Player News - Lakers

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Coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant plans on playing in all eight preseason games this month.

Kobe is looking to get the rust off, get his timing and get his legs ready for the regular season. There is some talk of his minutes coming down, but Bryant should still be around 32 per game. If he can stay healthy, he'll be well worth the third-round ADP. Of course, that's the risk you take.
Sep 30 - 9:18 PM

Kobe Bryant "looked good and said he felt great" during Tuesday's practice, according to coach Byron Scott.

Kobe is ready to go for the Lakers' season opener, and Scott said recently that he optimistically expects Bryant to play in all 82 games while averaging 23-24 points. The 18-year veteran is an obvious injury risk after playing in just six games last season, but his elite upside has him going in the third round of most fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 5:31 PM

Lakers rookie Julius Randle said on Monday that he's prepared to come off the bench behind Carlos Boozer on opening night.

"[Boozer] deserves what he gets because he's put in the time and he's been successful," Randle said. "We're both going to be on the floor, whoever starts or not; that's not really my focus or worry." Randle is 19 years old and he's sure to have some growing pains in the NBA, making him a more appealing fantasy target after the All-Star break.
Source: L.A. Times
Sep 30 - 3:31 PM

Kobe Bryant (knee) is hoping that he'll be able to to retire when he chooses to retire.

Coming off serious achilles and knee injuries, the 36-year-old turned introspective after Yankee legend Derek Jeter's last game. "The biggest key for anybody in retirement is you always want to retire by choice," Bryant said. "Hopefully, I will be fortunate enough to have that option. You don't want to see another catastrophic injury or something like that. When you walk away, you want to feel like you walked away on your terms." Bryant is expected to be ready to start the regular season and serves as a high-risk, high-reward pick in the third or fourth round of standard fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 11:03 AM

Nick Young said he might try to win MVP this season.

"I might win MVP or try to go for Sixth Man of the Year or most improved or Defensive Player of the Year," Young said. "I got robbed last year." Whatever you say, Swaggy.
Sep 30 - 1:19 AM

Jordan Clarkson could take over the starting point guard spot later in the 2014-15 season, according to a team source.

It's not a surprise because summer league coach Mark Madsen raved about Clarkson like you wouldn't believe back in July. He's a big reason why they weren't afraid to let Kendall Marshall go and he's likely going to start the season in the rotation. He'll be a sneaky player to watch in deeper leagues.
Sep 30 - 1:05 AM

Xavier Henry has still not been cleared for 5-of-5 work, but all of his teammates have been.

Henry is recovering from knee surgery and there is still no timetable on when he might be ready to play. Ignore him on draft day, for now.
Sep 29 - 10:07 PM

Steve Nash hinted on Monday that this would be his last season, although he didn't guarantee it.

We're not sure this really qualifies as news, as Nash has really struggled with some serious injuries over the last two seasons. He's healthy and participating in all team activities right now, offering a little hope for the season, but he should not be drafted until the end of all fantasy drafts, if at all.
Sep 29 - 10:06 PM

Kobe Bryant fully expects to play in the Lakers' preseason opener on Oct. 6, after recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

The Lakers think Kobe can still average about 23 points per game and Kobe said on Monday that his emotions include a "little rage," according to Mike Trudell. "It's just trying to see if I can prove to myself that I can be myself, and all the words of doubt kind of adds to it." Bryant said. Additionally, coach Byron Scott said that he expects Bryant to play in all 82 games this season, according to Mark Medina. And if it happens, Kobe could be a fantasy steal this season. He was taken with the 29th pick in the recent Rotoworld Friends and Family industry draft.
Sep 29 - 10:02 PM

Kobe Bryant (knee) said he'd be fine with losing some playing time.

"I don't think it's a big deal," Bryant said. "The misinterpretation is I'm hellbent on playing. No, I'm hellbent on winning." After two consecutive seasons with a ton of injuries, Kobe could lose some of shots and play-making chances. Still, he'll likely be very busy and potentially could turn in first-round value. He's shaping up as a risk-reward pick in the third or fourth round of standard drafts.
Sep 29 - 8:06 PM

Kobe Bryant described during a recent interview how he perfected his fadeaway jump shot by watching a video of a cheetah hunting.

"When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you'll notice my leg is always extended," said Bryant. "I had problems making that shot in the past. It's tough. So one day I'm watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it's cutting a sharp angle. And that's when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right?"
Source: SB Nation
Sep 28 - 12:02 PM

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak tempered the expectations for his prized rookie Julius Randle on Saturday.

Kupchak was quick to alleviate some of the pressure that has been on Randle for the upcoming season. "There are going to be moments where he plays just great and then there will be moments he gets a rebound, brings the ball down the court and commits an offensive foul, gets a defensive foul, drops his head, gets frustrated and gets a technical foul," Kupchak said. Randle is slotted behind Carlos Boozer for now but will still be worth a flier in the later rounds for his upside.
Source: Mark Medina
Sep 27 - 6:33 PM

Xavier Henry will not be ready for the start of training camp on Tuesday due to his surgically-repaired right knee.

He is limited to running on a weight-bearing treadmill right now after his surgery from April. The Lakers do not have a timetable for his return and he could miss some time in the regular season. Henry missed over two months for his knee injury last season and has run into knee problems throughout his career. On the bright side, his surgically-repaired wrist has healed. Still, he has very little fantasy value right now.
Sep 27 - 5:08 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak said Julius Randle can defend small forwards and could bring the ball up for the Lakers.

To be clear, Kupchak said Randle probably isn't a prototypical small forward. Randle's passing was on display at Las Vegas Summer League and he dominated at the event. He should get plenty of reps at training camp and is worth a look as a late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Sep 27 - 9:24 AM

Steve Nash has been working out on back-to-back days, and has also put in some two-a-day workouts.

Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak also stated that Nash is further along this summer health-wise than he was last summer, but the true question is whether at 41-years-old Nash will be able to make it through the rigors of an 82-game season. Nash was only able to suit up for 15 games last season, averaging 6.8 points, and 5.7 assists. The former MVP is not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 26 - 5:43 PM


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