The rookie tag naturally made Luke Walton a candidate for hazing. So did his father, Bill, the Hall of Fame center that never hesitated sharing his thoughts while holding a microphone. So with Walton entering his rookie season with the 2003-04 season, the Lakers’ veterans in Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Karl Malone offered them a stern warning in training camp. “They let me know life was going to be hell for me that year because of stuff my dad had said,” Walton said before the Lakers hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at Staples Center. “It worked out.”
October 18, 2017 | 2:31 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: Cleveland and former Virginia guard London Perrantes are finalizing a two-way NBA contract. Perrantes was a Spurs’ cut out of camp.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Vander Blue to a two-way contract, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Blue played five games for the Lakers in the preseason and was a fixture on the team’s championship entry in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Ian Begley: Jeff Hornacek says one of the Knicks’ goals this season is to see steady improvement over 82 games: “What we stressed to these guys is that we’re going to continue to work every day no matter what happens. We’re going to try to improve. We’re going to have ups and downs but in the long run if we stay together, continue to work and we try to fix those things — they may not be incremental jumps but if you have little jumps throughout all 82 games you’re going to be a much better team at the end of the year than you are now. So that’s really the goal.”