Thursday night was a rough one for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Clippers ran all over them, handing the Lakers their worst loss in franchise history with a 142-94 drubbing.
With his team up 95-67 over the Chicago Bulls Monday night in the closing minutes of the game, Sacramento Kings forward Derrick Williams saw an opportunity to do something spectacular. The noted dunk artist made a slick steal, broke away by himself and set up for a monster throwdown. There was just one problem: he forgot to finish the job.
Rumors circulated on Thursday that the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets were interested in acquiring Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. Well, late Thursday night/early Friday morning word broke that Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan actually blocked a trade for Lowry. Dolan supervises the Knicks’ day-to-day operations and he forced the team to back out at the last minute.
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie center Steven Adams tried to exercise a little sportsmanship Thursday night as his team’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers wound down to the final buzzer. He reached out to shake hands with Clippers center Byron Mullens, who completely rejected him.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has only played sparingly this season and has looked hobbled when he’s been on the floor. Sunday night the Lakers lost badly to the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-90 and Nash sat out the second half because of a back injury. Reports now suggest the Lakers are seriously concerned about their 39-year-old point guard’s back.
While free agency is winding down for the NBA this offseason, there was some big news on Wednesday night. The Washington Wizards and point guard John Wall are reportedly working on an extension in the five-year, $80 million range. They are expected to have it finalized at some time on or around August 1.