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MINNEAPOLIS >> As he reflected on his 10-year NBA career, Lakers coach Luke Walton remembered the so-called Grammy trip in which the Lakers traveled east for about two weeks. The slate of back-to-back games became a staple, too.
Never had Walton experienced what his Lakers players are currently enduring.
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LOS ANGELES >> Young Lawson Walton sang “Happy Birthday” to his father, and Lakers rookies Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac offered the same greeting to their coach at morning shootaround on Tuesday.
Luke Walton appreciated all the warm wishes, then reality set in hours later when the 37-year-old Lakers coach watched his young team crumble down the stretch for another loss – outscored by 24 points in the fourth quarter of a 119-108 setback to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.
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LOS ANGELES >> As he sat patiently on the bench, Lakers forward Thomas Robinson remained unsure if and when he would step on the basketball court.
With Lakers coach Luke Walton disgusted with his team’s energy, he turned to a source who has become as dependable as a backup battery. Robinson entered an eventual blowout loss against the Clippers last week and provided the kind of unyielding hustle his teammates lacked that night.
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EL SEGUNDO >> Lakers coach Luke Walton stressed that durability has not been much of a concern for Brandon Ingram.
Among NBA rookies, no one has logged more minutes than Ingram, who has played more than 2,000 in his debut season.
But the 19-year-old forward will likely miss a second consecutive game Tuesday against the Washington Wizards because of patellar tendinitis in his right knee.
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The battle between Jeanie Buss and her brothers for control of the Lakers came to an official end Monday, with Buss remaining in charge of the legendary franchise.After a month of legal maneuvering, including a forceful attempt by Jim and Johnny Buss t…
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LOS ANGELES>> What if a coin flip costs the Lakers their prized high first-round draft pick? It’s unlikely, but it’s statistically possible.
It’s been fairly well-chronicled that if the Lakers finish with the NBA’s second-worst record, they enter the draft lottery with a 55.8-percent chance to land a top-three pick, and thus avoid having to send it to Philadelphia.
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LOS ANGELES >> Early in the first quarter, the Staples Center scoreboard flipped the teams’ scores and gave the Lakers a five-point edge over Portland. A valiant attempt, indeed, but not one that will fly at NBA headquarters.
Before long, the numerals returned to their rightful places and so did the Lakers, who missed shots throughout the game and played increasingly poor defense.
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Bill Macdonald leaped into rise-and-fire mode.The reliably upbeat Lakers’ play-by-play man for Spectrum SportsNet apparently had seen enough as the team stumbled into halftime against the Clippers last Tuesday night trailing 70-40, punctuated by an unc…
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Memory laneWhen West first cast his eyes on Shaquille O’Neal at LSU in 1989, the former Lakers’ general manager had one thought.”He sure would look good in a purple and gold uniform,” West recalled thinking.Seven years later, West made that reality whe…
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LOS ANGELES >> A nine-foot, 1,200-pound bronze statue of Basketball Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal was unveiled today outside Staples Center in front of a crowd of thousands that included former Laker greats Kareem Abdul-Jabaar and Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson.
The statue is suspended 10 feet above the ground in Star Plaza and connected to Staples Center, depicting O’Neal throwing down one of his signature thunderous dunks.
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Once upon a time in Hollywood, a handprint-footprint double-double outside Grauman’s Theatre is what cemented your legacy. A star on the Walk of Fame was another famous footnote, that you could forever walk on sunshine.But since Staples Center became a…
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LOS ANGELES >> On a night worthy of Shaquille O’Neal’s larger-than-life persona, the former Lakers center saw everything around him live up to that standard.
Two hours before unveiling O’Neal’s statue on Friday afternoon outside of Staples Center, the Lakers hosted a street festival dubbed “Shaqtown” an event free to the public.
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LOS ANGELES – With wide smiles on their faces, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant sat side by side as if they were long-time friends.They warmly embraced each other once Bryant entered the stage for O’Neal’s statue unveiling on Friday outside Staples Cen…
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LOS ANGELES >> On a day the Lakers honored their glorious past, the NCAA Tournament showcased prospects trying to offer promising signs of their future.
Both events provided an appropriate juxtaposition toward the current Lakers, who prevailed in their first overtime game of the season, a 130-119 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at Staples Center.
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The confused look showed on Shaquille O’Neal’s face as he heard the news that further validated his place in Lakers lore.After laughing on set with Jimmy Kimmel on Jan. 28, 2016, ABC’s late-night television host showed O’Neal a rendition of a 1,200-pou…
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EL SEGUNDO >> Even when the Lakers’ seasons ended in championship parades, this part of the NBA schedule seemed pointless, too.
While the current Lakers (20-51) enter Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) at Staples Center eager to address their offseason through the NBA draft and free agency, the playoff-bound Lakers wanted to play a game that actually meant something.
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EL SEGUNDO – Once the Lakers gathered in the locker room, coach Luke Walton did not just express his displeasure with his team’s play.He became so disgusted with the Lakers’ 30-point halftime deficit to the Clippers on Tuesday that he informed his star…
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LOS ANGELES >> As Julius Randle fired 3-point shots after recent shootarounds and practices, he heard Lakers associate coach Brian Shaw say a few biting words.
“He kept calling me scared,” Randle said before Tuesday’s game against the Clippers at Staples Center. “I took it as a challenge.”
Since then, Randle boasted that he and Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell have beaten coach Luke Walton and Shaw 7-1 in a 3-point shooting contest after recent morning shootarounds and practices.
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EL SEGUNDO >> Hours had already passed since D’Angelo Russell scored seemingly anytime he took a shot.
But just because the Lakers’ loss to Cleveland on Sunday at Staples Center had ended, it did not mean Russell’s shooting would end. After becoming the youngest Lakers player in franchise history to post a career-high 40 points in a regular-season game, Russell carried that sharp shooting late on Sunday night at the Lakers’ practice facility.
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