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December 20, 2014 Updates

Young called Thunder forward Steven Adams a “sneaky, dirty player” that let to an on-court altercation and an eventual ejection in the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Staples Center. Young argued he “most definitely” did not deserve the ejection, an automatic ruling after being handed a flagrant foul type 2 with 11:24 remaining in the game. “I feel bad about getting ejected,” Young said. “But I play with the heart on my sleeves and it shows out there.” Los Angeles Daily News

The question in play first started when Adams set a hard screen on Young. Tired of Adam throwing what he called “little hits” that included sticking out his knee during screens, Young shoved his forearm into Adam’s throat before officials soon separated them. Lakers center Robert Sacre and forward Carlos Boozer soon intervened, too. “At the time, he had my arm caught up,” Young said. “That’s all I had with my right hand. You didn’t see all that. He knows all the tricks and trades. But if you look carefully, he had my whole left arm locked in for the whole play.” Los Angeles Daily News

"I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Said Scott: "Nick definitely overreacted, and he's too valuable for us to overreact and get kicked out of a game like that." Los Angeles Times

He pump-faked Andre Roberson into the air but couldn't connect on an off-balance 17-footer. Bryant then took off an athletic sleeve he wore on his left arm and threw it in frustration behind him. He finished with nine points. "I don't have my legs," Bryant said, adding he got a clean look before his last shot. "It's frustrating." Ryan Ward: Kobe Bryant: “It was the shot I wanted to get. I was trying to figure out if I had time to draw contact. It just threw me off a little bit.” Twitter @Lakers_Examiner

December 19, 2014 Updates

Boston was dealing Rondo in the middle of the season, giving any potential suitors much less time to integrate him. It didn’t have a trade partner with the right combination of sweaty “WE HAVE TO WIN NOW!” desperation and good trade assets. The Lakers can try to sign Rondo this summer, which is why they were planning to cap their offer at Steve Nash, the Houston first-round pick they got with Jeremy Lin (likely to be in the mid-20s), and a second-rounder, per sources familiar with the matter. Grantland

The Bulls traded you to New Orleans in 2006. Why were you able to succeed immediately there? Tyson Chandler: Coach [Byron] Scott put the confidence back in me. I know I've heard some older players say, "You should never lose your confidence. Confidence is the last thing you should ever lose." But that definitely happened to me. I lost confidence. There wasn't trust in my game. After I got traded, Scott pulled me into his office and said, "I want you to forget the last couple of years. I know the young player. I watched you through high school, I know who you are. You're going to go back to being that player." Sports Illustrated

December 18, 2014 Updates
 

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