Los Angeles Teams

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Metta World Peace's quest to play 20 seasons continues tonight.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Nick Young doing what he loves to do.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Luke Walton on the team's new era: "After every dynasty ends, there's always that rebuilding process -- maybe not with the Spurs and Patriots, but with every other team that's ever played."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Luol Deng getting some shots up before the season opener

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Lakers will be running out of this tunnel in one hour.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Luke Walton spent the past two years as an assistant for the Golden State Warriors and said he was "surprised" by the Warriors' 29-point loss to the Spurs. "But San Antonio, there's a reason they've been that good for that long," Walton continued. "They've got the best coach in the game right now. They've got talented players. It always take a little bit of time for those ‘super teams' or whatever you call them to figure each other out and create their own identity. I was surprised, but it's one game. They're going to be fine."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lakers opening night in Los Angeles. There will be a Shaquille O' Neal statue here next year.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked who he has spoken to about leadership, Lakers second-year point guard D'Angelo Russell told the ESPN game crew, "I talked to Kobe [Bryant] yesterday, just letting him know I was ready. He told me I looked ready. Coming from him that was great to hear going into opening night." (Via ESPN's Larry Starks)


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac have taken over the two lockers Kobe Bryant used to occupy.

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Russell a potential 'Most Improved'

D'Angelo Russell received five votes for Most Improved Player in our NBA writers panel's preseason predictions, tied for the most. Russell looks to take a huge year-two leap. Predictions: Most Improved

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

These are the shirts being handed out to fans at Staples Center for the Lakers season opener.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Bill Walton is a proud father tonight as he watches his son, Luke, coach his first game with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike D'Antoni was asked how he looks back on his time with the Lakers. He smiled and said, "I try not to."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA legend Bill Walton is sitting in on his son Luke's pregame media session before Luke's first regular-season game as the Lakers head coach. Huge smile on Bill's face.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Luke Walton meets with the media before his first game as Lakers head coach. Lakers vs. Rockets on ESPN

Paul on importance of moving things forward (3:42)

Dr. Jerry Punch ESPN Commentator 

Prepping for USC/Cal at 10:30pm Thursday. Meeting w USC offensive Coordinator Tee Martin. Trojan HC Clay Helton describes him as "one of the most complete coaches I've ever been around; quality person, great coach and outstanding recruiter." Helton's Trojans on roll!

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What to watch: Cal at USC

Cal's ground attack has been unstoppable, but USC has history -- and the Coliseum -- on its side.

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Griffin a sneaky MVP candidate

One member of our 28-person NBA writers panel picked Blake Griffin as his choice to win the MVP award this season. Griffin looks to recover from last season where he struggled with injuries and off-court issues. Predictions: MVP

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Rams' playoff hopes are nearly sunk

By Football Outsiders' measure, the Rams' odds have dropped from 43 percent to 8 percent during their losing streak. FPI is even lower on their chances (3 percent), projecting a 3-6 finish. Playoff odds (Insider)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

In advance of their 2016-17 season opener against the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday that they have exercised team options for the 2017-18 season on forwards Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle, as well as guard D'Angelo Russell.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star wing Brian Bowen tells ESPN he will visit Arizona this weekend, and then head straight to UCLA for a visit starting on Monday.