Open Forum: How many minutes will Kobe Bryant average per game?

Kobe Bryant’s health has been the central topic of conversation for Lakers fans over the past two seasons. With less than a month to go before the start of training camp, the expectation is that Bryant returns in great shape and ready for the season.

3-Point Play: Phil Hubbard talks D-Fenders, Olympics, more

New head coach Phil Hubbard brings a lot of experience to the LA D-Fenders, both as a coach and a player, from his time in the NBA, helping the USA win an Olympic gold medal in 1976, and more.

Open Forum: Fans split on Julius Randle being a starter this season

With Julius Randle being touted as one of the most NBA-ready rookies this season, many expect him to have an impact from the start. However, there are those who believe the 19-year-old needs time to adjust in order to reach his full potential in the future.

Open forum: Will Julius Randle start more than 50 games this season?

Open Forum: Will Julius Randle start more than 50 games for the Lakers this season?

Inside the Game: Jeremy Lin’s opportunity with the Lakers

As he moves on from the expectations brought on by his “Linsanity” period in 2012 with the New York Knicks, Lin will have a new opportunity to revive his career and finally show that he can become a dominant and consistent point guard in the NBA.

Latest is the Greatest among Kobe's titles

When it comes to Kobe Bryant’s titles with the Lakers, the latest is the greatest according to fans voting in this week’s Open Forum.

Open Forum: Which Lakers title under Kobe Bryant was the most impressive?

Kobe Bryant has built a Lakers legend on nearly 20 years of success and numerous championships, but which of the Lakers' five titles with Kobe is the most impressive?

Open Forum: Opener vs. Houston is the most appealing game of the season for Lakers fans

On Monday we asked Lakers supporters to tell us which game in the 2014-15 season they were looking forward to the most, and they overwhelmingly went with the season opener against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 28th.

Poll of the Day, Presented by Toyota: Which Laker has the most to prove in training camp?

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Open Forum: Which Lakers game are you looking forward to the most?

The 2014-15 NBA season will be special for Lakers fans. It not only marks the beginning of a new era under Lakers great Byron Scott, but it will also allow Kobe Bryant to return fully fit after a mostly inactive season last year.

Inside the Game: Nick Young's relationship with Kobe will be key

While Nick Young will benefit from watching and interacting with a healthy Kobe Bryant, he will have to understand that he won’t be the go-to guy on offense and will be challenged with a more defensive role under Scott.

Sparks season ends with loss to Phoenix

Brittney Griner scored a career playoff-high 21 points, including a breakaway two-handed dunk, and the Phoenix Mercury cruised to a 93-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 2 on Sunday night to complete a sweep in their Western Conference semifinals series.

Sparks battle Mercury, but fall 75-72 in Game 1

The LA Sparks put together a valiant effort, but fell behind late in a 75-72 loss to the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Friday night in Phoenix.

Open Forum: Lakers fans think Jordan Hill will be starting center

The Lakers fans have spoken, and a strong majority believe Jordan Hill will end up winning the team's starting center position in the upcoming season. Do you agree?

Open Forum: Who will win the starting center position for the Lakers this season?

While a healthy Kobe Bryant is more than guaranteed as a starter, some of the other spots are up for grabs. In this week’s Open Forum, we’d like to take a look at the center position.

Open Forum: Lakers fans believe Nick Young at his best when coming off bench

Nick Young's first season as a Laker was his best of his NBA career and he was most effective when coming off the bench. Lakers fans, in answering our "Open Forum", believe Young should continue to be used as a reserve.

The Rundown: Lakers to open against the Rockets; visit Pau Gasol and the Bulls on Christmas

Jeremy Lin won’t have to wait too long to face his former team as the Los Angeles Lakers will open their 2014-15 season against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 28th.

Inside the Game: Managing expectations for Julius Randle

With Julius Randle in the conversation as an early Rookie of the Year candidate, the expectations will be high from the start. Still, at 19 years old, the former Kentucky big man will need time to develop.

Open Forum: Should Nick Young start or come off the bench next season?

Nick Young's first season as a Laker was his best of his NBA career. Now, as we look toward next season, should the team reward Young with a spot in the starting lineup or bring him off the bench?

Open Forum: Lakers fans think Nick Young will benefit most from Byron Scott hire

We asked fans which returning Laker will benefit most from the hire of Byron Scott as coach. The answer? Nick Young.

The Buzz: Sports world reacts to Landon Donovan's retirement announcement

Landon Donovan announced on Thursday that he will retire at the end of the 2014 MLS season, sparking widespread thanks from players, fans and officials throughout the soccer world.

The Rundown: Landon Donovan through the years

LA Galaxy superstar Landon Donovan shocked the soccer world on Thursday, announcing his retirement at the end of the 2014 MLS regular season.

The Rundown: Similarities and differences between Kobe and MJ

While it’s common to compare great players to one another, the Kobe Bryant-Michael Jordan contrast transcends the normal comparison between two greats. In terms of style, they’re pretty much the same player.

Lakers center Robert Sacre shines for Team Canada

While much of the talk around the Lakers this season has been around newcomers – Jeremy Lin, Byron Scott, etc. – one returning player in Robert Sacre might be heading toward an improved season.

Open Forum: Which returning Laker will improve the most under Byron Scott?

While everyone already knows what Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are capable of doing when they’re healthy, it remains to be seen how the other returning players will adjust to Scott’s coaching style.

Open Forum: Lakers fans expect Jeremy Lin to be most influential Lakers newcomer

After being voted by the fans as the point guard most likely to start for the purple and gold last week, Lin was again selected in this week’s ‘Open Forum’ as the newcomer who will have the biggest impact in 2014-15.

Lin takes the Hollywood scene by storm

That didn’t take long. Just two weeks after signing with the Lakers, guard Jeremy Lin showed that he’ll fit in just fine in Los Angeles with a comedy video poking fun at himself and the idea of “going Hollywood.”

Open Forum: Which Lakers newcomer will have the biggest impact next season?

While the fans are already familiar with what players such as Kobe Bryant, Nick Young and Jordan Hill can do on the court, there are some interesting new additions that will be looking to make an impression for the purple and gold.

Buzz: Social media world reacts to Lakers' hire of Byron Scott

Buzz: After the news broke Saturday night that the Lakers hired Byron Scott as their new head coach, fans, players and media turned to social media to share their thoughts.

Lakers agree to deal with Byron Scott as new head coach

The Lakers have agreed to terms with former "Showtime" Lakers star Byron Scott as their new head coach, as the sides have agreed to a four-year, $17 million deal.

Open Forum: Lakers fans predict Lin to be starting PG

Open Forum: Lakers fans think Jeremy Lin will beat out Steve Nash and Jordan Clarkson for the team's starting point guard position.

Poll of the Day, Presented by Toyota: Will Julius Randle earn starting spot with Lakers this season?

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The Rundown: Taking on the Black Mamba in H-O-R-S-E is no easy task

The Rundown: Kobe Bryant recently dominated a fan in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Here's how you could do better ... maybe ... if you're lucky.

Sparks replace Ross with Toler

The Los Angeles Sparks named General Manager Penny Toler to replace Carol Ross as head coach.

Open Forum: Who will win the Lakers starting point guard position?

Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson, three players in very different stages in their respective careers. it is not clear who exactly would be the one the Lakers will give the keys to.

Ogwumike, Parker score 8 eachbut West falls to East

Ogwumike and Parker score 8 a piece but the West falls to the East in ovetime in the WNBA All-Star game.

Galaxy score late goal but lose 2-1 to KC

Robbie Keane cut the Galaxy (7-4-6) deficit in the 79th minute with his 10th goal of the season off a corner kick but KC wins 2-1.

Sparks Leslie headlines HOF class

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie headlines the 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced Saturday.

Lakers Wrap: Randle, Clarkson finish Summer League play on a high note

The Los Angeles Lakers finished their participation in the 2014 NBA Summer League with an 83-77 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday afternoon.

Sparks fall to the Mystics at home

4-Minute Replay: Jantel Lavender scored a season-high 23 points to lead the Sparks (10-12), who had their season-best, three-game winning streak end.

Open Forum: Fans agree that Kareem is, by far, the greatest Lakers center in history

Almost 58 percent of the readers choose Kareem Abdul-Jabbar over some impressive competition, including Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal and the one and only “Mr. Basketball” George Mikan.

Lakers Wrap: Randle and Clarkson keep showing good signs despite loss

Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson once again had good individual performances for the Lakers, though they couldn’t help the team from falling to the Philadelphia 76ers 85-63 on Wednesday night.

Zardes, Keane score 2 goals; Galaxy beats NE 5-1

Robbie Keane had two goals and two assists, Gyasi Zardes scored twice, and the Los Angeles Galaxy extended the New England Revolution's losing streak to six games with a 5-1 win on Wednesday night.

Parker and Ogwumike lead Sparks over Liberty 68-54

Nneka Ogwumike scored 15 points and Jantel Lavender added 14 to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 68-54 Friday night.

Sparks beat San Antonio 83-62

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker scored 23 points and Kristi Toliver added 15 to help the Los Angeles Sparks rout the San Antonio Stars 83-62 on Sunday.

Lakers Wrap: Clarkson's tip-in at buzzer beats Warriors in OT

Lakers Wrap: Jordan Clarkson continues to impress for the Lakers in Summer League action, scoring 19 points and tipping in the winning basket at the buzzer as the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 89-88 in overtime on Monday night.

The Rundown: Taking a look at Pau Gasol's Laker legacy

The Rundown: Pau Gasol has announced he will be joining the Chicago Bulls. We take a look back at Gasol's legacy as a Laker, as well as what his departure means for the team.

The Rundown: Strengths and weaknesses of Jordan Clarkson

The Rundown: Clarkson, who was selected 46th overall by the Washington Wizards, was expected by many to be selected in the first round. He can play as a point guard or as a shooting guard and is expected to participate in the Summer League for the Lakers.

Open Forum: Who is the greatest Lakers center of all time?

Shaquille O'Neal once tweeted a photo of George Mikan and himself asking who was the best Lakers center of all time. Do you agree with him? Is it down to those two or do Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar deserve that honor?

Lakers Wrap: Randle signs deal, then scores 10 points in debut

Lakers Wrap: Julius Randle signed a contract with the Lakers, then scored 10 points in his Lakers debut on Sunday in Summer League action, but the Lakers fell to the New Orleans Pelicans, 90-73.

Sparks defeat Sun in battle of Ogwumike sisters

The LA Sparks defeated the Connecticut Sun 90-64 on Sunday as LA's Nneka Ogwumike got the better of her sister Chiney in the first meeting of the siblings in the WNBA.

Zardes' goal holds up as Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 1-0

Gyasi Zardes scored a goal in the 20th minute and Jaime Penedo made it stand up with six saves in a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

Produce or perish: The journey of Lakers rookie Ryan Kelly

A Laker Life: Ryan Kelly was better prepared to take advantage of his opportunities than most rookies, and not just because he played for legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. For Kelly, it goes much deeper than that.

Lakers Wrap: Clarkson scores 21 points but Lakers fall to Raptors

The Lakers opened their participation in the 2014 Summer League with an 89-78 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday in Las Vegas. Lakers Draftee Jordan Clarkson led the offense for the purple and gold with 21 points while Julius Randle watched from the sidelines.

Open Forum: Fans don’t expect a big impact from Steve Nash next season

While Steve Nash will go down as one of the best point guards in the history of the NBA, Lakers fans don’t believe the magician will have a big impact for the franchise next season.

Open Forum: Will Steve Nash be able to have a big impact for the Lakers next season?

If Nash remains in LA, what impact will he have? Will he be able to help Kobe Bryant bring forth a new generation of greatness for the Lakers, or will he instead play a quiet last season before moving on to other projects?

3-Point Play: Lakers draftee Jordan Clarkson looking to prove doubters wrong

The former Missouri point guard believes he has a chip on his shoulder after dropping to the second round on the 2014 NBA Draft.

Late surge hurts Sparks in loss to Mercury

Diana Taurasi scored a season-high 32 points, including a season-best seven 3-pointers, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 94-89 for their seventh straight victory Sunday, tying a franchise record.

Carmelo ponders choice after pitches from Lakers, others

The Lakers made their pitch to star free agent on Thursday. Now they wait to see if they are in the running, with reports suggesting they are.

Galaxy rally to earn 2-2 tie vs. Portland

Portland's Rauwshan McKenzie tapped the ball into his own net off a cross from Baggio Husidic as the LA Galaxy rallied for a 2-2 tie against the Timbers on Friday night at StubHub Center.

Ogwumike leads Sparks past Storm, 70-56

Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points for her fifth straight game in the 20s and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 70-56 on Thursday night.

Open Forum: Fans expect Julius Randle to dominate in the paint

Even though Julius Randle is known for his versatility, fans overwhelmingly agreed that the single best skill Randle will offer to the Lakers is rebounding.

Open Forum: What is the single best skill that Julius Randle will bring to the Lakers?

Despite being 19 years old, Lakers newest member Julius Randle is said to be NBA-ready. Physical and explosive, the power forward is expected to have an impact next season.

Galaxy edge Earthquakes 1-0 in 'California Clasico'

Gyasi Zardes scored in the 61st minute as the LA Galaxy defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in the “California Clasico” on Saturday night.

Sparks blow big lead, but beat Tulsa in overtime

The Sparks blew a big first-half lead, but rallied in overtime for a 92-89 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Saturday afternoon.

Poll of the Day, Presented by Toyota: Did Lakers make right choice drafting Julius Randle?

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Julius Randle shows he's a long-time Kobe fan

New Laker Julius Randle posts a photo of himself wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey as a kid, excited to play with his idol.

Lakers sign two for Summer League team, Randle might not play in Vegas

Lakers reportedly sign two players for Summer League team, and team uncertain if top pick Julius Randle will play in Las Vegas.

Open Forum: Fans select the 1996 NBA Draft as the most successful in Lakers history

According to our readers, the 1996 NBA Draft, when the Lakers landed Kobe Bryant via a trade at the 13th pick and then Derek Fisher in the 24th selection, is the most successful draft in Lakers history.

Lakers select Kentucky big man Julius Randle with No. 7 pick in NBA draft

The Lakers took their first step toward rebuilding their roster in the NBA draft on Thursday, selecting Kentucky big man Julius Randle with the No. 7 pick.

Scott shares thoughts on what Randle can contribute next season

Byron Scott took a few minutes to share his take on the power forward out of Kentucky.

Social media reaction to the Lakers' drafting of Julius Randle

Fans, players and Julius Randle himself head to Twitter to react to the Lakers' draft selection.

Nick Young becomes free agent; what does it mean for the Lakers?

Los Angeles native Nick Young, who became a fan favorite when he returned to his hometown to play for the Lakers last season, has become a free agent. But what does it mean?

Sparks dominate the paint, beat Storm

Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker each had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the LA Sparks defeated the Seattle Storm 65-57 on Tuesday afternoon.

A Laker Life: Surviving Draft Night

Chris Kaman, Jodie Meeks, Ryan Kelly and Kendall Marshall recall the evening that officially started their professional careers in the NBA.

Open Forum: What has been the Lakers’ most successful draft in history?

Choosing the correct players is not an easy task. However, history is a good indication of how good the Lakers management can be when assessing the talent available. What was their greatest draft?

Sparks defeat the Shock 87-77

4-Minute Replay: The Sparks snapped a four-game losing streak with a strong start and a solid overall performance.

Open Forum: Fans have their say; Phil Jackson is the greatest Lakers coach in history

Lakers history dictates that there are two coaches who stand above them all when it comes to the debate on who is the greatest of all time in the franchise: Phil Jackson and Pat Riley.

4-Minute Replay: Sparks fall to Lynx 94-77

Maya Moore scored 31 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 94-77 win against the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.

Open Forum: Who’s the greatest coach in Lakers history?

Given the rich history of success the Lakers have enjoyed over the years, one would think that the debate for the greatest coach of the franchise would revolve around many names. In reality, and even though the Lakers have had exceptional coaches, it all basically comes down to one question: Pat or Phil?

Sparks fall to Stars, 101-74

The Sparks dropped another game on the road to San Antonio and now have a three-game losing streak.

Sparks fall to Shock 69-67

Skylar Diggins scored 22 points to lead the Tulsa Shock to a 69-67 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday night for their third straight win.

Open Forum: Aaron Gordon the best match for Kobe Bryant among draft prospects

Open Forum: Coach Dave Miller said that out of all the major draft prospects, Arizona forward Aaron Gordon would be the best match with Kobe Bryant. It turns out that the readers agree!

Less than a month before Lakers back on court in Summer League play in Las Vegas

For those of you thinking the Lakers' offseason is dragging on much too long, Summer League in Las Vegas is less than a month away. Here's what you need to know.

LA Galaxy feature Landon Donovan in World Cup commercial

Playing in three straight World Cups might make you forget what it’s like to watch the tournament from home. That’s the theme of the new LA Galaxy commercial featuring Landon Donovan as the only person going to work for the Galaxy during the World Cup.

Lakers fall to Clippers

The Lakers suffered their fourth straight defeat with a loss against the Clippers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.

Vlade Divac says there was one reason he flopped: Shaquille O'Neal

Vlade Divac is glad the NBA is cracking down on flopping. He says he's not proud of his reputation as a flopper and that the only reason he did it was an attempt to stop Shaq.

Xs & Knows: Prospects grind as they prepare for the draft

Playing in front of NBA executives and scouts against the best players available in the draft can be a daunting task, but they have to keep performing at their best, even if it is an unfamiliar and intimidating setting.

Sparks give Lynx a challenge before falling at Staples Center

The LA Sparks continued their up-and-down season, falling to the Minnesota Lynx 85-72 on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.

Galaxy give up early goal, settle for 1-1 tie vs Chivas USA

The LA Galaxy allowed their first goal by Chivas USA in 290 minutes and settled for a 1-1 tie against their LA rivals on Sunday at StubHub Center.

Open Forum: Which prospect working out for the Lakers will be the best fit to play alongside Kobe Bryant?

Bryant’s unequivocal approach to hard-work and determination might not be for everyone, but it does get results. As new players join the Lakers, it will be essential than their chemistry on and off the court with the team’s main star is in the best shape possible.

The real 'Big Fundamental': Kobe Bryant shares pro tips

Tim Duncan might be called "The Big Fundamental," but anyone who has studied Kobe Bryant's game closely knows that his basketball skill set is second to none. And the Lakers star is proving it with a series of "Kobe Fundamentals" videos on Youtube.

Galaxy take on Chivas USA in final game before World Cup break

The L.A. Galaxy will try to enter the World Cup break on a high note when they take on Chivas USA on Sunday at StubHub Center.

Sparks score franchise-record 61 first-half points on way to win over Sky

The LA Sparks started fast on Friday night, scoring a franchise-record 61 points in the first half on the way to a 102-88 victory over the Chicago Sky.

3-Point Play: Long-shot prospect Davion Berry looking to get noticed in pre-draft workout

on Wednesday at the Toyota Center, Berry found himself playing alongside well known college stars Aaron Gordon and Doug McDermott, and guarding sleeper prospect Elfrid Payton at the Toyota Center in a workout in front of Lakers executives.

Lakers fans believe Kobe will be back better than ever

As of Friday, over 50 percent of the voters agreed that Kobe will be back better than ever, while close to 30 percent believe he’ll be the same. Close to 20 percent of the voters believe he won’t be as good.

Lakers host first pre-draft workout

Zach LaVine stands out with impressive vertical jump as prospects attempt to impress Lakers ahead of the draft.

Sparks fall to Dream in Atlanta

Erika de Souza scored 20 of her career high-tying 27 points in the final 20 minutes to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 93-85 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night.

Lakers to work out 12 potential draftees on Wednesday

Lakers to work out 12 potential draftees on Wednesday at the Toyota Sports Center.

Xs and Knows: Landon Donovan's evolution over time

When he first started playing, Donovan quickly became recognized for his unbelievable pace and stamina. Yet, over time, as that thunderous pace has dwindled a bit, his style of play was overtaken by his technical skills and his vision for the game.