The Los Angeles Lakers’ rebuilding project reached a new low Sunday afternoon with the most lopsided loss in franchise history, a 122-73 rout at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. “We didn’t show up to play, honestly, which is frustrating,” first-year Lakers coach Luke Walton said after the 49-point drubbing. “Honestly, it’s embarrassing for us as a team and for us as an organization, for our Laker fans that are so good to us.
“Again, at this point it is not about every night going out and winning. It is playing a certain style that allows you a chance to win while we are trying to build this thing. It’s about getting better and building on games like our last game, and not being satisfied with it. … “The effort just wasn’t there tonight, which I don’t understand. I love our group of guys and I know we are going to bring it next game, but that’s not who we are. It was frustrating tonight.”
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Carmelo Anthony Expands List of Trade Destinations
Carmelo Anthony has widened his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.
Knicks have been informed that Oklahoma City is one of the other teams Carmelo Anthony has included on his list, team sources told ESPN
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Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Thunder GM Presti: ‘Tremendous Appreciation’ for KD
In the wake of Kevin Durant’s deleted tweets that slammed his former team and coach, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti responded on Friday by taking the high road and praising Durant’s time with the franchise.
“I, and no one from the Thunder, has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant,” Presti said. “I think we’ve been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don’t think there’s anything more to say other than that.”
Source: Royce Young of ESPN
Sources: Suns’ Alan Williams Suffers Partially Torn Meniscus
Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams has suffered a partially torn meniscus, an initial evaluation reveals, league sources tell ESPN.
Williams is getting a second opinion on Saturday and is also expected to undergo an MRI, sources say.