It’s not been a good day if you’re a Lakers fan. Even if you’re Ice Cube.
The Lakers are in full on tank mode to keep their pick making sure their young players get run so they can develop. That interestingly has meant D'Angelo Russell is coming off the bench, being tried at the two, and generally experimented with. As if they might draft Lonzo Ball and move on from the Russell era in Los Angeles.
Ice Cube — a huge Lakers’ fan and one of the founders of the 3-on-3 league coming this summer – is no fan of the tanking. And he’d like to see a little more D’Angelo, he told TMZ in an ambush interview.
The Lakers are doing exactly the right thing – play the youth, experiment with lineups, see what works and what doesn’t, find out who is playing hard when the season is over, and if out of all of that you keep the top three protected pick, all the better. Luke Walton needs to keep pushing them, coaching them hard, then this summer the Lakers can assess where they are and who is part of the future.
Then make smart moves this summer and Ice Cube — and the rest of Lakers Nation — will be happy.
Rockets’ Clint Capela on Warriors: ‘I expect to beat them’
That’s a fine sentiment. Saying it publicly is another matter. Not even Harden did that a couple years ago. He was recorded during a pregame team huddle.
There’s a fine line between self-fulfilling confidence and providing bulletin-board material to the opponent. There’s already some animosity between the teams stemming from the Stephen Curry-Harden MVP race in 2015, and it has bubbled since. No matter how harmless Capela’s remark might have been intended to be, it’ll be met contentiously in the Bay Area.
Oklahoma City traded for Victor Oladipo out of Orlando to be their third scorer, behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It didn’t exactly work out that way, Durant bolted town and when Westbrook went off Oladipo was looking for a place to fit in.
That place turned out to be the Pacers.
Oladipo has been playing like an All-Star this season with Indiana, and last week he was key in snapping Cleveland’s 13 game win streak, then turned around and dropped 47 points on Denver. For the week he averaged 35.7 points a game, shot 45.7 percent from three, plus grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game.
That will get you named the PBT Extra Player of the Week.
Watch Pacers fan boo Paul George during introductions (video)