6:40 AM EDT, Sun July 24, 2016
Silver Screen and Roll 4 hours ago

Luke Walton listening to ‘I Love L.A.’ while playing beach volleyball proves he was born to be Lakers head coach

LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE. Anyone who’s been to a Los Angeles Lakers game has heard the song, or at least the most famous part of it. The chorus of Randy Newman’s "I Love L.A." is a musical staple at Staples Center, but that’s not the only place the Lakers (or at least their head coach) are playing it. It was hot in Los Angeles on Saturday, but not too hot for new Lakers head coach Luke Walton to hit the beach for some volleyball, which we have video of courtesy of Richard Jefferson’s must-follow Snapchat account. Like any true Laker, Walton is listening to Newman to get himself ready....
Sactown Royalty 17 hours ago

DeMarcus Cousins off to a good start with Team USA

Team USA held an exhibition match against Argentina in Las Vegas yesterday and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had an impressive game. Cousins totaled 14 points and 15 rebounds in only 16 minutes of action. The Kings put together a highlight package for those unable to watch. Team USA will continue to tour the United States for exhibition games in Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Houston before they travel to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Clips Nation 19 hours ago

2016 NBA Offseason: Sorting out the Wild, Wild West

A midsummer attempt at de-clouding the newly muddied Western Conference, where the future is now... brighter for the Clippers? A little over two weeks ago, Kevin Durant abandoned his long-cherished Oklahoma City home to go west and seek his fortune with Golden State. He announced his decision on Independence Day, a move wrought with irony. While the rest of the country celebrated its freedom, the Warriors instead established a tyrant rule over the rest of the NBA. Not since the days of Bill Pullman and Will Smith had anyone won so thoroughly on July 4. Golden State might as well have...
Bright Side Of The Sun 20 hours ago

Devin Booker's rise to Suns stardom is becoming national story

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is still just 19 years old, but his rise to stardom is already clearly laid out in front of him. Because we can't get enough of Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, I've decided to share a non-local media's really good article on the development of Booker into a star. There’s some really good writing in here from Rob Mahoney for si.com, including lots of quotes from Booker and Suns coach Earl Watson on Booker’s present and future. How the Suns' Devin Booker is being prepped for stardom after breakout year (by @RobMahoney) https://t.co/gCnQDGuheS...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 23, 2016

Lakers Free Agency: DeMar DeRozan discusses why he decided not to come to Los Angeles

No, the answer wasn’t just “$$$$$” One of the more frequent discussion points around the Los Angeles Lakers in recent years has been the front offices’s “failure” to recruit elite free agents. Never mind that the team wasn’t good, or that the Lakers are far from the only team to not land a marquee free agent over the last several years, or even that nearly all the free agents who rejected their various degrees of interest usually had good reasons to do so. The Lakers simply MUST have been failing because they hadn’t signed anyone of note. The latest player to reveal why they...
Golden State Of Mind Jul 22, 2016

Gamethread: USA takes on Argentina in its first exhibition game of the summer

Team USA plays Argentina tonight, with Warriors Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green playing together for the first time. The game begins at 6 pm Pacific on NBA TV. Team USA kicks off its summer with an exhibition against Argentina tonight.  Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green will be playing, as well as former Warrior Harrison Barnes. Argentina, meanwhile, has a few past and current NBA players, including Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, and Andres Nocioni. The starting lineups and rosters for tonight's USA-Argentina game in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/CClH6M6Hji —...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 22, 2016

Lakers Podcast: Talking trade speculation, Zubac’s playing time, and more!

Ride into the weekend with the latest trade rumors and more. The Los Angeles Lakers’ young trio of Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, and Brandon Ingram have finished their time with Team USA, meaning we have truly reached the dregs of the offseason. However, while there won’t be a ton going on around the Lakers, it’s still fun to try and project what is going to happen with the team next year. With that in mind, Locked on Lakers host Anthony Irwin decided to answer YOUR questions on Facebook Live, and we decided to round it up and turn it into the latest episode of the show. Will...
Clips Nation Jul 22, 2016

DeAndre Jordan conducts interviews at Team USA practice

The results, as you might expect, were hilarious. DeAndre Jordan grabbed the mic and set out to interview a few of his fellow teammates at Team USA’s practice as they prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The results, as you might expect, we re preeeeety awesome. We gave @deandrejordan6 the mic at #USABMNT practice today. Here's what happened... pic.twitter.com/p6wfgwsbKU— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 22, 2016 (h/t Clippers)
Clips Nation Jul 22, 2016

David Michineau to Remain in Europe

Per Dan Woike, the Clippers' 2016 second round pick David Michineau will remain in France for the 2016-2017 season. David Michineau staying overseas is not unexpected. The 22 year old draft pick did not look NBA-ready in Summer League, turning the ball over frequently and not shooting the ball well at all. Although Doc stated that he wanted Michineau in camp shortly after the draft, Michineau's failure to stand out in addition to the way the rest of the roster developed meant that he has been halfway to Europe for weeks. The final blow was the signing of Raymond Felton, which pushed...
Golden State Of Mind Jul 22, 2016

Draymond Green Reaches Plea in Assault Case

Green reaches plea to move on from case - we quickly look at the details Draymond Green plea agreement: $560 fine, no criminal offenses, no contact with victim for 1 year. Charge would become a civil infraction. — Freep Sports (@freepsports) July 22, 2016 Freep Sports announced today that Draymond Green has reached an agreement for a plea deal on his pending assault case instead of letting the incident get to court. Green will face a minimal fine - $560, or what amounts to Draymond's salary for 8 seconds of game time in the coming NBA season. Green will be limited from contact with...
Sactown Royalty Jul 22, 2016

Vivexpendables 2: Divacalypse Now

Last year, we were introduced to The Vivexpendables. A screenplay which swept the nation. Now, after another eventful year, a sequel has been written. After coach George Karl goes rogue and takes the team with him, what can Vlade, the rookies, Peja, and Coach Nancy do to get this team back? Last year, amidst all the drama, I was inspired to write a screenplay. Now, with a new year, and a smorgasbord of new problems, I felt compelled to write the further adventures of our favorite heroes, The Vivexpendables, where we catch up with them after a very turbulent year. So, without further to...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 22, 2016

Should the Lakers rebuild through free agency or the draft?

Should they try to use both? I looked at past contenders to try to find out. With the emphasis on the Lakers and their free agency “failures” reaching a fever pitch over the past couple of seasons, I became very interested in how the contenders have been built over the past ten years. How were those teams constructed? Are there any common themes that can be found? What is the trend? Here’s my attempt to answer that question. Methodology: I defined “contenders” as teams in the Finals for the past ten years (a total of 20 teams) and based on the Win Share contribution of the top...
Clips Nation Jul 22, 2016

Juventus Star Seen in Miami Sporting Chis Paul Jersey

Paul Pogba enjoys kickabout in Miami park as Manchester United close in on £100m deal https://t.co/C4Z0sWcYRH pic.twitter.com/K64JfeiSY2 — MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) July 22, 2016 Paul Pogba, a world-class 23 year old soccer star who plays for Juventus in Serie A (Italian League) and the French national team, was seen recently in Miami, FL sporting a red Chris Paul jersey. Having recently finished participating with his national team in the 2016 Euros, where France lost in the finals to Portugal, Pogba, along with Romelu Lukaku who plays for Everton in the English Premier League,...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jul 22, 2016

Ryan McDonough's quiet summer reflects growth, evolution for the Phoenix Suns' GM

Quiet signings of Jared Dudley and Leandro Barbosa a dramatic shift from past summers. The last two seasons for general manager Ryan McDonough's Phoenix Suns have seen a staggering fall from grace. Once perceived as the upstart darlings of the NBA as they clawed their way to a 48-34 record and nearly an improbable playoff berth, they have since fallen back to earth, landing harder than Icarus after their most recent 23-59 campaign. The losing, which sits at a franchise record six straight non-playoff seasons and counting, has been difficult enough to endure, but the Suns haven't merely been...
Lucas Hann / Clips Nation Jul 22, 2016

Grade the Signing: Wesley Johnson Returns for the Mid-Level Exception

Wes got his big pay day--but was it good value for the Clippers? After losing Jeff Green in the opening day of free agency, and then quickly scrambling to re-sign Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford, the Clippers turned to addressing their weaknesses on the wing.  The first move in that department was to re-sign Wesley Johnson, the Clippers' back-up small forward from last season, for the full mid-level exception.  Last season, Johnson played in all but 2 of the Clippers' 82 games, averaging 20.8 minutes a night.  He scored 6.9 points and pulled down 3.1 rebounds per game, playing less...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 22, 2016

Even Mitch Kupchak was surprised by how good Ivica Zubac was in Las Vegas Summer League

The whole organization has caught Zubac fever. D’Angelo Russell froze Las Vegas with the ice in his veins, Larry Nance, Jr. showed he’s the real king of the desert, and Brandon Ingram flashed glimpses of his potential, but the biggest surprise of summer league for the Los Angeles Lakers was the play of Ivica Zubac. The 32nd-overall pick was expected to be more raw than the culinary fare at one of city’s many high-end sushi restaurants, but Zubac instead shocked fans, analysts, and the competition alike with his smooth post moves, club bouncer like rim protection, and hilarious...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 21, 2016

Lakers News: Emmanuel Mudiay says his rivalry with D’Angelo Russell is ‘fun’

D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay were the first two point guards off the board in the 2015 NBA draft, ensuring that the they’d be compared endlessly regardless of how their respective careers turned out. However, the first shots in their “rivalry” actually weren’t fired by either player. As it would happen, former Lakers head coach Byron Scott kicked things off before the first matchup between the two rookies by criticizing Mudiay to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News. "I didn't think he was a true point guard," Scott said back in November. "I didn't think he was a guy who...
Golden State Of Mind Jul 21, 2016

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant respond to NBA pulling All Star Game from Charlotte

Curry and Durant were quick to respond to the NBA’s ruling. Stephen Curry, who is from Charlotte, responded almost immediately to the NBA’s decision to strip Charlotte of the chance to host the 2017 NBA All Star Game. Your browser does not support iframes. Curry is disappointed, but if he holds any true resentment about the decision, he buried it deep and took the high road. Also, good on him for getting out ahead of this thing and preventing dumb-asses like me from speculating too much about his potential response. Via CSN Bay Area: "It's disappointing that my hometown won't be able...
Lucas Hann / Clips Nation Jul 21, 2016

Questionable Blogger: Talking Marreese Speights with Bram Kincheloe from Golden State of Mind

Some insight on the Clippers' new backup big man. We're all Clippers experts here at Clips Nation, but our analysis can be limited when we look around the league.  That's why, when the Clippers add new players, it's always better to reach out to the true experts instead of stretching my knowledge.  Here to talk about former Golden State Warriors big man, and current Clippers signee, Marreese Speights, is Golden State Warriors blogger and all-around professional cool dude, Bram Kincheloe. I know what you're going to say.  It's heresy to have a Golden State of Mind Blogger's words on Clips...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 21, 2016

DeMarcus Cousins says the Lakers were his favorite team growing up so he's obviously being traded to Los Angeles

#Boogie2LA? I seems like for the last few years, every few weeks features a new rumor about DeMarcus Cousins' unhappiness with the Sacramento Kings, some reputable, some less so. Or, if the report isn't about that, it's the latest update on the Kings' willingness to trade their franchises best player since Chris Webber. Still, no move has been made yet, and most reporting has suggested the team wants to keep the man known as Boogie at least until they open their new arena next year. With that being said, there were reports heading into the 2015 NBA draft that the Los Angeles Lakers and the...

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