Friday, December 19, 2014
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Ebanks is going well so far in the Summer League with back to back 20+ point games. UPDATE: Devin Ebanks remains #1 on the ladder but Derrick Caracter rose up to the #2 spot and now the 2 Laker rookies own the ladder at #1 and #2.

NBA: Ebanks grabs the top spot after his second straight game topping 20 points. In his debut, the No. 43 pick had 21, then followed it up with 24 on Saturday. “It’s just a tremendous opportunity for me,” Ebanks said. “Coming from a great program like West Virginia, I’m used to winning, so I just hope to continue that.”

NBA: Caracter had his second straight double-double in Vegas with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the Lakers’ 92-74 loss to the Nuggets on Saturday. “Nobody can stop him in the block,” said teammate Devin Ebanks.

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A little tidbit on the current situation between Raja and the Lakers.

ESPN: Veteran free-agent forward Raja Bell refuted an Internet story that reported the 33-year-old rejected a contract offer by the Lakers. “I have not expressed any disinterest in joining the Lakers,” Bell told ESPNLosAngeles.com in a phone interview Friday. “I have not been extended an offer that I could have rejected. They are one of several teams I am in contact with.”

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The Lakers need to make a serious push for Fish.

Inside SoCal: Fisher also has not ruled out a return to the Lakers. Talks between Fisher’s agent, Rob Pelinka, and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak are said to be ongoing. In addition to the Heat, the Chicago Bulls, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Jersey Nets are believed to be interested in signing Fisher.

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He should’ve done his homework and looked at what happened to Ariza.

L.A. Times: The Lakers are leaning toward not bringing back guard Shannon Brown. Among the free-agent guards still available are Luke Ridnour, Earl Watson, Shaun Livingston and Javaris Crittenton.

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Good to see B.Shaw return to the sidelines. He’s going to take over for Phil next year.

L.A. Times: Kupchak said the Lakers are negotiating one-year deals for assistant coaches Frank Hamblen, Brian Shaw and Jim Cleamons that the GM hopes will get done in about a week. Kupchak said the Lakers first want to get Coach Phil Jackson’s deal signed. “That should be done soon,” Kupchak said. “We’ve had discussions [with our assistants]. I don’t see any problems.”

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ESPN: The Lakers aren’t scared of LeBron James and his Miami Heat Superfriends.

So says the team’s owner, Dr. Jerry Buss.

“Hardly,” Buss told FanHouse when asked if the teaming of James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh had him clutching his latest championship trophy in fear. “I didn’t pay much attention to (Thursday’s announcement from James). I was curious to see where he went, and once I found that out that was that.”

Buss’ sentiment was shared by many in the NBA’s first day of summer league action, where there was plenty of intrigue about what the three stars could accomplish together but also skepticism because of their nonexistent supporting cast. Miami is reportedly closer to fixing that problem, though, as deals for sharpshooter Mike Miller and forward Udonis Haslem appear to be in the works.

Still, the Lakers — as Buss made clear, are hardly giving the early nod to the Heat in the Eastern Conference race.

“Somebody in the East will come out, and our job is to beat them, whoever it is,” he said. “There are a lot of good teams over there. I don’t automatically hand them the title. I think Orlando is very good. I think Chicago is going to be better. Boston, certainly, is tough. We know about that. So let’s wait until things get going.”

Continue reading ‘Jerry Buss: What, Me Worry About Heat? No Way’

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Well now it seems that Riley is pursuing Fisher.

ESPN: Lakers free agent point guard Derek Fisher has a meeting scheduled with Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Saturday, according to a source close to the situation. Fisher’s preference remains to re-sign with the Lakers, but he feels the need to explore his options and listen to Riley’s pitch after the Heat landed free agents LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Mike Miller this week.

According to a source, negotiations between Fisher and the Lakers have remained positive and the team has put an offer on the table that was stronger than what’s been previously reported (one year, $2.5 million). Fisher returned from a trip to China on Wednesday, but he’s had several conversations with both Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Riley.

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Interesting to see where this goes considering he had beef with Kobe.

Twitter: The Lakers are interested in Matt Barnes but source confirms that no offer has been made. Barnes still hoping to work out a deal with Magic.

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Thats top priority right now.

L.A. Times: Fisher, who turns 36 next month, wants at least a two-year contract worth $10 million. The Lakers are open to a two-year deal, though it will need to be several million below Fisher’s asking price. The negotiations hadn’t taken on the laborious tone of the monthlong talks the Lakers endured with Lamar Odom last July, but the prevailing mind- set was that a deal would be done with Fisher by the end of the first week of free agency.

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Glad to see Pau Gasol get the recognition and respect he deserves.

Dime Magazine: Gasol taking the number one spot is an easy choice. He has been the perfect partner for Kobe Bryant in the triangle offense, and since he arrived the Lakers have made the NBA Finals every year including victories in the last two. With Gasol at Bryant’s side, there is no limit to how far the Lakers can go the next few years.

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A little tidbit on Kobe’s media session for the first time in 2 weeks after jetting off to South Africa for the World Cup.

ESPN: “I already know what you’re here for,” Kobe Bryant said with a sly smile Wednesday as he approached a pack of reporters holding cameras and microphones at his fourth annual summer camp, the Kobe Bryant Basketball Skills Academy, held for the first time at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Bryant was making his first comments to American media in two weeks after jetting off to South Africa for the World Cup, but it didn’t take long before the conversation shifted to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the free-agent frenzy that kicked off while Bryant was out of the country.

“I know all three of them very well, I’m friends with all three of them,” he said about his former Olympic teammates. “I’m happy for Wade and for Bosh, they seem really happy with their decision. For me it’s always been about them as people. I don’t really care about the basketball stuff; that stuff will work itself out. As long as they’re really happy with their decisions, that’s what really matters most.”

Bryant said he spoke to Wade and Bosh about their decisions in recent months, but not James. He empathized with their situations, having gone through it himself six years ago when he was courted by the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippersbefore ultimately re-signing with the Lakers.

“Those are tough decisions to make; I was a part of it before [in 2004],” Bryant said. “These are tough decisions. It affects your family and obviously the rest of your career. These are the decisions that you have to take some time and really evaluate them.”

Continue reading ‘Kobe supports Fish; speaks on LeBron and Blake’

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If Kobe loves it, we all love it!

ESPN: “I love that pickup,” Bryant said. “I love that pickup. Every time I played against Blake when he was in Portland and when he matched up with me, he obviously gave up a lot in size and weight but he fought me hard every time. And I hit him with some nasty elbows, believe me, but he kept fighting, he kept battling, kept battling and to me, that’s the kind of guy I want on my team so it says a lot about him.”

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Stan Van Gundy had some great stuff to talk about regarding the Kobe vs. LeBron differences.

OrlandoSentinel: SVG: It is a sign of the times. Unfortunately. It’s amazing that a guy as good as Kobe Bryant simply extended his contract with no real fanfare or anything else.

R. Kevin Durant did, too.

SVG: Yeah and Kevin Durant is more in the Kobe Bryant mode. You don’t hear Kobe Bryant and certainly not Kevin Durant talking about their brand. They don’t. I hear that from the other guys. I don’t hear those guys talking about their brand, they’re simply basketball players who want to be great players and win games. Not that those other guys aren’t great players and don’t want to win games. They do, but there’s also more to it. It’s not what I like. Other people, I guess, like it. I’m sure it will be a widely watched show tomorrow. It simply will not have me as a member of that audience.

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