Los Angeles Teams

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Doc Rivers says Chris Paul (torn left thumb ligament) has been medically cleared to play and could return tomorrow night against the Warriors, depending on how Paul feels. Paul's initial timetable to return was six to eight weeks, meaning a return tomorrow would be early (just after the five-week mark).

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Kevin Garnett and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell are playing 1-on-1 before practice. Garnett hit a jumper over Cassell and yelled, "I want a 10-day!"

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Kevin Garnett talking trash as Mike Woodson takes on Sam Cassell one on one.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

DeAndre Jordan shooting with Kevin Garnett today before Clippers practice.

ESPN Stats & Info

The kids aren't alright in Tinseltown

The Lakers have had four first-round draft picks since 2014, including three top-10 selections. And yet, none of them are cracking even the top 100 in player efficiency rating this season. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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Can Magic help the Lakers turn things around? (6:10)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite positive early bullpens, the Dodgers will take it slow with starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Cactus League schedule starts Saturday, and as of now, Ryu is not scheduled to pitch in a game. "It is kind of contingent on his progress," manager Dave Roberts said.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is on board with some, not all, rules changes for baseball. On the new rule for an automatic intentional walk, Roberts says, "If that's the rule, we'll kind of abide." As for a proposal to put a runner on base in extra innings … not so fast. "That doesn't sound too appealing for me .. "

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Lakers shake-up the NBA world

Ramona Shelburne walks through the GM process at the Lakers, explains the disconnect between Magic Johnson, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak and why hiring Rob Pelinka has ruffled up some feathers in the GM world.

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Gurley has a mean crossover (0:24)
ESPN Stats & Info

BPI: Loaded slates Saturday, Monday

ESPN's BPI gives the two highest quality matchup ratings of the week to the two biggest games Monday night: West Virginia-Baylor and UNC-UVA. Saturday's slate isn't too shabby, either.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from former Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who was fired Tuesday: "I would like to thank the Buss family for 36 incredible years. In particular, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Buss who brought me here as a player in 1981. I also want to thank every Laker player, coach and staff member with whom I have worked and who supported me through the good times and the very few not so good times. I am most disappointed that I won't have the opportunity to continue to work with Luke [Walton] and watch this young and talented team grow and eventually win in the Laker tradition. Finally, my best wishes to Earvin Johnson and the Laker organization going forward."

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Le Batard says Magic's fame and charm led to Lakers job (1:52)