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NBA reports 48 positive tests in first round of coronavirus screening

Forty-eight of the 546 players tested were positive for the coronavirus during screenings completed between Nov. 24-30, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced Wednesday. Those results came from the initial round of tests administered to players returning to their teams’ markets ahead of the start of individual workouts Tuesday. Earlier this year, after play was suspended on account of the coronavirus in March, the NBA successfully finished the season in a “bubble” at Flori...
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Lakers will host Clippers – with title rings ceremony – to open NBA season

The Lakers and Clippers will clash on NBA’s opening night for the second year in a row, the league announced Wednesday. But while the season opener at Staples Center last season was a Clippers home game that celebrated the arrival of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, this installment will be the Lakers’ opening night as defending champions. The Lakers are expected to accept their championship rings at Staples Center before the game’s scheduled tip at 7 p.m. Dec. 22. The game will be broadcast natio...
Tags: Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Sport, Soccer, Nba, TNT, Staples Center, Golden State Warriors, Lakers, Paul George, The Lakers, Clippers, Kawhi Leonard, Montrezl Harrell, Brooklyn Nets NBA, Los-angeles-lakers

LeBron James, Lakers agree to two-year, $85 million contract extension

Contract extension keeps LeBron James with Lakers through 2022-23 season, and his son Bronny will graduate in 2023 – and possibly be draft eligible.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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LeBron James extends Lakers contract through 2023

As the basketball world waited on the Lakers to sign one of their stars to a new max deal, they extended the other. LeBron James has agreed to a two-year max extension with the Lakers that will run two seasons beyond his current deal, putting him under contract through 2023, first reported by The Athletic. The deal is worth $85 million for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The move is a precursor to the Lakers’ expected long-term deal with Anthony Davis, the other starring piece of last season’s ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Espn, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Miami Heat, James, Lakers, PAUL, Jared Dudley, Dennis Schroder, Rich Paul

LeBron James extends Lakers contract through 2023, per report

As the basketball world waited on the Lakers to sign one of their stars to a new max deal, they extended the other. LeBron James has agreed to a two-year max extension with the Lakers that will run two seasons beyond his current deal, putting him under contract through 2023, first reported by The Athletic. The deal is worth $85 million for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The move is a precursor to the Lakers’ expected long-term deal with Anthony Davis, the other starring piece of last season’s ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Espn, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Miami Heat, James, Lakers, PAUL, Jared Dudley, Dennis Schroder, Rich Paul

Lakers-Mavericks, Clippers-Nuggets part of NBA’s Christmas Day slate

Once again on Christmas, the Lakers and the Clippers will be two the featured teams on one of the big broadcasting days for the NBA – they just won’t play each other this year. The defending champion Lakers will take on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center, while the Clippers will head to Denver for a rematch with the Denver Nuggets team that shocked them in the playoffs last season. The Lakers face the Mavericks at 5 p.m. PST, while the Clippers and Nuggets will air at 7:30 PS...
Tags: Boston, Milwaukee, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Nba, New Orleans, Dallas, Miami, Espn, Lebron James

NBA Rumors: Lakers will play Mavericks on Christmas Day

LeBron James and the Lakers vs. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks will headline the NBA’s Christmas Day slate.
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Clippers’ Ivica Zubac says all the ‘negative talk’ will fuel them

A blip of an offseason later and the reverberations of the Clippers’ second-round playoff collapse continue. New Nugget JaMychal Green told reporters on a Zoom video conference on Tuesday that the spirit Denver showed in its comeback against the Clippers helped steer him to the Mile High City, where he’d almost signed the previous season before choosing to return to L.A.: “Blowing a 3-1 lead, they just fought, they just showed the type of heart they had. So it wasn’t a tough decision.” Shortly b...
Tags: Florida, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Green, Soccer, Nba, Detroit, Denver, Lakers, Paul George, Nuggets, Clippers, Serge Ibaka, Kawhi Leonard, Doc Rivers

LeBron James open to Lakers signing Pau Gasol in free agency

Could the Lakers bring in Pau Gasol for their final roster spot? LeBron James at least seemed open to the idea.
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Anthony Davis and Rich Paul to meet with Lakers on Tuesday

Anthony Davis and his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, are scheduled to meet with the Lakers and general manager Rob Pelinka on Tuesday.
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Veteran Jared Dudley to return to Lakers

While much of the Lakers’ roster has been turned over this offseason, the defending champions will return their stars, their coaches and many of the players who made them so potent last year. The latest returning piece? The team’s wagging tongue. Forward Jared Dudley will return on a one-year, $2.6 million veteran’s minimum deal, first reported by ESPN. The loquacious San Diego native acknowledged the signing himself on Monday afternoon, tweeting “I’m back,” in a nod to Michael Jordan’s famous 1...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Michael Jordan, San Diego, Nba, Espn, Anthony Davis, Brooklyn Nets, Lakers, Dudley, The Lakers, Kentavious Caldwell Pope, Jared Dudley, Markieff Morris

Whicker: Dennis Schröder makes Lakers more interesting and volatile

Everyone who had any iron in any basketball fire was in Portland for the Nike Hoop Summit. It was mid-April of 2013, the same event that had launched Dirk Nowitzki 15 years earlier. Now the scouts were eager to see Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum for the World squad, and Aaron Gordon and Jabari Parker and the Harrison twins for the U.S. Joel Embiid was there. So was Julius Randle. And so was a mysterious name from Germany: Dennis Schröder. Maybe there was some Nowitzki dust ...
Tags: Australia, Germany, India, Sports, Sport, World, Soccer, Portland, Nba, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, North Carolina, Rajon Rondo, Dekalb County, Atlanta Hawks

New Laker Dennis Schröder’s ambitions include a starting role

After finishing runner-up in Sixth Man of the Year voting last season, Dennis Schröder doesn’t expect to win it this coming year, either. That’s because the 27-year-old expects to be in the Lakers’ starting lineup. While it might register as a surprise to some, it shouldn’t be much of a shock that the player who last season averaged the third-most points (18.9 ppg) and the second-most assists (4.0 apg) of anyone on this revamped roster would expect to slide in as a starter. There have been fans ...
Tags: Germany, Sports, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Houston, Atlanta Hawks, James, Lakers, Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook

Without a bubble, the NBA prepares to plunge into the unknown

Editor’s note: This is the Monday, Nov. 30 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who was among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble during the Lakers championship run. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. On the night the NBA hit pause for a second time during the 2019-2020 season, no one was quite clear on what the morning would bring. Some assumed there would be no tomorrow for the bubble. In those early morning hours i...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, United States, New York Times, Nba, Espn, Lebron James, Walt Disney World, Staples Center, Milwaukee Bucks, Lakers, Oklahoma City, Adam Silver, The Lakers, Clippers

Fragile sports seasons continue, despite Los Angeles’ tightening coronavirus restrictions

As Los Angeles County attempts to get a handle on growing coronavirus cases, new restrictions go into effect on Monday. Los Angeles residents are directed not to gather with others outside their household, but retail shopping remains permissible, and fragile sports seasons continue, despite increasing positive tests and ongoing uncertainty about scheduling. We look at the NFL teams, USC, UCLA and the upcoming NBA season and where the Los Angeles teams stand in their efforts to both remain safe a...
Tags: Utah, Colorado, California, Sports, NFL, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Connecticut, Nba, Chargers, Buffalo Bills, College sports, Espn, Buffalo

Lakers, Clippers preseason games set, including two against each other

The Lakers and Clippers will face each other twice before the reduced NBA regular season tips off Dec. 22, starting with both teams’ preseason opener on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m and then again on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The Lakers also have two 7 p.m. preseason contests scheduled on the road against the Phoenix Suns, on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18. The Clippers play just once more in the preseason, on Dec. 17 against Utah at 7 p.m. All three of their preseason games will be at home. For the immediate future, no fa...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Sport, Soccer, Portland, Nba, Staples Center, Lakers, Phoenix, Eastern Conference, The Lakers, Clippers, Golden State, Serge Ibaka

Who are the Highest Points Scorers in NBA history?

There is simply no denying it, basketball is one of the most entertaining games in the world to watch with its end to end nature combined with a bit of showboaty dunking thrown in for good measure. Here though we’re focusing purely on the men who sink shots like they’re on stag do at Hooters with a look at the highest points scorers in NBA history. Number 5. Michael Jordan He might be the Greatest of All Time but when it comes to points scored, he only sits fifth with a total of 32,292. Cons...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Michael Jordan, Basketball, Nba, Jazz, Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Chicago Bulls, Hall of Fame, James, Lakers, Mvp, Bryant, All Star

Marc Gasol says Pau would ‘love’ to come back to Lakers next season

Marc and Pau Gasol are the first brothers to ever play for the Lakers. Could they also be the first brother to play for L.A. simultaneously?
Tags: Pau Gasol, Lakers, Pau, Marc Gasol, Marc

Hoornstra: Giving thanks for baseball in 2020

It’s been a strange year. I became a father in February. The seasons changed without sports to tell me which seasons were changing. Then in July, I wrote the most morbid baseball season preview paragraph in the history of baseball season preview paragraphs: This season will not be normal, and not merely because it’s so short. COVID-19 is thought to attack blood vessels, not hamstrings or rotator cuffs. We can’t be certain how much time any individual player will need to recover from their bout w...
Tags: Milwaukee, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Mlb, Philadelphia, Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Turner, St Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, World Series

Marc Gasol ready to chase another title with the Lakers

When it comes to his limitations, Marc Gasol might be his own toughest critic. The Spanish center leaked frank assessments of his physical abilities two months ahead of his 36th birthday next month. When asked about his defensive communication, widely considered among the best in the NBA, Gasol deflected with self-deprecation: “I try to get places before I jump in the air because my time that I’m going to stay in the air is not very long.” No, he’s not the grinding, physical center the Lakers fi...
Tags: Sports, Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, Barcelona, Soccer, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Lakers, Raptors, Tampa Bay, The Lakers, JaVale McGee, Pau, Marc Gasol

LA County supervisors bid farewell to Mark Ridley-Thomas

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors marked the end of an era on Tuesday, Nov. 24, as Mark Ridley-Thomas attended his last meeting before moving to his new seat on the Los Angeles City Council. The board voted to name an entrance plaza at the new Commons Project at the Natural History Museum, which sits in the 2nd District Ridley-Thomas represents, in his name. Supervisor Kathryn Barger told Ridley-Thomas the naming marked “the immeasurable contributions that you’ve made to arts and cultu...
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Atlanta Hawks 2020 Free Agency Spending Spree Thoughts

The Atlanta Hawks were arguably the most aggressive team when it came to free agency. With Trae Young being one of the up-and-coming stars in the league, Atlanta needed to make some moves. If you follow Trae on any of his social media pages, you know he wants to win. Next year, the Hawks can offer Young his max deal, but they must decide what to do with John Collins. Collins has stated he wants a max deal, but it seems like the Hawks aren’t thinking about it. Atlanta spent a lot of money and o...
Tags: Sports, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta, Georgia, Basketball, Nba, Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Collins, Rajon Rondo, Atlanta Hawks, Lakers, Hawks, Mavericks, Rondo, Trae

Second-generation Laker Wesley Matthews fueled by championship opportunity

Wesley Matthews shared a name and with his father, but for a long time, there was little else. For many years, he was raised by his mother, Pam Moore, and he and his father were not terribly close. But one of the few through lines has been basketball: The day he was born – Oct. 18, 1986 – was the day that Wes Sr. signed with the Lakers, on his way to championships in 1987 and 1988. And the younger Matthews has a picture, “I’ve always had” of him as a toddler, dressed head-to-toe in denim at the ...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Portland, Nba, Dallas, Lebron James, Miami Heat, Eddie Jones, Lakers, Matthews, JaVale McGee, J J Barea, Jimmy Butler, Marc Gasol

Lakers’ offseason roster reshuffling: 5 key takeaways

A day after warning that complacency could be the Lakers’ greatest threat, General Manager Rob Pelinka showed how committed he was to shaking things up for the defending champions. The stars are the same, but much of the cast is profoundly different. In the first few days of free agency, the Lakers added Wesley Matthews, Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell, adding that trio to the trade for Dennis Schröder. They retained Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Markieff Morris but Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo an...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Green, Soccer, Davis, Nba, New Orleans, Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, James, Lakers, Bradley, Howard, The Lakers, Clippers, Rondo

Montrezl Harrell explains decision to leave Clippers for Lakers

On the first day of free agency, Montrezl Harrell found himself on the phone with two key members of the defending NBA champions. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and coach Frank Vogel buzzed with excitement about the prospect of him joining their organization. The 26-year-old didn’t paint as vivid a picture of any dealings with the Clippers, the crosstown rival he played for the last three seasons. When asked by a reporter on Monday if the Clippers had wanted him back at all, he demurred. “Ap...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Denver, Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center, James, Lakers, Disney World, LA Clippers, Chris Paul, The Lakers, Clippers, JaVale McGee, Beverley

Markieff Morris will run it back with the Lakers on 1-year deal

Last month on his way out of AdventHealth Arena, Markieff Morris paused near a group of reporters, cradling the Larry O’Brien Trophy under his arm. “She look good, don’t she?” he asked with a beaming grin. “She look great.” Now the man who carried the championship trophy out of the building looks to bring it back to Staples Center next year. On Monday morning, Morris posted a picture of himself in celebration with the trophy, with the caption: “Run it back!” The 31-year-old has signed a one-year...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Staples Center, Detroit Pistons, Lakers, Morris, The Lakers, Clippers, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee

UC Irvine basketball coach Russ Turner high on team, loss of front-line players notwithstanding

It’s been a different kind of off-season, no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. “Yeah, this has been unlike any other that I, or anybody else, has experienced, so difficult to put into words how difficult it’s been,” said Russ Turner, men’s basketball coach at UC Irvine. UC Irvine went 21-11 this past season and won the regular-season Big West Conference title for the second consecutive season with a record of 13-3, but there was no post-season conference tournament, nor NCAA Tournament, becaus...
Tags: Colorado, Sports, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Long Beach, College sports, Ncaa, Turner, Lakers, Butler, Rutherford, Welp, Leonard, Tommy, Greene

NBA free agency 2020: Winners and losers, starring the Lakers

Roughly 90 percent of NBA roster spots are filled, and few consequential free agents remain on the market. Just three days into the...
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Opinion: Lakers' GM Rob Pelinka fulfills his promise to make championship roster even better

The Lakers acquired last year's NBA's Sixth Man of the Year (Montrezl Harrell) and also landed Marc Gasol as free agency got under way.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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It’s Kawhi Leonard’s turn to help Serge Ibaka feel at home in L.A.

The good-natured banter between then-Toronto Raptors teammates Serge Ibaka and Kawhi Leonard in an April 2019 episode of “How Hungry Are You?,” Ibaka’s one-of-a-kind cooking show on YouTube, is both amusing and revealing, considering how rarely Leonard lets the world enjoy his sense of humor. In it, Ibaka asks his guest the question everyone in Canada wanted to know at the time: “Are you coming back?” “I don’t know yet,” Leonard says. “You better, brother.” “What type of question is that, though...
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