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Lakers to add backcourt depth with Frazier, a shooter from Florida

The Lakers have agreed to terms with University of Florida guard Michael Frazier II, according to agent Matt Ramker of ASM Sports.

The terms of the deal haven’t been released, but Frazier is expected to sign later this week.

“We’ve verbally agreed on the terms, but he’ll be in L.A. in the next handful of days to take his physical and sign his contract,” Ramker said.

The 6-foot-5 Frazier went undrafted, but played for the Golden State Warriors NBA Summer League entry. Frazier, known for his perimeter shooting, made 43 percent of his 3-pointers during three seasons at Florida. His 3-point percentage dipped to 38 percent during his junior season, when he averaged 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

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Lakers sign undrafted Texas forward Jonathan Holmes

The Lakers signed undrafted University of Texas forward Jonathan Holmes to a multi-year contract, General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced Thursday. Terms of the 6-foot-9, 22-year-old’s deal were not released.

Holmes, a four-year starter at Texas, was rewarded for a solid performance in the NBA Summer League, where he averaged 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds as a member of the Celtics’ entry. Holmes, who has good range for a physical player with a 240-pound body, shot 56 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc in eight summer league games.

The versatile forward from San Antonio was a solid, but not spectacular player in college, earning All-Big 12 second team honors and team MVP as a junior in 2013-14. Holmes’ junior season was his best for the Longhorns with averages of 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks on 51 percent shooting. He was All-Big 12 honorable mention as a senior, finishing with four-year career averages of 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds.

Lakers’ 2015-16 schedule not easy, but plenty interesting

The Lakers’ 2015-16 schedule largely reflects the team’s prospects after an offseason finally infused with some hope. Nothing figures to come easy – 17 of their first 24 games are on the road, including an eight-game road trip in December – but the intrigue is exemplified by a season-opener pitting Timberwolves overall No. 1 draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns against No. 2 pick D’Angelo Russell at Staples Center.

Should next season be Kobe Bryant’s last, there will be plenty of interest beyond watching the development of youth the likes of Russell, Jordan Clarkson and a healthy Julius Randle. March 10 could be the last time Bryant and Lebron James share the same floor if Kobe retires following the April 13 regular season finale when his two-year, $48.5 million contract expires.

Coming off the worst season in franchise history, the schedule makers still consider the Lakers a draw. They will be on national television 28 times, including a Christmas day home game on ESPN against the Clippers, part of a marquee lineup that includes an NBA Finals rematch between the Cavaliers and Warriors
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2015-16 NBA schedule released: Top 10 Lakers matchups

Oct. 28: Timberwolves at Lakers
Season opener gives fans look at Russell vs Karl-Anthony Towns.

Nov. 24: Lakers at Warriors
Young Lakers visit defending NBA champions in hostile environment.

Nov. 29: Pacers at Lakers
Roy Hibbert’s first crack at the team who gave up on him.

Dec. 17: Rockets at Lakers
Laker fans relish chance to welcome Dwight Howard back to town.

Dec. 25: Clippers at Lakers
Lakers hoping 7-game losing streak to rival ends this season.

Jan. 8: Thunder at Lakers
D’ Angelo Russell will matchup with L.A. native Russell Westbrook

Feb. 4: Lakers at Pelicans
Start of brutal mid-season stretch including Spurs, Bulls, Grizzlies.

Feb. 19: Spurs at Lakers
Free agent target LaMarcus Aldridge returns as member of Spurs

March 10: Cavaliers at Lakers
Could be the last time Kobe, LeBron share the floor.

April 3: Celtics at Lakers
Lakers host historic rival to begin tough season-ending stretch.

Lakers, Clippers will play each other on Christmas day

Despite the lopsided nature of the intracity rivalry, the Lakers and Clippers will play each other in a marquee setting this coming NBA season.

L.A.’s two basketball teams will face off at 7:30 p.m. Christmas day, according to the 2015-16 NBA schedule released Wednesday afternoon.

The Clippers have beaten the Lakers seven consecutive times. In fact. the Clippers’ lone loss over the past three years of the hallway series remains a 116-103 Lakers triumph in the 2013 season opener. The Lakers have not only lost 11 of their past 12 to the Clippers, those contests have been decided by a margin of nearly 20 points per game.
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Lakers D-League affiliate names second head coach this offseason

Former assistant Casey Owens was announced as the Los Angeles D-Fenders new head coach on Tuesday after the Lakers NBA Developmental League team’s initial choice departed shortly after he was hired.

Conner Henry was tabbed the D-Fenders head coach June 10, but accepted a position on the Orlando Magic coaching staff June 26. Owens, who has coached in China, Venezuela, the NBA D-League and the Continental Basketball Association, was a D-Fenders assistant in 2013-14.

“I want to thank (D-Fenders General Manager) Nick Mazzella, the Buss family and the entire organization for this opportunity,” Owens said. “I am excited to return to El Segundo and the NBA Development League and look forward to the challenge of helping assemble a team that will compete for a championship.”

Phil Hubbard lasted just one season as the D-Fenders head coach, finishing fourth in the West Division with a 17-33 record last year. The previous season, during which Owens was an assistant, the D-Fenders won the West Division with a 31-19 record before being swept out of the playoffs in the first round by a Santa Cruz Warriors team for which Hubbard was an assistant. Four D-Fenders earned call-ups during the 2013-14 campaign, including Manny Harris and Shawne Williams, who joined the Lakers.
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Chinese e-commerce giant signs Kobe to wide-ranging deal

Kobe Bryant’s international star got a little brighter today. Maybe more than a little.

Kobe Inc., has reached an agreement with a Chinese e-commerce giant to release Bryant’s autobiographical documentary and create a series of Kobe-branded products to distribute to its 350 million active buyers.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited will exclusively release Kobe Bryant’s Muse through its video platform, Tmall Magic Box, available beginning Aug. 8 for $1.29 (or 8 yuan). To promote the documentary, which first aired in the U.S. on Showtime in February, Alibaba Group and Sina will collaborate with Kobe Inc., to create a new social media platform that will connect “China’s young people directly to Kobe and his philosophies.”

“I believe there is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own,” Bryant said in a press release. “This narrative is an intimate look at who I am as a person, not what I am. My dream is that others are inspired by my personal story and create epic life stories of their own.”
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Nick Young sits out practice, is day-to-day with a knee injury

Nick Young sat out Thursday’s practice with a sore knee the small forward hit in on the floor after he slipped coming off a screen during the second quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers.

After visiting a doctor who took X-rays on Thursday, Young called himself day-to-day. He said he expects to play Friday when the Lakers host Orlando, but coach Byron Scott expressed concern about Young’s mobility.

“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Scott said. “I don’t know how effective he’ll be. Hopefully the swelling goes down a bit tonight and tomorrow he’s a little bit more mobile.”
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Lakers’ Ronnie Price returns from broken nose, severe flu symptoms

Ronnie Price initially insisted he didn’t have a broken nose. Not only was the Lakers point guard’s nose badly broken during Monday’s loss to the Trailblazers, he needed 11 stitches and got a black eye resulting from the damage. If that wasn’t enough, the next day he came down with severe flu symptoms.

His sickness restricted him such that he didn’t have to decide if his nose was healed enough to play in Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers.

After sitting out last night, his symptoms subsided enough for Price to practice Thursday and after insisting he wouldn’t wear a mask to protect his healing nose, the veteran guard reluctantly donned one on Thursday. He is expected to play Friday against Orlando wearing the mask, but is eager to be rid of it.

“I hate this thing,” Price said. “It’s the worst. It’s comfortable as far as what it is and I’m happy that someone actually put the time in to make it, but as far as me wearing it, I can’t stand it.”

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Byron Scott: Calling someone soft analogous with a slap in the face

Lakers head Clippers Byron Scott doesn't look happy during the Clippers' 114-89 victory over the Lakers Wednesday night Jan. 7, 2015 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Kevin Sullivan)

Lakers head Clippers Byron Scott doesn’t look happy during the Clippers’ 114-89 victory over the Lakers Wednesday night Jan. 7, 2015 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Kevin Sullivan)

Byron Scott wasn’t emulating the Zen Master Wednesday night when he called his own team soft after the Lakers’ embarrassing 114-89 loss to the Clippers. It wasn’t an attempt to manipulate his team through the media, something Phil Jackson may appreciate. The Lakers coach was just mad.

“I was just telling them the truth,” Scott said. “I just wanted to tell them how I felt and how I thought the Clippers viewed us as a basketball team. And I was just being totally honest.”

Scott didn’t back off his comments Thursday after a practice he made sure to point out concluded with a healthy dose of running. To the contrary, Scott acknowledged the seriousness of his choice of the word soft.

“It’s almost like walking up to another man and slapping him,” Scott said. “But like I said, I wasn’t pulling punches.”

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