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Anthony Davis Jersey Lakers

O astro Anthony Davis é o novo reforço do Los Angeles Lakers. Segundo Adrian Wojnarowski, da ESPN, o New Orleans Pelicans fechou acordo para enviar o pivô de 26 anos para a equipe californiana em troca dos jovens Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart e Lonzo Ball, além de múltiplas futuras escolhas de primeira rodada de draft. Espera-se que a negociação seja oficializada no início de julho.

As seleções de recrutamento cedidas pelos angelinos na negociação começam pela quarta escolha do draft desse ano, que acontecerá dentro de cinco dias. Envolve também uma seleção protegida para as oito primeiras posições de 2021 (e, então, desprotegida em 2022) e desprotegida de 2024. O time da Louisiana ainda ganha o direito de trocar escolhas com o parceiro de transação em 2023 e 2025.

As negociações entre Lakers e Pelicans por Davis se estendiam desde fevereiro, na trade deadline, quando ele fez um pedido público de troca e as conversas foram prejudicadas pelo regular vazamento de informações. Uma extensão de contrato, agora, passa a ser o objetivo dos executivos de Los Angeles: o craque deverá ser agente livre na offseason do ano que vem.

O Boston Celtics também estava interessado na aquisição do pivô, mas a ação do empresário do atleta, Rich Paul, “esfriou” o interesse do time. O controverso agente nunca escondeu ter predileção por colocar o all-star na equipe da Califórnia, ao lado de outro de seus célebres clientes: LeBron James. Em uma entrevista recente, ele chegou a ponto de cravar que o jogador não ficaria em Massachussets após 2020.

Primeira escolha do draft de 2012, Davis é considerado um dos melhores jogadores da NBA na atualidade. O astro acumula seis convocações para o Jogo das Estrelas, três eleições para os quintetos ideais da temporada e três seleções para uma das equipes de defesa da liga na carreira. Ele registrou médias de 25.9 pontos, 12.0 rebotes, 3.9 assistências, 2.4 tocos e 1.6 roubos de bola na campanha passada, mesmo atuando com restrições de minutos em parte do ano.

Após troca, Pelicans ainda tenta negociar quarta escolha do draft

A negociação de Davis foi a primeira decisão de David Griffin como presidente de operações de Nova Orleans. A oferta do Lakers teria sido a que mais se enquadrou dentro das exigências da equipe, que buscava múltiplas escolhas de draft e jovens talentos para liberar o craque. O time, vale lembrar, já tem a primeira escolha do draft desse ano – e, por consequência, Zion Williamson.

De acordo com Adrian Wojnarowski, da ESPN, o Pelicans não pretende ficar com a quarta escolha do draft e já iniciou negociações com múltiplos interessados para repassá-la antes do recrutamento. Atlanta Hawks e Phoenix Suns seriam dois dos mais fortes candidatos para adquiri-la.

Ball, Ingram e Hart já eram parte do pacote oferecido no meio da temporada por Davis e são três dos mais brilhantes jovens talentos que o Lakers selecionou nos drafts dos últimos anos. Os dois primeiros foram titulares na maior parte de sua passagem pela franquia angelina, enquanto o terceiro era um dos principais reservas arremessadores do elenco.

Confira, então, como ficou a troca fechada entre Lakers e Pelicans – com situação contratual e média dos atletas envolvidos na temporada que acabou de terminar:

Lakers recebe

Anthony Davis (US$27.0 milhões a receber até 2020): 25.9 pontos, 12.0 rebotes, 3.9 assistências e 2.4 tocos em 33.0 minutos de ação

Pelicans recebe

Brandon Ingram (US$16.7 milhões a receber, entre opções, até 2021): 18.3 pontos, 5.1 rebotes e 3.0 assistências em 33.8 minutos de ação
Lonzo Ball (US$34 milhões a receber, entre opções, até 2022): 9.9 pontos, 5.3 rebotes, 5.4 assistências e 1.5 roubos de bola em 30.3 minutos de ação
Josh Hart (US$10.6 milhões a receber, entre opções, até 2022): 7.8 pontos, 3.7 rebotes e 1.4 assistências em 25.6 minutos de ação
Três escolhas de primeira rodada de draft (2019, 2021 e 2024)
Dois direitos de trocar escolhas de primeira rodada de draft (2023 e 2025)

DeMarcus Cousins Jersey Lakers

After having offseason surgery for a torn left ACL he suffered playing in a summer pick-up game, DeMarcus Cousins was expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season. Now, that may not be the case, as ESPN’s Dave McMenamin is reporting that the Lakers have not ruled out the possibility of Cousins returning at some point this season.

From ESPN:

“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said Sunday before the Lakers played the Charlotte Hornets. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”

Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million with the Lakers this summer, another prove-it deal after he did the same with the Warriors last season in an effort to show he’s still worth a big-money contract somewhere. Cousins never really got the chance to show he was right with Golden State, returning late in the regular season and then hurting his quad in the first round of the playoffs. He came back in the Finals, but wasn’t 100 percent.

The Lakers signed Cousins to pair with former Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis, who doesn’t like playing center and wants another big man next to him, and obviously the two have a certain chemistry having played together in New Orleans. After Cousins went down, the Lakers signed Dwight Howard, and have since applied for and been granted a $1.75 million DPE (disabled played exception), which they have to use by March 10th.

If the Lakers were to use that DPE and Cousins then worked his way back into playing shape, he would still be eligible to return. Who knows if Cousins, who will have missed significant portions of the last three seasons with two major injuries (ruptured Achilles and a torn ACL), would be of any real benefit to the Lakers. He could be a potential trade candidate in certain scenarios.

In terms of recovery timelines for torn ACLs, the typical time frame is 9-12 months. Cousins has surgery in late August. Do the math, and the nine-month mark would be late May — around the time of the conference finals, should the Lakers make it that far. Perhaps he could be a playoff spark if he wanted to risk returning at the front of of the normal recovery timeline, but it’s hard to imagine him being in any condition to truly contribute at a conference-finals intensity level. It seems unlikely, but the Lakers aren’t ruling it out.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Jersey Lakers

O ala Kentavious Caldwell-Pope vai defender o Los Angeles Lakers na próxima temporada. De acordo com Brian Windhorst, da ESPN, a franquia angelina acertou contrato que renderá US$18 milhões em salários ao agente livre até junho do ano que vem, na noite desta terça-feira. O novo vínculo permitirá que o atleta volte a testar o mercado ao fim da próxima campanha.

A contratação foi acertada após um encontro dos representantes do jogador de 24 anos com dirigentes da equipe – incluindo Magic Johnson – nesta terça, em Los Angeles. O acordo curto, de apenas uma temporada, permite que o time angelino preserve sua flexibilidade financeira para tentar investir em reforços de peso na offseason do ano que vem.

Caldwell-Pope era agente livre irrestrito desde a última semana, quando o Detroit Pistons resolveu retirar a oferta qualificatória exercida sobre seu vínculo para confirmar a aquisição do especialista defensivo Avery Bradley. O Lakers venceu ampla concorrência, pois Windhorst apurou que vários times monitoravam a situação do atleta.

Para fechar a contratação, a franquia investiu a totalidade dos US$16.5 milhões que ainda tinha disponível em sua folha salarial e, provavelmente, vai precisar fechar pequenas movimentações paralelas – abrir mão dos direitos sobre algum agente livre remanescente, trocar um de seus novatos recém-selecionados, o pivô Ivica Zubac ou o ala David Nwaba.

Titular do Pistons nas últimas três temporadas, Caldwell-Pope inicia a temporada suspenso de duas partidas em punição a uma recente condenação por dirigir sob efeito de álcool. O jovem ala esteve presente em 76 jogos da campanha passada, com médias de 13.8 pontos, 3.3 rebotes e 2.5 assistências em pouco mais de 33 minutos de ação por noite.

Kostas Antetokounmpo Jersey Lakers

Editor’s Note: For the second year in a row, the Silver Screen and Roll staff is counting down the most interesting Lakers heading into next season. We will be going through all 20 training camp spots before the season begins, and today we continue with No. 17, Kostas Antetokounmpo.

Within minutes of the Lakers claiming Kostas Antetokounmpo off of waivers, the jokes had already started.

Well, I guess they’re going after Giannis in 2021.

Rob has to get word to Giannis about how the Lakers are somehow.

He’s basically the new KCP.

While that might be a cynical way of looking at things, it’s also probably a realistic one. The Lakers did seem to use Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — LeBron James’ fellow Klutch Sports client — in much the same way the year before James signed, so we know this is in their playbook. And it’s not an unreasonable thing to want, either. What team wouldn’t want the league’s reigning MVP to hear good things about them from his younger brother?

But even if there is probably a kernel of truth to such speculation, we also know that the Lakers reportedly also see Kostas as a legit prospect, even if they also do hope he says good things about them to his brother. Decisions can be made with multiple motivations, and they wouldn’t have brought someone on if they weren’t at least close to being an NBA-caliber player, because that would be embarrassing for the organization. Kostas is at least on the fringes right now.

Kostas himself is probably working with just one driving force, though: To prove he’s more than just Giannis’ brother, and someone worth keeping around in their own right. Whether or not he can do so is what will make him interesting to watch this year, something that isn’t always said about two-way players on a contender.

Due to that contract status — and because the Lakers are loaded in the frontcourt — Kostas probably won’t see a ton of playing time on the parent roster this season, instead mostly plying his trade for South Bay in the G League.

And just as the Lakers will surely be trying to show Kostas they’re a first-class organization, they’ll also have an up-close-and-behind-the-scenes look at whether or not the 21-year-old big man can develop into a legit NBA player.

We recently had Mirin Fader of Bleacher Report, who wrote a must-read profile of the Antetokounmpo family last month, on our podcast. It’s worth noting that she spoke to Kostas before he was claimed by the Lakers, and how motivated he already was to step out of Giannis’ shadow and pave his own NBA path as a player teams want outside of any perceived connection to his brother.

Still, does this sound like the type of guy that would see all the jokes about the Lakers signing him just to tamper and not try to prove them wrong?

“There was so much pressure on him, there is so much pressure on him, and he told me he’s felt that since he was 12 (years old). People would always say in Greece ‘you’re not as aggressive as your two older brothers,’ so Giannis and Thanasis. (People would say) ‘you’re lazier than them.’ And that just used to drive him nuts, like that used to motivate Kostas so much, and he would just stay out there, and stay out there, and just shoot, and shoot, and shoot to just try to prove all of these people wrong.

“He has felt slighted since he picked up a ball, to be honest, and he still carries that with him now. And people always ask him all the time, ‘how do you deal with the pressure, how do you handled being third in line,’ … And Kostas was telling me, ‘I just look at it differently, pressure is a good thing. Pressure makes you work harder. When you’re scared, you push yourself beyond your breaking point.’ And he says pressure makes diamonds, you have to keep working. So he has that mentality about him.”

So this is where we have to offer the important disclaimer that Kostas is not Giannis. It is unlikely he’ll ever get anywhere in his brother’s stratosphere.

With that out of the way, we should note that Giannis wasn’t even Giannis at 21. He had shown more promise than Kostas has, and didn’t need to spend time in the G League, but I only bring this up to point out that some players take more time to develop than others. Kostas may not go from averaging 16.9 points per game to MVP-winner in four years (mainly because he’s not going to average 16.9 points per game this season), but he may be able to build on the skills he’s already shown, and seems to have the right mindset to do so.

Kostas averaged 1 point and 1 steal in two games for the Mavericks last season, production that does not portend a high-level of success in his sophomore year. He likely won’t even get many opportunities, outside of the G League. But if he can continue to hone the skills he showed in the G League while averaging 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 25.4 minutes per contest over 40 games for the Texas Legends last season, all while also improving his defensive awareness, he might be able to turn himself into a prototypical modern big.

For most second-year two-way players, even that kind of praise would seem lofty, but Kostas has the physical tools to make it happen. It sounds like he has the work ethic to put in the time on it, too. The only question remaining will be if the latter quality can allow Kostas to maximize the former, which is precisely what will make him an interesting Laker to watch this year.

Robert Horry Jersey Lakers

Robert Horry encerrou sua carreira em 2008, aos 37 anos. Ele nunca foi um astro ou algo parecido. Era um jogador esforçado, com boa capacidade nos arremessos de longa distância. Nada muito mais que isso, exceto pelo fato de ter sido campeão em sete oportunidades e por três equipes diferentes. Agora, Horry acredita na possibilidade de ser eleito para Hall da Fama.

“A coisa louca sobre o Hall da Fama é que se você olha para a história do basquete, você vai ver vários caras com estatísticas piores que as minhas”, disse ele. “Se eu não conseguir entrar, tudo bem. Se eu conseguir, tudo bem também. Metade dos caras no Hall da fama não conseguiu metade das coisas que consegui, então não estou preocupado com isso”.

Horry obteve o primeiro título em sua segunda temporada, pelo Houston Rockets. Na época, fazia parte de um elenco que tinha Hakeem Olajuwon e Clyde Drexler. No ano seguinte, ele venceu mais uma vez e foi trocado em 1996 para o Phoenix Suns, onde ficou por apenas um ano e depois foi negociado mais uma vez, para o Los Angeles Lakers. No time californiano, ele foi campeão três vezes.

“Parte de mim espera que eu não entre, porque se eu não estiver lá, ainda terá gente falando sobre você”, afirmou. “Assim que você fica mais velho, as pessoas esquecem de você. Mas no fim do dia, o que mais importa é que as cidades por onde joguei são conhecidas pelos títulos que levei e os colegas que tive sabem que eu fui o melhor colega que eles poderiam ter.”

Em 2003, Horry assinou com o San Antonio Spurs. Foram cinco anos no time texano e mais dois títulos.

Em pouco mais de 1.100 jogos, Horry obteve médias de 7.0 pontos, 4.8 rebotes, e um aproveitamento de 34.1% nos arremessos de longa distância.

Nick Van Exel Jersey Lakers

Nick Van Exel was drafted by the Lakers with the No. 37 pick in the second round in 1993 and played five seasons in L.A. before he was traded to Denver for Tony Battie and Tyronn Lue. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard went on to play 13 seasons with six NBA teams before calling it a career after the 2005-06 season. Van Exel ranks No. 14 on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made list with 1,528. He is now an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks and ESPNLA.com caught up with him before the Hawks played the Lakers earlier this week.

What’s your favorite memory from your time with the Lakers?
Nick Van Exel, now an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks, spent the first part of his NBA career with the Lakers from 1993-98. Brian Drake/NBAE/Getty Images

“Favorite memory? Hmm. I’ll probably say two. Just the draft night, being drafted by the Lakers was special coming from where I had come from — a small town in Wisconsin. It was a pretty big event for me. I’ll say three [memories]. Of course, making big shots in the playoffs, just the excitement, you hear the crowd and probably being on the team when Magic [Johnson] returned. That was special.”

You were a second-round draft pick, so there was nothing guaranteed to you. Looking back at that time, was there anybody in the organization that was really backing you or helping you and pushing for your success?

“Yes, the head man, Jerry West. The Logo. He was really a big fan. I can remember playing down in, I want to say Irvine, Calif., for the rookie summer league games and I played terrible. I played terrible and I thought, ‘Man, I may not make the team!’ I really didn’t know much about the NBA. I played so bad that they signed me after like the third or fourth game [because they kept waiting for me to play better]. I was playing so bad. Definitely Jerry West had my back.”

Through your scouting you might have heard of Andrew Goudelock, a rookie on this Lakers team. Your name has been attached to him a little bit in terms of being a high-scoring guard, a second-round draft pick with nothing guaranteed. Is there something about the character of a guy to be able to do that? To make it when the odds are against you?

“I really believe it’s just no fear, man. For me, I never thought I would fail. Every shot I took, I thought it was going in. Even when I was in the second round, a lot of people didn’t know if I would make it or not, I never questioned whether I would make it the team or anything like that. So, I think with him, it seems he has that no-fear attitude. When you can go out there and come off a pick-and-roll and just pull up for 3 when you got Kobe [Bryant] on the court with you, you’ve definitely got a no-fear mentality.”

Did you have any thoughts when you saw that Kobe passed Shaquille O’Neal on the all-time scoring list?

“The thought I had was, it was just when. When is he going to do it? The kid worked so hard coming in as a rookie. He definitely worked harder than anybody else. He has that kind of the Michael Jordan, the Magic Johnson, the Larry Bird, he has that ‘it’ about him. There’s not many guys that have that. Kobe has it and that’s why he’s special.”

Could you tell back then?

“Easy. You could tell he was going to blow the league away eventually because his mindset was, as an 18-year-old rookie coming in, was, ‘I’m the best one-on-one player in the league.’ Like, that’s what he thought when you had Michael Jordan, you had some great players [playing at the time], he felt he was the best player in the league at 18 years old.”

When you think back to those Lakers teams, unfortunately you didn’t get a chance to get a ring with those guys, but those teams had you, Eddie Jones, Kobe, Shaq … There was a really strong collection of talent. What do you think about when you think about those teams?

“Just young. We were just young. I was five [years] in the league when I got traded. Eddie was four, Shaq six, Kobe 2-3. We was just young. Young and dumb and just trying to find our way through it and unfortunately we didn’t get a chance, but there’s still some great memories.”

You played for Denver, you played for Dallas, you played for five or six teams, do you associate yourself with any one team? Do you think of yourself as a Laker? Do you get people coming up to you to reminisce about those days?

“I’ll say this, the most it happens if somebody comes up to me it’s, ‘Yeah, I remember you from the Lakers.’ They say that. You got the Dallas fans too, because I live in Texas, but you get mostly Lakers because the Lakers are who they are. Historical.”

Something I was always curious about as a fan growing up watching you: What was with your free-throw routine?

“(Laughing). My free throw was, I shot free throws so bad from the normal stripe, when I missed I always hit the back of the rim. So, I decided to move back a little bit and it just became a natural shot. That was basically telling me my midrange game wasn’t as good as Sam Cassell’s midrange game, so I had to move back a little bit.”

Editor’s Note: Van Exel finished with a 79.4 percent career mark from the foul line and had six seasons when he shot 80 percent or better.

Did you come into the league doing that? Or when did you make that change?

“I think I started it in Denver. But, I knew throughout my career, I was probably [shooting] in the 70s [percentage wise] from the line, so I knew I was a better free-throw shooter than that. I had to figure out someway so I moved back.”

And it went up once you did it?

“Yes, I think I finished around 80 [percent], so I could have been better if I was smart enough early on. Like I said, I was young (laughing).”

You did enough in your career that the name ‘Nick Van Exel’ is obviously part of NBA history, but is that funny to you to think that just your actual free-throw routine is one of the little quirks of the league?

“I don’t think about it. Everybody else might. For us, it’s just normal things we do. I don’t think much about it.”

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Michael Cooper Jersey Lakers

Michael Cooper knows a thing or two about winning championships. As a player, he hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy in five of his 12 seasons (all with the Los Angeles Lakers). As a coach, he won back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and an additional championship with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA G League. Cooper was a dominant defender, winning the 1986-87 Defensive Player of the Year award and earning eight All-Defensive Team selections.

He has also coached in the NBA (with the Denver Nuggets) and college (at USC). Now, as he’s coaching in the Big3, HoopsHype caught up with him to discuss his experience in the three-on-three league, today’s NBA, the direction of the Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers’ huge summer and more.

You’re coaching the team 3’s Company in the Big3. What made you want to join the league and what has that experience been like so far?

Michael Cooper: My experience has been awesome. The idea was first brought to me when I talked to Clyde Drexler during the first year that the league started. I was wondering to myself, “How are they going to make this work?” The next year, I get a call from my agent and he said that Clyde expressed interest in me joining the league. From there, I got a chance to talk to [Clyde] about it and I thought it would be a great opportunity in men’s basketball with a lot of former NBA players. I liked that I was getting a chance to do something that was totally different.

I have coached and won at almost every level, and this another level I’d like to entertain. Half-court basketball takes you back to your school-ground days, playing three-on-three and the idea is to stay on the court all day. You had to figure out which two guys to pick depending on what your strengths are – maybe you need a big guy who can rebound or you need a guard who can score. Thinking about that and then putting it on this big stage, like Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz have done, it has been a great experience! People may think it just turns into one-on-one, but that’s not the case. There really is a tactical approach to this. I love coaching. I love trying to put a team together and trying to figure it all out. Overall, the experience has been great.

As you mentioned, you’ve had success coaching men and women prior to the Big3. What are some of the biggest adjustments that you have to make when you’re coaching or playing three-on-three?

MC: I think the biggest difference is motivation and getting them to buy into team play. In three-on-three, there can be some one-on-one basketball to a certain degree, but that’s not what is going to win games. When [a former NBA] player sees someone who played a step below them or someone who didn’t quite get there [to their level], they still have that competitive nature and they want to try to get it done by themselves. You have to get them to buy into the system and to ball movement. Even though you only have three players, you still need bodies moving and the ball moving.

The biggest thing has been motivating them to play hard every single point of every single game. That’s been the biggest adjustment; in the NBA, you don’t necessarily have to do that. In the NBA, there are five players out there and if three of them are buying in, sometimes one or two players don’t need to buy in as much and that’s a bit easier for guys. But here? They have to buy in and you need to get them to understand that’s what it takes to win. Yes, it’s about scoring 50 points and you have to put points on the board, but you really need to play good defense if you want to win.

You had a fantastic career, winning five championships as a player and several more as a coach. What are your interactions with today’s players like? Do you feel like today’s players respect their predecessors?

MC: Even if the players haven’t seen my career or heard about it, they know that I’ve won championships and I think that alone brings me some respect. Among the peers I’m coaching against – Dr. J and Rick Mahorn to name just a few – they understand and are telling their players about that. I think we all talk to our players about who we are and what we’d like our team to be. For me, they understand that’s more of a defensive-minded approach with my background. The players we’re coaching in the Big3 have respect. But they’re only going to respect you if they feel you’re committed and putting your all into the game. If you’re just there for a paycheck and just sitting there, letting them do their thing, they won’t respect you as much. I’m not that type of coach, and I don’t think any of the coaches in our league are that way. The respect factor is already there.

Kurt Rambis Jersey Lakers

A lot of people seem to be asking where, or how, Kurt Rambis is fitting into the Los Angeles Lakers current, for lack of a better word, reboot. I think there is a lot of misconception about the guy out there, at least it seems that way when I read comments people make on different stories that he is mentioned in.

At the time of this writing there still has been no “official” word about much of anything, just a ton of rumors and first, second and third guessing. So, the fact is that I have no idea where he is going to wind up in the big scheme of things as they start to develop.
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But, I do know some things about Kurt Rambis, that either folks are overlooking, forgot or are possibly too young to know.

Let’s go back to Rambis as a player during the “Showtime” Lakers glory years. The dude was known as a hard as nails defensive dive bomber. Not even dive bomber, he was a full on “kamikaze” pilot. Totally willing to sacrifice himself over and over for a rebound or to disrupt some other teams’ superstar and create havoc and chaos upon all Lakers opponents.

He wore these “Clark Kent” glasses that were always taped together because they were always getting broken by some dudes’ elbow, head, knee or fist. Fans loved him to the point that he had a “Kurt Rambis Superman” fan club in the stands, full of kids dressed like him with the glasses and the whole deal.

He was not the best shooter on the team, but I can tell you that he was a huge part of the Lakers success during those years. Watching him on television, you got the idea he was a big muscled kinda dude, but if you ever saw him up close he was actually of a very slight build.
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I met him during a charity tennis event while he was still playing and my first comment was, “Wow, I thought you were bigger.”

Since then he has remained in the game in a number of coaching positions and advisory roles. He has worked with a lot of different people from Phil Jackson to Luke Walton. He is part of the “Laker family,” so to speak.

Now, to the point, I want to make here, through all of this he has been a growing sponge of basketball knowledge. He is not flashy or shiny like some of the names out there, but the man is a solid basketball guy who has a wealth of knowledge and skills to add to the stew.

It is to the team’s benefit to have him on board in whatever capacity that it might be. I see people comment in some sort of negative ways about him and I want to tell them that they are wrong. Kurt Rambis is an asset.

Derek Fisher Jersey Lakers

Former New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher is on his way to the altar.

Fisher, 43, proposed to his girlfriend Gloria Govan at a family get-together on April 7, according to TMZ Sports. The two have been dating since 2015. It will be the second marriage for both.

Govan was previously married to Fisher’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Matt Barnes.

The two players have a history between them; they were involved in an altercation at Govan’s home in Los Angeles in October 2015 and a fight reportedly took place. No charges were filed, however, and the two apparently have put aside their differences.

Barnes shared his congratulations on Instagram on Tuesday, writing in part: “You guys want this to be an issue, it’s not! I’ve known about this for a few weeks & I am all for it..
My kids matter to me at this point, that’s it!”

Fisher won five NBA titles as a player with the Lakers and served as the Knicks head coach from June 2014 to February 2016.

After leaving the Knicks, he competed on Season 25 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, but was eliminated in the third round.

Ron Artest Jersey Lakers

Moments after one of the most devastating losses of his career, Kobe Bryant stewed in the locker-room showers, while the Boston Celtics begun their championship celebration back on the court.

As Bryant tried to recover from his Lakers’ 38-point shellacking, the most unlikely of people suddenly appeared.

In walked a fully clothed Ron Artest, who offered his help as water drenched his shoes.

Artest expressed to Bryant his desire to come to the Lakers, but first they would have to go head-to-head in the following postseason.

Artest joined the Houston Rockets over the offseason, teaming up Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady.

A fifth seed capable of doing some damage, Houston pushed the Lakers to their limit in the Western Conference Semifinals, where Bryant and Artest entered a heated duel.

It didn’t take long for the series to intensify, as the Rockets stole Game 1 before Bryant put up 40 points to capture the following contest.
Artest and Kobe Bryant are separated by an official after a heated exchange.

Artest and Kobe Bryant are separated by an official after a heated exchange.

That Game 2 saw tempers flare as Bryant and Artest tried to box each other out in the fourth quarter. Artest — upset that Bryant caught him in the throat with an elbow — was ejected while drenched with boos from the Staples Center crowd.

The two continued to go at it, as Artest was once again tossed in Game 3, and the series required seven games to determine the victor.

And as Bryant and the Lakers continued their march to the 2009 championship (while Artest watched from courtside as a fan), the defensive savant readied himself for an opportunity to join the purple and gold.

Shortly after the Lakers defeated Orlando in the NBA Finals, they began their quest for back-to-back titles by bringing aboard an old foe. Artest issued a statement about his new team, saying, “It will be great to finally not get booed in the Staples Center.”
Artest takes questions at his Los Angeles Lakers introductory press conference.

Artest takes questions at his Los Angeles Lakers introductory press conference.

Artest wasted no time bringing his trademark zaniness to Los Angeles, choosing to wear No. 37 in honor of the amount of weeks that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” topped the charts.

But as soon as he hit the floor, it was all about the lockdown defense that the Lakers expected when they signed him.

By the third game of the season, he had impressed Bryant, who said that “we picked up our intensity, and it all started with No. 37,” after one of 18 Lakers victories in their first 21 games of the year.

With Artest leading the way defensively, the purple and gold rolled to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. And the former Defensive Player of the Year set the tone with his trademark flare, particularly at the end of the year.

With the playoffs looming, he spent about three hours at the barber and returned with a Lakers-gold head of hair. Inscribed in purple across his dome was the same word written in Japanese, Hebrew and Hindi: defense.

Playoff Ron Ron was ready.