Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Kobe Bryant and Mike Brown have talked multiple times on the phone, and have even met in person. However,  Bryant has yet to come out publicly and say anything about his new head coach.

When asked about the hire at a charity event Bryant said, “Right now is not the time nor the place.”

It begs the question when the “right time” will come for Bryant, but according to Mike Brown the silence does not bother him at all:

“I’m more than OK with it,” Brown said of Bryant’s near month-long silence since Brown was hired in late May.

Brown also elaborated on his face to face meeting with Bryant:

“I felt good about it,” Brown said of his second meeting with Bryant at the Lakers’ practice facility several weeks ago when the pair went over Brown’s coaching philosophies on the court. “From my perspective [it went well]. … We talked a little offense, talked a little defense, we talked about each other’s families. … Just basic stuff.”

It has been reported that Brown has met with several players. For Brown it is important to get to know his team as much as possible, as the looming lockout would prevent him from having any contact with Lakers players.

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The Lakers select at 46. Here is more information courtesy of NBADraft.net

Strengths: Quick combo-guard with a deadly shooting stroke … One of the best scorers in the nation (23.7 PPG) … Very energetic offensively … Hard to defend … Doesn’t waste any time holding the ball, as soon as he receives a pass he looks to make a move … Good in isolation situations … Employs an excellent pull-up jump shot with a quick and efficient release … Is very active without the ball … Knows how to find openings on the perimeter and set himself up for a catch-and-shoot opportunity … Prolific three-point shooter … Makes over 3.5 triples every game at a 40.7% clip … Has legitimate NBA range and then some … Nearly automatic when left open … Solid defender that moves his feet well and stays in front of his man …

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The Lakers have selected Darius Morris at 41. Morris averaged 15.0 ppg, 6.7 apg & 4.0 rpg in sophomore year; he led the Big 10 & was 5th in NCAA in assists. Here is information on Morris courtesy of NBADraft.net

Strengths: Confident lead guard with a good amount of mismatch potential … Excellent size for a point guard, standing 6’5.25″ tall with a 6’7.5″ wingspan … Strong finishing ability due to size and body control … Powerful first step, which is surprising considering his lack of great foot speed … Very aggressive … Can drive well with either hand … Uses hesitations, spin moves and crossovers to break down his defender in isolation situations … Has the potential to use his size in the post against smaller point guards … Very gifted passer in a half-court offense … Tremendous court vision … Led the Big Ten in assists per game his sophomore year, averaging 6.7 on the season … Operates well in pick-and-roll situations, keeping his head up and displaying excellent timing on passes … Good frame with the potential to hold a little more muscle … Good teammate and a vocal leader on the floor … A true point guard with a good feel for the position and at just 20 years of age has solid potential …

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While it may not come to anyone’s surprise, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchack doesn’t expect Shannon Brown to return as reported by Mark Medina.

“My guess, and it’s only a guess, is he will choose not to extend one more year,” Kupchak said during the NBA draft at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “Not knowing the answer to that at this time, we’re probably going to look to add a player to our backcourt.”

With only a week remaining left before the current collective bargaining agreement expires, Brown still hasn’t exercised his $2.37-million option to return next season. Brown averaged 8.7ppg and 1.2apg off the bench. It looks like “Cannon Brown” will be soaring elsewhere next season.

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On draft day there is typically a lot of news going around. Whether it be rumors or reports, speculation on draft picks or trades, the NBA draft days have been pretty hectic news-wise.

Then there is Ron Artest… or WAS Ron Artest. He is legally changing his name to “World Peace.” This is not a joke as TMZ reports:

Yes, Ron is going the way of Cassius Clay, Lew Alcindor and Chad Johnson.  Ron’s filed a petition in L.A. County Superior Court to change his name to — World Peace. FYI, metta means loving, kindness, happiness and all that jazz. We’re told Ron wants to put the new last name — Peace — on the back of his L.A. Lakers’ jersey.

Mitch Kupchak was asked during a media session Thursday what he thinks about Ron changing his name to “Metta World Peace”:

As you can see it put a smile to my face” Kupchak said grinning ear to ear. “It’s been done before, so other than that, I really don’t have a comment.”

Kupchak was then asked if the name change surprised him “No, It does not surprise me, early on I wanted to change my name when I was in elementary school, and junior high there weren’t too many Kupchak’s around, but I’m happy with it now.

Finally when asked what should be on the back of Ron’s jersey next year Kupchak simply said, “I’m an advocate of World Peace!” which was met by a roar of laughter from the media room.

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It’s been a known fact the “new” Lakers coaching staff would be new faces and not those of the “Phil era.” A lot of Lakers fans and analysts alike have always liked Brian Shaw. But as it turns out, Pacers beat reporter Mike Wells has informed us that Brian Shaw has agreed to become associate head coach of Pacers, according to source.

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More information to come.

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Hovering in the background of tonight’s NBA draft is the uncertainty of a potential NBA lockout next season. More than sixty player representatives – including Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Blake Griffin – joined union president Derek Fisher in New York today to let one thing be known to the owners:

“We won’t accept a bad deal to avoid a lockout”

Afterwards, D-Fish told reporters that the players are “unified in the sense of not being afraid” of a potential work stoppage.

The current CBA’s expiration is exactly one week away, and by all indications, both sides have made very little progress towards working out an agreement. Meetings are expected to continue in New York tomorrow.

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J.J. Barea is celebrating his championship with Dallas back in his native Puerto Rico. While celebrating in his hometown with his own championship parade, he was interviewed by a website called primerahora.com and discussed where he’d like to play:

“Obviously I prefer to stay in Dallas. The treatment I get in that city is incredible.

And if Barea were to sign with another team?

“But if I had to leave Dallas because he had an offer on the table astronomical that it could not refuse, or because Dallas does not compensate adequately, Barea said other teams to consider would be the Miami Heat, the Lakers, the New York Knicks.”

The likelihood of Cuban breaking up the championship squad is very unlikely, but stranger things have happened and with a pending lockout (and new CBA deal being worked on), who knows what the future holds for the Mavs and the rest of the league.

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As trade rumors continue to circle around the Lakers, SI is reporting that there is a Odom/Iggy swap being discussed.

The 76ers are continuing to explore trade options for Andre Iguodala, and league sources said that a deal with the Lakers involving Lamar Odom has been discussed recently.  While it’s unclear whether the deal has real potential or is still alive, it’s yet another sign that the Sixers are determined to land an impact player while improving their salary-cap situation in any trade for their second-leading scorer and top defender. Iguodala is owed a combined $44 million for the next three seasons (including $13.5 million next season), while Odom is set to make $8.9 million next season in the final guaranteed year of his contract.

Furthermore, they hint that Ron Artest could be included in this deal as well:

The deal would have to include another Lakers player in order to work under salary-cap rules. One of the sources said the Lakers might include small forward Ron Artest, who will be paid $21.7 million over the next three seasons and has an early-termination option for 2013-14.

Would you send out the 6th man of the year and former defensive player of the year for Iggy? Do Iggy’s knee issues concern you? Sound off about this report, Laker Nation!

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The Lakers season may have ended, but Voice of the Nation is rolling on. David Brickley, Kevin Figgers and Jason Riley are, once again, broadcasting from the Fox Sports Radio studios in Burbank, CA.

Eric Pincus joins the guys to talk about the trade rumors imvolving the Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The guys are also joined be Scott-Howard-Cooper from NBA.com and NBA TV to talk about the Lakers NBA draft strategy, Mike Brown’s coaching staff and the potential NBA lockout!

Rundown

  • Poll:Do the Lakers need to make major or minor changes to their roster
  • The Lakers rumored to be in trade discussions with Minnesota for Kevin Love
  • Kevin Love…Loves…the Lakers?
  • Lakers more interested in Chris Paul and Deron Williams than Dwight Howard
  • Interview: Eric Pincus – Hoopsworld
  • Matt Barnes audio on Bryant not acknowledging Mike Brown
  • Lakers shake up Broadcast Booth. Lose A Superstar?
  • Interview: Scott Howard-Cooper – NBA.com & NBATV
  • Around the NBA
  • Kevin would name his kid Lebron
  • Statue-gate update with Kareem Abdul Jabbar
  • A Hall of Famer says Lebron will win multiple championships

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After a lackluster performance in this year’s playoffs and rumors of infidelity in the Lakers locker room, there has been much speculation about the fate of Lakers forward Pau Gasol during the course of the off-season.

Among the many rumors leading up to this year’s NBA Draft are the reports  that a deal between the Lakers and Timberwolves for Pau Gasol has been brewing, bringing the four-time All Star to the Twin Cities to play with fellow Spaniard Ricky Rubio. Gasol himself addressed these rumors on Monday in Spain, stating that he wished to stay with the purple and gold:

My desire is to stay with the Lakers. I don’t have control over it but I want to stay with the Lakers for as many years as I can to be able to remain eligible for the maximum possible championships,” Gasol told reporters in the northeastern city of Alicante.

For now, though, it appears that Gasol is safe. David Kahn himself has openly stated that All-Star forward Kevin Love will not be traded, saying that the Timberwolves are “not interested” in trading any of their core players. Other league sources have also dismissed the proposed deal:

The Timberwolves have been among the most active teams in trade discussions leading up to the draft, offering the second pick to several teams with a list of demands that included Nash, the Lakers’ Pau Gasol, and the Wizards’ JaVale McGee, league sources said Wednesday. The proposed Gasol trade is “not happening,” one of the sources said.

The 2011 NBA Draft kicks off Thursday, and although this rumor has now been silenced, it won’t be the last one leading up to tomorrow night.

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With the NBA draft only a day away, Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in revamping their backcourt with one of the many young point guards of the Denver Nuggets:

The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings are two teams with interest in prying Raymond Felton from the Denver Nuggets, league sources said. The Nuggets believe strongly in Ty Lawson as their point guard, and Felton, with a $7.5 million expiring contract, is expendable.

Felton is coming off of his best season as a pro, with career bests in points per game and assists with 15.5 and 8.3, respectively. In his short season-ending run with the Denver Nuggets, his 46% three-point percentage would be a welcome addition to a Lakers team that struggled with three-point shooting in this year’s playoffs.

It is unclear exactly what the Lakers would offer Denver in the deal, but it has been speculated that the deal would likely include backup guard Steve Blake and possibly multiple second-round picks from this year’s draft.

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Ahmed Dada

Yamaha Generators was kind enough to give back to the Laker Nation community and gave everybody a chance to win a pair of the new Kobe Zoom VI’s.

One lucky winner was chosen!

Congratulations to Ahmed Dada, who simply followed Yamaha Generators on Facebook and Twitter and now will be sportin some of the coolest kicks a Laker fan could ever ask for.

Thank you Yamaha Generators for my new pair of Kobe VI’s! I was completely shocked when I learned I had won the giveaway because it was the first contest of any sort that I had won. I plan to do what any Lakers fan would do with a fresh pair of basketball shoes, go out on the court and Be Like Kobe, and have some fun mimicking some of the shots only Kobe makes. Lastly, as the Lakers enter the “Mike Brown era,” keep faith in our team as we have the best player of our generation leading us. Go Lakers! – Ahmed

That’s right! It was that easy.

Be on the look out for more giveaways in the following weeks. Currently we have a Lamar Odom autographed bottle of Unbreakable up for grabs! It will take you 2 seconds! Go enter, and become a lucky winner like Ahmed!

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Finally, we can step away from the rumors for a few minutes to report some legitimate news.

ESPN is reporting that the Lakers TV play-by-play team next season will be comprised of Bill MacDonald and Stu Lantz, who will cover all of the Fox Sports West and KCAL 9 games.

Also announced today, last year’s sideline reporter, John Ireland, will join Mychal Thompson on 710 ESPN for all the Lakers radio broadcasts next season.

For most of Laker Nation, this comes as a little bit of a surprise, as many expected Spero Dedes, the well-liked Lakers radio play-by-play announcer, to slide into that open TV spot for this coming season.

According to the L.A. Daily News, the Lakers lost Dedes to the New York Knicks, where he will serve as their TV play-by-play announcer and be given the flexibility to continue doing College Basketball and NFL broadcasts.

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.