What is important — Kerr revealed something on the Lowe Post Podcast on Monday: “Typical Andre — he decided to play a joke on Bob and me. He got us on a conference call, told us he was gonna go to Sacramento. We wished him well, and he’s like, ‘I got you suckers. I’m coming back’ … that’s probably the first time it’s ever been told. But now that we’ve won a title and we got it all in our rearview mirror, that story can be told.” Did Kerr’s heart sink? “I bought it for a few seconds but he gave it away quickly. He just started laughing .. it would have been shocking for him to leave this situation.”
March 25, 2019 | 9:08 pm EDT Update
David Baumann: Cannot say enough about Michael Carter-Williams… when the Magic needed it most! 15 points. 6 Reb. 3 ast. 2 stl. 1 blk. Nice ovation from the crowd and even Markelle Fultz wants to show some love for MCW! #PureMagic pic.twitter.com/McZIeOLdih
Kyle Goon: Josh Hart is already listed as OUT for tomorrow’s game against the Wizards. Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala are QUESTIONABLE. LeBron James is PROBABLE.
Listen up, Bulls fans. There’s a song you should hear. You won’t understand it unless you’re among the five million people in the world fluent in Finnish. But that’s OK. The beat bangs and the chorus is canny. “The chorus is fire,” Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. said. It’s a song about Lauri Markkanen. The song is titled “Lauri.” It’s a spirited three-minute Finnish rap track composed as an ode to the second-year Bulls forward and Finland native. Just know the chorus will soon be stuck in your head. “Lauri, Lauri, Lauri Markkanen!”
“I don’t understand anything else,” Carter said, smiling. “But the beat’s decent. It just caught me off guard. I started dancing and stuff.” Bulls guard Zach LaVine also likes the track despite being unable to make out the lyrics. “I don’t know what they’re saying, but it sounds good,” LaVine said.
March 25, 2019 | 8:26 pm EDT Update
Of the four, Ball and Ingram are done for the season, and Hart might be on the way there dealing with knee tendinitis that has refused to go away. All that’s left is Kuzma, soldiering on in what is already a lost campaign, trying to glean the fringe benefits in these final games. “Those are my guys,” Kuzma said. “We all have great chemistry with each other, we all play well together. It’s kind of just tough.”
Kuzma doesn’t see the last nine Lakers games as fruitless time, either. He’s sought to use those minutes as a workshop for his game. He’s noticed that defenders are treating him as a scorer and less as a passer – giving him a lane to become more of a distributor in the absence of Ball, Ingram and other important playmakers on the roster. “We have guys who need the ball, and I’m a guy who creates a lot of attention out on the court because of the way I score and shoot the ball,” he said. “I think it’s my job to just continue to develop and become a playmaker, and just grow an all-around game.”