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We Need to Talk: LeBron makes the Lakers better

Source | 9 hrs ago.

CBS Sports Analysts to discuss comments on the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James' impact on the team.

LeBron James admits he nearly 'cracked' during Lakers’ early struggles

Source | 2 days ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers are riding high on a three-game winning streak, the longest such mark for the franchise this season. ‪During the streak, LeBron James — who admittedly struggles at times with patience — was asked if he’s been tinkering with his leadership approach, and the 14-time All-Star revealed that he was indeed tested during the team’s early struggles. LeBron James is still feeling his way through with the young Lakers.

LeBron James: ‘I almost cracked’ with Lakers’ slow start

Source | 2 days ago.

LeBron James has played in eight straight NBA Finals. How’s he handling reduced expectations with the Lakers, who started 2-5 before rising to 7-6? LeBron warned everyone to stay clear when he loses his patience, but he has never sounded close to losing it this season.

Three Things to Know: Carmelo Anthony isn’t worth the disruption anymore

Source | 2 days ago.

Every day in the NBA there is a lot to unpack, so every weekday morning throughout the season we will give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA. 1) Carmelo Anthony is not the root of Rockets’ issues… and not worth the disruption anymore. There’s an easy narrative out of Sunday: Carmelo Anthony was out and the Houston Rockets looked better, picking up a 115-103 win against a quality Pacers team.

LeBron, Lakers impacted by smoke in Kings arena

Source | 2 days ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers managed to get to .500 for the first time this season with a 101-86 win in Sacramento on Saturday night, but they had to contend with more than just the Kings. LeBron James scored 25 points for the Lakers, but said the smoke had a noticeable impact. "I had a slight headache before the game," James said.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Sunday Picks

Source | 3 days ago.

With another opportunity to win some money on Yahoo, as well, he are some players to target and avoid as you create your entry. Tim Hardaway Jr., NY vs. ORL ($29): With Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out, it’s no surprise that Hardaway is leading the Knicks with 24.5 points per game. With at least 30.7 Yahoo points in five of his last six contests, Hardaway is a great option to consider.

James scores 25 as Lakers use defense to top Kings 101-86

Source | 4 days ago.

Smoke from the raging Northern California wildfires seeped into the Golden 1 Center, giving LeBron James a headache and leading Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton to shorten his players' stints on the court. James scored 25 points and recently signed Tyson Chandler had 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who began the season with three straight losses but now have won four of their last five. The Lakers held the Kings, who entered the game averaging 118 points per contest, to their lowest scoring total of the season.

Rumor: LeBron James called in favor with Suns GM to get Tyson Chandler released

Source | 4 days ago.

From the day it was announced that the Suns were going to buyout Tyson Chandler, who then turned around and signed with the Lakers, there was a sense that Phoenix GM James Jones was doing his former Cleveland teammate LeBron James a favor. The Lakers desperately needed another big man in the paint ASAP, and while buyouts traditionally happen after the February trade deadline, suddenly a close friend of LeBron’s was making one available.

Tiki and Tierney: Sekou Smith talks Luke Walton

Source | 5 days ago.

NBA analyst Sekou Smith joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss Luke Walton's job security with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers Youngsters Are Taking a Step in the Right Direction

Source | 7 days ago.

Adjusting to LeBron James can be a tall task for even the most grizzled of veterans, so it’s little surprise the Lakers’ kids have gotten out to a slow start this season. The wing duo of Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram entered Wednesday night as inconsistent and increasingly inefficient second and third scoring options, while Lonzo Ball showed his passing brilliance only in spurts, too often sandwiched in lineups alongside Rajon Rondo. The youngster who fit in best early on is the least heralded of the quartet, former Villanova guard Josh Hart, who began the evening shooting 41.7% from three.

Reports: Magic Johnson unhappy with Luke Walton’s offense, defense, assistant coaches

Source | 8 days ago.

Magic Johnson already covered the biggest issue from his contentious meeting with Luke Walton last week: The Lakers president said he wouldn’t fire the coach this season. Johnson, president of basketball operations, shouted and cursed at Walton, according to multiple sources who weren’t authorized to speak publicly. At one point he chided Walton for interrupting him.

Kawhi Leonard: ‘I didn’t like the Lakers’ growing up

Source | 8 days ago.

The Clippers are reportedly frontrunner to sign him, though the Lakers offer equal proximity to his native Southern California. “I wasn’t at all,” Leonard said Saturday. Does this mean Leonard disliked the Lakers, who beat Iverson’s 76ers in the 2001 NBA Finals?

Tyson Chandler officially signs with Los Angeles Lakers after clearing waivers

Source | 8 days ago.

Tyson Chandler officially signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday after clearing waivers. After receiving a buyout in Phoenix last weekend, Tyson Chandler is officially headed home. Chandler cleared waivers on Tuesday and officially signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Magic Johnson on Luke Walton: “Yeah, we’re not going to fire him”

Source | 8 days ago.

Sunday, Magic Johnson was in Staples Center doing spin control. Last Tuesday, Johnson reportedly dressed down Laker coach Luke Walton about the team’s slow start (2-5 at the time, 4-6 now after getting thrashed by the Raptors Sunday). As word of the meeting leaked out, speculation about the fate of Luke Walton grew on social media.

LaVar Ball Offers To Coach Lakers, Says He Can Do It “With My Eyes Closed”

Source | 10 days ago.

LaVar Ball has offered to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, according to an interview, a job he claims he can do with his eyes closed. The voluble and controversial Ball, who stars in his own Facebook series, Ball in the Family, and runs the Big Baller League and shoe brand, is again taking shots at current Lakers coach Luke Walton, who reportedly was recently called on the carpet by Lakers executive Magic Johnson for the team’s slow start after adding LeBron James and a strong supporting cast. While the Lakers and LeBron have downplayed the Walton/Johnson chat, LaVar Ball isn’t giving Walton a pass.

Tyson Chandler reportedly bought out by Suns, will sign with Lakers

Source | 11 days ago.

Tyson Chandler is planning to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after receiving a buyout from the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. After receiving a buyout in Phoenix on Saturday, Suns center Tyson Chandler will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he clears waivers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and the New York Times’ Mark Stein. As @TheSteinLine reports, center Tyson Chandler is getting a buyout with the Suns and will become a free agent upon clearing waivers.

Report: Lakers president Magic Johnson admonished coach Luke Walton for slow start

Source | 12 days ago.

Before the season, Lakers president Magic Johnson said coach Luke Walton needn’t worry about starting slow, as LeBron James‘ new teams typically take a while to find their groove. In a meeting on Tuesday following a winless two-game trip, Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson admonished coach Luke Walton for the team’s sluggish start to the season, league sources told ESPN. Johnson’s aggressive meeting tone circulated to individuals throughout the organization, including to principal owner Jeanie Buss, league sources said.

JR Smith wants to leave Cavaliers

Source | 12 days ago.

JR Smith wants out of Cleveland and claims the Cavaliers likewise "don't want me here". The 33-year-old forward had reportedly been frustrated by the revelation that he would be removed from the rotation and was not guaranteed playing time in Cleveland and he made his feelings clear on Thursday. Asked if he was hoping for a trade, Smith confirmed this was the case and added of the Cavs: "They know.

Lonzo Ball says he needs to “get engaged, more energy” on court

Source | 14 days ago.

Lonzo Ball has not yet found a rhythm playing with LeBron James — in the 145 minutes those two have been on the court this season (small sample size alert) the Lakers are getting outscored by 5.3 points per 100 possessions. Ball should provide defense, shooting, and a secondary ball handler who will push the pace with LeBron, but just like so many players before him Ball is finding the sacrifices and challenges of playing with LeBron a big adjustment some nights. When his offensive game wasn’t going early, Ball did not work hard on cuts off the ball, didn’t bring energy at either end, and just kind of floated through the game.

Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly land 2022 NBA All-Star Game

Source | 15 days ago.

Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena will reportedly house the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. LeBron James may very well play a home game in Cleveland again. Months after LeBron left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, the NBA is set to announce that the Cavaliers have landed the league’s annual All-Star Weekend festivities in 2022, according to multiple reports. Kevin Kleps of Crain’s Cleveland Business first reported the news.

Magic Johnson talks Lakers before World Series Game 4

Source | 17 days ago.

Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson was on set with Fox Sports before Game 4 of the World Series joking about his appearance on the show last season. Magic Johnson is already making plans for his next move. The NBA legend and Los Angeles Dodgers stakeholder went on air before Game 4 of the World Series and had a lot to say.

Magic Johnson jokes he’s going to land another superstar next summer

Source | 17 days ago.

Despite the 2-4 start, the Lakers still won last summer — they landed LeBron James. The Lakers need another superstar (and to figure out who among their young core is ready to make that step up to playing with LeBron). Team president Magic Johnson knows it.

DeRozan has near triple-double, Spurs beat Lakers 110-106

Source | 18 days ago.

The Spurs are still working to develop a comfort and chemistry with one another, but have already discovered they can count on DeMar DeRozan to come through late. DeRozan had 30 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and the Spurs rallied in the fourth quarter, overcoming 35 points and 11 rebounds from LeBron James to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 110-106 on Saturday night. DeRozan had 14 points in the second half, including eight in the fourth quarter, for his second double-double in five games after failing to get any last season with Toronto.

JaVale McGee says incorrect asthma concerns may have lowered his value

Source | 18 days ago.

You may have heard about Los Angeles Lakers big man JaVale McGee struggling with asthma. On its face, it seems like a fairly surprising condition for a professional athlete to have, especially in a sport which requires so much running. Pace is faster than ever this year, and the Lakers themselves are trying to outrun opponents.

Rondo or No Rondo, Lakers Should Start Lonzo Ball

Source | 19 days ago.

Lonzo Ball’s mistakes aren’t treated like normal mistakes: they reverberate like earthquakes throughout arenas and across social media networks. “I'll go home and watch the tape tonight and get on the plane [Friday] and talk to my coaches,” he said.