How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe illness scare comes just as the Lakers were anticipating getting fully healthy. Rajon Rondo (who has missed 17 games) and Brandon Ingram (who has missed seven games) are expected to be available to play. Looking for a silver lining, Walton noted that at least neither player was sick.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.As for James, there’s a circus awaiting if he’s able to play: He told ESPN on Tuesday night that it would be “amazing” if the Lakers were able to acquire Anthony Davis and he could play alongside him. The comment has sparked numerous critiques, including a Friday report from ESPN that small-market GMs thought James’ comments amounted to tampering.Kyle Kuzma said James had not addressed his comments to him: “Nope. Not at all. Just to you guys.”At the same time, Kumza tried to defuse the comments by saying he could understand the sentiment to an extent.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “I mean, who wouldn’t want to play with him?” he said. “I’m sure I would want to play with him, too. He’s a top-five player in the league. Michael Jordan would probably want to play with him, too. Everybody does.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs EL SEGUNDO — The Lakers’ training facility was split into two factions Friday morning: Part normal shootaround. Part quarantine.The most notable absence ahead of the Lakers’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans was LeBron James, who the team said skipped shootaround with illness. He’s expected to be a game-time decision for the 7:30 p.m. tip at Staples Center.The Lakers will be without starting center JaVale McGee for the third consecutive game as his flu-like symptoms continue. Coach Luke Walton also said Tyson Chandler and Ivica Zubac, the two remaining true centers on the roster, were taking IV bags on Friday morning as a precaution.“We got a sick team right now,” Walton said wearily. Walton said the decision to play will largely rest in James’ hands.“He didn’t come to shootaround so he is getting rest right now,” he said. “Knowing LeBron, he is doing everything humanly possible to get himself ready to be able to perform tonight.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The Brewers could be moving closer to acquiring a reliever.Milwaukee is engaged in discussions with the Giants about a potential deal for Will Smith, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The teams are scouting each other, but no trade is imminent as of Monday, the report says. MLB trade rumors: Madison Bumgarner draws interest from four key teams The 30-year-old left-hander was named to his first All-Star team earlier this month. He holds a 2.17 ERA and has recorded 23 saves for the Giants so far this season.Smith missed all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Related News “To have this kind of success, I don’t know if I ever really thought it’d be this good,” Smith said in late June, via MLB.com. “But it feels good that your hard work pays off.”Smith previously pitched with the Brewers from 2014-16 before the team traded him to San Francisco.“I enjoyed my time (in Milwaukee),” Smith said. “The city is awesome. It’s just big enough; it’s not this crazy huge city. You walk around town and people won’t bug you, they’ll just say hi. It’s really nice. But if that happens, it happens.” MLB trade rumors: Dodgers interested in Giants closer Will Smith MLB trade rumors: Astros monitoring the market for a starter, interested in Robbie Ray The Brewers enter play Monday with a 48-46 record. They’re 1/2 game behind the Phillies for the second wild-card spot and trail the Cubs by 2 1/2 games in the National League Central.The Giants, meanwhile, are 43-49 and are expected to explore moving starter Madison Bumgarner, as well.