Lakers seek to balance business, emotions as trade deadline approaches

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“If not, I know our team. We feel really good about what we have in uniform, on this roster. We’ll see how the next few days plays out.”James said he couldn’t offer insight into what discussions might be taking place with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who was formerly Bryant’s agent and remained his close friend.James is clear, however, about his own intentions in the coming days, including Tuesday, when the Lakers host the San Antonio Spurs (7 p.m, TNT, Spectrum SportsNet).“I can’t speak on what Rob is thinking about right now or what our front office is thinking about, for me as the leader of the team right now, I’m thinking about how we can continue to get better, continue to lean on each other through this difficult time for us as we continue to get over what’s most important,” James said. “So, I have no idea on the (front office’s stance after the Jan. 26 tragedy), but I know we can all just continue to support each other no matter what’s going on.”ALL-STAR APPRECIATIONThe NBA last week announced plans to honor Bryant during the upcoming All-Star Weekend, including determining the winner of the game on Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago according to which teams reaches the target score – the leading tally through the first three quarters plus 24, an obvious nod to Bryant, who wore jersey No. 24 for the back half of his career. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Additionally, every player on Team Giannis will wear No. 24 and every player on Team LeBron will wear No. 2, to honor Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, an up-and-coming basketball player who wore No. 2 and was among the crash victims.James said he liked the planned tributes, which also will feature a patch with nine stars commemorating all of the victims. Those patches will be worn by all of the weekend’s participants, including those in the Rising Stars game, the 3-point contest, the slam dunk contest and the skills competition.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “Pretty cool,” said James, who, as Western Conference captain, will draft his team from the existing pool of starters and reserves on Thursday. “They asked me which number did I want to wear, the 24 or 2 for my team, and I picked 2. Giannis is going to wear 24 for their team. I think it’s pretty, pretty, pretty cool. We have a legend in our league, and obviously the situation that happened, so we get to honor him throughout the whole week.”Asked why he selected No. 2, James – a #girldad of a 5-year-old – summed it up in one word: “Zhuri.”Vogel said he’s also a fan of some of this season’s All-Star updates, meant to stoke competition during the fun, free-flowing event.“I like that the league’s being creative,” said Vogel who, with his staff, earned the honor of coaching Team LeBron in the 69th NBA All-Star Game on the strength of their 36-9 record through Feb. 2.“I know they’re not happy with sort of what the weekend has looked like overall for the last few years, so they’re trying to be creative and spice things up a little bit, and I’m all for it.” EL SEGUNDO — The NBA’s trade deadline looms Thursday, fewer than two weeks after Kobe Bryant died, along with eight others, in the helicopter crash in Calabasas that left the world, the NBA and, most certainly, the Lakers reeling.Coach Frank Vogel said, yes, when the Lakers evaluate potential moves this week, the organization will take into consideration the state of the team, described after practice on Monday by LeBron James as “a brotherhood” who just endured “the toughest week of some of our lives.”“I think it is part of the equation, but I don’t think it’s going to be something that prevents us from doing something if there’s an opportunity to improve our roster,” Vogel said, noting that he had not discussed the trade deadline with his largely veteran team.“I think it’s just part of this time of year, it just comes with the territory of being an NBA player, NBA coach, NBA front office,” Vogel said. “We’re going to do our job. Like every other team in the NBA, if there’s a way to improve your team, you’re gonna do it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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