Eight-time NBA All-Star, and four-time Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo spoke with RunTheTriangle.com about his ambassadorship in Africa, his playoff battle with Michael Jordan, and the origin of the infamous finger wave.
Kobe Bryant told Yahoo Sports that the Los Angeles Lakers could ‘absolutely’ make the playoffs this season. Sure it is mathematically possible for the Lakers to finish in the top eight of the Western Conference. What is more likely to happen is they fall short while battling in a competitive field.
Much like the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, the Western Conference is so fully loaded that teams with adequate talent will not make the playoffs the same way Governors Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal didn’t qualify for the first presidential debate.
45-37 was good enough for the Lakers to get the 7th seed in the 2006 season, but that win total wasn’t enough for the Oklahoma City Thunder to make the playoffs in 2015. After 21 victories last season, the Lakers can drastically improve, even double their win total, and it still may only be good enough for 9th place.
The Lakers will join the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trailblazers in jockeying for position like Senators Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum- except they have a better chance of making the playoffs than either of them have of getting the GOP nomination.
Josh Smith had some harsh words for Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried after his Detroit Pistons team lost 89-79 on opening night.
Faried had 22 points and 17 rebounds in the win and had words with Smith at the end of the game.
“Josh Smith, we let him keep shooting,” said Faried after the game. “And he ended up with 25, but he still kept shooting. He shot them out of the game.”
Smith swiftly responded to the trash talk.
“It’s a lot of social media,” said Smith. “I’m an older guy, I’m not on social media, Twitter, Instagram. It’s a lot of media thugs and Instagram gangstas, I would classify him in one of those categories.”
Faried referred to himself as a “Twitter or Instagram gangsta,” this past summer during Team USA play.
“I don’t respond to nobody with dreadlocks who plays basketball,” Smith said. “He’s a clown, quote me on that.
It should be noted that Smith’s teammate Cartier Martin wears dreadlocks.
“He knows it’s coming, he knows, next time we play,” he continued. “In order to make those comments like that, you gotta be able to back it up and we’ll see next time.
“I’ll have some words while I’m busting his (behind). I back it up when I talk. It’s gonna be a pretty good match up.”
It wasn’t just the numerous Campbell’s Chunky Soup commercials featuring NFL champion, All-Pro, and Stanford graduate Richard Sherman. You have to also credit the return of Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks, restoring their title hopes.
He may have only been dressed in civvies, but Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard was very much a part of the conversation regarding the San Antonio Spurs after reports that he wants a maximum contract. After playing noteworthy defense against LeBron James on his way to winning a championship and getting a personal design logo for his Jordan brand shoes, Leonard has the leverage to demand to be paid as a star.
Just in time for F. Gary Gray’s upcoming biographic on the trendsetting rap group N.W.A., the City of Compton is experiencing a renaissance through its native sons.
James Harden of Compton returned to Los Angeles ranked as the top shooting guard in the NBA to play against Kobe Bryant and in his triumphant return to the Staples Center. Harden’s response? 32 points on 17 shots and 15 made free-throws, a game high in front of the dozens of family and friends in attendance.
And who did the NBA call to provide the OFFICIAL anthem of the 2014-2015 season? Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar and his track “i.”
From Arron Afflalo of the Denver Nuggets to the Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan, Compton’s boys from the hood have collectively led the mainstream back to the C.P.T.
Kobe Bryant answered the doubters, Steve Nash got to the basket, and rookies Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson showed they are ready to make an immediate impact, as the Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 98-95 in their pre-season opener.
In this chronicle of P.A.G.E. 24, Kobe, Nash, and Coach Byron Scott reflect on the initial victory, and what surprise Laker is an early favorite to be the key X-Factor.
In association with the ‘World-Wide LakerGang 4 LIFE’ #WWLG4L Network, it’s Purple And Gold Everything 24.