Las Vegas Rumors
Griffin returned to Los Angeles on Sunday because he wasn’t going to play on the remainder of the Clippers’ five-game trip and is having his hand evaluated to determine the extent of the injury. The equipment staff member involved in the incident also has returned to Los Angeles. It is the second physical altercation involving Griffin in the last 16 months. A West Hollywood man accused Griffin of snatching his cellphone and grabbing him after the man took a picture of Clippers players at the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas last October.
Butler said he recently caught up with Bryant in person during a preseason game in Las Vegas between the Lakers and Kings — the same night Odom, their former teammate, was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel and hospitalized nearby. “I went to the locker room to see [Bryant],” Butler said. “He was on the [training] table and I talked to him. The whole Lamar situation had broken out [and] when we got the news, he told me that he was leaving to go check on Lamar. I sent my prayers and my best wishes. [Bryant and I] stay in constant contact, either through text or email. He’s a big brother. I consider him family, somebody I’ll be friends with long after the game of basketball is over. He feels the same way, that’s my brother for life.”
Khloe Kardashian opened up about why she rushed to the side of her estranged husband after he was hospitalized in Las Vegas earlier this month and addressed the status of her marriage with the former NBA star. “All I knew was I had to get there,” Kardashian told People in an interview with the magazine. “I had to get to him and make sure he was okay. I hate that he was in that situation. I wouldn’t want anybody in that situation, especially someone I love and care about.”
“There is a very long road ahead of [Lamar],” Kardashian said. “He has to walk that road by himself, and, most importantly, he has to want to walk that road. I will be there supporting him every step of the way.”
An ambulance took Lamar to Pahrump hospital, where doctors intubated him … an indication he could not breathe on his own. We’re told Lamar is being airlifted from the hospital to Las Vegas for more treatment. Our sources tell us, “It’s not good.” We’re told Lamar had been partying at the ranch by himself — with no friends or entourage — and is now alone at the hospital. The ranch staff says they want to be in the room with Lamar but since they’re not allowed since they’re not family.
Former first-round pick David Harrison has verbally agreed to a deal with the semipro Las Vegas Dealers, who are also in significant discussions with ex-NBA player Royce White. The Dealers are part of the startup Amerileague, which intends to target top high school talent and well-known former NBA players.
Harrison has a contract offer for $200,000, according to his agent Zach Charles. White also has a deal on the table worth a guaranteed $200,000, league commissioner Ethan Norof confirmed to ESPN on Thursday night. “We’re excited to have David join the Amerileague and look forward to adding additional NBA talent in the near future,” Norof said. “We also plan to stay aggressive in our pursuit of the top high school prospects.”