Last night was huge for the Los Angeles Lakers as they fielded a roster which closest resembles what they will be playing with, in the regular season. The team destroyed the Golden State Warriors by a score 126-93 in preseason action which certainly pleased the enthusiastic Staples Center crowd. Lakers fans were treated to a show from some the team’s stars, including a hilarious play from JaVale McGee where he faked an injury in order to get a basket on Draymond Green.
The best play the night came from LeBron James who drove to the basket before making a no-look pass to Danny Green who made an easy three-pointer. Fans immediately took to Twitter to express just how crazy the play was and that LeBron continues to look great despite his age.
After the game, LeBron was asked about the play and according to Joe Vardon The Athletic, even James was at a loss for words. “It’s one my … yeah it’s up there,” he said.
The whole Lakers team looked to be on point last night and if this is what fans have to look forward to this year, they are certainly in for a treat. Perhaps the Lakers could even make a deep run if their starters build chemistry at the right time. They definitely have the talent to pull it f.
Dwight Howard is nearing the end his NBA career and with that has come a ton criticism as to how effective he really is on the court. There was a time where Howard was easily one the best big men in the entire NBA but since his first tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, he has been on a bit decline. Now, Howard is back on the purple and gold and is looking to redeem himself. He wants to show the fans that he means business and with LeBron and Anthony Davis beside him, he’s as determined as ever.
Last night, the Lakers played a preseason game at the Staples Center against the Golden State Warriors. Howard went three for five from the free-throw line and wasn’t happy with himself. After the match, Howard kept his gear on and went back to the court where he practiced some free throws.
Howard’s dedication is palpable this season and it’s not every day you see a player going back for more after the game is already over. Fans seemed pretty impressed by his dedication and if this is how hungry Howard is this season, then the Lakers and their fans are in luck.
At this point in his career, Howard could just let these things go but this season, he seems like a man on a mission. You love to see it.
The NBA has released the results their annual General Managers survey on Thursday, revealing that 46% GMs believe that Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers will win the 2019-20 NBA title. The team with the next highest odds is the Milwaukee Bucks with 36% the vote, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at 11%.
In total, NBA GMs responded to 50 different questions about the best teams, players, coaches, fans, and fseason moves. They were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel, and the percentages are based on the pool respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs, according to NBA.com.
With that in mind, 62% GMs polled voted Kawhi Leonard as the best small forward in the game, marking the first time since 2005 that LeBron James didn’t get the nod. In regards to the four other positions, Stephen Curry was named best point guard (90%), James Harden the top shooting guard (86%), Giannis Antetokounmpo the best power forward (59%) and Nikola Jokic the league’s best center (48%).
When asked which player they’d start a franchise with today, Giannis received a whopping 86% the votes, while Luka Doncic and Anthony Davis tied for 2nd with 7% each. The Greek Freak was also selected as the heavy favorite to win the 2019-20 NBA MVP award, earning 52% the vote, while Curry, Kawhi and Anthony Davis each received 10%.
As for their Rookie the Year predictions, 68% GMs picked Zion Williamson to take home the hardware. Click here to check out the full GM survey results.
Preseason can be one the funniest parts the NBA season as players try to pull f plays they wouldn’t even dare attempt during a game that actually means something. Sometimes, you will see bizarre passes and even some f-putting shot attempts. With an abundance talent, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Los Angeles Lakers are one the teams who have been guilty this at times during the preseason. Last night, JaVale McGee was the culprit as he came through with one the more intriguing plays you’ll see this year.
As you can see from the video below, McGee fakes a leg injury and leaves the court. Once he sees there is a space open on the court, he runs right back to it and collects a pass before throwing it down. McGee had a huge goy grin on his face, with Dwight Howard laughing on the sidelines.
Fans in the comments seem to think the play was illegal and they may very well have a case. Considering its preseason, we’re not sure the opposing team or even the ficials are going to care too much. The Lakers were up by 28 points at the time and if you’re a member the Warriors, you knew the game was pretty much over at that point.
Perhaps McGee will try this in the regular season although we’re sure head coach Frank Vogel won’t be explicitly advocating for it.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers coasted to a 33-point victory in their penultimate pre-season game at the Staples Center on Wednesday night, as they throttled the Golden State Warriors from wire to wire.
LeBron led the way with a team-high 18 points to go along with 11 assists and four rebounds in his 25 minutes action, which included a jaw-dropping no-look pass. The four-time MVP’s court vision was on full display as he drove to the basket in the third quarter and flicked a pass behind his head, with his left head, to a wide open Danny Green in the corner.
Check out all angles the ridiculous no-look dime in the video embedded below.
Anthony Daivs, who suffered a sprained right thumb during the team’s second pre-season game, returned to the lineup last night and chipped in eight points, eight assists and 10 rebounds in the 126-93 win.
After the game, LeBron praised Davis’ ability to do it all on the floor.
“He has seen multiple defenders for seven straight years in New Orleans. He is able to read the defense. He can create for himself any time,” said James (H/T ESPN). “There are not many guys in our league that can affect the game the way AD does. He can score, rebound and pass. He just does it at a high level.”
The Lakers will wrap up their pre-season slate on Friday night in San Francisco. They’ll kickf the 2019-20 season on October 22 as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have a ton pressure on them heading into this upcoming NBA season as they have to carry the weight the Los Angeles Lakers franchise on their shoulders. LeBron is easily one the best players to ever step on the court while Davis has continually been one the top five players in the league throughout the last decade. After missing the playfs last season, some people feel like the Lakers have a real shot at going to the NBA Finals and fans are hoping they make good on that promise.
Last night, the Lakers played against the Golden State Warriors in some preseason action and eventually won the game 126-93. It was a pretty big blowout although Davis only scored eight points in 28 minutes action. According to ESPN, LeBron spoke about AD‘s performance after the game, saying that since Davis has more help in L.A., he doesn’t have to worry about carrying all the weight.
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“He has seen multiple defenders for seven straight years in New Orleans,” LeBron explained. “He is able to read the defense. He can create for himself any time. There are not many guys in our league that can affect the game the way AD does. He can score, rebound and pass. He just does it at a high level.”
Davis echoed those same sentiments saying he feels a lot more comfortable knowing he doesn’t have to do all the team’s bidding. So far, the two have proved to be quite the duo and it will be interesting to see how it translates to the regular season.
Kendrick Perkins has made a bit a name for himself in retirement as one the harshest critics and/or pundits in the NBA. As a former player, Perkins knows what it takes to be a championship or playf contender. This past week, Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns made the bold prediction that the team would make it to the playfs this year. As you can imagine, Perkins didn’t want to hear it and unleashed a hilarious rant during ESPN’s The Jump today.
“I’m sleeping, with the AC on 60° and the box fan blowing in my face, because guess what, I don’t believe you,” Perkins said.
Simply put, Perkins doesn’t think the Timberwolves have the pieces to make a legitimate run this season. His assessment is a fair one when you consider how stacked the Western Conference is. Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings couldn’t even make the postseason last year so you can just imagine how little room there is for the T-Wolves.
Needless to say, Perkins is going to have some explaining to do should Minny actually make their way to the playfs. He would certainly find himself on the Freezing Cold Takes Twitter page should that happen.
LeBron James has completely flubbed this whole China situation with the NBA and now, everyone is coming for his throat. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has built his whole brand upon being more than an athlete and standing up for disenfranchised people. With this whole China debacle, LeBron has completely undone his reputation as a beacon for social issues and his fans are beginning to take notice. Yesterday, LeBron jerseys were being burned in the streets Hong Kong while pundits explained just how wrong LeBron was on this issue.
International NBA players like Enes Kanter have been adamant about their distaste for LeBron’s stance and now, another voice is entering the arena. Former NBA star and current NBL player Andrew Bogut took to Twitter with a bit subtweet today which was obviously being directed at LeBron.
Unfortunately, neither Kanter or Bogut has explicitly tagged LeBron in these tweets which would certainly add to the optics it all. For now, LeBron seems to be fed up with talking about China so we doubt he’ll have anything to say to these players. Perhaps LeBron will have a change heart once he’s truly realized how the public perception him has changed.
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Zach Norvell Jr. caught the first body his NBA career on Monday night, as he dropped fellow rookie Jordan Poole during the fourth quarter L.A.’s 104-98 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
As seen in the footage embedded below, Norvell hit Poole with a right-to-left between the legs crossover that had the former Michigan Wolverines star on all fours. To top it f, Norvell absorbed the contact at the rim and finished strong for two his game-high 22 points.
Norvell Jr., 21, played two seasons at Gonzaga before signing a two-way contract with the Lakers’ G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. Last season with the Bulldogs, he averaged 14.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
NBA teams are allowed to have up to two players under two-way contracts, which grants them eligibility to spend 45 days with their NBA team and the remainder the season in the G League.
The Lakers will open the 2019-20 regular season on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers when the new season ficially tips f on October 22.
The Los Angeles Clippers have a brand new home court design and multiple new uniforms to go along with their new-look roster for the upcoming season.
In addition to the Buffalo Braves throwbacks that Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and co. will be wearing in select games, the Clippers have a white and black City Edition uniform that has fans thinking “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” The Clips ficially introduced their 2019-20 City Edition uniforms on the cover Sports Illustrated, as seen in the IG post embedded below.
As part this black and white rebrand, the Clippers’ new home court design has also received a makeover, highlighted by a black border, black paint and the team’s logo in black at half court. For select games when the City Edition uniforms are worn, the “LAC” logo at half court will be swapped out in favor the San Andreas-themed “Los Angeles” font.
The Clippers have not yet announced which games they’ll be wearing their City Edition jerseys, but we do know that their new home floor will be on display when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on October 22. Check out some photos the court design below.
Anthony Davis has the weight the world on his shoulders coming into this season as the Los Angeles Lakers expect him to do great things alongside the likes LeBron James. So far, the two have meshed pretty well together in the preseason but fans are still curious to see how it will all translate into the regular season.
Over the weekend, Davis hurt his thumb in a game against the Brooklyn Nets and was immediately taken out. Yesterday, AD got an MRI and the scan came back clear although Davis still has some pain in his thumb. Early this morning, the Lakers revealed that despite the good news, AD would remain “day-to-day” which means there are no immediate plans to put him in the lineup, according to Dave McMenamin.
The season opener is just a week away now and fans are hopeful that Davis can get back in time to compete. Without AD, LeBron will have to carry the load himself and we all know how that worked out for the Lakers the last time. In the next few days, the team will certainly have a better idea whether or not AD will be good to go by Tuesday.
Stay tuned for updates as we will be sure to give them to you.
Los Angeles Lakers’ All Star Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right thumb during the team’s second pre-season game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, but the good news is that he did not sustain any ligament damage
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Davis’ MRI results came back clean on Monday, much to the relief Lakers fans across the globe. Needless to say, he will not be suiting up for tonight’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, and neither will LeBron James, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
Davis, 26, appeared in 56 games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season, averaging 25.9 points, 12 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 blocks. During a recent interview with Chris Haynes, Davis explained that LeBron has told the Lakers staff that he wants AD to be the focal point the fense moving forward.
“I’ve kind been a focal-point player my whole career, especially in New Orleans. But first f, to have a guy like LeBron, someone his caliber, go tell management and ownership and the coaches that he wants me to be the focal point is an honor.
I know what comes with that, and that’s a lot heavy lifting. I want to be able to do that. I think I have the capabilities doing that. And obviously with the team’s support, it’s going to be a lot easier on me. We have a great team.”
The Lakers will open the 2019-20 season on October 22, as they take on Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kyle Kuzma has proven himself to be one the bright spots on the Los Angeles Lakers over the last few seasons and up until last season, was at the center their young core. After a mediocre season that saw the team finish 10th in the Western Conference, the team decided to trade Brandon Ingram, Josh Hard, and Lonzo Ball to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis. At the time, it was believed that the Pelicans were pushing hard to get Kuzma in that deal but the Lakers liked him too much to give him up.
“We knew we had done everything possible, and we felt good about it,” Kuzma said. “And we said, ‘(expletive), if we turn around any day now and the Lakers turn around and we’re not a Laker no more, we know we’ve done everything possible.”
As the season approaches, the Lakers will be leaning on Kuzma for scoring as he looks to support the likes LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He’ll certainly be looking to prove that the Lakers made the right choice by keeping him.
LeBron James is entering his second year with the Los Angeles Lakers and fans are hoping this new campaign is a lot more fruitful than the first one. Of course, the Lakers missed the playfs again last year and it was mostly due to a plethora injuries that kept the team from reaching their full potential. LeBron suffered an injury his own and the team looked incompetent in his absence. This season, it seems things are going to be different especially with Anthony Davis providing the King with some support.
To mark a brand new season, it seems like LeBron is going back in his bag to a time when he was winning championships and putting up highlight-reel plays every single shift. One his routines during that time was the infamous chalk toss he would do before every game. This season, LeBron has made it a point to bring it back and fans couldn’t be more excited.
LeBron showed f his chalk toss while in China on Saturday as the team took on the Brooklyn Nets. The routine didn’t exactly help the team win but it made fans excited about what’s to come this season. Perhaps we will see a completely rejuvenated LeBron who is on a mission to prove his doubters wrong.
“Nah, nah, that wasn’t too much pressure,” Ball told The Athletic. “That’s what I was supposed to do. No. 2 pick, you’re supposed to do a job — you’re supposed to turn the franchise around. And I don’t think I did it to the best my abilities. I didn’t live up to that standard. Now I’m here and I’m blessed to be here.
“These are two totally different situations. It didn’t go the way we wanted to the first year in L.A., then LeBron (James) came, all the injuries happened and that really messed up the second year. Here, we have Zion (Williamson), Jrue (Holiday), JJ (Redick), D. Fav (Derrick Favors), all the guys that came with me in B.I. (Brandon Ingram) and J. (Josh) Hart, so we have a lot guys that can play. I’m trying to do my part.”
Additionally, Ball told The Athleticthat he wasn’t at all surprised when he learned that he had been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. In fact, he says he was looking forward to the opportunity to get a fresh start and a change pace in New Orleans.
“It was only a matter time before a trade happened,” he said. “I pretty much knew a trade would happen. Any time you have a player like Anthony Davis available, I knew it was going to be my time. I was looking forward to it and I was excited for a new start. Getting out L.A. for the first time in my life. I’m happy about it.
“It was just time for a change. I got hurt both years and didn’t do what I wanted to do. I was blessed to stay home and play in front everybody, but it wasn’t working over there.”
The Pelicans will kick f the 2019-20 regular season on October 22, as they travel to Toronto to face the defending champion Raptors on opening night.