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Phil and Melo, the divorce. Once, if briefly, Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony were on the same side, in the… https://t.co/4ytYr3eZIx
— The Majors LA (@TheMajorsLA) April 23, 2017
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— Ballerholic (@realBallerHolic) April 22, 2017
The term “superstar” is often misused. There are few true superstars in the NBA, if one defines the term as a player who joins a new team and immediately makes that team a title contender. By that measure, there are only two superstars in the league, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. If one is willing to define the term more expansively, the list could include players like Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis.
Then, there are the veteran “stars” of the league who will surely make any team better but may not be quite good enough to be the top dog on a championship team. The NBA is full of veterans who fit this description such as Jimmy Butler, Paul George, John Wall, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Isiah Thomas, to name a few.
Finally, there are young players whose final ceiling has not been set, who despite their young age are already stars and have already shown potential to go on the become superstars. This list includes, for example, Karl-Anthony Towns, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Devin Booker, Kristaps Porzingis, and Nikola Jokic.
While their desire is real, and there is a sense of urgency, do the Lakers have any realistic chance of obtaining one or more of the aforementioned players this offseason? While anything is possible, it might take a miracle.
That said, Johnson and Pelinka are confident and they intend to acquire a superstar this summer and seem willing to go all out to make it happen. Hopefully they will succeed without sacrificing their best young talent, but wanting it to happen and making it happen are two different things. Johnson and Pelinka are formidable, but given the obstacles, Johnson really will be the Magic Man if he can pull it off.
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— NBA (@NBA) April 22, 2017
— LosAngelesSRH (@LosAngelesSRH) April 22, 2017
Starting shortly after the 3:00 mark of the below video, Magic explains what he learned about tampering, but then continues by perhaps saying things that the NBA will consider to be tampering with the Pacers star:
“I had to go to school,” Johnson laughs. “I had to go to CBA school, salary cap school and tampering school. You can’t tamper with somebody else’s player.”
After Johnson says that, Kimmel follows up with a hypothetical situation involving Johnson and George happening upon each other on vacation. Kimmel asks Magic if he’d have to ignore PG-13 in that situation.
“No, we gonna say hi because we know each other,” Johnson said. “You just can’t say, ‘Hey, I want you to come to the Lakers,’ even though I’ll be wink winking like (winks) you know what that means right?”
Ironically, while explaining how he would avoid tampering with George, Johnson may have, in fact, tampered with George. He could be hearing from the NBA offices and commissioner Adam Silver in the near future.
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Clippers’ Blake Griffin out for remainder of playoffs with injury to right big toe https://t.co/A7vdFkDdqE
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) April 22, 2017
— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) April 22, 2017
“In terms of my future,” Deng told Medina, “I would like to play at the 4 more.”
Deng explained that he “struggles” to spot-up and excels more when closer to the basket for rebounds and moving around screens, and the numbers back up his positional preference.
According to 82games.com, Deng played just 13 percent of the Lakers’ total minutes at power forward compared to 23 percent at small forward, despite being far more effective at the former position.
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Jerry West on Russ: "We're looking at a reincarnation of Michael Jordan who might be a little better in terms of athletic ability" pic.twitter.com/UfRzDoOmF5
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 21, 2017
“Michael Jordan was one of those unbelievably gifted athletes,” West says. “But we’re looking at a reincarnation of Michael Jordan who might be a little better in terms of athletic ability. … I love the passion he plays the game [with], but he has the ball a lot in his hands, he does, so he should be with his ability, he should be there.
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— LA Clippers Fans (@ClippersViews) April 22, 2017
The Los Angeles Clippers were doomed.
On the road, with Blake Griffin sidelined by a bruised right toe that looked far worse than the diagnosis, and the Clippers trailed the Utah Jazz by double digits. They looked primed to implode, taking the Doc Rivers era with them.
But a funny thing happened in the second half of Game 3 on Friday night: The Clippers started playing their best basketball with Griffin on the bench.
That’s not a coincidence. As outstanding as Griffin is, he doesn’t necessarily fit in the modern NBA — and certainly not with this L.A. roster. The dirty truth about the Clippers in 2017 is they have a higher ceiling without Griffin than with him.
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) April 22, 2017
Rutter: Jerry Sloan only wanted to say a last goodbye https://t.co/eNL60MwTek
— Roland Lazenby (@lazenby) April 21, 2017
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 21, 2017