Friday Forum

Dave Murphy —  June 21, 2013

Winters surely come but the Spurs didn’t go quietly. On the road in Miami, nearly sealing the deal in Game 6, right in it until the closing moments of Game 7. They had a transcendent run, from opening day to the final buzzer. The rest of the league will filter back in now, the draft and free agency, coaching changes and summer league and the dog days that seem to turn hotter and more insufferable each year. Our long NBA season itself however, is over. Long live the NBA season.

Quincy Scott for Pounding the Rock on the beautiful game of basketball.

Tom Haberstroh for the Heat Index asks if Miami is the best shooting team in history.

The Grantland Staff with their final edition of this year’s NBA Finals Shootaround.

Phil Jackson’s gravitational pull back to the Lakers’ orbit seems to be happening in a roundabout yet familial way. Arash Markazi from ESPN has the story.

Arielle Moyal for Lakers Nation reports on Jeanie Buss’s Wednesday night appearance at a Time Warner cable event, along with other news and rumors.

Brian Kamenetzky from Land O’Lakers on Kobe’s appearance on ESPNLA 710 Wednesday with John Ireland and Mike Trudell.

It has been 30 years since Randy Newman released his song “I Love L.A.”. C.A. Clark from Silver Screen and Roll writes about an enduring element of the Staples Center experience.

There’s been a lot of recent talk about a possible Doc River trade to the Clippers. Nonetheless, other interviews are moving ahead, including Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw. Broderick Turner from the L.A. Times reports.

From Hoopshype Video, five Lakers needs heading into next season.

The NBA draft is just a week away. The Lakers haven’t exactly been burning up the draft boards in recent history and this year’s 48th pick isn’t apt to change the trend. Still, the event itself is something of a basketball rite of passage and if nothing else it’ll afford a chance to watch David Stern smirk benignly at the jeering crowd one more time. We’ll have more on possible picks, strategy and the ever enticing rumors of last minute trade-ups as draft night grows closer.

Dave Murphy