According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired veteran Head Coach Frank Vogel to take the helm of the legendary franchise. The former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic Head Coach reportedly agreed to a deal late Saturday night, with the organization announcing the news just moments later.
According to multiple reports, the Los Angeles Lakers are meeting with former Cleveland Cavaliers’ Head Coach Tyronn Lue today to discuss potentially making him the Head Coach of the Lakers. Many analysts have speculated that Lue could be the top-candidate for the Lakers based on his past experience with superstar LeBron James.
Lue was relieved of his duties as the Cavs’ Head Coach earlier in the season after his former team started out the season with a rough stretch.
According to multiple sources, the Los Angeles Lakers and Head Coach Luke Walton have agreed to part ways. The young coach had been at the helm of the Lakers for three seasons before the pair decided to go their separate ways. The decision was made after the Lakers went 37-45 in their 2018-2019 campaign, one in which the team missed the playoffs after acquiring superstar LeBron James in free agency.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Lakers’ legend Magic Johnson has stepped down as President of Basketball Operations for the legendary organization. In a statement from Magic Johnson himself, the legendary guard said that the Ben Simmons situation hurt him because it made him look like the “bad guy.” According to multiple reports, Johnson says that he hopes he can “return to the person (he) was before he took the job.”
According to a statement from the Los Angeles Lakers, the organization has decided they will shut down LeBron for the final six games of the season. With the team being out of playoff contention, the organization decided it was in both their’s and LeBron’s best interests to shutdown the superstar for the rest of the season. During the 2018-2019 season, James averaged 27.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, and 8.3 assist per game in a Lakers’ jersey.
According to inside sources, the Ball family has had discussions about nixing their company, the Big Baller Brand, after reports surfaced earlier in the week stating that the company’s co-founder Alan Foster allegedly played a role in stealing $1.5 million dollars out of Lonzo Ball’s personal and business accounts. The Big Baller Brand has already made headlines this week after a report surfaced saying that the Lakers may ask the company to make changes to Lonzo’s signature shoes, after concerns were raised stating that the design of the shoes may have played a role in the young point guard’s ankle injuries during the team’s 2018-2019 campaign. According to sources close to the situation, the Ball family is looking at closing the company and several other business dealings in order to completely sever all ties with Alan Foster.
Lonzo Ball has severed ties with BBB co-founder, Alan Foster, after reports that he has allegedly been unable to account for roughly $1.5M from Ball’s business accounts, per @ramonashelburne, @pinepaula & @malika_andrews pic.twitter.com/lwsYkNRAD3
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 22, 2019
The Ball family reportedly learned about the missing money last fall after one of Lonzo’s financial advisors couldn’t complete a tax form because $1.5 million dollars was missing. This news comes just hours after Lonzo’s private Instagram account posted a photo which featured Ball in a Lakers’ uniform with a well-known Nike slogan beside of him. According to Bleacher Report, Lonzo’s manager recently posted a video in which he dumped a pair of ZO2s (Lonzo’s signature shoes) in a trash collection bin. The video also featured a caption which said “#dumpurmerch.”
Lonzo Ball’s manager posted himself throwing some BBB shoes in the trash 🚮👀 pic.twitter.com/U38UDNYMJJ
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 25, 2019
Ball recently told ESPN that he believes that Foster, who had been a personal friend to Lonzo’s father for more than a decade, had “used his access to my business and personal finances to enrich himself. As a result, I have decided to sever all ties with Alan, effective immediately.”
— Matthew Moreno (@MMoreno1015) March 24, 2019
According to ESPN, this is not the first time Foster has been involved in criminal activity. In 2002, Foster was sentenced to just over seven years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud and two counts of money laundering. Foster’s crimes where part of a scheme that defrauded 70 investors of $4 million. In that case, Foster was ordered to pay $3.7 million in restitution to the victims of his crimes. Currently, Foster owns 16.3% of the Big Baller Brand.
According to multiple league sources, the Los Angeles Lakers will look into hiring Jason Kidd as their Head Coach if they decide to relieve Luke Walton of his responsibilities in the offseason. Sources say Kidd has expressed interest in coaching in the NBA again and the Lakers may be willing to give him that chance. The ex-Cal star and Hall of Famer is currently the favorite to take over the head coaching position at his old school, but sources say a chance at coaching in the NBA may draw him away from the University of California coaching job. After missing the playoffs with LeBron James, the Lakers are expected to fire coach Walton at the season’s end. The feeling in NBA circles seems to be that after missing the playoffs for the 6th straight year, the Lakers’ front office will “heavily” pursue big-time pieces in the offseason in order to give LeBron the team to finally end the drought.
According to multiple league sources, the Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball engaged in discussions about whether or not Ball’s signature shoes played a role in suffering his ankle injuries during the team’s 2018-2019 campaign. Ball has been sidelined since he suffered an ankle injury on January 19th in a contest versus the Houston Rockets. Team doctors initially concluded that the injury was a sprained ankle, but after looking at it once more, the doctors also found out that Ball had suffered a bone bruise on the very same play. The bone bruise made it significantly harder to come back from the sprained ankle, and the Lakers ultimately decided to shut Ball down for the season.
When pressed about whether or not the Lakers talked to the young point guard about the possible role his shoes played in his injury, Ball told the media this:
“Yeah, they talked to me. They asked me about it, and I told ’em, I feel comfortable. If I wasn’t comfortable, I wouldn’t play in ’em. If I didn’t play in (his signature BBB shoes), I’d play in Kobe (Bryant’s signature Nike shoes). I work out in (LeBron James’ signature Nike shoes), but that’s because they’re heavier.”
Lonzo also told the media that he informed the Lakers that he would be open to making “just minor (adjustments)” to the shoes if the team requested him to.
Up until recently, all seemed to be fine between Ball and the Big Baller Brand as no reports had surfaced saying the Lakers had requested the brand to change any part of the controversial sneakers. But on Saturday night, Lonzo posted a picture on his Instagram account which featured a picture of him with Nike’s famous saying “It’s only a crazy dream until you do it” next to him. This prompted many NBA fans to jump the conclusion that Lonzo was leaving the Big Baller Brand for Nike after the meeting with the Lakers. While no evidence has surfaced to officially support this conclusion, it would seem as though Lonzo is switching brands. Lonzo and the Big Baller Brand have already made national news earlier this week after they were forced to cut ties with close business associate Alan Foster after allegations surfaced saying that the co-founder had taken $1.5 million dollars from the Lakers’ guard.
Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Kyle Kuzma suffered an injury during the fourth quarter of their matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
According to the Lakers’ medical staff, Kuzma’s x-rays came back negative and the team is “unlikely” to play him on Wednesday versus the Denver Nuggets. After suffering the injury, the young forward was seen “limping pretty badly.”
Before suffering the injury, Kuzma scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Lakers went on to loss to the Clippers 113-105.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the New Orleans Pelicans plan on sitting franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis through Thursday’s trade deadline after a potential trade with the Los Angeles Lakers fell through.
Rumors around the league suggest the Lakers pulled out of trade talks after “outrageous” demands were made by the Pelicans. In recent days, many reports had surfaced saying the Lakers were willing to give up a lot of their young core to acquire Davis, but they ultimately pulled out of trade talks.
It will be interesting to see how the Pelicans go about handling this toxic situation. Davis has let it be known that he no longer wants to be in New Orleans and would be open to signing a long term deal with several teams if he is traded to them. The four teams Davis mentioned are the Knicks, Bucks, Clippers, and Lakers.