Category: NBA

Why Picking Second in the N.B.A. Draft Might Be a Bad Thing

Just two years ago, Lonzo Ball was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers out of U.C.L.A. with the second pick in the draft. It wasn’t a surprise. The Lakers brass had long been enamored with Ball. Rob Pelinka, then the team’s general manager, called him a “transcendent talent.” Now, Ball is out the door: He…

LeBron James and the Lakers Are All In for a Wide-Open 2019-20

The Toronto Raptors, less than 48 hours removed from winning their first N.B.A. championship, were still partying in Las Vegas on Saturday when LeBron James, in his own incomparable way, broadcast his gravitational pull on the rest of the league. On Instagram, James took a break from posting photographs of his children and his agent…

Pelicans Agree to Trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers

[Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here.] The Los Angeles Lakers’ storied penchant for acquiring elite big men when they need them most resurfaced Saturday when the glamorous but struggling franchise reached agreement on a trade to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans — thus…