1. Sensational Rookie Season from Julius Randle Is What Los Angeles Lakers Need

    In the middle of an ongoing rebuilding phase, the Los Angeles Lakers need certain things in order to have any success in a loaded Western Conference. One huge priority will be a sensational season from Julius Randle ...

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  2. Los Angeles Lakers' Biggest Red Flags Entering This Season

    A new season brings increased expectations and the promise of a fresh start for many NBA teams. For the Los Angeles Lakers , however, hope is being tempered by red flags...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 2 days ago 7,637 reads 25 comments

  3. 10 Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Lakers During 2014-15 Season

    Exhibition play may still be in progress for the Los Angeles Lakers , but it’s already time for some bold predictions about the regular season...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 4 days ago 16,639 reads 68 comments

  4. Winners, Losers from Week 2 of Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Preseason

    As the end of the Los Angeles Lakers ’ second week of preseason basketball approaches, it behooves us to look at what went right and what went wrong. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride in the land of purple and gold...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 7 days ago 12,373 reads 31 comments

  5. Power Ranking Los Angeles Lakers Players Heading into 2014-15 NBA Season

    It is time for that annual rite of passage known as the Los Angeles Lakers power rankings—a qualitative judgment of the best and most powerful players on a roster stocked with aging stars, reclamation projects, drafts busts and unproven rookies...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 9 days ago 10,994 reads 49 comments

  6. Kobe Bryant-Steve Nash Pairing Still Has Plenty to Offer in Third Year Together

    This will be the third season for Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash as teammates. The pairing has never really produced an impact for the Los Angeles Lakers , but the third time's a charm, as the saying goes...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 11 days ago 10,231 reads 54 comments

  7. Why Byron Scott Is the Perfect First Coach for Jordan Clarkson

    An NBA rookie’s first head coach can make him or break him. For Jordan Clarkson of the Los Angeles Lakers , the hope is that Byron Scott will be the perfect teacher, counselor, disciplinarian and giver of confidence...

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  8. What We Learned from Week 1 of Los Angeles Lakers Training Camp

    The Los Angeles Lakers plowed through their first week of training camp and are now well into their second. They also had their first preseason game Monday night, beating the Denver Nuggets 98-95 ...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 16 days ago 16,116 reads 32 comments

  9. Kobe Bryant, Byron Scott Working to Revive Lakers' Championship Culture

    Nobody logically believes the Los Angeles Lakers are going to win an NBA title this season, but that’s not stopping new coach Byron Scott and reigning franchise cornerstone Kobe Bryant from trying to revive a championship culture...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 18 days ago 7,725 reads 46 comments

  10. Ed Davis and Los Angeles Lakers Betting Their Future on Each Other

    The Los Angeles Lakers stepped up to the betting window this summer and placed a modest wager on Ed Davis , signing the 25-year-old center/power forward to a two-year $2 million contract...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 21 days ago 13,593 reads 7 comments

  11. What to Watch for at Los Angeles Lakers' 2014 Training Camp

    Training camp for the Los Angeles Lakers ’ 2014-15 season began Tuesday, September 30. There will be plenty to watch for in the days ahead...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 23 days ago 10,270 reads 8 comments

  12. Healthy Xavier Henry Could Be Los Angeles Lakers' X-Factor

    Xavier Henry has yet to play more than 50 games in a season during his four-year NBA career. Yet, the Los Angeles Lakers signed him to another one-year minimum-salary deal this summer...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 25 days ago 9,882 reads 12 comments

  13. Silver Linings to Look for During Los Angeles Lakers' 2014-15 Season

    In every cloud there is a silver lining, so the saying goes. And looking for such glimmers in the Los Angeles Lakers ’ upcoming season presupposes that the larger outlook will appear gloomy and gray...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 28 days ago 13,451 reads 22 comments

  14. Grading Each Position Going into LA Lakers 2014 Training Camp

    In the era of mandated testing and “no basketball player left behind,” we are seeing earlier and more frequent evaluations in the NBA ...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 16,096 reads 54 comments

  15. Los Angeles Lakers Starting Steve Nash Over Jeremy Lin Would Be a Mistake

    Given that training camp has yet to begin for the Los Angeles Lakers , it may be a bit early to be predicting mistakes. But a decision to start the chronically injured Steve Nash over 26-year-old Jeremy Lin could be just that...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 25,986 reads 59 comments

  16. Who Should Start at Small Forward for Los Angeles Lakers?

    To say there’s not a lot of obvious depth at the small forward position for the Los Angeles Lakers is saying just a little. It’s a tale of “tweeners...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 19,445 reads 63 comments

  17. How Will Kobe Bryant's Final Chapter Compare with Michael Jordan's?

    If there are any two basketball superstars who have been compared ad nauseam , it is Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Each were/are ridiculously talented and competitive players...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 20,581 reads 161 comments

  18. Los Angeles Lakers' Biggest X-Factors for 2014-15 Season

    With training camp looming, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to acclimate a new head coach, blend new and returning players and turn the page on a disappointing chapter. The 2014-15 season promises to have more X-factors than usual...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 10,872 reads 19 comments

  19. Can the Lakers Bench Mob Make a Comeback This Season?

    Does anyone remember when the Los Angeles Lakers had one of the best benches in the NBA last season? If you blinked, you may have missed it—injuries soon descended like ...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 12,519 reads 42 comments

  20. Keeping Steve Nash Is the Right Strategic Decision for Lakers

    When Labor Day weekend passed, Steve Nash was still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers . The team chose not to use a stretch provision that would have allowed it to waive the future Hall of Famer and amortize his $9...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 9,092 reads 21 comments

  21. Is There a Place in the Modern NBA for Byron Scott's Princeton Offense?

    Byron Scott is one of the last practitioners of a basketball system that dates back to Princeton University in the 1930s...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 9,457 reads 25 comments

  22. Wesley Johnson Gets 1 Last Chance to Prove Himself

    The tantalizing promise that accompanies draft-lottery picks will often earn them extra redemptive opportunities when greatness fails to materialize...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 1 month ago 35,765 reads 60 comments

  23. What Will This Season Look Like for Carlos Boozer?

    After being claimed from the Chicago Bulls off amnesty waivers this summer, Carlos Boozer faces an uncertain future with his new team—the Los Angeles Lakers ...

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  24. Can the LA Lakers Make the Playoffs This Season?

    Training camp is around the corner for the Los Angeles Lakers , and there are important questions to be answered...

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  25. Byron Scott Seeks Return to Traditional Principles

    After experiencing decreasing returns in recent years, the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be making a concerted effort to rebrand themselves. But not in some modernistic, forward-thinking way...

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