Channing Frye: Lakers are ‘appealing place’ for free agents like LeBron James, Paul George

first_imgCaldwell-Pope emerged as the team’s best bowler, although that wasn’t much of a surprise. He said he tries to go every weekend with his 5-year-old son, Kenzo.“I’m thinking about getting my own shoes and my own ball,” the starting shooting guard said.Of course, where there is competition there is ribbing.“My team won,” Walton said. He said Caldwell-Pope was the most impressive on the lanes but “faded in the finals” and that among the rookies, “Kuz was better than Zo.”FULL HOUSEFor a few hours Tuesday, the highest concentration of NBA players anywhere in the world was in a luxury hotel on Canal Street.The Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers were all staying in New Orleans, adjacent to the French Quarter, for games against the Pelicans.“We checked in and Dennis Smith Jr. was downstairs getting ready to go to the arena,” Walton said, “and throughout the day you see the coaches.”The Pelicans were originally scheduled to face the Mavericks on Tuesday and the Lakers on Thursday with an off-day in between. However, a leaky roof in Smoothie King Center on Feb. 7 led to a scheduled make-up game with the Pacers wedged in between.ALSOIngram did not practice and was ruled out for Thursday. … Josh Hart continues to rehab his broken hand, and is meeting daily with a physical therapist specializing in hands. And yes, if his former teammate James is the target, Frye will happily make a phone call.“I’ll make a call to Jesus if I have to,” Frye said, “if that’s going to help get a win.”For now, Frye will be focused on helping the team win on the court. He is eager to get back on the floor.“I’m happy to just be back,” he said, “actually not working out with myself anymore. It’s one of those things, today I feel good, tomorrow I’ll be really sore. … But conditioning’s a factor and just kind of getting a rhythm and figuring out plays and where I fit in.”How Frye feels on Thursday morning will determine his availability against the Pelicans.“We’ll see how he reacts to practicing,” Coach Luke Walton said. “As long as he continues to feel good, I’ll have a talk with him in the morning. We’ll see how he feels.”PINS AND NEEDLINGThe Lakers did not practice Tuesday when they arrived in New Orleans, instead loading onto buses and going bowling.It was the kind of activity that has become common on the road for the Lakers, whether going to an “escape room” in Milwaukee or attending “Hamilton” on Broadway.“It’s just great team bonding,” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. “Everybody’s having fun … laughing, joking and a little competition which is good. It’s good for the chemistry off the court, and maybe on the court.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn two months since being traded from Cleveland, Frye has found all of those qualities in the Lakers, with a popular coach and an exciting young core of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram.“I think you’re going to see a lot of guys this summer who want to play with Lonzo and Kuz and Brandon and guys that they have here and just build from that,” Frye said. “This is a pretty appealing place. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the Lakers and that these young guys are some of the best young guys in the NBA.”Frye has not played since Feb. 14, less than a week after being traded. An appendectomy over the All-Star break has sidelined him since, although he returned to practice Wednesday and could be available against the Pelicans on Thursday.With just 12 games remaining in the regular season, Frye said he wants to see where he “could fit in for the future.” If it’s with the Lakers, he also can envision himself serving as a bit of a matchmaker.“I think a lot of vets are going to ask me how it is,” Frye said. “They’re going to ask I.T. (Isaiah Thomas) how it is.” Lakers want Lonzo Ball to be more aggressive on offense center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW ORLEANS — It has been three years since Channing Frye’s season ended without a trip to the playoffs. With the Lakers well out of the postseason chase, the 34-year-old veteran forward has started thinking about how he will utilize his extra time come April.“This has been the first time that I’ve had a while to really work on some things,” he said. A pending free agent, Frye said he plans to attack the offseason “like I’m 22 again,” getting in great shape but also taking some time to consider what’s next.Where will be next?Unlike top free-agent targets LeBron James and Paul George, Frye is not expecting to be flooded with maximum contract offers July 1. He is, however, looking for many of the same things in free agency that elite stars like James and George want – stability, culture, a chance to win.last_img read more

Richards looks ahead to strong season

first_imgOlympic shot put finalist O’Dayne Richards is optimistic about his 2017 prospects and is looking forward to competition with the likes of Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and World Champion Joe Kovacs. Speaking in Mandeville before he won the shot put event at the Manchester High School/Charlie Fuller Memorial, Richards says he is working to improve this year. He also hopes more fans will watch the shot as time goes by.He was at the Memorial to test his fitness a season after knee surgery and a slow recovery threatened his Olympic hopes. He is thankful to be headed in the right direction.”I think there is still a bit of room to catch up,” the MVP Track Club throwing ace said. “It’s very close to what it was the year before.”In that year, he cemented years of steady advances with the Pan-Am Games gold medal and bronze at the World Championships in Beijing, China. Both were achieved with the national record distance of 21.69 metres. Now he just wants to improve.”That has always been the target and I guess the target really hasn’t changed; to continue to improve,” Richards noted.With a nod to the size of giant rivals like the 6 foot 7 inch Crouser, the 5′ 11″ Jamaican cracked a little smile and said, “No I can’t get taller so everything that I have control over, speed, technique, mental strength, you know, everything, whatever it takes for me to try and improve, that is what I’m working on.”The American pair of Crouser and Kovacs and New Zealander Tom Walsh went beyond 22m in 2016 and the St George’s College and University of Technology graduate thinks others will soon do it as well.”I expected to be amongst four or five guys hitting 22m within the same year,” he shared calmly, while waiting for his event to start at the Memorial. “So far, we haven’t seen it yet and I still believe that one year we will see four or five guys hitting 22m within the same year.”Richards has clear ideas as to how to get more Jamaicans to take an interest in his event. He recommends the staging of street shot put meets in places like Half Way Tree and Crossroads.”Some people stay far away in the stadium,” he described. “So you don’t really know how heavy the shot put lands on the ground.””You don’t really see it coming at you at 13 metres per second,” Richards said with a statistic on the high speed at with his implement travels.”So when people come to get closer to the event, even get involved, maybe roll back a shot and see how heavy it is and I guess people will start to see and maybe enjoy it.”Richards won the shot put at the Memorial with a distance of 20.11m.last_img read more