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Number 2 Pick A Game Changer For Struggling Lakers, But Who To Take?

It’s been a long time since the Los Angeles Lakers had a pick as high as this in the NBA draft. One would have to cast their memory back to the summer of 1982, when the Lakers drafted a young forward out of North Carolina with the first pick to help rebuild the team into a competitor. James Worthy helped re-transform the Lakers franchise from struggling underdog to title winning powerhouse within the space of two years, claiming accolade after accolade along the way.

These modern day Lakers, who last week won the number two overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft, will be hoping the player they select on June 25th will yield similar results, and deliver them from the last four years of seemingly endless hardship.

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Boomers, Opals To Play Rod Laver Arena

In an announcement over the weekend, basketball’s governing body has confirmed that the Australian men’s and women’s teams will play at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne during August as part of the Oceania Olympic Qualifiers.

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Love To Miss Time After Shoulder Injury

UPDATE 8:43am 28/04/15: The Cavs, along with many media members have announced Kevin Love will miss extended time after an MRI revealed Love has a torn labrum in his shoulder, ruling him out for at least the second round of the playoffs, likely against the Bulls.

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Rondo, Parsons To Miss Playoffs As Dallas Slumps

“No, I don’t”

That was Rick Carlisle’s response on Thursday when asked if he thought Rajon Rondo would wear a Dallas jersey ever again. The embattled Mavericks coach has had a tumultuous time since the trade which saw the team offload three role players, a first, and a second round pick for the former all star point guard with the hope that he would lead them deep into the playoffs, and re-sign once free agency hits this summer.

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Mike Budenholzer Named Coach of The Year

Atlanta Hawks’ coach Mike Budenholzer has won the 2014/15 Coach of The Year award in what is just his second year with the team.

Finishing first in the voting ahead of the likes of the Spurs’ Greg Popovich, Warriors rookie coach Steve Kerr and surprise packet Brad Stevens of the Celtics, Budenholzer lead the Hawks to a franchise record 60-22 record, ensuring the team both the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and a division title (Southeast Division) for the first time since 1993/94.

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Jordan Clarkson A Rare Bright Spot in Lakers Misery

The LA Lakers story in 2015 hasn’t differed largely from what anyone imagined it would prior to the start of the season. One could even argue that this history making slide into obscurity could be seen a mile off. Well before they hired coach Byron Scott. Way before they traded for Jeremy Lin, and ‘won’ the rights to sign Carlos Boozer. Long before Julius Randle and Kobe Bryant went down with season ending injuries, and certainly before last week, when the Lakers lost their 60th game in a season for the very first time in their long history.

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Choose Life with Larry Sanders

Now usually on this blog I keep it fairly footloose and fancy free. Throw a few jokes around, a couple of cheesy one-liners and maybe make fun of Dwight Howard’s post game for a while. This piece though, I’ve gone in a different direction. The story of Larry Sanders and his leaving of the NBA, indefinitely, made me stand up and take notice. To me, it is a story that needs attention. Today Larry’s story has my attention and I hope it can grab your attention as well. (more…)



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Trade Deadline Snapshot

One of the more crazy trade deadlines has finished, with some mind boggling deals going down at the death. Here’s a really quick snapshot of the reported trades that have happened overnight

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Top Underrated Stars

Every team has their superstar. The guy who gets buckets when it counts, forces turnovers in the clutch and makes plays us mere mortals can only dream of pulling off. Cleveland have LeBron. The Lakers have Kobe. Houston have Harden and the Thunder have Durant. But what about the others on the roster? The ones who go unnoticed by the casual observer but are game changers to those in the know. These are the underrated stars. Their stats may not be great but it’s the little things they do that endear them to coaches, players and fans alike. Here are my top underrated stars thus far in the 2014/15 season. (more…)



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2015 NBA All Star Starters Announced

The 2015 All Star Game is just around the corner, and the results of the fan vote are now in! We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the players on their well deserved selections and we look forward to watching them battle it out on the hardwood in just a few weeks! 

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