Trade Pau Gasol. Trade Andrew Bynum and get Dwight Howard. Amnesty Metta World Peace. Blow the whole thing up.
Lakers message boards and Los Angeles talk radio was filled with those kinds of comments from a rabid fan base from before the Lakers fell in the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Los Angeles media fuels this. Even I said the Lakers needed to look at trading a big man.
But from Bill Sharman through Jerry West to Mitch Kupchak, one of the hallmarks of the Lakers front office has been patience. They don’t panic. They don’t make a move just to make a move, they wait for the right move.
That move came like fireworks over Dodger Stadium on Wednesday — the Lakers traded for Steve Nash.
With Nash the Lakers live for the moment — they instantly vault up to the level of the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are contenders.
There are things to find out yet. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will have to learn to play together and play off each other, and not unlike LeBron James and Dwyane Wade that will have some bumps and take some time to smooth out. There are questions about how Nash works with two big men. The Lakers will need to both up their tempo and add a lot more pick-and-roll with the point guard to maximize what Steve Nash can do. Do the Lakers still need to consider moving Pau Gasol to add depth and keep salaries down?
And make no mistake, there is a price to be paid for what the Lakers did on the Fourth of July. There are huge salary cap implications coming (remember Kobe Bryant makes $30 million in 2013-14) the same year Andrew Bynum’s new deal kicks in and Gasol is due $19.3 million. The Lakers also traded away first round picks they may need to help rebuild after Kobe and Steve Nash walk away — which is not that far off, Nash is 38.
But this move was not about the future. It was about the now. The Lakers are a team that judges success by trying to catch the Boston Celtics for how many banners hang in the rafters. They are a franchise about stars and exciting play and players.
In one bold move, they brought all that back to Staples Center for a few more years.
But they only got to do that because they were patient first.
Sunday was Father’s Day in the United States, and as such several players around the league decided to share their feelings on the national day of appreciation.
Many got together with their kids or with their fathers, posting photos and giving us a nice little peek into the family lives of some of the league’s players.
Some guys, like Baron Davis and Jameer Nelson, sent out messages wishing well to those whose fathers had passed on.
Via Instagram and Twitter:
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
MARION, Ind. (AP) Investigators have determined a fire likely was intentionally set at an Indiana bar, one day after the brother of NBA star Zach Randolph was fatally shot there.
The fire happened at Hop’s Blues Room in Marion early Sunday – less than 24 hours after 35-year-old Roger Randolph was found dead.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze that caused an estimated $20,000 in damage. Marion Fire Department Investigator Brandon Eckstein says the cause of the fire was arson.
Early Saturday, Roger Randolph died shortly after he was found shot in the parking lot of the business. Police say no arrests have been made.
Zach Randolph was a star player in Marion and now plays for the Sacramento Kings.
Authorities didn’t immediately say whether they believe Randolph’s death and the fire are related.
The NBA Draft is a big moment for many young men entering the league. Before the picks are announced, TV coverage shows players waiting at their tables among parents, siblings, and their agents.
Now, the NBA is apparently turning the first round into even more of a family affair.
According to Yahoo! Sports, first round selections will be invited to bring two family members to walk across the stage with them as they are selected during the draft on Thursday night. Those members will also be in the greenroom, so they will get the full experience of what it’s like to be an NBA draft pick themselves.
This is going to be pretty neat to see, and it should make the smiles of the players even bigger as they get to experience a lifelong dream right alongside their support networks.
The 2018 NBA Draft kicks off on Thursday, June 21 at 4:00 PM.
The Boston Celtics were world champions back in 2008. After a whirlwind summer in 2007 where the team traded for both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, things came together for the Celtics as Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo filled out an impressive roster.
Boston had two consecutive seven-game series to open the postseason in 2007-08, beating the Atlanta Hawks in the first round and then LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second. They then dispatched the Pistons in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers in six in the NBA Finals.
The Celtics hadn’t won the championship since the 1985-86 season, and suffered through patently bad teams or talented ones that tended to get clumsy with early playoff exits.
When Boston finally did win their title, it was Garnett who game us one of the more iconic moments of their celebration, shouting “Anything is possible!” as he was interviewed after the game.
A decade later, Boston is again in the hunt for another championship and seemingly set up to do so for years to come.