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Warriors Give Permission For Lakers To Interview Luke Walton

Apr 28, 2016 8:58 AM

The Golden State Warriors have granted permission to the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Luke Walton.

Steve Kerr said the Lakers will be able to meet with Walton now that the Warriors have advanced to the second round.

"We told Mitch that he's perfectly welcome to talk to Luke as soon as the series is over and we have a little break," Kerr said of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.

Walton is considered a prime candidate for the Lakers' vacancy.

Walton spent the vast part of his playing career with the Lakers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Jeanie Buss Did Not Know Byron Scott Would Be Let Go

Apr 26, 2016 2:01 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers decided to make a coaching change by not picking up the team option on Byron Scott's contract but team president Jeanie Buss was not involved in the decision.

Buss "didn't know" and "didn't anticipate" Sunday's news.

Byron Scott compiled a record of 38-126 in two seasons as the team's head coach.

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Lakers Receive Permission to Interview Ettore Messina

Apr 25, 2016 9:54 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have given the Los Angeles Lakers permission to interview lead assistant coach Ettore Messina.

Messina joined the Spurs' coaching staff in 2014 after previously coaching CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid, Benetton Treviso and Virtus Bologna. He also served as a consultant for the Lakers for the 2011-2012 season under head coach Mike Brown. Messina is also the current head coach of the Italian men's national basketball team, a position he previously held from 1993-1997.

It is unclear when the Lakers plan to interview Messina.

Sam Amick / USA Today

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Lakers To Consider Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie, Ettore Messina

Apr 25, 2016 8:06 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers fired Byron Scott on Sunday without a definitive candidate lined up.

The Lakers are expected to consider Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie and Ettore Messina.

Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks, two possible candidates for the Lakers, accepted jobs with other teams last week.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Lakers Fire Byron Scott

Apr 24, 2016 11:21 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have fired coach Byron Scott after they posted the worst record in franchise history in each of the two seasons since he was hired.

Scott had said he expected to be back a week ago, two days after the team closed its 2015-16 season with a win over the Utah Jazz, which gave the Lakers a franchise-worst 17-65 record.

Scott replaced Mike D'Antoni as head coach.

The Lakers did not fire Scott with his successor in place.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Stephen A. Smith: DeMar DeRozan Leaving Raptors For L.A. In Offseason

Apr 18, 2016 11:55 AM

DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent this offseason coming off a career year with the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan was the ninth overall pick in 2009 out of USC.

"He's enjoying his last days in Toronto because he'll leaving for Los Angeles in a few months anyways," said Smith of DeRozan.

While Smith doesn't specify which team from Los Angeles he predicts will sign DeRozan, it is presumably the Los Angeles Lakers given their needs on the wing and available cap space.

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TNT Reaches Out To Kobe Bryant About Joining 'Inside The NBA'

Apr 17, 2016 10:03 PM

TNT has reached out to Kobe Bryant to gauge his interest in joining "Inside The NBA."

Both Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal have publicly talked wanting Bryant to join their panel.

It is not clear if producers are trying to add Bryant for the current playoffs or for a long-term position.

Bryant is still evaluating his retirement options.

TNT's studio is in Atlanta while ESPN's NBA studio show is based in Los Angeles.


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Byron Scott 'Absolutely' Expects To Remain With Lakers

Apr 16, 2016 1:32 PM

Byron Scott "absolutely" expects to return next season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers finished the 15-16 season with a franchise-worst 17-65 record.

Scott has yet to meet with Lakers' management, nor has he been given any assurances of his role.

"I don't need that," Scott said. "There's going to come a time where we're going to talk, I do understand that, and I do understand this business.

"As I told you [media] from day one, and it's still to this day, this is my dream job. This is my dream job, and obviously, you want the opportunity to turn it all around, and you hope you get that. But I understand the business of basketball. It's all about wins and losses, and I understand that as well.

"But I think over the last couple of years, the process that we've tried to implement is in place, and obviously, this summer is an awfully big summer for us, and I'm looking forward to it as the head coach of the team until they tell me differently."

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

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Byron Scott Could Return Due To Lakers' Ownership Discord

Apr 14, 2016 4:13 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers hold a team option on Byron Scott's contract for next season.

There's a strong belief within the Lakers that Scott will be retained.

With so much discord in ownership of the Lakers, it is expected to prove difficult to agree upon a consensus to make a coaching change.

Scott was asked to balance the farewell tour of Kobe Bryant with developing their young core of D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Kobe Bryant Scores 60 In Final NBA Game

Apr 14, 2016 1:08 AM

Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final NBA game, a 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz.

Bryant shot 22-for-50 from the floor, 6-for-21 on three-pointers and 10-for-12 on free throws. Bryant's final points were two free throws to ice the game for the Lakers.

Bryant played 42 minutes in the game.

Bryant was in the 1996 NBA Draft class and won five titles and one MVP in 20 seasons.

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Byron Scott Has 'Major Chance' To Be Retained By Lakers
Jeanie Buss has been pushing for Byron Scott to remain as head coach behind the scenes.

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Kobe Bryant: It Feels So Good To Get Through Retirement Tour Healthy
Kobe Bryant acknowledges the farewells would have been different this season if the Lakers were still a contender.

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76ers, Magic, Lakers Have NBA's Worst Records Since Dwight/Bynum Trade In 2013
The 76ers have a winning percentage of .250, followed by the Magic at .312 and the Lakers at .336.

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Kobe Bryant: Chris Paul Would Have Been Perfect Fit For Lakers
After the Lakers agreed to trade for Chris Paul in 2011, he and Kobe Bryant had a phone call that lasted about 20-30 minutes.

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Metta World Peace Interested In Playing 2-4 More Seasons In NBA
Metta World Peace has played in China and Italy, but he would now like to remain in the NBA.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers Likely Will Try To Trade Nick Young In Offseason
The Lakers tried to trade Nick Young in each of the past two seasons but were unable to find a team willing to deal for him.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Julius Randle Fined $15,000 For Sam Cassell Dance
Julius Randle has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for doing the Sam Cassell dance during the Lakers' win over the Heat.

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Kobe Bryant Turned Down Offer To Join Barcelona For 16-17 Season
Barcelona offered to allow Kobe Bryant to exclusively play in the more high-profile Euroleague games.

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D'Angelo Russell Apologizes For Recording Conversation With Nick Young
D'Angelo Russell has apologized for recording a conversation he had with Nick Young that was leaked to the media.

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Lakers 'Isolating' D'Angelo Russell Since Nick Young Video Surfaced
D'Angelo Russell has lost the trust of some teammates after a video surfaced of a conversation he had with Nick Young.

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Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young Accused Of Harassing Female Empowerment Activist
The Lakers are investigating allegations that Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young sexually harassed two women Sunday night in Hollywood.

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Phil Jackson, Knicks Have Mutual Out After 16-17
Phil Jackson asked for the out clause for the summer of 2017 because of the possibility of the work stoppage.

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Kobe: Phil Jackson Knows More About Basketball Than New York Put Together
Kobe Bryant believes fans of the Knicks need to keep the faith when it comes to Phil Jackson's plans for the franchise.

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Byron Scott Had Smoother Relationship With Irving Than D'Angelo Russell
Byron Scott has maintained that D'Angelo Russell isn't as polished offensively as Irving was and isn't as ready to lead as Chris Paul.

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Steve Kerr On Lakers' Loss: We Got What We Deserved
The game between the Warriors and Lakers represented a matchup between teams with the most-lopsided winning percentages this late in any NBA season.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Kobe Bryant To Begin Ramping Up Appearances In Home Games
The Lakers have 14 of 20 remaining games at home as well as a designated road game at Staples against the Clippers.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Byron Scott: We're Not Trying To Lose Basketball Games
The Lakers are hoping to keep their top-3 protected lottery pick for the 2016 draft but they won't lose games on purpose to do so.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Kent Bazemore Credits 2014 Showcase With Lakers For Current Success
Kent Bazemore's two-and-a-half months in early 2014 playing for Mike D'Antoni led to a two-year, $4 million deal with the Hawks.

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D'Angelo Russell To Start For Lakers During Remainder Of Season
D'Angelo Russell was moved to the bench two and a half months ago.

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Kobe Bryant Talks About Two Times He Could Have Joined Bulls
Kobe Bryant said he "very much" thought he had a chance of joining the Bulls in 2004 as a free agent.

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