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Suffering For LaVar Ball's Ambition

by Colin McGowan

Dec 6, 2017 9:23 AM

Lonzo Ball is obligated live up to an idea that wasn't his in the first place. He gets to be what his father wants for him or something embarrassingly lesser than that. Read more »

Tags: Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NBA

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Pacific Division Offseason Review

by Keith P Smith

Oct 16, 2017 10:54 PM

On how the Lakers, Warriors, Clippers, Suns and Kings attacked the offseason. Read more »

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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D'Angelo Russell's Career Starts Now

by Jonny Auping

Oct 7, 2017 10:00 PM

D'Angelo Russell was all flash, no substance under Byron Scott and just another young player auditioning for Luke Walton. Under Kenny Atkinson, he can be a productive system player. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Season Questions: How Can The Suns, Lakers Have Productive Rebuilding Seasons?

by Brett Koremenos

The Suns and Lakers must have a vision for individual players while keeping the big picture of their process in mind over the course of the entire season. It will go a long way in making sure the rebuild efforts of these two clubs donít stall out. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Los Angeles Lakers

by Colin McGowan

If some of the Lakers' plans break good, it will help them get to where they always want to be and feel they belong, which is playing every fourth game on national television and competing for titles. Read more »
Lonzo Ball's Court Vision Passes The Eye Test

by Dave DuFour

Lonzo Ball is entering the league as a top 10 passer. The ability to make your teammates better is an incredibly important skill, particularly on a team this young. Read more »
2017 Summer League Notes On All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

Notes and observations on all 30 NBA teams from how they evaluated their offseason moves and what they saw from their Summer League prospects. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Signs One-Year, $18M Deal With Lakers

by Christopher Reina

The best part of this deal for the Lakers is they get to preserve their 2018 cap space while acquiring their starting shooting guard of the present, and potentially the future if they're unable to sign two max players. Read more »
The Lakers' Unworkable Paul George Quandry

by Andrew Perna

The Lakers risk allowing Paul George to play for a contender in 17-18 and not wanting to leave. If they do make the Pacers an increased offer the young talent around him will be diminished significantly. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Nets Acquire D'Angelo Russell As Lakers Dump Salary

by Christopher Reina

While the Lakers did well to clear salary for 2018, the Nets used their unique financial position to buy low on a point guard who can shoot well, pass well and may still become an All-Star. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
2017 NBA Offseason Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

by Keith P Smith

Because of limited cap space, the Lakers' entire offseason hinges on keeping their pick at the lottery. Read more »
Prospect Report: Markelle Fultz Of Washington

by Rafael Uehara

Markelle Fultz will give his team's general manager some flexibility for how to build a team around him. Here's how he would fit in with the Lakers, Celtics, 76ers and Suns. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »
Magic Johnson's Belief In Laker Exceptionalism When It Matters Less

by Colin McGowan

A return to some imagined essential Lakers-ness will not save the Lakers: competence will. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Lakers Trade Lou Williams To Houston

by Keith P Smith

Trading Lou Williams was more about the pick than the player for the Lakers and they did solid job to get a first round pick for a luxury asset at this point in their season. Read more »
Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. Read more »
2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
The Revelation Of The Baby Lakers

by Colin McGowan

If you're hiring Luke Walton, you know you're getting a quintessentially laidback Californian with a holistic basketball ideology who values fun and understands the game as a vehicle for it. Which is to say he is precisely what the Lakers required after Byron Scott's dour, blinkered troglodyte reign. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Pacific Division

by Brett Koremenos

Bringing out the best in Julius Randle, Marquese Chriss' dark horse ROY case, Golden State's young depth, Sacramento's improved ball movement and the Clippers' giant hole at small forward. Read more »