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Better than Kawhi?
Better than PG?
Better than Russell?
Better than AD?
Better than Jimmy?
Plus, he’s got that Mambatude!
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Magic Johnson and the Lakers appear ready to dhake things up this summer.
The Los Angeles Lakers are still in rebuilding mode.
While the team did have its best record in three years during the 2016-17 campaign, it was the still the fourth consecutive season that the Lakers finished with below 30 victories. That is a far cry from the franchise that has won 16 collective titles and one that only as recently as 2010 won back-to-back NBA championships.
According to Mark Medina (via LA AM 570 Sports), “no one is safe” on the Lakers’ roster this offseason:
“On one hand, [Pelinka] is going to be aggressive in trying to come up with deals to upgrade this team,” Medina said. “But he is very mindful that you aren’t going to make a trade just for the sake of making a splash. It has the be a good deal. He likes this young core as far as their potential, but they’re giving these guys a laundry list of things to work on to improve their game.
“If I had to guess, there are definitely going to be changes made. But as far as who stays and who leaves, it’s obviously hard to tell at this point.”
An abundance of uncertainty and no definitive face of the franchise going forward appears to have left the Lakers in a situation where no player is untouchable at the moment.
“No one is safe,” Medina said. “They don’t have a Kobe Bryant on the team anymore, so everyone is on the table right now.”
This doesn’t come as a shock as Rob Pelinka’s public comments have indicated that no player on the Lakers roster is untouchable. Considering the team doesn’t have a real identity or a clear-cut franchise player, that philosophy only makes sense.
Considering the Lakers have a good chance at retaining their top-three draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, it should be interesting to see how Los Angeles handles its overload of young players during the offseason. If the Lakers do draft UCLA prospect Lonzo Ball with a top-three selection, where does that leave D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson? Furthermore, what will the team do with two veterans over the age of 30 that they have little use for (Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng)?
Expect this offseason to be a very busy one for the first-year general manager.
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“Hi! My name is actually David Nwaba : )
The recurring narrative, of a pleasant roster conundrum, is refreshing.
Ball, Fultz, Fox, Jackson – PG, Butler, Griffin, Gordon
A bounce back season for Deng.
Happy Resurrection Day to all Lakerholics!
Report: Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas’ sister dies in a car accident
On the eve of their first game of the 2017 NBA playoffs, tragedy has struck the family of Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
According to a report from KIRO7.com, the Washington State Patrol has confirmed that Thomas’ younger sister was killed after being involved in a single-car accident on Saturday morning early Saturday morning on southbound Interstate 5 near South 288th Street.
The Tacoma woman who died in a one-car accident on Interstate 5 in Federal Way Saturday morning is Chyna J. Thomas, 22, the sister of NBA star Isaiah Thomas, according to family friends.
Chyna Thomas died at the scene of the accident on the shoulder of I-5, according to the Washington State Patrol who identified her.
The wreck occurred around 5 a.m. on southbound Interstate 5 near South 288th Street, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Witnesses reported that the car, a 1998 Toyota Camry, was being driven normally at first.
The car traveled about 50 feet partially off the roadway until it hit a Jersey barrier.
The car came to rest on top of the barrier and against a large metal pole holding a carpool sign on the shoulder of the freeway.
The State Patrol reports that Chyna Thomas was not wearing her seat belt.
Thomas and the Celtics are scheduled to host the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden on Sunday night with the opening tip scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
At this time, it is unknown whether this incident will have any impact on Thomas’ availability for Game 1 of their best-of-seven series.
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“The fact that you HATED a player who the Lakers would have never won their last two championships without says a lot about you, too.” Keen
That disdain only emerged once his covert shenanigans became evident. His sh!tty perfotmane against Big Baby, Leon Powe & KG in the 08 Finals.
Then the stupid sequence of plays vs Dirk and the MAVs.
Then there was the stupid as$ turn over vs OKC, a year later.
Even Phil had his fill of Gasol’s Foo Foo game!
Then all the crap comes out about Shannon Brown poking his gal, and he set out to destroy the Lakers from within.
The clandestine phone call to his ageny asking him to get the deal nixed.
Hollow, empty, meaningless win. Against a team that had nothing to lose. Memphis has already clinced a playoff spot – a win would not have improved their seeding. But, would certainly diminish Laker odds of lottery hopes.
It’s been pretty much established who has heart, who has no quit in them and who is willing to defend. Pretty sad when the leading scorer plays 36 mins and has a +/- of -9.
Hollow, empty, meaningless win.
Larry Nance Jr