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 17, 2012 |
Maybe there's a reason incoming Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel shaved "UK" into his flat-top haircut last week instead of opting for a tattoo. Tattoos are meant to last. What lasts, these days, at Kentucky? Barely a fortnight after Kentucky won its eighth NCAA title by beating Kansas in New Orleans, the basketball team's starting lineup announced Tuesday it was skipping out early for the NBA. The exodus includes starting freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb.
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.
February 1, 2013 |
Clippers forward Matt Barnes will miss the team's game Friday night against Toronto after the NBA suspended him for one game, without pay, for striking Minnesota's Greg Stiemsma in the neck during a game Wednesday. Barnes was ejected with a flagrant foul 2 after he shoved Stiemsma in the neck in the second quarter of the game in Minneapolis. Afterward, Barnes said he got upset because the Timberwolves center had elbowed him in the ribs and clipped him on previous plays. "I kind of lost my control, which I apologized to the team for," Barnes said Wednesday night.
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?
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.
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.
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.