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October 30, 2014 Updates

In the ad, Nash dons spectacles and a wig, appearing as an everyday librarian who can feel like an MVP thanks to the fantasy app. “I love being a librarian,” Nash says at the start of the spot, “but some days can be a little quiet.” He goes on to demonstrate the app and how it adds some excitement to his daily routine (while getting shushed). The spot ends with the tagline, “Have an MVP day,” emphasizing the short format. It was released to coincide with the start of the NBA season. A future spot starring Tom Brady will roll out near the end of the NFL season, when many players in traditional fantasy leagues have already been eliminated. Media Bistro

Bryant said after he told Randle he could not feel sorry for himself, the rookie responded, “Yeah, I’m not having any pity parties.” “Get it out your system,” Bryant said he told Randle, “just like I did, with a nice hard cry then it’s time to go from there.” Orange County Register

October 29, 2014 Updates

David Aldridge: A few people have asked if Julius Randle would be eligible for Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 if he, as the Lakers now believe, will miss the rest of this season after breaking his leg in his first pro game Tuesday. I'm checking w/the league, but believe that he would not be because he did play (all too briefly, unfortunately) in a regular season game during his rookie season. If you recall, Blake Griffin won the ROTY in 2010-11 after missing every game of what would have been his rookie season (2009-10) due to a knee injury. Randle's situation is so unique, though, it wouldn't surprise me if there was special dispensation given by the league in his case. Twitter @daldridgetnt

Lakers forward Julius Randle, who suffered a fractured tibia of his right leg in last night’s game versus the Houston Rockets, underwent a successful surgery today to repair the fracture. The surgery was performed by Dr. Donald Wiss at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Randle is expected to make a full recovery, although it is anticipated that he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. NBA.com

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle got some unexpected support this morning after breaking his leg in his NBA debut -- when two players from the opposing team visited him in the hospital. Randle broke his right tibia while the Lakers were playing the Houston Rockets in L.A. on Tuesday night -- and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. But before he went under the knife Wednesday morning -- he was visited by James Harden and Trevor Ariza ... who stopped by to check up on the 19-year-old. We're told Randle was touched by the visit -- and was in good spirits overall. TMZ.com

Zach Lowe: But they had to wait out Carmelo and LeBron. And now there’s a lot of talk about players not wanting to play with Kobe. What appealed to you about the Lakers? Isaiah Thomas: First off, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers. Who wouldn’t want to play for them? Second off, I felt like they always needed a point guard — a small guard like myself. I always envisioned myself playing with the Lakers, but like you said, they were waiting on Carmelo and other moves. The Suns came out of nowhere and showed a lot of interest, and I fell in love with them. Grantland

Zach Lowe: For better or worse, you’ll always be known as the guy picked last. Where did you watch the draft? When did you know you were getting picked — like, sometime around the 58th pick? Or when it was announced? Isaiah Thomas: I was actually at the gym at the University of Washington. My family was at my apartment complex, watching. I left them there and went to the gym with a few teammates. We were just shooting around, getting on the phone, looking at the draft, and shooting some more — trying to get my mind off things. And when picks just kept going, man, I was getting so frustrated. Zach Lowe: So you were at least monitoring it, even between shots. Isaiah Thomas: My guys were monitoring it. I was trying to shoot and keep my mind off of it. I was calling [my agent], like, “Yo, what’s going on?” I remember the Lakers had four second-round picks. They said they were interested in me, and would like to draft me. After their fourth pick [no. 56] went by, I didn’t think I was going to get drafted. Grantland

Zach Lowe: Point guard is obviously stacked around the league. Who else showed some interest? Which other teams did you look at as potential landing spots? Isaiah Thomas: Dallas was very interested. Miami for a little bit. Detroit was. The Lakers were interested. Those were the four teams, really. Grantland

Reggie Miller was an announcer during last night’s Lakers-Rockets game, and he took issue with the article in ESPN the Magazine in which writer Henry Abbott quoted anonymous sources to bury Kobe Bryant. “I just feel it’s a coward’s approach to journalism,” Miller said. “I’m not saying everything in Henry Abbott’s article is wrong. It very well could be all right. But if there’s general managers, if there’s players, then put your name to it. Don’t be anonymous. Put your name to it so we can put a microphone in front of you. Why should Kobe Bryant have to answer all the questions about it later when everyone else is hiding behind the shield?” The Big Lead

Lakers fans stuck it to him from the start, predictably booing him during pregame introductions and also getting really fired up when Howard took a defensive rebound in the fourth quarter and swung his elbows as Bryant pestered him. Howard pointed at Bryant and yelled at him as referees moved quickly to separate them. Bryant then appeared to say "soft" to Howard. Los Angeles Times

Bryant was called for a personal foul, Howard was called for a flagrant and they each picked up a technical foul. The Lakers trailed at the time, 99-74. "I think it's fantastic," Bryant said. "Elbows are part of the game. Trash-talking is part of the game. I don't know where the NBA became so sensitive." Los Angeles Times

 

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