Slow news day leads to LeBron to L.A. rumors

Slow news day leads to LeBron to L.A. rumors
July 18, 2013, 8:30 pm
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LeBron James and Kobe Bryant together? Don't even start to consider the possibility until it's reported on a busier news day. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

We as a nation become more and more slovenly when confronted by free time. For instance, the spate of rumors that puts LeBron James with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles next year. And why, you ask? It’s a slow news day, and most people who cover the NBA need the Lakers as though they were the antidote to everything. They simply can’t do without it, even when it means just concocting things that aren’t even rumors yet.

In short, since the Charlotte franchise has regained its name “Hornets” from the “Pelicans,” who stopped using it, the Lakers may as well be rebranded “The Smack.” Either that, or someone starts concocting tales that get James to, say, Memphis. Or Sacramento.

That, we’ll pretend to be interested in.

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And while we’re at it, those of you paying attention to the NBA summer league action really should report to headquarters at once for a good hard smack. Even the coaches know it is merely busywork – an OTA without the acronym – and have other things to do. Hundreds of thousands of other things.

Although in what other context would people chant the name of Brian Scalabrine?

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And while we’re still at it, cool your jets about Bryant’s comeback from his blown Achilles tendon. The season is still 100 days away. When he’s actually back, and not just impressing some trainer, then notice can be taken. 

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The New York Jets have abandoned plans to build a helipad at its team facility in Florham Park, N.J., thus renewing the requests from a segment of the fan base that anyone who would consider using it is probably better off being thrown from the copter. 

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And finally, Brian Sabean says Tim Lincecum is unlikely to be traded – which oddly enough is how Lincecum’s limited no-trade clause sees it, too. Isn’t it nice when a lack of plan comes together?

In-line image of Tim Lincecum provided by the Associated Press