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Eating on the Fly
Lakers radio play-by-play man John Ireland joined us to discuss what it's like trying to eat healthy while on the road, including what kind of options (Ireland always chooses steak) are provided on the team charter plane. Eating on the Fly
Men who Led the Lakers: Partial Seasons
We wrap up our series on the men who led the Lakers with the men who coached partial seasons, helped along by longtime Laker Bill Bertka, who himself stepped into the head chair for three games across his long career as an assistant coach and scout and went 2-1. Men who Led the Lakers: Partial Seasons
Walt Hazzard Passes Away
Walt Hazzard, a long-time member of the Los Angeles Lakers organization, passed away earlier today. Hazzard, 69, died of natural causes at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Walt Hazzard Passes Away
Lakers Visit Long Beach Senior Center
When you put turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, Wii bowling, Mike Brown, A.C. Green, the Laker Girls and a bunch of enthusiastic senior citizens in a room, good things are going to happen. Lakers Visit Long Beach Senior Center
Getting to Know: Darvin Ham
In the fourth of our series featuring Mike Brown's new assistant coaches (Getting to know: John Kuester; Quin Snyder; Chuck Person), we get to know Darvin Ham, who joined the staff on Oct. 24. Ham played his college ball at Texas Tech before playing eight of his 12 professional seasons in the NBA. His first coaching gig came as a player-coach with the New Mexico Thunderbirds in 2008. Getting to Know: Darvin Ham
Lakers Team Up Event: LA Regional Food Bank/Jewish Family Services
Members of the Lakers staff again joined Jewish Family Services, this time at their food pantry near Sunset and La Brea in West Hollywood, for a Lakers Team Up event. Lakers Team Up Event: LA Regional Food Bank/Jewish Family Services
Lakers Team Up Event: Lakers Honor Military Veterans
On Veterans Day morning in Inglewood, head coach Mike Brown led several members of the Lakers staff in saying thank you to hundreds of veterans assembled at the home of the U.S. Vets – Los Angeles for the nonprofit organization’s annual Veterans Day Breakfast. Team Up: Lakers Honor Military Veterans
Lakers Team Up Event: Lakers Staffers Heal the Bay
On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, 26 Lakers employees took part in the latest Lakers Team Up initiative, this time tasked with collecting as much trash and debris as possible as one-day members of the Heal the Bay project. Team Up: Lakers Staffers Heal the Bay | Photos
Lakers Team Up Event: LA Regional Food Bank/Jewish Family Services
Members of the Lakers staff and their friends participated in the second Lakers Team Up event of the season at the Jewish Family Services food pantry near Pico and Robertson in Los Angeles. Lakers Team Up Event: LA Regional Food Bank/Jewish Family Services
Lakers Reunite for Magic
Magic Johnson has always attracted a crowd. And at Monday afternoon's press conference at Staples Center things were no different as several former Lakers players, coaches and staff showed up to support Magic. Lakers Reunite for Magic | Photo Gallery.
Magic Johnson 20 Years Later
20 years ago, Magic Johnson announced to the world that he had contracted the HIV virus in an emotional press conference at the Great Western Forum. Twenty years later at Staples Center, the virus under control thanks to consistent treatment and a healthy lifestyle. Magic Johnson 20 Years Later | Photo Gallery.
Lakers Team Up Event: Volunteers of America
The Lakers coaching staff and employees joined with Volunteers of America Transition House in downtown Los Angeles for the first Lakers Team Up event of the year. Read about the event. | Photo Gallery.
Ham on Brown
Darvin Ham, the newest addition to Mike Brown's coaching staff, first bought into what Brown had to offer as an undrafted rookie in 1996. The work ethic Brown showed hooked Ham immediately.
Mike Brown's Playbook
Since the middle of August, Mike Brown and his staff have gone through his offensive playbook, play by play, tweaking every page to fit his Lakers' personnel.
Brown and Staff at Work
Mike Brown and his staff have been busy putting together playbooks designed specifically to fit L.A.'s personnel, the assistants each bringing something specific to the table.
Lakers Team Up
The Los Angeles Lakers have announced the launch of “Lakers Team Up”, the organization’s employee service campaign, and part of the team’s continuing drive to be champions on the court and in the community.
Darvin Ham Joins Coaching Staff
The Lakers announced that Darvin Ham, an 8-year NBA veteran and most recently the head coach of the D-League's New Mexico Thunderbirds, became the newest addition to Mike Brown's coaching staff. Press Release
Lakers Coaches is taking a look at all the coaches for the team since they moved to Los Angeles. Phil Jackson (1999-2004, 2005-2011) | Del Harris (94-99) | Randy Pfund (92-94) | Mike Dunleavy (90-92) | Pat Riley (82-90) | Paul Westhead (79-82) | Jack McKinney (79-80) | Jerry West (76-79) | Bill Sharman (71-76) | Joe Mullaney (69-71) | Bill van Breda Kolff (67-69) | Fred Schaus (60-67)
Laker Girls in China
Ashley, Dara, Heather, Melissa, Octavia and Veronica took a trip to China stopping in Foshan, Kunming and Guangzhou to perform routines and see the country. Follow along with their adventures. See photos from the trip.
The Lakers Shrine
George Mikan's glasses. Elgin Baylor's game-worn uniform. Jerry West's game-worn shoes. Wilt Chamberlain's passport. Kareem Abdul Jabbar's goggles. Magic Johnson's game-worn Dream Team jersey. Shaquille O'Neal's shoes. All of it autographed. That's just a sampling of the massive Lakers Shrine.
Hall of Famer Bill Sharman: Q & A
One of only three in the history of the NBA to make the Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach, former Lakers Coach and GM Bill Sharman handled 20 of our questions about his storied career.
Laker Girls Visit Pechanga
2011-12 Laker Girls Jessica, Melissa and Octavia experience a Laker Girls Night Out at Pechanga Resort & Casino, visitng the golf course, attending a concert, eating at the restaurant at the resort and then topping the night off at the club.
Old School Box Score
In the files of Lakers Director of Scouting/Basketball Consultant Bill Bertka, we found the official box score from a game on Nov. 14, 1969.
Sharman's Practice Plan: 1971-72
What did an NBA practice plan look like in 1971? uncovers a plan from Bill Sharman's Lakers.
Laker Girl Auditions 2011 was at the auditions to make the 2011-12 Laker Girls squad. Check out all 4 videos as the process unfolds leading up to this season's team.
Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Meet the 2011-12 Laker Girls
Athleticism and Skill, Then and Now
Mitch Kupchak and Gary Vitti weigh in on how much more athletic -- and less skilled -- NBA players generally are in 2011 than, for example, 1984-85, Kupchak's last season.
Kupchak Live Chat
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak did a live chat on over the summer and covered a variety of topics answering questions from Lakers fans. Kupchak on Brown | Key Stat.
1971-72 Lakers
The 1971-72 Lakers were among the greatest teams in NBA history and stormed through the regular season, including a ridiculous 33-game winning streak, an American professional sports record. Relive the championship clinching win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with our retro diary.
Lakers - Warriors: 1991 Retro Diary
We took a look back at Game 2 of the 1991 Western Conference Semi's, a classic scoring duel between Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Chris Mullin.
Interview with Mike Brown
During an extended LakersTV interview with head coach Mike Brown, we spent some time talking about variety of topics from the team to life in LA: Assistant Coaches | Lakers To Play Some Zone?
On Los Angeles | Brown's (Productive) Commute.
Tex Winter: Hall of Famer
After a lifetime of teaching the game, Tex Winter will be elected into the NBA's Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Winter served as an assistant coach and consultant for Phil Jackson's staff from 1999-2000 to 2008-09, adding four championships to his six with Chicago. Phil Jackson on Tex Winter.
Vlade Divac: Uniting Through Hoops
Throughout years of hardship in the former Yugoslavia, it's long been a goal of Vlade Divac to use basketball as a way to unite children from his native land, a mission he has successfully navigated through the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program.
Lakers Records takes a look at the Lakers' record books, from both the regular season and also the playoffs, including a 13-game winning streak through the 1988 and 1989 playoffs, and a 153-point game in 1985.
Getting to Know: Chuck Person
In the third of our series of getting to know Mike Brown's assistant coaches, we were joined by Chuck Person, who detailed his basketball past and present. Chuck Person had a special teacher for his shot, learn about Chuck Person's Shot Doctor
Becoming a Laker Girl
What does it take to become a Laker Girl? How does one dancer distinguish herself out of a group of hundreds, with only 22 spots on the STAPLES Center hardwood to be claimed? A two-year veteran of the Laker Girls, Veronica knows what it takes.
Director's Daily
Director of the Laker Girls Lisa Estrada is keeping a daily diary of the audition process for, starting with a summary of a full Saturday as over 400 hopefuls came to the Toyota Sports Center to show off their skills.
Getting to Know: Quin Snyder
We get to know Quin Snyder, who played for three Duke Final Four teams in the late 1980's before starting his coaching career in 1994. Snyder most recently worked for Doug Collins and the Sixers.
Laker Girls Auditions Tip Off
On Saturday morning at the Toyota Sports Center, more than 400 young ladies from here, there and everywhere gathered with the same, simple dream of becoming a Laker Girl. The girls came from Los Angeles, from Alaska, from Ohio, and even Australia to show off their skills in front of a group of experienced judges.
Lakers 2011-12 Schedule Breakdown
First year Lakers coach Mike Brown used the word “angry” to describe the mood he not only expected, but wanted entering the 2011-12 season, and with the release of the NBA’s schedule on Tuesday morning, Brown can now start to picture his team’s path.
November 7, 1991
On Nov. 7, 1991, Magic Johnson held a press conference at the Great Western Forum to reveal that he’d contracted the HIV virus. Lakers head trainer Gary Vitti was one of only seven people to first hear the news that no one else would know for a two-week period.
Getting to Know John Kuester
Get to know John Kuester, who worked under Brown in Cleveland from 2007-09 before taking over head coaching duties with Detroit for the past two seasons. Here's what Kuester had to say about his basketball influences growing up in the game.
Lakers Hire Ettore Messina as Coaching Consultant
The Lakers have hired Ettore Messina, who will serve as a coaching consultant for the team. Messina joins the Lakers after spending the last two years as the head coach of the Spanish League Club, Real Madrid. Previously, Messina was head coach of CSKA Moscow for four seasons.
Checking in with the Laker Girls
On July 16, auditions for the 2011-12 Laker Girls will take place at the Toyota Sports Center, starting at 9 a.m. sharp. In the meantime, Laker Girls Director Lisa Estrada (technically the organization’s Director, Game Operations and Entertainment) joined us for a chat.
Lakers Announce Hiring of John Kuester as Assistant Coach
The Los Angeles Lakers have hired John Kuester to serve as an assistant coach, it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Kuester joins the Lakers after a two-year stint as head coach for the Detroit Pistons.
Brown Has Autonomy in Assistant Search
On Thursday afternoon, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak met with the team's new selection for head coach, Mike Brown, to discuss Brown's plans for his coaching staff. As Kupchak explained to us just before the meeting, the GM's role in the process differs depending on the experience level of the coach.
Mitch Kupchak on Coaching Decision
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak took questions after Mike Brown's press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Click to read a transcription of what Kupchak had to say, including his statement to introduce Brown.
Kupchak on Draft Camps
In June 23rd's NBA Draft, the Lakers are currently slotted for four second round picks, but none in the first round. As general manager Mitch Kupchak explained, that doesn't mean he and his staff won't have a good read on every player eligible.
Brown's Three Rules: Offense takes a look at new head coach Mike Brown's offensive staples: Attack the clock, Ball reversal and Spacing.
Brown's Three Rules: Defense
New head coach Mike Brown shares his 3 primary rules for defense: Shrink the floor, Don't give up the middle and Get multiple efforts to finish with a contested shot.
Lakers Announce Broadcast Teams
Longtime Southern California area broadcasters Bill Macdonald (television) and John Ireland (radio) as the team's play-by-play announcers for the upcoming 2011-12 season. Stu Lantz (television) and Mychal Thompson (radio) return as the respective color analyst. Lakers Announce Broadcast Teams for 2011-12 Season
Mike Brown Named Head Coach
The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Mike Brown as head coach. Brown, the 22nd head coach in franchise history and 18th in the Los Angeles era, spent last season as an NBA analyst for ESPN after previously serving as head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mike Brown Becomes 22nd Head Coach in Lakers History | Photos
Lakers Surprised by Kareem's Comments
Like Magic Johnson or Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has long been held in the highest esteem by the Lakers organization, celebrated as one of the greatest players in the game's history, and as a critical piece of the franchise's championship legacy.Team spokesman John Black told that the franchise was very surprised to hear of Abdul-Jabbar's comments in the past few days.
Phil's Final Exit
Phil Jackson concluded the greatest coaching career in NBA history with the most coaching championships (11), highest regular season winning percentage (70.4 percent), fourth most regular season wins (1,155), most playoff wins and in 20 seasons, he went to the Finals 13 times. On Wednesday he met with the media one last time. Phil Jackson's Final Exit Interview
Preseason Schedule Announced
The Lakers will kick off the 2011 preseason on October 9 when they take on the Warriors at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. The Lakers will also play games in Ontario, Anaheim, Las Vegas, San Diego, Bakersfield and their regular season home, STAPLES Center, as part of their preseason slate. Lakers Announce 2011-12 Preseason Schedule
Lakers Agree to New Broadcast Deal
The Lakers and Time Warner Cable today entered into a 20-year, wide-ranging agreement for rights to distribute all locally available pre-season, regular season, and post-season Lakers games, beginning with the 2012-2013 season.
Los Angeles Lakers and Time Warner Cable Sign Long-Term Agreement for Lakers Games | New Deal FAQs
Phil Jackson: A Reflection
Phil Jackson sat down Thursday night and shared stories and thoughts past and present with the seven reporters who follow the team across the country, ranging from why he's retiring, recollections of his favorite players, his philosophy of coaching and more. Phil Jackson: A Reflection
Lakers to make donation to Red Cross for Tornado and Flood Victims
The Los Angeles Lakers announced that they will make a donation to the American Red Cross fund to assist in the relief efforts for victims of the devastating floods and tornadoes that have occurred across the southern part of the country.
Tex Winter Elected to Hall of Fame
On Monday morning, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2011 inductees, including former Lakers assistant coach Tex Winter. Winter, who served as an assistant and consultant for the Lakers at the tail end of his remarkable basketball career, is considered one of the best and brightest hoops minds ever. Tex Winter Elected to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Sells Share of Lakers to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Los Angeles Lakers legend and part-owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson has sold his share of the team to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Lakers season seat holder for more than 25 years and is Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation, Chairman and CEO of All About Advanced Health and founder of the National Coalition for Health Integration.
Sid Hartman and the Minneapolis Lakers
Sid Hartman, the man who brought that team to Minneapolis in the first place and subsequently made all personnel and many business decisions, joined us on to look back at the first days of the franchise in advance of the current Lakers squad's Tuesday evening matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jerry West Celebrated at Statue Unveiling
The man that has perhaps meant more to the history of the Lakers both as a Hall of Fame player and, in Magic Johnson's words, the best executive in NBA history, sat on a stage outside STAPLES Center alongside friends and family as he was honored with a bronze statue in his likeness. Photos
Chick Hearn: Remembering a Legend
In August of 2002, the Los Angeles Lakers lost a cherished family member with the passing of Chick Hearn. More than an announcer, Chick embodied the spirit and determination that have made the Los Angeles Lakers champions nine times over.
2010 Championship Ring
The Los Angeles Lakers are commemorating their 16th NBA Championship with a ring that has a few touches that have never before been seen in a sports ring. Each ring has a piece of the actual game ball from the team's Game 7 victory on the under side as well as a 3D representation of each player.
Dr. Jerry Buss - Hall of Fame
Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hallf of Fame for his many contributions to the game of basketball.

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