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Los Angeles Lakers: The Perfect Draft

  By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff.. It seems to be a given that the Los Angeles Lakers will draft Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor 2nd in the NBA Draft, taking the elite big man that the Minnesota Timberwolves do not pick. The Lakers are in an excellent position because Towns of Okafor can become their franchise big man and their next franchise player and one...
Via HoopStuff
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Harrison Barnes Received First Training With Jerry West Before Season

Harrison Barnes called upon Jerry West to receive training during last offseason. Barnes grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant, whom West acquired with the Los Angeles Lakers. "I had seen him at summer league my rookie year (in 2012 after he was drafted seventh overall out of North Carolina), and I would just jokingly say to him, 'Look man, when are we going to get some work in?'" Barnes...
Via RealGM
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers: What will they do with their pick?

Finally the time has come, the Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the second pick of this years NBA draft. However, this news does come with a bitter-taste considering this may be seventeen time All-Star Kobe Bryant’s last season. According to Lakers General Mitch Kupchak, Bryant indicated that this season may indeed be his last. This news may be saddening to loyal Lakers’...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kobe Bryant likely to retire following next season

The last few years haven’t exactly gone according to plan for one of the greatest basketball players to set foot on a court. And it now appears that the end of Kobe Bryant’s tremendous NBA career is nearing. Bryant apparently told Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak that the 2015-2016 season will be his last in the NBA. “He has indicated to me that this is it...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lakers GM says Kobe Bryant indicated next season will be his last

Los Angels Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak indicated on Thursday during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio that Kobe Bryant has intimated that the 2015-16 NBA season will be his last go-round before he strolls off into the sunset. “He has indicated to me that this is it,” Kupchak said, via an ESPN report. Bryant...Read More The post Lakers GM says Kobe Bryant indicated next...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant tries to solve riddle of defending Stephen Curry

Figuring out how to stop Stephen Curry when his offensive game is humming and his jump shot is clicking is like trying to unravel a mystery wrapped inside a conundrum knotted up in an enigma. Kobe Bryant, a mere spectator to the NBA Playoffs — as the Los Angeles Lakers have been the past two...Read More The post Kobe Bryant tries to solve riddle of defending Stephen Curry appeared...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers: The West Coast Bulls?

Jimmy Butler The Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls finished the regular season on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Lakers were destined for the lottery from the start and they ended up near the bottom of the Western Conference and with the number two pick in the NBA Draft. The Bulls, on the other hand, had title aspirations until they were shut down by LeBron James and...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Post Lottery 2015 NBA Mock Draft

With the lottery just a few days ago, I slot the players whom I would go with if I was the GM of each team in my second 2015 NBA mock draft of the year. 1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Anthony-Towns (C/Kentucky) Karl Anthony-Towns is one of the top prospects in this years draft, and has potential to be a dominant force in the NBA. The first team since 2004 to win the lottery...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Would both Towns, Okafor prefer not being the No. 1 pick?

Opportunities like this don’t come around too often. The Los Angeles Lakers, perhaps the most storied franchise in all of sports, are usually...
Via Athlon Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers will reportedly pursue Tom Thibodeau

Byron Scott still has a year remaining on his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, but that isn’t stopping the team from exploring other options. According to basketball reporter Jordan Schultz, the Lakers are planning to pursue Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. It is basically a foregone conclusion that Thibodeau will not be coaching...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Likely To Pick Remaining Big With 2nd Overall Pick

The Los Angeles Lakers will consider D'Angelo Russell, but the early indications are that they will choose whichever highly touted big man the Minnesota Timberwolves pass on with the first overall pick. Karl-Anthony Towns is widely considered the top prospect in the draft, but reports have indicated that Flip Saunders also will strongly consider Jahlil Okafor. Many NBA executives...
Via RealGM
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers to pursue Tom Thibodeau

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Lakers were not expected to be one of several teams looking for a new head coach this summer after hiring Byron Scott last year. But according to Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report, the Lakers will pursue Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Being told that the Lakers will be pursuing Tom Thibodeau. Byron Scott has just the one...
Via Sports-Glory
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mitch Kupchak Pops Bottles After Lakers Win Second Overall Pick

The entire Lakers organization breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday night. Going into the lottery, there was a 17.2 percent chance that the Lakers would end the night without their pick. Thanks to a 2012 sign-and-trade deal for Steve Nash with the Phoenix Suns (who traded the pick to the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this season) the Lakers would have to give up their 2015 first-round...
Via Lakerholicz.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Five prospects the Los Angeles Lakers might draft with the No. 2 pick

The lottery balls bounced the right way for the Los Angeles Lakers. Not only did the Lakers stay in the Top-5 and keep their draft selection, they also jumped up to the No. 2 overall selection in a draft with two projected franchise centers. With last year's first-round selection Julius Randle set to return from a broken leg after playing in just one game last season, the Lakers...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Okafor downplays importance of being No. 1 overall pick

For what it’s worth, Jahlil Okafor, presumed to be either the top pick in the 2015 NBA Draft or at worst the second selection, indicated it doesn’t really matter to him where he goes, suggesting being the No. 1 overall pick is more about fodder for fans, not the individual player. “I don’t know that I...Read More The post Jahlil Okafor downplays importance of being No....
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves win lottery while Lakers jump up to #2

Well watching the NBA lottery in 1997, 2007, and 2014 sucked when the Celtics missed out on Duncan, Durant, and Wiggins respectively, but at least we ended up with the #3 and #5 picks in '97, and the #5 pick in '07 and '14. This year there is no lottery pick to look forward to in June for the Celtics. Sucks that the NBA rules favor a team like the Lakers who hire a horrendous coach...
Via Celtics Life
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers win No. 2 pick in 2015 NBA Draft

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Lakers hold the rights to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. After finishing with the fourth-worst record in the NBA in 2014-15, the Lakers had only an 11.9 percent chance that they would get the second pick. But team representative Byron Scott was more than happy to see his get their highest pick since James Worthy...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Byron Scott Gives Sly Wink As Lakers Land Top 3 Pick At Draft Lottery

This is awesome. While many Laker fans were watching the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery at home while going absolutely nuts, the team’s head coach, Byron Scott, was cool and collected in New York City. I mean, this guy has played in some big NBA Finals games over his career, so the draft lottery must have been a piece of cake. Still, even Scott couldn’t hide his excitement after it was...
Via Lakerholicz.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Land Second Overall Pick In 2015 NBA Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers will be picking second at June’s NBA Draft. After months of waiting, the Lakers finally had their draft position determined tonight after the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery was held in New York City. The Lakers started their night in fourth – at least record-wise – though they jumped up two spots thanks to the lottery system. The purple and gold will now have...
Via Lakerholicz.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Los Angeles Lakers Future is Left to Chance

Los Angeles Lakers’ 2014 first round selection, Julius Randle Angeles Lakers handles the basketball during a game against the Sacramento Kings on October 24, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) Tonight the Los Angeles Lakers will hope and pray that the NBA Lottery gods are kind to them on Tuesday. The Lakers are...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

New Los Angeles MLS Team Picks Stadium Site, Unveils Rendering (Photo)

LOS ANGELES — Major League Soccer’s expansion Los Angeles Football Club plans to build a $250 million stadium on the site of the old Sports Arena next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The 15-acre complex in Exposition Park would also include a conference center, restaurants, 130,000 square feet of plazas and streetscapes, and a soccer museum....
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Clarkson named to NBA All-Rookie First Team

On the whole, the 2014-15 NBA rookie class was one of the more shallow draft classes in recent history. The voting for the NBA All-Rookie team reflected that.Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins was the only unanimous pick for the NBA All-Rookie First Team, but the Los Angeles Lakers were represented well by Jordan Clarkson.Clarkson is the 11th player in Lakers history to...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lottery Balls Could Make Lakers Fans Go Bonkers

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes The NBA Draft Lottery is the mark of a new beginning for the teams who will not be participating in playoff action.  The Los Angeles Lakers suffered another dreadful season at the hands of the Jim Buss administration.  The torrential downslide for the Lakers organization over the past few years has been gruesome to watch, especially for the large group...
Via TopSportsReport
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Byron Scott compares Julius Randle to Blake Griffin

While a lot went wrong for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2014-15 campaign, the Lakers were particularly unlucky in the player health department. First-round draft pick Julius Randle breaking his leg in the first game of the season was an indication of what was to come for the Lakers.This offseason, though, things could be looking up for the Lakers. With a projected Top-5 draft...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

35 years later: Magic Johnson's Game 6 performance

Magic Johnson wasn’t always a household name. Long before there was Hall of Fame Magic Johnson or “one of the greatest players to ever play” Magic Johnson, there was simply Magic Johnson — an exciting rookie who was coming off one of the most hyped, mythologized, and historically ingraining NCAA tournament championship games in the history of college basketball. It was...
Via Crossover Chronicles
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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