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LeBron James Defines Lakers As 'Catering To Players, Everything Else Comes Secondary'

Mar 18, 2019 10:12 AM

LeBron James was asked what the Los Angeles Lakers' message to pending free agents will be this offseason.

"I don't know," said James.

"Listen, at the end of the day this franchise wants to win and wants to win big, and the one thing about the franchise, they cater to the players, and that's it," said James. "Everything else comes secondary, they only want us to go out and perform at a high level and play the game at a high level so we can be mentioned with some of the great teams that's in the league at that point in time. ...

"There's a lot of great free agents this summer. Not going to name any names because every time I say something, or our organization says something about a specific person we get in trouble, but we have an opportunity to get better, and that's something that is definitely great to know that, when you have an opportunity to get better from a personnel standpoint."

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Brandon Ingram Undergoes Successful Thoracic Outlet Decompression Surgery

Mar 16, 2019 5:53 PM

Brandon Ingram underwent successful thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm on Saturday.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Hugh Gelabert at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Ingram is expected to make a full recovery prior to the start of next season.

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Jeanie Buss, Rich Paul Clear Air Over Anthony Davis Trade Leak

Mar 14, 2019 10:00 PM

Jeanie Buss considered trading LeBron James after suspecting that Rich Paul intentionally leaked Anthony Davis' desire to get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Ric Bucher.

Paul denied the leaks and called Buss to clear the air over the situation.

Buss would later blame the media for leaking rumors that hurt the team during a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

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Tags: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin On The East Hierarchy, Zone Defenses & More

Mar 14, 2019 4:31 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with both Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) and Aaron Larsuel of The Official Lakers Podcast (@AaronLarsuel) in separate conversations.

Jared and Danny discuss the rise of zone defenses, Eastern Conference hierarchy, lottery reform and much more, while Aaron breaks down what happened to the Lakers after the All-Star break, analyzes their young talent and who fits with the team moving forward.

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Lakers Considered Return To Forum After Approach From Irving Azoff

Mar 14, 2019 11:52 AM

Irving Azoff floated an idea in 2017 to Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis about the Los Angeles Lakers moving back to the Forum.

“Heres my dream,” Azoff emailed Buss and Rambis on June 14, 2017. “Rebuild the forum from scratch. Lakers plus music. boom.”

Azoff appeared motivated to bring the Lakers in as a way of blocking Steve Ballmer from building an arena in Inglewood for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Lakers, however, are believed to be discussing an extension to their Staples Center lease that runs through the 24-25 season.

“MSG approached the Lakers about the possibility of returning to the Forum following the end of our Lease at Staples Center in 2025, but nothing came from the discussions,” the Lakers said in a statement.

Buss responded a half-hour later to the email from Azoff, who has close business ties with the Forum and its owner, Madison Square Garden Co., the New York-based sports and entertainment giant.

“I think about the vision you and [wife] Shelli had when you re-imagined the Forum and how you made it happen,” Buss wrote. “I believe you can do anything.”

The Lakers left the Forum for Staples Center in 1999.

In a statement, MSG said it “approached the Lakers about the possibility of repurposing the Forum in the future to accommodate basketball once again, but ultimately nothing came of it.”

 

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Lonzo Ball On Upcoming Offseason: 'If I Get Traded, Then I Get Traded'

Mar 13, 2019 10:30 PM

Lonzo Ball said he was motivated and excited to have a full summer to work on his craft.

“I’m very, very motivated. I want to be the best I can be. I’m looking forward to this summer. I don’t look at it as added pressure, because I haven’t had a full summer yet to dedicate to myself. I have to keep working on my craft," said Ball.

 

Ball was shutdown for the season following complications related to his Grade 3 ankle sprain.

He added that he's not worried about potentially getting traded in the offseason. 

“At the end of the day, you can only control the things that you can control. If I get traded, then I get traded. But I’m going to be ready to go. The goal is to be the best player I can for whichever team.”

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Pelicans On Trading Anthony Davis To Lakers: 'They're Just Not Going To Do It'

Mar 13, 2019 10:21 PM

A trade between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers involving Anthony Davis is very unlikely to take place, according to Marc J. Spears.

"I have been told that there’s no way Anthony Davis is coming here, through the Pelicans. They’re just not going to do it," said Spears while filming for ESPN.

Michael Wilbon added that he also heard a similar sentiment. 

The Pelicans and Lakers each accused the other team of leaking information during their trade negotiations before the deadline, with Magic Johnson adding that the Pelicans of not negotiating in good faith. 

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Lakers' Trade Talks For Anthony Davis 'Sapped Morale'

Mar 12, 2019 9:50 AM

Sources say the public nature of the Los Angeles Lakers' trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis "sapped morale."

All of the Lakers' young players were mentioned in trade talks.

Magic Johnson's post-deadline comments about how the Lakers' young players were treated "like babies" didn't help either.

The Lakers fell out of playoff contention in the weeks following the All-Star break.

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Lakers To Sign Andre Ingram To 10-Day Contract

Mar 11, 2019 1:41 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to sign Andre Ingram to a 10-day contract.

Ingram finished the 17-18 season with the Lakers.

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Lakers' Coaching Staff Wanted To Re-Sign Brook Lopez, Julius Randle

Mar 11, 2019 1:28 PM

The coaching staff of the Los Angeles Lakers asked Magic Johnson to retain Brook Lopez and Julius Randle in free agency. The Lakers pivoted to JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson on one-year deals.

Lopez signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, which has become one of the best signings of the 2018 offseason.

Randle signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Lonzo Ball To Miss Rest Of Season With Ankle Injury
Ball's recovery has been slowed by a deep bruise in his sprained ankle.

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Brandon Ingram To Miss Rest Of Season After Blood Clot Discovered In Shoulder
Ingram was averaging 25.6 points in his last 10 games.

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Lonzo Ball May Miss Rest Of Season With Ankle Injury
A bone bruise on his sprained ankle is slowing down his rehabilitation.

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Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Not Interested In Playing With LeBron James
Michael C. Wright believes Kawhi Leonard will sign with the Clippers.

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Lakers To Limit LeBron James To 32 Minutes Per Game For Rest Of Season
James will be able to play more than 32 minutes if the game is competitive.

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LeBron James: No Other Team Relies More On Young Players Than Lakers
James said that the Lakers are going through growing pains due to their reliance on young players.

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Pelicans' Source Claims Media Leaks Came From Lakers
The Lakers have been sensitive to how reports of their pursuit of Anthony Davis hurt their team chemistry.

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Pelicans Had No Intention Of Trading Anthony Davis Before Trade Deadline
The Lakers made aggressive offers to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

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Lakers Executives Believe Rival Teams Are Subversively Damaging Their Reputation
Jeanie Buss called out false media leaks disrupting the team at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

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Kyle Kuzma To Miss Up To One Week With Sprained Ankle
Kuzma suffered a minor ankle sprain in the 4th quarter of the Lakers' loss to the Clippers.

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LeBron James Won't Sit Out Games Despite Lakers' Shrinking Playoff Odds
The Lakers have yet to approach LeBron James about sitting out to preserve his body.

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LeBron Spoke With Magic In Offseason About Preference For Tough Playmakers
LeBron James signaled a preference for tough playmakers over floor spacers.

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Kyle Kuzma Leaves Game With Ankle Injury, X-Rays Negative
Kuzma turned his right ankle in the 4th quarter of the Lakers' loss to the Clippers.

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Lakers Consider Signing Center
Ivica Zubac was traded by the Lakers at the deadline.

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Lakers Reverse Course On Signing Carmelo Anthony After Losing Streak
The Lakers and Carmelo Anthony have put their contract talks on pause unless they turnaround their season back towards a playoff spot.

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Kyle Kuzma After Loss to Suns: 'There's Something Wrong With This Team'
The Lakers are currently 4.5 games out of the final playoff spot.

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Luke Walton After Late-Game Turnover: 'That Is On Me'
The Lakers turned the ball over off an inbounds play with less than 2 minutes remaining in their loss against the Bucks.

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LeBron James On Opponents Attacking Him On Defense: 'Come On With It'
James said he's not bothered by the criticism of his defensive ability.

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Lonzo Ball's Sprained Ankle To Be Re-Evaluated In One Week
Ball has missed 14 games with a Grade 3 ankle sprain.

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Lonzo Ball's Sprained Ankle To Be Re-Evaluated On Thursday
The Lakers have gone 4-9 since Ball suffered a Grade 3 ankle sprain on January 19th.

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