Julius Randle relishing heavy offseason workload: The schedule has appeared full as Julius Randle has blocked out most of his summer with two-a-day sessions. Randle’s mind has appeared racing as he charges down the court either to impose his power inside or to show off his developing jump shot. Based on his schedule and his constant energy, it appears the Lakers’ third-year forward has plenty of things he wants to accomplish on his bucket list. Some are well known. Randle has practiced this week with the U.S. Men’s select team. -- Los Angeles Daily News
Young Clippers and Lakers players thrilled to be practicing against U.S. Olympic team: Forward Brice Johnson had his welcome-to-the-big-leagues moment before he even put on a Clippers uniform. Johnson, chosen 25th by the Clippers from North Carolina in this year’s NBA draft, is a member of the USA Basketball Select Team, which has been practicing and scrimmaging against the U.S. Olympic team this week. -- Los Angeles Times
Kobe Bryant retired in April after 20 years in the league, but that doesn't mean he's done with his past.
On Wednesday, Bryant penned an open letter to his 17-year-old self on The Players' Tribune, with particular focus on how to treat friends and family.
"You need to figure out a way to invest in the future of your family and friends," Bryant wrote. "I said INVEST. I did not say GIVE."
Kobe recently vocalized the rocky relationship he shares with his parents after they attempted to auction off his high school memorabilia.
"Our relationship is s---," Kobe said to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne last April. "I say [to them], 'I'm going to buy you a very nice home, and the response is 'That's not good enough'?" Kobe said. "Then you're selling my s---?"
"You will come to understand that you were taking care of them because it made YOU feel good," Bryant wrote. "It made YOU happy to see them smiling and without a care in the world -- and that was extremely selfish of you."
Although Bryant mentioned that the process of "weaning them off" leads to "anger, resentment and jealousy from everybody involved," he has also made clear that his two sisters have reconciled with the fact that he has eliminated finance from their relationship.
"They're very smart, college-educated [women]," Bryant wrote. "I'm really proud of them. They were able to get their own jobs, get their own lives, take care of themselves. Now they have a better sense of self, of who they are as people, instead of being resentful because they were relying on me."
Bryant kept his advice to family and finances -- "There's plenty more I could write to you, but at 17, I know you don't have the attention span to sit through 2,000 words," he wrote. And while Bryant was addressing himself, it's clear the letter was meant as a message for all young athletes who get millions before turning 20.
"Trust me," Bryant wrote, "setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache, some of which remains to this day."
Read the full letter here
LAS VEGAS -- Rarely have meaningless games felt so important. The takeaway from this year's Las Vegas NBA Summer League wasn't the winners and losers -- it was the interest. It helped carry the league's momentum forward from a highly watched NBA Finals and another news-heavy free-agency period.
The NBA has dominated the sports landscape for 2 ½ months, ever since the final name was called in the NFL draft at the end of April. Other events pop up and fade away -- golf majors, tennis grand slam events, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game -- and the NBA keeps carving out its spot in the news cycle. It helps that the NBA's summer leagues provide the quickest turnaround from draft-to-action of any sport; Orlando summer league participants were in uniform a mere nine days after commissioner Adam Silver called their names. In addition to filling a gap in the sports schedule, these games serve to "pre-sell" the next season, as Las Vegas league founder Warren LeGarie puts it.
The night of the heavily hyped UFC 200 fight card, which packed 18,202 spectators into the new T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip, there were 16,000 NBA fans in the Thomas & Mack Center/Cox Pavilion complex to watch top draft picks Ben Simmons
LAS VEGAS -- Los Angeles Lakers fans have shelved their loudest cheers for much of the past three loss-packed seasons, save for a handful of throw-back Kobe Bryant performances (such as his 60-point finale) and the team's near-miracle upset of the mighty Golden State Warriors at Staples Center last season.
But much of their long-dormant jubilation erupted whenever the Lakers took the floor during NBA summer league play here in Las Vegas in recent days, with the purple-and-gold faithful packing the Thomas & Mack Center and hollering like the good old days.
And those fans had reason to be excited, as they witnessed many bright glimpses of promise from key members of the team's core -- young, talented players who, in time, could help lift the team from rebuilding status, while providing plenty of nightly highlights along the way.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak heard those cheers -- whether the crowd was chanting "Lar-ry!" after a Larry Nance Jr. dunk or "Zu!" after one of rookie center Ivica Zubac's many blocks -- and felt encouraged as he looks forward.
In a statement, the Lakers announced Nance's status and said the second-year former Wyoming standout is day to day and won't play in his team's summer league finale Friday night versus the Utah Jazz.
Nance, who has been one of the Lakers' most promising players throughout summer league, suffered the injury during a fourth-quarter drive to the basket when a Cavaliers player drew a charge, causing Nance to hit the floor hard and apparently land on his wrist.
Nance returned to Los Angeles and was seen by Lakers team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo and hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, the Lakers announced. Along with there being no fracture, Nance also didn't suffer any ligament damage in his wrist, the Lakers said.
Information from ESPN's Baxter Holmes and The Associated Press was used in this report.
D'Angelo Russell, showing sudden progress, could be turning into a player — seriously: The hit with the biggest Southland buzz this summer hasn’t come at Chavez Ravine or Angel Stadium, but in the middle of the desert in a sport out of season. Did you see D’Angelo Russell the other night in Las Vegas? Did you see him nailing that three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lakers’ summer league team a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers? Hand in his face. Ball to the sky. Ice in his you-know-what. -- Los Angeles Times
Lakers say Larry Nance Jr. suffers probable broken right hand: The Lakers said forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a “probable” break in his right hand during an 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in the summer league in Las Vegas. The Lakers said preliminary results from an X-ray Nance took after the game showed a fracture to the third metacarpal of his right hand. -- Los Angeles Times
Lakers’ Summer League sours with loss to Cleveland, injury to Larry Nance Jr.: The experience seemed similar to the adrenaline rush tourists feel when they first arrive here. Instead of enjoying pleasant days at the pool and rich earnings at the casino, the Lakers became excited with both the wins and their promising young core. Then everything became as dreadful as when tourists leave Sin City. -- Los Angeles Daily News
Jose Calderon reflects on Knicks tenure: I needed a lesser role: Nothing personal, says Jose Calderon. In fact, the former Knicks point guard now with the Lakers admits that his role perhaps got too large the past two seasons. He credits team president Phil Jackson for doing the right thing in obtaining Derrick Rose to man the position. -- New York Post