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Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago
Mitch Kupchak was ready. He was going to be a Laker for life. Not the king of Los Angeles or even a member of the marquee group, but it was enough. The season was 1981-82, and the 26-year-old Kupchak (newly outfitted with a seven-year, $6.3 million free-agent deal given to him by Los Angeles basketball chief Jerry West) was set to be the team’s power forward of the 1980s – doing all the Santa Ana dirty work alongside the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and third-year stud Magic Johnson.
“Finally, my best wishes to Earvin Johnson and the Laker organization going forward.”
That intrigue overshadowed the removal of Kupchak, who it appears has no role with the Lakers moving forward. Jim Buss, still a part-owner along with his four other siblings, will remain with the club.
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Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago
Well, this is a neat post-All-Star-break/pre-trade-deadline surprise:
Doc said Chris Paul is medically cleared. He COULD play tomorrow but not yet decided. Doc said he looked good in practice.
— Rowan Kavner (@RowanKavner) February 22, 2017
That’s right: Chris Paul has been medically cleared to return to the floor for the Los Angeles Clippers, five weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.
That’s a speedy recovery for the nine-time All-Star. The initial recovery timeline laid out by the Clips was six to eight weeks, which could have kept him out into the second week of March. Instead, it looks like CP3 could be back in the fold as early as this weekend.
CP said he's getting better but was noncommittal about when exactly he'd return. Said upcoming opponents can't factor into his decision.
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Yahoo Sports Staff at Ball Don't Lie 6 hrs ago
We’ve already seen Kyle Korver shipped to Cleveland, Serge Ibaka head up north, Lou Williams move to Houston and, in the non-flat-Earth-focused highlight of All-Star Weekend, DeMarcus Cousins jettisoned to the Big Easy. Add in comparatively smaller deals like the ones completed by the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets, and Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers, and we’ve already seen quite a bit of action ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.
And yet, our thirst for transactional titillation is not slaked. We demand more.
The topic for this week’s Four Corners roundtable: What one move would you most like to see happen by the trade deadline? Here are our picks. Let’s hear yours in the comments.
Take these All-Star wings and learn to fly again
I want Jimmy Butler on the Boston Celtics. Or Paul George. Either one.
Four-team chaos, two times over
Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose, because New York needs fun
Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 hrs ago
DeMarcus Cousins’ first press conference in New Orleans went exactly as you’d expect. The newest Pelican, traded from Sacramento on Sunday in a deal that shocked the NBA, was winsome, charming, encouraged but not quite excitable in his first meeting with the media on Wednesday.
Because Cousins is an ex-Sacramento King, however, the former employee of team owner Vivek Ranadive and Kings general manager Vlade Divac couldn’t help but bring up some of the inevitable entanglements that come from freeing oneself from the worst franchise in the NBA.
Boogie Cousins at his intro presser in New Orleans. Says Vlade Divac tried to call him after the trade but they didn't speak. "It's done."
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 22, 2017
Beyond that, though, it was all good cheer:
And the elephant in the room? DeMarcus blew it up:
Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 19 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.
Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 23 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
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.
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
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.
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.
He also posted a long note to the city on Instagram:
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Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days 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.
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.”