The NBA in LA: Week of February 27th 2012
So I decided that because I live in Los Angeles, I need to keep the hoopsvibe community in the loop on a weekly basis with what’s going on with LA in the NBA. Not to mention, with the recent addition of Chris Paul to the Clippers, there is much more to write about. Now, after years of only caring about the Lakers, the city can now follow and route for that other Los Angeles team. You know the one whose colors are red, white, and blue?
Let’s take a look at a few things that happened in the world of Los Angeles professional basketball this week:
Yesterday, Kobe Bryant saw an ear, nose and throat specialist who confirmed that his nose was broken after suffering that hard foul from Dwayne Wade in this past weekend’s NBA All Star Game. As if that wasn’t enough, it was confirmed by a neurologist Kobe met with after, that he had also suffered a concussion. Because the NBA recently re-worked a serious concussion policy, it is uncertain when Kobe will be cleared to play because the new protocol is designed to ensure that players are "symptom-free" before they are cleared to play. As of now, there’s no telling how long it will take for Kobe to be cleared. (Interestingly enough, Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat are scheduled to play the Lakers in Los Angeles this weekend).
Earlier today it was reported that the Lakers turned down the trade for Michael Beasley. The Minnesota Timberwolves were offering Beasley, who would fill a great need for the Lakers, for a first round pick. Regardless, the Lakers apparently 86’d the deal because they didn’t want to tap into the luxury tax to pay him. They still have time to change their mind, as the trade deadline ends March 15th. They also get an opportunity to see Beasley in living color, as the Timberwolves pay a visit to the Lakers tonight. Game starts at 10:30 P.M. EST and the team is unsure as to whether or not Kobe will play.
On Monday, the Clippers signed forward Bobby Simmons to a 10-day contract. He became the 29th player this season to be called up from the NBA Development league, having played 21 games for the Reno Bighorns this season. In those 21 games, he averaged roughly 13 points and 7 rebounds. This is the second time Simmons has been called up to the Clippers, who was first called up for the 2003-04 season.
Anything I missed? Leave your comments below!