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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.

Byron Scott Jersey Lakers

Byron Scott and Luke Walton had an unexpected meeting a few months ago, crossing paths at a restaurant after one of the Lakers’ late-season games. After exchanging pleasantries, their conversation shifted to Walton’s first season as the Lakers’ head coach.

“I told him he’s doing a good job and to keep it up,” Scott said of Walton, whose team finished 26-56 as the organization made its fourth consecutive trip to the NBA draft lottery. “He told me a little bit about his frustrations, which I understood. But I thought he did a good job under the circumstances. If they give him a couple of those pieces that I’m sure they will, he’ll be much better next year.”

The Lakers’ brass has offered Walton unequivocal support. Everyone from controlling owner Jeanie Buss to president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka praises his performance and the culture he is creating.

Scott remembers a far different environment when he was the head coach with a different front office. His teams went a combined 38-126 during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons as he tried to juggle managing the final injury-plagued seasons of Kobe Bryant’s career while trying to develop a young roster. He was fired, replaced quickly by Walton, then a Golden State assistant coach.

Scott said he “felt betrayed, lied to and deceived” by former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and former executive Jim Buss. Though he had only two guaranteed years on his four-year contract, Scott contends that Kupchak and Jim Buss previously promised him they would exercise the team option for his third year. Scott also believes the Lakers used him to manage Bryant during his final seasons and farewell tour before making the coach a scapegoat for the franchise’s struggles.

“If I asked him to do certain things, Kobe would do it because of his respect for me,” said Scott, who mentored Bryant during his rookie season in 1996-97. “Basically, you just wanted me there to help you guys get through the next two years, so Kobe doesn’t go crazy on you guys. I would be the one that can handle it. They know me. I’m not going to back down. I’m not going to be intimidated by anybody.”

Scott considers his experience as Lakers coach a “hard lesson learned,” which he addressed in a new book titled, “Slam-Dunk Success: Leading from Every Position on Life’s Court.” The title is a nod to both his time with the 1980s “Showtime” Lakers, when he helped them win three NBA titles and his time as the coach who oversaw the franchise’s two worst seasons.

Hence, Scott stressed “this is not one of those books that is a feel-great book.” The book, co-authored by business executive and close friend Charlie Norris, blends success stories and failures from Scott’s 14-year playing career and head-coaching stints in New Jersey (2000-2004), New Orleans (2004-2009), Cleveland (2010-13) and the Lakers (2014-16). The book also offered insight on Norris’ various businesses.

“We took risks and weren’t afraid to step out and try new things. When we failed at those things, we were able to forget about them,” Scott said. “You think about them and reflect on them. But you also have to have the mindset of moving on. You also have to learn from them.”

Scott maintains he has moved on from his Lakers head-coaching stint. He spent the past year working on his book and appearing as an NBA analyst on ESPN’s “The Jump.” During that self-reflection, however, Scott said he has no regrets about how he handled his time as Lakers coach.

“Given that opportunity again,” Scott said, “I wouldn’t change anything, especially my approach.”

In other words, Scott does not want a mulligan for yanking starting spots away from lottery picks D’Angelo Russell and forward Julius Randle only 20 games into the 2015-16 season. The duo later reclaimed their positions shortly after the NBA All-Star break.

“I would do the same thing. I still felt like the job was given to them,” Scott said. “I don’t have a problem with young guys growing, understanding and developing in that (starting) role, but I do have a problem when they don’t cherish it, when they don’t hold it to a higher standard, when they don’t come ready to work.”

Scott also dismissed criticism from inside and outside the Lakers of his stern approach, which affected his relationships with Russell and Nick Young. Scott mused “this old-school stuff people keep talking about, if old school and hard work is winning, I guess I’m old school.” He also contended, “I relate with players extremely well.”

“There’s not a player in this league I had that I can’t communicate with or had some good relationships with,” Scott said. “Are there players that played for me that can’t stand me and vice versa? Yeah. I’m sure there are. But most of the players that I coached, when I come into contact with them, it’s nothing but mutual respect.”

Despite his strong convictions, Scott said he once asked Norris for advice on getting through to Russell, Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Norris suggested Scott ask them two questions. The first: “what is blocking them from being great?” The second: “how can I help you become great?”

Scott liked how Randle answered those questions. Scott said Randle blamed himself and pleaded with him “to stay on me, push me and make me accountable for everything I do.” Though Walton never took away Randle’s starting spot last season, he also found himself prodding the forward.

“I’m still a big fan of Julius Randle,” Scott said. “He is a terrific young man and is really mature for his age. I think he wants to be great.”

Scott has different feelings about Russell. He said the then-rookie’s demotion was partly because he frequently arrived to the Lakers’ facility only minutes before practice started. So, Scott eventually required his young players to complete individual workouts 30 minutes before and after practice.

Though Walton has given Russell positive reinforcement regarding his play and has seen him participate in offseason workouts, he often mentioned Russell’s ongoing process in establishing a routine. Despite Russell averaging 15.6 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals during his second season, Johnson and Pelinka instructed him to focus on improving his consistency, conditioning and leadership.

“I don’t know if his work ethic has gotten any better. Some of the people I’ve talked to in the organization said that it hasn’t,” Scott said of Russell. “I just wish him all the best. The maturity level will catch up to him sooner or later when he realizes it’s an honor and a privilege to be in the NBA and be in the position that he’s in. He has to take full advantage of it.”

Scott believes Clarkson took full advantage of his time, morphing from a seldom-used rookie into a definitive starter in 2014-15. A fan of Clarkson’s work ethic, Scott did say he found him “pressing in trying to score more and do more” during his second season because of his pending free agency. The Lakers ultimately re-signed Clarkson to a four-year, $50 million deal last summer.

“I wanted him to be himself. But I didn’t want him to go out there and try to make things happen,” Scott said of Clarkson. “When you do that and think a little selfishly, it can come back and bite you in the butt because you can play even worse. He understood where I was coming from. I want all these guys to do well on the court because obviously financially it helps them and their family. He’s one of the guys I have a lot of respect for.”

Therefore, Scott downplayed any potential awkward feelings Randle, Clarkson and Tarik Black might have felt when Scott was seated with them earlier this offseason at a Los Angeles Urban League event where Johnson was being honored.

“It wasn’t like it was uncomfortable whatsoever,” Scott said. “We all had a really good time. Nothing but mutual respect for those guys.”

As former Lakers teammates, Scott and Johnson share a mutual respect. Johnson wrote the foreword to Scott’s book, and Scott predicts the Lakers will be “back to championship-caliber basketball” in three to four years partly because of Johnson’s new role.

“Earvin is a guy who isn’t going to take a bunch of crap,” Scott said. “He is a guy who is going to tell it to guys like it is. If he wants you gone, he’s going to get rid of you. If he doesn’t think you’re worthy of wearing that purple and gold and made of the right stuff, which is about winning, then he will find somebody else who is.”

Scott isn’t sure if he’ll ever coach again, but after a year of self-reflection, he believes he would fare better coaching in college instead of the NBA.

“They give you more time and you have a little bit more security,” Scott said. “There are too many teams in the NBA where owners and general managers say one thing and then the next year do another. I just don’t like the disloyalty and the politics that are going on a lot in the NBA. If I coach again, the collegiate level would be the better fit for me.”

Why?

“I get a chance to meet some of these guys when they’re 17 and 18 years old and hopefully make an impact on them before they make it to the NBA,” Scott said. “We still have too many guys who played AAU ball who still don’t have a clue on how to play the game of basketball. They still don’t know how to run a three-man fast break. There’s so many little things. I think I can have a much better impact on that level than I can on the NBA level.”

Shannon Brown Jersey Lakers

O ala-armador do Los Angeles Lakers, Shannon Brown, informou à equipe nessa quinta-feira que não cumprirá o último ano de seu contrato. Com isso, ele se torna agente livre irrestrito a partir da próxima temporada.

Brown e seu agente, Mark Bartelstein, acham que este é o melhor momento para o armador testar o mercado de agência livre, mesmo com a NBA instalando o Locaute aos jogadores e ninguém sabendo ao certo como será o futuro acordo de negociação coletiva.

“Tomamos a melhor decisão para mim e todos ao meu redor”, disse Brown. “É um momento interessante para fazer isso por causa do Locaute, mas acho que isto é o melhor a fazer agora”.

Brown havia assinado com o Lakers um contrato de dois anos, com ganhos totais de US$ 4,5 milhões, em 2010. Naquela época, várias equipes já haviam oferecido mais dinheiro e mais tempo de contrato ao jogador. Brown e Bartelstein disseram que o jogador quer um contrato de longo prazo, mas afirmam que o Lakers permanece na briga. “Eu não descarto o Lakers”, disse Brown. “Eu não sei se o Lakers vai me descartar”.

Mitch Richmond Jersey Lakers

Hall of Fame basketball player Mitch Richmond has passed his estate in a gated Calabasas community to a new owner for $7.88 million.

On and off the market for the better part of three years, the single-story custom home relisted last year for $8.495 million and was more recently priced at $8.25 million, records show. Richmond bought the property of more than two acres over a decade ago for $1.7 million.

Set at the end of a cul-de-sac, the 2006 Mediterranean contains a highlight reel’s worth of features: a full-sized gym, a home theater with stadium seating, and a wine cellar with a tasting room. A separate entertainment wing decorated in NBA memorabilia has a curved wet bar and game room.

Elsewhere in the 12,953 square feet of space is a center-island kitchen with enough seating for a starting lineup of five, a great room and formal living and dining rooms with vaulted ceilings.

The master suite has a fireplace, a glass-enclosed shower and a soaking tub for a total of six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. There are five fireplaces in all.

Outdoors, the landscaped grounds center on a lavish swimming pool with a beach entry, a raised spa, a swim-in grotto and a waterslide. A basketball court, a fire pit, covered patios, tall palms and formal landscaping round out the resort-style setting.

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Marc and Rory Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties were the listing agents.

Richmond, 50, played 14 seasons in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers, making six all-star teams. The scoring guard out of Kansas State twice medaled at the Summer Olympics, including a gold medal in 1996 as part of “Dream Team III.”

He currently works as an assistant to the men’s basketball program at St. John’s University, where former NBA teammate Chris Mullin is the head coach.

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Clyde Lovellette Jersey Lakers

Hall of Fame forward-center Clyde Lovellette, who won three NBA championships during his storied career, died Wednesday night. He was 86.

“Clyde was a link to our early years in Minnesota, and a key member of the 1954 championship team,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said in a statement, per Mark Medina of Inside SoCal. “We’re proud that he was a Laker, and his passing is a sad day for our organization. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lovellette family.”

Lovellette had been suffering from stomach cancer and died at his North Manchester, Indiana, home, his daughter Cindy confirmed to KUSports.com.

A 1988 inductee to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Lovellette was one of the most accomplished players of his generation. The 6’9″ big man was a three-time All-American at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to the 1952 national championship. He remains the school’s fourth-leading scorer more than 60 years after his departure.

“Clyde’s passing is a big loss for anyone who has ever supported Kansas Athletics,” Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday. “He was a great player, a national champion and Olympic gold medalist. He was a beloved teammate and a great ambassador for his alma mater. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Lovellette led the United States to an Olympic gold medal in 1952 and briefly played semipro ball to keep his amateur status. Taken ninth overall by the Minneapolis Lakers after leaving school, Lovellette joined the team in 1953. He’d play his first four NBA seasons in Minneapolis, winning the 1954 championship and earning his first two All-Star berths.

After a brief stint with the Cincinnati Royals, Lovellette returned to All-Star form with the St. Louis Hawks. He was named an All-Star in 1960 and 1961 amid seasons where he averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds as he pushed past age 30. The Royals kept Lovellette for one more largely successful season, which was cut short to 40 games amid injuries.

Lovellette spent his final two seasons with the Boston Celtics as a backup to Bill Russell, earning his second and third rings.

Lovellette said the following of his game:

I started out with a good hook, and then I had a good one-handed shot. The hook shot has sort of gone away because not many people play with their back to the basket anymore. They’re big enough and moving quicker. They’re out there in front where they can see the basket. I shot my shot with my back to the basket, so I couldn’t see the basket. You had to have that touch and distance. It just came natural.

His career concluded with averages of 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds. After walking away from the game in 1964, Lovellette became a member of law enforcement in Indiana.