The Lakers were saddened to learn of the loss of a family member on Saturday, June 2, as former first-round draft pick and member of the 1971-72 championship team LeRoy Ellis, 72, passed away after a battle with cancer.

Ellis spent six of his 14 NBA seasons with the Lakers, starting in 1962-63, when he was drafted after starring at St. John's University. By his fourth season in L.A., the 6-11, 210-pound Ellis nearly averaged a double-double with 12.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, before being traded to Baltimore the following season.

Former Laker Orlando Woolridge, who played with the team from 1988-90, passed away yesterday at the age of 52.

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have promoted Glenn Carraro to Assistant General Manager, it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

The championship aspirations that have so consistently marked players who put on the Purple and Gold jersey were there coming into the 2011-12 campaign, yet again. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum led the Lakers into a lockout shortened season that began on Christmas Day, the mindset simple: title or bust.

With the standard set and the talent good enough for another deep run, the team's ultimate loss in the Western Semi's -- despite signs of promise and flirtation with playoff success — was not what the Lakers had in mind.

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