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Russell Valenzuela

Russell Valenzuela graduated from UC Irvine and writes for Lakers Nation. As a Laker fan since childhood, he follows and tracks statistics for a variety of sports.

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Byron Scott On Clippers: ‘They’re The Top Team In L.A.’

Following their worst season since moving from Minneapolis, the Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2014-15 NBA season with a new head coach after Mike D'Antoni resigned in May. Leading the team will be former Laker Byron Scott who has been tasked with guiding the Lakers back to the winning ways. By the time Scott was officially hired as head coach, the Lakers front office had already built a roster Scott would be ...

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Byron Scott Reveals Kobe’s Rookie Nickname Was ‘Showboat’

After a disappointing season, the Los Angeles Lakers entered the off-season with plenty of question marks. One of those was who was going to coach the team after Mike D'Antoni resigned. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- The Lakers front office took their time before finally bringing in former Laker Byron Scott to become the team's next head coach. According to a Q & A ...

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Lakers News: Michael Cooper Diagnosed With Early-Stage Tongue Cancer

Please enable Javascript to watch this video As a key part of the Showtime Lakers, Michael Cooper helped the team win five titles. Currently, he works for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream as their head coach. Unfortunately, the former Laker has been diagnosed with early-stage tongue cancer and will need to take a leave of absence from the team. According to a statement released through the Dream, Cooper is optimist ...

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Kobe Bryant Believes Carmelo Anthony’s Decision Will Help Pau Gasol

Please enable Javascript to watch this video The NBA free agency continues to take place as reports of Carmelo Anthony nearing a decision surfaced Wednesday. While, he is believed to be nearing a return to the New York Knicks, Anthony's agent has made it clear there has been no decision yet between the Knicks and Lakers. -- Lakers Nation Store Is Back! Check Out The Latest Gear! -- Another free agent contem ...

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Flashback Friday: Steve Nash Acquired By Lakers On July 4, 2012

Please enable Javascript to watch this video As the Los Angeles Lakers continue their chase for Carmelo Anthony and other free agents, Friday marks the two year anniversary of when the team traded for Steve Nash in a sign and trade. At the time of the trade, there were few who could find fault with the move. The Lakers were in need of a point guard and by landing Nash, the Lakers found themselves with a two ...

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Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Kobe Backs BODYARMOR After Game 1 Issues

During Game 1 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James left the game late in the fourth quarter due to severe cramps. With the air-conditioning system in San Antonio broken, the temperature inside the AT&T Center was borderline unbearable. Although he didn't directly reference James or his cramps, Kobe Bryant took advantage of the situation to back his sponsor, BODYARMOR. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Brya ...

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Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Andrew Bynum Interested In Return With Lakers

A day after bringing in draft prospects for a workout Wednesday, it was fairly quiet for the Los Angeles Lakers. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak believes a good player could be available to them with the seventh pick. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- In addition to the draft, the Lakers have an important free agency signing period to take care of. With plenty of cap ro ...

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Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Aaron Gordon Speaks Out On Playing With Kobe

A number of draft prospects have come out and praised the Los Angeles Lakers explaining their admiration for the history and for Kobe Bryant. On Tuesday, Arizona product Aaron Gordon became the latest to express his desire to play for the Lakers and learn from Bryant. Just like many other draftees, the chance to learn from one of the greatest is seen as an invaluable experience. In addition to the draft, th ...

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Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Derek Fisher and Kevin Love Rumors Continue

Derek Fisher was in the center of several stories Monday. With the Oklahoma City Thunder's exit from the NBA playoffs, it is expected Fisher could end his playing career and attempt to transition into coaching. Both the Lakers and the Knicks have been reported to be interested in Fisher's services should he choose to retire. Obviously, Fisher has strong connections to both franchises as he played the majori ...

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Lakers Nation Free Agent Of The Week: Trevor Ariza

With free agency a week away, we continue our look at potential targets for the Los Angeles Lakers. Our last edition featured Marcin Gortat, and this week, we focus our attention to his teammate, Trevor Ariza. Age: 28 Height: 6-8 Weight: 200 Position: SF 2013-14 Statistics: 14.4 PTS, 6.2 REB, 1.6 STL, 45.6 FG% Ariza played extremely well for the Washington Wizards during the 2013-14 NBA season. Aided by his ...

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