September 6, 2012 |
The Lakers ... bigger than the NBA? Of course it only feels that way if you live in L.A. The most-recent social media rankings -- and don't we all just love polls? -- are available for viewing on the website sportsfangraph.com. But a quick snapshot is a telling one. The Lakers' Twitter feed (@Lakers) has the most followers among NBA teams, as does its Facebook page, 2.7 million and 14.6 million, respectively. Orlando is No. 2, in terms of Twitter followers, with 1.08 million.
April 9, 2014 |
On Wednesday, Kansas center Joel Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA draft. "Looking at different scenarios and gathering info of what was best for me ... either way was best for me," Embiid said at a news conference, as reported by Topeka Capital-Journal . "Talking to my mentor, it was the best choice. " Embiid was joined by his coach, Bill Self, who was there to support his 7-foot, 20-year-old outgoing freshman. Through 28 appearances with the Jayhawks, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.
December 27, 2013 |
It wasn't until late Thursday night that Blake Griffin responded to the NBA's decision from earlier in the day in which the league stated that the Clippers forward shouldn't have been ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors. Griffin, who doesn't talk to the media before games, said the NBA's ruling made little difference because it couldn't change the fact that he was in the locker room and unable to help the Clippers down the stretch in a 105-103 loss to the Warriors.
January 11, 2013 |
Greg Oden, who was drafted first overall by Portland in 2007 but whose injuries have waylaid his career, apparently is trying to return to the NBA. Multiple teams have reportedly shown interest in signing the 7-footer this season to a multiyear deal that would allow him to rehabilitate his most recent knee injury until next fall, according to ESPN. Oden is a highly talented player with the potential to be a formidable center, but injuries have plagued his professional career.
August 21, 2012 |
It may be the dog days of the NBA offseason, but that just leaves Laker fans even more time to discuss persisting topics. The pressing question, of course, involves whether the Lakers will an NBA championship in the 2012-13 season. That's the only standard the Lakers and their fans live by. And with the purple & gold acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, it's left plenty of pundits and fans alike optimistic the Lakers will collect their 17th Larry O'Brien trophy next June. What will be the keys to make that happen?
April 10, 2014 |
Clippers forward Blake Griffin has gotten to the edge of the NBA's technical foul limit, putting him in jeopardy of a suspension. Griffin was issued his 15 th technical foul of the season Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, tying him for the league lead with Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. If Griffin gets one more technical, he'll be suspended for one game under the NBA rules and fined $5,000. The Clippers have three regular-seasons games left - Saturday at home against Sacramento, Tuesday at home against Denver and Wednesday night in the season-finale at Portland.
April 22, 2014 |
Kentucky forward Julius Randle has declared for the NBA draft. "I've been blessed and fortunate to be put in a position to have to have decisions. A big decision for me is whether to declare for the NBA draft or not," Randle said in a press conference on Tuesday. "Talking with my family, a lot of prayer, I'm deciding to declare for the NBA draft. " Randle, 19, is a physical power forward who helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA finals, where they ultimately fell to the Connecticut Huskies.
November 14, 2013 |
The NBA fined Clippers forward Matt Barnes $25,000 on Thursday for failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection and using inappropriate language on his Twitter account during the game after his ejection. Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, informed Barnes and the Clippers on Thursday afternoon about the league's decision, saying Barnes was in violation of NBA rules. Players can't tweet 45 minutes before a game or before they finish their media responsibilities after the game.
June 3, 2013 |
In a move that some Lakers fans probably hope prompts their aging point guard to re-examine his own future, Jason Kidd announced his retirement Monday after a likely Hall of Fame career that spanned 19 seasons. Kidd, who turned 40 in March, ranks second all-time with 12,091 assists, trailing only John Stockton (15,806). He had two more years remaining on the three-year, $9.3-million contract he signed with the New York Knicks last summer. "My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years," Kidd said in a statement released by the Knicks.
June 1, 2012 |
Phil Jackson has been away from the NBA for a year already. Hard to believe -- maybe because he really hasn't gone away. Sure, he's no longer the coach of the Lakers or the Bulls ... or any other NBA team for that matter. He's not associated with any organization at this point, and seems to be keeping busy as a corporate spokesperson in various commercials. But it's Jackson's name that hasn't gone way. Pretty much every time there's an opening on a team, or even when there really is no opening but just some wishful thinking, Jackson's name pops up -- at least on blogs, talk radio, etc. The latest rumor, reported Thursday by the Orlando Sentinel, involved Jackson showing interest in but then backing out of joining the front office of the Orlando Magic.