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Great news. Let’s get ‘em! As rare as it may be, there are indeed some players that will take a ring over money. Brown is one of them!

NBA FanHouse: Shannon Brown is returning to the Lakers.

Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told FanHouse on Thursday the deal “definitely” will get done later in the day. The free-agent guard will sign a two-year, $4.6 million contract, with the second year a player option. He will make $2.2 million this season, with the option year worth $2.4 million.

“The lure of the Lakers was too great,” said Bartelstein, whose client had been looked at strongly by New York. “He didn’t want to look back and not have the chance to go for a third straight championship.”

Continue reading ‘Shannon Brown to return to the Lakers’

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This is great news! Great way to cap off a great off-season.

New York Post: The Knicks’ chances of landing free agent shooting guard Shannon Brown are just about over.

Mark Bartelstein, Brown’s agent, told The Post the Lakers guard is “leaning” toward returning to the Lakers to go for a “three-peat.”

Brown is expected to make his final decision Thursday.

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The Voice of the Nation reaches the century mark. Come celebrate with G-Small & D-Bricks in this special episode.

Newest Los Angeles Laker Matt Barnes joined the show for another EXCLUSIVE interview, and talked about coming full circle in his career, and shared some his favorite Kobe Bryant memories. The guys also bring you up to date on the Lakers own free agent decisions, and talk about the new “Super Team” in Miami.

Voice of the Nation takes a look back at the interviews, voice-mails, and interesting moments with the fellas.

The Voice of the Nation thanks all of you fans who have made the show what is.

Here’s to the next 100 shows!

Rundown –

  • LeBron James and the Super Team
  • A look back at some of the VOTN”s best highlights
  • Audio from Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, and Theo Ratliff, your newest Lakers
  • Andrew Bynum, and Kobe Bryant’s surgery update
  • INTERVIEW: Matt Barnes joins the Voice of the Nation Hotline
  • A look back at some of VOTN’s best interviews
  • Shaq to the Boston Celtics?
  • Voicemail + E-Mail questions
  • And much MUCH more…

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G-Small – Outro (From Fame & Fortune)
Drake – Karaoke

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This was really sad to read. The ups and downs Ron went through, glad to have him in LA as a champion now.

ESPN: ARE YOU CRAZY?

What’s crazy? You need to decide. On Twitter you could say I’m pretty crazy, or you could say I just have a weird sense of humor. Off the court you could say I’m pretty crazy, or you could say I’m just ghetto. On the court you could say I’m pretty crazy, or you could say I just play really hard. To each person, I could be a different person. So you need to decide. Of course, there have been times when I’ve done crazy things. But I don’t think I’m crazy. I just grew up in a crazy world.

WHAT DO THE DOCTORS SAY?
Well, there is a history of mental illness in my family. My auntie is in the hospital right now. She’s had her ups and downs. I’ve had mine too. I first saw a doctor when I was 13, when I was getting in a lot of trouble. If I felt I, or someone else, was being disrespected, I would pick a fight.

WHAT LED TO YOU HAVING THOSE FEELINGS?
I think a lot of it came from what happened to me as a kid. Some of it was my parents’ divorce. A lot of it was getting teased for having ugly clothes and nappy hair. I got bullied so much at 11 and 12 that I became the bully. I didn’t want to get bullied no more. And that just carried on through my life.

BESIDES BEING A BULLY, DID YOU ENGAGE IN OTHER DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS?
Alcohol was part of the problem. At 15 I started to get twisted, and at 16 I was getting lit up on a regular basis. By the time the Bulls drafted me, I’d drink in the house all day, then go play a game. But I stopped drinking heavily in Sacramento. I’m sure I wouldn’t have made the same mistakes if I hadn’t been drinking. Was I crazy, or was I not sober enough to have a clear mind? That’s the question.

Continue reading ‘Get to know the real Ron Artest!’

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What if Mitch Kupchak wasn’t one of the best GM’s in the league?

A man that has assembled a championship team, who isn’t satisfied with just one championship, the thrill of victory makes him hungry for more.

Whether it was the devastating loss in the Finals to Boston in 2008, or the last two seasons in which the Lakers have won it all, Mitch Kupchak continues to improve the roster year in and year out.

One may say he is never satisfied, that he always looks forward to the next season.

We all know what he is most famous for, trading away Kwame Brown for All-Star Pau Gasol.

But what about Brian Cook for Trevor Ariza, or Vladimir Radmonivic for Shannon Brown, signing Ron Artest to the MLE, bringing in Steve Blake, or Matt Barnes at the vets minimum.

Or what about not doing anything at all.

When Kobe wanted the Lakers to trade Andrew Bynum for Jason Kidd, he said no.

When Lakers fans were panicking, he didn’t ship out Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom for Jermaine O’Neal.

He did nothing.

May 31, 2007 Kobe Bryant asks to be traded.

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This will be a blockbuster of a season.

San Francisco Gate: The Lakers will host Houston in the other opening-night game on TNT. The Rockets hope to have Yao Ming back in the lineup after he missed last season with a foot injury.

The Christmas schedule will again feature five games, highlighted by the return of the Heat-Lakers matchup…

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It seems that the hunt for 6 will begin against the Rockets.

Twitter: LeBron-Heat open @ BOS Oct 26, sources tell Y! Wiz Wall debuts Oct 27 @ ORL. Rumor is Lakers open versus Rockets in Yao’s possible return.


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Chuck Person will be the fourth assistant coach. Thoughts?

L.A. Times: The Lakers made it official on Monday, adding Chuck Person to the coaching staff for next season. It was hardly a surprise, having been previously reported, and represented a logical step considering Person’s big contribution during the season and the playoffs as a special assistant. He also was their Summer League coach in Las Vegas.

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Well John Hollinger…

Opposing Views: Generally when analysts recap the winners and losers of a particular offseason, you see two types of winners: The group that went from nothing to something by bringing in one or more high-profile free agents (Read: Miami Heat) or the group that went from an upper-tier power to contender by bringing in an above-average talent to complement an already strong group (Read: The 2009 San Antonio Spurs before reality hit).

This season, however, the Los Angeles Lakers have carved out their own place amongst the league’s offseason winners without falling into either of the aforementioned categories. Rather than spending big bucks on free agents or making risky trades for household names, they merely dropped underperforming players and signed proven veterans to fill specific areas of need.

And they managed to do it with no ESPN specials.

Gone from Lakers are backups DJ Mbenga, Josh Powell and Adam Morrison. All three players received very little playing time en route to the team’s second consecutive championship last season and, as such, all three unrestricted free agents were not extended contracts by the team. Out of the three, Powell is the only one who received any significant playing time at any point within the last two years. However, with the plans that they had for the summer, the Lakers could not afford to re-sign an undersized, under-utilized center/power forward.

The most notable absence from the team in 2010 will be hometown hero Jordan Farmar. The back-up point guard, who many expected would be the ultimate replacement for Derek Fisher at some point in his career, was not offered a tender by the Lakers. He opted to head to the New Jersey Nets for $12 million over 3 years. Farmar’s time in Los Angeles was marred by inconsistency, injury and a general inability to mesh with Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, which generally calls for a larger point guard.

Replacing the old pieces are newcomers: Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff.

Continue reading ‘Lakers are big winners from 2010 Free Agency’

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Thought we would leave you with a nice Sunday treat. This Kobe vs. Miami Thrice plot is only going to thicken, its going to be good! Great video by Bigtexx007.


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Shannon knows his best option is LA.

UPDATE: According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Shannon has been offered a contract from the Knicks worth around $4 million – $5 million.

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Twitter: The Lakers also have an offer on the table. An increased role plus that kind of money from New York is why this decision is tough for Brown.

Twitter: The Lakers are still hoping to retain Shannon Brown but they’ve been in contact with other available guards in case they need a replacement.

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We all knew Ron Artest as a crazy, Rodman-like player in his career with the Pacers, Kings and Rockets, with the brawl at the Auburn Palace only solidifying that reputation.

As he made his move to the Lakers, the fans questioned the Lakers front office for letting a working piece, in Ariza, go for a lunatic, in Ron Artest. Critics and analysts said Ron would destroy the chemistry and the Lakers wouldn’t be able to repeat with him on the team.

But in his first year with the Lakers, Ron proved those critics wrong. He has been the exact opposite of what the critics said. He gives out tickets to games, has breakfast with fans and goes bowling with fans. He made appearances on the Jimmy Kimmel show, George Lopez show and he has proven to be funny in those appearances, always seeking to have fun. Some say he is the most down to earth player. But with that being said, is Ron really crazy or just a misunderstood person?

Watch Ron interview Ron here on ESPN, where he answers some questions about himself. This should answer this question.

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This list seems accurate. Well done Kobe, there’s no denying your clutchness.

Dime Mag: NBA TV’s re-run of the Lakers/Suns Western Conference Finals series is playing in the Dime office right now, and we just watched Steve Nash knock down the game-icing free throws in Game Three. So of course that started an argument: Who would you want at the line to win (or seal) the game for your team?

When people talk about “clutch,” they’re usually referring to game-winning shots and buzzer-beaters. But one underrated part of being clutch is hitting free throws. Teams like the Lakers, Celtics, Spurs and Pistons have been successful recently because they had that one guy (or two) who can hold a lead late in the fourth quarter by knocking down shots at the line. As much as a buzzer-beating three hurts, nonstop dagger free throws to kill your comeback can hurt just as much. With that, here are my Top-5 clutch free throw shooters:

3. Kobe Bryant — He’s cold bolded. If the game is at stake, he WON’T miss. Five championship rings and two Finals MVP trophies can’t be wrong.

Continue reading ‘Top 5 clutch free-throw shooters: #3 Kobe Bryant’

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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.