LeBron James has said he has no qualms about losing U.S. President Donald Trump as a viewer as the Los Angeles Lakers forward defended NBA players for kneeling in protest before games. NBA teams have been protesting against racial injustice before games, with players wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts, bowing their heads and kneeling when the U.S. national anthem is played.
Chris Paul is a winner. While he could join the list of best players never to win a title, what he's doing in Oklahoma City proves that rings aren't the only measure of success. Don't forget when Paul got to OKC people thought he'd demand a trade to get off a losing, rebuilding team. Well, they aren't losing and they are building something, with CP3 taking the lead and helping Shai Gilgeous Alexander come into his own and Billy Donovan get a share of the National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year award.
Tania Ganguli on the Lakers: For weeks, Lakers Coach Frank Vogel has insisted that the Lakers wouldn’t change the way they played or their goals in each individual game once they clinched the top seed in the Western Conference. To that end, he played all of his starters against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night in Orlando even though the Lakers had clinched the top seed Monday with a win over the Utah Jazz. But still, the Thunder dominated the Lakers, winning 105-86.