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  • John M.

    John M. 10:39 AM on November 4, 2019 Permalink
    Tags: The Bad News Bears   

    AN ANTONIO — The Los Angeles Lakers look dominant on defense and, in the early going, LeBron James has been a linchpin rather than a liability on that end of the floor.

    “I’m playing injury free. I’m not injured. My quick twitch is back. My speed is back, my strength is back,” James said after the Lakers’ 103-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

    After giving up 112 points and allowing the Los Angeles Clippers to shoot 51.9 percent in an opening night loss, the Lakers have won five games in a row, limiting their opponents to an average of 96.8 points on 38.1 percent shooting.

    James, who turns 35 next month and is playing in his 17th season, said the groin injury he suffered on Christmas Day made his defense worse than what he is capable of delivering.

    “Playing with a torn groin last year — even when I came back it was still partially torn — it was difficult to be able to move and shift like I’m capable of doing that defensively,” James said. “For me, I just take the challenge. I love being challenged. Coach [Frank Vogel] challenged me, AD [Anthony Davis] challenged me, I challenged myself.

    “I put a lot of hard work into my offseason by getting my quick twitch, getting my bounce back, getting my speed back, my reaction time back. My mind has always been there. That’s what it’s all about.”

    The numbers support what James is saying. He is contesting 70% of attempts against him, up from 54% last season, according to research by ESPN Stats & Info. He’s also keeping offensive players farther away from the hoop: Through the first six games, the average field goal attempt against him is from 17.6 feet, compared to 15.6 feet last season.

    And while opponents are shooting an identical 37% from the field with James as the primary defender, just as they did last season, his points allowed per play as the primary defender has dipped from 0.80 last year to 0.77 through the first two weeks of the season.

    “Well, it’s contagious, and his commitment on that end of the floor has been a great surprise for us in terms of just how proficient he’s been,” Vogel said of James’ impact in the win over the Spurs in which L.A. limited San Antonio to 39.8% shooting (including just 24% from 3). “He’s leading the charge with care factor on that end of the floor. When he’s working that hard and caring that much about getting stops, it carries over to everybody else, and you see it on the floor.”

    While James has impressed with his defensive commitment — he has drawn four charges through the first six games, according to Second Spectrum data, which ties him for fourth in the league, as opposed to his eight charges drawn in 55 games last season — he’s far from the only Laker consistently making stops.

    Davis, who leads the league in blocks, had four more against the Spurs.

    “Obviously we still have a lot to work on offensively, but we try to make sure that we strive on defense every game,” Davis said. “We want to be the best defensive team in the league, and we’ll be tough to beat.”

    Dwight Howard, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year award winner, had another strong game on the defensive (and offensive) end, contributing two blocks, 13 rebounds and 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting off the bench, plus a timely strip of Rudy Gay late in the fourth when the Spurs were making a run.

    “I don’t see it as a role, I see it as my purpose,” Howard said. “I think it’s my purpose to go out every single night and play hard defense, trying to block every shot, trying to be in the paint, get a lot of steals, go for loose balls. Whatever I can do for this team, be of service, that’s my mission. I don’t see it as my role, I see it as a purpose.”

    L.A.’s front office put a premium on defense with its offseason moves, bringing in shot-blockers like Howard and JaVale McGee and wings with All-Defensive Team credentials on their résumés in Avery Bradley and Danny Green. Bradley, who left the game early after getting kicked near his right knee, had a steal and chased Dejounte Murray around before exiting. He is considered day-to-day after X-rays came back negative.

    Vogel says the Lakers still “have a long way to go” in order to become the defensive force he hopes to see, but they have certainly already shown that taking pride in defense will be a part of their identity this season.

    “All of us, all of us, with LeBron and AD being the leaders of the team, it starts with them,” Howard said. “The first guys on the court it starts with them. The second unit, the Bad News Bears — not the Bad News Bears in a bad way, but they’re going to bring bad news to the other team. That type of bad news. But we come out and you play that hard, tough-nosed defense, it makes it tough for teams to score, then they’ve got to deal with our first unit again.”

     
    • John M.

      John M. 10:44 AM on November 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Howard is relishing every moment with the Lakers after missing most of last season with a knee injury.

      “Being injured sitting at home, watching basketball watching TV and stuff like that is kind of hard,” Howard said. “So, I promised myself when I got back on the court I was going to have the most fun as I can but enjoy the moment and try to help my team win whatever situation I might be put in.”

      Seems to be working. Great job, Dwight.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:52 PM on November 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That was a great read, John. Thanks for posting. Tons of great information on why the Lakers defense has been so good this early. This is exactly the kind of insightful data that’s perfect to post. In the future, please include the link to give credit to the source. Thanks.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:11 AM on October 28, 2019 Permalink  

    Dwight making the best of his opportunity:

    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27947542/dwight-howard-los-angeles-lakers-turns-back-clock-bench.

    Great to see. I’m very happy for him, and the team for believing in him.

     
  • John M.

    John M. 12:30 PM on October 17, 2019 Permalink  

    Ohm Youngmisuk
    ESPN Staff Writer
    The Lakers have exercised their team option on Kyle Kuzma for the 2020-21 season.

    To no one’s surprise.

    Regarding the Dubs, will Curry keep the mouthpiece in or out during losing streaks?
    We shall see…

     
  • John M.

    John M. 2:17 PM on October 5, 2019 Permalink  

    You can buy tix online for the game tonight: $124-714. For preseason. I’ll pass…

     
  • John M.

    John M. 2:59 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Adrian Wojnarowski

    Dwight Howard’s deal with the Lakers will be non-guaranteed, league source tells ESPN. Howard had several meetings with Lakers officials, and they’ll give him a chance to show he’s made changes in how he conducts himself. Lakers players were involved in process.

     
    • John M.

      John M. 3:00 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Anyone?

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 3:16 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Noooooooooooooooooooo……..*camera zooms out in slow mo*

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:37 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Guess we will see.

    • John M.

      John M. 3:42 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      After completing a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies, Dwight Howard will sign a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources have told ESPN.

      An agreement on Howard’s buyout has been reached, league sources said.

      The Lakers will hold the leverage on Howard and can cut him before the NBA’s Jan. 7 deadline without cost to the team. Howard moves the Lakers’ roster to a full 15 players.

      The necessity to sign Howard came with a possible season-ending ACL injury to free agent center DeMarcus Cousins.

      The Lakers will be Howard’s sixth team since signing as a free agent in Atlanta in 2016. He’s played with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards — and been waived after trades to the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis without ever wearing a uniform.

      He played only nine games with Washington before back surgery ended his season.

      Howard played one season for the Lakers in 2012-13, then spurned them for the Houston Rockets in free agency.

      At least the expectations will be lower…

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:05 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The only silver lining I guess is that this is basically his last chance. His career is on the line. If that doesn’t motivate him nothing will. His contract isn’t guaranteed so it’s pretty much put up or shut up for him.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:06 AM on August 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This comment from Shams says it all:

        “AD, JaVale and Rondo wanted to know if they could trust him.
        They left convinced of the new Howard.”

        Lakers have done what they could to give this a chance to work.
        Very low risk and high reward move with Jan 7 deadline.
        Best option for Lakers until December 15 trade limit ends.

        • John M.

          John M. 10:49 AM on August 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          One thing to bs your way to a contract. Quite another to try it with your peers. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s a Laker now, and all who wear the uniform deserve that, imo.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:54 AM on August 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Good point, John. I never thought there was any way I would do anything but revolt against Dwight playing for the Lakers but I give them credit for how they approached and structured this situation. Low risk, high reward long shot.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:18 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hope fans boooo him at the first game.

      • John M.

        John M. 4:19 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And it motivates him.

        • John M.

          John M. 4:25 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You don’t wanna be the guy to get the stinkeye from both Kobe and LeBron, and six teams in 4 years is nothing to gloat about :)

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:29 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I just don’t know what’s going to make him get it and change. He hasn’t so far. Hopefully, he realizes this is his final shot and gets his act together.

            • John M.

              John M. 4:37 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink

              In meetings with Lakers management, coaches and teammates who included Anthony Davis late this week, Howard sold himself as an eight-time All-Star who had hit “rock bottom,” in the words of one team source, and promised that he’d humbly accept the responsibility to rebound and block shots for the Lakers.

              He showed the Lakers that his surgically repaired back was healthy, that he had lost 25 pounds to get into better condition, and ultimately the Lakers chose him over Joakim Noah, sources said.

              With DeMarcus Cousins likely lost for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, and Davis reticent to play significant minutes at center, the Lakers and Howard found themselves needing each other for a reunion of a miscast partnership that fizzled in the 2012-2013 season.

              For years, Howard has sold an almost annual idea of a personal renaissance and epiphany, only to infuriate coaches and teammates with behavior that moved from selfish on the court to childish and disruptive off of it. Since signing with the Atlanta Hawks as a free agent in 2016, Howard has been traded three times and waived twice. The Lakers will be his sixth team in five years — far from the All-Star and All-Defensive team appearances with Orlando and Houston.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 5:14 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink

              You know what they say about talk…
              We will have to wait and see based on his actions.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:03 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • John M.

        John M. 5:17 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Notice LeBron wasn’t mentioned, but there’s really no need.

        • John M.

          John M. 5:34 PM on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Wonder if they’ll have a presser to announce his return. That could go either way pretty fast.

  • John M.

    John M. 12:52 PM on August 9, 2019 Permalink
    Tags: Tack this on the bulletin board!   

    Per ESPN:

    Will the Lakers or Clippers have a better record on Christmas Day?

    Pelton: I’ll put money on the Clippers. They’ve got more existing infrastructure in place with five of the seven players who saw at least 70 minutes of action in last year’s first-round series still on the roster, plus longtime head coach Doc Rivers. Given that, I think the integration of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will go more smoothly than the Lakers trying to build chemistry from scratch under new coach Frank Vogel.

    Bontemps: The Clippers. Yes, working in Leonard and George will take time, but the Clippers are starting the season ahead of the Lakers. Plus, it isn’t like the Lakers don’t have a host of things to sort out themselves (including figuring out who, exactly, is going to play defense). This will be a fun game, but I expect the Clippers to have the better record when these teams square off.

    Marks: The Clippers. Even with Paul George likely missing parts of training camp as he nurses a torn left labrum, the addition of Leonard and the continuity factor with the rest of the roster give the Clippers the edge.

    Andrews: I’m taking the Clippers as well.

     
  • John M.

    John M. 11:44 AM on December 3, 2018 Permalink  

    LaVar strikes again (you knew he would):

    Sound the alarms and shelve the conspiracy theories about his silence, because LaVar Ball has resumed publicly speaking his mind about his son Lonzo Ball, and how Luke Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers are using him.

    While speaking to someone from TMZ — because of course it was TMZ — LaVar essentially implied that the Lakers would or should fire Luke Walton if he doesn’t start playing Lonzo more.

    “If he keep playing Lonzo a lot — over 35 minutes — he’ll stick around,” Ball says. “Less, he won’t.”

    Whatever you say, Dad. How about you help him with his shot instead?

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:49 AM on December 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What’s interesting is what happens with Melo, who now wants to play in college but has issues with the time he spent when LaVar sent him to Lithuania. I’ve watched lots of Melo’s videos and he’s a mixture of his two brothers. He has a lot of Lonzo in him as a playmaker but is a much more confident offensive scorer. Unlike the middle brother Gelo, Melo is the real deal and could even be better than Lonzo.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:46 AM on November 12, 2018 Permalink  

    Lakers escape wild series of events against Hawks and go over .500

    You want to talk about an eternity? Ask the Lakers how long it has been since they last felt what it was like to be over .500. The once-proud franchise, with those 16 championship banners hanging from the rafters, went nearly two years since a 111-109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 22, 2016 put them at 8-7 to start Brandon Ingram’s rookie year.

    It has been awhile for the Lakers

    The Lakers are 7-6 — one game over .500. The last time the Lakers were over .500 in the regular season was after a 111-109 home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 22, 2016 that left them at 8-7. The roster has since almost completely turned over, with then-rookies Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac the only players left from that November 2016 Lakers team.

    LAKERS ON NOV. 22, 2016 CURRENT TEAM

    Luol Deng Minnesota Timberwolves
    Julius Randle New Orleans Pelicans
    Timofey Mozgov Orlando Magic
    Nick Young Last played for Golden State Warriors in 2018
    Jose Calderon Detroit Pistons
    Tarik Black Last played for Houston Rockets in 2018
    Larry Nance Jr. Cleveland Cavaliers
    Brandon Ingram Los Angeles Lakers
    Jordan Clarkson Cleveland Cavaliers
    Lou Williams LA Clippers
    Marcelo Huertas Last played for Los Angeles Lakers in 2017
    Thomas Robinson Last played for Los Angeles Lakers in 2017
    Metta World Peace Last played for Los Angeles Lakers in 2017
    D’Angelo Russell Brooklyn Nets
    Ivica Zubac Los Angeles Lakers

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:02 PM on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Happy Monday, John. Good stuff. Thanks for the post. It sure is nice to see the Lakers with a winning record … and a slate of a half dozen winnable games looming on the schedule. I’d like to see us extend this winning streak to 10 or more games. That roster of the last Lakers team to have a winning record is a stark contrast to the depth we have on this roster. I mean I wouldn’t mind having Randle back but otherwise, an amazing transformation by Magic and Rob. Lakers are BACK!

      • John M.

        John M. 1:11 PM on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If it were a trivia question, I couldn’t have answered it. I’m just happy to see the improvement after so many years of waiting. Chandler’s obviously a great addition, but I think we just have to be patient with the team we have and everything will fall into place.

  • John M.

    John M. 5:49 PM on July 30, 2018 Permalink  

    LeBron speaks about his new team and his decision to come to LA:

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/24236249/lebron-james-discusses-signing-los-angeles-lakers-new-teammates

     
  • John M.

    John M. 1:52 PM on July 26, 2018 Permalink  

    Lamar Odom is reportedly coming out of retirement to play in China:

    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/07/26/controversial-former-nba-star-announces-hes-coming-out-of-retirement/23490309/

     
  • John M.

    John M. 12:24 PM on July 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Magic Johnson: Lakers to consult with LeBron James on moves
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    Magic Johnson says LeBron James’ arrival has taken the Los Angeles Lakers’ three-year rebuilding plan to “a whole ‘nother level” and that the team plans to remain disciplined and maintain salary-cap space to pursue another max free agent next summer.

    The Lakers president of basketball operations said the team’s rebuilding timetable remains on track to take another significant step next season.

    “If we feel there’s somebody out there or a deal to be made to make our team better, then we’ll do it as long as it’s a great deal for us,” Johnson said during a conference call Friday. “If it’s not, we have our team and we’ll go to battle, go to war with this team. We feel really good about this team.

    “Then we’ll have enough room for next summer to give another player a max deal. [General manager] Rob [Pelinka] and I, we already put the strategy together. LeBron, of course, changed some of that, but we’re still going to stay disciplined and hope we’ll be a team that can have a championship run for a long time.”

    Calling him the “greatest player” and “greatest leader in sports,” Johnson said the Lakers will lean on James and consult with him when contemplating new additions.

    “It’s not about influence. It’s about sitting down with the world’s greatest player and picking his brain and saying, ‘You’re playing in the game today,'” Johnson said. “Just like when I was playing, [late owner] Dr. [Jerry] Buss and [former Lakers GM] Jerry West would come to me when we were thinking about making moves. … It’s gonna be the same way here. We’re gonna go to LeBron and say if there’s a deal to be made for guys available, we’ll say to him, ‘What do you think about this guy? You know him. You play against him. You know the backstory and everything about the guy.’

    “That’s why you have guys that are superstars in this league. You want to have a line of communication and want to know what they’re thinking. LeBron, we’ve done that with the guys we brought in. He’s done an excellent job of giving us great feedback. We will continue to do that. The ultimate decision-maker on the team and who we bring in is me. I take that to [Lakers president] Jeanie [Buss] and see what she says and whether she signs off or not.”

    While Johnson is confident about the pieces added around James, he did say it could take “probably closer to two months” for James, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee to learn how to play alongside Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — a core that went 35-47 last season.

    “I think one thing that we have to, and the fans have to be patient about, is the chemistry on the court,” Johnson said. “Because we’re putting together, basically all these guys will be new to each other, playing with each other, right? So it’s probably going to take us at least a month or two, probably closer to two months, to really understand how to play with each other and how to feed each other, all those things.

    “We saw that LeBron and Miami struggled for the first two months or so when he was in Miami, then they finally got together and they were a championship-caliber team. And I’m sure when he went back to Cleveland in the beginning, they struggled until they got to know each other and then they were a championship-caliber team. It will be no different here. We’ll struggle to understand how to play with each other and where everybody likes the ball and those types of things, but eventually we’ll get it together and I feel we’ll be one of the best teams in the West.”

    Johnson said he studied film of James at every significant stage of his career — from his early Cleveland days to the Miami championships and back to Cleveland — to help him prepare for his July 1 meeting with James, understand where his game is currently and figure out how to best design the Lakers’ roster around the star.

    He also watched how Houston and Boston had success in the postseason. Johnson said he and James were in agreement that adding multiple playmakers and defenders with playoff experience was a way to combat Golden State.

    “We have to remember the game is not the same anymore,” Johnson said. “There’s no team in basketball that can duplicate Golden State. But what you can do is try to make sure — Houston, they really gave Golden State problems because they had guys, multiple guys, that can break the defense down. Not only shoot but also create off the dribble. And on the defensive end they were right there.

    “When you think of some of the teams that had great shooting besides Golden State, all those teams really got beat. But then you look at a team like Boston who had, again, multiple ball handlers, guys that can put it down on the ground and get their own shot, they advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference finals.

    “I watched every series and had to say, ‘OK, the game is played different.’ Then I talked to him — he felt the same way, so now let’s get guys that can handle the basketball, get their own shots, also are tough on defense, tough-minded. And that’s how Rob and I decided to build the roster. So we’re really happy with the additions that we have, and LeBron is really happy.”

    After James committed, the Lakers agreed to deals with Rondo, Stephenson and McGee while re-signing Caldwell-Pope, looking to add basketball IQ, playmakers, defenders and playoff experience. Even though the Lakers averaged just 34.5 percent from 3-point range — second to last in the NBA last season — management feels the team has enough 3-point shooting with Hart (39.6 percent), Ingram (39), Caldwell-Pope (38.3), James (36.7) and Kuzma (36.6).

    The Lakers added veteran leadership and championship experience but also injected the locker room with some strong-willed personalities such as James and Rondo and even quirky characters such as Stephenson and McGee to go with quiet and reserved young players such as Ingram and Ball.

    Johnson had no doubts about the different personalities meshing well and forming a unified locker room.

    “It’s easy; we’re bringing in championship-caliber players,” Johnson said. “They understand chemistry. They understand there’s going to be the ultimate leader in the locker room of LeBron. And then we have a second guy who will be a great leader in Rondo. They will take care of the locker room. … Leaders take care of the locker room. I have no problem. I don’t see us never having no problem with that. LeBron is the greatest leader in sports. So I think that’s going to be easy.

    “When you think about Lonzo … I’ve told everybody when we drafted him, the one thing that was missing was a mentor,” Johnson added. “We really didn’t have a mentor for him to really teach him and help him how to play the point guard position. And now we have one in Rondo that can really take him through how to read defenses, how to play and defend certain guys in the league at the position.”

    “So this is really going to be an important year for Lonzo, and I think Rondo will really help him out a lot.”

    As for James, Johnson sees someone who is much like himself, who has followed a similar path out of the Midwest to win championships playing team basketball and who has had success off the court as well.

    “It was so funny. I think we both felt we were probably talking to ourselves,” Johnson said. “We’re looking at each other, and we were mirrors of each other when it comes to basketball mindset, championship DNA, playing the game the right way and also being a great teammate.”

     
  • John M.

    John M. 11:35 AM on June 29, 2018 Permalink  

    Reality check (please excuse my use of the source):

    Asked about how Boston’s collection of desirable assets invariably leads to the Celtics being lumped into a bevy of trade rumors, regardless of how serious Boston’s interest is, Ainge did lament having to then mend fences with players whose feelings are hurt by the suggestion they might be moved.

    “I think that most of [the rumors are] false. Especially the details of it,” Ainge said. “And what I don’t like about it is I don’t like how names are just thrown around [in media reports]. [Reporters] probably don’t care about the names, and that’s your job is to make good stories and have things to talk about on the air. Most of it’s not true, but there’s sometimes bits and pieces of it that are true. So it’s not total lies but — I can’t call it fake news — but it’s complex.

    “These are complex situations and I think that, just like [reporters] don’t like answering or having to respond to rumors, even though it does give you good programming, I don’t like it any more, having to deal with the players that are calling me and the agents that are calling me when their name is in a rumor that’s like just totally made up.”

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:39 AM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, John. Ironically, there is no colder hearted and pragmatic general manager in the league than Danny Ainge. Isaiah Thomas found out. Kyrie Irving may find out. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ainge trades Hayward before he even plays a full game for the Celtics after signing with them. Can never forget it’s a business. Of course the hypocrisy is Danny, like all GM’s, uses the media to shape opinions all the time.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 12:58 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree. Look at what he did to Paul Pierce. I mean, I really hate Paul Pierce yet felt sympathetic when that happened to him. I cannot imagine Lakers doing that to Kobe (trade him at the end of his career to a perennial loser). Even though Ainge made amends later, still, that came across as real cold. Then there’s Isaiah Thomas. Nuff said. Yup, if I were a star, I’d take Ainge’s nature into consideration. Good from the business perspective, but not necessarily for the individual players.

    • mud

      mud 12:17 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      most of the rumors ARE false. lets call them what they are, fantasies and lies.

      let’s face it, from tv, news, radio and internet, reporters are irresponsible rumor-mongers who delight in, and prefer controversy and tittilation over the people involved and truly informed fanbases.

      • mud

        mud 12:23 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        when one can point to anonymous “sources” instead of actual people, then there is no reason to avoid lies and exaggerations and other untruths.

        a perfect example is Stephen A’s old assertions about KD, which when KD calls him on his bogusness, he responds with threats against KD. almost ALL the rumors are made up.
        https://youtu.be/a-4vE4427Dc

        it seems Stephen was lying again about the LeBron text. both LeBron and KD have called that rumor bogus.

  • 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

     
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