LeBron James notched yet another triple-double on Tuesday night, something that has become quite common over the course of his illustrious NBA career. However, LeBron's triple-double against the Oklahoma City Thunder was more significant because it marked his first against the franchise, as he became the first player in league history to record a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams.
LeBron finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Lakers' 112-107 victory. He has logged a triple-double in five of the team's first 14 games, which has the Lakers sitting at an NBA-best 12-2.
"I had no idea," James said after the win, per ESPN. "Coach [Frank] Vogel came in here and said congratulations. I was like, I thought he was joking about my seven turnovers because I've been taking care of the ball so much. He said first player in NBA history to have a triple-double versus 30 teams, every team, so I was like, 'OK. That's pretty cool.'"
"I really don't know what to really think about it. It's a pretty cool stat to know. I'm glad it happened in a win."
The four-time NBA MVP may not have been aware of his accomplishment while he was on the court but he received plenty of love afterward, including a heartfelt text from his mom. LeBron took to instagram last night to share a screenshot of the convo, which you can check out in the post embedded below.
Up next for the Lakers is another matchup against the Thunder on Friday night, this time in OKC.
Carmelo Anthony Comments On His First Game With The Blazers
Melo got some buckets in early.
Carmelo Anthony had a lot riding on last night as he played his first-ever game with the Portland Trail Blazers. Heading into the match, it was uncertain whether or not Melo would be able to keep up with the play considering he hasn't been in an actual game for about a year now. Surprisingly, Melo got to start the game which is something he will actually be doing on a consistent basis. The former star made an impact early and got to play just over 20 minutes while notching 10 points and four rebounds. Unfortunately, the Damian Lillard-less Blazers couldn't pull off the win.
According to Joe Freeman of The Oregonian, Melo spoke about his debut and how great it felt to be back on the court with teammates who actually appreciate his presence. You can't help but feel good for Melo as he enters this new chapter in his career.
“The greatest feeling of all was to feel wanted by a group of guys who believe in me and my talent and what I can bring to the game,” Anthony said. “It wasn’t just the players. It was the coaching staff. They really showed a strong level of belief in me and what I can still do.”
It will be interesting to see how Melo fits into this roster as the season progresses and whether or not they decide to keep him on board.
Lakers Honor Shaq With New ‘City Edition’ Jerseys
Lakers show love to the Most Dominant Ever with their 2019-20 City Edition uniforms.
Several teams around the league are finally unveiling their 2019-20 'City Edition' uniforms, most of which have been met with mixed reactions, at best. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to officially unleash their City Edition uniforms some time this week, but leaked images have already hit twitter dot com giving us an idea of what to expect.
Unlike many other "City Edition" jerseys, the Lakers' new threads don't stray too far from their typical uniforms. According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the gold uniforms serve as a nod to Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal and the repeating 'M.D.E' text that runs down the white piping stands for 'Most Dominant Ever.'
Last season, the Lakers paid tribute to Magic Johnson with purple pinstriped uniforms. If this trend of honoring former Lakers legends continues, it's only a matter of time before the team takes the court in Kobe Bryant-inspired jerseys.
Check out another look at the 2019-20 'City Edition' uniforms below and stay tuned for the official reveal.
Woman Admits To Stealing Identity Of NBA Player To Take Out $2.5 Million Loan
She’s facing 20 years in prison.
A woman almost had a million-dollar come-up after she stole the identity of an NBA player. Annie M. Ford of Georgia recently admitted in court that she lifted the identity of a basketball player and attempted to obtain a $2.5 million loan back in 2013. While the Department of Justice didn’t name the NBA baller in their public report other than he was a resident of New Jersey at the time of the nefarious scheme, they did share details of how the 51-year-old went about her scam.
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In the Fall of 2013, Ford reportedly contacted a New York lending company to get the multi-million dollar loan and used fake documents she created with the NBA player’s name. She had a partner in the scam who acted as her “attorney” while also reportedly pretending to be the NBA player during phone calls with the lender. Ford forged the baller’s signatures on submitted documents and the money was to be deposited in Ford’s bank account.
She has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. For the wire charge alone she’s looking at upwards of 20 years in prison with a possible 250K fine tacked on or “twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.” As for the identity theft charge is concerned, Ford could receive two years behind bars.
It’ll be a few months before Ford will know just how long she’ll be in prison because the sentencing phase of her case won’t happen until March 2020. The real question is: Who was the player?
Carmelo Anthony Notches First Bucket With The Blazers, Fans React
Melo is already making an impact.
Carmelo Anthony has been the talk of the NBA over the last week thanks to the news he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers have been struggling this season and were in desperate need of some offense. Tonight, Melo is in the midst of his season debut as the Blazers take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Originally, he was expected to play 20 minutes but it was unclear whether or not he would be coming off the bench. In the end, the Blazers opted to start him and he made an impact right out of the gate.
In the clip below, you can see Melo scoring his first basket as a member of the Blazers. The play was a wide-open three and Melo made absolutely no mistake. After the first quarter, Melo had five points and one rebound in just six minutes of game time.
As you can imagine, fans were incredibly excited about Melo's first bucket although he still had plenty of detractors commenting on his form and shot selection. Anthony is one of those polarizing players that the internet has decided to hate on, so anything he does will be automatically met with some sort of push back.
Hopefully, he can continue to make big plays down the stretch and earn his keep with the team. Check out some of the best reactions to the bucket, below.
Carmelo Anthony’s Blazers Usage Revealed Ahead Of His Season Debut
Blazers fans will be seeing quite a bit of Anthony tonight.
Just two weeks ago, it seemed almost like a longshot that we would see Carmelo Anthony back on an NBA court this season. Players and teams were counting him out but eventually, the Portland Trail Blazers bit the bullet and ended up signing him to a contract. For now, the contract is non-guaranteed but he will be able to get all the money owed to him in the new year if he manages to keep playing up to the team's standards.
Some fans are apprehensive about Melo's debut while others are excited to see what he can still do out on the court. Anthony is one of the best scorers to ever play the game and whenever he's on the court, there is an opportunity for some magic. According to Marc Spears of ESPN, Melo will be playing quite a bit tonight which means the Blazers already like what they see.
Only time will tell whether or not this experiment works out but as of right now, things are up in the air. If Melo plays poorly, this could mean the end of his career. On the flip side, if he plays well, he might be able to extend his career by a couple of years.
Needless to say, tonight is about to be interesting.
Kristaps Porzingis Debuts Hideous New Mavs "City Edition" Jersey
These are...not good.
Last week, images leaked of the Dallas Mavericks new city edition jerseys and they were pretty interesting, to say the least. The jersey is mostly light blue and fades into navy blue as you go lower down the uniform. Perhaps the worst part of it all is the writing on the front which says "Mavs." This writing is reminiscent of Comic Sans but with more of a 90s twist. With all of that being said, the Mavericks came through with a press release today that showed off the jerseys in all of their glory.
Newly acquired star Kristaps Porzingis had the fortune or misfortune depending on your point of you, of debuting the jersey. As you can imagine, the jersey got plenty of laughs on Twitter as people quickly realized just how weird these look.
City Edition jerseys have been fairly polarizing as fans either love them or hate them and there is never an in-between. For the Mavericks, it seems as though their uniforms have fallen short of expectations and everyone is making their voice heard on it. It's rare to find someone who likes these which when you think about it, is actually quite sad.
What do you think of these jerseys? Are they as bad as people say they are?
LeBron James Sends Love To Luka Doncic After Historic Night
Luka has been a problem this season.
Luka Doncic has been dominating the league ever since last season when he joined the Dallas Mavericks as a rookie. Doncic went on to win rookie of the year and coming into this season, there were big expectations being thrust upon him. So far, he has been able to live up to the hype he set up for himself and fans have been loving it. Last night, Luka went off for another huge night as he dropped a cool 40 points.
What made this particular achievement so big was that he came the second player to score a 40-point triple-double before hitting the age of 21. The only other player to achieve this is none other than LeBron James. LeBron caught wind of what Doncic was able to accomplish and took to his Instagram story where he posted a pic of the young Mavs star and said "He's one BAD MOFO!!!!!"
The last time the Mavericks played against the Lakers, both players made a huge impact for their team and LeBron gave Doncic some huge props afterward. With Doncic matching one of LeBron's most impressive achievements, it's not surprising to see the 17-year veteran show some love where it's due.
As Doncic continues to develop as a player, the league will have to be on notice because the Mavericks could become a real contender.
LaMelo Ball Reveals Which College Team He Would Have Played For
LaMelo wasn't going to follow in Lonzo and LiAngelo's footsteps.
18-year old LaMelo Ball is currently playing hoops professionally in Australia for the Illawarra Hawks as he fine tunes his game ahead of the highly anticipated 2020 NBA Draft. Everything seems to be going according to plan for the youngest Ball brother, but dropping out of school to play professionally overseas wasn't always the path that he had envisioned.
Like his older brothers, Lonzo and LiAngelo, LaMelo had planned to play his college ball in Southern California - but he wasn't interested in attending UCLA like they did. Instead, LaMelo explains to Bleacher Report's Mirin Fader that he would have played for the USC Trojans for one season before making the leap to the NBA.
“I thought I was gonna do four years at Chino Hills. I thought I was going to go to USC and from there go one-and-done.”
LaMelo has impressed scouts in his games with the NBL's Illawarra Hawks so far this season and, as a result, he has climbed up the draft boards. Most mock drafts have the 6'7 point guard slotted as a sure-fire Top-5 pick that could go as high as #1 overall next June.
Former NBA point guard Aaron Brooks, who played alongside LaMelo until he tore his achilles in October, described the LaMelo's IQ as "amazing" and said he has no doubt that the kid is ready for the NBA.
“The stuff I see is NBA stuff. His IQ is amazing,” Brooks told Mirin Fader of Bleacher Report. “There’s no doubt about it: He’s ready for the NBA. His ceiling is so high.”
LaMelo Ball Claims He Could Have Been An NFL Quarterback
LaMelo also said he’s better than Lonzo.
LaMelo Ball has been making plenty of waves in the NBL this season and in 2020, he will be drafted into the NBA. As of right now, he is projected to be a top-five pick and has the potential to go quite high. In a recent report from Mirin Fader of Bleacher Report, Ball’s rise to basketball stardom was documented and he opened up about his goals and aspirations.
At one point in the interview, Ball made some pretty bold claims including how he feels about himself in relation to Lonzo and how at one point, he was hoping to be a football player.
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“The first time they met, Brooks told LaMelo, “Your brother’s really good,” referring to Lonzo. LaMelo stared at him and said, deadpan, “I’m better than him.” He also believes he can play in the NFL right now: “Swear to God, I can be an NFL quarterback!” Any such dreams were squashed, though, when LaVar said the fashion-conscious, sneakerhead teenager would have to closet his sneakers and wear cleats all day every day of ninth grade if he wanted to play football.”
Lonzo has had his ups and downs so far in his career so it’s not surprising to see LaMelo make such a claim. Regardless, only time will tell which Ball brother is the better player.