Ryan Ward: For the #Lakers season finale against the #Clippers tonight, Lonzo Ball (knee) and Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) have been ruled OUT. Kyle Kuzma (ankle) is questionable
Ohm Youngmisuk: On the likelihood that Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma will not play in the season finale tomorrow night, Luke Walton says their seasons are very likely over as the Lakers play it safe.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball (knee), Kyle Kuzma (ankle) and Brandon Ingram (concussion) are out tonight against Houston. Ingram will be re-evaluated tonight but even if cleared, he very well could sit out tomorrow's finale since it's a back-to-back.
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma (sprained ankle) will not play tonight. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are still out. Ingram being evaluated again tonight for concussion symptoms, though unlikely to play tomorrow in finale even if he’s declared to be free from concussion protocol.
Bill Oram: Brandon Ingram is shooting around on the court. That’s one of the final steps of the concussion protocol. He will be re-evaluated tonight. However, it’s all semantics at this point. With no remaining practices and chances for conditioning, his season is all but over
Andy Larsen: Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are both questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Jazz. Ingram still out. Brook Lopez probable.
Mike Trudell: Luke Walton said that Ingram and Ball are both out tonight, but whenever they’re cleared and ready to play, they’ll play. Said both are feeling better and neither is shut down for season. Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler will play for Minnesota, Thibs just confirmed.
Tania Ganguli: Brandon Ingram will have to go through several activities without his concussion symptoms returning before he can play. Today he did the first of those: riding a stationary bike. After 24 hours if the symptoms don't return, he'll go on to the next step. He's out for tomorrow.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball (bruised knee) and Brandon Ingram (concussion) will not play tomorrow vs. Minnesota, according to the Lakers’ injury report.
Tania Ganguli: Brandon Ingram didn't travel with the Lakers to Utah and is out for tomorrow's game. Lonzo Ball did travel but is doubtful. Naturally, Alex Caruso is still with them.
Mike Trudell: Lakers are listing Lonzo Ball (knee contusion) as doubtful for tomorrow night’s game, while Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) is out. The team didn’t practice today.
Bill Oram: Lakers say Brandon Ingram (groin strain) participated in games of 3-on-3 today. He is listed as questionable for Wednesday vs. Dallas.
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram played some 2-on-2 today as he continues to progress, but he will likely be out tomorrow in Detroit as he’s not yet game ready.
Tania Ganguli: Lakers listed Brandon Ingram as doubtful in their notes for tomorrow's game, which is a slight upgrade from "out," which has been his designation for previous games since his injury. Doubtful still means he probably won't play
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram (left groin strain) is out for Monday’s game at IND. The next game isn’t until Thursday at NOP; ideally, Ingram can practice w/contact between games, which is the next step. Meanwhile: Lopez (back tightness) and Kuzma (sprained ankle) are probable at IND.
Brandon Ingram said the next step to returning is to go on the court and ramp it up with the team. The next practice for the Lakers likely is early next week in New Orleans after they play in Indiana on Monday. "He obviously is coming with us on the road trip," Luke Walton said. "I wouldn't be surprised if he plays on the road trip. He is feeling much better he says. But we are going to keep being patient with him and make sure that he goes through all the proper channels before we throw him back out there."
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram has been cleared for non-contact basketball activities. Lakers say he’s progressing well and he’ll be listed as day-to-day. Earliest he could return is Monday in Indiana. Next game after that isn’t until Thursday in New Orleans.
Bill Oram: Brandon Ingram has been cleared to begin on-court, non-contact basketball activities. Lakers say he is "progressing well" and is "day-to-day"
Tania Ganguli: The Lakers have Brandon Ingram listed as out for tomorrow's game against the Heat. Ingram suffered a groin strain on March 1 in Miami.
Ryan Ward: Luke Walton on Brandon Ingram: “It's a groin injury, so we're not going to rush it. When he's cleared to play, we'll get him back on the court, but we'll keep taking it day by day.” #Lakers
Ryan Ward: Luke Walton on Brandon Ingram: "He's in there getting treatment right now on the AlterG machine, so it's good to see, but nothing new.” #Lakers
Mike Trudell: Luke Walton said Brandon Ingram (groin strain) told him he’s feeling a bit better, but there’s been no discussion about when he’ll return. Ingram will be evaluated over the weekend and we’ll have a better idea how long he’ll be out.
Mike Bresnahan: Brandon Ingram will miss at least two games with a strained groin, as per Lakers’ medical update. The earliest he would return is Sunday against Cleveland. (The rest period of at least one week is retroactive to an MRI exam conducted yesterday, Lakers say.)
Bill Oram: Brandon Ingram is out tonight in San Antonio. Luke Walton says he still has pain in groin. Officially stained left hip flexor.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Brandon Ingram will undergo an MRI on his strained left hip flexor on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball's knee remains sore and he was unable to go through a light practice on Tuesday. It appears unlikely that Ball will play on Wednesday against OKC. Luke Walton expects Brandon Ingram to play as long as there are no setbacks with his sprained ankle after he went through 5-on-0 practice today.
Brandon Ingram suffered a sprained left ankle in the first quarter and after re-taping it, tried to return in the second. He played three minutes before returning to the locker room for a second time, which prompted the Lakers to rule him out for the remainder of the game. The injury put a damper on what was an excellent start for Ingram who had four points, six rebounds, and five assists before being kept out. After the game, Luke Walton gave an update on Ingram, calling him day-to-day for the time being, via the team’s Twitter account: “Mild ankle sprain, it’s day-to-day. I think they took him back to get some X-rays, I don’t know that part of it. But he’s day-to-day right now.”
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram on his ankle: “My foot got twisted in his (Devin Harris) legs. I couldn’t really push off on it. I’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
Brandon Ingram (right quad contusion and left quad tendinitis) says he has been relatively injury free and is learning to play through pain. He is listed as questionable tomorrow but all signs point to him returning. "He looked really good," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "I almost [jokingly] fined him for looking so good today for not playing last night but he was running around the court. We didn't do a ton today... the running that he did do, we had some 5-on-0, he had some explosions down the lane where he said he felt good."
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram (right quadriceps contusion and left quadriceps tendinitis) is out tonight for a second straight game. LAL down 3 starters with Lopez and Ball out as well.
Mike Trudell: Injury update: Brandon Ingram is out tonight with a right quadriceps contusion and left quadriceps tendinitis.
Tania Ganguli: Lakers announce Brandon Ingram will be available to play tomorrow in Vegas. Lonzo Ball (ankle) and Andrew Bogut (groin) are questionable.
Tania Ganguli: Brandon Ingram has been diagnosed with a "head contusion," the Lakers said. He is questionable for tomorrow's game.
Lonzo Ball (mild ankle sprain) and Brandon Ingram (head) did not practice on Tuesday and their statuses will be updated tomorrow before the Los Angeles Lakers play the Denver Nuggets.
Serena Winters: For what it’s worth, Luke Walton isn’t concerned about Brandon Ingram, mentioned that B.I. did sprain his ankle last week, so just cautious
After cramping in his right leg caused Brandon Ingram to miss the overtime period of Friday's loss to the LA Clippers, the Lakers have decided to play it safe with their young wing, sitting him down for the remainder of Summer League.
Tania Ganguli: The Lakers are shutting down Brandon Ingram for the rest of Summer League. Rest/leg cramping the given reason.
Mark Medina: Luke Walton said he's sticking with same starters. Brandon Ingram will play, but still on a minutes restriction.
Beyond nursing a rare two-game winning streak, the Lakers (23-55) will have D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram available for Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings (31-47) at Staples Center.
Mark Medina: Tarik Black will be available to play tonight. Luke said Ingram has minute limitations after feeling some pain in knee
Mike Trudell: Ingram (patellar tendinitis) is out tonight, but is feeling better, expected to practice tomorrow. Possible he’ll play on Saturday vs LAC.
Walton considered it “most likely” rookie Brandon Ingram will sit out against Minnesota considering he has yet to complete a full practice since missing the past two games with tendinitis in his right knee. On Wednesday, Ingram performed a series of stretches to extend his range of motion and took a few shots.
Mike Bresnahan: Will Brandon Ingram be shut down the rest of the season? No, Walton said: As soon as he moves without pain, "we'll get him back out there."
Mark Medina: Luke Walton says he needs Ingram to practice before returning. Not clear if he'll practice tomorrow in Minnesota
Serena Winters: Brandon Ingram (who was probable with patella tendinitis) is good to go for tonight vs. TWolves, Luke Walton says.
Brandon Ingram did not finish Thursday’s practice due to right patellar tendinitis. Ingram, who has scored double figures in nine straight games while averaging 15.2 points, will have his status for Friday’s game determined that day.
The Lakers obviously would have to stay healthy. They appeared to have avoided such a scare with Ingram, who missed the final 7:39 after rolling his left ankle. Ingram returned after having his ankle taped, but he still sat with the Lakers’ nursing a double-digit lead. Ingram walked afterward without limping, though his status for Sunday’s game in Minnesota remains uncertain. “I’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Ingram said. “But I feel great right now.”
Baxter Holmes: Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram (sore right knee) will play against the Thunder, says Lakers coach Luke Walton.
The Lakers diagnosed Brandon Ingram with tendinitis in his right knee, though an MRI revealed no structural damage. The Lakers listed Ingram as probable for today’s game against Oklahoma City. He completed a full-contact practice on Saturday without any restrictions. Ingram also provided a positive report on his ability to run up and down the court and make hard cuts. “I'll come back to shoot around and see how I feel after that," said Ingram, who played only four minutes in Friday’s game against Utah. "If I feel good to play, I’ll play."
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram (knee soreness) practiced today. Luke Walton said he thinks Ingram can play tomorrow at OKC, but it depends how he feels. Walton will talk to the trainers and Ingram tomorrow to see how the knee feels after practicing today, then decide whether he’ll play.
Ingram, a 6-foot-9 former Duke standout, said he felt soreness in his knee early in the first half when he tried to run, though he later said his knee is "nothing really serious." The Lakers initially said Ingram was cleared to return, but he was re-evaluated at halftime and it was determined that he would sit for the rest of the game.
September 24, 2021 | 5:26 am EDT Update
Former EuroLeague center Tarik Black is back in the NBA. According to a tweet from the player’s agency Priority Sports, Black signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets to return to the league after spending the last three seasons in Europe.
Grizzlies PR: The @memgrizz today announced the team’s 2021 training camp roster. Memphis converted Yves Pons to a two-way contract and signed Shaq Buchanan and Sean McDermott. In addition, the Grizzlies waived Carsen Edwards and Daniel Oturu.
Kristaps Porzingis is entering his third full season with the Dallas Mavericks and is hoping for a fresh start under Jason Kidd after the team parted ways with Rick Carlisle. “I’ll say this: at the end of last year Porzingis wanted to be traded,” said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective Podcast. “My understanding is he feels like he has a fresh start with the coaching change. He’s had the healthy offseason. He’s been able to work, not just on his game but on his body some more. That he’s coming back with a refreshed feel. “At the end of last year, he wasn’t going to come out and ask for a trade. He’s smart enough to understand the optics.”
“He’s already done that once,” replied Brian Windhorst. “But at the end of last year when he stood in the corner and checked the wind for an entire playoff series, he was hoping to be traded,” added MacMahon. “From what I gather, he’s coming back optimistic now.”
The team themselves have never addressed those reports, but during his customary preseason media availability, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka did push back on the sentiment of them nonetheless, disputing the premise of a question about whether keeping Talen Horton-Tucker or Caruso was “an either/or decision” for the team. “We made an aggressive attempt to re-sign Alex Caruso, and we made an aggressive attempt to keep Talen,” Pelinka said on Thursday. “That’s the thing with unrestricted free agency is that you can be in the mix, but players control the ultimate choice.”
“Alex was tremendous here as a championship player, and we’ll be forever grateful for his contributions and his growth,” Pelinka said. “Seeing him go from a G Leaguer, to a two-way (player), to an elite player was something we’ll always be proud of. But he had choices and he chose another team. We pursued him and wanted to keep him, same with Talen, and obviously came to a deal with Talen, and Alex moved on.”
The 6-9 James was listed as weighing 250 pounds last season. Entering his 19th season in the NBA and turning 37 in December, James felt he needed to make a change. “I think the thing that stands out is his fitness level, and he’s slimmed up,” Pelinka said on a videoconference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. “I think … we all know LeBron studies the greats and he adds things into his game and I think going into this stage of his career he’s made a decision to come back a little bit leaner and I think that’s going to translate in explosiveness and quickness.”