Friday, December 19, 2014
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Good luck Drew!

Lakers: The Lakers confirmed Monday night that center Andrew Bynum will undergo minor surgery on July 28 to correct a small tear of the anterior horn of his lateral meniscus in the right knee that he suffered in Game 6 of Round 1 of the playoffs.

Bynum had previously speculated that the surgery would take place on July 18.

The 22-year-old had the knee drained on June 22, and subsequently took some time off, highlighted by a trip to watch the World Cup in South Africa with some of his high school friends just a few days after becoming a two-time NBA champion.

Bynum impressed the organization, his coaches and his teammates by battling through pain in that knee all the way through Game 7 of the Finals, offering his paint presence at both ends while averaging 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 24 minutes.

His importance to the Lakers was also felt in the regular season: when he and Pau Gasol were both healthy, the team went 38-12 (.76); when one or both didn’t play, L.A. was just 19-13 (.59).

The New Jersey native opened the season by amassing double-doubles in eight of L.A.’s first nine games, averaging 18.4 points and 11.8 rebounds in Gasol’s absence (hamstring). Then in March, Bynum was heating up down the stretch, averaging 20.0 points and 10.3 rebounds in a four-game period before his regular season ended with a strained Achilles injury.

Continue reading ‘Date set for Bynum’s surgery’

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Impressive play by Caracter led him to being #3. It was well earned.

NBA: Caracter finished off his impressive Summer League with 10 points and six rebounds in the Lakers’ 80-71 loss to the Spurs. L.A. finished 0-5 in Las Vegas, but Caracter may have earned a long look from the Lakers’ brass with his size, aggressiveness and array of low-post moves.

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Lin wouldn’t be a bad pickup.

ESPN: Jeremy Lin, an undrafted 6-3, 200-pound combo guard from Harvard, is being considered by the Lakers after the team opened contract discussions with Roger Montgomery, Lin’s agent, over the weekend. “We’re just trying to sort out the best roster fit, the best situation for Jeremy, but we’re highly considering the Lakers,” Montgomery said in a phone interview Monday.

The 21-year-old guard should be landing on an NBA roster — the Lakers’ or another team’s — sooner than later. “I think the end game is imminent,” Montgomery said. “We’re having some internal discussions [with the Lakers] that look positive. There’s mutual interest and end game is certainly imminent. The Lakers are definitely in the mix.”

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This free agency dilemma continues.

Fan House: Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Lakers guard Shannon Brown, said by phone he’s still talking with the Lakers about a possible return. But nothing is close enough yet to assure that. “We’re still talking, but there’s nothing done,” Bartelstein said.

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Great to see some big Laker fans make fun of LeBron.

Hip Hop Wired: “Kurupt is one of my favorite MC’s. He’s got complicated metaphors that are still gangsta, 15 minutes after he left the room in came Snoop. We talked about the Lakers kickin’ the Celtics a** in the Finals. We laughed about LeBron joining The Heat. It won’t work, Lakers are still the team to beat.”

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This was disrespect to the players he mentioned.

OC Register: Did the Lakers have an influence on LeBron James heading to the Miami Heat to join forces with free agent signees Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh?

Who knows? Many believe it was a fait accompli, that it was a plot hatched years ago by the three former Team USA teammates to reunite when they became free agents.

But Miami Heat president Pat Riley, a former Lakers coach known for his powers of persuasion, mentioned past and present Lakers superstars during his sales pitch to LeBron.

“LeBron would be Magic (Johnson), Dwyane would be Kobe (Bryant) and Chris would be (Kevin) Garnett,” Riley said in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, repeating what he told King James during Miami’s three-hour presentation in downtown Cleveland on July 2.

“He actually liked that conversation. He lit up and he said that would be great if ‘I didn’t have to score’ (a lot), that he could be maybe the first guy since Oscar Robertson to be a (consistent) triple-double guy.”

SI also reported that Riley’s strategy involved tossing a bag of his seven championship rings on a table — one as a Lakers player (1972), one as a Lakers assistant (1980), four as Lakers coach (1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988), one as Miami coach (2006) — so LeBron could check them out.

“Hey, try one on,” Riley said, perhaps tempting, perhaps teasing LeBron.

Riley later conceded he used the rings as a “weapon.”

Continue reading ‘Pat Riley used the Lakers to lure LeBron to Miami’

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Seems like Sun Yue V.2.0

ESPN: Suddenly, the player deemed too flawed in most major areas to survive in the NBA is in contract discussions with three teams, according to league sources. The Los Angeles Lakers are believed to be one, with an Eastern Conference team the other.

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They were great in the Summer League, now time to show it in training camp.

HoopsWorld: The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t pick in the first round of the NBA Draft but General Manager Mitch Kupchak had two second-round selections to work with.  At 43, the Lakers chose small forward Devin Ebanks and at 58 they added power forward Derrick Caracter.

Ebanks, at 6’9″, 215 pounds, is a rangy, perimeter defender who can slash and cut.  Historically he’s a poor three-point shooter but in the early games of the Las Vegas Summer League, Devin has shown an improved stroke.

With an uncanny resemblance to former Laker Trevor Ariza, Ebanks may get the opportunity to play a similar role off the bench for the Lakers.

“Everybody says that [about Ariza] but I’m just trying to play like Devin Ebanks.  Everybody says I look like him and we but I’m just trying to focus on me,” said the Ebanks.

Caracter is a little undersized at 6’9″ but listed at 265 he’s got a lot of body despite losing a considerable amount of weight.

Derrick has been an NBA prospect since high school before struggling to live up the hype at the college level.  He’s looking forward to putting those days behind him.

“With a last name like mine, they’ll never forget about the character issues.  Some say it’s good; some say it’s bad,” said Derek.  “What’s most important is that my family and friends know who I am.  I just go out here and prove to these people that I’m here and I’m here to stay.  I just take one day at a time.”

Both Ebanks and Caracter have to make the squad.  As second-rounders, their contracts won’t necessarily be guaranteed initially by the Lakers.

“For second-round picks they played well.  That’s what summer league is for to see what they can do,” said Kupchak.  “A lot of times if they play well at summer league what that really means is that they’re worthy of an invitation to veteran’s camp.  So that’s what they’re trying to do right now, get invited to veteran’s camp and so far so good.”

Continue reading ‘Ebanks and Caracter look like keepers’

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“Cannon” Brown will be making a return to STAPLES!

Yahoo! Sports: With Raja Bell choosing to sign with the Utah Jazz, guard Shannon Brown has moved closer to re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night.

Lakers general manager “Mitch [Kupchak] and I have been talking and we’re getting there on something,” said Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein. Brown, 24, played 82 games for the Lakers, and averaged a career-high 8.1 points and 20 minutes last season.

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I want to make one thing very clear: In basketball, I am wrong more than I am right.

(Pausing for dramatic effect.)

Last season, before the Miami Heat started building emergency bandwagons to hold their bandwagons, I had Wade + eleven stuffed coffins slipping by the Celtics in Round 1 (0 for 1). I followed that blooper with a comment on Fox Sports Radio decisively picking the Cavaliers to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals (0 for 2).

Shortly after, I got this email from a reader:

Jason,

I’m from Florida, but I live in L.A. and I like reading your stuff. Can you do me a favor and pick the Celtics to win? It would really help me feel a lot better about Orlando’s chances in this series.

Thanks,

Marcus

(How is Vince Carter working out for you in Orlando, Marcus?)

Speaking of Orlando, just before the Eastern Conference Finals began, I joined Rey Moralde on his podcast and declared the Magic to be the outright favorites to advance to the NBA Finals (0 for 3).

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Is he showing respect or just saying this to play on the media?

ESPN: “The Lakers are the champions and we know the Lakers are very good,” Wade said Wednesday at a golf tournament he co-hosts with Alonzo Mourning. “That’s the team that everyone’s shooting for and they should be. Not the Miami Heat. The Los Angeles Lakers.”

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