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The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

It was supposed to be basketball’s next great rivalry — one born in the spirit of Magic-Bird, Chamberlain-Russell and Jordan-Isiah. In the mid-2000s, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant ruled the NBA on opposite sides of the country. Bryant was the three-time champion and consummate gunner who never met a shot he wouldn’t take, and James was the one who got his teammates involved...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
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Report: ‘Strong belief’ Phil Jackson eventually returns to Lakers

There is a “strong belief” within the NBA that Phil Jackson will eventually leave the Knicks to head back to the Lakers, according to a report. Adrian Wojarnowski of the Vertical shed light on the firing of Derek Fisher, and included is one tidbit: Jackson’s Knicks tenure, many believe, isn’t going to be long-term. “There’s still a strong belief Jackson will eventually...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phil Jackson reunion with Lakers possible?

Would Phil Jackson ditch the New York Knicks to return home with the Los Angeles Lakers? It might not be as outlandish as some would think. The Knicks are in a world of hurt right now, having canned head coach Derek Fisher after falling well out of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference by way of losing nine out of their last 10 games. This throws Jackson under the spotlight...
Via The Sports Daily
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‘Emotional’ LeBron eager to face Kobe Wednesday

With Kobe Bryant’s season-long swan song in full swing and LeBron James only having three more opportunities to face the Los Angeles Lakers icon before it’s all said and done, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar admitted he gets “emotional” whenever he watches the retiring legend play. “Anytime I even watch his games, even when I’m not playing him, it’s always, like...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
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Paul George on how he got by Kobe Bryant: ‘He is old’ (VIDEO)

At 37 years of age, Kobe Bryant probably shouldn’t be guarding Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George. Even one time is one too many. With the Lakers leading 84-83 and under a minute remaining in Monday night’s game, the Pacers smartly put the ball in George’s hands. George, who was being guarded by Bryant on the play, blew by his counterpart and banked home a layup after being...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Jeanie Buss may be preparing to clean house in the Lakers’ front office amid the team’s struggles. Such a move would entail pushing her brother Jim out from his executive role, getting rid of GM Mitch Kupchak, and potentially bringing Phil Jackson back to the Lakers, according to some informed speculation. ESPN NBA insider Stephen A. Smith shared the information on the radio...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Byron Scott plans to start D’Angelo Russell after All-Star Game

The Los Angeles Lakers are well out of playoff contention. At 13-39, they have the worst record in the Western Conference and trail only the Philadelphia 76ers for the worst record in the NBA. Lakers fans can take solace in one thing, though. According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, they will soon be seeing a lot of rookie D’Angelo Russell, who was the second overall...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along

Lakers coach Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along by this point of the season. The second overall pick, who has been frequently hounded by his coach, has been relegated to the bench recently, and Scott admitted that it’s not quite what he envisioned for his rookie guard. “I probably thought he’d be a little further,” Scott said Saturday, via Mike...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

With free agency looming, Jordan Clarkson says he would love to stay with the Lakers

The key to a successful rebuild is hoping your young players get better and make sure that no one leaves to sign with another team. The Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in that position as guard Jordan Clarkson will be a restricted free agent once the season is over. Clarkson has a lot of potential and the Lakers are very aware of his talents. Many think that there will be some...
Via No Guts, No Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kobe ‘as puzzled by it as you are’ over great three-game stretch

Kobe Bryant put up his third consecutive blast-from-the-past performance in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 99-96 road victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night. And given how he has struggled so mightily for significant stretches during his 2015-16 NBA season swan song, the 37-year-old soon-to-be retiree is having difficulty explaining why he’s played so well of late...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers: Plan B in free agency

With the Los Angeles Lakers in the middle of what’s been an abysmal season, my mind is already in off-season mode. With Kobe Bryant retiring after this year, the team will be going in a completely new direction in search for a new franchise player. Owner Jim Buss and General Manager Mitch Kupchak will be put to the test and it will show in this coming free agency period. Obviously...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

D'Angelo Russell admits he is struggling to improve

The Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant are a mess, and that description certainly applies to rookie guard D’Angelo Russell as well. The Lakers sit alone in 15th place at 9-41 and have now found a way to lose 10 games in a row. When the talk isn’t centering on Bryant’s recovery tour, it tends to go to young guys like Russell. Most presumably believe this experience, at the...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers sign 18-year-old battling brain cancer to contract

Despite having one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the Lakers have made a great move, signing 18-year-old Yitzi Teichman to a one-day contract. The team announced the new addition to the roster on Sunday. Teichman, who is battling brain cancer, had a tumor removed last year. When the Make-A-Wish foundation asked him what his dream was, it was to be a Laker. To make...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every Los Angeles Lakers first round draft pick since 1988

Since 1988, the Los Angeles Lakers have selected 20 players in the first round of the NBA Draft. How many can you name?
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Byron Scott threaten to fight trolling fan on Instagram?

A person operating Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott’s Instagram account appeared to threaten a fan who engaged in some trolling in the comments section of a post published on his account. A post containing video was published last week in which the coach is shown doing some training while wearing boxing gloves. A video posted by Byron Scott (@byronscott_4...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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