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Russell insists he’ll be better leader, defender with Nets

D’Angelo Russell had a bumpy two-year tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers to start his career, but with a change of scenery that’s brought him to Brooklyn, the 21-year-old guard feels he’s ready to showcase the talent that got him picked second overall in 2015.

Lakers president Magic Johnson took a pretty pointed dig at Russell after trading him to the Nets in June, saying the team “needed … a leader” and “somebody that can make the other players better and also that players want to play with.”

Russell seems to simultaneously agree and disagree with the notion that he wasn’t the best teammate in L.A.

“I think guys enjoyed playing with me,” he told ESPN’s Zach Lowe. “Now I’m going to make sure they do instead of not really taking it into consideration.”

Russell also chalks up his defensive deficiencies in his first two seasons to the fact that the scoring-starved Lakers needed him to carry such a heavy offensive load.

“I wanted to play defense in L.A.,” he told Lowe, “but I felt like I had to score every chance I got for us to be relevant.”

It’s unclear how much different things will be with the Nets, who if anything have fewer offensive creators than last year’s Lakers did, but perhaps a new city and new attitude will make all the difference.

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Pippen: Jimmy Butler wasn’t a good leader with Bulls

Yet another former NBA player is questioning Jimmy Butler‘s leadership with the Chicago Bulls.

After the Bulls traded away their best player to the Minnesota Timberwolves, retired hooper Antoine Walker called Butler a “young-guy killer” and a “bad locker room guy,” citing outbursts directed at coaches and teammates.

Bulls legend Scottie Pippen joined in the chorus Thursday, indicating that Butler didn’t act the way a franchise player should.

“I don’t think he handled it right from a leadership standpoint of what it takes to be a superstar,” the Hall of Famer said on ESPN’s “The Jump.”

Asked to elaborate, Pippen said, “Well, it’s just a lot of locker room talk that Jimmy was disrespecting the head coach, disrespecting the assistant coach. Just wasn’t showing the type of leadership that you’d expect from your best player.”

Related: Butler says being face of Bulls ‘doesn’t mean a damn thing’

Pippen did say he feels good about Butler going to Minny, where he’ll reunite with coach Tom Thibodeau and hopefully get back on track.

Possible behind-the-scenes discord aside, Butler is coming off a career year in which he got his first All-Star start and All-NBA nod. The 2015 MIP recorded 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game and carried Chicago to the playoffs.

He also gave out his personal phone number at Thursday's introductory press conference and instructed haters to call him.

Give him a ring, Pip.

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Magic Johnson takes veiled shot at Russell: ‘What I needed was a leader’

The Los Angeles Lakers have their point guard of the future after selecting UCLA product Lonzo Ball in Thursday's NBA draft – a move that made D'Angelo Russell expendable days prior.

While introducing Ball to the media, Lakers president Magic Johnson thanked Russell for his two years with the organization, but acknowledged that he wasn't the right guy to lead the team.

"I'm going to do what it takes to get the right players in here with the right mindset. D'Angelo (Russell) is an excellent player. He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us," Johnson said Friday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina. "But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody that also can make the other players better and also (somebody) that players want to play with."

Russell, along with the $ 54 million remaining on Timofey Mozgov's contract, were sent to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick, which was used on Utah's Kyle Kuzma.

During his short tenure with the Lakers, Russell's character and maturity were brought into question on multiple occasions, including an incident in which he secretly recorded Nick Young confessing to cheating on his now ex-fiancee, musician Iggy Azalea.

Russell was essentially a shooting guard masquerading as a point guard, anyway, with Ball’s skills more suited to running an offense and promoting ball movement.

"He (Ball) gives you a scoring pass. That's the key. Not just a pass. One that you can score. All our players are gonna be excited," added Johnson, according to Mike Trudell‏ of Lakers.com.

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Lonzo Ball says he can be the leader at PG the Lakers need

If it wasn’t apparent already, 19-year-old guard Lonzo Ball really hopes the Los Angeles Lakers draft him second overall, and is willing to do or say whatever it takes to make his dream come to fruition.

The UCLA product took part in a solo pre-draft workout Wednesday afternoon. With a swarm of local media members surrounding him, Ball used the opportunity to further endorse himself and explain why he’s an ideal fit for the Lakers.

“They have a lot of good players. I just think they need a leader at point guard. I feel I can bring that to the team,” Ball said. “Just bringing a winning attitude. Everybody can band together, and get this done together.

“They’re young. I’m young. I see they like to run. I like to run. So I feel we can complement each other very well.”

The 26-56 Lakers trotted out D’Angelo Russell – a more natural scoring guard – at the point for the majority of the 2016-17 campaign, with Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, and Jose Calderon also seeing time running the offense and bringing the ball up the floor.

Ball is touted as being perhaps the best pure playmaker in this year’s class, with excellent court vision and star intangibles that would make him fit in seamlessly in an environment like Los Angeles. He’s gone on the record in the past as saying the Lakers would be his ideal destination, which he reiterated Wednesday.

“Of course,” he said when asked if L.A. is where he wants to compete. “I want to stay home.”

Ball added that he’s been given no assurances that the Lakers will in fact use their No. 2 pick on him. It’s been reported that there are “genuine disagreements” regarding how that selection should ultimately be utilized, although that could merely be a smokescreen to throw other teams off ahead of the draft later this month.

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LeBron passes Jordan to become all-time NBA playoff scoring leader

LeBron James is officially the most prolific postseason scorer in NBA history.

A 3-pointer in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night gave James 29 points in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, and 5,989 playoff points for his career. That vaulted him past Michael Jordan and into sole possession of first place on the all-time leaderboard.

James seemed to recognize the significance of the bucket, raising a single finger to the sky after drilling the record-breaking triple.

The transcendent Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, who jumped four places this year to seventh all time in regular-season points, continues to set the league ablaze in his 14th season. He came into Thursday’s game averaging 32.3 points per game this postseason – the second-best mark of his career – and having already climbed past Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the playoff scoring ladder.

He finished the game – a dominant victory that sent him to his seventh straight Finals – with 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting to bring his career total to 5,995.

Player Playoff points
LeBron James 5995
Michael Jordan 5987
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 5762
Kobe Bryant 5640

Earlier in the postseason, he also passed Jordan for second all time in postseason steals. In Game 5, he moved into third all time in playoff 3-pointers made.

James established the new scoring record in his 212th playoff game, which ranks ninth all time. Jordan, whose previous record came in 179 games, still ranks first in playoff points per game with 33.4, while James ranks fifth at 28.3.

James has called surpassing Jordan in all aspects “a personal goal,” which he holds mostly for the sake of continued motivation. It makes sense. There are increasingly fewer (if any) legacies remaining for him to pursue.

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Pujols becomes all-time RBI leader among players born outside U.S.

Even if he’s not hitting like he did with the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols isn’t finished writing his name in baseball’s record books.

With a three-run homer that put the Los Angeles Angels permanently ahead of the Texas Rangers 6-3 Friday night, Pujols passed Rafael Palmeiro for the most RBIs in MLB history by a player born outside the United States with 1,838.

It took Palmeiro 2,831 games over parts of 20 seasons to collect 1,835 RBIs. Pujols passed him in only 2,450 games.

The RBIs also pushed him ahead of Ken Griffey Jr. for 15th on the all-time RBI leaders list. The next run he drives in will tie him with Ted Williams for 14th.

Born in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic, Pujols was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 amateur draft. At age 21, he debuted with a smash, hitting .329 with 37 home runs and 130 RBIs. Though he’s dealt with lingering plantar fasciitis, he’s only failed to play 100 games in a season once in his 16 seasons (excluding 2017).

Friday’s home run was also the 594th of his career as he creeps closer to Sammy Sosa (609) for eighth on the all-time list.

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Britton irked by Pedroia’s apology: The leader should control his teammates

The line between healthy rivalry and violent bad blood was crossed Sunday between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.

Presumably deferring to the "unwritten rules" of baseball – to take revenge on Manny Machado for injuring Dustin Pedroia on Friday – Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes threw at Machado.

The retaliation came two days after the initial incident, late enough in the series finale that Machado wouldn't be expected to get another at-bat.

Pedroia followed up the pitch by claiming "it's not me" in a bid to distance himself from the situation.

While this seemed to calm tensions between him and Machado, injured Orioles closer Zach Britton was less impressed.

"Dustin, him telling Manny, 'Hey, that didn't come from me' may be even more frustrating," Britton told Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com. "Because he's the leader of that clubhouse and if he can't control his own teammates, then there's a bigger issue over there."

Britton’s message boils down to the notion that talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words.

"But what if Manny's on the ground with blood coming out of his ears? What is Dustin going to say then? It’s better to be proactive than reactive."

With 14 games remaining between the teams, things could potentially escalate even further, though Britton doesn’t foresee it coming from his squad.

"Not necessarily," Britton said. "I think we've talked about it already, as a team, and we'll see how they choose to act – whether or not they choose to act professionally or unprofessionally when we get to Boston."

He won't have to wait long, as the Orioles and Red Sox play a four-game series at Fenway Park beginning May 1.

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