Despite the Lakers showing lots of improvements in their last two preseason games, fans are still concerned about their defense ahead of the regular season.
Julius Randle led the Lakers with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Jeremy Lin added 13 points and five assists. Wesley Johnson and Wayne Ellington scored 11 points each.
The big news coming out of the Lakers camp on Wednesday is that Kobe Bryant will sit out the last two games of the preseason. The Lakers face the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night and the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
Despite a very strong return to the court by Jeremy Lin, the Lakers were not able to get a result and dropped a hard-fought game 114-108 in overtime against Phoenix Suns on Tuesday in Anaheim.
Jeremy Lin is fit to play and will probably see some minutes off the bench. Head coach Byron Scott said Ronnie Price will be starting at the point.
The Lakers signed a combination of undrafted veterans and rookies who came into training camp looking to crack a roster that already has 13 spots set, leaving at the most two positions available. A week away from the start of the season, four out of the six players signed remain.
With the preseason coming to an end this week, head coach Byron Scott will have a much clearer picture of what tools his team possesses ahead of the regular season. And while it’s encouraging to see Kobe Bryant back healthy, the Lakers will need to put an impressive collective effort in order to make the playoffs.
Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points, five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes of play. Still, the young Jazz team put up a good collective effort as they were led by Gordon Hayward, who recorded 16 points. Derrick Favors and Dante Exum added 15 and 13 points respectively.
Open Forum Recap: An overwhelming majority of Lakers fans say that Jeremy Lin has been the most impressive Lakers newcomer so far this season.
It was believed that Nash was going to sit out after hurting his back carrying some bags earlier this week. However, Scott said his veteran felt good enough to try to play, though he did not confirm whether the 40-year-old would start, saying he was thinking about keeping Ronnie Price in the starting lineup.
After a couple of weeks of practice and three preseason games in the books, the Los Angeles Lakers' roster is beginning to gel under head coach Byron Scott. And while most of the attention has been centered on Kobe Bryant’s return, it will be key for the team’s newcomers to step up if this is to be a successful season.
The Lakers fell for the second time in three days to the same opponent as they couldn’t get revenge against the Golden State Warriors, losing 116-75 on Sunday night in Ontario, Calif.
Scott confirmed that Steve Nash, who was rested on Thursday as a precaution, is back in the starting lineup alongside Kobe Bryant. Jeremy Lin, who scored 14 points against Golden State on Thursday, won’t be available as he suffered a sprained left ankle on Saturday after stepping on Robert Sacre during practice.
In this week’s Open Forum, we asked fans how many points they believed Kobe would average this season and over 60 percent of the voters agreed with Coach Dave Miller’s assessment. Around 24 percent of the fans went for the more optimistic range of 26 to 30 points.
Carlos Boozer led the Lakers with 16 points, while Bryant finished with 15 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Lin added 14 points, four assists and four rebounds. Meanwhile, the Warriors had three players score in the double digits as Klay Thompson had 25 points, Stephen Curry 20 and David Lee 12.
Lakers head coach Byron Scott confirmed the 26-year-old point guard as the only change in the starting lineup ahead of Thursday’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors.
Bryant's challenges are centered on coming back from two severe injuries and proving he can stay healthy, but it’s more than that. It’s also about showing he can reinvent his game and remain effective as he ages, and it’s about proving he can lead a band of mostly young, unproven Lakers back into playoff contention.
Kobe Bryant made a triumphant return to the court after being absent for almost 10 months as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 98-95 in their first preseason game in San Diego on Monday night.
It has been 173 days since they last played, and after a long week of training camp, the Lakers are finally ready to kick off their preseason against the Denver Nuggets at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego tonight at 7 p.m.
Kobe Bryant is looking forward to being back on the court and showing the world he’s just as good as ever. This week’s Open Forum asks ‘How Many points Kobe Bryant will average per game?’
We asked Lakers fans which player had the most to prove during training camp, and while the voting was varied, Kobe Bryant topped the list.
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As Lakers head coach Byron Scott begins a new process with a young team led by a handful of seasoned veterans, it’s the perfect moment to discuss expectations for every player wearing the purple and gold ahead of the 2014-15 season.
In this week’s Open Forum, we asked: ‘who will be the Lakers’ best defensive player this season?’ and 47 percent agreed it would be Johnson, while Davis gathered 24.32 percent of the votes.
There are two basic schools of thought surrounding Nash’s upcoming season. The optimistic view is that he is completely recovered, in which case he will most likely start for the Lakers. The pessimistic outlook, on the other hand, points to his body not being able to cope with the rigors of a NBA season.
Regardless of who’s on the floor, the Lakers will be a defensive team in the 2014-15 NBA season. That has been clear from the moment Byron Scott was hired as the team’s head coach this summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
We asked fans which returning Laker will benefit most from the hire of Byron Scott as coach. The answer? Nick Young.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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: 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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The former Missouri point guard believes he has a chip on his shoulder after dropping to the second round on the 2014 NBA Draft.
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.
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.
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.
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Lakers reportedly sign two players for Summer League team, and team uncertain if top pick Julius Randle will play in Las Vegas.
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.
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.