Friday October 19th, 2012

Jamal Crawford launches a jumper, even without practice. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

• One of the bigger stories this week: a report that the Los Angeles Lakers were considering a run at LeBron James during the summer of 2014, a push aided by plenty of cap flexibility should Kobe Bryant decide to retire. Lakers VP Jim Buss tells the Orange County Register that the team did purposefully end a bunch of contracts in 2014 to give itself the opportunity to be a major player in free agency that summer.

• Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones with a typically hilarious reaction to Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford's revelation that he never practiced his shooting before this summer. Crawford, of course, is known for having one of the league's prettiest strokes (and quickest triggers).

This is just bizarre. I don’t even really care that Jamal Crawford is pretty much admitting to lazing through the first 12 offseasons of his career — which is both equally surprising and not surprising — but I just can’t believe that a guy who likes shooting so much wouldn’t want to spend all his time shooting. It would seem like the perfect pastime for him. We know he plays in the summer, destroying nobodies in pointless pro-am runs, so why wouldn’t he just take an hour here and there to shoot around? I think he’d love it.

• Ken Berger of lists his favorite thing about Brooklyn's new Barclays Center: the reliable wifi.

• Holly MacKenzie sees John Lucas III working hard to become more than "the guy LeBron James jumped over."

• Lakers forward Chris Douglas-Roberts reflects on his time as a child in Detroit's public school system in an in-depth interview:

"[It's hard for me to] believe in education to that extent where I'm from. I've seen guys who have no interest in the least in school just get passed along to get them out of a class. My mother would correct me if I spoke incorrectly in the house and my father was a professor on a college level, so the intellect goes back to my family for me. But I learned most of my stuff through my parents and experience outside of the classroom. Just because of the place where I'm from, we didn't have good schools. You could feel a different way because of where you're from, I'm guessing, but in west Detroit, it's tough."

• Sean Sweeney of writes that Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge needs to get his rebounding up if he wants to fulfill his recent "Best power forward in the game" proclamation.

• Grantland's Zach Lowe clinically dissects Brook Lopez's defensive struggles.

• At Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie, Dan Devine chronicles the tale of a 7-foot-8 giant getting custom Reebok sneakers, size 24 10E. Wow.

• Why are Blazers fans so nuts?

• Joe Flynn of has compiled a helpful Almanac for Carmelo Anthony haters.

• Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor tells ESPN 1500 AM that a resolution is coming soon in his team's dispute with the Trail Blazers over a 2010 trade involving Martell Webster, who went on to miss good chunks of the next two seasons because of a bad back. Also, Taylor thinks Ricky Rubio will return in December. • TrueHoop's Henry Abbott takes a look at the state of doping, and testing for it, in the NBA.

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