Byron Scott on Julius Randle: ‘I thought he was lost’

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle had 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists in his debut at Staples Center in a 120-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. Lakers coach Byron Scott thought the team’s seventh overall pick looked “lost” on the court. “I thought he was lost, in the first half especially,” Scott said, per ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I thought in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter he was better, but I thought in the first half the game was way too fast for him. “He’s a 19-year-old playing against a good team like that and moves the ball the way they move and have 4s that are agile and athletic like he is? Yeah, I pretty much expected that.” Kobe Bryant said he’s been working with Randle on getting him acclimated to playing in the NBA. “He’s getting his feet wet,” Bryant said. “He’s still getting used to the NBA game and the speed of the game. The biggest thing for me is to see him trust his jump shot bec

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Anonymous executives: CP3 has lost a step

Some NBA executives think that Chris Paul has lost something, according to one reporter. Appearing on ESPN’s “Numbers Never Lie” Thursday, NBA reporter Chris Broussard was asked whether the Clippers could compete for an NBA title. The Clippers reached the Western Conference semifinals last season but lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games….Read More

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Cousins nearly lost his mind during a foul shot

At one point during the first half against Lithuania at the FIBA World Cup, DeMarcus Cousins became perhaps more frustrated with Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas.

      
 

 

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By talking basketball, nothing lost in translation

No language barrier: At FIBA World Cup, speaking basketball leaves nothing lost in translation

      
 

 

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Finland lost by almost 60, their fans were still happy

Incurable optimists.

      
 

 

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Miami Heat: Why They Won And Lost The Offseason

Miami Heat: Why They Won And Lost The Offseason
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
When I writing the winners and losers of the NBA offseason, I had difficulty placing the Heat. On the left hand their best player and the best player in the NBA, LeBron James went to Cleveland. If you have the best player in the NBA and he signs with another team you cannot be an offseason winner, but on the right, I loved the rest of their offseason, so they cannot be called losers. Yes I just said I cannot call them winners or losers, but I will call them winners and losers. Yes, it’s a technicality, but if you’d like to complain feel free.
Yes, losing LeBron James hurts, they won’t be a better team and likely aren’t a contender, so yes they are losers in that regard, but they have rebounded as well as they could. Pat Riley was able to still keep the Heat one of the 3 best teams in the Eastern Conference. Signing Chris Bosh to a 100+ million dollar contract isn’t perfect, but with no Ja…

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Report: Carmelo Anthony lost weight ‘to play trianngle offense’

Carmelo Anthony shocked the NBA world recently when he posted an Unstagram photo of himself looking skinner than he usually looked.  Anthony had spent the off-season losing weight.  It wasn’t initially clear why he would do this but now we know.
According to the New York Post who cite an ‘Anthony confident’, the reason that Anthony lost the weight was to better fit the triangle offense which the Knicks will be running in the upcoming season.
“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ the confidant told The Post. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle and speed will help that.’’
The All-Star forward, who re-signed with the Knicks after weeks of indecision, feels that being in better shape as well as being faster and quicker will help him fit the role better.
The triangle offense is a read-and-react scheme that requres a lot of passing and movement.  It’s a far cry from the offense the Knicks ran under Mike Woodson in the past.
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Los Angeles Lakers: Why They Lost The Offseason

Los Angeles Lakers: Why They Lost The Offseason
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the losers of the offseason. As I was ranking the winners and losers they came in 4th among the losers, as they were well, really pathetic. Let’s start with the positives, this will be fast because there were few. I loved their draft choice of Julius Randle 7th, who can be an All Star power forward and a key part of their franchise and foundation. I like the hiring of Byron Scott, who is a veteran, he isn’t elite, but can and will help them win. Also signing Ed Davis for just 1 million was an excellent move, as he can be a starter in this league at power forward. Then there is umm, the uh, well that’s it for the Lakers. Here is why they are one of the biggest losers this offseason.
The biggest failure was that they had the cap space for 2 All Stars or 1 max contract yet the best free agent they signed was Carlos Boozer. The biggest name they were able to …

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PHOTO: Carmelo Anthony looks like he’s lost some weight

TweetApparently LeBron James isn’t the only NBA superstar who’s dropped some pounds. Check out this picture of a slimmed-down Carmelo Anthony from his Instagram account: .embed-container {position: relative; padding-bottom: 120%; height: 0; overflow: hidden;} .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } The Knicks are going to need Anthony in shape all season, so that could be a reason his reduced weight. That, or Derek Fisher he doesn’t plan on playing ‘Melo a lot of minutes at power forward next season and needs him to be quicker? You would hope he’s eating good after signing that max contract with the Knicks earlier this summer. Your guess is as good as ours. -ALR

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Debunking the theory that the Lakers have lost their “luster”

“Love trade makes it official: Lakers’ luster is gone.”
Was that headline created by someone looking for click bait or by a not-so closet Laker hater? Whatever the case may be – and there’s a good chance they were both: a Laker-hating click-baiter – the theory that the purple and gold have lost their “luster” couldn’t be any further from the truth, especially when it comes to the Kevin Love situation.
“Slowly, agonizingly, Laker fans are facing the reality that the NBA’s great players don’t have to wear Laker raiment to feel complete,” Mark Whicker writes in one of the worst columns I’ve read all year. “The latest destiny’s child was supposed to be Kevin Love. From the moment he expressed weariness with Minnesota, Lakers fans nodded their heads expectantly. Let’s see –- win the lottery, draft Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, get Kobe Bryant rolling again, and trade whomever’s left for Love and sign him. How could Kevin Durant or any future legend resist that?
“This is

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