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Davis likes Lakers' title chances when NBA returns

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:02 PM

'Actually I think our chances are higher because we're all rested,' says Anthony Davis as the Lakers resume their finals bid

POWER DUO. The Lakers  try to stay on top of the Western Conference with LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers ink JR Smith for NBA restart

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:03 AM

LeBron James and JR Smith reunite after teaming up to win an NBA crown with the Cavaliers in 2016

BACK AT IT. JR Smith (right) and LeBron James team up for another title bid. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers guard Bradley opts out of NBA return for family

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:52 PM

'I can't imagine making any decision that might put my family's health and well-being at even the slightest risk,' says Lakers guard Avery Bradley

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to Avery Bradley #11 after an injury during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: 4 NBA teams that benefit most from season resumption

May 23, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Is two months’ worth of 'load management' enough for some teams?

LONG LAYOFF. If the NBA returns, LeBron James’ Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks look to tighten their hold of the top spot. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers’ Dwight Howard mourning loss of son's mother

May 16, 2020 - 10:46 AM

‘It's extremely difficult for me to try to understand how to talk to my son,’ says Howard

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against him in the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

LOOKBACK: Ranking Chicago Bulls’ finals opponents

May 14, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The dual three-peat runs cemented the Chicago Bulls’ legacy, but not without some tough challenge

THRILLER. Karl Malone (second from right) and Jazz teammate Greg Ostertag fight for a loose ball with Bulls stars Michael Jordan (right) and Dennis Rodman during Game 4 of the 1997 NBA Finals. Photo by Jeff Haynes/AFP

LeBron: Lakers ready to play despite call to cancel NBA

May 01, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'As soon as it's safe we would like to finish our season. I'm ready and our team is ready,' says Lakers superstar LeBron James

LeBron James. Photo from Instagram/@lakers

Zen Master: Things to know about Bulls, Lakers icon Phil Jackson

Apr 30, 2020 - 12:03 AM

Phil Jackson is the winningest coach in NBA history and the only coach to capture 3 straight titles thrice

COACHING REINS. Under the tutelage of Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and the Bulls transformed into one of the greatest teams in NBA history. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBA Photos


Lakers return $4.6 million to coronavirus relief fund

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The Lakers organization returns the money obtained from a US government program for smaller businesses to gain access

GIVING BACK. The Los Angeles Lakers organization prioritizes the small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka hopes NBA season will continue

Apr 20, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Rob Pelinka says the Lakers passed all the tests they faced in the regular season and hopes they could take the 'final exam'

HALTED. Rob Pelinka (left) and the Lakers were favorites to win the NBA title before the season was shut down. File photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


LeBron hopes Lakers can eventually rekindle their revival season

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:34 AM

After leading the Lakers to the playoffs for the first time in 7 years, LeBron James says he won't feel any 'closure' if the season doesn't resume

HOPEFUL. LeBron James doesn’t mind holding the rest of the season in Las Vegas. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOOKBACK: Why did Kobe Bryant win only one MVP in 20 years?

Apr 03, 2020 - 5:17 PM

Check out why Kobe Bryant, one of the most prolific superstars the NBA has ever seen, only bagged the league's highest individual honor once

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on in the first half while taking on the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 10, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Lakers, Nets symptom-free after 14-day isolations

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:41 AM

Lakers and Nets players who tested positive for the virus, including superstar Kevin Durant, now show no symptoms of COVID-19

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Taurean Prince #2 of the Brooklyn Nets and Jarrett Allen #31 during a 104-102 Nets win at Staples Center on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Lakers, Celtics, 2 other NBA teams announce coronavirus positives

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:52 AM

The number of NBA players and personnel who tested positive for COVID-19 jumps to 14

PANDEMIC. The Lakers last played the Nets, who had 4 players testing positive for COVID-19. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers undergo coronavirus protocol after exposure to infected Nets

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:18 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are the last team that the Brooklyn Nets faced before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus

IMMEDIATE RESPONSE. The Los Angeles Lakers follow coronavirus protocol after being exposed to the inflicted Brooklyn Nets. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers’ Kuzma spreads money-making conspiracy on sanitizers

Mar 17, 2020 - 8:38 PM

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kyle Kuzma says hand sanitizers don't work and companies have been 'taking money' from people

CONSPIRACY. Kyle Kuzma spreads conspiracy theories on hand sanitizers while the NBA suspends games due to the coronavirus. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron, Davis off-target as Nets stun Lakers

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Lakers look poised to force overtime against the Nets but LeBron James misses a game-tying layup

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Taurean Prince #2 of the Brooklyn Nets and Jarrett Allen #31 during a 104-102 Nets win at Staples Center on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

LeBron, Davis torch Clippers as Lakers win Battle of LA

Mar 09, 2020 - 12:20 PM

The Lakers beat the Clippers for the first time this season after avenging consecutive losses on Christmas Day and the season-opener

ON A ROLL. LeBron James and the Lakers have won 4 straight games. Photo from Twitter/@NBA


LeBron, Davis dominate as Lakers end playoff drought

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:25 PM

'I am extremely tired,' says LeBron James as the Lakers clinch a playoff spot for the first time in 7 years

BIG GUNS. LeBron James and the Lakers avenge their first-meeting loss against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Photo from LA Lakers

Lakers ink playmaker Waiters for NBA playoff push

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:05 AM

As Dion Waiters joins the Lakers, the former Miami guard takes 'responsibility for his past' suspensions that include ingesting marijuana-infused gummy candies

FRESH START. Dion Waiters hopes to help the Lakers stay on course of its playoff bid. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Anthony Davis sparks Lakers over Sixers

Mar 04, 2020 - 3:29 PM

'There's still stuff for us to get better at,' says Anthony Davis even as the Lakers move on the brink of clinching a playoff spot

LeBron outduels Zion, lifts Lakers past Pelicans with triple-double

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Zion Williamson finishes with an NBA career-high in points, but LeBron James and the Lakers get the last laugh

DO-IT-ALL. LeBron James picks up his 13th triple-double of the season. Photo from Twitter/@NBA


Rookie Morant shines as Grizzlies shock Lakers

Mar 01, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'They came out and played with a sense of desperation,' Lakers star Anthony Davis says of the Grizzlies, who are hanging on to the last West playoff spot

SHOWSTOPPER. Memphis rookie Ja Morant stuns the Lakers. Photo from Memphis Grizzlies

LeBron-less Lakers dump spiraling Warriors

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Even minus the injured LeBron James, the Lakers cruise past the hapless Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on February 27, 2020 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron won't face struggling Warriors due to groin injury

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:16 AM

After firing a season-high 40 points, LeBron James sustains another groin injury

TIME OUT. The Lakers didn't disclose the extent of LeBron James' injury. Photo by Rhona Wise/EPA-EFE

LeBron outguns Zion as Lakers clip Pelicans

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Just 24 hours after an emotional memorial service for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers get back to work with LeBron James erupting for a season-high 40 points

LeBron serves up version of Dream Shake as Lakers nip Celtics

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:36 PM

LeBron James hits the go-ahead jumper to help the Lakers tighten their grip on the top spot in the Western Conference

RENEWED RIVALRY. LeBron James and the Lakers survive rival Celtics. Photo from Twitter/@NBA


Postponed Lakers game after Kobe’s death rescheduled

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The Lakers-Clippers game that was canceled following the shocking death of Kobe Bryant has been moved to April 9

TRIBUTE. The Lakers led by LeBron James (center) huddle as they wear jerseys with NBA legend Kobe Bryant's numbers last January 31, their first game since the NBA icon's death. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Hungry Lakers, Bucks pace NBA title chase

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:42 PM

Weeks after Kobe Bryant's shocking death, there's extra hunger for LeBron James and the Lakers to go for the NBA crown

FACE OFF. After leading their teams in the All-Stars, Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) and LeBron James resume their title quest. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

Red-hot Lakers outlast Nuggets in overtime

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:40 PM

LeBron James records a season-best 12th triple-double as the Lakers trip the Nuggets in a showdown between two top West teams

DENVER, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers puts up a shot against Torrey Craig #3 of the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter at Pepsi Center on February 12, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers, Warriors join Knicks at $4 billion value

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:55 AM

Three NBA teams land in the Forbes' list of top 5 most valuable North American sports franchises

POWERHOUSE. Lakers’ LeBron James and Warriors’ Steph Curry bring in the star power. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers overpower Suns to hold Western Conference No.1

Feb 11, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Anthony Davis and 5 others finish with double-digit tallies to blow past the Phoenix Suns

NO.1. The Los Angeles Lakers stay on top fo the NBA Western Conference standings. File photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers outlast new-look Warriors

Feb 09, 2020 - 3:42 PM

LeBron James and Anthony Davis prop up Los Angeles in the final stretch as the Lakers push the Warriors to a league-worst record

ORDER RESTORED. LeBron James and Anthony Davis make sure the Lakers fend off the Warriors' late charge. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook's 41 points shoot Rockets past Lakers

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:46 PM

Russell Westbrook and the Rockets drop a 16-3 bomb against a stunned Lakers to close out the game

ON FIRE. Russell Westbrook reaches a scoring milestone in the Rockets’ big win. Photo from NBA

Kobe Bryant memorial set for February 24

Feb 07, 2020 - 8:44 AM

The 2-24 memorial date holds symbolism as Kobe Bryant wore the No. 24 jersey while his 13-year-old daughter Gianna sported No. 2

Photo by Adam S. Davis/EPA-EFE

LeBron leads 3-point barrage as Lakers rip Spurs

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The Lakers dump the Spurs as LeBron James goes on a tear from beyond the arc in the final quarter

Lakers win first game since Kobe Bryant tragedy

Feb 02, 2020 - 4:01 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers bounce back after falling prey to the Trail Blazers on a night they paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant

DO-IT-ALL. LeBron James notches his 11th triple-double of the season. Photo from Twitter/@Lakers


'All about Kobe': Lakers, Staples Center pay emotional tribute to Bryant

Feb 01, 2020 - 3:47 PM

The Lakers and their fans celebrate the life of Kobe Bryant in the purple and gold's first game back since the NBA icon's shock death

REMEMBERING MAMBA. LeBron James pays tribute to Kobe Bryant. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

'No wrong emotions' as Lakers prepare to honor Kobe Bryant

Feb 01, 2020 - 10:18 AM

A shattered Lakers side returns to NBA action while honoring the memory of franchise icon Kobe Bryant

Photo from Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers try to refocus on basketball after Kobe Bryant's death

Jan 31, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'There's therapy in the work,' says coach Frank Vogel as a Lakers side devastated by the death of franchise icon Kobe Bryant returns to the hardcourt

LeBron James and Anthony Davis   Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Grieving Lakers return to training after Kobe Bryant's death

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:32 AM

'We want to represent what Kobe was about more than anything,' says Lakers coach Frank Vogel

HEARTBROKEN. LeBron James and the Lakers 'spent time together and grieved together' after Kbe Bryant's shock death. Photo by Rhona Wise/EPA-EFE

‘We love you, Kobe’: House launches exhibit honoring NBA legend at Batasan

Jan 29, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, a self-described big fan of the LA Lakers, publicizes a part of his personal NBA memorabilia collection to honor the late Kobe Bryant

MAMBA OUT. The left sneakers of the Kobe VI Blue Camo's that the late Kobe Bryant wore when he visited Manila in 2011. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

NBA postpones Lakers game after Kobe Bryant's death

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:46 AM

The Lakers issue their first public comment since Kobe Bryant's death, noting that it's a 'very difficult time' for the team

IN MEMORIAM. Lakers Kobe Bryant fans gather at LA Live across the street from Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo by David Swanson/EPA-EFE

Shaq, Magic, Kareem, other Laker greats pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:50 PM

On the hardcourt, there's no comparing to the pain felt by those who wore the same purple and gold with Kobe Bryant

Photo by Francis Specker/EPA-EFE

'Let's go Kobe': Fans gather outside Staples Center

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:08 AM

Hundreds of heartbroken fans gather at Staples Center, the venue where Kobe Bryant wowed fans for two decades

TRIBUTE. Fans mourns the death of retired NBA star Kobe Bryant outside the Staples Center. Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images/AFP

Neymar dedicates PSG goal to Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:26 AM

Neymar flashes the No. 24 with his fingers in honor of Kobe Bryant's jersey number

REMEMBERING THE GREAT. Neymar pays homage to the late Kobe Bryant. Photo from Twitter/@PSG_English


NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:19 AM

(UPDATED) Kobe Bryant is traveling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 other passengers and crew when their Sikorsky S-76 helicopter slams into a rugged hillside in Calabasas

LEGEND. Kobe Bryant spent all of his 20 seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, helping the franchise win 5 championships. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron eclipses childhood hero Kobe in NBA all-time scoring list

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:10 PM

LeBron James recounts the time he met Kobe Bryant as a teenager after surpassing the NBA icon for No. 3 in the all-time scoring list

BREAKING RECORDS. LeBron James notches another personal milestone. Photo from Instagram/@lakers


LeBron passes Kobe in all-time scoring list, but Lakers fall to 76ers

Jan 26, 2020 - 1:05 PM

LeBron James drops 29 points against the 76ers to eclipse Kobe Bryant for No. 3 in the NBA all-time scoring list

THE KING. LeBron James now sets his sights on Karl Malone for No. 2 in the list. Photo from Twitter/@NBA


LeBron tallies triple-double as Lakers roll over struggling Nets

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:34 PM

LeBron James inches closer to passing Kobe Bryant on the all-time NBA scoring list

ONE-MAN WRECKING BALL. LeBron James posts his 91st career triple-double. Photo from Twitter/@Lakers