The first game-worn jerseys from the NBA’s restart in Orlando have hit the auction block. NBA Auctions has launched a group of 58 jerseys from the league’s first few games in the “bubble” including those donned by LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson. Jerseys worn by members of the Lakers, Pelicans, Spurs and Nets are the first to reach the auction block from games played after the league stopped play in March due to COVID-19. Most of the jerseys are game-worn while a few were made for players who didn’t see action.
“Dodger Stadium is part of the fabric of Los Angeles, and we’re proud to continue to partner with the County to make the property available for the benefit of the community at large,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a news release. “Voting is all of our civic duty, and we’re excited to work with More than a Vote to do anything we can to help get out the vote by making this process as easy, accessible and safe for all Angelenos.”
Upper Deck and the LeBron James Family Foundation are teaming up on the sale of the NBA superstar’s game-worn shoes. Nearly 100 pairs of Nike sneakers are now available for purchase on upperdeckstore.com. Styles range from a white LeBron 12 shoe he wore against the Pistons in 2015 for $15,000 to a wine LeBron 13 Elite shoe he wore for Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals for $30,000. Shoes James used during the 2017 NBA Finals and a Christmas Day game against the Warriors later that year are also up for sale.
Andy Bernstein: Yeah. I was with you in Maui (when you took the job with the Clippers). Why did you do it? You never really said why you took that job. Jerry West: First of all, Steve Ballmer, if you’re around him, he’s infectious, OK? He’s the most straightforward guy. He doesn’t beat around the bush. He’s just there. OK? And I’m just too competitive even to this day to sit around. I just am too competitive. And obviously, you know, when someone wants you that feels pretty good. They still feel that you have something to give. And obviously, I wasn’t wanted in some other places. It was just a good feeling. And this place has got a lot of basketball people there. This is one of the most formulative teams in basketball, by far. I wouldn’t trade our top 10 guys for any team member. Not one. I just think we’re that deep.
And how fun would it be for the Clippers and Lakers to play? Would it be for bragging rights of the city? It might be bragging rights for a season if the Clippers would win, but the Lakers’ history and the people they’ve had playing here, that’s never going to go away. But from now on when (the Clippers) have a new building here, they’re going to have their own group of fans. They’re going to be completely different than the Laker fans. And that’s what I think makes life so interesting. Let’s hope the best team wins, and I think we have the best team.


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Storyline: MVP Race
While there’s been speculation regarding Harrell’s bubble debut, teammate Lou Williams says regardless of when he plays, opposing players should stay out of his way. “He’s back ready to work,” Williams said on Tuesday, via Zoom conference. “Obviously Trez is a high-energy guy. He’s a guy that plays at a high level, extremely physical player, extremely emotional player. With some things on his mind, I feel sorry for the other guys on the other team.”
Approached about the assemblies and why his room was chosen as the designated setting, Davis explained. “I’m one of the few who has a suite and I’m the tech guy of the team who knows how to set up all the devices and connect them to the TV,” the star forward told Yahoo Sports. “LeBron [James] is a big Snoop Dogg fan and actually a big DMX fan, and so my room made sense. It started with that and then we just kept it going from there.”

Executive of the Year award: Rob Pelinka getting no love

Among the voting constituents sampled, there seemed to be little support for the candidacy of Los Angeles GM Rob Pelinka, who helped a massive turnaround to vault the Lakers into the top seed in the West. In back-to-back years, Pelinka landed top-10 players in James and then Davis. He cleared out cap space and pivoted fast to get key supporting players such as Danny Green and Avery Bradley after holding out for days waiting to see if Leonard would sign with the Lakers. And he helped hold the team together after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, who was one of Pelinka’s closest friends.
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Kyle Kuzma wins game for Lakers

Kyle Kuzma was the hero as the Los Angeles Lakers trumped the Denver Nuggets 124-121 in the NBA on Monday. Kuzma nailed a three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to see the Lakers past Western Conference rivals the Nuggets at Walt Disney World Resort. The Lakers forward finished with 25 points in Orlando, while LeBron James put up a double-double of 29 points and 12 assists as Anthony Davis contributed 27 points.
A month in the NBA bubble has presented the Lakers with some mental hurdles, causing them to get what center JaVale McGee described as “a little cabin fever.” But that is a small price to pay, McGee said, because the goal is to win the Lakers’ 17th NBA championship even while going through some unique circumstances. “It definitely adds up over time. You get a little cabin fever,” McGee said on a videoconference call Sunday. “I feel like just being in the same place doing the same things every day with no variation … But it’s necessary for the goal in hand, which is to win an NBA championship. We all knew what we were getting ourselves into. “It’s actually more things to do than we actually anticipated, so it’s not horrible. Of course, we’d rather be playing our games in front of our fans and our crowd and in our own homes, but it just is what it is right now.”
In six games in the bubble, the Lakers are last in scoring (100.8), field-goal percentage (41.1%), three-point shooting (25.4%), assists (19.3), and next-to-last in free-throw shooting (73%) and plus-minus (-7.5). Though they have clinched the best record in the Western Conference for the top seed, things have gone awry. “I don’t think mentally anyone figured out we had the one seed and then was like, ‘OK, I’m going to lighten up a little bit,’” McGee said. “I just feel like we’ve had a lot of dinks … I mean, not injuries, but people just getting hurt a little bit, so the lineups have been different and different guys been playing with different guys. So, it’s just slightly different. I think that once everybody’s 100% and hopefully we’ll have that for the first game of the playoffs, we should be good.”
“The buy in from everyone, especially players, is pretty amazing,” says a league executive. He’s talking by phone, from the NBA’s campus in Orlando where players like LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard are wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. “To watch a whole team, with superstars, walk by and swipe their Magic Bands and have them flash green, which means they filled out symptom surveys that morning, is awesome.” Anyone who has been to Disney knows a Magic Band is a dystopian digital tracking device with a Mickey Mouse logo that you can’t throw away because it is also your room key. Today, it’s a lynch pin of the NBA’s coronavirus strategy, which involves the kind of invasive oversight teams have long sought, andt the Players Association accepts in a pandemic.
Nothing in terms of amenities offered at the more remote, five-story Yacht Club quite compares to the Gran Destino’s 123-foot water slide recently tested by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee or the Grand Floridian’s lakefront dining and clear view of the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle. JJ Redick of the New Orleans Pelicans called the Yacht Club a “wonderful resort,” but he also acknowledged, “We’re missing out on a few things.”

Storyline: L2M Report
And then, a couple hours later in the same Disney gym, the Lakers lost for the fourth time in six tries down here, this one to the Pacers. They are out of sync, lacking a rotation, and can’t get LeBron James and Anthony Davis playing well together. They are vulnerable to a Blazers’ blitz, but Portland has to get to the playoffs first. “Nobody is safe in this environment, period,” one Western Conference executive said. “Everyone can be beaten.”
“I am getting more and more used to being out there. It’s a very weird dynamic. I haven’t played in an empty gym in a very, very long time,” James said following the Lakers’ 116-111 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. “It’s been a very long time since no one has been watching me play the game. I’m just trying to find that rhythm and lock in.” So long that the 35-year-old James believes he has not played in an empty gym since before starring his freshman year at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in 1999-2000. James soon then became a prep phenom before jumping straight to the NBA when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him No. 1 in the 2003 draft. Therefore, James recalled, “I don’t think I played in an empty gym for a game that really counted.”