A little over 4 years ago since he played his last game for the team, it is being reported that Antawn Jamison is being added to the Lakers scouting department. Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports has the report:

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to hire two-time NBA All-Star Antawn Jamison in a scouting role, league sources told The Vertical.

Jamison, 41, will work in the scouting department under Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, general manager Rob Pelinka and assistant general manager Jesse Buss, league sources said.

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While the result of the Lakers 2nd preseason game was a loss, the bigger news wasn’t the final score, but instead the health status of several players. At today’s media availability, Luke Walton provided everyone with Lakers injury updates not only from the game itself, but of players who’d been sitting out of practices recently.

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In a game where the final score was closer than the actual game, the Lakers lost to the Nuggets 113-107 to fall to 0-2 on the preseason.

In our game preview, we talked about the Lakers needing to look inward and find ways to improve as both a team and for the individual players to find small ways to make strides forward. Early on, that’s exactly what we saw, too. The team came out with good defensive focus and energy, closing off driving lanes and rotating well when someone did get beat. That led to defensive stops which then allowed the Lakers to get out in the open court for easy baskets.

Before you knew it, the Nuggets were on their heels and the Lakers were flirting with a double digit lead. Towards the end of the 1st quarter, however, things started to break down. And even though the Lakers took a small lead into the second frame, that wasn’t going to last long.

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If you follow my work, you know I’m not a fan of the Lakers scheme from last season. The chess game within the game of utilizing actions to generate good shots can play a big role for basketball teams, and solid team scheme is something seen with all of the top NBA teams. This year it looks like the Lakers scheme will catch up.

One game into the preseason schedule gives us one game of film to analyze. Here are my takeaways as someone who watched while looking specifically at the playcalling and team scheme.  Continue Reading…

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After a 108-99 loss to the Timberwolves on Saturday, the Lakers are back in action today against the Denver Nuggets. Saturday’s game offered some positive notes, but also countless things to work on and improve. This, of course, is totally expected. A shortened training camp combined with Saturday being the first game action most of these guys have had since last season will always prompt a certain amount of sloppiness and lack of polish.

Against the Nuggets, then, what I’m looking for is a focus inward rather than anything specific about the opponent. At today’s media availability, Brandon Ingram noted that is exactly what coach Luke Walton wants saying, “Our message after the game was to come in here and get better. Luke touched on how we can come in here try to get a little bit better every single day at what we do. And I think we came in here and just had a one track mind to focus on ourselves.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night 108-99, in a predictably sloppy game. Luke Walton warned that the Lakers had installed “zero percent” of the half court offense just a day before, and that was reflected in a very limited menu of plays on display at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Lakers also struggled defensively, surrendering 10 offensive rebounds and 21 free throw attempts en route to a 61 point First Half by the Timberwolves. In the first Laker Film Room game recap for Forum Blue & Gold, I take a deep dive into specific components of of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Ivica Zubac’s performances. Continue Reading…

In a sloppy and choppy game that saw lots of mistakes and struggles on both sides of the ball, the Lakers preseason opener ended in a loss to the Timberwolves 108-99.

As was expected, the Lakers did not look very sharp, with a handful of stats reflecting exactly where things went poorly:

  • The Lakers had 16 turnovers, but many were simply miscues — dropped passes, mishandled dribbles, and the result of generally forcing the action.
  • The Lakers shot 5-30 from behind the arc, hoisting up several bad misses including several airballs.
  • The Lakers committed 29 fouls, sending the Timberwolves to the foul line 35 times (making 28).
  • The ‘Wolves grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, mostly off poor boxouts and too many instances where big man help was not covered by the Lakers wings and guards.

You can imagine, then, that the overall flow of the game wasn’t that great and the Lakers suffered for it.

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Lakers basketball is back! Or, at least, there’s a Lakers preseason game. Baby steps, you guys. Honestly, I’ll take whatever version of Lakers basketball you want to give me, though.

After 4 days of training camp and a couple of scrimmages, the team is surely ready to face off against someone besides themselves and the Wolves will do just fine. The talk of camp to this point has been the team trying to improve defensively, sharpening their transition and early offense, and how Lonzo Ball can’t seem to lose when the team is scrimmaging. How all this translates tonight against Minnesota remains to be seen, but I’m excited to see it.

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