4:41 AM EDT, Thu May 25, 2017
6 hours ago
Lakers News: Magic Johnson wants Brandon Ingram to gets stronger, D’Angelo Russell to improve as a leader

Lakers News: Magic Johnson wants Brandon Ingram to gets stronger, D’Angelo Russell to improve as a leader

The kids cant complain about ambiguity, that’s for sure. Under Byron Scott, many of the younger Los Angeles Lakers felt that communication was lacking. With Magic Johnson at the helm as the team president and face of the organization moving forward, that certainly can’t be a complaint any longer. Johnson went on ESPN Los Angeles to answer several questions, including those obligatory ones about LaVar Ball and Kobe Bryant because of course, but really dropped some interesting information regarding what he’s expecting from various parts of the Lakers’ young core. This kind of...
7 hours ago
Magic Johnson said Kobe Bryant is helping the Lakers evaluate their own players

Magic Johnson said Kobe Bryant is helping the Lakers evaluate their own players

He is also still planning to work out with their young core. How badly the Los Angeles Lakers want Kobe Bryant to help their organization is hardly a secret. Lakers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka have both spoken about it multiple times, although Bryant has always said in interviews he’s much more open to a behind-the-scenes role. That’s fine with Johnson, although the type of backstage assistance Bryant is giving the Lakers might be a little bit unexpected. "We're happy that Kobe wants to be a part of the Lakers organization,” Johnson said during...
7 hours ago
Magic Johnson says if Lonzo Ball doesn’t have a problem with his father, the Lakers don’t either

Magic Johnson says if Lonzo Ball doesn’t have a problem with his father, the Lakers don’t either

Los Angeles’ leader gave a thoughtful answer on LaVar Ball’s involvement in his son’s life. At this point basically every member of the Los Angeles Lakers organization who has had a microphone put in front of them in the last week has been asked for their thoughts on Lonzo Ball and his father, LaVar Ball. Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka has said the team isn’t worried about LaVar Ball. Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton said he’s not concerned because of his own father’s “loud personality.” Larry Nance, Jr. said he respects how proud LaVar Ball is of his son, while some fans...
8 hours ago
Uproar over D’Angelo Russell liking anti-Lonzo Ball tweet speaks to larger issue: Stop stalking athletes

Uproar over D’Angelo Russell liking anti-Lonzo Ball tweet speaks to larger issue: Stop stalking athletes

This is the kind of thing that makes athletes hate fans. A weird trend has popped up as social media continues to shape what fans think they know about the athletes they root for. It’s reached a point where, honestly, professional athletes are probably better off staying off social media. Fans can’t help themselves. The potential retweets and likes drive some to stalking. Most recently, D’Angelo Russell found himself in the middle of one of the year’s dumbest “controversies” after a fan unearthed a tweet Russell liked regarding his potential backcourt mate. Russell is...
10 hours ago
VIDEO: Julius Randle's gritty summer workouts have led to some unbelievable results

VIDEO: Julius Randle's gritty summer workouts have led to some unbelievable results

Los Angeles’ forward looks cut. The Los Angeles Lakers may have hired a new director of strength and endurance training Wednesday, but Julius Randle hasn’t been sitting around all summer waiting to be told how to train. The third-year forward is eligible for an extension this season, and he’s wasted no time over the summer, clearly trying to follow the Lakers front office’s edict that he needs to get into the best shape of his life this summer. Randle appears to be on track to do so, and multiple videos of his insanely gritty offseason routines have surfaced this month, with the...
11 hours ago
NBA Draft Rumors: Lakers reportedly haven’t decided on Lonzo Ball and ‘love’ De’Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson

NBA Draft Rumors: Lakers reportedly haven’t decided on Lonzo Ball and ‘love’ De’Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson

The front office wants to take their time before deciding on a prospect. The Los Angeles Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball with the second overall may seem all but preordained, but according the Chris McGee of Spectrum Sportsnet, the team isn’t yet certain who they’ll go with. "I absolutely do not think it's a foregone conclusion, I actually think it's probably 50/50, 60/40 in favor of Ball in the Lakers front office,” McGee said during an appearance on Locked on Lakers. “Guys love De'Aaron Fox in that front office, because what's there not to love? The kid is one of the best athletes in...
12 hours ago
Lakers Draft News: UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford says LaVar Ball isn’t a problem

Lakers Draft News: UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford says LaVar Ball isn’t a problem

It sounds like he doesn’t think there is trouble Bruin in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers have the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and given that it seems like a foregone conclusion they’ll select UCLA freshman sensation Lonzo Ball, the primary debate about the pick has of course centered on Ball’s fit with the Lakers and how good of a player he is. Just kidding, people have mostly just talked about his father, LaVar Ball, and with (somewhat) good reason. In just the last few weeks, LaVar Ball has said he won’t stop talking until the Lakers draft his son, for some...
13 hours ago
Lakers Podcast: Chris McGee on Lonzo and LaVar Ball, the NBA Draft, potential Paul George trades and more

Lakers Podcast: Chris McGee on Lonzo and LaVar Ball, the NBA Draft, potential Paul George trades and more

Los Angeles is in for a busy month. The Los Angeles Lakers may not be in the postseason, but the team has certainly been busy over the summer. The front office has been working out countless candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft, and with rumors about Paul George and Lonzo Ball’s father doing interviews with every media outlet that will have him, there certainly doesn’t seem to be an “off” in the “offseason.” To discuss everything going on around the Lakers, host Harrison Faigen kicked Anthony Irwin off the show and brought on Chris McGee of Spectrum Sportsnet for wide-ranging...
13 hours ago
Lakers hire famed celebrity and athlete trainer Gunnar Peterson as director of strength and endurance training

Lakers hire famed celebrity and athlete trainer Gunnar Peterson as director of strength and endurance training

Los Angeles has added to its athletics support staff. The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Gunnar Peterson as director of strength and endurance training, according to a team press release. The Lakers say Peterson “will design and implement a strength and conditioning program for the team with the goal of keeping the players performing at elite levels throughout the NBA season.” Peterson’s prior experience includes working with “some of the top entertainers and athletes in the world,” including athletes from the “NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, USTA, boxing and various NCAA sports.” Peterson...
14 hours ago
Lakers News: Byron Scott is still hyper-critical of D’Angelo Russell’s work ethic

Lakers News: Byron Scott is still hyper-critical of D’Angelo Russell’s work ethic

The Lakers’ former coach didn’t filter himself. The Los Angeles Lakers’ future is brighter than ever, but it had to reach its darkest point before the sun could rise again. That bottom-of-the-barrel moment came under former head coach Byron Scott, who helmed the Lakers for back-to-back franchise lows. LA has luckily cashed out on the fallout, ending up with four lottery picks in the last four years. One of those lottery picks, D’Angelo Russell, still hasn’t quite found his way out of Scott’s glare. Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News hosted Scott on the We Want Tacos...
15 hours ago
Byron Scott felt betrayed by Lakers front office after firing

Byron Scott felt betrayed by Lakers front office after firing

The former head coach did not think he should’ve been fired. After helming the Los Angeles Lakers teams with the two worst records in franchise history during his two-year tenure while benching the team’s developing players more often than most fans would like, there weren’t a ton of people who felt like Byron Scott being fired last summer was unfair. Aside from record and rotations, Scott also failed to improve the team’s defense, and his consistent criticism of the Lakers’ most promising young players in the media lowered their value in the eyes of both local fans and (likely)...
17 hours ago
Lakers Draft News: Kadeem Allen hopes defensive prowess earns him NBA shot

Lakers Draft News: Kadeem Allen hopes defensive prowess earns him NBA shot

Allen was an elite defender at Arizona, drawing comparisons to Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson The Los Angeles Lakers worked out Arizona guard Kadeem Allen on Tuesday in their second pre-draft workout. It was the seventh workout for Allen, who hails from the same school as Luke Walton. “It’s always fun playing in front of all the Arizona guys, especially a head coach like him,” Allen said. Allen, 24, averaged 9.8 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting at Arizona this past season. The 6’3 guard is ranked 75th on DraftExpress’ list of Top 100 prospects and is expected to...
May 23, 2017
Lakers Draft News: Larry Nance, Jr. explains why he respects LaVar Ball's relationship with Lonzo

Lakers Draft News: Larry Nance, Jr. explains why he respects LaVar Ball's relationship with Lonzo

Really makes you think. Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers are the tag team champions of sports media content after the purple and gold moved up to snag the No. 2 pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. Just about every mock draft projects Lonzo to the Lakers, and just about every Laker official that’s gotten in front of a microphone has to talk about the Ball family. Add Larry Nance, Jr. to the list of Lakers who’ve given their two cents on Lonzo. Nance, Jr. stopped by ESPN Los Angeles 710, sharing his thoughts not only on Lonzo’s game, but LaVar’s involvement. “He seems awesome,”...
May 23, 2017
Watch Kobe Bryant break down what makes the Warriors' offense so deadly

Watch Kobe Bryant break down what makes the Warriors' offense so deadly

Another trip back to the #MuseCage with Kobe. Kobe Bryant’s “Canvas” films for ESPN have quickly become must-watch affairs. It’s fairly normal for athletes to go into in-studio analysis for television networks like ESPN after they retire, but the way Bryant has used his oft-stated love for story-telling to create unique short films about why he feels certain players or teams have had success have been fascinating (as has his use of a purple snake puppet). Bryant’s latest breakdown featured the retired superstar explaining the Golden State Warriors’ success, and the reason he...
May 23, 2017
Lakers Draft News: Luke Walton is a very big fan of Lonzo Ball’s game

Lakers Draft News: Luke Walton is a very big fan of Lonzo Ball’s game

Walton’s been very complimentary of Lonzo’s game. Is Lonzo Ball headed to the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft? Who knows, but with the amount of coverage the story is getting from just about every direction, the entire world seems to be assisting LaVar Ball in speaking it into existence. One of the most ridiculous amazing things about covering the Lakers is you never know when TMZ Sports might just catch someone from the team out and about. Walton was enjoying a sunny California day at a charity event in Manhattan Beach when their cameras caught up with...