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Kobe Bryant has some advice for his 17-year-old self

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:25:00 PDT

Kobe Bryant seems to have more time to think, now that he’s retired from the NBA.

The Lakers legend has come up with some advice to offer a younger version of himself on the brink of signing his first contract back in 1996 — and he shared it Wednesday in a piece he wrote for the Players’ Tribune.


Three takeaways from the Lakers' summer league loss to Cleveland

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:10:00 PDT

1. It was all going so well for Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell in the first half Thursday night, the game coming easy and his swag as high as ever.

But Russell fell back to earth with a thud in the second half of the Lakers’ 88-80 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer league in Las Vegas.


Lakers say Larry Nance Jr. suffers probable broken right hand

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:26:00 PDT

The Lakers said forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a “probable” break in his right hand during an 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in the summer league in Las Vegas.

The Lakers said preliminary results from an X-ray Nance took after the game showed a fracture to the third metacarpal...


NBA amends 'Hack-a-Shaq' rules

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:22:00 PDT

Somewhere, Shaquille O’Neal is smiling.

The NBA on Tuesday amended its rule for intentional fouls away from the ball, a move meant mainly to improve quality of play in certain situations.

The league currently penalizes teams that intentionally foul away from the ball only in the final two minutes...


Three takeaways from the Lakers' summer-league win over Golden State

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:27:00 PDT

1. There were more than enough accolades given to Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell because of his 22-point outburst in the first half against Golden State on Monday night.

Russell carried his team when no one else had it going, some said. Russell can score the basketball, others said. Russell has...


What we learned from the Lakers' summer league opener

Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:31:00 PDT

What we learned from the Lakers’ 85-65 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in their summer league opener Friday night. 

1) D’Angelo Russell eased his way into the game, looking for his teammates early on before he became more aggressive.

It was a delicate balance for Russell in the Lakers’ victory...


Lakers second-round pick Ivica Zubac wants to prove he can stay in L.A.

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 17:39:00 PDT

Ivica Zubac, who the Lakers selected with the 32nd pick in the NBA draft last month, tried to take everything in Tuesday at the Lakers practice facility — the trophies, banners, jerseys and then all of the questions.

It was understandably a bit overwhelming for the Bosnian-born 19-year-old. 



Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram is set to begin summer league

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 16:20:00 PDT

Brandon Ingram, selected by the Lakers with the second pick in the NBA draft last month, is ready to begin summer league games in Las Vegas.

Ingram knows there is pressure building on him — Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that by moving him into Kobe Bryant’s old locker — but the...


Watch the Lakers' Nick Young pick up an exploding firework and somehow escape unscathed

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 07:14:00 PDT

Nick Young did something really stupid over the holiday weekend. Luckily he lived to tell about it — and he can even gesture with both hands and all 10 fingers while relating the story if he wants.

Check out this video TMZ obtained from what it says is a Fourth of July party at the Lakers’ shooting...


Lakers, Brian Shaw closing in on deal for him to become Luke Walton's top assistant

Sat, 21 May 2016 16:37:00 PDT

Brian Shaw and the Lakers are close to an agreement on a deal for him to become Luke Walton’s lead assistant coach, the Los Angeles Times learned Saturday.

Shaw’s experience as a head coach, an assistant coach and as a championship player were the primary reasons why Walton wanted him on his staff,...


Lakers' D'Angelo Russell selected to the NBA's all-rookie second team

Thu, 19 May 2016 14:38:00 PDT

D'Angelo Russell is a second-team NBA all-rookie selection, the league announced Thursday.

Russell averaged 13.2 points and 3.3 assists after being selected with the second overall pick by the Lakers last June.

Only one guard was on the first team, Phoenix's Devin Booker. He was joined by Minnesota's...


Simmons or Ingram? Who is the better fit for Lakers?

Tue, 17 May 2016 18:15:00 PDT

The basketball gods have smiled down on the Lakers yet again, granting them an NBA lottery pick that just may help push them out of their recent doldrums.

And as the Lakers’ fortunes would have it, they will pick second in the NBA draft for the second consecutive year.

But because the Lakers have...


Mitch Kupchak talks about why the Lakers hired Luke Walton as coach

Fri, 6 May 2016 19:27:00 PDT

Mitch Kupchak eased his way down the steps from his office and paused.

"We're having a press conference and no coach," the Lakers' general manager said, shaking his head and smiling, at his news conference Friday about the hiring of Luke Walton as coach.

Kupchak walked to his seat at a table set...


Luke Walton signs contract to become the Lakers' new head coach

Fri, 6 May 2016 10:15:00 PDT

Luke Walton and the Lakers agreed to a deal Thursday night, paving the way for him to become the next head coach of the team.

Walton, 36, reportedly has a five-year deal worth about $25 million. The first four years of the deal are guaranteed.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak is scheduled to...


Lakers will have lots of choices for new coach to replace Byron Scott

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:00:00 PDT

The Lakers are now in the process of searching for a head coach in the wake of having fired Byron Scott on Sunday night.

Here are five intriguing names the Lakers may be interested in talking to over the next few days, weeks and months about their opening.


Walton is the most sexy name...


Does Byron Scott think he'll return as Lakers coach? 'Yeah. Absolutely'

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:20:00 PDT

The Lakers set franchise lows for winning percentage in back-to-back years, following up a 21-61 record with a somehow-more-calamitous 17-65 mark this season.

It hasn't dimmed Byron Scott's outlook. He was optimistic when asked specifically if he thought he would return next season as the Lakers'...


Kobe Bryant in shock after scoring 60 as teammates weigh in

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:10:00 PDT

There was one more show from the player who once scored 81 points and, in a different game, 62 through three quarters.

Kobe Bryant had 60 points in the final game of his 20-year career as the aura at Staples Center blew past "inexplicable" and moved toward "surreal."

Bryant acknowledged being somewhat...


Metta World Peace gave himself a headache cheering for Kobe Bryant

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:49:00 PDT

All Metta World Peace remembers from Kobe Bryant’s final game is that by the time it was over he had given himself a headache.

“I was animated even when he was missing, man,” World Peace said Thursday. “I figured if he is going to miss every shot, then I am going to cheer for him all night.”



Nick Young expresses uncertainty over future with the Lakers

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:10:00 PDT

Nick Young forgot about his problems, at least for a night, to enjoy Kobe Bryant’s final game Wednesday.

But the Lakers forward said Thursday he was glad the season was over.

“It was a tough one, but I’m a trooper,” Young said.

Young, a nine-year pro, made two starts in 54 games. He averaged 7.3...


Kobe Bryant's fantastic finish, as told on Twitter by his peers

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:23:00 PDT

Kobe Bryant put on quite a show in his final game before retirement Wednesday night at Staples Center. Because of the late start time, many of his fellow NBA players were able to catch the action.

They weren't disappointed, as Bryant put up 60 points to lead the Lakers to a 101-96 comeback victory...


Kobe Bryant's farewell a hotter ticket than Warriors' run for the record

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:53:00 PDT

The Golden State Warriors are going for an NBA record Wednesday night in Oakland at the same time the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant will be going for the door at Staples Center.

And judging from the price of tickets on the secondary market, an emotional goodbye is worth a lot more than a piece of history.


10 memorable moments from Kobe Bryant's 20-year NBA career

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:00:00 PDT

On Wednesday Kobe Bryant will play in his final game, finishing his 20th season with the Lakers. Here is a look at 10 of the key moments over Bryant's memorable career:

10) April 12, 2013 — Two free throws with an Achilles' tendon tear

Bryant was playing at an elite level until the game against...


Kobe Chronicles: Dwyane Wade and Bryant built mutual respect on Team USA

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:02:00 PDT

As Kobe Bryant plays out his 20th and final season with the Lakers, The Times has reached out to players, coaches and broadcasters for recollections about his career.

Dwyane Wade -- a 13-year pro, 12-time all-star and three-time NBA champion -- played with Bryant on the 2008 Olympic team.



A hero, a villain or a legend? What Kobe Bryant meant to readers

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:00:00 PDT

As Kobe Bryant prepares to take the court for the Lakers for the final time, we asked readers to share what he meant to them and to share some of their favorite memories.

Below are some their responses and personal photos: 

Tell us, what does Kobe Bryant mean to you?

Father Time won't defeat his...


Kobe Chronicles: Lopez twins grew up watching Bryant in family living room

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:27:00 PDT

As Kobe Bryant plays out his 20th and final season with the Lakers, The Times has reached out to players, coaches and broadcasters for recollections about his career.

Brook and Robin Lopez, eight-year pros, play for the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, respectively.

The Lopez twins might play...