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November 24, 2014 Updates

Mike Bresnahan: Xavier Henry might have torn his left Achilles' tendon. Happened at practice today. MRI exam going on now. Twitter @Mike_Bresnahan

The Lakers, for instance, showed initial interest in Lowry, but told him and his agent, Andy Miller, that they simply could not offer Lowry a contract until they heard a final answer from Anthony and James, Miller says. They contacted the agents for some of those other B-level players with similar tepid overtures, per several league sources. Stephenson told me the Lakers contacted him early in free agency but never followed up. Thomas says he badly wanted to be a Laker, but that the team showed no interest. Kupchak has a general stance against participating in restricted free agency, per sources across the league, since he does not want L.A.’s cap room tied up for three-plus days on an offer sheet another team can match. (Kupchak declined comment on this topic.) Grantland

I watched the Rockets-Lakers game on Wednesday night at a bar with an executive from another team, and we couldn’t stop talking about how insane it was watching Kobe shoot and shoot and shoot. When the Lakers called timeout ahead of a crunch-time possession, the TV showed Kobe and Byron Scott talking. “What do you think Byron is even saying?” the exec laughed. “‘Hey, Kobe, what’s the plan?’” Our waiter happened to walk by, and he chimed in too. “You guys know he’s shooting.” Grantland

Despite denying it, Kobe Bryant considers it highly important to pass Michael Jordan's career scoring mark. So says one of Bryant's closest ex-teammates. Bryant is only 218 points from passing Jordan for third on the NBA all-time list after scoring 27 on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. "I think that he'll probably just say that it's just another milestone, but it's obvious that Jordan was somebody that Kobe idolized and looked up to," said Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw, who won three championships with the Lakers while helping mentor a barely 20-something Bryant. "I think that would be one of the things that's right up there, when you can kind of get at the same level or surpass somebody of that magnitude and somebody that you patterned your game after. Whether he says it or not, I personally feel that it would be one of his greatest accomplishments." Los Angeles Times

November 23, 2014 Updates

Bryant will make $25 million at 37 years old while Nick Young, Julius Randle and Ryan Kelly take up another $10 million. Various player options (Ed Davis) and team options (Jordan Clarkson, Robert Sacre) could add another $3 million, though Davis could opt out and drive that number even higher. Leave room for an estimated $5 million for their likely two first-round draft picks. It's easy to see the Lakers allocating $43 million toward only nine players amid a conservatively estimated salary cap of $66 million for 2015-16. Throw in troublesome mandatory things called "cap holds" and the Lakers have only $21.5 million to spend next summer on free agents. Los Angeles Times

Scott said he didn’t mince his words with his players Saturday. “It (porous defense) doesn’t set well with me at all,” he said. “I didn’t take it out on them this morning, but I let them know that it doesn’t set well with me. The one thing we are looking for at that end of the floor is consistency. “We talked about the effort and the effort has gotten better, but the consistency every single night we want done and it’s what I’m looking for.” Orange County Register

November 22, 2014 Updates


Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson headline a fantastic list that includes up to 33 NBA champions.


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