Lakers Host De’Aaron Fox for 1st Workout, Josh Jackson for 2nd Before NBA Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers were busy Tuesday, hosting De’Aaron Fox and Josh Jackson for workouts at their practice facility in El Segundo, California.

It was the first time the Lakers got a close-up look at Fox, but it was the second time they had sat in on a workout for Jackson. According to Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell, the Lakers, who own the second pick in the 2017 NBA draft, first worked out Jackson last week in Sacramento.

“When I was in Sac I was working out with my trainer,” Jackson said. “I work out with him every day and I’m comfortable with him and know what he wants me to do. We’ve got the same terminology. We’re familiar with each other. Coming out here, I gotta learn a little bit more of their terminology and things they like to do. They put me in a few instances where I would probably be in their offense … hopefully I impressed them.”

   

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2rpASJL
via IFTTT

Advertisements

LaVar Ball Selling Autographed Cards for $59.99 Each on eBay

LaVar Ball continues to find new ways to cash in on his newfound fame.

According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, Leaf Trading Cards are selling cards with Ball’s face and autograph on them for $59.95 each. They will go on sale Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET on eBay, with 200 currently available.

Ball is the father of NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball as well as UCLA commits LiAngelo and LaMelo.

The outspoken parent is currently selling shoes for his son, the ZO2s, for $495 on his personal Big Baller Brand website. However, this latest venture was for a different reason.

“This wasn’t all about the money,” he said. “I think it’s cool to have a card.”

The cards each have different sayings from Ball on them, including “I am better than Jordan,” a reference to his claim that he could beat Hall of Famer Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one.

“The fact is that LaVar Ball is a significant pop culture icon,” Leaf CEO Brian Gray said. “My job is to create a collectible element for personalities like him. We’ll now see if the market is real, not based on what people will pay to first buy them, but what they will resell them for.”

Financial terms are not yet known for Ball’s part of the deal.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2sqCJOo
via IFTTT

Adam Silver Says It’s Up to the Rest of the NBA to Catch Up to the Warriors

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sees no problem with the construction of the Golden State Warriors and said his goal as commissioner is to help make ways for teams to catch up to the newly crowned champions.

“Rather than focusing on the top of the league, we should be focusing on the rest of the league,” Silver told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post before Game 4 of the Finals. “Rather than talking about how to break up or knock down a championship-caliber team, my focus should be on how we do a better job developing more great players in this league.”

The Warriors won their second title in three years Monday night with a 129-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5. Kevin Durant, who signed with Golden State last July after a major cap spike gave the Warriors unexpected cap room, won Finals MVP. Durant averaged 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists during the five-game series but has taken flak for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for a rival.

“And yes, an incredible free agent was added to that squad,” Silver said. “All the focus seems to be on, ‘They’re too good’ as opposed to, ‘What is it we should be doing to create more great teams in this league?’ That’s what my response is.

“My answer is, let’s create more great teams, rather than completely focus on one incredible team and whether that’s seemingly unfair to the other team. I think it’s the nature of competition. Ultimately, it’s about raising the bar for all the teams in this league and celebrating excellence.”

The Warriors are in the midst of one of the best three-year stretches in NBA history. They won 67 regular-season games in each of their championship seasons and broke the single-season wins mark with 73 in 2015-16. Golden State won a record 15 straight games of the 2017 playoffs and blasted a number of other postseason marks along the way.

The Cavaliers have built their own near-unbeatable core with LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and a host of other role players. Cleveland lost just one game in romping its way through the Eastern Conference and likely would have three straight rings if it weren’t for the rising Warriors.

At issue is the fact that there are 28 other teams that walked into this season seemingly hopeless. Their best chance was to roll the dice and pray a major piece in Cleveland or Golden State got hurt and gave them an opportunity.

Silver said he does not want a full-scale conglomeration of players joining forces to alter the competitive balance of the league. However, Silver was careful to point out that’s not what happened in Golden State.

“That’s of course something we wouldn’t want,” Silver said. “Are stars born, or are they made? The issue here, this wasn’t a function of a bunch of star players coming together and saying, ‘Let’s choose a team to go play for.’ You had one incredible free agent join a group of other stars who weren’t stars until they came together, and came together under Steve Kerr and demonstrated excellence.”

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2rpsQk5
via IFTTT

Lakers Looking to Bring Lonzo Ball Back for 2nd Workout, Markelle Fultz for 1st

The Los Angeles Lakers are doing their due diligence before settling on a player for the No. 2 pick of the 2017 NBA draft.

According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Lonzo Ball is getting his second workout with the team. Potential first overall pick Markelle Fultz will likely go in for his first, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Ball has already had his first visit with the Lakers, the team he and his father, LaVar, are set on joining if everything goes to plan.

According to Medina, the team was impressed with “his leadership potential, passing and scoring.” On the other hand, reports are that the former UCLA point guard was out of shape during the workout.

Meanwhile, Fultz had a two-day visit with the Boston Celtics, which he called “a good experience,” per Chris Forsberg of ESPN. The Celtics own the No. 1 pick and the Washington guard was unsure if he would bother taking other visits at the time.

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer originally reported Fultz would not work out for anyone else. It seems he has changed his mind and could visit the Lakers, a contingency in case Boston goes in another direction on draft day.

These players still appear likely to go No. 1 and 2 in the June 22 draft, but the Lakers are going to make sure their plans are set.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2sZStVF
via IFTTT

De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk to Visit 76ers Before 2017 NBA Draft

The Philadelphia 76ers, who own the No. 3 overall pick in next week’s NBA draft, announced Tuesday they will host former Kentucky Wildcats sharpshooter Malik Monk for a pre-draft workout at the team’s training complex on Thursday.

Former Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox is also slated make a visit to the City of Brotherly Love before week’s end. Citing a league source, the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Keith Pompey reported Fox will work out for the Sixers this weekend, with the meeting tentatively scheduled for Saturday. 

Fox and Monk will represent the first two big workouts for the Sixers, but more could be on the way. 

While nothing has been confirmed to this point, former Kansas Jayhawks wing Josh Jackson and ex-UCLA floor general Lonzo Ball have been connected to the Sixers at various points throughout the pre-draft process. 

According to Calkins Media’s Tom Moore, Jackson’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, said he expects his client to work out for the Sixers. However, a formal date has yet to be set. 

As for Ball, ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes reported May 26 his camp was pondering a workout with the Sixers. Citing league sources, Haynes noted the workout would be contingent upon Ball’s agent, Harrison Gaines, having “an extensive conversation about the identity of the team” with general manager Bryan Colangelo. 

In his most recent mock draft, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman projected Ball to the Sixers at No. 3, with Jackson coming off the board one pick earlier to the Los Angeles Lakers

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2slAKKv
via IFTTT

Golden State Warriors Tie for 4th-Most Titles in NBA History

The Golden State Warriors closed out the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals by a score of 129-120 at Oracle Arena on Tuesday evening.

As a franchise, the Warriors have now won five titles, tying them with the San Antonio Spurs for the fourth-most in the NBA, per ESPN Stats & Info. Only the Boston Celtics (17), the Los Angeles Lakers (16) and the Chicago Bulls (six) have won more titles.

Golden State has reached the NBA Finals in each of the last three seasons, squaring off against the Cavaliers in each of them. After securing the franchise’s first championship since 1975 in 2015, the club was on the cusp of back-to-back titles last season with a 3-1 series lead. The Warriors ultimately dropped the last three games of the series to hand Cleveland the championship but redeemed themselves with a dominating showing at this year’s Finals.

The offseason acquisition of superstar forward Kevin Durant may have pushed the team over the top. Durant came up huge during the Finals, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists despite clashing with LeBron James frequently, although he was guarded by various players.

Golden State could return the majority of their production next season if Stephen Curry re-signs and Kevin Durant picks up his player option. However, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and James Michael McAdoo all have expiring contracts as well.

While some of those names should return, the club may lose some veteran role players heading into next season. The expiring contracts will at least free up some cap space, which should allow the Warriors to fill in the gaps on the roster when they make a run at back-to-back titles in 2017-18.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2s8cXLO
via IFTTT

2017 Warriors vs. Cavaliers NBA Finals Ratings Highest Since 1998

The rubber match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors wasn’t the epic series some hoped, but it was a ratings bonanza. 

Ben Cafardo of ESPN announced Tuesday the 2017 NBA Finals had the highest rating of any since 1998, Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls. Game 5 averaged 25 million live viewers, which was the highest rating from a Game 5 since 1998.

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

from Bleacher Report – NBA http://ift.tt/2s80kQM
via IFTTT