2:58 PM EDT, Wed September 02, 2015
Sactown Royalty 57 mins ago

5 Things You Didn't Know About Duje Dukan

This year's Eric Moreland memorial Vegas Summer League standout award went to former Wisconsin Badger Duje Dukan, and it wasn’t even close. You could argue that Dukan was the VSL Kings’ most dynamic offensive player, displaying an ability to shoot and handle the ball that is quite rare for someone who is listed at 6’10 and could theoretically play power forward in the NBA next season. I was expecting Dukan to receive a training camp invite following his steady play in Vegas, but Vlade Divac’s decision to give him a guaranteed contract should tell you all you need to know about the...
Silver Screen and Roll 3 hours ago

The Credits: "Mount [Mutombo]" - Lakers Links

Yesterday, the Atlanta Hawks announced that they'll be retiring the jersey of one of the all-time great defensive centers of the NBA, Dikembe Mutombo. Congratulations, Deke! Lakers News Top 100 NBA Players of 2016: Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose fall in rankings - SI.com Shaquille O'Neal to Kobe Bryant: 'I Don't Hate You' | SLAMonline Marcelo Huertas Signs One-Year Deal With Lakers - RealGM Wiretap Lakers set to sign Euroleague veteran guard Marcelo Huertas - LA Times Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson does his imitation of Kobe’s shot | ProBasketballTalk Russell Throws First Pitch at Dodger Stadium |...
Bright Side Of The Sun 4 hours ago

Bledsoe, Chandler, Morris and Knight make it 4 Phoenix Suns in SI Top 100

The Phoenix Suns may not have any current All-Stars on their roster, but each year they get more of their players in the annual SI.com Top 100 NBA players list. Eric Bledsoe, Tyson Chandler, Brandon Knight and Markieff Morris show up between #33 and #79 overall. Offseason player rankings are pure speculation. Garbage in = garbage out. What one person uses as criteria to rank a player is totally different than what someone else may use. Ranking just on points per game gives an unfair advantage to those who played the most minutes, no matter how good or bad their was. Yet PER unfairly gives...
Silver Screen and Roll 4 hours ago

Lakers clear Jordan Clarkson to represent Philippines in FIBA Asia tournament

It sounds like the Lakers' second-year guard is going to represent the Philippines Jordan Clarkson is expected to add on to his growing basketball resumé as the Los Angeles Lakers have cleared the young guard to play for the Philippines national team in FIBA play, reports Nick Gianco of Tempo. Clarkson was named to the 24-man roster for Gilas Pilipinas, but is still awaiting final word on whether FIBA will allow him to play for the national team. He was also waiting for word on whether or not the Lakers would allow him to extend his basketball activities outside of Los Angeles. Clarkson...
Sactown Royalty 4 hours ago

30Q: Are the Sacramento Kings done reshaping the roster?

Also known as "can Vivek shave yet?" It's time once again for our annual series "30Q" in which we answer 30 questions over the course of September as we get ready for the upcoming season. The Sacramento Kings have had one of the most active and controversial offseasons in recent memory. Gone are Jason Thompson, Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Ray McCallum, Derrick Williams, Andre Miller, Ryan Hollins, Reggie Evans, and Eric Moreland. Arrived are Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli, Kosta Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein, Quincy Acy, Seth Curry, Duje Dukan,  Caron Butler, and James Anderson. That's an...
Clips Nation 19 hours ago

DeAndre Fires Fegan

After a tumultuous summer of free agency, DeAndre Jordan has chosen to part ways with his agent. As Brad Turner with the L.A. Times reported yesterday, DeAndre Jordan has left Relativity Sports in search of new representation. Jordan informed agents Dan Fegan, Jarin Akana last week the he was "moving in another direction," per source. — Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) August 31, 2015 Fegan's dubious role in luring DeAndre Jordan to temporarily agree to terms with Dallas this summer has been questioned by many, most noticeably by Doc Rivers. While DJ was able to lock him out of his house...

Jordan Clarkson gives his own Kobe Bryant impersonation

Jordan Clarkson gives his take on the Kobe pivot and pump special. D'Angelo Russel gave his best Kobe Bryant impersonation during the NBA rookie photoshoot, and now Jordan Clarkson gave his take on it. The youngsters are at it: Jordan Clarkson practicing his Kobe. @JClark5on @Lakers @LakersNation pic.twitter.com/9r2qXlYHjh — Carlo Pamintuan (@carlo_pamintuan) September 1, 2015 I think this one goes to Jordan for keeping his pivot down and getting the bucket.
Sactown Royalty Sep 1, 2015

30Q: Is this the year the Sacramento Kings finally turn it around?

It's time once again for our annual series "30Q" in which we answer 30 questions over the course of September as we get ready for the upcoming season. It's been a long time since the Sacramento Kings have tasted any sort of success.  Last year marked the 9th straight season that the team has failed to reach the playoffs, and even more embarrassingly, the 7th straight season the team hasn't even won 30 games. Early on in the 2014-15 season it looked like things would finally be different, as the Kings came out of the gates winning 9 of their first 15 games against a very tough schedule....

2015 NBA preview: Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala ranked among SI's top 100 players

There are plenty of good players ranked ahead of Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala in SI's list of top 100 NBA players for the 2015-16 season, but few would fit the Golden State Warriors better. Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney of SI.com began releasing chunks of their top 100 NBA players list yesterday and two Golden State Warriors made the top 76: 2015 All-Defensive Second Team selection Andrew Bogut (#76) and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. That leaves Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson to be ranked somewhere in the currently unreleased top 30, but Bogut and Iguodala's rankings...

Why the Phoenix Suns will trade Markieff Morris rather than call his bluff and keep him

By now, you know the drill. The Phoenix Suns had a very strange season in which a lot of players were unhappy and that torpedoed any chance of exceeding expectations. In all the turmoil, the parts were most definitely greater than the sum. #Foolishness One of the primary players in the middle of that turbulence was Markieff Morris. If the Suns don't want an incredibly frustrating repeat of the 2014-15 season, they need to complete the purge* and trade Markieff Morris before the team reports to training camp. Morris Brothers Path of Self-Destruction The Morrii had a really really...

Solar Flares: Should the Phoenix Suns trade Markieff Morris?

10 NBA articles you may have missed. This should be fun. The Phoenix Suns reportedly have no plans to move forward Markieff Morris who has publicly stated that he has no plans to remain in Phoenix. Your move Keef. As far as players who do want to remain in Phoenix however, 10 Suns under contract began voluntary workouts at the US Airways Center practice court last week. Want to be a part of the action next season? The Suns are holding national anthem auditions on September 14th at Talking Stick Resort Arena between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Here's a dumb conversation it's never occurred to me to...
CelticsBlog Sep 1, 2015

CelticsBlog Triva: Celtics vs. Lakers quiz

Good guys vs. bad guys If one wishes to try the harder All-Star edition of the quiz, try to answer the questions without looking at the multiple choice offerings. Layup-What is the all-time championship series head to head record between Boston and the Lakers?A) 9-3 Boston B) 7-5 Boston Dunk-Whose 20-footer just before the buzzer on a feed from Larry Bird stunned the Forum crowd as Boston beat the Lakers 107-105 in game four of the 1985 NBA Finals?A) Danny Ainge B) Dennis Johnson Free throw-Which Celtic was named MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals, won 4-2 by Boston?A) Kevin Garnett B) Paul Pierce...

At The Bar - September 2015

Your place to blah blah blah... SB Nation communities are supposed to be like internet sports bars, but even within a "sports bar", you still have options. If you want privacy, one-to-one conversation, and the opportunity to engage in specific debate about a single topic, you grab a booth. If you want to shoot the shit with friends and strangers alike, you take a seat at the bar. "At The Bar" is your one-stop shop for all the daily randomness that makes SSR such a joy. If you want to discuss something specific, you'll have nice, quiet "booths" in which to have focused conversations. But if...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 31, 2015

Watch D'Angelo Russell receive big cheers when throwing out first pitch for Dodgers

Los Angeles is showing the Lakers' new rookie some love. Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell threw out the first pitch for the Dodgers-Giants game on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. The rookie told Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News that he was hoping for cheers and Lakers fans delivered, serenading the young guard even though he tossed the first pitch juuuust a bit outside. .@dloading, Dodger southpaw. pic.twitter.com/cvsw6GoOHD — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 1, 2015 Here some more shots of Russell in his Dodger's jersey, via the team's official Twitter...
Sactown Royalty Aug 31, 2015

Peja Stojakovic officially joins Sacramento Kings front office

There have been rumors for months that Vlade Divac would be bringing in Peja Stojakovic to assist him in the Sacramento Kings front office, with Vlade himself confirming that an offer had been made.  Vlade brought Peja to Sacramento to advise him at the start of Free Agency but Peja soon returned to his home in Greece and the matter was left up in the air. Today, Peja has finally taken the offer and is coming back to Sacramento.  The Kings announced a front office update today, naming Stojakovic the Director of Player Personnel and Development as well as the general manager of the Reno...
Clips Nation Aug 31, 2015

Josh Smith, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce among SI.com's 'Top 100 Players of 2016'

Sports Illustrated released the first part of its "Top 100 Players of 2016" ranking Monday, with a trio of Clippers cracking the list. Sports Illustrated released the bottom half (Nos. 100-51) of its "Top 100 Players of 2016" ranking Monday, and the Los Angeles Clippers found themselves with a troika of representatives. Forward Josh Smith checked-in at No. 96 on the list, while J.J. Redick was ranked 93rd and veteran Paul Pierce comes in 71st. You should read the whole list, because Rob Mahoney and Ben Golliver are awesome, but here's the blurb for Smith, courtesy of Mahoney: A certain...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 31, 2015

Lakers sign Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas to 1-year contract, according to report

The Lakers add a veteran international player into the mix. The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas to a one-year contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. He last played for FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB League. More on this story as it develops.

Brightside Bling: Vote for your favorite shirt designs

Help us deck you out in Bright Side of the Sun gear for the upcoming NBA season by letting us know what you think about a few designs we've come up with and voting on your favorites. Until Adidas (all day I dream about...) officially picks up the Brightside brand we're at the mercy of our staff design team. It could be worse, though, since we have taken a little bit of creative license with the site logo and came up with (hopefully) a few good ideas. Vote on which shirt you would most like to see available for sale on the site and let us know what you think about all the different designs...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 31, 2015

The Big Podcast with Shaq and Kobe Bryant is available now, with some great quotes here

Kobe and Shaq take a stroll through the three-peat era and much more. The highly anticipated podcast featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant is available now in the iTunes store, reuniting two of the greatest Los Angeles Lakers. It's roughly 20 minutes of traveling down memory lane, delving into one of the most successful and fascinating eras of Lakers basketball. Shaq and Kobe touched on their relationship, which you can read quotes from over here, the best Lakers team they were a part of, and much more. The two joked and laughed throughout the podcast, talking about topics ranging...
Bright Side Of The Sun Aug 31, 2015

The Madhouse - Week of August 31, 2015

Hello, Bright Siders!  What bee is in your bonnet this week? "Straight Outta Compton" continues to go gangsta on the cinematic universe. Some things involving Miley Cyrus and Kanye West and probably Justin Bieber happened at the MTV Video Music Awards. Wes Craven died. A lot people participated in fantasy football drafts.  How's your team looking? Share your thoughts on this and whatever else is on your mind in The Madhouse!

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