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Coach K puts on a sideline show during Duke's win over Wake Forest

Was that Mike Krzyzewski departing from his normally composed demeanor, jumping up and down and  -- gasp! -- taking off his jacket? Why yes, it was. A cynic would say the Duke coach had to do some coaching Tuesday against Wake Forest, which entered Cameron Indoor Arena with a 2-15 conference record...

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 107-101 win over the Brooklyn Nets

The Lakers (12-49) ended an eight-game losing streak, beating the Brooklyn Nets (17-44) on Tuesday night.  Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 107-101 win over the Nets at Staples Center. 1. D'Angelo Russell was as hot as he's been since joining the NBA in June as the Lakers' second-overall...

Byron Scott expects Kobe Bryant to play against the Brooklyn Nets

Even if Kobe Bryant returns to play Tuesday night against Brooklyn at Staples Center, this so-called “new” offense the Lakers have incorporated into the Princeton offense will be on display again. Lakers Coach Byron Scott said after practice Monday that the idea of adding to the offense is to get...

Lakers Week 18 in review: Losing streak grows to eight games

The Lakers continued to struggle through Week 18, dropping an additional three contests to see their losing streak extend to eight games. The week opened in Milwaukee against the Bucks, but forward Giannis Antetokounmpo reached a triple-double as his team beat the Lakers, 108-101. Additionally,...

Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell getting more comfortable

Since he returned to the starting lineup five games ago, the view of Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell is that his coach has given him more freedom to operate. So Lakers Coach Byron Scott was asked Sunday after practice if he in fact has loosened the reins on Russell. Scott actually chuckled...

Lakers Coach Byron Scott: We're not going to lose on purpose

Byron Scott has another message for Lakers followers who want them to lose. Sorry, the team is going to keep trying to win. For the second consecutive season, the Lakers’ draft pick will be surrendered if they fall below a certain spot in the May 17 lottery. Last year, they had to finish with a...

Preview: Lakers hope to end five-game losing streak in Milwaukee

The Lakers (11-46) continue their three-game road trip on Monday, visiting the Milwaukee Bucks (23-33). Dropping their fifth game in a row, the Lakers fell on Sunday in Chicago to the Bulls, 126-115. They'll draw a young, talented Bucks team on the second night of a back-to-back. Milwaukee hasn't...

Lakers Week 17 in review: Lakers are competing but still losing consistently

On the heels of last week's All-Star break, the Lakers played just two games through Week 17, both losses. At 11-46, the Lakers have lost five games in a row, with 25 left to play. The week began with a 119-113 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at Staples Center. The Spurs played without...

Lakers lose fourth in a row, 119-113 to the Spurs

Back from the All-Star break, the Lakers lost their fourth consecutive game on Friday night, falling to the San Antonio Spurs, 119-113, at Staples Center. The Lakers overcame a 15-point deficit to close to within six points on a Lou Williams' four-point play. Kobe Bryant made a turnaround fadeaway...

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak doesn't have much to say about Coach Byron Scott

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak declined to speak in depth about Coach Byron Scott while being interviewed by reporters Wednesday. Scott has one more guaranteed year on his contract. He went 21-61 last season and is 11-44 this season as the Lakers return from the All-Star break. "Byron is...

It's a love fest for Kobe Bryant at All-Star media day

Kobe Bryant had entertained four questions, including two in Italian, from the mass of about 150 media members crammed around him inside a hotel ballroom when a reporter from a Toronto radio station placed a shiny red bag on the table in front of the Lakers star and slid it toward him. Inside was...

Lakers offered Kobe Bryant to Cavaliers for LeBron James in 2007, report says

In 2007, the Lakers engaged the Cleveland Cavaliers in talks, offering a disgruntled Kobe Bryant for LeBron James, according to a report on ESPN.com. Bryant had demanded a trade before the 2007-2008 season, frustrated that the Lakers had stagnated and believing that the team was not properly prioritizing...

Preview: Lakers visit Cleveland Cavaliers before All-Star break

While the Lakers have lost two straight, they've been competitive in defeat to the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers. On Wednesday, the Lakers (11-43) will play one final game before the All-Star break, visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers (37-14). Cleveland has won two in a row, slowly adjusting...

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...

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