Kuzma! Why He is the Best Laker Rookie Right Now

Remember the name: Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma is the best Rookie

Yes, The Lakers didn’t exactly win against one of the worst teams in the NBA, now Phoenix, but boy, did Kuzma played like he is the best rookie in all of the land.
Let’s get this out of the way. Lonzo Ball played 37 minutes scored 6 points on 3/7 shooting with 6 assists and 6 rebounds. To say the least, it is not a pretty number for the highly touted and heavily advertised rookie but its okay, Lakers got some unexpected gem in Kyle Kuzma who is lately, nothing but Kuzmazing!
Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 30 points in Friday’s 122-113 loss to Phoenix. And while Lonzo continues to find the right rhythm, Kyle was able to find the right spot within the game after starting on a 0-6 shooting at the half. The Rookie ended up shooting 11/23 and grabbing 10 rebounds in a losing effort against Phoenix Suns.
Kuzma has been showing a glimpse of greatness especially since Larry Nance got injured. This is the 6th time of the season that he scored 20+ points and we have a feeling that this might continue.
 Kyle Kuzma is the 27th overall pick by the Lakers.

The Impending Downfall of Dwight Howard

He was one of the most dominant centers. Was.

He has jumped from one conference to another. Twice.
Back in 2009, Dwight David Howard carried his Orlando Magic on his back, defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals – denying us NBA fans the golden opportunity to witness a Finals match-up that would have featured Kobe Bryant going up against the King himself.

Of course, the Magic would eventually lose to the Finals against the Lakers, 4-1. Since then, the Magic has never recovered. Dwight Howard’s career has become a roller coaster ride even when he was traded the Lakers before the start of the 2012-2013 season which ended in nuts, unfortunately.

He signed with the Houston Rockets after a miserable, forgettable stint alongside Kobe Bryant, and enjoyed some significant success as a consistent starter.

Then, he signed with the Atlanta Hawks for the 2016-2017 season which saw his numbers dropping horribly to career lows. He only averaged 13.5 points per game, his 2nd lowest since his rookie season. On the other hand, his field goal percentage has improved. He made 63% of his shots during the 2016-2017 season- 4th in the league in that category. His 12 rebounds per game also put him in the top 5 among the league’s leading rebounders.

Despite his still-respectable numbers and him being an 8-time All-Star, the Houston Rockets once said that nobody would trade for Dwight Howard because he is no longer capable of becoming a dominant franchise player like he once was during his stint with the Magic.

Okay. Let’s say he’s no longer the same “Superman” who defeated LeBron James and the Cavs back in 2009 but ladies and gentlemen, Dwight Howard is still young at 31. Relatively speaking, he still has a few years in his tank and like it or not, he has been working hard to get his dominant self back.Given the chance and the appropriate minutes, he will prove his doubters wrong and he will. 

Now entering his 14th season with his new team, the Charlotte Hornets after being traded, again, “Superman” looks to wear his cape again as he hopes to lead the Hornets, who finished last season in 11th place in the East. Howard may no longer be the same guy we all knew back then but he is still here. He is still healthy. And most importantly, Dwight Howard can still dunk over defenders.

Lakers 2017 Summer League Schedule

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, who own the first and second overall selections, respectively, in NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm, will square off at NBA Summer League 2017 on Saturday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The matchup between the potential top two picks in the June 22 draft was announced today as the game and broadcast schedules for NBA Summer League 2017 were unveiled. The 11-day, 67-game competition tips off with a tripleheader on NBA TV on Friday, July 7 and continues through Monday, July 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
A record 24 NBA teams will participate in a tournament-style format that culminates with a Championship Game on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET, broadcast for the first time on ESPN. Last year’s event, won by the returning champion Chicago Bulls, set records for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social media platforms.
ESPN will present all 67 games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN App, including 35 on its linear television channels. NBA TV will air 28 games, starting with the league’s opener on July 7, when the Toronto Raptors meet the New Orleans Pelicans at 6 p.m. ET. In total, 63 games from Las Vegas will air across ESPN and NBA TV’s linear channels – a Summer League record.
The field features the teams that hold the top five overall picks in NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm: the Celtics (No. 1), Lakers (No. 2), Philadelphia 76ers (No. 3), Phoenix Suns (No. 4) and Sacramento Kings (No. 5). In total, eight of the top 10 picks in this month’s draft belong to teams that will play in Las Vegas.
The Lakers will be part of the opening-day schedule on Friday, July 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center as they face the L.A. Clippers, who are appearing in the NBA Summer League for the first time since 2014 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). The second day of action is scheduled to include the top three selections of NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm, with ESPN’s matchup between the Celtics and Lakers followed by ESPN2’s telecast of Philadelphia vs. the Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET.
On Monday, July 10, NBA TV presents a doubleheader beginning with a 2017 NBA Finals rematch between the NBA Champion Warriors and finalist Cleveland Cavaliers at 8:30 p.m. ET, followed by a 10:30 p.m. ET game between the Lakers and Kings.
Teams will play three preliminary games between July 7-11 before being seeded in a tournament that starts on July 12 and concludes with the Championship Game on Monday, July 17. Each team will play a minimum of five games in Las Vegas.
Tickets for NBA Summer League 2017 are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting NBATickets.com.
Click here to view the Lakers Summer League Roster.
Below is the Lakers’ schedule for NBA Summer League 2017 (all times pacific).
1 Friday July 7 LA Clippers 5:30 pm Thomas & Mack Spectrum SN,
2 Saturday July 8 Boston Celtics 5:30 pm Thomas & Mack Spectrum SN,
3 Monday July 10 Sacramento Kings 7:30 pm Thomas & Mack Spectrum SN,
4 & 5 To be determined after seeding, starting on July 12

ICYMI: Lakers Draft Results and the Trade with Nets for Brook Lopez

The Lakers entered the 2017 NBA Draft with 2 picks in the first round, the #2 and #28. By virtue of a few trades, they ended the night quite differently.
They started the night by selecting Lonzo Ball, guard out of UCLA with the #2 overall pick.
Catch the introductory press conference on Friday, 6/23 at 2:30pm PT. Livestream on Lakers.com or the Lakers app or Lakers Twitter/Facebook.
As a result of the Brook Lopez trade with the Nets, the Lakers acquired the draft rights to the #27 pick, Kyle Kuzma, forward out of Utah, sending D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn.
The #28 pick, acquired from Houston in the Lou Williams trade, was then traded to Utah for the #30 and #42 picks. The Lakers followed that up by selecting Josh Hart, guard out of Villanova, with the 30th pick and Thomas Bryant, center out of Indiana, with the 42nd pick.
Following the draft, GM Rob Pelinka addressed the media about the day’s action.

The unveiling of a bronze statue of Shaq on Mar 24

To celebrate the unveiling of a bronze statue of legendary Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Hall of Fame player Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal in Star Plaza at STAPLES Center, the Lakers and AEG will host Shaqtown, a street festival on March 24 from 2pm to 7pm to take place on Chick Hearn Court and Microsoft Square at L.A. LIVE.
The festival will include a variety of interactive games including Fireball Alley, Block-A-Shaq and Plinko, a Hall of Fame Exhibit, specialty photo opportunities, a Ferris wheel, a mini Lakers basketball court and live deejay.
Additionally, fans are invited to watch the statue unveiling from 4pm – 5pm on video boards set-up throughout the street festival. The ceremony will be highlighted by speeches from Shaquille O’Neal, his teammates, colleagues and friends, and will conclude with a spectacular unveiling of the statue.
This event is free and open to the public. Parking (normal fees) will be available in STAPLES Center lots.
To celebrate the unveiling of the honorary Shaquille O’Neal statue at the STAPLES Center on March 24th, the legendary Hall of Famer teamed up with the Lakers to launch a capsule collection featuring limited edition apparel and accessories from New Era, Chalkline, PINTRILL, and Mitchell & Ness.
The 12-piece capsule includes limited quantities of a commemorative Chalkline jacket with images of Shaq in his LA Lakers uniform, PINTRILL enamel pin of Shaq’s Dunkman® logo, New Era hats made of 100% real purple suede with gold leather undervisor, and Mitchell & Ness sweatshirts, t-shirts, and tanks.
For any updates regarding this even, please check http://www.nba.com/lakers/

David Nwaba signed a second 10-day contract with the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard David Nwaba to a second 10-day contract,  it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka.
Nwaba (6-5, 204) averaged 2.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 11.2 minutes through five games after earning an NBA Call-Up with the Lakers on February 28. He originally joined the club from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he played in 39 games (30 starts), averaging 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks in 29.0 minutes per contest.
The Lakers roster stands at 15.

NBA is bringing All-Star 2018 back to Los Angeles

The Los Angeles was selected to host NBA All-Star 2018.  The 67th annual game will take place at Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers, on Sunday, Feb. 18.  This will mark the record sixth NBA All-Star in Los Angeles, which hosted in 2011, 2004, 1983, 1972 and 1963, and the third All-Star at Staples Center (2011 and 2004).

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement March 22, 2016 during a press conference at Staples Center, where he was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman and Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission President Kathy Schloessman.

NBA All-Star on-court events will tip off on Friday, Feb. 16, at Staples Center with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, where the league’s top rookies and second-year players take the court.  On Feb. 17, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature current NBA players showcasing their skills in exciting basketball competitions that include the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, where participants compete head-to-head in a series of passing, shooting and agility drills; the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; and Verizon Slam Dunk.  The weekend concludes on Sunday with the NBA All-Star Game.

In partnership with AEG, the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (LATCB), the NBA will host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout the city, including the Los Angeles Convention Center and L.A. Live.  These events, including NBA All-Star Practice, the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Mountain Dew and the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire, will feature interactive programming bringing fans closer to NBA and WNBA players and legends.

During NBA All-Star 2018, the NBA will continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events.  Through partnerships with schools, government and local nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, the league will reach thousands of children and families and provide important resources to community-based programs.

NBA All-Star Game 2018 will be televised in prime time on TNT for the 16th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 33rd year of NBA All-Star coverage.  The game will be broadcast worldwide in more than 200 countries and territories and in more than 40 languages.

NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto featured the highest-scoring All-Star Game in NBA history; an epic Verizon Slam Dunk won by reigning champion Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves; and an exhilarating Foot Locker Three-Point Contest won by the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, who narrowly beat teammate and 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry.  NBA All-Star 2017 will take place in Charlotte, N.C.

Nick Young Represents the Lakers in the 3-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend

It was announced today that forward/guard for the Los Angeles Lakers  Nick Young has been selected to participate in the 2017 JBL Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. The contest will take place on Saturday, February 18 during NBA All-Star 2017 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
Young will make his first career appearance in the contest, where he joins Eric Gordon (Houston), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Kyle Lowry (Toronto), Wesley Matthews (Dallas), CJ McCollum (Portland), Klay Thompson (Golden State), and Kemba Walker (Charlotte). He is the third Laker in franchise history to be selected to participate in the Three-Point Contest, joining Michael Cooper (1987) and Byron Scott (1987 and 1988).
The guy currently ranks ninth in the NBA in three-point percentage, shooting a career-best 42.4% from three-point range, ranking third in the league among players who have hit at least 100 three-pointers. Young has made the 11th-most threes in the NBA this season (128), seven shy of his single-season career high (135). On December 17th at Cleveland, Young hit a career-high eight three pointers, later netting seven triples on January 1st vs. Toronto. In an eight-game span from December 17th through January 1st, Young hit a franchise record 36 three-pointers (36-64, 56.3%).
Meanwhile, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram to make their appearance also at NBA All-Star Weekend. The two were selected to participate in the 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. 🤜🤛

Derek Fisher’s Goods at $300,000 Including 5 NBA Rings Were Stolen!

The home of retired LA Lakers guard Derek Fisher in Los Angeles was burglarized Monday morning (Jan. 30) and they stole his five championship rings he won during his run with the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to TMZ, Fisher told police that he left his home at around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, and when he returned three hours later, he realized someone had broken in.
The robber made away with more than $300,000 worth of jewelry, including his five NBA championship rings. Police in Los Angeles are currently investigating.

Young Lakers

“Started from the bottom” now the Lakers are once again back in playoff contention. Maybe it’s too early to say, as the season just started but the Lakers are definitely now in good shape, being over .500 and at the 7th spot in Western Conference.
Not to sound like an “expert or something but I was sort of expecting this kind of performance from the young guns after Kobe’s retirement.  
As D’Angelo Russel, once mentioned in an interview that now that Kobe has retired everyone is more free to do his own thing on the basketball court.
In my own opinion, last year’s abysmal performance was more of a mental breakdown. I thought the coaches and players were OK but the approach to the game was lame and I personally thought that it had something to do with Kobe’s presence.
Don’t get it twisted though, Just for the record I do not intend to discredit Kobe Bryant’s greatness.
He is no doubt one of the best players to ever play this game but his passion and presence turned out to be a double-edged sword for the young team.
My theory is that the whole team became complacent, too cautious and ended up on relying too much on their GOAT. In the process, they failed to maximize the team’s overall potential.
This season we are witnessing the opposite, in fact, the Lakers this season are more creative and more confident and most of all are having fun playing the game they love!!

Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks Visit The Purple and Gold Today

Today the Lakers look to extend their win streak to four as they play against the Dallas Mavericks at home.

The Mavericks set a franchise record last Sunday of the fewest points that the team allowed in an overtime. The Bucks scored only one point in twelve minutes. Mavs won 86-75.

Could Mavs great defense be a problem for the Los Angeles Lakers?

The purple and gold boys won over the Phoenix Suns, 119-108, at Staples Center on Sunday November 7. Win loss record improved to 4-3.

Nick Young led the way with 22 points while Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson contributed 18 points each. Los Angeles was also able to withstand Devin Booker’s career-high 39 points as they moved into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference.

The Warriors Had a Tough Day, Losing 117-97 on the Road Against the Lakers

The Warriors’ winning streak came to an end on Friday night, as Golden State fell 117-97 to the Lakers in Los Angeles. Kevin Durant led the Dubs with 27 points, tying him with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the sixth-longest 20-point streak in NBA history at 70-straight games. Stephen Curry added 13 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, but failed to make a three-pointer, ending his NBA-record streak of 157 consecutive games with at least one trey. With the loss, Golden State drops to 4-2 on the season.

Golden State’s offensive struggles were evident from the get-go, as the Lakers opened up an 8-0 lead while the Warriors missed their first five shots, four of which came from three-point range. Stephen Curry would get Golden State on the board with a layup and ignite a Warriors’ 7-0 run in response, but the Lakers followed that up with an immediate 6-0 burst to put the Dubs in an early 14-7 hole. Curry’s jumper with 4:43 left cut the deficit to 16-12, but the Warriors would be held scoreless for the remainder of the quarter until Andre Iguodala sank Golden State’s first three-pointer of the night as time expired. Golden State committed eight turnovers, while making just six field goals in the opening frame.

Things would only get worse for the Warriors, as the Lakers scored the opening basket of the second quarter and maintained a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the half. After Golden State had climbed within 11 with 9:32 left, Los Angeles responded with a 14-6 run to take their largest lead of the game up to that point just less than halfway through the second frame. Draymond Green would follow that with back-to-back baskets, after which Kevon Looney made all three of his field goal attempts in a span of 47 seconds to cut the deficit to 13. Nick Young’s three-pointer with 1:12 remaining extended that lead to 16, and Los Angeles would maintain that advantage going into halftime up 65-49. After making just one of eight three-point attempts in the opening quarter, the Warriors did one worse in the second, shooting just 1-of-9 from behind the line as a team.

Los Angeles looked in danger of running away with the game for good when D’Angelo Russell sank a technical free throw to expand their lead to 73-52 two-and-a-half minutes into the second half, but the veteran Warriors wouldn’t go down without a fight. Kevin Durant would sink two free throws on the ensuing possession, kick-starting an 16-2 Golden State run over the next four minutes that would pull the Dubs within seven points, their first single-digit deficit since the end of the first quarter. Kevon Looney’s layup with get the Warriors as close as 87-81 with 1:39 left in the third frame, but Los Angeles ended the quarter on a 6-1 run to rebuild a double-digit lead heading into the fourth.

Durant split free throws to cut the deficit to 95-85 with 9:22 remaining in regulation, but that was as close as Golden State would get. Lou Williams’ three-point shot at the eight-minute mark began a 10-2 Los Angeles run in response, as the young Lakers began to put the game out of reach. Julius Randle’s layup with 1:28 remaining gave Los Angeles their largest lead of the entire game at 115-93, as the Warriors’ division rival coasted to the eventual 117-97 win.

The loss drops the Warriors’ record to 4-2 on the season. They’ll attempt to bounce back and start a new winning streak when they play host to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

Lakers Look for their First Win on the Road Against the Undefeated Hawks

The fans went crazy as the LA Lakers won their first game against the Houston Rockets 120-114 in their home opener, post-Kobe Bryant era on October 26. They drop their first road game of the season next. Utah Jazz handed the Lakers their first loss 96-89 of the season Friday October 28.  And just last Sunday, Lakers battled hard but still fall to the Oklahoma Thunder 113-96. Russell Westbrook was just hard for anybody to defend. He made yet another triple double.

Yesterday was game 4 on the road. Lakers looked to pick up a second victory at Indiana. But they didn’t finish and win the game. Paul George puts up 30 to lead the Indiana Pacers past the LA Lakers 115-108. He took over the last minutes of the game down the stretch.

The LA Lakers are in Georgia today as they hit the floor against the Atlanta Hawks for the only time this season. Will the Atlanta Hawks stay undefeated with a win vs. the Lakers or will the Lakers make the Atlanta Hawks suffer their first loss of the season? Catch the game 5 tip at 7:30. Lakers have ruled Timofey Mozgov out due to left eye contusion for today’s game.

New Age Lakers Tip Off, 2016-17 Roster and Progression of the Team

The Lakers concluded their eight-game preseason with a 2-6 win loss record, but Coach Luke Walton was pleased with the progression his young team has shown.

“I feel like we’re starting to play better. We’re starting to understand concepts and understand what to look for in plays. And we’re playing at a faster pace for longer periods of time, which I think we need to do. SonI think it was a successful preseason,” Walton said.

The Lakers dropped their season finale against Phoenix Suns, fell twice to the Golden State Warriors, lost to the Portland Trailblazers and split their two-game series against the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings.

Two days after their last preseason game, the team announced that they have waived Anthony Brown and Yi Jianlian per the request of Yi and his agent.

“Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court. However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he’d be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he’d be better off in a different situation. We appreciate his efforts and wish him great success as he goes forward with his career,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Metta World Peace and Thomas Robinson have made the Lakers’ opening night roster, surviving the final cut. The roster now stands at 15.

Position, Number, Player
F / C   28  Tarik Black
G  5  José Calderón
G  6  Jordan Clarkson
F  2  Luol  Deng
G  9  Marcelo Huertas
F  14  Brandon Ingram
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
F  37 Metta World Peace
F 15 Thomas Robinson

The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers Tip Off  at Staples Center on October 26 against the Houston Rockets.

HERE is the full Lakers 2016-17 Schedule.

Coach Luke Will Keep 15-man Regular Season Roster

The maximum number allowed by the NBA are fifteen players.  Head coach Luke Walton intends on keeping the roster for the 2016-17 Lakers season the maximum, hinting at two more cuts according to Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived forward Zach Auguste, guard Julian Jacobs, and forward Travis Wear last week and the Lakers continued their preseason with 17. The backcourt all but appears set with D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Jose Calderon, and Marcelo Huertas. However, the frontcourt still has some question marks around which players will make the roster.

Behind Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr., the power forward position needs to be solidified. It is likely Brandon Ingram and Luol Deng will be spending time at the four, but the Lakers would like to have more depth available.

It appears the team will be choosing from Yi Jianlian, Metta World Peace, and Thomas Robinson. As World Peace hopes to provide another season of his veteran presence, Jianlian is attempting an NBA return and Robinson is looking to be on his sixth team since being drafted in 2012.

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
F  37 Metta World Peace
F 15 Thomas Robinson

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.

Rudy Gay and the Kings Win To The Lakers

The Kings win to the Lakers, 116-104, in their second exhibition game without Demarcus Cousin, Ty Lawson and Omri Casspi. Lakers beat them in the preseason opener.

Darren Collison  has 20 points, Anthony Tolliver scored for the Kings, made 21 points off of the bench. Rudy Gay finished the game with a 19-9-7.

Lakers went down nineteen in the first half and came back strong. They had a great third quarter. They tied it at 80 a few minutes into the fourth. D’Angelo Russell was killing it. The game showcased what this young prospect is capable of.  He has 31 points.

Tough match up coming up. The Lakers will go against the warriors twice.

Lakers Waive Auguste, Jacobs, Wear

Posted by Lakers.com: Oct 12, 2016

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Zach Auguste, guard Julian Jacobs, and forward Travis Wear, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Auguste was signed on August 29 and did not appear in any of the four preseason games for the Lakers. He averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15:41 minutes per game in four games (one start) for the Lakers’ entry in the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Jacobs was signed September 1 and appeared in two preseason games for Los Angeles, scoring three points with two assists in 11 minutes.

Wear was also signed September 1, and saw action in two preseason games for the Lakers, scoring three points in addition to two rebounds in 11 minutes.

The Lakers training camp roster stands at 17.

ICYMI: Lillard and the Blazers Edged The Lakers In Overtime

The Blazers reserves edged the Lakers 109-106 in overtime Tuesday night at Staples Center.

Russell and his fellow guards had no luck containing Damian Lillard. The 2012-13 Rookie of the Year put on a preseason version of his typical excellence against the Lakers, scoring 30 points in 27 minutes by shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 6-of-9 on triples. Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 15 points and Nick Young added 14 points off the bench.

Despite sitting out the fourth quarter and overtime, Lillard showed all he needed to, torching Los Angeles for 13 points in the first quarter and 15 straight for the Blazers in the third.

Lakers Second Win Of Their Third Preseason Game

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October 10, 2016 – Lakers bounced back from their loss to Denver Nuggets last Saturday, 124-115, as they face each other for the second time at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario.

Their first game against the Nuggets was the bench’s night, the second game was the starters’.

Lakers’ backcourt D’Angelo Russell’s sharp shooting and Lou Williams’ fourth quarter explosion dominated the headlines.

With Jusuf Nurkic 16 rebounds, Lakers frontcourt on the other hand was outrebounded by the Nuggets more than 20 times.

This is the team’s third exhibition game. Ingram still needs to work to finally emerge, but his defense is looking nice.

D’Lo with 33. Lou Will with 25. Randle with 16 and Swaggy P with 14.

Lakers Came up Short Against the Nuggets

Nuggets took the win today against the Lakers. The Nurkic-Jokic duo was pretty good, but Jamaal Murray did all the work for the Nuggets to win.

Coach Luke Walton gave the third unit some playing time in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, Lakers are looking good so far..

The Lakers played back at Staples Center for the first time this season. The last time the Lakers were in their home arena was when Kobe Bryant played his final game, scoring 60 points and leading Los Angeles to a comeback victory.

Coach Luke gets to play his former team on Saturday, October 15 as the LA Lakers take on the 2015 Champion Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Areana. The game starts at 7:00 pm.


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Second Preseason Game: LA Lakers vs. Nuggets

The Lakers are back at Staples Center for the first time this season. The last time the Lakers were in their home arena was when Kobe Bryant played his final game, scoring 60 points and leading Los Angeles to a comeback victory.

The new age Lakers capture the preseason opener over Sacramento, 103-84. Tarik Black’s back-to-back and-1 layups rolled off 14 unanswered points to begin the fourth. The recently re-signed power forward proved too athletic and energetic, scoring six of his 15 points. Brandon Ingram missed all five of his shots from the field, finishing with only two points off free throws. Lou Williams started at shooting guard and Jordan Clarkson came off the bench.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Clarkson said. “As long as I’m on the court, playing minutes, I’m going to impact the game someway — if that’s defensively or offensively. I’m always going to be aggressive on both ends of the floor. That’s where I’m going to make my mark.”

Metta World Peace will be replacing small forward Luol Deng who will sit out tonight’s preseason game due to a bruised left knee. He bumped knees with fellow wing Anthony Brown in Thursday’s practice. Deng scored eight points with two rebounds in 16 minutes as the starting small forward in Tuesday’s preseason opener against Sacramento.

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The Lakers Are Now Having 20-man Training Camp Roster

Squad during Lakers Media Day

Today was Lakers Media Day followed by the Training Camp. I can almost smell the start of the new age Lakers!

After the six-day camp in Santa Barbara, the current training camp roster at 20 will end up making the regular season 15-man. The LA Lakers Roster for 2016-17  will be determined.

Meanwhile, let us meet the training camp roster.

Anthony Brown (SG/SF)
The sophomore is looking to find some traction after a rough rookie season that saw him shoot just 31.0 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range. A 3-and-D prospect, Brown showed that he has plenty of potential on the latter side at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he was arguably the Lakers’ best defender. However, on the other end he bumped his averages up to just 36.1 and 29.4 percent, respectively.

Jose Calderon (PG)
Calderon won a bronze medal with Spain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer despite playing only 25 minutes total. The 34-year-old averaged 7.6 points and a career-low 4.2 assists with New York last year, though he did rank 10th in the NBA in 3-point percentage (41.4). The Lakers acquired him in July along with a pair of future second-round picks for the rights to a player no longer affiliated with the organization.

Jordan Clarkson (SG)
Clarkson re-signed with the Lakers over the summer after ranking second among sophomore in scoring last year with 15.5 points per game. Clearly a gifted scorer, he also led the Lakers in total points (1,225) but has expressed a desire to make strides on the defensive side given that he had never been pushed to excel on that end prior to the NBA.

Marcelo Huertas (PG)
A crafty passer, Huertas dazzled at the Olympics where he ranked third among all players in assists (6.6). The 33-year-old also led the Lakers in dimes (3.4) last year despite coming off the bench for each game. He figures to once again contend for the backup point guard role after re-signing in August.

Julian Jacobs (PG)
By leading his conference in assists (5.4) and using his remarkable athleticism on both ends, Jacobs took home First Team All-Pac-12 honors. He then played for Indiana at the Orlando Summer League, averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.5 minutes.

D’Angelo Russell (PG)
Tabbed as the leader of the Lakers, Russell sure looked comfortable in that role at the Las Vegas Summer League where he put up 21.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Despite becoming the youngest player to ever hit 130 3-pointers, the 20-year-old is looking to move past an up-and-down rookie season that saw him relegated to the bench for more than two months.

Lou Williams (SG)
Possibly the team’s most reliable scorer, Williams contributed 15.3 points last season, while hitting an impressive 5.3 free throws, putting him among the best in the league at drawing contact. The 11-year veteran has enjoyed considerable success off the bench in the past, winning Sixth Man of the Year in 2015.

Zach Auguste (PF)
A Third Team All-ACC selection, Auguste provided athleticism and hustle for Notre Dame last year. Despite leading his conference in rebounds (10.7) and ranking 10th in the country in total boards (386), Auguste went undrafted and is looking to improve on a solid start at Summer League, where he pitched in 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.8 minutes.

Tarik Black (PF/C)
Despite averaging the fewest minutes of any Laker last year (12.7), Black is seen as a valuable piece under new head coach Luke Walton. He averaged just 3.4 points last year but is 250 pounds of energy and muscle, and General Manager Mitch Kupchak said his “strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team” when he re-signed in August.

Luol Deng (SF)
A player whose resume includes four All-Star selections, the 2014 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and the 2007 NBA Sportsmanship Award, Deng is an ideal veteran for his young Lakers teammates to learn from. Acquired in free agency, the 31-year-old is still capable of coming up big on the court, too, as he was Miami’s third-leading scorer (13.3) and second-leading rebounder (5.9) during its playoff run last year.

Brandon Ingram (SF)
As the second-overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, expectations are high for Ingram, who was voted the player most likely to have the best career by his fellow rookies. The 19-year-old wasn’t always effective at Summer League (12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 41.2 field goal percentage), but he did explode for 22 points and 9-of-13 shooting in the finale against Utah.

Larry Nance Jr. (PF)
Nance excelled for the Lakers in just about every area at Summer League, averaging 9.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.8 blocks. Now fully recovered after spraining his wrist in the Vegas finale, the athletic freak will look to build upon a surprisingly fruitful rookie season that saw him contribute 7.3 points and 6.0 rebounds during 22 games in the starting lineup.

Julius Randle (PF)
After a strong debut season, Randle joined Russell and Ingram in Las Vegas for USA Basketball training camp in July. His first full season saw him rank 10th in the NBA in rebounds (10.2) while averaging a double-double with 11.3 points. He suffered a laceration to the webbing between his right middle and ring fingers in August, but will have no restrictions at camp other than taping the digits together.

Thomas Robinson (PF)
One of the final signings to the Lakers’ training camp roster, Robinson comes to L.A. from Brooklyn — the fifth team he has played for in as many years since Sacramento drafted him fifth overall in 2012. Robinson has yet to display his full potential, averaging 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in his career, though he did give a glimpse of it at the end of last year, as the four highest-scoring games of his career all came in the final month.

Travis Wear (PF)
On a roster full of power forwards, Wear will look to claw his way up like he did in 2014, when he earned the final spot on the New York Knicks. The Huntington Beach native played in the Spanish League last year, tallying 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.5 minutes while shooting 44.8 percent.

Metta World Peace (SF)
The final spot on the training camp roster was taken by the longest-tenured player on the list. World Peace, 36, will attempt to play in his 17th NBA season after returning to the Lakers last year. Having spent the prior campaign in China and Italy, he played sparingly in L.A., contributing just 5.0 points on 31.1 percent shooting with 2.5 rebounds in 16.9 minutes.

Yi Jianlian (PF/C)
After five years of playing in China, Yi is all set to make his return to the NBA. The Heshan native averaged 26.4 points and 9.2 rebounds last season, though numbers tend to be heightened in China due to the league-wide lack of defense. However, he did also show up big at the Olympics where he was the third-leading scorer (20.4), though his team went 0-5.

Nick Young (SF/SG)
Both on and off the court, last season was the worst of Young’s nine-year career. Looking to keep that all in the past, the L.A. native hopes to make amends for a season dampened by career-lows in scoring (7.3) and field goal percentage (33.9), as well as his highly-publicized incident with Russell.

Timofey Mozgov (C)
After winning the NBA title with Cleveland, Mozgov spent most of the offseason overseas, helping Russia qualify for EuroBasket 2017 with a 4-0 record. The 7-foot-1, 265-pounder didn’t play much during the Cavaliers’ playoff run, though he did shoot a career-best 56.5 percent during the regular season. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes — a dip that came in part due to knee surgery he underwent during the 2015 offseason.

Ivica Zubac (C)
The 7-foot-1, 240-pound Croatian fell to 32nd in the 2016 NBA Draft, but early signs say that he should’ve been swooped up well before than that. One of the more intriguing prospects on the roster, Zubac surprised with his mobility and punished with his size at Summer League, putting up 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while shooting 64.7 percent.

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Metta World Peace Re-signs With The Los Angeles Lakers

It was announced September 21 by General Manager Mitch Kupchak that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Metta World Peace. He told ESPN that he agreed to a one-year deal.
MWP was known as Ron Artest who hit a clutch 3-pointer after Kobe Bryant passed the ball to him in game 7 of the 2010 Finals to seal the Lakers’ title. He spent four seasons in Los Angeles between 2009-13.
A 16-year NBA veteran played in China in 2014-15 before returning to the team last season, World Peace holds career averages of 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.8 steals in 32.4 minutes per game over 966 contests (838 starts) with the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets, Knicks, and Lakers. Last season with the Lakers, he appeared in 35 games (five starts), and did not miss any time due to injury.
Selected with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA Draft by Chicago, World Peace was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2003-04 in addition to being chosen as an All-Star and member of the All-NBA Third Team that same year. He has also garnered four NBA All-Defensive Team selections and made the postseason nine times (including all four of his seasons in his first stint with L.A.) with four different franchises.
World Peace was honored with the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2011, and is actively involved in mental health awareness initiatives.
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