8:22 PM EST, Thu February 11, 2016
Sactown Royalty 3 hours ago

The Defense is Broken

And no amount of effort or personnel changes can save it Over the past week, as the Kings have mulled firing George Karl, one consistent point of discussion has arisen: the defense. Namely, how are the Kings giving up so many points? How does the opponent get so many open threes? There are multiple camps in this debate: some say the scheme is bad, others say the players need to put in more effort. Many have taken the middle route and say that both the scheme and the player’s effort is a problem. I’m offering a different perspective: the effort is bad because the scheme is terrible. Its...
Silver Screen and Roll 7 hours ago

The Credits: "What Could Have Been" - Lakers Links

Starring Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, who never got to meet in the NBA Finals, even though one of them has been in the Finals every year since 2007. Lakers News The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was | Yardbarker.com Lakers offered Kobe Bryant to Cavaliers for LeBron James in 2007, report says - LA Times Lakers Rumors: Kobe Bryant For LeBron James Trade Discussed In 2007 Report: Kobe Bryant once wanted Lakers to trade him to defending champs or 60-win team – ProBasketballTalk Kobe 'can't believe' LeBron was tricked by this highlight move | FOX Sports Kobe Bryant gives...
Silver Screen and Roll 17 hours ago

Kobe Bryant's final season sounds pretty painful

It doesn't sound super fun to be Kobe right now. Kobe Bryant is in the middle of his 20th season in the NBA, and has had his last three seasons ended by injury. So far (knock on wood) the Los Angeles Lakers wing has avoided a major injury in what will be his final campaign, much to the relief of both fans and the Lakers organization. After the Lakers' latest loss, a 120-111 drubbing at the hands of LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers that wasn't as close as the final score indicates, Bryant acknowledged that one of the things he hasn't enjoyed about his farewell tour has been the lack of...
Sactown Royalty 21 hours ago

Kings 114, Sixers 110: Yay?

The Kings finally snapped their losing streak, and it feels completely empty Again and again, there is one pervasive theme of this Sacramento Kings season: pure and utter strangeness. Today, following a weekend of speculation regarding the future of George Karl, there was no way to know what to expect. How would the players respond? What, if any, changes were we going to see in the schemes the team was in? With the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers as the next opponent, were the embarrassments about to get worse? At the beginning, not much looked like it had changed. The Kings rolled out the...
Fear The Sword 21 hours ago

Final Score: Cavaliers beat Lakers behind Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and LeBron James

It wasn't always pretty, but the Cavs beat the Lakers It's the All-Star break. The Cavs are 38-14. After an uneven but convincing win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers the Cleveland Cavaliers can rest easy. Tyronn Lue and the Cavs staff will head to Toronto for the All-Star game. LeBron James will meet them there. The rest of the team can rest on their laurels and get ready for a stretch run that hopefully concludes in June. The pieces might change a bit; the trade deadline approaches. The Cavs, though, are a very good team. Your Cleveland Cavaliers 120, the Los Angeles Lakers 111. Kevin...
Silver Screen and Roll 21 hours ago

Lakers vs. Cavaliers Final Score: LeBron James sends Lakers into All-Star break with 120-111 loss

One of the final Kobe and LeBron duels was a dud in Cleveland. The Cleveland Cavaliers made quick work of the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the purple and gold with a 120-111 loss to chew on as they head into the long All-Star break. The Cavaliers galloped up and down the court on the Lakers, pushing the pace as they attacked the paint and took advantage of L.A.'s lacking interior defense, especially in transition. LeBron James ended the night with 29 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, leaking out in transition to catch outlets from his rebound-corralling teammates all night. Kyrie...
Silver Screen and Roll 21 hours ago

The Lakers are so bad there's a Ben Simmons tanking anthem

"Talkin' 'bout that Laaaakeshow Life...." The Los Angeles Lakers lost their 43rd game of the season Wednesday night, and the team appears well on track to finish with one of the worst records in the NBA. While that may not be very much fun in the moment, the upside is that the Lakers may get to keep their first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, which is conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside of the top three selections. If the season ended today, the Lakers would have a 19.9% chance at the first overall pick in the draft, in which the consensus top pick is widely considered...
Silver Screen and Roll 22 hours ago

King James fired a laser pass into D'Angelo Russell's crown jewels

That one smarts,,, LeBron James spent the lead up to Kobe Bryant's final game in Cleveland talking about the effect the retiring Lakers star had on his game, but Kobe wasn't the only athlete that James took inspiration from. D'Angelo Russell found out the hard way that LeBron is a big fan of Paul Crewe, Adam Sandler's character in "the Longest Yard," when the King showed the dangers of no-look passing: Russell is okay and went back in a few minutes later, but hopefully Byron Scott doesn't tell him to "man-up" anymore after this, because that would just be adding insult to his literal...
Silver Screen and Roll 22 hours ago

Lakers vs. Cavaliers Postgame Podcast: LIVE after the game!

Lakers Late Night gets together one last time before the All-Star break. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James link up for a nationally televised duel to lead the NBA into All-Star weekend. They're both one-of-a-kind talents, and even if the Los Angeles Lakers are down on their luck, make for a compelling matchup. This could also be the last we see of this team constructed as is with the trade deadline also looming just a week out. The show will go live after the game ends and can be watched in the embedded video below once it's on air, or you can listen to the show in audio form afterward. You can...
Sactown Royalty 22 hours ago

Postgame: Kings 114, Sixers 110

Kings win! Kings win! Kings win!
Silver Screen and Roll 23 hours ago

Lakers Highlights: D'Angelo Russell sneaks in a perfectly timed pass for a Julius Randle dunk

D'Angelo Russell brought the finesse but Julius Randle brought the power. All assists looks the same on the stat sheet, but D'Angelo Russell makes them look good out on the floor. The timing on this pass to a cutting Julius Randle is perfect, and his running mate made sure to cash in such a pretty dime: Perhaps he'll be in the skills challenge next year, slinging passes through obstacles.
Silver Screen and Roll 23 hours ago

Lakers Highlights: Julius Randle goes coast-to-coast for slam dunk

#RunTheJules Julius Randle has gotten better in the Los Angeles Lakers' halfcourt offense as the season has moved along and he gains NBA experience, but the big forward still thrives most when allowed to get out in transition. The Cavaliers have tried to play at a faster pace since firing head coach David Blatt, but that strategy backfired on this possession, with Randle able to show them how pushing the pace is done: That transition defense from Cleveland was Lakers-esque, but the purple and gold will take what they can get right now.
Silver Screen and Roll Feb 10, 2016

'Zero percent chance' of Phil Jackson returning to Lakers this off-season, according to report

Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak appear safe for another year at least. The Los Angeles Lakers have been the center of rumors once again, this time involving a potential front office shake-up. After the New York Knicks fired head coach Derek Fisher this week, Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reported that there is an expectation around the NBA that Knicks president Phil Jackson will eventually reunite with his fiancee, Lakers president Jeanie Buss, and run the Lakers front office. Jackson has an opt-out in his Knicks' contract this summer, leading some to speculate that if a...
Silver Screen and Roll Feb 10, 2016

The Lakers tried to trade Kobe Bryant for LeBron James in 2007

Could the teams really have swapped stars? The Los Angeles Lakers are taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, and in a different world it would Kobe Bryant's final game against his former team. Apparently, when Bryant demanded a trade amidst the Lakers' struggles in 2007, the team's front office investigated the possibility of trading their disgruntled star for the Cavaliers' franchise player, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. The trade discussions ultimately went nowhere, with Bryant telling Baxter Holmes of ESPN that he would not have approved a trade to anywhere...
Sactown Royalty Feb 10, 2016

Kings vs. 76ers Fan Predictions

Link to the Leaderboard Below are a series of prediction questions for tomorrow's game. The first four questions will be asked every game, while the 5th will change each game. Point value for predictions are listed next to the questions. If you believe that more than one player will lead a category, you can vote for multiple players, and this is worth double points if you are correct, but zero if you are wrong. Alternately, if you only guess one player when multiple players are tied, you get zero points. All submissions must be input before tip-off. Any submissions after tip-off will not...
Sactown Royalty Feb 10, 2016

Kings vs 76ers Preview: Kings look to rebound from difficult weekend

The Sacramento Kings and new old head coach George Karl look to get back to winning games against a team that has won 12.5% of their games against them. How long has it been since the Kings played a basketball game? It feels like forever, right? A lot has happened since we last saw Kings basketball. A head coach died only to be brought back from the dead, we all learned how optional shootarounds work, and a worthy scapegoat was finally found in Bobby Jackson. We all knew your time would come, B-Jax. It was only a matter of time. But the last time the Kings played actual basketball, things...
Silver Screen and Roll Feb 10, 2016

NBA Draft: The fit issues Ben Simmons and other top prospects present for the Lakers' young core

As the Lakers continue to flounder in year two of Byron Scott's tenure, the team must consider the possibility that they will end up keeping their first rounder this year and the roster issues that might come about as a result. At the beginning of this season, a good portion of Los Angeles Lakers fans no doubt disavowed their interest in tanking, preparing themselves for a difficult yet entertaining season in which we could measure the growth of the Lakers' future franchise cornerstones. The team was certainly nowhere near contending for a playoff spot, but the thought was that they would...
Silver Screen and Roll Feb 10, 2016

The Credits: "Just Let Go" - Lakers Links

Tons of news yesterday, among them: Vlade Divac and the Kings have apparently changed their minds and have decided to "work it out" with Kings head coach George Karl. Are things actually going to work out though? Sure. Lakers News There is reportedly a 'strong belief' Phil Jackson will return to Lakers - CBSSports.com Will Phil Jackson ultimately leave Knicks to run Lakers? – ProBasketballTalk Lakers’ Byron Scott surprised about Derek Fisher’s firing with Knicks | Inside the Lakers Tyronn Lue remembers swatting Kobe Bryant's shot; Kobe wanting to fight - Cleveland Cavaliers Blog -...
Silver Screen and Roll Feb 10, 2016

Lakers vs. Cavaliers Preview: LeBron James and Kobe Bryant link up before All-Star weekend

Kobe. LeBron. ESPN. No cookies on the line, though. The Los Angeles Lakers close out their four-game road trip with a visit to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, hitting their final contest before All-Star weekend. This could also be the last time we see a few pieces of this Lakers roster playing together, with the trade deadline set for Feb. 18 and their next game coming on the 19th. No trade seems imminent, but 'tis the season for general managers to make their final changes before riding out the year. The Lakers were somehow in a game where they shot 31.2 percent as a team against...

2016 NBA trade rumors: Orlando Magic looking for "something big," calling on Blake Griffin

The Orlando Magic could be looking at the Los Angeles Clippers star ahead of the trading deadline. With questions swirling regarding his future after his recent run in with a team employee, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin could be a trade candidate at next weeks deadline. According to a report from Basketball Insiders Steve Kyler, the Orlando Magic are one team that could be making a call on the Clippers big man. Trading for Griffin could be tough, through, as one source said it's unlikely the Clippers will trade Griffin, despite the big man most likely missing the balance of...

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