9:25 PM EDT, Thu August 25, 2016
Silver Screen and Roll 1 hour ago

Video: D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, and more Lakers are working out together during the offseason

The kids are putting in work. The Los Angeles Lakers are projected to be very bad this year, but the team hasn’t let dire proclamations stop them from putting in the work to improve. The team has given us glimpses of that process throughout the summer, most recently when second overall pick Brandon Ingram followed up on signing his new NBA contract by working out at the Lakers’ practice facility. Ingram hasn’t been the only young player frequenting the facility this offseason. He’s been joined in the gym by D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Larry Nance, Jr., Ivica...
Sactown Royalty 5 hours ago

DeMarcus Cousins as a referee is every player’s worst nightmare

Boogie in charge of calling Techs? That’s a recipe for hilarious disaster. To say that DeMarcus Cousins has had issues with referees in the past is an understatement. No player in the entire league has had as contentious a relationship with the officials since perhaps Rasheed Wallace. Of course, as they always say, “If you can’t beat them, join them”. DraftKings put together a pretty hilarious video with Boogie in which he goes “undercover” as an official at a pickup game. You can check the video out below. The flashbacks with the clapping and Grant’s voice in the...
Golden State Of Mind 6 hours ago

Warriors break away from KNBR, find new radio home at 95.7 The Game

The Warriors made a big annoucement this morning as they have decided to move on from longtime radio affiliate KNBR. The Warriors announced this morning that they’ll be partnering with 95.7 The Game for future Warriors radio content, effectively ending their partnership with KNBR. This new deal will have a slew of additional Warriors-related content. Pre- and post-game coverage will be extended to 60 minutes, and there will be new call-in shows dedicated to the Warriors that feature members of the organization. Tim Roye will remain on the call and appear Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in...
Sactown Royalty 7 hours ago

From golf course volunteer to go-to Kings reporter

Part 1 of our series on the locker room reporters who cover the Sacramento Kings features Sean Cunningham of ABC10. From across the way stood a man both large in stature and reputation, a cigar in his mouth. He was frequently cursing and throwing his golf clubs. A kid with a recorder had shown interest in interviewing Charles Barkley that whole week, but was repeatedly shot down. The kid moved on to interviewing Ahmad Rashād, who was standing near Barkley. Soon after, Barkley interrupted the interview with Rashād and belted out, "What's the question man? If it's not that good, I'm going...
Silver Screen and Roll 9 hours ago

Lakers Rank: Larry Nance, Jr. should continue improving under Luke Walton

Larry Nance, Jr. has impressed Lakers fans every step of the way, but he'll need to continue building on what he's done to take the next step in his career. #6. Larry Nance, Jr. Average Rank: 6.3 Larry Nance Jr., the 6'9 power forward entering his second year, checks in at No. 6 in our Los Angeles Lakers rankings. Nance Jr. received plenty of praise over his first NBA season and two stellar showings in Summer League play only added to the hype. It's even sparked debate over who is the better fit for the Lakers going forward between Nance Jr. and Randle (we can save that for another day),...
Golden State Of Mind 9 hours ago

Warriors Season Review: What was the best game of the 2015-2016 Season?

I think we all know what the worst game was. When looking back on a historic, record-breaking season like the Warriors just had, choosing the best game can be a daunting task. Some of these wins were like children or beloved pets; it’s almost impossible to choose between them. The whole season was practically a non-stop highlight reel. Maybe your favorite was win 73 at home against the Grizzlies to break the record. One of my favorites was the win on Steph Curry's birthday in March against the Pelicans, where Andrew Bogut hit a three pointer. I’m quite fond of those. Beating the...
Silver Screen and Roll 22 hours ago

Lakers News: D’Angelo Russell reveals his NBA 2K rating

Los Angeles’ young guard might be able to make some shots as himself in the game this year. On Monday, D’Angelo Russell took to Twitter to say he just wanted to be able to make a shot as himself in the latest edition of NBA 2K. He may have gotten his wish, as the Lakers guard revealed that he will be rated a 79 this season. Russell and Lakers fans were probably hoping for a higher rating after he set Las Vegas Summer League on fire, tantalizing with his scoring, but 79 is pretty good for a second-year guard whose debut season was fairly mixed. And while the ranking doesn’t quite...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 24, 2016

RPM projects Lakers to win fewest games in NBA next season

Los Angeles may need some ping pong luck again this summer. There have been two stories of the summer for the Los Angeles Lakers. On one hand, the team is certainly better than the group that left last year. A promising new coaching staff and plenty of talented additions in the draft and in free agency have left the Lakers in a much better position than the team that went 17-65 last season. On the other hand, projections for this season still don’t have the Lakers looking very good. The Lakers have the most difficult schedule in the NBA, and ESPN projected that the team will be the...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 24, 2016

2016-2017 NBA Season: Golden State Warriors projection

The Golden State Warriors have been projected to have the most wins in the league, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are projected to top the Eastern Conference. Can the Warriors meet the lofty expectations and will we see yet another Finals rematch with the Cavaliers? ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton released his NBA projections for the 2016-2017 season. You can check out the original article and an explanation of the methodology to the rankings here. As expected, the Golden State Warriors stand atop the Western Conference with a projected 66.8 wins. This lofty projection reminds me of an article...
Sactown Royalty Aug 24, 2016

Sacramento Kings unveil new court design

We’ve seen the new logos, we’ve seen the new jerseys, and now we see the new court. The Sacramento Kings today revealed the design for the new court through their social media account. Kings Unveil New Court Design » https://t.co/AgehiUS1Bj pic.twitter.com/Ul6LJ0WR9J— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) August 24, 2016 In addition to incorporating the new logo, the Kings will also be using Sacramento elm trees for the wood under the center court logo while the rest of the court will be made up of “sustainably-harvested maple”. The new court looks solid and simple and I like...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 24, 2016

The NBA has too many centers

A re-evaluation of the very essence of the center position has led to crowded frontcourts on NBA rosters. How did we reach this point? The 2016 NBA offseason brought forth an extravagance of spending due to the sudden rise of the salary cap. The center market was especially affected, with mediocre centers like Joakim Noah and Timofey Mozgov signing lucrative long-term contracts. Danny Leroux’s piece about centers available on the trade market touches upon a broad phenomenon in the NBA at large: so many teams are currently facing logjams at the center position. Let’s take a look at the...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 24, 2016

Kobe Bryant Day: Celebrating the Mamba with the storybook ending to his career

8/24 is Kobe Bryant day in L.A., so huddle up with our community and celebrate! August 24 has officially been dubbed Kobe Bryant day by Los Angeles officials, a nod to both of his numbers (8 and 24). It also happens to be just one day after his birthday (Happy 38th, Mamba). A celebration will be held at City Hall at 10 a.m., but the Internet's the place to be to enjoy the best of Kobe. There are many things we could pick to celebrate the five-time NBA champion. The 81-point game will be a legend that is passed on between generations of hoops fans. The title runs with Pau Gasol were sweet...
Sactown Royalty Aug 24, 2016

Best of the rest: A look at the free agent point guards available

The Sacramento Kings are (roughly) two months away from the start of the regular season, and with multiple roster positions in question, the severe lack of competent point guard play on what is shaping up to be their final roster heading into training camp is (hopefully) still at the top of Vlade Divac’s ‘to-do’ list. Selfishly, the point guard issue is making it hard to really dive into any sort of roster analysis, what the rotation is going to look like, what Dave Joerger can do with it, and all of that fun nonsense. We don’t know if Rudy Gay and/or Kosta Koufos and/or Ben...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 24, 2016

Lakers Rank: Brandon Ingram will show enough flashes to tantalize Lakers fans

Los Angeles’ shiny new lottery pick will try to make an immediate impact in his rookie season, but the purple and gold faithful should focus their expectations on growth over results. #7. Brandon Ingram Average Rank: 7.3 A year after selecting D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick, the ping pong gods smiled upon the Los Angeles Lakers and allowed them to keep their top-three protected pick. They were fortunate enough to select second in a consensus two-pick draft, taking Duke product Brandon Ingram. At 6’9" (6’10"? he’s still growing!) and around 195 pounds, Ingram still...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 24, 2016

Lakers Podcast: Andre Ingram talks about his time with the D-Fenders and life in the D-League

The top three-point shooter in NBA D-League history joins the show. The Los Angeles Lakers recently hired several former Los Angeles D-Fenders staffers to join the parent team. Hosts Harrison Faigen and Anthony Irwin wanted to talk about the additions, and were fortunate enough to be joined by D-Fenders guard Andre Ingram on the latest episode of Locked on Lakers. The three discussed the atmosphere with the D-Fenders under Casey Owens last season, Ingram’s most memorable Luke Walton story, how much benefit he sees from the D-Fenders’ side of the team’s one-to-one affiliation with the...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 24, 2016

Lakers: Larry Nance, Jr. gave Kobe Bryant a hilarious birthday shout out

Larry leaves us laughing. Kobe Bryant’s birthday was on Tuesday, and retirement has seemed to be treating the Los Angeles Lakers legend pretty well so far. He had the day after his birthday offically declared “Kobe Bryant Day” in Los Angeles and opened up a brand new venture capital firm, and that’s just this week! The only sign things haven’t been going perfectly was the un-retirement of Bryant’s death stare, but we’ll just chalk that up to old people getting cranky sometimes. Bryant’s birthday led to plenty birthday wishes from former Lakers like Byron Scott and Shaquille...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 23, 2016

The Lakers are trying to move their training camp to Santa Barbara

Los Angeles may not be holding training camp in, well, Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to move their training camp from their practice facility in El Segundo to Santa Barbara, according to a report from Mark Medina and Bill Oram in the Orange County Register. Lakers’ spokesman John Black confirmed to the Register that a move was “in the works.” The Lakers held their training camp in Hawaii last year, and while Santa Barbara isn’t quite that picturesque, it’s still a very pleasant place to visit. A theory for the move posited in Oram and Medina’s report is...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 23, 2016

Brandon Ingram celebrated his new contract by working out with his Lakers teammates

Los Angeles’ rebuild seems to be off to a good start. The Los Angeles Lakers officially signed Brandon Ingram on Tuesday morning, putting to rest any speculation they planned to trade the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The team surely hopes Ingram’s play on the court will reward the faith they showed in his potential by selecting him so high, and to live up to those expectations he will have to work. Ingram got off to a head start on that right after signing his contract. Instead of heading out to enjoy what’s left of his offseason on a beautiful day in Los Angeles or...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 23, 2016

Here’s how much Yi Jianlian’s contract with the Lakers will pay him this year

Los Angeles has inked Jianlian to a creative contract, and it’s easy to see why reporters were confused about it. We knew last week that Yi Jianlian was going to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, but what we didn’t know was how much he would eventually make over the course of the season. The Lakers officially signed Jianlian on Monday, and thanks to Yahoo Sports’ NBA salary pages, we now know the details of his compensation and how it will affect the cap (h/t Dan Feldman of NBC Sports). Jianlian is only guaranteed $250,000 of his $8 million salary, and he will count against the...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 23, 2016

Lakers to officially re-sign Tarik Black on Tuesday

Los Angeles is dotting the T's and crossing the I's on their offseason. Word leaked on Monday that the Los Angeles Lakers would have Brandon Ingram ink his contract contract on Tuesday, and he isnt the only player they're finalizing a deal with. The Lakers will also officially sign Tarik Black on Tuesday, according to a league source. The Lakers had agreed to a two-year deal worth $12.85 million this offseason, but the front office had held off on signing Black and Ingram (to a rookie-scale deal) in order to maintain cap flexibility for further offseason moves as long as possible. After...

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