August 15, 2013 |
New Lakers Nick Young and Wesley Johnson are putting in off-season work at the team's practice facility. On Thursday, the Lakers released a glimpse of their small-forward tandem putting up shots with the help of player development coach Mark Madsen. You can watch the video at the bottom of this post. There is no offseason for @NickSwaggyPYoung and @Weside11 . https://t.co/jCjjwWzjUj - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 15, 2013 Both Young and Johnson can also play shooting guard, but with Metta World Peace now gone via the team's one-time amnesty clause, there are plenty of minutes available at small forward.
July 25, 2013 |
It's back, and there's still some Shaq. The retired pro basketball great's former home on the Westside has come on the market at $9.495 million. Owned since 2004 by one of Japan's bestselling singer-songwriters, Kyosuke Himuro, the contemporary estate still pays homage to the onetime Laker. Gone are the red flowers in a bed of white forming Ss on either side of the steps to the front door. Redone is the home theater, which now has its walls lined with guitars. Retained is the tennis/basketball court, where “NBA MPV” is painted at one end and a Superman S at the other.
June 26, 2013 |
The Lakers' campaign to keep free-agent center Dwight Howard continued Wednesday with two public pleas for Howard to stay. The first, a billboard at Staples Center, features a photo of the center with the words, " Stay. #stayD12. " Another variation of the theme has been erected in Hollywood. If you're walking Hollywood Blvd. looking down at the stars, don't miss the one above you. #STAYD12 pic.twitter.com/iI5DIWSb1R - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 26, 2013 Howard will officially become a free agent on July 1. The Houston Rockets may be the Lakers' greatest competition for Howard but the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and a number of other NBA franchises are also expected to make a pitch.
June 14, 2013 |
The Lakers held a workout on Thursday in preparation for the NBA Draft on June 27. Pre-draft workouts today w/ Kenny Kadji, Peyton Siva, Brandon Triche, Dewayne Dedmon, C.J. Harris & B.J. Young. pic.twitter.com/aJBhDoLL6l - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 13, 2013 The team will pick in the second round at No. 48 -- their first-round pick belongs to the Cleveland Cavaliers (related to both the Ramon Sessions and Steve Nash trades). Kadji (6 feet 10)
June 6, 2013 |
Vine made its debut on the Android platform Monday. "Welcoming all the Android users to #Vine! #GoLakers," the Lakers posted on the rapidly emerging social network , which allows users to post six-second-long videos. On Wednesday, the Lakers tweeted out a Vine of guard Darius Morris working on his jump shot. VINE: @ dariusmorris4 during his normal summer workout. vine.co/v/b3YPYJgXOna - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 5, 2013 Morris, who is expected to be a restricted-free agent this summer, needed 52 minutes and 30 seconds to hit 500 three-point attempts.
April 30, 2013 |
The busiest man on the Lakers' payroll this off-season will be, as usual, General Manager Mitch Kupchak. And the most pressing question will be Dwight Howard. Will he or won't he sign with the Lakers when free agency begins July 1 -- if not sooner? Kupchak initially said Tuesday it was "hard for me to say" whether Howard would return. Later, though, he expressed confidence in re-signing Howard and "selling the Los Angeles Lakers" to him. "I think he has complete faith in the organization.
April 30, 2013 |
There's unanimity within the Lakers. Kobe Bryant and General Manager Mitch Kupchak both want Dwight Howard to return. There's also a problem within the Lakers: Howard isn't so sure. He declined to reveal which way he was leaning after his one-year run with the Lakers. "I'm going to take my time, get away from the game, my phones and everything and just clear my head," Howard said Tuesday in an end-of-season interview at the team's practice facility. "I'll do what's going to be best for myself, what's going to make me happy.
April 26, 2013 |
Filipinos living in Los Angeles and San Diego can now tune in to a primarily English-language channel called the Lifestyle Network, which launched this month on local Time Warner Cable systems. The new channel is owned by ABS-CBN International, a subsidiary of the largest broadcasting company in the Philippines. Based in Redwood City, Calif., ABS-CBN International has operated in the U.S. for two decades and runs the Filipino Channel. The Lifestyle Network will be a blend of programming from the Philippines, the U.S. and other countries.
April 17, 2013 |
If the Los Angeles Lakers flop in the NBA playoffs after avoiding the embarrassment of failing to qualify for the postseason for the first time since the 2004-05 season, many fans know exactly where they will place a load of the blame and how to fix the problem. “I think our coach needs to get it together,” said Liz Meres, 29, a longtime Lakers fan. “We don't rebound, get back on defense or hustle. Phil needs to get back with the Lakers so we can get another ring.” On the last day of the NBA's regular season, ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne report that sources say former Lakers coach Phil Jackson is 'itching' for a return to the NBA. Now, it seems to fans, the Lakers are fighting for their coach's job. “If the Lakers lose tonight, I hope [Mike D'Antoni]
April 17, 2013 |
Tension around L.A. Live is growing as the Los Angeles Lakers' 82-game season boils down to what most fans consider a “must-win” game. “We have to win tonight because, if not, we have no chance against the Thunder,” said Luis Ramirez, 35, a 27-year fan of the purple and gold. “We can beat San Antonio because they are banged up, we match up well and Tim Duncan is old. " The Kobe-less Lakers are in the driver's seat to make the NBA playoffs for the 60th time as a franchise and can vault into the No. 7 seeding with a win tonight over the Houston Rockets.