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Kawhi Leonard postpones Orlando trip due to ‘family matter’

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The LA Clippers say league star Kawhi Leonard will join the team in a few days

RESTART. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers look to go deep in the playoffs. Photo from NBA

Howard will play for Lakers when NBA resumes in Orlando

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:49 PM

After initial apprehensions on the league restart, Lakers center Dwight Howard now plans to mix his team goals with his activism

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. Dwight Howard says he’ll donate his restart salary to charity. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Davis likes Lakers' title chances when NBA returns

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:02 PM

'Actually I think our chances are higher because we're all rested,' says Anthony Davis as the Lakers resume their finals bid

POWER DUO. The Lakers  try to stay on top of the Western Conference with LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers ink JR Smith for NBA restart

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:03 AM

LeBron James and JR Smith reunite after teaming up to win an NBA crown with the Cavaliers in 2016

BACK AT IT. JR Smith (right) and LeBron James team up for another title bid. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

Virus death toll passes 500,000 as U.S. and Brazil cases surge

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) Many of the south and west US states where the virus is most rampant are where state leaders had pushed for early economic reopenings

An elderly woman wearing a protective face mask sweeps a street in the center of Kiev on May 27, 2020, as Ukraine eases anti-virus restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

U.S. must free migrant children from detention, court says

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Two of the country's 3 family detention centers have confirmed cases of the infection, district judge Dolly Gee says in her ruling on June 26

PROTESTING FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN. Protesters march against the separation of migrant children from their families on June 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers guard Bradley opts out of NBA return for family

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:52 PM

'I can't imagine making any decision that might put my family's health and well-being at even the slightest risk,' says Lakers guard Avery Bradley

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to Avery Bradley #11 after an injury during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

L.A. sheriff vows 'thorough' probe after black man found hanging from tree

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Questions are also raised following a similar death last month of another black man

LOOK: 4 NBA teams that benefit most from season resumption

May 23, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Is two months’ worth of 'load management' enough for some teams?

LONG LAYOFF. If the NBA returns, LeBron James’ Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks look to tighten their hold of the top spot. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

California to reopen filming, but virus hub Los Angeles 'weeks behind'

May 21, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Film and television productions in California have been shuttered since mid-March due to the pandemic.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 5, 2020 an empty Hollywood Boulevard, where tourists once flocked amid film premieres in front of its famed theaters, is seen at dusk on in Hollywood, California. - California will unveil plans to reopen its world-famous entertainment industry next week but coronavirus hotspot Los Angeles faces further delays, the state's governor said on March 20, 2020. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Lakers’ Dwight Howard mourning loss of son's mother

May 16, 2020 - 10:46 AM

‘It's extremely difficult for me to try to understand how to talk to my son,’ says Howard

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against him in the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

LOOKBACK: Ranking Chicago Bulls’ finals opponents

May 14, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The dual three-peat runs cemented the Chicago Bulls’ legacy, but not without some tough challenge

THRILLER. Karl Malone (second from right) and Jazz teammate Greg Ostertag fight for a loose ball with Bulls stars Michael Jordan (right) and Dennis Rodman during Game 4 of the 1997 NBA Finals. Photo by Jeff Haynes/AFP

Los Angeles residents likely confined through July

May 13, 2020 - 1:26 PM

The director of the Department of Public Health of Los Angeles says the county's lockdown will remain in place under some form 'for the next 3 months' barring a 'dramatic change' in the battle against the virus

A man wearing a face mask skates in front of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, on May 9, 2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Events that involve mass gatherings, like sporting events and concerts, are unlikely to reopen until the threat of the novel coronavirus has largely passed. Apu GOMES / AFP

LeBron: Lakers ready to play despite call to cancel NBA

May 01, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'As soon as it's safe we would like to finish our season. I'm ready and our team is ready,' says Lakers superstar LeBron James

LeBron James. Photo from Instagram/@lakers

Los Angeles offers free virus tests for all residents

Apr 30, 2020 - 7:08 PM

'Announcing that L.A. is now the first major city in America to offer free COVID-19 testing to all residents,' Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweets

ERIC GARCETTI. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (R) listens to the governor of California speak in front of the USNS Mercy hospital ship after it arrived into the Port of Los Angeles on March 27, 2020. Photo by Carolyn Cole/AFP

Zen Master: Things to know about Bulls, Lakers icon Phil Jackson

Apr 30, 2020 - 12:03 AM

Phil Jackson is the winningest coach in NBA history and the only coach to capture 3 straight titles thrice

COACHING REINS. Under the tutelage of Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and the Bulls transformed into one of the greatest teams in NBA history. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBA Photos


Lakers return $4.6 million to coronavirus relief fund

Apr 28, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The Lakers organization returns the money obtained from a US government program for smaller businesses to gain access

GIVING BACK. The Los Angeles Lakers organization prioritizes the small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Expect Kawhi, PG in 'phenomenal shape,' says Rivers

Apr 22, 2020 - 12:12 PM

LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be in stellar form after the league suspension

DOUBLE TROUBLE. The break gives Paul George and Kawhi Leonard enough time to recuperate from injuries. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka hopes NBA season will continue

Apr 20, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Rob Pelinka says the Lakers passed all the tests they faced in the regular season and hopes they could take the 'final exam'

HALTED. Rob Pelinka (left) and the Lakers were favorites to win the NBA title before the season was shut down. File photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


LeBron hopes Lakers can eventually rekindle their revival season

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:34 AM

After leading the Lakers to the playoffs for the first time in 7 years, LeBron James says he won't feel any 'closure' if the season doesn't resume

HOPEFUL. LeBron James doesn’t mind holding the rest of the season in Las Vegas. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOOKBACK: Why did Kobe Bryant win only one MVP in 20 years?

Apr 03, 2020 - 5:17 PM

Check out why Kobe Bryant, one of the most prolific superstars the NBA has ever seen, only bagged the league's highest individual honor once

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on in the first half while taking on the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 10, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Lakers, Nets symptom-free after 14-day isolations

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:41 AM

Lakers and Nets players who tested positive for the virus, including superstar Kevin Durant, now show no symptoms of COVID-19

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Taurean Prince #2 of the Brooklyn Nets and Jarrett Allen #31 during a 104-102 Nets win at Staples Center on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Clippers find new home in Los Angeles

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:28 AM

In reaching an agreement to buy the iconic Los Angeles Forum, the Clippers won’t have to share arena with the Lakers soon

Kawhi Leonard. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Lakers, Celtics, 2 other NBA teams announce coronavirus positives

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:52 AM

The number of NBA players and personnel who tested positive for COVID-19 jumps to 14

PANDEMIC. The Lakers last played the Nets, who had 4 players testing positive for COVID-19. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers undergo coronavirus protocol after exposure to infected Nets

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:18 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are the last team that the Brooklyn Nets faced before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus

IMMEDIATE RESPONSE. The Los Angeles Lakers follow coronavirus protocol after being exposed to the inflicted Brooklyn Nets. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers’ Kuzma spreads money-making conspiracy on sanitizers

Mar 17, 2020 - 8:38 PM

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kyle Kuzma says hand sanitizers don't work and companies have been 'taking money' from people

CONSPIRACY. Kyle Kuzma spreads conspiracy theories on hand sanitizers while the NBA suspends games due to the coronavirus. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron, Davis off-target as Nets stun Lakers

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Lakers look poised to force overtime against the Nets but LeBron James misses a game-tying layup

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Taurean Prince #2 of the Brooklyn Nets and Jarrett Allen #31 during a 104-102 Nets win at Staples Center on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

LeBron, Davis torch Clippers as Lakers win Battle of LA

Mar 09, 2020 - 12:20 PM

The Lakers beat the Clippers for the first time this season after avenging consecutive losses on Christmas Day and the season-opener

ON A ROLL. LeBron James and the Lakers have won 4 straight games. Photo from Twitter/@NBA


Clippers agree to terms with Noah for NBA playoff push

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Joakim Noah is set to sign a 10-day contract as he works out to recover from his Achilles tendon surgery

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MARCH 13: Joakim Noah #55 of the Memphis Grizzlies dunks against Vince Carter #15 and Dewayne Dedmon #14 of the Atlanta Hawks in the first half at State Farm Arena on March 13, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron, Davis dominate as Lakers end playoff drought

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:25 PM

'I am extremely tired,' says LeBron James as the Lakers clinch a playoff spot for the first time in 7 years

BIG GUNS. LeBron James and the Lakers avenge their first-meeting loss against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Photo from LA Lakers

'It's pandemonium': virus panic-buying hits Los Angeles

Mar 07, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Two days after California declared a statewide emergency, wholesale stores are unable to keep up with soaring demand for a range of staple items, as citizens prepare for the worst

Customers wait in line to buy water and other supplies, on fears that the coronavirus, COVID-19, will spread and force people to stay indoors, at a Costco in Burbank, California on March 6, 2020. - US lawmakers passed an emergency USD 8.3 billion spending bill to combat the coronavirus on Thursday as the number of cases surged in the country's northwest and deaths reached 12. Since then the toll has risen to 12 and the virus has spread to at least 15 states -- the latest being Maryland adjacent to the nation's capital Washington. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP)

Joakim Noah gets another shot at NBA with Clippers

Mar 07, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Four months after surgery, former All-Star center Joakim Noah signs a 10-day contract with the Clippers but still hopes to stay with the club

BACK IN ACTION. Joakim Noah looks to help the Clippers’ playoff push. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers ink playmaker Waiters for NBA playoff push

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:05 AM

As Dion Waiters joins the Lakers, the former Miami guard takes 'responsibility for his past' suspensions that include ingesting marijuana-infused gummy candies

FRESH START. Dion Waiters hopes to help the Lakers stay on course of its playoff bid. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi powers Clippers rout of Rockets

Mar 06, 2020 - 1:33 PM

The Clippers pick up their sixth straight win as the smaller Rockets could not keep pace

BALANCED ATTACK. Kawhi Leonard leads 6 Clippers in double figures. Photo from Twitter/@LAClippers


Los Angeles port, biggest in U.S., hit hard by coronavirus

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Some 40 vessels supposed to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles until April are no longer pushing through due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Shipping containers, some marked 'China Shipping', are stacked at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest container port, on November 7, 2019 in San Pedro, California. Port officials said today October cargo volume was down 19 percent this year compared with October 2018 due to tariffs imposed in the U.S.-China trade war. The Port of Los Angeles along with neighboring Port of Long Beach are the United States' main gateways for trade with Asia. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

‘Playoff peak’ Kawhi powers Clippers past Thunder

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:57 PM

'There's no restrictions on him anymore,' Clippers coach Doc Rivers says of Kawhi Leonard

SMOOTH. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers stretch their winning run to 5 games. Photo from LA Clippers

Anthony Davis sparks Lakers over Sixers

Mar 04, 2020 - 3:29 PM

'There's still stuff for us to get better at,' says Anthony Davis even as the Lakers move on the brink of clinching a playoff spot

LeBron outduels Zion, lifts Lakers past Pelicans with triple-double

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Zion Williamson finishes with an NBA career-high in points, but LeBron James and the Lakers get the last laugh

DO-IT-ALL. LeBron James picks up his 13th triple-double of the season. Photo from Twitter/@NBA


Rookie Morant shines as Grizzlies shock Lakers

Mar 01, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'They came out and played with a sense of desperation,' Lakers star Anthony Davis says of the Grizzlies, who are hanging on to the last West playoff spot

SHOWSTOPPER. Memphis rookie Ja Morant stuns the Lakers. Photo from Memphis Grizzlies

LeBron-less Lakers dump spiraling Warriors

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Even minus the injured LeBron James, the Lakers cruise past the hapless Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on February 27, 2020 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron won't face struggling Warriors due to groin injury

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:16 AM

After firing a season-high 40 points, LeBron James sustains another groin injury

TIME OUT. The Lakers didn't disclose the extent of LeBron James' injury. Photo by Rhona Wise/EPA-EFE

LeBron outguns Zion as Lakers clip Pelicans

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Just 24 hours after an emotional memorial service for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers get back to work with LeBron James erupting for a season-high 40 points

LeBron serves up version of Dream Shake as Lakers nip Celtics

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:36 PM

LeBron James hits the go-ahead jumper to help the Lakers tighten their grip on the top spot in the Western Conference

RENEWED RIVALRY. LeBron James and the Lakers survive rival Celtics. Photo from Twitter/@NBA


Bazemore drops 23 as Kings continue winning ways over Clippers

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Playing their first game after the All-Stars, the Kings sustain their hot streak against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers

RED-HOT. De'Aaron Fox (right) and the Kings overcome the 31-point outburst of Clippers star Kawhi Leonard. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/AFP

Postponed Lakers game after Kobe’s death rescheduled

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The Lakers-Clippers game that was canceled following the shocking death of Kobe Bryant has been moved to April 9

TRIBUTE. The Lakers led by LeBron James (center) huddle as they wear jerseys with NBA legend Kobe Bryant's numbers last January 31, their first game since the NBA icon's death. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Uber closes Los Angeles support office, outsources tasks to Manila office

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:28 PM

The closure of the Los Angeles support office, which dealt with driver outreach, will lay off some 80 employees

Hungry Lakers, Bucks pace NBA title chase

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:42 PM

Weeks after Kobe Bryant's shocking death, there's extra hunger for LeBron James and the Lakers to go for the NBA crown

FACE OFF. After leading their teams in the All-Stars, Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) and LeBron James resume their title quest. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

Tatum powers Celtics over Clippers in double overtime

Feb 14, 2020 - 2:13 PM

'This was a tough one,' says Boston star Jayson Tatum as the Celtics needed two extra periods to dispose of Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers

STREAKY. Celtics' Jayson Tatum flirts with a career-high performance against Landry Shamet and the Clippers. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

NBA fines Paul George $35,000 for ripping refs

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Clippers star Paul George gets fined for saying there's 'homecourt cooking tonight' following his team's loss to the Sixers

Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Red-hot Lakers outlast Nuggets in overtime

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:40 PM

LeBron James records a season-best 12th triple-double as the Lakers trip the Nuggets in a showdown between two top West teams

DENVER, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers puts up a shot against Torrey Craig #3 of the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter at Pepsi Center on February 12, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP