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  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 12:18 PM on August 16, 2018 Permalink |  

    Rockets GM Daryl Morey: LeBron best ever ‘by a bit of a big margin’ 

    Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is a stats guru. He says he has checked the numbers and there’s no question: LeBron James is the best player in the history of the NBA “by a bit of a big margin.”

    Talking Wednesday in an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Morey said, “You look at his ability to generate wins and championship probability over time, and you basically break that down. You don’t need all the numbers. You can watch as well and see that.

    “But if you basically isolate that and also look at the career he’s had, frankly I think at this point it’s become a bit of a big margin, actually, where he’s come out ahead. I know that’s a little controversial.”

    Morey has spent 12 seasons with the Rockets, 11 as head of basketball operations. With a background in computer science with an emphasis on statistics, he has built a Rockets team that had the best regular-season record in the NBA in 2017-18.

    Talking about the Los Angeles Lakers’ outlook next season with the addition of James, Morey said, “I would expect, I hope, that we’re ahead of them and I would expect Golden State to be ahead of them, but I would never count out a LeBron James team. He is the greatest ever in my mind.”

    As the debate over Michael Jordan versus James as the greatest of all time continues unabated, ESPN looked at the numbers in May and found that James was closing fast on Jordan. The factors considered were championships added, regular-season versus playoffs stats and quality of play.

    James has three titles to Jordan’s six, and four MVP titles to Jordan’s five. At 33, James continues to play at near-peak levels deep into his career. ESPN’s conclusion was that to the extent it’s close now, James’ eventual superiority is all but inevitable.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:27 PM on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What most of the analysts are missing completely is that LeBron could still have 5 or 6 years left and could win 3 or 4 more championship rings. When he retires, he will clearly be the GOAT.

      • mud

        mud 5:48 PM on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        he may or may not be a goat, i always thought he was human, but he is ONE of the greatest to ever lave ’em up, along with Wilt, MJ and Kobe. i don’t give a d**n about stats. he’s more than good enough to ignore stats, good or bad.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 11:36 PM on August 3, 2018 Permalink  

    One guy is feeding taking care of and… 

    One guy is feeding, taking care of, and providing through college for kids while the other is seperating them from their parents and putting them in detention centers for profit.

    Anyone who supports this deplorable human needs to check their moral compass.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:42 AM on August 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bigotry and jealousy rearing their ugly heads once again! He’s destroying our democratic institutions, the rule of law means nothing and he’s shredding the Constitution, yet the GOP elected officials do absolutely nothing about it. Children who have never known any other President are exposed to this. This is simply vile, disgusting and an outrage that is it actually still going on. And shame on Twitter for allowing it to continue.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 10:03 PM on July 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Svi signs 3 year $4.6m Deal 

    The Los Angeles Lakers and No. 47 overall pick Svi Mykhailiuk are finalizing a three-year, $4.6 million rookie contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The deal will include a team option.

    Mykhailiuk has been impressive for the Lakers in summer league, averaging 13.2 points on 37.5 percent 3-point shooting in five games in Las Vegas and Sacramento. He has totaled 32 points and six 3-pointers in two games in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-8 Mykhailiuk represents another potential two-way rotation player for the Lakers.

    Mykhailiuk, 21, played four seasons at Kansas and is a native of Ukraine.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/sources-svi-mykhailiuk-finalizing-3-year-4-6m-deal-lakers-173041358.html

     
    • mud

      mud 10:13 AM on July 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yeah, he signed last week.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:40 AM on July 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love this kid. He’s going to make Luke have to find a place to play him. We may see Hart play some backup small forward to give Svi minutes backing up KCP, who’s going to have to bring his A game if he wants to hang onto his starting shooting guard gig.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 9:49 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink  

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 9:50 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nobody trading for that contract!

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:52 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Addition by subtraction

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:55 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Huestis and Ferguson are to raw to make up for his production in the aggregate.

        Overall, better move. Agreed.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 4:02 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Free agent Julius Randle has agreed to a two-year, $18M deal with New Orleans, league sources tell ESPN. Player option second year.

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 4:03 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Less money than Clarkson’s still due. 1 year of Luol. SMH.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:04 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Guess Boogie’s coming here!
      I will be really rooting for NOLA now.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:05 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good money for Ju…wish him the best

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:05 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That is going to be a nasty front line.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:06 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That pretty much closes the Boogie door there.

    • p ang

      p ang 4:08 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      a strange case of swap: Randle for Rondo, dollar for dollar.

      benefits both.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 4:09 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        One year deal better for the Lakers. Now trade Lonzo and Deng for picks to ATL.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:10 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Apparently we don’t want him period. $18 Mil for 2 years? Seems a bit low.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:18 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Recall when Ariza’s agent pushed to boost his salary from us, we went with Ronny Artest and he ended up settling, too. Sometimes you get the bear and other times the bear gets you. I don’t think this particular agent wanted to deal with LA. maybe he has a rivalry with Rob Pelinka, maybe he doesn’t like the colors purple and gold, who knows but I don’t think we were going to get that deal.

    • John M.

      John M. 4:10 PM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Consolation prize for not getting traded to Cleveland, which has now been rightly restored to its proper place in the pecking order.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 10:27 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Sources Lakers restricted free agent Julius Randle hasn’t… 

    Sources: Lakers restricted free agent Julius Randle hasn’t yet received an offer from L.A., but has excitement for arrival of LeBron James. Randle’s representatives and the Lakers are expected to speak Monday, hopeful of potential offer to retain him.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:35 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Three subjects to be discussed today when the Lakers meet Randle:

      1. What do Randle and Lakers think about his fit with LeBron? That’s the big question because you need floor spacers to open up lanes for LeBron to attack the rim. Randle is great in full court but how does his half court game fit with the Lakers. Would he be willing to come back as primarily a small ball center.

      2. Would he be interested in signing a 1-year contract for $15-$20M? It would be a great opportunity to showcase his skills on a LeBron led Lakers playoff team. Does not look like Julius has a big pay day set up so this might be a good path for both sides.

      3. Would he be interested in then possibly being traded to the Spurs in a sign-and-trade for Kawhi. Again, return to his home state of Texas playing for the great Popovich.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:48 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With the mavs signing DAJ & the nets signing Ed Davis the market dried up kinda quick for Ju..not many options for him now. Bad for him but good for the Lakers…

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:55 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I like Pincus’ earlier suggestion of Randle accepting the QO with a ‘promise’ to be taken care of with a big contract next season if all goes well. Might be best Julius could find. Or they could throw some money his way to keep him happier and motivated.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 11:10 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We’d all like that, but I’m pretty sure Ju didn’t kill himself for a contract last year just to be told he’ll have to wait again. Don’t forget that a QO essentially gives him a no-trade clause. What might be interesting would be him having to settle for a very reasonable, tradeable contract.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 11:12 AM on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I can’t see him signing for 5mill until the market completely dries up. Promises mean nothing…they could easily dump him next summer if they need that cap space.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 11:49 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Check out @wojespn’s Tweet https twitter com wojespn… 

    @wojespn’s
    Elfrid Payton has agreed to a deal with the Pelicans, league sources tell ESPN.

     
  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 8:02 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Lakers’ NBA title odds improve to 7-2 after LeBron James acquisition 

    Only the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors have better championship odds than the Lakers at the Westgate. The Warriors are odds-on favorites at -110 to three-peat.

    The Boston Celtics, like the Lakers, are 7-2. The Houston Rockets, at 7-1, are the only other team with single-digit odds.

     
  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 9:29 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    LeBron James representatives to meet with Sixers 

    A high-level Philadelphia 76ers contingent is meeting with LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul, on Sunday in Los Angeles, league sources told ESPN.

     
  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 8:03 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

     
    • mud

      mud 10:49 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      says you, it wasn’t worth it.

      maybe Magic got $500,000 of joy out of it. it wasn’t your money.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 7:55 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Pelicans, Lakers call DeMarcus Cousins on Day 1 of free agency 

    New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins received phone calls from the Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers on the first day of NBA free agency on Sunday, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated.

    Cousins, a four-time All-Star, could meet with the Pelicans and Lakers on Sunday, but it is uncertain if such meetings would take place in person or over the phone. Cousins is currently in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

    A first-time unrestricted free agent, Cousins might be a stronger target for the LeBron James-seeking Lakers after free-agent guard Paul George decided to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a 35.4 percent 3-point shooting average last season in 48 games with the Pelicans. The two-time all-NBA selection, however, suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury on Jan. 26 against the Houston Rockets. Cousins has been rehabilitating primarily in his offseason home of Las Vegas and has previously told The Undefeated that he could be ready by the start of training camp.

    “I’m looking forward to starting the season,” Cousins said. “That’s my own personal goal, so we’ll see what happens. That’s what I’m working on. The doctors haven’t really given me an answer because of the time I injured myself and the amount of time that I have.

    “It’s basically open field because I have so much time. But for me, I’m shooting to be ready for training camp.”

    Cousins also told The Undefeated that he is open to re-signing with the Pelicans but will make the best decision for himself.

    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Cousins could be re-signed by the Pelicans to a two-year deal. The Lakers, however, are a team that Cousins expressed interest in being traded to during his latter years with the Sacramento Kings.

    A source close to Cousins said it might be time for him to play on a big-market stage after playing in Sacramento and New Orleans.

    When previously asked about free agency, Cousins told The Undefeated: “I don’t plan on rushing through this process. I’m going to make the absolute best decision for DeMarcus Cousins. We’ll see what that is. As of right now, I don’t really know. I can’t answer that. Would I like to go back to New Orleans? I’m very open to that. I love what we created. I love what was created after I went down. I would love to be part of it. But I’m going to do what’s best for me, and I feel they’ll do the same.”

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:00 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As we’ve just seen with PG, it ain’t so easy to leave a situation where u already know the lay of the land and ur content with. I’ve heard very little about him looking to leave and if NO offers him anything close to max then he’ll most likely stay put..hope he comes but I’m not holding my breath

      Whole lot riding on Kawhi now it seems

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:23 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I do think you have to give OKC credit for selling PG on staying but you have to wonder how much LeBron’s presence was a positive and negative in his decision. Like I’ve been saying, there’s reasons guys want to play with him and reasons they don’t. PG wouldn’t get the kind of love in LA next to LeBron as he’ll get in OKC next to Russ. In the end, PG kind of wimped out and was likely not ready for prime time.

        It will be interesting to see if the lure to LA turns out to be false news with Boogie. While he’s been positive about wanting to return to NO, DeMarcus has also kept the door to leaving wide open and he has been rumored in the past to be interested in playing for the Lakers and in a bigger market, although that’s almost a negative at this point in time considering recent history. Boogie is a gamble I would be willing to take on right deal.

        How important is living where you want to live to a superstar like LeBron or Kawhi. Far as I am concerned, this year’s ‘Going to LA’ still has two out of three left in LeBron and Kawhi. I think LeBron is coming to LA regardless. He is scheduled to announce his decision Tuesday morning so it will be done before July 4th. Hard to imagine it’s not the Lakers or to deny that a big part of the decision was the City of Los Angeles and his family’s desire to be there.

        As for Kawhi, time to let the 76ers know you don’t want to go there and won’t re-sign if traded there. If he wants to come to the Lakers and play with LeBron, then that has to be his next stance. He needs to do everything in his power to enhance the Lakers leverage in this deal and force the Spurs to trade him to the Lakers. Otherwise, Kawhi better start shopping for long underwear because the 76ers are going to give the Spurs a good enough order to make a deal.

        As for the Lakers, like Kawhi Leonard, they need to learn from the Paul George situation and take action accordingly. DO NOT LET THIS OPPORTUNITRY PASS. That means upping the offer to Ingam and Kuzma. That’s an offer the Spurs would be fools to take over the 76ers offer. It has the perfect combination of able to contribute immediately and upside to become stars. Like it or not, the Lakers needs to step up to the plate and swing if they don’t want to strike out again.

        There’s still time for the Lakers to be the big winners in this free agency and the combination of trading for Kawhi and signing LeBron will enable them to build a better and deeper contending team than if they had been able to sign LeBron and PG as free agents. Bottom line, we’re still on course but now need to move aggressively to close a deal for both Kawhi and LeBron.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 10:33 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Agree with everything you said but I think if you go all in you have to go all in. Not only do you make that trade but you also gamble (I think it’s a great bet) and go hard after Cousins.

          Michael has laid out the reasons why over and over. If you are bringing in LeBron and trading for Kawhi you are doing so to win NOW. I’m glad PG isn’t coming as he wouldn’t made much more of a difference against the Warriors.

          Need to try a different approach and go big. We all saw what the Pelicans did. Not going to beat them on the perimeter, you need a guy exactly like Cousins. He’s versitle on offense and can create out of the post which I think would benefit and extend LeBron’s career. He gives us the best chance to beat the Warriors.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:13 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’m willing to take that gamble, too, Sean. I just think you need to balance the contracts. I just posted Eric Pincus’ idea above. Let’s continue discussion there.

      • mud

        mud 10:50 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        there’s nothing waiting on Kahwi. if he comes, great. if not, great.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 9:03 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink  

    DeMarcus Cousins sounds like an increasingly likely target for the Lakers on a short-term max contract now that it appears Los Angeles will lose out on Paul George, per league sources. In January 2017, LeBron James called Cousins “the best big man in our game.”

    -Marc Stein

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 9:09 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      PG is a weak minded lil punk who ran from the spotlight. He probably won’t even make an allstar game in the west. Lakers get 90% of his production from 25% of the money with BI, or far better with Kawhi.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 9:12 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m actually thrilled he ran. Playoff P pfff lol

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:14 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Never liked the idea of Paul George as a Laker. Thank Goodness.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 9:16 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He has been shown to be very soft when it really counts.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:22 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I had a post prepared. I thought if I let it play out he would reveal himself. :)

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 8:50 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink  

    Paul George Committed to OKC 

    Paul George has committed to sign a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.
    Per Wojnarowski

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:53 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Jordan going to Dallas.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 9:09 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        DeAndre Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks have verbally agreed on a one-year deal approaching the $24.1 million option with the Clippers for next season that Jordan relinquished Friday, according to league sources.

        Wow he hates Doc that much he’s out for same deal…

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 8:58 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just lost a lot of respect for him. Enjoy winning nothing but the hairline olympics.

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 9:01 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So that means Kawhi is coming?

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:05 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      CP3 signs with Rockets for four years, $160 mil

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 4:04 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink  

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, league sources tell Yahoo. Ball is expected to be ready for training camp next season.

     
  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 1:08 AM on June 23, 2018 Permalink  

    I’d love to know my fellow Lakerholic’s story…

    I know my grandparents were born in Mexico in 1898 and 1906 and from there my mother (an anchor baby) was a 1st generation American born in King City California in 1943 where she helped countless immigrant children assimilate and contribute to our great nation and the development of the Salinas Valley. My father’s parents came from descendents from Scotland and the Netherlands with my grandpa serving his life to the US Army and Fort Hunter Ligget- and my father was also born in King City in 1943 who served in the Air Force and his community with ethical integrity.

    My family “infested” America in the early 20th century…

    When did your family “Infest” America?

     
    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:01 AM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 12:21 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you for sharing, Sean.

      My Family came in on the American Side first then Immigrated to Canada.

      Their friends and family wrote each other and spoke of the discrimination they faced being Irish in America. Being spit at, having projectiles thrown at you, Rocks, Glass, Stones.

      Couldn’t apply for work. Nobody would hire you.

      You were allowed to fight in their Civil War. :)

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:58 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For my father and grandfather, America was Gold Mountain. My grandfather, whom I never met, came to America and worked as a coolie building railroads and sending money back to China. Not much different from migrant workers from Mexico do today.

      Long after my father had returned to China, my father got an opportunity to take the place of an 11-year old cousin his same age who had unexpectedly died. My father took his place and became one of six brothers working in the family Chinese restaurant in Janesville, Wisconsin. Thus, my father’s family is really our paper family.

      My mother was daughter of 3rd generation English and German farm families who settled in Wisconsin. She dropped out of high school and went to work as a waitress in my dad’s paper family’s Chinese restaurant and the rest is history.

      Meanwhile, my sister married a Mexican national our family tree has sprouted another branch. My immigrant story has one final wrinkle. After my mom died 30 years ago, my dad decided he had had enough of Western women and sent away to the village he grew up in Canton for a recently widowed women to bring over and marry. Jade came over with her two kids, same age is my son, and took loving care of my dad until he passed last year. All total, my family has ad over 15 family members immigrate to America in my lifetime.

      Good thread, Sean. America will always be Gold Mountain to the Wongs.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:59 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Sweet’s first infested the US of A in 1620 in Rhode Island. We fought for the North in the Civil War in the form of one Olney F Sweet, a private artillery man. His diaries recounting his experience can be read in a book our family published called ‘What the Private Saw’.
      We’ve steadily moved west settling in California before it was California in what is now Long Beach, CA. The house Olney died in is still standing and sits just three blocks from the theatre I helped start. An unintended coincidence. The Sweets have generally been liberals who enjoy open spaces and wild experiences.

      On my Mom’s side (the Bakers) we have much more conservative icons. My Mom could be a Daughter of the Confederacy (and sister and now my daughter) and my great, great, great Grandfather on her side is Sam Houston. Her dad, my grandpa, was the County Controler for Orange County back in the 50s and 60s paving the way for Disneyland to be built and the Angels to re-locate south from LA.

      As a 5th generation Californian I am proud of how our state represents itself, especially in these troubling, racially antagonistic times. Hope everyone found time to donate to one of the many NGOs aiding migrant families or went to one of the many marches around the country condemning the actions of this increasingly fascist administration.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:10 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice NBA.

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