Lakers’ selection of D’Angelo Russell with No. 2 pick in NBA Draft causes chaos for Sixers, Knicks

Jun 26, 2015, 12:01 AM EDT

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NEW YORK — In the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft, the expectation was that Karl-Anthony Towns would go number one overall to the Timberwolves, and that Jahlil Okafor was too talented for the Lakers to pass up at two.

But even if Okafor does eventually evolve into the once in a generation post player that some project, L.A. is in the business of attempting to win now. And with its eyes on landing someone like LaMarcus Aldridge or Kevin Love in free agency, or a disgruntled talent like DeMarcus Cousins in trade from a dysfunctional organization, that bevy of big man options was enough to send the Lakers looking in another direction.

D’Angelo Russell got the call, a 6’5″ point guard who can shoot the three and has as good a chance as anyone in this class of becoming a real star. And once he did, that threw a fairly large wrench into the plans of the Sixers at three, and the domino effect could have been strong enough to remove some very real options the Knicks may have had at four.

“I didn’t know at all, man,” Russell said, when asked if he had any advance notice that he’d be heading to Los Angeles. “I’m still in shock.”

That might be too strong a word to describe the feeling in the war room of the Philadelphia 76ers, but they had to at least be a little bit surprised. Having Okafor still on the board made the choice for Sam Hinkie and company easy, because taking the best available player, regardless of need, is the team’s currently prevailing philosophy.

But the rebuilding Sixers now have a logjam of talented frontcourt players, all of whom would seem to need a healthy dose of minutes in order to speed their development. Nerlens Noel averaged 30.8 minutes per game last season, and Okafor would like to see in the neighborhood of the same. But there’s Joel Embiid to consider, provided the setback he’s experienced with his foot injury doesn’t force him to miss some or all of a second consecutive season.

“Joel Embiid texted me last night and said, ‘See you in Philly,'” Okafor said. “He kind of jinxed me.”

Okafor has said all along that he wasn’t concerned with whether or not he might fall from one of the top two spots on draft night, and reiterated that stance after his fate became known.

“I wasn’t shocked,” Okafor said of ending up with the Sixers. “I knew I was going to be going to the NBA tonight. I was going to be a top-five pick no matter what happened, so I wasn’t shocked.”

Philadelphia needed to grab a guard here, after dealing a reigning Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams in part because he simply couldn’t shoot. With a seemingly sure thing in Russell now gone, however, and with Emmanuel Mudiay perhaps feeling like too big of a risk, the Sixers are now forced to try to make it work with three potentially franchise-changing big men, perhaps all at the same time.

“It’s not my job to figure it out,” Okafor said. “I’ll just go there and work as hard as I can.”

Similar words were spoken by Kristaps Porzingis, the international seven-footer with the sweet shooting stroke who was mercilessly booed after being selected by the Knicks.

“I mean, a lot of fans weren’t happy that they drafted me, but I have to do everything that’s in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans,” Porzingis said. “For me it’s an honor to be a part of this organization, and I just can’t wait to let the season start and just get to work.”

Porzingis may vey well have ended up in New York because of L.A.’s unexpected choice. Phil Jackson told reporters that he had offers from other teams, but they were all contingent on how the first three picks played out. Had Okafor been gone as had been projected, the Sixers may very well have gone with Porzingis at three if they believed he was the best player left on the board — a possibility which had been previously reported, and one which could have unlocked all kinds of attractive offers for the Knicks.

The result, instead, is chaos in Philadelphia, and uncertainty in New York — all thanks to D’Angelo Russell landing in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

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Mississippi Tornado Kills at Least 4 People in Two Counties

Pictures tweeted from the National Weather Service of storm damage near Amite, Louisiana on Dec. 23, 2014.

A tornado system touched down in portions of Mississippi on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least four people and leaving injuries, damage and power outages, said local authorities.

Two people died in Jones County and two more in Marion County, said state Emergency Management Agency spokesman Brett Carr.

“Two people died inside their mobile home that was completely destroyed,” said Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge. “This was in the rural part of Jones County. There were other brick and mortar homes that had major damage but we have no other injuries reported.”

The mobile home was not part of a mobile home park but on a property by itself, clarified Hodge.

In the town of Sumrall, west of Hattiesburg, a tornado hit a day care off Highway 42.

“Got it pretty good,” said police spokesman Officer Nick Verner.

Verner said all the children have been accounted for and there were no injuries. They were moved to a nearby bank.

In Columbia, 27 miles southwest of Sumrall, the tornado damage appeared to be centered off Highway 98 near a Walmart, according to Marion County Emergency Management spokeswoman Megan Smith.

Smith confirmed reports of injuries and damaged or destroyed cars and structures. Power outages were reported. No deaths have been reported.

Also in Marion County, a sheriff’s department operator reported people trapped and injured as a result of a tornado touchdown. Authorities couldn’t provide an exact number of people affected.

Carr said multiple roads were closed due to damage including, Highway 13.

In Jones County, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported damaged homes and power outages.

Hodge said there was major damage to a church, trees down and power lines down.

“Right now, the system is pretty much forming a diagonal line across the southeast corner of the state,” said spokesman Greg Flynn. “There is a report that we have another one — a tornado in Jones County near the City of Laurel. It was a dangerous system coming through.”

The same storm system destroyed about 15 homes outside Amite, Louisiana, 47 miles northeast of Baton Rouge, according to Tangipahoa Parish Emergency Management spokeswoman Vicki Travis.

Photos obtained by CNN showed structures completely flattened.

No injuries were reported in Tangipahoa, but 1,750 households did not have power.

Flynn said the agency worked to prepare residents for the storm but the bad weather “could not have come at a worst time of year.”

“People are out scrambling to get their last-minute Christmas shopping done. We have a lot of people moving around and traveling for the holidays. A lot of visitors that may not know where to go and what to do when the bad weather came through,” said Flynn.

The National Weather Service extended its tornado watch to include Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Winter storm

The tornado system compounded a rain-heavy storm that already soaked the area.

“You wouldn’t think of December as a month which you would see severe weather,” said CNN meteorologist Karen Maginnis. “Actually, this is a secondary peak for tornado activity. The first is during the spring months, but we got very warm, moist unstable air that is going to unload quite a bit of heavy rainfall all across the southeast.”

“This is going to be very problematic — not just for travelers, but now that the weather has turned very violent,” said Maginnis.

The National Weather Service warned that 2 to 4 inches of precipitation are expected, with 6 to 8 inches possible, in parts of Alabama, Georgia and north Florida by the time this storm rolls through.

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Tallahassee on Tuesday evening where over 6 inches of rain had fallen.

The Northeast also experienced its share of weather woes on Tuesday. Travelers in Philadelphia were seeing average delays of almost two hours due to low clouds, the Federal Aviation Administration reported. Things weren’t much better in Boston’s airport and at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports in and around New York City.

Lower gas prices, more weather headaches?

A weather system spinning in the middle Mississippi River Valley is expected to move slowly toward the Great Lakes region.

A weather system that formed in the Gulf of Mexico pushed moisture north, creating heavy rain and winds up to 30 mph in the Southeast, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. On the Gulf Coast, at least, these storms could be accompanied by large hail and possibly isolated tornadoes.

All this wetness could make for treacherous driving on the I-95 corridor, which runs up the East Coast.

And none of it is good news for the 98.6 million Americans that AAA projects will be going 50 or more miles this holiday season, a 4% increase from last year. They can take advantage of plummeting gas prices — which, averaging $2.25 nationwide, are down 69 cents a gallon from a year ago.

By Christmas Day, things should quiet down on the East Coast, with most of the moisture having moved into and past Canada.

“There may be a few lingering snow showers across the Western Appalachians and interior New England,” he said. “Winds will be strongest Christmas Eve night into Christmas morning for the Northeast as the front and system passes.”

It’s not just the East

The West will have its own travel problems, with precipitation forecast to hit the Northwest on Tuesday moving into the Rockies — in the form of snow — Christmas Day.

The National Weather Service says snow is likely in Denver; Missoula, Montana; and Jackson, Wyoming. Flight delays are possible in Minneapolis; St. Louis; and Omaha, Nebraska.

Even Hawaii isn’t immune, with flash flood watches in effect for all its main islands through Wednesday night due to heavy rains.


Kobe Bryant moves past Michael Jordan (scoring NBA), one life, one story.

 NBA History - Points Leaders
Points Leaders
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 KOBE BRYANT 32,340
4 Michael Jordan 32,292
5 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
6 Shaquille O'Neal 28,596
7 Moses Malone 27,409
8 Elvin Hayes 27,313
9 Dirk Nowitzki 27,116
10 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946



The often criticized and productive Carlos Boozer gets a new start in L.A.

The often criticized and durable Carlos Boozer joins a glut of power forwards in L.A.

CHICAGO – It is a measure of Carlos Boozer‘s reputation 12 years into his NBA career that, with his acquisition by the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday, both the Lakers-are-tanking and the Lakers-aren’t-tanking crowds felt like winners.

Such is the polarizing game and persona of Boozer, a former All-Star power forward and the Chicago Bulls’ expensive discard.

On the floor, Boozer’s production last season (17.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists per 36 minutes) dropped off modestly from his career numbers (18.8, 11.0, 2.6 per 36). His decline was most noticeable in shooting – he’s a career .523 shooter who fell to .456 in 2013-14 – and in a player-efficiency rating (14.4) that was the worst of his career. His minutes were down as well (from 32.2 as recently as 2012-13 to 28.2) largely due to his defense; Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau preferred to have Boozer sitting on the bench near him in many fourth quarters last season.

Still, Boozer was a decent offensive option with his high-arcing jump shots and slick work from both sides of the rim. And he was durable, no small asset on a Chicago team beset again with injuries.

But the folks at United Center didn’t much care about the fine points. They held Boozer accountable for who he wasn’t and what he got paid in spite of that. He came to Chicago in the summer of 2010, when the Bulls cleared cap space for stars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson, only to settle for and spend on Boozer.

His impact never was quite good enough (despite four trips to the playoffs), given his contract (five years, $75 million).

Also, his boisterous ways and his Teflon demeanor – Boozer seemed too much the prototype professionalathlete to many, a clock-puncher unfazed by losses or setbacks – chafed in a sports town that can smell paper tigers. Let’s just say that talk about amnestying Boozer began as soon as the clause was put into the collective bargaining agreement in November 2011 – before Boozer’s second Bulls season.

This was typical of the fan perception of Boozer, expressed by a Chicago sports talk-show host on The Score 670AM:


Gasol Joins Bulls

Pau Gasol said Saturday on his Twitter account that he would sign with the Chicago Bulls. The Spanish interior, world champion in 2006, will therefore leave the Los Angeles Lakers jersey which he wore for five years. He arrived in California in the course of the 2008-2009 season. Gasol was immediately won the NBA title before recur the following year. Since his arrival in North American pro league in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies, he turns to 18.3 percentage points and 9.2 rebounds per game (17.4 and 9.7 this season) and was invited four times the All Star Game.

Lin Traded To Lakers
ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne breaks down the trade that sends Jeremy Lin from the Rockets to the Lakers.

The Houston Rockets have traded guard Jeremy Lin and a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers, a league source told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.


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Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY SportsJeremy Lin is headed to the Lakers after two seasons with the Rockets.


The Lakers were amenable to this deal, according to sources, because Lin is only under contract for one more season, thus preserving their cap space next summer. They also covet draft picks, after trading away their first-round picks in 2015 and 2017 to Phoenix and Orlando as part of theSteve Nash and Dwight Howard trades, respectively.

The Rockets have made a maximum offer to center Chris Bosh of four years, $88 million, according to sources.

A source told ESPN.com on Friday that the Rockets expect Bosh to commit "soon" to joining Houston after Miami Heat teammate LeBron James told SI.com on Fridaythat he was leaving to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Rockets also intend to match the Dallas Mavericks' three-year, $46 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons after signing Bosh, a source told ESPNDallas.com.

After trading Lin, the Rockets' plan now is to complete their agreed-upon trade of Omer Asikto the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Philadelphia 76ers had expressed a willingness to trade for Lin depending on what sort of assets Houston is willing to attach to the deal, sources close to the process told ESPN recently.

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Los Angeles Kings 3-2 New York Rangers (LAK: Williams, Gáborík, Martinez)

Los Angeles Kings wins NHL cup 2014. In the final, they dominated the New York Rangers (series 4-1) although some games was closed

GAME 5 NBA FINAL 2014>> San Antonio Spurs creates history

Miami 87-104 San Antonio Spurs (L.James 31 pts MIA) (Series 1-4)




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NBA Results Season 2013-2014

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 1- East Conference Finals), May 18 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/18/20140518-top-5.nba?cat=catId%3A58Miami 96-107 Indiana (Wade 27pts MIA) (Series 0-1)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 1- West Conference Finals), May 19 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/19/20140519-top5.nba: Oklahoma City 105-122 San Antonio Spurs (K.Durant 28pts OKC, Duncan 27pts SAS) (Series 0-1)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 2- East Conference Finals), May 20 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/20/20140520-tues-top5.nba?cat=catId%3A58Miami 87-83 Indiana (Series 1-1)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 2- West Conference Finals), May 21 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/21/20140521-top-5.nba?cat=catId%3A58: Oklahoma City 77-112 San Antonio Spurs (Series 0-2)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 3- East Conference Finals), May 24 http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/25/20140524-top-five.nba//: Indiana 87-99 Miami (Series 1-2)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 3- West Conference Finals), May 25 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/25/20140525-top5.nba?cat=catId%3A58: San Antonio Spurs 97-106 Oklahoma City (Series 2-1)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 4- East Conference Finals), May 26 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/26/20140526-top5.nba?cat=catId%3A58: Indiana 90-102 Miami (L.James 32pts MIA) (Series 1-3)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 4- West Conference Finals), May 27 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/27/20140527-top5-tuesday.nba?cat=catId%3A58: San Antonio Spurs 92-105 Oklahoma City (Westbrook 40pts!!!, K.Durant 31pts OKC) (Series 2-2)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 5- East Conference Finals), May 28 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/29/20140528-top5.nba?cat=catId%3A58: Miami 90-93 Indiana (George 37pts!! IND) (Series 3-2)

PLayoffs NBA 2014 (Game 5- West Conference Finals), May 29: Oklahoma City 89-117 San Antonio Spurs (Series 2-3)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 6- East Conference Finals), May 30 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/30/20140530-top5.nba?cat=catId%3A58: Indiana 92-117 (George 29pts IND) (Series 2-4)

Playoffs NBA 2014 (Game 6- West Conference Finals), May 31 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/05/31/20140531-top-5.nba?cat=catId%3A58: San Antonio Spurs 112-107 Oklahoma City (Westbrook 34pts, K.Durant 31pts OKC) (Series 4-2)


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The Lakers are officially eliminated from playoff NBA 2014

2013-14 Top 10 Lakers: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2014/04/16/20140417-lal-season-top10.nba

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