Joe Lacob told Draymond Green ‘statue’ after re-signing with Warriors
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Nothing immortalizes an athlete better than erecting a statue honoring his or her achievements.
The Warriors’ championship core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green have all made individual cases for receiving such an honor. According to team owner Joe Lacob, one of those players has already been promised one.
“When Draymond signed his extension this summer, he called me to say thank you,” Lacob told the “With Authority” podcast. “And before he could say anything else, I said ‘I only have one word to say to you’ and there was a long pause.”
“And he said ‘What’s that?’ Statue.”
Lacob did mention that there had been no official decision to build such a piece for anyone, just that he hopes to immortalize the stars that turned around his franchise at some point.
With the Warriors opening up Chase Center this week, you’d have to imagine the team has scouted out potential locations to honor some of its most talented players in the form of a bronze likeness within Thrive City.
All Draymond can hope for is that if he ever gets his own statue, the artist does a better job replicating him than what the Madeira airport in Portugal created for soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Anthony hasn’t played since the Houston Rockets shipped him to the Chicago Bullsearly last season in a deal that saw the Bulls immediately release him. Anthony played just 10 games with the Rockets before the team removed him from the rotation in November and essentially fired him.
Anthony is known as a hard worker and a good teammate. But his reputation as a gunner past his prime unwilling to accept a secondary role off an NBA bench appears to have prevented him from finding work.
The Mobile Police Department confirmed to USA Today on Thursday that Cousins has been charged with third-degree harassing communications, a domestic violence misdemeanor carrying a maximum jail sentence of one year if convicted.
Christy West filed a police report on Friday alleging that Cousins threatened her life if she did not allow their 7-year-old son to attend his wedding this past weekend. TMZ Sports obtained audio of the alleged threat, which West provided to police.
The alleged telephone exchange:
Cousins: “I’m gonna ask you this one more time before I take it to another level: Can I have my son here?”
West: “Go shoot the ball.”
Cousins: “Can I have my son here, please?”
West: “No, he’s not coming.”
Cousins: “I’m gonna make sure I put a bullet through your f—ing head.”
West confirmed to USA Today that she signed the arrest warrant.
Cousins married Morgan Lang on Saturday.
Both the Lakers and the NBA acknowledged the alleged incident and reserved comment pending investigations into the matter.
Cousins avoided a misdemeanor charge following an alleged nightclub brawl involving then-Sacramento Kings teammate Matt Barnes in 2017. He and Barnes were sued in relation to the incident when one victim alleged Cousins punched him.
Cousins signed a one-year contract with the Lakers this summer. He tore his ACL during a workout this month and is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season.
Kobe says he would have won 12 rings if Shaq were in shape, that fist fight brought respect
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It has been 15 years since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were teammates, and yet tales of their legendary feuds — and championship exploits — never get old.
Kobe was at the PHP Agency Convention in Las Vegas recently, speaking on stage with Patrick Bet-David (the video is above but NSFW), when they talked a little about Shaq and his work ethic. Or lack thereof (“I got hurt on company time, so I’ll heal on company time”). Kobe was asked what would have happened if Shaq had his work ethic.
“He’d be the greatest of all time. He’d be the first to tell you that…
“I wish he was in the gym. I would’ve had 12 f****** rings!”
Kobe was telling all sorts of stories (another is in the Tweet, but again NSFW).
Kobe and Shaq clashed about work ethic and style, but there was a mutual respect for much of the run (the bad blood eventually overwhelmed everything). Kobe also said that respect started when he tried to fight Shaq.
“I know Rick Fox, my teammates thought I was absolutely crazy, the day me and Shaq got in a fistfight…
“There’s a level of respect, for Shaq too, by the way, he’s told me that day was a big turning point for him because he’s generally used to talking trash and saying what he wants and nobody really stepping up and challenging him on that. When he saw me challenge him on that he said ‘this kid’s crazy, alright, I can win with that.’ And that’s the beginning of our relationship, really.”
I’m not sure Kobe and Shaq stories will ever get old. Or will Laker fans ever stop wondering what might have been if… but there were too many ifs.
Shaquille O’Neal burns Dwight Howard while squashing beef with Kobe Bryant
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After the comments started to circulate, Bryant tweeted on Wednesday that O’Neal was still the “#MDE” (most dominant ever). O’Neal defended himself on Instagram, commenting that the Lakers wouldn’t have immortalized him with a statue if he didn’t work hard.
“U woulda had twelve if u passed the ball more especially in the finals against the pistons #facts”
“You don’t get statues by not working hard”
Bryant then cleared the air on Twitter, and wrote that he and Shaq are “too old to beef.”
Shaq responded by roasting new Lakers center Dwight Howard, who also famously clashed with Bryant during his initial spell in Los Angeles.
NBA fans celebrated Shaq and Kobe putting aside their differences to clown Howard.
TMZ Leaks Video of DeMarcus Cousins Allegedly Threatening to Kill Christy West
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DeMarcus Cousins‘ ex-girlfriend, Christy West, said that the Los Angeles Lakers center threatened to kill her when she refused to let their seven-year-old son attend his wedding to Morgan Lang last week.
In audio of an August 23 phone call acquired by TMZ Sports, a person speaking with West says, “I’m gonna ask you this one more time before I take it to another level. Can I have my son here, please?”
When West says no, the other person responds, “I’m gonna make sure I put a bullet in your f–king head.”
West said the voice in the recording belongs to Cousins, and she submitted the audio to the Mobile Police Department in Mobile, Alabama.
West has reportedly filed a restraining order for her and her son against Cousins, although she said she is open to Cousins having supervised visits with the child.
In addition to the audio recording, West said that Cousins told her he would kill her “even if he didn’t have to get his hands dirty doing it.”
West has also said in court documents that Cousins once choked her.
After spending the 2018-19 season with the Golden State Warriors, Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers this offseason. The 29-year-old veteran is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 campaign, though, after tearing his ACL during a workout.
In an effort to replace the four-time All-Star, the Lakers signed another veteran big man in Dwight Howard on Monday.
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Warriors superstar Stephen Curry showed up to play pickup ball at famed Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B.’s basketball block party in Oakland on Sunday.
Mistah F.A.B., whose real name is Stanley Petey Cox, hosted the basketball tournament at Pepsi Park on 44th Street in Oakland. Backpacks were being given out to kids who just started school.
Social media video of the event showed Curry playing hard against local Oakland hoopers, who flipped the table and drained three pointers over the two-time league MVP.
Cox’s event drew a large crowd and Curry’s surprise entrance only made it larger, with spectators lined up along the court’s boundaries to watch the All-Star play. But since it was Cox’s event, he would not be outshined. Mistah F.A.B. took and drained a game-winning shot with Curry on his team, according to ESPN NBA writer Marc Spears.
“I want to make sure that they’re growing up in a world better than the one we are currently living in.” – Kobe Bryant
As the coach of his daughter Gianna’s basketball team, Kobe’s belief in the power of sport lives past his own career. It’s that same belief that led him to create Mamba League. Today, Mamba League provides access to basketball to all kids, giving them skills to change their life both on and off the court. # justdoit # madetoplay
But we’re pretty sure the language in the sale papers prohibits him from flying that close to the truth out loud, so we’re left thinking how he could change the look and sound of the Los Angeles Clippers while leaving the sight of the team to his basketball ops people. Oh, and to do so without seeming like the worst impulse-control case since Genghis Khan.
Still, uber-billionaires gotta uber-billionaire and you don’t get that kind of jack by being patient, polite or subdued. Ballmer has to wait for completion of his new mega-gymnasium, but he can be as twitchy as he wants on the rest of it, so the time to de-Clipper the Clippers may already be upon us. Sure, it’s fashion for the hell of it because nobody has really complained about the nickname, and the franchise has already burned through two other cities and nine different uniform designs, with each change being more and more generic and less and less interesting, if you’re going to WTF, WTF with energy and verve.
And frankly, as manic as he is, Ballmer looks like he could use the help. With that as our motivation, we present the New Clippers, all dressed up for your entertainment and Nike’s jersey budget.
He’s got all the money ever printed, so why wouldn’t he give in to the same vanity Paul Brown did in 1946? No reason, of course, so let’s just assume he’d sign off on the idea. Basically, you take Ballmer’s screaming face, which is largely an open mouth with a few things around it, paint it orange, slap some basketball seams on it and meld it with the old Cincinnati Royals logo and you pretty much have it. The uniforms would be baggy polo shirts and what used to be called Richard Nixon walking shorts, also in honor of Ballmer’s normal attire, although in honesty this also brushes up against the Miami Floridians’ original logo. Every basket by the home team would trigger the sound of Ballmer laughing like an unhinged asylum denizen over the PA, which would break the wills of Russian spies, let alone the Charlotte Hornets. In fact, that ritual hell-cackle should be a persistent feature of the in-game experience.
Yes, the X, as in LAX. It’s the only real homage to this monument to urban sprawl that would work, especially since the new arena won’t be that far off the flight path, and L.A. is all about getting in and out of L.A. The uniforms would just have an X, and the team colors would be monochrome (white on white with white trim, or black on black with black trim, or choose your own color). When people complain that they can’t see the numbers and aren’t really sure who’s who, the answer would be, “We are X. You are not meant to know us.” Very indie filmmaker. Also very Kawhi.
They have Jerry West on staff. This should be easy.
A hat tip to 83 percent of the restaurants in the county. It would look better as Fusion, sure, but nicknames should be plural unless you have a damned good reason why it shouldn’t. Truthfully, this is lame, but it is Los Angeles. if you’re not flying in or out of town, you’re eating somewhere where the portions are small, the bills are large and the origins are manifold.
Yes, steal the old Seattle nickname and then make the inevitable expansion team pay to get it back. Cynical but effective.
Not the Newfoundland minor-league hockey team with the delightful logo, but Doc Rivers’s razor-blade-scraping-concrete voice. Not sure how you make this into a logo, but if you can do Ballmer from the point of view of his own larynx, you can do this.
Merely a nod to the team’s true origins, plus it allows a clever graphic artist to create either a dribbling buffalo à la this founding father, this hornet, this bird, and this acorn, or a thunder-dunking buffalo. I mean, who doesn’t want to see a leaping buffalo palming a ball with hooves? Plus, neither the Lakers, Rams nor Dodgers are L.A. originals. If nothing else, this could show Steve that Clippers isn’t all that awful.
Although if he’s hell-bent on change and wants an animal doing something it wouldn’t normally do, there’s this, which is hilarious on its face and needs only some species adjustment.
The Uncle Dennises
I mean, you know he’d ask, right?
I mean, you know she’d get a lawyer to ask on her behalf, right? Plus, the beekeeper’s hat as a fashion statement would be a grand inside joke for the woman who hastened the end of the Sterling era while dressed like a style-conscious welder. And speaking of which:
Okay, no. Not under any circumstances. It would be like re-naming the White Sox after Arnold Rothstein, only way worse.
But maybe best and boldest of all . . .
Yeah, I said it. There are few moves as bold as just stealing your rival’s very identity and then just denying that the other organization even exists. Sure, gainsaying every argument with a snide-y “No, you’re not the Lakers, WE’RE the Lakers” will become tedious and then irritating. Jeanie Buss will sue and then Ballmer can say, “Jeanie, you’re worth $500 million, your team is worth $3.7 billion, but I’m worth $52 billion. Let’s throw lawyers at each other until your arms get tired.” It solves the colossal image inequities in the current Los Angeles market, and other than being spectacularly illegal and making Adam Silver cry, the move really has no discernible downside. The possibility of bitter recrimination-fueled chaos is too sweet not to explore.
Glad to help, and I’ll take my consultant’s fee in large unmarked bills, thanks.
Ray Ratto has too much time on his hands and just stole some of yours without any remorse at all.
The veteran big man plans to sign a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers after finalizing a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The deal is reportedly non-guaranteed.
The 33-year-old Howard was acquired by the Grizzlies in a cap-clearing trade last month with the Washington Wizards, who received C.J. Miles in return. The Grizzlies never intended to keep Howard for the season and were apparently unable to find a trade partner that desired Howard.
Dwight Howard and the Lakers reunite
The deal will return Howard to a team where had a disastrous first stint. The center burned several bridges in his quest to force a trade from the Orlando Magic to the Lakers, only to struggle with injuries and conditioning, and squabble with Kobe Bryant over usage. Howard eventually left the Lakers after one season to sign a max contract with the Houston Rockets.
Despite that history, the Lakers are still willing to bring Howard back after losing DeMarcus Cousins for the season due to a torn ACL. Howard now projects to be the team’s back-up big man behind JaVale McGee, the only other center currently on the roster. The team had also reportedly considered bringing in Joakim Noah.
Howard has shown he can still put up decent numbers as a center when he’s on the court, having posted 15.0 points, 12.4 rebounds and and 1.4 blocks in 29.8 minutes per game while shooting .588 from the field. Of course, health has been a significant concern as he missed nearly all of last season with a butt injury.
The Lakers won’t need much from Howard beyond rebounding, interior defense and finishing inside the paint with LeBron James and Anthony Davis running the show. The question becomes whether Howard is willing to accept that smaller role.
Howard on thin ice at this point of his career
It’s quite understandable the Lakers would want to limit their risk with Howard through a non-guaranteed deal, given the former All-Star’s turbulent track record over the last few years.
Howard is now set to play for his fifth team in five years, having left town after each season with a diminished reputation. He’s consistently talked about how he’s personally changed with each recent stop, but the results have still disappointed.
According to Charania, Howard got an in with the Lakers after convincing top assistant coach and former Olympics teammate Jason Kidd that he had actually changed. Howard was also reportedly able to lobby Lakers players and officials by admitting he had hit “rock bottom” last year.
From The Athletic:
League sources said Howard had a convincing and emotional meeting with the players and Lakers officials, explaining how he had reached rock bottom a season ago and needed to find a new mindset in his life. On and off the floor. He was not the teammate he needed to be in playing for three teams in the past three years. He did not take the game seriously enough, he did not understand what was needed to turn the corner.
One source told Charania that Howard looked “amazing” during a workout with the Lakers on Thursday, and he also reportedly surprised officials by showing up to the Lakers’ facility a day early for an impromptu workout.
Despite all his struggles, Howard is still on NBA roster and has his best shot at a championship ring in years. We’ll see if he’s able to make it work this time.
Now, we’ve got the man himself quibbling with his MVP loss.
James Harden has a theory about why he lost MVP
During an interview on Houston-area radio station 97.9 The Box, the topic of Harden’s historic season last year came up. After some prodding from the host, Harden began discussing the MVP race and his public perception.
Harden’s biggest point of grief: a media narrative that formed around him.
The discussion begins around the 6:08 mark in the video below.
The full transcript of the exchange:
Host: I know you won’t say it, but I’m going to say it. I was pissed off when the MVP went down. I swear to god, I turned my TV off and I said ‘It’s politics, man.’ I know you probably don’t get involved, man I was hot.
Harden: Nah, but I think the same way you think.
Host: This man just had a historic year.
Harden: One for the books. Even when I’m gone, they’re going to talk about it.
Host: Did you get hot? Were you mad?
Harden: It’s out of my control. I think once the media, they create a narrative about somebody from the beginning of the year. I think they just take the narrative and run with it the entire year. I don’t want to get into any details, but all I can do is control what I can do. I went out there and did what I was supposed to do at a high level, you know what I’m saying? A few seasons where anybody’s ever done that before.
Harden doesn’t specify what exact narrative cost him the MVP, but the Rockets superstar isn’t lacking for possibilities. They could include criticisms of Harden as a ref-dependent volume scorer, Harden being considered the NBA equivalent of a system quarterback and Antetokounmpo’s Bucks quickly establishing themselves as the East’s biggest upstart.