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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Magic Johnson New President Of Basketball Operations

The Los Angeles Lakers have shaken up their front office, promoting team legend Magic Johnson to president of basketball operations and firing general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss.

“Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect,” team governor Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”

Jeanie Buss is Jim Buss’ sister, and both took on greater responsibility after the death of their father in February 2013.

Johnson was drafted by the Lakers in 1979 and won five titles with the team. He was hired as an adviser to the team in February. Johnson has held titles with the Lakers in the past, including honorary vice president, which he resigned from in June. He has also previously owned shares in the team, which he sold to Dr. Patrick Soon Shiong in 2011.

“It’s a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family,” Johnson said in the statement. “Since 1979, I’ve been a part of the Laker Nation and I’m passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Shaq Honored With Statue


The +Los Angeles Lakers should be proud of their former player +Shaq Oneal. Shaq's legacy as a Lakers player will be forever remembered after the famed athlete was presented with a statue during a celebratory event at Star Plaza. Shaq's friends and family were on hand as the statue was unveiled on Friday (March 24), which depicts the 7'1" former NBA star dunking a basket.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Kobe Bryant Retire Both Jerseys


After 20 years, the third leading scorer, and five-time champion Kobe Bryant retired his No.8 and No. 24 jersey at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday night.  The ceremony began during the halftime game against the Golden State Warriors with Kobe’s short film, Dear Basketball playing on the jumbo tron, followed by fellow Lakers jersey retiree Magic Johnson with an introduction. 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Russell Westbrook Traded To The Los Angeles Lakers

 


Westbrook will now form an impressive Big Three with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. In exchange, the Lakers shipped out Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The teams also exchanged draft picks as the Lakers since this year’s No. 22 and received the 2024 and 2028 second-round picks from The Wizards.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers President


Magic Johnson announced Tuesday he is stepping down from his role as the Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations.

The Hall of Famer returned to the Lakers in an executive role in February 2017, replacing Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss in the front office.

However, there have been questions about his commitment to the role in the past two years. He has been fined multiple times for tampering.

Meanwhile, the Lakers haven't tangibly improved under his leadership, as they missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season. He signed LeBron James in free agency, but he was unable to surround him with other stars.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

LeBron James Makes Big Come Back vs Miami Heat


LeBron James stepped onto the floor at American Airlines Arena and put on a show. The four-time NBA MVP won his first two championships with the Miami back in 2012 and 2013 after forming the big three with him, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Those baskets seemed so familiar to James because he could not miss. He scored 28 of his 51 points in the first half of play and kept his foot on the gas for the entire ball game.

The Lakers have won 5 of their last 6 games. Prior to Saturday’s road loss to the Magic, the Lakers were on a four-game winning streak. On Wednesday James will make his return back home to Cleveland. It will be Lebron’s first game back since joining the Lakers this summer, one of two meetings between the teams. The Cavs will play the Lakers in LA on Christmas Day as well.

“It’s always great to be here,” said the three-time Finals MVP. James embraced a number of people with hugs before the game began. “We had some not so good times, we had more great times, so it’s always a respect factor and a love for the people in Miami and especially the people who work here.” James tallied 48 points heading into the final 20 seconds. With the clock winding down, he was challenged by teammate Lance Stevenson to go for 51.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Most Valuable NBA Franchise

The +New York Knicks has been named the most valuable NBA Franchise. Forbes released its annual list of richest NBA teams, and the Knicks come in first at $1.4 billion. New York is one of three teams in the league that are worth over a billion dollars, with the runners-up on the list being the Los Angeles Lakers ($1.35 billion) and Chicago Bulls ($1 billion). The top five of the list is rounded out by the Boston Celtics ($875 million) and Brooklyn Nets ($780 million).

A major part of the profitability of the Knicks and Lakers is their television revenue. In addition to being massively popular global brands, both teams essentially control their own television networks, the Knicks’ MSG and the Lakers’ Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Forbes reported that the Lakers have the richest local television agreement in the NBA, worth $3.6 billion over 20 years.

Coming in last on the list are the Milwaukee Bucks, worth an estimated $405 million, well below the league average of $634 million. The two-time defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat, are the seventh-most profitable team in the league at $770 million, and the team with the current best record in the league, the Indiana Pacers, come in at No. 22, with a $475 million total value.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

LeBron James Becomes A Free Agent


LeBron James has alerted the Cleveland Cavaliers that he will opt out of the final year of his contract with the team and headline the 2019 list of NBA Free Agents. In doing so King James will leave $35.6 million on the table for the 2018-19 season.

ESPN reports the opt-out does not signify that LeBron’s time is over in Cleveland, however, it does provide a greater opportunity for the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire one of the greatest to touch a basketball. It has been oft-rumored throughout the course of the NBA Season that James has eyed a transition to Hollywood but his hometown team is able to offer the most money at five-year, $207.4 million. Other teams that have a chance between the Cavs and the LakeShow include the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers.

Many believe the Lakers are planning a complete overhaul of their roster from last year and are looking to trade for San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard to pair with LeBron. It is believed that his presence on the roster would “clinch” signing the Cavs star. Also lingering in free agency is Paul George, who opted out of the last year of his deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder to explore his free agency options. It’s rumored the Lakers wish to add him to Leonard and James for a new big three.

NBA Free Agency officially opens Sunday at 12:01 EST and we will see how the dominoes fall. Other free agents this summer include Demarcus Cousins, Clint Capela, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul and more.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

James Harden Tops New Charts

Harden put on an absolute scoring clinic and there wasn’t much the Clippers could do about it. He went 15-28 from the floor and went to the free throw line 16 times. He exploded right out the gate with a 20 point first quarter.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Phil Jackson Signs With Knicks

The +New York Knicks has chosen +Phil Jackson as their head coach. Phil Jackson signed on to become president of the New York Knicks after a lunch meeting with team officials. Todd Musburger, Jackson’s Chicago-based agent, was in Los Angeles to finalize the contract with Jackson and Knicks officials, according to sources. Jackson’s deal is expected to pay him $12 million a year.

Jackson, who has won a record 11 NBA championships as coach of the Lakers and Bulls and two as a Knicks player, likely will spend significant time in New York but also retain his time in Los Angeles. Jackson will take over the running of the Knicks’ basketball operations department from president and general manager Steve Mills. A source said earlier this week that Mills will remain an integral part of the organization.

While there was significant interest in bringing him back to the Lakers in some capacity, it never reached a level where Jackson’s representatives were formally contacted, as it was clear to all involved that the Lakers would not offer a role that offered nearly as much power as the Knicks did.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Lamar Odom Talks Master P and Kobe Bryant Fight

 


Lamar Odom talked about the transition from Miami back to Los Angeles, only this time as a member of the Lakers. Lamar recounted what it was like being a teammate of Kobe's and even detailed how he diffused a tense moment between Kobe and Master P.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Knoxx (@KnoXX_LNL) - "10/29"

Brooklyn Rapper Knoxx gives us pain and life on his new single "10/29". Coney Island Brooklyn artist Knoxx Brings the Pain! The Brooklyn MC takes us on a quick journey in his life with new single "10/29". Knoxx is currently working on a new project following up from his last release "Loyalty & Love". Knoxx who is close friends with NBA LA Lakers Lance Stephenson is set to drop his project first quarter. Be sure to check out the project with a few surprise guest on it Top of 2019!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Dwayne Wade Traded To Miami Heat


ESPN announced today in a three-team deal that Wade is being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat. The shooting guard spent 13 years playing for the Heat. He then played for the Chicago Bulls in 2016 before heading to Cleveland with Lebron James.

Monday, June 26, 2017

We Need Help Starting Our Invention

The Wrap-Up Magazine announced earlier this year that they would be putting together a new invention to present to the mass public. Well the wait is no longer. The revising of the original drop ceilings are now in place and digital designs have been made up.
In the picture above, you can see +NFL Players Association with the +Buffalo Bills in the center. Think of all other football logos going in the same position or however you choose to design it.

+Sponge Bob has become kids favorite cartoon all over the world. So image him being on ceiling of your kids bedroom, hospitals, doctor offices, and dentist clinics.

The +LA Lakers logo with other +NBA teams can also be designed out to fit your lifestyle. However it is you would like your living space, then this gives you the opinion to design it how you choose.
 We thought of all kinds of designs. For older couples, kids, sports fans, and many more. Help us to make it a reality with donations or subscription. Help us to better serve you. This idea has not been published for advertising as of yet.
                                               
                                                              

Monday, June 19, 2017

TWUM Hottest Sports Moments

At "The Wrap-Up Magazine" Everyone loves some type of sport from time to time. Some of the hottest sports news, scores, rumors, fantasy games, and more can be found here. This is the latest in national and local sports news covering rumors of all kinds.
 The +Cleveland Cavaliers has just fired their coach +Mike Brown. Brown was fired for the second time in four years by owner Dan Gilbert, who last April brought back the only coach to get the Cavs to the NBA Finals but then dismissed him after the team failed to make the playoffs...More CLICK HERE
 In the final installment of All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana, follow both fighters backstage and witness the aftermath of an epic battle. This is the Epilogue visual video...More CLICK HERE
 Damian Lillard of the +Portland Trail Blazers hit a buzzer beater over the +Houston Rockets. Damian Lillard drained the incredible three with 0.9 seconds left to send Portland to the 2nd round over Houston. Visit nba.com/video for more highlights...More CLICK HERE
 The +UConn Huskies has taken the national championship for college basketball. In a game featuring the highest combined seeds in the history of the national championship game, the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 at AT&T Stadium in North Texas to win the school’s fourth NCAA title...More CLICK HERE
 Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, with his $2-billion offer setting a record price for an NBA team, The Times has learned. Ballmer, who was chief executive of Microsoft for 14 years, was chosen over competitors that included Los Angeles-based investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh and a group that included David Geffen and executives from the Guggenheim Group, the Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers...More CLICK HERE
 Cleveland Cavaliers star member +Andrew Bynum has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. Andrew Bynum’s rocky season has continued, as the center has been suspended by the Cleveland Cavaliers...More CLICK HERE
 In Arlington, Texas, the +Oakland Raiders gave up control of the game late in the first half and saw the Dallas Cowboys dominate the second half of a 31-24 Thanksgiving Day loss...More CLICK HERE
 The +New York Knicks has been named the most valuable NBA Franchise. Forbes released its annual list of richest NBA teams, and the Knicks come in first at $1.4 billion. New York is one of three teams in the league that are worth over a billion dollars, with the runners-up on the list being the Los Angeles Lakers ($1.35 billion) and Chicago Bulls ($1 billion). The top five of the list is rounded out by the Boston Celtics ($875 million) and Brooklyn Nets ($780 million)...More CLICK HERE
 The Kings rocketed off the bench and gathered for a huge group hug near the Rangers’ net before the handshake line and the Stanley Cup ceremony featuring captain Dustin Brown’s second chance to take the 35-pound silver trophy from Commissioner Gary Bettman...More CLICK HERE
 Germany became World Cup champion for the fourth time on Sunday night, and the first European team in history to clinch soccer’s greatest prize on South American soil. It did so courtesy of a winner deep into extra time from substitute Mario Gotze, who displayed a brilliant piece of skill to decide a contest of outstanding quality...More CLICK HERE
 Micheal Jordan anniversary for his final +NBA championship games is today. The +Chicago Bulls with coach +Phil Jackson were the best of all times thus far. Today marks the 15th anniversary of one of the greatest shots in NBA history. In Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals...More CLICK HERE

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lamar Odom Talks Missing Khloe Kardashian

Lamar Odom is out of rehab and working to put his life back together. But, there is one piece of his past that he no longer has, and it is likely that he will never have it again. Odom's 7-year marriage to Khloe Kardashian officially came to an end in December, and she has since moved on. That's not stopping him from voicing his yearning to have her back in his life.

During a recent episode of The Doctors, the former LA Lakers star opened up about turning the page on his struggle with substance abuse. When asked what he is most looking forward to in this new chapter of life, he becomes compelled to share the only thing on his mind. "Umm, honestly? I want my wife back," Odom says.

Unfortunately for Lamar, it would appear that that ship has sailed. The former couple have not been involved in a romance for quite some time, with their time together over the past year solely attributed to Kardashian's commitment to remaining in Odom's corner as he recuperated from a near death experience after lapsing into a coma after a Nevada drug binge in 2015.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Kobe Bryant Sets New Record

(The Wrap-Up Magazine) According to ESPN, the average fan inside the arena spent $61 USD on merchandise, with the average bill totaling $230 USD. Limited edition lambskin and Italian cashmere hats from the Lakers’ high-end “24 Collection” — which 2 Chainz previewed here and were priced at $38,024 USD and $24,008 USD respectively — sold well, with only three out of a total 16 units left at the end of the night.

All pins, coins and jerseys also sold out by the end of the night, including an $824 USD jersey limited to 248 units. Only three of 24 Swarovski crystal-embedded leather jackets remained unsold, with the retail price of $5,824 USD.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Shaquille O’Neal And Allen Iverson Nominated For The Hall of Fame

The larger-than-life 7-foot-1 big man and the ultra-quick 6-0 point guard lead the 10-member Class of 2016, which was announced Monday. Much like during their playing careers, there was no stopping Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson when it came to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

O’Neal won four NBA championships and an MVP award and is in the league’s top 10 in career scoring. Iverson won four scoring titles and was the league’s MVP in 2001, when his 48-point performance for the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals handed O’Neal’s Los Angeles Lakers their only loss of the most dominant postseason in NBA history.

Iverson and O’Neal will be enshrined along with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, former WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes and Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Longtime NBA referee Darrell Garretson, coach John McLendon and former stars Zelmo Beaty and Cumberland Posey will be enshrined posthumously.

O’Neal is one of four players to win three Finals MVP awards, joining Michael Jordan (6), Tim Duncan (3) and Magic Johnson (3). He was one vote shy in 1999-2000 of becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history as Iverson received the only other first-place vote.

Izzo has reached seven Final Fours and earned 524 career victories since becoming the head coach at Michigan State in 1995. In 2000 he guided the Spartans to the NCAA national championship with an 89-76 win over Florida.

Ming, the No. 1 overall pick by the Rockets in 2002, didn’t have the numbers of some other great centers, but he bridged a path for the NBA to China. The third Chinese player in league history was an eight-time All-Star before injuries shortened his career, as he missed 159 out of a possible 164 games in the last two years in the NBA. Ming was a first-team all-rookie in the 2002-03 season. In his first game against O’Neal, he blocked his first three shot attempts in the first three minutes of the game.

Swoopes was the first player signed by the WNBA. She went on to win three MVP awards and four championships in the league, but it was her 47-point performance in leading Texas Tech to the 1993 NCAA championship that many think of first when talking about one of the greats of women’s basketball.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The 2016 NBA All-Star Lineup

Kobe Bryant top vote-getter for 18th and final All-Star Game. Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is an All-Star for the 18th time, and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is notably not among the West’s starting five.

Fans overwhelmingly chose Bryant to be an All-Star starter, voting for him almost 1.9 million times, the most among all players. Bryant will start alongside Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Thunder swingman Kevin Durant and San Antonio Spurs wing Kawhi Leonard.

“It’ll be a special All-Star because this is Kobe’s last run,” Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heatsaid.

Durant and Westbrook are All-Stars together for the fifth time, breaking a tie with Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp for most appearances by Thunder/SuperSonics teammates. Durant has scored more than 30 points in four straight All-Star Games, and Westbrook was MVP of the 2015 game.

Curry, the reigning NBA MVP, was second among fans with 1.6 million votes. Curry’s father, Dell, finished his career in Toronto, and the league’s leading scorer will make his third straight All-Star start there.

“It’s going to be a fun experience for both sides of my family,” Curry said in a video posted by the Warriors. “I lived there for three years, my wife is from there, she has a lot of family that still is up there that’s going to be able to celebrate with us. So I’m going to enjoy it and look forward to it.”

The Eastern Conference starters are Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Wade. James was the top fan choice for the East team with 1.1 million votes.

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS
LeBron James
Paul George
Carmelo Anthony
Dwyane Wade
Kyle Lowry

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS
Stephen Curry
Russell Westbrook
Kobe Bryant
Kevin Durant
Kawhi Leonard

Friday, February 20, 2015

Kobe Bryant Talks Quitting Basketball

Could this be a rumor that +Kobe Bryant may be quitting basketball? The L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has been contemplating life after basketball since he was 22. Now that he’s 36, out due to injury and close to retirement, he says he’ll play one more season and finish his two-year contract, which will net him $25 million. But his recent experience as the subject and executive producer of the intimate doc Kobe Bryant’s Muse — produced by Gotham Chopra (Deepak‘s son) and airing Feb. 28 on Showtime — has opened up the possibility of a career behind the lens. “There are so many other stories to be told,” he says, adding that he’d like to profile Phil Jackson and Apple designer Jonathan Ive.

Chopra began filming Bryant more than a year ago, before Bryant suffered a devastating Achilles injury — and the film chronicles his recovery efforts. But it also finds him at a crossroads in his life and questioning some of the choices he’s made, including putting so much time and energy into basketball at the expense of the relationships in his life. Bryant sat for nearly 20 interviews with Chopra. The result is a surprisingly revealing introspective film about an NBA star who has been under the microscope almost since the day he entered the NBA straight from high school in 1996. “It was 100 percent therapeutic,” says Bryant. “The goal from the beginning was to make a truthful film.”

You were very candid about the dark periods in your life. Was that difficult?

BRYANT It was very difficult. But there’s beauty in that process.

You were arrested in 2003 on sexual assault charges, but the case was dropped. How difficult was that to revisit?

BRYANT Those were dark days for all of us. We all kind of dreaded that day.

Gotham, what were your conversations with Kobe like before you interviewed him?

CHOPRA We didn’t talk beforehand because we didn’t want it to feel scripted. It had to feel raw and honest. It was not easy for him. It was not easy for us because you feel like you’re prying into someone’s most personal stuff. But his willingness to go there just made it feel like, now we’re doing something special.

BRYANT Probably during my second year [in the NBA]. It takes more time to keep those relationships going. I was just really obsessive about becoming one of the all-time greats. I just loved playing the game so much that everything took a back seat. But I had to make a choice. Once I made that decision, the game became everything to me.

Do you regret that?

BRYANT It depends on what day you ask me. Certain days, when things are going really well, I feel like I have everything. But on days where things are not as good, I question that.

Some of your NBA peers have dabbled in acting. Do you have any interest in a career in front of the camera?

BRYANT No, I don’t enjoy being in films. It makes me uncomfortable.

You went to the NBA directly from high school. What was it like to be thrust into this grown-up world and suddenly making a very grown-up salary? 

BRYANT It’s really hard, especially for a 17-year-old. You’re having all this money thrown at you, all this attention thrown at you. And there are a lot of leeches. It teaches you a lot about focus. What are you focused on? What are you trying to accomplish? All right, let’s weed out everything else that gets in the way of that. But at 20 years old, I was dealing with a lot. It was crazy.

You have never worked with Gotham before, but I understand you had a mutual friend.

BRYANT Yeah. He knew Michael [Jackson] very well. And Michael is one of my mentors. When I was 18, he introduced me to his muses. I had never seen a Fred Astaire film.

You watched Fred Astaire movies with him?

BRYANT Yeah, I wanted to know how he sold 50 million albums, so he walked me through how he prepares, how he trains, how he writes, how he studies.

What was the most important lesson you learned from Michael Jackson?

BRYANT That everything is connected. Whether you’re a writer, an actor, a singer, a composer or an athlete, the common thread is there. Everything around us is an opportunity to be inspired.

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