Given his struggles offensively, Lonzo doesn’t deserve to start a game
- 9 points per game- 30% field goal shooting and 23% from the three-point line
- 6.9 assists per game- leads the team
- 2.7 turnovers per game- leads the team
- 15 points per game- 49% field goal shooting and 38% from the three-point line
- 2.9 assists per game
- 1.9 turnovers per game
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.
Luke said Lakers would keep 15 players. Two will go, one will stay: Yi Jianlian, Metta World Peace and Thomas Robinson.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) October 17, 2016
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
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 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
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will take a leave of absence as he recovers from back surgery and will be replaced on an interim basis by Luke Walton.
The Warriors announced Thursday that Kerr will need time off for rehabilitation and recovery. Kerr underwent back surgery to repair a ruptured disc in late July and had follow-up surgery in September.
“After the first two days of training camp, I realized I need to take a step back and focus on my rehabilitation in order to be ready for the grind of another NBA season,” Kerr said in a statement. ”As I noted last week, my summer was difficult and no fun due to the multiple back surgeries. At this point, I simply want to get healthy and back to my normal daily routine on and off the court.”