Baron Davis believes Kobe Bryant could have led the Lakers to the playoffs

The Los Angeles will most likely miss the playoffs this season, which is a shocker. When they signed LeBron James in the offseason, the thought was that Los Angeles would at least make the playoffs, but then, things started to go wrong.

James would miss 17 games with a groin injury. Lonzo Ball went down with an ankle injury, and finally, Kyle Kuzma(ankle) and Brandon Ingram(deep vein thrombosis) have had injuries as well.

On top of injuries, the Anthony Davis trade talks seem to hurt this team, but most people want to blame James. However, according to former NBA player Baron Davis, it’s not all on LeBron.

“You can’t just put all the blame on LeBron,” Davis told TMZ Sports. “I think the Lakers got disconnected from what they was trying to do,  what their mission was, and the trades and all that sh**. That sh** don’t bode well for nobody, dog. It’s tough to play for somebody and give your heart and soul to somebody, and your name on the trading block, so when you’re young, it’s hard to bounce back from that sh**.”

Davis does believe that a 34-year-old Kobe Bryant could have led this team to the playoffs, but he does think James could have as well if the Lakers were able to stay healthy.

“LeBron could have got it done, too, but you have to factor in injuries… “It’s hypothetical, but of course, Kobe could do it, it’s f*cking Kobe Bryant.”

The 2012-13 Lakers did have Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol. While those guys were not at their best, you could argue that Kobe Bryant had a lot more help than LeBron. Also, like the 2018-19 Lakers, the 2012-13 team had injuries issues as well. Nash played in 50 games that season, while Gasol played only 49 games. Howard had a solid season, but he was struggling to come back from a back injury, and Bryant would eventually go down with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Unfortunately for Lakers fans, Kobe could not have saved the Lakers this season. He barely got the 2012-13 team to the playoffs. In the end, this is all wishful thinking for Laker fans.

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Clippers waive Michael Beasley

The L.A. Clippers have waived forward Michael Beasley, the team announced today. Beasley came to the Clippers, with Ivica Zubac, from the Lakers in exchange for Mike Muscala on Thursday before the NBA trade deadline.

Beasley, 30, was initially appeared in 26 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 49 percent from the field in 10.7 minutes.

The 6’9”, 235-pound forward holds career averages of 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field in 22.8 minutes in 609 appearances across 11 NBA seasons with Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, New York

Lawrence Frank on Zubac to Clips: ‘We are eager for him to join our group of promising young players’

The L.A. Clippers have acquired center Ivica Zubac and forward Michael Beasley from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for center Mike Muscala.

“For two-plus seasons, we have seen Ivica up-close and watched him develop into a skilled center,” said Frank. “For his age, Ivica has proven to be an energetic rim protector who can score around the basket. We are eager for him to join our group of promising young players.”

Zubac, 21, appeared in 33 games (12 starts) for the Lakers this season, averaging career-highs in points (8.5), rebounds (4.9), field goal percentage (.580) and free-throw percentage (.864) in 15.6 minutes. The 7’1”, 240-pound Croatian center was selected 32nd overall by the Lakers in the 2016 NBA Draft after playing one professional season in the Croatian A-1 League and one professional season in the Serbian KLS League.

Beasley, 30, appeared in 26 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 49 percent from the field in 10.7 minutes. The 6’9”, 235-pound forward holds career averages of 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field in 22.8 minutes in 609 appearances across 11 NBA seasons with Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, New York and the Lakers. A native of Frederick, Maryland, he was selected second overall by Miami in the 2008 NBA Draft following one collegiate season at Kansas State University.

Muscala, 27, was acquired in the team’s six-player trade with Philadelphia on February 6. He appeared in 47 games for the 76ers this season, averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.1 minutes. He has appeared in 290 career games across six NBA seasons with Philadelphia and Atlanta, averaging 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from free-throw line in 15.9 minutes. The Bucknell alumnus was originally selected by Dallas with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before being acquired by the Hawks in a draft night trade.

Worthy on Melo to LA: ‘I think Carmelo has proven that he is an outstanding shooter, but It’s kind of what we need’

Recently, Lakers star LeBron James came out and said that he was open to Carmelo Anthony joining the Lakers.

Here is what James had to say on Tuesday after the Lakers loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

“We’ll see. I don’t run the team,” James said. “There are obviously things that need to be worked out on both sides. But I’ve always wanted to play with Melo, and if the opportunity presents itself, it’ll be great. So we’ll see what happens.”

Anthony, 34, is expected to be released by the Rockets after ten games with the team.

According to former Laker great James Worthy, Melo to the Lakers may not be a bad idea:

“I know they are good friends, and I think Carmelo has proven that he is an outstanding shooter, but It’s kind of what we need,” Worthy told TMZ Sports.

James and Anthony are longtime friends, and Worthy believes Melo would be fine with the Lakers if he is willing to embrace his role with the team.

 “He’s at the end of his career,” Worthy said. “I think if he would be willing to take a certain role, I think he would be okay.”

The Lakers could use Melo’s shooting, but I think it comes down to what role Melo is willing to take with the Lakers.

There comes a time in every player’s career where they have to realize they are not the same guy that they once were, and that is where Melo is at this point in his career. If he embraces coming off the bench, Melo can continue to play on. If not, he is better off retiring.

 

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Metta World Peace on LeBron: ‘He’s about to be in midseason form soon’

While the Los Angeles Lakers have gotten off to a slow start, 4-6 after 10 games, LeBron James, 33, is still playing at a very high level. The 14-time All-Star is averaging 26.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.7 apg.

Those numbers are good, yet former Laker Metta World Peace expects James to be even better as the season progresses.

“You got a preseason form, a midseason form, then you have playoff form,” World Peace told TMZ Sports. “And, he’s in beginning-of-the-season form. He’s about to be in midseason form soon.”

James will get his, but will the others being able to step up their play moving forward? That will be something to pay attention to as the season moves on, especially with the young talent on this roster that the Lakers are counting on to get better.

There have been some rumblings about Lakers head coach Luke Walton and his future with the team, but if the Lakers do continue to struggle, the blame should not go on Walton. This team is young and learning how to play winning basketball, and in the end, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka constructed this roster, so if things go wrong, Walton should not be the one to take the fall in Los Angeles.

 

Jalen Rose on LeBron: ‘He knows that this is a building year’

When LeBron James joined the Lakers this summer, we all knew that Los Angeles was not built to win a title this season. The Lakers have a superstar in James, a few guys who have star potential, and a decent cast of veterans.

According to ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose, James knows that the 2018-19 season is about growing the team for the future.

“He knows that this is a building year,” Rose told TMZ Sports. “It’s just not going to be something he’s used to because he’s made the Finals the last eight or nine years.

“They about to blow this one up. They got a lot of rookies, and they got a lot of guys on rookie contracts, and they got a lot of vets on one-year deals.”

Rose believes the Lakers presently have two guys that could definitely have success with James moving forward.

“If you’re on your rookie contract, you’re auditioning to see who can fit best with LeBron,” Rose said. “Right now it looks like(Kyle)Kuzma and (Josh)Hart, but stay tuned.

While PG Lonzo Ball had a solid rookie season, Rose is not sure if he fits with James:

“I love Lonzo. He got game. But, they’re taking the ball out of his hands,” Rose said. “I’m rooting for him. I’m rooting for (Brandon) Ingram as well.”

I think the Lakers will have a hard time making the playoffs this season. For Los Angeles, it’s about getting another star to team with LeBron James, which could happen in the offseason.

Regarding Ball, James has been at his best when he had a point guard that can shoot. Ball does not necessarily fit that description, so you wonder what his future could be in Los Angeles after this season.

In the end, the Lakers are a work in progress.

Why LeBron and the Lakers will miss the playoffs this season

I know they have a lot of games left, and I hate to be a prisoner of the moment, but barring any trades, the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers will miss the playoffs in the Western Conference, and LeBron James will miss the playoffs for the first time since his second year in the league.

Here’s why:

When LeBron James went to Miami in 2010, he had two stars with him in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Ultimately, James would win two championships with the Heat. When James returned to Cleveland four years later, he had a star waiting for him in Kyrie Irving, and then Cleveland acquired another star in Kevin Love, which helped LeBron win a championship with the Cavaliers.

With the Lakers, it’s just LeBron, and a few guys we hope can be stars. Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma,  Josh Hart, and Lonzo Ball all have talent, but at this point, the jury is still out on whether they will be stars. Los Angeles brought in veterans like Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee. These guys have been in winning situations, but at this point in their careers, they are not difference makers.

Furthermore, James had his most success when he had point guards who could shoot. Mo Williams in Cleveland(first time), Mario Chalmers in Miami, and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland(LeBron’s return to Cleveland). He does not have that in Los Angeles. Rondo and Ball are not great shooters. Therefore, that could have a negative impact on the LeBron and the Lakers.

Finally, the Lakers are in the Western Conference. The following eight teams in the West are better than the Lakers in no particular order: Warriors, Rockets, Jazz, Thunder, Pelicans, Blazers, Nuggets, and Spurs. And if Minnesota can keep Jimmy Butler happy, the Timberwolves are better as well.

At 33 and soon to be 34,  how many great years does LeBron have left? Who knows, but this year could be a waste of one of those years.

In the end, it took 47 wins to make the playoffs as the 8th seed in the Western Conference last season. Barring any trades, can the Lakers win 47 games or more? You be the judge…

Stephen A. Smith believes LeBron James will win the MVP this season(VIDEO)

We waited all summer for LeBron James to make his regular season debut with the Lakers. Well, come Thursday night the wait will be over. James will make his Lakers’ debut on the road against the Blazers.

James, 33, is a four-time MVP winner, and according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, James will win another MVP award this season.

I don’t think James will win the MVP this season. I just don’t think the Lakers will be good enough. The MVP usually goes to the best player on the best team, unless you do something extra special like what OKC’s Russell Westbrook did when he averaged a triple-double in the 2016-17 season.

I don’t see James doing anything extra special this season. Therefore, he will not win the MVP award in the 2018-19 NBA season.

Stephen A. on Lonzo: ‘I think LeBron is going to take a special interest in this kid'(VIDEO)

All eyes were on the Los Angeles Lakers last season because of the intrigue with PG Lonzo Ball. This season, more eyes will be on the Lakers because of the signing of LeBron James. With James in the fold, the Lakers are “must see” TV.

One of the storylines in Los Angeles is how the Lakers will look with Ball and LeBron on the court together.  Obviously, this is LeBron’s team, and he will have the ball in his hands a lot, which could have an impact on Lonzo, who seems to be more effective with the ball in his hands. With a lot of attention going to LeBron, Ball will have some open looks, which means his questionable jumper has to get better.  Furthermore, Rajon Rondo is in the mix and will probably be the starter for this team when the regular season begins. Therefore, Ball’s minutes could be cut, and with his dad LaVar Ball in the mix, you wonder if that could be an issue.

Ball, 20,  is expected to make his preseason debut against the Warriors on Wednesday night after recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn left meniscus.

Today, on ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman discussed their expectations for James and Ball in Los Angeles.

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