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Anatomy of a train wreck: How Lakers' season went from bad to worst — The air inside Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario was extremely cold last October when the Lakers arrived to entertain their large Inland Empire fan base in a meaningless exhibition game. The building is also home to a minor league hockey team, so below the temporary court was a layer of ice, inches from where the teams were playing.

Mitch Kupchak says Lakers can be in 'hunt quickly' after lost season — Eons have seemingly come and gone since Mitch Kupchak's declaration last September that "our expectations are to win a championship." It's hard to imagine a Lakers season that felt longer than this one. So many losses, so many questions, so many people glad it's over.

Lakers' Tarik Black just happy to be here — Tarik Black was thoroughly enjoying his rookie season. He was hanging around with Dwight Howard in Houston. Got a handful of starts when Howard got hurt. Even had 11 points and nine rebounds against the Clippers, not bad for a guy who went undrafted.

Lakers' Jordan Clarkson aiming 'to be my own player' — Jordan Clarkson was the Lakers' lone bright spot this season, possibly carving out a spot on the NBA's all-rookie team while making a lot of teams regret passing him up in last year's draft. He actually watched the draft eight to 10 times this season after a bad game, a "motivating thing," he called it Thursday, well aware he was the 46th overall pick.

Have we seen the last of Ed Davis in a Lakers uniform? — Ed Davis had a decent season with the Lakers, good enough to decline a player option for $1.1 million soon enough. What isn't known is whether he'll price himself out of the Lakers' range. Early signs point to yes. "You know how free agency is. Things get a little weird," Davis said Thursday.

Lakers' Wesley Johnson enters frustrating part of his life -- again — Another summer, another unsettling time for Wesley Johnson. He'll be a free agent in July, yet again, three years in a row for him. "I would love a multi-year deal," he said Thursday, but would anybody give it to him? The Lakers handed Johnson one-year deals the last two summers for the league minimum.

Lakers season review: What went wrong, and how should they respond? — The Lakers are in utter disarray, meekly finishing their worst season ever with a 122-99 loss Wednesday to the almost-as-meek Sacramento Kings. The hand-wringing has been nonstop among the fan base, a championship never seeming so far away. What went wrong? And what can be done to recover?

Lakers bottom out, end worst season with 122-99 loss to Kings — The Lakers tried to chase history a few short years ago, acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to pair with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, all in the name of winning a 17th NBA championship and catching the hated Boston Celtics.

You won't recognize Lakers' starting lineup in Wednesday night's finale — The Lakers are trying to avoid history with a lineup you'd barely recognize. A loss Wednesday to the Sacramento Kings would mean the worst season in franchise history, falling below the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers and their .264 winning percentage.

Jeremy Lin, Nick Young hope to return to Lakers next season — The Lakers took the unusual step of starting exit meetings before their season ended, a dual symbol of their injury-ravaged roster and, indeed, the desire to make 2014-15 go away as quickly as possible. Injured players cleaned out their lockers Tuesday and met with, in no particular order, General Manager Mitch Kupchak, Coach Byron Scott and the media at the team's training facility.
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Apr 16, 2015

MK: "The make-up of the team right now is not clear enough to draw Kobe in and say ‘This is what we’re going to expect. Can you do it?’ "

Apr 16, 2015

Kupchak isn't so sure what to expect from Kobe next season. "I don't know." (1/2)

Apr 16, 2015

Did Kupchak have any regrets last two years? "I do wish that we would have been able to keep Pau Gasol. He's still playing at a high level."

Apr 16, 2015

Kupchak's early analysis of the draft: “This would be a good draft to participate in. Being two months out, I’m pleased with the players."

Apr 16, 2015

Kupchak on the importance of keeping top-5 protected pick: "We’d like to have something in our pocket for the way the year went."

Apr 16, 2015

Lakers GM Kupchak trying to remain optimistic: "We can get better quickly. We can be in the hunt quickly. A lot depends on May 19."

Apr 16, 2015

Byron might be Lakers' rep at next month's lottery. "They asked me to go," he said. Expressed concern, though, if Lakers lose pick. Indeed.

Apr 16, 2015

Kobe is starting to lift weights again, Byron Scott said, "going back to his old way of working out." Might be ahead of schedule a bit?

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