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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:54 PM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Please never again! 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 12:01 PM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:06 PM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not sure why anybody would give up any assets when they could just sign him as a FA when he opts out this summer if you want him. Morey might have his titty caught in a ringer on this one..lol

      • John M.

        John M. 12:43 PM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The look on Bickerstaff’s face answers a lot of questions.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:55 AM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2016: Rosters, Snubs, Predictions for USA vs. World 

    NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2016: Rosters, Snubs, Predictions for USA vs. World

     BY ROB GOLDBERG FOR THE BLEACHER REPORT

    Although there won’t quite be the name recognition as the actual All-Star Game on Sunday, the NBA Rising Stars Challenge represents the future of the sport.

    The 20 best first- and second-year players in the league will battle in a matchup between homegrown products and international stars. Some of them have a chance to make an impact down the line in their careers, while others are already key contributors on their team.

    All of them can become household names, and it will all start Friday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

    Rosters

    Rising Stars Challenge Rosters
    United States Team
    Player Pos. Team
    Jordan Clarkson G Los Angeles Lakers
    Rodney Hood G Utah Jazz
    Zach LaVine G Minnesota Timberwolves
    Nerlens Noel F/C Philadelphia 76ers
    Jahlil Okafor C Philadelphia 76ers
    Jabari Parker F Milwaukee Bucks
    Elfrid Payton G Orlando Magic
    D’Angelo Russell G Los Angeles Lakers
    Marcus Smart G Boston Celtics
    Karl-Anthony Towns C Minnesota Timberwolves
    World Team
    Player Pos. Team
    Bojan Bogdanovic G/F Brooklyn Nets
    Clint Capela F/C Houston Rockets
    Mario Hezonja G/F Orlando Magic
    Nikola Jokic C Denver Nuggets
    Trey Lyles F Utah Jazz
    Emmanuel Mudiay G Denver Nuggets
    Raul Neto G Utah Jazz
    Kristaps Porzingis F/C New York Knicks
    Dwight Powell F/C Dallas Mavericks
    Andrew Wiggins G Minnesota Timberwolves

    Source: NBA.com

    Arguably the most notable players in the showcase will be the Minnesota Timberwolves trio of Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine. Wiggins is already a star with a team-leading 20.7 points per game, while Towns is one of the favorites for Rookie of the Year with 16.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. The two No. 1 overall picks have certainly lived up to expectations.

    Meanwhile, LaVine doesn’t always put up huge numbers but is consistently capable of a big play with his athleticism.

    The Los Angeles Lakers are also well-represented with D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson playing on the U.S. team. Head coach Byron Scott was proud of his players but also noted this is just a stepping stone, per Jovan Buha of ESPN.com:

    I think it says a lot of people see a lot of promise in them, that they’ve had a pretty good season so far. But what it tells me is that they still have a ways to go. They have to continue to work. You don’t want to stop at the Rookie-Sophomore Game. You want to get to an All-Star Game. Hopefully that’s those guys’ dream and ambition. Hopefully they can pull that off in the next few years.

    One of the most notable players on the World team will be Kristaps Porzingis, who has quickly become a fan favorite for the New York Knicks with big numbers and highlight-reel plays. Although he was a bit of an unknown on draft day, the forward was ready to make an impact much earlier than many anticipated, and he will remain a major draw going forward.

    With Nikola Jokic, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker and others also set to participate, this should be a fun matchup to kick off All-Star Weekend.

     

    Snubs

    Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

    There are a handful of Kentucky players on the rosters in Towns, Nerlens Noel and Trey Lyles, but Wildcats fans might be a bit upset to see Devin Booker and Julius Randle not in attendance. Randle is now averaging a double-double for the Lakers, while Booker has become the three-point ace many were expecting coming into the year.

    At least Booker, 19, gets a chance make history as the youngest participant ever in the three-point contest on Saturday.

    Rookie wings Stanley Johnson and Justise Winslow were also left off the rosters, although Winslow doesn’t appear to be too upset about it, per Ethan J. Skolnick of the Miami Herald:

    Winslow doesn’t have great offensive numbers, but he has been an excellent defender and rebounder this year. Johnson also continues to get better as the year goes along.

    Players like Aaron Gordon and Myles Turner are also likely upset about missing out on an invite, although Gordon will get his chance to shine in the dunk contest.

     

    Prediction

    Sam Forencich/Getty Images

    The U.S. team certainly looks deeper with Towns, Okafor and Noel in the frontcourt to go with Clarkson, Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton rotating in the backcourt. Everyone on the roster has tons of upside and could create some exciting plays throughout the game.

    However, the World team might be even better with a few key players who can take control of the action. Wiggins has become one of the top scorers in the NBA in his second year in the league and can thrive in a wide-open game like this.

    Porzingis also could star in this matchup after receiving high praise from Magic Johnson on ESPN’s Mike and Mike:

    Emmanuel Mudiay has also been impressive in his first year in the league, while Clint Capela, Bojan Bogdanovic and others will help out as well.

    It should be an exciting back-and-forth battle throughout, but look for the key players on the international squad to help pull away while Wiggins takes home the MVP in Toronto.

    Prediction: World 142, United States 133

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2615308-nba-rising-stars-challenge-2016-rosters-snubs-predictions-for-usa-vs-world

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:32 PM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This game is often more competitive n entertaining than the real ASG but this is way too much analysis for a meaningless exhibition. As for Julius, I think I read somewhere that he’s already looking forward to some down time in rhe Bahamas.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:56 PM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m hoping the NBA will choose Luke Walton as the assistant coach for the USA squad.
      Looking forward to seeing how D’Angelo and Julius perform in a modern NBA offense.
      Looking forward to this game more than the Kobe’s last All-Star game extravaganza.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:54 AM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Good luck, Julius 

     
  • tate793

    tate793 1:45 AM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Musical Break -

     
  • tate793

    tate793 12:50 AM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:14 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Byron on D’Angelo 

     
    • mud

      mud 10:48 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i’m sure that Russell has been told the same thing to his face. it’s true, and it’s no big deal. headlines and tweets that push all the right buttons are all it takes to stay in business. it’s true that it’s serious work remaining relevant as a reporter, but this is the local writer. why would he need to stir up trouble by making that one statement the focus of all attention, when the actual question and answer and the context that they were in would make the statement just another comment that’s basically true, not an insult to anyone? well, of course the answer is in the question. without controversy, it’s hard to get people’s attention. that and the fact that there’s no need to think, living in the herd….

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:54 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:42 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Walk It Off 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:44 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dudes need to wear cups again. Smh.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:52 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      lol…they don’t even wear cups in football anymore.
      Protect yourself at all times Russ!

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:55 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah man, first time you go to a game, first thing your Dad says when you sit down, keep your eye on the ball at all times. :)

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:19 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Brett Dawson ‏@BDawsonWrites
    Powerful moments from Jrue Holiday after the game. He kept talking about his own wife, trying to wrap his head around Monty Williams’ loss.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:20 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Brett Dawson ‏@BDawsonWrites
      Jrue Holiday on Ingrid Williams:”She was a sweetheart. She was one of the sweetest ladies that I’ve ever met. She was definitely a warrior.”

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:24 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Bill Doyle ‏@BillDoyle15
        Ingrid Williams died in car accident. Rivers knew Ingrid and Monty Williams since they got married. ‘I am heart broken, I am sick to death.’

        Jim Eichenhofer ‏@Jim_Eichenhofer
        Alvin Gentry on passing of Ingrid Williams and perspective: “When you know someone like Monty, it’s just a basketball game, that’s all”

        Pop looked to be holding back tears postgame after the passing of Ingrid Williams

        Gregg Popovich declined to speak about the passing of Monty Williams’ wife. He was definitely emotional; tears in his eyes that he had just wiped away seconds before.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:31 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s a small world. Too small to hold this kind of grief.

        Doc has always called Monty his best friend.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:40 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sometimes (alotta times) I wish the media didn’t have so much access.
      They should let these folks grieve in peace n give em some space.

      • tate793

        tate793 12:47 AM on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This kinda magnifies the things that are really important in life. Life is precious. Every minute one spends angry, is 60 seconds of happiness missed out on.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 7:35 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 7:24 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Thinking of and Condolences to Monty Williams on the loss of his wife. Very tragic.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:25 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Adrian Wojnarowski
      Adrian Wojnarowski – Verified account ‏@WojVerticalNBA

      Devastating news on loss of Ingrid Williams, wife of OKC assistant Monty Williams. She was involved in car crash. The Williams have 5 kids

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:26 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        R.I.P. Ingrid. Stay strong for the fam Monty.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 7:37 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Condolences to Monty and his family. May she R.I.P.

      • tate793

        tate793 8:15 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Prayers and thoughts going out to the Williams family.

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:40 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Condolences and well wishes to everyone involved.

  • GDUBinDC

    GDUBinDC 5:49 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Good to see DAR off to a good start offensively.

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 6:36 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What….how did those losers in Philadelphia end up blowing that game? smh

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 6:37 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well, they r the 6ers, so …

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 6:44 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I know but come on man….up big whole game, up by 8 with few minutes and you manage to lose by 4 at home to disfunctional Sacramento. Their bs for the last few years should disqualify them from the lottery lol. Imagine if they get the 1st pick and 4th from the Lakers?

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 6:46 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Actually, I’ve already imagined it. They’ve mastered the tanking strategy over the past several seasons and unless and until the league decides to do something to prevent them from doing so, they’ll continue to.

            • Magic Phil

              Magic Phil 8:21 AM on February 11, 2016 Permalink

              …and what they got?

              Rings?

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:27 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Let’s calm down a bit…. 

    Phil Jackson has an opt-out clause in his contract with the New York Knicks after the 16-17 season.

    It was previously reported Jackson could opt-out this offseason.

    Jackson joined the Knicks as team president in 2014.

    Jackson has been linked to a return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 2:44 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love this “Jackson has been linked to a return to the Los Angeles Lakers.”

      By who?

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:48 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Come on KO! Unnamed sources, but they’re really good, I think, lol!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:03 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Stephen A., who was right about Lebron leaving Cleveland for Miami.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 4:06 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          and Frank Isola.
          I don’t know why I ever respond to this clown- he still won’t understand what is always flying over his head.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 6:11 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah I saw those empty unsubstantiated rumors, you lame brain.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:16 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You know damm well Phil will always be linked to the Laker job as long as his fiance/wife is the owner. Stop being unnecessarily obtuse.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:18 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    The Vertical Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks, a 20-year executive with the Nets, breaks down the Los Angeles Lakers’ situation as the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaches.

    HANG UP IF THEY ASK ABOUT …
    The young kids
    With draft picks going out for the foreseeable future, the Lakers’ rebuild should focus on Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr.

    Even with seven teams in need of a point guard this summer, the Lakers will be in the driver’s seat with Clarkson, a restricted free agent. Give the Lakers’ scouting department credit for finding the second-round player in 2014. Not often do picks found in the late 40s turn into a potential building block.

    Russell has endured his ups and down during his rookie season. The second overall pick in last year’s draft has tremendous upside. This summer will be key for Russell to continue to grow and develop. It is hard to give up on a player who is still only 19-years-old.

    Randle and Nance, both former first-round picks, bring different skill sets each night. The 23-year-old Nance’s hustle, toughness and athleticism are on display every night. Utilizing his size and skill, Randle, 21, has played some of his best basketball in the last few weeks. Still technically a rookie, his rebounding has been at a high level all season.

    UP FOR DEBATE
    Brandon Bass and Lou Williams
    The veterans have value on and off the court for the Lakers. Moving either player would bring the Lakers back to Step One in the rebuilding process. Both players are on manageable contracts, although Bass has a player option for next year. As we saw last July, the Lakers, once a hotbed for free agents, have taken a backseat to some of the smaller market teams.

    WORTH TAKING THE CALL
    Nick Young
    Young’s contract is one of the hardest to trade in the NBA. The Lakers, without any draft assets to attach to Young, will find a small market, if any, for the shooting guard. Young is under contract thru the 2017-18 season.

    Roy Hibbert
    Unlikely to return, the two-time All-Star has seen his overall production drop since his heyday in Indiana. Do not be surprised if Hibbert’s name is mentioned post-deadline as a possible buyout candidate.

    NO-TRADE CLAUSE OR WITH A RESTRICTION
    Kobe Bryant
    Bryant is one of six players in the NBA with a no-trade clause. The clause comes with the provision that Bryant has total veto power.

    Roy Hibbert
    Hibbert, who was acquired from Indiana, cannot be traded back to the Pacers during the 2015-16 season.

    MOVE THAT PUSHES THE NEEDLE
    None

    TREASURE CHEST OF PICKS
    Depends on May’s ping pong balls
    The Lakers owe Philadelphia a first-round pick that’s protected Nos. 1-3. If Los Angeles is in the top three of the lottery it will retain it.

    But there is a domino effect based on the pick owed to Philadelphia.

    If Philadelphia has the Lakers’ pick in 2016:
    If the 76ers receive the Lakers’ pick from Nos. 4-30 in 2016, then the Magic will receive a Lakers top-five lottery protected pick in 2018. The pick will turn unprotected in 2019 if Orlando does not receive it.

    If Philadelphia has the Lakers’ pick in 2017:
    If the Lakers retain their pick in 2016, then the pick owed to Philadelphia will become top-three protected in 2017. Orlando would then receive a 2019 unprotected first from Los Angeles.

    If Philadelphia has the Lakers’ pick in 2018:
    The 76ers would have a 2018 unprotected first from the Lakers if no pick is transferred in 2016 or ’17. If this were to happen, Orlando would receive 2017 and 2018 second-round picks from the Lakers.

    AVAILABLE TRADE EXCEPTIONS
    None

    POST-TRADE DEADLINE ROSTER MOVEMENT
    The status of coach Byron Scott will be something to watch as the season winds down. The former Laker, in his second year leading the team, has been a lightning rod since arriving in Los Angeles.

    SNEAK PEEK TOWARD JULY
    The Lakers will be the salary-cap leaders this summer, with roughly $52 million available. That cap space, however, will depend on the free-agent status of Clarkson. Clarkson, 23, will be a restricted free agent with early Bird rights. If Los Angeles signs him, it will have to be using cap space.

    With that cap room comes with many holes that need to be filled, especially at starting wing and center.

    INSIDER INFO
    The Lakers currently cannot trade a first-round pick until 2021. This will change based on the pending conditions with Philadelphia and Orlando.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:51 PM on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kinda interesting that we traded most of our 1st Rounders and Boston has a boatload, hmmm.

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