Summary of “The LeBron James to Los Angeles storyline won’t die, but is LeBron even a fit for the Lakers?”

His first season as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was such a rough one, there were actually two eight-game losing streaks, a six-game losing streak and three other losing streaks of at least four games that could have sent him to one of his closest mentors for advice.
They have an opportunity to fast-forward their timeline to contend for championships again if they can sign free agents like Paul George, 27, or LeBron James, 33.
Can superstars already in their prime, like James or George, fit into the culture the Lakers have spent the past few seasons trying to build? Can the Lakers’ young core evolve quickly enough to play at James’ or George’s level?
James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will spend this weekend in Los Angeles being serenaded by hopeful Lakers fans and looking at four adoring billboards placed around the city by a self-described Lakers diehard, Jacob Emrani.
If James were to join a young team like the Lakers, he’d immediately become the center of the Los Angeles sports universe.
James would be some 10 years older than the Lakers’ best players, with at least three rings and more basketball wisdom than the entire core put together.
As one league source put it, if LeBron James goes to the Lakers, they were able to clear space like Cleveland did when James returned to the Cavs in 2014.
If LeBron James decides to stay in Cleveland, it won’t be because he and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert have suddenly started going out for Frappuccinos together.

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Summary of “Five NBA Trades That Almost Happened”

As you ready yourself for an afternoon on NBA Twitter, here are a few trades that could have changed the landscape of the league.
In a conversation with Bill Simmons on the Grantland Basketball Hour in 2015, Bryant recalled that the Lakers had agreed to a trade that would send him to Detroit for a package that included Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and an assortment of draft picks.
The Warriors won 67 games that season en route to the NBA Finals, where they topped the Cavaliers, who picked up Love in a three-way deal centered on no.
The big winners were the Hornets, who would have flipped a star who didn’t want to stay in New Orleans for four established NBA contributors and a first-round pick.
Picking up another star to play alongside LeBron and recent addition Shaquille O’Neal could’ve propelled the Cavs past the Celtics in the second round, and likely into an NBA Finals matchup with the Lakers.
Boston entered the 2015 NBA draft with two mid-to-late first-round picks and its focus locked on Duke forward Justise Winslow.
After failing to trade for picks 4-8, Ainge reportedly offered the Charlotte Hornets-owners of the ninth pick-a king’s ransom: as many as six picks, including four potential first-rounders, for the privilege of drafting Winslow.
Charlotte declined the offer and picked Frank Kaminsky, and the Celtics picked up Terry Rozier at no.

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Summary of “Why Lonzo Ball won’t be the star of the Lakers’ post-Kobe era”

THE DAY AFTER the Lakers take Lonzo Ball with the second pick of June’s draft, Lakers president Magic Johnson is holding court.
Looking one part hostage, one part valedictorian, Ball sits between Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka – who just the night before had declared Lonzo a “Transcendent talent.” Ball, having forgone the traditional pressed suit in lieu of a black zip-up Big Baller Brand hoodie, crosses his arms on the dais as he receives these compliments dispassionately but respectfully, as if he’s in an HR session.
Fourteen months later, on Halloween night in Staples Center, the Lakers are leading Detroit by 13 in the third quarter when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dishes the ball just past half court to Ball on the left side.
The average time Ball keeps the ball beyond the half-court line is 2.11 seconds, the fastest in the league among starting point guards.
HERE’S A FUN game to play – and one that exposes what could well be the problem with the shooting stroke of Lonzo Ball: Extend your arms in front of you, then create a triangle by touching the tips of your thumbs and index fingers to each other.
There’s some good news: Ball gets his hand underneath the ball nicely, and his control fingers, the index and middle, are well-placed.
On a November afternoon, in folding chairs on the sideline of the practice gym, Lonzo Ball and Lakers assistant Miles Simon are studying footage of Ball’s bad habit of playing good basketball – footage of Ball passing the ball too willingly.
On possession after possession of a loss to Portland in which Ball attempts only two field goals in 28 minutes, he swings the ball one or two dribbles too soon – before the big-man defender even commits to him, or before the intended recipient has established a true advantage so he could maximize the touch.

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Summary of “Let’s Stop Pretending the NBA Cares About Its Tampering Rules”

The Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Lakers for impermissible contact with Paul George, the NBA confirmed Sunday after Peter Vecsey first broke the story late Saturday.
The Lakers denied the allegations, and in a statement the NBA said that “At this point, no findings have been made.” Vecsey reported that the independent law firm hired by the NBA asked the Lakers “To turn over any correspondence pertaining to Mintz and George, as well as his parents.” No matter what the NBA finds-or doesn’t-one thing is obvious: The NBA tampering rules are a complete joke.
Tampering has existed for decades, though the league has gotten more lenient on players “Recruiting” one another.
If there is proof the Lakers are guilty of tampering the punishment could be severe: a fine of up to $5 million, the forfeiture of draft picks, suspensions for any offending persons, or even restrictions that prevent them from acquiring George in 2018.
Not to mention that tampering might’ve indeed helped the Clippers.
If tampering was reviled by most of the league, the penalties and definition of tampering could’ve been amended in the most recent collective bargaining agreement.
Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript reported the Pacers planned on filing a tampering charge even before trading George to the Thunder.
Even though tampering is the norm, you can at least understand why they went ahead with it.

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Summary of “LeBron’s Second Era in Cleveland Could Be Ending Soon”

It’s about whether or not LeBron will come back to Cleveland after he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
The LeBron noise echoes what The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote last year: With a Finals victory for Cleveland secure, James could get to “Run off with his buddies again somewhere warm.”
Jalen Rose said this week on First Take that he expects LeBron to make a move from Cleveland to California, where he already owns a house 30 minutes away from Staples Center.
The Lakers Could Be LeBron’s Best OptionIn LeBron’s “I’m Coming Home” letter, he acknowledged that the Cavs weren’t ready to compete at the highest level, and that his patience would be tested.
According to Beck, LeBron told Wade and Anthony, “I think I’m going to do a three-year extension, because in 2010 we can become free agents at the peak, right there in the prime of our career.” LeBron and Wade opted for three-year deals.
What a Move Could Mean for LeBron’s LegacyA LeBron journey to the West would unshackle the entire Eastern Conference.
No matter the destination, LeBron would have a chance to win a title for a third team, in a loaded conference, in a new era of basketball.
The question is whether he’ll take the next step of his NBA journey in Cleveland or whether shining under the bright lights of Los Angeles will be the final chapter of his storied career, the one that leaves no room for doubt that LeBron James is the greatest of all time.

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