...the biggest ratings decline came in Cleveland where the departure of LeBron James from the Cavaliers caused Fox Sports Ohio ratings to drop 58 percent. Conversely, James’ new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, posted a 31 percent ratings increase on Spectrum SportsNet — the team’s highest since 2013.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Just got a chance to read some of these articles about Rob Pelinka supposedly promising me I’d stay in LA.. Wanted to clear the air and say that is not the case. This league is a business and we all know it. Rob and I had and still have a great relationship.— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) April 30, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
It depends on whom you ask, but the vast majority of agents and executives polled by The Athletic have serious doubts. Pelinka has no shortage of detractors around the league, with the issues raised ranging from his trustworthiness to his communication style and relatability.
Ask people in the NBA which teams might come after Walker, and the responses are what you'd expect: The Knicks, especially if Irving remains in Boston. The Lakers, who will be desperate to surround LeBron with talent and might be stuck choosing between second-tier stars like Walker, Jimmy Butler and DeMarcus Cousins. There are whispers around the NBA that the Mavericks are intrigued by Walker, but it's hard to discern where that rumor arose and if it's anything more than another game of NBA telephone.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
“Neither Williams nor Lue were offered the job and neither was given a timetable on when the Lakers will make their decision, said the people who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.” (via @BA_Turner) #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/PwERp3j9Yz— Lakers Lead (@LakersLead) April 29, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019
My understanding is is that there were some emails that were exchanged between Rob and Jeanie … about Magic and about what Magic was and wasn’t doing. They were critical emails. And somehow, some way – Jeanie, from what I understand, was CCing or blind CCing Magic on everything. That was sort of protocol, standard issue. Somehow, the exchange between Rob and Jeanie ended up on that string of the blind CCs that were going to Magic. So, Magic now is seeing emails from Rob to Jeanie that were critical of what he was doing.
And maybe most important in all this is that there was no indication that Jeanie was backing Rob up in terms of either going to Magic and letting him know that this was going on or going back at Rob and defending Magic. That was not happening. And so when he talked about the backstabbing, to me, my understanding is that’s what started it. And the fact that Jeanie waved goodbye and said, “Thank you for all that you did,” was that she didn’t necessarily disagree with what Rob was saying.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
HBO is planning a scripted series based on Jeff Pearlman's book, Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, according to Lesley Goldberg of . The show will obviously follow the Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s, and will be made by a Hollywood roster almost as strong as those Showtime teams. Oscar-nominated director Adam McKay is helming the project and will direct the first episode, while Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island screenwriter Max Borenstein will write the script for the pilot. Casting has already begun for principle figures Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and , and the creators are quite enthused about the project.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Kidd's interview was with general manager Rob Pelinka and team executive Kurt Rambis and was conducted at the team's practice facility in El Segundo, California. The interview with the Hall of Fame point guard lasted for several hours, sources told ESPN.
Monday, April 22, 2019
According to the lawsuit, Tennant said Walton forced himself onto her in his hotel room. She said he invited her up to discuss potentially writing the foreword of a book she was working on.
Though they’ve been linked to big-name candidates for president, the Lakers could easily keep the status quo with Pelinka running the show. And it sounds as if that’s what Lakers owner Jeanie Buss will do.
Buss has no plans to hire someone to replace Johnson, who is still expected to be part of the Lakers’ free-agent recruiting this summer.
Allowing Pelinka to hire a head coach – which, again, he’s in the process of doing – then supplanting him would be absurd. At least it seems the Lakers aren’t doing that.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
8. SAM PERKINS
Coming in at number eight on our list is Sam Perkins who could really be put as a Center or a Power Forward on any list. Sam was one of the first big men to have an outside shooting touch. He shot (and made) threes before it was the cool thing for big men to do, paving the way for the likes of Demarcus Cousins and Joel Embiid. Sam played for the Lakers less than three years, but was a solid big man in the league nearly his entire career. He shot 36.2% from beyond the arc, which was a great number at that time even for a guard. He will be remembered most for attempting to block Michael Jordan when Jordan suddenly switched hands mid-air for a layup.
7. ANDREW BYNUM
Bynum was the prized draft pick of Jimmy Buss once upon a time. He was groomed and trained by none other than Kareem himself. Andrew was an all-star his last year with the Lakers when he averaged over 18 points and nearly 12 rebounds. He won 2 NBA titles with the Kobe-led Lakers and has an All-NBA nod to boot. Grounded by injuries, he never fully realized his potential and was out of the league at age 26.
6. DWIGHT HOWARD
Once dubbed as “Superman”, which is of course a nod at being the next Shaquille O’Neal, Dwight Howard is an 8 time All-Star and 8 time All-NBA selection. He was known more for his tenacious defense and sho-blocking ability, but has a career 58% field goal percentage. Dwight Howard only spent one year with the Lakers, but deserves to be on the list due to the body of work he exhibited during his entire career. Had he spent more than one year with the Lakers, he would certainly be higher on the list.
5. VLADE DIVAC
Just recently inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Vlade Divac quietly had a good NBA career. Maybe he’s best known as the guy who was traded to the Hornets for Kobe Bryant, or his international play I’ll let you decide. Vlade was selected to one All-Star game in his career, which was at age 32 with the Sacramento Kings. He was certainly one of the best passing big men during his time in the NBA and should be remembered as such.
4. GEORGE MIKAN
The lone Center on the list who didn’t play in Los Angeles. He was a 5 time NBA Champion. He had a very short NBA career, only shot 40% from the field, but was one of the first great big men in NBA history. It’s difficult to put Mikan any higher on the list despite 5 Championships because against any of the other Centers, it’s tough to think he would hold his own.
3. WILT CHAMBERLAIN
There was no more dominant force in the 1960s than The Big Dipper himself. Wilt is the only player in NBA history to record a 100 point game, the closest anyone has come is Kobe Bryant with 81 points. Despite his video game like numbers, Chamberlain only won 2 Championships during his career (one with the Lakers). The season he won a Championship with the Lakers with Jerry West, the Lakers won a record 33 games in a row (still the record) and finished the season with 69 wins, which at that time was a record only to be broken by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
2. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL
The Big Aristotle was a fun-loving larger than life NBA Center for the ages. Dominant for 11 seasons in a big man heavy league, Shaq muscled his way to a first ballot Hall of Fame bid. He went to 15 All-Star games, won 2 scoring titles, 14 All-NBA teams, 1 league MVP award, 3 time Finals MVP and is a 4 time NBA Champion. Possibly the greatest lifetime achievement award for the Diesel was having a Burger King sandwich named after him called the “Shaq Pack”. You may disagree with Shaq being ahead of Wilt, and you may have great reason to. Shaq spent nearly half his career with the Lakers and brought 3 Championships to the City of Angels. Shaq also was a man amongst boys during a time in which the NBA had possibly the largest and best group of Centers in it’s history.
Some regard Cap as being the Greatest of All Time, and they have a great argument behind them. Kareem won 6 NBA Championships, 6 MVP Awards, Rookie of the Year, 19 All Star games, 2 Scoring Championships, 11 All-Defensive teams, and 2 Finals MVP Awards. He played almost his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers and only missed the All-Star game one time in his entire career. The majority of Kareem’s points came from his patented ‘Sky Hook’ that he perfected and no one has been able to replicate it since. He rounds out our list in the number one spot due to his tenure and success with the Lakers, and overall body of work during his entire career even in Milwaukee where he won 1 of his 6 NBA Championships.
Friday, April 19, 2019
Ramona on AM 710: Heaing Lakers will interview more people outside Monty Williams, Ty Lue, and Juwan Howard.— JNLA (@jnavla) April 19, 2019
I believe Pat Riley will end his career in Miami, after all he’s built that team. However, Pat Riley has spent another major portion of his basketball career in Los Angeles with the Lakers franchise. Pat Riley is a man with an ego and what better way to end your career than to turn around the struggling franchise before riding into the sunset? I can think of no other way, even if this is just wishful thinking on my (and many others’) part.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said on Friday's episode of First Take that owner Jeanie Buss prefers to make a "splash" hire and is pursuing Pat Riley as a potential replacement. "More and more and more over the last few days ... we are hearing the name Pat Riley," Smith said.
However, it should be noted Smith said he doesn't think the Lakers will ultimately be able to hire him.
Despite Smith's report, Riley already addressed the possibility of joining the Purple and Gold and seemed to shut the door, per Shandel Richardson of The Athletic:
"I mean, I'm not going to comment on another team's misfortune while they're going through some adversity right now. There's no doubt that I have a history with that team. I was there for 20 years and I have a lot of friends still in the organization. I had a good conversation with Magic after he stepped down and I'm sure they'll work it out. I'm not going to be part of that. That's not what I want to do."
In an article about the Clippers and their comeback win over the Warriors in Game 2 of their first-round NBA playoff series, Pincus talked to a former player who said Leonard's teammates don't get the feeling he's sticking around.
"One former player said Leonard's teammates expect him to leave for Los Angeles after the season, although he didn't specify which franchise," Pincus writes.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
As part of a swirl of rumors around the team’s offseason plans, a headline emerged asserting the Lakers were in pursuit of the Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers to replace their own Luke Walton, explained Lakers owner Jeanie Buss. Yet, according to her, the rumor held no truth.
“The headline … was completely not true. It’s crazy,” Buss told Jeff Pearlman’s sports journalism class March 29.
...“There was nothing to that at all,” Buss said, with a shake of her head. “How are you supposed to respond to that? I mean, should you respond to it?”
In numerous rival organizations, there is both shock and relief that the Lakers haven’t responded to events of the past week by chasing the likes of Golden State’s Bob Myers, San Antonio’s R.C. Buford and Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti before they go looking for a new coach.
That is the blueprint Golden State followed to build a championship organization. The highly rated Myers and Rick Welts were hired to oversee basketball and business matters — with the legendary Jerry West brought in as a consultant. All of that happened before Steve Kerr became Golden State’s coach.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
I take this with a grain of salt. These stories always come out when a team attempts to raise the trade value of a player who has asked for a trade. This is no different.
The new Pelicans chief said he planned to meet Davis soon to discuss his future, having already spoken to agent Rich Paul."We have a long and successful history with [agency] Klutch Sports. Rich Paul and I have spoken about Anthony," Griffin said. "We are both excited about what we could potentially build here."Griffin worked with Paul and LeBron James during his team as Cleveland Cavaliers general manager and added: "Rich Paul and I were part of succeeding."They will understand when I say this: you are either all the way in or all the way out."Davis had confirmed earlier this month that staying with the Pelicans was still a possibility but he would wait on the appointment of a new general manager.He told ESPN: "I have a year left. Obviously it's a possibility it could happen. I don't have ill will towards anybody."
LeBron remains the NBA’s biggest star. He’s still an elite player (when healthy), and his name resonates with casual fans and even non-fans. Add his off-court interests – more accessible to him in Los Angeles – and his importance can’t be denied.That’s why LeBron made TIME’s 2019 list of 100 most-influential
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The Lakers responded to Johnson’s sudden exit by vowing to “work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future.” What that means so far is interviews for their coaching vacancy in the coming days with Monty Williams of the 76ers; Tyronn Lue, the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach; and the Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard — with a buzz circulating in coaching circles that Williams has a stronger-than-expected shot at the job because some in the Lakers’ organization may fear hiring Lue would be giving LeBron too much control.
How much interest do the Lakers really have in Monty? Enough to make the trip east I suppose.
Tyronn Lue is meeting with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka Friday in Los Angeles about the team’s head coaching job that became available when Luke Walton was let go, per sources.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) April 16, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
Me: What are you doing here today? Bob: What do you mean? Me: Shouldn’t you be having lunch with (Lakers controlling owner) Jeanie Buss? Bob: Oh, right. Almost forgot. (Looks at his watch) I’m supposed to meet her at 2. Myers then laughed a laugh that suggests he’s not eager to go anywhere anytime soon, even if there are days and nights when he probably wouldn’t mind.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
While he said he spoke with Johnson after the surprise decision, Riley said he has no interest in returning to the West Coast.He wants to finish his career in Miami.
Lue has a 128-83 record as a head coach, all for Cleveland in the Eastern Conference. Monty Williams has a 173-221 record all for New Orleans in the Western Conference.
Yahoo Sources: The Lakers have reached out to Tyronn Lue regarding their head coach position and are expected to meet at some point next week.
The Lakers have been granted permission to meet and discuss head coaching job with 76ers assistant Monty Williams, league sources tell ESPN.
The Kings and Luke Walton have agreed to terms for him to be the next coach, a source tells @TheAthleticNBA. The length of his deal will be in line with that of Kings GM Vlade Divac, running through the 2022-23 season.
Exactly what we’ve said. This is extremely important.
Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ lead owner, needs to be bold and find an elite, experienced GM/team president to take over Magic’s actual job with the franchise. She cannot miss on this hire. The Lakers have a 34-year-old LeBron James and a closing window, they need to be good now, not later. The franchise also needs a GM that understands how to set a true organizational culture and be forward thinking, things the Lakers have lacked in recent years.Bob Myers fits the bill. The agent turned front office executive has turned the Warriors into a two-time (soon to be three-time) defending NBA champion and powerhouse. The rumors going around the NBA is he is at the top of the Lakers’ target list.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Now that Magic Johnson has stepped down and head coach Luke Walton has been fired the Los Angeles Lakers should be looking towards the future. The timing of Magic’s departure couldn’t be better, in my opinion. The Lakers are coming off of a season that was a complete letdown and have missed the playoffs for a 6th straight year, the longest stretch the franchise has ever endured.
1. Rob Pelinka needs to go.
I don’t have anything against Rob Pelinka necessarily, but we need to completely overhaul the entire organization from President on down. We need to allow that new President to hire his/her own people, and they need to have almost zero connection to the current leaders. The NBA (especially a team in Hollywood) is all about image and optics. The Lakers biggest problem this summer will be what that image looks like. If it looks anything like what we’ve seen and heard this whole season, the Lakers likely walk away this summer without a second superstar.
2. Jeanie Buss needs to make a public statement.
Right now, the organization looks like the WCW being run into the ground by Vince Russo circa the late 1990’s. The franchise needs its leader to step up to the plate and let everyone know that everything is going to be ok and that she will hire the best management team money can buy. The truth is, this is possibly the most important summer in Jeanie Buss’ career.
3. Hire a respected President, immediately.
When I say immediately, I mean within the next 3 weeks. This needs to be done, and it needs to be someone who is well connected and well respected around the league. This also needs to be someone who is NOT connected to the franchise currently (unless their name is Jerry West or Pat Riley).
4. Hire the next General Manager and Coaching Staff.
Logically, this is the next step that makes sense. Before free agency hits, knowing who the coach and the management staff is will be important in luring any potential big free agents.
5. Trade the lottery pick in this year’s draft for a young veteran starter.
The lottery pick player most likely won’t be a strong contributor on a Championship team for years and we don’t have years to wait for development of a 19 year old. We need veteran defenders and shooters, having Kyle Kuzma off the bench is where he belongs on a Championship caliber team.
6. Do not trade for Anthony Davis (unless the asking price has significantly dropped).
The Lakers became the laughing stock of the league this year with the botched Anthony Davis trade, why make the same mistake twice? The Lakers, instead need to show strength and reservation. Look, I know we as an organization has valued superstars more than anything, I get that. We have to stop overpaying for players, it’s what got us in part of our mess these past 6 years.
7. Sign Kawhi Leonard or Kyrie Irving, then Demarcus Cousins and some veterans.
That big name superstar is important to our future. Kawhi and Kyrie are just the right age to carry the franchise beyond the LeBron era. I’m not looking for the Jimmy Butlers of this offseason, who is likely starting the downward descent of his playing career. Once a superstar has been secured, then comes Demarcus Cousins. Boogie can flat out ball, and is one of the most skilled big men in the NBA today. The Lakers need a starting center (sorry JaVale McGee, but you’re better suited off the bench) and Demarcus is the best on the market, not to mention that he isn’t a max guy any more.
"We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years," said Pelinka. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward."
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
The Lakers need the right person leading that charge. With Johnson out, Buss has a second chance to get it right, to hire a seasoned exec. Maybe David Griffin, who constructed the Cleveland Cavaliers' title team. Or Arturas Karnisovas, who has helped build a powerhouse in Denver. Or Gersson Rosas, the understudy to Daryl Morey in Houston.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
This seems odd that he wouldn’t have told Jeanie Buss prior to stepping down. I understand that he ‘loves Jeanie like a sister’ but you usually try not to put those you love in this type of a position.
Lakers coaching staff fully expected to be fired in hours after the final game of the season. They had believed they were gone for months. Now? Magic quits in public, saying he's too scared to tell Jeanie Buss face-to-face. What an embarrassing episode for a historic franchise.
It would seem that Anthony Davis, himself believes he will certainly be traded this offseason.
Monday, April 8, 2019
Stephen A. Smith came out saying that Kyrie Irving will meet with the Lakers this summer in Free Agency. This is a breath of fresh air from the most recent news cycle claiming that every big name with snub the Lakers this summer. Kyrie, of course player with LeBron in Cleveland for a number of years. They had a falling out, Kyrie requested a trade but the hatchet seemed to have been buried earlier this year.
I'm told Kyrie Irving will grant the Lakers an interview this offseason. The Lakers will have an opportunity to get Kyrie Irving to come to LA, I did not say he's coming to LA! I did not say that! I don't know what he's gonna do, but during his free-agent tour, I'm told he'll give the Lakers an interview.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Less than a week since LaVar Ball denied reports that the Big Baller Brand was folding, the brand’s official site is no longer in service, Lonzo Wire discovered on Saturday.
It’s entirely possible that the site is just undergoing maintenance, but considering Big Baller Brand didn’t announce anything from their various social media accounts, that’s unlikely.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Because of course:
During an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump on Thursday afternoon, Brian Windhorst, who has an upcoming book coming out on LeBron James, said that he’s had trouble locking in ‘top players’ for the roles of other NBA players to star in the movie.
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