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Lonzo Ball To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Ankle Sprain, Lakers Recall Alex Caruso

Jan 21, 2019 2:29 AM

Lonzo Ball is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks after an MRI revealed a Grade 3 sprain in his left ankle.

Ball injured his ankle after colliding into James Ennis III in the third quarter of loss against the Rockets. 

The Lakers recalled Alex Caruso, Jonathan Williams, and Isaac Bonga from South Bay. Caruso is expected to play in Ball's absence. 

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Lonzo Ball Scheduled For MRI On Sprained Ankle

Jan 20, 2019 2:29 AM

Lonzo Ball sprained his ankle during the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 138-134 loss to the Houston Rockets. Ball did not return to the game.

X-rays for his ankle came back negative. 

Ball had 8 points and 11 assists before his injury. He is scheduled to get an MRI according to Luke Walton. 

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Carmelo Anthony Expected To Have New Team Around Trade Deadline

Jan 18, 2019 9:48 AM

Carmelo Anthony has multiple options available as he remains in limbo after being away from the Houston Rockets for several months. Anthony last played on Nov. 8 and is expected to resolve his situation around the trade deadline.

Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets this offseason.

It remains uncertain whether Anthony will be traded, or waived and subsequently signed.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked with Anthony.

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LeBron James Appreciative Of Kyrie Irving's Apology Call

Jan 17, 2019 9:11 AM

LeBron James was coincidentally having dinner with Kevin Love in Los Angeles when Kyrie Irving called him to apologize for being "a young player."

James returned Irving's call later in private.

A source close to James said he was very appreciative that Irving called him. There relationship has believed to have frays, but some repairs are underway.

Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers in 2017 because he no longer wanted to play with James.

“Kyrie knows he left a year early,” said another key player from those Cavs teams, who asked not to be named. “We were supposed to take another run at it (last season) and then take a look at everything.”

“I think Kyrie can be a great leader,” Channing Frye said. “I think this shows some real growth on his part. I’m excited for him and for what he’ll be able to do in that role.”

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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LeBron James Cleared To Practice Next Week

Jan 16, 2019 6:19 PM

LeBron James was evaluated by medical staff and physicians of the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

James, who will not travel with the team on the upcoming two-game road trip, has been cleared to return to practice commencing next week, and progress towards a return to game play thereafter.

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Lakers' Management Will Continue To Support Luke Walton At Least Through End Of Season

Jan 16, 2019 9:21 AM

Management for the Los Angeles Lakers will continue to project support for Luke Walton both publicly and privately at least through the end of this season, according to multiple sources.

The Lakers have struggled since LeBron James has been out with a groin injury.

"It's the best job in the world and I love the challenge that we have," Walton told ESPN in a recent interview. "It's challenging, it's hard, it's sleepless nights. But it's also awesome."

According to one insider of the Lakers, the team hired Walton because they believed in his potential the way they did their lottery picks. The belief in Walton remains strong despite a new regime being in place in the front office.

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LeBron James Has Yet To Do Any Full-Court Basketball Activites Since Injury

Jan 15, 2019 5:23 PM

LeBron James has yet to do any full-court basketball activities with the Los Angeles Lakers since injuring his groin on Christmas Day.

James will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

"I'm optimistic about life," Luke Walton said when asked if he's optimistic about James. "So yes, that would be covered in that.

"I think we'll get good news back."

James has been running on his own.

"He didn't do the up-and-down stuff," Walton said of James' activity during the shootaround. "He did the half-court shooting and passing."

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Luke Walton: Relationship With Magic Johnson Has Been Good

Jan 11, 2019 3:42 PM

Luke Walton spoke candidly about his relationship with Magic Johnson halfway through his third season with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the first with LeBron James.

“It’s been good,” Walton said of the relationship with Magic. “Honestly, it has. …Anytime I call him, he calls back within an hour or two, and we talk hoops. He wants to win, and I want to win. So as far as that (goes), we’re all trying to do the same thing, and I don’t feel like he’s trying to move me out of there.

“We definitely talked about (the Oct. 30 meeting). Me and him, one on one. We one hundred percent have moved forward from it. I don’t think it has changed anything. We still – it’s still the ultimate goal, and there’s time when I’ll call him or go sit in his office and pick his brain on what he’s seeing and what kind of suggestions he might have. But there’s no – what’s the word – discomfort. I don’t walk in there, and it’s like ‘(Expletive), I’ve got to go talk to Magic.’ Like, I have no problem going in and sitting down with him and talking about what’s going on without thinking about that at all.”

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LeBron James Out At Least One More Week With Groin Injury

Jan 10, 2019 5:29 PM

LeBron James will miss another week with a strained left groin.

James has missed two weeks so far after suffering the injury on Christmas Day.

James was evaluated on Thursday and the medical staff of the Lakers determined "the healing of James' groin injury is progressing."

The Lakers will provide another status update on James next Wednesday.

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Kyle Kuzma: Lakers' Small-Ball 'Death Lineup' Will Make Difference In Playoffs

Jan 10, 2019 2:25 AM

Kyle Kuzma said he wanted the Los Angeles Lakers to unveil their own version of a small-ball lineup featuring him, Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and LeBron James.

“I think our small-ball unit can be really good. I think we can have a death lineup whether that’s [Rajon] Rondo and Lonzo [Ball] on the floor at the same time and me and [Brandon Ingram] and [Le]Bron [James]...as we get better defensively and get more continuity, that small ball lineup is going to be huge for us, especially in the playoffs, when everybody’s going to be going small,” said Kuzma.

Kuzma said that the Lakers haven't been able to practice the lineup due to various injuries and suspensions.

He added that LeBron James would ideally play center in the lineup.

“I mean I would hope he would be the five. He’s a little bit bigger, little more muscle. Offensively doesn’t really matter. He’s going to have the ball. We have a pretty good pick and pop chemistry. It’s all about defensively how we guard our guys.”

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Tyson Chandler Considered Warriors Before Signing With Lakers
Chandler said that the opportunity of playing with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo brought him to the Lakers.

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Tyson Chandler Chose Lakers Over Warriors Due To Concerns Over Minutes When Boogie Returns
Tyson Chandler had interest in signing with the Warriors when he became a free agent earlier this season upon his buyout by the Suns.

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Lakers, Nets To Play Two Preseason Games In China Next Season
The two preseason games are a part of the NBA China Games 2019.

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Luke Walton Not Receiving Blame For Lakers' Struggles Without LeBron James
Luke Walton's job status with the Lakers was unclear during the early part of the season.

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Luke Walton: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram Need To Show More Fight
Luke Walton said he wants to see Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram dive for loose balls and fight for more rebounds.

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LeBron James Out At Least One More Week With Groin Injury
LeBron James has been out since suffering the injury on Christmas Day.

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Kyle Kuzma To Undergo MRI On Lower Back
Kuzma left the game in the second quarter with a lower back contusion.

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LeBron James Shoots At Practice, Timetable For Return Uncertain
LeBron James remains day-to-day with a groin injury.

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Kyle Kuzma: Lakers Not Just One Player
LeBron James' teams had lost 13 straight games when he wasn't in the lineup, dating back to March 16, 2016.

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LeBron James: Winning 2016 Finals Made Me Greatest Player Ever
The Warriors had won 73 games and had a 3-1 lead against the Cavaliers before their comeback.

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Luke Walton, Kyle Kuzma Say Lakers Need To Stick Together Without Veterans
The Lakers have lost two games in a row without LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and Javale McGee.

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Rajon Rondo Out Four Weeks With Surgery On Injured Hand
Rajon Rondo will likely be out approximately four weeks.

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LeBron James Named AP Male Athlete Of The Year
James was honored for his contributions on and off the court.

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LeBron James To Miss Several Games With Groin Injury

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Anthony Davis Has Yet To Tell Associates He'd Like Trade
Anthony Davis has been consistent with his public comments about wanting to win with the Pelicans.

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Teams Expect Anthony Davis To Cycle Through Short-Term Contracts
Anthony Davis could sign a series of short-term contracts until he can sign a long-term deal at 35 percent of the cap with a team beyond the Pelicans.

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LeBron James, Rajon Rondo To Sit Out Kings Game
James is listed as day-to-day with an injured groin.

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LeBron James Day-To-Day With Strained Left Groin
An MRI confirmed the strained left groin for LeBron James.

RealGM Staff Report

LeBron James To Undergo MRI On Injured Groin
LeBron James said he "overextended" his groin as his right leg slipped.

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LeBron James 'A Little Pissed Off' Over Kevin Durant Comments
Durant said that a "toxic" environment surrounds James' teams.

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