Over the last few years the Los Angeles Lakers have focused on rebuilding their once-great franchise around a core of young players. Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram have brought a youthful energy to the team. It's something that too often had been missing during the early stages of the rebuild that overlapped with the conclusion of Kobe Bryant's storied career. The young Lakers have taken to roasting each other over social media, sometimes taking things too far. But in general they are doing what people in their early 20's tend to do — having fun. With that goal in mind, Kuzma and Hart were recruited by Bleacher Report to play a prank on unsuspecting victims at a sneaker
Detroit Pistons (3-2) vs. L.A. Lakers (4-0) What: Las Vegas Summer League quarterfinals. When: 4 p.m. today. Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas. TV: ESPN. Stream: On WatchESPN app. Twitter updates
The big names might be all gone, but there's still a handful of talented free agents who have yet to sign with a new team. Guys like Clint Capela, Marcus Smart and even long-time veteran Dwyane Wade are still unsigned. It's only a matter of time before they have a new contract of some kind -- whether it's a big deal or coming at a bargain rate. As for the stars who have gotten new deals, here's a quick recap. LeBron James decided to take his talents to Los Angeles and join up with the Lakers. Golden State pulled off a massive surprise, agreeing to terms with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal. Did the Warriors just create the most dominant starting lineup ever?
EL SEGUNDO, California, EE.UU. (AP) — El base de los Lakers de Los Ángeles, Lonzo Ball, se someterá el martes a una cirugía artroscópica en la rodilla izquierda. El equipo informó el viernes que proporcionará una actualización en el estado de Ball, quien sufrió un desgarre de meniscos, al finalizar la operación. Ball, quien fue la segunda selección global de los Lakers en el draft del año pasado, promedió 10,2 puntos y 7,2 asistencias en su primera temporada en la NBA. Fue titular en 50 partidos. Se prevé que compita con el recién adquirido Rajon Rondo por el puesto de base titular. Rondo, de 32 años, firmó a principios de este mes un contrato por un año y 9 millones de dólares para jugar al
The Los Angeles Lakers made perhaps the biggest free agency splash in nearly a decade by signing LeBron James to a four-year, $153 million contract. Not only did they land James, but they secured a longterm commitment from the game's best player. The Lakers then quickly moved to add veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and Javale McGee on one-year contracts. Additionally, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was re-signed, also on a one-year deal. While the Lakers grabbed free agency headlines, that was stolen away shortly after with the Golden State Warriors signing DeMarcus Cousins. The two-time defending champions were lauded for essentially replacing McGee with another All-Star in Cousins. Over the
Magic Johnson entiende mejor que nadie el cimbronazo que causó la llegada de LeBron James a los Lakers. Pocas personas en la memoria reciente están tan inmersos en el mundo púrpura y dorado, y conocen su historia con tantos detalles. El ahora Presidente de Operaciones de Baloncesto, a pedido del propio jugador, se dirigió en soledad hacia el hogar de James para tener una charla mano a mano, a corazón abierto. En entrevistas previas, Johnson contó que incluso llegó una hora antes de lo permitido, por lo que debió esperar en su auto a que el reloj marcara las 9:01 p.m. en el Pacífico para poder acercarse a la puerto. Un momento único para un personaje único, que mientras conversaba con James no
Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee for a torn meniscus. Ball, who was chosen by the Lakers with the second overall pick in last year's draft, averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 assists during his first NBA season. He started 50 games. General manager Rob Pelinka said this week that Ball will be fully healthy for training camp . . . In a trade that was all about the money, the Nets acquired forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur — two players in the final years of their contracts — along with a 2019 first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2020 from the Nuggets. In return, the Nets sent guard Isaiah Whitehead to the Nuggets, who — looking
SportsPulse: Trysta Krick on why DeMarcus Cousins joining the Golden State Warriors is actually a good thing for the NBA. Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, according to a team announcement made on Friday afternoon. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the second-year player is still expected to be ready for training camp in late September. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because an official timeline had not yet been announced. Ball struggled with his left knee throughout his rookie season, and there were reports he sustained a minor meniscus tear that surfaced in late June.
The NBA summer league in Las Vegas isn't just an opportunity for the league's rookies to get experience playing the professional game and players on the fringe of the NBA to earn their way onto rosters. It's also the closest the league gets to an industry convention, bringing together coaches and executives from all 30 teams to talk shop at a point when the dust is settling on free agency. Here's a sampling of what those figures were discussing over the past week in the stands, concourses and the schmooze pit at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. One-year deals for Nemanja Bjelica ($4.45 million from the Philadelphia 76ers) and Tyreke Evans ($12.4 million from the Indiana Pacers) and a minimum contract for Nerlens Noel (one year plus a player option at the minimum salary from the Oklahoma City Thunder) got rave reviews.