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  • Larry Nance Jr. to wear his dad's retired No. 22 with Cavs

    Larry Nance Jr. will wear his father's retired No. 22 with the Cavaliers. The forward announced Thursday night that the NBA has worked it out so he can switch from No. 24 to his dad's No. 22 starting next week. Nance Jr. was recently acquired by Cleveland in a trade with the Los Angeles...

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  • Lonzo Ball to Make Return from Knee Injury vs. Mavericks

    Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball will make his return to action from a sprained left MCL on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, according to the Big Baller Brand's Twitter account: Ball, 20, last played on Jan. 13 against the Mavs.  This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

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  • Lakers News: Isaiah Thomas Calls Lonzo Ball a 'Special Young Talent'

    Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball is expected to return from injury on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, calling into question how the team might utilize Ball and Isaiah Thomas and which one of them might start. Regardless of that outcome, Thomas had nothing but praise for Ball on Wednesday, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com:  "We are both basketball players and know how to play with different types of guys. [Ball] is a special young talent. He is going to be a special player in this league...

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  • With Lonzo set to return, Lakers look for growth in second half

    After nearly a six-week absence, Lonzo Ball returns to a Lakers team that was shaken up at the trade deadline and faces an uncertain future this summer.

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  • NBA Mock Draft: Luka Doncic or Deandre Ayton at No. 1? Marvin Bagley falling? Will Sixers get Lakers' pick?

    The 2018 NBA Draft will be held on June 21, 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Will Arizona center Deandre Ayton or Slovenian guard Luka Doncic be picked No. 1? Will Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo get the Los Angeles Lakers' protected first-round pick?

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  • Sources: Hornets unlikely to retain GM Cho

    The Charlotte Hornets are unlikely to bring back general manager Rich Cho on a new contract next season, league sources told ESPN.

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  • Confidential: NBA pros dish on the 2018 summer of LeBron, DeMarcus and OKC

    Where will LeBron sign? Where should he go? We surveyed 48 to get their free-agency takes.

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  • Kobe Bryant Says Favorite Moment with Shaq Was Mooning Fans on Lakers' Team Bus

    Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal won three NBA championships together during their time with the Los Angeles Lakers, but one moment from the 2002 Western Conference Finals against the Sacramento Kings stood out for Kobe. He said during a Players Only interview with O'Neal that aired Saturday on TNT his favorite moment with the center was after Game 7 of the series when the Lakers were leaving ARCO Arena as Western Conference champions. O'Neal said some of the Sacramento fans were mooning the...

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  • Kobe Bryant Almost Went to Bulls Before Shaquille O'Neal Requested Trade in 2004

    Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant revealed to Shaquille O'Neal during their hourlong TNT special amid the All-Star Weekend festivities that he was ready to go to the Chicago Bulls in 2004 before the Los Angeles Lakers traded O'Neal to the Miami Heat. "We were looking for places in Chicago, man, we were flying up there to meet with [Bulls owner Jerry] Reinsdorf and [vice president of basketball operations John] Paxson," Bryant acknowledged. "Vanessa [Bryant's wife] signed off on moving to Lake...

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  • Paul George Greeted by 'We Want Paul' Chants in LA for NBA All-Star Weekend

    Fans in Los Angeles showered Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Paul George with "We want Paul" chants Saturday during his media availability following All-Star practice.  The chants, which were started by fans in attendance at the Los Angeles Convention Center, came amid the Los Angeles Lakers' interest in adding two max-salary free agents this summer.  George, who hails from Los Angeles, will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.  "It makes you feel great," George said, per ESPN news...

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  • NBA commissioner lauds refs, players for airing differences

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league's players and referees are on their way to forging an improved relationship. In his state-of-the-league news conference before the All-Star Saturday festivities at Staples Center, Silver said the NBA "should be playing a very active role in...

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  • Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant Discuss 1st Fight, Lakers Breakup on TNT

    During a discussion on TNT, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant talked about their first fight as Los Angeles Lakers teammates and how their tenure together in L.A. came to an end. As seen in the following video, Bryant said the altercation took place during a pickup game that occurred during an NBA lockout: Bryant was likely referring to the 1998-99 lockout, which shortened the season to 50 games per team. Kobe said he and Shaq were on opposite sides in the pickup game, and that O'Neal said,...

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  • Nash, Kidd, Hill among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

    LOS ANGELES - Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with former Cal point guard Jason Kidd and former Santa Clara point guard and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning. Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and former Warrior Chris Webber also made the cut, but the two standout point guards are all but locks to headline the class, which will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in...

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  • Channing Frye out at Least 1 Week After Emergency Appendectomy

    Los Angeles Lakers center Channing Frye underwent an appendectomy Friday night and will be evaluated in a week. Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reported the news.  Frye missed the entire 2012-13 campaign after he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart, but he's appeared in at least 70 games in every season since.  Traded to the Lakers at the deadline, the stretch 5 has appeared in only one game with the Lakers. He was averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 boards in Cleveland.  The All-Star break will...

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  • Channing Frye out at Least 1 Week After Emergency Appendectomy

    Los Angeles Lakers center Channing Frye underwent an appendectomy Friday night and will be evaluated in a week. Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reported the news.  Frye missed the entire 2012-13 campaign after he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart, but he's appeared in at least 70 games in every season since.  Traded to the Lakers at the deadline, the stretch 5 has appeared in only one game with the Lakers. He was averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 boards in Cleveland.  The All-Star break will...

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  • LaVar Ball: LeBron James Will Sign with Lakers; Lonzo Will Make Him Better

    LaVar Ball predicted Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent and said his son, Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, is going to help the NBA's gold standard reach even greater heights. On Saturday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from the always outspoken Ball family patriarch about the potential pairing next season. "Lonzo is gonna make him a better player!" he said. LaVar added putting LeBron and Lonzo together would make them the "Ball...

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  • LaVar Ball: LeBron James Will Sign with Lakers; Lonzo Will Make Him Better

    LaVar Ball predicted Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent and said his son, Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, is going to help the NBA's gold standard reach even greater heights. On Saturday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from the always outspoken Ball family patriarch about the potential pairing next season. "Lonzo is gonna make him a better player!" he said. LaVar added putting LeBron and Lonzo together would make them the "Ball...

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  • Kobe Bryant presents an interesting argument for how his Lakers teams with Shaq could beat today's Warriors

    Kevin Winter/Getty In TNT's sit-down conversation special with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant discusses how their Los Angeles Lakers teams would have stacked up with other great NBA dynasties. He seems to mention the Golden State Warriors by mentioning small-ball, and he presents and interesting argument for why his Lakers teams could beat the Warriors. Bryant argues that Shaquille O'Neal would have slowed the game down and made the Warriors uncomfortable. He also says the entire...

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  • Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal openly discuss the feud that broke up one of the NBA's greatest dynasties in TNT sit-down special

    TNT Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal discuss their time playing together and their once-notorious feud in "Players Only: Shaq & Kobe," a sit-down conversation for TNT. In one highlight, Bryant discusses preparing to fight O'Neal at the practice facility after fiery criticisms back and forth in the media, only to have the fight broken up before it occurred. Though some topics are left out, it's clear the two players have long gotten over their feud and revere their days playing...

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  • Lavar Ball Says He's Not Afraid of Magic Johnson, Lakers

    After previously being told to tone down his criticisms of Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, LaVar Ball isn't afraid to keep talking. Speaking to TMZ Sports, Ball even said "I ain't never afraid of nothing" in response to a question about Magic Johnson.  ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported in December that members of the Lakers' front office had a meeting with Ball about his criticisms of Walton and to "help create a more positive atmosphere" around Lonzo Ball.  LaVar has created more...

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  • Kobe Bryant Says Only 'Special' Players Can Be Lakers

    Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant said the organization shouldn't need to make a major sales pitch to convince top free agents to join one of the NBA's most storied franchises. In an interview with ESPN's Jalen Rose, Bryant downplayed the idea that he could help the Lakers recruit players during the offseason. "It takes a special person to want to play for this franchise and take the pressure that comes along with playing for this franchise," he said. "The pressure of following Magic...

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  • Kobe: Only the special can handle Lakers' legacy

    Kobe Bryant told ESPN's Jalen Rose that it takes a special kind of player to want to play for the Lakers franchise, and that if he has to convince anyone to uphold the Lakers' standard, that player should go someplace else.

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  • What If LeBron James or Paul George Says No to LA Lakers This Offseason?

    LOS ANGELES — On the day of the NBA trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers created a direct path for LeBron James to head west this offseason, straight to the Los Angeles Lakers. Cleveland took a calculated risk that Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., along with George Hill and Rodney Hood—also acquired on Feb. 8 from the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz—would give James a reason to stay. The Cavaliers may not have looked like a contender in the Eastern Conference a week ago, but now they may...

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  • Adam Silver Says Magic Johnson, Lakers' Tampering Fine Was Clear Message to NBA

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defended the league's decision to fine Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson after Johnson praised Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. "Context is everything, and there had been a prior issue with the Lakers early this season," Silver said on ESPN's The Jump. "And the message is—not just to Magic but to all the executives in the league is—stop talking about players on other teams." The NBA fined Johnson $50,000 after he told...

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