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Lakers Make Kupchak Disappear With Magic

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And for his next trick Magic Johnson will make the Los Angeles Lakers gold again without taking a single shot.

Just like the good old playing days of purple haze.

Earvin Johnson’s number 32 jersey resides in the rafters with the Worthy’s and Wilt’s…he’s been retired for decades now. Just like all the Shaq’s inbetween. His bronze adonis of a statue greets you at the entrance to the STAPLES Center with all the Kareem’s and Jerry’s. He’s a Laker legend for life.

But now the part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, who has been trying to bring a NFL franchise to the City of Angels he helped Starbucks spread its wings and latte orders in continues his status as king of L.A. by completing the sporting holy trinity and making sure his Los Angeles Laker legacy lives on. Arguably the most loveable and favourite player in the history of LAL that has lead the team from Point Guard to the head coaching position can now add another Hollywood moment to his purple and gold resume.

From Showtime to running the show, the outspoken when it comes to L.A.’s woes Magic has left his sideline gig at ESPN to be the Lakers new President Of Basketball Operations. It’s been looking like a script was about to be flipped for weeks, from meetings with Jeanie Buss to new Laker Point Guard leader D’Angelo Russell, but now it’s official. Just call him Mr. President. It’s no illusion. As Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss were fired and the Magic man was hired. But nothing was behind the back from the most unselfish basketball player in NBA history in a league, let alone Lakers based on showmanship. Everything appears above the boards.

Although this must be a dream for Jeanie. It doesn’t come without lost sleep for the Lakers first lady and president. Letting go of her brother must have been as tough as seeing beau Phil Jackson leave his head coaching position. But it was clear for awhile that the late, great redefining owner Jerry Buss’ son wasn’t cutting the Laker gold mustard. You have to feel for Mitch though. Just like during his playing days riddled by injury the former big forward of promising power has been unlucky when it comes to missed potential. From the nixing of the Chris Paul trade to the career crippling injuries to Kobe Bryant that vetoed the final curtain of his closing court chapter. And everyone in Lakerland remembers Dwight Howard don’t they?

Apparantly the final pink slip in Mitch and Buss’ in-tray was the failure to land DeMarcus Cousins across California from the Sacramento Kings from a G.M. known in his playing days to help the Lakers find their future (just Google who Laker legend Vlade Divac was traded to Charlotte for in ’96). Although DMC would have formed a formidable U.K. BBN frontcourt with Julius Randle in L.A. he ended up forming a twin tower one with fellow Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis in the N.O. L.A. All because the former Buss brass and Kupchak were unwilling to let number 2 rookie Brandon Ingram go for a Boogie Wonderland in Hollywood’s new Showtime.

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But from D’Angelo to Jordan. Larry Nance to Zubac and of course Julius and Ingram, Magic has made it clear as a reveal that the youngsters are the new untouchables. Despite a crazy rumor involving the Chicago Bulls disgruntled Jimmy Butler and Michael Carter-Williams for Randle, Clarkson and for some reason the Sixth Man Of The Year the Lakers keep dangling as bait, Lou Williams (BREAKING: At press time the Lakers sent the sparkiest of plugs Lou Will to Houston for a future first round Rocket pick and talented swingman option Corey Brewer). That sounds like a team gutting awful trade. On the other hand finding a deal that brings Brandon’s fellow Duke Devil Jahil Okafor on board feels more like serendipity than restaurants in New York’s Little Italy that became John Cusack movies. As it’s no secret that coming in second for the last two seasons the Lakers wanted their new big man for the 7 feet and rising Laker legacy that has stretched from George Mikan to Andrew Bynum (well…for a stunted season or two), even if they aren’t cooling on the man with ice in his veins who they ran with instead. Still it’s clear the Lakers have a glut of guards, just like the Sixers have more big stakes out in Philly then they have in cheese. Perhaps the Lakers could offer All-Star Luol Deng, a veteran back-up point like Calderon or Huertas and someone like Ivica Zubac as a package for Jahil and maybe another name (but Philly may not go for it without someone like Nance). If a deal is made for Okafor in the next two days he may be the final piece in this Russell/Randle/Clarkson/Nance Jr and Ingram jigsaw that could come together in completing the contention that Magic sees coming in the next couple of years.

But for now it seems like President Johnson is looking to bring back Bryant out of retirement (not to play, settle down) and Kobe’s agent Rob Pelinka of all people for the G.M. spot.

Major moves are happening from the M.J. before Mike just like the no looks he used to pass right before your eyes.

Don’t look now…it’s time to believe in Jeanie’s and Magic again.

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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IT Came On A Hollywood Night

It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Nuggets Jamal Murray Breaks Steven Adams Ankles Filthy Handles

Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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