Friday, August 29, 2014
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Jason Riley

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Jason Riley is the executive director of LakerNation.com. He also pens a regular opinion column, Out of Bounds, and is the co-host of Voice of the Nation: Fastbreak. He currently splits his time in Los Angeles, CA and Carlsbad, CA.

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Last week, Jerry West released his autobiography, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life. We have two (2) copies to give away to you, and two different ways you can win.

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Not that you haven’t already heard (#NBARank has been trending on Twitter in Los Angeles), but according to ESPN, Kobe Bryant is currently the 7th best player in the NBA.

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LakerNation.com editor-in-chief Jason Riley reviews Jerry West's upcoming autobiography "West by West: My Charmed and Tormented Life". In it, he describes a tormented and conflicted man whose many successes were often overshadowed by his own internal demons. Jerry West also shares his thoughts on Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry Buss and others.

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According to reports this afternoon, that was on the agenda, but will not be happening. The players meeting request was met with a callous rejection by the owners, who also added that no further meetings would be agreed to until the players accepted a 50/50 split in BRI (Basketball Related Income).

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On Wednesday morning, Kobe Bryant stopped by a UCSB classroom where he fielded some questions - specifically addressing Kwame Brown and Smush Parker - during an informal Q&A session with a group of students and their professor.

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The NBA thrives on addicted customers who have integrated basketball into every area of their life (like most of us). If we miss games this season (we will), that will be the NBA sending every one of us to rehab, forcing us to detox from our addiction and face the world without the NBA. How many of us will relapse when if they work out a new CBA in the near future? That remains to be seen, but I can guarantee it won’t be anywhere near the 100% return rate they are counting on.

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Yep, you guessed it… this is the obligatory ‘lockout update’ column, brought to you, once again, by the NBA: Where no progress happens. At this stage of negotiations (I use that term loosely), we have reached well beyond ludicrous and settled right into the Lindsay Lohan zone.

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What we are learning this morning is that 95% done doesn’t guarantee a deal, and an economic deal isn’t a signed contract. There are still some major hurdles to be overcome, most importantly the refusal from certain teams to re-organize their schedules to accommodate Sabatini’s goal of having Bryant showcased in the leagued biggest arenas.

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Tired of reading lockout columns? Well, I’m tired of writing them. Here are the latest developments in bullet points. The CBA negotiations in New York ended today with no significant progress (at-least none that was confirmed by either side).

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Rumor says that Bryant and his agent are focusing on a specialized offer that has him in uniform for just 10 games (10/19 – 11/16) for a reported $2.5 million.

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In what could be described as a small injection of optimism, the NBPA and owners have cancelled internal meetings this week in favor of resuming negotiations in New York on Tuesday. If history is any indication, this can be considered progress, as neither side during the ’98-99 lockout met between the time they cancelled the first part of training camp and the preseason (9/24/98) and the time they nixed the remainder of the preseason (10/5/98).

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We both knew this was coming, so I’ll just go ahead and throw it out there. Sources have confirmed that the NBA plans to announce on Friday that the first two weeks of both training camp (slated to begin on 10/3) and the preseason (slated to begin on 10/9) will be cancelled. This news comes on the heels of a largely negative and unproductive meeting between the two sides in Manhattan this morning.

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This guy (or girl) is the leading candidate for either the worst Laker fan ever, or the worst LeBron fan ever. Whatever the case, we can only assume they either lost a bet, a succession of bets, or my personal theory, this is a picture of Bill Simmons car, and this is his way of taunting Laker fans. I mean, there’s no way this is one of you guys out there in Laker Nation, right?

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The much talked about debut of Metta World Peace on Dancing with the Stars has come and gone. How’d he do? Well, why don't you be the judge of that…

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Former number two overall NBA draft pick Michael Beasley worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers for a second time Wednesday.