1. LA, Cleveland Or...Philly? Comparing LeBron's Best 2018 Free-Agency Options

    LOS ANGELES — Isaiah Thomas is nearing a return from a hip injury and the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7) are gaining on the first-place Boston Celtics (22-4) atop the Eastern Conference standings...

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  2. As Lonzo Ball Learns in L.A. Spotlight, Brandon Ingram Becomes a 'Killer'

    LOS ANGELES — While opinions may vary on whether outspoken parent LaVar Ball is helping or hurting his son's career, the white-hot spotlight on Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo ...

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  3. Blake Griffin Injury Should Force Los Angeles Clippers Teardown

    LOS ANGELES — Of the ligaments in the knee, the medial collateral is probably the best one to injure...given the choice...

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  4. LaVar Ball, Luke Walton Have Vastly Different Approaches to Developing Youth

    LOS ANGELES — On one shoulder, there's a voice giving Lonzo Ball a patient message. On the other, a different voice offering tough love...

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  5. To Make Room for 2 Stars, Lakers Should Give Luol Deng an Extension, Seriously

    LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles Lakers try to stay competitive throughout the 2017-18 season, the eyes cannot help but wander to next July, when LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins are expected to be free agents...

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  6. 'You've Got to Shoot the Ball': LaVar Ball, Lakers Want More Looks for Lonzo

    LOS ANGELES — Imagine if Lonzo Ball could actually shoot. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers won for the third time in their past four games with a 107-102 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies ...

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  7. L.A. Lakers Could Surprise If Vastly Improved Defense, Julius Randle Hold Up

    LOS ANGELES — "We're going to emphasize defense this season," said every coach in the NBA at the start of training camp. An exaggeration? Maybe, but not far from the truth...

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  8. 'Don't Worry About No Stats': LaVar's Right, Lonzo's Impact Is Hard to Count

    LOS ANGELES — How much of Lonzo Ball 's celebrity is hype, and how much is substance? The Los Angeles Lakers ' 2-2 start to the season is a positive sign for Ball, but ...

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  9. All Eyes on Lonzo, but Lakers Future Really Revolves Around Julius Randle

    LOS ANGELES — It has to be a thrill to hear your name called as one of the starters at Staples Center with the Los Angeles Lakers ...

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  10. LaMarcus Aldridge Extension Likely Takes Spurs Out of LeBron James Sweepstakes

    LOS ANGELES — The San Antonio Spurs appear to be out of the LeBron James hunt. On Monday, the franchise agreed to sign forward LaMarcus Aldridge to a three-year, $72...

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  11. LA Lakers Need to Downgrade Expectations for 'Uptight' Brandon Ingram

    LOS ANGELES — Brandon Ingram made just one impressive summer-league appearance with the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas over the summer...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 2 months ago 1 reads 0 comments

  12. 'It's Very Risky': 76ers' Max Extension of Joel Embiid Puzzles Some NBA Insiders

    The Philadelphia 76ers have fully invested in The Process by reportedly agreeing to a five-year, maximum extension with 23-year old center Joel Embiid ...

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  13. Westbrook's Extension, Lower Salary Cap Bad News for Lakers' 2018 Offseason

    LOS ANGELES — A bombshell dropped Friday when the NBA 's reigning Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook signed off on a $205 million extension that could keep him with the Oklahoma City Thunder through 2023...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 2 months ago 74,480 reads 0 comments

  14. Forget 2018 Free Agency: Lakers Have Plenty of Questions to Answer This Season

    LOS ANGELES — The early atmosphere around the 2017-18 Los Angeles Lakers is exuberant. The franchise opened camp on Monday with their annual media day, and like most squads ...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 3 months ago 18,904 reads 0 comments

  15. Julius Randle Holds Keys to Lakers Present, but Is He Part of L.A.'s Future?

    LOS ANGELES — The focus out of the gate for the Los Angeles Lakers will undoubtedly be on Lonzo Ball, the team's rookie superstar and No. 2 draft pick out of UCLA...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 3 months ago 94,862 reads 0 comments

  16. Playoff-Bound or Not, Lakers Are Smart to Add Veteran Depth

    LOS ANGELES — NBA teams are built on "ifs"—calculated risks. Some ifs are safer bets. If you put Kevin Durant on a team with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the chances of an NBA title are pretty good...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 3 months ago 20,132 reads 0 comments

  17. If LeBron Chooses Lakers in 2018, Who Could Be His Max Contract Running Mate?

    LOS ANGELES — How often in history would a $500,000 fine be considered good news? After an outside law firm (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz) conducted an investigation ...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 4 months ago 155,325 reads 0 comments

  18. How a 'Wink' Could Potentially Lead to Lakers' Losing Out on Paul George

    LOS ANGELES — Earvin " Magic " Johnson probably tampered by the letter of the law. Just two months into the job as president of the Los Angeles Lakers , Johnson made an appearance ...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 4 months ago 17,226 reads 0 comments

  19. How the Lakers Can Sign 2 Max-Contract Superstars in 2018 NBA Free Agency

    LOS ANGELES — The Lakers are targeting two maximum-salaried players in the summer of 2018. Neither president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson nor general manager Rob Pelinka have been coy about that...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 5 months ago 75,895 reads 0 comments

  20. Summer League Champion L.A. Lakers Have a Star in Lonzo Ball

    LOS ANGELES — It's an annual tradition for throngs of Los Angeles Lakers fans to make the trek from California to Las Vegas to support the team's NBA Summer League squad...

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  21. Breaking Down D'Angelo Russell Trade, Lakers' Path to Paul George, LeBron James

    LOS ANGELES — It didn't take long for the Los Angeles Lakers' new front office to implement significant changes to the team's roster...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 6 months ago 78,727 reads 0 comments

  22. Which L.A. Team Should LeBron James Prefer in 2018, Clippers or Lakers?

    LOS ANGELES — Apparently, LeBron James has never played for a superteam. "I don't believe I've played for a superteam," James said after his Game 5 NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors...

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  23. If LA Lakers Draft Lonzo Ball, Is D'Angelo Russell Out?

    LOS ANGELES — The Lakers have until June 22 to decide if Lonzo Ball has the goods to validate the never-ending hype. But perhaps the bigger question the Lakers must address before draft night is what do they really have in 2015 No...

    Eric Pincus Written by Eric Pincus about 6 months ago 117,077 reads 0 comments

  24. Lonzo Ball Says Lakers Need a Leader, but Team Needs His Star Power Even More

    LOS ANGELES — When Dwight Howard arrived at media day for the Los Angeles Lakers in October 2012, he was surrounded by a massive throng of reporters...

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  25. When Paul George Becomes Available, LA Lakers Better Have a Legit Squad in Place

    LOS ANGELES — Clad in matching purple shirt and shorts, Earvin " Magic " Johnson put his arms around guard Jordan Clarkson, flashing his signature smile. The two shared a moment together on Monday at the Los Angeles Lakers ' practice facility...

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