Luke Walton 'missed the corn hole' because of LeBron's decision

Luke Walton 'missed the corn hole' because of LeBron's decision

Where were you on Sunday, July 1 when LeBron James rocked the basketball world by announcing he was joining the Lakers?

Former Warriors assistant coach and current Lakers head coach Luke Walton had just returned to his Manhattan Beach home and was getting ready for a family barbecue ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.

"I had just gotten back from the office, it was a beautiful Manhattan Beach day, and we had just opened up the pool cover and were getting ready to have a nice Sunday barbecue with a couple friends. We had corn hole being played in the backyard," Walton told ESPN recently.

That's when the career-changing news came down. LeBron's Klutch Sports Group had announced on Twitter that he had agreed to a four-year deal with the Lakers.

The news curtailed Walton's fun Sunday afternoon plans.

"I think I spent the next eight-and-a-half hours on the telephone. Missed my whole Sunday family barbecue. Missed the corn hole. The kids were already asleep by the time I got done taking calls," Walton said.

Now in his third season as Lakers head coach, Walton has a chance to be a part of his childhood team's return to the top of the NBA. He completely understands what it means to have a megastar like LeBron playing under the bright lights in Los Angeles.

"It's gonna be completely nuts, but it's also gonna be awesome. The whole city's gonna be behind us. We're gonna be on SportsCenter every night. If we lose, it's gonna be the end of the world. If we win, it's gonna be wild. But no matter what, it's gonna be fun," Walton said.

When the crazieness had settled down, Walton finally had a chance to reflect on what had just happened.

"I sat under the stars and said to myself, 'Damn, we got LeBron James on our team. The best player in the world is a Laker,'" Walton said.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks believes Warriors have six Hall of Famers


Wizards coach Scott Brooks believes Warriors have six Hall of Famers

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are locks to make the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.

Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green are multiple time All-Stars and all have Gold medals from the 2016 Summer Olympics. They are all young, and if they continue on their current trajectory, they should be enshrined at the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

But Andre Iguodala? The debate surround his candidacy has been raging for a few years.

On Wednesday, while he was addressing the media ahead of the Wizards' game against the Warriors on Thursday, Washington head coach Scott Brooks revealed where he falls on the argument regarding Iguodala,

"Yeah, they're good. They have, what, six Hall of Famers you can say? Potential Hall of Famers," Brooks told the media in Washington. "They're a good team."

When asked by a reporter if he thought Iguodala was a Hall of Famer, Brooks said he does. He asked the media how many All-Star Games Iguodala had been to and was surprised when the answer was one. When a reporter mentioned that Iguodala has an Olympic Gold medal and was named Finals MVP, Brooks nodded in approval.

After answering a few more questions, Brooks circled back to the Iguodala question and entered into this funny exchange with a few reporters.

Brooks: You don't think Iggy's a Hall of Famer?

Reporter 1: I think he's the most interesting case. I'm not sure.

Reporter 2: Borderline.

Reporter 1: He's like the Shawn Marion. It could go either way

Brooks: So now they have five Hall of Famers. They're not as good.

Daryl Morey isn't quite over Warriors beating Rockets in 2018 playoffs


Daryl Morey isn't quite over Warriors beating Rockets in 2018 playoffs

Rockets GM Daryl Morey is admittedly obsessed with beating the Warriors.

And he almost got his wish last May. The Rockets had a 3-2 series lead on the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals and held double-digit leads in both Game 6 and 7 before the Warriors rallied to win both games.

Nearly eight months later, Morey still hasn't completely gotten over the sting of coming so close to knocking off the Warriors.

"Still processing," Morey said on Wednesday on FS1's First Things First. "Anytime it’s late at night and it’s quiet, it comes back. It’s just rare to win the title. The reality is, when one team wins three of the last four, when one team wins six like the Bulls, there aren’t a lot of opportunities. Our odds were above 50 percent at one point to win the title last year. After Game 5, we had two games to win, one at home. And so, it’s tough. But you move on and focus and we feel like we have a good shot this year."

The Rockets' chances of beating the Warriors this year got a little tougher last week when DeMarcus Cousins made his debut last week. The Warriors now sport a lineup featuring five All-Stars from last season.

While the Warriors are back atop of the Western Conference standings with a 33-14 record, the Rockets got off to a slow start. They've rebounded despite injuries to point guard Chris Paul and center Clint Capela. Reigning MVP James Harden has been on a historic tear that has vaulted the Rockets back into the middle of the playoff race.

Still, Morey understands how big of a task it will be to take down the Warriors.

"I think it’s a big gap," Morey said. "They are an all-time great team. I don’t try to minimize them. We’re chasing them. They’re an all-time great team. Good coach, good front office. We feel like we’re the team to challenge them last year and this year. But if you win three out of four, and it should have been four out of four, you’re a pretty good team. And you add an amazing talent in Cousins, they’re a tough team. I’m not going to try to minimize that."