DeMarcus Cousins was given a chance to prove himself this upcoming season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The star player was given a one-year deal and if he could escape the season without injuries, he would have been in prime position for a huge contract. Unfortunately, it was announced yesterday that Cousins had suffered an ACL injury and that he would have to miss the vast majority of next season. It's a horrible turn of events for a player that many fans were rooting for this upcoming season, especially when you consider how many injuries he's suffered over the years.
NBA players rushed to support Cousins, while his former coach in Golden State, Steve Kerr, was asked about the whole ordeal. As you can imagine, Kerr was upset by the news and had some well wishes for his former player.
“I’m devastated for DeMarcus," Kerr said. "It’s been a couple of years of hell. I was really hoping this season would be a chance to get healthy. We’re all crushed for him.”
Cousins will have to receive surgery on his ACL and as of right now, there is no confirmed timeline for his recovery and return. For now, Cousins will have to make sure he gets his rest and continue to persevere as the season progresses. Hopefully the Lakers star can turn it around and return for a playoff run.
DeMarcus Cousins’ ACL Injury Sparks Sad Reaction From NBA Players
Cousins has had a rough last few years.
Earlier today, it was revealed that DeMarcus Cousins had been diagnosed with a torn ACL after injuring his knee during a training session in Las Vegas on Monday. It's an unfortunate series of events for the Los Angeles Lakers star as just weeks earlier, he had talked about how he wanted to play 82 games this season. The Lakers took a waiver on Cousins hoping he could get back to his production from before his Achilles injury a couple of years ago. Now, it looks like they will have to be without him for the majority of the season, which will certainly set them back a bit.
Cousins' situation is a cautionary tale in how sometimes, your NBA career isn't guaranteed. When Cousins was going through his Achilles issues in New Orleans, he was offered a contract but because it wasn't the max, he ended up walking away and signed a short term deal with the Golden State Warriors instead. During the playoffs, Cousins hurt his quad but was able to come back in time for the Finals. This season in Los Angeles was supposed to be his way of proving to the league that he deserves max money but with his injury woes, it doesn't look like that will happen.
Following the news, Cousins' peers took to Twitter to show support for the big man and even offered some prayers in the process.
Lakers DeMarcus Cousins Suffers Torn ACL: Report
Another devastating injury for Boogie Cousins.
Earlier today it was reported that Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins injured his knee while working out in Las Vegas and was set to undergo further testing in Los Angeles. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Boogie left the court on Monday after "bumping knees" with another player.
Shortly after word got out of Cousins' knee injury, The Athletic's Shams Charania has now reported that Cousins actually suffered a torn ACL.
Cousins, 28, inked a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers in July after the free agent market dried up. The six-time All Star was once projected to ink a max contract during the 2017-18 season but an achilles injury in January of 2018 has derailed his career.
In 30 regular season games with the Golden State Warriors last season, Boogie averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists, but was bit by the injury bug again as he suffered a torn quad in the opening round of the playoffs. Although he was able to return for the NBA Finals, Cousins explained to ESPN's Rachel Nichols after the injury, “I was just ready to quit. Like, throw the towel in."
This latest injury will test Cousins' will more than ever.
DeMarcus Cousins To Be Tested For Possible Knee Injury: Report
This doesn't bode well for the Lakers this season.
DeMarcus Cousins has had his fair share of injury problems throughout his career, including a devastating Achilles injury that spilled into last season with the Golden State Warriors. From there, Boogie injured his quad in the playoffs and had to miss numerous games until he was able to return for the Finals. Cousins struggled to find a contract during the offseason but was eventually rewarded by the Los Angeles Lakers, with a one-year deal.
Lakers fans have been excited to see how Cousins will play with the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, especially since he and AD had great chemistry while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. It looks like Cousins might be experiencing a bit of set back though, as Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers star suffered a knee injury during a recent training session. In fact, Cousins will have to undergo tests to see just how bad it is.
While this is some cause for concern, fans shouldn't hit the panic button just yet as it's unclear what the severity of the injury is. Cousins has had his fair share of injury woes in the past but that doesn't mean he's guaranteed to be out long term.
Be sure to stay tuned for updates on Cousins condition once his tests have been completed.
Dennis Rodman Trash Talks Magic Johnson While Wishing Him Happy Birthday
Rodman wasn’t going to be too complimentary of Magic.
Dennis Rodman is easily one of the most bizarre individuals to ever play in the NBA. Whether he is wearing wedding dresses, jumping off of cliffs, or traveling to North Korea to hang out with an oppressive dictator, there is no denying that Rodman has lived an incredibly full life. Not to mention, he also got to play 14 seasons in the NBA and won five championships. Two of those titles were with the Detroit Pistons while the other three were with the Chicago Bulls. Back in 1988, Rodman got to play in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers where he was tasked with guarding Magic Johnson. In the end, Johnson was victorious and yesterday, he celebrated his 60th birthday.
To mark the occasion, Rodman took to Instagram to wish the Lakers legend a happy birthday, while also establishing his own dominance. Rodman posted a picture of himself blocking Magic, with the caption “You. Won. The. Finals. But. I. Shut. Your. Ass. Down . 💪 happy. Birthday. Bro.”
Considering the Lakers ended up winning that title, it’s a bit of a stretch to say he shut Magic down, although we’ll let Rodman get his trash talk off. After all, he would go on to win back-to-back championships following that unsuccessful finals run.
At this point, Rodman is considered one of the best defensive players to ever do it so we can’t be too mad at him for feeling this way although there are probably better ways to wish someone a happy birthday.
Tyronn Lue To Join Los Angeles Clippers Coaching Staff: Report
Lue will reportedly be an associate head coach alongside Doc Rivers.
After months of speculation, Tyronn Lue is finally headed to Los Angeles to resume his coaching career. However, he won't be reuniting with LeBron James and the Lakers.
According to the New York Times' Marc Stein, Lue is "closing in" on a deal join the Los Angeles Clippers as Doc Rivers' top assistant. Lue, 42, previously worked with Rivers in Boston, as well as one season with the Clippers in 2013-14, before he took over as the Cleveland Cavs head coach.
Lue was considered to be the top candidate to take over as the Lakers head coach after they fired Luke Walton, but the negotiations went south and he ultimately withdrew his name from consideration. According to Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill, the Lakers wanted to force Lue to bring on Kurt Rambis as an assistant, which he wasn't interested in.
In addition to Lue's resistance to hiring the Lakers' preferred assistants, he was also "insulted" that the team only offered him a three-year, $18 million deal. According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin, Lue's camp was seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship résumé.
Now, he'll get the opportunity to help prevent LeBron and the Lakers from winning an NBA title.
LeBron James Hypes Up Crowd With "Taco Tuesday" Chants: Watch
Taco Tuesday is bigger than ever.
Every Tuesday, you can be sure that one of the best basketball players to ever walk this earth, will take to social media and proclaim their love for tacos. If you don't know by now, Taco Tuesday is like a religion in the LeBron James household. In this dead season for sports, LeBron's affinity for Mexican cuisine has become a rallying cry for those who are craving the start of the basketball season. Taco Tuesday has no limits and last night, James showed the world that the tradition has become a phenomenon so big, amusement parks full of people are clamoring for it.
During the LeBron James Family Foundation "Family Reunion" at Cedar Point, the Los Angeles Lakers star got on stage and began to address the crowd. It was only a matter of time before he started to ask the crowd "what is it?" and in unison, they all chanted "Taco Tuesday."
In some ways, LeBron looked like a powerful political figure of sorts, yelling his Taco platform to the crowd. James seems to be one of those people who can get a crowd riled up to the point where if he ever held a political rally, he could probably unite the country. There is no telling what kind of power Taco Tuesday holds and what it will become in the future. If we thought LeBron was powerful enough already, just wait until Taco Tuesday becomes the rallying cry of middle America as we get closer to the 2020 election.
No tacos were actually featured in the video above so we wonder if anyone actually got to enjoy the tradition or if it was simply a facade.
LeBron James Is An All-Time Great Lakers Player, Claims Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Some feel like LeBron hasn’t done enough with the Lakers.
It’s well documented that the Los Angeles Lakers are one of the best franchises in the history of the NBA and have played host to some of the best players in the history of the game. From Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Magic Johnson, to Kobe Bryant, and now, they have LeBron James. The only issue with James, when compared to these players, is the fact that he’s not known for playing with the Lakers. Bryant, Johnson, and Abdul-Jabbar all saw the majority of their success with the Lakers. This has made fans question whether or not LeBron is an all-time great Laker and whether or not he will ever be a legend within the franchise.
During a recent interview with Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times, Abdul-Jabbar stood up for LeBron and said he is, in fact, one of the best Lakers of all-time.
“He’s already shown he’s still the complete player that the Lakers wanted so I don’t think he needs to worry about that,” Kareem said. “They just needed to put the right pieces in place around him. You can’t win a world championship with just one elite player. You need some help and I think he has that now. If he plays well and the team is contending and in the playoffs and advancing late in the playoffs, that should be enough. He doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone, but Lakers fans are still hungry and that’s a good sign. They want to win and they want to support the team.”
This is surely a debate that will continue to rage on as LeBron finishes his career out with the team. Lakers fans expect a lot from their team and when you have the best player in the world, those expectations are magnified.
Stephen A. Smith Reveals His Wish For The Lakers & Clippers: Watch
Stephen A. wants what a lot of other fans want.
After an offseason full of free-agent signings and a ton of player movement, the NBA is in for an exciting year of basketball. ESPN First Take host Stephen A. Smith is just as excited as anybody and yesterday, he revealed what some of his wishes are for the season. As you can imagine, he’s mainly excited about the matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, who are favored to be the two teams to come out of the West. It will be a battle between LeBron James/Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard/Paul George which Smith is here for 100 percent.
“The number one thing I wanna see. I want to see the Lakers versus the Clippers for the Western Conference Finals. That’s what I want to see. I want to see Kawhi Leonard and Paul George up against LeBron and Anthony Davis. I wanna see Doc Rivers, I wanna see Jeannie Buss and Pelinka, I wanna see Kobe sitting in the stands, I wanna see Magic in the stands, I wanna see Steve Ballmer going crazy courtside. I wanna see the two teams in L.A. going at each other’s neck tryna take each other out for the right to represent the West in the NBA Finals. To me, that will be the creme de la creme of this season.”
Both of teams have a chance at winning a championship this season and will be battling for supremacy in Los Angeles. The Lakers have always been the draw in the city but with a dynamic duo on the Clippers, things could get very interesting.
Kyle Kuzma Reacts To Lakers Schedule Reveal With Christmas Spirit
The Lakers will be playing a familiar foe.
NBA fans were incredibly happy today as the full schedule for the 2019-2020 season was officially unveiled. There had been some leaks over the past couple of weeks, including some news on which teams would be playing on opening night as well as Christmas Day. One of the biggest matchups that were being anticipated was the Christmas Day game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. Of course, said matchup was finally confirmed and fans are extremely excited about it.
Lakers star Kyle Kuzma is one of the people excited about the match as he took to Twitter to voice his pleasure at the news, as well as post a festive gif of himself. "We’re taking on the Clips at home, nothing like playing on #NBAXmas!" Kuzma wrote.
The Lakers and Clippers are headlined by two pairs of dynamic duos. For instance, the Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, while the Clippers have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Both teams are expected to compete for championships this season which means these matchups could be a precursor to what's to come in the playoffs.
Either way, we share Kuzma's sentiments as these will certainly be some great games.