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LeBron James sits by himself in Lakers' loss as NBA trade rumors swirl

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LeBron James sits by himself in Lakers' loss as NBA trade rumors swirl

Things aren't going how LeBron James expected in Los Angeles. 

On the same day the Lakers reportedly pulled out of Anthony Davis trade talks with the Pelicans, they lost by 42 (!) points to the Pacers on Tuesday. And in the latest case of "a picture is worth a thousand words," here's James on the Lakers' bench during the loss ... all by himself. 

In case you couldn't tell, in that same picture, Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo literally is in the stands. We know it's close to the bench, but yeah, that's not where players sit. 

The controversy even made Rob Perez go into full detective mode. 

You be the judge here on what really happened. No matter what, though, the Lakers (27-27) currently are the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference, and all is far from perfect during LeBron's first year in Hollywood.

Kerr pushes for Warriors to sign Looney to long-term deal this summer

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Kerr pushes for Warriors to sign Looney to long-term deal this summer

LOS ANGELES – Steve Kerr doesn’t often publicly discuss personnel matters faced by the Warriors. Those questions, he will say, are for general manager Bob Myers.

The coach made an exception on Friday. He expressed his desire that the team re-signs center/forward Kevon Looney to a long-term contract when he becomes a free agent in July.

“I was terrified all last year, after we denied the option, that we were going to lose him,” Kerr said. “He was great last year. But it was a bad free agent market for the players last summer. People just didn’t have money. So, we got lucky in terms of being able to keep him. And he’s turned into such a good player for us.

“I’m really, really hoping that we can keep him long term and that we can give him the contract he deserves and he can make some good money and we can enjoy having him on our team for many years.”

This does not imply that Kerr has no desire to see Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson remain Warriors beyond this season. Rather, it is more a matter of not wanting to lose Looney, who has become a valuable member of the rotation and whose cost will be a fraction of what Durant and Thompson will command on the open market.

Looney, 23, is a coach’s dream insofar as he rarely makes mistakes and is not prone to some of the mental errors that can plague young players. He has some physical limitations – he’s an average athlete – but he compensates with sound judgment and hoops intellect.

After a solid regular season, particularly on defense, Looney has been terrific through three postseason games. In 53 minutes off the bench, he has scored 35 points on while shooting an absurd 82.1 percent (14-of-17), adding 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals, with one turnover.

“He’s gotten better and better,” Kerr said of Looney’s offense. “You can see the confidence growing every game . . . there’s a lot of dunks and a lot of put-backs, but also making that midrange shot. This is the best he has played in his career.”

Looney’s re-signed with the Warriors last summer at $1.57 million for one season. The Warriors will have full Bird rights this time around and, if so inclined, likely would be looking at deal that would pay somewhere in the range of $5-6 million annually.

Matt Barnes trolls Russell Westbrook in Kevin Durant-Pat Beverley tweet

Matt Barnes trolls Russell Westbrook in Kevin Durant-Pat Beverley tweet

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Sunday morning at 11, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In Thursday night's Game 3, the Warriors led the Clippers 73-52 at halftime.

When he walked off the court after the first 24 minutes, Kevin Durant had scored 27 points (10-of-15 shooting) and dished out four assists.

Before the third quarter started, former Warriors forward Matt Barnes took to Twitter to let his feelings be known.

This tweet receives a 10 out of 10.

Barnes, of course, is referring to Durant's former teammate, Russell Westbrook, who went 5 of 20 from the field in Oklahoma City's Game 2 loss in Portland on Tuesday night.

Durant received a lot of backlash from the media for how he handled facing Patrick Beverley in the first two games of the NBA playoff series (mostly Game 2).

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr even told reporters that he wanted to see a much more aggressive KD in Game 3.

With his 38-point outbust, the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP gave everybody what they were looking for.

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