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    A new series on the Over & Back Classic NBA Podcast: we are going to talk about the players who can truly call themselves the best on a championship team. We’ll look at each and every champion in NBA, ABA, BAA and NBL history and determine who the best player on each of those teams are. Some teams won’t have a debate, we all know who that guy is but there are a ton of teams with some real cases to be made for multiple players. We’ll explore all of that in this series. This is a big topic so we’re doing two shows — Part 1 goes up through the 1974 season! Topics and debates on this show include: 1952 Minneapolis Lakers – George Mikan or Vern Mikkelson? 1956 Philadelphia Warriors – Neil Johnston or Paul Arizin? 1958 St. Louis Hawks – Bob Pettit or Cliff Hagan? The case for Sam Jones on the 1964, 1965 and 1966 Boston Celtics Willis Reed or Walt Frazier for the 1970 New York Knicks 1972 Los Angeles Lakers – Jerry West...
    THE first woman ever drafted by the NBA Lusia Harris has died at age 66. The athlete’s death was confirmed by Ann Meyers Drysdale, the Vice President of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.  1Lusia Harris has passed away at age 66Credit: AP Delta State University, where Harris played during college, also confirmed her passing. The school described Harris as “one of the greatest women’s basketball players to ever grace the court.” Most read in SportDJOKOVIC UPDATES French Open LATEST developments, Tennis Australia make statementAFCON LIVE Group C reaction with Thomas Partey's Ghana knocked OUT of AFCON'CONCERNING' NFL star 'caught on camera walking naked at school' before 'attacking cop'NICK TRICK Watch Kyrgios' never-before-seen underarm TWEENER serve five mins into Oz Open More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. We pay for your stories!Do you have a story...
    On this episode of the Over and Back NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich discuss NBA franchise icons and stalwarts that were traded away. Over the course of this episode, we’ll look at six different players that were traded and the reasons for the trade, how they created a legacy with the franchise that traded them and finally how the trade worked out for the player and the franchise. Listen on YouTube: Support our sponsorThis podcast is brought to you by Danette May and Mindful Health LLC featuring Danette May’s top superfood product from her Earth Echo Foods line: Cacao Bliss. Get15% off when you use code MINUTE15 at https://earthechofoods.com/minutemediaArchives & Subscribe Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast Archives: https://www.spreaker.com/show/overandbacknba Subscribe to Over and Back on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/over-back-classic-nba-podcast/id1027430078?mt=2 Subscribe to Over and Back on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/over-back-classic-nba-podcast Subscribe to Over and Back on Google Podcasts: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ik3cvvpyc77ubuc5ntnjwt6qo7y Subscribe to Over and Back on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_oprjT4lWvcSfpauZYuN8A Subscribe to Over and Back on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/21tb9LpqVEfcAE5lv1Z5Mz Follow Us Follow Over and Back on Twitter: @OverAndBackNBA Follow Over and Back’s Facebook page Follow Jason Mann on Twitter: @JasonMannFor3 Follow Rich Kraetsch on Twitter: @richkraetsch Follow The...
    Getty Lakers coach Frank Vogel, left Here’s something that must be a bit daunting for the rest of the NBA, as the Lakers sit with the best record in the league (11-3) in the early going: Limited by a short training camp and preseason, Frank Vogel has not even begun to make his defense what it will be by the end of the season. And despite that, the Lakers have the best defense in the NBA. According to NBA.com/Stats, the Lakers allow 104.0 points per 100 possessions, tops in the league and a full point better than No. 2 (Cleveland). The team has already shown a defensive improvement over last year, when it ranked third, allowing 106.1 points per 100 possessions. ALL the latest Los Angeles Lakers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lakers newsletter here! Sign up for the Heavy on Lakers Newsletter! Here’s what Vogel had to say about his defense this week: We haven’t really adjusted too much, to be honest. We’re just really getting everybody tied together with the...
    Getty Anthony Davis with James Harden. The landscape of the NBA changed in a major way on Wednesday when the Houston Rockets reportedly pulled off a four-team trade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets for a massive haul of picks and Caris LeVert (who got sent to the Indiana Pacers in return for Victor Oladipo). For the first part of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers have looked like the clear favorites. They’ve got the best record in the NBA at 10-4 and their roster is only just starting to figure each other out. However, the Nets now have one of the most talented big threes in NBA history. Harden and Kevin Durant are both top-10 players when healthy while Kyrie Irving is certainly among the top-20. Lakers star Anthony Davis had a chance to address the big trade. “He got to one of his destinations,” Davis said of Harden after Wednesday’s 128-99 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “He wanted to play there. We’ll see how it goes. I mean, you know, KD and James...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. Marc Gasol’s Los Angeles Lakers tenure got off to a rough start. In his first game, he looked slow and not very effective. While he’s not the All-Star level player he was several years ago, he’s turning out to be a strong addition to the team. In fact, Gasol and LeBron James have formed the best duo in the NBA when it comes to Net Rating. When the two veterans play together, they have a Net Rating of +28.3. LeBron James & Marc Gasol have the best Net Rating (+28.3) of any two players in the league who have played at least 100 minutes together so far this season. pic.twitter.com/PWSdjpBAxr — Laker Film Room (@LakerFilmRoom) January 4, 2021 Now, it has to be noted that four of the top-10 duos in the NBA feature LeBron. He just makes the players around him better in every way. The Lakers star may be 36-years-old but he continues to play at a high level. Gasol and LeBron already have a strong rapport and...
    Getty Kyle Kuzma with Anthony Davis & LeBron James. The NBA season is about to kick-off and the Los Angeles Lakers have gotten some impressive performances from their young guys. Kyle Kuzma has become a polarizing figure for the fan base but he’s been looking good. He’s averaged 22 points a game in the preseason and could see his role change a bit this year. This year is very important for Kuzma. He’s in the last year of his contract and could either get a massive payday or the Lakers could let him walk. While the team is very high on him, not everybody is sold. Former NBA general manager John Hollinger doesn’t seem sold on Kuzma’s ability, via The Athletic: With the hard cap constraining their ability to take on money and limited assets to put in trades, the Lakers don’t have a lot of outs if they’re perusing in-season roster upgrades. The biggest one, by far, is Kuzma. After a promising rookie year, the forward’s play has leveled off, to say the least, and at the...
    Getty Images LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James is one of the best athletes the world has ever seen thanks to a combination of his natural athleticism and skills with a legendary work ethic. On top of that, the 35-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star knows how to take care of himself, spending millions every year to maintain his MVP-form. But after an unprecedented offseason, James is easing back into things, something he has earned with 17 years and more than 1,500 games under his belt. James saw his first action on Wednesday night, playing 15 minutes, scoring 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting with a pair of assists and rebounds. But his old media rival Skip Bayless took James’ slow return to action as a sign that The King is “shockingly” out of shape. "LeBron looked shockingly out of condition to me and I did not see that coming. He's been celebrating, it's one thing to play Horse in the backyard with Bronny, it's another to play an NBA basketball game, even preseason against...
    Getty LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James is living it up right now. He’s coming off a championship run with the Los Angeles Lakers and was just handed a massive contract extension. He’s also got Space Jam 2 coming out soon and launched a new tequila brand. Though he’s been accused of being “cheap” in the past, it appears that LeBron likes to spoil himself from time to time. Somebody driving the freeways of Los Angeles happened to be taking a video of a slick Porsche. It turns out that LeBron was the man who was driving the car. NBD just out for a cruise and LeBron James pulls up next to ya ???? (via e30alex99 | IG) pic.twitter.com/sa0Jeca1hR — Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) December 7, 2020 The car the superstar was driving was a Porsche 918 Spyder convertible, which is valued at between $1.1 million and $1.7 million, per AutomobileMag.com. The car is rare and was only produced between 2013 and 2015. Not a lot of people would be able to get their hands...
    Getty Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, left. The Los Angeles Lakers have made some key moves this offseason and the team nearly added some championship experience in former LeBron James teammate Matthew Dellavedova. The Lakers reportedly showed interest in “Delly,” per Marc Stein of the New York Times. However, Dellavedova ended up staying put and re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he has played the majority of his career. The deal was for the veteran minimum, per multiple reports. “Word is that the Lakers gave Dellavedova some consideration for one of their last open roster spots,” Stein wrote on Twitter. “But the Aussie guard will be extending his second stint with the Cavaliers to a third season.” Word is that the Lakers gave Dellavedova some consideration for one of their last open roster spots … but the Aussie guard will be extending his second stint with the Cavaliers to a third season — Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 23, 2020 Dellavedova would not crack the regular rotation, but has earned a reputation as a solid locker roomer presence and...
    Getty LeBron James, Danny Green and Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers. Over the years, Danny Green has earned a reputation as one of the better shooters in the NBA. However, as LeBron James has pointed out, Los Angeles Lakers fans don’t care about what you’ve done in the past, they care about what you do in the present. Unfortunately for Green, he didn’t have his best postseason. His worst moment came when he missed a wide-open 3-pointer to win Game 5 of the NBA Finals and wrap up the series. What followed was a slew of hate and Green began to receive death threats from fans. There were also people who started a petition that would keep Green from getting a championship ring if the Lakers won. Now that the shot is behind him, the veteran talked about whether or not he owes fans an apology and he gave a blunt answer. “You know human nature of fans, they’re just very emotional,” Green said on The Ringer NBA Show. “They take the game very serious and...
    Loading the player... Barack Obama is joining forces with LeBron James and Maverick Carter for a special episode of The Shop. Read More: Barack Obama slams Jared Kushner’s comments on Black success: ‘Who are these people?’ HBO will unveil The Shop: Uninterrupted on Oct. 30. The series that features the NBA icon engaging in unfiltered conversations and debates with some of the biggest names in sports, culture, politics, music, and entertainment is being taken up a notch.  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with Miami Heat players, including Dwyane Wade (L), LeBron James (2nd-L), Mario Chalmers (2R) during an event to honor the NBA champion Miami Heat in the East Room at the White House on January 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama congratulated the 2012 NBA champions for claiming their third NBA Championship by beating the Boston Celtics. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) “Two years ago, LeBron and Maverick created a unique forum with The Shop, Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president, HBO programming, said in a statement. “Their conversation with President Obama is candid,...
    Getty LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. Rick Ross doesn’t lack any passion when it comes to his Miami Heat, but “Da Boss” might be a bit too optimistic about their chances in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat are in a 3-1 hole and huge underdogs against LeBron James and the Lakers, who will look to lock up the franchise’s 17th championship on Friday night. But Ross still has faith in Jimmy Butler to lead the Heat back from the brink. “Congratulations if y’all pull it off, but don’t be surprised if Jimmy Jesus brings it home,” Ross said on First Take on Thursday. “I’ve watched LeBron do this before. I’ve seen him get up two games and lose the series, and I’m talking Finals guys. We’ve seen this. We’ve got a young team. Young Bam, we got Herro. Come on man, we got Robinson and the Dragon. And Jimmy Jesus.” Rick Ross expects LeBron to blow NBA Finals lead: We've seen him do it before! | First TakeMiami Heat fan Rick Ross takes...
    Getty LeBron James & Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers. Barring a historic comeback, the Los Angeles Lakers should return home with a championship trophy in hand. Only one team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and that team was led by LeBron James. The Miami Heat aren’t about to give up but their chances of beating the Lakers are slim to none. However, there’s still a major award that could be decided in Game 5. The race for Finals MVP is between Anthony Davis and LeBron. Davis doesn’t have as good of offensive stats as LeBron but his impact on defense can’t be ignored. Most would probably peg LeBron as the favorite to win but former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker believes Davis has the edge. “Right now, I still believe he’s behind AD to win this MVP award,” Walker said on FS1’s First Things First. “If you really look at this series and how this series has went, LeBron James hasn’t been that great this series. He’s had 14 turnovers in...
    Getty LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. After some tough ratings were released for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Jason Whitlock had a simple message for Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James on Thursday: “Can’t be the GOAT if you kill the game.” Game 1 of the Finals between the Lakers and Miami Heat brought in 7.41 million viewers to ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s reportedly the lowest viewership for the Finals since at least 1994. Much like his Outkick colleague Clay Travis — who’s rallying cry when it comes to the NBA is “get woke, go broke” — Whitlock blamed the down ratings on the league and James taking a stance on social issues. Killing the NBA's popularity in the US will be LeBron's legacy. Didn't have to be this way. Sad. Can't be the GOAT if you kill the game. #AirJordanForever https://t.co/vxK2m2e5D7 — Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) October 1, 2020 Whitlock takes issue with the anthem kneeling, “silly slogans” on jerseys and more. He expanded on his feelings in a column: LeBron...
    Getty LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. Considering the NBA season was almost canceled altogether, it almost feels surreal that the NBA Finals are upon us. Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat are set to face off but what isn’t being talked about is the fact that both teams have been in the bubble for a very long time now. They’ve been there since early July and they’ve still got at least a couple of weeks left. LeBron James has been open about the struggles of the bubble but he recently made a big claim about it. “This has probably been the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as far as a professional, as far as committing to something and actually making it through,” LeBron said Tuesday. “But I knew what I was coming – what we were coming here for … I would be lying if I said I knew everything inside the bubble, the toll it would take on your mind and your body, and everything else. “It’s been – it’s been extremely tough. But...
    Getty LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. Giannis Antetokounmpo winning the NBA MVP wasn’t a big surprise to many people but that didn’t stop many from being upset LeBron James didn’t win. The Los Angeles Lakers star was excellent all year and helped turn a team around that hadn’t been in the playoffs for several years. LeBron has already done enough to prove he’s one of the best players of all-time but this loss could give him a lot of motivation. According to David Fizdale, who was an assistant coach when LeBron was in Miami, the superstar is not going to take this loss lightly. “He’s about to go off,” Fizdale said on ESPN’s First Take. “He does not deal with slight well. He turns slight into attack mode. After we lost to Dallas [2011 NBA Finals] that next year he came back with a vengeance. When Draymond Green called him something out of his name during the 2016 Finals when they were down 3-1, and how that woke him up. “He just turns into a monster...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. After a little bit of a break, the Los Angeles Lakers will be facing off against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. LeBron James has been playing some of his best basketball in the playoffs this year and he’s clearly as motivated as ever to play in his first-ever Western Conference Finals. LeBron sent a strong message on social media ahead of Game 1. yep, ‘Bron is locked in. pic.twitter.com/vyjCab0epI — The Lakers Review (@TheLakersReview) September 18, 2020 Quartine 15 clearly doesn’t exist for the superstar. He looks jacked in preparation for the matchup against the Nuggets. It’s obvious that being stuck in the bubble hasn’t affected his ability to stay in shape. He may be 35 but he’s is as good of shape as anybody in the NBA.LeBron Has Huge Respect for NuggetsEven though they finished the season with the third-best record in the Western Conference, the Nuggets have been counted out for a lot of these playoffs. They went down 3-1 to the Utah Jazz and...
    Getty Rajon Rondo & Alex Caruso guarding Russell Westbrook. It wasn’t a pretty end for Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets. They got blown out in an elimination game versus the Los Angeles Lakers and they looked really bad while doing it. To add insult to injury, Westbrook got into a heated shouting match with Rajon Rondo’s brother William. While William probably shouldn’t have poked the bear, Rajon took a shot at Westbrook for getting so mad. “I would ask the NBA to do their due diligence,” Rondo said, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “Talk to the people who were there. The people right beside him. He didn’t cuss. He called him trash from the stands. Obviously, it’s not an arena. You can hear things a lot clearer. If Russ had 30 tonight, I don’t think he wouldn’t say nothing to him and got that upset. But it was an exit game. He didn’t play well. You’re frustrated and you let things like that get to you.” That’s pretty harsh from the Lakers guard but he’s...
    LeBron James guarded by Luka Doncic. Despite his age, LeBron James has defied father time and is still the face of the NBA. He’s proving once again in the playoffs that he’s the best player in the world. However, the Los Angeles Lakers star can keep up his run at the top forever. At just 20 years old, Dallas Mavericks wunderkind Luka Doncic proved to be an unstoppable force. He led the Mavericks in a surprisingly competitive series against the stacked Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and even hit an iconic game-winning shot. Real Madrid center Edy Tavarez played with LeBron when he was in Cleveland and with Doncic when he was still in Europe and isn’t surprised by the young man’s progression. “It makes me very happy to see how he is playing,” Tavares said of Doncic, via Radio Marca. “I knew that it would be easy for him to play in the NBA and he would be a much better player because there are more spaces.Doncic the New Face of the NBA?The league...
    Getty Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers. Kyle Kuzma has not been happy about the NBA awards this season, feeling like his superstar Los Angeles Lakers teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis were deserving of the big time honors. Kuzma took to Twitter to voice his displeasure about awards season, backing James for the NBA MVP. “Yo media, imma tell y’all this. If y’all mess up this MVP like you did the DPOY,” Kuzma wrote on a video of James’ playoff highlights. “We gonna have issues fr.” Yo media, imma tell y’all this. If y’all mess up this MVP like you did the DPOY. We gonna have issues fr. https://t.co/WdAOWF5tVt — kuz (@kylekuzma) September 9, 2020 The odds indicate that Kuzma will have a problem. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is the heavy favorite to win at -3300. James is second at +650, followed by Houston Rockets guard and former MVP James Harden (+6600), per Odds Shark.Giannis Antetokounmpo Has Case for Regular Season Awards GettyMVP contenders Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James. Antetokounmpo also topped Davis...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. When LeBron James first entered the bubble, he was looking really old. Not because of how he was playing but because of the gray in his beard. However, once the Los Angeles Lakers started playing real games, the gray mysteriously disappeared. With the Lakers about to start the playoffs, veteran Jared Dudley decided to make sure everybody knows LeBron is ready while also taking a hilarious shot at his gray hair. “[LeBron James] is ready for this moment, you can tell,” Dudley said, per ESPN. “You can see in his beard he’s ready, he’s ready to lower it down and put that Bigen [hair dye] in. ASAP.” Hair dye or not, don’t expect LeBron to play anything like a 35-year-old man. He’s defied father time all season and there’s no reason to think it’s catching up with him yet.LeBron Praises Anthony DavisLeBron is the leader of the team and the Lakers will need him to play well if they’re going to win it all but it’s equally important that Anthony Davis...
    Getty LeBron James against the Portland Trail Blazers. The talk of the NBA bubble in Orlando has been Damian Lillard, who has guided his Portland Trail Blazers to the No. 8 seed and the play-in series in the Western Conference against the Memphis Grizzlies. Behind Lillard, the Blazers went 6-2 in the bubble and he averaged more than 40 minutes per game. Facing their season ending on Thursday night against Brooklyn, Lillard delivered 42 points in the 134-133 victory. The big night was one of his more modest performances, having put up 61, 51 and 45 previously in Orlando. Damian Lillard scores 42 points for Blazers vs. Nets | 2019-20 NBA HighlightsCheck out highlights from Damian Lillard’s 42-point effort that helps the Portland Trail Blazers clinch a spot in the Western Conference play-in game as they defeat the Brooklyn Nets in the final seeding game inside the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida. #NBA #NBAHighlights #Lillard ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on...
    Getty Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA playoffs are simply across the nook, and whereas gamers are wanting ahead to a pursuit of a championship, they’re equally excited to be welcoming family members into the bubble. The NBA will start to permit visitors into the bubble between the primary and second rounds of the restart playoffs. Per a league memo, “gamers’ households and longtime shut private mates” are eligible as visitors in Orlando. The Los Angeles Lakers expect to have an prolonged keep at Disney World and Kyle Kuzma can’t wait to have some individuals — aside from his teammates — to share it with. “I can’t wait. I can’t wait,” Kuzma instructed reporters on Wednesday following follow. “Clearly, this can be a nice expertise, they’ve completed an unbelievable job of actually supervising and managing simply how the bubble works, the ins and outs. On the identical time, we’re all human and all of us have our households and family members that we need to see and be round....
    Getty JaVale McGee, Lakers At one point in Laker center JaVale McGee’s YouTube special detailing the ins and outs of playing during the NBA’s restart on the campus of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World, the big man is in excruciating pain. His face is knotted, his voice is agonized, and he is both laughing and howling at the same time. “I’m terrified!” McGee says. McGee was filming Episode 11 of his Vlog, Life in the Bubble, after the Lakers’ opening win in the NBA restart at the end of July. About nine minutes into the video, we see McGee getting shockwave therapy on his right knee, a segment he introduces by saying, “Hey guys, this is the most infamous machine that I hate with all my life.” “This is something I really love,” Lakers head trainer Nina Hsieh tells McGee’s camera. “She loves it,” McGee says, “because it is not delightful for me.” Life in the Bubble – Ep. 11: A Dub in the Bub | JaVale McGee VlogsReal basketball is back in...
    Getty Lakers star LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t seemed like themselves within the bubble and fell to 2-Four within the bubble following one other loss on Saturday, this time to the Pacers 116-111. It’s an odd scenario to be in for the Lakers, who’ve locked up the highest seed within the Western Convention, however are nonetheless making an attempt to combine new items into the lineup, whereas additionally ensuring stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are at full energy for a playoff run. Earlier than breaking out with a 31-point sport towards the Pacers, James’ play was pretty pedestrian — not less than by his requirements — because the Lakers offense sputtered, failing to achieve the 100-point mark twice. He additionally sat out nursing a sore groin for a sport. James has been the topic of huge consideration since he was a teen and admitted that it’s been totally different looking for the power on the courtroom. “I get increasingly used to being on the market. It’s a really bizarre...
    Getty Lakers star Anthony Davis. The Los Angeles Lakers have not looked like themselves in the bubble and there’s momentum building behind the top seed being upset in the first round of the playoffs. Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley has been one of the more vocal critics of the Lakers and he took aim at Anthony Davis following the Lakers latest loss. Barkley doesn’t believe Davis has what it takes to be a championship-caliber leader. “I still think it’s going to come down to Anthony Davis,” Barkley said. “And I don’t know if he’s got that dog in him. “You need to have a guy who say, ‘Hey, I’m just gonna kill y’all, ain’t nothing y’all can do about it. If y’all don’t double me I’m going to go crazy. If ya’ll double me, we going to get wide-open threes.’ Anthony Davis has not proven to me that he can be that guy.”Anthony Davis Has Proven to be Top-Tier StarAnthony Davis is confident the Lakers’ offense will turnaround before playoffs | NBA on ESPNLos Angeles...
    Getty Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma. Kyle Kuzma witnessed some dark times in the Los Angeles Lakers organization during his first two seasons in the league, finishing on the outside looking in on the playoffs without too many bright spots. After the Lakers romped past Utah 116-108 on Monday night to lock up the top seed in the Western Conference, he had a message for the fans who stood loyal to the purple and gold during the down years. “Real laker fans remember the losing seasons. Here ya go #1,” Kuzma wrote. Real laker fans remember the losing seasons. Here ya go #1 ???????? — kuz (@kylekuzma) August 4, 2020 The Lakers haven’t made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season, finishing well under .500 the last six seasons. But having LeBron James and Anthony Davis has helped propel the Lakers to the top of the Western Conference for the first time in a decade. “If you’re winning enough games to secure the No. 1 seed, you’re building the right habits that are going to be necessary for you...
    Getty The creativity that general managers will have to come up with in order to fortify their squads in the coming seasons will be interesting to say the least. One of those teams that will have to use some major financial gymnastics to stay competitive and finalize their objective to become a bonafide NBA title contender is the Miami Heat. The Major Challenge Pat Riley understands that Miami owner Mickey Arison, much like all other NBA owners felt the coronavirus crunch. Yet for Miami, that was a bit harder because of them having the second highest payroll in the NBA. In addition to that, Arison is one of the owners that was most impacted as the cruise ship industry was completely decimated during the pandemic. Arison was also rumored to be in the running to purchase Italian soccer club AS Roma, his priority was to find additional capital for Carnival Cruise Lines after he was forced to shutter the company in March. During this period, Arison lost over $2.5 billion and has found ways to liquidate assets. Although...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis. There’s been a lot of talk surrounding Anthony Davis’ contract ever since the Los Angeles Lakers traded for him. While it seemed obvious that the team would offer him the maximum amount of money they could, the COVID-19 pandemic could’ve feasibly affected their ability to do that. However, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst put to bed the notion that the Lakers wouldn’t be able to afford Davis this offseason: The Lakers, however, still likely will have no issues in re-signing star Anthony Davis, as their local television deal brings them around $200 million annually, sources said. Added with their national television share, the Lakers could bring in more than $300 million if they don’t sell a single ticket. There’s no doubt that Los Angeles has seen a massive decrease in revenue. Fortunately, they are one of the most popular teams in all of sports and will be just fine when it comes to finances. Affording Davis shouldn’t be a problem and it’s doubtful the Lakers will even give a second thought to...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma. Heading into the current NBA season, the hope was that Kyle Kuzma would develop into a great third option for the Los Angeles Lakers. What ended up happening is that he underwhelmed for most of the season and was the subject of many trade rumors at the deadline. He’s still under contract and won’t be an unrestricted free agent until 2022. However, there’s been some chatter surrounding what the Lakers might do with his contract. The team isn’t about to sign him to a long term deal until they see if he can turn things around. On Wednesday, he was asked by the media about a potential new contract and he had a blunt response. “I mean, I’m going to get paid regardless, so I don’t really care,” Kuzma said, per Ryan Ward of Clutch Points. “It’s going to happen one day, so I don’t think about that.” No matter how the rest of this season and next season goes, somebody is going to give Kuzma money. That said, if he...
    Getty Lakers star Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis has but to signal a long-term cope with the Los Angeles Lakers, however the 27-year-old star ahead revved up hypothesis that he’s dedicated to the franchise for the foreseeable future in a viral video clip that went stay this week. Lakers huge man JaVale McGee has been filming a weblog whereas within the bubble and caught Davis — a free agent to-be this offseason — saying “purple til the day I die,” after a scrimmage. “Purple til the day I die.”
    Getty Lakers star Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis has yet to sign a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the 27-year-old star forward revved up speculation that he’s committed to the franchise for the foreseeable future in a viral video clip that went live this week. Lakers big man JaVale McGee has been filming a blog while in the bubble and caught Davis — a free agent to-be this offseason — saying “purple til the day I die,” after a scrimmage. “Purple til the day I die.”
    Getty LeBron James and the late Kobe Bryant. Some time has passed since Kobe Bryant’s death, but that hasn’t made it any easier for those insider the Los Angeles Lakers organization who knew him well. With the NBA season restart approaching rapidly, Lakers superstar LeBron James spoke on Bryant on Monday, reiterating that the late Hall of Famer is never far from his heart or mind. “A day doesn’t go by when I don’t think about him,” James said Monday in a video conference call. “And a day doesn’t go by when our organization does not remember him and think about not only Kob’, but Gigi, Vanessa and the girls.” LeBron: “The mentality for me hasn’t changed for me" | Lakers PracticeSubscribe for the latest Lakers' content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8CSt-oVqy8pUAoKSApTxQw Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lakers Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lakers/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lakers Get the Lakers app: https://www.nba.com/lakers/multimedia… Check out the Lakers full 2019-20 regular-season schedule: https://www.nba.com/lakers/schedule2020-07-20T18:40:00Z James recently shared an Instagram post that was of himself, Bryant and Kevin Durant. View this post on Instagram ...
    Getty JR Smith & LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James has always been the best player on his team so it’s rare that anybody can keep him in check. However, JR Smith seems to be one of the few guys who can do it. Since joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Smith has been refreshingly honest about his superstar teammate. It’s no secret that James can get made at his teammates from time to time. Speaking to the media on Friday, Smith gave some unique insight into how James has matured over the years: I’d say more than anything he’s more patient now. I think when he was younger, he had that more of a shorter fuse with things I would say. Now, whether it be a good thing or a bad thing, he has changed his work ethic. I just think he’s more relatable and easier to get along with. Before, he was always so focused on his drive and winning and stuff like that, but I feel like that pressure is kind of off...
    Getty LeBron James, Lakers The Coronado Springs Resort at Disney World, epicenter of the “bubble environment”  where many of the NBA’s players are lodging for the foreseeable future as the league prepares to reboot the 2019-20 season, has long offered spa services. Heck, a 50-minute Swedish massage can be had for the low, low price of just $115. Someone alert Lakers star LeBron James. It was reported on Thursday, after all, that James is roughing it during his time in Orlando, which could wind up being a three-month stint if his Lakers land in the NBA Finals. According to TNT’s Chris Haynes, James did not bring his personal masseuse to Central Florida. He also left his chef back home in Los Angeles. “LeBron is switching things up,” Haynes said on TNT on Thursday. “He is doing things a little bit differently. Now, he’s not having—I was told, sources told me—he has not brought along his personal chef, his personal masseuse, his extended security team. He wants to make sure he going through all the rigors of his teammates...
    Getty NBA analyst Charles Barkley. Noted NBA analyst Charles Barkley provided a hot take worse than his golf swing on Thursday, saying the Portland Trail Blazers will upset the Los Angeles Lakers in the first-round of the NBA playoffs if they earn the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. “I’m going to tell you this, if the Portland Trail Blazers get in the playoffs, they will beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round,” Barkley ranted while on the NBA on TNT. Chuck is back with another bold prediction
    Getty Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite very nearly sitting out of the NBA reboot, Dwight Howard appears locked in on the goal of winning a championship. The Los Angeles Lakers big man was in the NBA Finals almost a decade ago when he was still with the Orlando Magic. He’s now back in Orlando but he’s wearing purple and gold and could have his best chance yet at winning a title. That’s a big reason why he decided to keep playing amid concerns. Now that he’s in the NBA bubble, Howard revealed a bold promise he made to himself via Instagram. View this post on Instagram I promised myself if we ever got back we wasn’t gonna lose. I pray the most high gives us another chance. Right here in Orlando. Where it all started for us.
    Getty Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma. The Los Angeles Lakers have seen Kyle Kuzma grow from a late first-round pick and Summer League sensation into a key piece of their rotation during a championship chase. However, the time is approaching for the Lakers to start thinking about an extension for Kuzma, who is eligible for one this summer. It might not be as urgent as some other matters — like an extension of Anthony Davis — because the Lakers could let the process play out for two more years with restricted free agency, seeing how Kuzma develops his game under some more sturdy circumstances. But as former NBA exec John Hollinger pointed out in a Q&A on The Athletic, the idea of Kuzma has been better than the reality for the most part this season in his role off the bench. “I’m worried that Kuzma’s perception of his value is dramatically higher than his actual basketball value,” Hollinger told Anthony Slater. “My just-out-of-beta valuation formula has him pegged at worth just $6.7 million a year in a four-year extension...
    Getty Kyle Kuzma defeding Kawhi Leonard. It received’t take lengthy for the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers to reignite their rivalry as they play in one of many first video games within the NBA reboot. One factor was clear within the earlier matchups between the 2 groups and it’s that neither crew desires to lose to the opposite. They’ve lengthy been thought of the 2 greatest groups within the Western Convention and it wouldn’t shock anyone in the event that they matched up sooner or later within the playoffs. A part of the explanation the rivalry is so fierce is that Kawhi Leonard scorned the Lakers to affix the Clippers. As an alternative of the purple and gold forming one of the best beginning lineup in NBA historical past, they now must fiercely compete with a crew they share a constructing with. Whatever the rivalry, Lakers ahead Kyle Kuzma nonetheless has a variety of respect for the reigning Finals MVP. “I simply have a look at Kawhi Leonard for instance,” Kuzma advised...
    Getty Kyle Kuzma defeding Kawhi Leonard. It won’t take long for the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers to reignite their rivalry as they play in one of the first games in the NBA reboot. One thing was clear in the previous matchups between the two teams and it’s that neither team wants to lose to the other. They’ve long been considered the two best teams in the Western Conference and it wouldn’t surprise anybody if they matched up at some point in the playoffs. Part of the reason the rivalry is so fierce is that Kawhi Leonard scorned the Lakers to join the Clippers. Instead of the purple and gold forming the best starting lineup in NBA history, they now have to fiercely compete with a team they share a building with. Regardless of the rivalry, Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma still has a lot of respect for the reigning Finals MVP. “I just look at Kawhi Leonard as an example,” Kuzma told the media Tuesday. “He was a Spur for three, four, five years or whatever it was,...
    Getty LeBron James with JR Smith. It’s been some time since JR Smith final performed an NBA sport however he now finds himself as a member of the championship contender Los Angeles Lakers. Smith is thought to be a sharpshooter, however he thinks he can convey extra to the Lakers than simply that. He spent a giant chunk of his profession taking part in with LeBron James and he believes he gained’t hesitate to place the famous person in test if he must. Talking to the media for the primary time since becoming a member of the Lakers, Smith had some sturdy phrases for James. “It’s sort of illuminating for lots of these individuals who don’t know how you can problem authority in that ‘state of affairs.’ However that’s one thing I’ve by no means actually had an issue with,” Smith mentioned. James is the unquestioned chief of the workforce and remains to be arguably the perfect participant within the NBA. Nonetheless, even the perfect gamers have to be knocked down a...
    Getty LeBron James with JR Smith. It’s been a while since JR Smith last played an NBA game but he now finds himself as a member of the championship contender Los Angeles Lakers. Smith is known to be a sharpshooter, but he thinks he can bring more to the Lakers than just that. He spent a big chunk of his career playing with LeBron James and he believes he won’t hesitate to put the superstar in check if he needs to. Speaking to the media for the first time since joining the Lakers, Smith had some strong words for James. “It’s kind of illuminating for a lot of those people who don’t know how to challenge authority in that ‘situation.’ But that’s something I’ve never really had a problem with,” Smith said. James is the unquestioned leader of the team and is still arguably the best player in the NBA. However, even the best players need to be knocked down a peg or two from time to time. Smith and James won a championship together as key members...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel. The Los Angeles Lakers spent months as being some of the dominant groups within the NBA and are hoping to get the momentum again after taking a major period of time off. With no video games being enjoying since March, it’s anticipated that there may very well be quite a lot of sloppy play as soon as video games begin getting performed once more. There are quite a lot of coaches who would most likely be okay with successful a bunch of “ugly” video games as a win is a win. Nevertheless, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel will not be a type of coaches. He made it very clear to the media on Friday about how he feels about “ugly” wins. “Loads of defensive coaches are glad to win ugly. I don’t. I prefer to dominate,” Vogel stated. The Lakers have been on a mission all season. They only spent a number of seasons as one of many worst groups within the NBA they...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel. The Los Angeles Lakers spent months as being one of the most dominant teams in the NBA and are hoping to get the momentum back after taking a significant amount of time off. With no games being playing since March, it’s expected that there could be a lot of sloppy play once games start getting played again. There are a lot of coaches who would probably be okay with winning a bunch of “ugly” games as a win is a win. However, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel is not one of those coaches. He made it very clear to the media on Friday about how he feels about “ugly” wins. “A lot of defensive coaches are happy to win ugly. I don’t. I like to dominate,” Vogel said. The Lakers have been on a mission all season. They just spent several seasons as one of the worst teams in the NBA and they want to end this season in a championship. Vogel clearly doesn’t think it’s good enough to just...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso. The Los Angeles Lakers were hit with a bad blow when Avery Bradley revealed to them that he’d not be participating in the NBA return. While they’ve added JR Smith to hopefully lessen the impact, it won’t fully fill the void left by Bradley. In fact, Smith is probably not going to be the starter. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will likely get the call, at least at first. That seems to be the logical outcome, but Frank Vogel could get creative and try Alex Caruso at the starting spot. Caruso had a chance to address Bradley’s decision and talk about his potential prospects. “Obviously, I understand Avery’s decision,” Caruso told the media on Wednesday, per Ryan Ward of Clutch Points. “We’re brothers in arms throughout the whole season and anything to support him and his family, I’m 100 percent going to do. If I had the same scenario, I’d probably make the same decision. “As far as basketball goes, got to fill his role. Might not be one person, but this team has...
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