The Lakers didn’t feel the joy of winning very often last season during a 26-56 campaign, but they still love it and they still want their players to start to feel it, even if it is only the Las Vegas Summer League. The Lakers summer league team has won five games in a row and will play Monday for the championship. “Our stated goal going into this was winning a summer league championship because a winning mentality is developed in these small moments,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. “Every detail, every day, Magic and I are saying, ‘How are we pursuing excellence?’ Even a victory to win the summer league is a step in that direction. We wouldn’t take it for granted.”
January 17, 2018 | 8:49 pm EST Update
Nick Friedell: Jordan Bell tried to walk off the floor with the help of trainers and couldn’t do it. He is in a lot of pain. His teammates came to the floor to check on him. Got some well wishes from the Bulls as well as he passed their bench on the way back to the locker room.
The Vertical: The Hornets have broken their franchise record for points in a half with 77. Charlotte is shooting 31-48 (64.6%) from the field and the Hornets are 7-14 from behind the arc [against the Washington Wizards] 😮
The Vertical: “People are going to lose their cool in the heat of the moment, but I think they need the ability to step back and say, ‘We’re all part of the same NBA family, this is a great league and we need to support each other.'” — Adam Silver on the tension between players and referees