Author: Kurt Helin

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Isaiah Thomas said he had interest in signing with Lakers

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After years of the Kings’ management seeming to just not believe in him and bringing in guy after guy to take his job, Isaiah Thomas wanted to be wanted as a free agent this summer. Sure, he wanted to get paid, money is king, but part of attracting a free agent is making him feel like your organization cares and really wants him to be part of it.

Thomas was hoping that could happen with the Lakers.

Instead he ended up forming one of the more interesting and potentially dangerous backcourts in the NBA in Phoenix — with Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe — but Thomas told Zach Lowe of Grantland he wanted to be a Laker.

I heard you had a strong interest in signing with the Lakers.

Yeah, I did….

First off, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers. Who wouldn’t want to play for them? Second off, I felt like they always needed a point guard — a small guard like myself. I always envisioned myself playing with the Lakers, but like you said, they were waiting on Carmelo and other moves. The Suns came out of nowhere and showed a lot of interest, and I fell in love with them.

The Lakers were swinging for the fences this summer (as they will next summer) but when they went Adam Dunn and struck out again, they started looking for guys to bring in on short contracts — they want to keep their flexibility going forward. Thomas wants to get paid and get some security. There wasn’t much of a fit there.

But damn could the Lakers use the spark of Thomas. Los Angeles fans would have loved him. Frankly he’d be the second best scorer on that team. A spark plug — and the Lakers need a spark. But Los Angeles has its plan.

Miami’s James Ennis throws it down all over Rasual Butler (VIDEO)

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What have I been telling you about James Ennis?

The pride of Long Beach State — Go Beach! — got about 15 minutes of burn for the Heat in their opening night win over the shorthanded Wizards. He’s an athletic swingman who the Heat think can be a “3 and D” guy… oh, and he also can finish in transition. Just ask the Wizards’ Rasual Butler.

Trust me, if there are Ennis highlights this season I’m going to run them. He’s my guy.

Carmelo Anthony has cameo in latest “Sons of Anarchy” (VINE)

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“We got a call.”

And with that, Carmelo Anthony’s acting career was launched. (Actually, it was already launched on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, but you get the idea.)

What you see above is a six-second clip (thank you VINE) of the latest episode of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” a show that a number of my friends love (and are sad it is in its last season) but honestly not one I’ve watched any of. It’s on my list of things to get to, right after The Wire, which I have yet to start. Anyway, Anthony plays a knife-wielding henchman (other clips show the knife, check out Posting and Toasting). He makes a good henchmen… well, not on the court but off it.

Wednesday night the Knicks tip-off the season and the question there is what role will Anthony play in the triangle: Ball stopping, volume-shooting forward or ball-moving, in-the-flow team leader? Phil Jackson cast him as the latter, but we shall see.

Hornets’ Jeff Taylor pleads guilty to domestic violence charge

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There will be no trial. But soon it will fall on the team and the league to act.

Third-year Hornets player Jeff Taylor pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence charge and a charge of malicious destruction of property in relation to his arrest in Michigan in September. WILX television in Lansing, MI, where the incident occurred has the details.

Taylor faces a potential 93 days in jail and $500 fine. The prosecutor told Judge Andrea Larkin they would not object to her allowing Jeff Taylor to participate in a probation diversion program, which could lead to the domestic assault charge being removed from his legal record.

In court the 25-year-old Taylor said that he pushed his girlfriend into the wall at the Marriott Hotel in East Lansing, and the hotel room wall was damaged. Police were called to the hotel at about 1 o’clock in the morning on September 25th and arrested Taylor.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

The day after the incident the Hornets banned him from all team activities until the legal case was resolved. He did not participate in any of training camp or the team’s preseason games. The Hornets open the season Wednesday night

Which means the league and the team soon will need to deal with the next step. which likely will involve a suspension. The league could wait for the sentencing or make its decision sooner. However, in the wake of the Ray Rice case in the NFL expect the league to take some kind of action.

Lakers’ rookie Julius Randle has surgery to repair fractured tibia, out for season

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What everyone both feared and expected is now official.

It’s a punch to the gut of Lakers fans. This was already going to be a rough season — as evidenced by how easily the Rockets handled them opening night — but the growth and maturation of Randle was one of the hopes for the future. Watching him was going to be a bright spot this season. Now he is out for the year on what was a fairly innocent-looking play at the time.

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Randle is the second Laker to be out for the season, veteran point guard Steve Nash already had been sidelined due to his ongoing nerve/back issues.

For we basketball fans, this injury just sucks to see. Hope his recovery goes well and he is back on the court next fall.