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December 11, 2014 Updates

The elementary-school kids emulating that batch of "next Jordans" now are in their 20s, filling up NBA rosters. Debates of Bryant, Carter (now with the Memphis Grizzlies) and McGrady (retired but discussing a comeback) now are tinged with nostalgia. "For sure, there's no question; he definitely won that debate," said Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington, 27. "I grew up really watching Kobe a lot. ... I've always just loved his game, ever since him coming out of high school. I watched him close." Wade insists Jordan will forever be the measuring stick for shooting guards. But he also acknowledges his sons (the oldest is 12) know Jordan "probably more so because of his sneakers," he said. USA Today Sports

December 4, 2014 Updates

On Thursday, Philadelphia police arrested the man believed to have killed Wayne Ellington Sr., 57, father of Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. According to the Associated Press, 34-year old Philadelphia resident Carl White has been charged with murder. Ellington Sr. was shot in the head on Nov. 9 and found in the driver's seat of a 2001 Oldsmobile in Philadelphia. He was pronounced dead almost three hours later at a local hospital. His son learned of the death after the Lakers' first victory of the season, over the Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center. Ellington Jr. took a leave of absence to be with his family, but has since returned to the team. Los Angeles Times

December 1, 2014 Updates

Guard Wayne Ellington initially joined the Lakers on a non-guaranteed one-year deal for $1.1 million. On Monday, his contract became guaranteed for $581,692, locking in almost 55% of his total salary. The sixth-year, 27-year-old guard is averaging 7.5 points a game through 10 appearances, shooting 50.0% from the field and 36.7% from three-point range. Los Angeles Times

A smaller portion of Ellington's contract ($315,646) was guaranteed on Nov. 15. His full salary locks in if he's still on the roster as of Jan. 10. Los Angeles Times

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Mark Medina: Wayne Ellington just spoke to a few of us in the locker room. Says he plans to dedicate rest of the season to his father Twitter @MarkG_Medina

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Wayne Ellington Jr. lost his No. 1 fan, the first person to put a basketball in his hands, when a heartless killer gunned down his father Sunday in cold blood on a Germantown street. Yesterday, as police said they were making good progress in their probe into the fatal shooting of Wayne Ellington Sr., 57, the homegrown basketball star and his family reflected on the man who was his loudest cheerleader since long before his NBA days. "He was my biggest fan. He would text me before every game and make sure he would text me after every game," Ellington, 26, recalled as he sat with his mother, Elaine, and sisters Alexi-Rae Webb, 28, and Ericka Ellington, 32, in his paternal grandmother's West Mount Airy living room. "He was the person who put me in the [kids'] league at 5 years old." Philadelphia Inquirer

Ellington Sr.'s mother, wife and children struggled yesterday to make sense of what had brought him to Marion Street near Hansberry in Germantown - and, worse, why someone had leaned into the partially open driver's window of his Oldsmobile and shot the father of three and grandfather of two in the head about 8 p.m. - 1 1/2 hours before his son's next game was set to start in L.A. "We don't know why he was in that vicinity," said his wife, Elaine Ellington. "It's very tiring and very painful." Philadelphia Inquirer

"He's very kindhearted and he loved all of us very much. He was proud of all of us," said daughter Ericka Ellington, who works at a hospital in North Carolina, where she, her sister and mother live. "Whoever did this made a mistake, and they're going to know they made a mistake. They probably already know." Philadelphia Inquirer

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