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.”
December 14, 2017 | 7:11 pm EST Update
Michael Wallace: Bickerstaff simply cut to the chase about Grizzlies’ predicament entering Friday/Sat back-to-back: “You wake up in the morning and you’ve got two choices – you can fight or you can run. Our backs are against the wall. We’ve got nothing to lose. I expect us to come out and fight.”
Mike Trudell: Cavs coach Ty Lue said Dwyane Wade is available to play tonight (he missed Cleveland’s last game with knee soreness).
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas will have his No. 2 jersey retired by the University of Washington. “God is good. God is GREAT,” Thomas posted to his social media accounts Thursday evening.