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Nick Young Out 2-4 Weeks With Strained Right Calf

Nov 30, 2016 2:48 PM

Nick Young will miss the next two to four weeks with a strained calf muscle in his right leg.

Young picked up the injury on Tuesday.

Young is averaging 13.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 18 games so far this season, reviving his career after the Los Angeles Lakers nearly parted ways with him in the offseason.

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D'Angelo Russell Won't Return Until 100 Percent

Nov 26, 2016 11:26 PM

D'Angelo Russell wants to be 100 percent healthy before he returns to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup.

Russell underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sore left knee that will keep him out at least two weeks.

"I definitely don't want to force anything," Russell said Saturday at the Lakers' training facility in his first public comments since the injection. "I feel like I've got to be 100 percent perfect before I step back on the floor."

Russell said the left knee had been bothering him off and on since the start of the season.

"I was in a lot of pain, but I knew how to control it," he said. "I knew what not to do. [There are] so many games in this league, so it's hard to stay healthy when you're injured and try to maintain that focus."

He added, "I can't really move the way I want, so when I try to fight it and [do] sharp movements and plant and do stuff like that, it aggravated it."

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Durant, Westbrook See Similarities To Young Thunder In Lakers

Nov 25, 2016 12:24 PM

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook see some similarities in the Los Angeles Lakers to their situation with the Oklahoma City Thunder when they had a burgeoning young core.

“You can tell they enjoy playing with each other. You can tell Luke Walton has come over there and changed the culture a bit,” Durant said. “I’ve been on a team like that. You’re young and just want to go out there and have fun with the game with no expectations. You’re just playing.”

The Thunder won just 20 games in Durant's second season which was when Westbrook was a rookie.

“It did wonders for me at that age, being around a bunch of guys that were just as hungry as me and wanting to win,” Durant said. “But when we lost games, we weren’t upset with ourselves. There weren’t any feuds. We knew it was a process.”

“They’ve been playing well,” Westbrook said of the Lakers.

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D'Angelo Russell Receives PRP Injection In Left Knee

Nov 23, 2016 7:46 PM

D’Angelo Russell received a PRP injection in his left knee. The procedure was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Steve Yoon.

Russell is expected to be out a minimum of two weeks, and will be re-evaluated in one week.

Russell is currently averaging 16.1 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in 13 games this season.

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Lakers Nearly Picked Russ Smith Over Jordan Clarkson In 2014

Nov 22, 2016 3:59 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed Jordan Clarkson this offseason on a four-year, $50 million deal just two years after he was the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Lakers bought the pick from the Washington Wizards and they were tempted to pick Russ Smith over Clarkson. Smith was picked 47th overall but he is already playing in Turkey after he was unable to stick with the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies.

Clarkson is averaging 14.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 26.6 minutes per game in a 6th man role for the Lakers.

Ryan West and Jesse Buss lobbied for Clarkson within the Lakers' front office.

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Lakers Want D'Angelo Russell To Be Himself Or Sit To Rest Knee

Nov 22, 2016 12:37 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers want D'Angelo Russell to either play aggressively or to rest his sore left knee.

Russell had only eight points in the Lakers' loss on Sunday to the Chicago Bulls as he relied mostly on jumpers.

“We want him to push and be aggressive,” Luke Walton said. “You can’t play at this level by favoring it. If that’s the case where it hurts, then we need to shut him down until he’s healthy. The league is too good only to go halfway and show some of the stuff that you can do because you’re concerned that something might hurt.”

Russell told Walton his left knee “feels about the same” after Sunday’s game.

“I thought he was favoring it a little bit,” Walton said. “I don’t know if he was hurt or it was in his head. But it felt like he was floating around the perimeter more than normal.”

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D'Angelo Russell Cites Manu Ginobili As Most Influential Upon His Game

Nov 18, 2016 12:06 PM

D'Angelo Russell grew up idolizing Manu Ginobili even as his father considered him to be a blend of Jalen Rose and Lamar Odom. Rose and Odom were two left-handers with size who could handle the ball and do a bit of everything.

"He used to tell me that his favorite player was Manu Ginobili," Russell's brother Antonio Jr. said. "He always used to be like, 'Manu Ginobili, Manu Ginobili, Manu Ginobili.'"

"As time went on, I saw him pattern his game [after him] and doing the things that Ginobili does," Antonio Sr. said.

Russell studied film of Ginobili, trying to learn whatever he could.

"Yeah, basically everything Ginobili did," said Jamie Johnson, a childhood friend. "He tried to watch how Ginobili moved off the ball -- just everything, as far as IQ-wise too, because Ginobili, of course, isn't the fastest guy. [D'Angelo] understood that he wasn't fast either, so he tried to find players that were similar to him."

As a rookie, Lakers staffers showed Russell footage of Ginobili, particularly how the Spurs ran plays to get him the ball.

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Lakers Assign Ivica Zubac To D-League

Nov 16, 2016 7:10 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned center Ivica Zubac to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Zubac was selected by the Lakers with the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and has appeared in three games for the team this season.

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Phil Jackson Insists Opt-Out In Deal Was For Lockout, Not Lakers

Nov 14, 2016 11:11 AM

Phil Jackson was asked about how he's handled the adversity the New York Knicks have faced since he became president of the club.

While the Knicks have drafted Kristaps Porzingis and re-signed Carmelo Anthony, they have yet to reach the playoffs as they're stuck between win-now mode and building for the future.

"I knew the parameters of what would go on from years of playing in series against the Knicks," said Jackson. "I remember all the barbs. It's a process of sticking to my beliefs and being able to say, 'Whatever.' This is what I was hired to do. I'm going to follow the plan and if it doesn't work out, it will be evident."

Jackson was also asked about the opt-out clause in his contract after the 16-17 season and whether he plans to exercise it.

"I have not entertained that. I'm looking for this Knicks team to get back into a situation where they are competitive. Do I have to win a championship before I feel I've done the job I've been asked to do, which is to bring this group back to that competitive level? No, I don't. We're starting to make progress. I like a lot of the things we are doing here. But we've got more to do."

Jackson has been linked to a return to the Los Angeles Lakers at various points during his tenure with the Knicks.

"They're moving forward in the right direction," said Jackson. "Luke (Walton) has them engaged, Brian (Shaw) is an associate head coach; they have a core group of guys that will get it done. It was never important to me to go back and be a part of that. Especially not now. I have this job, this commitment."

Jackson explained the opt-out clause was related to a potential lockout in 2017 that now appears unlikely.

"The real issue with the opt out was simply my rationale regarding the (potential) lockout. If it was going to happen in December and everybody chose to walk away, there was no way I was going to sit in New York for three, four months when I didn't have a job, because (the players) aren't even allowed to show up to work. So, in that case, I would go back to L.A."

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Nick Young Was Humbled By Lakers Nearly Parting Ways With Him

Nov 12, 2016 10:15 PM

Nick Young's tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers was nearly over this offseason but he remained with the franchise and has become a productive player again.

“It has always upset me that people have a misperception of Nick,” said Mark Bartelstein, Young’s longtime agent. “He is actually an unbelievably hard worker who takes tremendous pride in his game.”

Luke Walton and Mitch Kupchak stayed in contact with Bartelstein in the offseason and said that Young needed to eliminate distractions to remain with the Lakers.

“We made a decision this summer ... let’s not give anybody something to talk about other than his game because that’s what has always been most important to him,” Bartelstein said.

The Lakers could have waived Young by Aug. 31 and pay out the remaining $11.1 million evenly over five seasons.

Young sweated that deadline until it passed.

“Of course it humbled me,” Young said. “I told myself I’m just going to go out there and play my heart out this year. I don’t want to hear all the rumors. Just go out there and dive on floors, and just be Dennis Rodman if I had to this year.”

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Luke Walton 'Couldn't Say No To Opportunity' To Coach Lakers
The Lakers won 27, 21 and 17 games in the past three seasons but have started strong this season under Luke Walton.

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Julius Randle Called 'A Monster' By Luke Walton
Julius Randle had 20 points and 14 rebounds in the Lakers' 117-97 win over the Warriors.

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Metta World Peace Can't Forgive Himself For End Of Pacers' Tenure
Metta World Peace made what will likely be his final trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Pacers on Tuesday.

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Kobe Bryant Not Missing Playing 'Even A Little Bit'
Kobe Bryant has thrown himself into business ventures during his first six months of retirement.

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Brandon Ingram Leaves Game With Soreness In Right Knee
Brandon Ingram felt soreness in the first half when he tried to run but later said it is "nothing really serious."

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Lakers Experimenting With Brandon Ingram At Point Guard
The Lakers used Brandon Ingram at point guard in his NBA debut.

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D'Angelo Russell: There's Freedom In Kobe Not Being Around
D'Angelo Russell will have the biggest role on offense for the Lakers.

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Lakers Exercise 17-18 Options On D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr.
The Lakers picked up the fourth year option on Julius Randle and the third-year options on D'Angelo Russell and Larry Nance Jr.

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Lakers Keep Metta World Peace, Thomas Robinson
Metta World Peace was on the roster bubble as the Lakers had reportedly approached him about staying with the team as an assistant coach.

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Yi Jianlian Waived By Lakers
Yi Jianlian was signed by the Lakers in August to a one-year, $8 million deal that was uniquely structured.

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Lakers To Wear 1980s Throwbacks For Select Games
The Lakers' previous yellow uniforms had purple numbers with a white shadow compared to their current white numbers with a purple outline.

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Lakers Would Like To Keep Metta World Peace As Assistant Coach
Metta World Peace's mentorship to the Lakers' young players last season was a big reason why he received a camp invite this year.

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Dunc'd On: Los Angeles Lakers Season Outlook w/ Darius Soriano
Darius Soriano of Forum Blue and Gold joins to preview the Los Angeles Lakers season

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Lakers Waive Zach Auguste, Julian Jacobs, Travis Wear
The roster for the Lakers now stands at 17.

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Luke Walton Following Steve Kerr's Vision With Lakers
Luke Walton hasn't yet consulted Steve Kerr or other coaching mentors, including Lute Olson and Phil Jackson.

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Timofey Mozgov Insists He's Fully Healthy Entering Season
Timofey Mozgov played only a combined 25 minutes in Cleveland’s seven-game NBA Finals win over Golden State.

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Mitch Kupchak Not Thinking About Jim Buss' Deadline
In 2014, Jim Buss said that if the Lakers weren't in the Western Conference Finals in "three to four years" he would step down.

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Lakers Sign Thomas Robinson To Deal
Thomas Robinson has been working out daily for the Lakers.

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Metta World Peace Agrees To Deal With Lakers
Metta World Peace signed with the Lakers during the 2015 offseason after playing in China and Italy.

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Yi Jianlian Confident He's Ready For Second Stint In NBA
Yi Jianlian could help the Lakers' frontcourt depth with his size at center and with his outside shooting at power forward.

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