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WATCH: LaVar Ball says Lakers will never win another championship

Jun 16, 2019 - 12:24 PM

'It will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they will never win another championship,' LaVar Ball on the Lakers trading his son Lonzo

CRASHING DOWN. LaVar Ball believes that the Lakers will go 'crashing down' without Lonzo Ball. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Anthony Davis heading to Lakers in blockbuster trade

Jun 16, 2019 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) The Pelicans agree to trade the All-Star forward to the Lakers for a young trio and 3 first-round draft picks

FILE - JUNE 15: The Los Angeles Lakers have traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans for star Anthony Davis on June 15, 2019. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 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

New Lakers coach Frank Vogel calls for 'togetherness'

May 21, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Amid an alleged team culture of ‘backstabbing,’ new Lakers coach Frank Vogel plans to unify the franchise – from the front office to the coaching and playing staff

NEW CHALLENGE. Coach Frank Vogel hopes the Lakers will pull in the same direction. Photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

Magic Johnson blasts Lakers GM after shock exit

May 21, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Allegations of backstabbing involving team executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka surface as the latest Lakers drama

SEVERED TIES. Rob Pelinka (right) denies the whispering campaign that Magic Johnson alleged the Lakers general manager orchestrated. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers sign Frank Vogel to multi-year coaching contract

May 14, 2019 - 11:22 AM

'I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team,' says new Lakers coach Frank Vogel

FRESH START. The Lakers management says Frank Vogel 'reflects the core qualities' the team is looking for in a coach. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers hire Frank Vogel as new coach, Jason Kidd as deputy

May 12, 2019 - 8:07 AM

LeBron James and the Lakers look to turn their fortunes around with ex-Pacers coach Frank Vogel and former NBA star guard Jason Kidd

MAJOR CHALLENGE. Frank Vogel takes on the high pressure and much scrutiny that comes with the Lakers coaching post. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Lue, Lakers end talks on coaching job

May 09, 2019 - 8:33 AM

The Lakers end negotiations with coach Tyronn Lue, who was tabbed as front-runner due to his close links to team star LeBron James

NO GO. Tyronn Lue reportedly turns down a three-year deal worth $18 million. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron not OK with 'weird' Magic departure from Lakers

May 06, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Johnson played a key role in convincing James to join Los Angeles with hopes of leading the team back to the glory days

JUST TELL ME. LeBron James says he would have understood had Magic Johnson told him he was going to quit from his role as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Lakers poised to offer Tyronn Lue coaching job

May 04, 2019 - 9:03 AM

LeBron James' former Cleveland Cavaliers coach has been on the Lakers' radar for some time

REUNION. Tyronn Lue may just get reunited with his former superstar ward LeBron James. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

Luke Walton set to join Kings after Lakers exit

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Reports say that the Sacramento Kings are in the 'late stages' of finalizing a multi-year deal with Luke Walton

QUICK MOVE. It looks like former Lakers coach Luke Walton won’t get unemployed for long. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers split with embattled head coach Luke Walton

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers say thanks and farewell to Luke Walton as he fails to steer the storied squad to the playoffs for the third season

NIGHTMARE. Things didn’t go as planned for Lakers coach Luke Walton as losses and injuries piled up following the injury of superstar LeBron James. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Magic Johnson steps down as Los Angeles Lakers chief

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:58 AM

(UPDATED) The resignation comes after a disappointing season that saw the Lakers miss the playoffs even after luring superstar LeBron James

SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT. Magic Johnson drops a bomb as the season winds down. Photo by Getty Images North America/AFP

Lakers halt Jazz streak as LeBron continues to rest

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:43 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope proves his worth as the Lakers also miss the services of Tyson Chandler, Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson

ONE MAN UP. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope steps up for a depleted Lakers squad. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Warriors tighten West top seed grip with Lakers whipping

Apr 05, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The two-time defending champions keep a two-game cushion over the top-seed chasing Nuggets

PLAYOFF MODE. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green prove relentless against the Lakers as the Warriors try to stay on top of the West. Photo from NBA Twitter

LeBron: Lakers face 'critical' offseason

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The four-time MVP says he'll take on an 'active' role as the Lakers expect to get radically reshaped during the offseason

REVAMP. LeBron James admits that the Lakers personnel need to get better. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook becomes NBA's second 20-20-20 man

Apr 03, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Former MVP Russell Westbrook records an astonishing 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists as the Thunder roll past the Lakers

HISTORIC. Russell Westbrook joins the legendary Wilt Chamberlain in the record books. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: LeBron to miss rest of NBA season

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:32 AM

The Lakers call time on LeBron James' season, citing the need for the four-time MVP to fully heal his injury

OUT. LeBron James takes an early for the first time in over a decade. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Jason Kidd mentioned as 'serious candidate' for Lakers coaching job

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The Lakers reportedly are considering the Hall of Famer if ever Luke Walton is let go

EXPERIENCED. Jason Kidd has coached for the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks. File Photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Lakers win again as LeBron torches Kings with triple-double

Mar 25, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Although already eliminated from playoff contention, Los Angeles grinds it out to halt a five-game slide

WINNING TRACK. LeBron James stuffs the stats sheet as the Los Angeles Lakers rediscover their winning ways. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:00 PM

James Harden records another NBA milestone as LeBron James sees his personal playoff streak end

CONTRAST. James Harden (left) relishes a memorable night with the Rockets while LeBron James absorbs a big blow in his debut season with the Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Is The King's crown slipping?

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:51 PM

LeBron James looks ahead after his Tinseltown debut with the Lakers ends without a playoff berth

LOOKING FORWARD. LeBron James says the Lakers still have an opportunity to get better ‘from a personnel standpoint.’ Photo from Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers out: LeBron misses playoffs for 1st time since 2005

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) LeBron James and the Lakers bow to the Nets as Los Angeles misses the playoffs for the sixth straight season

FAILURE. LeBron James misses the playoffs for the first time since 2005. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo sits out but Bucks still trounce Lakers

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The Lakers continue to teeter on the brink of playoff elimination as they miss the services of LeBron James

SPLASH MOUNTAIN. Brook Lopez takes over the scoring cudgels from Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Bucks' win over the Lakers. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

LeBron denied of game-winner as Knicks stun Lakers

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:59 AM

Mario Hezonja saves the day for the Knicks with the win-clinching block on LeBron James as the Lakers' playoff hopes continue to fade

DWINDLING HOPES. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers could be headed for an early vacation. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Lakers fall to Raptors as playoff hopes fade

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The Raptors complete a season sweep of LeBron James and the Lakers

LATE SURGE. Norman Powell and the Raptors bank on a late run to dispose of LeBron James and the Lakers. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Lakers rally from 20 points down, snap skid vs Bulls

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:26 PM

LeBron James pumps in 36 points as the Lakers arrest their worst skid of the season

SHOWSTOPPER. LeBron James highlights the Lakers win with two spectacular slams. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Andre Ingram makes NBA return to the Lakers

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:01 PM

NBA G-League star Andre Ingram signs a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers

INSPIRING STORY. 33-year-old Andre Ingram gets a call-up to suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers again. Photo from NBA.com

Irving fires 30 as Celtics playoff push gains traction

Mar 10, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Kyrie Irving and the Celtics overcome the 80th career triple-double of Lakers superstar LeBron James

TOP LEVEL. Kyrie Irving says the Celtics’ high level of play should start with him. Photo from NBA Twitter

Lakers' Ingram expected to miss remainder of NBA season

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:53 AM

The 21-year-old Brandon Ingram averages 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the Lakers

MORE TROUBLE. The Lakers' woes continue as key cog Brandon Ingram sits out for the rest of the season. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

How soon can LeBron claim NBA's all-time scoring throne?

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:03 AM

After surpassing Michael Jordan, the Lakers superstar now chases legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant for the No. 1 ranking

CHASING GREATNESS. Assuming he maintains his point production, LeBron James can become the NBA's new all-time scoring leader in the next 3 or 4 years. Photo from NBA.com

LeBron 'not sitting' games as Lakers hopes fade

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:10 AM

With the Lakers running at 10th place, LeBron James may just miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005

STILL MOTIVATED. The Lakers’ playoff chances may look bleak, but LeBron James says there’s no way he’s slowing down. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers stay on road to playoffs at Lakers' expense

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:11 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers fall to their third straight loss just as the playoffs draw closer

REVENGE. Danilo Gallinari leads the Clippers to a victory over the Lakers. Photo from NBA Twitter.

Bucks drub Lakers to lock up first playoff spot

Mar 02, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon take over as the Bucks clip the Lakers to solidify their hold of the top spot

ENDGAME HEROICS. Eric Bledsoe fuels the Bucks' late run. Photo from NBA Twitter

Lakers, Bucks pull off escape acts

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:55 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers snap a two-game skid as the Bucks stay on top of the league after an overtime win

LeBron's Lakers finale veers off script

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:56 AM

'The biggest problem with the Los Angeles Lakers is LeBron James,' says NBA pundit Stephen A. Smith

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Minus Anthony Davis, Pelicans put dent on Lakers’ playoff bid

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans keep the Lakers out of the NBA Western Conference playoffs circle

CRUISING. Jrue Holiday buries 5 three-pointers in the Pelicans’ easy win over the Lakers. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden extends streak, Rockets lose cool in loss to Lakers

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:12 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers spoil another record-setting night of the Rockets' reigning MVP James Harden

Anthony Davis will see reduced playing time with Pelicans

Feb 22, 2019 - 12:26 PM

'You will see a reduction in Anthony's minutes,' says New Orleans Pelicans interim general manager Danny Ferry

WATCH: Lakers' Kuzma dazzles to win NBA Rising Stars MVP

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The Lakers sophomore breaks Kobe Bryant's record of most points scored in the annual showcase for the league's top young players

TAKING OVER. Kyle Kuzma leads Team USA's revenge over Team World. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Hawks fans taunt Lakers’ LeBron: ‘Kobe’s better’

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:22 PM

The lowly Atlanta Hawks – and their fans – get the job done in spoiling LeBron James and the Lakers' night

UPSET. LeBron James tallies a triple-double but says he’s throwing the ‘game in the trash.’ Photo from NBA Twitter

NBA looking into Sixers star Simmons talk with Lakers

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:33 AM

NBA investigates after Simmons expressed interest in talking to Lakers president Magic Johnson

STAYING WITH PHILLY. The Philadelphia 76ers management know that Ben Simmons will be staying for a long time. File photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers' Magic: Davis talks by Pelicans not in good faith

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The Lakers pursued the Pelicans to trade for the superstar by offering several players but to no avail

PART OF THE BUSINESS. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, though, says he has no regrets dealing with the Pelicans in an attempt to land Anthony Davis. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/Pool/AFP (Magic) and Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America/AFP (Davis)

Embiid delivers double-double as 76ers rout LeBron's Lakers

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Philadelphia hands Los Angeles its 28th loss as new acquisition Tobias Harris proves his worth

DEMOLITION. Joel Embiid (right) and the Philadelphia 76ers give LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers a rough beating. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Feb 09, 2019 - 10:06 AM

LeBron James and Rajon Rondo whip their magic as the Lakers get their mojo back

SEASONED STARS. LeBron James and Rajon Rondo carry the revitalized Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers prevail as Rondo hits game-winner vs ex-team Celtics

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:19 PM

Los Angeles bounces back from its 42-point drubbing from Indiana thanks to the nifty playmaker's heroics

CLUTCH. Rajon Rondo steers the Lakers back on the winning track. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron not 'chasing' Lakers rebuild

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:24 AM

'The King' reacts to claims that he was pushing the Lakers' rebuild in an attempt to land Anthony Davis in a trade with the Pelicans

NOTHING TO PROVE. LeBron James says 'there's nothing I need to get in this league that I don’t already have.' Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

IN NUMBERS: LeBron on track to overtake Jordan in all-time scoring list

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers star becomes only the 5th player in NBA history to reach 32,000 points

LEAGUE OF HIS WON. LeBron James is the only active player in the top 5 of the NBA's all-time scoring list. File photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers coach on trade talks: 'It affects everyone differently'

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:46 PM

After a whopping 42-point loss to the Pacers, Lakers coach Luke Walton unsure if trade talks have affected the players

TRADE TALKS. The woeful loss comes at the heels of reports that the Lakers offered as many as 6 players in a bid to land New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Pacers spoil record LeBron night, crush Lakers by 42 points

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:02 AM

LeBron James becomes the youngest NBA player to record 32,000 points but the Pacers hand the four-time MVP the most lopsided loss of his career

MILESTONE. LeBron James climbs to 5th in the all-time scoring list as his Lakers get whipped by the Pacers. Photo from Los Angeles Lakers Twitter

Lakers end Anthony Davis talks over 'outrageous' demands

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:41 AM

‘There was no more to give... the more they wanted the more it became outrageous and unrealistic,’ says a Lakers source privy to the negotiations

WISH LIST. Anthony Davis has listed the Los Angeles Lakers among the clubs he would sign a long-term deal after a trade. Photo from AFP