Marshall Wins Best #TBT Post

Kendall Marshall is one of the more active participants on social media, particularly with his Instagram and Vine accounts.

His Instagram picture as an 11-year-old at NBA All-Star Weekend in 2003 with Pau Gasol was voted the winner for the best #TBT post this year.


ASW ’03. I was 11. ha @paugasol

LaVine Hits Rare Air

Zach LaVine Draft Workout Photo Gallery

The athletic highlight of L.A.’s first round of prospective draft pick workouts at their El Segundo facility on Wednesday was a 46-inch vertical jump from UCLA freshman Zach LaVine.

That’s not a short distance to cover.

“We had a little bit more of a run (up),” LaVine explained after the session. “I think at the draft (combine) you had two steps, here we had three or four. I knew I’d gone higher than that before … I think I had 44.5, but this was one of my higher ones. I think I was pumped a little bit, you know, the Lakers.”

The Lakers allow prospects one straight up vertical jump, and one with a lead in, the latter being how LaVine topped the previous high of 44 inches by Peyton Siva last summer.

LaVine’s standing vertical jump measured at 37 inches, while Aaron Gordon hopped 34 inches straight up and 43 inches with a lead in.

Of course, athletic tests are only a small part of the overall puzzle of comparing players to one another. The Lakers, whose No. 7 draft position is their highest since 1982, have been watching these prospects extensively throughout the season, but always appreciate the chance to get the players in their own gym.

“Just up front and close and seeing how much they’ve worked on their game,” Kupchak said about the workouts. “We get to interview them, we get to administer our testing and we get to know them by talking to them and hanging around them in the locker room. They get to know our trainers and coaches.”

This first crop of players – including Gordon (Arizona), Doug McDermott (Creighton), James Young (Kentucky), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana Lafayette), Davion Berry (Weber State), Jerry Evans (Nevada), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Gary Harris (Michigan State), LaVine (UCLA), Brendan Lane (Pepperdine), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Noah Vonleh (Indiana) – had no shortage of athleticism.

“We had a couple really, really good showings athletically,” Kupchak summarized. “There are a lot of components to evaluate in the draft. We do interviews and (tests) for athletic ability, shooting drills, playing. There’s a lot of components to evaluate in a player and then you have to project out how good a player is going to be. Some players have gone to school three or four years and some guys have gone one year. Actually some of the guys have yet to turn 19 years old.”

Among the good athletic showings was Gordon, who performed well in nearly every test, even if the vertical jump of LaVine stood out a bit more. LaVine just turned 19 in March, while Gordon doesn’t reach 19 until September.

L.A. plans to hold more workouts in the coming days leading up to the June 26 Draft.

Zach LaVine Draft Workout Photo Gallery

Lakers Readying for the Lottery

2013 NBA Draft LotteryAs Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak detailed on Lakers.com, there’s a big circle over “May 20″ on the team’s calendar.

That’s when the Lakers find out what slot they’ll draft in come June 26.

L.A.’s percentages as the team with the sixth-best odds are:

- 21.5 percent to move into the top three
- 43.9 to stay in the six slot
- 30.5 to pick seventh
- 4.0 to drop to eighth, and 0.1 to fall to ninth

As such, it’s most likely they’ll stay at six or seven, and extremely unlikely they’d drop to eight or nine, thus assuring the franchise’s highest pick since James Worthy in 1982.

Speaking of Big Game James … he’ll be the one representing the team at the draft lottery.

Now, the lottery didn’t actually begin until 1985, and since then, the always-in-the-playoffs Lakers have seen lottery balls only twice:

Lakers All-Time Lottery Picks (since 1985)
Year – Pick – Player, Prior to NBA
2005 – 10 – Andrew Bynum, St. Joseph High School (NJ)
1994 – 10 – Eddie Jones, Temple University

In fact, the Lakers have had only 13 top 10 picks in franchise history since the move to L.A. in 1960, as well as two territorial picks:

Lakers All-Time Top-10 Picks (Los Angeles Era; since 1960)
Year – Pick – Player, Prior to NBA
2005 – 10 – Andrew Bynum, St. Joseph High School (NJ)
1994 – 10 – Eddie Jones, Temple University
1982 – 1 – James Worthy, University of North Carolina
1979 – 1 – Magic Johnson, Michigan State University
1977 – 6 – Kenny Carr, North Carolina State University
1975 – 2 – Dave Meyers, UCLA
1975 – 8 – Junior Bridgeman, University of Louisville
1973 – 5 – Kermit Washington, American University
1966 – 7 – Jerry Chambers, University of Utah
1963 – 7 – Roger Strickland, Jacksonville University
1962 – 6 – Leroy Ellis, St. John’s University
1961 – 5 – Wayne Yates, University of Memphis
1960 – 2 – Jerry West, West Virginia University

Lakers All-Time Territorial Picks (Los Angeles Era; since 1960)
Year Pick Player Prior to NBA
1965 T Gail Goodrich UCLA
1964 T Walt Hazzard UCLA

We’ll find out who’s next soon enough.

Kobe on Kimmel

Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles LakersKobe Bryant sat down with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday night to discuss his health, L.A.’s coaching situation, Michael Jordan and more. Below is a transcription of his interview:

Q: On his physical health:
Bryant: From a health standpoint, 100 percent.

Q: On where he’s at from a basketball perspective:
Bryant: I’m not there yet. I started doing a lot of on-court training, and so I’m back into my routine, my lifting, started doing the running, which I hate. But by the time the season comes around I’ll be ready to go.

Q: On watching the Lakers’ 2013-14 season in which he played only six games:
Bryant: I’d rather stay home and eat paint chips. It was tough, man. It was really, really tough. But when you go through seasons like that, it just adds fuel to the fire.

Q: On if he feels optimistic about next season:
Bryant: Absolutely.

Q: On Magic Johnson’s comment about coach Mike D’Antoni resigning:
Bryant: The first thing I thought of was seeing the munchkins on the yellow brick road dancing and singing “The wicked witch is dead” when (Magic) said that, that song just came to mind. But look, Mike was dealt a really bad hand when dealing with all the injuries he had. This is a tough place if you’re not winning. I honestly didn’t care (to see him go).

Q: On if the team consults him about coaching candidates, and the approach of team owners Jim and Jeanie Buss:
Bryant: On the last two, they didn’t. On the next one, I’m hoping they do. Jimmy and Jeanie both are really determined and excited about the possibilities of next season and rebuilding this, building on their father’s legacy and everything that he’s accomplished. They’re taking the challenge extremely, extremely seriously; they’re both on the same page and they want nothing but excellence here, so I have no doubt that we’ll make it happen.

Q: On if management needs to take his temperature on the coaching hire:
Bryant: Now I think it’s an open-door policy. We talk back and forth, text … honestly it’s not really about whether the players like the coach or not. It’s really about getting results. Liking somebody and results don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Sometimes when a coach is driving you, you don’t necessarily like him, but it’s part of the process. Then once you win, everybody is buddy-buddy after that.

Q: On if anyone drives him harder than he drives himself:
Bryant: No, I’m pretty psychopathic when it comes to that stuff. But Phil (Jackson), I’ve been very lucky to have Phil as a coach throughout my entire career, and Tex Winter, Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen, Brian Shaw and those guys have really done wonders for my career.

Q: On if he considered buying the Clippers:
Bryant: No. That’s not a possibility, but in terms of brand depreciation, that’s as quick as you can get.

Q: His reflection on when the Clippers were recruiting him in free agency and his meeting with Donald Sterling:
Bryant: At the time the biggest concern was, was he willing to spend to have a successful team. He said during the meeting he was willing to make that commitment to bring a championship team – another championship team to Los Angeles. He has done that. He has spent the money to go out, keep Blake (Griffin) and DeAndre (Jordan) and Chris (Paul) and those guys.

Q: On if he watches the Clippers in the playoffs and whether there is a rooting interest for or against them:
Bryant: It doesn’t really matter to me. I’m not winning so what the hell do I care who wins? Doesn’t matter to me, man. But most of them are friends of mine. Chris is a good friend. I make sure I sent him a message during this whole fiasco. I watch and hope the guys I know do well.

Q: On if it’s difficult to watch when the Clippers are doing so well:
Bryant: I think it’s great for the city, I think it’s great for competition. I love it when they do well. I would love nothing more than for the Lakers to get back to that championship level and meet the Clippers in the playoffs. I think that would be fantastic.

Q: On teaching his daughter a lesson about losing:
Bryant: Our youngest one becomes very emotional when she loses. She had a really tough game. She’s playing softball, she had a tough time, she’s crying. I was telling her: ‘It’s alright. You lose, it’s OK.’ (She said): ‘No, it’s not OK.’ I’m like: ‘How the hell do I reach this kid?’ I showed her us getting absolutely destroyed, pummeled by the Celtics in the Finals and being upset and crying and stuff and showing it’s OK. Then I showed her the 2010 Finals and we bounced back, redeemed ourselves and tried to use that as some kind of a teaching tool. She went out in the championship game and had the game-winning double, so seems like it worked pretty well for her.

Q: On Nick Young’s first pitch at the Dodgers game:
Bryant: That’s crazy. I pray to god he (didn’t do that on purpose). That’s so bad it’s impressive.

Q: On Phil Jackson telling a story of young Kobe Bryant meeting Michael Jordan and telling Jordan he’d kick his (butt) in a game of one-on-one:
Kobe Bryant: Well, you know, it’s half true. Phil – as much as I love Phil – likes to embellish. He writes books – a lot. He has to market those books. But the other story is Michael was dishing it out to me as well, man. Years later, after I scored 81, he was barking about how I could never do it against him. ‘You’re never going to do it against me. I would have fouled out.’ We would have went back and forth. I usually try to stay pretty cool when it comes to MJ because I looked up to him so much, but on that particular occasion, I had to remind him I did have 42 in one half against him. But Phil loves embellishing. I told him at some point, ‘You’re going to have to give me some royalties off your books.’

Q: On if he misses Phil:
Bryant: I do. We still speak often. I think he’ll do fantastic (in New York), especially the more people say he won’t be successful. I found myself reading a lot of the books that he gave me when I was a player that I was just too young, and had too much energy to actually sit down and pay attention to. But he was just a fantastic mentor and unbelievable coach.

Q: On if he feels like the Lakers can win next year:
Bryant: I do. We will make changes for sure, there are certain characteristics you have to build your team around with speed and length and rebounding. We’ll make those adjustments.

D’Antoni Resigns

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First Pitch at Dodger Stadium

L.A.’s favorite backcourt duo traded in their silver and black for Dodger Blue Wednesday night. The two San Fernando Valley natives visited Chavez Ravine to throw out the first pitch before the Dodgers took on the Philadelphia Phillies.

They sign us up for a 10 day contract lol me and @jrfarmar

@swaggyp1 and Farmar in #Dodgers dugout


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Jordan Farmar, Nick Young Attend Kings Game


Goal!!! Kings score!!!! And my dog Bailey came thru to celebrate…


LA Kings Game Lets Go!! PlayOff … Feel honor they gave me my on Jersey, now put me out there coach #SwaggyKnows


About to storm the ice #swaggyonice lol


I’m bangin on the glass… @swaggyp1 on the ice… 2 LA kids just livin that life!!!

Xavier Henry: 2014 Exit Interview

Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento KingsXavier Henry appeared in 43 games (five starts) towards averages of 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals on 41.7 percent field goals and 34.1 percent on three-pointers. Of the injuries he dealt with, Henry missed nearly two months with a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus and tore a ligament in his left wrist. He was officially shut down for the season on Apr. 4. Henry underwent successful surgeries on his knee and wrist on Apr. 11 and is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of training camp.

*There is no accompanying video for Henry because his meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike D’Antoni came prior to the typical day of exit interviews.

- On what he saw from Henry this year:
Mike D’Antoni: “I’d never seen him play that much. He hadn’t played anywhere, so I think mostly he just got a chance to show what he had, and whether it’s an improvement or not, it’s just getting a chance to showcase it a little bit. The biggest thing he needs to make an improvement going forward is understanding when to drive, when not to drive. When to draw the defense and when to kick. That comes with experience and I think he improved at it, especially when he went to point guard. He showed signs of he’s getting better at it. But again, being young and being that this is the first time he’s played (extensively), he’s pretty good.”
*quote courtesy of ESPN Los Angeles.com’s Dave McMenamin

- On what he felt he was able to do this season:
“I just showed I can compete, just showed I can play in this league and help my team win. Contribute, be an impact player. That’s what I tried to do.”
*quote courtesy of ESPN Los Angeles.com’s Dave McMenamin

- On trying to play through his injuries to finish the year:
“(I’m) obviously not 100 percent, but I am going to push the most out of it I can for these last games and try to help the team win. All I can do is try my best and that’s all I am going to do. I wasn’t going to quit on my guys. I love playing in this system with his team and with our coaches. I’m going to try and make it last as long as I can. I’m having fun and I’m going to continue to have fun.”

- On the number of setbacks with his knee that delayed his return:
“When you get a lot of swelling, it forces other things to happen in whatever joint it is. And they didn’t want anything else to get hurt while my knee was swollen up, so we’d have to hold off, let the swelling get out and try it again.”

- On first receiving news that he had a torn ligament in his wrist:
“I was going to play anyway. The good news is it’s (torn). I feel like with that mindset, I can’t do too much worse to it, so now it’s just go out there and be myself.”

- On his two assignment games with the L.A. D-Fenders:
“I just wanted to get out there and play really. I wanted to make it through a game without my knee swelling up, without it getting really stiff, stuff like that.”

Kent Bazemore: 2014 Exit Interview

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersAcquired in a trade from Golden State on Feb. 19 for Steve Blake, Kent Bazemore appeared in 23 games (15 starts) towards averages of 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals on 45.1 percent field goals and 37.1 percent on three-pointers. Bazemore missed the final five games of the year due to a torn peroneus longus tendon in his right foot suffered at the Clippers on Apr. 6. He underwent successful surgery to repair the tendon on Apr. 16 and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2014-15 season.

*There is no accompanying video for Bazemore because his meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike D’Antoni came prior to the typical day of exit interviews.

- On what he thinks happened to his foot:
“I (heard) a little pop in it. I had a fracture going into my senior year of college, so the pop was pretty familiar. I can walk on it. We just took precautionary (measures) not to go back out there … I went to turn the corner and it popped. With the combination of what happened to my left foot (in college) … I’ve been having problems with (my right foot) getting worked on, and it just went to the brain and it was a shock: ‘Oh no, here we go again.’”

- On his experience in L.A. thus far:
“It’s been good being able to play and showcase some of my talent and being able to see the hard work I’ve put in to get here actually pay off. It hasn’t been easy. It’s been an adjustment. Once you’re on the scouting report, it’s a whole different game. That’s another battle within itself, but I’m still figuring it out. It’s encouraging cause I’ve really felt I’ve held my own.”

- On Bazemore as a player:
Mike D’Antoni: “Physically, he’s a talent. Defensively, he’s very active and very smart. There are things you can’t teach he has and the things he doesn’t have you can teach. It’s a matter of giving him more playing time and experience and staying true to himself and staying honed in.”

- On what areas of the game Bazemore can improve upon moving forward:
D’Antoni: “What we’re trying to get him to do is make the right plays consistently. He needs to be able to attack the basket and make the right play. That’s what we’re showing him on film and different things. If he improves his shot and his foul shot and (is) able to make that play, he can be a really significant player in our league.”

Seventh Inning Stretch with Kendall Marshall


gimme some peanuts and apple jacks! lmaooo 1st game, so fun! #Dodgers