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Anthony Davis: I Think I Suck Right Now

Jan 22, 2021 11:44 AM

While the Los Angeles Lakers continue to demonstrate why they're considered championship favorites with a 12-4 record, Anthony Davis admits he's playing below his standards.

"Right now, to be hard on myself, man, I think I suck right now," Davis said after finishing with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks in a road win at the Milwaukee Bucks. "I'm not making shots. I'm not making free throws. But I think tonight my aggressiveness, just being a [post-up threat] and getting to the paint, allowed guys to get open."

Davis tried to be more involved as a facilitator. 

"My aggressiveness tonight," Davis said, "that's the only way I feel like I'm gonna get out of this funk or whatever that I'm in.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a better basketball player every game, and that's what I'm gonna continue to do."

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Tags: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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LeBron James Signs With PepsiCo, Expected To Promote Mountain Dew Brand

Jan 16, 2021 1:19 AM

LeBron James has signed with PepsiCo following 17 years with Coca-Cola, confirmed Brian Windhorst of ESPN (the news was originally reported by Front Office Sports).

James is expected to promote the Mountain Dew brand, which is one of the NBA's top sponsors.

PepsiCo has been the league's official beverage partner since 2015.

James initially signed with Coca-Cola in the summer of 2003. His deal expired last year with both sides unable to reach an extension. 

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Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Markieff Morris, DeMarcus Cousins Fined For On-Court Alteraction

Jan 12, 2021 1:51 PM

Markieff Morris has been fined $35,000 and DeMarcus Cousins has been fined $10,000 for their roles in an on-court altercation.

The incident, which occurred with 2:15 remaining in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 120-102 victory over the Rockets on Jan. 10 at Toyota Center, began when Morris committed a Flagrant Foul 1 by knocking Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate to the ground.

Cousins continued the incident by shoving Morris to the floor, for which Cousins was assessed a technical foul. Morris further escalated the situation by charging after Cousins, shoving him and continuing to aggressively pursue him. Morris was assessed a technical foul and ejected.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Fines

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Knicks, Cavaliers, Mavericks Interested In Signing Talen Horton-Tucker

Jan 12, 2021 10:41 AM

Talen Horton-Tucker is expected to receive interest from "multiple teams" in free agency with the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks specifically mentioned.

The Lakers can give Horton-Tucker a contract starting around $10.5 million while rival teams will be limited by the mid-level exception starting at approximately $9 million. A quirk in the cap, however, can allow for a third-year balloon payment worth as much as the maximum salary with a raise in the fourth. A rival team could pay Horton-Tucker $9 million in the first year, $10 million in the second year then jump to more than $32 million in the third year and $32 million in the fourth. The Lakers could match the deal.

“The way the rules are, I don’t see the Lakers letting him go,” one general manager told Heavy.com. “But teams can make this a more difficult decision for the Lakers than they’d like. Teams that have a lot of cap space and are looking to gamble on a young guy, why not put your money into him? The upside is obvious.”

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Tags: Talen Horton-Tucker, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Plan On Scheduling White House Visit With Joe Biden

Jan 7, 2021 11:04 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan on scheduling a visit to the White House at some point during the 20-21 season after Joe Biden is sworn into office as the 46th President of the United States.

Biden will have his inauguration on January 20th.

The Lakers will not play at the Washington Wizards until the second half of the season.

The last team to take a White House visit was the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers on November 10th while Barack Obama was in office.

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NBA Preseason Favorite Has Won Finals 50 Percent Of Time Since 1985

Dec 29, 2020 11:33 AM

While Adam Silver has sought parity for the NBA over the past decade, the league has remained far more predictable in determining a champion than its peers in other professional sports.

In the past 36 seasons, the team with the best preseason odds to win the title has gone on to win 18 times, with another eight finishing as runners-up. The Los Angeles Lakers have a 27 percent implied chance of winning the title, which may make them undervalued.

Heavy favorites have done even better, as more than half of the 24 favorites to begin a season with better than 3/1 odds have won the title and only two failed to reach the Finals.

No team outside the top eight in preseason title odds has ever won the championship. The Warriors entered the 14-15 season with eighth best odds and won the title.

Since 1985, only eight NHL favorites have won the Stanley Cup, seven NFL favorites have won the Super Bowl and six MLB favorites have won the World Series.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Alex Caruso Out For Monday's Game Due To COVID-19 Protocols

Dec 28, 2020 10:15 PM

Alex Caruso sat out Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers due to the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocol. 

Frank Vogel said there were no other players or staff members being held out of Monday's game because of the contact tracing portion of the health and safety protocol.

Caruso is averaging 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in three games off the bench this season.

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Frank Vogel To Approach Resting LeBron James, Anthony Davis On 'Case-By-Case Basis'

Dec 27, 2020 5:51 PM

Anthony Davis will miss the Los Angeles Lakers' Sunday game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a calf contusion.

Davis suffered the injury on opening night against the Clippers, then reaggravated it on Christmas Day against the Mavs.

"We just want to be responsible with it. We want to keep an eye on it," said Vogel about the injury.

Vogel added that the team will approach resting Davis and LeBron James on a "case-by-case basis" throughout the season. 

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Tags: Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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LeBron James Wins AP Male Athlete of Year Award

Dec 26, 2020 5:33 PM

LeBron James won the AP Male Athlete of the Year award on Saturday for his impact on and off the basketball court.

It was James' fourth time he's won the award, tying a record.

"I still know what I do on the floor, and obviously, I give everything to the game. But I can make a greater impact off the floor right now, more than I can on the floor. And I want to continue to inspire people with the way I play the game of basketball.

"But there's so many more things that I can do off the floor to help cultivate people, inspire people, bring people together, empower them," James told AP.

Patrick Mahomes finished second in voting, with Lewis Hamilton finishing third.

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Dennis Schroder, Lakers Discuss Extension

Dec 25, 2020 8:46 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers and Dennis Schroder have engaged in extension talks and those discussions are expected to pick up agains as soon as mid-February.

Schroder turned down an initial offer from the Lakers worth $33.4 million over two years. The figure represented the maximum allowable offer before Feb. 16.

Schroder could earn as much as $83 million over four years between Feb. 16 and the start of the 2021 offseason. The Lakers can offer a starting salary of $18.6 million starting with the 2021-22 season, which creates much more of a realistic opportunity for the Lakers.

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Tags: Dennis Schroder, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Frank Vogel Was Going To Be Assistant Coach Under Ty Lue With Lakers

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Kyle Kuzma Agrees To Three-Year, $40M Extension With Lakers

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Kawhi Leonard Still 'Happy With Decision' To Sign With Clippers

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis Expected To Play In Final Preseason Games

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Talen Horton-Tucker Playing Himself Into Lakers' Rotation

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LeBron James 'Hurt' By Kyrie Irving's 'Best Option' In Clutch Comments

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LeBron James Excited About Extension Lining Up With Bronny James Graduating High School

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Quinn Cook Agrees To Deal With Lakers

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Anthony Davis Explains Why He Decided To Sign Long-Term Deal With Lakers

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Anthony Davis Signs Five-Year, $190M Deal With Lakers

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Anthony Davis Making Contract Decision Independent Of LeBron James

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LeBron James' Decision To Extend With Lakers About Him 'Admitting Some Mortality'

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LeBron James, Lakers Agree To Two-Year, $85M Extension

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Warriors-Nets, Lakers-Clippers To Open 20-21 NBA Season On Dec. 22

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Jared Dudley Agrees To One-Year, $2.6M Deal With Lakers

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Kings, Lakers, Clippers, Jazz Interested In Glenn Robinson III

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Kostas Antetokounmpo Signs Two-Way Deal With Lakers

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