Pacific Notes: Lakers, Kings, Clippers

Another unflattering story on the state of the Lakers was published on Tuesday, with the latest report from ESPN portraying the inner workings of one of the NBA’s marquee franchises in a particularly negative light. Despite the revelations included in that story, commissioner Adam Silver remains said in an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up on Wednesday morning that he still has “tremendous” confidence in the Lakers’ leaders to turn things around.

“I know [Lakers owner] Jeanie [Buss] knows how to manage a team,” Silver said, per Malika Andrews of ESPN.com. “Sure, when things start to go wrong, a lot of fingers get pointed. But they’ll figure it out.”

Silver’s name actually came up in ESPN’s report on the Lakers, with sources detailing an anecdote about LeBron James‘ agent Rich Paul approaching the commissioner at a lunch and complaining about then-coach Luke Walton. During today’s appearance on Get Up, Silver confirmed that interaction took place.

“He was in the same restaurant,” Silver said of Paul. “There were two people sitting there. He sat down for a second, and I think he said something along the lines that ‘Luke Walton is not the right guy to coach LeBron.’ My reaction was to shrug my shoulders and maybe say, ‘Well, who do you think is the right guy to coach?’ And he mentioned a name and that was that.

“I think he just wanted to say it out loud,” Silver added. “I don’t think he had any expectation that I would repeat that to anyone.”

Here’s more from around the Pacific:

  • The Kings are hosting their fifth pre-draft workout at their practice facility on Wednesday, the team announced in a press release. Sacramento listed Anthony Cowan (Maryland), Barry Brown (Kansas State), Alpha Diallo (Providence), Amir Coffey (Minnesota), Robert Franks (Washington State), and Dedric Lawson (Kansas) as the participants, though Cowan and Diallo are both expected to pull out of the draft before tonight’s NCAA withdrawal deadline.
  • While the Clippers always expected to make a play for a top free agent or two this summer, the team didn’t expect to already have two long-term building blocks in its backcourt by this point, writes Andrew Greif of The Los Angeles Times. As Greif outlines, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet both look like keepers for the franchise.
  • The legal battle over the Clippers‘ efforts to build a new arena in Inglewood continues, per Nathan Fenno of The Los Angeles Times. According to Fenno, the L.A. County’s district attorney’s office found that the Inglewood City Council violated state law by approving an agreement with a Clippers-controlled company allowing it to explore building an arena in the city, but the D.A. didn’t take any action because the time limit to “remedy the violation” had passed.
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9 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Lakers, Kings, Clippers

  1. julyn82001

    Jeanie put all those drama queens on the Buss and tell the driver to take them as far But far away from LA. Thanks..

  2. Jason Lancaster

    Man, it sure does lend credence to the reporting when the commissioner of the NBA confirms one of the items in the report.

    It’s almost like the commissioner want’s to make sure that neither Magic, Pelinka, or Buss can worm their way out of accountability…no one looked good in that report.

    • dimitrios in la

      Actually odd that he even weighed in on the issue. Unprofessional.

      • x%sure

        Silver had nothing to lose, and an ongoing concern that some would-be fans think that everything is pre-arranged by the powers-that-be. It’s something worth dispelling when the opportunity arises.

  3. ChiSoxCity

    Trade Lebaby to New Orleans for AD, then recruit Kyrie and KD. Dynasty.

    • raisethejollyroger
      raisethejollyroger

      I really like that idea! Why not? The club is in supposed disarray. It’s no coincidence everywhere Ladrama goes there’s issues. Start at the scource. Lebitch!

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