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Los Angeles Lakers Preseason Report 2014 posted by Lakers News

In the history of Los Angeles Lakers, 2013-14 was their worst season. Kobe Byrant worked hard to return after his injury and came in after 20 games, but unfortunately played only six games before he was injured again. The team started the season with 10-9, and even if Byrant was able to come back and perform as he did in the previous year, it would not have made much difference. Most players were a letdown, and the stats seemed empty.

For 2014-2015, there seems to be some major changes for reviving the team's morale and performance. The Lakers have hired Byron Scott to be the head coach. Scott is a former player and has helped the team win championships when was playing. In his stint as a coach, his best record is 42-22, and he managed to get New Jersey into two finals. However, he has also spent three years coaching Cleveland without getting the team back on track. Scott has been longing to coach the Lakers, and his return might motivate the team.

However, the roster of Los Angeles Lakers does not look promising, and there are doubts whether the team can even reach the playoffs. Pau Gasol, one of the key players is no longer in the team, and the replacements, Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis have not shown much promise. Bringing in Jeremy Lin might be hype, as he has not been able to maintain the explosive performance when he first started. However, he is still an improvement for the team. Younger talent that were picks from the first round, such as Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, and MarShon Brooks, have not performed in other franchises. Julius Randle, another pick from the first round is considered ready for NBA. However, he may not have the caliber to make it in the playoffs.

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Lessons I learned from playing poker that helped my improve my basketball skills posted by NBA News

Poker is a game that some try to discourage due to its perceived association to gambling. Some parents may discourage their children from playing the game; for fear that it could eventually lead to a gambling problem. However, this attitude is wrong, given the many benefits that both children and adults can gain from playing the game.

Playing poker requires a diverse range of skills that you acquire over some period of time. These skills can be applied in different areas of your life, from the sports you participate in to businesses and the personal relationships and interactions you have to handle on a day to day basis.

Making Timely Decisions

One of the ways lock poker helped me improve my basketball skills, was to improve my ability to make judgments. I learned to read non verbal cues that I could read from my opponents and use that to make split second decision. It made me realize that non verbal cues can add improve decision making. I realized it is possible to learn to look for this cues as when training and playing in the field, without necessarily knowing what to look out for.

The beauty of poker, is that it helps you to learn things faster. You recognize patterns and learn to identify them quickly. The game has a tight feedback system that enhances the learning process. Other games do not. But if you play this game for an extended period of time, you will teach your mind to identify these patterns.

Taking Risks

Another way that this poker helped me to improve my basketball skills was to learn how and when to take risks. The consequences of taking certain risks become apparent almost immediately. As a result you learn to weigh the risks. You become increasingly aware of the weight of your actions and learn to make the right decision on your feet.

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Tips To Becoming A Professional Sports Bettor posted by NBA News

Gambling is one of the oldest forms of commercial activities known to man.  There are many types of gambling and one of the most popular is sports betting.  To put it in layman’s term, sports betting is simply predicting and placing a wager on the outcome of a sports event.

For most people, sports betting is merely a hobby that can be addictive and engaging. People place wagers on the outcome of the Super Bowl, for instance. Through sports betting, cheering for a particular team or athlete becomes more thrilling since there is money involved.

However, for some people, sports betting is not just a recreational activity that they enjoy. In fact, they rely on sports betting for their main source of income. These professional sports bettors don’t just rely on luck. After all, luck can’t be on their side most of the time to make sports betting their primary source of income.

Sports betting is not for everyone. It takes a lot of guts for people to make sports betting their bread and butter. For the few who are inclined to make sports betting their number one source of income, here are some tips to become successful in this endeavor.

The first key to being a professional sports bettor is to learn how to be detached to a certain sports team or athlete. In sports betting, it is very common for recreational bettors to place a wager on their favorite team or athlete. For instance, a bettor from New York is inclined to put his money on the Knicks instead of, say, the Miami Heat. Emotional attachment to a sports team or athlete is one of the obstacles to becoming a successful professional sports bettor. When one bets solely or mainly on the basis of preference, then there are higher chances that he or she will end up on the losing side.

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The Kentucky Derby is Just Around the Corner posted by NBA News

The Kentucky Derby is considered as the most exciting two minutes in all of sports.  It is held every year in Kentucky, Louisville.  It is the highlight of the two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival. It is the first leg of the US Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Unlike the other two races, the Kentucky Derby has been held every year since 1875.  This year, the event is slated on May 4. Several horses are being picked as top contenders in the race. These include Verrazano, Revolutionary and Shanghai Bobby. Like in previous years, the Kentucky Derby is expected to draw a lot of interest with millions of people placing bets on their favorite horses. You can make money by betting on the Kentucky Derby, and this article discusses how. 

First, you should be familiar with the betting terminologies. A win pertains to a bet on a horse you think will win the race, while a place pertains to a bet on a horse you think will end up either in first or second place. A show is a bet on a horse you think will finish first, second or third.  The three are the basic types of wagers offered by Churchill Downs, the racetrack that hosts the derby.  There are also exotic wagers, or more complicated types that include exacta (picking the top 2 finishers), trifecta (picking the top 3 finishers) and superfecta (picking the top 4 finishers). 

In the Kentucky derby, you are betting against other players. Churchill Downs gets a slice of the total pool (around 15 to 20%) and then the rest of the money is given to all the players that have the winning tickets.  If it is your first time to bet, you can check live KY derby betting odds to have a better idea on which horse to put your money on. 

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Lakers Flourishing With Bynum posted by Lakers News

The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers will always be a  basketball betting favorite to win the title, as they’ve lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy five times since 2000, and have gone to the Finals seven times in total. The Lakers are starting to surge just in time for the postseason, and having  Andrew Bynum playing near the top of his game is a huge, literally and figuratively, asset to have.

The oft-injured Bynum started the season on the sidelines because of knee problems, and coach Phil Jackson has brought the 23-year-old center along slowly. But over the past month, Bynum is showing why the Lakers have always been so reluctant to include him in any trade talks, averaging 12.2 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game on 30.7 minutes. Bynum also received a two-game suspension for a flagrant foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley in a win on March 18th. The Lakers have gone 12-1 in March heading into a showdown on Thursday with Dallas, and Bynum will be looking to continue a run in which he’s snatched 10 or more rebounds in eight games this month.

When Bynum is being a force in the paint at both ends of the floor, you have to make the Lakers the favorites in the West. The Lakers can play tougher on the perimeter and send everything towards Bynum, who will at least alter the shot, and he’s learning to stay out of foul trouble, although he did have two games this month in which he had five fouls. That keeps Bynum’s minutes down, and keeps him from getting into a rhythm. On the offensive end, Bynum is averaging 3.2 offensive rebounds a game, which gives him the chance to get putbacks and dunks (he’s shooting 57.5% from the field on the season), and you can give him the ball in crunch time because he shoots a decent percentage from the line (69.0%). That will only create more space for the likes of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, and if the Lakers are firing on all cylinders, Bynum is going to be a major factor in the run for a third consecutive NBA champion.

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Miami Heat Could Be A Bust posted by Richard Kagan

It's come down to this.  A coming out party for the 3 star players of the Heat:  LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, was wierd.  It was over-the-top and unfortunate.  If this is an example of giving the players their due props, then the Heat are already in trouble.  They haven't won anything.  You'd think they won the NBA title.  Heck, they haven't even played together, won a game together, fought together or sweat together.

I'll say this, when it came down the crunch time against the Celtics, where was Lebron?  He all but disappeared in game 5.  Looked dreadful, out of sync, like he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. 

This whole deal with the Heat is all hype and flash.  It's alot of smoke and flash.  The Heat will be interesting to watch.  Everyone will expect them to win every game they play.  After about 10 games, playing for them won't be fun anymore.  The Heat could collapse under the weight of the over-sized egos on the team.  They may have to turn to Pat Riley to coach these guys, but he can;'t make them play together.  Not too many teams will be able to test them, but they will be tested, and then we will see how good they are.  One coach will find a way to neutralize LeBron, and the other parts won't work as well.  A coach has to understand physics and the laws of human nature and there aren't too many coaches that come to mind.  Phil Jackson can find a way to beat the Heat.  He has Kobe and Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.  The Lakers and the Heat will be something to see.

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Lakers Watch (7/1/10) posted by TP&G Blog

June 15, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES -  epa02204272 Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar (C) makes a pass  around Boston Celtics center Rasheed Wallace (L) and Boston Celtics  guard Nate Robinson (R) in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers  89-67 win over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals Game Six at the  Staples Center in Los Angeles California, USA 15 June 2010. The best of  seven series is tied at 3-3. May 10, 2010 -  Salt Lake City, Ut, California, U.S. - Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown  slams home two points over Utah Jazz's Ronnie Price in the first half  Monday night, May 10th, 2010 at the Western Conference Semifinals at  EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah. ....///ADDITIONAL  INFO:01.lakers.0511.mg - 05/10/10 - Photo by MICHAEL GOULDING,THE ORANGE  COUNTY REGISTER - Additional info, CQs, and keywords for  searching..Lakers vs Utah Jazz in Game 4 of the Western Conference  Semifinals at EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah.

There is still nothing major yet to report regarding the Laker off-season moves, but this so-called exciting job fair is starting bad. Really, really bad with too many non-top-tier players (and counting) getting offered ridiculous contracts.

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What the 2009-2010 Season Taught us About the Lakers posted by TP&G Blog

June 17, 2010 - Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES -    epa02208457 Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic of Slovenia kisses    the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after he and the Los Angeles    Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 83-79 to win their 16th NBA    Championship at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA 17    June 2010.

Plans of dethroning the Lakers are well underway, and in less than 24 hours the first step will being. But before we start watching how next season will shape up for our back-to-back champs, let's take a look at some of the highs and lows that brought the Lakers to one of the most epic NBA Finals in history and cement another Laker legacy:

• Jerry Buss has always been a businessman who knows his craft but never ever takes whatever or whoever makes his Lakers one of the most respected franchise in sports history. That includes sticking with the players who win him another championship. He may have tried to put on his poker face with Lamar Odom last sumer, but we all knew he would help Lamar win that poker game only because he hates fixing something that isn't broken. However, Odom may have made Buss regret not sending him on a one-way bus fare to Miami by being too inconsistent in this year's playoffs. Another thing about Buss: he demands the same generosity from the players he give charity to. The way Odom stunk it up in the post-season, he just might be the first victim of Buss' budget plans for next season.

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Three-peat is highly possible for Lakers in next NBA season posted by nbaball

THE BOLD declaration of Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant that the team will attain its third straight crown in the next season of the National Basketball Association is highly possible. Basketball experts said three-peat might be hard to achieve in the face of the tough competition in the NBA but if the Lakers will continue to play its full potential it is very possible.

The basketball experts said one thing going for the Lakers in its quest for a piece of NBA history is the fact that almost all of their important players will be back for the team to defend their crown. Bryant the heart and soul of the Lakers had an existing contract to play for the Lakers for many years to come.
With the superstar guard still part of the Lakers roster, the team will remain solid for years to come. Aside from Bryant other Lakers players who will be back to defend their crown are superstar center Pau Gasol, versatile power-forward Lamar Odom, veteran point-guard Derek Fisher, rising young center Andrew Bynum and defensive specialist Ron Artest.

Gasol had been a vital factor in the Laker's tough victory against its arch rival Boston Celtics in their best of seven NBA Finals.
The Spanish center provided front-court scoring and defense to frustrate and defeat the determined Celtics who was able to send the game into a deciding game seven. Odom although undersized as a power-forward still contributed big for the team with his ball distribution and clutch plays against the trough defense put out by the Celtics.

Fisher for his part provided efficient veteran leadership to solidify and add more spunk to the defending champion. Bynum for his part was a steady center who provided quality minutes in terms of scoring and defense for the team. Newly acquired Laker Artest is himself had a big contribution for the Lakers victory with his tough defense against the top scorers of the opposing team particularly in the NBA Finals against Celtics superstar forward Paul "Truth" Pierce. With those players mentioned back in Lakers uniform in the next NBA season it would very difficult for other NBA teams including the Celtics to defeat the defending NBA champion. To achieve their desired three-peat the Lakers however need to resign Lakers coach Phil Jackson to coach the championship team again in the next season of the premier professional basketball league in the planet.
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Father's Day, Fútbol, and Prince Albert? posted by Amari Harris

Good morning brave souls.

 

Once again, it has been an unreasonably long time since I’ve done this but I’ve had quite a bit on my plate for the last couple months.  I’ve officially started my education in the law and I’m also the captain/coach/coordinator/quarterback/cornerback for my flag football team.  Ok, that’s only two things but cut me some slack.  I have to make time for Paul, Jack, and Evan.  But I am digressing.  You don’t want to hear about what’s going on in my life (you selfish bastards!).  You want to hear about men in little shorts, playing with balls that they throw or kick in a whole, a goal, or sometimes even into the hands of another man (gross).  

 

So where do I begin?  Well, if this were an international blog I’d have to start with globes most beloved sport and the World Cup.  Everybody loves the soccer and everybody loves the World Cup.  People come out of the wood works to pick the team they think is going to go all the way and 9 times out of 10 they can’t even name the goalie.  But me, I’m an honest Joe.  I mean I’ll keep track of who is moving up in the standings, but I may watch a total of 5 minutes of this dreadfully dry activity over its duration. I’m not going to pretend I like soccer or know anything about it for that much.  With that said, I bought an ITALIA World Cup t-shirt because it looks good on me and girls love Italy…I think.  

My goodness, I forgot two very important administrative announcements before I started this thing.  First I’d like to wish all of the

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Chris Kaman tries to catch a 1,000-lb. marlin on his outdoorsy Web series, 'Exploring Kaman'

Over the years, Chris Kaman has taken great pains to establish himself as one of the NBA's foremost outdoorsmen. The 32-year-old 7-footer loves proudly discussing his passion for stuff like hunting , shooting .50 caliber rifles at cars , hunting , building medieval weapons and being Sasquatch , hunting , buying whole cows to eat and, of course, hunting . Given his penchant for both outdoor adventure and telling us all about it, it's no surprise that the newest addition to the frontcourt rotation of the Portland Trail Blazers would have his sights set on a grander means of communicating his forays into hunting, fishing and (presumably) gathering. Let us bask in the trailer for the big man's new pet project: "Exploring Kaman," a Web series following the former Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers center and his buddies on a quest "to catch a 1,000 lb. Blue Marlin [...] with little professional guidance." Well, all right, then. Especially liked that part where he ate a fish's eye. Cool, cool, cool. The series, set to debut Oct. 17, will reportedly focus on the fishing-trip-gone-awry. It remains unclear whether, or to what degree, Kaman's other favorite pastimes —"shooting guns, racing four-wheelers, setting off fireworks of questionable legality " and, presumably, not talking to Mike D'Antoni —will make their way into the show; we can only hope that they will, that they will to a large degree, and that at some point we will be treated to a blowout crossover double-feature in which Kaman's gang runs into Chris Andersen, Charlie Ricks and the rest of the crew from "Urban Outdoorsmen." Might want to wait for Sweeps Week before breaking that one out, though. I'm not much for ... well, any of the off-court stuff Kaman's into, I suppose, but I will be keeping an eye on the series, if for no other reason than to stay up on what I'm sure will be endless Kaman quotables. If the show is indeed unscripted, that's a shame, because I'd like to shake the hand of whoever wrote, "You know what grandeur is? It's awesome." Hat-tip to Ananth Pandian at The Friendly Bounce . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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Byron Scott wants his Lakers to shoot fewer three-pointers, which makes sense to Byron Scott (Ba

Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant hated Mike D’Antoni . Hated him. Absolutely despised what they saw as his opposition to bootstrap-pullin’, all out old school basketball, what with his runnin’ and gunnin’ and attempting to do whatever he could to pry a competitive unit out of a lacking Los Angeles Lakers roster. D’Antoni was not the best coach for the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster over the last two seasons, but no coach could have done significantly better with those rotations. New Lakers coach Byron Scott was a teammate of Magic’s in his prime, and a teammate of Kobe’s during Dr. Bryant’s rookie year, and in a lot of ways (in his fourth coaching spot) his new gig could be classified as a legacy hire. Several NBA teams have made coaching switches since Scott was let go in Cleveland in the spring of 2013, and while Byron is a former NBA Coach of the Year, franchises weren’t exactly banging down his door to bring him in for an interview. So while Scott would do well to ingratiate himself with his two former teammates, and Laker legends, it’s probably more likely that he thinks along their lines when it comes to anti-D’Antoni fanaticism. This is why Scott, in a move that would fly in the face of modern NBA thinking, had this to say about his team’s 2014-15 use of the three-point shot : "Our game plan is really to get to that basket," said Scott after practice Tuesday.  "I like the fact that we only shot 10 threes.  If we shoot between 10 and 15, I think that's a good mixture of getting to that basket and shooting threes. "I don't want us to be coming down, forcing up a bunch of threes.  I really want us to attack the basket." OK, you’re the anti-D’Antoni. That’s the talking point, here. We get it. It’s true that the common October trope in the NBA from coaches and executives alike has to do with the same tired optimistic take – “we want to defend and rebound, and push the ball on the other end.” Yes, everyone wants to be like the 1984 Lakers, the 1986 Celtics, and the 1992 Bulls. And of course, by the time the snow starts falling, everyone’s back to running pick and roll sets and letting the coach call plays out of a defensive rebound. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with relentlessly attacking the basket, because as former Lakers assistant coach Tex Winter will tell you, good things come from penetrating the defense – whether that be in the preferable form of a pass, or a drive, or shot. If you’re talented at getting to the rim, you will get both high percentage looks at the rim, and free throw attempts. Those are two of the three acknowledged facets to sound offensive basketball, at this level. You know what the third is? Three-point shooting. And your team will get fantastic three-point looks if you attack the basket, and look for three point shooters. And lest we forget …   Someone tell Byron Scott that 1.14 is bigger than .90 — Haralabos Voulgaris (@haralabob) October 8, 2014 … three points are more than two points. Now, the Lakers aren’t rife with shooters, but they’re not full of devastating drivers either. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash’s games just aren’t at that level some 18 years after those two were drafted, and Jeremy Lin sometimes has his troubles finishing in the paint. Though the Lakers were third in three-point shooting last season, the team’s two best three-point shooters from 2013-14, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar, have moved on to the Pistons and Clippers. Lin is a downgrade in the three-point shooting department in comparison to the departed Kendall Marshall. Even with D’Antoni’s urging and offense-first characteristics, the Lakers still finished 21st in offensive efficiency last season. This was not a good team, despite its playing to its lone strength – three-point shooting. The disparity between the team’s high-ranking three-point percentage and low-ranked offense (don’t pay attention to raw points per game, the Lakers had the second-fastest pace of any NBA team last season) might drive some to conclude that all this long-range stuff is overrated. After all, few teams come more analytics-driven than the Memphis Grizzlies, and they limited themselves to a league-low in three-point attempts last season. Still … no. It was just a throwaway comment, but Scott’s message (and the actual ranking of how many treys he wants his team to shoot) is telling. There’s a reason Larry Brown and Doug Collins were far from successful in their last NBA turns as head coaches, and Gregg Popovich is thriving in spite of his repeatedly-stated distaste for the shot. Coach Pop draws up endless plays for three-pointers in both transition and the half-court, mindful of the fact that the league is evolving, and that he has to move with it. The Lakers should shoot fewer three-pointers this year, and with Nash and Kobe (hopefully) in the backcourt fold they should dive way down in the possessions per game standings. Kobe needs to work from the post, Nash needs to run a drawn-out pick and roll. This should appropriately knock fewer three-point attempts in both raw and per-minute numbers off the team’s ledger, and because of the absence of Meeks and Farmar, the percentages will drop. That’s just fine, in what figures to be a rough season. Posturing like this from Scott makes him look out of touch, though. When the Lakers eventually do get a new cast of contributors, if Byron is around, we hope he adapts to their talents. There’s a reason why Gregg Popovich has all those championships as coach, and Magic Johnson is currently just rooting at baseball games. Excuse me, was rooting at baseball games . - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops [read full article]

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Lakers' Ronnie Price lost his shoe and threw it at Andre Iguodala to try to stop a fast break (V

Listen, sometimes you try to do something cool, and you screw it up, and you get flustered, and you don't really know quite how to make it better, so you do something that actually makes it worse. This is part of being a human person with flaws and sweat glands and inappropriate responses to stress and anxiety, and it's something we all experience. For most of us, though, those inappropriate responses don't unfold on a basketball court, in front of thousands of people, and in front of millions more watching via television. In this respect, then, we are all Ronnie Price losing possession of the ball and his sneaker and then trying to stop a fast break by throwing his shoe at Andre Iguodala, and we are in no way Ronnie Price losing possession of the ball and his sneaker and then trying to stop a fast break by throwing his shoe at Andre Iguodala. And these two statements are both true, all the time. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] This play occurred with the Los Angeles Lakers trailing the Golden State Warriors by 25 points after just 15 minutes of preseason play on Sunday, so things were already out of hand when Price momentarily lost touch with what's reasonable. So how does a 31-year-old guard with nine years of NBA experience under his belt get here? We'll let Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News explain : Price may have said facetiously he was “just trying to get it out of bounds.”But he then became pretty honest on why he would throw his shoe after it slipped off during an unsuccessful drive to the basket. “I was just trying to stop the ball as fast as possible,”Price said. “The shoe was in my hand so I thought that would stop the play.”Well, consider it mission accomplished. Officials blew their whistle with 8:50 left in the second quarter to give Price a technical foul. “He shouldn’t have thrown it. It cost us a technical,”Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I don’t even know how it came off. I saw him slipping and the shoe was off and he picks it up. He was trailing on defense so I guess he figured, ‘Let me see if I can hit the ball out of his hands with his shoe.’" Yeah, I guess he did. The Warriors, of course, instantly turned the ludicrous play into a meme: . @Lakers ' Ronnie Price throws his shoe at @andre , receives a T. pic.twitter.com/5w4CqBao6q —Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) October 13, 2014 Sadly, Price was too far away from Iguodala to pull off a full Marc Gasol: But he did , kind of, accomplish his goal. “It did stop the fastbreak, so we only gave up one point instead of two or three,”Lakers coach Byron Scott said, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register . That might make it the best defensive play the Lakers made in their 116-75 defeat . Video via @cjzero . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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