Brian Robb: Colangelo: I’ve been talking with Mike Zarren about the 2018 Lakers pick for a year. Sounds like C’s are pretty high on 18 draft class.
April 22, 2018 | 8:12 am EDT Update
Sydney Kings: A new king to come: Andrew Bogut. BREAKING: Press Release with details-10am Monday EST Australia.
That cheering you hear is the parade cranking up in Lakerdom. Byron Scott, who is close to Magic Johnson, actually announced on ESPN, “I’m going to tell you something right now. LeBron (James) is coming to the Lakers along with Kawhi. We’re back in the Finals!” Reports dovetailing with that one swept the league: Kawhi, a Los Angeles guy who grew up in the Inland Empire, wants to come home. Kawhi, who has one year left on his contract, will force a trade to the Lakers.
With less to offer in trade than other teams, the Lakers need Leonard to force a deal, which he may well try, and for the Spurs to accede, which is less likely…. It’s one of Popovich’s cardinal rules not to help West rivals, much less one with the tradition and resources of the Lakers. Popovich almost never says a bad word about another team but went bonkers in 2008 when Memphis traded Pau Gasol to the post-Shaquille O’Neal Lakers, setting them up for three Finals runs and two titles. “What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension,” said Popovich then. “… I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I’d like to elect myself to that committee. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade.”
Middleton not only is averaging 26.3 points through three playoff games but also averaging 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He has put on a shooting clinic: the veteran swingman is shooting a lights-out 62 percent from the field and a smokin’ 63 percent on 3-pointers. “Khris has been amazing,’’ Bucks backup center Thon Maker said. “Defensively, he was working his butt off. And, offensively, hit shot was … automatic. Khris is showing what a two-way player he is.’’
Trail Blazers: “Getting swept in the first round is never ideal, it’s never something you want to experience, but it’s what happened. We have to learn from it, find ways to improve individually and then collective come back and put it together as a team.” — @CJMcCollum.
Jim Eichenhofer: Rondo on #Pelicans winning Round 1, and looking ahead: “This is one checkmark of the big goal we have in mind. We’re going to continue to try to stay even-keeled, get a couple days of rest, come back locked in and ready to go, against probably the defending champs.”