Anthony Davis' trade to the Los Angeles Lakers was the offseason's earliest major announcement, but according to the basketball star, he found out about the deal just like most of the general population, by scrolling Instagram.
In a recent press conference, Davis revealed that at the time his agent did try to contact him. However, he was in his hotel room watching a film and part of his routine is to refrain from taking phone calls or texts while enjoying a movie.
"In the middle of a movie, I don't really like to answer phones and text," he explained. "He called me again [...] I was like wait, let me call him back."
He adds that he called back afterward but got his agent's voicemail in return. He then took to Instagram to see what was up.
"Me being a 26-year-old, I went straight to Instagram and started looking, that's when I saw it," he confirmed.
While minute, it is yet another interesting storyline to add to the frenzy that has been this year's free agency period.
So far, fans have seen their favorite squads shaken up, while new legacies take root as Kevin Durant heads to Brooklyn, AD joins Lebron James in Los Angeles, and Kahwi Leonard also make his way to the City of Angels to post up on the rival Clippers squad among a number of other high-profile decisions.
LeBron James Welcomes Don Cheadle To The Cast Of "Space Jam 2"
Cheadle's role is still unknown.
Rumors of Space Jam 2 have been floating around for a long time now. Fans have eagerly awaited for the arrival of the film which is currently being filmed as we speak. LeBron James is set to take the lead role which should be interesting. We haven't seen him flex his acting chops too heavy just yet. But that doesn't mean that James won't have revered actors on board for the new Space Jam.
Following his appearance in the biggest film of the summer, Avengers: Endgame, Don Cheadle's is set to co-star alongside LeBron James in Space Jam 2. Cheadle's role in the film has yet to be revealed to the public but James did confirm to the public that the legendary actor was set to appear in the film. "We’re actually shooting scene together right now! Ha.
#Legend #SpaceJam2," he wrote on Twitter.
Lebron James recently shared behind the scenes footage of the set on his social media platforms. Hopefully, with the film in action right now, we could expect Space Jam 2 to drop sometime soon. Of course, we also expect them to enlist some heavy-hitters for the film's soundtrack. Considering LeBron James' relationship with 2 Chainz, it would not be surprising if we end up hearing the Atlanta rapper on the film's OST.
Keep your eyes peeled for more information on Space Jam 2.
LeBron James’ Jersey Swap Blocked By Nike, Anthony Davis Accepts "Number 3"
LeBron James’ won’t be permitted to swap jerseys with Anthony Davis due to “surplus inventory.”
LeBron James gratuitously offered his new teammate Anthony Davis the no. 23 jersey in his debut season with the Los Angeles Lakers. According to insider conferring with ESPN, the holdup on the jersey swap comes down to a deadline set by Nike Inc.
NBA officials have confirmed: the Lakers would have had to notify the merchandiser of the request by March 15th; seeing as they didn’t – LBJ will have to wait until the next production deadline to re-adorn himself with the no. 6 made famous during his Championship run with the Miami Heat, 2011-2014.
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As per Yahoo Sports, the LeBron jersey for 2019-2020, has been up for pre-sale for a couple of weeks now, and Nike would prefer to maintain the status quo – rather than seek a re-confirmation notice with every patron listed in the buyer’s list. Not to mention, Nike has already poured out millions of dollars on LBJ inventory going into next season, so having the obsolete no. 23 wind up on a clearance rack, is the farthest thing on their minds.
As a result of the embargo, Anthony Davis will accept the no. 3 from the Los Angeles Lakers, the number he wore all throughout elementary school. LeBron will retain the no. 23, even though as of Friday he did submit a formal request to switch back to no. 6. Who’s to say LeBron won’t push his weight around to great effect. If he’s serious about following through with the request, despite the embargo, Nike will have to ask themselves: is it worth upsetting the King, should they swallow their losses/pride in the process? Hit us with your thoughts down below.
LeBron James Shares Behind The Scenes Look At Space Jam 2
LeBron posts first image of the Space Jam 2 set.
Filming on Space Jam 2 is officially underway, and LeBron James took to instagram on Friday to share a sneak peek behind the scenes.
The four-time NBA MVP will be joined on set by fellow teammate Anthony Davis, as well as Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul and Diana Taurasi. Don Cheadle has also reportedly signed on - although his role in the movie has not yet been revealed.
Check out the first behind the scenes photo from Space Jam 2 below.
While LeBron will be busy shooting the Space Jam sequel in the coming weeks, he'll still be putting in the work for his day job. NBA superfan and real estate mogul James Goldstein recently posted some photos and videos of the "Club James" training facility, which will be used by LeBron and other NBA stars in between shoots this summer.
The court, located on Goldstein's sprawling estate, features a jaw-dropping backdrop along with sprawling views of the city, as seen in the posts embedded below.
According to a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter, LeBron's family arc will play a central role in Space Jam 2.
"Those familiar with the script say Space Jam 2 will rely less heavily on a Dream Team of hoops luminaries than the Michael Jordan-led film, which saw more than a dozen real-life NBA stars cameo and grossed $231 million worldwide, not adjusted for inflation. Instead, LeBron's family arc is key, with a yet-to-be-cast teen character named Dom as the second lead, sources say."
Space Jam 2 will reportedly hit heaters on July 16, 2021.
Kawhi Leonard Never Wanted To Play With LeBron & The Lakers, Says Danny Green
Green says Kawhi wanted to do his own thing.
Kawhi Leonard is now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers which means the team is now a contender to win a championship this season. They also brought on Paul George which will make both players a dynamic duo for at least the next two seasons. There was plenty of speculation as to where Leonard would go, with the Los Angeles Lakers leading the charge. In the end, Leonard decided to avoid the super team and opted to build his own legacy. During an interview with ESPN, Leonard's former teammate Danny Green spoke about the star and how the Lakers were never really an option for him.
"I think all of it was a shock to me," Green explained. "Except not as much of a shock Kawhi going to L.A. The Clippers, anyway. I didn't see him coming this route [to the Lakers]. I feel like he wanted to go his own route. I think it was between them and going back. I think the year that he had and what those fans brought this season and everything it was hard for him to turn it down and leave Toronto. But I knew he wanted to be closer to home."
Once Leonard had made his decision, Green announced that he would be joining the Lakers who were in dire need of shooters. Had Leonard come to the Lakers, he would have made them an unstoppable super team that would have made the league unwatchable.
Meanwhile, we tried to answer the debate surrounding the Lakers and the Clippers so check that out here.
Nike LeBron 16 Dressed In Classic "Bred" Colorway: Release Details
This shoe is coming in grade school sizes only.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have been loading up on talent this offseason and appear to be a title contender. As far as his sponsor Nike is concerned, they’ve been loading up on colorways of the Nike LeBron 16. The shoe has earned praise for both its aesthetics and its performance capabilities so its no surprise that the Beaverton brand continues to support it, at least until the release of the LeBron 17.
While the “Bred” Chicago colorway might be more synonymous with Michael Jordan, it hasn’t stopped Nike from giving LeBron his own black and red models. With this latest colorway, that’s exactly what they’ve done as the entire upper is black, with white placed on the back heel and the midsole. The front of the midsole near the toe is red which is what makes this sneaker an undeniable “Bred” model.
Unfortunately, the adults out there won’t be able to cop these as the shoe will only be available in grade school sizes. According to Sneaker News, they will be released on August 3rd for $160 USD. They’re the perfect back-to-school basketball shoe for the little one in your life.
LeBron James, Quavo, 2 Chainz & More Party It Up At Uninterrupted Event
The party was hosted after the ESPYs.
LeBron James is one of the most influential people in sports so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s able to get some of the biggest stars in the world into the same room whenever he hosts a party. On Wednesday night, the ESPYs went down in Los Angeles and afterward, LeBron hosted the Uninterrupted party at Hollywood Athletic Club. There were a plethora of athletes in attendance including Megan Rapinoe, Patrick Mahomes, and Amanda Nunes. James also got to hang out with some of his best rapper friends as YG, 2 Chainz, and even Quavo were all in attendance.
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The Los Angeles Lakers star got to take some epic photos with all of them and based on the names here, it must have been a pretty fun time. Living in Los Angeles has really helped LeBron with his ability to brand himself and throw parties such as this one.
Now that filming for Space Jam 2 has started, LeBron has gone full Hollywood mode so parties like this probably won’t stop anytime soon. Even Anthony Davis was in attendance which is proof that the Lakers are gearing up for a huge season. If they can get past the Clippers, there won’t be many other teams standing in their way.
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LeBron James’ Lakers Vs. Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers: Who’s Better?
The Lakers and the Clippers are set up to dominate the Western Conference.
When Free Agency began on June 30th at 6 P.M., fans around the league were wondering the answer to one question: where will Kawhi Leonard end up? It was a foregone conclusion that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving would sign with the Brooklyn Nets so fans opted to set their sights on what would turn out to be a week’s worth of speculation. It appeared as though the Los Angeles Lakers has the best chance at securing Leonard and creating a superteam with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Instead, Kawhi linked up with Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers to carve out his own legacy. This decision left the Lakers scrambling to fill roster spots, while the Clippers simply smiled at the position they had been put in.
Going into next season, the assumption is that the Lakers and the Clippers will be the two best teams in the Western Conference. With the Golden State Warriors heavily depleted thanks to injuries, the Conference is wide open and there for the taking. The newfound parity ultimately raises the question: who’s better, the Lakers or the Clippers?
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Starting out with the offense, it’s important to examine both team’s stars first. When it comes to the Lakers, they will be led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis who are always good to put up a dazzling amount of points. At 34 years old, LeBron James averaged 27.4 points per game and complemented that with a little over eight rebounds and assists per match.
LeBron will turn 35 this season but if he’s able to keep up this blistering pace, the Lakers will be able to win a few games thanks to his talents alone. AD is going to be a problem as well, considering he averaged 25.9 points per game during the 2018-2019 season. Add 12 rebounds and four assists per game into the mix and you’ve got yourself a deadly offense.
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The rest of the Lakers lineup is a mix-and-match of players who have never played together, so there is a good reason to be a little concerned here. For instance, the team just picked up DeMarcus Cousins in free agency who played well last season but has been suffering from injury problems throughout the better part of his career. If Cousins can stay healthy and have a resurgence, the Lakers will certainly be a deadly team moving forward. However, if Cousins struggles, the Lakers might be caught lugging some dead weight.
Other pickups like Jared Dudley and Danny Green will surely help, although they don’t possess the star power you would expect from a Lakers team. Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and JaVale McGee are all coming back so there should be a decent amount of cohesion here. With all factors considered, the Lakers will be a great offensive team, although some chemistry issues could hurt them at the start of the season.
As for the Clippers, they were the fourth best team in the league last season when it came to offense, as they averaged 115.11 points per game. With the additions of Leonard and George, it’s safe to say they’ve improved and even have the potential to be the best offensive team in the entire NBA. Last season, Kawhi averaged a career-high 26.6 points per match, with 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Geroge wasn’t too shabby either, as he was a finalist for the league’s MVP award – although he eventually lost out to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The former Thunder star averaged 28 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists last season and with Leonard as his sidekick, the Clippers will be ready to terrorize the league.
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What makes the Clippers stand out is their deep bench, which includes three-time sixth man of the year award winner, Lou Williams. Coming off the bench, Williams was able to average 20 points last year which made the Clippers deadly during all 48 minutes of the game. Add players like Montrezl Harrell, Ivica Zubac, Landry Shamet, and Patrick Beverley and you’ve got yourself an incredibly dangerous squad.
Like any team with new players, the Clippers will have to adjust when it comes to chemistry. It might take a while for Leonard and George to adjust to Doc Rivers’ system, so Clippers fans should cut their new-look team some slack. Not to mention, George has multiple injury problems in the past and if he can’t stay healthy, the Clippers might have trouble leaning on Kawhi Leonard to do all of the work.
Overall, both of these teams will have great offenses but for now, it looks like the Lakers have a bit of an advantage here. If the Lakers can get all of their new players to gel and play to their full potential, they’ll be able to beat anybody.
As far as defense is concerned, the Lakers could have quite a few problems if they’re not careful. While LeBron and AD have proven themselves to be great defensive players in the past, they’ve also been lacking at times as well. When you watch LeBron out on the court these days, you can tell he’s not as committed to playing defense as he used to be. At 34 years old, James has to conserve his energy to go on deep runs and playing staunch defense 100 percent of the time isn’t always conducive to that. This could obviously change though, as James will be motivated to improve upon last year’s 10th place finish in the Western Conference. As for Davis, if he can get back to his first-team all defender form of 2017-2018, perhaps the Lakers won’t be in so much trouble after all.
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When it comes to the rest of the team, head coach Frank Vogel will certainly have his work cut out for him. Rondo was questionable at best on defense last season although perhaps the play of Quinn Cook can mask that. There are certainly a lot of questions here regarding the Lakers, so fans are going to have to wait and see. Off the ball, the Lakers will struggle. On the ball, they have a good shot at doing some damage.
Even though the Clippers gave up an average of 114.99 points per game last season, their defense could quickly improve and become one of the best the NBA has seen in a long time. George was a first-team NBA all-defensive player this season, while Leonard found himself on the second. Both players can execute staunch defense while on and off of the ball, which will be a nightmare for opposing teams.
Leonard has built a reputation for shutting down stars, with LeBron being at the top of that list. With the Toronto Raptors, Leonard re-established himself as one of the best two-way players in the game, and if he can come through with a repeat of last season, the Clippers are in for a treat. As for George, he just needs to stay healthy and avoid the wrath of Damian Lillard. If he does those two things, the Clippers will be a brick wall.
Oh, and how can you forget Patrick Beverley? During the first round of the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors, Beverley was a thorn in the side of Kevin Durant who was getting into foul trouble every single game. The Clippers signed Beverley to a three-year deal which will likely turn into one of the most underrated signings of the offseason. With all things considered, the Clippers will have a clear advantage when it comes to defending next season.
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After looking at each team’s roster, and assessing their strengths and weaknesses, it’s fair to conclude that both will be championship contenders. The Western Conference is wide open and the Staples Center is ripe for a Los Angeles rivalry for the ages. While the Lakers might be more “prime time,” the Clippers will be the team to methodically break teams down every single night, even if it isn’t always pretty.
The Lakers have a slightly better duo in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but when it comes to the overall roster and the coaching staff, the Clippers are the clear winner. If these teams meet in the playoffs, it will be a series that surely goes the distance. As of right now though, the Clippers are the safe choice. If you had to bet on either of these teams right now, who would you take, the Clippers or the Lakers? Let us know in the comments.
Lakers’ Frank Vogel: "No Imminent Plan" To Start LeBron James At PG
Frank Vogel pumps the breaks on the LeBron point guard reports.
The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly discussed the possibility of starting LeBron James at the point guard position in the 2019-20 season, but head coach Frank Vogel says there is "no imminent plan" in place right now.
"Everybody's sort of pieced together our starting lineup. There is no decisions made on our starting lineup."
"No imminent plan to start LeBron at the point guard spot. A lot of different lineups and combinations have been discussed, but it's really way too early for any of that."
Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported the following earlier this week:
"The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are heading into the 2019-20 season with the intention of starting LeBron James at point guard, league sources told Yahoo Sports."
"James, 34, will be entering his 17th NBA season and is prepared to become the floor general in an effort to maximize a roster that’s suddenly built to contend for a championship with the addition of All-Star forward Anthony Davis and a few complementary pieces."
The 6'8 point-forward averaged 27.4 points to go along with 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in a career-low 55 games for the Lakers last season. Other point guards currently on the Lakers roster are Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook and Rajon Rondo.
LeBron James Jokingly Teases New "Kung Fu" Look Ahead Of Next Season
James might be looking to update the way he looks out on the court.
Heading into next season, LeBron James will be bringing back some of his signature habits and traits. For instance, LeBron revealed that he would be giving the number 23 to Anthony Davis and would be taking his old number 6 from Miami instead. The King also noted that he wants to bring back his signature chalk toss which he hasn’t done since 2014. Ever since LeBron said he was doing all of this, fans have been asking him to bring back his infamous headband and based on his latest Instagram post, there is a chance it might happen but with a twist.
The Lakers superstar posted a photoshopped image of him wearing a kung-fu style headband alongside the caption “Kung Fu King, Bruce Lee-Bron”?? It’s obvious that LeBron was only kidding here although it would be pretty interesting to see him actually rock this in a game.
LeBron will certainly have a more refined Lakers team to roll with this season thanks to the addition of Davis and other auxiliary players like Danny Green and DeMarcus Cousins. Perhaps with LeBron going back to his roots, the Lakers can finally find some success that has sorely been lacking over the past few seasons.