EL SEGUNDO – The day began at 5 a.m. when Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka woke up so he could make phone calls with Eastern Conference teams starting their workday at more conventional hours.
The day ended with the Lakers experiencing the predictable and unexpected. To no one’s surprise, the Lakers selected UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with their No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. But Pelinka felt “gratitude,” because the team then added three more players by virtue of two trades.
The Lakers selected Utah forward Kyle Kuzma with the No. 27 pick, which they acquired from Brooklyn after
Even after landing a coveted poker chip in the form of a No. 2 draft pick, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson did not allow that prize to add an extra tint to his purple-and-gold colored glasses regarding free agency.
“I don’t know if we’re going to be a major player this year,” Johnson said after the NBA draft lottery in May. “I’m really looking forward to next summer.”
This past weekend, the Lakers have a mix of optimism and uncertainty on those feelings. The Vertical reported that Indiana star forward Paul George informed the Pacers through his agent, Aaron
OAKLAND — Steph Curry, with his youngest daughter Ryan in his arms, ran onto the championship podium. Screaming screaming into the sea of yellow, bouncing with with joy.
This is what validation looks like.
“It’s kinda hard to argue what I’ve done and what’s going on here,” Curry said, flashing a smile, acknowledging a rare moment of touting his own horn. “I will say that.”
For nearly a calendar year, he has had to swallow the slights, the questions about his eliteness. He’s been called overrated, classless, weak, soft, unclutch, unworthy, And he just had to eat it.
It’s the price of admission
CLEVELAND — And now, it’s time to exorcise demons.
After shattering the hope of the Cavaliers with an 11-0 run to dramatically snatch Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors are on the verge of history. Again. One game from being immortalized.
Last year, they failed to close the deal, punctuating their record 73-win season with an epic collapse. But after the 118-113 win Wednesday, nullifying the Cavaliers’ best performance of the series, the Warriors can make amends for the unthinkable by pulling off the unthinkable.
Because the best rebuttal they could craft after blowing a 3-1 lead is going 16-0. The
OAKLAND — After two dominating performances, the Warriors up are 2-0 in the NBA Finals.
But, ahem, they’ve done that part before.
“We know. Trust me, we know,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said late Sunday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, know, too, so they head home for Game 3 on Wednesday with a disproportionate amount of confidence for a team that just got their hats handed to them. The Cavs were in this boat a year ago, righted the ship and won the championship in seven games.
The Warriors can’t blow it again … can they?
“They’re going to keep coming, man, there’s a lot
LOS ANGELES – The two close friends laughed endlessly almost as soon as they walked on the stage Monday night. Then, Magic Johnson and Pat Riley relived memories of their time together with the Showtime Lakers.
Nearly 45 minutes later, Riley addressed a more sobering subject, offering some honesty and perhaps some inside information regarding Johnson’s first season as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations.
“When things aren’t going good the first year, he’s going to go down there and want to be Lonzo Ball’s mentor … ” Riley said, his trailing off.
Some in the audience for the American Express-sponsored event at
OAKLAND — Andre Iguodala is not a Hall of Famer. That’s his take on the matter, anyway.
“I mean, even some guys in there now don’t belong, in my opinion,” Iguodala, 33, said. “Then there’s other guys that aren’t in there that belong. (Chris Webber) didn’t make the Hall of Fame and he should be in there. There’s only certain guys whose game would transition to any era. I think he was one of them.”
That it is even a conversation, Iguodala being a Hall of Famer, is a testament to the reclamation project he’s completed on his career and his
By TOM WITHERSAP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer danced around the rim and dropped in with less than a second left and the Boston Celtics, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions’ 13-game postseason winning streak.
Bradley’s shot from the left wing bounced on the rim four times before going down. It capped a furious comeback by the Celtics, who trailed by 21 in the third quarter before rallying to tighten up