We still have weeks of painstaking agony before the Lakers suit up and play. But that doesn't mean we don't have some serious things to consider ahead of the season. The Lakers could have a Luol Deng exit strategy to consider. LeBron James may just stay young a little while longer. And those are just a couple things we have to talk about this week. LaVar Ball Speaks There was a glorious stretch there when LaVar Ball stood back and allowed his sons' talents to do the talking. The hot-air hiatus has ended. Ball is doing the media rounds and was on Power 106 in Los Angeles recently, which is when he exclaimed that the Lakers essentially belonged to Lonzo, not LeBron: “Lonzo didn't go to Cleveland.
We are officially halfway through the NBA offseason. Six weeks ago, the basketball world was still wrapping its collective head around LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. Six weeks from now, training camps will open across the country as the 2018-19 season gets underway. That makes right now — the in-between place, when those whose lives revolve around basketball take a deep breath before diving back in for another 10 months or so of constant insanity — the perfect opportunity to assess all that has happened since the Golden State Warriors closed out the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim a second straight championship. We'll break down teams into four categories — clear winners,
Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it's going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place. Tonight's (on) topic: “Finding 15 worthy players in the LeBron-less East might be tough.” No it won't. [deep breath] It's not like it was LeBron James vs. a bunch of scrubs. Six of the top-15 jerseys sold last year (this includes Kawhi Leonard and not James) are in the East. I know I am preaching to the choir on this, but it needs
Happy 59th birthday, Magic Johnson! No player in the history of the game enjoyed showtime quite like Magic. So in an effort to put the birthday boy in the best of moods and bring out that billion dollar smile, we put together an all-time Los Angeles Lakers team that Johnson would have the most fun playing alongside. Seeing as Johnson is the ultimate unselfish superstar, we figured the opportunity to imagine dazzling Hollywood crowds alongside the very best versions of his Lakers brethren would be more fun than a rehashed debate about whether he's the greatest Laker ever (spoiler alert: he is) or where he fits in the all-time GOAT debate. The one rule? Only one version of each player allowed.
The Pacific Division is home of perhaps the most interesting group of teams in the NBA. Last season, as the division's lone representative in the playoffs, the Golden State Warriors won their second consecutive title. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Phoenix Suns (21-61) were owners of the league's worst record and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Sandwiched in the middle were the Sacramento Kings (27-55), Los Angeles Lakers (35-47) and Los Angeles Clippers (42-40), who are all in various stages in rebuilding (or retooling) their rosters. As the goal in each offseason is to improve, let's take a look at the best move from each Pacific Division team… Los Angeles Lakers Biggest
SiriusXM's NFL Radio team visited Kansas City Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph on Monday afternoon, and Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt had the opportunity to speak to wide receiver Tyreek Hill. One of the topics of discussion was the Chiefs' decision to bring in Sammy Watkins in the offseason, a move that bolstered the offensive firepower the Chiefs have to work with. Watkins finished 2017 with 39 catches for 593 yards and eight touchdowns as a Los Angeles Rams, and seven of those touchdowns came inside the red zone. “When I think of us, I think of the LeBron and D-Wade combo all the time,” Hill said, referring to the dream team LeBron James and Dwyane Wade created on the Miami Heat from 2014-'18.
While the current front office has done an admirable job, former general manager David Griffin put together the supporting cast, who along with LeBron James, won the NBA Championship. Griffin had his hand on the pulse of the team and sensed what and who was needed to enable the Cavs reach the finals several times. Apparently, personal issues between ownership and Griffin resulted in the failure to retain Griffin. Who knows, if Griffin was still here maybe LeBron would be too. Difference between ownership and Griffin should be resolved and Griffin rehired. Richard N. Aurslanian, Lyndhurst
It's been a while since LeBron James shared video of a wine night, but we're oh so glad he did. LeBron didn't do anything in half measures and dropped over $4,000 on some of the most sought after wine in the world — singing all the while. I talked to Mike Madrigale, award-winning sommelier and owner of Grand Cuvée wine to give his expert opinion on each of the wines LeBron showed off in his Instagram story — as well as an overall opinion on the night's drinking by the NBA superstar. 2008 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne, Rhone, France “One of the most sought after pieces of vineyard land in the world. La Landonne is a steep, 45 degree vertigo-inducing vineyard that is in France's Northern Rhone
Rap mogul and BIG3 founder Ice Cube has recently chimed in on the whole LeBron James versus Kobe Bryant debate. With the Los Angeles Lakers recently acquiring the services of James, inevitable comparisons between himself and one of the greatest Lakers of all time have been endless. However, Ice Cube believes that there is no point in debating. To him, each of these two legends has their own story to tell. It is no secret that LeBron's hate train includes a lot of Kobe “die-hard fans.” Perhaps these supporters feel threatened that James might overtake Bryant's accomplishments in the league, and by doing so prove himself as the better player among the two. James joining the Lakers just made matters
This comes in concert with a talk show James launched a couple of years ago at Turner's Bleacher Report and has sold to HBO called “The Shop.” James takes us to a barber shop in West Hollywood and brings together a smart, eclectic collection of celebrities and athletes to cut up the day's headlines. As James described it to the Hollywood Reporter, this will focus on “the essence of conversation … which these days seems like a lost art.” Both shows come out later this year.
At the expense of his new team, LeBron James put his world-class passing ability on full display with an assist that was named best of the year by the NBA. Against the Lakers on March 11, James casually faked a pass to his left, drawing the entire defense (especially rim protector Brook Lopez) in that direction. That left the paint wide open for him to flick a no-look pass to Ante Zizic for the easy slam. Four months after this highlight play — which was also deemed “Assist of the Year” by the annual NBA awards — James joined this Lakers squad that is brimming with top-tier passers. The roster's penchant for distributing was seen in the NBA's countdown of the season's top 60 assists, as the Lakers
It was through a post-draft interview with Los Angeles Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell where the team's fans first met Ivica Zubac. The 7'1” Croatian big, who was taken in the second round of the 2016 NBA draft, immediately endeared himself to Lakers fans with his infectious smile, and a genuine childlike excitement in not only being drafted to NBA, but for being given the opportunity to join the Lakers — his favorite professional team growing up. After his first set of Summer League games, fans of the team could not have been more thrilled for the rim protecting prowess “Zublocka” showcased. His natural instincts coupled with his solid hands, and soft touch around the rim on offense, hinted