Tuesday, April 30, 2019

LeBron causes huge ratings fluctuation



This is not at all surprising. LeBron has been the biggest draw in the NBa for years. The only thing he couldn’t do is sell out home games in Miami, or keep them in the stands til the final buzzer - but that’s not a LeBron problem, that’s a Miami fan problem.
...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.
Sports Business Daily

Nance addresses Pelinka rumors



Don’t believe everything you read children.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Other GMs don’t think Pelinka has what it takes



This seems to be a theme. I’ve read that Rob Pelinka hasn’t been fired due to his relationship with Kobe Bryant, read that he’s not well-liked around the league due to issues stemming back to how he handled Carlos Boozer’s exit from Cleveland, and I’ve read that many actually like him and that he’s really intelligent. 

Folks are all over the board with him, but the largest theme is that most don’t like him and think he’s in over his head. Also, I don’t believe Jeanie would keep him because of Kobe, I believe she would keep him because of HER OWN relationship/friendship with him. I personally don’t have loyalty to friends of my friends, you don’t either, so why would Jeanie?
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.
The Athletic

Desperation could cause Lakers to give Kemba Walker max deal



Desperation is a killer for any organization. It makes you do dumb things even for noble ideas. Having a 34 year old LeBron James on your team is one of those reasons for desperation. Do you think the Lakers could resist giving Kemba a max deal if he’s the best player remaining?
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.
Bleacher Report

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Lakers haven’t offered the job to Lue or Williams, didn’t disclose timetable either



Not exactly sure how to take this other than contrary to an earlier report, I believe the Lakers WILL in fact hire Magic’s replacement. The question now is, has that person already been picked and is on a team still in the playoffs? We shall find out. Also, why start the search anyways?

Saturday, April 27, 2019

LeBron James follows Kevin Durant on Instagram



Apparently LeBron James just started following Kevin Durant on Instagram and the whole world just exploded. Two things here:

1. People should get a life who think this is actually some big deal.
2. LeBron knows exactly what he’s doing and know his followers will take the bait. The click bait. 

Tyronn Lue left a ‘lasting impression’ on Lakers during 2nd interview



To the surprise of literally no one, Tyronn Lue is the front runner to be the Los Angeles Lakers next Head Coach.

Los Angeles Lakers head coaching candidate Tyronn Lue left "a lasting impression" on team brass during his second interview with L.A. on Wednesday, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

"During Lue's interview session at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, a lasting impression was left on both parties involved in the discussions, according to the people familiar with the talks," Turner wrote.

Bleacher Report

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Magic was blind copied on negative emails about him to Jeanie



It seems to me that Jeanie was sending to Magic on purpose... Here’s the text of what Ric Bucher says on the matter. The whole Lakers segment starts around the 6:30 mark in the video. 

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

Does Jason Kidd have a chance to be Lakers next head coach?



Saying that Jason Kidd doesn’t have a “serious shot” at the Lakers vacant head coaching position is maybe only partially true. He may not be a front-runner, but an organization certainly wouldn’t bring someone in for an interview who has no ties to the Lakers previously just as a courtesy. It’s not unheard of for an underdog to get an interview and eventually get the job over someone else who most believed would be the eventual pick. This happened in the NFL when the Steelers interviewed Mike Tomlin, no one expected him to get the nod, but there he sits with a Super Bowl ring to boot.

The Lakers also interviewed Jason Kidd for the position on Monday, according to the same people. Pelinka and senior basketball advisor Kurt Rambis conducted the interview. Rambis returned to the organization last summer. He is married to Linda Rambis, the Lakers’ director of special projects who is Buss’ closest confidante.

Kidd is not expected to have a serious shot at the Lakers’ job — a position that some in the organization felt he was campaigning for during the season. Kidd was the coach of the Brooklyn Nets from 2013 to 2014 before the Nets traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd was with the Bucks until Jan. 22, 2018, when Milwaukee fired him. His career record as a coach is 183-190.

LA Times

Showtime Lakers scripted series being developed



Nice!
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 Hollywood Reporter. 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 Pat Riley, and the creators are quite enthused about the project.
247Sports

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Lakers interviewed Kidd for coaching job



How did this meeting slip through the cracks without anyone knowing about it in advance?
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.
ESPN

Monday, April 22, 2019

Former Lakers head coach Luke Walton being accused of sexual assault by reporter



We shall wait and see how this turns out. 

Former L.A. sports reporter Kelli Tennant has filed a lawsuit against Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton in which she says he sexually assaulted her, according to TMZ Sports.

Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reported the alleged assault occurred while Walton was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

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.

Bleacher Report

Jeanie Buss may not replace Magic Johnson



If this is true, and Jeanie Buss is not going to replace Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka is not the guy I’d want making all the decisions on the basketball side of the organization. This is borderline depressing at this point. Again, this is just a report and could be completely untrue, so let’s hope for that. 

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.

Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times:

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 Best Centers in Lakers History



The Los Angeles (and Minneapolis) Lakers have a long history of having magnificent big men in the middle. No other franchise has had such an incredible list of successful Centers. We decided we wanted to take a look and rank the 8 best Centers in Lakers history. We take overall career into consideration, even the years they did not play for the Lakers. So here’s our list, starting with number eight. 


8. SAM PERKINS
pts 11.9 | reb 6.0 | ast 1.5
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
pts 11.5 | reb 7.7 | ast 1.2
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
pts 17.4 | reb 12.6 | ast 1.5
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
pts 11.8 | reb 8.2 | ast 3.1
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
pts 23.1 | reb 13.4 | ast 2.8
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
pts 30.1 | reb 22.9 | ast 4.4
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
pts 23.7 | reb 10.9 | ast 2.5
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. 

1. KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
pts 24.6 | reb 11.2 | ast 3.6
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.

So that’s our list, let us know what you think!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Lakers may be interviewing other candidates



This is good news! Again, I’d prefer a President be in place first, but I like that we aren’t just interviewing 3 candidates who all have ties to LeBron James.

What are the chances Pat Riley comes to Lakers?



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."

Kawhi Leonard’s teammates think he goes to Clippers or Lakers



With Durant seemingly impossible, Kawhi Leonard is the number one guy I’d like to see donning the purple and gold next season, followed by Kyrie Irving.

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

Jeanie Buss didn’t want to give credence to the Doc Rivers rumors



I’d like to say this makes sense, and in any normal situation I believe it does. The problem the Lakers have right now is they aren’t controlling the perception people have of the organization.

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?”

Rivals are ‘shocked and relieved’ Lakers are searching for a coach before hiring President



I’ve been saying this all along. This makes no sense unless you’re going to promote Rob Pelinka to President, which hasn’t happened.

Even if the reason was that Tyronn Lue was going to be the hire no matter what, you still hire your President and let him “make the decision” to hire Lue.
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

New Pelicans chief Griffin believes Anthony Davis May stay



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 named to TIME 100 most influential people



There’s certainly no denying LeBron James’ influence. He’s been the face of the NBA for a decade, children love him, adults love him (and hate him), he started a school, he’s producing TV shows in Hollywood now and he’s also taken political stances on important issues to him. 
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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Report: Lakers may be worried about giving LeBron too much power if Lue is hired



By signing LeBron James last summer, the Lakers made their decision on the direction the franchise would take. LeBron has been in the league for 16 years, we knew what we were signing up for. You’re either all in on LeBron James, or this is going to be a long 3 years remaining.
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.

Lakers meeting with Monty Williams Tuesday in Philadelphia



How much interest do the Lakers really have in Monty? Enough to make the trip east I suppose.
The Los Angeles Lakers' senior management has plans to travel east to meet with Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams between Games 2 and 3 of the Sixers' playoff series, league sources told ESPN.

Lakers meeting with Tyronn Lue this Friday

Tyron Lue is most certainly the front runner, I’d go so far as to say it’s his job to lose. 

Check this out: Painting LeBron James while dribbling



This is really cool!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Did Warriors Bob Myers really laugh at prospect of joining Lakers?

While I recognize the probability of Bob Myers leaving a great situation in Golden State is close to none, I do not believe this exchange (if true) is any proof that he is 100% against coming to Los Angeles to be the President of the Lakers. When I read this, my interpretation is not him laughing at the Lakers, but at the joke someone made at the expense of media rumors.
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

Lakers have zero interest from Pat Riley, wants to retire in Miami

This seems accurate. Pat Riley has been the face of that organization since he started coaching there in 1995.  
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.

Lakers have reached out to Lue, ask to meet with 76ers assistant Monty Williams



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.

Luke Walton will be next Kings coach



We here are Lakers Underground are very happy for Luke Walton and wish him the best of luck!
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.

Rumor: Lakers looking at Warriors Bob Myers for next President



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

7 Things the Lakers Should Do Next



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. 

The Lakers have historically thought of themselves as a small family-run NBA franchise. Their head coaches and management employees usually have had ties to the organization prior to being placed in those positions. Since the late-great Dr. Jerry Buss’ passing, his children have been unable to find the right people “within the family” to continue Dr. Buss’ great winning franchise.

It’s time now, after 6 long years of losing seasons (which is an eternity in Lakers-time) to stop doing what is comfortable and start doing what is necessary. Here we will look at the 7 things the Lakers need to do next.

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.
So that’s our list. The Lakers have a big summer ahead of them and it remains to be seen whether Jeanie Buss does the right thing, or if she sticks with what’s comfortable.

Lakers part ways with head coach Luke Walton



Unfortunately for Luke, this had to happen after the media storm the Lakers endured this entire season. 
"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

Update: Still down! Big Baller Brand website hasn’t come back to life



As you well know, Lonzo Ball has had a falling out with ‘BBB’ due to the partner allegedly stealing over 1 million dollars from Lonzo.

We linked to a report a few days ago that the Big Baller Brand website has gone dark. Well, the screenshot above was just taken and clearly shows the website has still yet to come back alive.

LaVar Ball has previously stated that ‘BBB’ was not going to fold and would make it out of this dark time.

Kings are interested in Luke Walton if fired by Lakers



The Kings recently fired their head coach Dave Joerger and GM Vlade Divac is reportedly interested in currently Los Angles Lakers head coach Luke Walton if the Lakers decide to part ways.

It was also announced today that the Sacramento Kings have extended Vlade Divac to a 4-year extension.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

BR: Magic Johnson's Exit the Best Thing That Could've Happened to the Lakers

This is exactly the point I made on the podcast last night. Despite some of the spin I saw on the sports shows today, Magic exiting now is a positive thing for the Lakers for the future. This allows Jeanie Buss to and the organization to stabilize before free agency hits on July 1.
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.

Stephen A. Smith: Magic Johnson feels betrayed by Lakers



I’m not really sure how much credibility is to this. We will wait and see. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

New podcast episode! Magic Johnson resigns as Lakers President



New podcast episode! Magic Johnson resigns as Lakers President

Apple: http://bit.ly/lakersunderground
YouTube: http://bit.ly/lakersyoutube
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/lakersunderground

Magic Johnson stepped down in public, didn’t tell Jeanie Buss prior



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.

Magic Johnson steps down as Lakers President



Breaking news: Magic Johnson has stepped down as the Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations. 

This is certainly a surprise.


Anthony Davis wears shirt that says “That’s all, folks!” to final game of season



It would seem that Anthony Davis, himself believes he will certainly be traded this offseason.



Report: Magic Johnson and Luke Walton haven’t talked in weeks



Take it at face value or as a grain of salt, either way it still seems evident that Luke Walton won’t be coaching the Los Angeles Lakers next year. 
A lack of communication is reportedly the latest sign of dysfunction within the Los Angeles Lakers organization.
"Luke Walton and Magic [Johnson] haven't spoken for weeks," ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said on The Jump on Tuesday, h/t NBA The Jump Fanpage. "That's a problem."

Monday, April 8, 2019

Stephen A. Smith: Kyrie Irving will meet with Lakers in Free Agency



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

Big Baller Brand website goes dark amid rumors

LaVar Ball stated before that ‘BBB’ would not be shut down, however things are looking differently.
Less than a week since LaVar Ball denied reports that the Big Baller Brand was foldingthe 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

Lonzo Ball will select agent on his own



Seems smart...
Lonzo Ball says "he alone will make his business decisions," LaVar will not be involved in his process, per @taniaganguli

Thursday, April 4, 2019

LeBron James is apparently having trouble getting 'top players' for Space Jam 2



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.

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka get ripped by Stephen A. Smith




Stephen A. Smith torched Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka on ESPN’s First Take.
"I don't think that Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka as a combo is good enough, because they're both novices at this," Smith said. He continued:  
"And that's not an insult, that's just fact. Magic Johnson has never been a president of basketball operations until he got this job. Rob Pelinka has never been a general manager for a basketball team until he got this Lakers job."

SoundCloud - Will Lakers genuinely want Jimmy Butler this offseason?



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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Juwan Howard emerges as new favorite to be Lakers next head coach



From USA Today:
There’s a new and familiar name with strong connections to LeBron James atop the latest odds for the next Lakers head coach, at least according to one Sportsbook.
The folks at BetOnline have Juwan Howard as a 4-1 favorite to become the Lakers head coach next season, with current Lakers head coach Luke Walton and former Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue following close behind at 7-1. Meanwhile, former betting favorite Jason Kidd has fallen to 9-1.
The connections of Howard to LeBron are easily visible: Howard was a teammate of James for three seasons on the Miami Heat, including two championship seasons in 2012 and 2013. In that final season in 2013, Howard effectively played a Kendrick Perkins role as an assistant coach in uniform. Howard eventually became an assistant coach for the Heat the following season.