We told you yesterday the Lakers Steve Blake was fined $25,000 for saying a few magical words to a fan. Now we’re finding out Blake cussed out the son of an influential Lakers season ticket holder, and he now regrets the entire thing.
The incident happened late in the Lakers loss to the Clippers last Friday and according to the Los Angeles Times the fan told Blake “you need to knock down those open shots.” Which got Blake to snap back.
Who said it? Lance Jackson, son of Steve Jackson, the CEO of LA Gear. A guy who has had 8 courtside Lakers seats (think for a second about what that costs) for a long, long time. The Jackson’s home in Los Angeles has a full-size replica of the court and first few rows of Staples Center — it is so detailed it’s not uncommon for teams coming to play the Lakers or Clippers to go practice there. The Miami Heat have done it.
Jackson has friends in high places, so if Blake was going to pick a time to snap at a fan, he chose… poorly.
And Blake told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register he regrets the whole thing.
Blake said he can be “feisty” on the court but has never had an incident such as that one. He said there were no excuses, but he was frustrated by the Lakers dropping to 0-3 and it was a “spur-of-the-moment bad decision.”
Once again, Kobe Bryant‘s career arc is being compared to Michael Jordan’s.
There’s a lot of reason’s that’s flawed — starting with Kobe being drafted on to a Lakers team that had Shaquille O’Neal and was already considered NBA elite, as opposed to Jordan working to build a franchise up. That said, Kobe has invited the Jordan comparison at times and it has been a constant through is career. Fair or not.
Kobe is coming back this fall after seasons of injury to the NBA and those comparisons continue — now to the Wizards’ version of Jordan. And Kobe is not at all fond of that, as he told Sam Amick of the USA Today.
“This is uncharted territory,” he said. “My 37 (years old) isn’t MJ’s 37 (when he returned after taking two seasons off to play for the Washington Wizards), you know what I mean? Nor is it the same team or the same system that he was playing in. It’s much, much different. There’s really no barometer, no (precedent) for training physically, for recovery. It’s uncharted territory.”
Kobe is right. Jordan had four+ seasons off by the time he was 37 and was not coming off multiple major surgeries.
Kobe is entering his 20th NBA season and what any real basketball fan should wish for him is health. Let him play one full season (with limited minutes and nights off), let him get to the final game of this season next April and make his own decision on his future. Let him leave the game on his own terms.
That said, if Kobe can average Jordan’s numbers at that age — 22.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game — it will be a major accomplishment, and the Lakers will have a better record than many of us expect.
And Kobe may want to play a 21st season as well.
MILAN (AP) — The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.
Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, including nine in his first seven minutes after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter.
Jared Sullinger added 14 points, as did Avery Bradley, who also had four three-pointers, while David Lee weighed in with 13 as well as seven rebounds and three assists.
Alessandro Gentile – who is reportedly wanted by the Houston Rockets, who hold NBA rights to the 22-year-old – top scored for Milano, with 19 points.
Next up for the Celtics is Real Madrid in Spain on Thursday.