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May 28, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers' assistant general manager Ronnie Lester has taken a position with the Phoenix Suns. According to Paul Coro of azcentral.com , Lester was hired on Monday as a "master evaluator" along with Washington Wizards director of player personnel Pat Connelly. Both will join the Suns' scouting staff "in unspecified roles," the website reported. Lester was a guard for the Lakers from 1984 to 1986, winning a championship in 1985.  He joined the front office as a scout in 1987, worked his way up and served as an assistant GM for 10 years.
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May 28, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers' assistant general manager Ronnie Lester has taken a position with the Phoenix Suns. According to Paul Coro of azcentral.com , Lester was hired on Monday as a "master evaluator" along with Washington Wizards director of player personnel Pat Connelly. Both will join the Suns' scouting staff "in unspecified roles," the website reported. Lester was a guard for the Lakers from 1984 to 1986, winning a championship in 1985.  He joined the front office as a scout in 1987, worked his way up and served as an assistant GM for 10 years.
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July 22, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
His demeanor always has been quiet, low-key and professional, always the loyal Lakers employee for 24 years, the last 10 as the team's assistant general manager. Now Ronnie Lester is speaking out — and not just for himself, but also for other longtime Lakers employees who must find jobs after the team parted ways with them because of the NBA lockout. Some were told their contracts would not be renewed and some were laid off. All told, about 20 Lakers employees are, or soon will be, looking for jobs, including some of Phil Jackson's former coaching staff.
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May 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
A season after parting ways with about 20 employees for cost-cutting reasons before the lockout, the Lakers are taking some steps in restoring their staff. The Lakers named Glenn Carraro as the team's assistant general manager after spending last season as both the director of basketball administration for the Lakers and as general manager of the D-Fenders, the Lakers' affiliate in the Development League. The Lakers were without an assistant general manager in the 2011-12 season after they didn't renew Ronnie Lester's contract.
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July 29, 1987
Ronnie Lester, a member of the Lakers' 1984-1985 NBA championship team, has been hired by the club as a scout.
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November 7, 1985 | THOMAS BONK
The Lakers, who lost their first game of the season at home Tuesday night, are back on the road again tonight to play the Utah Jazz. Tipoff time is 6:30 p.m., California time (Channel 9), in the Salt Palace, where the Lakers have won 12 of 16 games since the Jazz franchise moved here from New Orleans in 1979. The Lakers are close to making a roster change, which could happen when they return to the Forum to play Denver Friday night.
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November 14, 1985 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
Byron Scott, who has a slight tear in his left hamstring, was put on the injured list by the Lakers Wednesday. He will be out for at least a week and maybe longer. The Lakers also activated point guard Ronnie Lester, whom Scott replaced on the injured list. Scott cannot rejoin the Lakers from the injured list until he has missed a minimum of five games. He might be held out of two additional games, however, since the Lakers then have four days off, giving him more time to heal.
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May 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
A season after parting ways with about 20 employees for cost-cutting reasons before the lockout, the Lakers are taking some steps in restoring their staff. The Lakers named Glenn Carraro as the team's assistant general manager after spending last season as both the director of basketball administration for the Lakers and as general manager of the D-Fenders, the Lakers' affiliate in the Development League. The Lakers were without an assistant general manager in the 2011-12 season after they didn't renew Ronnie Lester's contract.
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August 18, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers were in a foul mood after getting eliminated from the playoffs in a shocking sweep by Dallas in May, but some players remembered to make financial considerations before scattering for the off-season. Kobe Bryant insisted on giving some of the team's playoff bonus to two members of the Lakers' video department whose contracts were not renewed after the season. Chris Bodaken and Patrick O'Keefe split about $65,000 of the Lakers' playoff bonus. Bodaken started with the Lakers as a ball boy in 1986 and spent the last 10 seasons as their director of video services.
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August 20, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"The Lord of the Rings" star Elijah Wood's latest quest is to find a buyer for the Santa Monica house he recently put up for sale at $1.85 million. The Spanish-style home, built in 1924, is described in the listing as an "opportunity to remodel … or to build a new home. " There are no circular doors, but a Queen Anne Victorian entrance opens into a round foyer with a British brewery cast-iron tile floor. Including a guesthouse with an office attached to the two-car garage, the property has a total of three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,130 square feet of living space.
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August 18, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers were in a foul mood after getting eliminated from the playoffs in a shocking sweep by Dallas in May, but some players remembered to make financial considerations before scattering for the off-season. Kobe Bryant insisted on giving some of the team's playoff bonus to two members of the Lakers' video department whose contracts were not renewed after the season. Chris Bodaken and Patrick O'Keefe split about $65,000 of the Lakers' playoff bonus. Bodaken started with the Lakers as a ball boy in 1986 and spent the last 10 seasons as their director of video services.
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July 22, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
His demeanor always has been quiet, low-key and professional, always the loyal Lakers employee for 24 years, the last 10 as the team's assistant general manager. Now Ronnie Lester is speaking out — and not just for himself, but also for other longtime Lakers employees who must find jobs after the team parted ways with them because of the NBA lockout. Some were told their contracts would not be renewed and some were laid off. All told, about 20 Lakers employees are, or soon will be, looking for jobs, including some of Phil Jackson's former coaching staff.
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June 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: Lakers Assistant General Manager Ronnie Lester has sold his Manhattan Beach home for $1.65 million. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2002, has a two-story-tall living room, a formal dining room and a family room that opens to the kitchen and back lawn. Including a guest suite and a master suite with a vaulted ceiling and a fireplace, the house has a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms in the nearly 4,300 square feet. Lester, 52, played for the Lakers in 1985 and 1986.
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March 9, 2011 | Los Angeles Times
Lakers assistant general manager Ronnie Lester has listed his Manhattan Beach home for sale at $1,699,000. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2002, has a main floor guest suite, a two-story-tall living room, a formal dining room and a family room that opens to the kitchen and back lawn. Including a master suite with a vaulted ceiling and a fireplace, the house has a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms in the nearly 4,300 square feet. Lester, 52, played for the Lakers in 1985 and 1986 He purchased the property in 2002 for $1.3 million, according to public records.
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July 7, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Across the NBA landscape, news conferences are being assembled and lavish parties planned as the big-name free agents (finally) publicize their decisions. But in El Segundo, the Lakers quietly wait for one name: Derek Fisher . The weeklong free-agent moratorium ended Wednesday night, meaning NBA teams could officially sign players to contracts, which the Lakers will do with Steve Blake , giving them exactly one ballhandling guard on their roster. Their next priority is to sign Fisher, and then Shannon Brown , more or less keeping their backcourt intact from last season, with Jordan Farmar the obvious omission.
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March 5, 1985 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
The silence is deafening for Ronnie Lester, the quietest Laker who is also experiencing a very quiet season. "Ronnie's so quiet, he's one of those people you sometimes don't even know he's around," said Jerry West, the Laker general manager. Maybe that's why Lester has played so little this season. Coach Pat Riley has simply forgotten about him. That would seem perfectly understandable because Lester is hardly your typical, bubbly point guard. "R. L.'
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July 7, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Across the NBA landscape, news conferences are being assembled and lavish parties planned as the big-name free agents (finally) publicize their decisions. But in El Segundo, the Lakers quietly wait for one name: Derek Fisher . The weeklong free-agent moratorium ended Wednesday night, meaning NBA teams could officially sign players to contracts, which the Lakers will do with Steve Blake , giving them exactly one ballhandling guard on their roster. Their next priority is to sign Fisher, and then Shannon Brown , more or less keeping their backcourt intact from last season, with Jordan Farmar the obvious omission.
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July 29, 1987
Ronnie Lester, a member of the Lakers' 1984-1985 NBA championship team, has been hired by the club as a scout.
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September 27, 1986 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
The Lakers, who have two young power forwards in Billy Thompson and A.C. Green, rid themselves of an older power forward Friday when they put 34-year-old Maurice Lucas on waivers. Lucas lasted only one season with the Lakers after they had swapped two second-round draft choices to the Phoenix Suns for him. Although not a starter, Lucas led the Lakers with 7.4 rebounds a game and averaged 10.2 points, the lowest mark of his 12-year professional career.
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