LeBron has Lakers in win-now mode

Senior NBA Writer Vince Goodwill explains how LeBron James and the Lakers have managed to exceed expectations and how far they are from competing in the West.

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NBA Power Rankings: Why L.A.’s top story isn’t LeBron’s Lakers

Toronto has won five straight, while LeBron has the Lakers dominating everyone not named Orlando. Meanwhile, it’s the other team in L.A. that is making the real moves out west.
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Tyson Chandler contemplated Warriors before choosing Lakers

When it came down to a choice between Golden State and Los Angeles, the former Defensive Player of the Year could see himself only in a Lakers uniform.
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5-on-5: The Lakers’ real problems, and how to solve them

Do the Lakers need to make moves? Our NBA experts answer the big questions about LeBron, Magic and L.A.
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Patience is a virtue: The areas to improve for the Lakers

The Lakers entered November two games under .500 — and here are the reasons why.
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LeBron hails Ball, Stephenson after Lakers win again

LeBron James hailed the efforts of Lonzo Ball and Lance Stephenson after the Los Angeles Lakers came from eight points down in the final quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets and make it two wins in two nights. Twenty-four hours on from recording their first win of the season against the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers got off the mark at home – triumphing 121-114 with James recording his first triple-double for the franchise. Ball chipped in with 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals in a superb all-round display, prompting James to tell reporters: "He was great again tonight.

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Lakers’ Walton fined $15K for ripping into refs

Lakers coach Luke Walton ripped into the officials after L.A.’s overtime loss to the Spurs on Monday. LeBron James was incredulous several times during the game that fouls weren’t called after he felt he was hit in the paint.
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Goat Enlists Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma to Help Build Brand Buzz

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Online sneaker reselling marketplace Goat has inked a deal to have Kyle Kuzma serve as the face of its brand.
The Los Angeles Lakers player, as part of the deal, will don various sneakers sourced from Goat throughout the season during and outside of games. The deal reflects a seizing of the NBA’s reversed course on a rule that had dictated what sneaker colors players could wear on the court. The rule change now allows for any color footwear during games.
For Goat, Kuzma marks the first time the company is spending to have an ambassador for the brand and follows a flurry of activity this year.
Goat has grown through its digital marketplace that lets people buy and sell sneakers authenticated by Goat.
In February, the company, which launched in 2015, merged with Flight Club, a sneaker consignment retailer with doors in Los Angeles and New York, effectively combining the worlds of physical retail and online for sneaker reselling. It also pulled in $ 60 million in additional funding this year, bringing its total capital raised to date to $ 97.6 million.
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Hot take or reality? Lakers will miss playoffs

The signing of LeBron James has injected a lot of excitement back into L.A.'s premier franchise, but does he have enough around him?

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Inside the Lakers’ plan to push the pace with LeBron

LeBron James turns 34 in December, but he’s ready to run with the Lakers after years of slowing it down.
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NBA Power Rankings: Where new-look Lakers, healthy Celtics check in

With training camp in full swing, and with plenty of new faces in new places, who are the league’s best and worst teams?
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LeBron James, Lakers, Play Eminem on ‘White Boy’ Wednesdays: ‘It’s Like Taco Tuesday!’

Numerous athletes have turned to rapper Eminem for their pregame routines — like Naomi Osaka, who recently defeated Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Women’s Finals — and the same goes for superfan LeBron James.

James has not hidden his love of Eminem’s new record, Kamikaze, and has routinely shared videos of himself rapping to songs from the album on his Instagram Story. So when the Los Angeles Lakers took to their practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, ahead of the start of the NBA’s regular season on October 16, James took over the team’s music playlist to get his fill of the “Killshot” rapper (who is in the midst of a feud with Machine Gun Kelly).

“Today’s white boys Wednesdays,” James told reporters. “Seriously. You’re laughing, but today’s white boys Wednesdays, so only white boy music day, which I enjoy.”

But the music selection wasn’t just limited to Eminem, James said.

“I love Eminem, but it wasn’t just Eminem. We had a lot of good music today,” he said, before mentioning Luke Walton and Mark Madsen, two white members on the team’s staff. “ Luke and Mad Max, all those guys. It was a good day!”

After reporters laughed at the concept of the team dedicating a day to white musicians, James played it down as just another typical day.

“It’s a universal thing, right?” he asked reporters, according to USA Today. “It’s just like taco Tuesdays. It’s a thing. You guys look at me crazy when I said it, like, ‘Oh, , white boys Wednesdays.’ ”

The music-themed practice session seems to be the team’s attempt to create chemistry with each other, just three months after James, a former Cleveland Cavaliers player, joined the team, along with a slew of other new members.

“We had fun yesterday, too,’’ James said. “That’s what work’s all about. If you’re not having fun doing what you do, then you got the wrong profession.’’

James and the new-look Lakers are hoping to put up a fight against the Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, the team that has repeatedly triumphed over the Cavaliers during the four consecutive times that met in the NBA Finals (the Cavs won a single time in 2016).

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But James has been working to temper expectations, as many players on the team are young and haven’t even reached the NBA Playoffs, let alone the championship round. This has led 33-year-old James to take on a mentor role with his new Laker teammates.

“I got to bring in the approach I get from home,” James said on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

“When you have three kids, you have to be patient. I’m not calling these guys kids; they’re young men here, and some of these men have families as well. But you learn that you have to be patient and you have to gauge everyone individually very different to get the most out of them.”

James will make his debut with the Lakers against the Portland Trailblazers on October 18.


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Walton sets tone as LeBron, Lakers hit the court

LeBron James had “a great first practice” under coach Luke Walton and the Lakers, using the session to focus entirely on the defensive side of the ball.
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Source: Lakers benefit from Deng $7.5M buyout

Luol Deng agreed to a significant give-back of $ 7.5 million in his contract buyout with the Lakers, clearing $ 38 million in salary cap space for 2019 free agency, league sources told ESPN.
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LeBron Q&A: James on his new school, the Lakers and life’s challenges

In his first interview since joining the Lakers, LeBron discusses the opening of his foundation’s I Promise School in Akron, his new teammates and more.
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Lakers News: LeBron James Reacts To Kevin Love Signing 4-Year, $120 Million Contract Extension With Cavs

When LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014-15 NBA season, he joined formed big three with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Despite winning the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2017, and James recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Although there were reports of the Cavaliers potentially trading Love after James’ decision, they surprisingly signed him to a four-year, $ 120 million contract extension heading into the 2018-19 NBA season. After the official announcement, James congratulated his former teammate on Twitter: During their four seasons together in Cleveland, Love was often the scapegoat when the team

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By George! Kawhi no lock for Lakers in 2019-20

It appears L.A. is the big winner with the news that Kawhi Leonard has been traded to the Raptors. But Paul George was supposed to be headed to Los Angeles, too.

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LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ summer league game in Vegas

Lakers fans in attendance gave the three-time NBA champion a standing ovation as Los Angeles’ new king cheered on his new teammates.
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There is a war brewing between Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

With each leak, the foundation of Lonzo Ball and the Lakers’ relationship seems to weaken. It is no secret that Ball and his ever-volatile father, LaVar, were determined to have him get drafted by the Lakers and build their legacy there. Ball had a respectable rookie season for the Lakers when healthy, but with LeBron James in Los Angeles and in need of another star, Ball’s future there is as precarious as ever. The Lakers have been in talks with the Spurs for the disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, but the Spurs seem more enamored with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and future draft picks than they do Ball. Any chance of Ball being included in that trade, however, seemed to end when it was reported

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LeBron was a great get. But why did the Lakers sign Stephenson, McGee and Rondo?

The unexpected signings that went down after the LeBron deal are part of Magic Johnson’s plan to support his new superstar and his changing game.
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The Lakers baffled the NBA world with 4 moves immediately after landing LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers made one of the biggest moves in NBA history on Sunday by landing LeBron James in free agency. And then they proceeded to baffle the NBA world with some head-scratching moves over the next 24 hours. After signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $ 12 million deal (a sensible move), the Lakers continued by signing Lance Stephenson, one of James' biggest rivals, to a one-year, $ 4.5 million contract. They then added center JaVale McGee to a one-year, minimum deal. On Monday, the Lakers renounced their rights to free agent big man Julius Randle, a young, talented player with big potential, to sign 32-year-old point guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year, $ 9 million deal. The

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Sources: Spurs talk to Lakers, Celtics for Kawhi

The Spurs are engaged with several teams in trade talks regarding All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, including the Lakers and Celtics, league sources told ESPN.
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Pelton mail: How Lakers could add Kemba Walker to a superteam

Kevin Pelton answers questions on the Lakers, All-Star moves and European prospects.
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‘LeBron to L.A.’ is going strong, but does King James even fit with the Lakers?

Although LeBron James’ focus remains on trying to will the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals, the time in the L.A. spotlight will be meaningful.
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‘Can’t miss’ Ball nets 6 treys as Lakers stay hot

Having endured criticism for his unorthodox shooting style, Lonzo Ball made a statement against the Spurs on Saturday with 18 points — including six 3-pointers — as the Lakers extended their win streak to five.
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Lakers’ Ball says NCAA players should be paid

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball says the NCAA should allow players to be paid. “Everybody knows everybody’s getting paid,” Ball said. “Might as well make it legal.”
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With Lonzo set to return, Lakers look for growth in second half

After nearly a six-week absence, Lonzo Ball returns to a Lakers team that was shaken up at the trade deadline and faces an uncertain future this summer.
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LaVar vs. the Lakers — but where does Lonzo end up?

Last year, the Lakers went all-in on Lonzo Ball — and all that came with him, including his outspoken father, LaVar. Now, with Lonzo sidelined and LaVar across the globe, the Lakers are finding their way on the court, with or without them.
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Thomas: ‘I got my powers back’ in Lakers debut

Isaiah Thomas said he didn’t want to mess anything up for the Lakers, but the newly acquired guard showed flashes of his old form, even though the team had its four-game win streak snapped against the Mavericks on Saturday.
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Lakers owner Buss tweets support for Walton

Lakers majority owner Jeanie Buss publicly backed coach Luke Walton — whom LaVar Ball said had “lost his team” — on Twitter, posting a photo and using the hashtag #InLukeWeTrust for the second time.
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Your move, L.A.: Magic and Lakers must hold LaVar Ball accountable

The Lakers knew what they were getting in LaVar Ball when they drafted his son Lonzo. But after multiple meetings and pleas not to publicly disparage their team and coach, the situation remains unchanged. What will the Lakers do now?
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How Kobe Bryant inspired a progressive new Lakers look

The Lakers are the only team using their city-edition unis to honor franchise legends. For the first edition, they called in the Black Mamba.
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Lakers expect Nance Jr. back against Clippers

With Larry Nance Jr. expected back in the Lakers lineup Monday night against the Clippers, rookie Kyle Kuzma would slide back into a key reserve role.
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Pelton mail: Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma already a shooting star?

Pelton mail: Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma already a shooting star?
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Lonzo Ball's a summer blockbuster, but is he good enough to save the Lakers?

Former UCLA star Lonzo Ball has certainly lived up to the hype during the summer league, but there will be an immense amount of pressure on him in his rookie season.



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Despite sleepless nights, Luke Walton still optimistic about Lakers

Despite sleepless nights, Luke Walton still optimistic about Lakers
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Magic Johnson, Jeanie Buss address Lakers fans on front office, Luke Walton and more

Magic Johnson, Jeanie Buss address Lakers fans on front office, Luke Walton and more
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Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel Are #CoupleGoals At Grizzlies vs. Lakers Game

The couple that goofs off together, stays together. (At least if that couple is the Timberlakes.)

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted at the Staples Center watching the singer’s hometown team, the Memphis Grizzlies, take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. And, to distract her husband from the Grizzlies’ eventual loss, it appears Biel decided to dance the blues away.

She’s clearly got that feeling in her body

Although he kept the dancing to a minimum, Timberlake got the chance to show off his basketball skills on the court. He made not one but two half-court shots, seemingly impressing his wife and their friends. 

Still got that range… Grizz took the L. All good though… bounce back!!!

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Timberlake and Biel, who recently celebrated the holidays with their almost-2-year-old son Silas, have been married since 2012 ― and it appears having fun together is the secret to a successful relationship. Who knew?!

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Love, LeBron help Cavs rebound vs. Lakers

Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, LeBron James flirted with a triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers quickly got back to winning with a 120-105 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
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Lakers’ Scott: NCAA more physical than NBA

Lakers coach Byron Scott, after expressing befuddlement at a flagrant foul called on one of his players in a win Sunday over the Indiana Pacers, said college basketball is more aggressive and “much more physical” than the NBA.
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Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Pack On The PDA At Lakers Game

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed’s love for each other was on full display at a basketball game in Los Angeles on Sunday. The close game between the LA Lakers and the Phoenix Suns was an exciting one to watch, but it seems that Somerhalder only had eyes for Reed.

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The “Vampire Diaries” star also showed his affection for his girlfriend on a snowboarding trip in Sun Valley, Idaho on Friday. In the caption of a sweet Instagram photo of the couple, Somerhalder called the “Twilight” star “incredible” before wishing his 3.9 million followers a happy holiday:

Romance rumors about the pair first started in July, but Somerhalder confirmed their relationship in September when he slammed his Instagram followers for their negative comments about Reed. Perhaps the fans were upset to see Somerhalder move on from his “Vampire Diaries” co-star Nina Dobrev. Despite all the drama, it’s clear that Somerhalder and Reed are still smitten.
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Kobe keeps faith that Lakers’ brass has plan

Kobe Bryant, having watched Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo not join him in Los Angeles, still firmly believes in the Lakers’ hierarchy to come up with a plan to turn it around.
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