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Orange County Register

Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. available vs. Jazz, but unclear if he will play

LOS ANGELES – After suffering injuries that made significant dents in their backcourt, the Lakers received at least some positive news surrounding the team’s health. With Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. telling Lakers coach Luke Walton “he feels...

Los Angeles Times

Five takeaways from the Lakers 107-101 loss to the Utah Jazz

It feels repetitive to say it, but the fact that the Lakers had a chance in their game Monday against the Utah Jazz was remarkable. They were down three guards, and though forward Larry Nance Jr. would have been able to play in an emergency, Lakers Coach Luke Walton preferred not to use him. They...

Deseret Morning News

No Coach Snyder, no problem for Utah Jazz in 107-102 road win over Lakers

The Jazz coach was unable to coach because of an illness, but Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood pulled through...

Los Angeles Times

Luke Walton recalls his early coaching experience at Memphis with Tarik Black

The city of Memphis played an important role in Lakers Coach Luke Walton’s path to coaching.  In 2011 Walton, then a Lakers forward, served as an assistant coach with the University of Memphis while the lockout that delayed the start of the 2011-12 NBA season was in effect. It was here he realized...

San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors’ Steve Kerr named Western Conference Coach of the Month

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been named Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in October and November, the NBA announced Friday morning. In its 43-point rout of the Lakers on Nov. 23, Golden State set a franchise record with 47 assists. The Warriors’ Nov. 18 win at Boston marked Kerr’s 150th career regular-season victory, making him the fastest coach to reach that feat in NBA history. In tying the third-longest streak in franchise history with 12 wins, Golden State had only three margins of victory in single digits.

Orange County Register

Lakers are better equipped to survive injuries this season

EL SEGUNDO – For the Lakers to be any good, the preseason assumptions went, things would have to go perfectly. The margins were razor thin: First-year coach Luke Walton would have to see immediate results, young players would need to improve by...

Los Angeles Times

Lakers guard Lou Williams provides needed late-game scoring

With two hurt starters and other players with nagging injuries, Lakers Coach Luke Walton has spent the last week pouring over each and every lineup that could help his team win games.  So when Walton made a joking suggestion as to how he may use Lou Williams on his team’s upcoming road trip, it...

Luke Walton After Lakers Beat Atlanta Hawks, 109-94

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton after their victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Walton says the Lakers bench is one of the best units of 5 (bench or starters) that is playing in the NBA. They jumped out to a 22-6 run to start the second quarter to t

San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors’ Draymond Green, Ian Clark out against Minnesota

Draymond Green and Ian Clark will miss the Warriors’ Saturday night game against Minnesota at Oracle Arena, head coach Steve Kerr said. In the third quarter of Friday’s win over the Lakers at Staples Center, Clark crumpled to the floor trying to defend a Lou Williams layup attempt. Both players headed to the locker room and did not return to the game. During his postgame media scrum, Green said he would see how he felt in the morning but expected to play against the Timberwolves. The second-year forward, who was limited to five games last season with two hip surgeries, will open the...

Orange County Register

Warriors' Andre Iguodala offered Lakers' rookie Brandon Ingram perspective on bench role

LOS ANGELES – As Lakers forward Brandon Ingram ran up and down the court during Summer League play, plenty of focus centered on his physical readiness. Behind the scenes, Lakers coach Luke Walton worked on something else to ensure Ingram’s...

San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors eager to evaluate Damian Jones’ D-League stint

“We haven’t even seen Jones play basketball yet,” head coach Steve Kerr said before Friday night’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. Jones, 21, tore his right pectoral muscle while weight lifting 12 days before going 30th overall to the Warriors in June’s NBA draft. During non-contact work the past month, he impressed coaches with his defensive awareness and developing midrange game. At 7-foot, 245 pounds with a 7-2 wingspan, he has prototypical size and strength to patrol the paint in the NBA. Forward Julius Randle (hip pointer) and guard Nick Young (sprained toe,...

Luke Walton On Brandon Ingram & Jordan Clarkson Starting

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton after their loss to the Golden State Warriors, says it looked like a Thanksgiving food hangover. Walton said he thought the guys played hard, but not hard AND smart. Walton talks about having three guys out of th

Los Angeles Times

Julius Randle and Nick Young are doubtful for Lakers game against Warriors on Friday

The Lakers could be down three starters when they host the Warriors at Staples Center on Friday night.  At shootaround Friday morning, Lakers Coach Luke Walton said both Julius Randle (hip pointer) and Nick Young (sprained toe) are doubtful for the 7:30 p.m. tip off.  Randle did not play in the...

CSN Bay Area

Warriors nab record 47 assists in rout of Lakers

OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr tends to grin when he looks at the stat sheet and sees his team has at least 30 assists.

San Francisco Chronicle

Andre Iguodala rounding into form for Warriors

The Warriors forward has an achy back, creaky knees and a nagging hamstring injury. Iguodala has shot 5-of-10 from three-point range over his past two games, a far cry from the 24-percent clip (6-of-25) he owned over his previous 12. “Now his shot looks like they’re coming,” head coach Steve Kerr said before Golden State’s home game Wednesday night against the Lakers. Iguodala was the leader of Golden State’s much-heralded second unit the past two seasons, a plus-minus master who was named MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals. Kerr has started staggering his substitution patterns to...

San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors not surprised by Luke Walton’s early success with Lakers

Shaun Livingston first noticed Luke Walton had the makings of an NBA head coach four years ago. “When he spoke out during team meetings or in practice, you could tell he had that vibe,” said Livingston, a backup point guard on that Cavaliers team. Walton returns to Oracle Arena for the first time Wednesday night since he left Steve Kerr’s Warriors staff to take over the Lakers. Picked in September by Las Vegas’ Westgate SuperBook to finish with the NBA’s second-worst record, Los Angeles has used a fun, up-tempo style to open 8-7. While Kerr recovered from complications from...

Los Angeles Times

Lakers report for Tuesday

Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell did not practice Monday because of a sore left knee. Coach Luke Walton said Russell reported his knee felt the same as it did Sunday, when he played 22 minutes in the Lakers’ 118-110 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers kept him out of practice as a precaution....

Los Angeles Times

The Lakers' poor defensive start is part of the process

From the start of the preseason, Lakers Coach Luke Walton made it clear that his young team will take incremental steps in the right direction.  Walton’s measured approach has not wavered through 14 games, and what promises to be a drawn-out learning process has been most visible on the defensive...

Orange County Register

Final: Lakers defense can't stop Bulls in 118-110 loss

LOS ANGELES – The message became ingrained through nearly every training camp drill, film session and practice. For all the focus on the Lakers’ accelerated development and their empowerment under coach Luke Walton, the Lakers’ coach actually...

Orange County Register

Lakers notes: Luke Walton won't field morning shootarounds before Sunday games

LOS ANGELES – On the same season he helped deliver an NBA championship nearly 44 years ago, former Lakers coach Bill Sharman held a morning shootaround in hopes for his players to build a rhythm and get out of bed at a reasonable hour. For the...

Los Angeles Times

Lakers can't stop Bulls' Jimmy Butler and can't stop fouling either

When a star sets his mind to something in the NBA, that star will often get what he wants.  Before the Lakers’ 118-110 loss to the Chicago Bulls even began, Jimmy Butler told Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg that he planned to score 40 points.  Butler, who has scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive...

Orange County Register

Final: Spurs hold off short-handed Lakers, 116-107

LOS ANGELES – Despite jumpstarting his young team with positive reinforcement and constructive criticism, Lakers coach Luke Walton has resisted the urge to bask in the praise. He often has deferred to his players to make them feel more empowered....

Los Angeles Times

Do the Lakers have the NBA's best bench lineup in the early going?

Since the preseason, Lakers Coach Luke Walton has done all he can to keep his five-man bench unit together.  He won’t break up Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr. and Tarik Black. Not even when his starters miss games, as starting point guard D’Angelo Russell did in the...

Los Angeles Times

Lakers report: Brandon Ingram already making his mark on defense

After Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, Lakers Coach Luke Walton said he thinks Brandon Ingram is almost to the point where he’s a lock-down defender. That’s not a phrase Ingram ever thought would fit him. “I guess that’s something I didn’t focus on coming through high school and college,”...

Los Angeles Times

Lakers quantify unselfishness as 300 passes per game

Unselfishness might be an intangible trait, but it’s one Lakers Coach Luke Walton has learned to quantify. After each game he coached for the Golden State Warriors, Walton and the rest of the staff got an email that included statistics that were very important to the team’s success. Number of passes...

Luke Walton Hopes Lakers Trust Process, With Tough Schedule Ahead

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton says he's happy with the progress the team has made but doesn't want them to be satisfied. The Lakers have a tough task ahead of them with the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden Sta

Orange County Register

Lakers podcast: Nick Young's resurgence has been key to success

Los Angeles Lakers fan knew that when Luke Walton became head coach, he would take the restraints of the young talent like Deangelo Russell and Julius Randle. What they might not have expected was the incredible improvement veteran Nick Young has...

Orange County Register

Lakers' Brandon Ingram has Luke Walton's trust when it's time to finish games

LOS ANGELES – The clock ticked closer toward the end of the game. It marked the time when Lakers coach Luke Walton has formulated his last lineup based on a simple criteria. If a player has produced prolifically that night, he stays in the game...

Akron Beacon Journal

Cavaliers notebook: LeBron says he lost all respect for Knicks president Phil Jackson after criticism and ‘posse’ comment

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James fired back at New York Knicks President Phil Jackson on Tuesday, saying he lost all respect for the coaching legend after Jackson referred to James and his friends as a “posse.”“I had nothing but respect for him as a coach, for what he was able to do obviously at the helm of my favorite player of all-time in MJ [Michael Jordan] and also growing up watching the Lakers,” James said. “But I’ve got nothing for him.”In a wide-ranging Q&A with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Jackson said James likes preferential treatment and defended Miami Heat President Pat...

Plain Dealer

LeBron James says he has lost respect for Phil Jackson in the aftermath of Jackson's 'posse' comments

"I had nothing but respect for him as a coach, for what he was able to do obviously at the helm of my favorite player of all-time in MJ and also growing up watching the Lakers, but I've got nothing for him," James said following the team's shootaround Tuesday morning.

Akron Beacon Journal

LeBron James says he's lost all respect for Phil Jackson following 'posse' comment

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James fired back at Knicks President Phil Jackson on Tuesday, saying he lost all respect for the coaching legend after Jackson referred to James and his friends as a “posse.” “I had nothing but respect for him as a coach, for what he was able to do obviously at the helm of my favorite player of all-time in MJ (Michael Jordan) and also growing up watching the Lakers,” James said. “But I’ve got nothing for him.” In a wide-ranging Q&A with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Jackson said James likes preferential treatment and defended Heat President Pat Riley. He...