Dwight Howard Pushes Lakers

Dwight Howard’s second tenure in Los Angeles is starting off good. After only playing nine games last year, there have been fears amongst fans and experts that he wouldn’t be a good backup.

When DeMarcus Cousins was sidelined with another season-long injury, the Lakers had to find a backup and decided to go along with Howard.

Two nights ago, form off the bench, Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his third game. During an interview, Howard echoed his outlook from when he was signed and the preseason. He was very team-focused and not boastful but content with his place on the team. If Howard produces numbers like that, which helped the Lakers surge for the win, he could be the difference-maker in the Battle of Los Angeles.

 

Breaking: Kevin Durant plans to sign four-year deal with Nets

by Terrio Jenkins

An article on NBA.com reports that Kevin Durant will alledgely make his announcement tonight. The NBA free agency starts at 6 p.m.  eastern time. The Nets are also in the process of finalizing a deal with Kyrie Irving. They are also expected to sign veteran center DeAndre Jordan according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

 

 

Toronto Raptors Win Game 3

June 5, 2019

Toronto defeated the defending champions on the road to take a 2-1 lead of the series. Kawhi Leonard  had 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Kyle Lowry showed up tonight with 23 points on 8-16 night and 9 assists. Serge Ibaka looked like his old OKC Thunder self and  defending the rim with 6 blocks, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.

They outscored the Warriors in all four quarters despite Steph Curry’s huge 47 points. They took advantage of the injuries of Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. Kay is still questionable for the next game. His presence (Thompson) was missed both offensively and defensively.

Game 4 will be played on Friday.

Terrio’s Take: I’m a fan of Steph and it’s amazing to see the Warriors go to five straight finals. However, I’m a fan of the underdog. Toronto winning will cement Kawhi as one of the top three players in the NBA along with Curry and James. I think if Toronto wins, there is a good chance that Kawhi stays. it would also make the management look good with the decisions of trading for Kawhi (despite it being a free agent year) and trading away fan favorite DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs. Along with firing coach of the year Dwayne Casey.  Kyle Lowry the longest tenured Raptor will finally achieved the dream that has alluded him the past three seasons due to LeBron James and the Cavs.

For Golden State, the return of Klay will light a fire in Game 4. They will be playing with home court advantage so it’s possible for the Warriors to even up the series. The question will be if he is 100% and if Demarcus Cousins shows up after a weak game 3. The Warriors bench is the problem which was deep years ago, but is weaker than the Raptors bench. Then there is Kevin Durant. If they win the championship, does he stay? Does Klay go? If they lose, does he stay or go? I have the feeling it doesn’t matter either way and I see Durant leaving. After all he has to prove he can do it with his own team, this is still Curry’s team.

With that being said I think with their momentum, deeper bench, and desire the Raptors will take game 4 and may end up winning the championship in Toronto. This may be the extinction event for the Warriors with the western conference getting stronger this past season.

 

Wow…The Warriors….Wow

At 8:33 PM Shams Charania reported that DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to join the Golden State Warriors.  Now, I’m not one to complain, but how is this fair to the NBA fanbase?  Remember when Chris Paul tried to head to the Lakers to join Bryant, Gasol, and Howard and the league said no? This is one sign that the Warriors are politically the NBA’s favorite.  Now, of course, that is speculative, and you can’t blame Boogey for wanting to go there.  I don’t see how anyone can defeat them now though.  Boogey (DeMarcus Cousins) is a physically dominant center, who can hit threes.  Golden State now has a starting five that are all, well, are all all-stars.

With that being said, I wasn’t surprised.  I figured he would try to get there and to his credit, he did. So unless anything changes, it’s looking like Golden State made sure that they remain a dynasty.

The New Showtime!!!!

Well, it’s been almost 24 hours and if you haven’t heard, the King, is taking his talents to Los Angeles.  Now, I’m not going to tell you about anything you already know. I will say that this move seems to be purely family and business motivated. What is amazing about this move is the new teammates he has.  The Lakers have signed Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, and JaVale McGee are now teammates. This is getting insane. The first two have been haters of LeBron.  

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McGee just won his second championship with the Warriors. Almost considered a bust, but resurrected his career as a solid backup and played an important piece in this year’s championship.  The Lakers, Magic and LeBron, are trying to put together a stronger team.  Rondo, who hates the “Playoff Rondo” nickname, may actually be a good fit, if he keeps the level of play from this past playoff up.  If he can return to his solid defensive play and playmaking, that will make scoring easy for Stephenson, Lopez, and Ingram.

The Lakers roster includes the following players:

Lonzo Ball (G): Will he remain a starter or is he being shipped? With Rondo there, you can assume he will be a backup or maybe shooting guard, despite his shot form.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G/F: May end up being the backup swingman for LeBron at the SF position.

Alex Caruso G: sure he’s a goner

Luol Deng F: I didn’t even realize he was on this team.  He’s a keeper if he can produce like he did with the Bulls. 

Channing Frye F: a free agent, but he did win a ring with LeBron in Cleveland.  He will help spread the floor.

Josh Hart G: 

Andre Ingram G: a free agent. The Lakers have enough guards, I won’t be surprise if they don’t offer him a contract.

Brandon Ingram F/G: A young player who will benefit from having Ball, Rondo, and LeBron setting him up. If can get tougher, expect his scoring to go up.

Kyle Kuzma F: if LeBron stays as the traditional SF, then Kuzma will benefit in the same way Ingram will, especially in the low post.  

Brook Lopez C: I’ll be honest, I haven’t kept up with him since he left Brooklyn. However if he stays healthy, I think he would be a good keeper. He reounnds well and has a good mid range game. HE’s a free agent so he would have to take less money. Playing with LeBron? I’m sure he’s trying to  make it happen.

Svi Mykhaliliuk F:

Malik Newman G:

Gary Payton II G: Free agent

Julius Randall F/C: Free agent

Isiah Thomas G: free agent. I like Isaiah, but I don’t see how he will fit if the team keeps Ball and Rondo.  Oh, and let’s not forget he has beef with Rondo.

Moritz Wagner F:

Travis Wear: F: free agent

Ivica Zubac C:

I think its safe to say that the Lakers want a good mix of veterans and young talent. Rondo and McGee bring championship winning experience. If they keep Thomas, Ball, Rondo, and Ingram they could be dangerous, but it all depends how they will mesh with LeBron.  

I don’t see the Lakers trading Rondo, Stephenson, or McGee, so Lopez, Thomas, Caldwell-Pope and all other free agents are most likely gone. Lonzo Ball, if his dad allows, could come off the bench and learn from Rondo.  

One thing is for sure, The Lakers will have regain their moniker “Showtime,” time will tell if it will be as exciting as the 80’s or a dud.

Dwayne Wade Buys Out

Reported by Kyle Boone of CBS.  Dwayne Wade and the Chicago Bulls reach a buyout.  This makes things interesting for the landscape of the NBA.  This past weekend Carmelo Anthony ended up in Oklahoma City with Paul George and Russel Westbrook. Kyrie Irving forcing a trade to Boston, who also received Gordan Heyward.  Don’t be surprise if Wade finds a one year contract with Cleveland to reunite with Lebron James.  Wade averaged 18.3 points per game, 3 assist per game, while shooting 43 percent.  If Wade does join with Cleveland he will join a cast that features Isiah Thomas, making Cleveland a fearful scoring team.  Time will tell.

-Terrio Jenkins