DETROIT (AP) — Plans are moving forward by a company with ties to former NBA star Magic Johnson to redevelop property at the old Michigan Fairgrounds in Detroit.
Luke Walton out as Lakers coach after 3 losing seasons
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton's departure Friday, three days after...
Analysis: Lakers have opportunity to open new chapter
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers already had plenty of problems to fix during the summer after their sixth straight losing season.
The final day of the regular season has arrived, with one playoff spot to decide, seven of the eight first-round matchups still unknown and nine different seeds still not clinched.
Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Magic Johnson shockingly quit his job as the Lakers' president of basketball operations right before the game, the Lakers certainly didn't play like a franchise in...
Lakers’ president Magic Johnson abruptly resigns
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never been done before took hard work, dedication, determination — and vision.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston is already in elite company.
The crafty point guard is among a handful of Michigan State players to win Big Ten player of the year honors and earn...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cassius Winston missed an open jump shot but was right there for the rebound. Without hesitating, he stepped back and swished a 3-pointer.
LeBron James to sit out last 6 games of Lakers’ season
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James' first season with the Los Angeles Lakers is over.
James will sit out the final six games of the Lakers' sixth consecutive losing season, the team announced...
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."
- The Washington TimesMagic Johnson did the Lakers -- and himself -- a favor by stepping downApril 10, 2019
- The SunShorthanded C's Win GameApril 10, 2019
- 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
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.
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.
Throughout their first-round matchup, they received contributions from a number of players such as Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, Marco Belinelli, Dario Saric, Ersan Ilyasova and Robert Covington.
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.
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."