October 25, 2013 |
These could be Royce White's final NBA stats: two teams, zero minutes played. In what may go down as one of the saddest stories involving a first-round draft pick not named Len Bias, White has been waived by the Philadelphia 76ers after playing in five exhibition games. His release comes after never having played for the Houston Rockets, the team that selected him 16th overall in the 2012 draft and later traded him to the 76ers following a season that included a suspension and a stint in the Development League.
July 23, 2013 |
If the Philadelphia 76ers are willing, the Lakers might have a way under the luxury tax and, more important, the repeater tax. The league currently levies a progressive tax that penalizes teams for every $5 million they spend on salary over the threshold of $71.7 million. The repeater tax, which won't start until the 2014-15 season, adds a dollar-for-dollar tax in addition to the progressive tax. A $90-million roster at the current threshold would cost a team $39.3 million (progressive)
March 19, 2013 |
CLIPPERS VS. PHILADELPHIA When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 46-22, 76ers 26-40. Record vs. 76ers: 1-0. Update: The 76ers have the worst offense in the NBA, scoring a league-low 92.6 points per game. But the 76ers do play good defense, allowing just 96.2 points per game, the 10th-lowest figure in the league.
February 2, 2013 |
The top plays from the NBA's All-Star game invariably repeated themselves in the boy's front yard every year. As a preteen he would throw the ball off the backboard and dunk it, pretending to be Tracy McGrady. So what if the goal was only 7 feet and sometimes the kid's more athletic friends would execute the moves better than he did? He wasn't going to let anyone tell him he couldn't live his immeasurable dream. More than a decade later, Jrue Holiday will head to Houston perfectly content to be himself.
January 3, 2013 |
There may be no compromise short of a roster overhaul that can save a divided Lakers Nation from its biggest worry heading into 2013. You know, the physical cliff. The Lakers are Paleolithic by NBA standards, with an average age of 28.4. Three of their starters are already in need of retirement-benefits advisors: Pau Gasol is 32, Kobe Bryant is 34 and Steve Nash turns 39 next month. With advancing age come not only wear-and-tear injuries (see Gasol's knees, assorted Bryant body parts)
December 16, 2012 |
- Andrew Bynum has some advice for Dwight Howard. Be patient with Kobe Bryant. "I think Dwight's a great player, but he's going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe, obviously, and not touching the ball every single play," Bynum said Sunday before the Lakers beat Philadelphia, 111-98. Bynum said Bryant helped him "tremendously" earlier in his career, but the 7-footer wanted the ball often in the post as he gradually improved as a player. It didn't always happen. "Later I thought I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how at the end it could stunt growth," Bynum said.