May 8, 2019, 8:46 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
While Tyronn Lue appears likely to become the next coach of the Lakers, Tom Thibodeau isn’t enamored to the idea of becoming an assistant.
LeBron’s close associates were gauging Thibodeau’s interest in becoming a top assistant two weeks ago in a role similar to the one Mike Brown and Ron Adams serve under Steve Kerr in Golden State. Rather than joining the Lakers, it appears that Thibodeau will hold out for his next head-coaching gig and that’s why Lue may turn to former Pacers coach Frank Vogel.
Source: The Athletic
May 7, 2019, 8:43 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Lakers and Tyronn Lue are in the process of working on a contract agreement that would make Lue the franchise’s next head coach.
Lue has not accepted the position yet as both sides continue to focus on contractual parameters. If he takes the job, Frank Vogel, the former coach of the Pacers and the Magic could join his staff as a lead assistant. The agreement seems to only be a matter of time since Monty Williams, the other main candidate, opted for the same job with the Suns.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
May 5, 2019, 12:01 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James spoke about his reaction to Magic Johnson’s resignation for the first time publicly on the most recent episode of HBO’s The Shop.
“No one had no idea,” James said. “We were like, ‘Damn, like right now?’ It was literally 70 minutes on the clock before (the game). I’m not playing, but my team is still playing, and you kind of decide to do that right here, right now. I feel like there’s a time and place for things, and I believe that you knew that you were going to make that decision, so why would you do it here and why would you do it now?” James didn’t hide his confusion and disappointment in recalling one of the strangest moments in recent basketball memory. Many had wondered if James had any indication of what Magic was about to do, given how close they were and how pivotal Johnson was in convincing James to play in LA. It seems as though that he was just as much in the dark as the rest of us.
Source: USA Today
April 17, 2019, 10:20 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
While former Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is considered by many to be the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Lakers, Marc Stein of the New York Times says that the team has some reservations about reuniting Lue with superstar LeBron James.
The buzz circulating in coaching circles is that Monty Williams has a stronger-than-expected shot at the job because some in the Lakers’ organization may fear hiring Lue would be giving LeBron too much control. Lue, who along with James, helped lead the Cavs to the 2016 NBA championship, would bring some baggage if he were to assume the coaching position and it remains to be seen who makes the call for the hire in the next few weeks.
Source: Marc Stein of NY Times
April 17, 2019, 9:57 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
The 2018-19 Lakers roster ranks as one of the weakest teams assembled around LeBron James since his rookie season 16 years ago.
Win Shares per 48 minutes is a metric that attempts to give players credit for how much they each contributed to a win. WS/48 has an average of about .100, and LeBron had at least three teammates above .100 each season he advanced to the playoffs and five teammates above that mark during his NBA Finals appearances with the Heat and the Cavs. This season however, out of his teammates who played in at least 40 games, only Javale McGee and Tyson Chandler broke that mark, while most of them saw their contributions decrease. The questions about the roster construction were there since the beginning of the year and the advanced stats seem to validate the lack of talent around LeBron but we shouldn’t underestimate the Anthony Davis drama that torpedoed the team’s locker room chemistry in the middle of the season.
Source: LA Times
April 16, 2019, 8:27 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Brad Turner of the LA Times is reporting that Tyronn Lue will be meeting with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on Friday in Los Angeles about the team’s head coaching job.
Ty Lue, Monty Williams and Juwan Howard appear to be the main frontrunners for the job and the Lakers will be conducting interviews with them this week. Lue has coached LeBron in Cleveland while Williams was the Pelicans head coach from 2010 until 2015 and has a solid relationship with Anthony Davis. Pelinka is currently calling the shots in Los Angeles and it appears that the team will opt for a head coach who has strong ties to LeBron James.
Source: Brad Turner on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 1:29 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers were a major disappointment in LeBron James’ first year with the franchise, and James was a mild letdown with top-15/25 fantasy value.
James suffered the first serious injury of his career, a left groin strain that shelved him for 17 straight games and ultimately led to him playing in just 55 contests (top-45/65 total value) as rest and load management days stacked up once the playoff chase was over. LeBron’s fantasy value fell from its first-round perch as his efficiency waned to .510 from the field (a four-year low) and a career-worst .665 from the line on 7.6 attempts per game. The rest of his numbers were predictably solid at 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 threes, but James also looked disinterested at times this season and seemed frustrated with his teammates for long stretches. Perhaps the Lakers have learned their lesson and will fill out the roster with better shooters this summer, though Magic Johnson's sudden resignation doesn't make it look like things are under control here. That said, this is the first time in a long time that LeBron, who has logged grueling minutes in deep playoff runs for over a decade now, will get a full summer to rest and recover, and he’s probably going to have something to prove next season. Should be fun.
April 9, 2019, 9:06 pmLeBron James - Team - Los Angeles Lakers
After scheduling an impromptu press conference Tuesday evening, Magic Johnson has stepped down as the Lakers' President of Basketball Ops.
As if the Lakers couldn't be more Hollywood this season, Magic Johnson throws another plot twist at the NBA. According to Magic, he has yet to tell Jeanie Buss, who will possibly be as shocked as himself. Magic said he wants to be able to be bias and congratulate players like Russell Westbrook for accomplishments, so he does not feel comfortable in his role. Many predicted the Lakers would be somewhat of a circus this season, but no one could have predicted this.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
March 30, 2019, 5:00 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have announced that LeBron James will sit out the rest of the regular season.
It was only a matter of time before they shut him down as the Lakers have been out of playoff contention for quite some time now. The Lakers roster as a whole gets a slight boost with no one player receiving a significantly larger bump than the others.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
March 30, 2019, 1:41 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James played through his groin injury in Friday's 129-115 win over the Hornets, scoring 27 points to go with three rebounds, nine assists and four 3-pointers.
James went 11-of-19 from the field but committed six turnovers, though in fairness it's not a terrible total considering he committed four in the first quarter. Expect some more time off for Bron down the stretch, though he'll remain an elite play whenever he is on the floor.
March 29, 2019, 8:55 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (groin) and Mike Muscala (tibialis posterior tendinitis) will play on Friday vs. the Hornets.
Make sure LeBron is in your lineups while Muscala can be left on the wire.
Source: Kyle Goon on Twitter
March 29, 2019, 7:01 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (groin) is probable to play on Friday vs. the Hornets.
James has missed a few games due to questionable injury calls but it looks like he’s planning on playing in this one. Mike Muscala (tibialis posterior tendonitis) is also probable though he’s not looking at much time on the court.
March 27, 2019, 3:00 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers are listing LeBron James (undisclosed) as out for Wednesday's game against the Jazz.
This isn't shocking to see LeBron sit at the back end of a back-to-back. With LeBron out there are going to be ton of minutes and shots to go around. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope poured in another 29 points last night and needs to be picked up, even with a tough Jazz defense on tap, as he continues to be scorching hot.
Source: Lakers on Twitter
March 27, 2019, 9:33 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Marc Stein of the New York Times is reporting that the Lakers, who are widely expected to dismiss Luke Walton at season’s end, are big fans of Rick Carlisle.
The report adds that another name frequently cited in league coaching circles is the very available Tyronn Lue, who is better known for having coached LeBron James for 2 1/2 seasons in Cleveland. The Lakers are expected to be very active in the upcoming offseason and a coaching change seems inevitable. Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and now Lue and Carlisle have appeared to be some of the names being considered for the soon-to-be vacant coaching position in Los Angeles. Carlisle is under contract with the Mavs and is reportedly anxious to coach Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis next season so we wouldn’t think there is a chance he gets himself out of this situation to go to LA.
Source: NY Times
March 27, 2019, 1:25 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James scored 23 points on 11-of-20 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, 14 assists and one steal over 34 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Wizards.
James said after the game on TNT that he felt good and "I don't know what the rest of the season is going to hold for me, as far as how many games I end up playing, but when I do suit up then it's my job to go out and produce." It was sort of a throwaway comment and also made a joke about skipping the game to see Chris Bosh's retirement ceremony, but that the NBA "had been on (his) ass for taking games off in the past." It sounds like there will be some games off but the question is how many.