Frank Vogel on Player Contact During the Suspension

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In an interview with Spectrum SportsNet on April 2, Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Frank Vogel spoke about the methods he uses to keep in contact with his players during the current NBA suspension.

“We call them. We text them. I’ve been in touch with all of our players. We’ve had conference calls with Rob Pelinka and myself without players. Trying to stay together.”

Tuning into the interview via webcam whilst at home, Vogel stated his concerns about players falling out of shape, as well as dieting concerns. He did add what the Lakers are doing to combat those worries using Zoom technology.

“In the meantime, the big concern is; are guys going to commit to staying in shape, we challenge them to put a big focus on just their physical conditioning. Do as much basketball stuff you can do at your house. Whether it’s dribbling drills or whatnot.”

“Using the Zoom technology to get everyone together, to work out at the same time. To be able to talk with each other and compete with each other on certain drills. That’s something we’re really excited about as well.”

Catch the full interview with Frank Vogel on Spectrum SportsNet here.


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JaVale McGee Speaks to Danny Green About Being in Quarantine

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On March 19, the Los Angeles Lakers announced publicly that two players had tested positive for COVID-19. Widely known as the Coronavirus.

The two unnamed players, along with the rest of the roster and staff were placed into quarantine. They were already doing so as the NBA suspended its season on March 11 due to the concerns of the virus spreading among players. But the levels of seriousness stepped up a level with the Lakers’ recent statement.

Danny Green hosts a podcast called Inside the Green Room, along with friend and journalist, Harrison Sanford. On March 21, both Green and Sanford hosted an episode speaking to numerous NBA players about the league’s suspension and being in isolation.

One of those players was Lakers center, JaVale McGee. When asking about whether he has distanced himself from the basketball season, in terms of winning a Championship, McGee opened up about it being a rare opportunity to rest.

“I’m on vacation, I’m not gonna lie. They’re literally forcing us to do nothing. I’m trying, for at least this week of quarantine, trying to take advantage of that. To where I can really just chill and do nothing. We don’t have this opportunity ever in our lives. We’re working out every day, we’re in the gym, we’re travelling. We’re just always doing something.”

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However, the 32-year-old did stress the importance of staying prepared as it is unknown as to when NBA basketball will return. Stating that he’s very much got a week-to-week mindset whilst in isolation.

We have the vision of the future being just more isolation, but what if they’re like ‘oh we’ve found a cure’ next week and the season starts in another week. I’ll be like at least we’ve got a week to workout, at least I wasn’t just focused on other things.

JaVale McGee

Check out the full episode where JaVale McGee’s segment is from the very start up to approximately 15 minutes in. Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors, Rudy Gay of the San Antonio Spurs, and Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings also feature.

Two Lakers Players Tested Positive for the Coronavirus

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On March 19, it was confirmed that two players of the Los Angeles Lakers had tested positive for COVID-19. Also known as the Coronavirus.

The Lakers players were tested following four members of the Brooklyn Nets being tested positive for the virus. The Nets were the last team that the Lakers played, on March 11, before the NBA’s suspension. This is where the players were most likely exposed to COVID-19.

The Lakers, in an official statement, stated that “both players are currently in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician”. In addition, they added that both players have not been suffering from any symptoms.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports has implied that JaVale McGee is not one of the players that has been tested positive. McGee is known to suffer from asthma and missed part of last season due to pneumonia.

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All members, players and staff, have been told to self-quarantine at home. As reported by Tim Bontemps of ESPN, the NBA has put guidelines in place to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus.

The guidelines include the closing of all teams’ practice facilities and players being prohibited from using public health clubs, fitness centers, gyms, and college facilities.

Recently a flurry of cases have come to the forefront of the virus in the NBA. The first player to be tested positive was Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. Before teammate Donovan Mitchell was tested positive also.

Christian Wood (Detroit Pistons), Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), and Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics) have all been confirmed to have contracted the virus too. Along with three other unnamed members of the Nets, one member of the Denver Nuggets, and three members of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Should the Lakers Target Allen Crabbe?

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On February 29, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Allen Crabbe agreed on a contract buyout. As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Even though he’s faltered in recent years, Crabbe is a guard capable of scoring the ball. Isn’t that what the Los Angeles Lakers require?

Well-known for his later years with the Portland Trail Blazers between 2013-17, Allen Crabbe started making a name for himself in NBA circles as being a reliable scorer off the bench.

After impressing in his earlier years with the franchise, Crabbe found himself rewarded by the Trail Blazers with a lucrative 4-year, $75 million contract. This was followed by averages of 10.3 and 10.7 points in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns, respectively. In the latter he shot 44% from 3-point land, through 79 contests.

This led to a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. In his first season in Brooklyn he posted career-highs in points per game (13.2), rebounds per game (4.3), and assists per game (1.6). But his numbers have gone downhill since.

Crabbe found himself last suiting up for the Timberwolves, however he did start the season with the Atlanta Hawks. Where he was traded in a salary dump from the Nets last summer.

This season he is averaging 4.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists, in 37 games. Now, the 27-year-old finds himself searching for his fourth team in just two years.

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But the question remains, could the Lakers be interested in Crabbe’s services? The answer is, possibly.

Crabbe is a player that can heat-up at any time from a scoring standpoint. He may not be a ball handler, but can operate as a catch-and-shoot scorer, and at times, a creator.

Rewinding back to scoring, he boasts a career average of 38.9% from beyond the arc and has twice had 40% plus 3-point shooting seasons. However, the Los Angeles native does only possess a 6-foot-5 frame and would come with his defensive frailties.

Would Allen Crabbe provide much-more from a skill-set viewpoint than Quinn Cook or Troy Daniels? Maybe not. It can be seen why the purple and gold may have a lingering eye over Crabbe, but he probably wouldn’t improve the roster much, if at all.

The Lakers may be best off staying put, or exploring Dion Waiters, which it appears like they are.


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Harkless to Remain With Knicks, Lakers Have Eyes on Waiters

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Ever since Moe Harkless‘ trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old via buyout.

Harkless was one of those included in the Marcus Morris deal. Strong indications were that he would request a buyout from the lowly Knicks, to join a contender. A request that multiple reports suggested would be granted if presented to New York’s front office.

The Lakers were in dire need of a defensive wing, and even with the recent acquisition of forward Markieff Morris, Harkless would have still been a desirable acquisition for the purple and gold.

Well, it appears that the New York native is staying put for the remainder of the campaign, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

It appears that all eyes in the Lakers front office are now diverted at free-agent guard, Dion Waiters. Who was bought-out from the Memphis Grizzlies, following his trade from the Miami Heat in the Andre Iguodala trade.

March 1 marks the final day for waived players to be playoff eligible for other teams. Waiters and the Lakers reportedly have a meeting set for March 2, as per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. This suggests that Rob Pelinka and Co are exploring the full market before speaking to the 28-year-old, for the second time.

Could the Lakers be closing in on Dion Waiters? It appears so. Especially with recent surprising news that free-agent guard, JR Smith, hasn’t been contacted by the Lakers yet. This was via Smith’s Instagram stores, in a Q&A session.


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Have the Lakers Found Their Man, Markieff Morris?

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On February 24, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Markieff Morris of the Detroit Pistons is set to be bought out. The Los Angeles Lakers were apparently the front-runners for Morris’ signature, with the Toronto Raptors being interested also.

A short time after, Shams then tweeted that Morris’ preferred option was to sign with the Lakers. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne then provided an update on the situation, stating that DeMarcus Cousins will be waived to make room on the roster.

The Lakers confirmed the Morris-Cousins moves following their 114-112 victory over rivals, the Boston Celtics, on February 23.

Marked as a forward, Morris isn’t necessarily the wing that the Lakers hoped to pursue. But he’s a solid defensive addition, with plenty of grit and aggression.

The latter has got the best of him in his career to date, so the move may hold an element of risk. However, with his twin, Marcus, recently being acquired with the Los Angeles Clippers via trade, the sibling rivalry could be a tasty one moving forward.

This season, Morris, Markieff that is, is shooting at an impressive 39.7% from 3. A career-high. Such a conversion rate from beyond the arc is definitely welcomed for the purple and gold. His stat-line for the current campaign is; 11 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, in 44 games. 16 starts.

Offensively, he fills the 4 position. Meaning that Kyle Kuzma could see minutes at the 3, just like last season. Morris’ presence also provides spacing for the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis to operate, however.

Defensively, Morris is capable of being assigned one-on-one with opposition powerhouses. With his rough, tough mentality, he would definitely be a nuisance for the stars of the NBA.

Markieff Morris may not necessarily be a name that was on everyone’s wish list, but he’s a solid addition. Providing something different. His acquisition does definitely marginally improve the make-up of the roster.


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Interview: Nick Lagios (South Bay Lakers/LA Lakers)

Matt from Lakers Fanclub UK speaks to Nick Lagios, who is the Director of Basketball for the South Bay Lakers, and a Basketball Development Coordinator for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The interview was conducted at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo, just before the South Bay Lakers’ game against the Memphis Hustle on February 8th 2020.

The full interview is embedded below. Thank you to Nick for taking the time to speak to us. We hope you enjoy watching the interview.

See our interview with Lakers rookie Talen Horton-Tucker here.