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Lakers week in review

latimes.com — On Tuesday, the Lakers got a big win, landing the No. 2 pick in the NBA's draft lottery. The Lakers only had 12.6% odds of improving its fourth position in the lottery. Had the team dropped to sixth or seventh, a 17.2% chance, the Lakers would have sent their 2015 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, to complete the Steve Nash trade.

Stanley Johnson Says He Can Guard Four Positions

basketballinsiders.com — 18-year-old small forward Stanley Johnson believes he can quickly become an impact defender in the NBA. "In today's day and age, it's about defensive versatility. How many people you can guard and how well you can do it," said Johnson on Thursday at a Santa Barbara workout in front of approximately 150 NBA executives, hosted by his agent Bill Duffy.

Frank Kaminsky Wants to be a Stretch Four

basketballinsiders.com — Center Frank Kaminsky is eying a new position when he transitions to the NBA from Wisconsin. "[I'm] turning myself into a four," said Kaminsky at a Santa Barbara workout on Thursday for approximately 150 NBA executives, hosted by his agent Bill Duffy. "In college, I played the five for so long.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak: Kobe Bryant (still) likely to retire in 2016

chicagotribune.com — Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. Like the old "Saturday Night Live" joke, recent reports indicating Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant is expected to retire after next season are a bit of a rehash. "He has indicated to me that this is it," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday on "Sirius XM NBA Radio" with Rick Fox and Jared Greenberg.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak: Kobe Bryant (still) likely to retire in 2016

latimes.com — Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. Like the old "Saturday Night Live" joke, recent reports indicating Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant is expected to retire after next season are a bit of a rehash. "He has indicated to me that this is it," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday on "Sirius XM NBA Radio" with Rick Fox and Jared Greenberg.

GM Mitch Kupchak: No. 2 pick won't lead to immediate NBA title

latimes.com — The Lakers are ecstatic they won the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft in Tuesday's draft lottery, but the team's general manager, Mitch Kupchak, on Thursday tried to dampen expectations that a championship is imminent.

Jeff Van Gundy: 'It's a great day for the Lakers and their fans'

latimes.com — That the Lakers won the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, instead of losing their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, was a significant victory for the franchise. "It's a great day for the Lakers and their fans," said ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy on a Wednesday conference call.

No. 2 draft pick could mean end of Jordan Hill's run with Lakers

latimes.com — With the Lakers winning the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Jordan Hill's time with the team could be nearing an end. The team has an option on Hill's contract next year with the decision due before July. The Lakers can either pay him $9 million for the 2015-16 season, or render him an unrestricted free agent.

Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge best No. 2 picks of last 15 years

latimes.com — The Lakers won the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft in Tuesday's lottery, behind the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since 2000, a number of elite players were selected second -- along with many who never lived up to their potential.

Karl-Anthony Towns is odds-on favorite to be top NBA draft pick

chicagotribune.com — The Lakers lucked into the second overall pick in the NBA draft with a strong showing in Tuesday's draft lottery. The Minnesota Timberwolves will make the first selection. According to gambling website Bovada, Kentucky forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns is most likely, at 1-2 odds, to be the top pick in the draft.
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May 25, 2015

@jffstphns3 @LiridonRamadani don't like the group defensively but if they can do that - they should probably not say no to it

May 25, 2015

NBA's last 2-minute report is long - cause it includes OT - but not a single officiating error, per league

May 25, 2015

@LiridonRamadani over-thinking - looking at the roster as it is - which is not how the Lakers are looking at it



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