Lakers star LeBron James will not play vs. Jazz

first_img Jason Kidd discusses potentially coaching Lakers, LeBron James LeBron James is out for tonight’s game at Utah.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 27, 2019James is reportedly on a minutes restriction and he’s not expected to play in back-to-backs for the rest of the season. He tallied 23 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds Tuesday in Los Angeles’ 124-106 win over the Wizards.James is averaging 27.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists during his first season with the Lakers. He’s shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 33.4 percent from 3-point range. Related News “Playoffs are never promised. You’ve got to come out and work. For me personally, you just continue to put the work in and see what you can do to help.”The Lakers have eight regular-season games remaining, including their matchup against the Jazz, which will tip off Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Lakers, however, have struggled and were eliminated from playoff contention earlier this month.”Obviously, it’s been a tough season for all of us,” James said last week. “It’s not what we signed up for. Throughout the year, things happened. Suspensions, injuries, things of that nature. And just not being able to play sustainable basketball for 48 minutes.center_img LeBron James: Lakers season ‘not what we signed up for’ LeBron James won’t be on the floor Wednesday.The 34-year-old star will not play in the Lakers’ game against the Jazz in Utah, the team announced.last_img read more

Heisler: Following the bouncing heads – Lakers now officially out of scapegoats

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Laker apocalypse now….So much for being a family-style organization, even if no one will lament Jim Buss’s departure and GM Mitch Kupchak was clearly in the crosshairs.Popular as these moves are among Laker fans, the biggest shakeup in Laker history leaves Magic Johnson in charge amid reports that Rob Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, will replace Kupchak.Johnson and Pelinka have one thing in common: Kupchak was in there bidding but backed off when the Kings asked for Brandon Ingram, whom the Lakers value above all their young players.It’s not clear that Mitch got a chance to make a lower bid with the Kings failing to exhaust all options.Sacramento GM Vlade Divac said that New Orleans dropped its offer from two No. 1 picks to one after failing to get any indication from Cousins, an upcoming free agent, that he will stay. The Kings accepted, anyway.Bumbling Kings owner Vivek Ranadive surely made this call while hiding behind Vlade as his front man.In typical Vivek style, he doesn’t see mere stardom in Hield. ESPN’s Baxter Holmes quoted an unnamed source saying, “Vivek thinks Buddy has Steph Curry potential.”I’m not sure Hield’s mother thinks he’s that good with her Buddy averaging a modest 8.6 points, less than half the 17.5 Steph scored his first season.For sheer grandiosity, the NBA has no one like the pint-sized Ranadive. Even if he decided he’d had enough of the tempestuous Boogie, as anyone would have, that left just one thing to do: Whatever it took to get the best possible package for their most precious asset.These are typically offered, not at the mid-season trade deadline … and certainly not three days before it which the Kings could have used to seek better options … but at the draft in June.Johnson was surely aware of the Lakers’ trade talks or involved in them. Whatever his participation, he would have been as disappointed as any of them when Boogie landed elsewhere.Coincidentally or not, within hours of reports that Cousins was New Orleans-bound, the move that shook Lakerdom was under way.I’d guess it went down this way.A) Jeanie was thinking this was what she wanted to do all along, noting Tuesday on the team’s cable channel, “It was probably so hard for me to make that I probably waited too long. For that, I apologize to Lakers fans.”B) Realizing she needed professional advice, she brought in Johnson.C) Magic came in agreeing with Jeanie’s assessment. “It really wasn’t about the last couple of weeks,” he said. “It’s been about the years.”D) They planned to make the decision after the season but E) moved it up to now, crushed at seeing a star in whom they had invested so much hope in — Kupchak talked to the Kings for at least two years — go to another West team for pocket change.Or, if you prefer the house version, Jeanie explained it this way: “Once the decision became clear in my mind, there was no reason to wait.”Actually there was a reason, the trade deadline a mere 48 hours off.If Kupchak was on the hook for the costly signings of Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng, he’ll also be due the credit if Ingram and/or D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. become stars.Mitch isn’t the first Laker who was in the wrong place at the wrong time in the team’s historic downdraft. Mike D’Antoni, all but DOA here, is the leading candidate for coach of the year in Houston, running the style he taught Golden State Coach Steve Kerr who taught it to Laker Coach Luke Walton.The current Laker cast cries out for one thing: Experience.The purge left Ryan West, a Kupchak lieutenant, in place. Whether that means Johnson will ask Ryan’s father, Jerry, to consult remains to be seen … but Jerry is the one with the experience they need, even in so limited a role, not to mention the aura and Laker pedigree.“I can’t turn it around tomorrow,” said Johnson, “or I really would be magic, right?”Don’t let your expectations run wild. There’s a long way to go and they’re now officially out of scapegoats.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published weekly by the Southern California News Group.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNeither has worked a day in his life in an NBA basketball operation, apart from Magic’s involvement since he assumed his new role Feb. 2.It’s hard to sell this as a measured response when you fire your GM two days before the trade deadline, along with John Black, the p.r. director for 27 years, presumably because he was close to Kupchak as, indeed, he should have been.Golden State’s Bob Myers — reportedly the Lakers’ No. 1 choice — is from the same Santa Monica-based office as Pelinka and has shown that agents can become GMs although it helps if they have experienced help like Warrior consultant Jerry West.With Johnson and Pelinka, the Lakers get a double learning curve.Insiders see the bizarre timing as an internal Laker response to not landing Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, the NBA’s most talented center — and, in keeping with this saga, its leading wacko — who went, instead, to New Orleans for rookie Buddy Hield, upcoming free agent Tyreke Evans, journeyman Langston Galloway and a No. 1 pick … essentially spare parts.last_img read more

Wellington eighth grade boys, seventh grade girls win Pioneer League Tourney titles

first_imgWellington seventh grade girls – Pioneer League Tournament Champions.By Tracy McCue and James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Two Wellington teams have secured Pioneer League Tournament Championship trophies. The eighth grade boys team beat Mulvane 54-18 Monday in Arkansas City to claim the crown. Earlier in the day in Winfield, Wellington seventh grade girls clinched the Pioneer League crown and completed an undefeated season with a 40-13 victory over El Dorado. Eighth grade boysWellington led 11-7 after one quarter, and switched to a full court press to start the second quarter and that made the difference. The Knights went on a 8-0 run in the first minute of the quarter, and scored 21 unanswered points before halftime. Mulvane got a field goal with a few second left in the half, and Wellington led 34-9 at the half.The Knights got up by 30 late in the third quarter, and the clock ran continuously from that point. Mulvane managed a 6-0 run in the third, but never got closer than 26.Silas Popplewell scored 23 for Wellington, and had 15 at the half. Blake Rausch scored 14 after getting 10 in the first half. Other scorers for Wellington were Tyler Brown with 6, Zane Cornejo with 4, Gage Cunningham had 3, Zander Vargas 2 and Malachi Macias 2.Silas Popplewell led all scorers in Wellington eighth grade win.Seventh grade girlsThis like all other games for the Wellington seventh grade girls got ugly early.The seventh grade Knights were never challenged all season grabbing an 11-0 lead and coasting to victory.Scoring for Wellington were: Lexi Clift 2, Rylee Rusk 18, Erin Roths 2, Myriland French 4, Mykiland French 2, Katrina Dvorak 2, and Allison Buresh 10.Follow us on Twitter. Wellington Eighth grade boys – Pioneer League Tournament Champions. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Knight Mom · 235 weeks ago Congratulations to both teams and to the coaches for their time and dedication! Report Reply 0 replies · active 235 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down BRS · 235 weeks ago Who are the coaches Report Reply 0 replies · active 235 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more