Lakers' GM responds to Magic Johnson at press conference introducing Frank Vogel as head coach
Lakers' GM responds to Magic Johnson
Frank Vogel's determination to build "organizational togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's current dysfunction Monday.
Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' coach was almost overshadowed by comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. The former Lakers great appeared on ESPN's "First Take" and said general manager Rob Pelinka "betrayed" him, which was one of the reasons he resigned as president of basketball operations. That put the GM in the position of using most of Vogel's 26-minute news conference to respond.
Pelinka said he has talked to Johnson several times since his resignation on April 9 and said Johnson's comments surprised him.
"It's saddening and disheartening to think he believes things are a misperception," Pelinka said. "I think all of us in life probably have been through things where maybe there's third party whispers or 'he said, she said' things that aren't true."
Raptors win in double overtime
Pascal Siakam felt guilty about a pair of missed free throws and the extra minutes they added to his teammates' night.
Fortunately for Siakam and the rest of the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard didn't seem to feel any fatigue.
Leonard scored 36 points, including eight in the second overtime, and Toronto beat Milwaukee 118-112 on Sunday night to cut the Bucks' lead in the Eastern Conference finals to 2-1.
Leonard made 11 of 25 shots and went 12 for 13 at the free throw line in more than 52 minutes of action, a playoff career high.
"At the end of the game, Kawhi said he played an hour of basketball," Siakam said. "I told him 'My bad.'"
Game 4 is Tuesday night in Toronto.
Buck's Anteokounmpo to fund court in Greece
Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year.
The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local authority received the offer from the Milwaukee Bucks player to build the court at a new recycling park that is being planned in the area. The mayor, Vangelis Bournous, gave no details of the construction cost but said the venue would be ready at the end of this summer.
The blaze gutted the seaside resort of Mati, east of Athens, and other coastal areas, destroying more than a thousand homes.