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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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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Hints At Keeping No. 2 Pick, Drafting Big

With the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers have seemingly accelerated their rebuilding efforts. The team finished their season with the worst winning percentage in franchise history, but could be adding one of the top two prospects to their roster. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- Lakers general manger Mitch Kupchak has referred ...

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Lakers News: Team To ‘Bring In 50-60 Players’ To Workout For NBA Draft

During Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery, the Los Angeles Lakers jumped up and won the second overall pick. Since the team avoided sending over their selection to the Philadelphia 76ers, they will enter June's Draft with three picks at their disposal. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- Most draft experts believe the Lakers will have get either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jah ...

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Lakers Rumors: Team’s No. 2 Pick Will Help In Free Agency Pitch

After landing the second overall pick in the 2015 Draft, it appears things are starting to look up for the Los Angeles Lakers. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- Not only will the Lakers be able to add someone like Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor, sports agents believe the team supposedly improved their odds in landing free agents as a result of landing the n ...

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NBA Draft Lottery: Lakers Land 2015 No. 2 Overall Pick

After finishing the 2014-15 NBA season with the worst record in franchise history, it appears the Los Angeles Lakers can continue their rebuild on a good note. The Lakers entered Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery with the forth best odds to land the first overall pick at 11.9 percent and additionally needed to avoid two teams jumping ahead of them. The results were announced on an ESPN broadcast before the Wester ...

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INSTAGRAM: Magic Johnson Wishes Lakers Good Luck At NBA Draft Lottery

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson has been no stranger to being critical over the team's recent struggles. Numerous times, he has taken to his social media platforms to express frustration while still maintaining hope over the team's future. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- A future that will be highly shaped by Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery. With the ...

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Lakers Rumors: Team Would ‘Love To Steal’ DeAndre Jordan

Despite racing out to the 3-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Clippers dropped three in a row and currently find themselves with many questions after another second round exit. Their biggest concern in the off-season centers around their defensive big man DeAndre Jordan who will become an unrestricted free agent. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Qu ...

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NBA Rumors: Clippers Interested In Lakers’ Wesley Johnson

With the Los Angeles Clippers losing Game 7 to the Houston Rockets Sunday, they now enter the off-season trying to find ways to tweak their roster and get over their playoff hump. One of their weaknesses for the past couple seasons has been their small forwards as the team look to find ways to improve their depth. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- While the Los ...

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Mitch Kupchak On NBA Draft Lottery: ‘I’m Somewhat Of A Worry-Wart’

The Los Angeles Lakers have an important off-season on their hands after compiling a rare second straight losing season. The man who helped build the Lakers into championship teams just a couple of years ago is now tasked with rebuilding the team. For general manager Mitch Kupchak, turning the Lakers into contenders will take plenty of work with the NBA Draft holding big significance. The team will find out ...

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Lakers News: Byron Scott Compares Julius Randle To Blake Griffin

The Los Angeles Lakers will be in the NBA Lottery for a second straight season after missing the playoffs again. With their draft pick last year, the the team selected Julius Randle at seventh overall and hoped he help the team. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- Randle's season came to an end during the team's season opener after fracturing his right tibia. Desp ...

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Byron Scott On Jordan Clarkson: ‘Big Part Of What We Do Next Year’

Despite missing the playoffs for the second straight year and posting the worst record in franchise history, the Los Angeles Lakers still had some success during the year when it came to the development of Jordan Clarkson. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- Expectations were low for Clarkson after being a second round selection, but once inserted into the startin ...

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