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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: Byron Scott Applauds Julius Randle’s Effort

After dropping three preseason games in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers found a way to win Sunday night. The team rode an impressive second half effort to end up victorious, 98-91. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- Several Lakers played well during the stretch including rookie Julius Randle. For his efforts, coach Byron Scott gave him high marks postgame, according to La ...

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Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Utah Jazz NBA Highlights

After facing each other Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz met again Sunday for a preseason bout. Another lackluster performance ended with Utah coming out victorious in the first meeting causing the team's record to fall to 1-3. Ryan Kelly was expected to make his return Sunday, but injured his other hamstring to keep him sidelined. Jeremy Lin sat out again as Byron Scott sent out Ronnie ...

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Lakers News: Byron Scott Believes Julius Randle Could Play Harder

Following last year's disappointing 27-55 finish, the Los Angeles Lakers were granted the seventh pick and given the chance to rebuild with a promising young talent. The team ended up drafting Kentucky's Julius Randle with hopes he would help the team. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- Four games into the preseason, Randle hasn't been producing what has been expected f ...

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Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Utah Jazz NBA Highlights

The Los Angeles Lakers were back in action Thursday night for a preseason bout with the Utah Jazz. In their last two games, the Lakers were blown out by the Golden State Warriors and gladly welcomed the Jazz to the Honda Center. Byron Scott went with Ronnie Price, Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill for the starting lineup. Entering the game, the Lakers had a preseason record of 1-2. ...

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Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Highlights

The Los Angeles Lakers continued their preseason by taking on the Golden State Warriors. The two teams met Thursday with the Warriors earning the win 120-105. With the loss, the Lakers preseason record fell to 1-1 while the Warriors improved to 2-0. After starting in Thursday's game, Jeremy Lin was held out Sunday while nursing a sprained ankle. Steve Nash returned to the lineup and got the start at point g ...

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Kobe Bryant On First Game Back: ‘I Could Do Anything I Wanted’

The Los Angeles Lakers began their preseason with a 98-95 win over the Denver Nuggets Monday night. The game marked the first time Kobe Bryant stepped on the court since fracturing his left knee facing the Memphis Grizzlies December 17. Bryant felt no effects of any wear and tear Monday and had no problems finding his spots on the court according to the OC Register's Bill Oram: Kobe Bryant after preseason d ...

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Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Denver Nuggets NBA Highlights

The Los Angeles Lakers began their 2014-15 campaign Monday night with a preseason matchup with the Denver Nuggets. Byron Scott made his debut as head coach for the Lakers and sent out Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill as his starting lineup. Checkout the highlights below: First Quarter http://youtu.be/ccDYvZmAr0k Kobe's follow up was better. A stepback J over Afflalo ...

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Steve Nash Says Biggest Factor In Final Year Will Be ‘Sustainability’

When the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Steve Nash, there were high hopes surrounding the team. Unfortunately for Nash and the team, the former two-time MVP has seen his Laker career marred by injuries while only appearing in 60 games in his two years in Los Angeles. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "Mamba Strikes Back" T-Shirts? -- With his contract set to expire at the end of this season, Nash has come ...

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PHOTOS: Metta World Peace Unveils New Panda Shoe

During his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace became a fan favorite mainly because of his offbeat character off the court. His time with the team came to an end when the Lakers used their amnesty provision on World Peace prior to the 2013-14 season. -- Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION "All LIN For LA" T-Shirts? -- After being bought out by the New York Knicks, World Peace couldn't find a ...

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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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