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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Richard Sherman blasts Thursday Night Football as ‘poopfest'; Lakers will not stay at Trump SoHo hotel 12.14.16 at 7:43 am ET
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NBA: Boston at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (CSN; ESPN)
NBA: Indiana at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Boston at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Philadelphia at Colorado, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at Princeton, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Chicago State at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Southern University at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UIC at DePaul, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Green Bay at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UAPB at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Grand Canyon at Arizona, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

— The Seahawks and the Rams will face off in Thursday Night Football this week, and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman did not hold back on his feelings about TNF when talking to reporters on Tuesday.

“Poopfest. It’s terrible, we got home like 1 o’clock in the morning, something like that on Monday, and then you’ve got to play again,” Sherman said. “Congratulations, NFL, you did it again. But they’ve been doing it all season, so I guess we’re the last ones to get the middle finger.” 

The Seahawks played the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday and Sherman said his body will only be 50-60 percent recovered by Thursday.

“Because it’s just no regard, it’s hypocritical, as I’ve stated before. They make this huge stance about player safety. Then you put the players in tremendous danger,” Sherman said. “We’ll be well aware come the next CBA negotiations about things like this. There’s really not much you can do right now. It’s part of the revenue, etc., etc. And the league probably has something else up their sleeve. They might have a Friday night game planned. Who knows?”

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Report: Marc Gasol not interested in joining Lakers 06.29.15 at 9:12 am ET
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According to the LA Times, Grizzlies free agent center Marc Gasol has “no interest” in joining the Lakers.

The big man has been turned off to the organization after his brother Pau’s tenure in LA ended on poor terms.

“[Pau Gasol] was hurt by the way he was treated,” Magic Johnson said of Pau’s decision to sign with the Bulls. “He could never get over [being misused].”

Gasol, a 2014-15 All-Star, is considered the best all-around center in the league by the majority of scouts and pundits. The seven-footer averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season while shooting .494 from the field.

Gasol is reportedly less interested in leaving Memphis for a big market than his brother and the Grizzlies can offer him the most money of any team. The market for Gasol is said to have thinned to just the Spurs and the Grizzlies. However, the Celtics remain in a position to make a run at him.

Though the Spurs and Grizzlies are the frontrunners to sign Gasol, the Celtics could still make a run at him. After taking three guards with four picks at the draft, Danny Ainge and the rest of the front office will not be sleeping on an all-around big like Gasol. With Kevin Love looking more and more likely to re-sign with Cavaliers and LaMarcus Aldridge seemingly a lock to join the Spurs according to many reports, Gasol may be be the last remaining chance for the Celtics to lock up the star big man they crave.

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Report: Lakers delay coaching search while waiting on LeBron James 06.11.14 at 10:53 am ET
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Lakers fans could probably feel the sting on Tuesday as they watched former coach Phil Jackson introduce former player Derek Fisher as head coach of the Knicks, all while Los Angeles remains without a coach of its own.

The Lakers’ coaching search has been a slow one since Mike D’Antoni resigned on April 30. And with Fisher’s hiring on Tuesday, LA and the Cavaliers are the only two teams left without a head coach.

Why such a delay? One key factor reportedly remains at play: LeBron James.

A source told USA Today on Tuesday that the team’s slow coaching search has been timed deliberately with the league’s upcoming free agency, which begins July 1, in the hopes that luring a superstar such as James or Carmelo Anthony could potentially open up more options.

James and Anthony both have player options for next season, and James has reportedly expressed interest in playing with his friend, Anthony, someday.

The Lakers have already interviewed Mike Dunleavy, Bryon Scott, Kurt Rambis, Lionel Hollins and Alvin Gentry for their coaching vacancy. Rambis, however, will be an assistant under Fisher in New York.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Scott will receive a second interview with the Lakers on Tuesday. He is the first candidate to receive a second meeting with the team. The Times wrote that Scott’s biggest advantages are his friendship with Kobe Bryant and familiarity with the fan base after playing with the Lakers from 1983-93.

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Lakers star Kobe Bryant likely to miss NBA All-Star Game due to lingering knee issue 01.29.14 at 9:22 am ET
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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is likely to miss the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 16 as he continues to deal with a knee issue. Bryant fractured a bone in his left knee on Dec. 17 and has not played since. The 16-time NBA All-Star tore his left Achilles tendon last April and returned for six games before the knee break.

The initial prognosis on the knee was that it would keep Bryant out for six weeks. According to a recent tweet from the Lakers, it appears Bryant will miss more time. Tweeted the Lakers: INJURY UPDATE: Kobe Bryant was examined tonight & still has pain and swelling in his left knee. Examined again in approximately 3 weeks. 

ESPN Los Angeles quoted Bryant as saying that he felt he didn’t deserve the All-Star honor because of his lack of playing time.

“With all due respect to the fans that voted me in, I certainly appreciate that, they know how much I appreciate that, but you got to do the right thing as well,” Bryant said. “€œMy fans know you got to reward these young guys for the work that they’ve been putting in.”

If Bryant does miss the All-Star Game, a replacement from the Western conference will be chosen by the West All-Star coach.

The Lakers have lost 17 of their last 20 games.

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Report: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has told Dwight Howard he will not be traded 02.06.13 at 2:43 pm ET
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Despite numerous rumors to the contrary, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has told Dwight Howard that he will not be traded before the Feb. 21 deadline, according to league sources.

Sources also told that Howard, who will be a free agent after the end of the season, is unsure of his offseason plans and has no concrete intentions to leave in free agency or request a trade.

According to the ESPN report, the Lakers are “very confident” Howard will remain with the team this summer. They can offer him a longer contract than every other team — five years compared to four — and can offer him about $118 million over that span compared to about $88 million for other teams.

Howard has said that his only concerns at the moment are getting to the playoffs and winning a championship. The Lakers are 23-26 and in 10th place in the Western Conference.

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Lakers’ Pau Gasol to have MRI on right foot at 12:06 pm ET
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Pau Gasol will undergo an MRI on his right foot after straining his plantar fascia in Tuesday’s Lakers win over the Nets. He’s scheduled to have the procedure on Wednesday after the Lakers travel to Boston for Thursday’s game against the Celtics.

Gasol left Barclays Center on crutches. He said he tweaked the fascia in the first half and was playing on it for much of the game.

“I was dealing with it, but that play when I tried to jump off of it and try go block the shot [by Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez], just as I took off, I felt a pop in the bottom of my foot on my fascia and I couldn’t get up,” Gasol said. “I’m worried about it.”

“I’ve been dealing with it for a couple months now,” he added. “But I never felt anything like I did tonight. Right now it’s a certain level of strain. We just don’t know how bad it is.”

The timetable for Gasol’s return is uncertain and will likely be determined after his MRI. He has missed 13 games this season due to tendinitis in both knees and a concusion.

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Lakers could begin shopping unhappy Dwight Howard 01.23.13 at 4:06 pm ET
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The Lakers have been reluctant to talk trades so far, hoping to avoid making their topsy-turvy season even more dramatic, but ESPN reports that they could begin shopping Dwight Howard before the trade deadline because he’s frustrated with his role in coach Mike D’Antoni‘s system.

The Nets were recently rumored to be making a play for Howard in a three-way trade that would also involve the Timberwolves, but they denied that rumor quickly and vehemently.

Reports of that deal may have been exaggerated, but the likelihood of Howard moving before the Feb. 21 deadline seems to be growing. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said nothing is imminent, but he didn’t deny that Howard could be traded.

“I don’t think we’re at the point where you say, ‘It’s time for a trade,’ and a trade happens in three to four days. That’s just not how this league works,” Kupchak told ESPN.

Howard came to the Lakers as a free agent after a high-profile departure from the Magic. He would be a free agent again this offseason if the Lakers don’t sign him to a long-term contract. Howard hasn’t expressed any desire to leave in free agency or specifically to be traded, but he has struggled on the court recently and appears frustrated with a system where he doesn’t get the chances he feels he deserves.

After the Lakers’ Jan. 21 loss to the Bulls, Kobe Bryant, too, spoke about the problems he and Howard have had finding a rhythm.

“I’ve tried to go out of my way to get [Howard] the ball,” Bryant said. “Sometimes I end up looking like an idiot, because I get up in the air, I’ve got a shot, but I try to find him. But he thinks I’m going to shoot, so his back is turned. I’m trying to think about getting him the ball a lot — take care of him as much as I possibly can. It takes me out of rhythm a little bit, but I’m fine with that. If that’s going to help our team, I’m more than willing to do that.

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Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak stands by coach Mike D’Antoni at 9:49 am ET
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With the Lakers 17-24 and in 12th place at the midpoint of the season, Los Angeles general manager Mitch Kupchak voiced his support for coach Mike D’Antoni and said he’s not the Lakers’ problem.

“Without a doubt, we have utmost confidence in Mike [D’Antoni] as a coach,” Kupchak told on Tuesday. “I think if you spoke to him, his vision on Day 1 was dramatically different than it is today. It’s the coach’s job to adjust and to make changes. Sometimes a player is just not going to fit. Sometimes a coach has to make changes and compromise in the way he’s done things and I think that’s what Mike is going through right now is just the process.”

Kupchak said D’Antoni isn’t in danger of meeting the same fate as Mike Brown, the coach the Lakers fired after their 1-4 start to this season. He said the main thing that does concern him is the players’ effort, or lack thereof.

“When the ball is not bouncing your way, when shots aren’t going in, you just can’t seem to get a break, the one thing you can control on the court is your effort and loose balls and running the floor, defending, offensive rebounding,” Kupchak said. “I think back to the Miami game and I have that vision of LeBron [James] diving on that ball at midcourt. That’s effort.”

In D’Antoni’s introductory news conference in November, he said the team should “easily” average 110-115 points per game under his guidance. That’s happened just eight times in his 31 games in Los Angeles. His players, most notably Dwight Howard, have also expressed frustration with D’Antoni’s system and his frequent lineup changes, although Kupchak argued that his willingness to try different combinations of players is a positive.

“Understandably, I think the longer the season goes the more is at stake and the bigger hole you dig, the more dramatic your adjustments or your take on coaching has to become,” Kupchak said. “I think that’s what he’s doing. He’s grabbing every rabbit out of the hat trying to look for something that works.”

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Report: New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni plans to debut Tuesday 11.19.12 at 12:59 pm ET
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After delaying his Lakers coaching debut on Sunday, new coach Mike D’€™Antoni plans to make his debut on Tuesday night, according to an ESPN report.

D’Antoni is recovering from knee replacement surgery, and a Lakers spokesman said a combination of pain, fatigue and the medication D’Antoni is taking made the coach weary of being on the court Sunday afternoon. Lack of mobility was also a concern, according to the spokesman, as D’€™Antoni could have to move quickly to avoid a player careening toward the sideline.

“I’m a little disappointed, I wanted to be on the bench,” D’Antoni told reporters before Sunday’€™s game. “After talking with [Lakers trainer] Gary Vitti … he convinced me a little bit not to do it.”

“The biggest problem I have is just energy kind of waning toward the end [of the game],” D’Antoni added.

Bernie Bickerstaff continued as interim coach. With Sunday night’s 119-108 win over the Rockets, Bickerstaff is 4-1 since taking over for the fired Mike Brown.

The Lakers play the Nets at home on Tuesday before heading to Sacramento to play the Kings on Wednesday.

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After first Lakers practice, Mike D’Antoni says team is ‘built to win this year’ 11.16.12 at 3:00 pm ET
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Four days after formally accepting the Lakers coaching job, Mike D’Antoni was at his first practice for the Lakers on crutches Thursday.

D’Antoni is on crutches and pain medication following surgery earlier this month, but he said he’ll soon be back to normal as he attempts to help the Lakers become an up-tempo, high-scoring team.

“I’m really happy to be here — excited,” D’Antoni said. “[We’re] starting to put stuff in now. Might take a little bit, but … we’re built to win this year. This is not a five-year project. We have a window, and we’re going to try to get through it.”

Dan D’Antoni, Mike’€™s older brother and a new assistant coach on the staff, ran the team through a variety of shooting and pick-and-roll drills during the practice.

D’Antoni has high hopes for the Lakers going forward.

“I told the team if we’re not averaging 110-115 points a game, we need to talk,” D’Antoni said. “That’s our goal. It should be easily done.”

Kobe Bryant has been full of praise for D’Antoni since his hire. Former coach Mike Brown was fired after just five games.

“He has a very calm demeanor about himself,” Bryant said. “He simplifies the game to its purest form. It’s not overcomplicated for him.”

D’Antoni, the former coach of the Nuggets, Suns and Knicks, said he would not coach Friday’s game against the Suns, instead targeting Sunday against the Rockets as his debut.

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