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Lakers Trade Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones to Wizards, Clear Enough Cap Space to Sign a Max Free Agent

Lakers Trade Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones to Wizards, Clear Enough Cap Space to Sign a Max Free Agent


The rollercoaster ride that is the Los Angeles Lakers took everyone for another spin on Thursday, when it was announced that the team had agreed to trade Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones to the Washington Wizards, as part of a three-team trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

The deal is simply a salary dump of players on the Lakers roster not named LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma or Davis, and it allows the Lakers to create a maximum salary space of $32 million in free agency. 

In order to create the space to sign a maximum free agent, Davis agreed to waive his $4 million trade bonus, allowing the Lakers to now pursue a third superstar to join LeBron and “The Brow.” The Lakers are reportedly targeting star free agents like Kyrie Irving, D’Angelo Russell (restricted), Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, and Kawhi Leonard.

Speaking of Leonard, the reigning NBA Champion and NBA Finals MVP has agreed to meet with the Lakers once free agency begins on July 1. Leonard also plans on meeting the with Clippers and possibly the New York Knicks, with the Toronto Raptors having the final meeting in hopes of retaining their superstar.

As part of the three-team trade that won’t be finalized and official until July 6, the Lakers are sending a 2022 second-round pick to the Wizards, and Washington will send cash to the Pelicans.

And if all of this news wasn’t enough to completely shake up your Thursday during the NBA offseason, James put the final exclamation point on the morning, when according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, LeBron James has agreed to give his No. 23 Lakers jersey to Davis for the upcoming season.

It’s unknown at this time which number LeBron will wear instead, but he previously wore No. 6 while with the Miami Heat from 2010-2014.



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That Was Fast! Lakers Fans Paint Massive Mural for Anthony Davis

That Was Fast! Lakers Fans Paint Massive Mural for Anthony Davis

That was fast.

It’s been a little over 24 hours since the basketball world was stunned by the news that the New Orleans Pelicans had traded six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

Despite the news of the trade still raw, and technically not official until at least July 6, that didn’t stop a handful of excited Lakers fans from staying up all night to paint a massive mural of Davis on Melrose Ave.


 

Local artist, Gustavo Zermeno Jr., and a handful of his friends pulled an all-nighter in order to paint the mural of Davis and his signature unibrow.

As you can see from Zermeno’s post on Instagram, the mural depicts Davis in a purple Lakers jersey with gold lettering. In the background, over his right shoulder is 12 of the Lakers retired jerseys. Over his left shoulder is just a few of the championship banners that hang in the rafters at Staples Center.

Zermeno and his friends painted the mural after Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news on Saturday afternoon that the Lakers and Pelicans had agreed on the framework of a trade that would send Davis to Hollywood in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, and two future first round draft picks.

 

Ironically, just over a year ago, Zermeno stayed up all night again to paint a mural of LeBron James looking up at past Lakers’ stars in front of Staples Center, after the three-time NBA Champion announced he was signing with the Lakers.

Lebron James Has New Mural in Los AngelesLebron James Has New Mural in Los Angeles

 

Unfortunately, that mural was vandalized two weeks later because of angry Kobe Bryant fans who were insulted at the insinuation that James was the new “King of LA,” before even taking the court in a Lakers’ jersey.

Of course, those fans ultimately proved to be correct in their sentiments, as LeBron and the Lakers struggled in his first season in Los Angeles. James missed 17 consecutive games with a groin injury, and the Lakers missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

This time though, we think Zermeno’s mural of Davis will last a little longer.



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Lakers Reportedly Acquire Anthony Davis From Pelicans, Sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart to New Orleans

Lakers Reportedly Acquire Anthony Davis From Pelicans, Sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart to New Orleans


LeBron James finally has his second superstar. 

Adrian Wojnawrowski of ESPN is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a trade that would send forward/center Anthony Davis to the Lake Show in exchange for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, guard Josh Hart, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and two future first-round picks to the Pelicans.

The Lakers were able to keep forward Kyle Kuzma out of the trade, which cannot be finalized until July 1. 

The trade is sure to shift the NBA landscape, and the future of both franchises for many years to come. 

New Orleans Pelicans president of basketball operations David Griffin, a former general manager of LeBron James in Cleveland, will receive a haul of players, including two former top-five draft picks in Ball and Ingram, and a third lottery pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. He will then pair those young players with presumptive first overall pick Zion Williamson of Duke. 

The Lakers tried to trade for Davis during the season at the February trade deadline, but after details of the talks were leaked, the deal fell apart, and it had a ripple effect with both teams. 

The Lakers’ young core never seemed to be the same after being included in the very public trade talks, and reports of distrust inside the locker room circled the conclusion of the season. 

Meanwhile, the Pelicans benched Davis immediately and lowered his minutes for the second half of the season as they fell in the standings. Also, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps lost his job after the failed negotiations.

With the injuries to both Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn left ACL) in the 2019 NBA Finals, the Western Conference is suddenly wide-open, and the Lakers with Davis are now letting the basketball world know it’s theirs for the taking.



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Opinion: Lakers Should Trade the No. 4 Draft Pick and Land a Superstar

Opinion: Lakers Should Trade the No. 4 Draft Pick and Land a Superstar


The time for the Los Angeles Lakers is now.

In my first full season on the Lakers beat, I heard nothing but excuses from the players in 2019, mainly just one excuse: “If everyone didn’t get hurt, we would have been a top-three team in the Western Conference.”

Of course, LeBron James is the ringleader of the injury excuse circus and the message was passed on down the line to his teammates.

No one is questioning that injuries to LeBron, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and other key players contributed to the team falling off the rails, but it certainly was not the only reason why they finished 37-45 and missed the playoffs.

The Lakers were 20-14 the day after Christmas and were tied for fourth place in the Western Conference. This moment in history is the key catalyst to theory that the Lakers would have finished in the same position or higher in the standings had the injuries not occurred. 

However, there’s many flaws to this line of thinking. First and foremost is the schedule. After starting the season 4-6, the Lakers had one of the easiest schedules in the NBA over their next 20 games. In the second half of the season, they had one of the more difficult schedules in the NBA, if not the most difficult.

The other problem is the butterfly effect. Had the injuries not occurred, what would the ripple effect be on other teams in the NBA. For example, after that Christmas Day victory over the Warriors, the Houston Rockets were in eighth place in the west. They were by far the best team in the NBA during the second half of the season, and finished tied for third. Even if LeBron doesn’t get hurt, I think the Rockets still would have been there.

The same can be said for the Utah Jazz who were 17-18 and in 11th place in the Western Conference on Christmas Day. The finished the season in fifth place and with a record of 50-32. Many of those second half victories came against the shorthanded Lakers.

Injuries are part of the game, and a player’s injury history is supposed to be taken into consideration by the front office when constructing a roster. Rondo has had a long and extensive injury history. Lonzo Ball has been plagued with ankle injuries since early in his rookie season. As much as they want to gripe and complain and cry “unfair,” the Lakers were not the only team that had to deal with multiple injuries this season. The Warriors, Rockets, Trail Blazers, Jazz and Thunder, were all playoff teams that had their fair share of injuries as well.

It’s safe to say that the Lakers would have likely been a playoff team had LeBron and others not gotten injured. There is truth and validity to that statement. But, it’s unrealistic in my opinion to think they would have finished as a top three seed in the Western Conference solely because they were there on Christmas Day.

The reason I bring this up, is not to drudge up bad memories for Lakers fans, but because of the fear and consternation I have with letting this theory seep into the ether as the sole excuse for the Lakers lackluster season.

If LeBron and Lakers’ general manager Rob Pelinka buy stock in this injury excuse, then they may be coerced into “running it back,” next season, ignoring the overwhelming flaws in the roster construction for the 2018-2019 campaign.

Make no mistake about it, the Lakers were bitten by the injury bug a lot this season, but injuries didn’t sign Michael Beasley to a $3.5 million contract and let Brook Lopez and Julius Randle walk away for nothing. 

The Lakers were 6-11 in the 17 games following LeBron’s groin injury, but they finished the season 11-20 after he returned. Other players were injured as well, but we’ve seen LeBron do more with less in his four seasons in Cleveland. 

Which brings me to the issue at hand: What should the Lakers do with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft? 

Did you know, that in the three seasons that LeBron James has won the NBA Championship, he’s never had a rookie higher than the 28th overall pick on the roster?

Point guard Norris Cole was the highest draft pick to play with LeBron during a championship run back in 2013. While Cole was in the rotation during that title run, he was never more than just the third or fourth guy off the bench.

James once had an opportunity to teach and mentor the No. 1 overall pick when he returned to Cleveland before the 2014-2015 season, but he and the Cavaliers famously traded the first overall pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. 

Entering the NBA Draft Lottery, the Lakers had a 77 percent chance of landing the 11th overall pick. They had just a 2.8 percent chance of getting the fourth pick. Somehow, the basketball Gods smiled upon this dysfunctional franchise and the ping-pong balls fell in their favor. 

LeBron James was ecstatic upon hearing the news. Pelinka called it a “win for the franchise,” and vowed to “explore every avenue with their new asset.”

When asked if he planned on trading the pick, Pelinka answered: “Of course, we’ll canvass the league and see what value that pick has, but either of those options [trading or keeping the pick] is an extraordinary win for the franchise.”

A “win” for this struggling franchise is not the opportunity to select fourth in the upcoming NBA Draft. It’s bringing a 17th championship back to Los Angeles. 

Pelinka called the pick an “asset,” and that he would seek to determine it’s “value.” This leads me to believe that Pelinka has already overvalued the pick and will seek a King’s ransom in return. Experts believe that the 2019 NBA Draft could be the deepest in terms of talent since the 2003 NBA Draft that saw LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony go in the top five.

Don’t get me wrong, there will be some nice players at number four. Players like R.J. Barrett, DeAndre Hunter, Coby White, and Darius Garland. All of those players would be great additions to a young team. The only problem is that the Lakers aren’t rebuilding anymore. They have three more years of LeBron James and now is the time to go for broke.

The Lakers have had the No. 2 overall pick in three of the last four drafts, and had the No. 7 pick before that. Thus far, it has netted them Brandon Ingram, an often-injured Lonzo Ball, and the pick that got them Kyle Kuzma. 

The Lakers have missed the postseason in six consecutive seasons, it’s the third longest drought currently in the NBA. It’s time for the youth movement and the rebuild to end. It’s time to trade for another superstar. 

Yes, the Lakers have more plot twists nowadays than a bad daytime soap opera. Yes, they have more backstabbing, betrayal, and disappointment than the final season of Game of Thrones, but the NBA just handed them a gift, and now they need to cash it in.

The New Orleans Pelicans were the biggest winners of the NBA Draft Lottery, by winning the No. 1 overall pick and right to select Zion Williamson. Williamson is believed to be a generational talent, and by adding him to a young Pelicans team, it will make the eventual blow of losing Anthony Davis softer. 

Former general manager Dell Demps is gone, and LeBron’s favorite front office executive, David Griffin, is now in charge. Davis is represented by LeBron’s agent and childhood friend, Rich Paul. Paul, Davis, and Griffin all sat down for a meeting in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

All reports indicate that Davis is still insistent on being traded, and that the Lakers are his preferred destination. I know, we’ve seen this story before, but the Lakers didn’t have the No. 4 overall pick back in February. Now they do. 

It’s time for Pelinka and the Lakers to place a call to Griffin and dangle that “asset.” No more offering the entire roster only to have it leaked to the press. Tell the Pelicans to “canvas the league” to see what the value of Anthony Davis is. Tell Griffin to get everyone’s offer for Davis on the table, and when he does to call the Lakers, and they wll beat all of them. 

I find it hard to believe the Pelicans would prefer a package of Kevin Knox and the No. 3 overall pick from the Knicks, or Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and a mid-round pick from the Celtics. Not when the Lakers can offer Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and the No. 4 overall pick. 

If the Pelicans are adamant on not trading Davis to the Lakers, then let them settle for less, and trade the No. 4 overall pick and a player for Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards or Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets, or Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz. 

If you trade Lonzo Ball in any deal, pair that player and LeBron with a free agent point guard like Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker. The list goes on and on. 

The Lakers have a three-year window with LeBron to bring a title back to Tinseltown. Kobe and LeBron are doing their parts, it’s time for Pelinka and the front office to put their organizational dysfunction aside and do theirs.



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LeBron James is Reportedly Recruiting Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler to Join Lakers

LeBron James is Reportedly Recruiting Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler to Join Lakers


LeBron James wants you to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

Okay, maybe not you or I, but James is doing his best Uncle Sam impression as he tries to recruit some of the top free agents in the NBA this offseason.

According to ESPN’s Briand Windhorst, the Lakers’ superstar has reportedlybeen in contact with Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler in order to recruit the two upcoming free agents to join the Lakers.

Windhorst appeared on the show Pardon the Interruption and said that James has been in contact with both players.

“From what I understand, he has already begun the recruiting process,” said Windhorst. “I’ve heard he’s had contact with Kawhi Leonard. I’ve heard he’s had contact with Jimmy Butler. There’s no tampering enforcement by players. And while Magic Johnson, the guy who got in trouble for tampering before, is no longer there, LeBron is the “tamperer in chief’ of the Lakers right now. The thing about it is, I don’t know if texts, and calls, and maybe a dinner with LeBron, is enough for the Lakers to overcome their hurdles that they’re gonna have.”

Speaking of dinner, James was also reportedly spotted having dinner with two different superstars on Wednesday night.

According to the Twitter account of @tashcoug, James was spotted at celebrity hot spot, Nobu in Malibu, dining with New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook recently signed a contract extension that keeps him with the Thunder until the 2023 season, so his reported attendance at the dinner doesn’t mean a lot, but Davis is not only represented by James’ close friend Rich Paul (who was also reportedly at the dinner), but was linked to the Lakers during the trade deadline in February.

Even after the Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery last week, Davis still reportedly is demanding a trade this summer and it’s no secret that both James and Davis himself, want to go to Los Angeles.

Davis has said on numerous occasions that the Lakers are his preferred trade destination, now its simply a matter of will new Pelicans’ President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin, grant him that wish.

In addition to Leonard, Butler, and Davis, LeBron will likely try and also recruit other free agents this offseason like former teammate Kyrie Irving, Warriors’ stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, or Hornets’ point guard Kemba Walker.

However, with the dysfunctional Lakers front office bickering and backstabbing on national television, it’s yet to be seen if free agents still see Tinseltown as one of the premier destinations in the NBA.

Many players, Durant and Leonard included, might want to avoid the mess that has become the current Lakers, after reports of betrayal, in-fighting, and ineptitude have taken over the headlines in recent days.

Longtime Lakers legend Magic Johnson, who recruited LeBron to Los Angeles, has since stepped away from the team he loves because of backstabbing and lack of institutional control.

General Manager Rob Pelinka is an inexperienced NBA executive, and according to Johnson, is “not to be trusted.” Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss, can’t keep her house in order, and has too many cooks in the kitchen.

The Lakers just botched their first two head coaching choices in Monty Williams and Tyronn Lue, and instead settled for Frank Vogel (who they originally saw as an assistant on the staff), and forcibly paired him with two-time former head coach Jason Kidd.

Pelinka told reporters on Monday that the Lakers are still a very, very appealing place for great players, citing the team’s “stability and togetherness.” No, it wasn’t opposite day, but what else is he going to say?

In the meantime, until the Lakers can publicly get things in order, it will be interesting to see if LeBron or anyone else will be able to lure big names back to Los Angeles. At the end of the day, it won’t be surprising to see the Lakers whiff on some of the big free agent fish, and settle for the likes of DeMarcus Cousins or DeAndre Jordan.



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LeBron James is Reportedly Recruiting Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler to Join Lakers

LeBron James is Reportedly Recruiting Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler to Join Lakers


LeBron James wants you to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

Okay, maybe not you or I, but James is doing his best Uncle Sam impression as he tries to recruit some of the top free agents in the NBA this offseason.

According to ESPN’s Briand Windhorst, the Lakers’ superstar has reportedlybeen in contact with Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler in order to recruit the two upcoming free agents to join the Lakers.

Windhorst appeared on the show Pardon the Interruption and said that James has been in contact with both players.

“From what I understand, he has already begun the recruiting process,” said Windhorst. “I’ve heard he’s had contact with Kawhi Leonard. I’ve heard he’s had contact with Jimmy Butler. There’s no tampering enforcement by players. And while Magic Johnson, the guy who got in trouble for tampering before, is no longer there, LeBron is the “tamperer in chief’ of the Lakers right now. The thing about it is, I don’t know if texts, and calls, and maybe a dinner with LeBron, is enough for the Lakers to overcome their hurdles that they’re gonna have.”

Speaking of dinner, James was also reportedly spotted having dinner with two different superstars on Wednesday night.

According to the Twitter account of @tashcoug, James was spotted at celebrity hot spot, Nobu in Malibu, dining with New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook recently signed a contract extension that keeps him with the Thunder until the 2023 season, so his reported attendance at the dinner doesn’t mean a lot, but Davis is not only represented by James’ close friend Rich Paul (who was also reportedly at the dinner), but was linked to the Lakers during the trade deadline in February.

Even after the Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery last week, Davis still reportedly is demanding a trade this summer and it’s no secret that both James and Davis himself, want to go to Los Angeles.

Davis has said on numerous occasions that the Lakers are his preferred trade destination, now its simply a matter of will new Pelicans’ President of Basketball Operations, David Griffin, grant him that wish.

In addition to Leonard, Butler, and Davis, LeBron will likely try and also recruit other free agents this offseason like former teammate Kyrie Irving, Warriors’ stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, or Hornets’ point guard Kemba Walker.

However, with the dysfunctional Lakers front office bickering and backstabbing on national television, it’s yet to be seen if free agents still see Tinseltown as one of the premier destinations in the NBA.

Many players, Durant and Leonard included, might want to avoid the mess that has become the current Lakers, after reports of betrayal, in-fighting, and ineptitude have taken over the headlines in recent days.

Longtime Lakers legend Magic Johnson, who recruited LeBron to Los Angeles, has since stepped away from the team he loves because of backstabbing and lack of institutional control.

General Manager Rob Pelinka is an inexperienced NBA executive, and according to Johnson, is “not to be trusted.” Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss, can’t keep her house in order, and has too many cooks in the kitchen.

The Lakers just botched their first two head coaching choices in Monty Williams and Tyronn Lue, and instead settled for Frank Vogel (who they originally saw as an assistant on the staff), and forcibly paired him with two-time former head coach Jason Kidd.

Pelinka told reporters on Monday that the Lakers are still a very, very appealing place for great players, citing the team’s “stability and togetherness.” No, it wasn’t opposite day, but what else is he going to say?

In the meantime, until the Lakers can publicly get things in order, it will be interesting to see if LeBron or anyone else will be able to lure big names back to Los Angeles. At the end of the day, it won’t be surprising to see the Lakers whiff on some of the big free agent fish, and settle for the likes of DeMarcus Cousins or DeAndre Jordan.



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Lakers Reportedly Hiring Frank Vogel as New Head Coach

Lakers Reportedly Hiring Frank Vogel as New Head Coach


The Los Angeles Lakers finally have a new coach, multiple reports stated Saturday, as Frank Vogel agreed terms to take the job as head coach of the team.

Vogel’s acceptance of the coaching job was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Jason Kidd, who had been reported as another candidate for the position, will be an assistant on Vogel’s staff, according to Tania Ganguli of the LA Times.

Vogel, 45, is best known for his tenure with the Indiana Pacers from 2011 to 2016, when the Pacers made the playoffs in five of six seasons. Vogel, who started his NBA coaching career as an assistant with the Bosto Celtics from 2001-04, took the Pacers to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 and 2014.

The New Jersey native went on to serve two seasons with the Orlando Magic from 2016-18. Vogel missed the playoffs in both seasons with Orlando and had a record of 54-110 with the Magic.

Vogel has agreed to a three-year contract with the Lakers, according to Wojnarowski.

Previously, the Lakers had reportedly offered Tyronn Lue a three-year contract and insisted on Kidd being an assistant on the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach’s staff before talks broke down.

Vogel will take over for Luke Walton, who mutually parted ways with the Lakers in April before taking a job with the Sacramento Kings.



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Lakers’ LeBron James Surprises Students at His School With Check For $1 Million

Lakers' LeBron James Surprises Students at His School With Check For $1 Million

As protests unfolded outside Staples Center on Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Lakers star attraction was surprising students in Ohio with a check for $1 million dollars.

As dozens of fans assembled outside the home of the Lakers to voice their frustration and ire with the front office, James was at his high school alma mater in Akron to change the lives of many young students.

The LeBron James Family Foundation and Dick’s Sporting Goods together organized an announcement at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School where James attended from 1999 until he was drafted into the NBA in 2003. 

However, the annoucment wasn’t for his old high school, it was in his old high school gymnasium, but for the current students of his “I Promise School,” located down the street. 

James hid behind a make-shift curtain to surprise his third and fourth grade students with the donation that would go towards the construction of a brand new gymnasium at the I Promise School.

“It’s an unbelievable day for all of us at the I Promise School,” said James. “Everyone here that has anything to do with the Dick’s Foundation we just want to say ‘thank you.’ We didn’t set out to have donations like this. We didn’t set out for recognition. We just set out to do some great for our kids. “

James told the students assembled that the foundation of his success began in the gym where he would play basketball and have fun with his friends and classmates, but stressed that the gym wasn’t just for sports, but a safe place for everyone to enjoy.

“I don’t want you guys to think that the gym that we’re putting up is just correlated behind sports,” he continued. “It’s also another safe place for our kids. Another place where our faculty members and our teachers and everyone associated with the place can still have hands on with our kids.”

“The word sport is definitely a huge thing because it’s basically where I come from,” said James. “I understand we preached education every day and we’re going to continue to preach education every day because it means so much not only where you are today, but going on for the rest of your life.”

The generous donation came courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods and the LeBron James Family Foundation. Recently, the students at James “I Promise School,” saw their individual test scores rise considerably and at a faster pace than their peers. All the students enrolled at James’ school began the year in the bottom 25th percentile of test scores.

Both Foundations are hoping that the new gym will encourage students to be more physically active and play sports, two factors that studies have shown lead to higher test scores, better grades, and a higher probability of attending college.



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Lakers’ LeBron James Surprises Students at His School With Check For $1 Million

Lakers' LeBron James Surprises Students at His School With Check For $1 Million

As protests unfolded outside Staples Center on Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Lakers star attraction was surprising students in Ohio with a check for $1 million dollars.

As dozens of fans assembled outside the home of the Lakers to voice their frustration and ire with the front office, James was at his high school alma mater in Akron to change the lives of many young students.

The LeBron James Family Foundation and Dick’s Sporting Goods together organized an announcement at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School where James attended from 1999 until he was drafted into the NBA in 2003. 

However, the annoucment wasn’t for his old high school, it was in his old high school gymnasium, but for the current students of his “I Promise School,” located down the street. 

James hid behind a make-shift curtain to surprise his third and fourth grade students with the donation that would go towards the construction of a brand new gymnasium at the I Promise School.

“It’s an unbelievable day for all of us at the I Promise School,” said James. “Everyone here that has anything to do with the Dick’s Foundation we just want to say ‘thank you.’ We didn’t set out to have donations like this. We didn’t set out for recognition. We just set out to do some great for our kids. “

James told the students assembled that the foundation of his success began in the gym where he would play basketball and have fun with his friends and classmates, but stressed that the gym wasn’t just for sports, but a safe place for everyone to enjoy.

“I don’t want you guys to think that the gym that we’re putting up is just correlated behind sports,” he continued. “It’s also another safe place for our kids. Another place where our faculty members and our teachers and everyone associated with the place can still have hands on with our kids.”

“The word sport is definitely a huge thing because it’s basically where I come from,” said James. “I understand we preached education every day and we’re going to continue to preach education every day because it means so much not only where you are today, but going on for the rest of your life.”

The generous donation came courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods and the LeBron James Family Foundation. Recently, the students at James “I Promise School,” saw their individual test scores rise considerably and at a faster pace than their peers. All the students enrolled at James’ school began the year in the bottom 25th percentile of test scores.

Both Foundations are hoping that the new gym will encourage students to be more physically active and play sports, two factors that studies have shown lead to higher test scores, better grades, and a higher probability of attending college.



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Glum Lakers Fans Were Protesting at Staples Center, Then Clipper Darrell Showed Up

Glum Lakers Fans Were Protesting at Staples Center, Then Clipper Darrell Showed Up

What to Know

  • Former Indiana and Orlando coach Frank Vogel was expected to be interviewed for the Lakers head coaching job

  • ormer Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff also was expected to meet with the team

  • The Lakers have missed the playoffs six straight seasons

Los Angeles Lakers fans organized a protest Friday as the storied basketball franchise tries to quickly rebound in their head coaching search after failing to land Tyronn Lue.

Fans dressed in team colors, some carrying signs, were part of the small, but vocal, protest outside Staples Center in the shadows of the statues of Lakers greats Elgin Baylor, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and legendary broadcaster Chick Hearn. Six looming reminders of the 16-time NBA champions’ glorious past.

Heavy on the minds of fans was this season’s 37-45 record and six-season postseason drought.

“Two messages. One is, we love you and still support you. Two is that we need a new front office,” said fan Aaron Jimenez.

Clipper Darrell Shows Up at a Lakers Fans Protest

[LA] Clipper Darrell Shows Up at a Lakers Fans Protest

And, as if the gunmetal sky and light rain weren’t enough to dampen the mood, Clipper Darrell showed up in his Clippers jacket and hat.

“Jerry West is here baby, he’s going to be a Clipper for life,” said Clipper Darrell, making sure to mention the Clippers exec. “I just want to thank Jerry West from the bottom of my heart.

“I can’t believe how the tables have turned in LA.”

The Lakers have missed the playoffs six straight seasons. The playoff drought was expected to end this season but injuries to LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, as well as internal discord, resulted in a 37-45 record. Magic Johnson resigned as president of basketball operations prior to the final regular-season game on April 9.

So, after the team failed to reach an agreement with former Cavs coach Lue, where do the Lakers go from here?

“It’s a combination of showing my support for the Lakers and Jeanie (Buss) and also showing my frustration,” said fan Owen Odigie. “I think all our problems are solvable. We just need to stop making so many missteps. All we need to do is get our act together.”

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A person familiar with the search told The  Associated Press former Indiana and Orlando coach Frank Vogel was in town to be interviewed for the opening. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the person wasn’t at liberty to publicly discuss negotiations.

Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday.

The 45-year old Vogel has worked for the organization before as an advance scout during the 2005-06 season. He did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic. Vogel went to Orlando following five-plus seasons leading the Pacers, including two trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and ’14. The Pacers lost both years to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Vogel is the fifth candidate known to have interviewed for the opening since the Lakers dismissed Luke Walton on April 12. Los Angeles was thought to be on the verge of hiring Lue this week before talks broke down. They have also considered Monty Williams, who was hired by the Phoenix Suns, Juwan Howard and Jason Kidd.

Besides interviewing with owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka, Vogel is expected to meet with co-owners Jesse Buss (director of scouting) and Joey Buss (president of the Lakers’ G-League team) as well as senior adviser Kurt Rambis, chief operating officer Tim Harris and director of special projects Linda Rambis.

Former Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff also is in the interview mix, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was set to meet Friday with team management in El Segundo, the Times reported, citing several people who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.



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