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LeBron James Says He And Lonzo Ball 'One And The Same' In Playmaking Ability

Dec 16, 2018 2:31 AM

LeBron James and Lonzo Ball became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in the same game since Jason Kidd and Vince Carter achieved the feat in 2007 as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Charlotte Hornets 128-100.

James finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, while Ball had 16 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds. James let Ball know in the fourth quarter that the second-year guard was close to a triple-double. 

In describing the synergy between his and Ball's all-around game, James said "we just try to do a little bit of everything to help our team win. We're one and the same when it comes to our playmaking ability. We're always looking for our teammates, and that's the greatest satisfaction we can have when we see our teammates score the ball. We've always been pretty good rebounders for our position -- him at the guard spot, me at the forward spot. And then being able to put the ball in the hole as well. We just try to be aggressive, attack the rim, make shots from the outside when guys disrespect us, and we showed all of that tonight". 

James has been encouraging Ball to be more aggressive in putting defenses under pressure throughout the season. 

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Kawhi Leonard Has Been Focused On 'Home And L.A.'

Dec 15, 2018 12:25 PM

The acquisition of Kawhi Leonard by the Toronto Raptors has gone extremely well, but they remain nervous about their odds of re-signing him in 2019.

"They can't change the geography. They can't change the weather in Toronto. Those were always be things against them in this," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "Home and L.A. has been the focus for Kawhi Leonard through all of this."

Wojnarowski also added that quality of life will also be a priority for Leonard and that his prior championship changes the equation for some players. 

Leonard previously sought a trade from the San Antonio Spurs to one of the two Los Angeles teams.

The Los Angeles Clippers have been sending Lawrence Frank to an inordinate number Raptors' games and have been treating Leonard's impending free agency almost like a college recruiting process. 

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic, Pelinka Have Been Hoping To Get Their Own Head Coach Hire For Lakers At Some Point

Dec 15, 2018 12:19 PM

The future of Luke Walton as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers has been a topic of discussion this season as he was hired before Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka were hired.

"We know since Magic's taken over, they have been hoping to get their own coach in at some point," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "We saw it play in the meeting they had when Magic really went after Luke."

Jeanie Buss has so far protected the job security of Walton while allowing Johnson and Pelinka to overhaul all other aspects of the franchise.

Wojnarowski added that Walton doesn't fit Johnson's mold of what a head coach should be with Pat Riley as the template.

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Lakers Saving Picks, Top Young Players For Anthony Davis Trade

Dec 15, 2018 12:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers figure to remain active leading to the trade deadline, but it will be the types of deals that don't mortgage their future.

"Here's the line they have to walk: they're not going to give away picks and their top young players in some deal that makes them incrementally better this season because they have to save all those assets for Anthony Davis, a big trade this summer either pre or post free agency," said Adrian Wojnarowski. 

The Lakers signed Tyson Chandler after his buyout and have also pursued Trevor Ariza.

"The absolute dream scenario, people talk about (how) they can trade for Anthony Davis or sign a free agent. The dream scenario is they do both."

Lowe also talked about the goal is to sign a free agent first using their cap space and then use their remaining assets to trade for Davis.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Players Put Hands Behind Back To Protest Foul Calls Against Rockets

Dec 14, 2018 2:06 AM

Frustrated by the officiating during their 126-111 loss to the Houston Rockets, several Los Angeles Lakers players, including LeBron James and Lonzo Ball, played a series of defensive possessions with their hands behind their back. 

James said that the Rockets "got guys that can sell calls really good -- Chris [Paul] and James [Harden] -- so you got to try to keep your hands out of the cookie jar". 

Ball and Kyle Kuzma both added that "you can't touch" Rockets players when playing defense. 

Of his players' frustration, Luke Walton said "I thought we could've done a better job of keeping our composure as a group. I think that's a great learning experience for us as we try to prep for becoming a type of team that can win toward the end of the year. We have to be able to succeed in tough environments and when things aren't going in our favor. And the only way to learn how to do that is to go through it. And I thought tonight was an example that we could've done things better."

The Rockets shot 32 free throws on the night, while the Lakers went to the line 27 times. James Harden had his fourth career 50-point triple double, and went 18-19 from the line. 

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Phil Jackson Spotted At Lakers' Practice Facility

Dec 13, 2018 9:20 AM

Phil Jackson visited the practice facility of the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

This marked the first time Jackson has been seen by the media at the facility over the past two seasons. The Lakers said Jackson just stopped by.

Jackson is a regular guest at the Lakers offices and has "an open door" to stop by whenever he's in Los Angeles.

Jackson still has ties to Jeanie Buss, Kurt Rambis, Luke Walton and Coby Karl.

"I have not talked to Phil today, no, but if that's him, I'll head upstairs," Walton said. "... Even the one year I semi-retired, Phil's someone I like to stay in constant communication with."

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Rockets Emerge With Interest In Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Dec 12, 2018 2:34 PM

The Houston Rockets have emerged as a suitor for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in multi-team trade scenarios.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been pursuing Trevor Ariza to improve on the wing.

Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $12 million deal to re-sign with the Lakers.

Houston could use Brandon Knight and his $14.6 million for this season and $15.6 million in 19-20 in a trade.

No deal is imminent at this time.

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LeBron James' 'Garden' Comment Referred To Venue, Not Playing For Knicks

Dec 11, 2018 9:07 AM

LeBron James never seriously considered signing with the New York Knicks this past summer.

That became a question when James made comments about Madison Square Garden after the last game between he and Dwyane Wade.

“It was either here or at the Garden, that’s it,” said James.

According to multiple sources, James meant that a final meeting with Wade was so special it had to played at a venue like Staples Center or Madison Square Garden.

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Tags: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers, Suns Discussing Trevor Ariza Trade

Dec 9, 2018 10:08 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are engaged on a trade centered on Trevor Ariza.

The two teams have been working to find a third team to take on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as part of a bigger deal.

The Suns would like to acquire a playmaking guard and a draft asset.

No trade can be completed officially until Dec. 15.

Ariza signed a one-year, $15 million deal with Phoenix this summer. 

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Jason Terry To Remain Retired Unless Lakers, Warriors Or Mavs Have Interest

Dec 9, 2018 10:56 AM

Jason Terry said he will remain retired unless he receives a call from one of three teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors or Dallas Mavericks.

"Then I'll answer the phone," said Terry on the Mavs' broadcast on Saturday.

Terry played for the Milwaukee Bucks last season.

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LeBron James Sets Lakers Scoring Record Through 25 Games
James is averaging 28.7 points this season, his highest average since 2009.

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Lakers Not Interested In Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony's camp reached out to the Lakers previously.

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LeBron James Wants Carmelo Anthony On Lakers
James believes Anthony can be a valuable contributor to a young Lakers team.

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LeBron James Suggested Cavs Trade Kyrie Irving For Damian Lillard
LeBron James' interest in Damian Lillard has led to speculation the Lakers could be interested in him.

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Brandon Ingram Leaves Game With Left Ankle Injury
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Kevin Durant Talks About Issues Superstar Players Could Face Joining LeBron James
Kevin Durant himself will be a free agent next offseason and has been linked to the Lakers.

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Kobe Bryant: Lakers Will Win Title 'Before You Know It', Be 'Laughing At Warrior Fans'
Kobe Bryant is confident that the Lakers will quickly return to their championship glory.

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Magic Johnson Doesn't Want Lakers To Replicate Cleveland's High Usage Of LeBron James
Magic Johnson wants to keep LeBron James as fresh as possible for seasons to come and that's why they prioritized signing playmakers like Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson.

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LeBron James Launches DTC Supplement Company Called Ladder
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LeBron's Return To Cleveland Generates ESPN's Highest Rating Since 2016
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Cavs Asked LeBron James To Commit Long-Term If They Declined Kyrie Irving's Trade Request
LeBron James said that he wouldn't commit to that stipulation.

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LeBron James: Everyone Knows Kyrie Irving Trade Was The Beginning Of The End
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Erik Spoelstra: Luke Walton Is Perfect Coach For LeBron's Lakers
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Rajon Rondo Out Four Weeks With Broken Hand
Rajon Rondo suffered a broken right hand when his hand hit the floor.

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Blazers, Pelicans, Lakers, Heat, 76ers Could Have Interest In Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Rockets.

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Tyson Chandler Chose Lakers Over Warriors
Tyson Chandler admitted he decided between the Lakers and Warriors after he was waived.

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LeBron James: I Almost Cracked Last Week
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Lakers Sign Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler is a native of the Los Angeles area.

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Jimmy Butler Deflects Question On Possible Los Angeles Future
Both the Clippers and Lakers project to have enough cap space to sign Jimmy Butler as a free agent.

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Tyson Chandler Agrees To Give Back $2.1M In Salary With Suns
Tyson Chandler will recoup the salary when he signs with the Lakers.

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