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We will be talking sports and having fun doing it! We will be joined by former NBA player Chucky Brown, who will discuss the current NBA season, 1995 world champion Rockets and how they would stack up against the 90s Bulls, and his favorite place to party during his NBA career.

Brown played for 12 NBA teams during his career.

Show starts @ 7pmest!

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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, Mario Chalmers in Miami, and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland the second time around. 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…

Doc Rivers on LeBron: ‘He’s far more Magic than Michael'(VIDEO)

Ever since LeBron James entered the league in 2003, he has been compared to Michael Jordan, but in reality, if you watch LeBron’s game, it’s a lot closer to another NBA legend, Magic Johnson.  To me, James is a more athletic version of Magic.

Throughout his career, James always seemed more comfortable facilitating than scoring, and according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, James has always been more Magic than Michael.

Rivers discussed LeBron and Magic today on ESPN’s First Take as LeBron prepares to make his Lakers’ debut tonight on the road against the Blazers.

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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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Metta World Peace on LeBron: ‘He’s definitely going to win a championship in L.A.’

The Lakers have high hopes right now, and most teams would have high expectations if they signed the best player in the league, which the Lakers did this summer when they added LeBron James.

With James, the Lakers should be a force in the Western Conference, and according to former Laker Metta World Peace, James will get a championship while with the Lakers, but not this season.

“He’s definitely going to win a championship in L.A,” World Peach told TMZ Sports. “He’s destined. When you’re destined, sometimes you’re the chosen one. You can tell when somebody is chosen, basketball-wise. I feel like not this year because I think Kevin Durant is going to three-peat. I think Kevin Durant might four-peat, quite honestly.”

I think World Peace is correct. The Lakers are not in a position to win to a title next season, but a championship the following season could happen if they make the right moves next offseason. After buying out Luol Deng, they will have the cap space to go after guys like Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, or maybe even Jimmy Butler.

Should be interesting to see if Earvin Johnson can work his Magic next summer.

Ex-Laker George on LeBron: ‘I think he’s going to bring one(championship) back before he leaves’

There have been many great players who have worn the Lakers uniform. Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and now, LeBron James.

The one thing the above guys have in common is they have captured at least one championship in Los Angeles. As we know, the Lakers have and always will be about championships. The franchise has won 16 NBA titles.

So, how many titles will the Lakers win with James? According to former Laker Devean George, who won three titles with Los Angeles, James will get at least one with the Lakers.

“I think he’s going to bring one back before he leaves,” George told TMZ Sports. “He’s going to bring one championship back to L.A., but I think his statue is going to be somewhere else.”

I don’t think James wins a title this year with the Lakers, especially if the Warriors and Rockets stay healthy.  However, if the Lakers can get their hands on Kawhi Leonard or another superstar next summer, they could probably get at least one with LeBron.

The Lakers have at least three years to build a championship roster(James signed four-year, $154 million contract, but can opt out in year four), so they have some time to get it right. However, James will turn 34 during the season, so you wonder how many years he can play at a high level.

Based on the competition in the Western Conference, and based on James’ age. One championship for LeBron should be considered a success.

Stephen A. Smith: ‘I have the Lakers finishing as a top-3 seed in West'(VIDEO)

LeBron James owned the Eastern Conference for the past eight years. He went to eight straight NBA Finals with the Heat and Cavaliers, but now, James is in the Western Conference with the Lakers, which means a ninth consecutive finals appearance won’t be easy.

The Lakers as they are presently constructed are a playoff team for sure, but to get to the Finals, Los Angeles has to beat some formidable opponents. Of course, you have the world champion Golden State Warriors; you have the team who had the best record in basketball last season in the Houston Rockets. Also, you have the OKC Thunder who brought back Paul George and added Dennis Schroder. They will be in the mix, too.

According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, the Lakers could be a top-3 seed in the Western Conference.

Listen to what Smith had to say on First Take today:

At this point, it’s hard to project what the Lakers could be next season. Obviously, LeBron James makes them a factor in the West, but he does not make them the favorite. Being a top-3 seed is possible for the Lakers, but in my mind, it still comes down to the Rockets and Warriors in the Western Conference.