Kobe Bryant ties modern faux triple-double record


Kobe Bryant hit double-digits in three major statistical categories against Pistons tonight.

Another triple-double? Not quite.

Kobe finished with 12 points, 13 assists and 10 turnovers.

The NBA doesn’t reward players for committing turnovers. The hunt for triple-doubles contains enough folly as is.

But Kobe got what I like to call a faux triple-double – a double-double plus 10 turnovers – and it gives him another dubious record. Here’s the faux triple-double leaderboard since 1985-86, as far back as Basketball-Reference records date:

  • Kobe Bryant, 3
  • Hakeem Olajuwon, 3
  • Clyde Drexler, 2
  • Jason Kidd, 2
  • Karl Malone, 2
  • Steve Nash, 2
  • Scottie Pippen, 2

Kobe tying the record is a tribute to his longevity, sustained large role and failure to give a damn about efficiency.

Report: Lakers working on a one-year deal with Earl Clark


Earl Clark had his best NBA season with the Lakers back in 2013, posting averages of 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while starting in 36 of his 59 appearances.

It was enough for him to secure a free agent deal with the Cavaliers, but last season was a disastrous one in Cleveland, and Clark ultimately became one of the team’s casualties.

He was dealt to the Sixers in the middle of the season as part of the trade for Spencer Hawes, only to be waived shortly thereafter.

This year, Clark has been spending time in the D-League, attempting to impress enough to make it back to an NBA roster. It appears as though he may have found a suitor.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Lakers, Earl Clark working on a one-year deal, league sources told Yahoo. He’s averaging nearly 30 points for Houston’s D-League affiliate.

L.A., obviously, can use all the help it can get right now — especially on the defensive end of the floor, where the team ranks dead last in points allowed per 100 possessions, and it isn’t even close.

The Lakers have lost three players to season-ending injuries (Julius Randle, Xavier Henry, Steve Nash), and were recently granted a disabled player exception for Nash.

Clark has averaged 28.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in four appearances with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season.

Lakers granted $4.85 million disabled-player exception for Steve Nash injury


The Los Angeles Lakers just gained a little bit of flexibility to add some help. Before the season, it was announced that Steve Nash would miss the entire year with recurring back problems. Now, the Lakers have been granted a disabled-player exception by the NBA worth $4.85 million, half of Nash’s salary, according to multiple reports.

With the exception, the Lakers can sign any player for up to that amount. They’ve lost three players already to season-ending injuries: Nash, rookie power forward Julius Randle (who suffered a broken leg in the Lakers’ first game of the season) and Xavier Henry, who suffered a ruptured Achilles this week.

The Lakers are 3-11 on the season, and it’s unclear who they could sign that could make enough of an impact to turn around their season. Any help they can get would be much needed.

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant speak out on Ferguson decision


The Associated Press succinctly summed up the troubling news that came out of Ferguson, MO on Monday night.

A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.

Moments after the announcement by St. Louis County’s top prosecutor, crowds began pouring into Ferguson streets to protest the decision. Some taunted police, broke windows and vandalized cars. Within a few hours, several large buildings were ablaze, and frequent gunfire was heard. Officers used tear gas to try to disperse some of the gatherings.

LeBron James took to his Instagram page to speak on the matter, posting the image below with a caption that read:

“As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I’m so sorry to these families. Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn’t the solution as well. #PrayersUpToTheFamilies #WeHaveToDoBetter


James and his Miami Heat teammates acted in similar support of Trayvon Martin back in 2012.

Kobe Bryant posted a more strongly-worded message to his Twitter page.

Steve Nash weighed in, as well.

Lakers forward Xavier Henry ruptured Achilles in practice, out for season


UPDATE 7:27 pm: What was feared has become official — Lakers forward Xavier Henry is done for the season, the team announced Monday.

Lakers guard Xavier Henry underwent an MRI exam today which revealed a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Henry suffered the injury at this morning’s practice. He is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow morning with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Henry is expected to be out the reminder of the season.

As noted by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports, the Lakers have already been granted a $1.5 million Disabled Player Exception to bring in a new a player (it must be used by March 10). The team has reached out to the league about a second one of those, although it would be for less money and not able to land much.

Not that anyone they get at those prices will help the 3-11 team.

3:50 pm: This is bad news, via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.


This is just not fair to Xavier Henry, who showed glimpses of promise in Mike D’Antoni’s system but has just never been able to stay healthy. He’s had a multiple major knee surgeries in his career, and coach Byron Scott suggested that took away from his explosiveness and Henry would have to adapt his game (and Henry got a couple of D-League games in this season for the Lakers). Henry didn’t see it that way and said he planned to keep playing his attacking style.

This is a brutal setback.

The Lakers now have three players out for the season — Henry, Julius Randle and Steve Nash — plus a fourth in Ryan Kelly who could miss significant time. Reports are the Lakers have already reached out to the league to discuss a disabled player exception or other option to add another player to the roster.