Believe it or not, Byron Scott has what one source described as a “major chance” to stay with the Lakers; Jeanie Buss is said to be pushing for Scott behind the scenes. If so, it could clear the way for a top-to-bottom reset for the franchise in 2017, and the possible return of Jackson to run basketball operations with Luke Walton as the coach. There are a lot of dots to be connected to get from here to there, though — not to mention a lot more games for the Lakers to lose.
February 26, 2017 | 10:02 pm EST Update
A player known for his toughness, effort and defensive ability, Briante Weber was recently released by the Warriors and picked up by the Charlotte Hornets shortly after. “What I am hoping to prove is that I belong in this league,” Weber told me. “I know I’m not what everybody wants but I know what I bring to the table. So me being me, I’m going to continue to be persistent in my journey while I hold my head high and give my all for whoever gives me the chance.”
Weber took a lot away from the Warriors. “This team was already great, the way they responded to things was elite,” Weber said. “The way they interacted with one another is something I will forever remember. I’m going to miss my big brothers. Draymond, K.D., and Steph showed me what the true definition of being a professional is.”
While Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant were three of his big brothers, Curry spent extra time with Weber in the locker room after he was waived. “After I was waived, Steph said ‘you and I both know you belong in this league,’” Weber said. “He said ‘continue to be yourself and go be great.’ Lastly, he told me to say what’s up to his dad.”
“The goal always is to get to be a championship contender and get another ring,” Cuban said Sunday on ESPN Radio’s NBA Insiders show, his first extended public comments on the Mavs’ latest personnel decisions.
Mark Cuban: “As well as Deron was playing and even Andrew defensively … we had to match up to our criteria of trying to position ourselves to get a lot better. Then you combine that with the fact that I’ve always said, when a lot of teams are tanking, you don’t want to tank. And when there aren’t many teams tanking and everybody’s trying to compete, that’s the best time to consider trying to go for a draft pick. You can try to play as well as you can and still be in competition for a great pick.”