October 18, 2013 |
The Lakers figure to have significant spending power next summer. One of the top free agents available will be New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, who has an early termination option for the 2014-15 season ($23.3 million), recently told the New York Observer that he intends to opt out. "I want to be a free agent," said Anthony. "I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It's like you have an evaluation period, you know.
July 25, 2013 |
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. The Lakers will be shopping for at least one top free agent next summer. One of the targets could be New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to opt out of his contract after next season. In a video posted by TMZ , Anthony answered a few questions on the subject while waiting for his vehicle at a valet. "I doubt it," Anthony said when asked if he could see himself in a purple and gold "outfit" (the Lakers' colors)
July 16, 2013 |
Swingman J.R. Smith probably will miss the start of the New York Knicks' training camp in September after undergoing patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy to repair a tear in the lateral meniscus of his left knee Monday. Smith's injuries were "chronic and had gradually worsened," the Knicks shared via Twitter . The news comes just days after the reigning Sixth Man of the Year signed a four-year contract extension with New York worth nearly $25 million. Smith averaged 18.1 points per game for the Knicks, second behind Carmelo Anthony (28.7)
July 10, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant has long maintained that winning a title is his only goal for each and every season. The All-Star guard has talked about playing at least three more years , to pad his "ring count. " Would he be willing to take a pay cut, like Tim Duncan did for the San Antonio Spurs or Kevin Garnett for the Boston Celtics -- both taking less than half of their maximum salaries? How far would Bryant go? Would he make the most dramatic financial sacrifice conceivable in 2014, taking a one-year minimum salary of $1.45 million to give the Lakers their absolute best chance to rebuild quickly in the wake of Dwight Howard's departure?
July 7, 2013 |
Armed with massive cap room, the Lakers will go shopping in 2014. The franchise would love to lure LeBron James from Miami -- but after his second straight title, and given the craftiness of Heat President Pat Riley, it may prove a futile hope. Another high-scoring forward may be more attainable --New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony. While former coach Phil Jackson may not be making decisions for the Lakers, he is engaged to the team's part-owner and executive Jeanie Buss. Jackson may have given a glimpse into their thinking at a recent event at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
June 26, 2013 |
SHANGHAI - Basketball-crazed countries around the world tuned in to see the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in a tense Game 7 of the NBA Finals last week. Now, league officials are hoping audiences in China, its largest international market, will soon be enthralled by a different kind of hoops drama: a 3-D sci-fi basketball movie featuring some of the NBA's top names. The $10-million film, "Amazing," features New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Lakers center Dwight Howard and former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen in supporting roles and had its world premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival last week.
May 29, 2013 |
There will be plenty of free-agent shopping by teams in the NBA this summer, with movement possibly including Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Let's face it, though. The summer of 2014 is when the NBA can really be shaken up. There are too many potential high-end free agents to count next year, plus one of the most appetizing draft classes in a long time, led by Canadian high-school phenom Andrew Wiggins, who last week declared himself a one-year rental for Kansas. For starters, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh could put an end to their days together in Miami, with all three able to terminate their contracts after next season.
May 6, 2013 |
Move over Fred Hickman, you finally have some company. LeBron James fell one vote shy of becoming the first unanimous MVP winner in NBA history on Sunday. The person not to vote for him: the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, who voted for New York's Carmelo Anthony. In 2001, Fred Hickman was the lone holdout in 2001, preventing the Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal from becoming the first unanimous MVP winner. Hickman voted for Philadelphia's Allen Iverson. Washburn spoke Monday about why he voted for Anthony.
April 17, 2013 |
Kevin Durant won't be winning his fourth straight NBA scoring title this season. His reaction? "Oh well!!" the Oklahoma City star said in an Instagram message Wednesday morning announcing he would not take part in the Thunder's season finale against Milwaukee. Apparently Durant has more important things on his mind than trying to catch New York's Carmelo Anthony in the scoring chase ... such as resting up and staying healthy to lead the top-seeded team in the Western Conference into the playoffs.
April 16, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss which NBA player has to step up the most for his team to advance in the playoffs. Feel free to join the conversation with a comment of your own. Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel The playoffs have already started for Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, then Howard's Lakers must beat the Houston Rockets that night just to reach the postseason. Note the phrase “Howard's Lakers.” With Kobe Bryant sidelined by a torn Achilles' tendon, the Lakers are Howard's team now. They'll go only as far as he'll take them.