Player News - Lakers

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Lakers strength coach Tim DiFrancesco said Julius Randle has been working "a lot on movement and hip mobility" this summer.

"His hips are strong but sometimes tight, so that was a focus," DiFrancesco said. The strength coach added that Randle has been a gym rat this summer with plenty of focus on quickness. Reading between the lines here, it sounds like Randle will play the vast majority of his minutes at power forward under coach Luke Walton. He's only a late-round flier for now.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 10:04 PM

Lakers strength coach Tim DiFrancesco said Ivica Zubac has "already added some muscle fairly quickly."

Rookie Muscle Watch is on. DiFrancesco added plenty of positives on the Croatian big man, saying he's a fast learner and has very good movement for a guy his size. Zubac showed some impressive shot blocking at Summer League to go with some offensive skills. It's not too crazy to think the second-round pick gets minutes this season.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 24 - 9:56 PM

In addition to improving his ballhandling and conditioning, D'Angelo Russell spent time this summer working on his floaters and his ability to finish around the rim.

Russell got a major wake up call during his up-and-down rookie season, but he appears to have turned a corner both on and off the court. There are multiple signs pointing to a potential sophomore breakout, and he's currently climbing fantasy boards at an expedited rate as a result. "That one year of experience did a lot for me," he admitted. "It just gave me a better blueprint of what my game is capable of [being]. It helped me recognize when I could get my shot and how I could get myself going."
Sep 24 - 4:43 PM

Brandon Ingram has been texting with Andre Iguodala about how to improve his defense.

Iguodala has apparently taken a special shine to Ingram, and the rookie is certainly going to a good source of knowledge if he wants to improve his defense as well as prepare for his sixth man role. "I watch a lot of his play defensively. He's a great defensive guy," Ingram said. "I even text with him sometimes, and he just tells me it's going to be a process, but I have a chance to be special on the defensive end and offensive end." The Lakers are certainly hopeful that Ingram fulfills his potential as a two-way player, but as Iguodala implied, it's not going to happen immediately.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 24 - 4:10 PM

Luke Walton cited an 82-game schedule and the need to adapt to the "physical abuse of an NBA season" as reasons for bringing Brandon Ingram off the bench to begin his rookie year.

"No player has ever been through that until you get to the NBA," Walton said. "It’s exhausting until your body gets used to it and adjusts to it. It takes time. The biggest challenge for him will be figuring out the best way to manage that, still train and take care of himself. The on-court stuff and his play will be just fine. It’ll be the challenge of the 82 game season he might struggle with." At least to begin the year, Ingram will open as the primary reserve at small forward behind Luol Deng, though it's worth noting that Walton has toyed with the idea of deploying both players together in a small-ball lineup. That's a storyline to watch for in training camp as it would impact a multitude of players, including Julius Randle and Larry Nance. "He’s [Ingram] been very impressive in everything he’s done," Walton said. "I’m sure he’ll earn those minutes and that [starting] position sooner rather than later."
Sep 24 - 3:47 PM

D'Angelo Russell called the 2015 offseason "Looney Tunes" and said that he got "nothing" out of the process.

This offseason has a different feel and vibe for Russell, and it's been evident in both his actions and his words. "Fun," the point guard said when asked about life under Luke Walton. "Real fun. The team, I feel like, is growing." Russell didn't just stop there, either. "The coaching staff, the whole atmosphere that this coaching staff brings is different. I’m not saying better, I’m not downgrading the last coaching staff. I’m just saying the atmosphere they bring every day is a winning mentality." D-Lo said he received "no guidance from the people that were supposed to give me the guidance" under the previous regime, but we like his chances to blossom with a new leadership structure in place. A sophomore breakout is a very real and spectacular possibility, especially after he spent his offseason working on ballhandling, his jumper, his conditioning, how to better manage his time and how to implement a better diet.
Sep 24 - 3:20 PM

Lakers sign G/F Metta World Peace.

He's the 20th player on the training camp roster, so he's not a lock to make the final 15.
Sep 23 - 6:57 PM

Julius Randle had all seven stitches removed from his right hand on Monday.

He cut his hand on Aug. 29 and is expected to tape his middle and ring fingers together for about a month. The Lakers will start their training camp on Tuesday and start their preseason action on Oct. 4. With coach Luke Walton taking over and possibly wanting more athleticism at the four, Randle could lose some minutes to Larry Nance.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 21 - 3:18 PM

The Lakers signed Thomas Robinson to a one-year deal.

The Truck finally gets a deal as one of the best forwards left on the market. Robinson had a handful of impressive games last year, including a streak of six double-doubles before a season-ending injury on Apr. 8. Even with the strong finish, Robinson will have to play extremely well in camp to earn minutes out of the gate.
Sep 21 - 2:54 PM

Metta World Peace has reportedly reached an agreement on a deal to re-sign with the Lakers.

MWP will continue to help tutor guys like Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram, but his value will be non-existent in fantasy hoops while the team is at full strength.
Sep 21 - 2:15 PM

Luke Walton said that veteran guard Lou Williams has demonstrated a "playmaking presence" during informal practices.

Williams is expected to spend most if not all of his minutes at shooting guard this season with both Jose Calderon and Marcelo Huertas behind D'Angelo Russell at the point—not to mention Jordan Clarkson can slide over there—but any additional playmaking is a welcomed sight for a Lakers team that sorely lacked it last year. Despite what should be a stable role in Walton's rotation, Lou Will isn't a very attractive fantasy target in any format.

Nick Young has lost about 20 lbs. since the end of last season.

No word on where the 20 lbs. came from or if he sacrificed any swag in the process, but any positive report on Young is worth noting at this point given how negative it's been since before the 2015-16 season ended. Having said that, Swaggy P isn't even worth fantasy consideration in leagues with 14-16 teams, let alone standard sized formats. He's currently buried on the depth chart, and you have to believe the Lakers would welcome the chance to move him elsewhere if/when that opportunity presents itself.
Sep 17 - 2:54 PM

Luke Walton is pleased with the progress Ivica Zubac has made with his skyhook.

Zubac is a big body with an impressive touch and feel for the game at such a young age—he's only 19 years old—and it's become clear that he has the potential to enjoy a very bright future in the NBA. He's not on the fantasy radar for now, but the Lakers have to be thrilled that they snagged him in the second round while other NBA teams are left wondering how he wasn't rated higher on their draft boards.
Sep 17 - 2:51 PM

Lakers coach Luke Walton praised Larry Nance for the progress he's made with his jump shot.

Nance has been a man on a mission when it comes to improving his range, and after recently proclaiming he was pleased with his progress, his head coach is now joining the praise party. Nance is expected to have a sizable role in Walton's rotation as a versatile big man, and his ability to contribute in multiple categories makes him an interesting late-round flier in deeper formats for now.
Sep 17 - 2:46 PM

Luke Walton praised Julius Randle for the progress he's made with his jumper.

Randle and Larry Nance have been working on extending their range, and you can expect both to continue developing that area as time moves forward. From a schematic standpoint, the Lakers are going to look like a completely different team under Luke Walton, and that's not exactly a bad thing given how atrocious they looked at times under Byron Scott.
Sep 17 - 2:42 PM


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