Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the National Football League since 2006.
"I mean, it's great to win, period". "Listen, coaching staff put us in a position to win, and it's up to us to go up and execute. Luke could care less about what's going on in the outside, we could as well", James told USA TODAY's LeBron Wire. We could as well. None of that stuff matters to me. I'd have to go back and look at it, but usually it's two or three things.
But after playing to a duel in the second quarter, the Lakers absolutely demolished the Trail Blazers in the 12 minutes immediately following the halftime intermission.
On the offensive end, the Lakers did a fine job against the Mavericks as they scored 114 points and shot over 50 percent from the field and from behind the arc.
By time the third quarter was over, the Lakers had outscored the Trail Blazers 32-16 on almost 60 percent shooting in the quarter to take an 88-73 lead into the fourth.
Remember, it was Ball who called out Walton last season and said he had lost the Lakers' locker room, and although Walton brushed off the comments with some humor, Ball's comments echoed through the media for weeks. We've played some good teams and we've had a chance to win a lot of those games, unfortunately we haven't.
There is as much adolescence as knowhow in the roster, which has made for a hard team to manage systematically. So you don't just come up here and get hot and beat Portland.
"I don't like the way we closed out the game, but for the majority of the game we played well", James said. Acquiring a player widely considered to be the best in the business in LeBron James and having the face of the Lakers, Magic Johnson, running the front office has brought an air of pressure that the young players haven't experienced.
Walton isn't talking about that meeting, and for good reason. At the time, their record was 2-5.
There was no amount of "act like you've been there before" that could have prevented the Lakers from showing how happy Saturday's win made them. The Lakers then had to survive a late-game scare from the Mavericks on Halloween as Dallas almost overcame a 19-point deficit.
The Lakers snapped the franchise's 16-game losing streak against the Blazers.
"One of our strengths is we have Rondo and LeBron who are two of the best floor generals in our game", he said.