NBA Draft: Lakers yet to get Karl Anthony-Towns in for a workout

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kupchak plans to travel to Las Vegas this weekend to watch Kristaps Porzingis, a power forward from Sevilla. After hosting individual workouts this week for Emmanuel Mudiay (Saturday), D’Angelo Russell (Monday) and Jahlil Okafor (Tuesday), the Lakers currently have no other workouts planned for prospects they would consider at No. 2.The Lakers will have workouts on Friday and next Monday for players they will consider with their 27th and 34th picks. The Lakers also hosted an individual workout on Tuesday for Murray State sophomore guard Cameron Payne, who’s projected as a mid first-round pick. Filling the calendarMudiay has finalized his itinerary next week that will include workouts both with the Philadelphia 76ers (June 16) and Minnesota Timberwolves (June 19-20), according to a league source familiar with his schedule.Mudiay has already had an extensive travel schedule in the past week. After working out with the Lakers last Saturday, Mudiay traveled to New York to work out with the Knicks on Tuesday. Mudiay will then return to Los Angeles for a private individual workout on Thursday. Breaking breadThe Lakers have followed a pre-draft workout tradition that goes beyond skills tests. The Lakers’ basketball operations staff hosted dinner for Mudiay, Russell and Okafor the night before their workouts. Those prospects then dined out with the Lakers’ coaching staff the next day. Okafor’s dinner involved an interesting twist. Kupchak, a North Carolina alum, teased Okafor, a Duke alum. The ribbing mostly entailed Kupchak sharing how the Tarheels beat the Blue Devils in overtime his sophomore season in 1974 by overcoming an eight-point deficit with 17 seconds left in regulation. “Of course he thought that Duke won. I said, ‘No, Duke did not win,’” Kupchak said, drawing laughter. “He said, ‘You scored eight points in (17) seconds? I said, ‘Yes we did. We won in overtime and there was no 3-point shot.’”So will Kupchak hold it against Okafor that he went to Duke?Said Kupchak: “It’s not a plus.”center_img The championship trophies and retired jerseys that adorn the Lakers’ practice facilities provide more than just fancy decorations. They usually explain why any player would wear a purple and gold uniform in a heartbeat. Yet, that has not proven enough to convince Kentucky center Karl Anthony-Towns to work out with the Lakers before the NBA Draft on June 25. “We’d like to get him in, schedule and get him into the facility for a workout,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. “To date, we have been unsuccessful in doing that. But we have another 2, 2 1/2 weeks. I’m sure we can get it done.”The Lakers also have struck out in free agency, failing to retain Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in consecutive seasons and missing out last summer on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Yet, it appears Anthony-Towns’ absence from any Lakers’ workouts has little to do with the team finishing last season with its worst record in franchise history. Instead, Anthony-Towns may not want to work out for any team except for the Minnesota Timberwolves. They have the No. 1 pick, a place most NBA mock drafts project Anthony-Towns to land just before the Lakers are on the clock with their No. 2 selection. Such an approach could ensure Anthony-Towns remains the No. 1 pick. last_img read more

Thunder’s Paul George out vs. 76ers with shoulder soreness

first_img LeBron James replies to critics of his defense: ‘Come on with it’ George injured his shoulder during Tuesday’s 121-112 loss to the Nuggets, according to ESPN, though it’s not clear exactly when it happened. He had ice on his shoulder after the game and missed Thursday’s shootaround. He is expected to “take it day by day” and there’s no timetable yet on his return.  The Thunder will be without leading scorer Paul George against the 76ers on Thursday as the forward is dealing with shoulder soreness, the team announced. center_img Thursday’s game marks just the second he has missed this season as he previously was sidelined with a bruised right quad against the Suns on Dec. 28. Dennis Schroder started in George’s absence, scoring 20 points in 39 minutes.George, 28, has helped Oklahoma City to a 38-22 record as it sits in third in the Western Conference behind the Warriors and Nuggets. The forward has averaged 28.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists this season. Related Newslast_img read more

Barras in consolation win over Ireland in T20

first_imgBarramundi bowlers just like in the first innings dominated the middle overs to leave Ireland tottering at 80 for 8 and then bundled them out for 105.PNG, who had been beaten 0-2 in the best-of- three match seris, prior to this game, did not start well though.They managed a 26-run opening stand before being quickly reduced to 28 for 3, at which point, Sese Bau and Mahuru Dai  strung 48 runs together to keep PNG in the contest.Barras lost another clump of wickets, as Ireland’s bowlers chipped away to leave them 90 for 7. Charles Amini’s run-a-ball 24 helped the Barras take 26 off the last three overs to guide them to 116 for 8.Hebou PNG Barramandis seamer Chad Soper did quite an impressive over to bowl Ireland out for 105 in the final over for PNG to claim the third T20 by 11 runs.last_img read more