pixel 1
header
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Articles tagged: Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers have interest in signing Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to add a guard and reportedly have interest in possibly signing Dion Waiters.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that the Lakers have plans to talk with Waiters. Waiters, 28, only played in three games for the Miami Heat this season and was suspended multiple times. He was sent to Memphis as part of the trade that brought Andre Iguodala to Miami. Waiters was waived by the Grizzlies and is unlikely to be claimed, which would make him a free agent.

One factor that seemingly legitimizes the Lakers’ interest in Waiters is that he was a client of Lakers president Rob Pelinka when Pelinka was a player agent.

The Lakers are seeking a guard and were interested in signing Darren Collison if the veteran came out of retirement. But Collison informed both Los Angeles NBA teams that he would remain retired.

Adding Waiters would be a gamble for the team’s chemistry, but so was the Dwight Howard signing, and that paid off. Are the Lakers willing to take another risk? Possibly.

JR Smith could sign with Lakers, reportedly set for workout

JR Smith

JR Smith has not played in the NBA this season after appearing in just 11 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers last year, but he has a chance to join a championship contender after the dust settles from the trade deadline.

Smith will work out for the Los Angeles Lakers possibly as soon as next week, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports. The Lakers are also the favorite to sign Darren Collison if he decides he wants to play, and they are expected to explore other moves on the buyout market.

Smith would give the Lakers a three-point specialist off the bench who is very familiar with LeBron James. The 34-year-old played with LeBron during LeBron’s second stint in Cleveland. Smith was responsible for one of the most boneheaded plays in NBA postseason history during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

The Cavs waived Smith last summer after they were unable to find a trade partner for him. Smith openly called out the team for tanking early last season and made it clear he did not want to remain in Cleveland.

Report: Lakers, Knicks would likely need third team for Kyle Kuzma trade

Kyle Kuzma

The New York Knicks are exploring potential ways to acquire Kyle Kuzma from the Los Angeles Lakers, but they may need to bring at least one other team into the talks in order to manufacture a deal.

The Knicks and Lakers have touched base about Kuzma, SNY’s Ian Begley confirms. It seems likely that the player going back to LA in the deal would be Marcus Morris, but Morris has a $15 million salary and Kuzma is still on a rookie contract. That means the Knicks would have to send multiple players to the Lakers and/or get a third team involved.

The Knicks’ interest in Kuzma was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

New York is said to be more open to trading Morris after president of basketball operations Steve Mills was fired on Tuesday. Their trade deadline talks have shifted now with Mills no longer making decisions, according to Begley.

It was initially believed that the Lakers were merely fielding calls about Kuzma, but general manager Rob Pelinka has reached out to at least one team to discuss the former No. 27 overall pick in recent weeks. If the Lakers can add a three-point shooter and/or more defense, they appear to be open to trading Kuzma.

Lakers’ tributes to Kobe Bryant include jersey patches, floor logos at Staples Center

Kobe Bryant

The Lakers on Friday are hosting and playing their first game since Kobe Bryant’s death on Sunday. The team had several days to decide how they would honor Kobe in the game, and we already have a glimpse.

The floor at Staples Center in Los Angeles will have numbers 8 and 24 on it, representing each of the jersey numbers Kobe wore in his career. Half the seats have a T-shirt with the No. 8 and the other half have shirts with the No. 24 for fans to wear.

The Lakes will also wear black patches on the upper right side of their jerseys that has the “KB” initials for Kobe Bryant.

No surprise, ticket prices for the game between the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers are featuring astronomical prices. Even the ticket prices just to get in were high and going for a minimum of around $800 at last check.

Fans have been paying tribute to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center and the surrounding L.A. Live area all week. Many more want to be there for the team’s first game since Kobe’s death to pay respect in the best way possible — by watching his beloved Lakers take the court in the building where Kobe entertained fans for so many years.

More Larry Brown Sports coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death:

Don’t miss any news
– Follow Larry Brown Sports on Twitter
Join our Facebook group
– Download the Larry Brown Sports app on your iOS device
– Subscribe to our newsletter (sign up here)

Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

Don’t miss any news
– Follow Larry Brown Sports on Twitter
Join our Facebook group
– Download the Larry Brown Sports app on your iOS device
– Subscribe to our newsletter (sign up here)

Ticket prices remain astronomically high for first Lakers home game since Kobe’s death

Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night will play their first home game since the death of Kobe Bryant, and fans have been shelling out huge money to pay tribute to the late superstar, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven others who died in a helicopter crash.

As of Friday afternoon, the cheapest single ticket for the Lakers’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center was around $700. Courtside seats were selling for between $20-30K each, and Darren Rovell of Action Network reported that someone paid more than $80,000 for a set of four courtside tickets.

For comparison, field level seats for the Super Bowl could be had for somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 each on Friday.

StubHub announced earlier in the week that any profits they make from ticket sales for the game will be donated to charity.

It’s understandable that there is such a high demand for tickets to Friday’s Lakers game. The night will feature several tributes to Bryant and the others who died. Here’s a preview of what things will look like:

The NBA has already announced plans to honor Kobe at the All-Star Game, but it’s unlikely anything will match the emotion that will be felt at Staples Center on Friday.

More Larry Brown Sports coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death:

Don’t miss any news
– Follow Larry Brown Sports on Twitter
Join our Facebook group
– Download the Larry Brown Sports app on your iOS device
– Subscribe to our newsletter (sign up here)

Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

Don’t miss any news
– Follow Larry Brown Sports on Twitter
Join our Facebook group
– Download the Larry Brown Sports app on your iOS device
– Subscribe to our newsletter (sign up here)

Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram

Kobe Bryant daughter Gianna

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss has made her first public comments since Kobe Bryant and Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash.

Buss shared a lengthy tribute on Instagram Thursday in which she wrote about a specific day when Kobe brought Gianna to spend some time with her. The meeting was not long after Buss’ father Jerry Buss died, and Jeanie said she was “struggling to find motivation and purpose” at the time. For all the things Bryant accomplished on the court with the Lakers, Buss says that day Kobe brought Gianna to spend time with her was one of the most important of Jeanie’s life.

View this post on Instagram

Kobe, I don’t know how to express what you mean to me, my family and the Los Angeles Lakers. My father loved you like a son, which makes us family. When you invited me to lunch shortly after my father passed away, I was struggling to find motivation and purpose. Kobe, you brought Gianna with you to spend some time with me. You explained that you wanted to show her that women can be leaders in the NBA, just like the men. At first, it seemed like an action of a devoted father setting an example for his daughter. But in actuality – and I am positively sure you knew EXACTLY what you were doing – what you did was give me the inspiration and strength I was searching for. I reflect on that day often and it makes me smile and it makes me strong. I call on that memory whenever I feel down and need a bit of courage. For everything you did on the court that filled me with so much joy and love, for all the lives you changed through basketball itself, it was that day with Gigi that reignited my drive and determination. Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri – I am so sorry for your loss. We are grateful to have you in our lives and we will always be here for you. To the families that also lost loved ones on Sunday, the entire Laker family mourns with you. Laker Nation – we are one family grieving the loss of people we all loved dearly. We will mourn together, cry together but we will also heal together, love together and win TOGETHER. We love you. Kobe – that’s what you made you so unbelievably special. You not only inspired us towards greatness, you showed us the way. : : To learn more about how you can help the families affected by this tragedy go to MambaOnThree.org and to further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports visit MambaSportsFoundation.org #peace #love #joy #family #Mamba #Mambacita #2 #8 #24 : : Picture taken in February 2016 on the way to #NBAAllStar game in #Toronto

A post shared by Jeanie Buss (@jeaniebuss) on

“Kobe, you brought Gianna with you to spend some time with me. You explained that you wanted to show her that women can be leaders in the NBA, just like the men,” Buss wrote. “At first, it seemed like an action of a devoted father setting an example for his daughter. But in actuality – and I am positively sure you knew EXACTLY what you were doing – what you did was give me the inspiration and strength I was searching for. I reflect on that day often and it makes me smile and it makes me strong. I call on that memory whenever I feel down and need a bit of courage. For everything you did on the court that filled me with so much joy and love, for all the lives you changed through basketball itself, it was that day with Gigi that reignited my drive and determination.”

Buss went on to assure Kobe’s wife Vanessa, his three other daughters — Natalia, Bianka and Capri — and the families of the seven others who died in the crash that the entire Laker family will “mourn together, cry together but we will also heal together, love together and win TOGETHER.”

Buss is now 58, meaning she was in her mid-30s when Kobe first joined the Lakers. Her family has been close with Kobe and the Bryants for more than two decades, so the tragedy likely hit them as hard as anyone. The same can be said for Jerry West, who has already opened up about the loss of Kobe.

More Larry Brown Sports coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death:

Don’t miss any news
– Follow Larry Brown Sports on Twitter
Join our Facebook group
– Download the Larry Brown Sports app on your iOS device
– Subscribe to our newsletter (sign up here)

Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

Don’t miss any news
– Follow Larry Brown Sports on Twitter
Join our Facebook group
– Download the Larry Brown Sports app on your iOS device
– Subscribe to our newsletter (sign up here)

LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe

The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing to move forward with their season amid the biggest tragedy in franchise history, and LeBron James has assured his teammates he is ready to bear the burden of losing a brother.

Bill Oram of The Athletic provided a look inside a meeting Lakers executives, coaches and players held on Tuesday, which was two days after Kobe Bryant, Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter accident. The room sat silent at first before LeBron finally said “I’ll go” and stood up to address the team.

James spoke for more than 10 minutes as basically the entire organization — including Lakers owner Jeannie Buss — listened attentively. LeBron reminisced about the past, talking about the times he squared off against Kobe and the two Olympics he spent with Bryant as teammates. Eventually James addressed how the team would move forward, and Oram was told LeBron delivered a powerful message.

“God gave me wide shoulders for a reason,” LeBron said.

LeBron’s message for the team sounds like it was not unlike the one he shared on social media after Kobe’s death. LeBron said in an Instagram post on Monday that he is “heartbroken” and “devastated” but vowed to carry out Bryant’s legacy. Dozens of NBA players are going to feel like they are “playing for Kobe” this season, but LeBron is the one player who has the most control over bringing another championship to Los Angeles in Kobe’s honor.

The Lakers are undoubtedly going to have ups and downs in the wake of Kobe’s death, but LeBron sounds like he is prepared to do everything he can on the court to help LA heal.

More Larry Brown Sports coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death:

Don’t miss any news
– Follow Larry Brown Sports on Twitter
Join our Facebook group
– Download the Larry Brown Sports app on your iOS device
– Subscribe to our newsletter (sign up here)

Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

Don’t miss any news
– Follow Larry Brown Sports on Twitter
Join our Facebook group
– Download the Larry Brown Sports app on your iOS device
– Subscribe to our newsletter (sign up here)