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  • Jeanie Buss says she probably waited too long to fire her brother Jim

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    The Los Angeles Lakers’ decision to overhaul the front office and install franchise icon Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations surprised many, not least for the speed with which the move came together. What did not come as much of a shock, though, was that Jim Buss will no longer serve in the role now occupied by Magic. While Buss will maintain his ownership share alongside his sister and team president Jeanie, it’s fair to say that his time as one of the franchise’s lead basketball decision-makers will not be remembered fondly. Under his direction, the Lakers came across as a decidedly retrograde franchise that failed to find a workable transition out of Kobe Bryant’s prime. No one thought he would last long in this role, and not just because he and his sister agreed that his position depended on returning to contention.

  • Candice Wiggins says 98 percent of WNBA is gay, claims she was bullied for being straight

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago

    The WNBA has historically been the most forward-thinking sports league in America when it comes to gay rights. The league has actively courted LGBTQ fans for several years (, if anything), has had several star players come out of the closet with little controversy, and generally been ahead of the NBA, its relatively socially progressive parent league, on every related issue. While the WNBA hasn’t always made the LGBTQ community proud with how it chooses to promote and accommodate its gay players, it’s fair to say that they’ve made meaningful strides. There’s a level of acceptance on the court, in locker rooms, and in the stands that virtually every other pro league in the United States cannot match.

    Megdal also reached out to WNBA president Lisa Borders, who declined to comment.

  • Magic Johnson takes over as Lakers president of basketball operations in stunning front-office shakeup

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 13 hrs ago

    Well, that didn’t take long.

    Less than three weeks after the announcement of his return to the Los Angeles Lakers as an adviser in “all areas of basketball and business,” Magic Johnson has now assumed control of the organization’s on-court arm, ascending to the role of president of basketball operations and prompting the ouster of longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss — the son of former Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, and the brother of team president and governor Jeanie Buss.

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    The Lakers decided to completely clean house with 24 games left in the season. What a mess. Team employees are shell-shocked.

    — Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 21, 2017

    “It’s all about winning, Jim,” Johnson said.

    “So, we’ll see what happens.’’ […]

  • Magic Johnson takes over the Lakers, ousts Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss in stunning front-office shakeup

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 13 hrs ago

    Well, that didn’t take long.

    Less than three weeks after the announcement of his return to the Los Angeles Lakers as “an advisor” in “all areas of basketball and business,” Magic Johnson has now assumed control of the organization’s on-court arm, ascending to the role of president of basketball operations and prompting the ouster of longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss — the son of former Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, and the brother of team president and governor Jeanie Buss.

    From the team’s Tuesday announcement:

    Jeanie Buss added, “I took these actions today to achieve one goal: Everyone associated with the Lakers will now be pulling in the same direction, the direction established by Earvin and myself. We are determined to get back to competing to win NBA championships again.”

    This post will be updated.

  • DeMarcus Cousins' emotional farewell to Sacramento: 'Every soul in the city matters to me'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 13 hrs ago

    The blockbuster trade that sent All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans has dominated NBA discussion over the last two days. From the moment the swap was finalized — which may or may not have been moments before Boogie learned of it himself, just after taking a seat in front of a gaggle of reporters shortly after the conclusion of Sunday’s 2017 NBA All-Star Game — the basketball-watching world has sought to unpack the deal and evaluate what it all means.

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    He also posted a long note to the city on Instagram:

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  • Kings GM Vlade Divac cops to turning down a 'better deal two days ago' for DeMarcus Cousins

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    In his first press conference since dealing DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac hardly managed to calm the waters in response to the trade that took an entire league by surprise.

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    Cousins, the tempestuous three-time All-Star and franchise-level talent, was traded to the Pelicans during Sunday’s All-Star Game for a package that included struggling rookie shooting guard Buddy Hield, along with one-time King Tyreke Evans, a protected first-round pick in the 2017 NBA draft, a second round pick this June, and cap fodder.

    ”You can’t win if you don’t have a culture. Winning begins with culture, and character matters”

    “Yep. Talk to those agents. I don’t want to go into details. I don’t want to discuss the process. It was a big process for us.”

  • Kings play-by-play man Grant Napear cheers the removal of 'dark cloud' DeMarcus Cousins

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    If anyone has a damaged hand on the pulse on what makes the Sacramento Kings click, or cluck, it’s longtime play by play broadcaster and sports talk radio host Grant Napear. The Kings went through two ownership groups, three sets of general managers and six coaches and an ungodly amount of teammates during DeMarcus Cousins’ 2010-through-2017 reign, but only one play-by-play guy slash sports talk radio host.

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    And that play-by-play guy slash sports talk radio host is really, really glad to see DeMarcus Cousins out of Sacramento.

    Napear, the Comcast SportsNet California and KTHK host, dove in on the DeMarcus trade just after it was announced on Sunday evening:

    Trading DMC was an absolute no brainer! There has been a dark cloud over this franchise for years! That cloud is now gone!

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  • Watch the moment DeMarcus Cousins found out he was traded to New Orleans

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    New Orleans hosted the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, and then stole headlines away from the festivities just as the game was ending on Sunday night, when the Pelicans agreed to terms with the Sacramento Kings on a deal that would keep three-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins in The Big Easy for good.

    News of the trade, reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, came down around the same time players were set to meet with the press for postgame interviews. Naturally, a crowd gathered around a confused Cousins, who learned of the deal somewhat awkwardly in front of an anxious media horde.

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    Reporters, of course, captured the entire exchange on video:

    — Manny Vieites (@manny_vieites) February 20, 2017

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  • Jimmy Butler hopes the Bulls don't trade him, but he's not losing sleep over it

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    NEW ORLEANS — Jimmy Butler logged just under 20 minutes of floor time on Sunday, scoring six points for the Eastern Conference All-Stars in their 192-182 defeat at the hands of the Anthony Davis-led West. But despite shouldering a much lighter load than he typically does when he steps onto the court, the Chicago Bulls star was looking forward to some R and R after All-Star Weekend.

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    “Now I get to go lay down,” he told reporters Sunday. “Me and the guys are going to go traveling to some places, then lay down, go to a beach somewhere. I’m gonna be in the gym somewhere, though. But it will not be in Chicago. It’ll be somewhere nice and weather-y, where the sun’s out.”

    The Celtics and Bulls have “engaged on the potential of this trade,” as Woj told Chris Mannix, and while they haven’t gotten too far down the road on it, the two sides “have exactly what the other wants”:

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  • Anthony Davis breaks NBA All-Star Game scoring record to claim MVP

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Any player representing the host team at the NBA’s All-Star Weekend must suffer through a busy few days. The hosting star must attend various parties, do more than the usual round of interviews, and generally keep social at all times. In a way, the game is a break from all the trouble, a chance to have some fun and maybe even rest on the bench for the majority of its 48 minutes.

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis most definitely did not take it easy in Sunday’s main event, a 192-182 win for the West over the East. The 23-year-old star looked to thrill in his third All-Star Game as an active player, scoring a ridiculous 52 points (26-of-39 FG) in a game-high 32 minutes of action. In the process, Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 55-year-old single-game All-Star scoring record of 42 points, set for the East in a 20-point loss to the West in 1962. Davis’s record-setting bucket came on this alley-oop from Russell Westbrook in the final few minutes:

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