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The 2018-2019 NBA season hasn’t played out the way the Los Angeles Lakers had hoped it would. Despite the arrival of LeBron James they will miss the playoffs for their sixth straight season after suffering under the weight of a never-ending string of injuries. However, there were more problems with the Lakers than just an


he Los Angeles Lakers have had more than their share of struggles this season, and as the losses to bad teams continue to pile up, the playoffs are looking less and less likely. With LeBron James in town, the Lakers were expected to be part of the postseason but, short of a historic run, it


The Los Angeles Lakers are riding a bit of a roller coaster as they push for the playoffs, with uplifting wins followed by deflating losses. They will have to find consistency if they hope to make it to the postseason, and time is running out. However, even with the struggles that the team has endured


The Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in a tough spot heading into the final stretch of the NBA season, sitting three games back of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The next few weeks will determine their ultimate fate, making it do or die time in Los Angeles. On this episode


Heading into the season the Los Angeles Lakers were considered to be a near-lock to make the playoffs, but as of this writing, they currently sit two spots out of the 8th and final spot. The injury big has been the primary culprit, with essentially every key Laker having missed large chunks of time, including


The trade deadline is quickly approaching and the Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to pull off a trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, though they face an uphill battle. They are rumored to have already presented the Pelicans with a massive offer of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley,


The injury bug has mercilessly targeted the Los Angeles Lakers, currently robbing them of LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and now starting point guard Lonzo Ball. They have already seen games lost to JaVale McGee and Kyle Kuzma as well, and as of this moment have only had a full roster available for 11 games this


The Los Angeles Lakers are struggling without LeBron James, who strained his groin on Christmas in a victory over the Golden State Warriors. Since then, wins have been few and far between as the Lakers haven’t been able to adapt to life without their biggest star. However, despite a tight playoff race in the Western


The Los Angeles Lakers based their rebuild around the talents of a core group of young players, including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart. However, now that LeBron James is in town, the team’s dynamic has changed. Where there was once patience for the young players to find their way, now there


Over the past few seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers have established themselves as one of the most active and aggressive franchises in the NBA, vigorously pursuing both trades and free agent signings. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have used this approach to make the moves necessary to land LeBron James as well as set themselves


The Los Angeles Lakers have long been the home of the NBA’s best and brightest, but might another star be on his way? After signing LeBron James this past summer they appear to be a prime landing spot for a second star as they look to make a push towards the NBA title. ESPN’s Jorge


The Los Angeles Lakers are making their way through preseason, showing both flashes of brilliance and the growing pains that come with putting together a team with so many new faces. Expectations are high thanks to the presence of LeBron James, which means that the team’s young players must develop quickly. On this episode of


The Los Angeles Lakers struck gold when they drafted Kyle Kuzma with the 27th overall pick in last summer’s NBA Draft. During his rookie campaign, Kuzma took the league by storm, leaving most of the NBA regretting that they passed up on him on draft night. Despite his success last season, Kuzma is determined to


The Los Angeles Lakers decided to waive veteran forward Luol Deng by utilizing the stretch provision, clearing the way for him to explore continuing his career with another team. This episode of the LN News Feed breaks down the salary cap ramifications of the move and what it will mean for the team’s pursuit of


The Los Angeles Lakers made one of the biggest moves of the summer when they added LeBron James in free agency to join their young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart. However, even with James’ considerable talent, questions still remain about whether the Lakers, as currently constructed, have enough firepower


The Los Angeles Lakers have been blessed with a number of superstar players over the years but Kobe Bryant just may be the greatest Laker of them all. He spent two decades in purple and gold pushing himself to his limits and beyond in order to bring championships home to Los Angeles. With Mamba Day


The Los Angeles Lakers made the biggest acquisition of the summer when they landed LeBron James, who becomes the biggest star the franchise has seen since the retirement of Kobe Bryant. They followed up the move by signing veterans like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee. However, there are a whole host


The Los Angeles Lakers came up short in the championship game of the Las Vegas Summer League but they still put on an impressive performance in the desert over the last week and a half. On this episode of the LN News Feed, host Trevor Lane discusses the takeaways from this year’s Summer League run.


The NBA Draft is quickly approaching and while the Lakers don’t have the second overall pick like they have in the past three drafts, they do have a good chance of landing a good player with the 25th pick. With a number of options available, this episode of the LN Pod has draft expert Jonathan


The Los Angeles Lakers are used to being the subject of rumors, and the NBA offseason is always full of them. With the NBA Draft quickly approaching and free agency not far behind, rumors are flying about just what the Lakers could be up to. This episode of the LN News Feed focuses on those


It’s a poorly kept secret that the Los Angeles Lakers would like to sign Paul George as a free agent this summer. Bringing the Southern California native home would provide an immediate boost to the team’s rebuild and likely put them back in playoff contention, while serving notice to the rest of the league that


When the Los Angeles Lakers traded for point guard extraordinaire Steve Nash, most thought that he would turn them into an unstoppable juggernaut. After all, teaming Nash with fellow basketball savants Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol seemed to be a home run, as was the later move to bring Dwight Howard on board. Unfortunately, that’s


The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to rebuild sooner rather than later and will have an opportunity to do just that this summer. When the calendar finally turns to July, the Lakers will have the opportunity to land a pair of superstars, which would theoretically thrust them right back into title contention in the loaded


The NBA playoffs may be in full swing but for the Los Angeles Lakers the offseason has already begun. They will have more cap space available than any other team in the league, which will provide them with the opportunity to shop for top-flight talent. It’s no surprise that with that much money at their


The Los Angeles Lakers have more cap room than any team in the league at their disposal this summer to chase free agents. LeBron James is on top of the wish list of most teams in the league but Paul George is the star that appears to the be the most likely to wind up


The Los Angeles Lakers have big goals heading into free agency this summer as they hope to land both LeBron James and Paul George. However, with recent rumors suggesting that San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard could be keen on forcing his way to Los Angeles, might the purple and gold find a way to


It’s a well-known fact that the Los Angeles Lakers are searching for superstars. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have painstakingly cleared cap space to make a push for one in free agency this summer but now it appears San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard could find himself on the trade block. According to a recent


In an era that was laser-focused on the fast break, guard Michael Cooper of the Showtime Lakers was all about getting stops on the defensive end. His presence played a large role in the team forcing the turnovers that would allow Magic Johnson to get out in transition and do what he does best. Cooper


The Los Angeles Lakers would love to sign Paul George this summer, but will he be willing to walk away from the Oklahoma City Thunder? With a limited amount of talent on the free agent market this summer, the Lakers will have to hope that they can find a way to convince George to return


The Los Angeles Lakers are coming to the end of their 2017-2018 NBA season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole lot still at stake. The upcoming summer will be one of the more important in the team’s history, as they will have the opportunity to make a franchise-altering move or two that could


The Los Angeles Lakers will be without guard Isaiah Thomas for the rest of the season thanks to hip surgery. Thomas arrived in Los Angeles last month after a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and became a spark plug off the bench for Los Angeles. Overall, his 2017-2018 season was a disappointment as Thomas was


The Los Angeles Lakers will be searching for superstars this summer with a mountain of cap space at their disposal. The team has historically been built around some of the best that the NBA has to offer, but do they have to have one in order to return to the top of the NBA? The


When the Los Angeles Lakers selected point guard Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft there was a great deal of discussion about his shot. After all, he slings the ball to the basket in an unconventional style that is nowhere near aesthetically pleasing, raising questions about whether or not


It’s only been a little over a month since the Los Angeles Lakers traded for guard Isaiah Thomas, but it’s clear that something is off. Last season, Thomas was a fringe-MVP candidate, driving the Boston Celtics’ attack and captivating the league with his gutsy, unflappable play. Whenever the Celtics needed a big shot in the


The Los Angeles Lakers made a major move at the NBA trade deadline, sending out Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a first-round pick. Thomas already made his Lakers debut and had an impressive performance against the Dallas Mavericks, but is he a


The Los Angeles Lakers made a major move at the NBA trade deadline, sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and the Cavs’ 2018 first-round pick. It was an unexpected move, but one that just may set up the Lakers for a big push


The NBA trade deadline is coming up and the Los Angeles Lakers will have some major decisions to make. They are in the midst of a rebuild but hope to have enough cap space to chase a pair of superstar free agents next summer. Could that goal cause them to trade away useful pieces in


The trade sending Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons rocked the NBA world on Monday and kicked off what is sure to be an exciting trade deadline. This move will make an impact on the NBA landscape, and everyone, including the Los Angeles Lakers, will have to adjust accordingly. With


The NBA is becoming known as a year-round league thanks to an eventful offseason filled with trades and free agent signings. One of the biggest dates of the year is always the trade deadline when a number of deals get made by teams either looking to push for a championship or accumulate assets, and the


Injuries are a part of sports, but that doesn’t make them any easier to tolerate. Unfortunately, New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn Achilles on Friday night in a win over the Houston Rockets, and the ramifications will be far-reaching, even for the Los Angeles Lakers. http://traffic.libsyn.com/lakersnews/Cousins_Injury.output.mp3 LN News Feed host Trevor


Despite missing rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers have a win streak going thanks to the superb play of Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. Larry Nance Jr. has also seen an uptick in his play recently, and it’s paying off in the win column. However, Clarkson, Randle, and Nance are all rumored


The Los Angeles Lakers have some big plans for the summer when free agents like LeBron James, Paul George, and DeMarcus Cousins will be available. In fact, the latest rumors have the Lakers putting Cousins near the top of their wish list, and with good reason. He is one of the most versatile centers in


LOS ANGELES – The Lakers are on a four-game winning streak AND just signed the son of an NBA Hall of Famer. Plus, who should be on the trade block, and what’s going on with Lonzo Ball’s knee and Brandon Ingram’s ankle?