This wasn’t merely about an edge. With a thin-enough chance at 55.8 percent, this was all-important. All Lakerdom will feel their agony if their 46.9 percent chance doesn’t come in at the May 16 lottery. These days the Lakers don’t even do no-brainers, like inviting Jerry West back in a consultant’s role like the one he has with the Warriors. A Lakers insider told me it’s not happening … even though the Lakers are aware West would love to be asked back.
Jerry West was interested in returning to the Lakers, where son Ryan has carved out a useful role with the old and new regime, but, though Jeanie Buss will forever revere Jerry, he didn't match her vision for the future, according to NBA sources. Bryant is loyal to Pelinka, but Bryant is sticking to his personal plan to stay focused on business pursuits rather than maximizing his basketball legend or taking on any actual Lakers role under new management.
January 22, 2022 | 9:34 pm EST Update
Kelsey Russo: #Cavs Lauri Markkanen went down on the court, with the entire team surrounding him. Cedi Osman and Dean Wade are helping him off the floor at the moment, heading back to the locker room.
James Ham: No Giannis? No problem. Missing their superstar, the Bucks still managed to handle the Kings Sunday afternoon. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday picked up the slack, handing Sacramento a 133-127 loss. Here are 6 quick thoughts from the Kings’ third straight defeat.
Eric Nehm: Wesley Matthews went down on a defensive possession. Managed to get himself back up and hobbled down the floor. And then the Bucks just continued to play. No take foul. No timeout. Budenholzer finally called a timeout with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
January 22, 2022 | 8:44 pm EST Update
Scott Agness: Malcolm Brogdon will be shut down for 10 days, at minimum, Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle says. They want to aggressively nail down the issues with his sore right Achilles.