LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Lakers have announced plans to honor Lakers legend Elgin Baylor with a statue outside Staples Center in Star Plaza. “I am thrilled that 60 years after the Minneapolis Lakers drafted Elgin, we are able to celebrate and honor him with a statue,” Lakers CEO and Controlling Owner Jeanie Buss said. “Not only is Elgin a part of the Lakers family, his contributions to the game of basketball earned him a place in the Hall of Fame. His list of accomplishments are unparalleled and I can’t wait to see his statue at Star Plaza alongside the other Lakers legends.” The 83-year-old Baylor, who was named an NBA All-Star 11 times, was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1958, earning rookie-of-the-year honors to set the stage for a stellar career, which saw him average 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Baylor’s statue will join those of other sports luminaries outside Staples Center, including former Lakers Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal. The statue is scheduled to be presented during an outdoor ceremony prior to the Lakers-Minnesota game on April 6. (©2017 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — The hot tempers that flared up during the Los Angeles Clippers’ victory over the Houston Rockets carried over after the game. Several security guards were present outside the Rockets’ locker room Monday night following a 113-102 loss to the Clippers that got heated on the court. Citing anonymous NBA sources, ESPN reported former Clipper Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green headed toward the Clippers’ locker room afterward, seeking a confrontation, but were escorted away by security before anything got physical. Asked about it, Clippers coach Doc Rivers would only say his team was in its own locker room. “Their entire team was not in their locker room,” he said, referring to the Rockets. Walking into his postgame interview, Rivers joked, “We’re honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’re non-violent.” Asked if there was a postgame confrontation, Rockets guard and former Clippers star Chris Paul dodged the question. During the game, the heated exchange of words started with Trevor Ariza and Austin Rivers, who was in street clothes. Blake Griffin stepped, prompting Rockets Head Coach Mike D’Antoni joined the verbal confrontation. Griffin and Ariza were ultimately ejected from the game. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — All signs point to D’Angelo Russell returning to the Brooklyn Nets soon. The third-year guard, acquired in a trade with the Lakers in June, has been out since injuring his left knee against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 11. He underwent arthroscopic surgery about a week later. In an interview with WFAN’s “The Afternoon Drive” before the Nets’ game Monday against the Knicks, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks wouldn’t give a specific timetable for Russell to be game ready but said he believes it could be in the “short-term future.” “D’Angelo’s progressing really well,” Marks said. “He’s worked hard. He’s been diligent with his rehab. I would like to think it’s sooner rather than later here. I never want to say it’s tomorrow or it’s three days or five days or whatever it may be. But at the same time, I think he’s anxious about getting out there. I know his teammates want to get him back out there as well.” FILE – Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell on November 7, 2017. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Russell is currently practicing with the G-League Long Island Nets and participated in a five-on-five scrimmage Monday. In 12 games this season, Russell, the second overall pick in the 2015 draft, averaged 20.9 points and 5.7 assists. In his “Afternoon Drive” interview, Marks also gave his assessment on the Nets’ season thus far and discussed the use of analytics in basketball, the newly acquired Jahlil Okafor and more. To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.
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Kristaps Porzingis is just 45 games into his role as the No. 1 option in an NBA offense, so the flashes of brilliance could yet become a regular thing.
Bulls forward Niko Mirotic, on the first day he could be traded, said speculation around his future in Chicago has been a motivating factor as he continues the best stretch of his NBA career.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Though it hardly appeared like it with thousands of blue-and-orange-dressed fans standing and screaming for them, this was a road game for the New York Knicks. “It feels like we’re playing at home, so it was a good atmosphere for us,” Kristaps Porzingis said. It gets harder from here. Porzingis had 26 points and nine rebounds, Michael Beasley added 23 points and 10 boards, and the Knicks opened their longest road trip in nearly 30 years by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-104 on Monday. A day after blowing a 19-point lead in the third quarter of a loss to New Orleans, the Knicks lost most of a 14-point advantage heading to the fourth. But they opened the period with 11 straight points and went on to beat the Nets comfortably for the third time this season. Though the game was only a few miles from their home arena, the Knicks will do plenty of traveling the rest of the trip. They play seven straight on the road for the first time since 1988-89, with the remainder coming against the Western Conference. “I think it’s the beginning of an opportunity and they came out and responded after yesterday’s loss,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. Rookie Frank Ntilikina finished with 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the third time in 13 games. They played without Tim Hardaway Jr., who was rested after playing 33 minutes Sunday in his second game back from a stress injury to his lower left leg. DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points for the Nets, who shot 37 percent and lost for the fifth time in six games. “To a certain extent, it’s a make-or-miss league. As a unit, we shot in the 30s. That’s not very good,” said point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who went 2 for 14. The Nets were 14 for 44 in the first half and fell behind by 14 early in the third. They got back into the game mostly on the strength of their free-throw shooting during a foul-filled 12 minutes in which the teams combined to shoot 36 free throws. Brooklyn went 17 of 20 and trailed only 83-81 after Carroll’s jumper at the buzzer. But Ron Baker and Ntilikina made 3-pointers, Beasley had a three-point play in the opening run that made it 94-81 and Brooklyn never challenged again. “They took us out the beginning of that fourth quarter and then dominated us the rest of the quarter,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. TIP-INS Knicks: Trey Burke made his Knicks debut after being signed Sunday from their G League team. Burke made a jumper on his first shot and had five points. … Hornacek said Hardaway hadn’t had any setbacks or recurrence of injury, but that he needed rest after playing more minutes than they’d planned on Sunday. Nets: The Nets fell to 0-8 against the Atlantic Division. … D’Angelo Russell practiced with the Long Island Nets of the G League on Monday as he continues his recovery from left knee surgery. He was recalled after practice and sat on the Nets’ bench, where he was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. Atkinson said the point guard is close to returning from the injury that’s sidelined him for two months. … C Tyler Zeller was back in the starting lineup after missing a game with a sore left hip. LONG ROAD AHEAD The Knicks move on to Memphis on Wednesday before the rest of the trip takes them to the western half of the country. They will be gone nearly two weeks before returning home to host the Nets on Jan. 30. LEE FROM THE LINE Courtney Lee made his 44th straight free throw on a third-quarter technical, tying the Knicks’ record set by Chris Duhon in 2008-09. Lee came into the game leading the league at 96.1 percent after hitting 73 of 76. MLK-NYK The Knicks improved to 21-11 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They had lost five of their last seven, including losses to Brooklyn in 2013 and ’14. UP NEXT Knicks: Visit Memphis on Wednesday. Nets: Host San Antonio on Wednesday.
MLK Day is one of the many days on the NBA calendar where the league changes its guidelines to allow players more freedom to show off their personality or send a message.
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Adam Silver says Trump’s reference to Haiti and some African countries as reported by multiple outlets last week “is discouraging” and that it will not “deter” the work of the NBA and NBPA.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — After leading the Washington Wizards to their first overtime win of the season, John Wall remained frustrated that the late drama had been self-imposed. Wall scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime, and tied a season high with 16 assists in the Wizards’ 119-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. Yet the perennial All-Star couldn’t shake thoughts of his own performance, which also included eight turnovers, or that of a team that gave back a 23-point lead. “The whole second half was just nasty for us, period,” Wall said. “We have to do better. We have to do a lot better.” Washington has repeatedly struggled to close games at home this season. On Nov. 1, the Wizards lost 112-116 to Phoenix after holding a 22-point lead in the first half. On Nov. 25, they led by 17 in the fourth quarter before losing 108-105 to Portland. They pulled this one out in overtime, when Wall hit two jumpers and contributed three assists while the Nets shot 1 for 8 from the floor. “We’ve got an All-Star point guard. That helps, right?” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “He made big plays, big shots down the stretch.” Bradley Beal scored 24 points and Kelly Oubre added 17 off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting. Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards pulled to 2-2 on their five-game homestand and avoided being swept by the Nets in the season series. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 22 points for Brooklyn, which never led. Jarrett Allen added 16 points and DeMarre Carroll had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who are winless in three overtime games “You know, it’s tough, all the close games,” Allen said. “But I feel like every one of them has been a learning experience. There’s little things we pick up from games that we’ve lost like this, and we just try to improve on them.” Beal gave Washington the lead for good on a jumper and followed with a 3-pointer, both off feeds by Wall, to make it 114-109. Then Wall hit a pair of contested jumpers to keep Washington’s lead at five, the latter making it 118-113 with 17 seconds left in the extra period. TIP-INS Nets: Brooklyn fell to 2-7 in the second game of back-to-back sets. … Brooklyn’s starting five scored only 19 first-half points … C Tyler Zeller (left hip) sat out for the first time since Nov. 14. Wizards: Washington swept both ends of a back-to-back set for the first time this season. … Wall received his fourth technical foul of the season during the third quarter. … G Jodie Meeks returned to action after he was left out of Washington’s rotation for the first time this season on Friday night. THE BEAL DEAL Beal has now scored 20 or more points in 10 consecutive games, his longest such stretch this season. “Without my teammates, I wouldn’t be able to have this streak,” Beal said. “But I do take pride in being aggressive and being a scorer, and doing the best that I can.” ALMOST AMAZING Brooklyn trailed 59-39 at halftime before closing within three in the third and tying it on a 16-5 run to end the fourth. During that last stretch, Allen Crabbe hit two 3-pointers and fed Caris LeVert for a dunk that closed it to 105-104 with 1:45 remaining. The Nets missed their next three shots and turned it over twice, yet still tied it at 107-all on Quincy Acy’s 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 9.1 seconds left. UP NEXT Nets: Host New York on Monday. Wizards: Wrap a five-game homestand Monday against Milwaukee. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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On Saturday, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, the NBA’s second-leading rebounder, will miss his first game in 714 career games because of a sprained ankle.
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Amidst a breakout season in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers this year, Victor Oladipo has just released the video for his latest single “One Day”. The visual comes as a special gift for his fans and NBA All-Star voters. A guitar-drenched R&B slow jam, “One Day” is a pledge of devotion to his beloved, …
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