Kawhi Leonard seems to have hurt some feelings with the way he handled his free agency decision.
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Los Angeles Lakers felt like they "got played" by Leonard, who ultimately decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers after some of the Lakers' other free agent targets had signed elsewhere.
As Windhorst explains on his recent podcast:
“I’ve heard complaints in the days after the signing. I heard complaints from the Lakers that they got played. I heard complaints from the Raptors that Kawhi came in and asked for the sun, the moon, the stars then left them at the altar.”
"The implication: Leonard knew all along wasn’t signing with the Lakers, waited a week into free agency so other top free agents would commit elsewhere then announced his decision just to sabotage the Lakers.”
Although it seemed like Leonard was on the cusp of signing with the Lakers, the Undefeated's Marc J. Spears recently reported there was "no way" Kawhi wanted to team up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Other reports suggest that Kawhi reached out to fellow two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant, as well as Kyrie Irving, in an effort to convince another superstar to join him on the Clippers. As we know, Leonard eventually persuaded Paul George to request a trade out of OKC.
Air Jordan 13 “Lakers” Debuts Today: Purchase Links
Lakers 13s dropping at 10am ET.
Jordan Brand is giving Los Angeles Lakers fans another reason to smile today, as they are set to drop an all-new "Lakers" Air Jordan 13 at 10am ET.
Jordan Brand has released several team-specific Air Jordans over the years, including those of MJ's many rivals, but the purple and gold has never before been applied to the Air Jordan 13. Built on a white, tumbled leather upper, the Lakers-inspired 13s are highlighted by purple nubuck overlays in all the familiar places. A black, rubber outsole and gold detailing on the sole complete the look.
The Lakers 13s will be available in sizes for the whole fam, with men's sizes retailing for $190, grade school for $140, pre-school for $80, and toddler's for $60. You can grab a pair at all major retailers, including Foot Locker, Footaction, Finish Line, Eastbay and Champs Sports.
Check out some early purchase links in the tweets embedded below.
Lakers’ Anthony Davis Reveals Two Favorite NBA 2K Teams To Play With
AD says he'd never play with Lakers in 2K, because he doesn't like playing as himself.
Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis recently attended an Xbox event in promotion of NBA 2K20, where he was asked which team he prefers to play with. Spoiler: it's not the Lakers.
According to the 2K20 cover star, he doesn't like playing as himself in the video game. Instead, Davis says he always used to play with either the San Antonio Spurs (when they had Kawhi Leonard) or the Houston Rockets.
2K Games recently revealed player ratings for the top stars in 2K20, which obviously included both Davis and his teammate, LeBron James. Combined the duo boast an average rating of 95.5, which is the highest in the game, and barely better than the Clippers' Kawhi Leonard and Paul George whom average a 95 overall.
NBA 2K20 will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC starting September 6, but you can pre-order your copy today. Scroll down for a look at the game's Top 10 players, as well as the first teaser trailer.
Jason Kidd Interviews To Become Lakers Head Coach: Report
Kidd is the third person the Lakers have interviewed for the position.
There were rumors last month that Luke Walton was on his way out of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, and now that he’s departed and found a new home with the Sacramento Kings, the L.A. team is trying to fill his position as soon as possible. Jason Kidd was said to be a contender for the position, and now ESPN and the L.A. Times are both reporting that Kidd officially interviewed with the Lakers on Monday.
Sources say that Kidd met with the team’s general manager Rob Pelinka and team executive Kurt Rambis. The meeting was reportedly several hours long and went down at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, California. Kidd previously coached the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks. He was fired from the latter team during the 2017-2018 season.
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The former NBA star is said to be the third person that has interviewed for the Laker’s coach position. Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams and former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue both completed their interviews last week. There are a few more possibilities that have yet to sit down with Laker’s executives, including Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard.
Things are shaking up for the Lakers following both Magic Johnson and Luke Walton’s departures, although the former is said to be still working with the team in a different capacity. Who do you think the team should bring as a coach to lead them to victory?
LeBron James Doesn’t Think It’s Fair That Fans Compare Him To Kobe Bryant
They each have their strengths but stand on their own merit.
The Los Angeles Lakers have had a rough season, but the team is committed to regrouping and coming back stronger than ever. LeBron James knew that when he made his way to the Golden State from Cleveland, not only would he need to go through some adjustments, but fans would pit him against a Lakers icon: Kobe Bryant. However, in an interview with Jim Hill for CBS Los Angeles, James expressed that he didn’t believe that the comparisons were legitimate assessments.
“I think that’s unfair. That’s going to be the only thing that’s unfair in this conversation we have today because I think at the end of the day, we are all different,” James said. “Michael’s fans, Michael Jordan himself. Kobe fans, Kobe himself. LeBron fans, and LeBron himself. We’re all different on the simple fact that we all take different challenges, we’ve all had challenges, we’ve all had different courses, but the one thing that’s the same is that we would do anything to play this game of basketball every single day.”
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“We would do anything to win and we would do anything to put our life on the line to win basketball games,” James said of the similarities between himself, Bryant, and Jordan. “We’re just champions. We was born champions and we work hard and we want to be the greatest that we can be, but I think we’ve all had our own paths. Mike had his path, Mike was the greatest. Kobe had his path, Kobe was the greatest. I had my own path, hopefully, someday someone will say I’m the greatest.”
“At the end of the day, I hope we all make our fans and make each other’s fans proud as well, no matter whether you love us, hate us, or whatever the case may be.”
Lonzo Ball Freezes Kemba Walker, Throws Down A Highlight Dunk In Return
Hyped rookie Lonzo Ball was out the Lakers lineup for the past six game with a shoulder injury, but return to the court Friday night at home against the Charlotte Hornets. While his numbers weren’t all too impressive and the Lakers ended up losing their 9th straight game, the rookie PG did make the highlight reel with a pretty smooth crossover and slam.
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About half way through the first quarter, Lonzo froze and blew by Hornets guard Kemba Walker with a stutter step crossover, before going down the middle the lane to thrown down an effortless, one-handed dunk with authority. After the slam, Ball showed some raw emotion and screamed into the crowd, something he doesn't ten do.
Ball would go onto the finish the game with only 11 points on eight shots, while Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in a losing effort. Up next, The Lakers will continue their five-game homestand Sunday when the Atlanta Hawks come into town.
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Until then, check out Lonzo’s highlight crossover & slam dunk (below) and sound f in the comments. Do you think Lonzo is going to live up to the hype or nah?