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.
November 20, 2017 | 12:39 pm EST Update
Former New York Knicks great Bernard King has played and watched basketball for more than 40 years. Yet recently, he has seen something in New York he hadn’t witnessed before: Kristaps Porzingis’ versatility. “He’s been really outstanding,” King said of the Knicks’ third-year big man. “I’ve never seen a 7-foot-3 guy that can hit 3-point shots the way he does. Also, he has a tremendous understanding of basketball and where his placement of his body is on the court in terms of positioning. And how to get position.”
His recent minor shooting slump aside, Porzingis has taken a leap forward this season. His points per game (plus-9.7), free throw attempts per game (plus-3.4) and 3-point field goal percentage (plus-5.5 percent) have all increased significantly this year. King, a Hall of Famer who recently penned a book on his life, has been impressed. “What I see most beyond scoring is his court vision. He has great vision,” King said. “And you don’t always see that in players. And when I say great court vision, he has court vision of a guard. “That’s rare to see that in a big man, particularly of his size. I don’t know if we’ve ever seen that before.”
Candace Buckner: #Bucks are 4-1 since trade of Eric Bledsoe, former UK teammate of John Wall. Bledsoe: “We always talk. We hang out in the summer time every summer. He’s definitely a brother to me & I’m a brother to him. But when we get on the court it’s all abt trying to will our team to win.”
During one training-camp media gathering in October, Bulls general manager Gar Forman strolled through the scrum and asked why there weren’t more preseason stories on forward Paul Zipser. Whether it was out of curiosity or an instance of Forman tooting his own horn for grabbing a then-potential starter in the second round (48th overall) of the 2016 draft was unclear, but bet on the latter. It’s safe to say that Forman isn’t looking to push Zipser stories these days. “Paul is staying positive,’’ coach Fred Hoiberg said Sunday. “I had a good talk with him [Saturday]. He’s still going to get his opportunities.’’
The Mavericks’ center position has turned into a roulette wheel. Spin it. Watch the ball go around. See where it lands and hope that a winning number gets called out. Rick Carlisle is the guy spinning the ball. This comes after Salah Mejri had a string of several games that were productive, including a double-double in the win at Washington. We haven’t even mentioned Nerlens Noel yet and he’s destined to get his shot at some point down the line. “It’s a bit of a by-committee position,” Carlisle said after Dwight Powell’s big night. “We had this three or four years ago when we frequently played three guys in one half. The guys got to roll with it and understand the things they do may only fit in certain stretches. We don’t have the luxury of a rotation right now in indelible ink so far. Which is OK. Sometimes that can keep a team on its toes.”