The LA Lakers aren’t expected to win a lot of games despite having LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. They are reportedly trying to part ways with Westbrook, but no team has accepted their offer.
Additionally, several unproven players must step up to prevent another mediocre season from the Purple and Gold. Recent rumors suggest they are interested in Donovan Mitchell, but they are unlikely to acquire him.
Let’s look at the news stories around the Lakers in the last 24 hours.
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant

were great friends on and off the court. They used to chat during games and took pride in guarding each other. They were the league’s two best players for years and the healthy competition motivated them to improve. Bryant congratulated James when he surpassed him on the all-time scoring leaderboard. A few days later, James spoke at Bryant’s memorial service.
LeBron James remembered the late great Kobe Bryant on his 44th birthday by sharing a clip from the upcoming LA Lakers docuseries. He captioned it:
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Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen‘s son, Scotty Pippen Jr., signed a two-way deal with the LA Lakers this summer. He joined the team in Las Vegas during the NBA Summer League and dropped 11.8 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game in five outings.
Pippen Jr. may see some playing time with the Lakers if he is called up from their G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.
On the “Lakeshow” podcast, Scotty Pippen Jr. described how watching James’ work ethic motivates him. He said:
LeBron James signed a two-year, $97.1 million extension last week, and many believe it is a farewell package for him. The Lakers missed the play-in tournament last season, and we may not see a major improvement this year. They will likely be competing to make the playoffs.
On “The Odd Couple,”’s Mark Medina, said that James’ extension reminds him of Kobe Bryant’s last two years with the Lakers. He said:


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