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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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PHOTO: Los Angeles Lakers New $80 Million Training Facility

While most the Los Angeles Lakers rebuild is focused on the revamping the roster and the upcoming off-season, the team is also focused on improving their image off the court. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- The Lakers have been practicing at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo for years, but plan on operating from another building in the near future. The te ...

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Mitch Kupchak: ‘We Rarely Sell The Past Or Legacy Here’

The Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs for the second straight season. General manager Mitch Kupchak has a busy off-season ahead. There figures to be plenty of turnover as the roster was filled with players with expiring deals. Kupchak addressed some of the Lakers plans over the summer and potential free agent meetings. While the team is one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, the general m ...

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Byron Scott On Lakers Off-Season: ‘We All Want To See Progress’

It was a rough season for head coach Byron Scott. In in his first year with the team, the Los Angeles Lakers finished with the worst winning percentage in franchise history. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- While the season didn't go according to plan, there were still some positives to come out in Scott's first season. At his exit interview on Thursday, Scott ...

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Lakers News: Team Open To Vander Blue On Summer League Team

After spending the season in the D-League with the Los Angeles Lakers affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Vander Blue was called up and appeared in the final two Laker games. Although his time with extremely short, Blue talked about the opportunity to play in the NBA during his exit interview Friday. He also expressed head coach Byron Scott and general manager's desire for him to play for the Lakers durin ...

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Wes Johnson Wants Multi-Year Deal, But Lakers Will Focus On NBA Draft

After spending a year with the Los Angeles Lakers, Wesley Johnson returned to the team last summer and was a key part of the team's rotation as the main starting small forward. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- The Lakers had few wing options all year as a result of injury which meant Johnson saw plenty of action. Johnson looked back on his time with the Lakers ...

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Lakers News: Carlos Boozer Interested In Returning To Team

Carlos Boozer came to the Los Angeles Lakers after the team was awarded the amnesty claim. He began the season as the team's starting power forward, but became regulated to the bench as the season wore on. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- Despite the decreased role, Boozer remained professional and a veteran presence on a team full of young players. He discusse ...

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Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Highlights

The Los Angeles Lakers closed out their 2014-15 season by facing off with the Sacramento Kings. Before the game, the team announced Jordan Clarkson and Wesley Johnson would miss the finale. Vander Blue started in place of Clarkson in what was just his second game with the team. Check out the highlights provided by TWC SportsNet below: Lakers win the jump ball and Tarik Black scores. Game over, Kings.— ...

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Russell Westbrook On Kobe Bryant: ‘That’s My Guy’

After Russell Westbrook was criticized for taking 43 shots during an Oklahoma City Thunder loss Sunday, Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to defend the point guard. The two stars have had each other's respects for a while. As Westbrook saw Bryant's actions, he appreciated the gesture and called it an honor to have Bryant on his side, according to ESPN's Royce Young: That's my guy, that's my guy, that's my guy," W ...

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Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Highlights

The Los Angeles Lakers were back in action Sunday night to take on the Dallas Mavericks. Prior to the game, head coach Byron Scott announced Jeremy Lin and Nick Young won't return for the team's final three games. The shorthanded Lakers looked to finish their last week of the season strong. Check out the highlights provided by TWC SportsNet below: Brown gets #Lakers on board 1st with 3ptr.— Bob Garcia ...

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Byron Scott Believes NBA Draft Lottery System Needs To Be ‘Tweaked’

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of having their worst season in franchise history and will be entering the NBA draft lottery for the second consecutive year. Last season, the team finished the sixth worst record, but ended up with the seventh pick. -- Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! -- All season, a number of fans openly wished for the team to lose in an eff ...

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