But the friend points out that Chaz, who lives in San Diego and commutes to Lakers offices, is working really hard to become an excellent scout. Chaz explained to friends that he’s really busy this year because Jim Buss laid off the scouting staff last summer that had produced so much Lakers success over the years. Those layoffs included Ronnie Lester, the trusted Lakers executive who had spent years helping to populate the roster with top talent. Because of the layoffs, Chaz tells friends he’s seen more than 50 college games and works hard at sitting courtside and filling in the scouting reports for the Lakers.
January 19, 2018 | 2:28 pm EST Update
Reporter: Do you think it’s gonna be hard for you to function between now and Feb. 8th (trade deadline)? Kemba Walker: “No, I’m a pro, man. This is what I do. I play basketball and I go hard each and every day regardless of what’s going on in my life (…) If anything I’d rather be playing than just sitting around. Basketball is what helps me cope with anything, so no, it won’t be a problem at all.”
Eric Nehm: I asked Giannis Antetokounmpo if he wanted to be Team LeBron James or Team Stephen Curry. His response: “The only thing I’m thinking about is to not get picked last. I don’t care who picks me.”