Strong 29 points from national basketball player Franz Wagner were not enough for Orlando Magic to win in the North American professional league NBA. The Florida team lost 113-114 to the Indiana Pacers. The 21-year-old also scored five rebounds and three assists for the guests, Wagner had a playing time of 30:43 minutes.
Trae Young had 33 points, setting the stage for the Atlanta Hawks’ 124-122 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors. The Canadians had led 108:101 in the last quarter, 2:36 minutes before the end of the game. Young also had three rebounds and 12 assists.
NBA professional Dennis Schröder has to be patient before returning to Los Angeles. “We’re just getting my visa ready,” the captain of the German national basketball team told the Braunschweiger Zeitung.
Because of the missing document, the newcomer had recently missed the media day at the LA Lakers.
Schröder, who signed with his former club shortly before winning the European Championship bronze medal (“I carry it with me everywhere”), is “of course in contact with all the Lakers players”. He is looking forward to “joining the team soon”. The North American Pro League season begins on October 18.
Schröder: “The club I want to be with” Schröder has big plans for the Lakers. “When I played in LA back then, we didn’t have any fans because of Corona. I just want to experience playing there in a full hall again,” says Schröder, “with LeBron James, the best player in the world, and with Anthony Davis I want to experience the Lakers feeling again, how the people are feeling, how they do business make. That’s the club I want to be at.”
Schröder had already played for Los Angeles in the 2020/21 season.
It is still unclear where the 29-year-old will live with his pregnant wife Ellen and their two children. The own house is still rented. “We’re looking for a way for people to get out. That’s actually already been clarified,” said Schröder: “It’s fully furnished, it’s a home. When we finished it back then, we only had two or three weeks there. So now we’re even more excited to go over there and enjoy it.”
Several weeks ago, Kevin Durant claimed his trade from the Brooklyn Nets. The 33-year-old star would have desires elsewhere. But while several franchises have already looked into the matter, the Nets do not seem to have given up. The New York team would still hope to be able to keep Kevin Durant this summer.
In 2019, the Brooklyn Nets thought to put the odds on their side by recruiting Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The New York franchise aimed to win its first NBA title in its history. But after two bitter failures in the playoffs, the Nets have added a new star to their workforce with James Harden.
Things didn’t go any better, however, and The Beard left the team just a year later to join the Philadelphia 76ers last February. Other big departures could also take place at the Nets this summer. A few weeks ago, The Athletic revealed that Kevin Durant had claimed his trade. However, no franchise has really been able to convince the Nets so far. However, the suitors were numerous since the Phoenix Suns, the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors or the Boston Celtics tried their luck. For their part, the Brooklyn Nets have never hidden their desire to keep Kevin Durant. And the New York franchise wouldn’t let go.
After basketball, golf for Stephen Curry? A few weeks after a fourth NBA championship ring with Golden State, the American leader, present at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe (Nevada), made an exceptional shot of nearly 90 meters on Friday. The 34-year-old basketball player is definitely adept at long-range exploits.
Criticized by Charles Barkley on the value of his NBA championship titles and his impact with the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant did not hesitate to answer him curtly. While Shaquille O’Neal came to the defense of Barkley, KD gave a layer of it by attacking… the Shaq!
Nothing has been easy this season for Kevin Durant. For his second full year with the Brooklyn Nets, KD hoped to win his third NBA championship title. Given the dream team of the New York franchise, it was logically the favorite. Still, the season hasn’t been easy, in part because of endless issues with Kyrie Irving and his refusal to get vaccinated. As a result, the Nets were “swept” by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. A severe 4-0 that put Brooklyn in its place and Kevin Durant with it. Usually intractable at this level of the competition, the double MVP of the Finals this time was unrecognizable. “To be honest, I think too much in this series. I mean in my way of approaching matches. I am preparing well, however, but these are small decisions that do not work in my favor.
There are times when I need to go out there, not think and just play. I don’t think fatigue is a factor. I feel good, I’m not out of breath. My body does not hurt me. So I don’t blame it on that, “said Kevin Durant just before the Nets were eliminated.
If very good things had been shown in 2020, where they had been crowned champions, the Los Angeles Lakers come out of two much more complicated exercises. Indeed, the bookmakers have already announced the odds for the next Playoffs. If the Golden State Warriors act as the favorite to achieve the back-to-back, the Angelinos are much lower and only appear in 9th place.
The Los Angeles Lakers are going through a complicated period. After winning the league title in 2020 thanks to a great duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Angelinos have struggled for the past two seasons. Qualified for the Playoffs through the play-offs in 2021, Frank Vogel’s men lost in the first round to the Phoenix Suns, future finalists. A disillusion that the Californians had at heart to make people forget. Unfortunately for them, this campaign was worse than the previous one.
Still, the Chosen One and The Brow were joined by Russell Westbrook, forming a monstrous big three on paper. However, the full-back and strong winger were regularly injured, leaving Brodie alone to carry the team. A mission obviously too complicated for him since with 18.5 points; 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists on average, the leader delivered performances well below what he was used to. With a final record of 33 wins for 49 losses, the Lakers finally finished…
Last night, Golden State won Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics (104-94). If the Warriors now lead three wins to two in the series, their star Stephen Curry missed his match and also ended an incredible series.
They only have one victory left to go for, in order to clinch the supreme title. On the night of Monday to Tuesday, Golden State defeated Boston in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. A victory of ten points in advance, 104-94, which was not easy to obtain for the franchise of San Francisco, but which could still count on the frames of its five major.
Evidenced by the performance of Andrew Wiggins, author of 26 points and 13 rebounds, or that of the essential Klay Thompson, still as precious for his people (21 points scored). Opposite, the C’s experienced unusual poor form, with a Jaylen Brown below his standards (18 points scored but 5 lost balls). The Massachusetts bench was not very inspired either, only managing to register 10 small points, far from the 31 of the Californian bench.
This momentous victory puts the Warriors in a more than ideal position, as they now lead three wins to two in the series. They can win a new championship ring in the next game, the sixth of this confrontation, which will take place on the night of Thursday to Friday in the lair of the Celtics. However, Warriors star Stephen Curry…
Former player, assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks since 2018, Darvin Ham will be the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers from next season. He replaces Franck Vogel.
In search of a coach since the dismissal of Frank Vogel last April, following a disastrous season ended without qualification in the play-offs, the Lakers chose Darvin Ham. The information was revealed by ESPN journalist Adrian Wojnarowski.
Although he does not yet have experience as a head coach, Ham has built a solid career as an assistant in the NBA for the past ten years. Passed by the Lakers bench (2011-2013) then the Atlanta Hawks (2013-2018), where he was Mike Budenholzer’s assistant, he had followed him to Milwaukee, where he had been officiating since 2018. He notably participated at the crowning of the Bucks in 2021. At 48, Ham will try to bring the Lakers back to the play-offs, after a sad 11th place in the West this season.
If the franchise has not yet formalized the appointment of Darvin Ham, Lebron James hastened to react on Twitter. The four-time NBA champion said he was “so excited” to meet the new Lakers coach.
Before switching to coaching, Ham played eight seasons in the NBA, in a duty winger role (417 games between 1996 and 2005, 2.7 points on average), winning the 2004 NBA championship title with Detroit. against the LA Lakers. He is also famous for smashing a basket on a dunk during the 1996 NCAA tournament with Texas Tech.
Despite a strong brief performance by German international Daniel Theis, the Boston Celtics are on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs. The record champions lost to the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks in their own hall with 107:110 and are now 2:3 behind in the series. Theis, who hadn’t convinced recently, was on the floor for eleven minutes and scored eleven points.
The Celtics led by 14 points early in the last quarter, but led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks turned the game around in a dramatic finale. The Greek superstar scored 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jayson Tatum (34) and Jaylen Brown (26) scored 60 points together for Boston – but in the end it wasn’t enough.
Four wins are required to advance in the best-of-seven series. In game six on Saturday night, Milwaukee has home advantage and can advance to the semifinals in front of their home crowd.
The Golden State Warriors also have their second chance at the next round. Stephen Curry (14 points) and Co. conceded a bitter 95:134 smack against the Memphis Grizzlies in game five, but still lead 3:2.