Is LeBron James Going to Philadephia in 2018?

76ers say they will try to sign the King next year

Whether you like it or not, LeBron James remains as one of the most sought-after superstars in the NBA right now. Despite being 32 years-old, the King still has a few good years ahead of him and yes, he can break a few more records before retiring.
Over the course of his well-decorated NBA career, LeBron has switched from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat and back to the Cavs. Ever since his blockbuster move to the Heat before the 2010-2011 season, LeBron James has yet to miss an NBA Finals although he is 3-5 in the Finals, so far. But, that doesn’t take away the fact that he already has 3 championships under his belt along with numerous MVP awards.
Now, heading into the 2017-2018 season, speculations regarding where LeBron James would be playing next have been popping out like popcorn. But, there’s one specific team in the Western Conference which appears to be LeBron’s next destination assuming he leaves Cleveland anew next year:  the Los Angeles Lakers to team up with the young core that includes Lonzo Ball.
While the prospect of seeing LeBron make the jump to the Lakers appears to be a near possibility, that doesn’t take away the fact that he can be signed by other teams- not to mention the possibility of him remaining with the Cavs although, given the fact that he already has a strained relationship with the Cavs’ front office, we can at least, eliminate that possibility, now.

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Among the teams that might make a push to land LeBron is the Philadelphia 76ers. Yes. You’ve read it right, folks.

Why? Here’s why:

If LeBron James goes on to leave the Cavs and his goal remains the same which is to win more championships, the Sixers would be among the best choices LeBron would have by then. As of now, the Sixers have been playing one of their best seasons since the Allen Iverson era as they are currently in 5th place in the Eastern Conference with a 12-9 record.  Ben Simmons has been playing terrific basketball as a rookie. So is Joel Embiid. Add a LeBron James into the picture and you have a mixture of two young scoring machines and a veteran leader who can do everything. And that’s scary.

Conclusion

While the LeBron-to-Philadelphia scenario remains a dream especially for the fans of the Sixers, LeBron’s future will depend on how the Cavs will perform this season and how deep they will go come the playoffs. As of now, the Cavs are on a 10-game winning streak and LeBron is on a tear offensively. But, will that be enough for the Cavs to keep him? It depends on LeBron himself,  too. 

Lakers Trades their 2015 Number 2 Draft, What Will They Do this Year?

There will be a changing of the guards this year and the Lakers are leading the pack. They are set to pick Lonzo Ball but there is also a big possibility that he can be traded.
The Lakers is thinking long term and every move that they are doing is basically in preperation for Paul George.
The Lakers hold the No. 2 pick for the third year in a row. Before selecting D’Angelo Russell in 2015 and Brandon Ingram in 2016, they hadn’t picked as high as second since selecting James Worthy first overall in 1982. Last year’s selection of Ingram was the franchise’s fifth pick ever in the lottery (1985-present). The Lakers selected Eddie Jones with the 11th pick in 1994, chose Andrew Bynum with the 10th pick in 2005 and tapped Julius Randle with the seventh pick in 2014.

Paul George Said His Early Goodbye to Pacers. Indiana Scrambles, Talks to the Cavaliers

It’s official, Paul George wants to be a Laker after his contract expires in 2018.
Lakers fans right now has something to smile about as the 27-year-old George is set to sign with them in an obvious move after revealing a number of times on television how he likes to be a Laker. That is punctuated after he officially informed the Pacers franchise that he would be leaving for the former.
Paul George is having the times of his life averaging his best point production in seven seasons at 23.7. He is the epitome of a comeback player, after having an almost career ending injury breaking his leg. He is playing as if nothing happened.
Indiana Pacers is left scrambling to their feet and would not probably wait for 2018 to let go of the star forward. It would make sense for them to trade him to a team that would need instant offense and would accept him for one year and one year only.
Who would be crazy to do that?
According to news and reliable NBA insider from the Vertical, Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers is engaged in a conversation with the Cavaliers for a short term trade/rental of Lakers bound Paul George in exchange for Kevin Love who recently has not found the rhythm to work with the Cavaliers roster.
Paul George is an exciting prospect for any team but to have him for just one year may not be as attractive as it is.
Do you think the Cavaliers should get Paul George?

Potential Trade: It’s Fultz NOT Ball for the Lakers

Lakers has been, well not the Lakers for years.
Last season, they once again finished at the bottom of the standing and the fans simply deserved more. 
This season, Lakers has a chance to really change for the better. The number 2 draft overall is in their possession and they have a number of pawns to make some big league shaking move.
A lot of news on Lakers picking Lonzo Ball and the standout from UCLA wanted the same. Unfortunately, Lakers President Magic Johnson is probably thinking of someone else in Markelle Fultz. 
After the two prospect workouts with the Lakers, we have been hearing that Lakers was not impressed with Lonzo and Markelle Fultz is the better choice. 
According to sources, they are even willing to trade The number 2 pick and Julius Randle just to get Fultz.
What do you think about this move?

Oh No! Oh Yes! Lakers Not Sold On Lonzo Ball

Mixed reactions. That’s what I am feeling now about the recent rumors about Lakers not taking Lonzo. Sure there are other great prospects in the draft pool but to pass on Lonzo, you would always wonder what if.  
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon explain that while Lonzo Ball’s workout with the Los Angeles Lakers did not play to his strengths, they believe he will still be drafted No. 2 overall by L.A.

Rudy Gay and the Kings Win To The Lakers

The Kings win to the Lakers, 116-104, in their second exhibition game without Demarcus Cousin, Ty Lawson and Omri Casspi. Lakers beat them in the preseason opener.

Darren Collison  has 20 points, Anthony Tolliver scored for the Kings, made 21 points off of the bench. Rudy Gay finished the game with a 19-9-7.

Lakers went down nineteen in the first half and came back strong. They had a great third quarter. They tied it at 80 a few minutes into the fourth. D’Angelo Russell was killing it. The game showcased what this young prospect is capable of.  He has 31 points.

Tough match up coming up. The Lakers will go against the warriors twice.

Lakers Waive Auguste, Jacobs, Wear


Posted by Lakers.com: Oct 12, 2016

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Zach Auguste, guard Julian Jacobs, and forward Travis Wear, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Auguste was signed on August 29 and did not appear in any of the four preseason games for the Lakers. He averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15:41 minutes per game in four games (one start) for the Lakers’ entry in the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Jacobs was signed September 1 and appeared in two preseason games for Los Angeles, scoring three points with two assists in 11 minutes.

Wear was also signed September 1, and saw action in two preseason games for the Lakers, scoring three points in addition to two rebounds in 11 minutes.

The Lakers training camp roster stands at 17.

Lakers Second Win Of Their Third Preseason Game

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October 10, 2016 – Lakers bounced back from their loss to Denver Nuggets last Saturday, 124-115, as they face each other for the second time at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario.

Their first game against the Nuggets was the bench’s night, the second game was the starters’.

Lakers’ backcourt D’Angelo Russell’s sharp shooting and Lou Williams’ fourth quarter explosion dominated the headlines.

With Jusuf Nurkic 16 rebounds, Lakers frontcourt on the other hand was outrebounded by the Nuggets more than 20 times.

This is the team’s third exhibition game. Ingram still needs to work to finally emerge, but his defense is looking nice.

D’Lo with 33. Lou Will with 25. Randle with 16 and Swaggy P with 14.

Lakers Came up Short Against the Nuggets

Nuggets took the win today against the Lakers. The Nurkic-Jokic duo was pretty good, but Jamaal Murray did all the work for the Nuggets to win.

Coach Luke Walton gave the third unit some playing time in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, Lakers are looking good so far..

The Lakers played back at Staples Center for the first time this season. The last time the Lakers were in their home arena was when Kobe Bryant played his final game, scoring 60 points and leading Los Angeles to a comeback victory.

Coach Luke gets to play his former team on Saturday, October 15 as the LA Lakers take on the 2015 Champion Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Areana. The game starts at 7:00 pm.

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Second Preseason Game: LA Lakers vs. Nuggets

The Lakers are back at Staples Center for the first time this season. The last time the Lakers were in their home arena was when Kobe Bryant played his final game, scoring 60 points and leading Los Angeles to a comeback victory.

The new age Lakers capture the preseason opener over Sacramento, 103-84. Tarik Black’s back-to-back and-1 layups rolled off 14 unanswered points to begin the fourth. The recently re-signed power forward proved too athletic and energetic, scoring six of his 15 points. Brandon Ingram missed all five of his shots from the field, finishing with only two points off free throws. Lou Williams started at shooting guard and Jordan Clarkson came off the bench.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Clarkson said. “As long as I’m on the court, playing minutes, I’m going to impact the game someway — if that’s defensively or offensively. I’m always going to be aggressive on both ends of the floor. That’s where I’m going to make my mark.”

Metta World Peace will be replacing small forward Luol Deng who will sit out tonight’s preseason game due to a bruised left knee. He bumped knees with fellow wing Anthony Brown in Thursday’s practice. Deng scored eight points with two rebounds in 16 minutes as the starting small forward in Tuesday’s preseason opener against Sacramento.

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The Lakers Are Now Having 20-man Training Camp Roster

Squad during Lakers Media Day

Today was Lakers Media Day followed by the Training Camp. I can almost smell the start of the new age Lakers!

After the six-day camp in Santa Barbara, the current training camp roster at 20 will end up making the regular season 15-man. The LA Lakers Roster for 2016-17  will be determined.

Meanwhile, let us meet the training camp roster.

GUARDS
Anthony Brown (SG/SF)
The sophomore is looking to find some traction after a rough rookie season that saw him shoot just 31.0 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range. A 3-and-D prospect, Brown showed that he has plenty of potential on the latter side at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he was arguably the Lakers’ best defender. However, on the other end he bumped his averages up to just 36.1 and 29.4 percent, respectively.

Jose Calderon (PG)
Calderon won a bronze medal with Spain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer despite playing only 25 minutes total. The 34-year-old averaged 7.6 points and a career-low 4.2 assists with New York last year, though he did rank 10th in the NBA in 3-point percentage (41.4). The Lakers acquired him in July along with a pair of future second-round picks for the rights to a player no longer affiliated with the organization.

Jordan Clarkson (SG)
Clarkson re-signed with the Lakers over the summer after ranking second among sophomore in scoring last year with 15.5 points per game. Clearly a gifted scorer, he also led the Lakers in total points (1,225) but has expressed a desire to make strides on the defensive side given that he had never been pushed to excel on that end prior to the NBA.

Marcelo Huertas (PG)
A crafty passer, Huertas dazzled at the Olympics where he ranked third among all players in assists (6.6). The 33-year-old also led the Lakers in dimes (3.4) last year despite coming off the bench for each game. He figures to once again contend for the backup point guard role after re-signing in August.

Julian Jacobs (PG)
By leading his conference in assists (5.4) and using his remarkable athleticism on both ends, Jacobs took home First Team All-Pac-12 honors. He then played for Indiana at the Orlando Summer League, averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.5 minutes.

D’Angelo Russell (PG)
Tabbed as the leader of the Lakers, Russell sure looked comfortable in that role at the Las Vegas Summer League where he put up 21.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Despite becoming the youngest player to ever hit 130 3-pointers, the 20-year-old is looking to move past an up-and-down rookie season that saw him relegated to the bench for more than two months.

Lou Williams (SG)
Possibly the team’s most reliable scorer, Williams contributed 15.3 points last season, while hitting an impressive 5.3 free throws, putting him among the best in the league at drawing contact. The 11-year veteran has enjoyed considerable success off the bench in the past, winning Sixth Man of the Year in 2015.

FORWARDS
Zach Auguste (PF)
A Third Team All-ACC selection, Auguste provided athleticism and hustle for Notre Dame last year. Despite leading his conference in rebounds (10.7) and ranking 10th in the country in total boards (386), Auguste went undrafted and is looking to improve on a solid start at Summer League, where he pitched in 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.8 minutes.

Tarik Black (PF/C)
Despite averaging the fewest minutes of any Laker last year (12.7), Black is seen as a valuable piece under new head coach Luke Walton. He averaged just 3.4 points last year but is 250 pounds of energy and muscle, and General Manager Mitch Kupchak said his “strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team” when he re-signed in August.

Luol Deng (SF)
A player whose resume includes four All-Star selections, the 2014 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and the 2007 NBA Sportsmanship Award, Deng is an ideal veteran for his young Lakers teammates to learn from. Acquired in free agency, the 31-year-old is still capable of coming up big on the court, too, as he was Miami’s third-leading scorer (13.3) and second-leading rebounder (5.9) during its playoff run last year.

Brandon Ingram (SF)
As the second-overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, expectations are high for Ingram, who was voted the player most likely to have the best career by his fellow rookies. The 19-year-old wasn’t always effective at Summer League (12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 41.2 field goal percentage), but he did explode for 22 points and 9-of-13 shooting in the finale against Utah.

Larry Nance Jr. (PF)
Nance excelled for the Lakers in just about every area at Summer League, averaging 9.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.8 blocks. Now fully recovered after spraining his wrist in the Vegas finale, the athletic freak will look to build upon a surprisingly fruitful rookie season that saw him contribute 7.3 points and 6.0 rebounds during 22 games in the starting lineup.

Julius Randle (PF)
After a strong debut season, Randle joined Russell and Ingram in Las Vegas for USA Basketball training camp in July. His first full season saw him rank 10th in the NBA in rebounds (10.2) while averaging a double-double with 11.3 points. He suffered a laceration to the webbing between his right middle and ring fingers in August, but will have no restrictions at camp other than taping the digits together.

Thomas Robinson (PF)
One of the final signings to the Lakers’ training camp roster, Robinson comes to L.A. from Brooklyn — the fifth team he has played for in as many years since Sacramento drafted him fifth overall in 2012. Robinson has yet to display his full potential, averaging 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in his career, though he did give a glimpse of it at the end of last year, as the four highest-scoring games of his career all came in the final month.

Travis Wear (PF)
On a roster full of power forwards, Wear will look to claw his way up like he did in 2014, when he earned the final spot on the New York Knicks. The Huntington Beach native played in the Spanish League last year, tallying 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.5 minutes while shooting 44.8 percent.

Metta World Peace (SF)
The final spot on the training camp roster was taken by the longest-tenured player on the list. World Peace, 36, will attempt to play in his 17th NBA season after returning to the Lakers last year. Having spent the prior campaign in China and Italy, he played sparingly in L.A., contributing just 5.0 points on 31.1 percent shooting with 2.5 rebounds in 16.9 minutes.

Yi Jianlian (PF/C)
After five years of playing in China, Yi is all set to make his return to the NBA. The Heshan native averaged 26.4 points and 9.2 rebounds last season, though numbers tend to be heightened in China due to the league-wide lack of defense. However, he did also show up big at the Olympics where he was the third-leading scorer (20.4), though his team went 0-5.

Nick Young (SF/SG)
Both on and off the court, last season was the worst of Young’s nine-year career. Looking to keep that all in the past, the L.A. native hopes to make amends for a season dampened by career-lows in scoring (7.3) and field goal percentage (33.9), as well as his highly-publicized incident with Russell.

CENTERS
Timofey Mozgov (C)
After winning the NBA title with Cleveland, Mozgov spent most of the offseason overseas, helping Russia qualify for EuroBasket 2017 with a 4-0 record. The 7-foot-1, 265-pounder didn’t play much during the Cavaliers’ playoff run, though he did shoot a career-best 56.5 percent during the regular season. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes — a dip that came in part due to knee surgery he underwent during the 2015 offseason.

Ivica Zubac (C)
The 7-foot-1, 240-pound Croatian fell to 32nd in the 2016 NBA Draft, but early signs say that he should’ve been swooped up well before than that. One of the more intriguing prospects on the roster, Zubac surprised with his mobility and punished with his size at Summer League, putting up 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while shooting 64.7 percent.

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Metta World Peace Re-signs With The Los Angeles Lakers

It was announced September 21 by General Manager Mitch Kupchak that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Metta World Peace. He told ESPN that he agreed to a one-year deal.
MWP was known as Ron Artest who hit a clutch 3-pointer after Kobe Bryant passed the ball to him in game 7 of the 2010 Finals to seal the Lakers’ title. He spent four seasons in Los Angeles between 2009-13.
A 16-year NBA veteran played in China in 2014-15 before returning to the team last season, World Peace holds career averages of 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.8 steals in 32.4 minutes per game over 966 contests (838 starts) with the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets, Knicks, and Lakers. Last season with the Lakers, he appeared in 35 games (five starts), and did not miss any time due to injury.
Selected with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA Draft by Chicago, World Peace was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2003-04 in addition to being chosen as an All-Star and member of the All-NBA Third Team that same year. He has also garnered four NBA All-Defensive Team selections and made the postseason nine times (including all four of his seasons in his first stint with L.A.) with four different franchises.
World Peace was honored with the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2011, and is actively involved in mental health awareness initiatives.
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Lakers Training Camp and Media Day In Santa Barbara

The 2016-17 Lakers season will tip off on Thursday. It starts with the team’s annual Media Day, held on Sept. 26 at the practice facility in El Segundo. Followed by
the Lakers training camp in Santa Barbara on Sept, 27. It will happen for the first time since 1999. It’s where they started their 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 campaigns.
The six-day camp will run until Oct. 2 in Robertson Gymnasium on the UC Santa Barbara campus. The team is scheduled for one three-hour session on the first and last days, as well as two two-hour practices for the middle four.

The team will travel south to Anaheim two days after the last practice in Santa Barbara in order to commence the 2016 preseason with a game against Sacramento on Oct. 4.

The annual preseason tour will feature two games at Staples Center, two in Anaheim, two in Las Vegas and one apiece in Ontario and San Diego

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3 Additions To The LA Lakers Roster 2016-17

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Zach Aguste, guard Julian Jacobs and forward Travis Wear.

The Lakers are now having eighteen players heading into training camp.

Auguste  the 23-year-old shot 56.7% from the field in his 128-game career at Notre Dame, and led the ACC in rebounding as a senior, highlighted by a career-best 22 rebound performance against Duke in the 2016 ACC Tournament.

Jacobs  played three seasons at USC, averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game in 2015-16 before declaring for the NBA draft as a junior. In Pac-12 play, Jacobs averaged a conference-leading 5.5 assists per game in his final collegiate season.

Wear  appeared in 51 games (one start) for the New York Knicks during the 2014-15 season, averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Last season, the Long Beach native, who attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana before playing at North Carolina (2009-10) and UCLA (2011-14), played for San Sebastián of Liga ACB, Spain’s top professional league.

Here are 15 more players in purple and gold:

Position, Number, Player
F / C 28 Tarik Black
3 F Anthony Brown
G 5 José Calderón
6 G Jordan Clarkson
2 F Luol Deng
G 9 Marcelo Huertas
14 F Brandon Ingram
F / C Yi Jianlian 11
20 C Timofey Mozgov
7 F Larry Nance Jr.
30 F Julius Randle
G 1 D’Angelo Russell
23 G Lou Williams
G / F 0 Nick Young
C 40 Ivica Zubac

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The LA Lakers Roster for 2016-17

The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers 2016-17 Schedule and Tips Off

The LA Lakers Roster for 2016-17

The franchise team without Kobe Bryant is now a reality for the LA Lakers. 

With Tarik Black, Brandon Ingram and Yi Jianlian signings on same week of this month, the Lakers are now having fifteen players, which is the maximum number allowed by the NBA. As such, the Lakers have effectively filled their roster for the 2016-17.

roster

Position, Number, Player
F / C  28 Tarik Black
F 3 Anthony Brown
G 5 José Calderón
G 6 Jordan Clarkson
F 2 Luol Deng
G 9 Marcelo Huertas
F 14 Brandon Ingram
F / C 11 Yi Jianlian
C 20 Timofey Mozgov
F 7 Larry Nance Jr.
F 30 Julius Randle
G 1 D’Angelo Russell
G 23 Lou Williams
G / F 0 Nick Young
C 40 Ivica Zubac

Now that Kobe Bryant has retired, what will the Lakers’ roster look like without him? Click the answer  here  and more.

The 2016-17 Los Angeles Lakers season is also the first season in the post-Kobe Bryant era without Bryant and first since the 1995-96 season.

The Kobe Bryant-less roster tips off at Staples Center on May 26 against the Houston Rockets. 

I have been very emotional watching Kobe Bryant’s remaining games up to the last one left in his career. I do not know but I think it’s even harder to see the Lakers playing this time with no Kobe Bryant already.

The league will not be the same without him, but I am still a die hard Laker fan.

Related Link: 

The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers 2016-17 Schedule and Tips Off


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Kobe Bryant Day on August 24 Declared by Los Angeles City Council

The city Kobe Bryant called home will honor him with a day just for him on Wednesday, August 24.

The August 24 commemorates the two numbers Kobe Bryant wore during his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, 8 and 24.

Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and ‘Kobe Bryant Day’ is the City of Los Angeles’ way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles

For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe’s incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we’ll gather to say, ‘Thank you, Mamba,” said L.A. City Councilmember José Huizar.

Kobe Bryant celebrates his birthday prior. He turns 38 on August 23.  So join us in wishing The Black Mamba a Happy Birthday before the holiday to honor one of the Laker Greats! Share your thoughts and good wishes.

Clarkson Agreed to a Four-Year Deal with Lakers

Jordan Clarkson has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The incoming third year combo guard had a successful season last year after averaging 15.5 points, 4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. He is the Lakers second leading scorer only behind Kobe Bryant. 
Clarkson is part of the young core the Lakers are building along with D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and the recently drafted 2nd overall pick Brandon Ingram. 

Mozgov Agreed to Sign a Four-Year Deal with Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers made their first move in the off season by signing the russian center, Timofey Mozgov to a four-year, USD 64 million deal. Mozgov is part of the Cleveland Cavaliers team that won the 2016 NBA championship.

After averaging 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in the 2014-2015 season, he just averaged 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game in the 2015-2016 season. With th resurgence of Tristan Thompson as the Cavs center and with the acquisition of Channing Frye in the trade deadline last season, the former Cavalier forward has fallen out of the Cavs front court rotation.

Lakers on the other hand are looking for a legit center for their team with a failed season of Roy Hibbert. They also drafted Ivica Zubac from Croatia with the 32nd pick in the 2016 NBA draft. With the addition of Mozgov to the Lakers, the team will be having a legit center who can score inside and grab the boards.

Free Agency News: L.A. Lakers – If They Can’t Land Kevin Durant, The Back-Up Plan is to Choose From Their Wish List

(Artwork by Sean Curate)

The Los Angeles Lakers are going All out in pursuing free agents this offseason. There are a lot of talents in mind that they’re aiming to acquire before the NBA Season starts.

The Primary Objective is to land Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant to the Lakers. Durant has been one of the hottest topics in Free Agency this year. It has been reported that the 27-year-old small forward has already talked to different teams, but the Lakers were not among the list.

But aside from Durant. The Lakers have also been eyeing on some players like Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford, Nicolas Batum and Harrison Barnes.

It is still unclear if they’ll get one from the list, but we’re hoping and still waiting for the Lakers to make their move.

2016 NBA Draft Profile: Brandon Ingram

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On June 23, Brandon Ingram was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall selection of the 2016 NBA draft.

Let’s look back at Ingram’s profile before he was drafted in NBA.

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 190
  • Birthdate: 09/02/1997
  • College: Duke

  • Prospect Analysis
Strengths

  • 7-3 wingspan
  • Great course awareness/vision
  • Good passer
  • Excellent 3-point shooter
  • Has a turnaround jump shot
  • Good midrange game
  • Can create off the dribble
  • Can excel in pick-and-roll situations
  • Good footwork
  • Stat sheet stuffer

Weaknesses

  • Needs to add strength and bulk
  • Could cut down on turnovers
  • Has to improve free-throw percentage a bit
NBA projection: The debate among NBA Draft analysts rages on whether LSU’s Ben Simmons or Ingram will be the top pick in the draft. Adding fuel to the argument is that Ingram, who has been compared by some to Kevin Durant, is more than a year younger than Simmons.
2015-16 Season
Ingram was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the USBWA freshman All-America team after helping lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. He was just the fourth freshman in the Mike Krzyzewski era at Duke to average at least 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, along with Luol Deng (2004), Jabari Parker (2014) and Jahlil Okafor (2015). Ingram’s eight double-doubles ranked fifth among Duke freshman all-time, and his 14 20-point games were second all-time among freshman in the program, behind only Okafor.
Key statistics: 17.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 tpg, 1.1 spg, 1.4 bpg, 34.6 mpg, .442 FG, .410 3PT, .682 FT
Cool statistic: Ingram was the only freshman in Duke history, and only the second player ever (Shane Battier was the first), to make at least 60 3-pointers (80) and block at least 40 shots (49) in the same season.


— Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

One of the Greatest Rivalries in NBA History – The Black Mamba vs. The Truth

(Artwork by Sean Curate)

It was in year 2006 of February, where two superstars dueled and combined for 79 points in a game that showcased an unbelievable performance of the aces.

Kobe Bryant finished with 40 points, while Paul Pierce had 39.

Watch the Full Highlights below where the two had a nasty 79 points combined.

16 Years Ago – A Dominant Force was named Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals after putting up an unbelievable performance for the whole series

(Artwork by Sean Curate)

Shaquille O’Neal was named unanimous Most Valuable Player of NBA Finals 2000 following the Lakers’ 116-111 Game 6 victory, receiving all seven votes from a national media panel.
O’Neal averaged 38 points, 16.7 rebounds and 2.67 blocks in the six-game Finals series. He became just the third person to sweep MVP honors for the season, capturing the All-Star Game MVP, which he shared with San Antonio’s Power Forward/Center Tim Duncan, NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP awards.
See Shaq’s Performance in Game 6 of the 2000 NBA Finals below: