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.

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.

GUARDS
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.

FORWARDS
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.

CENTERS
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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Lakers Training Camp and Media Day In Santa Barbara

The 2016-17 Lakers season will tip off on Thursday. It starts with the team’s annual Media Day, held on Sept. 26 at the practice facility in El Segundo. Followed by
the Lakers training camp in Santa Barbara on Sept, 27. It will happen for the first time since 1999. It’s where they started their 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 campaigns.
The six-day camp will run until Oct. 2 in Robertson Gymnasium on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The team is scheduled for one three-hour session on the first and last days, as well as two two-hour practices for the middle four.

The team will travel south to Anaheim two days after the last practice in Santa Barbara in order to commence the 2016 preseason with a game against Sacramento on Oct. 4.

The annual preseason tour will feature two games at Staples Center, two in Anaheim, two in Las Vegas and one apiece in Ontario and San Diego

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3 Additions To The LA Lakers Roster 2016-17

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Zach Aguste, guard Julian Jacobs and forward Travis Wear.

The Lakers are now having eighteen players heading into training camp.

Auguste  the 23-year-old shot 56.7% from the field in his 128-game career at Notre Dame, and led the ACC in rebounding as a senior, highlighted by a career-best 22 rebound performance against Duke in the 2016 ACC Tournament.

Jacobs  played three seasons at USC, averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game in 2015-16 before declaring for the NBA draft as a junior. In Pac-12 play, Jacobs averaged a conference-leading 5.5 assists per game in his final collegiate season.

Wear  appeared in 51 games (one start) for the New York Knicks during the 2014-15 season, averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Last season, the Long Beach native, who attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana before playing at North Carolina (2009-10) and UCLA (2011-14), played for San Sebastián of Liga ACB, Spain’s top professional league.

Here are 15 more players in purple and gold:

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

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Related links:

The LA Lakers Roster for 2016-17

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