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    Getty Charolette Hornets guard Devonte Graham. As the season has gone on, it’s clear the Los Angeles Lakers don’t have a perfect team. They have yet to find a long-term fix for their shooting issues. Heading into the All-Star break, the Lakers are shooting 35.1% from three, which is 24th in the NBA. There’s been talk of the team adding a big man at the trade deadline but they’d be wiser to go after a sharpshooter. Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report seems to believe that Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte Graham could be an asset. [The Lakers] need more three-point splashes, and the 6’1″ guard has averaged 3.3 long-range makes at a 36.6 percent clip since the start of 2019-20. They also need some non-LeBron James options in the half-court, and Graham aces the tightrope walk of creating shots (7.0 assists per game over that stretch) while taking control...
    Getty Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington. The Los Angeles Lakers are back in the win column after a four-game skid but that doesn’t mean they don’t have issues. Even in Friday’s win against the Portland Trail Blazers, the team only shot 26% from three. They have now fallen all the way to 27th in 3-point percentage. That’s simply not good enough for a team with championship aspirations. With the trade deadline approaching, the Lakers need to consider adding a sharpshooter. Dan Favale of Bleacher Report believes that Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington would be just what the doctor ordered. He proposes that Los Angeles sends Alfonzo McKinnie, a  2023 second-round and a 2024 second-round pick to Detroit for Ellington: Head coach Frank Vogel has bemoaned the Lakers’ lack of three-point volume. They are 25th in the share of their attempts that come beyond the arc. Ellington has no...
    Getty LeBron James, Lakers From the sounds of it, Lakers star LeBron James has no plans to rest during this season. The Lakers star is putting up terrific individual numbers, with 25.6 points, 8.0 assists and 8.1 rebounds, but the number that is most concerning is 34.8—that is the number of minutes per game he has played. That’s not a huge number in the context of his career (38.3 over 18 seasons) but for a guy who is 36 and coming off an offseason that was a mere 71 days long, it’s far too big. James has played in all 33 of the Lakers’ games, one of only four players to do so (Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol). He has logged 1,148 minutes, which is tops on the team by a longshot (Dennis Schroder, with 902, is second) and third in the NBA. LeBron James rebuffed...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel. The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of their worst slump of the season. They’ve lost four in a row and have been one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the NBA after a hot start. For a while, it looked like the team didn’t need to make any roster moves this season, but it’s now clear they should try to make something happen. Head coach Frank Vogel admitted that the Lakers are interested in improving the team. “We’ll always look at opportunities to improve our team, but nothing concrete right now,” Vogel said Wednesday, via Silver Screen & Roll. He also dropped a little more insight. “We’re just looking at the players who are available. I’m not gonna discuss any types of needs that we’re discussing internally,” Vogel said. Obviously, the Lakers should always be looking to...
    Getty Markieff Morris guarding Bojan Bogdanovic. With Wednesday night’s loss to the Utah Jazz, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost four straight games. They’ve now dropped to the third seed in the Western Conference and could easily fall to the fourth if their skid continues. While losing to the Jazz and Brooklyn Nets are nothing to be ashamed of, the losses to struggling Miami Heat and Washington Wizards teams are slightly concerning. The Lakers have been considered championship favorites for much of the season. However, the winds are beginning to change. The Jazz are the hottest team in the NBA right now and could end up as the top seed in the playoffs. They are certainly a championship threat if they keep playing at a high level but Lakers forward Markieff Morris isn’t too scared about them. “We see the Jazz, we know they beat our ass tonight,”...
    Los Angeles Clippers had a statement win tonight. They beat Utah Jazz, who had lost just once in 21 games. They have been the best team in the league so far, and a win over them shows that the Clippers mean business this season. Is this worrying news for the defending champions, Los Angeles Lakers? Former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins believes it is. After the Clippers edged the Jazz to a win, Perkins immediately tweed a warning to the Lakers. He praised the Jazz and the Clippers for their supporting cast, who have stepped up when their stars struggled. He said that the Lakers’ supporting cast also needs to step up. Otherwise, they risk falling to either the Jazz or the Clippers. A lot of fans believe that this could be a preview of the Western Conference Finals. Is Perkins right in his criticism of the Lakers players? This comes...
    Getty Dennis Schroder guarding Zach LaVine. Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers don’t appear to have any glaring holes on their roster, that hasn’t stopped them from being brought up in trade speculation. While the Lakers are very good right now, every team could always get better. One player who could be on the move before the trade deadline is Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine. The 25-year-old is in the midst of a career year. He’s averaging 28.2 points a game, which is fifth-best in the NBA. The problem is that he’s playing for a Bulls team that is currently the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference. The team could look to trade him while his value is at an all-time high. However, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report believes that the Lakers should avoid a potential trade for LaVine: To get LaVine, the Lakers would surely...
    Getty LeBron James, Lakers This was supposed to be a season in which, after a truncated 71-day offseason thanks to the reconstructed NBA COVID-19 schedule, the Lakers were going to find ways to get some rest for 36-year-old LeBron James. Instead, at 34.5 minutes per game, James is essentially averaging the same playing time he has averaged in his three seasons with the Lakers (34.8 minutes). In fact, with a double-overtime win against Detroit on Saturday followed by a sloppy overtime win against the shorthanded Thunder on Monday, James has played 89 minutes in his past two games. He has averaged 39.0 minutes in his last eight games, and has not missed a game this season, appearing in all 25 Lakers outings. After Monday’s win, James ranks fifth overall in the NBA in total minutes played, at 862. It should be no surprise, then, that when a timeout...
    Getty Anthony Davis, Lakers Anthony Davis will not play for the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, remaining on the sideline with an Achilles tendon injury. Davis has missed four games so far this season, but what the team dubbed “right Achilles tendonosis” is a new designation on the injury report. The Lakers have made it official and rule out Anthony Davis (right Achilles tendinitis) from tonight's game against Oklahoma City — Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 8, 2021 His previous absences came during back-to-back stints for the Lakers. That is not the case for this matchup against the Thunder, so it appears to be about more than just load management, although he did play 45 minutes in a double-overtime victory against the Pistons on Saturday. An Achilles injury is cause for concern, although ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that “the Achilles tendon is...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — At least two fans in courtside seats at State Farm Arena in Atlanta were ejected Monday night following a verbal interaction with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. Refs stop the game after a Hawks fan heckles LeBron pic.twitter.com/NsoFjyel97 — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 2, 2021 With a little more than eight minutes left in the game, James had a heated exchange with a pair of Atlanta Hawks fans identified by the Washington Post as Chris and Juliana Carlos. According to the Post, three on-court referees huddled with arena security after Juliana Carlos pulled down her mask to shout at James. The pair were then escorted away from the court. Following the game, James said he was “happy fans are back in the stadium.” “I missed that interaction,” he said. “I need that interaction. We as players need that interaction. I don’t think it was...
    Getty Kawhi Leonard guarding Bradley Beal. After a disastrous end to last season, the Los Angeles Clippers have come out swinging to start this season. They beat the Lakers in the first game and are now only one game behind the Utah Jazz for the top seed in the Western Conference. Whatever new head coach Ty Lue is doing appears to be working well. However, it’s hard to forget about last year’s playoff collapse. The roster is mostly the same outside of the minor additions of Serge Ibaka and Luke Kennard. Though it’s possible the Clippers finish with a better regular-season record than the Lakers, it’s still hard to imagine them beating the Los Angeles rivals in a seven-game playoff series. If the team also believe they can’t beat the Lakers, they may need to look at upgrading their roster. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith believes that a trade...
    LeBron James asserts he is the King During their last game, LeBron had a terrible performance. He shot a miserable 6-16 from the field and 2-7 from three against the Warriors, and this was one of the main reasons the Lakers lost. So coming into tonight’s game, he knew that not only were the stakes higher, but he also needed redemption. The Clippers had taken over their #1 spot in the West, so the Lakers had to maintain the pressure. With this in mind, LeBron went full throttle on offense tonight, and the Bucks had no way to stop him. They had their best defender, Jrue Holiday, on him, but even he was rendered useless by the King. LeBron had a massive 34 points display while shooting 13-25 from the field, and 6-10 from the three-point line. He also had six rebounds and eight assists, as he...
    Getty Montrezl Harrell & Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s early in the season but some of the new Los Angeles Lakers players are already making an impact. Through six games, Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell are the third and fourth leading scorers for the team. While Schroder has been a strong fit and definitely makes life easier for LeBron James, some are already questioning how Harrell fits. It’s still very much early in Harrell’s career with the Lakers, but Dan Favale of Bleacher Report believes the team should trade him away already: Harrell’s individual numbers continue to toe the line of divinity. He’s a devastatingly efficient play-finisher and more at home putting the ball on the floor than many tend to realize. But his value to the Lakers’ larger postseason ambitions is fuzzy. Teams are already exploiting his vulnerability in space on the defensive end—see:...
    Help for movie theaters, farms, mass transit: Whats in the COVID-19 rescue bill you might not know about With deadlines looming, Trump throws wrench into COVID-19 relief deal 2020-21 NBA season mega-preview: All you need to know from hot takes to important dates It takes some cognitive dissonance to be a sports fan in 2020. The majority of NBA players are not far removed from being housed for as many as four months inside a bubble environment on the Walt Disney World campus in Orlando, Florida, amid the coronavirus pandemic and protests against racial injustice. For the next seven months, those same players are scheduled to play 72 games in front of mostly empty arenas in 28 different cities as the pandemic continues to rage. The NBA is taking extraordinary precautions to ensure employee safety, the benefit of a billion-dollar corporation’s access to testing it partially funded, but there...
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN – OCTOBER 11: A detail view of official Spalding NBA logo basketball on the floor during a preseason game between the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 11, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers defeated the Bulls 105-87. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)NBA DFS picks December 22The NBA is back already, and that means NBA DFS is as well. Well, okay, so it’s not back yet, but it will be in less than a week. That doesn’t mean that we can’t get a head start on overanalyzing this two game slate. And there will be a lot of overanalyzing this one. The Lakers play the Clippers and the Warriors head to Brooklyn to take on the new-look Nets. It’s going to be fun! As per usual, we need to take a look at the injuries first. Separating yourself on a two gamer is...
    NBA season begins Although barely a month has passed since the last game of last season, the 2020-21 season has already started with the start of the first transfer operations, and player movements in the squads. Then comes the Draft and finally the free agent market that will make up the landscape of what the new NBA season will be. Here, we collect all the news that occurs: -Transfer: As Adrian Wojnarowski announces, Suns will be closing the transfer of Chris Paul from the Oklahoma city thunder. This is a move that directly affects Ricky Rubio and his more than possible exit from the Arizona franchise. -Signing: Scoop Robinson assures that there is a mutual interest between Nets, the most active team so far, and Serge Ibaka. Both teams seem close to understanding. -Rumor / Transfer: The soap opera Harden in Houston it is nearing...
    Getty Rajon Rondo celebrating with LeBron James. It appears the Los Angeles Lakers are the first team to make a big move this offseason. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday that the team is set to acquire Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade. The move will make the Lakers a little younger while also giving them a real third scoring option. While Schroder makes sense for a number of reasons, he could be the replacement for Rajon Rondo. The veteran guard is set to hit free agency soon after he declines his player option. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Lakers believe that Rondo is planning to walk in free agency. After his role in helping the Lakers win a championship with a particularly strong playoff run, Rondo is expected to command free-agent interest that exceeds the Lakers' budget constraints. Trading...
    Getty Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors. There was plenty of hypothesis in terms of the Los Angeles Lakers offseason and the potential of including a 3rd star alongside Anthony Davis and LeBron James, and the newest identify being tossed round is Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry. In a latest article breaking down potential strikes for the Lakers, Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale proposed that Los Angeles takes a run at buying and selling for Lowry — a savvy veteran with playoff expertise that would run the purpose guard spot. “Lowry is a perfect match beside LeBron and Anthony Davis, somebody who can stroke spot-up threes and set screens but in addition pilot the offense on his personal,” Favale wrote. “That he comes off the books in 2021 is equally handy.” The article proposed that the Lakers surrender Avery Bradley — who has...
    The Los Angeles Lakers may have successfully won the NBA championship title last season, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they would no longer try to improve their roster this fall. Like other title contenders, the Lakers are far from perfect and have issues that they need to address on their team, including their need for another shot creator and playmaker. One of the players that the Lakers could target on the trade market in the 2020 offseason is veteran point guard Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors. In his recent article, Dan FaVale of Bleacher Report suggested a trade scenario that would enable the Lakers to form their own “Big Three” of Lowry, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis in the 2020-21 NBA season. In the proposed deal, the Lakers would be sending a package that includes Avery Bradley, Alex Caruso, Danny Green, the No. 28 overall pick in the...
    Getty Yoeli Childs of BYU. The NBA Draft is closing in and the Los Angeles Lakers have shown interest in several players. Most of the guys they’ve looked at have been guards with really strong shooting ability. It seems most likely that they’ll go after a sharpshooter. However, there are other playmakers they could look at. According to Ohm Youngmisuk, the Lakers have interviewed BYU power forward Yoeli Childs. Lakers and Clippers interviewed second-round prospect Yoeli Childs according to a source. The 6-8 BYU power forward averaged 22.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 48.9% shooting from 3. He recorded a 38.5 vertical at the combine and was a Karl Malone power forward of the year finalist. — Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) November 2, 2020 Childs has been named First-Team All-WCC three times and was one of the most productive power forwards in college basketball. Based on how the mock...
    Getty Rajon Rondo of the Los Angeles Lakers. Rajon Rondo might have an important decision to make in free agency coming up, but in the meantime, the veteran point guard is living his best life basking in the glory of winning an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers. Photos and videos from Rondo’s vacation in the Maldives went viral this week, showing that the 34-year-old is enjoying his time after emerging from the NBA bubble victorious. Rondo’s girlfriend, Latoia Fitzgerald, shared the photos on her Instagram and they quickly made their way around social media. Rajon Rondo living that Lakers Champ life. pic.twitter.com/FASpBEjfLO — . (@dribblecity) October 28, 2020 Fitzgerald and Rondo reportedly started dating earlier this year. She gave a touching shoutout to him on Instagram following the Lakers winning the title. “Congratulations babe! Two rings with two of the biggest franchises in the NBA!”...
    Getty NBA free agent Darren Collison. With the offseason starting up, the Los Angeles Lakers should be busy in the free-agent market. One priority is going to be to find a backup pointing who can shoot. Darren Collison was a guy who was linked to the Lakers quite a bit last season. They clearly wanted him to come out of retirement and join the team but he decided to stay put. However, he did leave the door open for a potential return this year. The Lakers would probably still like to have his over 40% 3-point shooting over the last four seasons on the roster. Unfortunately, Lakers insider for The Athletic Bill Oram doesn’t think it’s going to happen: I think that ship has sailed. If he wanted to unretire wouldn’t he have done it in February. That said, if he does decide to play, the Lakers have...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is urging anyone who congregated to celebrate the Lakers or Dodgers championship wins to get tested for the coronavirus. “For those who went to the streets to celebrate … and were around strangers in an unsafe environment, please get tested and stay isolated for 14 days per the county’s Department of Public Health advice,” he said Wednesday. Thousands took to the streets Tuesday after the Dodgers won the World Series — despite pleadings from health officials to stay home. Officials had urged Dodger fans to avoid crowds and practice social distancing while cheering on the hometown team and when celebrating their win. L.A. County health authorities have blamed gatherings related to the Lakers’ and Dodgers’ championship season for spreading the virus and preventing the county from reopening more quickly. “Gatherings in large crowds to watch games indoors, people aren’t wearing their face coverings, people are...
    The Boston Celtics will be looking to build on their team this off-season. While many believe that the Celtics need little reinforcement, they lack one important thing: veteran experience. The young core of the Celtics centered around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown has little-to-no veteran experience. The oldest player on the Celtics’ roster is Brad Wanamaker at 31. As the Lakers’ title run demonstrated this season, veteran experience can go a long way. With that in mind, the Celtics will have their options to bolster their youthful squad with some grizzled veterans this off-season. #1 – Rajon Rondo Rajon Rondo is a Boston Celtics legend, he was in the 2008 NBA Championship team with the likes of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. Yet his dwindling skillset forced him out of the Celtics. After disappointing stints with New Orleans and Dallas, Rondo showed glimpses of his early brilliance with the...
    More than a calendar year after it started, the NBA season is finally over. This is our first mailbag since the Lakers were crowned champions of the 2019-20 season and, as such, it’s loaded with questions about the Warriors’ offseason, and how they may knock off their rivals in Los Angeles. Before getting to the mail, thanks as always to everyone who submitted questions. You can send questions for future mailbags to @wcgoldberg on Twitter or email them to wgoldberg@bayareanewsgroup.com. Do you think the Warriors need more help on the defensive end or the offensive end? — @timboster After finishing last season with the league’s worst offensive rating and a defensive rating in the bottom five, the Warriors need to make dramatic improvements on both ends. Fortunately, getting Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson back and healthy should lift the offense back into the top 10. (Before...
    Despite successfully bringing home the Larry O’Brien Trophy in the 2019-20 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers are still expected to be aggressive on the market this fall. As other title contenders continue to find ways to upgrade their roster, the Lakers would be needing to address some of the issues on their team in order to have a better chance of defending their throne next year. One of the players that are being heavily linked to the Lakers is veteran point guard Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder. With his relationship with LeBron James and impressive performance last season, there’s really a huge possibility that the Lakers would try to bring CP3 to Los Angeles in the 2020 offseason. Some league executives who spoke to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report believes that Paul is the final piece to “LeBron’s Laker dynasty puzzle.” However, though it wouldn’t require them...
    U.S. Supreme Court ends Democratic lawmakers anti-corruption lawsuit against Trump Boris Johnson overruled scientists who told him to introduce a lockdown three weeks ago, while ignoring warnings that his plans wont stop the coronavirus Sports betting winners and losers: How high will the spread need to go for the Jets to actually cover? The 2020 New York Jets were actually favored in a game this season. Against an actual NFL team. Weird but true. In Week 4, the Jets were 1-point favorites against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos had Brett Rypien making his first NFL start at quarterback. The Jets gave up 37 points and lost 37-28. Week 5 was much easier for anyone fading the Jets. The Jets were 6.5-point underdogs to the Arizona Cardinals and lost 30-10. A lot of serious bettors like to take contrarian angles. They’ll back some of the worst teams in the league...
    Getty Lakers coach Frank Vogel (right) with LeBron James. When it comes to major American sports franchises, the Lakers always bring a little extra drama. But the past 18 months in L.A. have set a high bar for intrigue and spectacle, even by the Lakers’ standards. The controversy surrounding the team’s attempts to trade for Anthony Davis this winter was followed by front-office infighting and the abrupt resignation of Magic Johnson, followed two days later by the departure of coach Luke Walton. The Lakers did finally trade for Davis in July but missed out on signing Kawhi Leonard in free agency. Into this breach stepped a new head coach, Frank Vogel, a mild-mannered and hard-working Xs-and-Os guy whose previous jobs were far removed from the limelight. Vogel landed in L.A. with a 595-304 coaching record and five trips to the postseason in eight years, but with little experience...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. It was very clear from the onset of Game 5 of the NBA Finals that LeBron James wanted to close out the Miami Heat. He put together arguably his best effort of the playoffs with 40 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists on the night. LeBron and Jimmy Butler went toe-to-toe to end the game but the Lakers failed to help their leader finish off the iconic performance with a win. LeBron has lost a lot of close games over the years and former Laker Nick Young thinks that the star should see a therapist. Bron gonna need to see a therapist lol I know he tire of these crazy last plays — Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) October 10, 2020 Between JR Smith’s debacle in the 2018 Finals and now he has Danny Green miss a wide-open 3-pointer to win the...
    With guard Goran Dragic still hurt, and just a few empty possessions separating them from elimination, the Heat desperately needed somebody — anybody — to step up Friday night and help Jimmy Butler. What they got was Duncan Robinson. The undrafted second-year pro erupted for 26 points, and helped spark a 111-108 Game 5 win over the Lakers in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It was a breakout nobody could have seen coming. “No, none of us really know. We just know his makeup, his character, he’s going to continue to work his routes,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I thought he was just so persistent and their level of physicality on him as well is nothing like the regular season or nothing like the first three rounds. “He just dusts himself off, continues to run his routes with great force, he broke free a few times and he didn’t break free...
    Kentucky AG attacks Megan Thee Stallion and Ben Crump after Breonna Taylor case criticisms Chopped judge Marcus Samuelsson: Failure to pass restaurant aid would cost millions of jobs Jimmy Butler learned to be a playmaker, but now the Heat need him to be a superstar Flanked by his Miami Heat braintrust at a conference table in the American Airlines Arena last June, team president Pat Riley played a video to show then-free agent Jimmy Butler what he envisioned. It featured Butler wearing a Heat jersey, clasping at tough rebounds, diving for loose balls and dishing passes to shooters and cutters, and it featured music by Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy, one of Butler’s favorite artists, who crooned, “I wanna be king in your story. I wanna know who you are.” Butler has built himself from the ground up into a multipurpose All-Star scorer. But carnal pleasures die hard. He loves...
    Breonna Taylor case: Unidentified grand juror files motion requesting release of transcripts Next Time You Order a Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha, Use These Tips to Make It Healthier Doc Rivers’ time with Clippers is done, but they need more than just sideline help Doc Rivers gave a faceless franchise an identity, saving it from perpetual embarrassment and crisis, and guiding the Los Angeles Clippers with a steady hand off the floor to the path of respectability. For the Clippers to go from respectable to champions, they need far more than any coach who’ll follow behind Rivers can deliver: leadership on the floor. Rivers was masterful at getting the 2008 Boston Celtics to jell in a short period of time, wrangling so many disparate personalities to fit en route to a title and years of contention. It also meant he was expected to repeat the task in subsequent years, amassing...
    The Los Angeles Lakers may have successfully reached the NBA Finals this season, but they are still expected to continue to find ways to upgrade their roster in the 2020 offseason. Like other contenders, the Lakers are not perfect and have issues to address on their team, including their need for another shot creator and playmaker. In the past months, they have already been linked to several players who are expected to be available on the trading block this fall, including veteran point guard Derrick Rose of the Detroit Pistons. Rose may not have shown any strong indication that he’s no longer happy in Detroit, but with the team heading into an inevitable rebuild, he’s clearly an odd fit on their roster. Instead of letting him walk away in the 2021 free agency without getting anything in return, the Pistons should consider trading his expiring contract for assets that could...
    The Western Conference Finals have been a delight to watch so far. While the Lakers currently hold a 2-1 lead over the Nuggets, that could all change in Game 4. After going down 2-0 initially, the Nuggets were breathtaking in Game 3 with Jokic and Murray’s efforts. But for the Lakers, the situation is getting slowly out of hand. If they lose Game 4, Denver will have the momentum moving forward. Head coach Frank Vogel needs a solution to stop the Nuggets’ momentum, and the answer could be none other than Dwight Howard. Howard played an excellent role in the first game of the series, but ever since he is causing more trouble for them than helping them. In the last two games, Dwight found himself in constant foul trouble while defending Nikola Jokic. Frank Vogel wants to start Dwight, but right now he won’t be of any help...
    Since the 2019 offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers have been dreaming of adding a third superstar that would enable them to form their own “Big Three” with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They may currently don’t have enough salary cap space and trade assets to go after another big acquisition, but that isn’t expected to stop them from expressing interest once a superstar becomes available on the market. Like most teams, one of the dream targets for the Lakers in the 2021 free agency is reigning Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. According to Sam Quinn of CBS Sports, the Lakers have been “stealthily recruiting” Antekounmpo for over a year. They purposely maintain their salary cap flexibility for the summer of 2021, signed Kostas Antetokounmpo to a two-way contract, and hired Jason Kidd as their top assistant with the goal of chasing Giannis when he...
    The Houston Rockets are down 1-2 to the Los Angeles Lakers. They drew first blood, but then the Lakers came back with two consecutive wins. The Rockets have not stopped LeBron James so far. So now, they are using a strange way to get the better of him. Their on-court tactics have proved futile, so now the Rockets have resorted to role-play. And out of all players on their roster, they are using  5’9″ guard Chris Clemons, who is a whole foot shorter than King James. Clemons was all praise for LeBron and was happy to take on this role. “LeBron actually plays [point guard] most of the time,” Clemons told B/R. “He’s pretty much everything on the court. He plays a whole bunch of different positions. That’s what makes him special. So I would definitely say being a point guard helps, skill set-wise, in trying to replicate his...
    Rajon Rondo helped guide the Celtics to a title in his second NBA season. A dozen years later, he’s trying to do the same thing with the Lakers. So far, he has impressed LeBron James and his other star teammates — especially in Tuesday’s win over the Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, which gave Los Angeles a 2-1 series lead. “’Playoff Rondo’ is real,” Anthony Davis said after Rondo had 21 points and nine assists. “His intensity picks up. He wants to guard the best perimeter guy. He wants to facilitate on the floor. He’s shooting the ball very well, making the right passes. We’ve got the two best I.Q. guys in the game with him and LeBron on the floor at the same time, which is tough for defenses. So, ‘Playoff Rondo’ is real, and he showed up.” When the Lakers took control of the...
    Rajon Rondo helped guide the Celtics to a title in his second NBA season. A dozen years later, he’s trying to do the same thing with the Lakers. So far, he has impressed LeBron James and his other star teammates — especially in Tuesday’s win over the Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, which gave Los Angeles a 2-1 series lead. “’Playoff Rondo’ is real,” Anthony Davis said after Rondo had 21 points and nine assists. “His intensity picks up. He wants to guard the best perimeter guy. He wants to facilitate on the floor. He’s shooting the ball very well, making the right passes. We’ve got the two best I.Q. guys in the game with him and LeBron on the floor at the same time, which is tough for defenses. So, ‘Playoff Rondo’ is real, and he showed up.” When the Lakers took control of the...
    Getty New Orleans Pelicans attempting to stop LeBron James. This current NBA season is perhaps the hardest one to get through in recent memory. Despite that fact, the Los Angeles Lakers have put together a very strong season. They have a really good shot of winning the title but even if they do, they’ll still need to get better for next season. There aren’t a ton of strong free-agent options this year so they might need to look to the trade market to help. According to Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report, New Orleans Pelicans guard J.J. Redick would be a “dream target”: While the Lakers locked down the No. 1 seed in the West this season, L.A. still has a lot of room for improvement. Outside shooting has been a weak point all year, a critical component for a team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers...
    Getty Klay Thompson with LeBron James. The longer LeBron James plays, the more records he’s starting to break. Not only did the Los Angeles Lakers star pass Tim Duncan in all-time playoffs wins during Saturday’s game, but he also passed Klay Thompson in all-time playoff three-pointers made. Thompson has been in the league for a lot less time than LeBron has but the latter is not known for being a three-point shooter so it’s a pretty big feat. Thompson wasn’t too excited about LeBron passing him up. Klay Thompson reacts to LeBron James passing him on the all-time playoffs 3PM list ???? pic.twitter.com/FwEFVSMzvu — Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) August 23, 2020 LeBron ensured that Thompson should regain his spot in the record books soon enough. “@klaythompson I have a strong hunch you’ll pass me right back in the playoffs 2021 playoffs!!” James replied. The Golden State Warriors...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers VP of Basketball Operations Rob Pelinka. Thanks to the delay in action for the Los Angeles Lakers, the team’s holes have become much clearer. After looking like the best team in the NBA before play was suspended, the Lakers have been very disappointing. They rely too heavily on LeBron James and Anthony Davis to carry the load. When those two are having off nights, it’s really hard for the Lakers to win. No matter what happens with this year’s playoffs, Los Angeles will need to improve the roster this offseason. Unfortunately, there aren’t any superstars available in free agency this year so they will need to look to find strong role players.Goran Dragic the Answer?Unlike last year, the Lakers won’t have to put all of their focus on trying to land superstars. That probably hurt their chances to find top role players early in...
    LeBron James is taking his talents back to the campaign trail. The Los Angeles Lakers star will stump for Democratic running mates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ahead of Election Day, he confirmed in a soon-to-air interview. “For sure,” James, 35, said when asked on VICE TV’s “Stick to Sports” whether he would campaign for the Biden-Harris ticket, according to a clip obtained by TMZ. “I think what’s known don’t need to be said.” James told hosts Jemele Hill and Cari Champion, “We are at a time where we need change. In order for change [to occur] it’s all about leadership — and leadership starts at the top.” James — whose Lakers dropped Game 1 of their NBA playoff series to the Portland Blazers on Tuesday night — previously threw his 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. He and President Trump have publicly traded barbs...
    LeBron James is taking his talents back to the campaign trail. The Los Angeles Lakers star will stump for Democratic running mates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ahead of Election Day, he confirmed in a soon-to-air interview. “For sure,” James, 35, said when asked on VICE TV’s “Stick to Sports” whether he would campaign for the Biden-Harris ticket, according to a clip obtained by TMZ. “I think what’s known don’t need to be said.” James told hosts Jemele Hill and Cari Champion, “We are at a time where we need change. In order for change [to occur] it’s all about leadership — and leadership starts at the top.” James — whose Lakers dropped Game 1 of their NBA playoff series to the Portland Blazers on Tuesday night — previously threw his 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. He and President Trump have publicly traded barbs throughout...
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As much as anyone in NBA history, LeBron James has been here before. No one has played more minutes (10,049) or scored more points (6,911) in the NBA playoffs. James has been to eight of the last nine Finals, and of the blip last year when he and the Lakers missed the playoffs completely, James pushed back against a reporter on Monday afternoon and said his absence was, “not that long.” That has made it all the more disarming how vulnerable James has admitted he is throughout the last month in the NBA restart. He’s acknowledged his body had to round back into form. He misses his family and the comforts of his Brentwood estate. He misses fans, especially the faithful legions of Staples Center devotees who have roared for him for the last two years. James is not one to easily admit being out...
    Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The Los Angeles Lakers could use the real Danny Green again soon. Despite the Los Angeles Lakers‘ offensive struggles as a team, anytime Danny Green‘s name has started trending during the NBA restart, it’s usually been for one specific reason: Lakers Twitter was clowning him for yet another awful performance. By halftime of L.A.’s game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, that was already the case again. In 13 minutes of action with the starters, Green had put up zero points on 0-of-5 shooting from the field and 0-of-2 shooting from 3-point range. In fact, the only counting stat he had amassed was one assist. This has been nothing new in the bubble, unfortunately. Through the Lakers’ first six seeding games (Green only suited up for five of them), the two-time NBA champion averaged only 6.6 points in 22.8 minutes per game, shooting 40...
    The Los Angeles Lakers may be one of the heavy favorites to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they would no longer search for major roster upgrade in the 2020 offseason. Like other teams in the league, they also have some issues on their roster, including their need of another shot creator and playmaker. One of the dream trade targets for the Lakers this fall is All-Star shooting guard Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns. According to ClutchPoints, the Lakers could form a “new-wave Big 3” of Booker, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis in the 2020-21 NBA season by sending a trade package centered on their “third-best player” Kyle Kuzma to the Suns. “The Lakers don’t have much assets at their disposal so any deal will need to be centered on their third-best player in Kyle Kuzma. The 25-year-old has been overshadowed...
    NRA lawsuit: NY attorney general accuses Wayne LaPierre, other execs of $64M fraud scheme ‘It’s really devastating us’: Beach towns fear they won’t survive a summer of COVID-19 LeBron James out with sore right groin for Thursdays Lakers-Rockets matchup The Los Angeles Lakers need to right their ship after a 105-86 drubbing at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but LeBron James won’t be able to help them do it on Thursday. Get Sustainable Seafood from Alaska to Your Door LEARN MORE Ad Wild Alaskan Company The Lakers announced that James won’t play in Thursday’s matchup against the Houston Rockets due to a sore right groin, and that news moved the line to Rockets -2.5 at BetMGM. James, 35, dealt with a sore right groin right before the bubble games began, but it hadn’t appeared to be a problem for him. He also had a sore groin at...
    Getty LeBron James, Lakers For many NBA groups, the morning shootaround has turn into a essential evil, a lightweight early apply on recreation days to evaluation the tendencies of that night time’s opponent. Gamers normally don’t like them a lot however begrudgingly put within the time to go over the scouting report and work on little issues. However LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Lakers, apparently, actually don’t like shootarounds, to the purpose that they’ve gotten Lakers coach Frank Vogel to principally surrender on them. In keeping with Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the Lakers haven’t been holding shootaround of their NBA restart video games in Orlando. He quoted, anonymously, “somebody who would know,” as saying, “LeBron James doesn’t need to do it (shootaround), Anthony Davis doesn’t need to do it. They kick ass once we don’t do it, in order...
    With his failure to live up to expectations from a third superstar and efficiently co-exist with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, it would no longer be surprising if Los Angeles Lakers power forward Kyle Kuzma finds himself on the trading block this fall. However, if the Lakers really decide to move Kuzma in the 2020 offseason, it is expected to be in a deal that would enable them to solve one of the major problems on their roster. To address their need of another shot creator and playmaker, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report suggested that the Lakers could use Kuzma as a trade chip to get veteran point guard Spencer Dinwiddie from the Brooklyn Nets. “Dubbed an ‘ideal target’ by B/R’s Eric Pincus, Dinwiddie addresses a need for non-LeBron shot creation and is good enough on the ball to run the offense in relief of the stars. It would help...
    LeBron James (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) LeBron James was caught on camera pulling ice out of his pants. LeBron James continues to play at such an elite level so it is easy to forget he is 35 years old. That is not an insult to other 35-year-olds, but that is a lifetime of work for a basketball player. Yet he shows no signs of slowing down and has used a training regiment that has kept him lean and durable throughout his career, aside from a nagging injury that cost him time last season. One aspect of his regimen may involve something a bit odd to some. See for yourself. Bron just casually pulling a bag of ice out of his shorts pic.twitter.com/oCYfHb9H5t — CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) July 24, 2020 LeBron James icing down belowThere is a grey-bearded LeBron, pulling an ice pack out of his pants and...
    The Los Angeles Lakers activity 1 of the most gifted rosters in the NBA. But if you glimpse at it now, they are with out two of their critical gamers. The unavailability of Avery Bradley and the sudden injury of Rajon Rondo has put the Lakers in a difficult position. As coach Vogel would seem to fill in these places, a former teammate of LeBron James has raised his hand up to volunteer for the placement.  When LeBron James joined the Miami Heat in 2010, he was the new experience of the crew. ‘The Heatles,’ as they have been known, fashioned the core of the group that went on to earn back again-to-back championships.  Mario Chalmers was a member of the Miami Heat from 2008-15. The issue-guard stayed in south beach for 8 seasons in advance of he went to Memphis. During the interval he was a aspect of the...
    After Avery Bradley opted out of the NBA last week, the Los Angeles Lakers may lose out on another player. Yesterday, during a conference call with reporters, Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka expressed his doubts over Dwight Howard’s chances to feature. He said, “One of his (Howard) sons, a 6-year-old son, did lose tragically his mother several weeks ago. We have been working very closely, and I’ve been in contact with Dwight often and his agent. We’re going to continue to work through those extenuating circumstances with Dwight, support him, support his 6-year-old son, and hope for the best that he’d be a part of our roster in Orlando.” Pelinka also confirmed that they will be signing a replacement player for Bradley. According to reports, J. R. Smith is the leading candidate for that spot. Will the Los Angeles Lakers be able to manage without their stars? Last week,...
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