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Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James shrugs at making 10th NBA Finals – ESPN

Lakers star LeBron James will play in his 10th NBA Finals, but he said it won’t mean anything “unless I get it done” and win the title.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Standing off to the side as his teammate Anthony Davis spoke to reporters about how his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers delivered him the first NBA Finals berth of his career, LeBron James was asked what the 10th Finals appearance of his career means to him.
“Right now, it don’t mean s— unless I get it done,” James told ESPN following the Lakers’ 117-107 Game 5 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday to win the Western Conference crown. “I got to get it …

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A failed Dodgers bullpen game drags down two young pitchers — and the viewers – Yahoo Sports

Nothing went according to plan when the Dodgers tried a Rays-like pitching strategy in Game 2. Were their hurlers put in a position to succeed?

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There is nothing more hackneyed than hating the latest tactical evolution in the game. Especially if it works. Which means that opportunistic, self-aware writers have to jump at any chance to complain about games pitched by a parade of relievers in place of a clash between starters aspiring to go the distance.
As weve seen this postseason, bullpen games are a savvy if unpopular strategy. Theyre a way to win without an ace available. Unless you lose. And then theyre ugly, alienating, and ineffective….

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Tyronn Lue: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Will ‘Have To Adjust To My System And My Program’ – RealGM.com

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Tyronn Lue laid out of his expectations for the upcoming Los Angeles Clippers season during his introductory press conference, with an emphasis on leadership and getting the most out of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
Lue challenged George and Leonard to show that they’re the best two-way players in the league.
“[Leonard and George] are going to have to adjust to my system and my program. But also I also have to be able to adjust to their comfort zone and what makes them better.
“Also setting the…

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Young Dodgers pitchers set up to fail in ‘out-getter’ role in Game 2 – Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers have not done an optimal job putting players into position to succeed this postseason and it showed on Wednesday with Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May.

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So the Chicago White Sox are interested in hiring Tony La Russa as their manager? Everything old is new again.
La Russa is 76. Only Connie Mack has managed more games. La Russa was inducted into the Hall of Fame six years ago, and this ranks among his distinctions: He is the inventor of the modern bullpen.
In the late 1980s, at a time relievers were mostly considered an interchangeable group of failed starters, La Russa converted Dennis Eckersley from a starter into a closer and, eventually, into…

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