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Shaquille O'Neal knows which three free agents will make Lakers into contender

And it may take moves similar to that for the Lakers to rise to the top in the embarrassingly overloaded Western Conference. “That would be a hell of a team,” O'Neal said. “I would need to look at the contracts and the numbers.” Don't worry, we'll do ...

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SB Nation

LeBron James knows winning big with the Lakers will erase any early struggles

After the Lakers' overtime loss to the Spurs dropped them to 0-3 on Monday, LeBron James continued to preach patience. “I didn't come here thinking we were going to be blazing storms right out of the gate,” he told reporters at the Staples Center.

- SB Nation

CBSSports.com

Luke Walton called out Los Angeles Lakers players for poor defensive play, per ...

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton was not happy with his team's performance on the defensive end during their first three games of the 2018 -19 NBA season, and he let them know about it. According to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk, Walton aired out ...

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ESPN

Lance Stephenson: Lakers 'had to get W' after Luke Walton unloaded during meeting

PHOENIX -- After an angry Luke Walton held nothing back on his team's poor defense at the morning team meeting, the Los Angeles Lakers responded to their coach and rode a dominant second quarter to their first victory of the season. "We could feel his ...

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Lakers.com

Even Stephenson: Lance's Balanced Attack Keys Win

With Rajon Rondo suspended until Saturday and Lonzo Ball replacing him among the starters, there was an opening to run point for the Lakers' second unit. Though he's far from a traditional playmaker, Lance Stephenson stepped into that role and seized ...

- Lakers.com

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LeBron James unable to shake Kobe's shadow with Lakers is a convenient ...

On Tuesday morning, hours after the Los Angeles Lakers dropped their third straight game to open the LeBron James era, an anti-LeBron troll whose takes are so predictable about LeBron that I don't even need to mention his name went on television and ...

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CBSSports.com

Lakers-Spurs score, highlights: LeBron James settles for, misses potential ...

LeBron James had a chance to get his first win in a Lakers uniform in style -- with the ball in his hands, L.A. trailing by one and the final seconds ticking off. But it wasn't to be. LeBron's step-back jumper from the left wing clanged wide right, and ...

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USA TODAY

Lakers coach Luke Walton sounds off on inconsistent officiating after OT loss

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton ripped a perceived inconsistency in officiating after his team's 143-142 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. Walton began his postgame news conference by expressing a broad frustration that the ...

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Sports Illustrated

Winless Lakers Searching for Answers After Blowing Comeback

During a Saturday night loss to the Rockets, the Lakers' frustration with the officiating simmered until the fourth quarter, when a hopping-mad Brandon Ingram lost his cool and set off a brawl that led to three ejections and, ultimately, three multi ...

- Sports Illustrated

Lakers.com

Kuzma, James Scorch, Yet Lakers Fall in Overtime Shootout

It was a thrilling comeback. It was a devastating collapse. It was a fast-paced shootout. It was a foul-mired frustration. Ultimately for the Lakers, it was a 143-142 overtime loss to San Antonio. The Lakers rallied from an eight-point deficit with 64 ...

- Lakers.com

ESPN

LeBron James downplays 0-3 start: 'It's a process; I understand that'

LOS ANGELES -- After enduring a wild first week with the Los Angeles Lakers that featured a multiplayer brawl, several close calls and, ultimately, LeBron James' first 0-3 start since his second year in the league, the star forward said he isn't fazed ...

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The Ringer (blog)

Big Spittle Lies: LeBron's Lakers Home Debut Turns Into a Fight

Later in the locker room, Stephenson said he advised Ingram and the rest of the Lakers not to “fall for [the Rockets] tricks.” “I guess we fell for them,” Stephenson admitted. As Ingram was being settled down by his teammates after the incident, Rajon ...

- The Ringer (blog)

USA TODAY

Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram are Lakers' newest folk heroes after brawl

“Like them less?” jersey-clad Lakers supporter Kyle Sanchez, 28, said hours after the game, when asked about Rondo and Ingram's behavior. “I like them more. You can't let yourself be pushed around, just because the other team has more talent. Respect.”.

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NBA.com

Ingram, Rondo, Paul ejected during Rockets-Lakers brawl

LOS ANGELES -- Once the fists started flying late in the fourth quarter, LeBron James' home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers was relegated to the undercard. A wild multiplayer fight that included the normally mild-mannered Chris Paul and Brandon ...

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Sports Illustrated

LeBron's Lakers Left to Pick Up the Pieces After Ugly Rondo-CP3 Brawl

LOS ANGELES — Who would have guessed that the most mild-mannered Laker on a roster loaded with volatile personalities would be the first to pop off? And who would have guessed that LeBron James would be an afterthought on the night he made his ...

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SB Nation

12 important thoughts on the Lakers vs. Rockets fight

LeBron James made his triumphant home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, drawing the defending Western Conference almost-champion Houston Rockets. ESPN put this one on a primetime Saturday night despite us being in the thick of college ...

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USA TODAY

LeBron James strangely claims he 'didn't see' Lakers-Rockets melee

James was mere feet away when Rondo and Paul traded punches deep into the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' home opener, and was looking directly at the fracas. As Paul received a heavy left-handed blow to the face from Rondo, James ushered ...

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ESPN

LeBron's LA debut comes crashing to a reality-show-level halt

LOS ANGELES -- "Laker fans, the wait is over." So said Ice Cube as he concluded the opening invocation that greeted fans on the video screen as they filed in from the buzzy concourse into the bowl at Staples Center. Among the promises offered to those ...

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ESPN

Lakers host rap star Kendrick Lamar as part of 'Genius Series'

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The day after losing their season opener in Portland, the Los Angeles Lakers gathered in their film room and listened to a Pulitzer Prize winner talk to the team about sacrifice, preparation and releasing negativity. Kendrick ...

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Deadspin

It'll Be Fun To Watch LeBron And The Lakers Become Instant Oatmeal

These Lakers have talent, lots of it, but of a flavor different from the one he's gotten accustomed to. This season brings a welcome disruption to the familiar pattern of LeBron Plus Shooters Wins The East. Suddenly every single one of those variables ...

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CBSSports.com

Lakers' LeBron James offers oatmeal analogy to explain why team will need time ...

Like any team with as much talent as the Lakers have, they had some great stretches. But like any team as young as the Lakers are, they also had some really tough stretches. As expected, they struggled on the defensive end as well as with their outside ...

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Lakers vs. Trail Blazers score, highlights: LeBron James has strong debut, but ...

LeBron James made his Lakers debut on Thursdays in a 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. There were a lot of things to like about the way the Lakers played, but there were certainly some causes for concern, as well. Here are five quick takeaways.

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ESPN

LeBron James stresses patience as Lakers build team chemistry

PORTLAND, Ore. -- LeBron James' debut with his new club began with two monstrous tomahawk dunks in the span of 19 seconds. But James knows he and the Los Angeles Lakers are far from a slam dunk right now and that their chemistry won't come nearly ...

- ESPN

CBSSports.com

Lakers vs. Trail Blazers score, highlights: LeBron has strong debut, but LA's ...

LeBron James made his Lakers debut on Thursdays in a 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. There were a lot of things to like about the way the Lakers played, but there were certainly some causes for concern, as well. Here are five quick takeaways.

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CBSSports.com

NBA highlights: LeBron James begins Lakers career with back-to-back vicious ...

There might not be a better way to begin a career with a new team. As LeBron James made his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, he did so with a bang. In fact, he did it with a bang on two different ...

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ESPN

LeBron and the Lakers' debut

LeBron James makes his much-anticipated debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. We've got you covered right here before, during and after the matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers with previews, predictions, expert analysis and live reaction.

- ESPN

CBSSports.com

Lakers vs. Trail Blazers score: Live updates of LeBron James' debut, full game ...

We've been waiting since July, but it's finally time to see LeBron James play his first regular-season game with the Los Angeles Lakers. After the free agency move that sent shock waves through the NBA, LeBron and the Lakers will open up their season ...

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Sports Illustrated

2018-19 NBA Entertainment Rankings: Warriors or Lakers at No. 1?

Los Angeles Lakers: Magic Johnson and LeBron James have collaborated on a masterclass in intrigue, even if LA can't be viewed as a genuine contender. James will play at perhaps the fastest pace of his career, surrounded by promising prospects, volatile ...

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Bleacher Report

LeBron James' Lakers, Kyrie Irving's Celtics Draw Most Bets to Win NBA Title

According to David Purdum of ESPN.com, Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics are right behind the Lakers in terms of the most wagers placed, while reigning MVP James Harden and the Houston Rockets are far back in third with the 2018-19 regular season set ...

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Golden State of Mind

Our first taste of a Warriors vs. LeBron-led Lakers matchup

LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers was the biggest move of the offseason (or should I say, second biggest after Demarcus Cousins?!), with various analysts predicting the Lakers to finish somewhere between the fourth and sixth seed in the West.

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USA TODAY

Lakers showcase first glimpse of LeBron James-Lonzo Ball duo

One of the biggest story lines in the NBA is whether newly signed Lakers star LeBron James and point guard Lonzo Ball can coexist and thrive in 2018-19. The Lakers got their first glimpse of the two players on the court at the same time in Wednesday's ...

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TheSportster

Rumor: Anthony Davis Considering Move To Lakers Or Celtics

Anthony Davis could be eyeing a move from New Orleans two summers from now, when he will become a free agent. The Pelicans big man signed a five-year extension in 2015 with the addition of a player option for the 2020-2021 season. But certain ...

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ESPN

Lakers, Celtics draw most bets to win title

The public is betting on the NBA like it's the 1980s. "It's all Lakers and Celtics," MGM sportsbook director Jeff Stoneback said. Book by book across Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Lakers have attracted the most bets to win the NBA championship this season.

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Express.co.uk

LeBron James: Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard revelation made about Lakers targets

That's the suggestion from NBA legend Byron Scott, who believes any top potential free agent will be watching the Lakers closely this season. James took little time in free agency to announce he wanted to join the Lakers this summer, ending his second ...

- Express.co.uk

San Francisco Examiner

Kolsky's Quick Hits: Warriors and Lakers could be a fun rivalry, MLB playoffs ...

Best Coast Rivalry SZN. The results of this away-and-away preseason series between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers don't matter. For the first time in many of our lives, though, the matchup does. LeBron's Lakers may not be a primary ...

- San Francisco Examiner

ESPN

LeBron-to-Lonzo Ball alley-oop highlights duo's first game together

LAS VEGAS -- LeBron James welcomed Lonzo Ball back to action Wednesday with a perfect alley-oop lob that Ball flushed with two hands on a well-executed give-and-go. The Los Angeles Lakers got their first glimpse of James and Ball, last year's No.

- ESPN