Lakers love Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle fighting each other

Instead of fighting the Warriors, Julius Randle and Isaiah Thomas were feuding with each other.The Lakers pair got in a heated argument on the sideline during the Lakers’ 117-106 loss to the defending champions Wednesday night, which Brook Lopez and Lonzo Ball had to step in to diffuse.The war of

LaVar Ball threatens Lakers with delusional ultimatum

LaVar Ball has another message for the Lakers: If you want to keep Lonzo, you’ll need to take his brothers, too. The outspoken, media-seeking father of the rookie point guard is adamant about seeing Lonzo’s lesser-talented younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, join him in the NBA, and seems willing

Lakers are ready for super-team push after Cavaliers trade

The Lakers may have weakened themselves for this year with a big move before the trade deadline Thursday. Dealing Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. doesn’t make them better, but that wasn’t the idea with the trade that netted Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round pick

The Big Baller family is going to grow

There’s a future Big Baller on the way. Lonzo Ball and high school sweetheart Denise Garcia are expecting their first child, TMZ reported Wednesday. Sources confirmed to the gossip site Garcia is four months along, though the sex of the child has not been revealed. While Big Baller mouthpiece LaVar

Cavaliers trade Isaiah Thomas to Lakers in blockbuster

The Cavaliers have made their trade-deadline splash, at least their first one. reports the Lakers and Cavaliers have agreed to a trade that would send Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to Cleveland for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and their own first-round draft pick next season, which is

Magic Johnson’s mouth got the Lakers in trouble again

Magic Johnson has always enjoyed the spotlight, but the NBA would like him to stop talking about other teams’ players now that he is president of the Lakers. The Lakers were fined $50,000 for tampering, the NBA announced Tuesday, because of comments made by Johnson in “a recent media

Brook Lopez destroys Nets after warm welcome by Brooklyn fans

Brook Lopez spent almost a decade — his whole career until getting traded this summer — as the face of the Nets. But in his first game back in Brooklyn since being shipped out of town, the Nets’ all-time leading scorer led his new team, the Lakers, to

Knicks’ defense an utter disgrace in Lakers embarrassment

LOS ANGELES — The Knicks left their hearts in Utah. In a disgraceful defensive outing in a Sunday matinee at Staples Center, the Knicks were routed in the second half by the depleted, rebuilding Lakers, 127-107. The Lakers’ young prospects had their way with Jordan Clarkson notching 29 points and

Michelle Beadle tries to draw a line with ESPN’s LaVar Ball talk

Michelle Beadle isn’t taking the bait when it comes to LaVar Ball. While discussing Lonzo Ball on a Thursday episode of “SportsNation,” the ESPN host shut the door on any chatter regarding the Lakers rookie’s outspoken father, who publicly bashed his son’s coach, Luke Walton weeks ago, after fellow

Carmelo Anthony having “fun again’ as Thunder keep rolling

OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony is getting comfortable in his new role. He scored 27 points to help the Thunder beat the Lakers 114-90 on Wednesday night. Anthony became one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by playing mostly isolation ball, but coach Billy Donovan has asked him

A glimpse at what life after LaVar Ball looks like

The Lakers are finding out just how tough it can be with LaVar Ball in your life. Chino Hills High School in California seems to be enjoying its time without him. Ball pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of the school following a power struggle with new head coach

Gregg Popovich adds to LaVar Ball fury: He’s “meaningless’

We found another member of the LaVar Ball fan club. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich mocked the loudmouth dad for being insignificant, after his remarks criticizing Lakers coach Luke Walton have been met with sharp opposition. “Whenever anyone says anything about another individual or about the quality of another individual, or

Lakers pull out of deal with player over STD accusation

The Lakers likely were not expecting controversy from a guy that wasn’t even on their payroll yet. Intending to sign free-agent forward Jamil Wilson to a 10-day contract Wednesday, the Lakers balked on the deal a day after Wilson’s name came up in a report linking him to a

NBA teams trying to threaten media away from LaVar Ball

Lonzo Ball tried to cliche his way through an interview. Luke Walton used humor to deflect the spotlight growing on him. Rick Carlisle issued a threat to ESPN. But other NBA teams reportedly are taking the most action following LaVar Ball’s attempt to dethrone the Lakers head coach. Several NBA

Mavericks coach destroys ESPN “disgrace’ over LaVar Ball

DALLAS — Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle went ballistic on LaVar Ball and ESPN for igniting the latest Lakers controversy when the eccentric father told the website coach Luke Walton has lost the team. Carlisle said he was making the comments as president of the coach’s association when he called

LaVar Ball launches attack aiming for Luke Walton’s head

LaVar Ball can go away, but that doesn’t mean he’s gone. From 6,000 miles away, the Ball family patriarch launched an attack at Lakers coach Luke Walton, saying he has lost the team in an apparent attempt to get his son’s coach fired. Ball, speaking from Lithuania, where he has

Lakers guard splits time between jail and basketball court

Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is serving a jail sentence while still playing basketball. Caldwell-Pope is currently serving a 25-day jail sentence after he violated his probation, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 24-year-old is serving his sentence at the Seal Beach Police Department Detention Center in Orange County, California,

Kyle Kuzma just put stamp on his stunning rookie season

Kyle Kuzma is doing what Lonzo Ball was supposed to do — just without the fanfare. The unheralded Lakers rookie wasn’t the prized selection by Los Angeles in the 2017 draft. At pick No. 27, he was considered a stretch, a wait-and-see type who potentially could blossom into a

Magic, Isiah in tears during emotional reconciliation

Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Isiah Thomas will long be remembered as two of the NBA’s greatest players to have ever graced the hardwood. Johnson was the towering point guard who had otherworldly talents while Thomas was the scrappy guard who fought for every single play. The two men shared an

Kobe Bryant’s last game saved my life

Kobe Bryant helped inspire some truly astonishing feats in his 21-year career, but none are anything like Chris Huerta. The Lakers super fan was down on himself, had stopped exercising and was more than 170 pounds heavier than he is now. Then Bryant dropped 60 points in his final career

Lakers celebrate Kobe Bryant, who didn’t stick around for OT

Kobe Bryant’s celebratory night was not supposed to include overtime. Bryant and his family exited the Staples Center seconds after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s potential game-winner flew wide right, sending the game with the Warriors to an extra five minutes. The Warriors would hold off the upstart Lakers, 116-114, in overtime

What LeBron actually said to Lonzo in postgame huddle

LeBron James wanted to keep what he said to Lonzo Ball on the court after their game Thursday between them. He should probably know better. While James covered his mouth, as if meeting on a baseball mound, and told reporters afterwards it was “none of y’all’s business,” a hot

LeBron, Lonzo hidden convo sparks Lakers’ hope

LeBron James has spoken glowingly about Lonzo Ball this season, but he wouldn’t talk about what the two stars discussed Thursday night after the Cavaliers’ 121-112 win over the Lakers. The two were seen speaking, while James covered his mouth, after a post-game embrace. “None of y’all business,” James told

Where the Lakers are drawing the line with LaVar Ball

Trump? Fine. Women? Attack away. UCLA, Chino Hills High? Go for it. But the Lakers are trying to clamp LaVar Ball’s mouth when Luke Walton is involved. The Los Angeles front office and Papa Baller recently had a meeting, ESPN reported Wednesday, in which the team told him to tone

Knicks’ “other’ rookie point guard shined against Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball was the rookie point guard that the masses flocked to the Garden to eyeball Tuesday. The young Lakers stud did not disappoint. But neither did the Knicks’ guy, Frank Ntilikina. Maybe seeing the 6-foot-6 Ball, who was the No. 2 pick in the draft, revved up the

Porzingis, Ntilikina steal the Ball family spotlight in OT thriller

LaVar Ball stalked the Garden sidelines in his bright red “Big Baller” shirt and matching sneakers, and Magic Johnson lit up celebrity row with his smile. But the visitors’ Hollywood star power and gold uniforms couldn’t stop Kristaps Porzingis and rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina from lighting up the

Lonzo Ball talks the “greats,’ sets a high bar for his Garden debut

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball traveled to New York one time before this weekend, for the NBA draft. One element stood out. “People are very strong and passionate out here,” Ball said about the attitudes of the typical New Yorker who will argue to the death over intricate philosophical points;

Kobe Bryant’s urgent advice for Lonzo Ball

Kobe Bryant will long be remembered as one of the NBA’s best players and also one of the league’s biggest competitors. The former Lakers star is famous for his Mamba mentality that constantly kept him in the conversation of the best players each and every season. Bryant debuted in the

This is the Lonzo Ball that Magic Johnson wants to see more of

PHILADELPHIA — LaVar Ball had some public criticism of the Lakers, now team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson has some advice for Ball’s son. Lonzo Ball had a strong game in the Lakers’ 107-104 upset of the 76ers on Thursday night, and Johnson pointed out that Ball should more often