Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Interesting move he made.

HoopsWorld: Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, who has fittingly sported six different numbers throughout his career, is going back to his early roots and switching to #15. Artest wore #37 last year as a tribute to Michael Jackson and his hit album “Thriller” that was at the top of the charts for 37 straight weeks. Now he’ll be switching back to 15, which he wore in college at St. John’s and when he first came into the league.

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Bow Wow made the biggest mistake of his life. WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE BET BEING MADE ON THE GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW HERE. (SKIP TO 5:55)

Contact Music: But that hasn’t stopped Bow Wow accepting celebrity bets. After insisting publicly that his beloved Miami Heat basketball team will beat the Los Angeles Lakers in their much-anticipated Christmas Day (25Dec10) game, he was challenged to put his money where his mouth is during an appearance on Lakers superfan George Lopez’s late night show in America on Wednesday (18Aug10).

The two celebrities bet $25,000 (GBP16,600) each on the outcome of the festive game and agreed to hand over the cash to charity if their team lost.

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You can’t argue with the man, no matter what he says, he has the championships to prove it to you.

ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss claims he did not green light the team’s active summer of free agency with the Miami Heat specifically in mind, but he’s certainly excited to see how Miami’s Big Three will measure up to what he believes could be his best team in 30-plus years.

Speaking at The Bicycle Casino before the Mariani/Buss Charity Open, a no-limit hold ‘em tournament to benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation, Buss didn’t do a very good job of keeping his poker face.

Buss, 76, said the Lakers’ moves were motivated by the constant goal to improve and that the Heat weren’t a clear-cut threat, mentioning Orlando, Boston, Chicago, Denver and Utah as fellow foes. However, when questioned about LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Co., he couldn’t help but get worked up a little.

“Suddenly there’s this juggernaut out there that we have a chance to play against and that excites me, that really excites me because, quite honestly, I think we can beat them and I’m looking forward to playing them,” Buss said. “I don’t think it’s automatic that Miami will be our biggest opponent come the end, but on the other hand, I must admit they have the world’s attention and that means we’re going to be on center stage when we get a chance to play them.”

Still, Buss maintained that all of the personnel decisions were independent of the Heat.

“Our intentions were to sign those players prior to Miami coalescing all of the talent that was left over,” Buss said. “I don’t think we reacted to them. Once the season is over, we look backwards on the season and say, ‘Were there any weaknesses? Could we do something to improve this team?’ And we did that quite independently of Miami. … I think we just prepared ourselves for the general war, not specifically for anyone.”

Continue reading ‘Dr. Jerry Buss: This is the best team we’ve ever had’

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Magic will always be a Laker at heart. He should do what’s best for him.

Yahoo! Sports: Magic Johnson “wants a large piece in a franchise or at the very least the chance to run a front office,” NBA.com reports, and that isn’t going to be happening for him with the Los Angeles Lakers anytime soon.

So both Johnson and owner Jerry Buss tell the site that it’s inevitable that Johnson will split from Laker Land.

“I’ll still be a Laker forever,” Johnson told the site. “If there’s a chance for me to go run a team, if I felt that’s what I wanted to do, would I take it? Yeah, if the right situation came. I know one day that’s gonna probably happen. I love being with Dr. Buss and the Buss family and working with them, but I know one day something is going to happen. I can definitely see me not being with the Lakers, yeah.”

The site notes that Johnson “is believed to have about five percent of the Lakers” and does work with the personnel and marketing departments. Last week, the site reports that he expressed interest in being a part owner and front-office worker for the Detroit Pistons, which would mark a return to his home state.

Continue reading ‘Magic leaving the Lakers?’

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Last night, Dr. Jerry Buss was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. On behalf of Lakers fans everywhere, we want to congratulate him on an unprecedented legacy he has left our team. As our logo reads, “In Buss We Trust.” Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Jerry!

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Today marks the 51st birthday for Earvin “Magic” Johnson!

Magic, five-time NBA Champion and three-time MVP, first entered NBA in 1979 as a 19 year old kid, taken 1st overall from Michigan State by the Lakers and that was the day the NBA changed for the good (well good for the Lakers and the Laker fans, not so good for the other teams and their fans)

Magic (and the arrival of Captain Kareem) started the “Showtime” era, a Run ‘n Gun team where every play would finish as if it was a five on nothing fast break, with either a ridiculous pass from Magic or a ridiculous dunk. It was Magic’s court vision and uncanny ability to know where his teammates would be that made the “Showtime” Lakers a fun dynasty to remember.

It was easy for him to see the court and find open teammates when his eyes open up like his did but you’d love that moment cause thats when he sees a play coming and that signature smile of his would always put a smile on your face, cause it left the rest of the NBA frowning.

Magic will always be known as the best point-guard in the history of the NBA and no better franchise for him to have played for than the Lakers. Happy 51st birthday Magic!

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NBA Legends know best.

Boston.com: Scottie Pippen, who retired with six rings, wasn’t ready to crown LeBron James and the Miami Heat NBA champions before seeing them take the court. Karl Malone, who was never able to win it all, couldn’t bring himself to do it either.

The Heat assembled a core of superstars in James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, and already analysts are predicting the levels of success they could achieve. ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy said the Heat will surpass the 72 wins that Pippen and Michael Jordan led theChicago Bulls to in the 1995-96 season. Pippen asked if Van Gundy was a betting man.

“I think those guys’ biggest goal is to try and win a championship and not trying to win 72 games,’’ Pippen said yesterday before he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. “But if Jeff Van Gundy wants to make a bet, I will bet him that they won’t break it. You can put a lot of great players together, but it’s about building chemistry.’’

Pippen said the Heat’s quest starts by unseating the Celtics as Eastern Conference champions.

“I think, me personally, Boston is still probably the best team in the East. Miami hasn’t proven themselves,’’ Pippen said.

Malone played 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz, but ended his career chasing a title with the Lakers in the 2003-04 season. A fan of James’s, Malone said he could relate to his decision.

“When you have ties to cities or communities, it is bittersweet for people,’’ Malone said. “Sometimes, they take it personal.’’

At the same time, knowing the Lakers were paper champions the year he was there (Los Angeles lost to the Pistons in the Finals), Malone said nothing’s a given with the Heat.

“With LeBron down there, they’ve got a hell of a shot, but last time I checked the champions are still the champions until somebody beats them,’’ Malone said. “So I’ll go out on a limb and tell you this, until somebody beats the Lakers, they’re still the champions.’’

Continue reading ‘Pippen talks about Miami; Malone says “Lakers are champs”‘

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They will great off the bench. Let the season begin!

ESPN: The final pieces of the Los Angeles Lakers roster that will compete for a three-peat championship have fallen into place.

The Lakers announced on Thursday the signing of forward Devin Ebanks, the first of two second-round selections in the draft.

Ebanks signed a non-guaranteed deal for the rookie minimum worth $473,604 if he makes the team, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 6-9 swingman, drafted 43rd overall out of West Virginia, played on the Lakers’ Las Vegas Summer League entry. He averaged 15 points and started all five games.

In two collegiate seasons with the Mountaineers, the 20-year-old Ebanks averaged 11.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 69 games.

Ebanks posted on his Twitter account on Thursday that he will wear No. 3, the same number worn by former Laker Trevor Ariza who Ebanks bears a striking resemblance to.

The Lakers other second-round draft pick, Derrick Caracter, a 6-9 big man selected No. 58 out of the University of Texas El Paso, has also agreed to terms with the team. Caracter is flying out to Los Angeles on Thursday to officially sign with the team Friday, according to Caracter’s agent, Happy Walters.

Continue reading ‘Lakers signed Devin ebanks, Derrick Caracter to a 2-year deal!’

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He made a great career move, he can really shine in LA like he has the past 2 years.

L.A. Times: Brown, who mulled over offers from several teams, officially signed his contract Wednesday. “This has been the best fit, the best spot, the best everything for me,” Brown said at a news conference at the Lakers’ training facility in El Segundo. “I sat down and evaluated all the situations from the money to the teams to my potential role on the team. And this has been at the top, No. 1 on the list.”

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Lamar’s love for the game is huge. Hopefully he can achieve this feat.

SLAM: So with the rings, the miles on the legs, and everything else…How many more years do you think you have? Lamar Odom: Ideally, I’d like to play until I’m 37 or 38. I’m fortunate to play on a team who invests in their players and puts the team in a position to win every year. As long as things stay in that direction, I’d like to retire as a Laker.

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The Lakers kick off against Rockets and finish in Sacramento. CHECK OUT THE SCHEDULE HERE!

ESPN: Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will have to wait until January for their NBA Finals rematch. The Lakers and Celtics will meet for the first time since the Lakers won Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Jan. 30 in Los Angeles, in a game to be televised on ABC. The rematch in Boston comes Feb. 10.

The NBA unveiled its full 2010-11 schedule Tuesday after releasing portions of it a week ago. The Miami Heat’s first game, on Oct. 26 at Boston, and first matchup with the defending champion Lakers on Christmas already had been announced.

The announcement also made official Dec. 2 as the date for LeBron James’ return to Cleveland.

Fans who watched the kid from Akron turn the Cavaliers into one of the league’s best teams were irate when James went on ESPN last month to announce he was leaving as a free agent.

Chris Bosh, who like James went to Miami to form an All-Star trio with Dwyane Wade, will face his old team for the first time when the Heat visit Toronto on Feb. 16.

ESPN and ABC will televise a total of 90 games, with all 75 ESPN games also available on ESPN3.com and many games on ESPN Mobile TV.

Continue reading ‘Lakers’ 2010-2011 schedule released!’

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A rundown of how Steve Blake has done in workouts.

Lakers: When the Lakers acquired free agent point guard Steve Blake on July 15, it took only a cursory glance at his statistics, or a simple viewing of his play on the basketball floor to see that Blake was a willing passer, skilled shooter and solid defender.

What may have been less obvious from the numbers in particular, however, was something that Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak stated near the top of the team’s introductory press conference for Blake.

In fact, “One of the best players we’ve ever had as far as physical ability” is a phrase we might expect to hear about Kobe Bryant or Shannon Brown (which of course we do), but perhaps not Blake (which we had not), who doesn’t exactly stand out in a grocery store line like Lamar Odom or Pau Gasol.

But once afforded the details of Blake’s pre-draft workout, conducted by the Lakers following his senior year at Maryland back in 2003, Kupchak’s statement makes a lot more sense.

Helping to run the team’s workouts alongside Director of Scouting, Bill Bertka, is L.A.’s Director of Athletic Performance, Chip Schaefer. With the official data from that 2003 workout in hand, Schaefer detailed why it was so impressive to the team’s brass.

Continue reading ‘Steve Blake’s measurables’

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Welcome back Get ready for the beating of your life Shaq.

L.A. Times: Shaquille O’Neal will come to town with the dreaded and hated Boston Celtics on Jan. 30 to face Kobe Bryant and  friends at Staples Center, NBA sources told The Times. The Lakers will play at Boston on Feb. 10.

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As some of our Twitter followers know, Chick Hearn passed away 8 years ago today. Whether you’re a young fan, or old; it’s hard to avoid what Chick Hearn means to the Los Angeles Lakers, and the fans. It’s safe to say that he seemed like more of a friend than a Lakers employee to those who let him in their homes a minimum of 82 times a year. Growing up a fan, we’re all products of Chick Hearn’s Lakers loyalty and knowledge.

Chick symbolizes so much to generations of fans, that we always jump at the chance to talk about him. Today, our friends over at The No Looks Pass posted a slam dunk of a read (see what I did there) on Chickie Baby. Nate Jones of Fanhouse wrote a great piece last year — today would be a good day to share it with the Lakers Nation.

If you lived in Los Angeles at anytime from the time the Lakers moved to L.A. in the early 1960’s to the last of the Shaq/Kobe championships in 2002, you are probably quite familiar with Francis “Chick” Hearn. And even if you aren’t from L.A., you might still be familiar with Chick, as he was probably the greatest play-by-play man in the history of basketball.

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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.