Doc Rivers denies Lakers coaching rumors
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers denied rumors on Tuesday night that he's interested in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to coach the Lakers.
The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-39 under coach...
Russell on the rise in Brooklyn and seeking first postseason
NEW YORK (AP) — D'Angelo Russell stood high above Times Square, a spot where stars are showcased in New York.
He was front and center on a billboard celebrating the Nets' midseason success,...
NBA says no rules broken in Simmons-Johnson meeting request
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not break any league tampering rules when he spoke about Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons earlier this week.
The NBA's relatively quick-moving investigation was initiated after it was revealed that Simmons wanted to meet with Johnson to talk about the art of being an elite point guard. Johnson complimented Simmons publicly on Sunday.
"I love his game. I love his vision," Johnson said.
NBA opening investigation of Simmons-Johnson meeting request
The NBA will investigate whether league rules were broken when Philadelphia's Ben Simmons inquired about meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson for playing tips.
Embiid leads Sixers past Lebron-led Lakers, 143-120
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Magic Johnson and LeBron James have captured eight NBA titles between them. With Johnson in the stands and James on the court, the Philadelphia 76ers showed off their own championship potential.
Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 22 points in his second game with Philadelphia, and the new-look 76ers beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 on Sunday.
Magic Johnson plans to hug Lakers after NBA trade deadline
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Magic Johnson plans to hug it out with the Los Angeles Lakers to help them cope with the fallout from the NBA trade deadline.
"It's a part of business, it's a part of being a professional athlete," he said Saturday. "I'm going to hug 'em and tell them that we got to come together and our goal is still in reach, which is to make the playoffs."
No. 9 Michigan State beats Minnesota 79-55, ends 3-game skid
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Magic Johnson was back at Michigan State, joining his teammates to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of winning the national championship.
The Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers president had plenty of opportunities to flash his familiar smile.
Rondo’s jumper at buzzer lifts Lakers over Celtics 129-128
BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James won't be playing alongside Anthony Davis this season.
But he does have a team he's hoping can build on a big win over its longtime rival.
Rajon Rondo hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics, 129-128 on Thursday night.
Loyola spoils Indiana State’s celebration of its 1979 team
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Cameron Krutwig had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Marques Townes also scored 16 points and Loyola-Chicago spoiled Indiana State's celebration of its 1979 team with a 75-67 victory on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 10,200, including NBA legend Larry Bird.
Former Michigan St basketball coach Gus Ganakas dies at 92
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gus Ganakas, who was the coach of Michigan State's men's basketball team from 1969-76 and remained part of the athletic department until his retirement in 2000, has died. He was 92.
Michigan State said Ganakas died Friday.
"Gus was one of the most selfless and positive people that I've ever been around," said Tom Izzo, the men's basketball program's current coach. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ganakas family as they grieve their loss."
James, Ball have triple-doubles, Lakers beat Hornets 128-100
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James and Lonzo Ball gave the Lakers multiple triple-doubles in a game for just the second time, and Los Angeles routed the Charlotte Hornets 128-100 on Saturday night for its third win in four games.
James had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while Ball had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only other Lakers to accomplish that feat in the same game, doing so on Jan. 22, 1982.
James, Ball post triple-doubles in 128-100 win over Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Luke Walton was surprised to hear that LeBron James and Lonzo Ball were only the second Lakers teammates to record a triple-double in the same game.
"I know it's not easy. There have been a lot of good players in Lakers history and I figured Walton and Kobe (Bryant) would have done it a few times," joked Walton, a former small forward with the Lakers.
Westbrook ties for 3rd in triple-doubles, Thunder beat Cavs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers with a 100-83 victory Wednesday night.
Westbrook ties for 3rd in triple-doubles, Thunder beat Cavs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook was more introspective than usual Wednesday night.
The 2017 MVP moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers with a 100-83 victory.
LA Lakers sign C Tyson Chandler after buyout from Suns
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran center Tyson Chandler signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, two days after reaching a buyout agreement with the Phoenix Suns.
James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut
SAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer's table, yelled "Yes!" to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers' new era was underway.
Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his regular-season debut for Los Angeles 39 years ago, James captivated the crowd from the start of the Lakers' exhibition opener Sunday night, a 124-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Ex-player, coach Kurt Rambis rejoins Lakers in front office
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Former Los Angeles Lakers player and coach Kurt Rambis has rejoined the front office.
Rambis will be the Lakers' senior basketball adviser, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson announced Friday.
The 60-year-old Rambis will "support the basketball operations and coaching staffs in their day-to-day functions," according to a team news release.
- Houston ChronicleMagic’s trip to memory lane reveals look into Lakers’ planJanuary 30, 2019
- Star TribuneTimberwolves, Jimmy Butler have reached the tipping pointSeptember 19, 2018
- Connecticut PostCity wants to buy “Magic Johnson” landSeptember 10, 2018
- Norfolk Daily NewsJoe's Morning Sports-Wednesday, June 27, 2018June 28, 2018
- The DayMagic Johnson speaks on 'tough day' for Foxwoods employees, guestsJune 19, 2018
Magic already excited by LeBron’s offseason impact on Lakers
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson can already see LeBron James' impact on the young Los Angeles Lakers before they've even had a regular practice together.
After just a few weeks of unusually competitive offseason scrimmages, the Lakers' basketball boss can't wait to see how James' leadership will translate into real success.
Editorials from around Ohio
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
The Sandusky Register, July 17
The King, LeBron James, has left behind his kingdom in northeast Ohio once again.
James is taking his talents to Long Beach this time to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
This has a different feel to it when he made "The Decision" and took his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mitch Chortkoff, a columnist and beat writer who covered the Los Angeles Lakers for over 50 years, has died. He was 78.
He died Tuesday at a health care facility in Van Nuys following a long illness, according to his brother Stan.
Raptors boss Masai Ujiri better have some magic plan.
Because if he doesn't, Lakers boss Magic Johnson certainly will.
Before Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan — the headline pieces in a four-player trade between San Antonio and Toronto on Wednesday — play a single game for their new teams, this much is clear: The Spurs got better, the Raptors are taking a gargantuan risk and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to sit back and see what happens.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed first-round draft pick Jaren Jackson Jr., a 6-foot-11 forward from Michigan State.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Jackson, the fourth overall pick in the draft, averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 21.8 minutes in his lone season at Michigan State. His 3.03 blocks per game ranked seventh nationally.
AP Explains: Making sense of NBA free agency dollars
NEW YORK (AP) — Between the LeBron James guessing games and the Kawhi Leonard trade talk, it seems NBA shopping season is well underway.
It's actually just about to start.
Terms like salary caps and contract options have been in the news for weeks, so fans might have an understanding of what they all mean. For those who don't, here's an attempt to explain how this all works.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Johnson declared Monday that he will step down as the Lakers' president of basketball operations if he can't persuade an elite free agent to sign with the 16-time NBA champions within the next two summers.
There's a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft.
But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except perhaps in a handful of rare cases.
Here's a look at The Best of The Best — the top all-time NBA picks in each of the top 30 draft spots. The best No. 1 overall pick, the best No. 2 overall pick ... and so on.
CHICAGO (AP) — The elevator stopped at the 16th floor of the swanky hotel, and after a few nervous steps down the hallway a soon-to-be professional athlete was ready to face perhaps the most unpredictable part of the NBA draft process.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr's Golden State Warriors have repeatedly said they want to build something special for the long haul, to compete for championships year after year.
LeBron James considers his familiar NBA Finals opponent among the best teams ever.
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr's Golden State Warriors have repeatedly said they want to build something special for the long haul, to compete for championships year after year.
LeBron James considers his familiar NBA Finals opponent among the best teams ever.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just about everything the Ball family does gets attention, and LiAngelo Ball's pre-draft workout with the Lakers on Tuesday was no exception.
About two dozen members of the media watched Ball's final drills while Magic Johnson and Lakers coach Luke Walton looked on. Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo's older brother, was there for the workout as well.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurent Ciman scored on a free kick in the third minute of stoppage time, and Los Angeles FC opened its $350 million Banc of California Stadium with a stunning 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night.
Tyler Miller made three saves to earn the shutout for LAFC, but the Major League Soccer expansion team seemed headed to its first scoreless draw in the first home game in franchise history before its Belgian captain lined up a free kick in the final minute of play.
The Philadelphia 76ers have advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time since the 2012 season. The Sixers played some terrific basketball in the first round, eliminating the Miami Heat in five games.
The Philadelphia 76ers will have a chance to eliminate the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA playoffs on Tuesday night, April 24 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers hold a 3-1 lead over the Heat in the series. The tipoff for this contest is 8 p.m. (TNT, NBC Sports Philly).
MIAMI (AP) — Ben Simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in nearly 40 years, JJ Redick scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to move within a victory of the second round.
The 76ers lead the Eastern Conference series 3-1 and can close out the Heat when play resumes in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
76ers take control, top Heat 106-102 for 3-1 series lead
MIAMI (AP) — Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid certainly aren't acting like playoff first-timers, and JJ Redick provided the veteran leadership that Philadelphia so desperately needed.
The 76ers might very well be the NBA's team of the future.
And that future might be starting sooner than many envisioned.
Lakers’ big summer looms after 5 straight losing seasons
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — And now the real season begins for the Los Angeles Lakers.
At least that's what the fans of the 16-time NBA champions repeatedly have been told while Los Angeles missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record for the fifth consecutive year.
NBA’s best: Lebron vs. MJ. How about Magic?
With the start of NBA playoffs just days away, "AP Sports Weekly" podcast co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg dig into the debate about who's the best ever, Lebron James or Michael Jordan.
AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds has another name to throw into the mix: Magic Johnson. Reynolds says comparing LeBron to Magic might be more fitting because of both players' position versatility.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lakers unveiled a statue of Elgin Baylor before Friday night's home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Baylor's statue became the sixth that decorates the front of Staples Center, joining Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James watched Kobe Bryant score big again.
But he's focused on a different shiny trophy than the one his former rival snagged Sunday night.
James joined Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and other current and former NBA players to congratulate Bryant after the Los Angeles Lakers superstar won an Academy Award in the animated short film category.
Holding his Oscar, Bryant later said, "I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do."
LeBron 1st in NBA with 30k points, 8k rebounds, 8k assists
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had quite a February in a one-of-a-kind career.
He finished the month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career after producing 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday night in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 129-123 win over the Brooklyn Nets. James has 12 triple-double this season and 67 in his career.
James leads Cavaliers past Nets 129-123
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had quite a February, and continues a one-of-a-kind career.
He finished the month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career after having 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday night in the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-123 win over the Nets. James has 12 triple-double this season and 67 in his career.
LA Times buyer is a basketball-loving biotech billionaire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man buying the Los Angeles Times is a 65-year-old physician-entrepreneur described by Forbes Magazine as "America's richest doctor," and one who has said his goal is to cure cancer in his lifetime.
Magic Johnson speaks out on Twitter amid Michigan St fallout
NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson says anyone at Michigan State who was aware of sexual assault and didn't say or do anything should be fired.
Johnson, who led the Spartans to an NCAA title in 1979, also says on Twitter that he loves Michigan State and wants to be part of the solution.
Legendary basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson on Monday joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the dismissal of Michigan State University officials who knew anything about the decades-long scandal when Larry Nassar assaulted scores of women.
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Knicks overhaul: Mills, Perry changing franchise’s identity
NEW YORK (AP) — Magic Johnson noticed. Carmelo Anthony, too.
The once misguided New York Knicks seem to have a plan. The franchise that's been good at producing chaos but not much else has the look of a professional NBA organization under president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry — and that's not just on the court.
Michigan State stacked with talent as Izzo eyes long run
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges tilted his head back and pivoted, taking in the sights and sounds of the Tom Izzo Hall of Fame at Michigan State .
"I'm at loss for words," the usually loquacious Bridges said. "This place is awesome."
Ball prepared to shine in spotlight with rebuilding Lakers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From Lonzo Ball's first day in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey this summer, Magic Johnson proclaimed the teenage point guard to be the key to the 16-time NBA champion franchise's return to title-winning glory.
Magic then doubled down, saying that he expects Ball's retired number to hang next to his own at Staples Center someday.
Curry scores 40, Warriors rout Wolves 142-110 in Shanghai
Stephen Curry brought fans to their feet in China with a performance ripped right out of his MVP highlight reel.
Then Magic Johnson had them standing during a somber scene in Las Vegas.
Curry scored 40 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 142-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in Shanghai for a split of their two-game series in China.