D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle struggle in Lakers’ loss to Knicks

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LAS VEGAS- At the Las Vegas Summer League, wins and losses are as important as the Sacramento’s 2014 championship banner hanging near the players’ tunnel at the Thomas & Mack Center. Summer League is more about learning, development and progression. For D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, the Los Angeles Lakers’ top two young players, Monday’s 76-66 loss to the Knicks was a struggle to say the least. The lower bowl was packed with fans clad in purple and gold, excited to

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Top 15 Remaining Free Agents — Edition II

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What is the next big surprise? When will it happen? We are inside of 48 hours until the league’s moratorium ends, so fasten your seatbelts, folks. This summer’s free agency period has provided as much suspense and excitement as the NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to terms with LaMarcus Aldridge and David West while retaining Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green in hopes of returning to the Finals. West said he wanted to play for a title

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PODCAST: Scotto on the 2015 NBA Draft

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The NBA draft is Thursday and the rumor mill is churning faster than ever. Expect that trend to continue in the coming days. I’ve outlined the top rising draft stocks and the fallout for the New York Knicks after landing the fourth overall pick. I’ve also written profile stories on Kristaps Porzingis and Myles Turner. With that in mind, I joined Atlanta’s “The Game” on 92.9 FM with host John Fricke to discuss the top of the draft, sleepers, top foreign players, which player the

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Scotto: Kristaps Porzingis Transcends the European Stereotype

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Kristaps Porzingis has become the trendy name among NBA executives since dominating at his ASM Sports workout a week ago. “I think there is a strong chance he lands in the top four picks,” one Eastern Conference general manager told SheridanHoops. “The Lakers, Knicks and 76ers are all possible options. He has the length and athleticism of Andrei Kirilenko and stroke and footwork like Dirk Nowitzki. He will be the best prospect in this draft while also having the best upside.”

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Scotto: Jeremy Lin Keeping ‘Options Open’ Amid Struggles With Lakers

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NEW YORK – Nearly three years ago to the date, Jeremy Lin began his rise as a worldwide icon during “Linsanity.” Lin had Madison Square Garden buzzing like Times Square on New Year’s Eve on a nightly basis. Three years later, Lin returned to the Garden on Sunday as a bench player on a struggling Lakers team headed for the lottery while keeping his “options open” heading into unrestricted free agency this summer. [Read more…]

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PODCAST: Michael Scotto On the Lakers, Cavaliers and Rockets

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Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are used to contending for championships, but through five games the team is tied with the Philadelphia 76ers (0-6) for the fewest wins in the league — zero. Bryant’s disdain for losing and the struggles of the Lakers prompted an interesting question: Would the Lakers and Knicks benefit from a trade involving Bryant? New York has Phil Jackson, the Triangle offense and cap space to absorb Bryant’s contract and the Lakers aren’t going to contend

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Mock Draft 8.0: LeBron in play for the Cavs

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The NBA Draft was overshadowed today when news broke that LeBron James will be opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat. The four-time MVP had been rumored to be leaning towards opting out, but today his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Management, confirmed that LeBron informed the Heat of his decision. Unlike four years ago, LeBron no longer shares an agency with Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade. Today LeBron James is his own entity, and having endured a

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Scotto: Championship Window Still Open for Spurs as Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich Chase Jordan, Jackson

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The San Antonio Spurs and the organization’s two stalwarts, Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, are coming off a fifth championship and are poised for another title run next season – provided Duncan doesn’t retire. With five championships in a 15-year period, the Spurs have made a claim to be considered a dynasty. However, some people – most notably Phil Jackson – would disagree because the Spurs haven’t won consecutive titles. Jackson won three consecutive championships on three separate occasions (1991-93, 96-98, 2000-2002).

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