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Kobe Bryant on Kanye West's recent comments: 'What the hell are you talking about?'

Source | 13 hrs ago.

Kanye West attended Kobe Bryant’s last game for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016. A few weeks after Kanye West professed his love for President Donald Trump on Twitter and told a TMZ audience that 400 years of slavery “sounds like a choice,” recently retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant was asked about the rapper’s comments by one of the 300 high school students on hand at WE RISE. “I’m sure [I feel] the same way everybody else here in this room feels,” Bryant told the audience.

Lakers' Kyle Kuzma says Lonzo Ball taking weight room 'serious'

Source | 1 day ago.

Moments after the NBA announced that he had earned first-team All-Rookie honors and accomplished a season goal he had set for himself, a sweat-drenched Kyle Kuzma was on the Lakers' gym floor working on his dribbling and a variety of back-to-the-basket turnaround moves with assistant coach Miles Simon. Kuzma has been working out at the Lakers practice facility for the past three weeks, doing two-a-days hitting the weight room and basketball court. Kuzma, who has added noticeable muscle, says Lonzo Ball has been in the weight room as well.

NBA notebook: Iguodala doubtful for Game 4 with left knee contusion

Source | 2 days ago.

Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Houston Rockets with a left knee contusion. Iguodala banged knees with Rockets guard James Harden in Game 3 on Sunday. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that Iguodala is undergoing X-rays Monday afternoon, which are expected to give the team a better idea of his status.

Julius Randle’s camp not convinced he’s a Laker priority

Source | 2 days ago.

There are rumors that the previous contract negotiations left a bad taste in Randle’s mouth and he wants out. The Lakers still have rights to match any offer and the front office has said Randle is a priority. Randle’s camp is not so sure about that last part, they haven’t seen the evidence, reports Tania Ganguli at The Los Angeles Times.

Agent: Unsure of Lakers' interest in keeping Randle

Source | 2 days ago.

Julius Randle's agent told the Los Angeles Times he is unsure about the Los Angeles Lakers' desire to retain the restricted free agent, despite general manager's Rob Pelinka's comments about mutual interest between the two sides. "We still have no indication of where Julius stands among the Lakers' priorities, or if he is a priority at all," Aaron Mintz, Randle's agent, told the Times.

LeBron or Kawhi could lead Lakers to the Finals - World Peace

Source | 3 days ago.

Adding LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard to a burgeoning Los Angeles Lakers team could enable them to reach the NBA Finals next year, says Metta World Peace. The Lakers finished 11th in the Western Conference this season with a record of 35-47 and they have not made the playoffs since 2013, when they were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs.

Celtics' Tatum thrilled to be critiqued by Kobe

Source | 3 days ago.

Jayson Tatum is living the rookie dream. Oh, and he just had his flaws picked apart by former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant in his ESPN show "Detail." To be clear, that's a plus in Tatum's book. Growing up, (Bryant) was my favorite player.

Celtics' Tatum thrilled to be critiqued by Kobe

Source | 4 days ago.

Jayson Tatum is living the rookie dream. Oh, and he just had his flaws picked apart by former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant in his ESPN show "Detail." To be clear, that's a plus in Tatum's book. Growing up, (Bryant) was my favorite player.

Report: None of Lakers’ young core ‘untouchable’ for right trade offer

Source | 5 days ago.

Another — possibly more accurate — way to phrase the theme of this story: Hey, Gregg Popovich, if you’re trading Kawhi Leonard how many of our guys would you want? The Lakers liked what they saw from their young core this season. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Julius Randle all lived up to or exceeded expectations (some may have had outsized expectations for Ball, but he grew as the season wore on).

Will LeBron James Leave Cleveland? Speculation In Overdrive With Cavs Down 2-0 to Celtics

Source | 6 days ago.

LeBron James is very much still in the playoffs—but that won't stop NBA fans from partaking in one of our favorite pastimes: speculating about where he'll play next. With his Cleveland Cavaliers falling behind 2-0 to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals this week, those talks have only intensified under the weight of the superstar potentially getting bounced from the playoffs before the NBA Finals. Bleacher Report's Ken Berger published an interesting article Thursday on James' choices this offseason and how Cleveland might find a way to keep him in town.

Cavs Player Labels Celtics' GM Danny Ainge a 'Thief' for Pulling Off Kyrie Irving Mega Trade

Source | 6 days ago.

From the moment the idea was first floated, the trade that took Kyrie Irving from Cleveland to Boston last summer looked too good to be true for the Celtics and too bleak to consider for the Cavaliers. The trade, however, went ahead as Irving was traded to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round draft pick. One Cavs player has claimed the deal was a horrible piece of business for the franchise and singled out Celtics’ general manager Danny Ainge as the real culprit.

Kobe Bryant shrugs at idea of Lakers drafting LiAngelo Ball: 'If it'll help win'

Source | 8 days ago.

Like it or not, the Ball family of Lavar and his sons has become an unavoidable pillar of Los Angeles basketball. TMZ Sports managed to get ahold of Bryant outside ABC Studios in New York City and throw some questions at him, including the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers drafting another member of the Ball family. Bryant did what many wish they could do when the subject of the Ball family comes up: he shrugged, threw out a generic answer (“If it’ll help win”) and immediately got into the car to leave.

Lakers Free Agency: Kobe Excited by L.A. Options This Summer

Source | 9 days ago.

The upcoming summer could be one of the most important in the Los Angeles Lakers’ recent history, as the franchise looks to add a superstar free agent to its existing core of young players. After missing the playoffs only twice between 1976 and 2013, the Lakers have not made an appearance in the postseason since, as they looked to slowly rebuild a winning side. Kobe Bryant certainly believes the future looks bright for the 16-time NBA champions, who could add at least one high-profile star to a roster already packed with young talent.

Report: Warriors, Klay Thompson in Talks for Contract Extension

Source | 11 days ago.

Klay Thompson and the Warriors are reportedly in talks regarding a possible contract extension, according to The Athletic. If Thompson signed with a new team in free agency, The Athletic estimated that he could sign up to a four-year, $139 million deal. Thompson will make over $18.9 million in the upcoming 2018-19 season, the last year on his Warriors contract.

Cavaliers’ dominance of Raptors historically condensed

Source | 15 days ago.

Kyle Lowry wore his hat low and looked down, obscuring his eyes. To his left, DeMar DeRozan tried to explain how the Raptors got eliminated by the Cavaliers for the third straight year. “Maybe they’ve just got our number,” DeRozan said. It’d be understandable

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Q&A: Dancing With the Stars, State of the Lakers and LeBron James

Source | 16 days ago.

Dancing with the Stars has a rich history of promoting retired athletes and highlighting the footwork and precision that remains with them long after their playing careers. Abdul-?Jabbar had little doubt that he could compete once he received the call, and he took some time away from the salsa to talk to The Crossover about Dancing with the Stars, the NBA playoffs and the historic run of LeBron James. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: They called me.

How Many Championships Do the 76ers Have?

Source | 20 days ago.

The 76ers are currently playing in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Celtics, putting them closer to a possible return to the NBA Finals. This is the first year the Sixers have been in the playoffs since 2012. Philadelphia has won three championships.

James, Cavs face must-win game 7 as free agent speculation swirls

Source | 25 days ago.

It's one NBA first that LeBron James could perhaps have done without, but the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is embracing his first-ever game seven to come in the first round of the playoffs. The Indiana Pacers forced Sunday's game-seven decider in their Eastern Conference series with a dominant 121-87 victory over the Cavs on Friday. Although James has never before faced this particular challenge so early in the post-season, he is 4-2 all-time in game sevens, most recently in the last game of the 2016 NBA Finals when the Cavaliers triumphed over the Golden State Warriors.

Ball brothers, slowed by injuries, leaving Lithuanian club

Source | 27 days ago.

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are leaving their Lithuania team by mutual agreement. BC Prienu Vytautas on Thursday announced the departure of the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The team says LiAngelo injured an ankle and LaMelo has been bothered by back pain. Lithuanian basketball writer Donatas Urbonas says on Twitter that father LaVar Ball told him he was upset over LaMelo's diminished playing time. Nineteen-year-old LiAngelo averaged 12.6 points and 21.2 minutes in 14 games, and 16-year-old LaMelo averaged 6.5 points and 12.4 minutes in eight games. LiAngelo left UCLA in December after he was suspended for shoplifting during the Bruins' trip to China. He has declared