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Shaq Wishes He Had More Patience Instead Of Leaving Magic In 1996

Mar 27, 2015 8:17 PM

Shaquille O'Neal returned to the Orlando Magic on Friday to be inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame.

O'Neal was drafted by the Magic in 1992 and helped lead the team to the 1995 NBA Finals. O'Neal left the Magic in 1996 to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"It's unexpected because I came here to win. We won games, and then I made a business decision," said O'Neal, who becomes the third member of the Magic's hall, joining co-founder Pat Williams and first-ever draft pick Nick Anderson. "It's never personal. The [team owner Rich] DeVos family knows that. And I accomplished [a championship] somewhere else. It's not like I didn't think they weren't going to be upset or anything. But it's business. It was all business.

"Do I regret it? I never fully answer it. I regret it sometimes. Is this where I started and should have stayed? I actually wish they made it a law that whoever drafts you, you gotta stay there your whole career."

O'Neal said the DeVos family deserves "a couple" of championships and that the Magic's 1995 Finals team, which also featured a core of Penny Hardaway and Anderson, had a chance to get back.

"That's why I kind of regret it, because we had a young, fabulous team," O'Neal said. "We really did. And it's a shame that we got torn apart. But I think about that all the time. I try not to live my life now on 'ifs' or 'would've, should've,' but do I regret leaving here in '96, yes I do."

The NBA changed their rules concerning players coming off a rookie contract after O'Neal left the Magic.

"I wish I would have had more patience," he said. "I wanted to be protected from the bashing. What I mean by that is I wanted to win then. Even when I got [to Los Angeles], I still got bashed. It took four years to win. But I was very impatient. I was very young, and I thought that if I go there, with those guys out there, I could win right away and that wasn't the case.

"Now that I'm older now, I wish as a youngster I would have had more patience."

AP

Tags: Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Byron Scott: Jeremy Lin Is Definitely An NBA Player

Mar 24, 2015 11:32 AM

Jeremy Lin has played well for the Los Angeles Lakers since the All-Star break, averaging 14 points, five assists and three rebounds per game. Lin also ranks 18th in PER since the break at 22.2.

Many don't expect Lin to re-sign with the Lakers, but Byron Scott doesn't think it should be ruled out.

“He’s had his ups and downs this year,” Scott said of Lin, “but he’s definitely an NBA player. We all know that. It’s just a matter of what happens in the draft and everything else that determines what we’re going to do with the free agent market.”

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Tags: Jeremy Lin, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Had Interest In Steve Nash

Mar 22, 2015 7:01 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers informed Steve Nash's agent, Bill Duffy, that the team would have interest in signing him if he were to be bought out by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cavaliers viewed Nash as a potential short-minute backup to Kyrie Irving.

Nash, however, only wanted to come back with the Lakers. Nash plans on living in the Los Angeles area in retirement. 

“In preseason, I did everything right,” he said. “I had a good camp. I came in maybe in the best shape on the deal. I played one preseason game and felt decent. I thought maybe I could get better from here. The next morning, I woke up, and I was a mess. … I just had to come to the realization that if I’m lucky, I’d play in 10 games this year.

“I think I can [still] have a great game. But I can't do it more than once or twice a month.”

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Steve Nash, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Sign Jabari Brown To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 21, 2015 2:56 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Jabari Brown to a second 10-day contract, the team announced Saturday.

Brown, originally signed to a 10-day contract on March 10, appeared in four games for the Lakers, averaging 7.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 20.0 minutes per game.

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Tags: Jabari Brown, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Steve Nash Retires From NBA

Mar 21, 2015 2:35 PM

Steve Nash announced his retirement from the NBA on Saturday.

"I'm retiring," Nash wrote in a story for The Players' Tribune.

Nash won two NBA MVP awards while playing 19 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Players' Tribune

Tags: Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nick Young Suffers Small Fracture Of Kneecap

Mar 19, 2015 1:16 AM

Nick Young has suffered a small fracture of his left kneecap, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday.

Young will make a complete recovery, as it is expected that the fracture will heal itself with rest.

Young has missed each of the Lakers’ last 11 games due to the injury.

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Tags: Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Ronnie Price 'Absolutely' Interested In Re-Signing With Lakers

Mar 17, 2015 12:52 PM

Ronnie Price is done for the season, but he said he's "absolutely" interested in re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Price underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his right elbow.

Price averaged 5.1 points on 34.5 percent shooting and 3.8 assists.

“I don’t consider my season to be great at all,” said Price, who believes his elbow injury limited his follow-through in recent seasons. “But as far as showing I can still be productive and show the Lakers what I can do every day in practice, hopefully they see some value.”

Mark Medina/Los Anglees Daily News

Tags: Ronnie Price, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Asked Steve Nash To Delay Retirement Announcement In Hopes Of Trade

Mar 12, 2015 1:50 PM

Steve Nash was ready to call it a career, but the Los Angeles Lakers asked Nash not to announce anything in order to try to trade his contract, according to sources.

The Lakers hoped they could trade Nash's $9.7 million salary, not only an expiring contract but also a giant coupon for another club to take and immediately save real dollars via insurance.

Nash remains set to finish his NBA career.

Nash has helped tutor Jordan Clarkson and intends to remain part of the Lakers' organization as he will continue living in the area.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Tags: Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Plan On Signing Jabari Brown To 10-Day Contract

Mar 10, 2015 2:01 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign Jabari Brown to a 10-day contract.

Brown currently plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

Brown has averaged 24.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 34.9 minutes for the D-Fenders.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Jabari Brown, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles D-Fenders, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Kobe Bryant Pledges To Be Ready For 15-16 Season

Mar 9, 2015 1:08 PM

Kobe Bryant is optimistic of being physically ready to play at the start of the 15-16 season.

“I’ll be ready to go,” Bryant said. “I’ll do my regiment and be ready to go.”

Each of Bryant's past three seasons have ended due to injury.

Mitch Kupchak recently said the Los Angeles Lakers will not compromise the team's financial flexibility and youth for more established veterans.

“It’s a balance of both,” Bryant said. “You always want to set the franchise up for the long term. Mitch and I are on the same page. What he said in the interview is not something that we haven’t talked about before. It’s nothing different. You don’t want to compromise the future of the franchise for one season. You try to balance that.”

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Ronnie Price Out 6-8 Weeks With Elbow Surgery
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