Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson didn’t mince words when asked about why they traded point guard D’Angelo Russell — the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft — to the Brooklyn Nets this week.
“D’Angelo is an excellent player,” Johnson said Friday, when the team introduced its top draft pick Lonzo Ball at its practice facility. “He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us. But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better and also [somebody] that players want to play with.”
The Lakers traded Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Nets in exchange for Brooklyn center Brook Lopez and the No. 27 overall pick in Thursday’s draft.
Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN
Paul Millsap (Wrist) Could Miss Up to Three Months
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap could miss three months due to surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, league sources tell ESPN.
The All-Star forward suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Nuggets’ 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Bucks’ Teletovic Out Four Weeks After Undergoing Surgery
Injuries are thinning the Milwaukee Bucks’ frontcourt as they begin a Western Conference road trip.
The team said forward Mirza Teletovic is expected to miss four weeks following arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair cartilage in his left knee. He has missed the past six games.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
LaVar Ball Says Lakers Coaching is Too ‘Soft’ on Lonzo
LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report that the Los Angeles Lakers’ staff should take a specific approach to coaching his son, Lonzo: Be tougher on him.
“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” Ball told the website during a recent interview. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.” LaVar Ball said he does not take issue with the job Lakers coach Luke Walton has done during the team’s 7-10 start to the season.