TAG: los angeles lakers

Smack / Sep 18, 2014 / 11:45 am

Nick Young Is Making Lakers Rookie Jordan Clarkson Call Him “Daddy Swag”

Nick Young

If sheer entertainment value is what the Los Angeles Lakers had in mind when signing Nick Young to a four-year, $21.3 million contract, then Mitch Kupchak and company are surely pleased with Swaggy P’s offseason performance. Whether it’s jet-setting with his superstar musician girlfriend, showing off his underrated hops, or playing pick-up with unsuspecting youngsters on the blacktop, Young has clearly made the most of his time off. Read More »

NBA, We Reminisce / Sep 16, 2014 / 9:45 pm

Happy 80th Birthday To Elgin Baylor! Truly One Of The NBA’s Forgotten Greats

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A lot of names get bandied around when it comes to the increasingly divisive (and almost always insufferable) Greatest of All Time debate. But one name in particular that is usually inexplicably omitted from this discussion is Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall-of-Famer Elgin Baylor, who is considered by many one of the most criminally-under-appreciated players in NBA history, and by others – namely the eternal Bill Russell – quite simply the best player to ever set foot on a basketball court. Read More »

NBA, sponsored01 / Sep 10, 2014 / 3:00 pm

The Equalizer Part 2: Cutthroat Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James

He’s 35, but he isn’t that far removed from his fifth championship. In spite of his travails last season, Kobe Bryant represents a purely killer instinct that does not abate even after reflecting on the vestiges of prior failures. The Black Mamba is our second in a three-part series where we’ll give you the NBA stars who best represent an “Equalizer,” a person and a player who levels the playing field so everyone gets a fair shake. There aren’t many players capable of navigating the various obstacles blocking the bath to equanimity in the most dire of on-court situations, but our three Equalizers certainly fit the bill — both on and off the court. Nobody is steeped in the characteristics of an equalizer more than Kobe, perhaps the most reptilian of our choices, a man who will coldly do whatever it takes to get a victory. Read More »

NBA / Sep 9, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Byron Scott On Kobe: “There Might Be Some Games Where He Can’t Play”

Byron Scott

Given his age and recent injury history, many people are wondering whether Kobe Bryant will still perform at an elite level this season. One way to make sure Kobe remains effective is to manage his minutes, even sitting him out at times during the regular season — something akin to what the Heat did with Dwayne Wade last season. This is something new Lakers head coach Byron Scott plans on discussing with Kobe when training camp starts. Read More »

Video / Sep 8, 2014 / 9:30 pm

Nick Young Joins Unsuspecting Kids For Game Of 3-On-3 In New York

Nick Young

Nick Young (photo. Instagram)

The best part about this video of Nick Young playing 3-on-3 with youngsters in New York is that it’s not much different than how he hoops with the Los Angeles Lakers. Read More »

Smack / Sep 7, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Nick Young Thinks Kobe Bryant Is Better Than Michael Jordan

Nick Young

Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young recently took to Twitter to express his opinion that teammate Kobe Bryant is a better player than Michael Jordan. Young’s more accurate take – in our opinion, at least – is his adolescent one that Tracy McGrady was superior to the Black Mamba. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Sep 4, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Report: Suns Could Lose Bledsoe, Dragic In Free Agency; Lakers Interested

Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic

The 2014-2015 Los Angeles Lakers are a patchwork team. Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin are playing on expiring contracts, Steve Nash will likely retire after this season, and Los Angeles has a team option on 2015-2016 for the re-signed Jordan Hill. Even Kobe Bryant isn’t in the Lakers’ long-term plans; there’s a very real possibility he hangs up his Nikes after next season. Only rookie Julius Randle and Nick Young will surely be with Los Angeles past 2016. Read More »

NBA / Sep 3, 2014 / 11:30 am

Is Earl Clark Another Diamond In The Rough For The Spurs?

Earl Clark, Mike Brown

The San Antonio Spurs plan on working out free agent forward Earl Clark this week. The 6-10 Clark has largely been a disappointment in the NBA, considering his size and skill, but with the Spurs he might be another reclamation project where later we’re astounded by their prescience. Read More »

NBA / Sep 2, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Influenced By Kobe’s Work Ethic, Jodie Meeks Should Mentor Young Pistons

Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks

The Kobe Bryant stories just keep on coming. As the Los Angeles Lakers legend readies for the nineteenth season of his career, tales of Bryant’s unmatched and relentless drive to improve have been added to his historical lore on a seemingly daily basis. Former Laker and current Detroit Piston Jodie Meeks is the latest to extol Kobe’s work ethic, telling the Detroit Free Press that he’s been supremely influenced by his former teammate. Read More »

instagram / Sep 1, 2014 / 10:30 am

Video: Nick Young Shows Off Iggy Azalea’s Trick Shot

Nick Young, Iggy Azalea

Ever since singer/rapper Iggy Azalea admitted her first date with Lakers guard Nick Young, took place at a Target, we’ve been rooting for these two to stick together — despite how hectic things can get in the public’s eye. Over the long Labor Day Weekend, Iggy and Nick stopped by the Lakers’ practice court together and she showed off her own flair for the dramatics, just like her beau. Read More »