The father of the Lakers guard was on FS1 Thursday morning for Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. That was where LaVar had a LeBron James take so ridiculous that even Baylesscouldn’t endorse it.
He said that Lonzo is better than LeBron.
This was the exchange:
Sharpe: Are you saying Lonzo’s better than LeBron? LaVar: YES. Bayless: You lost me on that one. LaVar: I’ll lose you again. You can’t go there. LeBron getting older. I’m making Zo better than LeBron if I’m coaching because I’m (gonna) let him loose.
Lonzo — when not sidelined by injury — is averaging 10 points per game and shooting 38 percent for his career. He’s objectively not better than LeBron. No amount of coaching can make Lonzo better than LeBron.
But LaVar is back like he never left — that’s for sure.
Original article: https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/02/lavar-lonzo-ball-better-lebron-lakers
LeBron James had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Kyle Kuzmaadded 25 points and Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles bounce back after a 42-point loss at Indiana on Tuesday.
Rondo was in the right place at the right time for his final shot against the team he won an NBA title with in 2008. Brandon Ingramhad his layup attempt blocked by Al Horford, but Horford whiffed on the rebound and the ball bounced into Rondo’s hands.
Kyrie Irving led Boston with 24 points and eight assists. Jayson Tatum added 22 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Theis has 20 points off the bench but the Celtics had a five-game win streak snapped.
THUNDER 117, GRIZZLIES 95
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had his eighth straight triple-double, and Oklahoma City rolled past depleted Memphis.
Westbrook finished with 15 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. He now has the longest triple-double streak of his career and is one short of Wilt Chamberlain‘s NBA record of nine straight set in 1968.
Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 27 points for the Grizzlies, who were reeling from the news that franchise cornerstone Marc Gasol was traded to the Raptors for three players.
RAPTORS 119, HAWKS 101
ATLANTA — Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 33 points, Fred VanVleet added a career-best 30 and Toronto rallied after trailing by 17 points in the first half to beat Atlanta.
The Raptors were short-handed after trading four players in two deals before the trade deadline. They used only nine players and relied heavily on Siakam, who also had 13 rebounds, and VanVleet with All-Star Kawhi Leonard resting.
Rookie Trae Young and Taurean Price each had 19 points for Atlanta.
Toronto, which began the night two games behind Eastern Conference leader Milwaukee, acquired center Marc Gasol from Memphis before Thursday’s trade deadline for Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles and Delon Wright.
TRAIL BLAZERS 127, SPURS 118
PORTLAND, Ore. — CJ McCollum had 30 points, including seven 3-pointers, and the Trail Blazers handed the Spurs their third straight loss.
Damian Lillard added 24 points and nine assists for the Blazers, who were coming off a loss at home to Miami but have won seven of their last nine games overall.
It was the second straight game that McCollum has had seven 3s, which match his career high. With his second 3-pointer, McCollum passed Terry Porter for third on Portland’s all-time list.
DeMar DeRozan had 35 points for the Spurs, who were playing the third game of an extended road trip because of the rodeo visiting AT&T Center.
PACERS 116, CLIPPERS 92
INDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic had 29 points and seven rebounds to lead Indiana over short-handed Los Angeles.
Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA’s annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes didn’t play in the fourth quarter of a win over Charlotte because of a trade with Sacramento.
“I got word of it during the game,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
The Dallas-Sacramento deal is significant for both sides.
The Kings are trying to get into the Western Conference playoffs, and now can add Barnes to their promising young core. Barnes has a $25.1 million player option for next season. Meanwhile, Dallas — which got Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. from New York last week in a massive deal — will have salary-cap space to spend in the coming months as it looks to add more pieces around Luka Doncic.
“Things are going to look different on the court,” said Carlisle, who wished Barnes well and told him after Dallas’ game that he believes the Sacramento deal is a good situation for him.
Meanwhile, Davis remained in place and out of uniform.
The Pelicans haven’t played him since he and agent Rich Paul went public last week with their trade request, and decided not to play the six-time All-Star in Chicago on Wednesday either. The reasons for that were obvious; in case a deal can be made, it’s not worth it for the Pelicans to risk an injury.
“It’s going to eventually get resolved,” Gentry said.
There will be resolution — maybe just partial resolution, but resolution nonetheless — when the deadline arrives Thursday afternoon. Davis is still under contract for next season, so the Pelicans are in a slippery spot where they don’t need to deal their best player now for fear of losing him in July for nothing but also know that he doesn’t want to remain in New Orleans.
If the Pelicans don’t trade Davis by Thursday, they’ll almost certainly be back in the depths of trade talks in June and July — draft time and free agency.
“I mean, obviously, it’s on everyone’s mind,” Gentry said. “But we just try to put it on the back burner and focus on the task at hand and that’s playing the Chicago Bulls. Not anything we can do about it. … I think everything kind of clears up after (Thursday), at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess normal, or whatever our new normal is going to be.”
Kevin Durant press conference overshadows explosive night vs. Spurs
Monte Poole • NBC Sports
OAKLAND – When Kevin Durant took the floor in Wednesday night’s 141-102 win, and immediately began blistering the San Antonio Spurs with his deadeye shooting, it was only a prelude for the fireworks to come.
The postgame interview session, Durant’s first public comments since Jan. 28, devolved into the purest sort of theater: That of a man unleashing his frustrations, honestly and furiously, without regard for decorum.
“It’s unnecessary,” Durant said with considerable exasperation. “You’ve got a dude, Ethan Strauss (of The Athletic), who comes in here and just gives his whole opinion on stuff and makes it feels like it’s coming from me. He just walks around here, don’t talk to nobody. Just walks in here and surveys and then writes something like that. And now y’all piling on me because I don’t want to talk to y’all about that.
“I have nothing to do with the Knicks,” he continued. “I don’t know who traded Porzingis. That’s got nothing to do with me. I’m trying to play basketball.
“Y’all come in here every day, ask me about free agency, ask my teammates and my coaches, you rile up the fans about it. Let us play basketball. That’s all I’m saying. And now when I don’t want to talk to y’all it’s a problem with me. Come on, man. Grow up. Grow up. Yeah, you (Strauss). Grow up. Come on, bruh.”
This was Durant, straight up, emptying his emotional clip on media – Strauss in particular – for generating and participating and perpetuating the speculation that upon becoming a free agent New York is at least a possibililty.
The Durant-Strauss exchange lasted for the better part of a minute, with Durant firing most of the shots. He didn’t shout. He didn’t cuss. He didn’t threaten. He was stern and controlled, yes, but it was as if nine days of silence came tumbling out, straight, uncut and volcanically.
“I come in here and go to work every day,” Durant said. “I don’t cause no problems. I play the right way – or I try to play the right way. I try to be the best player I can be, every possession. What’s the problem? What am I doing to y’all.
“Who are you?” he directed to Strauss, who pointed out that Durant had been available and accessible all season, until last week. “Why do I gotta talk to you? Tell me? Is that going to help me do my job better? Nah, bruh. I didn’t feel like talking.”
Durant is right about his routine. He works as hard as he always has. He’s productive. He’s a good teammate most of the time, which can be said of any superstar in the NBA.
He’s wrong, however, about the free agency dialogue. It’s not daily, at least not among local reporters. I haven’t asked about it once, and no one has made it a regular issue — with good reason.
Durant said before the season, after signing a deal with the Warriors with an opt-out clause, that he wanted to keep his options open.
That topic has, by and large, been respected. It resurfaces from time to time, such as last week. Boston’s Kyrie Irving, who last summer told Celtics fans he planned to re-sign, backed off that and said he owes nobody anything. Because Durant and Irving are mutual admirers, that, along with the Porzingis deal, was enough to open the door once more.
But this was his moment to speak his mind.
“I just don’t trust none of y’all,” he said. “Every time I say something, it gets twisted up and thrown out into so many different publications. Trying to tear me down with my words. So when I don’t say nothing, it’s a problem. I just want to play ball. I just want to go to the gym and go home. That’s all. Is that a problem? All right then.”
Then Durant was asked about the game in which he made his first six shots, and scored 15 first-quarter points. He finished with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-4 from deep. He added nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals, was plus-28 over 29 minutes.
He was fantastic.
He also was too upset to discuss it.
“I’m done,” he said. “You know you don’t care about that.”
The Bulls had been looking for athleticism on the wing and even with cap space this summer, they pounced on Porter being available.
Porter, 25, signed a four-year, $106.5 million extension with the Wizards in 2017. The final year in 2020-21 is a player option worth $28.4 million.
Porter is averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and two assists in his sixth NBA season out of Georgetown.
Parker, 23, had fallen out of favor in Chicago despite a much ballyhooed return to his native city as a free agent last summer and was inactive for long stretches under former coach Fred Hoiberg and current coach Jim Boylen. Having a team option next season, the Bulls had been entertaining trade offers for Parker from the Dallas Mavericks recently but talks fizzled on a potential deal, sources said.
Portis and the Bulls couldn’t come to terms on a contract extension before the season, and he stood to become a restricted free agent. With Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. as frontline staples for Chicago, Portis became expendable.
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered an embarrassing 42-point loss on Tuesday night in Indiana. The loss was so bad that NBA fans noticed that LeBron was sitting alone at the end of the Lakers bench, and many read into the photo as a sign of Lakers turmoil.
That didn’t mean that NBA fans couldn’t joke about the moment — they did. The three-seat gap between LeBron and the nearest teammate made for some prime Photoshop opportunities. Some fans took advantage of that.
The Larry David edit was excellent work. Bravo, NBA Twitter.