2017 SeasonAll times ET

2017 Schedule
26-56, 4th in Pacific
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Top 10 single-game NBA Finals performances (2:31)
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LeBron passes Kobe for third in playoff points

LeBron James overtook Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time postseason scoring list with a three-point play in the second quarter of Cleveland's Game 3 victory over Indiana.

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LeBron approaching Kobe's playoff milestone (1:43)
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Shelburne on Russell's exit, Doc's future

ESPN writer Ramona Shelburne joins Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ to talk about D'Angelo Russell's exit interview, Doc Rivers' future with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets great play.

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Daugherty on Lakers conflicting wins

ESPN NBA Analyst Brad Daugherty joins Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ to talk about D'Angelo Russell's exit meeting with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, the conflicting five Laker wins and the Clippers playoff performance thus far.

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Rapid reaction: The Lakers missing star

Los Angeles will host the 2018 NBA All-Star weekend, but what if the Lakers don't have a star to represent? Plus, Allen Sliwa reacts to Lakers exit interviews and Paul George's recent post game comments.

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Who's in better position, Lakers or Clippers?

Would you rather be in the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers position this off season? Plus, Allen Sliwa talks about the Lakers 5-game winning streak, the team's season highlights and reacts to the players exit interviews.

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Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

D'Angelo Russell says he brings a PlayStation travel kit on the road with him so he can play Call of Duty and NBA 2K when he has downtime. According to Russell, Larry Nance Jr. and Ivica Zubac will often join in and play with him, and Nance Jr. is the best gamer among the trio.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Devin Booker and D'Angelo Russell playing Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's new Continuum DLC maps today at Infinity Ward. Booker and Russell livestreamed their gameplay and answered fans' questions on Twitch for about an hour.

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Ice Cube: You can't count against Magic

Rapper and actor Ice Cube joins Thompson & Trudell to talk about the new professional basketball league, The BIG3 and what the Lakers need in order to get to the next step. Plus, Cube gives his thoughts on the Raiders move to Vegas.

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Power hour with Thompson and Trudell

Thompson and Trudell react to David Fizdale's rant, discuss their favorite coaches rants and NBA playoff series. Plus, rapper and actor Ice Cube shares his thoughts on the Lakers' progress and the Raiders' move to Vegas.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

A day after being told by Lakers' management that they wouldn't be bringing him back next season as a player, veteran swingman Metta World Peace confirmed on Twitter on Friday that this time with the team is over. He thanked members of the front office and ownership, and, in a follow-up tweet, the 37-year-old World Peace added, "I'm very excited for the future. Still balling and eventually coaching." He has played 17 seasons in the NBA and hopes to reach 20.

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It's no secret that LeBron James is in elite standing with some of the NBA's all-time greats. Going into Saturday's series opener between the Cavaliers and Pacers, only 69 points separate him from passing the Black Mamba for the third-most career postseason points in league NBA history.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala tells ESPN he's staying with Landmark Sports for his representation following the departure of Rob Pelinka who took the GM job with the Los Angeles Lakers. Brandon Rosenthal to serve as new rep alongside his long time advisor Rudy Cline Thomas.‬ Iguodala will be a free agent this summer.

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Lakers 'have plan' if they lose top-3 pick

The Lakers won five of their last six games, putting them at risk of losing their top-three protected pick to the Sixers. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka says they'll be prepared either way.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on trying to lure star free agents to the Lakers: "I anticipate that there are many stars that understand how unique this Los Angeles Lakers platform is, and I am fully convinced that we'll have one or more than one come. To put a timetable on it, I can't do that. But I do think that as we engage in conversations with voices of influence, it seems like the current of the river has shifted. Whereas in past years it was, ‘Gosh, I don't know if we're going to get meetings with certain players.' You can just feel like a current shifting now towards us of excitement of, ‘Gosh, I think that's going to be a huge destination.' Whether it's people in the media saying they want to be drafted here now. Or whether it's rumblings you hear about players that want to come to LA. You can feel the current shifting our way again."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said team will soon begin "enrichment programs" for their players. He explained, "Clearly part of our strategy is to take this amazing, unique, megawatt platform of Los Angeles and all that it is and -- I've had so many people, like the titans of industry are reaching out. One of the things we're going to do next season is we're going to have enrichment programs. Leaders in their industry -- in the movie industry, artists -- are going to come and talk to our players about excellence and their road to excellence and their craft. It's amazing just the calls Magic [Johnson] and I are getting from the true titans of business that are going to come and help our players become better human beings. You can just feel the energy of the city. There's a new vision. We're all in this together: our stakeholders, the fans, the people who sit courtside. We're all going to get there."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

With last season's video scandal between Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell, were there concerns about how they'd function as teammates entering this season? "You had to wonder," Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. said at exit interviews. "That was heck of a story last year. It was obviously something that was on your mind going into training camp -- will this work? What do we do if it does or it doesn't? Things were up in the air." However, Nance Jr. said, those two got along fine. "Nick kind of resurrected himself this year," he added. "There were people that didn't even expect him to be on the team this year. "

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Lakers coach Luke Walton and general manager Rob Pelinka said it was better to give Metta World Peace clarity now about where he stood with the Lakers rather than wait until training camp. "I think he made it clear: He probably still wants to try and play," Pelinka said. "But when that journey is over, we know he'll always be a big part of the Los Angeles Lakers."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers head coach Luke Walton on the team telling veteran swingman Metta World Peace that he probably won't be on the team next season: "It's obviously tough. Metta's more than just a player I coach. He's a friend. He's an old teammate that we won a championship together. He's one of the Laker favorites and for me, having my first year coaching, he was a tremendous help all year." Walton noted that while World Peace wants to continue his NBA playing career, the Lakers would "love to have him back" at some point to "be around and continue to help the young guys." World Peace has said that he hopes to coach down the road, but the 17-season NBA veteran also hopes to reach the 20-season mark in the league.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers rookie swingman Brandon Ingram reiterated that he hopes to work with Lakers icon Kobe Bryant this summer. Added Lakers coach Luke Walton, "He can learn a lot from someone like Kobe that has been through it and has a certain set of skill and has a level much higher than me or anyone on our staff had. It will be great if they can get in a gym together." Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, Bryant's former agent, also noted that Bryant has been very receptive to working out with players during the offseason in part because Bryant benefited so much by reaching out to great players and asking for their help throughout his career.

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.617th
Rebounds Per Game43.517th
Assists Per Game20.926th
Points Allowed111.528th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-172656.317
2015-161765.207
2014-152161.256
2013-142755.329
2012-134537.549