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Monday's Lakers News: Magic, Pelinka off to New York

Lakers' career night for D'Angelo Russell not enough in 125-120 loss to Cavaliers: The shots seemingly fell into the basket anytime D’Angelo Russell released the ball. When he handled the ball, he often hit the intended target to produce positive results. When crunch time happened, though, some of those qualities vanished. The Lakers’ 125-120 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at Staples Center featured Russell posting a career-high 40 points, while shooting 14-of-22 from the field and 7-of-12 from 3-point range while logging six assists and only one turnover in his second-career start at shooting guard. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' Luke Walton recalls overcoming rookie hazing perpetuated with his father's on-air criticisms: The rookie tag naturally made Luke Walton a candidate for hazing. So did his father, Bill, the Hall of Fame center that never hesitated sharing his thoughts while holding a microphone. So with Walton entering his rookie season with the 2003-04 season, the Lakers’ veterans in Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Karl Malone offered them a stern warning in training camp. -- The Orange County Register

D'Angelo Russell notches career high in Lakers' 125-120 loss to Cavaliers: D'Angelo Russell caught everyone’s attention, including the superstar guard on the other bench. After the Lakers’ 125-120 loss to Cleveland, a game in which both Russell and Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving eclipsed 40 points, Irving sought Russell. -- Los Angeles Times

Studying up: Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and Chief Operating Officer Tim Harris flew to New York on Sunday to meet with the league for training in the collective bargaining agreement and salary cap. The NBA offers the training to all new league executives. It will be particularly helpful for Pelinka and Johnson, neither of whom have NBA front office experience, despite both being involved in the league for decades. -- Los Angeles Times