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NBA free agency predictions?
NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?
D'Antoni resigns as Lakers coach
Mike D'Antoni has resigned as Los Angeles Lakers head coach after the team declined to pick up his option for 2015-16. D'Antoni didn't exactly cover himself in glory in 2013-14 -- the Lakers' 27 wins were the franchise's fewest since it moved to Southern California -- but the coach was without Kobe Bryant for all but six games and stuck with a team filled mostly with castoffs. In other words, no matter who Los Angeles hires, the team's future still is murky.
Kobe Bryant missed all but six games in 2013-14 due to injury. This forced him to watch as the Los Angeles Lakers set a franchise record for most losses since the team moved to Southern California (55, with one game left). Surprise: He wasn't happy, something he reiterated Wednesday on Twitter, while making a bold proclamation about next season:
Do you agree with Kobe's prediction?
Lakers' front office a problem?
On the day it was confirmed that Kobe Bryant would miss the rest of the 2013-14 season, the Los Angeles Lakers star spoke in not-so-glowing terms about his team's front office. "I think we have to start at the top in terms of the culture of our team," Bryant said, referring to Jim and Jeanie Buss. Another Lakers legend, Magic Johnson, also hit out at the Lakers for not hiring the New York Knicks-bound Phil Jackson. Is the Lakers' front office to blame for the team's sorry state of affairs? Will they turn it around?