3:21 PM EST, Mon February 27, 2017
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Spurs’ Gregg Popovich acknowledges large markets’ importance in the NBA

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich acknowledges large markets’ importance in the NBA

Well, yeah. But he also says the wine out here is great! For whatever reason, the NBA has taken it upon itself to do whatever it can to level the playing field and, in the process, it’s seemed to make things harder on small markets trying to compete with Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich didn’t touch on whether the attempts to micromanage cap rules has hurt the league, but he did acknowledge how important larger markets are for the NBA as a whole. This, coming from someone who has obviously had immense success in a smaller market, should...
3 hours ago
The Lakers have unleashed a newfound passing attack following the Lou Williams trade

The Lakers have unleashed a newfound passing attack following the Lou Williams trade

The results have been mixed, but Los Angeles is swinging the ball around more than ever since the All-Star break. LOS ANGELES — Any list of players including names like James Harden, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins figures to be a prestigious one. Such company might not be where most would expect to find the name Lou Williams, but the former Los Angeles Lakers guard’s usage rate put him in the top-20 in the statistic so far this season, ahead of names like LeBron James and barely behind John Wall. With Williams (and the team-high 30 percent of possessions he used for the Lakers...
12 hours ago
Lakers Podcast: Picking apart the Lakers’ loss to the Spurs

Lakers Podcast: Picking apart the Lakers’ loss to the Spurs

There wasn’t a whole lot of good, but we found a couple small bright spots amid a mostly awful game. The Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs featured plenty of eye-popping (and bad) numbers, from Julius Randle’s shooting percentage to the Lakers posting more turnovers than assists on a day the silver and black put on a ball movement clinic. There were still a few small positives for anyone willing to squint though, and host Harrison Faigen was joined by Bryant Freese of Silver Screen and Roll to discuss Brandon Ingram’s new career-high, Jordan Clarkson’s new role,...
19 hours ago
Tyler Ennis’ debut a bright spot in Lakers loss to Spurs

Tyler Ennis’ debut a bright spot in Lakers loss to Spurs

Los Angeles’ trade deadline acquisition acquitted himself well in limited minutes. LOS ANGELES- The Lakers 119-98 drubbing at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs left little room for positives takeaways from the purple and gold. The team posted more turnovers (18) than assists (16), and trailed by double-digits for the grand majority of the game. Despite the ugly result, for trade deadline acquisition Tyler Ennis, it was a thrill just to be out there. “Putting on the jersey is an honor for anybody. I'll always remember this first day,” Ennis said. Some may end up remembering it for...
21 hours ago
Lakers vs. Spurs Final Score: Sunday slaughter as Lakers lose 119-98

Lakers vs. Spurs Final Score: Sunday slaughter as Lakers lose 119-98

Kawhi Leonard got straight to business. The Los Angeles Lakers had their lunch money taken from them in an early 119-98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Sunday afternoon. The matinee experience was that of a horror film, with the Lakers playing victim of the slasher film. That would make Kawhi Leonard the antagonist, butchering the Lakers from the opening tip-off. Leonard scored 16 points in the first quarter alone, dominating the purple and gold. It didn’t matter if the ridiculously long arms of Brandon Ingram were up to challenge his shot, he made six of his first eight attempts and...
Feb 26, 2017
The Credits:

The Credits: "Cowboy Up" - Lakers Links

The Spurs are in town for a matinee game against the Lakers! Lakers News Spurs bring seven-game win streak against Lakers into Staples (Feb 26, 2017) | FOX Sports Lakers' Players Starting Over To Impress New Front Office - RealGM Wiretap Warriors Expected To Sign Jose Calderon - RealGM Wiretap Magic Johnson's Belief In Laker Exceptionalism When It Matters Less - RealGM Analysis Lakers GM Rob Pelinka's Clients Could Be Poached By Rival Agents | SI.com LaVar Ball clarifies remarks about UCLA Bruins star Lonzo Ball only playing for Los Angeles Lakers - ESPN NBA.com LeBron James sits with...
Feb 26, 2017
Lakers vs. Spurs Game Preview: A matinee with Popovich

Lakers vs. Spurs Game Preview: A matinee with Popovich

Getcha’ popcorn ready. The Los Angeles Lakers are back home for their first game at STAPLES Center since the All-Star break in an early matinee game Sunday afternoon. The catch? It’s against the San Antonio Spurs. Yes, the Lakers, who looked like they sorely missed Lou William’s scoring punch at times against the Oklahoma City Thunder, now have the NBA’s best defensive team to deal with. The Spurs allow a league-best 101 points per 100 possessions, and still have a top-five offense to go with it. The Lakers have compiled the second-worst defensive rating and still have a...
Feb 26, 2017
Jose Calderon is ‘expected’ to sign with the Warriors in free agency once the Lakers buy him out

Jose Calderon is ‘expected’ to sign with the Warriors in free agency once the Lakers buy him out

It sounds like the veteran will go from the lottery to ring chasing. The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly talking about buying out little-used reserve Jose Calderon. It sounds like that is pretty much a done deal, because Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the “Warriors are expected to sign Jose Calderon once he works out a buyout with the Lakers.” Calderon has by all accounts been a solid mentor for the younger Lakers, and has never groused about his playing time coming and going based on injuries elsewhere in the rotation. Calderon is averaging career-lows in...
Feb 25, 2017
Lonzo Ball’s father says his son ‘will only play for the Lakers’

Lonzo Ball’s father says his son ‘will only play for the Lakers’

He also may not totally know how the draft works. With rumors of Indiana Pacers star Paul George wanting to return to play for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers circulating in recent days, it’s worth wondering just how much L.A. natives and their families want them to end up on the Lakers in general. In the case of UCLA freshman sensation Lonzo Ball, the answer might be a lot, at least if you listen to his father. "My son will only play for the Lakers,” LaVar Ball said during an appearance on The Kevin and Mike Show, a local Arizona sports radio show. The context of Ball’s comments is...
Feb 25, 2017
Lakers reportedly talking buyout with Jose Calderon; Houston, Golden State interested

Lakers reportedly talking buyout with Jose Calderon; Houston, Golden State interested

This was to be expected. In a move that was to be expected once the trade deadline came and went with Jose Calderon still on the Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting the two sides are discussing a buyout. Calderon was acquired as a veteran to help mentor the young Lakers and also as a means to land a couple extra second rounders from the Chicago Bulls, who were looking to shed salary. He’s since fallen out of the rotation, though has remained very professional throughout the season, as ESPN’s John Ireland mentioned on the “Locked on Lakers” podcast January 10. To...
Feb 24, 2017
Nick Young thought the Lakers had traded him to the Rockets

Nick Young thought the Lakers had traded him to the Rockets

NBA players watch for Woj bombs: They’re just like us! One minute. A solitary minute was all that elapsed between Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical’s first tweet about the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring Tyler Ennis from the Houston Rockets and his second one, revealing that they had sent Marcelo Huertas back in exchange. That may not seem like much time for NBA fans just sitting on Twitter waiting for Woj bombs to drop, but for NBA players trying to figure out what city they’ll be playing in the rest of the year, it probably feels like an eternity. During his postgame interview on...
Feb 24, 2017
Lakers vs. Thunder Final Score: Russell Westbrook’s triple-double drops Lakers 110-93

Lakers vs. Thunder Final Score: Russell Westbrook’s triple-double drops Lakers 110-93

Both Russells played hard. The All-Star break didn’t change much in the results column for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook got off to a slow start but turned it around in the second half, messing around for a 17-point, 19-rebound, 17-assist triple-double. Magic Johnson was in the building to observe the culture and work happening around the team he’s now in charge of developing. He also stopped by the booth to chat with Stu and Bill, providing similar insights as he’s been discussing since the shocking announcement. D’Angelo...
Feb 24, 2017
Lakers Highlights: Brandon Ingram welcomed Taj Gibson to the Thunder by dunking on him

Lakers Highlights: Brandon Ingram welcomed Taj Gibson to the Thunder by dunking on him

Even his poster dunks look understated. Brandon Ingram’s length allows him to have an unusually relaxed looking game. The rookie just never looks rushed, and his dunk on Taj Gibson looked downright casual: Get out of the way, Taj. pic.twitter.com/TEhw2w4yfV— Lakers Outsiders (@LakersOutsiders) February 25, 2017 “Oh, were you there? Sorry, I didn’t see you.”- Ingram, probably. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.
Feb 24, 2017
Jordan Clarkson and Luol Deng have no idea how pregame handshakes work

Jordan Clarkson and Luol Deng have no idea how pregame handshakes work

But they’re having fun, so it’s okay. The Los Angeles Lakers signed Luol Deng in part for his veteran leadership. Theoretically, the 12-year veteran could teach the Lakers’ younger players plenty of valuable lessons about good work habits and what it takes to succeed in the NBA. Those lessons evidently do not include how to properly execute a pregame handshake: @LakersOutsiders pic.twitter.com/Jj3V4EbYQr— Just Here To Read (@NBAThinkPieces) February 25, 2017 Their execution might be lacking, but it looks like they’re enjoying themselves, so I guess it still counts as...
Feb 24, 2017
Lakers Trade Rumors: Multiple teams reportedly inquired about Jordan Clarkson before the deadline

Lakers Trade Rumors: Multiple teams reportedly inquired about Jordan Clarkson before the deadline

Los Angeles rebuffed all offers for their third-year reserve. Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton said Friday that Jordan Clarkson would be one of the recipients of extra fourth quarter playing time now that Lou Williams has been traded, but if other teams had their way, Clarkson would have been sent out as well. "Leading up to yesterday's trade deadline, almost every time the Lakers fielded a phone call, they were asked about Jordan Clarkson and his availability,” said Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum Sportsnet on the network’s pregame broadcast before the Lakers took on the Oklahoma...