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December 17, 2014 Updates

On May 31, 2006, Carmani was born with sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder that the Centers for Disease Control said affects more than 70,000 people in the United States. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital also said about 1 in 500 African-Americans are born with the disease. But eight years after spending nearly $2 million on treatment, Boozer said Carmani feels “completely healthy.” Los Angeles Daily News

Boozer carried the gene that causes sickle cell anemia, but it wasn’t until his ex-wife, CeCe, gave birth to Carmani that they realized this could mark a death sentence. According to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, the disease causes the body to make sickle-shaped red blood cells that can produce deadly side effects. It can stop blood flow, cause organ damage and raise the risk of infection. “The thought of me losing my son, what do I do?” Boozer said. “Do I put my kid through a life full of torture where he will have a seizure at any given time? Or he may he lose his life? Or maybe he loses an organ and has a difficult life? Or do I roll the dice?” Los Angeles Daily News

Boozer praised CeCe, calling his ex-wife “a trooper” for taking care of his children back in Miami and running his former foundation titled Boozer Buddies, which funded treatment for a family every year and provided grants to non-profits devoted to sickle cell research. Boozer also expressed gratitude for Jazz owner Larry Miller, former coach Jerry Sloan and his teammates for showing support and granting him occasional leaves of absence to see Carmani. But Boozer understandably called that year “stressful.” Los Angeles Daily News

While Durant wasn't specifically addressing his own uncertain future, he insisted that the player perspective relating to Bryant shouldn't be a hindrance as the 8-17 Lakers continue their laborious turnaround. "Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," said Durant, who congratulated Bryant via text message after he surpassed Jordan on Sunday. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS." USA Today Sports

"Just his work ethic, just his demeanor man," Durant said when asked what he admired about Bryant. "He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work man. He's intense. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody. He makes them better. Everybody out on the court. You've got to respect that. As a player, I study guys like that. We might not have the same personality, but I think we approach the game the same way and I've learned a lot from just watching him." USA Today Sports

December 16, 2014 Updates

When Nick Young approached Kevin Seraphin, his teammate with the Washington Wizards for a season-and-a-half, at Verizon Center a couple of weeks ago, Young could not conceal his shock. It has been less than three years since Washington shipped Young, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, to the Los Angeles Clippers, but Young didn’t recognize these Wizards. Only Seraphin and John Wall remained from his time in the District, a forgettable epoch in Wizards history. “ ‘Wow, you’re the only two that stayed here,’ ” Seraphin recalled Young commenting before the Wizards trounced the Lakers, 111-95, on Dec. 3. “ ‘Everybody left.’ ” Washington Post

First, Walmart lists the doll as being “Anthony Carmelo.” And second, the doll isn’t Carmelo Anthony at all. It’s Jeremy Lin, who last played for the Knicks in 2012. The doll goes for $13.88, a far cry from the $22.5 million the real Melo will make this year for a team that’s currently 5-21. The Knicks Blog

December 15, 2014 Updates

Last night, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, moving into third place behind Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After the game, Kobe sat down and wrote his thoughts on the historic moment for The Players’ Tribune: Zero. That’s the number of points I scored the entire summer while playing in Philadelphia’s Sonny Hill Future League when I was 12 years old. I didn’t score. Not a free throw, not an accidental layup, not even a lucky throw-the-ball-up-oops-it-went-in basket. The Players' Tribune

“Yeah, it was a strange feeling, because I remember being Andrew Wiggins,” Bryant said. “I remember playing against Michael my first year. To be here tonight and to play against him, seeing the baby face and the little footwork or little technique things that he’s going to be much sharper at as time goes on -- it was like looking at a reflection of myself 19 years ago. It was pretty cool.” ESPN.com

Ronnie Price signed with the Lakers over the summer without a guarantee he'd make the team. The veteran guard managed to work his way into the Lakers' rotation, and even the starting lineup. On Monday, the Lakers guaranteed half of his contract, or $658,405 of $1.3 million. Los Angeles Times

With a pair of free throws in the second quarter of the Lakers game on Sunday, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. To celebrate, the Lakers decorated his seat and brought him a cake on the flight home — a sweet gesture for the star. He looked … sort of happy? Definitely not as happy as we would look if someone had brought us cake — or as many of his teammates whose eyes follow the cake to Bryant’s seat do. For The Win

Ramona Shelburne: Kobe is some 4000 points away from Malone and 6000 points from KAJ. I asked him after the game if he'd play long enough to catch either one. Kobe laughed & said, "Oh my god. Do you have any idea how much my body hurts day to day? I’m no spring chicken. It’s good to be out here." Twitter @ramonashelburne

 

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