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D'Angelo Russell slightly behind where Byron Scott thought he would be

The Kobe Bryant goodbye tour isn’t the only thing with 30 games left. D’Angelo Russell’s rookie season is winding down relatively quickly, the second pick in the NBA draft facing a little more than two months on the first round of his pro career. There have been some ups and some downs, along with...

Make-A-Wish signing of Yitzi Teichman makes Lakers winner for a night

As the team lost its 10th straight game, falling to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night, one member of the Lakers was all smiles. Yitzi Teichman, ceremonially signed to a one-day contract before the game, left the Lakers' locker room with a bag full of his teammates' sneakers, and an ear-to-ear...

Preview: Lakers, without Kobe Bryant, visit a Clippers team adjusting to Blake Griffin news

The Lakers (9-39) will play their second game in as many nights, visiting the Clippers (30-16) at Staples Center on Friday night. The Clippers are reeling after forward Blake Griffin broke his hand in a brawl with the team's assistant equipment manager.  Still, the team has fared with Griffin already...

D'Angelo Russell says he doesn't deserve promotion to starting lineup

Lakers rookie guard D'Angelo Russell took responsibility for his poor performance Thursday night in a loss to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. "Personally, for me, lackadaisical turnovers," Russell said concerning his play against the Bulls. "I take the blame for a little bit of that. I've...

Preview: Pau Gasol to face Kobe Bryant one last time at Staples Center

Kobe Bryant is expected to return from a sore shoulder to face Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls (25-19) on Thursday night at Staples Center. Gasol helped the Lakers (9-38) win two NBA titles, but left as a free agent to the Bulls two summers ago. The Bulls have been struggling to stay healthy this...

Jimmy Kimmel surprises Shaquille O'Neal with Staples Center statue announcement [Video]

Better make room for The Big Statue. Shaquille O'Neal, the former Lakers center with the thunderous game and too-many-to-count nicknames, will get his own statue outside Staples Center next season. Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel surprised O'Neal with the announcement Wednesday night and...

Shaquille O'Neal to be honored by Lakers with a Staples Center statue

When Shaquille O'Neal went on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," he expected to be the one providing the news. When Kimmel asked O'Neal about potentially entering the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, O'Neal received loud applause when he stated he planned to be memorialized as a Laker if he is selected...

Lakers' Lou Williams did not foul Mavericks' J.J. Barea, NBA report says

With the score tied 90-90 on Tuesday night at Staples Center, the Lakers' Lou Williams drove on Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea, hitting what looked like the go-ahead basket with 13.5 seconds left. Instead, Williams was called for an offensive foul, a turnover that set up Dirk Nowitzki, who hit...

D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson selected for 'Rising Stars Challenge'

Lakers guards D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson were selected by the NBA on Wednesday to participate in the Feb. 12 Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto during All-Star weekend. Formerly known as the rookie/sophomore game, the league changed the format least year to feature the best American-born...

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 92-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks

The Lakers (9-38) lost their sixth straight game, falling to the Dallas Mavericks (26-21) on Tuesday night.  Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 92-90 defeat at Staples Center. 1. The young Lakers went toe-to-toe against the veteran Mavericks, despite playing without Kobe Bryant (shoulder). ...

Kobe Bryant recalls joy of first playing with former Laker Pau Gasol

The Lakers hope to have Kobe Bryant (sore shoulder) back on the court Thursday when the Chicago Bulls visit at Staples Center. Bryant, who sat out Tuesday night's 92-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, said he's looking forward to seeing his former teammate Pau Gasol. "Pau's one of the best post players...

Preview: Kobe Bryant to face Dirk Nowitzki for final matchup

Kobe Bryant will play his final game against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Lakers (9-37) have already lost twice to the Mavericks (25-21) this season.  Bryant will retire after the Lakers wrap the regular season in June, with playoffs all but out...

Lakers: Predictions for Week 14

With their Saturday night loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers have just nine wins in 46 tries, slotting the team last place in the Western Conference. They'll play four games through Week 14, hosting the Dallas Mavericks (25-21), Chicago Bulls (25-18) and Charlotte Hornets (21-23). They'll...

Lakers' Week 13 in review: Losses piling up

The Lakers lost all three of their contests through Week 13, and six in a row dating back to Jan. 14. After falling to the Houston Rockets Jan. 17, 112-95, the Lakers the following Wednesday hosted the Sacramento Kings, an inconsistent team with hopes of climbing into the top eight in the Western...

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 121-103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

Here are five things we learned from the Lakers' 121-103 loss to the Trail Blazers in Portland on Saturday night. 1.) At some point, the Lakers will have to play some defense. They gave up 37 points in the first quarter to the Trail Blazers, 62 by the half. So, no, the Lakers didn’t play much defense...

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 108-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs

The Lakers (9-36) lost their fifth straight game, falling to the San Antonio Spurs (38-6) on Friday night. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 108-95 defeat at Staples Center. 1. Reserve guard Manu Ginobili carved up the Lakers, scoring 20 points in 19 minutes, while hitting nine of 10 shots....

Kobe Bryant selected for his 18th NBA All-Star game

Kobe Bryant was selected by fans as a starter for his 18th and final NBA All-Star game, the league announced Thursday. Bryant, 37, had an overwhelming 1.9 million votes, by far the most in the league and almost twice as many as LeBron James and Kevin Durant combined. Bryant did not make only one...

Lakers fail to keep pace in second half, falling to Warriors, 116-98

For the first half of the basketball game, the Lakers competed with the reigning NBA champions. Over the final 24 minutes, the Golden State Warriors showed why they're still the best team in the league, running away for a 116-98 victory on Thursday night in Oakland. Stephen Curry scored 26 points,...

Kobe Bryant will play tonight at Golden State

Kobe Bryant will play tonight against the Golden State Warriors after leaving Tuesday's game because of a sore right Achilles' tendon. "I think the fans deserve that effort from me," Bryant said two hours before tipoff at Oracle Arena, adding that there was no pain while walking but soreness when...

Lakers may be winning too many games for their own good

With their Sunday night victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, the Lakers have won four of their last eight games, improving to 9-31 on the season. Given their precarious position in June's NBA draft, the Lakers may be winning too many games for their own good. The Lakers owe their pick to the...

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