Friday Forum

Dave Murphy —  June 15, 2012

On a blazing hot afternoon in Austin, Texas, I did a cursory search through a few major news outlets that normally carry timely and fascinating stories about the Los Angeles Lakers. My quest proved fruitless. I then did what any mortal would do, and explained my dilemma to Darius. Our intrepid leader pressed a couple of magic buttons and my in-box was suddenly replete with bountiful and tasty items. This is what Darius does. Like a wise city desk editor with samurai skills and jumper cables. He also writes really good original content. You should thank him, each and every day.

With the league looking forward to a quasi-normal off-season, the Lakers have released their summer league schedule.

Kevin Ding at the OC Register reports that Quin Snyder may be close to winning the Bobcats lottery. It is entirely possible that Quin can improve on last season’s 7 & 59 record. We wish him luck with that Jordan fellow.

Rembert Browne at Grantland writes a twitter thing about Metta World Peace.

Here’s a chestnut from two decades back, Bob Ryan out of the SI Vault, on Magic and Bird.

Moving on the world outside of Staples, David Stern recently parried Jim Rome’s questions with deft and charming replies. Dan Levine at Ball Don’t Lie, reports.

Aaron McGuire at Gothic Ginobili, brings us the unprecedented fatigue of LeBron.

Steve McPherson at Hardwood Paroxysm, about the Dream Team. Choice.

Here’s an AP report through ESPN, about Dikembe Mutomobo’s Basketball Without Borders.

Another AP gem about Kobe & Pau’s racehorse, finally ready to start after being scratched from its last race.

Fran Blinebury at NBAdotcom, has a tantalizing list of free agents.


This year’s NBA draft is just two weeks away. We’d obviously like to move up in the grand order of things, but until then, we’re left with number 60. It’ll be hard to improve on last year’s sublime pairing of Chukwudiebere Maduabum & Ater Majok, but I have faith in all of you – let your brilliance flow.

– Dave Murphy

Dave Murphy