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Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young reacts after making a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 6, 2016. The Los Angeles Lakers won 112-95. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

Nick Young on D’Angelo Russell: “We’ll be able to work it out”

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It was the most TMZ-friendly story in the NBA last season: Lakers’ rookie D'Angelo Russell posted a video of Nick Young talking about how he got women and cheated on his fiancee Iggy Azalea. It was one of the dominoes that led to the end of the relationship between the rapper and NBA journeyman. Meanwhile, it led to a lot of tension in the Laker locker room, led to veterans denouncing the rookie, and it was a humbling and maturing moment for Russell (whose ego had been an issue with former coach Byron Scott).

There’s long been a sense the Lakers would not keep Young and Russell both on the roster this coming season — if they couldn’t move Young as part of a trade, they would waive him and stretch the contract. That could still happen.

But Young says he is ready to move on, and that he and Russell coexist in the same locker room just fine. Young spoke to Mark Medina of the Daily News about it outside the Drew League recently (where Young has played well).

“We’re teammates,” Young told the Southern California News Group. “It’s been so long, so it’s kind of old. We’ll be able to work it out. We’ve already been working it out. It is what it is. I can’t be mad forever.”

Young has two years and $11 million left on his contract. Young and old-school coach Scott clashed, but Young also said he is excited to play in a more up-tempo style for new coach Luke Walton. That said, Young shot 33.9 percent overall last season and 32.5 percent from three, poor numbers even for a guy never known as an efficient scorer. Young had a PER of 9.1. Maybe he can improve those numbers, but the question is will the Lakers give him a chance?

 

Heckler at Drew League calls out James Harden’s flopping, the beard confronts him

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 18:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets walks across the court during their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Toyota Center on March 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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James Harden has a long and storied history as a flopper.

The Beard is a Los Angeles native and swung by the pro-am Drew League (a great environment where a lot of NBA players drop in for games) last weekend. Harden had his team up scoring 27 points on seven shots — in the first half.

Then a heckler called Harden out for a flop — and Harden walked over and confronted him.

Harden is used to hecklers and people rooting against him, and none of this fazed him — he finished the game with 42.

(Hat Tip Ball Don’t Lie)

LeBron James organizing September workouts for Cavaliers in Los Angeles

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 20: Kyrie Irving #2, LeBron James #23, Tristan Thompson #13, Kevin Love #0 and J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers return to Cleveland after wining the NBA Championships on June 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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LeBron James has done it before, he knows what it takes to win back-to-back NBA titles.

He knows it means you have to come to camp focused and ready for business, not just to take a victory tour. He’s going to be giving that message to his Cavaliers teammates in Los Angeles next month, reports Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

LeBron James will host his annual pre-training camp workouts for his Cavaliers teammates in Los Angeles in September, multiple sources told cleveland.com.

Since James returned to Cleveland in 2014, he’s gathered the Cavs to prepare for the upcoming season with a series of informal workouts that typically start around Labor Day.

LeBron has organized similar preseason workouts for years, both when he was with the Heat and with the Cavaliers. Doing it in Los Angeles makes sense — many Cavaliers players (and other teams) are in Los Angeles during the summer. The Clippers practice facility is home to some of the best pick-up summer games in the nation.

The Cavaliers open camp officially on Sept. 27, and they will enter the season like they did the last one — the clear favorites and best team in the East. However, their real competition for a title will come from the West. That is what they need to be working toward.

Serbia beats China 94-60, advances in men’s basketball

BELGRADE, SERBIA - JULY 09: Bogdan Bogdanovic (R) and Milos Teodosic (L) of Serbia celebrate victory after the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying basketball Final match between Serbia and Puerto Rico at Kombank Arena on July 09, 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Serbia advanced to the quarterfinals in men’s basketball with a 94-60 victory over China on Sunday night.

The Chinese (0-5) were eliminated, going winless for the second consecutive Olympics.

Serbia (2-3), which finished fourth in Group A, blew the game open in the third quarter with a 17-0 run to take a 60-30 lead. The Serbs’ defense picked up as well and China struggled to score, shooting just 25 percent in the quarter.

Guard Bogdan Bogdanovic paced the Serbs with 19 points while Nikola Kalinic added 15.

Yi Jianlian scored a game-high 20 points for China, but got little help as only one other Chinese player scored in double figures.

China shot just 40 percent, was outrebounded 40-29 and had 19 turnovers.

Aussies roll to 81-56 win vs. Venezuela in men’s basketball

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14:  Andrew Bogut #6 of Australia controls the ball as Windi Graterol #15 of Venezuela defends during the preliminary round game at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pool play is over for the Australia men’s basketball team after the Aussies defeated Venezuela 81-56 on Sunday night.

Australia (4-1) had already secured the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals before the game and rested point guard Patty Mills, whose 20.5 points per game ranks second at the Rio Games. The U.S. holds the No. 1 seed in Group A.

The Olympic experience came to an end for Venezuela (1-4), which was playing in the team’s second games. It placed 11th at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

The Australians jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter and never trailed. Aussie Chris Goulding scored a game-high 22 and hit four 3-pointers. Australia shot 53 percent from the field while Venezuela connected on just 35 percent of its attempts. The Venezuelans made just seven field goals in the first and fourth quarters combined.

Anthony Perez led Venezuela with 12 points.