LOS ANGELES — It isn’t about form. It’s about confidence. Catch it, jump, shoot it. If you think the basketball will go in the basket, then it probably will. If you think it won’t, then it probably won’t. Doubts can ruin a perfectly good jump shot, according to Clippers forward Wesley Johnson.
When he sank all four of his 3-point attempts, and 6 of 8 shots overall, during the Clippers’ exhibition victory Thursday over the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center, it wasn’t about tweaking his release or jumping higher or lower or finding a special spot on the floor.
LOS ANGELES — They gathered at Galen Center on Tuesday to practice for the public, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and the rest under the direction of Doc Rivers.
Uh, wait a second. Blake? And D.J.? And Doc?
You mean … the Clippers?
No one told Byron “Whizzer” White to Stick To Sports.
White was the Heisman Trophy runner-up at Colorado in 1937. He also was a Rhodes Scholar, but Oxford agreed to postpone his further education one year, so that White could lead the NFL in rushing.
White was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Kennedy and stayed there 31 years. Which meant he devoted much of his life to delivering, and writing, opinions.
Jack Kemp, the AFL quarterback turned Vice Presidential nominee, didn’t Stick To Sports. Neither did Bill Bradley, who won NBA titles with the Knicks and became a Senator.
EL SEGUNDO — Luke Walton on Friday was focused on implementing defensive schemes and the long list of things he had been unable to get to during the Lakers’ truncated training camp. The preseason game that awaited his team the next day was not yet his focus.
Nor was the circus that awaits the rookie sensation he plans to start at point guard. The fervor surrounding Lonzo Ball, after all, comes with hope that the Lakers are on the cusp of a return to legitimacy.
“I’m sure when we get there tomorrow I’ll have some excitement about that,” Walton said.
NEW YORK — NBA owners on Thursday approved draft lottery reform and guidelines for the resting of healthy players in the regular season.
The lottery reform is an attempt to disincentivize losing and curtail teams from trying to get a better chance at obtaining a top draft pick.
The three highest lottery seeds will now each have a 14 percent chance of getting the top pick compared to 25 percent for the team with the worst record, 19.9 percent for the team with the second-worst record and 15.6 percent for the team with the third-worst record in the lottery system used
Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon said he is not considering legal action after the NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 for tampering with former Pacers star Paul George, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this summer.
“We agree with the NBA’s findings and we want to put this issue behind us,” Simon said in a statement released by the Pacers on Wednesday.
Longtime NBA columnist Peter Vecsey reported earlier in the week that the Pacers owner was considering filing suit against the NBA and the Lakers, which Simon emphatically denied.
The Lakers were hit with the largest fine for tampering
The NBA has announced that it is investigating charges of tampering against the Lakers , and team president Magic Johnson’s alleged contact with Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George is reportedly the focal point of the probe.
The Lakers are denying the allegations filed by the Pacers, insisting there is no evidence of tampering, and saying they expect to be cleared in the matter.
“As the NBA’s statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation,” the Lakers said in a statement released on Sunday. “We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating