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Sunday, December 9, 2018

LeBron James

Report: LeBron James wants Carmelo Anthony on Lakers

Carmelo Anthony

LeBron James the player is still in top form. LeBron James the GM still needs some work.

The Athletic’s Joe Vardon reported on Thursday night that LeBron would like to get Carmelo Anthony on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Anthony remains a member of the Houston Rockets but has not played for them since Nov. 8. The team reached an agreement with Anthony to remain away from the team.

According to Vardon, LeBron and his camp will not outwardly tell Lakers management that they want the team to add Anthony, but they want it known that they believe Anthony can still play and that he could be of use to the Lakers.

Anthony cannot be traded until Dec. 15.

There has been some speculation that Anthony’s NBA career is over, which may be why LeBron wants his team to throw his buddy a lifeline.

A word of advice to LeBron and the Lakers: Don’t do it. Anthony is not a good player anymore. He’s terrible on defense and he was a total negative for both the Thunder and Rockets. If LeBron wants his team to improve, he needs to rid himself of this thought.

Watch: LeBron gets emotional talking about sons wearing his number

LeBron James

LeBron James sounded like a proud papa while talking about his two sons deciding to wear his jersey number.

On Monday, LeBron James Jr. aka “Bronny” played his first 8th grade basketball game for Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif. When he did so, Bronny was wearing No. 23, the number his father wears for the Los Angeles Lakers and wore while with the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron’s other son, Bryce, has been wearing No. 6, the number LeBron wore with the Miami Heat.

On Tuesday, James had the look and sound of a proud father when talking about his sons wearing his number.

James recently talked about how he “would love” to play with Bronny in the NBA some day. If James is able to continue preserving his body for a few more years, he could very well get that opportunity. It would be pretty cool to see one wearing No. 23 and one in a No. 6 jersey.

10 early NBA MVP candidates

Joel Embiid

The NBA season is young, but a number of fascinating storylines have already emerged. Jimmy Butler got his wish and was traded to a contender. The Warriors have managed obvious tension between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. LeBron James and the up-and-down Lakers are figuring things out on a nightly basis. The red-hot league continues to produce compelling storylines.

We are now a quarter of the way through the 2018-19 season, and a handful of players have stood above the pack as the best in the league. Who will win the top individual honor at the NBA Awards in June? Here are 10 early MVP candidates.

10. Victor Oladipo, Pacers

Last season’s Most Improved Player took a big leap when he transitioned from Oklahoma City to Indiana, and he’s taken another leap this season. The former Indiana Hoosier is back to his roots, and he’s become not only a fan favorite but also one of the most dominant guards in the league. After going toe-to-toe with LeBron and the Cavs in the first round of last postseason (it’s still crazy the Pacers didn’t win that series), Oladipo entered this season with newfound confidence. Oladipo’s two-way play makes him so impressive. Yes, he’s efficient and explosive on the offensive end, but he’s also one of the most dynamic defenders in the league. He’s averaging 1.6 steals in addition to his 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game this season.

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LeBron James ‘would love’ to play in NBA with his oldest son, Bronny

LeBron James

LeBron James is 33 and playing in his 16th NBA season, but he’s still looking like a dominant force. He’s hoping that continues for several more years, because he has an awesome goal in mind.

James collaborated with some other athlete/celebrities to create a new wellness brand called Ladder. James talked about the brand during an interview with “The Tim Ferriss Show” and discussed how he is aiming to stay fit enough to be able to play with his son, Bronny, who is in 8th grade.

LeBron has been fortunate enough to avoid any major injuries throughout his career, which has helped him move up the all-time NBA statistical ranks and reach eight straight NBA Finals. The way he takes care of his body helps contribute to his greatness in many ways. Though it seems so far away, his goal could be within reach if he’s able to avoid major injuries and willing to transition into a bench role much later in his career. The latter part has proven difficult for some other NBA stars.

Report: LeBron told Cavs not to trade Kyrie Irving, especially to Celtics

Kyrie Irving

The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to fight their way back to the NBA Finals last year even after trading Kyrie Irving, but it sounds like LeBron James never thought they had a real chance at winning a title after the star point guard was dealt.

In a recent interview with Joe Vardon of The Athletic, James reflected on the Irving deal and described it as “the beginning of the end” in Cleveland.

“Everyone knows that when Kyrie got traded it was the beginning of the end for everything,” he said. “It’s not a secret.”

James may not have begged Irving to stay in Cleveland, but it sounds like he did what he could to prevent the trade from happening. According to Vardon, multiple sources who witnessed the conversation say LeBron told Cavs GM Koby Altman in a phone call on Aug.22, 2017, not to trade Irving — specifically not to the Boston Celtics. That was minutes before news broke that Kyrie was on the move.

It’s clear that James believes Altman was following the orders of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.

“You realize at that point in time, take nothing from Koby, because Koby (was just named GM), but at that point in time, you realize that Koby’s not the only one running the team, as (former GM David Griffin) had done, and that’s why Griff was let go pretty much,” he said.

Cavs officials told Vardon that LeBron was never given any indication that Irving would not be traded, and they noted that they asked LeBron if he would sign long-term if they did not trade Irving and he refused to commit.

LeBron’s presence is one of the main reasons Irving wanted out of Cleveland, but James must have felt he could remedy the situation with Kyrie having two years left on his contract. If you want to know how Cavs players aside from James felt about the trade, this quote should sum it up for you. Once that deal was made, the Cavs no longer had the missing piece needed to compete with the Warriors. LeBron is more comfortable admitting that now that the next chapter of his career is well underway.

LeBron James opens up about last time he may face Dwyane Wade

LeBron James

Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat was supposed to be one of the last times LeBron James and Dwyane Wade shared an NBA court together, but life had other plans for Wade. Now, the close friends and former teammates have only one opportunity left.

Wade missed the Lakers’ 113-97 at Miami because he, ironically, had to be in California for the birth of his daughter. LeBron ended up scoring a season-high 51 points, but he was still very disappointed that he couldn’t do battle with Wade.

“It sucks. I can’t even lie to you guys,” James said, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I have never lied to you guys, obviously. I mean we all know the reason why he is not here.”

The Lakers won’t make another trip to Miami this season, but the Heat will travel to the Staples Center for a rematch on Dec. 10. LeBron is crossing his fingers that the timing works out for him to face Wade one last time.

“To know that we only had two more games against each other, and one of them isn’t going to happen, it sucked a little bit,” he added. “Hopefully we are both in uniform when Miami comes to L.A. and we can finish this off the right way.”

It’s unclear how much of an impact Wade would have made for the Heat defensively, but perhaps he could have helped hold James under 50 points. That will almost certainly be the only time in LeBron’s career that he is disappointed after a convincing win in which he drops 51.

Did ex-teammate do LeBron a favor by waiving Tyson Chandler?

LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers got an immediate boost from their newest addition in their win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, and many people believe LeBron James should be thanking one of his former teammates for that.

Tyson Chandler cleared waivers this week after being granted a buyout from the Phoenix Suns, and he immediately signed a veteran minimum contract with the Lakers. Since it’s fairly unusual for a team to grant a player a buyout so early in the season, there’s a belief that Suns interim general manager James Jones was doing LeBron a favor.

As one league source phrased it to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, “James did LeBron a solid.”

When asked about the idea that Jones may have helped his friend out, LeBron did not exactly dispel the notion. Rather, he praised Jones for doing right by a veteran player and told ESPN he will have a spot in his front office for Jones if he ever owns an NBA franchise down the line.

“He deserves all the credit,” LeBron said. “He was very instrumental. He did right by Tyson as a veteran.”

James also joked that Jones “needs an opt-out clause” in his contract so he can come work for LeBron’s team if LeBron ever decides to go that route.

LeBron and Jones played together with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat, and LeBron once referred to the former swingman as his “favorite player of all time.” Jones was a member of all three teams that LeBron won championships with.

One thing that isn’t open for debate — the Lakers needed Chandler on Wednesday night. The veteran big man grabbed nine rebounds in 23 minutes and helped LA retain possession and hold a one-point lead when he tipped the ball out to his teammates after a missed shot with seconds remaining.

While it may seem like Magic Johnson’s heated meeting with Luke Walton has sparked the Lakers, the addition of Chandler has the potential to be huge.