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Lakers To Wear 1980s Throwbacks For Select Games

Oct 21, 2016 7:41 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to wear Magic Johnson-era throwbacks from the 1980s at some point this season, according to multiple sources.

The Lakers' previous yellow uniforms had purple numbers with a white shadow compared to their current white numbers with a purple outline that were introduced for the 99-00 season when the team moved from The Forum to Staples Center.

The white numbers actually was a nod to the uniforms during the Jerry West and Elgin Baylor era of the franchise.

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Lakers Would Like To Keep Metta World Peace As Assistant Coach

Oct 21, 2016 11:18 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers would like to hire Metta World Peace as an assistant coach if he doesn't make their regular season roster.

World Peace's mentorship to the Lakers' young players last season was a big reason why he received a camp invite this year.

The competition for the 15th roster spot is better this season due to the play of Yi Jianlian and Thomas Robinson. Nick Young has also played well in preseason after an offseason in which his future with the Lakers was uncertain.

World Peace would like to continue his playing career.

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Dunc'd On: Los Angeles Lakers Season Outlook w/ Darius Soriano

Oct 18, 2016 2:27 AM

Darius Soriano of Forum Blue and Gold joins for the Los Angeles Lakers season outlook. We discuss what will be different this year, and how new acquisitions Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng, and Brandon Ingram fit in. We also hit on potential breakout and regression candidates, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and give our predictions for the Lakers season.

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Lakers Waive Zach Auguste, Julian Jacobs, Travis Wear

Oct 12, 2016 3:02 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Zach Auguste, Julian Jacobs and Travis Wear.

The roster for the Lakers now stands at 17.

Jacobs and Wear appeared sparingly in two preseason games for the Lakers.

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Luke Walton Following Steve Kerr's Vision With Lakers

Oct 3, 2016 11:55 AM

When Luke Walton served as interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors last season when Steve Kerr was out and he's attempting the same philosophy of channeling Kerr now that he's on his own with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“We used to joke, ‘What would Steve do?’ ” Walton recalled. “It’s his team and vision that we’re following. A lot of what we did in practice and what we were showing in film to the guys was based on that.”

Walton hasn't yet consulted Kerr or other coaching mentors, including former Arizona coach Lute Olson and Phil Jackson.

“So far in training camp, I haven’t needed advice on anything,” Walton said. “I’m sure there will be things that will happen throughout the season. I’ll definitely reach out to some of those people.”

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Timofey Mozgov Insists He's Fully Healthy Entering Season

Oct 3, 2016 11:48 AM

Timofey Mozgov insists he's fully healthy entering the 16-17 season after signing a four-year, $64 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mozgov underwent surgery on his right knee last offseason.

“I can do whatever I’ve been doing for six years in the NBA,” Mozgov said in an interview with Southern California News Group. “I’ll work in the paint, be big, make contested shots and block shots.”

Mozgov played only a combined 25 minutes in Cleveland’s seven-game NBA Finals win over Golden State. He only averaged 17.5 minutes all season.

Mozgov was asked if he can become effective again as he was during the 14-15 season.


“Before last season? Yeah, but it’s not about just injuries,” Mozgov said. “Being in game condition, sometimes it takes a few weeks. You just have to play and play hard. The more minutes you have, the better you feel.”

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Mitch Kupchak Not Thinking About Jim Buss' Deadline

Sep 28, 2016 10:28 AM

Mitch Kupchak is unconcerned with the deadline Jim Buss declared for the Los Angeles Lakers to return to the Western Conference Finals.

In 2014, Buss said that if the Lakers weren’t there in “three to four years” he would step down. This season marks the third since that declaration.

“I’m not even sure what was said with certainty,” Kupchak said. “From my point of view, we’ve created a team that has a lot of young talent that can grow into, I believe, really good [players] and hopefully NBA players that can leave an imprint on this league. I think we’ve surrounded them with some older veterans that can help us win games.”

The Lakers won just 17 games last season and are expected to miss the playoffs again in 16-17.

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Lakers Sign Thomas Robinson To Deal

Sep 21, 2016 2:51 PM

Thomas Robinson has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Robinson has been working out daily for the Lakers.

Robinson has a chance to make the Lakers' regular season roster as they have 14 guaranteed salaries with Yi Jianlian on a strong partial guarantee.

Robinson has played four NBA seasons after leaving Kansas as a junior. 


Robinson was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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Metta World Peace Agrees To Deal With Lakers

Sep 21, 2016 2:19 PM

Metta World Peace has agreed to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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

Sep 18, 2016 4:25 PM

Yi Jianlian is confident he can be successful in his second stint in the NBA.

Yi spent five seasons in the NBA from 2007 until 2012 while playing for four teams. Yi has since played for Guangdong in China.

“I feel pressure,” Yi said after Friday's informal workout at the Lakers’ practice facility. “But I feel excited about that.”

Last season in China, Yi also averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds with Guangdong and shot 46.7 percent from 3-point range.

“I think I can still shoot the 3’s, space the floor,” said the 6-foot-11, 243-pound Yi, who averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his five-year NBA career. “I’m cool with playing the four or five.”

Yi could help the Lakers' frontcourt depth with his size at center and with his outside shooting at power forward.

“I think I can really fit on the team and his system,” Yi said. “I think I can play over here.”

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Luke Walton Hoping To Build Lakers' Foundation Through Relationships
The Lakers hope their young players develop more effectively under Luke Walton than Byron Scott.

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Lakers Briefly Considered Pistons' Offer Of Grant Hill For Kobe Bryant In 1999
Grant Hill was one season away from free agency and ultimately signed with the Magic.

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Julian Jacobs Signs Camp Deal With Lakers
Julian Jacobs averaged a conference-leading 5.5 assists per game in his final collegiate season.

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Travis Wear, Lakers Agree Upon Camp Deal
Travis Wear will have a chance to compete for a roster spot with the Lakers in training camp.

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Lakers Sign Zach Auguste
Zach Auguste averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15:41 minutes per game in four games for the Lakers in Summer League.

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver
Host Danny Leroux, Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated break down the Pacific Division including an offseason review and regular season preview.

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Lakers Sign Tarik Black
In two seasons with the Lakers, Tarik Black has averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 16.9 per game while shooting 57.5 percent from the field over 77 games.

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Yi Jianlian Will Carry Cap Number Of $8M For Lakers
Yi Jianlian must earn $6.8 million through "likely bonuses."

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Lakers To Finally Sign Brandon Ingram To Rookie Deal
The Lakers have waited on signing Brandon Ingram in order to have more cap flexibility.

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Lakers Sign Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian was the sixth overall pick 2007.

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Lakers Hire Jud Buechler, Brian Keefe, Theo Robertson As Player Development Coaches
Luke Walton has rounded out his coaching staff.

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Yi Jianlian, Lakers Agree To Vet's Minimum Deal With Incentives
Yi Jianlian's contract would be for the veteran's minimum of $1.139 million that could reach "several million more" if he reaches some wide-ranging incentive bonuses.

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Xavier Henry Trying To Get Training Camp Invite From Lakers
Xavier Henry had a training camp invite from the Warriors last season and then played in the D-League for Santa Cruz.

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Lakers Continue Exploring Ways To Part With Nick Young
The Lakers signed Nick Young to a four-year, $21.5 million deal in 2014.

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Yi Jianlian Finalizing $8M Deal With Lakers
Yi Jianlian last played in the NBA during the 11-12 season with the Mavericks.

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Report: Yi Jianlian Giving Up $3M Deal In China For $1M From Lakers
The Lakers also pursued Yi Jianlian last offseason.

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Lakers In Adavanced Contract Talks With Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian averaged 26.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season in China.

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Nick Young, D'Angelo Russell Working On Moving Past Issues
Nick Young's future with the Lakers remains uncertain.


Timofey Mozgov Injures Groin In International Friendly
After undergoing an MRI, Timofey Mozgov will miss Russia's next two games at its international tournament in Tbilisi.

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Jordan Clarkson: Staying In LA, Bringing Lakers Back Were Free Agency Priorities
Jordan Clarkson and the Lakers quickly agreed upon a four-year, $50 million deal in the offseason.

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