Mavericks guard Luka Dončić was named to the 2019-20 All-NBA First Team, the league announced on Wednesday. Dončić was joined on the All-NBA First Team by LeBron James(unanimous), Giannis Antetokounmpo(unanimous), James Harden, and Anthony Davis.
Dončić, who was 21 years, 168 days old on the final day of the 2019-20 regular season (Aug. 14), becomes the sixth player to earn All-NBA First Team honors at age 21-or-younger, along with LeBron James (2006), Max Zaslofsky (1947), Kevin Durant (2010), Tim Duncan (1998) and Rick Barry (1966). James (21 years, 110 days) and Zaslofsky (21 years, 114 days) are the only players to achieve the feat at a younger age than Dončić. In fact, if the season would have ended on its originally scheduled date (April 15), Dončić would have been the youngest to ever do it.
The second-year guard becomes the first player named to the All-NBA First Team in either his first or second season since Duncan in 1998-99 (Duncan made the First Team in each of his first eight seasons from 1997-98 to 2004-05).
Dončić averaged 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists in 54 games before to the restart (through March 11). The 2018-19 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year saw his numbers increase in the bubble, as he nearly averaged a 30-point triple-double (30.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 9.7 apg) in Orlando en route to being named a unanimous Kia NBA All-Seeding Games First Team selection. Dončić finished the regular season with averages of 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 61 games (all starts), becoming just the third player in NBA history to average at least 28-9-8 for a full season (Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook).
The 21-year-old recorded a league-high 17 triple-doubles in 2019-20, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to lead the league outright in the category. Dončić not only broke Jason Kidd’s Mavericks single-season triple-double record (nine in 1995-96), but he became the franchise’s all-time leader in the category as well (25). Twelve of his triple-doubles were of the 30-point variety, and he again joined Robertson and Westbrook as one of three players to record at least 12 30-point triple-doubles in a single season.
Dončić also finished the season as the league leader in 25-point, 10-rebound, 15-assist games (five), 30-10-7 efforts (18) and 20-5-5 games (50).
Dončić ranked sixth in scoring (28.8 ppg), 17th in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and third in assists (8.8 apg). He became the seventh player since the ABA/NBA merger (1976-77) to finish a season ranked in the top-20 among qualifiers in scoring, rebounding and assists (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Grant Hill, Kevin Garnett, James, Westbrook).
Voting for the 2019-20 All-NBA Teams was based on games played through March 11 (prior to the hiatus).
2019-20 NBA All-NBA Second Team:
Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers)
Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors)
2019-20 NBA All-NBA Third Team:
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat)
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets)
Former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin (27-2-1, 23 KOs) delivered a TKO victory over Daniel Martz (18-7-1, 15 KOs) in the fourth-round of their heavyweight attraction.
Martin used his southpaw stance to land strong left hands early on Martz and causing his right eye to swell in round two. Martz tried to tie up Martin, and eventually had some success on offense landing several clean shots that got Martin’s attention, even if they didn’t hurt him.
“At one point I wasn’t relaxed like I should have been,” said Martin. “He threw a good flurry on me in the second round and that woke me up. I was a little stiff, but as we got going I knew I could go through him.”
“I definitely came to fight and I was trying to win,” said Martz. “I started to take some hard shots and they added up. He definitely hits hard.”
In round four Martin clipped Martz in the opening moments, forcing him to retreat before Martin followed up with a body shot that put his opponent on the canvas. Martz got up and continued to try to survive and hold, but a strong combination punctuated by another punishing shot put Martz on the mat again and forced referee Celestino Ruiz to halt the bout 2:03 into the round.
“I told my team that I wanted to stop him with a body shot, so I was focused on that and happy to get it done,” said Martin. “I just want to keep learning and become a complete fighter. I want to be able to dig to the body and fight on the inside and learn everything technical that I can. I want to be like the LeBron James of boxing, in that I’m a total student of the sport.”
“He threw some good shots to the body and that’s kind of what wore me out,” said Martz. “I’ll get in the gym and get better and be back soon”
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When former Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson abruptly quit before the team’s season finale, many were surprised, including LeBron James.
“Man, get the f— out of my face,” James recently said about his initial reaction to Magic leaving on “The Shop,” which airs on HBO. “You b******ng.”
Today, former NBA player Jay Williams gave his thoughts on James’ reaction to Magic leaving the Lakers on ESPN’s First Take:
It is slightly different. Magic quit right on the spot, and the two times LeBron left Cleveland, he did it as a free agent, which means he fulfilled his contract. So, it was his right to leave the Cavaliers. Just like it is Magic’s right to quit his job with the Lakers, but I find what Magic did to be a little worse because you don’t leave a job in that way, especially without telling a woman who you have a lot of respect for in Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
Is this LeBron’s karma for the way he left Cleveland? Who knows, but in life, what goes around, comes around.
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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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.
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.