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Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey calls LeBron James best ever by a big margin
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is a stats guru. He says he has checked the numbers and there's no question: LeBron James is the best player in the history of the NBA "by a bit of a big margin."
Talking Wednesday in an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Morey said, "You look at his ability to generate wins and championship probability over time, and you basically break that down. You don't need all the numbers. You can watch as well and see that.
"But if you basically isolate that and also look at the career he's had, frankly I think at this point it's become a bit of a big margin, actually, where he's come out ahead. I know that's a little controversial."
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Lonzo Ball: Something Different this Way Comes - Forum Blue And Gold
He is not yet 21 and his sophomore season in the NBA is still months away. The fanfare of being a No. 2 overall pick along with inherent expectations have faded to some extent. And while Lonzo Ball is not exactly the forgotten man, the arrival of a mythical storm god promises to send him on a journey into the unknown.
Ball played just 52 games during his rookie campaign, ultimately sidelined by a balky knee that led to arthroscopic surgery. He is the son of a famously domineering father and is now the father of his own child—daughter Zoey Christina was born to Zo and girlfriend Denise Garcia on July 22. That’s plenty to absorb for anyone’s personal story but the Los Angeles Lakers’ triumphant acquisition of LeBron James gobbled up media space on a quantitatively larger scale. If you want to pile more on the plate, consider the signing of veteran point guard Rajon Rondo—an NBA champion, four-time All-Star and three-time assists leader who could challenge Ball for playing time and a starting position.
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9 days ago by rgl7194
NBA Team Turnaround and Team Turmoil predictions - ESPN Summer Forecast
1. Los Angeles Lakers
Total points: 121
First-place votes: 72.7 percent
There's no question as to why this team is expected to see considerable improvement, as LeBron James' greatness is self-explanatory. While analysts haven't exactly been wowed by the team's other free-agency acquisitions -- none of whom is known for being particularly strong from the perimeter -- it's fair to think the Lakers' youngsters will progress in meaningful ways this season.
Lonzo Ball illustrated good defensive instincts, Brandon Ingram lit up the Warriors for a career-high 32 points en route to a highly efficient season, and Kyle Kuzma highlighted why he should be seen as a foundation piece going forward. Playing with James figures to only enhance their best attributes. If that's the case, L.A. could make noise in the postseason, despite its youth. -- Chris Herring
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11 days ago by rgl7194
Washington Nationals may finally meet expectations — on and off the field
"Eight years later — after the council anguished over the stadium deal and finally approved it, after angry voters threw out three council members who had pushed for the deal, after the Expos became the Washington Nationals , and after Nationals Park became home to a team that fell right into the Washington Senators’ historic cellar-dwelling role — Monk has a wholly different view of baseball. 'I have to say, it’s been for the betterment of the community,' she said. 'Our crime seems to be under control. The neighborhood looks 100 percent better. The new housing is a great improvement.'"
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12 days ago by bankbryan
Lakers assistant Jesse Mermuys believes Rajon Rondo is ‘mentally at a different level’ than most of the NBA - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers have opted to build a team with basketball IQ and versatility over the traditional specialists LeBron James is used to, and by signing Rajon Rondo, they arguably signed James’ smartest teammate yet.
After finding himself once again trailing the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, LeBron James gave a series of introspective responses during a press conference detailing what separated the then soon to be repeating champions from the rest of the league, but also the types of players teams need in order to win:
“In order to win, you’ve got to have talent, but you’ve got to be very cerebral, too,” James said. “Listen, we’re all NBA players. Everybody knows how to put the ball in the hoop. But who can think throughout the course of the game?”
basketball  lakers 
12 days ago by rgl7194
NBA most valuable player predictions - ESPN Summer Forecast
1. LeBron James | SF | Lakers
First-place votes: 39.4 percent
Total points: 85
Despite being widely considered the best basketball player in the world, LeBron hasn't won an MVP award since the 2012-13 season. But what if James and the Lakers surprise everyone and make a run to a top-four seed in the Western Conference? James would have a compelling narrative in leading the NBA's glamour franchise back to the playoffs after a six-year drought.
James is coming off a monster season in which he led the NBA in games and minutes played, producing some of his best box score stats in years. If he replicates that effort while leading the young Lakers to success, he has a great chance to earn the fifth MVP award of his career. -- Andre Snellings
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12 days ago by rgl7194

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