Player News - Lakers

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Lakers coach Luke Walton heaped praised on Brandon Ingram for his basketball IQ.

"He’s a really intelligent player," Walton said. "He can pass a lot better than I would have guessed, as far as just making the easy and right read off plays. He would come up and ask what our coaching staff thinks he can do better, where he can focus on improving and learning the NBA game." The Lakers have an exciting young core and will have plenty of incentive to give those guys minutes, but Ingram's outlook right out of the gate is a little cloudy due to the presence of Luol Deng.
Jul 24 - 11:33 AM

Gregg Popovich had nothing but praise for Julius Randle, who is playing for Pop as part of the U.S. Men's Select Team.

"He’s worked very hard, very coachable," Popovich said. "He listens, he takes direction, so he’s been very enjoyable so far." Randle spent "most of May and June" doing two-a-day workouts, focusing on strength and conditioning in addition to his jump shot. He averaged a double-double in just 28.2 minutes per game in his first real season, and after a summer of improvement he's one of the most promising young players to target on draft day.
Jul 20 - 10:45 PM

Kevin Durant offered some high praise for Brandon Ingram during a recent interview at Team USA's training camp.

"He [Ingram] reminds me of myself, but he’s a little farther along than I was at that stage," Durant said. "He’s a little bit more fluid than I was, as far as skill-wise, a little more advanced than I was at that time." First and foremost, nothing even slightly negative is ever uttered about another player during Team USA's training camp, but Durant did say he was impressed with Ingram's ability to "put the ball on the floor, change directions, get to the rim, shoot the pull-up three." Still, Luol Deng's presence on the Los Angeles roster hurts Ingram's fantasy outlook.
Jul 20 - 12:47 PM

Lakers assistant coach Theo Robertson praised rookie Ivica Zubac after he finished Summer League with averages of 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

"He establishes good position and he has soft hands," Robertson said. "He’s starting to finish with more power ... I didn’t know he was that good defensively. He’s pretty agile and he’s blocking everything down there." Zubac plans to spend the bulk of the offseason adding muscle and working on his mid-range jumper, and he'll be a player to watch closely during training camp.
Jul 17 - 1:01 PM

Brandon Ingram will train with the U.S. Men's Select Team in Las Vegas from July 18-21.

"To learn from the top players in this league, that’s very important for me coming into this league and trying to adjust to the physicality and pace of this game," Ingram said. "I want to see how they score so easily and on the defensive end how they get after it." The Lakers' rookie will be joined on the Select Team by up-and-coming players such as Aaron Gordon, C.J. McCollum, Kris Dunn and Devin Booker, as well as teammates D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.
Jul 17 - 10:56 AM

Anthony Brown wasn't happy with his Summer League performance, as he averaged 7.0 points on 36.1 percent shooting in five games.

"I definitely was not happy with my offense all week," Brown said. Lakers summer league coach Theo Robertson praised Brown for being aggressive in L.A.'s Summer League finale, even though Brown air-balled a potentially game-tying 3-pointer. With Luol Deng and Brandon Ingram both soaking up playing time, it will be hard for Brown to have fantasy relevance this season.
Jul 17 - 10:40 AM

Lakers' assistant coach Theo Robertson praised D'Angelo Russell during a recent interview.

"D’Angelo looks pretty polished," said Robertson. "We’re going to continue to work with him and play him in a style that we feel is best for this team. But he certainly was really good out here in moving the ball and making plays." Russell averaged 21.8 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting during summer league, and with Luke Walton at the helm and Kobe Bryant in retirement, he's going to have a ton of opportunity to produce during his sophomore season.
Jul 16 - 12:51 PM

Brandon Ingram scored 22 points against the Jazz on Friday, adding five rebounds, four assists, one steal, three turnovers and two 3-pointers.

Not a bad finish for a somewhat disappointing event for the No. 2 pick. Ingram only made 31.6 percent from the field in his previous four games, so going 9-of-13 today was a pleasant surprise. With Luol Deng set to take plenty of minutes out of the gate, it might take Ingram a few months before he's posting serviceable fantasy stats.
Jul 16 - 1:39 AM

D'Angelo Russell (rest) will not play on Friday.

It's just rest for one of the best players so far in Las Vegas. Russell has more basketball ahead with USA Select later this month, so he'll get some action there. With Byron Scott out of the picture, maybe Russell's sophomore season goes better than his rookie year.
Jul 15 - 10:03 PM

Larry Nance suffered a sprained right wrist from Thursday night.

This is good news after an initial report said Nance suffered a fracture. He's still going to miss the rest of Summer League, but Nance showed some nice improvements this month. He'll be in a position to get decent minutes as a better system fit for coach Luke Walton.
Jul 15 - 6:35 PM

Jose Calderon acknowledged that he's no longer capable of playing starters minutes in the NBA, and he's happy to embrace a reserve role with the Lakers.

"I would like to play 15 years in the league, so hopefully three more years,’’ Calderon said. "I played 30 minutes [28.1] last year. I don’t think I’ll play that much ever again, so I’ll be able to play more years. I’m happy and comfortable here." Calderon will help backup D'Angelo Russell in Los Angeles, where he'll compete for limited reserve minutes with Marcelo Huertas. In other words, he won't be worth drafting in any format.
Jul 15 - 11:53 AM

Initial X-rays of Larry Nance's right hand revealed a fracture to the base of his third metacarpal and he is currently headed to L.A. to meet with a specialist to confirm the diagnosis and set a timetable for his return.

Nance went down hard on a drive to the hoop during the closing minutes of Thursday's summer league game, and he did not return to the game after going to the locker room. Fractures of the third metacarpal typically require a 6-8 week recovery period, and surgery could be an option. Either way, we'll have an official diagnosis later Friday evening, but Nance has plenty of time to get himself ready for training camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 15 - 9:20 AM

The Lakers are encouraging rookie center Ivaca Zubac to extend his shooting range.

"If you’re not allowing your guys to [shoot from the perimeter], then you’re behind the times," said summer league coach Jesse Mermuys. "We have to encourage all that. If they prove it and make it, you have to let them shoot it." Zubac hasn't even attempted a 3-pointer during Summer League, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect help there, but he has an established post-up and mid-range game. The impressive rookie will be fighting for a rotation spot during training camp.
Jul 13 - 8:09 PM

Lakers' summer league coach Jesse Mermuys said he's been impressed with Brandon Ingram's willingness to take contact when driving to the rack.

"As skinny as he is, he’s not shying away from that contact and that abuse," Lakers summer league coach Jesse Mermuys said. "He’s trying to go get it. That’s a really good sign." Ingram has taken a backseat to the D'Angelo Russell show at summer league, and at just 195 pounds, it could take Ingram some time to adjust to playing at the NBA level. With the Lakers signing Luol Deng, Ingram doesn't make for the most alluring prospect in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 13 - 12:39 PM

Tarik Black said that Luke Walton promised to give him a fair shot at competing for minutes in Los Angeles' frontcourt.

"‘I don’t ask to be given anything. I just ask for a fair shot,’" Black recalled of the conversation. "‘If I earn something, give it to me." Black's relationship with Walton began back in 2011 when Walton served as an assistant coach with the University of Memphis, and the two have kept in touch ever since. Timofey Mozgov will be Black's primary competition for playing time, but it's tough to see him earning much more than 20 minutes a night. Black is not someone to target in standard leagues.
Jul 13 - 10:10 AM


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