Player News - Lakers

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Lakers' coach Byron Scott stated during a recent interview that he thinks Kobe Bryant will average 20+ points per game and have a great season.

"I see a guy who’s going to average 20 something points a game, will have a great year and have a lot of people eating crow," Scott said of Bryant. "I’m glad people are saying [otherwise]. Keep adding it. It motivates him that much more. It makes my job easier." Scott also added that he has "a set number in mind" with regard to how many minutes Kobe will be playing each night, as he continues to hint that Kobe will have a minutes cap, and be held out of the second games of back-to-back sets. Kobe has bounced back from injuries time and time again, but he's got a lot of miles on those tires and one has to wonder when the undefeated Father Time will finally claim Bryant. Still, Kobe's legendary status will have him swept up in the early rounds of your draft, and if he can remain healthy, he'll be a steal.
Sep 15 - 3:16 PM

Pooh Jeter will be invited to the Lakers for training camp.

He has been in the NBA before, averaging 4.1 points, 2.6 assists and 0.5 steals in 2010-11 with the Kings. Jeter may have garnered the attention of the Lakers from his FIBA World Cup as the leading scorer of the Ukraine team with 15.4 points per game. He'll compete for the No. 3 point guard spot on the team.
Source: Sportando
Sep 13 - 9:06 AM

Kobe Bryant returned to Germany to undergo Orthokine treatment for his knee.

He's done this before and it's done to help take some precautions to his degenerative knee issues. Bryant and several athletes have gone overseas to have this procedure done and it takes several weeks to complete the process. This procedure doesn't directly impact his season-ending knee injury from 2014, which was more of a bone issue. He figures to be ready for training camp later this month and is worth a look in the late-early rounds of fantasy drafts.
Sep 11 - 3:46 PM

Nick Young is likely to come off the bench behind Wes Johnson this season.

We've updated our depth charts and you can give Johnson a slight boost on your cheat sheets. Young should still get plenty of shots off the bench and could eventually start, even if he's not there on opening night. We're not going to drop him too far just yet, but his minutes could take a hit if he's not in the starting five.
Sep 10 - 9:05 PM

Byron Scott said on Wednesday that he is leaning toward starting Wes Johnson over Nick Young this season.

That would keep Swaggy P's offense with the second unit, which may not be an entirely bad thing. Then again, Young is more trustworthy if starting. Young is envisioning a starting five of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Johnson Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill. Nash reportedly looks good right now, but that can change in the blink of an eye. But if Johnson is starting, we're going to bump him up on our cheat sheets.
Sep 10 - 9:01 PM

Byron Scott said if Kobe Bryant tries to check himself into games he "might have to tackle him and hold him back."

"One thing I’ll never do is sacrifice a players’ health for a basketball game," Scott went on to say. He has repeatedly said that he will limit Kobe's minutes and may rest him entirely during games this season. It's not exactly what fantasy owners want to hear, but if Bryant is healthy, it's safe bet he is suiting up for at least 28-plus minutes. As a late-second or third round pick, Bryant could provide solid value next season.
Sep 10 - 2:58 PM

Lakers G/F Xavier Henry "might be limited in training camp" due to offseason surgery on his left wrist and right knee, according to coach Byron Scott.

"I haven’t seen him do much on the court," said Scott. "It’s going to be close on if he’s ready for camp." The Lakers re-signed Henry on a one-year deal worth around $1 million, so they must be confident that he'll be healthier than he was in 2013-14 when he sat out 39 games due to injury. This bumps back his projected timetable and gives fantasy owners another reason to avoid him on draft day.
Sep 10 - 9:35 AM

Byron Scott hinted during a recent interview that he may be looking to rest Kobe Bryant, and perhaps limit his minutes this upcoming season.

"[Kobe] understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years," said Scott. "And I think he’s probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can’t practice every day. There might be some games where you can’t play this game or that game. But that’s all to be determined... me and my trainer have already sat down, already started talking about the amount of minutes Kobe should probably play, going into this season." Kobe's got a lot of miles on those legs, and after sustaining two major injuries that limited him to just six games last season, it wouldn't be shocking to see Kobe pick up some DNP-CD's this upcoming season. Kobe is the definition of a risk-reward pick, and while father time may finally be catching up to Bryant, he's still likely to be swooped up in the early rounds of your draft.
Sep 8 - 2:53 PM

Steve Nash will officially stay with the Lakers this season after the deadline for the 'stretch provision' passed this weekend.

The Lakers could have waived Nash and stretched his $9.7 million salary over three years, but they opted to pair him with Jeremy Lin at PG. Nash is reportedly "pain-free" after battling chronic nerve damage last season, but at 40 years old he remains an extreme injury risk for fantasy owners.
Source: L.A. Times
Sep 2 - 4:54 PM

Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

"I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be a fantasy asset. He's the epitome of a risk-reward pick.
Sep 1 - 6:52 PM

Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto called Kobe Bryant's pain tolerance "the highest that I’ve ever seen."

"I think that trait makes him who he is, and his ability to focus also allows him to channel his energies," she said. "It’s not that he doesn’t feel pain; it’s how he responds." Kobe is a risk-reward player that could settle into the late-early or middle rounds based on how he looks in the preseason.
Aug 28 - 4:16 PM

Laker's reporter Mike Trudell projects Jeremy Lin to start at point guard.

He is expected to join Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill in the starting lineup. Steve Nash will come off the bench, and there's really no way the Lakers give him significant minutes following last season. Lin probably won't run the offense much next to Kobe, so he's only a late-round pick in fantasy leagues.
Aug 27 - 4:23 PM

Kobe Bryant is analyzing Paul Pierce's game as an example of adjusting as you get older.

Kobe's goal this season is to become a more efficient player and is using fellow 36-year-old, Pierce, as a case study. Even though Pierce saw his stats dip last season, he was still able to post his best shooting and scoring efficiency numbers since 2010-11. While Bryant's Achilles tear from 2013 makes him a risky fantasy pick, the Black Mamba could end up being a steal if he falls on draft day.
Aug 26 - 1:53 PM

Kobe Bryant trash-talked LeBron James after "The Decision" via text message.

Fresh off bringing the Lakers' franchise their second consecutive title in 2010, Bryant was perturbed that the headlines were instead dominated by LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland. So, in Kobe fashion, Bryant sent LeBron a text that went like this: "Go ahead and get another MVP, if you want. And find the city you want to live in. But we're going to win the championship. Don't worry about it." LeBron then went on to make four consecutive Finals appearances, and brought two championship trophies to the Miami organization, but you got to love Bryant's competitiveness.
Aug 25 - 6:49 PM

The Lakers officially signed G Jordan Clarkson on Monday.

The Lakers took Clarkson with the No. 46 pick in the 2014 draft, and he will provide emergency depth to the Lakers' bench. He averaged 15.8 points, and 5.0 rebounds through five games with the Lakers' Summer League squad, but it will take a couple of injuries for the rookie to become relevant during the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Aug 25 - 5:36 PM

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