Lakers To Sign Dwight Howard After Reaching Buyout With Grizzlies: Report

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly prepared to sign veteran center Dwight Howard after he reaches a buyout agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Lakers held workouts and meetings with Howard, as well as Joakim Noah and Mo Speights this week, prior to reaching their decision on Friday.

According to Wojnarowski, Howard was 25 pounds lighter and proved that his back was healthy, but it seems as though he’ll be on a short leash despite saying all the right things during his visit with the Lakers. Woj notes that Howard’s deal is non-guaranteed and “he’s been warned” that he’ll be “judged by his actions, not words.”

Howard spent just one season with the Lakers in 2012-13, when he averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while being selected to the All-Star team.

He left the team in order to join the Houston Rockets that summer and has bounced around the league since then, including a nine-game stint with the Washington Wizards last season. Prior to that, he appeared in 81 games for the Charlotte Hornets, where he posted 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per night.

Dwight Howard Confirms Engagement To Te’a Cooper: Photos

Dwight Howard has seemingly confirmed that he is in fact engaged to his girlfriend, Te’a Cooper. Rumors Howard and Cooper’s engagement have been swirling for months, after Cooper was spotted with a massive rock on her finger, but Howard’s comment on her most recent IG post affirmed the news.

Cooper, a basketball player at South Carolina, posted a video on IG a few days back and Dwight initially replied, “Mine,” along with a bunch emojis. When asked by another IG user if they were engaged, the veteran center reportedly responded, “Duh!” 

The duo have reportedly been dating since 2018 and Cooper started sporting the ring towards the end last year.

Howard, 33, is currently on the Memphis Grizzlies roster but that may not be the case for much longer. The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly planned a workout for Howard, as well as Joakim Noah and Mo Speights, after the Grizz granted Dwight’s representatives permission to speak with other teams.

The eight-time All Star spent just one season with the Lakers in 2012-13, when he averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while being selected to the All-Star team. He left the team in order to join the Houston Rockets that summer and has bounced around the league since then, including a nine-game stint with the Washington Wizards last season. Prior to that, he appeared in 81 games for the Charlotte Hornets, where he posted 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per night.

Lakers Should’ve Signed Melo Over Jared Dudley Says Ex-Player: Dudley Reacts

Former NBA player Royce White has a serious issue with the fact that LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers signed Jared Dudley while Carmelo Anthony is still looking for a place to play.

During a recent discussion with Fanatics View, White ripped the Lakers for not signing Melo, while questioning why LeBron is just “letting” his longtime friend hang out to dry.

“And we know that there is no way that the Lakers would go out and sign Jared Dudley and not sign Carmelo Anthony. And another question is: ‘why a guy like LeBron is walking around like he is the face and the voice the players?’

“How is he letting his Banana Boat Brother hang out there in the wings, and they go and sign Jared Dudley and not Carmelo? If anybody watching this thinks Jared Dudley can hold Carmelo’s jockey strap, I’ll slap them. That’s how I’m coming though!”

White’s rant caught the attention Dudley, who responded on twitter by praising Carmelo as a first ballot Hall Famer. Dudley also made it clear that it isn’t him vs Melo, and labeled White, “uninformed.”

“This isn’t Melo vs myself, That man is a 1st ballot HOFer.. We all want to see him back in the league.. Royce seems uniformed when he speaks and this situation in calling my name out. This league is not about who’s better then who it’s what’s players make for the best Team.”

Check out a snippet White’s comments in the video embedded below.

Kawhi Leonard Shows Off New Afro Hairstyle: Video

A new uniform isn’t the only change to Kawhi Leonard’s look this summer.

The Los Angeles Clippers forward recently unleashed his afro during a golf outing, leaving fans to wonder if ‘Afro Kawhi’ will make his debut in the 2019-20 season. 

It won’t matter to Clippers fans whether Kawhi is rocking his cornrows, the new afro, or a shaved head, as long as he can deliver an NBA title the way he did in Toronto this past season.

Leonard, 28, signed a three-year $103 million contract with the Clippers this f-season, which includes an opt-out in 2021. As we know, the Clips also pulled f a blockbuster trade for All NBA forward Paul George, making the team an instant title contender this season.

Kawhi, PG & co. will open up the 2019-20 season at home against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers on October 22, in the second game the NBA’s opening night double-header on TNT. 

Lakers Reportedly Interested In Signing Dwight Howard

The Los Angeles Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL this past week, further adding to his legacy being injury prone. The Lakers only signed Boogie to a one year deal, in an effort to add some cushion to their roster. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out too well. Now, the Lakers are on a mad dash to replace Cousins and give LeBron James and Anthony Davis some added assistance. 

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the purple and gold is interested in bringing Dwight Howard back to the Staples Center. The Washington Wizards traded Howard to the Memphis Grizzlies in July. Memphis is expected to waive the center before the season starts. As reported by Charania, the Lakers are expecting the Grizzlies to allow them to talk with Howard prior to him being waived. According to the report, Howard is interested as well. Howard played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2012-2013 season. He and Kobe Bryant didn’t fit though, and Howard left after just one season. “I just think we were on two different levels mentally,” Howard stated  Kobe. “He hadn’t never seen a person like me. Someone who could enjoy basketball but at the same time not be so serious]. That’s not me.”

Lakers DeMarcus Cousins ACL Injury Video Surfaces

Los Angeles Lakers big man DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL this week, marking his third major injury in the last 19 months. The six-time All Star, who signed a one, year $3.5 million contract with the Lakers last month, will likely miss most, if not all, the 2019-20 season as a result.

As seen in the video embedded below, the devastating injury occurred as Cousins was going up for a layup during a pickup basketball game in Las Vegas.

As noted, Cousins just can not seem to stay healthy as late. It all began with the achilles injury he suffered in January 2018 while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, which cost him most the 2018-19 campaign.

In his 30 regular season games with the Golden State Warriors, Boogie averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists, but was bit by the injury bug again when he tore his quad in the opening round the playfs. Although he was able to return for the NBA Finals, Cousins explained to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols after the injury, “I was just ready to quit. Like, throw the towel in.”

The 28-year old boasts career averages 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, but his recent injury history is threatening to derail his All-Star caliber play. A timetable for his recovery has not yet been announced. 

Steve Kerr Reacts With Devastation To DeMarcus Cousins ACL Injury

DeMarcus Cousins was given a chance to prove himself this upcoming season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The star player was given a one-year deal and if he could escape the season without injuries, he would have been in prime position for a huge contract. Unfortunately, it was announced yesterday that Cousins had suffered an ACL injury and that he would have to miss the vast majority next season. It’s a horrible turn events for a player that many fans were rooting for this upcoming season, especially when you consider how many injuries he’s suffered over the years.

NBA players rushed to support Cousins, while his former coach in Golden State, Steve Kerr, was asked about the whole ordeal. As you can imagine, Kerr was upset by the news and had some well wishes for his former player.

“I’m devastated for DeMarcus,” Kerr said. “It’s been a couple years hell. I was really hoping this season would be a chance to get healthy. We’re all crushed for him.”

Cousins will have to receive injury on his ACL and as right now, there is no confirmed timeline for his recovery and return. For now, Cousins will have to make sure he gets his rest and continue to persevere as the season progresses. Hopefully the Lakers star can turn it around and return for a playf run.

DeMarcus Cousins’ ACL Injury Sparks Sad Reaction From NBA Players

Earlier today, it was revealed that DeMarcus Cousins had been diagnosed with a torn ACL after injuring his knee during a training session in Las Vegas on Monday. It’s an unfortunate series events for the Los Angeles Lakers star as just weeks earlier, he had talked about how he wanted to play 82 games this season. The Lakers took a waiver on Cousins hoping he could get back to his production from before his Achilles injury a couple years ago. Now, it looks like they will have to be without him for the majority the season, which will certainly set them back a bit. 

Cousins’ situation is a cautionary tale in how sometimes, your NBA career isn’t guaranteed. When Cousins was going through his Achilles issues in New Orleans, he was fered a contract but because it wasn’t the max, he ended up walking away and signed a short term deal with the Golden State Warriors instead. During the playfs, Cousins hurt his quad but was able to come back in time for the Finals. This season in Los Angeles was supposed to be his way proving to the league that he deserves max money but with his injury woes, it doesn’t look like that will happen.

Following the news, Cousins’ peers took to Twitter to show support for the big man and even fered some prayers in the process.

Lakers DeMarcus Cousins Suffers Torn ACL: Report

Earlier today it was reported that Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins injured his knee while working out in Las Vegas and was set to undergo further testing in Los Angeles. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Boogie left the court on Monday after “bumping knees” with another player.

Shortly after word got out Cousins’ knee injury, The Athletic’s Shams Charania has now reported that Cousins actually suffered a torn ACL.

Cousins, 28, inked a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers in July after the free agent market dried up. The six-time All Star was once projected to ink a max contract during the 2017-18 season but an achilles injury in January 2018 has derailed his career.

In 30 regular season games with the Golden State Warriors last season, Boogie averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists, but was bit by the injury bug again as he suffered a torn quad in the opening round the playfs. Although he was able to return for the NBA Finals, Cousins explained to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols after the injury, “I was just ready to quit. Like, throw the towel in.”

This latest injury will test Cousins’ will more than ever.

DeMarcus Cousins To Be Tested For Possible Knee Injury: Report

DeMarcus Cousins has had his fair share injury problems throughout his career, including a devastating Achilles injury that spilled into last season with the Golden State Warriors. From there, Boogie injured his quad in the playfs and had to miss numerous games until he was able to return for the Finals. Cousins struggled to find a contract during the fseason but was eventually rewarded by the Los Angeles Lakers, with a one-year deal. 

Lakers fans have been excited to see how Cousins will play with the likes LeBron James and Anthony Davis, especially since he and AD had great chemistry while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. It looks like Cousins might be experiencing a bit set back though, as Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers star suffered a knee injury during a recent training session. In fact, Cousins will have to undergo tests to see just how bad it is.

While this is some cause for concern, fans shouldn’t hit the panic button just yet as it’s unclear what the severity the injury is. Cousins has had his fair share injury woes in the past but that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to be out long term.

Be sure to stay tuned for updates on Cousins condition once his tests have been completed.

Dennis Rodman Trash Talks Magic Johnson While Wishing Him Happy Birthday

Dennis Rodman is easily one the most bizarre individuals to ever play in the NBA. Whether he is wearing wedding dresses, jumping f cliffs, or traveling to North Korea to hang out with an oppressive dictator, there is no denying that Rodman has lived an incredibly full life. Not to mention, he also got to play 14 seasons in the NBA and won five championships. Two those titles were with the Detroit Pistons while the other three were with the Chicago Bulls. Back in 1988, Rodman got to play in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers where he was tasked with guarding Magic Johnson. In the end, Johnson was victorious and yesterday, he celebrated his 60th birthday.

To mark the occasion, Rodman took to Instagram to wish the Lakers legend a happy birthday, while also establishing his own dominance. Rodman posted a picture himself blocking Magic, with the caption “You. Won. The. Finals. But. I. Shut. Your. Ass. Down . 💪 happy. Birthday. Bro.” 

Considering the Lakers ended up winning that title, it’s a bit a stretch to say he shut Magic down, although we’ll let Rodman get his trash talk f. After all, he would go on to win back-to-back championships following that unsuccessful finals run. 

At this point, Rodman is considered one the best defensive players to ever do it so we can’t be too mad at him for feeling this way although there are probably better ways to wish someone a happy birthday.

Magic Johnson Lists His 60 Favorite Hip Hop Artists

Los Angeles, ca – Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson is incredibly gifted in many aspects. However, properly ranking music artists isn’t one of them.

In celebration of his 60th birthday, the NBA great decided to give his Twitter followers numerous top 60 lists of everything from television shows to athletes-turned-entrepreneurs.

However, it was his music lists that seem to have driven Twitter the nuttiest.

In a sea of recent Hip Hop lists, Magic’s seemed to satisfy purists, including names like Kool Moe Dee and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. There are also numerous female acts included such as MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil’ Kim.

Though it becomes clear that after No. 4 he’s just listing artists alphabetically rather than committing to actual ranking, some understandably missed the rationale.

You can check out all of his lists below. Happy Birthday, Magic.

Magic Johnson Shares Multiple Top 60 Lists To Celebrate 60th Birthday

Today, August 14, marks the 60th birthday NBA Hall Famer and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Magic Johnson

Ahead  his 60th birthday festivities, Magic hopped on the twitter machine on Tuesday night to share a couple Top 60 lists, ranging from his favorite tv shows and films to his travel destinations and athletes turned entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, all his selections were listed in alphabetical order so we won’t know if “Barber Shop” is one his Top 5 favorite films or one that barely made the cut. 

Some notable picks across the four categories include:

Films: The Godfather, Black Panther, Iron Man, Rocky, Rush Hour, 

TV Shows: The Brady Bunch, Empire, Sportscenter, The Sopranos, The Wire, 

Travel: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Honolulu, Rome, Tokyo

Entrepreneurs: Aaron Rodgers, Alex Rodriguez, Tom Brady, LeBron James, Serena Williams

Without further adieu, check out Magic’s Top 60 Lists in the tweets embedded below. 

Steph Curry Reacts To Haters Who Say Warriors Are Finished: Watch

This fseason was a brutal one for the Golden State Warriors as they lost Kevin Durant to free agency while also trading away Andre Iguodala. The team was able to get D’Angelo Russell sign and trade and eventually signed Draymond Green as well as Klay Thompson to contract extensions. There is no doubt that the team is weakened moving forward and when it comes to the upcoming season, many fans and pundits have the Warriors being a bubble playf team with absolutely zero hopes winning a championship.

During a recent session with the media, Steph Curry was asked by reporters what he thought about all the detractors and whether or not it’s been getting to him. The three-time NBA champion explained how he’s not too worried when it comes to the predictions and that at the end the day, he just laughs it all f.

It shouldn’t be too surprising to see Curry take the high road on this one, especially when you consider how confident the Warriors have been over the last few seasons. Their confidence has bordered on obnoxious arrogance and it doesn’t seem like that’s going to stop anytime soon.

The Warriors will have some tough competition this season, especially with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers at full strength. If you’re a Warriors fan, this season might not be as fruitful as you may have originally hoped.

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Stephen A. Smith Reveals His Wish For The Lakers & Clippers: Watch

After an fseason full free-agent signings and a ton player movement, the NBA is in for an exciting year basketball. ESPN First Take host Stephen A. Smith is just as excited as anybody and yesterday, he revealed what some his wishes are for the season. As you can imagine, he’s mainly excited about the matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, who are favored to be the two teams to come out the West. It will be a battle between LeBron James/Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard/Paul George which Smith is here for 100 percent.

Per Smith:

“The number one thing I wanna see. I want to see the Lakers versus the Clippers for the Western Conference Finals. That’s what I want to see. I want to see Kawhi Leonard and Paul George up against LeBron and Anthony Davis. I wanna see Doc Rivers, I wanna see Jeannie Buss and Pelinka, I wanna see Kobe sitting in the stands, I wanna see Magic in the stands, I wanna see Steve Ballmer going crazy courtside. I wanna see the two teams in L.A. going at each other’s neck tryna take each other out for the right to represent the West in the NBA Finals. To me, that will be the creme de la creme this season.”

Both teams have a chance at winning a championship this season and will be battling for supremacy in Los Angeles. The Lakers have always been the draw in the city but with a dynamic duo on the Clippers, things could get very interesting.

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