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  • John M.

    John M. 2:59 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Adrian Wojnarowski

    Dwight Howard’s deal with the Lakers will be non-guaranteed, league source tells ESPN. Howard had several meetings with Lakers officials, and they’ll give him a chance to show he’s made changes in how he conducts himself. Lakers players were involved in process.

    • John M.

      John M. 3:00 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply


    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 3:16 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Noooooooooooooooooooo……..*camera zooms out in slow mo*

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:37 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Guess we will see.

    • John M.

      John M. 3:42 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      After completing a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies, Dwight Howard will sign a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources have told ESPN.

      An agreement on Howard’s buyout has been reached, league sources said.

      The Lakers will hold the leverage on Howard and can cut him before the NBA’s Jan. 7 deadline without cost to the team. Howard moves the Lakers’ roster to a full 15 players.

      The necessity to sign Howard came with a possible season-ending ACL injury to free agent center DeMarcus Cousins.

      The Lakers will be Howard’s sixth team since signing as a free agent in Atlanta in 2016. He’s played with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards — and been waived after trades to the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis without ever wearing a uniform.

      He played only nine games with Washington before back surgery ended his season.

      Howard played one season for the Lakers in 2012-13, then spurned them for the Houston Rockets in free agency.

      At least the expectations will be lower…

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:05 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The only silver lining I guess is that this is basically his last chance. His career is on the line. If that doesn’t motivate him nothing will. His contract isn’t guaranteed so it’s pretty much put up or shut up for him.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:06 AM on August 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This comment from Shams says it all:

        “AD, JaVale and Rondo wanted to know if they could trust him.
        They left convinced of the new Howard.”

        Lakers have done what they could to give this a chance to work.
        Very low risk and high reward move with Jan 7 deadline.
        Best option for Lakers until December 15 trade limit ends.

        • John M.

          John M. 10:49 AM on August 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          One thing to bs your way to a contract. Quite another to try it with your peers. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s a Laker now, and all who wear the uniform deserve that, imo.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:54 AM on August 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Good point, John. I never thought there was any way I would do anything but revolt against Dwight playing for the Lakers but I give them credit for how they approached and structured this situation. Low risk, high reward long shot.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:18 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hope fans boooo him at the first game.

      • John M.

        John M. 4:19 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And it motivates him.

        • John M.

          John M. 4:25 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You don’t wanna be the guy to get the stinkeye from both Kobe and LeBron, and six teams in 4 years is nothing to gloat about :)

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:29 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I just don’t know what’s going to make him get it and change. He hasn’t so far. Hopefully, he realizes this is his final shot and gets his act together.

            • John M.

              John M. 4:37 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink

              In meetings with Lakers management, coaches and teammates who included Anthony Davis late this week, Howard sold himself as an eight-time All-Star who had hit “rock bottom,” in the words of one team source, and promised that he’d humbly accept the responsibility to rebound and block shots for the Lakers.

              He showed the Lakers that his surgically repaired back was healthy, that he had lost 25 pounds to get into better condition, and ultimately the Lakers chose him over Joakim Noah, sources said.

              With DeMarcus Cousins likely lost for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, and Davis reticent to play significant minutes at center, the Lakers and Howard found themselves needing each other for a reunion of a miscast partnership that fizzled in the 2012-2013 season.

              For years, Howard has sold an almost annual idea of a personal renaissance and epiphany, only to infuriate coaches and teammates with behavior that moved from selfish on the court to childish and disruptive off of it. Since signing with the Atlanta Hawks as a free agent in 2016, Howard has been traded three times and waived twice. The Lakers will be his sixth team in five years — far from the All-Star and All-Defensive team appearances with Orlando and Houston.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 5:14 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink

              You know what they say about talk…
              We will have to wait and see based on his actions.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:03 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • John M.

        John M. 5:17 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Notice LeBron wasn’t mentioned, but there’s really no need.

        • John M.

          John M. 5:34 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Wonder if they’ll have a presser to announce his return. That could go either way pretty fast.

  • John M.

    John M. 12:52 PM on August 9, 2019 Permalink
    Tags: Tack this on the bulletin board!   

    Per ESPN:

    Will the Lakers or Clippers have a better record on Christmas Day?

    Pelton: I’ll put money on the Clippers. They’ve got more existing infrastructure in place with five of the seven players who saw at least 70 minutes of action in last year’s first-round series still on the roster, plus longtime head coach Doc Rivers. Given that, I think the integration of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will go more smoothly than the Lakers trying to build chemistry from scratch under new coach Frank Vogel.

    Bontemps: The Clippers. Yes, working in Leonard and George will take time, but the Clippers are starting the season ahead of the Lakers. Plus, it isn’t like the Lakers don’t have a host of things to sort out themselves (including figuring out who, exactly, is going to play defense). This will be a fun game, but I expect the Clippers to have the better record when these teams square off.

    Marks: The Clippers. Even with Paul George likely missing parts of training camp as he nurses a torn left labrum, the addition of Leonard and the continuity factor with the rest of the roster give the Clippers the edge.

    Andrews: I’m taking the Clippers as well.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:44 AM on December 3, 2018 Permalink  

    LaVar strikes again (you knew he would):

    Sound the alarms and shelve the conspiracy theories about his silence, because LaVar Ball has resumed publicly speaking his mind about his son Lonzo Ball, and how Luke Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers are using him.

    While speaking to someone from TMZ — because of course it was TMZ — LaVar essentially implied that the Lakers would or should fire Luke Walton if he doesn’t start playing Lonzo more.

    “If he keep playing Lonzo a lot — over 35 minutes — he’ll stick around,” Ball says. “Less, he won’t.”

    Whatever you say, Dad. How about you help him with his shot instead?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:49 AM on December 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What’s interesting is what happens with Melo, who now wants to play in college but has issues with the time he spent when LaVar sent him to Lithuania. I’ve watched lots of Melo’s videos and he’s a mixture of his two brothers. He has a lot of Lonzo in him as a playmaker but is a much more confident offensive scorer. Unlike the middle brother Gelo, Melo is the real deal and could even be better than Lonzo.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:46 AM on November 12, 2018 Permalink  

    Lakers escape wild series of events against Hawks and go over .500

    You want to talk about an eternity? Ask the Lakers how long it has been since they last felt what it was like to be over .500. The once-proud franchise, with those 16 championship banners hanging from the rafters, went nearly two years since a 111-109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 22, 2016 put them at 8-7 to start Brandon Ingram’s rookie year.

    It has been awhile for the Lakers

    The Lakers are 7-6 — one game over .500. The last time the Lakers were over .500 in the regular season was after a 111-109 home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 22, 2016 that left them at 8-7. The roster has since almost completely turned over, with then-rookies Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac the only players left from that November 2016 Lakers team.


    Luol Deng Minnesota Timberwolves
    Julius Randle New Orleans Pelicans
    Timofey Mozgov Orlando Magic
    Nick Young Last played for Golden State Warriors in 2018
    Jose Calderon Detroit Pistons
    Tarik Black Last played for Houston Rockets in 2018
    Larry Nance Jr. Cleveland Cavaliers
    Brandon Ingram Los Angeles Lakers
    Jordan Clarkson Cleveland Cavaliers
    Lou Williams LA Clippers
    Marcelo Huertas Last played for Los Angeles Lakers in 2017
    Thomas Robinson Last played for Los Angeles Lakers in 2017
    Metta World Peace Last played for Los Angeles Lakers in 2017
    D’Angelo Russell Brooklyn Nets
    Ivica Zubac Los Angeles Lakers

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:02 PM on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Happy Monday, John. Good stuff. Thanks for the post. It sure is nice to see the Lakers with a winning record … and a slate of a half dozen winnable games looming on the schedule. I’d like to see us extend this winning streak to 10 or more games. That roster of the last Lakers team to have a winning record is a stark contrast to the depth we have on this roster. I mean I wouldn’t mind having Randle back but otherwise, an amazing transformation by Magic and Rob. Lakers are BACK!

      • John M.

        John M. 1:11 PM on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If it were a trivia question, I couldn’t have answered it. I’m just happy to see the improvement after so many years of waiting. Chandler’s obviously a great addition, but I think we just have to be patient with the team we have and everything will fall into place.

  • John M.

    John M. 5:49 PM on July 30, 2018 Permalink  

    LeBron speaks about his new team and his decision to come to LA:


  • John M.

    John M. 1:52 PM on July 26, 2018 Permalink  

    Lamar Odom is reportedly coming out of retirement to play in China:


  • John M.

    John M. 12:24 PM on July 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Magic Johnson: Lakers to consult with LeBron James on moves

    Magic Johnson says LeBron James’ arrival has taken the Los Angeles Lakers’ three-year rebuilding plan to “a whole ‘nother level” and that the team plans to remain disciplined and maintain salary-cap space to pursue another max free agent next summer.

    The Lakers president of basketball operations said the team’s rebuilding timetable remains on track to take another significant step next season.

    “If we feel there’s somebody out there or a deal to be made to make our team better, then we’ll do it as long as it’s a great deal for us,” Johnson said during a conference call Friday. “If it’s not, we have our team and we’ll go to battle, go to war with this team. We feel really good about this team.

    “Then we’ll have enough room for next summer to give another player a max deal. [General manager] Rob [Pelinka] and I, we already put the strategy together. LeBron, of course, changed some of that, but we’re still going to stay disciplined and hope we’ll be a team that can have a championship run for a long time.”

    Calling him the “greatest player” and “greatest leader in sports,” Johnson said the Lakers will lean on James and consult with him when contemplating new additions.

    “It’s not about influence. It’s about sitting down with the world’s greatest player and picking his brain and saying, ‘You’re playing in the game today,'” Johnson said. “Just like when I was playing, [late owner] Dr. [Jerry] Buss and [former Lakers GM] Jerry West would come to me when we were thinking about making moves. … It’s gonna be the same way here. We’re gonna go to LeBron and say if there’s a deal to be made for guys available, we’ll say to him, ‘What do you think about this guy? You know him. You play against him. You know the backstory and everything about the guy.’

    “That’s why you have guys that are superstars in this league. You want to have a line of communication and want to know what they’re thinking. LeBron, we’ve done that with the guys we brought in. He’s done an excellent job of giving us great feedback. We will continue to do that. The ultimate decision-maker on the team and who we bring in is me. I take that to [Lakers president] Jeanie [Buss] and see what she says and whether she signs off or not.”

    While Johnson is confident about the pieces added around James, he did say it could take “probably closer to two months” for James, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee to learn how to play alongside Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — a core that went 35-47 last season.

    “I think one thing that we have to, and the fans have to be patient about, is the chemistry on the court,” Johnson said. “Because we’re putting together, basically all these guys will be new to each other, playing with each other, right? So it’s probably going to take us at least a month or two, probably closer to two months, to really understand how to play with each other and how to feed each other, all those things.

    “We saw that LeBron and Miami struggled for the first two months or so when he was in Miami, then they finally got together and they were a championship-caliber team. And I’m sure when he went back to Cleveland in the beginning, they struggled until they got to know each other and then they were a championship-caliber team. It will be no different here. We’ll struggle to understand how to play with each other and where everybody likes the ball and those types of things, but eventually we’ll get it together and I feel we’ll be one of the best teams in the West.”

    Johnson said he studied film of James at every significant stage of his career — from his early Cleveland days to the Miami championships and back to Cleveland — to help him prepare for his July 1 meeting with James, understand where his game is currently and figure out how to best design the Lakers’ roster around the star.

    He also watched how Houston and Boston had success in the postseason. Johnson said he and James were in agreement that adding multiple playmakers and defenders with playoff experience was a way to combat Golden State.

    “We have to remember the game is not the same anymore,” Johnson said. “There’s no team in basketball that can duplicate Golden State. But what you can do is try to make sure — Houston, they really gave Golden State problems because they had guys, multiple guys, that can break the defense down. Not only shoot but also create off the dribble. And on the defensive end they were right there.

    “When you think of some of the teams that had great shooting besides Golden State, all those teams really got beat. But then you look at a team like Boston who had, again, multiple ball handlers, guys that can put it down on the ground and get their own shot, they advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference finals.

    “I watched every series and had to say, ‘OK, the game is played different.’ Then I talked to him — he felt the same way, so now let’s get guys that can handle the basketball, get their own shots, also are tough on defense, tough-minded. And that’s how Rob and I decided to build the roster. So we’re really happy with the additions that we have, and LeBron is really happy.”

    After James committed, the Lakers agreed to deals with Rondo, Stephenson and McGee while re-signing Caldwell-Pope, looking to add basketball IQ, playmakers, defenders and playoff experience. Even though the Lakers averaged just 34.5 percent from 3-point range — second to last in the NBA last season — management feels the team has enough 3-point shooting with Hart (39.6 percent), Ingram (39), Caldwell-Pope (38.3), James (36.7) and Kuzma (36.6).

    The Lakers added veteran leadership and championship experience but also injected the locker room with some strong-willed personalities such as James and Rondo and even quirky characters such as Stephenson and McGee to go with quiet and reserved young players such as Ingram and Ball.

    Johnson had no doubts about the different personalities meshing well and forming a unified locker room.

    “It’s easy; we’re bringing in championship-caliber players,” Johnson said. “They understand chemistry. They understand there’s going to be the ultimate leader in the locker room of LeBron. And then we have a second guy who will be a great leader in Rondo. They will take care of the locker room. … Leaders take care of the locker room. I have no problem. I don’t see us never having no problem with that. LeBron is the greatest leader in sports. So I think that’s going to be easy.

    “When you think about Lonzo … I’ve told everybody when we drafted him, the one thing that was missing was a mentor,” Johnson added. “We really didn’t have a mentor for him to really teach him and help him how to play the point guard position. And now we have one in Rondo that can really take him through how to read defenses, how to play and defend certain guys in the league at the position.”

    “So this is really going to be an important year for Lonzo, and I think Rondo will really help him out a lot.”

    As for James, Johnson sees someone who is much like himself, who has followed a similar path out of the Midwest to win championships playing team basketball and who has had success off the court as well.

    “It was so funny. I think we both felt we were probably talking to ourselves,” Johnson said. “We’re looking at each other, and we were mirrors of each other when it comes to basketball mindset, championship DNA, playing the game the right way and also being a great teammate.”

  • John M.

    John M. 11:35 AM on June 29, 2018 Permalink  

    Reality check (please excuse my use of the source):

    Asked about how Boston’s collection of desirable assets invariably leads to the Celtics being lumped into a bevy of trade rumors, regardless of how serious Boston’s interest is, Ainge did lament having to then mend fences with players whose feelings are hurt by the suggestion they might be moved.

    “I think that most of [the rumors are] false. Especially the details of it,” Ainge said. “And what I don’t like about it is I don’t like how names are just thrown around [in media reports]. [Reporters] probably don’t care about the names, and that’s your job is to make good stories and have things to talk about on the air. Most of it’s not true, but there’s sometimes bits and pieces of it that are true. So it’s not total lies but — I can’t call it fake news — but it’s complex.

    “These are complex situations and I think that, just like [reporters] don’t like answering or having to respond to rumors, even though it does give you good programming, I don’t like it any more, having to deal with the players that are calling me and the agents that are calling me when their name is in a rumor that’s like just totally made up.”

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:39 AM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, John. Ironically, there is no colder hearted and pragmatic general manager in the league than Danny Ainge. Isaiah Thomas found out. Kyrie Irving may find out. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ainge trades Hayward before he even plays a full game for the Celtics after signing with them. Can never forget it’s a business. Of course the hypocrisy is Danny, like all GM’s, uses the media to shape opinions all the time.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 12:58 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree. Look at what he did to Paul Pierce. I mean, I really hate Paul Pierce yet felt sympathetic when that happened to him. I cannot imagine Lakers doing that to Kobe (trade him at the end of his career to a perennial loser). Even though Ainge made amends later, still, that came across as real cold. Then there’s Isaiah Thomas. Nuff said. Yup, if I were a star, I’d take Ainge’s nature into consideration. Good from the business perspective, but not necessarily for the individual players.

    • mud

      mud 12:17 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      most of the rumors ARE false. lets call them what they are, fantasies and lies.

      let’s face it, from tv, news, radio and internet, reporters are irresponsible rumor-mongers who delight in, and prefer controversy and tittilation over the people involved and truly informed fanbases.

      • mud

        mud 12:23 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        when one can point to anonymous “sources” instead of actual people, then there is no reason to avoid lies and exaggerations and other untruths.

        a perfect example is Stephen A’s old assertions about KD, which when KD calls him on his bogusness, he responds with threats against KD. almost ALL the rumors are made up.

        it seems Stephen was lying again about the LeBron text. both LeBron and KD have called that rumor bogus.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:51 AM on June 15, 2018 Permalink  

    Ben Fawkes
    ESPN Staff Writer
    No, it’s not a typo: The Los Angeles Lakers are now 6-1 to win the 2018-19 NBA title at Westgate. They opened 20-1.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 12:44 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sucker bet.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:49 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yep. I have a very hard time believing that the Spurs send Kawhi to the Lakers.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:51 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I actually think Brandon Ingram is the key here. He’s the perfect replacement for Kawhi. The Lakers should be able to make a deal around Ingram. No other player other than Tatum would be as good a piece around which to build a deal.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 12:55 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        No? How about Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward + Jaylen Brown? How about the Clippers’ #12 & 13 picks and Tobias Harris? How about Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric and the #10 pick? I would put the odds of Kawhi coming here at about 20-1.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:35 AM on June 9, 2018 Permalink  

    Love him or hate him, Swaggy’s always good for a quote:

    Golden State Warriors shooting guard Nick Young referenced his Iggy Azalea cheating scandal while with the Los Angeles Lakers after winning his first championship with the Dubs on Friday night.

    Young, who signed with the Warriors last July, joked about the 2016 incident involving his former fiancee following the team’s 108-85 win to sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    “I went from getting snitched on to putting a ring on,” he told reporters.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:45 AM on June 3, 2018 Permalink  

    Interesting read on officiating: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23680154/crucial-calls-nba-refs-make-biggest-stage

  • John M.

    John M. 2:21 PM on April 13, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: Gonna be a long 2 1/2 months...   

    Ohm Youngmisuk
    ESPN Staff Writer
    When a reporter started to ask Magic Johnson if the Lakers might consider trading one of their young prospects like a Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram if an opportunity arises to make a big move this offseason, Johnson quickly cut off the question. “We are not going to talk about that,” Johnson said. “We are not going to talk about that.”

    Fully aware of past failures in previous free agency forays, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka say they’re serious about maintaining cap flexibility even if it means coming up empty-handed and not making a splash this July. Pelinka said July 2018 will not be a “litmus test of success” and that it is not this summer or bust. “We are not going to give money away just to say we signed somebody,” Johnson said. “We are not going to do that.”

  • John M.

    John M. 12:04 PM on March 5, 2018 Permalink  

    Ohm Youngmisuk
    ESPN Staff Writer
    Brandon Ingram’s MRI revealed a left groin strain and will re-evaluated in approximately a week. Looks like he will miss at least the next three games

  • John M.

    John M. 4:46 PM on February 1, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: Trade Randle for a Benchwarmer!   

    “Today’s NBA it is more of a challenge,” Walton said. “Julius is very good at that small-ball switching, which a lot of games turn into in the final five minutes. Larry has been really good this month, as well, with that stuff. So it is not that Brook can’t do it. … But in fourth quarters, Julius is the No. 1-rated defensive big man in the league for however they keep that switching stat and keeping guys in front of him and not letting him score.”

  • John M.

    John M. 11:17 AM on January 12, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: More Gold from Gregg   

    Popovich also revealed that Aldridge requested a trade last summer after a rough season. The coach talked the star big man out of his feelings after a few dinners and meetings. “I was very candid with him,” Popovich said. “I told him, `I’d be happy to trade you. You get me a talent like Kevin Durant, and I’ll drive you to the airport. I’ll pack your bags. And I will drive you there, get you on the plane and get you seated.’ He laughed, (and) I said, `But short of that, I’m your best buddy, because you’re here for another year, and you ain’t going nowhere. Because we’re not going to get for you talent-wise what we would want, so let’s figure this thing out.’ And we did.”

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:20 AM on January 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That was a great story, John. Pops said he never had a player tell him he wanted a trade before and that took him back. Never too old to learn and improve … even if you’re already a great one like Pops.

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