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May 19, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 19, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 19, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
MMD06. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (L) looks to shoot around Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD06. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (L) looks to shoot around Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD06. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (L) looks to shoot around Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD08. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (L) blocks a shot by Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD08. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (L) blocks a shot by Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD08. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (L) blocks a shot by Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD09. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (C) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD09. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (C) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD09. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (C) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD07. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Houston Rockets guard James Harden (C) takes a two point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD07. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Houston Rockets guard James Harden (C) takes a two point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD07. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Houston Rockets guard James Harden (C) takes a two point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD01. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (C) shoots over Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD01. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (C) shoots over Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD01. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (C) shoots over Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD04. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (R) blocks a shot by Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (L) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD04. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (R) blocks a shot by Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (L) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD04. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (R) blocks a shot by Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (L) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD05. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (C) shoots a two point basket over Houston Rockets guard James Harden (L) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD05. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (C) shoots a two point basket over Houston Rockets guard James Harden (L) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD05. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (C) shoots a two point basket over Houston Rockets guard James Harden (L) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD03. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni new the bench during the first half against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD03. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni new the bench during the first half against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD03. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni new the bench during the first half against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD02. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (C) drives to the basket past Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (L) and center Clint Capela (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD02. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (C) drives to the basket past Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (L) and center Clint Capela (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
MMD02. Oakland (United States), 20/05/2018.- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (C) drives to the basket past Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (L) and center Clint Capela (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT
When will Seattle get an NBA team? Will Kansas City get a team?
Could Kansas City be potential expansion city for NBA?
When will Seattle get an NBA team? Will Kansas City get a team?
When will Seattle get an NBA team? Will Kansas City get a team?
Could Kansas City be potential expansion city for NBA?
When will Seattle get an NBA team? Will Kansas City get a team?
LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers get over their early NBA Eastern Conference finals struggles against the Boston Celtics with a 116-86 victory in Game 3.
Cavs shots finally drop, as LeBron's huge performance wins game three
LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers get over their early NBA Eastern Conference finals struggles against the Boston Celtics with a 116-86 victory in Game 3.
LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers get over their early NBA Eastern Conference finals struggles against the Boston Celtics with a 116-86 victory in Game 3.
Cavs shots finally drop, as LeBron's huge performance wins game three
LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers get over their early NBA Eastern Conference finals struggles against the Boston Celtics with a 116-86 victory in Game 3.
LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers get over their early NBA Eastern Conference finals struggles against the Boston Celtics with a 116-86 victory in Game 3.
Cavs shots finally drop, as LeBron's huge performance wins game three
LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers get over their early NBA Eastern Conference finals struggles against the Boston Celtics with a 116-86 victory in Game 3.
LeBron James yet again inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to rescue their NBA Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Celtics.
Story of the day - LeBron inspires Cavs to keep NBA finals hopes alive
LeBron James yet again inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to rescue their NBA Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Celtics.
LeBron James yet again inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to rescue their NBA Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Celtics.
Story of the day - LeBron inspires Cavs to keep NBA finals hopes alive
LeBron James yet again inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to rescue their NBA Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Celtics.
LeBron James yet again inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to rescue their NBA Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Celtics.
Story of the day - LeBron inspires Cavs to keep NBA finals hopes alive
LeBron James yet again inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to rescue their NBA Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Celtics.
LeBron James made a huge block on Aron Baynes as the Cleveland Cavaliers comfortably beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA.
LeBron slams door on Baynes
LeBron James made a huge block on Aron Baynes as the Cleveland Cavaliers comfortably beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA.
LeBron James made a huge block on Aron Baynes as the Cleveland Cavaliers comfortably beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA.
LeBron slams door on Baynes
LeBron James made a huge block on Aron Baynes as the Cleveland Cavaliers comfortably beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA.
LeBron James made a huge block on Aron Baynes as the Cleveland Cavaliers comfortably beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA.
LeBron slams door on Baynes
LeBron James made a huge block on Aron Baynes as the Cleveland Cavaliers comfortably beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA.
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Road tripped: Celtics' Game 3 loss another playoff pothole
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes (46), from Australia, keeps the ball from Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes (46), from Australia, keeps the ball from Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes (46), from Australia, keeps the ball from Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) walks off the court after the team's 116-86 loss in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) walks off the court after the team's 116-86 loss in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) walks off the court after the team's 116-86 loss in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith (5) leaps as he defends against Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith (5) leaps as he defends against Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith (5) leaps as he defends against Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Al Horford walks off the court at the end of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-86. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Al Horford walks off the court at the end of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-86. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Al Horford walks off the court at the end of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 116-86. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Semi Ojeleye (37) and Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, left, double-team Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Semi Ojeleye (37) and Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, left, double-team Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Semi Ojeleye (37) and Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, left, double-team Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart wipes his face as he sits on the bench in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart wipes his face as he sits on the bench in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart wipes his face as he sits on the bench in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers' George Hill (3) defends in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers' George Hill (3) defends in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers' George Hill (3) defends in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
The 19-year-old guard recently won the Euroleague MVP.
NBA Draft 2018: Hawks, Kings unlikely to pick Luka Doncic, report says
The 19-year-old guard recently won the Euroleague MVP.
The Cavaliers got on the board in the Eastern Conference finals, and Tyronn Lue wants to maintain the intensity.
NBA playoffs 2018: Tyronn Lue not satisfied with just one win
The Cavaliers got on the board in the Eastern Conference finals, and Tyronn Lue wants to maintain the intensity.
Luka Doncic, the potential No. 1 pick in next month's NBA draft, led Real Madrid to the Euroleague championship on Sunday.
Luka Doncic Leads Real Madrid to Euroleague Title, 19-Year-Old Wins Final Four MVP
Luka Doncic, the potential No. 1 pick in next month's NBA draft, led Real Madrid to the Euroleague championship on Sunday.
Luka Doncic, the potential No. 1 pick in next month's NBA draft, led Real Madrid to the Euroleague championship on Sunday.
Luka Doncic Leads Real Madrid To Euroleague Title
Luka Doncic, the potential No. 1 pick in next month's NBA draft, led Real Madrid to the Euroleague championship on Sunday.
LeBron James shot 67 percent from the floor in Game 3 after going 21 of 45 from the floor in Games 1 and 2 combined.
NBA playoffs 2018: Celtics' Marcus Morris says he did a 's—' job defending LeBron James
LeBron James shot 67 percent from the floor in Game 3 after going 21 of 45 from the floor in Games 1 and 2 combined.
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 16: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Warriors eager to get back on the court, respond from loss
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 16: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
"We've had our one, and now it's time to lock in for the rest of the series," Green said after practice Saturday.
NBA playoffs 2018: Draymond Green says Warriors play 'best when we feel threatened'
"We've had our one, and now it's time to lock in for the rest of the series," Green said after practice Saturday.
The Celtics were brought crashing back down to earth by the Cavaliers, but Terry Rozier is using that as a positive.
NBA playoffs 2018: Terry Rozier says Celtics 'needed to get our butts whooped'
The Celtics were brought crashing back down to earth by the Cavaliers, but Terry Rozier is using that as a positive.
The Cavaliers were grateful to LeBron James for a key win against the Celtics, with their star man in scintillating form.
NBA playoffs 2018: LeBron James wows with Game 3 passing
The Cavaliers were grateful to LeBron James for a key win against the Celtics, with their star man in scintillating form.
May 19, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Ante Zizic (41) looks to pass in front of Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes (46) during the second half in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 19, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Ante Zizic (41) looks to pass in front of Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes (46) during the second half in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Jerry Stackhouse interviewed with the Raptors for head coaching position
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Jerry Stackhouse interviewed with the Raptors for head coaching position
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Jerry Stackhouse interviewed with the Raptors for head coaching position
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Jerry Stackhouse interviewed with the Raptors for head coaching position
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Jerry Stackhouse interviewed with the Raptors for head coaching position
The Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head-coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics during the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
LeBronzed? James honored by drive to build statue of him
BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics during the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, top, protects the ball from Boston Celtics' Semi Ojeleye (37) in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, top, protects the ball from Boston Celtics' Semi Ojeleye (37) in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, top, protects the ball from Boston Celtics' Semi Ojeleye (37) in the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) shoots against the Boston Celtics in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) shoots against the Boston Celtics in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) shoots against the Boston Celtics in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, and Tristan Thompson walk off the court after the team's 116-86 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, and Tristan Thompson walk off the court after the team's 116-86 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, and Tristan Thompson walk off the court after the team's 116-86 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
<p>Jaren Jackson is still 18 years old and needs plenty of seasoning. But his shot blocking and 3-point prowess make him a perfect fit for today&#39;s NBA.</p>
Why the Bulls should bet on potential and draft Jaren Jackson Jr.

Jaren Jackson is still 18 years old and needs plenty of seasoning. But his shot blocking and 3-point prowess make him a perfect fit for today's NBA.

The Houston Rockets suffered a 41-point loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3, but John Starks argues that the Western Conference Finals are not over... yet.
NBA Playoffs: Don't Count Rockets Out Just Yet
The Houston Rockets suffered a 41-point loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3, but John Starks argues that the Western Conference Finals are not over... yet.
The Cavaliers rallied for a 116-86 win over the Celtics on Saturday to bring the Eastern Conference finals to 2-1.
NBA playoffs 2018: Tyronn Lue says Cavs 'can't get satisfied with just one win'
The Cavaliers rallied for a 116-86 win over the Celtics on Saturday to bring the Eastern Conference finals to 2-1.
The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Has LeBron James and his supporting cast proven that they they skills to take over the series?
NBA Playoffs: Have Cavs Found Formula for Eliminating Celtics?
The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Has LeBron James and his supporting cast proven that they they skills to take over the series?
Is there any stopping the Golden State Warriors? Former New York Knicks guard John Starks thinks the Boston Celtics could be up to the task.
Is Warriors Dominance Bad for NBA?
Is there any stopping the Golden State Warriors? Former New York Knicks guard John Starks thinks the Boston Celtics could be up to the task.
Looking at the winners and the losers of the players that are testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
Testing The Waters: Donte DiVincenzo, Kevin Huerter star at NBA Draft Combine
Looking at the winners and the losers of the players that are testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
Looking at the winners and the losers of the players that are testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
Testing The Waters: Donte DiVincenzo, Kevin Huerter star at NBA Draft Combine
Looking at the winners and the losers of the players that are testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
Looking at the winners and the losers of the players that are testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
Testing The Waters: Donte DiVincenzo, Kevin Huerter star at NBA Draft Combine
Looking at the winners and the losers of the players that are testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
Looking at the winners and the losers of the players that are testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
Testing The Waters: Donte DiVincenzo, Kevin Huerter star at NBA Draft Combine
Looking at the winners and the losers of the players that are testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
Luka Doncic has excelled in Europe and has cemented himself as a top three pick by winning the EuroLeague championship and MVP, but has he proven that he is the best possible choice for the Phoenix Suns?
NBA Draft: Why Luka Doncic Should Be No. 1 Pick
Luka Doncic has excelled in Europe and has cemented himself as a top three pick by winning the EuroLeague championship and MVP, but has he proven that he is the best possible choice for the Phoenix Suns?
On the Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell podcast, Danny Kanell explains feeling cheated by believing someone could upset the Warriors this season.
Off the Bench podcast: Danny Kanell feels duped by NBA
On the Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell podcast, Danny Kanell explains feeling cheated by believing someone could upset the Warriors this season.
On the Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell podcast, Danny Kanell explains feeling cheated by believing someone could upset the Warriors this season.
Off the Bench podcast: Danny Kanell feels duped by NBA
On the Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell podcast, Danny Kanell explains feeling cheated by believing someone could upset the Warriors this season.
On the Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell podcast, Danny Kanell explains feeling cheated by believing someone could upset the Warriors this season.
Off the Bench podcast: Danny Kanell feels duped by NBA
On the Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell podcast, Danny Kanell explains feeling cheated by believing someone could upset the Warriors this season.
On the Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell podcast, Danny Kanell explains feeling cheated by believing someone could upset the Warriors this season.
Off the Bench podcast: Danny Kanell feels duped by NBA
On the Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell podcast, Danny Kanell explains feeling cheated by believing someone could upset the Warriors this season.
Miami freshman Lonnie Walker IV might play a bit like Victor Oladipo but he does interviews like Kyrie Irving.
NBA Prospect Lonnie Walker’s Hot New Conspiracy Theory: ‘The earth is definitely an illusion’
Miami freshman Lonnie Walker IV might play a bit like Victor Oladipo but he does interviews like Kyrie Irving.
From Houston by 22 to Golden State by 41
Warriors-Rockets features one of biggest game-to-game swings in NBA playoff history
From Houston by 22 to Golden State by 41
From Houston by 22 to Golden State by 41
Warriors-Rockets features one of biggest game-to-game swings in NBA playoff history
From Houston by 22 to Golden State by 41
From Houston by 22 to Golden State by 41
Warriors-Rockets features one of biggest game-to-game swings in NBA playoff history
From Houston by 22 to Golden State by 41
From Houston by 22 to Golden State by 41
Warriors-Rockets features one of biggest game-to-game swings in NBA playoff history
From Houston by 22 to Golden State by 41
The Pro Basketball Combine is the newest opportunity for executives to see athletes. With the event approaching, The Front Office takes a closer look at two 20-somethings who created a lifeline for NBA hopefuls.
How a Summer Internship Spawned the Newest Venue for NBA Hopefuls
The Pro Basketball Combine is the newest opportunity for executives to see athletes. With the event approaching, The Front Office takes a closer look at two 20-somethings who created a lifeline for NBA hopefuls.
The Pro Basketball Combine is the newest opportunity for executives to see athletes. With the event approaching, The Front Office takes a closer look at two 20-somethings who created a lifeline for NBA hopefuls.
How a Summer Internship Spawned the Newest Venue for NBA Hopefuls
The Pro Basketball Combine is the newest opportunity for executives to see athletes. With the event approaching, The Front Office takes a closer look at two 20-somethings who created a lifeline for NBA hopefuls.
Can Rockets win Game 4 at Golden State?
Warriors post longest playoff home winning streak in NBA history
Can Rockets win Game 4 at Golden State?
Can Rockets win Game 4 at Golden State?
Warriors post longest playoff home winning streak in NBA history
Can Rockets win Game 4 at Golden State?
Can Rockets win Game 4 at Golden State?
Warriors post longest playoff home winning streak in NBA history
Can Rockets win Game 4 at Golden State?
With the lottery and combine behind us, we are officially a month away from the NBA draft. The Front Office mocks all 60 draft picks following the combine in Chicago.
2018 NBA Mock Draft 7.1: Projecting All 60 Picks Post-Combine
With the lottery and combine behind us, we are officially a month away from the NBA draft. The Front Office mocks all 60 draft picks following the combine in Chicago.
With the lottery and combine behind us, we are officially a month away from the NBA draft. The Front Office mocks all 60 draft picks following the combine in Chicago.
2018 NBA Mock Draft 7.1: Projecting All 60 Picks Post-Combine
With the lottery and combine behind us, we are officially a month away from the NBA draft. The Front Office mocks all 60 draft picks following the combine in Chicago.
With the lottery and combine behind us, we are officially a month away from the NBA draft. The Front Office mocks all 60 draft picks following the combine in Chicago.
2018 NBA Mock Draft 7.1: Projecting All 60 Picks Post-Combine
With the lottery and combine behind us, we are officially a month away from the NBA draft. The Front Office mocks all 60 draft picks following the combine in Chicago.
With the lottery and combine behind us, we are officially a month away from the NBA draft. The Front Office mocks all 60 draft picks following the combine in Chicago.
2018 NBA Mock Draft 7.1: Projecting All 60 Picks Post-Combine
With the lottery and combine behind us, we are officially a month away from the NBA draft. The Front Office mocks all 60 draft picks following the combine in Chicago.
Even during a 41-point decimation the NBA is still the funniest league on the planet.
Shaun Livingston crossed James Harden so hard it made Greg Anthony mispronounce “meme” (VIDEO)
Even during a 41-point decimation the NBA is still the funniest league on the planet.
Even during a 41-point decimation the NBA is still the funniest league on the planet.
Shaun Livingston crossed James Harden so hard it made Greg Anthony mispronounce “meme” (VIDEO)
Even during a 41-point decimation the NBA is still the funniest league on the planet.
Metta World Peace is confident the Los Angeles Lakers are close to challenging for NBA championships again.
LeBron or Kawhi could lead Lakers to the Finals - World Peace
Metta World Peace is confident the Los Angeles Lakers are close to challenging for NBA championships again.
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (4) grabs a rebound against Golden State Warriors center Jordan Bell (2) during the second half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (4) grabs a rebound against Golden State Warriors center Jordan Bell (2) during the second half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) and guard Eric Gordon (10) during the first half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) and guard Eric Gordon (10) during the first half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans during a Houston Rockets free throw during the third quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fans during a Houston Rockets free throw during the third quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the first half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the first half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) extends for the ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) extends for the ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives in against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives in against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the second half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the second half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) and guard Eric Gordon (10) during the first half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (14) and guard Eric Gordon (10) during the first half in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (4) battles for possession below Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) and guard Nick Young (6) the third quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (4) battles for possession below Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) and guard Nick Young (6) the third quarter of game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
May 20, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game three of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
In his autobiography, &#39;My Life&#39;, the legendary Earvin &#39;Magic&#39; Johnson makes a special mention of the demanding nature of the Los Angeles basketball fans. &quot;When I first came along,&quot; Johnson writes, &quot;the Lakers fans had a reputation for showing up late and leaving early.&quot; Johnson&#39;s arrival at the franchise in 1979 had also coincided with the appearance of a new owner in the form of Jerry Buss, a man who went on to fashion the Lakers into the glamourous team that they would become. As Johnson adds in his autobiography, &quot;Buss saw the Lakers as more than a sports team. He knew people wouldn&#39;t drive to the Forum just to watch a game, they wanted to be entertained.&quot; Brook Lopez poses during his visit to Mumbai That&#39;s how the Showtime Lakers came about, a team which — spurred by the talents of Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy — played their basketball with a fast-paced, run-and-gun style and landed five NBA Championships in the 1980s alone. The next decade saw the Lakers in decline, but before the fans started showing up late and leaving early again, the LA franchise were propelled to five more championships — including a ‘threepeat’ — in the first decade of the 21st century by the towering figures of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O&#39;Neal. The Lakers haven&#39;t won the championship in eight years. They haven&#39;t made the NBA Playoffs in five. “There are obviously a lot of expectations that come with playing for the Lakers given the kind of players who have played for the franchise and the championships they have won over the years. Eight years with a championship for the Lakers feels like hundreds of years without a title. The last five years have been a tough phase,” Lakers centre Brook Lopez tells Firstpost during a visit to Mumbai earlier this month. Lopez, who at 7-feet towers over most ceilings in India, was in the country to attend the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA National Finals and ACG-NBA Jump Finals at the NBA Academy India. Lopez, a 1oth season veteran in the league, has just been with the LA franchise for one season, but the difference between the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, where he spent the first nine years of his career, and the Lakers could not have been starker. “It&#39;s amazing that winning their last title just eight years back would be a good thing for most teams. But that just speaks to the success the Lakers have had and the weight of expectations that are there on them,&quot; he chuckles. The Lakers’ challenge for a Playoffs spot this season faded away with an 11th-spot finish in the Western Conference after a regular season record of 35-47. Despite this, Lopez is keen to emphasise that they are in good shape for the next season. “We took care of a lot of goals we had set at the beginning of the season, but we had a rash of injuries in the middle of the season. Or else, we would have made the Playoffs. But for the next season, I have a lot of confidence in the group that we have right now,” Lopez says before adding, “I think we grew a lot this year, we have a lot of youngsters in the team. We had a great start, and we built a great foundation.” Brook Lopez interacts with NBA Academy India wards during his visit to New Delhi recently The off-season promises to be something that could change the face of the franchise. With the team already possessing a promising young core with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart on the books, talk in the NBA is that the Lakers could lure LeBron James or Paul George — who will be free agents after this post-season — to LA. Just as James has dominated teams in the league in the Playoffs on the court, speculation about him moving base to LA has dominated news and conversations. During his time in India, Lopez is repeatedly asked about it. It has also not escaped notice that a legacy team like LA, which has historically tasted success with superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, Bryant and O&#39;Neal, currently lacks a superstar around whom the team can be built. Lopez, who is a free agent himself, reportedly told the franchise during his exit interview that he would be keen to stick around should the franchise be title contenders next season. “It&#39;ll definitely be an interesting off-season,” Lopez says before adding, “It&#39;s a very exciting possibility. Having LeBron or PG would be a good problem to have, in terms of figuring out how they fit in. Both of them are intelligent players. “They both can change the face of the team.”
NBA: LA Lakers centre Brook Lopez on weight of expectations at the franchise, LeBron James' potential arrival and more
In his autobiography, 'My Life', the legendary Earvin 'Magic' Johnson makes a special mention of the demanding nature of the Los Angeles basketball fans. "When I first came along," Johnson writes, "the Lakers fans had a reputation for showing up late and leaving early." Johnson's arrival at the franchise in 1979 had also coincided with the appearance of a new owner in the form of Jerry Buss, a man who went on to fashion the Lakers into the glamourous team that they would become. As Johnson adds in his autobiography, "Buss saw the Lakers as more than a sports team. He knew people wouldn't drive to the Forum just to watch a game, they wanted to be entertained." Brook Lopez poses during his visit to Mumbai That's how the Showtime Lakers came about, a team which — spurred by the talents of Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy — played their basketball with a fast-paced, run-and-gun style and landed five NBA Championships in the 1980s alone. The next decade saw the Lakers in decline, but before the fans started showing up late and leaving early again, the LA franchise were propelled to five more championships — including a ‘threepeat’ — in the first decade of the 21st century by the towering figures of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. The Lakers haven't won the championship in eight years. They haven't made the NBA Playoffs in five. “There are obviously a lot of expectations that come with playing for the Lakers given the kind of players who have played for the franchise and the championships they have won over the years. Eight years with a championship for the Lakers feels like hundreds of years without a title. The last five years have been a tough phase,” Lakers centre Brook Lopez tells Firstpost during a visit to Mumbai earlier this month. Lopez, who at 7-feet towers over most ceilings in India, was in the country to attend the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA National Finals and ACG-NBA Jump Finals at the NBA Academy India. Lopez, a 1oth season veteran in the league, has just been with the LA franchise for one season, but the difference between the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, where he spent the first nine years of his career, and the Lakers could not have been starker. “It's amazing that winning their last title just eight years back would be a good thing for most teams. But that just speaks to the success the Lakers have had and the weight of expectations that are there on them," he chuckles. The Lakers’ challenge for a Playoffs spot this season faded away with an 11th-spot finish in the Western Conference after a regular season record of 35-47. Despite this, Lopez is keen to emphasise that they are in good shape for the next season. “We took care of a lot of goals we had set at the beginning of the season, but we had a rash of injuries in the middle of the season. Or else, we would have made the Playoffs. But for the next season, I have a lot of confidence in the group that we have right now,” Lopez says before adding, “I think we grew a lot this year, we have a lot of youngsters in the team. We had a great start, and we built a great foundation.” Brook Lopez interacts with NBA Academy India wards during his visit to New Delhi recently The off-season promises to be something that could change the face of the franchise. With the team already possessing a promising young core with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart on the books, talk in the NBA is that the Lakers could lure LeBron James or Paul George — who will be free agents after this post-season — to LA. Just as James has dominated teams in the league in the Playoffs on the court, speculation about him moving base to LA has dominated news and conversations. During his time in India, Lopez is repeatedly asked about it. It has also not escaped notice that a legacy team like LA, which has historically tasted success with superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, Bryant and O'Neal, currently lacks a superstar around whom the team can be built. Lopez, who is a free agent himself, reportedly told the franchise during his exit interview that he would be keen to stick around should the franchise be title contenders next season. “It'll definitely be an interesting off-season,” Lopez says before adding, “It's a very exciting possibility. Having LeBron or PG would be a good problem to have, in terms of figuring out how they fit in. Both of them are intelligent players. “They both can change the face of the team.”
In his autobiography, &#39;My Life&#39;, the legendary Earvin &#39;Magic&#39; Johnson makes a special mention of the demanding nature of the Los Angeles basketball fans. &quot;When I first came along,&quot; Johnson writes, &quot;the Lakers fans had a reputation for showing up late and leaving early.&quot; Johnson&#39;s arrival at the franchise in 1979 had also coincided with the appearance of a new owner in the form of Jerry Buss, a man who went on to fashion the Lakers into the glamourous team that they would become. As Johnson adds in his autobiography, &quot;Buss saw the Lakers as more than a sports team. He knew people wouldn&#39;t drive to the Forum just to watch a game, they wanted to be entertained.&quot; Brook Lopez poses during his visit to Mumbai That&#39;s how the Showtime Lakers came about, a team which — spurred by the talents of Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy — played their basketball with a fast-paced, run-and-gun style and landed five NBA Championships in the 1980s alone. The next decade saw the Lakers in decline, but before the fans started showing up late and leaving early again, the LA franchise were propelled to five more championships — including a ‘threepeat’ — in the first decade of the 21st century by the towering figures of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O&#39;Neal. The Lakers haven&#39;t won the championship in eight years. They haven&#39;t made the NBA Playoffs in five. “There are obviously a lot of expectations that come with playing for the Lakers given the kind of players who have played for the franchise and the championships they have won over the years. Eight years with a championship for the Lakers feels like hundreds of years without a title. The last five years have been a tough phase,” Lakers centre Brook Lopez tells Firstpost during a visit to Mumbai earlier this month. Lopez, who at 7-feet towers over most ceilings in India, was in the country to attend the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA National Finals and ACG-NBA Jump Finals at the NBA Academy India. Lopez, a 1oth season veteran in the league, has just been with the LA franchise for one season, but the difference between the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, where he spent the first nine years of his career, and the Lakers could not have been starker. “It&#39;s amazing that winning their last title just eight years back would be a good thing for most teams. But that just speaks to the success the Lakers have had and the weight of expectations that are there on them,&quot; he chuckles. The Lakers’ challenge for a Playoffs spot this season faded away with an 11th-spot finish in the Western Conference after a regular season record of 35-47. Despite this, Lopez is keen to emphasise that they are in good shape for the next season. “We took care of a lot of goals we had set at the beginning of the season, but we had a rash of injuries in the middle of the season. Or else, we would have made the Playoffs. But for the next season, I have a lot of confidence in the group that we have right now,” Lopez says before adding, “I think we grew a lot this year, we have a lot of youngsters in the team. We had a great start, and we built a great foundation.” Brook Lopez interacts with NBA Academy India wards during his visit to New Delhi recently The off-season promises to be something that could change the face of the franchise. With the team already possessing a promising young core with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart on the books, talk in the NBA is that the Lakers could lure LeBron James or Paul George — who will be free agents after this post-season — to LA. Just as James has dominated teams in the league in the Playoffs on the court, speculation about him moving base to LA has dominated news and conversations. During his time in India, Lopez is repeatedly asked about it. It has also not escaped notice that a legacy team like LA, which has historically tasted success with superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, Bryant and O&#39;Neal, currently lacks a superstar around whom the team can be built. Lopez, who is a free agent himself, reportedly told the franchise during his exit interview that he would be keen to stick around should the franchise be title contenders next season. “It&#39;ll definitely be an interesting off-season,” Lopez says before adding, “It&#39;s a very exciting possibility. Having LeBron or PG would be a good problem to have, in terms of figuring out how they fit in. Both of them are intelligent players. “They both can change the face of the team.”
NBA: LA Lakers centre Brook Lopez on weight of expectations at the franchise, LeBron James' potential arrival and more
In his autobiography, 'My Life', the legendary Earvin 'Magic' Johnson makes a special mention of the demanding nature of the Los Angeles basketball fans. "When I first came along," Johnson writes, "the Lakers fans had a reputation for showing up late and leaving early." Johnson's arrival at the franchise in 1979 had also coincided with the appearance of a new owner in the form of Jerry Buss, a man who went on to fashion the Lakers into the glamourous team that they would become. As Johnson adds in his autobiography, "Buss saw the Lakers as more than a sports team. He knew people wouldn't drive to the Forum just to watch a game, they wanted to be entertained." Brook Lopez poses during his visit to Mumbai That's how the Showtime Lakers came about, a team which — spurred by the talents of Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy — played their basketball with a fast-paced, run-and-gun style and landed five NBA Championships in the 1980s alone. The next decade saw the Lakers in decline, but before the fans started showing up late and leaving early again, the LA franchise were propelled to five more championships — including a ‘threepeat’ — in the first decade of the 21st century by the towering figures of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. The Lakers haven't won the championship in eight years. They haven't made the NBA Playoffs in five. “There are obviously a lot of expectations that come with playing for the Lakers given the kind of players who have played for the franchise and the championships they have won over the years. Eight years with a championship for the Lakers feels like hundreds of years without a title. The last five years have been a tough phase,” Lakers centre Brook Lopez tells Firstpost during a visit to Mumbai earlier this month. Lopez, who at 7-feet towers over most ceilings in India, was in the country to attend the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA National Finals and ACG-NBA Jump Finals at the NBA Academy India. Lopez, a 1oth season veteran in the league, has just been with the LA franchise for one season, but the difference between the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, where he spent the first nine years of his career, and the Lakers could not have been starker. “It's amazing that winning their last title just eight years back would be a good thing for most teams. But that just speaks to the success the Lakers have had and the weight of expectations that are there on them," he chuckles. The Lakers’ challenge for a Playoffs spot this season faded away with an 11th-spot finish in the Western Conference after a regular season record of 35-47. Despite this, Lopez is keen to emphasise that they are in good shape for the next season. “We took care of a lot of goals we had set at the beginning of the season, but we had a rash of injuries in the middle of the season. Or else, we would have made the Playoffs. But for the next season, I have a lot of confidence in the group that we have right now,” Lopez says before adding, “I think we grew a lot this year, we have a lot of youngsters in the team. We had a great start, and we built a great foundation.” Brook Lopez interacts with NBA Academy India wards during his visit to New Delhi recently The off-season promises to be something that could change the face of the franchise. With the team already possessing a promising young core with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart on the books, talk in the NBA is that the Lakers could lure LeBron James or Paul George — who will be free agents after this post-season — to LA. Just as James has dominated teams in the league in the Playoffs on the court, speculation about him moving base to LA has dominated news and conversations. During his time in India, Lopez is repeatedly asked about it. It has also not escaped notice that a legacy team like LA, which has historically tasted success with superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, Bryant and O'Neal, currently lacks a superstar around whom the team can be built. Lopez, who is a free agent himself, reportedly told the franchise during his exit interview that he would be keen to stick around should the franchise be title contenders next season. “It'll definitely be an interesting off-season,” Lopez says before adding, “It's a very exciting possibility. Having LeBron or PG would be a good problem to have, in terms of figuring out how they fit in. Both of them are intelligent players. “They both can change the face of the team.”
In his autobiography, &#39;My Life&#39;, the legendary Earvin &#39;Magic&#39; Johnson makes a special mention of the demanding nature of the Los Angeles basketball fans. &quot;When I first came along,&quot; Johnson writes, &quot;the Lakers fans had a reputation for showing up late and leaving early.&quot; Johnson&#39;s arrival at the franchise in 1979 had also coincided with the appearance of a new owner in the form of Jerry Buss, a man who went on to fashion the Lakers into the glamourous team that they would become. As Johnson adds in his autobiography, &quot;Buss saw the Lakers as more than a sports team. He knew people wouldn&#39;t drive to the Forum just to watch a game, they wanted to be entertained.&quot; Brook Lopez poses during his visit to Mumbai That&#39;s how the Showtime Lakers came about, a team which — spurred by the talents of Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy — played their basketball with a fast-paced, run-and-gun style and landed five NBA Championships in the 1980s alone. The next decade saw the Lakers in decline, but before the fans started showing up late and leaving early again, the LA franchise were propelled to five more championships — including a ‘threepeat’ — in the first decade of the 21st century by the towering figures of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O&#39;Neal. The Lakers haven&#39;t won the championship in eight years. They haven&#39;t made the NBA Playoffs in five. “There are obviously a lot of expectations that come with playing for the Lakers given the kind of players who have played for the franchise and the championships they have won over the years. Eight years with a championship for the Lakers feels like hundreds of years without a title. The last five years have been a tough phase,” Lakers centre Brook Lopez tells Firstpost during a visit to Mumbai earlier this month. Lopez, who at 7-feet towers over most ceilings in India, was in the country to attend the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA National Finals and ACG-NBA Jump Finals at the NBA Academy India. Lopez, a 1oth season veteran in the league, has just been with the LA franchise for one season, but the difference between the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, where he spent the first nine years of his career, and the Lakers could not have been starker. “It&#39;s amazing that winning their last title just eight years back would be a good thing for most teams. But that just speaks to the success the Lakers have had and the weight of expectations that are there on them,&quot; he chuckles. The Lakers’ challenge for a Playoffs spot this season faded away with an 11th-spot finish in the Western Conference after a regular season record of 35-47. Despite this, Lopez is keen to emphasise that they are in good shape for the next season. “We took care of a lot of goals we had set at the beginning of the season, but we had a rash of injuries in the middle of the season. Or else, we would have made the Playoffs. But for the next season, I have a lot of confidence in the group that we have right now,” Lopez says before adding, “I think we grew a lot this year, we have a lot of youngsters in the team. We had a great start, and we built a great foundation.” Brook Lopez interacts with NBA Academy India wards during his visit to New Delhi recently The off-season promises to be something that could change the face of the franchise. With the team already possessing a promising young core with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart on the books, talk in the NBA is that the Lakers could lure LeBron James or Paul George — who will be free agents after this post-season — to LA. Just as James has dominated teams in the league in the Playoffs on the court, speculation about him moving base to LA has dominated news and conversations. During his time in India, Lopez is repeatedly asked about it. It has also not escaped notice that a legacy team like LA, which has historically tasted success with superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, Bryant and O&#39;Neal, currently lacks a superstar around whom the team can be built. Lopez, who is a free agent himself, reportedly told the franchise during his exit interview that he would be keen to stick around should the franchise be title contenders next season. “It&#39;ll definitely be an interesting off-season,” Lopez says before adding, “It&#39;s a very exciting possibility. Having LeBron or PG would be a good problem to have, in terms of figuring out how they fit in. Both of them are intelligent players. “They both can change the face of the team.”
NBA: LA Lakers centre Brook Lopez on weight of expectations at the franchise, LeBron James' potential arrival and more
In his autobiography, 'My Life', the legendary Earvin 'Magic' Johnson makes a special mention of the demanding nature of the Los Angeles basketball fans. "When I first came along," Johnson writes, "the Lakers fans had a reputation for showing up late and leaving early." Johnson's arrival at the franchise in 1979 had also coincided with the appearance of a new owner in the form of Jerry Buss, a man who went on to fashion the Lakers into the glamourous team that they would become. As Johnson adds in his autobiography, "Buss saw the Lakers as more than a sports team. He knew people wouldn't drive to the Forum just to watch a game, they wanted to be entertained." Brook Lopez poses during his visit to Mumbai That's how the Showtime Lakers came about, a team which — spurred by the talents of Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy — played their basketball with a fast-paced, run-and-gun style and landed five NBA Championships in the 1980s alone. The next decade saw the Lakers in decline, but before the fans started showing up late and leaving early again, the LA franchise were propelled to five more championships — including a ‘threepeat’ — in the first decade of the 21st century by the towering figures of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. The Lakers haven't won the championship in eight years. They haven't made the NBA Playoffs in five. “There are obviously a lot of expectations that come with playing for the Lakers given the kind of players who have played for the franchise and the championships they have won over the years. Eight years with a championship for the Lakers feels like hundreds of years without a title. The last five years have been a tough phase,” Lakers centre Brook Lopez tells Firstpost during a visit to Mumbai earlier this month. Lopez, who at 7-feet towers over most ceilings in India, was in the country to attend the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA National Finals and ACG-NBA Jump Finals at the NBA Academy India. Lopez, a 1oth season veteran in the league, has just been with the LA franchise for one season, but the difference between the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, where he spent the first nine years of his career, and the Lakers could not have been starker. “It's amazing that winning their last title just eight years back would be a good thing for most teams. But that just speaks to the success the Lakers have had and the weight of expectations that are there on them," he chuckles. The Lakers’ challenge for a Playoffs spot this season faded away with an 11th-spot finish in the Western Conference after a regular season record of 35-47. Despite this, Lopez is keen to emphasise that they are in good shape for the next season. “We took care of a lot of goals we had set at the beginning of the season, but we had a rash of injuries in the middle of the season. Or else, we would have made the Playoffs. But for the next season, I have a lot of confidence in the group that we have right now,” Lopez says before adding, “I think we grew a lot this year, we have a lot of youngsters in the team. We had a great start, and we built a great foundation.” Brook Lopez interacts with NBA Academy India wards during his visit to New Delhi recently The off-season promises to be something that could change the face of the franchise. With the team already possessing a promising young core with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart on the books, talk in the NBA is that the Lakers could lure LeBron James or Paul George — who will be free agents after this post-season — to LA. Just as James has dominated teams in the league in the Playoffs on the court, speculation about him moving base to LA has dominated news and conversations. During his time in India, Lopez is repeatedly asked about it. It has also not escaped notice that a legacy team like LA, which has historically tasted success with superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, Bryant and O'Neal, currently lacks a superstar around whom the team can be built. Lopez, who is a free agent himself, reportedly told the franchise during his exit interview that he would be keen to stick around should the franchise be title contenders next season. “It'll definitely be an interesting off-season,” Lopez says before adding, “It's a very exciting possibility. Having LeBron or PG would be a good problem to have, in terms of figuring out how they fit in. Both of them are intelligent players. “They both can change the face of the team.”
In his autobiography, 'My Life', the legendary Earvin 'Magic' Johnson makes a special mention of the demanding nature of the Los Angeles basketball fans. "When I first came along," Johnson writes, "the Lakers fans had a reputation for showing up late and leaving early." Johnson's arrival at the franchise in 1979 had also coincided with the appearance of a new owner in the form of Jerry Buss, a man who went on to fashion the Lakers into the glamourous team that they would become. As Johnson adds in his autobiography, "Buss saw the Lakers as more than a sports team. He knew people wouldn't drive to the Forum just to watch a game, they wanted to be entertained." Brook Lopez poses during his visit to Mumbai That's how the Showtime Lakers came about, a team which — spurred by the talents of Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy — played their basketball with a fast-paced, run-and-gun style and landed five NBA Championships in the 1980s alone. The next decade saw the Lakers in decline, but before the fans started showing up late and leaving early again, the LA franchise were propelled to five more championships — including a ‘threepeat’ — in the first decade of the 21st century by the towering figures of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. The Lakers haven't won the championship in eight years. They haven't made the NBA Playoffs in five. “There are obviously a lot of expectations that come with playing for the Lakers given the kind of players who have played for the franchise and the championships they have won over the years. Eight years with a championship for the Lakers feels like hundreds of years without a title. The last five years have been a tough phase,” Lakers centre Brook Lopez tells Firstpost during a visit to Mumbai earlier this month. Lopez, who at 7-feet towers over most ceilings in India, was in the country to attend the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA National Finals and ACG-NBA Jump Finals at the NBA Academy India. Lopez, a 10th season veteran in the league, has just been with the LA franchise for one season, but the difference between the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, where he spent the first nine years of his career, and the Lakers could not have been starker. “It's amazing that winning their last title just eight years back would be a good thing for most teams. But that just speaks to the success the Lakers have had and the weight of expectations that are there on them," he chuckles. The Lakers’ challenge for a Playoffs spot this season faded away with an 11th-spot finish in the Western Conference after a regular season record of 35-47. Despite this, Lopez is keen to emphasise that they are in good shape for the next season. “We took care of a lot of goals we had set at the beginning of the season, but we had a rash of injuries in the middle of the season. Or else, we would have made the Playoffs. But for the next season, I have a lot of confidence in the group that we have right now,” Lopez says before adding, “I think we grew a lot this year, we have a lot of youngsters in the team. We had a great start, and we built a great foundation.” Brook Lopez interacts with NBA Academy India wards during his visit to New Delhi recently The off-season promises to be something that could change the face of the franchise. With the team already possessing a promising young core with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart on the books, talk in the NBA is that the Lakers could lure LeBron James or Paul George — who will be free agents after this post-season — to LA. Just as James has dominated teams in the league in the Playoffs on the court, speculation about him moving base to LA has dominated news and conversations. During his time in India, Lopez is repeatedly asked about it. It has also not escaped notice that a legacy team like LA, which has historically tasted success with superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, Bryant and O'Neal, currently lacks a superstar around whom the team can be built. Lopez, who is a free agent himself, reportedly told the franchise during his exit interview that he would be keen to stick around should the franchise be title contenders next season. “It'll definitely be an interesting off-season,” Lopez says before adding, “It's a very exciting possibility. Having LeBron or PG would be a good problem to have, in terms of figuring out how they fit in. Both of them are intelligent players. “They both can change the face of the team.”
NBA: LA Lakers' Brook Lopez on weight of expectations at the franchise, LeBron James' potential arrival and more
In his autobiography, 'My Life', the legendary Earvin 'Magic' Johnson makes a special mention of the demanding nature of the Los Angeles basketball fans. "When I first came along," Johnson writes, "the Lakers fans had a reputation for showing up late and leaving early." Johnson's arrival at the franchise in 1979 had also coincided with the appearance of a new owner in the form of Jerry Buss, a man who went on to fashion the Lakers into the glamourous team that they would become. As Johnson adds in his autobiography, "Buss saw the Lakers as more than a sports team. He knew people wouldn't drive to the Forum just to watch a game, they wanted to be entertained." Brook Lopez poses during his visit to Mumbai That's how the Showtime Lakers came about, a team which — spurred by the talents of Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy — played their basketball with a fast-paced, run-and-gun style and landed five NBA Championships in the 1980s alone. The next decade saw the Lakers in decline, but before the fans started showing up late and leaving early again, the LA franchise were propelled to five more championships — including a ‘threepeat’ — in the first decade of the 21st century by the towering figures of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. The Lakers haven't won the championship in eight years. They haven't made the NBA Playoffs in five. “There are obviously a lot of expectations that come with playing for the Lakers given the kind of players who have played for the franchise and the championships they have won over the years. Eight years with a championship for the Lakers feels like hundreds of years without a title. The last five years have been a tough phase,” Lakers centre Brook Lopez tells Firstpost during a visit to Mumbai earlier this month. Lopez, who at 7-feet towers over most ceilings in India, was in the country to attend the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA National Finals and ACG-NBA Jump Finals at the NBA Academy India. Lopez, a 10th season veteran in the league, has just been with the LA franchise for one season, but the difference between the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, where he spent the first nine years of his career, and the Lakers could not have been starker. “It's amazing that winning their last title just eight years back would be a good thing for most teams. But that just speaks to the success the Lakers have had and the weight of expectations that are there on them," he chuckles. The Lakers’ challenge for a Playoffs spot this season faded away with an 11th-spot finish in the Western Conference after a regular season record of 35-47. Despite this, Lopez is keen to emphasise that they are in good shape for the next season. “We took care of a lot of goals we had set at the beginning of the season, but we had a rash of injuries in the middle of the season. Or else, we would have made the Playoffs. But for the next season, I have a lot of confidence in the group that we have right now,” Lopez says before adding, “I think we grew a lot this year, we have a lot of youngsters in the team. We had a great start, and we built a great foundation.” Brook Lopez interacts with NBA Academy India wards during his visit to New Delhi recently The off-season promises to be something that could change the face of the franchise. With the team already possessing a promising young core with the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart on the books, talk in the NBA is that the Lakers could lure LeBron James or Paul George — who will be free agents after this post-season — to LA. Just as James has dominated teams in the league in the Playoffs on the court, speculation about him moving base to LA has dominated news and conversations. During his time in India, Lopez is repeatedly asked about it. It has also not escaped notice that a legacy team like LA, which has historically tasted success with superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, Bryant and O'Neal, currently lacks a superstar around whom the team can be built. Lopez, who is a free agent himself, reportedly told the franchise during his exit interview that he would be keen to stick around should the franchise be title contenders next season. “It'll definitely be an interesting off-season,” Lopez says before adding, “It's a very exciting possibility. Having LeBron or PG would be a good problem to have, in terms of figuring out how they fit in. Both of them are intelligent players. “They both can change the face of the team.”
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (L) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (R) fight for a loose ball during the second half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (L) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (R) fight for a loose ball during the second half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (L) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (R) fight for a loose ball during the second half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (C) goes to the basket as Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (R) and Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (L) defends during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (C) goes to the basket as Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (R) and Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (L) defends during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (C) goes to the basket as Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (R) and Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green (L) defends during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (C) shoots over Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (C) shoots over Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (C) shoots over Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (R) during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (C) takes a two point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (C) takes a two point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (C) takes a two point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the NBA Western Conference Finals Playoffs basketball game three at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 20 May 2018. EFE
Ros Gold-Onwude gives you the latest news from around the NBA on today&#39;s edition of the NBA Morning Run.
NBA Morning Run | May 21, 2018
Ros Gold-Onwude gives you the latest news from around the NBA on today's edition of the NBA Morning Run.

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