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Lakers Waive Scott Machado, Johnathan Williams

Oct 13, 2018 6:17 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Scott Machado and Johnathan Williams.

The Lakers roster stands at 16, including two two-way players.

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Lakers Sign Scott Machado

Oct 12, 2018 1:47 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Scott Machado.

Machado played in 46 games (22 starts) for the South Bay Lakers last season, averaging 15.9 points (.450 FG%, .405 3P%), 8.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 31.4 minutes per game.

The Lakers roster stands at 18, including two two-way players.

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LeBron James Viewed Opportunity To Build New Lakers' Culture As Major Positive

Oct 11, 2018 12:38 PM

LeBron James saw the opportunity to build a new culture with the Los Angeles Lakers being a clean slate as a major positive, according to his agent Rich Paul.

Jeanie Buss had replaced Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka approximately a year and a half before James' free agency.

“I think it was important to LeBron that the Lakers are really just starting to build a new culture from the ground up and he could have a lot of influence on the new direction,” Paul said. “As he has said, there are a lot of reasons he joined the Lakers, including family and a number of basketball specific reasons, but team culture is as important to LeBron as talent. And he knew (that) Jeanie, Magic and Rob were just beginning a new era.”

“I think, listen, (Magic) was very close to Dr. Buss and what he built around here,” James said recently. “Obviously we all know that, (know) the history. For him to be back here a part of the organization, trying to put together the fruition and the dreams, the product of what Dr. Buss was doing and now what Jeanie is doing. This is one of his goals. It could be bigger than him winning a championship as a player. So to be here and be along on that path with him is (great) and I appreciate it.”

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Warriors-Lakers Gives ESPN Highest Ever Rating For Preseason Game

Oct 11, 2018 11:28 AM

ESPN's coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers' win over the Golden State Warriors was their highest ever rated telecast for a preseason game.

It delivered a 1.6 metered market rating.

The rating was up 129 percent from last season's comparable game.

The game was LeBron James' first with the Lakers against the Warriors.

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Tex Winter Passes Away At Age 96

Oct 11, 2018 9:17 AM

Tex Winter has passed away at the age of 96.

Winter, who published "The Triple-Post Offense'' in 1962, made the leap to the NBA in 1971, serving as head coach of the Houston Rockets for two seasons.

Winter later was an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and helped both teams use the triangle offense.

Winter was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, his eighth time on the final ballot. 

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Kevin Love Offers Assessment Of Being Teammate Of LeBron James

Oct 10, 2018 10:14 AM

Kevin Love was asked what he would say to a prospective superstar free agent who had interest in becoming teammates with LeBron James.

Love spent four seasons playing with James after being the unquestioned star of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"You have to follow. You have to learn a lot about that," Love said.

Love was berated on the floor and mocked on social media during his time with the Cavaliers.

"[Playing with LeBron] you're not the top guy. I just tried to continue to be myself and not fake it. I said how I felt," Love said. "Whether we disagreed or agreed, my voice was heard."

Love admitted there are a lot of difficult elements in playing with James.

"You have to be resilient. I had a lot of hard nights. There were dark times," Love said. "But I always believed keep fighting, I was stubborn about it. And LeBron makes sure you have a chance to win every year. He's gotten a lot of guys rings. You're going to win at the highest level. We won and we bonded and we're going to continue this brotherhood."

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Lakers Waive Joel Berry II, Jeffrey Carroll

Oct 8, 2018 2:41 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on guards Joel Berry II and Jeffrey Carroll.

Berry II totaled 5 points, 3 assists and 1 rebound in three preseason games, while Carroll appeared in one preseason game for the Lakers.

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Lakers Hire Kurt Rambis As Senior Basketball Advisor

Sep 28, 2018 8:37 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Kurt Rambis as Senior Basketball Advisor. 

In his role, Rambis will report to Johnson and support the basketball operations and coaching staffs in their day-to-day functions.

“As a member of the Showtime Lakers, Kurt is a champion and knows how to win,” said Johnson. “He has been an integral part of the Lakers organization winning four NBA Championships as a player and an additional four as a part of the staff. His insights and wide range of experiences will be a huge benefit to our operations.”

Rambis previously spent 16 years (1994-2009, 2013-14) in various coaching and front office roles within the Lakers organization. During this time, the team made six NBA Finals appearances (2000-02, 2004, 2008-09) and won four NBA Championships (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2009). Rambis also served as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009-11 and most recently spent four seasons (2014-18) as associate head coach of the New York Knicks, including a brief stint as interim head coach.

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LeBron James Embraced Gradual Rebuild For Lakers With Long-Term Commitment

Sep 28, 2018 8:50 AM

One of the reasons LeBron James committed to the Los Angeles Lakers over the long-term was to embrace a process he knew the organization would have to undergo, according to sources.

James realized the Lakers would be unable to contend for a title in his first season and believed he had multiple seasons remaining in his prime.

James has been challenged by the media several times this week to set parameters for the season.

"I don't expect anything. The unknown is what to expect," James said. "You work for what you want."

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders

Sep 28, 2018 4:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award lines for the Kings (1:58), Suns (10:35), Mavericks (16:40), Grizzlies (25:51), Clippers (30:40), Trail Blazers (39:55), Spurs (46:39), Pelicans (54:25), Timberwolves (1:01:22), Lakers (1:13:21), Nuggets (1:24:22), Thunder (1:30:27), Jazz (1:37:59), Rockets (1:44:26) and Warriors (1:57:51).

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LeBron James Likely To Have Limited Preseason Workload
LeBron James played in only one preseason game at the outset of the 2017-18 season while he rehabbed an ankle injury.

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Jalen Rose: Anthony Davis Will Be On Lakers By 19-20 Season
Anthony Davis cannot become a free agent until 2020, which means the Lakers would have to trade for him.

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LeBron James: We Got A Long Way To Go To Get To Golden State
The Monday press conference was the first time LeBron James has spoken with the Los Angeles media since signing with the Lakers.

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Ryan Coogler To Produce LeBron James' Space Jam Film
Production on the film will begin in 2019 during the NBA offseason.

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Andrew Bynum Working Out At Lakers' Practice Facility
The Lakers gave Andrew Bynum the opportunity for open gym runs.

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LeBron James Sells Show To NBC Based On Ben Simmons' Life
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RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver On The Pacific Division
Host Danny Leroux, Kevin Pelton of ESPN and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated go in-depth on the NBA’s Pacific Division.

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Luol Deng Takes $7.3M Salary Reduction In Buyout With Lakers
The Lakers will have $38 million in cap space in 2019.

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Wolves Remain Interested In Luol Deng, Joakim Noah
Luol Deng was waived by the Lakers this weekend using the stretch provision.

Jon Krawczynski/The Athletic

Luol Deng Agrees To Buyout With Lakers
Luol Deng was owed $36.8 million over the next two seasons.

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Kobe Bryant: Zero Percent Chance I Play Basketball Again
Kobe Bryant retired from basketball in 2016.

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Jimmy Butler Open To Signing With Lakers In 2019
The Lakers plan on pursuing another max contract free agent next offseason.

Eric Pincus/Bleacher Report

Kawhi Leonard Approaching Raptors With Open Mind
Jabari Young reports Kawhi Leonard will give his situation with the Raptors every opportunity to work.

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Paul George Didn't Want To Waste Lakers' Time In Free Agency
Paul George announced his decision at a house party in Oklahoma hosted by Russell Westbrook.

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Kawhi Leonard Still Prefers To Sign With Lakers, Clippers
Kawhi Leonard can only sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a rival team.

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Daryl Morey: LeBron James Is Greatest Ever 'By A Bit Of A Big Margin'
LeBron James has won three titles and four MVPs to six titles and five MVPs by Michael Jordan.

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Kyle Kuzma: Many Are Underestimating Lakers
The Lakers signed LeBron James and then added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley in the offseason.

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LeBron James To Return To Cleveland With Lakers On Nov. 21
The Lakers will open the season at the Blazers on Oct. 18 followed by their home opener on Oct. 20 against the Rockets.

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Lakers To Play At Warriors On Christmas Day
The Warriors have played LeBron James on Christmas Day when he was with the Cavaliers on every Christmas Day since 2016.

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Heat Sign Malik Newman
Malik Newman signed a two-way contract with the Lakers on July 1 before being waived on July 19.

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