Lakers Dropped to 2-4 with a 112-107 Loss to the Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors met their former assistant coach, new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton in Las Vegas on October 15 at T-Mobile Arena.

Klay Thompson led the Warriors by 24 points to defeat the Lakers, 112-107. Kevin Durant has 17 points.

The Lakers were getting blown away by the Warriors in the second quarter. Lead had ballooned to 30 points. Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and David West did not even play.

The Lakers was outscored 54-30 in the paint and made assists on 29 of their 44 made field goals. Nick Young led the Lakers with 17 while No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram scored 12 off the bench. Lou Williams and Metta World Peace did not play also.

The purple and gold made a late fourth quarter comeback. The boys stayed focused and capitalized when it counted, unfortunately still lost to the Warriors by five.

I agree on Luol Deng: “This is why you have preseason. … You learn from things like this.”

How they play is what meaningful. A preseason win or loss means nothing. Preseason is important to get better and improve and get the players ready and evaluated.

The Lakers still have two preseason games left. They will face the Warriors again. Then the Phoenix Suns will test the new age Lakers before the regular season tips off.

I hope the Lakers will win at least one game against the Warriors.

New Season, New Headquarter and Practice Facility for the Lakers

Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Jordan
Clarkson. D’Angelo Russell and Ivica Zubac

The under-construction UCLA Health Training Center will be the new home of the Lakers and Development League’s D-Fenders. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. The Lakers will own their new building rather than lease space, as they do now from the NHL’s LA Kings.

Lakers COO Tim Harris said that it is not a sponsorship. It is a true partnership with UCLA. Not only the team will have their new practice facility, UCLA Health will also serve as the exclusive in-game health provider.

“The new building is three times the size of the one we’re in now. It’s got state-of-the-art everything,” coach Luke Walton said.

Miss Jeanie Buss, and the mayor of El Segundo was also at the event.

Source: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Daily News

The LA Lakers Roster for 2016-17

The franchise team without Kobe Bryant is now a reality for the LA Lakers. 

With Tarik Black, Brandon Ingram and Yi Jianlian signings on same week of this month, the Lakers are now having fifteen players, which is the maximum number allowed by the NBA. As such, the Lakers have effectively filled their roster for the 2016-17.

roster

Position, Number, Player
F / C  28 Tarik Black
F 3 Anthony Brown
G 5 José Calderón
G 6 Jordan Clarkson
F 2 Luol Deng
G 9 Marcelo Huertas
F 14 Brandon Ingram
F / C 11 Yi Jianlian
C 20 Timofey Mozgov
F 7 Larry Nance Jr.
F 30 Julius Randle
G 1 D’Angelo Russell
G 23 Lou Williams
G / F 0 Nick Young
C 40 Ivica Zubac

Now that Kobe Bryant has retired, what will the Lakers’ roster look like without him? Click the answer  here  and more.

The 2016-17 Los Angeles Lakers season is also the first season in the post-Kobe Bryant era without Bryant and first since the 1995-96 season.

The Kobe Bryant-less roster tips off at Staples Center on May 26 against the Houston Rockets. 

I have been very emotional watching Kobe Bryant’s remaining games up to the last one left in his career. I do not know but I think it’s even harder to see the Lakers playing this time with no Kobe Bryant already.

The league will not be the same without him, but I am still a die hard Laker fan.

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The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers 2016-17 Schedule and Tips Off


Source: Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA’s official website

The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers Tip Off and 2016-17 Schedule

The Kobe Bryant-less roster tips off at Staples Center on October 26 against the Houston Rockets. Life without the Black Mamba is now a reality for the LA Lakers.

The No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram and No. 32 Ivica Zubac of the 2016 NBA Draft, Coach Luke Walton, Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng and Jose Calderon will make their debut in purple and gold.

Fourteen of their games will be nationally televised and we sure do not want to miss some of this season’s highlights:

Nov. 4 vs. GSW- Kevin Durant as a warrior debut at Staples Center.

Dec. 16 and PHI: fans of these two teams will finally see the No. 1 pick Brandon Ingram and No. 2 pick Ben Simmons competing for the first time in the regular season of the NBA.

Dec. 25 VS. LAC: Lakers will play at home on Christmas Day for the second straight year. But before that, the boys will be on the road for twelve days. Eastern Conference’s top three playoff seeds from last year: Cleveland, Miami and Toronto as their opponents will highlight their games away from Los Angeles.

Feb. 3 and BOS: NBA’s greatest rival teams collide. The two greatest franchises in the NBA as well. One of the Lakers’ annual Grammy road trip highlights will be this this game.

March 19 vs. CLE: LeBron and the defending champs come to Los Angeles for the only time.

We have pictured a roster without Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neil, etc.  I think we can picture one without Kobe Bryant.  But he will forever be missed.  Let’s go Lakers!

Check out the full Lakers 2016-17 Schedule HERE.

Source: Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA’s official website

Kevin Durant has something to say about Brandon Ingram

Golden State Warriors Superstar Kevin Durant finally found his equivalent when it comes in hard court. This was the Rookie of Los Angeles Lakers Brandon Ingram.

Both was 2nd overall pick, Body built was slim and height are almost the same. According to Kevin Durant, he was like looking at the mirror and sees himself to Brandon Ingram.

“First person I can say, that I can look at him and feel like I’m looking in the mirror,” Durant said according to Lakers Nation’s Serena Winters.

Durant and Ingram faced each other last tuesday at the USA Basketball Training Camp.




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Lakers Eliminated from 2016 NBA Summer League

Los Angeles Lakers did not close out their 2016 season on Summer League with a win against the Utah Jazz, 92-88.

The 2016 NBA 2nd overall pick in the draft Brandon Ingram drops 22 pts, 5 reb and 4 ast in the finale.

‘Zublocka’ trends when Ivica Zubac fired up with blocks and slams from start to finish of the game. He almost had a triple double 16pts, 11 reb & 6 blk.

Lakers went undefeated on the first round of the 2016 NBA Summer League. D’Angelo Russell and Larry Nance Jr kept on impressing Lakers Nation with their tremendous progress. Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zublac were able to showcased what they got too. They fell short on the second round over Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz.

Laker fans can read more in the 2016 Summer League Los Angeles Lakers l Hub

Now that Summer League is over for the Lakers, what do you think their young core need to work on heading into the regular season?

Ingram and Simmons Duel at the NBA Summer League, Highlights from Lakers vs. 76ers game in Vegas

The top two picks faced off Saturday night at the NBA Summer League, but it wasn’t really the match-up we’re expecting from the top picks of the NBA Draft.

Simmons finished the game with just 8 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Though his stats were already near of a triple-double, but along with that, he had 7 turnovers, which had been a huge problem for him in securing the ball.

While Ingram hasn’t made much of an impact with a dreadful 3-of-12 shooting, finishing with just 7 points for that game.

Here are some highlights from the game, including D’Angelo Russell’s clutch moment at the buzzer
 

Introductory Presser of the Newest Future of the LA Lakers

Today at 2:30 PM PST, the Los Angeles Lakers will officially introduce their 2016 draft picks Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac when the team’s first Summer League practise begin.

6’9 Duke forward Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the NBA draft was reportedly going to use Kobe Bryant’s old locker.

“This is my dream come true. The Lakers were my No. 1 team, and Kobe is my favorite player”, 19 year old and 7’1, Croatian center Ivica Zubac said with the No. 32 pick in the NBA draft.

The Lakers also have a new training facility that they’re moving into next summer.

2016 NBA Draft Profile: Brandon Ingram

(Artwork by Sean Curate)

On June 23, Brandon Ingram was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall selection of the 2016 NBA draft.

Let’s look back at Ingram’s profile before he was drafted in NBA.

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 190
  • Birthdate: 09/02/1997
  • College: Duke

  • Prospect Analysis
Strengths

  • 7-3 wingspan
  • Great course awareness/vision
  • Good passer
  • Excellent 3-point shooter
  • Has a turnaround jump shot
  • Good midrange game
  • Can create off the dribble
  • Can excel in pick-and-roll situations
  • Good footwork
  • Stat sheet stuffer

Weaknesses

  • Needs to add strength and bulk
  • Could cut down on turnovers
  • Has to improve free-throw percentage a bit
NBA projection: The debate among NBA Draft analysts rages on whether LSU’s Ben Simmons or Ingram will be the top pick in the draft. Adding fuel to the argument is that Ingram, who has been compared by some to Kevin Durant, is more than a year younger than Simmons.
2015-16 Season
Ingram was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the USBWA freshman All-America team after helping lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. He was just the fourth freshman in the Mike Krzyzewski era at Duke to average at least 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, along with Luol Deng (2004), Jabari Parker (2014) and Jahlil Okafor (2015). Ingram’s eight double-doubles ranked fifth among Duke freshman all-time, and his 14 20-point games were second all-time among freshman in the program, behind only Okafor.
Key statistics: 17.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 tpg, 1.1 spg, 1.4 bpg, 34.6 mpg, .442 FG, .410 3PT, .682 FT
Cool statistic: Ingram was the only freshman in Duke history, and only the second player ever (Shane Battier was the first), to make at least 60 3-pointers (80) and block at least 40 shots (49) in the same season.


— Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

Basketball Culture : 2016 NBA Draft – Suit your Style


Thursday brought us the NBA draft, which means it brought us another opportunity to check out the latest fashions favored by elite basketball prospects. Overall, it was a big night for each and everyone’s unique bow ties, tuxedo jackets and black lapels.



//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js (Brandon Ingram, taken second by the Lakers, took it back to ’91 with this wicked stone washed blazer, a gray-and-black snakeskin jacket over a black dress shirt with a short gold chain)


(Malik Beasley, taken 19th by the Nuggets, wore a tie-knot the size of Colorado on a magenta tinted suit.)


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Ben Simmons, who went No. 1 overall to the 76ers, wore a conservative, well-tailored blue suit, accented with a gold tie. He furthered the corporate-shark look by barely pausing to acknowledge a cameraman who had fallen backwards while filming the LSU product arriving at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js For Kris Dunn ,No. 5 Timberwolves, it’s gotta be the shoes and the Whalers suit with a heap of confidence, the standout aspect of his ensemble. He can only hope his NBA game sparkles as much as those kicks, but he also showed that what’s inside counts, too.


//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Marquese Chriss (No. 8, Kings, traded to Suns) was resplendent in red crushed-velvet jacket, with a black-and-white bow tie. He certainly looked like he loves his look.


These are only some of the outfits that the 2016 NBA Draft players has shown, what do you think of their styles?

Photo and video credits to : Brad Penner – USA TODAY SPORTS, MAXIM, and The Washington Post