Player News - Lakers

Date: Team: Pos:

Lakers coach Byron Scott heaped praise on Julius Randle but wouldn't commit to him as the starting power forward.

"He’s been fantastic," Scott said of Randle. "He’s not going overboard as far as trying to go too fast. He’s picking his moments and he’s rebounded the hell out of the ball." Scott is a huge Larry Nance (knee) fan, so we should see a position battle right after the All-Star break. To be clear, Randle is still the big to own in Los Angeles.
Feb 12 - 11:57 AM

Kobe Bryant finished Wednesday's loss in Cleveland with 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Kobe played 33 minutes and said afterward that he feels "horrible" heading into the All-Star break. "My ankles hurt. My knees hurt. I'm looking forward to having a complete week where I do nothing," Bryant said, before groaning as he left the post-game presser. He's coming off a hot stretch and is motivated to play in as many games as possible, so the Mamba should be ready to go vs. San Antonio on Feb. 19.
Feb 11 - 12:59 AM

Jordan Clarkson headed into the All-Star break on a high note, racking up 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal vs. the Cavaliers.

Clarkson has been hot in February, averaging 17.4 points on 54.4 percent shooting, with 1.2 triples, 4.6 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Add in stingy turnovers (1.8) and he's a must-start option in all formats. The Lakers have every reason to feed him minutes as their 2015-16 campaign drifts to a close, giving Clarkson substantial rest-of-season upside.
Feb 11 - 12:58 AM

Lou Williams led the Lakers on Wednesday with 28 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block, making 9-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs while going 4-of-6 beyond the arc.

Sweet Lou also played 36 minutes without a single turnover, but the Lakers' starting unit was trounced tonight. The Lakers have no real incentive to keep the 11-year veteran through the trade deadline, but so far Williams' name hasn't really surfaced up in the trade-rumor mill.
Feb 11 - 12:58 AM

Roy Hibbert (ankle) started vs. the Cavs on Wednesday but had only nine points, three rebounds and one turnover in 17 minutes of action.

The Cavaliers have been the toughest team for opposing centers this season, allowing the fewest rebounds and steals, and the third-fewest points, so Hibbert's dud isn't unexpected. He has zero blocks in February so even his 'specialist' appeal has evaporated.
Source: RW
Feb 11 - 12:57 AM

D'Angelo Russell's recent groin injury wasn't an issue on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Byron Scott said recently that he's been hard on his rookie PG because "he has a chance to be a very good basketball player," and he once again allowed Russell to play down the stretch tonight -- he played the final 10 minutes of a reasonably close game. Hopefully that trend continues over L.A.'s final 27 games.
Feb 11 - 12:57 AM

Anthony Brown (right ankle) didn't play vs. the Cavs on Wednesday.

Brown has earned eight starts while Kobe Bryant was injured this season, but he's nowhere near having fantasy value in typical leagues -- in those starts, the 23-year-old forward has made just 27.1 percent of his FG attempts.
Feb 11 - 12:56 AM

Julius Randle's double-double streak screeched to a halt on Wednesday, as he posted just seven points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes vs. the Cavs.

Randle made 2-of-7 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs in one of his worst games in recent memory. Bryon Scott is warming to Randle, saying recently, "He's maturing. He's really starting to understand this game and understand some of the things that he can do on a night-to-night basis. I love where he is right now." Unfortunately, Scott also "loves" Larry Nance Jr. and wouldn't commit to keeping Randle with the starters once Nance is healthy.
Source: L.A. Times
Feb 11 - 12:55 AM

Larry Nance (knee) is pain-free and has ramped up his workouts.

He should be close to ready to go after the break. Nance may have been Wally Pipp'd by Julius Randle, who has been playing well. Nance can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 10 - 7:01 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) will start against the Cavs on Wednesday.

It'll be with the usual starters against LeBron and company. Bryant has seen a lot of volume and he should see a similar workload on the national stage. He's obviously a risky start tonight.
Feb 10 - 6:39 PM

Robert Sacre will return to the bench for Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland.

Sacre started on Monday with Roy Hibbert (ankle) out, but he basically did nothing during his 15 minutes on the court. Sacre belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Feb 10 - 6:36 PM

Roy Hibbert (ankle) will start on Wednesday against the Cavs.

He was probable to play and should be ready to go. Hibbert has not played well at all and he will probably only be around 20 minutes tonight. There should be fewer minutes for Robert Sacre, Brandon Bass and Tarik Black.
Feb 10 - 6:35 PM

Byron Scott acknowledged during a recent interview that he's been hard on D'Angelo Russell.

"I haven't been the easiest man on him in the world. He's just a kid playing in a man's world," Scott said of Russell. "I'm going to stay on him, because I think he has a chance to be a very good basketball player." Russell’s playing time has been sporadic thus far, but there’s a chance Scott elects to give the Lakers’ No. 2 overall selection more consistent run after the All-Star break. If you've held on this long, there's no reason to abandon ship now.
Feb 10 - 1:23 PM

Anthony Brown sprained his right ankle during Tuesday's practice and is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs.

With Kobe Bryant (shoulder) probable to play on Wednesday, Brown wouldn't be a major part of the rotation anyway. Leave him on the wire.
Feb 9 - 2:34 PM

Roy Hibbert (left ankle) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers.

Hibbert looks likely to return to the Lakers lineup after missing Monday's game against the Pacers and will push Robert Sacre back to the bench. While Hibbert can help fantasy owners in with blocks, he has just one in his last four games and isn't worth owning in most standard fantasy leagues.
Feb 9 - 1:59 PM


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