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Cooper Halpern has covered the Lakers as a journalist, podcaster, and analyst since 2020. He is currently a credentialed staff writer at Silver Screen and Roll who covers Lakers games in person, a student at UCLA Law, and earned his bachelor’s degree at NYU Gallatin. He has covered sports teams, sports gambling, and the entertainment industry, with his work appearing in additional outlets such as Pinstripe Alley, Even the Odds, and The Last Magazine.

How many games do the Lakers need to win to get the 6th seed?

Starting immediately, the Lakers need to rip off a string of wins in order to make good on their playoff aspirations.

Just how good is the new Rui Hachimura-led Lakers starting lineup?

After months of inconsistent performances and different starting lineups, the Lakers seem to have settled on something that actually works.

How a Spencer Dinwiddie post-buyout signing could help the Lakers

Looking to add a backup point guard, the Lakers would be lucky to snag Spencer Dinwiddie from the top of the buyout heap.

Taurean Prince isn’t the Lakers’ problem

The Lakers have a lot of problems this season, but Taurean Prince isn’t one of them.

Who’s flying the Lakers’ offensive plane, Darvin?

With his Lakers sputtering their way to a .500 first-half of the season, Darvin Ham is in danger of losing control of the flight that is the Lakers' offense.

The Lakers are rebuilding their identity at a crucial time

By reedifying distinct identities for their starting and bench groups, the Lakers are rounding into the image of the contender they desperately want to be.

Darvin Ham’s mission to set the Lakers straight

On the heels of perhaps the Lakers’ most disappointing loss of the season, a reinvigorated Darvin Ham led the discombobulated Lakers to a much-needed win over the Clippers days later.

A case for Christian Wood as a starter

The Lakers lost by 34 points in the one game Christian Wood started this season, but his solid play through a miserable stretch means Darvin Ham should give him another look.

Why the Lakers need a new starting lineup yet again

After splitting a pair of games with two of the league’s top teams, Darvin Ham’s new starting lineup for the Lakers looks like a dud.

Despite brilliance from their stars, the Lakers’ problem is they are better than the sum of their parts

Despite superstar-level play from LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers are only slightly better than average — a major problem for a team with title aspirations.