2014 Archive Stories Lakers

Kobe 'fine' after Lakers scrimmage

Wed Oct 01, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Kobe Bryant has put the checklists aside. In his mind, the rehab portion of his return to the court is done. But when he played five-on-five for the first time Sept.21, it represented a significant milestone for Bryant. “That was the first time I got up and down and had a chance to test it with contact,” he

Bryant sits out end of first practice, but says he's ready

Tue Sep 30, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – After declaring he “felt normal” at the conclusion of his first practice since last December, Kobe Bryant tried to put an end to the perpetual concerns about the state of his health. “I’m ready to go,” he said after the Lakers wrapped up their first day of training camp under first-year hea

Bryant heads into NBA season with much to prove

Mon Sep 29, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – It had been more than nine months since Kobe Bryant wore a Lakers uniform – the longest such stretch of a career that is officially into its 19th year. He was joking and teasing his teammates. But even though this was not a game, rather a light day of photo shoots and interviews, there was still an element of the

Woike: Clips, Lakers wanting more since they've traded places

Sun Sep 28, 2014

Steve Ballmer wants “Larry,” a familiarity only someone who’s tight with the Larry O’Brien trophy would normally have. The Clippers want title expectations, something normally reserved for teams that have made it out of the second round. Down the hall at Staples Center, the Lakers sit, wanting their aging

Tough questions face Lakers this training camp

Sat Sep 27, 2014

In 19 seasons, Kobe Bryant has experienced nearly all kinds of training camps. Two were shortened by lockout and five arrived less than four months after winning an NBA championship. In 2005, he arrived as the undisputed star after Shaquille O'Neal’s departure. A couple of times, new members of the roster were more compelling stories than

Kupchak optimistic a healthy Bryant can lead Lakers back to playoffs

Fri Sep 26, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – A new NBA season awaits the Lakers and so does an abundant number of questions. How healthy are Kobe Bryant’s legs? Will Steve Nash be able to play in back-to-back games? How effective will a 32-year-old Carlos Boozer be in his first season as a Laker? Can rookie Julius Randle make an impact this season? Ge

Lakers sign guard Wayne Ellington

Mon Sep 22, 2014

The Lakers bolstered their guard depth Monday, announcing the addition of veteran guard Wayne Ellington to the roster.  Ellington, a 26-year-old shooting guard, joins the Lakers after spending the last five seasons with Minnesota, Memphis, Cleveland and Dallas. Over his career, the former North Carolina Tar Heel has averaged 6.3 poi

Commentary: Kobe conducting classes in physical education

Wed Sep 17, 2014

You’ve heard of NBA players going back to college in the offseason. And this story is sort of like that. Except that while Wesley Johnson is just a few credits shy of earning his degree from Syracuse, the Lakers forward found himself in a different kind of summer school this year. Classes ran from Easter through July, with instruct

Lakers' Scott rounds out coaching staff

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Byron Scott finalized his coaching staff Tuesday, announcing that Paul Pressey, Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen will serve as assistants to the first-year Lakers coach. Pressey was an assistant under Scott in New Orleans and Cleveland from 2007-13 and has 31 years of NBA experience as a coach and player. Eyen has been an NBA assistant since 198

Miller: Lakers coach asks for a little patience

Wed Sep 10, 2014

SANTA ANA – Before we get to the plan that could – not to be too dramatic or anything – implode this entire upcoming Lakers season, let’s set the context. New coach Byron Scott says he will supply his players with quotes – quick thoughts meant to inspire – the messages left in their lockers and on thei

Lakers coach Byron Scott to speak at OC Register on Wednesday

Mon Sep 08, 2014

The Register is hosting a Q&A and meet-and-greet with Lakers new coach and three-time Lakers/NBA champion Byron Scott on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at its headquarters in Santa Ana. The one-hour event will include a 30-minute question-and-answer session hosted by Register sports columnist Jeff Miller, followed by 30-minute meet-and-greet wi

Byron Scott already hard at work for Lakers

Wed Sep 03, 2014

Byron Scott’s recent rebuilding project didn’t go so well. He was hired in 2010 by the Cleveland Cavaliers and two weeks into his tenure watched as the reigning MVP decided to leave for Miami. On the night of “The Decision,” Scott drove home along streets mobbed with angry fans who burned jerseys and tore down billboards.

Lakers to open season Oct. 28, Clippers on Oct. 30

Wed Aug 13, 2014

The Lakers start the 2014-15 season against a team their fans love to hate, while the Clippers will open their first season under new owner Steve Ballmer against the team that eliminated them from last season’s playoffs. The NBA released its schedule for the upcoming season Wednesday, and the Lakers will open Oct. 28 with a nationa

'Showtime is back,' says Magic as Byron Scott becomes Lakers head coach

Tue Jul 29, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – As one face from the past emerged into the Lakers present, so too did a few more. Out of a side door at the team’s El Segundo practice facility strolled Magic Johnson, Jamaal Wilkes and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. “Baby B!” Johnson exclaimed to the man sitting at the table in front of him. Later, whi

Donald Sterling faces uphill battle in continuing fight against wife, Silver

Tue Jul 29, 2014

It was a trouncing. Donald Sterling’s attorneys walked out of Judge Michael Levanas’ courtroom on the wrong end of a precedent-setting decision. Their opponents, Shelly Sterling, Steve Ballmer and the NBA, scored a massive victory in their fight to transfer the Clippers out of the Sterling era into a new age.

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