Lakers and NBA draft lottery odds

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The odds of the teams in the NBA draft lottery receiving the No. 1 pick or a top-three pick:Team — Record — No. 1 — Top 31. Boston (via Brooklyn) — 20—62 — 25% — 64.3%2. Phoenix — 24—58 — 19.9% — 55.8% 8. Sacramento* — 32—50 — 2.8% — 9.9%9. Dallas — 33—49 — 1.7% — 6.1%10. New Orleans* — 34—48 — 1.1% — 4.0%11. Charlotte — 36—46 — 0.8% — 2.9%12. Detroit — 37—45 — 0.7% — 2.5%13. Denver — 40—42 — 0.6% — 2.2%14. Miami — 41—41 — 0.5% — 1.8%* The Lakers’ and New Orleans’ picks are top—three protected: The Lakers’ selection would go to Philadelphia and New Orleans’ pick would go to Sacramento should they fall lower than No. 3. If Sacramento’s own pick is lower than No. 10, it transfers to Chicago (via Philadelphia).center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers3. Lakers* — 26—56 — 15.6% — 46.9%4. Philadelphia — 28—54 — 11.9% — 37.8%5. Orlando — 29—53 — 8.8% — 29.1%6. Minnesota — 31—51 — 5.3% — 18.3%7. New York — 31—51 — 5.3% — 18.3%last_img read more

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Luke Walton wants struggling Lakers to play even faster

first_img Mustangs provide Huskies with test Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Colts parade in front of giddy fans For once, Luke Walton could not pin his team’s latest defeat entirely on bad defense. Instead, in a 96-81 loss at Utah on Saturday, Walton turned his focus to an offense that shot just 38.3 percent from the field and made just 5 of 22 3-point attempts.Some of this, Walton conceded, is as simple as players missing shots. But he sees another solution, and it will not come as a surprise to those who have paid attention to the second-year coach’s hoops philosophy.“In my opinion,” he said, “we still need to play a faster pace.”Related Articles Playing fast does not necessary correlate to winning, although Walton believes it eventually will for the Lakers, who don’t play until Tuesday against Detroit. Last season’s pace leaders, the Brooklyn Nets, finished with the worst record in the NBA, 20-62. However, Western Conference No. 3 seed Houston was third, and eventual champion Golden State ranked fourth.In the modern NBA, there is a need for speed.In the Lakers’ past two games, they are just 8 for 45 from 3-point range and they are shooting just 27.8 percent from the arc overall. Only the New York Knicks (26.9 percent) are worse.“The little things hurt us down the stretch,” Walton said. (The Jazz) executed a little better than we did down the stretch, they hit that offensive glass. That’s a big team. So it’s not like it was our guys not fighting. … They made more shots than we did at the end of the day.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We’re better when we’re out in transition and we’re not bogged down against a half-court defense,” Walton said. “Because we’re playing so many young guys … we’ve got to get out, let them make plays, where they can use some of their skills, some of their youth to their advantage.”The Jazz, not surprisingly, has been the league’s slowest team, ranking 30th in pace.“Utah did a good job of controlling the tempo,” Walton said. “Some of that is on us, continuing to get better and more comfortable at the pace that we want to play at.”Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball was taken out of his comfort zone against the Jazz, forced to operate out of a half-court offense. He recorded just four assists and two rebounds to go with his nine points – all of which came on 3-pointers.“We are trying to find our identity still,” Ball said. “We are trying to run but some of the possessions we’re getting caught in half-court and we are just standing. Just comes with practice.” Orozco receives death penalty The Lakers (2-4), who ranked sixth in pace of play in Walton’s first season, are already playing faster. Through six games, they are fourth in that category, with 106.1 possessions per 48 minutes.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball back tonight after knee injury

first_imgEL SEGUNDO – Lonzo Ball will return to the court Friday against Dallas, suiting up for the first time in nearly six weeks after suffering a sprained tendon in his left knee Jan. 13.The rookie point guard was a full participant in Lakers practices Wednesday and Thursday as he geared up for his long-awaited return. Following the Lakers’ morning shootaround Friday, Coach Luke Walton said Ball would play with a minutes restriction, and that he will not play Saturday in Sacramento on the second night of a back-to-back.Still, Ball’s return is welcome news for the Lakers in their first game following the All-Star break. Prior to the break, Ball had missed 15 consecutive games, with the Lakers going 8-7.“I’ve been out for a while,” Ball said. “Just to be able to play tonight, especially back home, it’s gonna be great. I don’t know. I’m just going out there and going to play hard.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers (23-34) lost to the Mavs (18-40) on Feb. 10 in Dallas.It remained unclear whether Ball, who has started each of his 36 games this season, will do so again or come off the bench against the Mavericks.“We’re still deciding that,” Walton said. “He’s been out a long time, so we’ve got to decide where he’ll be able to have his best chance of succeeding when he’s playing.”Friday will mark the first time Ball will suit up with former All-Star Isaiah Thomas, who will be making his Staples Center debut. A day earlier, Ball said he thought playing with Thomas would be “easy” and “fun.”“There’s advantages to having them on the court (together),” Walton said.  “Then obviously staggering, it’s nice to have a smart playmaking point guard on the floor at all times.”last_img read more

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Lakers’ LeBron James hints at NBA ownership in his future

first_imgBut James, who has three more years remaining on his contract, insisted there’s time left for his team ownership ambitions. He also has hopes for playing with one or more of his sons (oldest son LeBron Jr. is in the eighth grade), and as one of the league’s leading scorers and assist men, his production suggests retirement is some time off.James loudly trumpeted that sentiment.“I got a lot more game to play – I got a lot,” he said. “A ton more years to play this game and suit up and be in a Lakers uniform. Once we get to that point, we’ll cross that path. Hopefully, I can sit up here and answer questions as a player for a long time.”KUZMA QUICKLY BOUNCED FROM SKILLS CHALLENGEFor all the buckets he scored the night before, Kuzma could not get a key one as he was knocked out of the eight-man Skills Challenge by Dallas’ Luka Doncic in the first round on All-Star Saturday night.It was easy-come, easy-go for Kuzma, who scored 35 points in an MVP performance in the Rising Stars game on Friday.“The practice round, I didn’t miss,” Kuzma quipped. “But that doesn’t count for the real thing.”The contest was won by Boston’s Jayson Tatum, one of Kuzma’s rivals from the 2017 draft class. The Skills Challenge is the least prestigious of the three contests. Brooklyn’s Joe Harris won the 3-point contest, while Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo won the Slam Dunk in a total rout, with a highlight of dunking over Shaquille O’Neal.Kuzma said he was pleased to have concluded his second straight All-Star Weekend, and teased that he has bigger ambitions for next season.“It’s been very, very fun,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of this and can’t wait till next year.”NBA, FIBA ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR PRO LEAGUE IN AFRICAThe NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa.The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who are expected to have direct involvement with the league’s plan to keep growing the game in Africa through the league and other initiatives.The scope of what Obama’s involvement will be remains unknown, and it’s yet to be determined which existing club teams will be part of the league. Qualification tournaments will be held later this year to determine those clubs, with teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia expected to be among those taking part. No nation will have more than two teams in the league.“As we’ve been talking about this concept over the last several months, there’s been a tremendous reception from many of our NBA team owners … and in addition, several of the partners of the NBA have expressed a strong desire to work with us in Africa,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.Silver said Pepsi and Nike’s Jordan Brand – Charlotte owner Michael Jordan was among the owners in the room where Silver made the announcement – are among the partners who have reached out to the NBA and said they want to be part of the Africa league. Silver also said that Obama, an enormous basketball fan, has told him he wants to “be directly involved with these activities in Africa.”Silver said talks between the NBA and Obama are ongoing. Obama spoke on a video that was shown during the event where Silver announced the league.“I hope you know through sport, that if you put in effort, you will be rewarded,” Obama said. “I hope you learn through sport what it means to play as a team, and even if you are the best player, your job is not just to show off but your job is to make your teammates better.”The NBA and FIBA’s involvement will include financial support and resources toward continued growing of the game on the continent, as well as providing training for players, coaches and referees and some infrastructure for the new league. Silver said there are 438 companies in Africa that generate more than $1 billion in revenue annually, but that sport there has not seen the same growth – yet.The NBA has held three games in Africa since 2015, all of them selling out – two games in Johannesburg, the other in Pretoria. Many of the league’s current players and coaches, along with several legends and Hall of Famers, have been part of those trips.“I went with them last year,” Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said. “The NBA reaches out across the world.”Thirteen players who were born in Africa were on opening-night NBA rosters this season. The league also built an academy in Senegal that opened nearly two years ago.The NBA says more details about the new league will be released in the coming months.News services contributed to this notebook. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James, team owner?It could happen. But James isn’t looking for it to be anytime soon.All-Star weekend has laid fertile ground for comparisons between Michael Jordan, the NBA’s star of the past, to James, the league’s star of today. Both have won multiple championships. Both have won multiple league MVP awards. And both are high on the league’s all-time statistical lists, with James poised to pass Jordan on the scoring list this season if he can stay healthy.The next natural step to be like Mike would be team ownership. Jordan is the principal stakeholder of the Charlotte Hornets, the hosts of this year’s All-Star Game, and is the most prominent former player who is now an owner. Grant Hill owns a stake of the Atlanta Hawks. James has expressed keen interest recently, saying there was “no maybe about it” in an interview with the Athletic.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDuring Saturday’s All-Star media availability, he had put the idea at least temporarily on the backburner.“It’s not that it’s intoxicating to me, and I don’t think about it on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “I was asked a question and I answered it how I felt at that point in time. I believe if I wanted to, I could own a team or be part of a basketball team. I know I got so much knowledge of the game that I don’t want to – once I stop playing – (want to just) get away from the game.”In November, Forbes estimated that James has a net worth of $450 million, and money is always a key piece of team ownership. He also has a minority stake in Liverpool FC in the Premier League, so ownership would not be a totally new game.There’s a special kind of reverence for what Jordan has accomplished. No other former player is a majority owner, and there have been only two African-American owners in league history, including Jordan. It represents a type of power that is out of reach for nearly all of the NBA’s stars, millionaires that they are.“Just getting there is probably the hardest part,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Then putting on top of that is being an African-American owner, which is almost unheard of. You never see no type of African-American owner in any sports and almost never in the business world.”last_img read more

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Why Warriors’ Andrew Bogut remains upset with the Lakers

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He knows how to coach, first and foremost. The knocks on him about not being able to coach are wrong,” Bogut said of Walton. “He’s got a high basketball IQ. He knows the game better than anybody. But there’s a lot of politics that go around different NBA franchises. He’s fallen victim to that. That’s what I think. The results speak for themselves. They aren’t great, so that hurts him. But I truly think there are decisions made within that organization that really affected him.”Bogut maintained he knows from experience. And even with nearly a year gone by, Bogut remains upset by it.WARRIORS HQ PODCAST: Be sure to visit our podcast page at mercurynews.com. You can also get notified of new episodes on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud.* * *Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LOS ANGELES —The phone call still bothers Andrew Bogut nearly 15 months later.Then, Bogut learned the Lakers would cut him four days before his contract would become guaranteed. Normally such an incident would be chalked up to the business of professional sports. To Bogut, the Lakers breached an unwritten agreement he said he had reached with their front office so long as he remained healthy.“The Lakers told me I’d be there the whole year,” Bogut told Bay Area News Group. “They went against their word and waived me at the deadline. Whatever. That was their decision.”Bogut did not travel with the Warriors (53-24) for Thursday’s game against the Lakers (35-43), as part of the team’s plan to rest its veterans on parts of back-to-backs. Even if he had gone on the trip, though, it does not appear Bogut would shake hands with the Lakers’ president of basketball operations (Magic Johnson) or their general manager (Rob Pelinka) for a simple reason. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Then, Bogut said Australia will field its “deepest team,” including Philadelphia forward Ben Simmons, Utah forward Joe Ingles, Utah guard Dante Exum, San Antonio guard Patty Mills and Boston center Aron Baynes.Will that be enough to beat Team USA? At least when some of the team’s invited stars plan to sit out the 2019 World Cup?“People will say the best players aren’t going to play. But the next 10 after the first 10 are all potential Hall-of-Famers,” Bogut said “They’re not scrubs. We know whoever they’ll put out there is always the team to beat.”Until then, Bogut plans to enjoy his final stint with the Warriors with the hope of playing a small role in the franchise winning its fourth NBA title in five years. Before then, the Warriors will face the Lakers team, which sparked unpleasant memories for Bogut even if he will neither play in the game nor sit on the bench.Had Bogut traveled with the Warriors on their short trip here, perhaps he would have expressed some sympathy for Walton. Toward the beginning of Walton’s third season as the Lakers coach, Johnson met with him and shared his displeasure in a stern and direct tone about the team’s inconsistency and start.Johnson later gave Walton a public vote of confidence, but the sentiment around NBA circles suggest Johnson will replace the coach following the season. Lakers controlling governor Jeanie Buss has supported Walton publicly, but she has also empowered Johnson to oversee the team’s basketball operations.Regardless, those around the Warriors sympathize with Walton’s circumstances. He has overseen a roster that missed a combined 166 games because of injuries, including season-ending ailments to James, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball. The Lakers do not have consistent outside shooters. The Lakers also failed to land Pelicans forward Anthony Davis before the trade deadline.Related Articlescenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I was basically lied to,” Bogut said.Bogut had reservations initially about agreeing to a non-guaranteed deal with the Lakers to open training camp last season. Bogut had no aspirations to move his wife and two children from his native Australia to Los Angeles, only to relocate following a possible roster cut or trade.Yet, Bogut understood the Lakers’ concerns about his durability. He fractured the tibia in his left leg only 56 seconds into his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers in March 2017. Before the Warriors traded Bogut to Dallas to clear cap space for Kevin Durant in the 2016 offseason, Bogut injured his left knee in the first minutes of Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals against Cleveland and missed the rest of a series the Warriors squandered after holding a 3-1 lead.But Bogut said the Lakers’ front office told his agent, David Bauman, “we have no concerns if you’re healthy.” Bogut added he and Bauman received assurances he would not be waived either for financial reasons or to clear up playing time for younger players.So Bogut agreed to a one-year deal. After all, Bogut had affection for Lakers coach Luke Walton after he had served as an assistant under Warriors coach Steve Kerr for two years (2014-2016). Bogut also found it appealing to help Walton accelerate the Lakers’ rebuilding project with his defense and mentoring. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Want Warriors news delivered to your phone? Sign up for a free trial of Mark Medina’s Warriors text messaging service* * *(Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)Instead, Bogut played in only 24 games and averaged 9.0 minutes. The Lakers then waived Bogut on Jan. 6, 2017, four days before his contract would have become guaranteed for the remainder of the season.“I took their word for that stupidly,” Bogut said. “It’s part of the business. But it’s disappointing because I have two young kids and all that. I was stupid enough to take their word on something I shouldn’t have.”Enough time has passed for Bogut to feel fully healthy after playing this past year with the Sydney Kings of the Australian National League. After signing with the Warriors last month as an insurance policy behind DeMarcus Cousins, Bogut has finally adjusted to the jet lag he experienced nearly two weeks ago. He has finally settled in a new Bay Area home with his family. He finally feels fully acclimated with a Warriors team eager to lean on his defense and screen setting, while sparking nostalgic memories about his previous four-year tenure (2012-16) and championship run (2015).Not enough time has passed, though, for Bogut to soften his frustrations about his brief stint with the Lakers.“It was a young team and the roster was kind of all over the place,” Bogut said. “Now obviously they got LeBron (James) and their own issues they are dealing with. It was definitely an interesting organization to be a part of after coming from Golden State. It’s just different. It’s ran differently.”The Lakers did not make Pelinka or Johnson available for comment. But the Lakers maintained they would not have made such assurances to Bogut about keeping him on a non-guaranteed contract out of concern that it could violate NBA rules. Otherwise, the Lakers could have just offered Bogut a guaranteed contract.Either way, that incident set off a series of events that made Bogut question his NBA future.After his family returned to their native Australia, Bogut continued training in Los Angeles in case any NBA teams wanted him on their playoff roster. Bogut said four unnamed teams expressed interest, but he decided not to pursue any of those options after his grandfather died unexpectedly.Shortly after Bogut returned to Melbourne for his grandfather’s funeral, he discovered his wife was facing a high-risk pregnancy with the baby due in July. At that point, Bogut determined he would stay in his native country for at least a year. He then signed a two-year deal with the Sydney Kings.“I never had in the back of my mind that I want to get back into the NBA,” Bogut said. “I didn’t even have my agent reach out to people.”That did not matter. This past December, Bogut said a handful of unnamed Warriors players contacted him and asked a simple question. “Can you get out of your contract?”Even if he felt the Lakers burned him, Bogut relayed that he had no plans to do that to the Sydney Kings. “I wanted to make sure I finish the right way,” Bogut said. Bogut said he would be interested in joining the Warriors once the NBL season ended in mid-February, if they still had an open roster spot.The Warriors had always kept their 15th and final slot open to account for a possible trade or a player available in the buyout market following the Feb. 7 trade deadline. Instead, the Warriors remained intrigued about another reunion with Bogut.Larry Harris, the Warriors’ assistant general manager and director of pro personnel, took a 15-hour flight to Sydney on Feb. 4. Then, Harris watched Bogut both practice and play in a game. They had lunch afterward to talk about the Warriors, and Harris was encouraged by Bogut’s improved health and the fact he was averaging 11.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 blocked shots in about 30 minutes per game.Nearly a month later, the Warriors agreed to a deal. Since then, Bogut has averaged 3.9 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 50 percent in 11 minutes through eight games, including three starts. That is far from what the Warriors expected from Bogut during his previous four-year stint when he primarily started at center and averaged 6.25 points and 8.27 rebounds. Still, Bogut has offered familiar qualities with his defensive intensity, screen setting and communication on a moment’s notice. Cousins missed two games with a sore right foot. He often has experienced foul trouble, too. In the playoffs, the Warriors anticipate using Bogut in limited minutes against true centers.“We throw him out there and it’s like he never left,” Kerr said. “He’s providing us with that extra big we needed.”Kerr also noticed that Bogut “appears recharged and refreshed.” That explains why Bogut already has committed to playing for the Australian national team in the 2019 World Cup in China (Aug. 31-Sept. 15) and in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (July 24-Aug. 9).Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

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Lakers’ Anthony Davis building early case for Defensive Player of the Year

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — It’s a defender’s nightmare: That sickening feeling as you fly past the man you’re supposed to be guarding, unable to do anything but watch as he waits you out with a shot fake.As the 3-point revolution keeps churning outside attempts upward, there have been more and more of these kinds of plays that are extremely hard to recover from – leaving one’s feet on a shot fake almost guarantees an open shot. The only possible recourse a defender has is to land in an angled stance and immediately leap back, hoping to disrupt the shooter as he reloads.The hope is for distraction, not necessarily stopping the shot. Unless, of course, you’re Anthony Davis, and you can reach back to tip Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer hopelessly off course the way he did Wednesday night in Utah.Because Davis’ athleticism and sweeping wingspan have the power to make even this common NBA mishap into an uncommonly impressive correction. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Davis’ top competition for the award figures to be Rudy Gobert, the Utah Jazz center who has won the award the last two seasons. Davis finished third to him in the 2017-18 season, the closest he’s ever come to winning.In the matchup on Wednesday, Davis impressed with a versatile game while Gobert was saddled with foul trouble. It’s not the first time he’s looked strong in a matchup against the Jazz: His career-best 10 blocks in a game came in a home matchup against Utah on his 25th birthday on March 11, 2018, but it came in a Pelicans loss.Ultimately, that’s what Davis hopes the ultimate measure of his success: winning. And while he wants to add a DPOY to his shelf, team hardware remains the higher priority. He wants the award, but he wants to fit into the role the Lakers have built even more.“It’s something that we work on, and I’m getting more comfortable with,” he said recently. “That’s the fun part. Up for new challenges every game with some of these guys that we play against. Especially the way the league is now, there’s a lot of stretch fours, and they’re doing things that guards do. So it makes it a challenge for me, but at the same time it’s fun and knowing that my teammates got my back.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s not hard,” LeBron James said, “when you’re the Defensive Player of the Year.”During the last week, the Lakers’ locker room has been ramping up the volume for Davis’ candidacy as the best defensive player in the league, a title he’s often been in contention for but never officially earned. Coach Frank Vogel said Davis “can and will” win DPOY, while Rajon Rondo said he should win that and league MVP.Davis has listed winning DPOY among his goals, even though on the court, he can be a little more restrained. In multiple games, teammates have heard him exclaim after a big defensive play: “First-team defense.”They’ve gently urged him to aim higher. One such moment came after Tuesday’s win in Denver, when Davis stopped Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray multiple times on drives in the final three minutes. As Davis came off the floor, guard Alex Caruso told him that he looked like the Defensive Player of the Year.“You’re shutting down the opposing team’s best player, one-on-one without fouling, on the road. Sick. Exhausted probably,” Caruso said. “That just goes to show the type of competitor he is, and then obviously we all know what he’s capable of.” What is Davis’ case, though? It’s tied up in the numbers.As a team, the Lakers (19-3) have had the fourth-best defense in the league (102.7 defensive rating). Davis is a key ingredient: He’s the only Laker who is on all of the top eight five-man lineups sorted by defensive rating, playing either center or power forward. As of Thursday, he was averaging a league-leading 2.7 blocked shots per game, and along with Orlando’s Jonathan Isaac was one of two players with at least 1.4 steals while ranking among the top 10 shot-blockers. He also is one of the best at keeping opponents off the free-throw line.But Davis might be most impressive in a crunchtime context: The Lakers have by far the best fourth-quarter defense in the league, just a 93.9 defensive rating. Davis is an inescapable piece of that, given that he’s switchable on wings and guards, that he can block shots at the rim (as he did in Denver), and that he can defend inbounds passes in critical situations.One need only look at the Lakers’ four-game trip last month, when Davis helped cover the court when the Lakers mucked up inbounds plays in three different games that could have tied or won the game for the opponent in the final seconds. In the last of these, Davis stole the inbounds pass against New Orleans, his former team, for a triumphant finish at the line.Those are situations where Davis truly shines, and which the Lakers lean on him to be a safety on inbounds passes, a blocker at the line, and a gatherer of critical rebounds.“I take pride in my defense,” he said. “Anytime late game when guys feel like they can score on me, I take it personal and try to play without fouling and get stops for my team. In those situations … you want to make sure you want to stay home and do what I do best and play defense and make them take tough shots.”Vogel joked recently that the Lakers were looking into cloning him to guard all five positions. But truly, the team believes Davis is capable of guarding anyone. As a power forward, he’s guarding more perimeter players than he ever has in his career, and while he’s admitted it’s often a challenge after playing opposing bigs for the previous seven years, his teammates cheer him on.Bradley pointed out the difference between Davis and other leading shot-blockers is that Davis can step out to the 3-point line when he needs to, something that could prove crucial in the playoffs.“If A.D. wants to guard a point guard and it came down to it to win a game, A.D. could do it,” Bradley said. “He’s that effective on that end of the floor.”Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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What channel is USMNT on today? Time, TV schedule for USA vs. Mexico in 2019 Gold Cup final

first_imgMexico needed extra time to get past Haiti with a 1-0 win to make it to its seventh final.MORE: Christian Pulisic leads United States into final against MexicoThe USA cleared its way to the final through a 3-1 victory over Jamaica in the semifinals.El Tri and the U.S. have met in six previous Gold Cup finals, the last being in 2011 when Mexico had a come from behind win, scoring four unanswered goals to win 4-2.  Mexico have won the Gold Cup seven times and the USMNT have taken home the trophy six times, most recently in 2017.  The United States men’s national team is set to face a familiar foe in Mexico for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.This is a record 11th time appearance for the Americans in the final. The regional rivalry is renewed as the two teams meet at a sold-out Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday.On what TV channel is USMNT vs. Mexico?Date: Sunday, July 7Start time: 9 p.m. ET TV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (seven-day free trial)Fox networks have carried every USMNT game live during the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.In addition to FS1’s live broadcast, the match will be streamed on Fox Sports Go. You can also watch it online by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. USA Gold Cup 2019 schedule, resultsDateResultJune 18USA 4, Guyana 0June 22USA 6, Trinidad & Tobago 0June 26USA 1, Panama 0June 30USA 1, Curaçao 0July 3USA 3, Jamaica 1last_img read more

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Antonio Brown deletes tweet saying furniture-throwing incident settled

first_img Falcons’ Julio Jones says he won’t hold out for new contract Former All-Pro safety Glover Quin retires However, Brown quickly backtracked and deleted the tweet, but not before it was captured by screenshots.Brown, who was with the Steelers at the time of the outburst, also faced a suit filed by the owner of the condo the All-Pro leased. The suit cited damages and a breach of agreement. Tom Brady throws to Rob Gronkowski in private LA workout, report says Not so fast, Antonio Brown.The Raiders wide receiver confirmed Monday on Twitter that he reached a settlement stemming from an incident in April 2018 in which he threw items, including 3-foot vases and furniture, off the balcony of his South Florida apartment. Some of those items landed close to a 22-month-old boy and his grandfather, so the baby’s father took action. Ophir Sternberg later named Brown in a lawsuit seeking $15,000 in damages for “intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault” that resulted in his son’s excessive crying, loss of sleep and anxiety, according to Miami-Dade County court filings.”The legal dispute between Ophir Sternberg and me has been resolved, with a confidential sum of funds being donated to charity,” Brown wrote. “I am sorry that an incident occurred. I apologize for any statements we made in court filings or otherwise to Mr. Sternberg and family. I wish Mr. Sternberg my best with regard to future endeavors and through this settlement, seek to make amends with Mr. Sternberg and family.” Related News The NFL had previously stated it was aware of the civil suits and will continue to closely monitor the situation.Following his trade to Oakland, Brown returned to Pittsburgh in May to resolve his speeding case stemming from a November citation for driving more than 100 mph.Expect the drama to continue when Brown and the Raiders make their debut on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”last_img read more

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Let’s answer all of Jacoby Brissett’s oddball Twitter questions

first_imgHere’s an explanation from Gizmodo:These days, footballs are typically made from cowhide or vulcanized rubber, making their nickname “pigskins” somewhat ironic. Football fans often perpetuate the idea that footballs used to be made of pigskin, which is how they got their nickname, but it turns out this isn’t the case.In fact, “pigskins” were originally made out of animal bladders — sometimes the bladder of a pig, which is thought to be how the moniker “pigskin” came about. Animal bladders were much more accessible to the average team than more expensive items like leather. When the bladder was inflated, it was mostly round and served well as a ball for gameplay.So one answer to Brissett’s question would be the bladder, as footballs used to be made from a pig’s bladder. But that was long ago. And as Big Game notes, using pig bladders resulted in bad footballs: “Straw and other material would oftentimes be stuffed in the pig bladder instead, but this tended to create balls with lumps and strange shapes that made official game play difficult.”The invention of vulcanized rubber in the 1860s helped change footballs into what you see today. Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett is interested in a lot of things, and is asking his Twitter followers for help.Over the past week, Brissett has been having morning thoughts on various topics. It has led to some hilarious interactions. But while some may mock Brissett’s curiosity, he’s actually asking some interesting questions. So, we thought we’d help Brissett out and find the answers he’s been looking for. Let’s go through his questions one by one.MORE: Ranking each NFL team’s potential Hall of Famers on current rosterThe water glass questionIf you drink water out a cup do you still have to wash the cup? Asking for a friend— Jacoby Brissett (@JBrissett12) July 9, 2019An interesting thought.After all, as Brissett points out, you’re just washing your water cup with water. So is there really any benefit to cleaning it?But you’re going to clean it with water right ?— Jacoby Brissett (@JBrissett12) July 9, 2019An article on prevention.com goes into detail about this question. They even spoke with a professional on the matter. In short, it really depends on who is using the cup. If you’re by yourself, it’s not overly harmful to just keep using the bottle over and over. But if you share the bottle with someone, then you start getting into some issues.”The more people who use that same cup, the greater the probability that one of those people carry bacteria that might make you sick,” Dr. Aaron Margolin, a professor of microbiology at the University of New Hampshire, told the website.It also matters what kind of cup you’re drinking out of. A glass cup is fine, but a plastic cup is much more likely to collect bacteria. In conclusion: “If you restrict the usage of the cup to a single individual and you make sure that the water is clean, then you are not going to get sick if you use the same cup over and over.”The space questionIf the sun is hot how is outer space cold ?— Jacoby Brissett (@JBrissett12) July 10, 2019This question received the most attention, as it currently sits at more than 38,000 likes on Twitter.Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs was happy to answer this one for Brissett. A Tennessee graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering, Dobbs took astronautics, propulsion and an aerodynamics class during his senior year — so he knows a thing or two about space and the atmosphere.He explained the answer to Brissett and it ended in a hilarious response from the Colts QB. A post shared by Sporting News (@sportingnews) on Jul 11, 2019 at 5:35am PDTObviously, Dobbs didn’t mean a literal vacuum.Here’s how Britannica defines a vacuum as it relates to space:Vacuum, space in which there is no matter or in which the pressure is so low that any particles in the space do not affect any processes being carried on there. It is a condition well below normal atmospheric pressure and is measured in units of pressure (the pascal). A vacuum can be created by removing air from a space using a vacuum pump or by reducing the pressure using a fast flow of fluid, as in Bernoulli’s principle.Or if you want a simpler definition, one of Brissett’s followers offered an easy-to-understand answer:Space is a vacuum with very little matter to retain heat. We feel the sun’s heat because the air, ground and water retain it and radiate it.— Hobbes (@JohnQuinnPublic) July 10, 2019The pigskin questionWhich part of the pig’s skin is actually a football ?— Jacoby Brissett (@JBrissett12) July 11, 2019A solid question, but footballs actually aren’t made of pig’s skin. View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

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Melvin Gordon contract: Chargers won’t go over ‘certain number’ in negotiations, report says

first_img Related News Source on Melvin Gordon and #Chargers extension talks: “They are not willing to move off a certain number.”— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 26, 2019Gordon, 26, was placed on the reserve/did not report list Wednesday after he did not arrive at training camp. ESPN reported Friday that the two sides had recently exchanged proposals, but “there is mounting pessimism” that Gordon’s holdout will go into the regular season.ESPN also notes Gordon, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, wants a new deal that will put him “among the highest-paid running backs in the league.” He already has told the Chargers that he will sit out with the potential of demanding a trade if he doesn’t doesn’t receive a satisfactory deal. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco addressed Gordon’s holdout earlier this week, saying he understands where Gordon is coming from as a player.”I love Melvin Gordon,” Telesco said. “He’s an excellent player. He’s tough. He has a great work ethic and represents our organization extremely well. But he’s not here. I understand his thoughts and opinions of what he’s going through. I always look at the player’s side, so I can see it. It doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I can kind of see what his thought process is.”Gordon could face up to $40,000 in fines for each day of training camp he misses as part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement because he still is under contract , ESPN notes. Le’Veon Bell ‘proud’ of Chargers’ Melvin Gordon for holding out Chargers’ Russell Okung reveals he had pulmonary embolism, a ‘near-death’ experience It doesn’t appear Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will report to training camp anytime soon as the two sides are struggling to agree on a new contract. Gordon has made it known that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to reach an extension with Los Angeles, including holding out into the regular season. But according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the Chargers “are not willing to move off a certain number” in negotiations with their running back. Philip Rivers ‘loves’ Melvin Gordon, but Chargers seem content with ‘deep’ running back grouplast_img read more

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