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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:12 am    Post subject: Lakers in the News 9/28/15 - 10/04/15: Lakers vs. Jazz preview: Preseason is finally here

Lakers take different approach into season with eye on development
by Bill Oram - ocregister.com

The rules of being a Lakers fan used to be so easy. You would watch as wins accumulated, cheer for superstars and, if the season didn’t result in an NBA championship, find comfort in the knowledge they would be in the hunt next year.

But supporting the Lakers has become a more nuanced affair the past three years, as Kobe Bryant’s career has slowly, but certainly, neared its end. For example, it was fair to wonder last season whether it was better for the Lakers to win, or enhance their lottery hopes by losing.

The last superstar has scarcely been on the court. So maybe you’ve had to learn what else is on TV on Sunday nights, a window previously reserved only for the 16-time champions.

The biggest change now is that supporting the Lakers requires patience, a virtue that will become even tougher this week when Bryant takes the floor for his 20th, and perhaps final, Lakers training camp.

Following the Lakers is akin to tracking numerous threads in a complex novel, with all the storylines.

As for the instant gratification enjoyed in seasons past? That’s been off the table for a while. This season might ultimately be about victories that come years down the road.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/lakers-684939-bryant-year.html


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:17 am    Post subject:

Team nears training camp
by Eric Pincus - latimes.com

The Lakers start training camp Monday with 19 players under contract.

In addition to adding 32-year old Brazilian rookie point guard Marcelo Huertas, the Lakers signed undrafted center Robert Upshaw to a two-year, partially guaranteed contract.

Huertas hopes to make the team as a veteran backcourt presence. Upshaw needs to prove he's moved beyond issues that derailed his college career.

The team also brought back a link to the past, signing forward Metta World Peace, who has helped to mentor second-year forward Julius Randle over the summer.

The Lakers hope to foster a young core of at least eight players, built around D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Randle and possibly center Roy Hibbert.

Hibbert is looking to rediscover his game after falling out of favor with the Indiana Pacers. He recently put his Indiana mansion up for sale.

After January shoulder surgery, Kobe Bryant was finally given total medical clearance near the start of his 20th season.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-lakers-review-training-camp-nears-20150926-story.html
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:59 am    Post subject:

Metta World Peace eager to take a mentorship role
by Mark Medina - dailynews.com

The tone in Metta World Peace’s voice hardly harkened back memories of his infamous press conference after the Lakers won Game 7 of the 2010 NBA championship.

Then, the former Ron Artest thanked his psychologist and expressed gratitude that Kobe Bryant passed him the ball that set up a critical 3-pointer in a performance that forever cast him in Lakers lore. This time, World Peace sounded fairly even-keel for the Lakers signing him to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal worth $1.5 million for the 2015-16 season.

“It was cool. It was a great feeling,” World Peace said Sunday night in a phone interview with Los Angeles News Group. “But everything has been normal.”

Will that change on Monday?

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20150927/la-lakers-metta-world-peace-eager-to-take-a-mentorship-role
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:11 am    Post subject:

Rotation battles ahead as the Lakers prepare to start training camp
by Eric Pincus - latimes.com

The Lakers will hold their annual media day on Monday afternoon, before flying out to Hawaii for training camp.

With 19 players currently under contract, the team will need to trim down the roster to at most 15 before opening night. The Lakers have 12 players with fully guaranteed contracts, and a lot to decide before the end of October.

Coach Byron Scott will need to sort out the team's rotation at all five positions:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-rotation-battles-lakers-training-camp-20150928-story.html
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:07 am    Post subject:

Lakers Season Starts Monday: Media Day
by Shahan Ahmed - nbclogangeles.com

Monday is Media Day for the Los Angeles Lakers, which means the 2015-16 LA Lakers will dress up in their jerseys for the first time and kick off a new season.

The madness of Media Day involves interviews and photo sessions in a frenzied atmosphere that features cameramen and reporters showing off their basketball skills by boxing out for position and playing through the contact.

Players take turns getting mobbed by the media, and the annual raucousness surrounding Kobe Bryant would have most rioters concerned about safety.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports/Lakers-Media-Day-9-28-15-329738901.html
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:42 am    Post subject:

Watch Kobe hit some crazy 3's to get ready for Lakers training camp
by Harrison Faigen - silverscreenandroll.com

Throughout the team's illustrious history, the Los Angeles Lakers' star players have always had a signature move -- an image we associate with them as soon as we recall their name. For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, it was the sweeping sky-hook. Magic Johnson had the no-look pass. Shaquille O'Neal just dunked all over people because they couldn't stop him. For Kobe Bryant, it is the crazy, clock running down, three men draped all over him fade-away jumper.

Yes, those ludicrous shots that have the whole arena shouting "NO, NO, NO, YES!!!!" Despite shooting only 33.4 percent on three-pointers through his career, Kobe sure doesn't like to make his long range attempts easy on himself, and has taken enough ludicrously difficult ones for an entire video highlight reel, as it would happen.

So as Kobe is about to go through his 20th and quite possibly final media day today, in honor of his illustrious career, let's take a look back down memory lane at just a handful of the craziest shots the man who calls himself "the Black Mamba" has not only hit, but had the audacity to attempt in actual NBA games:

http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/28/9407647/la-lakers-kobe-bryant-highlights
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:45 am    Post subject:

Key roster decisions the Lakers will face during training camp
by Ben Rosales - silverscreenandroll.com

As the Los Angeles Lakers approach the end of yet another tumultuous offseason that witnessed innumerable ups and downs, including the retention of the Lakers' draft pick, the surprise draft choice of D'Angelo Russell over Jahlil Okafor, and the vagaries of a stressful and at times embarrassing free agency saga that was finally resolved in a manner more or less acceptable to all of the parties involved, the team faces yet another series of storylines in winnowing what will likely be a 20-man training camp roster down to 15 players.

With the recent signing of Metta World Peace, the roster now stands at 19, and we can begin to give serious thought to the final shape the roster will take once the regular season opens. To bring this into focus, here's what the Lakers' depth chart should look like heading into camp:

http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/28/9396469/la-lakers-training-camp-roster-robert-upshaw
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:48 am    Post subject:

Lakers media day live updates: What's in store for next season?
by Alex Shultz - latimes.com

The Lakers' season officially starts today, with the entire team gathering for media day in El Segundo, where they will talk about the hopes and dreams for 2015-16. We will have five reporters on hand, and Alex Shultz will give you the worm's-eye view right here on this blog beginning at 1 p.m.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-lakers-media-day-live-updates-20150928-story.html
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:12 pm    Post subject:

Eric Live Tweeting Media Day

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:16 pm    Post subject:

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Eric Live Tweeting Media Day

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Pincus appreciate all you do For the Lakers and you have abeautiful family (from your Twitter feed) God bless you and them ...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:07 pm    Post subject:

Kobe curious about Lakers' season ahead
by Eric Pincus - latimes.com

For the 20th and possibly final time in his career, Kobe Bryant opened training camp with media day on Monday.

With the Lakers' having a combination of young players such as D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, and veterans like Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass, Bryant is curious about the season ahead.

"It's a big question mark. We have a lot of young guys," he said. "It's a good mix, though. We have some veterans as well, but guys who have never played together before.

"We've done the work to get to this point. Now it's trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together, so I'm not sure."

Bryant said he won't know his role on this version of the Lakers until the team starts practicing and playing together. To a degree he'll act as mentor to the team's youth, but how that will translate to the floor remains to be seen.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-kobe-bryant-curious-lakers-season-ahead-20150928-story.html
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:05 pm    Post subject:

Kobe: ‘The Important Thing Is These Young Guys Develop’
by Dan Duangao - lakersnation.com

As Kobe Bryant prepares for his 20th season with the Los Angeles Lakers, there is plenty of excitement surrounding his return from injury and the young core of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. While the Lakers are not expected to make the playoffs this season, Kobe staying healthy and the young core developing at a nice rate could make things interesting in the Western Conference.

At the team’s media day, Kobe spoke about the young core, saying that their development is the most important thing via the Los Angeles Lakers official Twitter page:

Kobe: "The important thing is these young guys develop and to be there when they have questions."

http://www.lakersnation.com/kobe-bryant-the-important-thing-is-these-young-guys-develop/2015/09/28/
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:06 pm    Post subject:

D'Angelo Russell eager to show his progression since summer league
by Eric Pincus - latimes.com

The Lakers have high hopes for D'Angelo Russell, the Ohio State guard drafted second overall in June's NBA draft.

Russell struggled through summer league in Las Vegas, averaging more turnovers (5.2 a game) than assists (3.2) while shooting just 11.8% from three-point range.

"I'm eager to be my best, so fast. That's what really gets me in trouble," said Russell on Monday, at the team's annual media day.

"I'm just realizing I'm 19 years old and I'm playing in the best league in the world," he continued, acknowledging that he's extremely hard on himself.

Russell has spent the rest of the summer in the gym and is confident the results will be on display when the team hits the court again.

"I've just been working hard," he said. "I don't really want to talk about it, I just want to showcase it and just prove it."

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-dangelo-russell-eager-show-progress-20150928-story.html
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:07 pm    Post subject:

Kobe, more human than super at 37, sees 20th Lakers season as a great unknown
by Bill Plaschke - latimes.com

The first thing you noticed about Kobe Bryant were the shoes.

He showed up at perhaps his final Lakers media day Monday wearing odd-looking basketball sneakers that crept up his ankles like the footwear of a heavyweight.

"I want to feel like a boxer," he said.

The next thing you noticed about Kobe Bryant were the shrugs.

This is a man who has made a career out of never being uncertain about anything. Yet, as he begins his 20th Lakers season in the stance of a fighter, he admitted he will be throwing punches into darkness, this last battle against mortality conducted with a blind fury toward an unseen opponent.

He could score a knockout, or be knocked out. He has no idea which.

Is he going to retire next spring? He shrugged and said he didn't have a clue.

"I thought about it a little bit in terms of what is the deciding factor, how do players actually know when it's time to hang it up, really, how do you truly know?" he said. "I don't know."

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-kobe-plaschke-20150929-column.html
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:08 pm    Post subject:

Kobe admits he’s not sure what to expect this season from himself, LA Lakers
by Mark Medina - dailynews.com

The Lakers’ star walked through the practice court with the usual bluster. Kobe Bryant also met the usual fanfare with cameras and reporters shouting questions and latching on to every word.

But underneath Bryant’s outward confidence and the attention surrounding him during the Lakers’ media day, the Lakers’ star conceded uncertainty on several fronts.

It started with how the Lakers will fare entering the 2015-16 season with a roster headlined by the 37-year-old Bryant, seven-year forward Roy Hibbert and a crop of young players in D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.

“Not sure,” Bryant said on Monday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “I think the guys have all worked hard this summer I’ve worked hard this summer. But it’s a big question mark.”

The uncertainty continued with how Bryant will have to adjust his role after nursing three season-ending injuries in consecutive seasons.

“It’s hard,” Bryant said. “I don’t know what to expect.”

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20150928/kobe-bryant-admits-hes-not-sure-what-to-expect-this-season-from-himself-la-lakers
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:36 am    Post subject:

David West on Roy Hibbert: 'I don't think he deserved that'
by foxsports.com

San Antonio Spurs forward David West received quite a bit of unnecessary criticism when he turned down his $12.5 million player option with the Indiana Pacers to sign a $1.4 million veteran's minimum deal with the NBA's most admired franchise.

West wants to win a championship; no organization can bring their players closer to the mountain top than the Spurs.

But another reason for the pay cut was West's disgust with how his former team treated Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert. Indiana aired its dirty laundry out in public and told the world their longtime defensive anchor would hit the bench if he opted into his player option and stayed a Pacer in 2016.

The whole thing rubbed West the wrong way. Here's what he told Yahoo!:

http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/san-antonio-spurs-indiana-pacers-david-west-roy-hibbert-092915
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:52 am    Post subject:

Two Decades of Kobe
by Lang Whitaker - blogs.nba.com

Yesterday was media day for the Los Angeles Lakers, which means it was Kobe Bryant‘s twentieth media day.

To celebrate the anniversary, the people at TWC SportsNet put together this time-lapse video showing Kobe through the years. A couple of different haircuts, a few different jersey numbers, but either way, one of the greatest players of all-time…

http://allball.blogs.nba.com/2015/09/29/two-decades-of-kobe-bryant/
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:54 am    Post subject:

D'Lo on Kobe: 'He told me he likes to shoot the ball'
by Jordan Heck - sportingnews.com

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is known for how likes to take the shot whenever possible.

He's currently third all-time in field goals attempted (25,087) and has been either No. 1 or No. 2 in that category from 2004-05 to 2012-13 (he's missed multiple games the last two seasons, otherwise he'd probably stay up there). In fact, he was third on the Lakers in shot attempts last season (713) despite only playing in 35 out of 82 games.

So it should come as no surprise that he told rookie and Lakers second overall draft pick D'Angelo Russell to give him the basketball.

"He told me he likes to shoot the ball," Russell said, via the Los Angeles Times. "So if I give it to him, it's his job to finish it."

http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-09-29/kobe-bryant-dangelo-russell-lakers-preview-outlook-prediction-2015-16
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:04 pm    Post subject:

Interesting quotes from David West about Hibbert.

I'll bet Hib has a great comeback season!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:34 pm    Post subject:

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell to have locker next to Kobe Bryant
by Mark Medina - lakersnation.com

Before they play together in an NBA game, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell found a practical solution that will accelerate any adjustment period with Kobe Bryant.

Russell requested to have his locker next to the Lakers’ star.

“I don’t know how much longer he’s going to be around,” said Russell, who will first practice with Bryant on Tuesday in Honolulu. “So to have the opportunity to pick his brain a little bit every day, I don’t have to make it weird by walking to his locker. I’ll just look to my right and there he is.”

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:35 pm    Post subject:

D’Angelo Russell On Julius Randle: ‘Dude Is A Matchup Problem’
by Ryan Ward - lakersnation.com

The Los Angeles Lakers headed into the NBA Summer League with a roster made of a lot of players that would see considerable minutes during the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season. Julius Randle is one of those players with the second-year forward potentially being a starter for head coach Byron Scott in the season opener on Oct. 28.

Although Randle’s performance in Summer League left something to be desired, the 20-year-old has been working extremely hard since July to get it right. Randle has been working with veteran Metta World Peace and receiving high praise for his progression over the last few months.

During media day at the team’s practice facility, rookie D’Angelo Russell spoke briefly about Randle. Russell is as impressed with the Kentucky product as everyone else:

“That dude is a matchup problem. A walking double-double. I can’t speak highly enough about him. He’s beast, honestly.”

http://www.lakersnation.com/dangelo-russell-on-julius-randle-dude-is-a-matchup-problem/2015/09/29/
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:38 pm    Post subject:

After counseling, losing 25 pounds, Robert Upshaw says he's ready
by Eric Pincus - latimes.com

The Lakers met the media on Monday before flying to Hawaii to begin training camp.

Undrafted center Robert Upshaw, who has just $35,000 of his two-year, $1.4-million minimum contract guaranteed with the Lakers, hopes to make a strong enough impression to earn a roster spot.

"I know I can play basketball at this level. It's just a matter of keeping my focus on the prize ahead," Upshaw said. "In the last two weeks my extent of play has just been through the roof, and the coaches have given me the same feedback, it's just a matter of consistency.

"It's just a matter of doing the right things when you need to, when nobody is looking."

On the court wasn't an issue for Upshaw at Washington, where the 7-footer averaged 10.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and a dominant 4.5 blocks a game.

Where he struggled was behind the scenes, breaking team rules that got him ejected from his second college program, after a prior dismissal from Fresno State.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-counseling-weight-loss-robert-upshaw-ready-20150929-story.html
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:17 pm    Post subject:

In-shape Lakers impress coach Byron Scott in first practice
by Bill Oram - ocregister.com

The season had officially begun just hours earlier, but Byron Scott couldn’t stop praising a Lakers team of which very little is expected.

Asked how confident he was that the Lakers would be better than the 21-win team of last season, Scott smiled.

“I’m pretty confident,” he said slowly. “I really am. I like what we have so far…Compared to last year’s first day, we’re way ahead of schedule. So I’m happy about that.”

He commended his players for showing up physically prepared for Scott’s grueling conditioning drills. He named Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson -- "who seems to never get out of shape" -- D'Angelo Russell, Tarik Black, Ryan Kelly, Brandon Bass and Roy Hibbert as being especially fit.

“I would say half the guys were in great shape, or in terrific shape,” he said, “and the other half were in very good shape. So there was not one person where I said, he didn’t come ready for camp, which is a good thing.”

That hasn’t always been Scott’s experience.

“Usually I have a couple guys that are throwing up,” he said.

http://www.ocregister.com/lakers/scott-685324-byron-lakers.html
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:19 pm    Post subject:

Kobe: “We’re being smart” on maximizing health, practice
by Mark Medina - dailynews.com

Well before anyone else stepped on the court, Kobe Bryant entered the gym and performed something that has defined his 19-year NBA career. He shot the basketball.

Bryant performed that routine by himself for an hour before the Lakers began training camp Tuesday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center, marking his first practice since needing season-ending surgery on his right shoulder nine months ago.

“That’s where the tough shots — the overtime shots and fourth-quarter shots that he makes comes from,” Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell said. “He might be fooling us all with the sling on his shoulder.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott maintained Bryant’s pre-practice shooting session “did not bother me one bit” even if the Lakers’ star has nursed season-ending injuries in three consecutive seasons. That’s because Bryant skipped portions of the Lakers’ sprinting and team shooting drills. Then, Bryant sat on a trainer’s table icing his shoulder and receiving massage therapy, a routine he says he will likely follow throughout the 2015-16 season.

“We’re being smart,” Bryant said. “I’m in great condition. I can run all day. It’s just not a matter of doing it in practice. You don’t want to beat yourself up in practice.”

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:14 am    Post subject:

Kobe On D’Angelo Russell: ‘Very Calm Under Duress’
by Corey Hansford - lakersnation.com

With Kobe Bryant entering his 20th season, the question as to who will take the torch and lead the Los Angeles Lakers in the future remains a prevalent one. Many fans are hoping it will be rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell, the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

After the first day of training camp, Kobe Bryant had some positive things to say about the rookie, speaking highly of his poise according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

Kobe Bryant on what has impressed him about D'Angelo Russell already: "Great poise…very calm under duress"

http://www.lakersnation.com/kobe-bryant-on-dangelo-russell-very-calm-under-duress/2015/09/29/
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