriol resulting from a column I wrote about the Lakers and Carmelo Anthony. Harrison gives...
Apr 20, 2017
The Lakers offered a sneak preview of their new training facility

The Lakers offered a sneak preview of their new training facility

Spoiler alert: It looks nice. When the Los Angeles Lakers return next season after another long summer, it’ll be to new digs. Next season will be the Lakers’ first in their still-under-construction UCLA Heath Training Center, and if the latest Twitter photo the team shared is anything to go by, it’s going to be nice: Not one, but two courts with the freshly painted purple and gold. #TeamUCLALakers pic.twitter.com/VxTwERMsT6— UCLA Health TC (@UCLAHealthTC) April 21, 2017 The Lakers’ new dual court set-up is an upgrade from their current spot at the Toyota Sports Center, which...
Apr 20, 2017
Magic Johnson says any Lakers players who don’t come to training camp in shape ‘won’t see the court’

Magic Johnson says any Lakers players who don’t come to training camp in shape ‘won’t see the court’

He outlined the rest of his off-season plans in a recent interview. When the Los Angeles Lakers held their exit interviews last week, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson was conspicuously absent. When speaking to Spectrum Sportsnet at a recent Los Angeles Dodgers game, however, Johnson gave anyone seeking his thoughts on the team his two cents on their plans for the summer. “I’m happy with the direction we’re headed. We’ve got a great strategy. Whether we keep the pick, in terms of the top-three (protected) pick, or not,” Johnson said. The Lakers will only keep their...
Apr 20, 2017
D’Angelo Russell says he doesn’t understand tanking

D’Angelo Russell says he doesn’t understand tanking

Apparently fans were angry with him for winning. Come on, fans. For whatever reason, people seem to lack an understanding of what tanking is. This kind of makes sense, given how rarely the Los Angeles Lakers have put their fans through that experience, but one would hope that after four years of this stuff, they’d understand the concept a little better. Just so we’re all clear, tanking is when teams play worse players with the intention to lose on purpose. By this definition, it’s literally impossible to imply the Lakers are tanking anytime D’Angelo Russell is on the court. Same...
Apr 20, 2017
Lakers News: D’Angelo Russell plans to ‘reach out’ to Kobe Bryant this summer

Lakers News: D’Angelo Russell plans to ‘reach out’ to Kobe Bryant this summer

Will the two train together? One of the major pieces of “news” to come out of the Los Angeles Lakers’ exit interviews was that Brandon Ingram was planning to work out with Kobe Bryant this summer. Ingram wants to make it happen, and so do Rob Pelinka and Luke Walton. Part of the reason the Lakers want Ingram to work out with Bryant is probably because he never played with the legendary shooting guard, something D’Angelo Russell did do during his rookie season. As for whether or not Russell plans to join Ingram in setting something up with Bryant, he told Drew Ruiz of Slam Magazine...
Apr 20, 2017
Why the Lakers should consider trading for Carmelo Anthony

Why the Lakers should consider trading for Carmelo Anthony

Let’s really talk this out. Carmelo Anthony and the Los Angeles Lakers have been connected more than any player and team in recent memory without any real report about trade talks having taken place. In the coming months, that’s sure to change, but for now, the Lakers have a few serious questions to ask themselves about the player they once chased and fell short with in free agency only a couple years ago. This is simply too good an opportunity to pass up, so let’s try to answer a few of those questions right here. How did we get here? When Phil Jackson basically announced to the...
Apr 19, 2017
Kobe Bryant describes Staples Center as ‘magical,’ wants to see the Olympics in Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant describes Staples Center as ‘magical,’ wants to see the Olympics in Los Angeles

Can the Mamba help make this happen? Similarly to how the Los Angeles Lakers have had issues recruiting free agents over the past several season, the city of Los Angeles has faced a few issues in attempting to land the 2024 Summer Olympics. Depending on who you read or listen to, rumor’s had it Kobe Bryant wasn’t always the greatest salesman for the task with potential teammates, but that isn’t stopping him from trying to fill the arena he played in with stars from all over the world. Bryant has plenty of reason to look back on his time at Staples Center fondly. Here are his...