1. Realistic Expectations for LA Lakers Rookie Ivica Zubac in 2016-17

    During the recently concluded Las Vegas Summer League, rookie big man Ivica Zubac surpassed all expectations. The 19-year-old Croatian was the Los Angeles Lakers ’ 32nd overall draft pick in June...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 4 days ago 46,988 reads 68 comments

  2. Realistic Expectations for LA Lakers Rookie Brandon Ingram in 2016-17

    The Los Angeles Lakers entered the offseason needing a small forward who could contribute right away while also growing with the team for years to come. They got just that with Brandon Ingram...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 11 days ago 45,109 reads 61 comments

  3. Report Card Grades for LA Lakers 2016 Free-Agent Signings

    The Los Angeles Lakers had a boatload of loot to spend entering NBA free agency, but no cream-of-the-crop star players stepped up to take that money. Nonetheless, the Los Angeles front office didn’t waste time acting like wallflowers...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 18 days ago 97,984 reads 106 comments

  4. Who's Left on LA Lakers' 2016 NBA Free-Agency Big Board?

    The Los Angeles Lakers dropped some major coin during the first days of 2016 NBA free agency. While they still have money to spend, the question turns to a rapidly diminishing inventory of available players...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 25 days ago 67,233 reads 4 comments

  5. Final LA Lakers Shopping List for 2016 NBA Free Agency

    Summer free agency is coming up fast—Friday, July 1 to be exact. And that’s when the Los Angeles Lakers enter the third phase of their all-important offseason rebuild...

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  6. Rounding Up the Latest LA Lakers Rumors Ahead of the 2016 NBA Draft

    The 2016 NBA draft is just days away, and Los Angeles Lakers rumors are holding at a steady boil. L.A. has the No. 2 pick in hand with two clear candidates at the top—LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 14,901 reads 2 comments

  7. 5 Hidden Gems the LA Lakers Should Target in NBA Draft's 2nd Round

    The Los Angeles Lakers will have the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft for the second year in a row come June 23rd's proceedings at the Barclay’s Center. But let’s not forget about their other selection—a respectable No...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 71,884 reads 76 comments

  8. Realistic 2016 Free-Agency Targets for the LA Lakers

    As the NBA Finals progress, fans of the Los Angeles Lakers are left to ponder their own path back to basketball greatness. Summer free agency is one of the major tools for betterment, and L...

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  9. Blueprint for Solving LA Lakers' Woes at Center and Wing

    Los Angeles Lakers fans have good reason to be excited again, but the team still has major frontcourt holes to fill...

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  10. Luke Walton, LA Lakers Need to Get This Coaching Staff Right

    The Los Angeles Lakers are pressing ahead during the offseason, preparing for the NBA draft and putting together a staff for newly hired head coach Luke Walton ...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 2 months ago 29,591 reads 5 comments

  11. No. 2 Pick Means Darkest Days Are over for L.A. Lakers

    After an extended stretch of mediocrity, the Los Angeles Lakers may finally be turning the page. Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery produced a major stroke of good luck with the No...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 2 months ago 61,449 reads 209 comments

  12. Race to Respectability: Building Dream Offseasons for NY Knicks, LA Lakers

    The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are still giants when it comes to their fanbases and financial worth. But neither team made the playoffs this year, and both now focus on their hopes and dreams for the offseason...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 3 months ago 81,721 reads 217 comments

  13. Top Offseason Priorities for the Dallas Mavericks

    The Dallas Mavericks ' postseason came to an end April 25. With just a solitary win against the Oklahoma City Thunder , it was the Mavs’ third straight first-round exit...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 3 months ago 12,469 reads 19 comments

  14. Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Memphis Grizzlies

    After running into an implacable San Antonio Spurs train , the plucky Memphis Grizzlies exited the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs, failing to win a single game...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 3 months ago 878 reads 0 comments

  15. Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Phoenix Suns

    With a miserable record of 23-59, the Phoenix Suns missed the playoffs for the sixth time in a row this season. It was the team’s worst record in franchise history...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 3 months ago 1,252 reads 0 comments

  16. Top 2016 Offseason Priorities for the Los Angeles Lakers

    The Los Angeles Lakers closed out a miserable season on a high note as Kobe Bryant capped his extraordinary career with a 60-point night...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 3 months ago 86,920 reads 233 comments

  17. Who Faces Tougher Offseason, LA Lakers or NY Knicks?

    It has been the worst of times and the slightly less worst of times for two storied basketball franchises—the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks ...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 4 months ago 18,827 reads 98 comments

  18. End-of-Season Grades for Each LA Lakers Player

    The Los Angeles Lakers ’ season has not officially ended, but it is doubtful any epiphanies are yet in store. Hence, the bequeathing of end-of-season report card grades for each player on a team suffering its worst season ever...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 4 months ago 12,119 reads 5 comments

  19. Free Agents the LA Lakers Should Let Walk This Offseason

    The Los Angeles Lakers are in the final stages of their march toward the offseason, still locked in last place in the Western Conference...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 4 months ago 100,586 reads 154 comments

  20. Best 5 Candidates to Coach the LA Lakers Next Season

    Byron Scott’s tenure as Los Angeles Lakers head coach has not been a smashing success—witness just 35 wins and a mind-boggling 116 losses and counting. This obviously begs the question of who is best suited to succeed him...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 4 months ago 64,895 reads 101 comments

  21. 3 Goals the LA Lakers Must Accomplish Before Season's End

    The playoffs won’t be happening for the Los Angeles Lakers this year, but there’s still lots to do before Game 82 ends. L.A...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 5 months ago 23,367 reads 36 comments

  22. 4 College Basketball Stars the LA Lakers Should Be Eyeing

    With just 18 games left in a historically abysmal season, the Los Angeles Lakers continue their implacable march to the only prize that still matters—the 2016 NBA draft. L...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 5 months ago 56,681 reads 136 comments

  23. 5 Realistic Predictions for Los Angeles Lakers' Stretch Run

    The current state of affairs for the Los Angeles Lakers is explained fairly easily and with few surprises. The team has been bringing up the rear of the Western Division for the entire season and is ensconced in a forward-looking, youth-driven rebuild.

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  24. Post NBA Trade Deadline Power Rankings for Each LA Lakers Player

    Not much has changed for the Los Angeles Lakers since their last power rankings report at the end of December...

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  25. Los Angeles Lakers' 2016 NBA Trade-Deadline Strategy Blueprint

    It is no secret the Los Angeles Lakers have been in rebuilding mode for years now, and their annual losses have consistently increased during the process...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 5 months ago 93,991 reads 185 comments