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  • John M.

    John M. 11:51 AM on June 15, 2018 Permalink |  

    Ben Fawkes
    ESPN Staff Writer
    No, it’s not a typo: The Los Angeles Lakers are now 6-1 to win the 2018-19 NBA title at Westgate. They opened 20-1.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 12:44 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sucker bet.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:49 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yep. I have a very hard time believing that the Spurs send Kawhi to the Lakers.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:51 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I actually think Brandon Ingram is the key here. He’s the perfect replacement for Kawhi. The Lakers should be able to make a deal around Ingram. No other player other than Tatum would be as good a piece around which to build a deal.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 12:55 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        No? How about Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward + Jaylen Brown? How about the Clippers’ #12 & 13 picks and Tobias Harris? How about Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric and the #10 pick? I would put the odds of Kawhi coming here at about 20-1.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:35 AM on June 9, 2018 Permalink |  

    Love him or hate him, Swaggy’s always good for a quote:

    Golden State Warriors shooting guard Nick Young referenced his Iggy Azalea cheating scandal while with the Los Angeles Lakers after winning his first championship with the Dubs on Friday night.

    Young, who signed with the Warriors last July, joked about the 2016 incident involving his former fiancee following the team’s 108-85 win to sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    “I went from getting snitched on to putting a ring on,” he told reporters.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:45 AM on June 3, 2018 Permalink  

    Interesting read on officiating: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23680154/crucial-calls-nba-refs-make-biggest-stage

  • John M.

    John M. 2:21 PM on April 13, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: Gonna be a long 2 1/2 months...   

    Ohm Youngmisuk
    ESPN Staff Writer
    When a reporter started to ask Magic Johnson if the Lakers might consider trading one of their young prospects like a Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram if an opportunity arises to make a big move this offseason, Johnson quickly cut off the question. “We are not going to talk about that,” Johnson said. “We are not going to talk about that.”

    Fully aware of past failures in previous free agency forays, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka say they’re serious about maintaining cap flexibility even if it means coming up empty-handed and not making a splash this July. Pelinka said July 2018 will not be a “litmus test of success” and that it is not this summer or bust. “We are not going to give money away just to say we signed somebody,” Johnson said. “We are not going to do that.”

  • John M.

    John M. 12:04 PM on March 5, 2018 Permalink  

    Ohm Youngmisuk
    ESPN Staff Writer
    Brandon Ingram’s MRI revealed a left groin strain and will re-evaluated in approximately a week. Looks like he will miss at least the next three games

  • John M.

    John M. 4:46 PM on February 1, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: Trade Randle for a Benchwarmer!   

    “Today’s NBA it is more of a challenge,” Walton said. “Julius is very good at that small-ball switching, which a lot of games turn into in the final five minutes. Larry has been really good this month, as well, with that stuff. So it is not that Brook can’t do it. … But in fourth quarters, Julius is the No. 1-rated defensive big man in the league for however they keep that switching stat and keeping guys in front of him and not letting him score.”

  • John M.

    John M. 11:17 AM on January 12, 2018 Permalink
    Tags: More Gold from Gregg   

    Popovich also revealed that Aldridge requested a trade last summer after a rough season. The coach talked the star big man out of his feelings after a few dinners and meetings. “I was very candid with him,” Popovich said. “I told him, `I’d be happy to trade you. You get me a talent like Kevin Durant, and I’ll drive you to the airport. I’ll pack your bags. And I will drive you there, get you on the plane and get you seated.’ He laughed, (and) I said, `But short of that, I’m your best buddy, because you’re here for another year, and you ain’t going nowhere. Because we’re not going to get for you talent-wise what we would want, so let’s figure this thing out.’ And we did.”

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:20 AM on January 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That was a great story, John. Pops said he never had a player tell him he wanted a trade before and that took him back. Never too old to learn and improve … even if you’re already a great one like Pops.

  • John M.

    John M. 10:41 AM on December 8, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: Julius!, Please Don't Read The News   

    “I pulled him out. Every time I pull him out he gets p********f,” Walton said of sitting Randle midway through the fourth. “I pulled him out for a quick minute, put him back in and he uses that anger. He used that anger pretty well. I just hope he never catches on to it.”

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:50 AM on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL. I’m just glad Luke put Julius back in and played him 30 minutes. I thought Randle’s defense against Embiid was excellent and proved he could be capable of being a starting NBA center and not just a small ball center. Next step is for Luke to give Julius a chance to start.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 11:43 AM on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom,

      I hope so. Of the 3 guys that guarded Embid he was the only one who held his own. He’s shown the ability to stay in front of Wall and Curry. He’s been able to make it tough on KD and Embid. I thought it was fortunate that Lopez got that 5th foul because Randle out played Embid on both sides of the ball down the stretch. Not a lot of guys not named Draymond that can do what Randle has been doing.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 1:37 PM on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’s our enforcer which is why I hate the thought of packaging him in a deal to get Deng shipped out.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:20 PM on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael,

      I’m all in on Julius right now because of his defense. He can be as impactful as Draymond Green. I think he could be a big part of the Lakers’ future and hope that we don’t trade him midseason just to clear cap space. There are very few trades I would be willing to make involving Julius at this point. Maybe straight up for Nerlens Noel or for Paul George but before we do that, we need to see if he can be a starter, even if it’s along side Lopez as a 4 to start. Lakers’ starters need Randle or Kuzma at the 4 offensively. Going to be interesting to see how this all plays out but I would love to see a Lonzo, KCP, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle starting lineup at some point this season.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:34 PM on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Tom, are you aware European Team Owners can withhold paycheques to its players?

        If LaVar continues to be bombastic, teams can withhold payment to players like Gelo.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:45 PM on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Good point, Sean. There are lots of variables on their playing in Europe. I just think the anti-Ball contingent in the media are downplaying Gelo’s and Melo’s skill sets and the power of the Big Baller Brand as a marketing tool. Gelo may not be an NBA quality prospect but Melo definitely is. What also is interesting is the decision was made as a family decision with everybody having input. I understand how LaVar can alienate fans but I personally think he loves his kids and is doing what he thinks is best for them. They can make millions of dollars and help promote BBB and that could be better route for them than 1 year of college. Let’s see how this plays out before condemning LaVar.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 12:55 PM on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I don’t like it, either, Tom. Those euro owners are real busters.

            I hope they land in China or Israel.

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 1:39 PM on December 8, 2017 Permalink

              Seriously? You think China will let Gelo back in lol.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:51 PM on December 8, 2017 Permalink

              Qualified it with a hope. :)

      • tate793

        tate793 12:35 PM on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha Michael and Tom

        JuJu had a great game, last night. Great team game, where everything (but the free throw shooting) clicked. Seeing the team accept the challenge down ths stretch -- and overcome it (in a hostile setting) was huge.

        I’d also like to see a Lonzo, Clarkson, Ingram, Kuzma and Randle starting line up this season.

  • John M.

    John M. 12:20 PM on October 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Quick cup of coffee for Travis:

    Ohm Youngmisuk
    ESPN Staff Writer

    The Lakers waived Vander Blue, Travis Wear and Briante Weber to get roster down to 16.

  • John M.

    John M. 9:29 AM on October 3, 2017 Permalink  

    Best of luck to Tom, DJ, and any other Yanks fans in here. I’d love to see an LA-NY Series!

  • John M.

    John M. 1:25 PM on September 30, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: R I P   

    Lakers Statement on Passing of Frank Hamblen

    Posted: Sep 30, 2017

    El SEGUNDO – Frank Hamblen, former head coach and assistant coach for the Lakers, passed away this morning in Del Mar, California.

    Hamblen, who was a member of the Lakers coaching staff from 1999-2011, served as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson from 1999-2004 and again from 2005-2011, helping lead the team to five NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010). During the 2004-05 season, Hamblen was the top assistant to Lakers head coach Rudy Tomjanovich and assumed the position of head coach in February of 2005 after Tomjanovich stepped down from the role. Prior to his stint with the Lakers, Hamblen spent three seasons (1996-1999) as an assistant coach with the Bulls where he helped lead the team to two NBA Championships (1997, 1998).

    “Frank Hamblen was a great coach and a good friend,” said Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton. “He was not only beloved by everyone in the Lakers organization but by those in the NBA community as well. Frank coached me as a rookie and in addition to all I learned from him on the court, he also emphasized how important it was to enjoy life off the court as well. My thoughts and prayers go out to Frank’s family. ”

    During his 42-year career as a coach in the NBA and ABA, Hamblen was a top assistant on the Bucks for nine seasons (1987-1996) and worked as assistant coach for the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1977-1987), Denver Rockets (1972-1977) and the San Diego/Houston Rockets (1969-72).

    Born in Terre Haute, Indiana on April 16, 1947, Hamblen attended Garfield High School where he was recognized as one of the top 12 high school players in Indiana before attending Syracuse University. In 2007 he was inducted into the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame.

  • John M.

    John M. 4:36 PM on September 28, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: Love this kid!   

    Ingram says he has been working out since May 15, so much so that the Lakers said they have had to tell him and some of the other young players not to come into the gym on some nights and take it easy.

    “Sometimes I snuck in,” Ingram said with a chuckle.

  • John M.

    John M. 12:12 PM on September 7, 2017 Permalink  

    Clips create ‘Star’ seating with hefty price tag

    The best seats at the Staples Center are getting even better for LA Clippers fans who are ready to open in their wallets.

    The team has broken up its long scorers table, which has created eight new seats, called “Star Courtside” seats on the floor on the side of the players’ benches.

    “It’s extremely rare to have space like this open in any arena” Clippers president Gillian Zucker said. “What we did here was create new beachfront property.”

    The new seats won’t come cheap.

    The Clippers aren’t publicly disclosing the price, but a league source says they’re asking for $175,000 a seat. The price includes access to the team’s all-inclusive clubs, in-seat waiter service and valet parking with access to a VIP entrance.

    With 43 games on the schedule, including preseason, the seats come out to $4,070 a game, which isn’t the highest in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks have tickets which are more expensive.

    Zucker said current courtside ticket holders will have the first shot on getting the seats before the team opens it to the general marketplace.

    The potential buyer?

    “The seats can be seen on television, so it can be for someone who wants to be seen. It is, after all, Hollywood,” Zucker said. “Companies, agencies or just a hardcore fan who wants to get closer.”

    Ten years ago, the Clippers’ seats went for roughly half the price of Lakers’ tickets. The balance of power has shifted with the Clippers’ rise and the Lakers’ fall.

    The atmosphere at the game has also changed, thanks in part to the change in ownership from Donald Sterling to Steve Ballmer, who bought the team for $2 billion three years ago.

    This offseason, the Clippers re-signed Blake Griffin to a five-year, $175 million max contract.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:11 PM on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With CP3 gone, the Clipps are not even on the radar anymore and won’t be again until they can get someone to run that squad.

      • John M.

        John M. 2:27 PM on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Apparently the idea is since there will be no stars on the court, maybe they can persuade a few more to watch the futility. Gotta pump them ratings somehow…

  • John M.

    John M. 12:03 PM on September 7, 2017 Permalink  

    Laker Nation lists the start of camp as TBD. Seems as though they’d know by now.

  • John M.

    John M. 3:43 PM on July 27, 2017 Permalink  

    Rumor Mill… 

    According to ESPN, the Suns would consider trading guard Eric Bledsoe, this year’s first-round draft pick Josh Jackson, and a future pick in exchange for Irving.

    Adding Bledsoe and Jackson to a roster would make a lot of sense for the Cavs.

    Bledsoe could either start alone, start alongside newly acquired guard Derrick Rose or come off the bench while Jackson would have James as a mentor at the wing position.

    Eric Bledsoe is one of the most explosive athletes in the league who at 27 years-old is still under contract for the next two seasons making a very modest $14.5 and $15 million over each of the next two seasons. The knock on Bledsoe is that he, like Rose, is also injury-prone. In 66 games last season, Bledsoe dropped 21 points, dished out 6 dimes, and grabbed 5 boards a game. It’s also important to note that Bledsoe and LeBron are close friends.

    Now to sound like an infomercial. “But that’s not all.”

    In the proposed deal, the Cavaliers would be getting potentially the best player in this year’s loaded draft, Josh Jackson, AND a future draft pick. The details of the draft pick are unknown according to this report, but if it’s a future first-round draft pick, the Cavaliers would have even more options for the 2017-18 season and beyond.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 3:45 PM on July 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For Kyrie, I would do that in a split second if I were the Suns. That backcourt would rival the Warriors.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:30 PM on July 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s the thing about rumors…I read yesterday that Jackson was “untouchable”..

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