Age: 33 Height: 6-8 Weight: 250 lbs School: No College
Losing LeBron James from the roster is sure to change any team's outlook in a given season. The Cleveland Cavaliers know that well, having dealt with James' departure not once, but twice, now. After James opted to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason, the Cavs were hoping a roster led by All-Star big man Kevin Love and other holdovers from Cleveland's runs to The Finals would keep the Cavs in the playoff mix in the East.
Trae Young got doused with a bucket of ice water after his third NBA game. The Cavaliers couldn't do anything to cool off Atlanta's rookie guard. Young scored 35 points with 11 assists - the best line for a first-year player since Steph Curry in 2010 - and Kent Bazemore scored 23 as the Hawks rolled to an easy 133-111 win on Sunday over Cleveland, which lost its home opener and fell to 0-3 as it re-adjusts to life without LeBron James.
Carmelo Anthony slammed Rajon Rondo for his role in the ugly scenes which overshadowed LeBron James' home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers, accusing the point guard of spitting. Tempers flared at Staples Center on Saturday night, with punches thrown after Brandon Ingram pushed James Harden during a 124-115 victory for the Houston Rockets. Ingram, Rondo and Chris Paul were ejected late on following a melee which boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. watched from courtside.
Well, this is different,” said Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton, raising his eyebrows and craning his neck around at the swarm of journalists hemming him in pre-game in the corridor outside his team’s locker room. LeBron James’ home debut for the Lakers, against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, had been anticipated since the moment he left the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time and inked a four-year deal in Southern California. Walton’s pre-game audience looked sparse in comparison to the post-game huddle around James, also conducted in the corridor with no way of fitting all the journalists and cameras inside the locker room, with the Rockets’ 124-115 win unlikely to dampen LeBron fever.
LeBron James says he tried to "calm things down," after a brawl broke out between his Los Angeles Lakers team-mates and players from the Houston Rockets.