The Lakers won their 17th NBA champion in October and have actually started another title chase in December. Follow every action of the Lakers’ repeat bid right here with the current news and analysis from Lakers beat writers Bill Oram and Jovan Buha and nationwide NBA writers Shams Charania, Sam Amick, Joe Vardon, John Hollinger and Zach Harper.

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The Lakers revealed Tuesday that Alex Caruso will miss both video games against the Spurs on Wednesday and Friday in San Antonio. The fourth-year guard was a late scratch for Monday’s home loss to Portland due to the league’s COVID-19 health and security procedure.

Coach Frank Vogel stated LeBron James and Anthony Davis will play in Monday’s house game versus Portland. The Lakers, however, will be without guard Alex Caruso due to the NBA’s health and wellness protocols.

It might be LeBron James’ turn to rest. The Lakers noted him as questionable (together with Alex Caruso) for Monday night’s game versus Portland, after James worsened a left ankle sprain in Sunday’s 127-91 win over Minnesota. Anthony Davis, who sat Sunday with a calf injury, was noted as probable versus the Trail Sports jackets.

Anthony Davis will not play Sunday night versus Minnesota because of a calf injury, coach Frank Vogel informed reporters. Davis at first harmed his right calf during the Lakers’ season opener on Tuesday, then worsened it Friday, when he scored 28 points in thirty minutes during a triumph over Dallas. The Lakers likewise play Portland on Monday night.

Magic Johnson revealed on Twitter that he and his partner Cookie received Lakers championship rings from owner Jeanie Buss. “This is my 11th NBA Championship ring!” Johnson happily wrote. Johnson helped hire LeBron James to the Lakers in the summertime of 2018, however he abruptly resigned as president of basketball operations in April of 2019.

The Lakers have actually begun agreement extension talks with point guard Dennis Schröder, according to ESPN. Schröder, who turned down an extension before the season, had a remarkable Lakers debut in Tuesday’s season-opening loss to the Clippers with 14 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists.

It appears an ankle injury won’t prevent LeBron James from playing Friday versus the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. “I have actually never ever missed out on a Christmas Day video game, so I do not intend on missing one tomorrow,” James told press reporters Thursday morning. James left Tuesday’s season opener in the fourth quarter after he tweaked his left ankle.

Longtime NBA front-office staffer John Hollinger has assessed the recent contract extensions around the league, and he’s not a fan of the three-year, $40-million offer in between the Lakers and Kyle Kuzma. Hollinger does not think Kuzma will improve considerably and believes the Lakers eliminated much of their trade optionality.

If it seems like the Lakers’ championship run simply happened, you’re not alone. Anthony Davis stated he and LeBron James couldn’t “believe we just played a basketball video game” after a season-opening 116-109 loss to the Clippers, Expense Oram writes. James stated playing a video game “even felt weird,” but a really odd sight needs to’ve been a renewed Clippers squad led by Paul George.

Making use of images has actually developed into a huge dispute between LeBron James and a professional photographer. Initially taken legal action against over social-media posts, James now has actually submitted a countersuit requesting for a minimum of $1 million. James declares the photographer illegally utilized pictures of James to promote his image firm.

Kyle Kuzma recently showed he wasn’t clear about his function. That doesn’t appear to have changed. On the eve of Tuesday’s season opener versus the Clippers, coach Frank Vogel said Kuzma’s function– starter or reserve?– “is still to be identified and will likely be fluid throughout the year.”

The big majority of NBA writers, editors and podcasters at The Athletic predict the Lakers to repeat as NBA champs in 2020-21. The Lakers received 27 of the 37 votes and, if our other choices are proper, will celebrate a number of other individual awards en route to title banner No. 18.

Naturally the Lakers start the 2020-21 season as the No. 1 group in The Athletic’s preliminary power rankings. The offseason moves that strengthened the bench could save LeBron James’ legs as Frank Vogel attempts to keep his soldiers fresh for the postseason, Zach Harper composes.

Simply days after revealing unpredictability over his role this season, Kyle Kuzma got clarity on his Lakers future in the kind of a three-year, $40 million contract extension. Costs Oram believes the deal is a smart compromise for both celebrations.