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D’Angelo Russell Is Prepared For The Challenge

Los Angeles Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell appears to be brimming with confidence as training camp and the 2015-16 NBA regular season approach in the not-so-distant future. With an almost startling sense of perspective and balance for any 19-year-old, the second-overall pick discussed a variety of topics with ESPNLA’s Mike Trudell during a recent interview. More than anything, the takeaway from their d ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: Would Kobe Bryant Take Lesser Role To Play In 2016-17?

Topic: Would Kobe Bryant be willing to take a lesser role (i.e. late 80's Kareem or '14-15 Paul Pierce) to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers past this season? Context: Anyone who follows the Lakers knows that the upcoming season could potentially be the final one for Kobe. It is his 20th season in the NBA and his contract runs out at the end of the year making it an ideal time for Kobe to hang it up. Of cour ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Is Bringing Back Metta World Peace A Good Move?

As free agency has come and gone, and training camp begins to approach, the Los Angeles Lakers have begun filling their roster with young players on partially guaranteed contracts. These deals basically amount to training camp deals and the team has already signed small forward Jonathan Holmes and guard Michael Frazier II. Center Robert Upshaw also remains a possibility for the Lakers, thought there are no ...

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Kobe Bryant’s Future With Lakers After 2015-16 NBA Season: Part II

Welcome back for Part II of my exploration Kobe Bryant's future with the Los Angeles Lakers. Yesterday, we took a look at the case for Bryant retiring at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season, which does appear to be the most probable outcome. -- What will Kobe Bryant make this season? Find out here! --- However, there is another path, one that may be a bit unconventional, but has the potential to drastica ...

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Kobe Bryant’s Future With Lakers After 2015-16 NBA Season: Part I

For nearly two decades, Kobe Bryant has been the constant for Los Angeles Lakers fans, the security blanket that made up for lacking rosters with his incredible combination of skill and willpower. From Del Harris and Dennis Rodman to the Mikes (Brown and D'Antoni) and Dwight Howard, Kobe rode out the turmoil and ensured that everything would be OK. When the chips were down and the Lakers had their backs aga ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: What Is Jordan Clarkson’s NBA Ceiling?

Topic: We wonder what is Jordan Clarkson's NBA ceiling -- Sixth Man, Starter, All-Star, or better? Context: The Los Angeles Lakers have an extremely promising young core consisting of Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell, and Jordan Clarkson. Only one of those three, however, have proven that they can play at an NBA level on a consistent basis. That player would be Clarkson, who was named All-Rookie First Team a ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Discussing ESPN’s Summer Forecast For L.A.

This week, ESPN began its #SummerForecast where they gave their projections on every team in the league. In going down the Western Conference, ESPN predicted that the Los Angeles Lakers would finish 14th in the conference, winning a total of 26 games. Last year, the Lakers finished in that same 14th spot in the West, but won only 21 games. After the moves made this off-season, many fans are hoping for more ...

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Why Kobe Bryant Playing In 2016 Rio Olympics Would Be Perfect

Last year, when Tom Thibodeau offered Kobe Bryant a spot on the Men's 2016 USA Olympic Basketball Team, the Black Mamba declined. Last week, however, USA Basketball Executive Director Jerry Colangelo said Bryant still has a chance at making the team, despite not attending the team's mini-camp. Apparently Kobe and Colangelo actually discussed the possibility in June, and while no guarantees were made, Colang ...

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Kobe Bryant And The Question Of Lakers Back-To-Back Games

The Los Angeles Lakers official schedule for the 2015-2016 season was released Wednesday, and Laker-centric scribes immediately went into overdrive analyzing every possible implication from that 82 game layout. The most detailed look comes as always from Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell, but plenty of other sites - including this one - can and should be visited by fans seeking the skinny. -- What will Kobe Bryant ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: Will Anthony Brown Or Larry Nance Jr. Have A Bigger Impact?

Topic: We wonder which of the Los Angeles Lakers other rookies will make a bigger impact this season, Anthony Brown or Larry Nance Jr.? Context: Much of the focus on the Lakers rookie class has gone towards D'Angelo Russell, and rightfully so. He was the second overall pick, and is already penciled in as the starting point guard. He has the potential to be the next great Lakers superstar which would immedia ...

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