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LeBron James clapped back at social media trolls cracking jokes about his "geriatric" Los Angeles Lakers teammates.

After being knocked out of the NBA playoffs in the first round, the Lakers rebuilt the team by trading nearly every player.

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The Lakers sent forward Kyle Kuzma, guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, backup center Montrezl Harrell and a first-round pick to Washington in exchange for star guard Russell Westbrook (pictured above).

Westbrook, 35, forms the Lakers Big 3 -- alongside LeBron, 36, and center Anthony Davis, 28.

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The Lakers also signed 37-year-old free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony, left, to a one-year deal at the league minimum salary.

Social media trolls clowned the new Lakers as the oldest team in the league.

LeBron clapped back, telling critics to "keep talking about my squad, our ages, the way he plays... we're past our time in this league, etc etc etc."

He added: "Do me one favor PLEASE!!!! And I mean PLEASE!!! Keep that same narrative ENERGY when it begins! That's all I ask. #ThankYou."

LeBron is very sensitive to any form of criticism.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was robbed at gunpoint by three men in a terrifying incident in Los Angeles earlier this month, TMZ Sports reports.

The incident took place on June 17, when the 28-year-old Lakers guard was in his driveway at around 4 a.m. talking with friends.

Sources tell TMZ a car pulled up and three men jumped out with guns drawn. The robbers ordered KCP and his friends to hand over their cash and valuables, including a Rolex watch and an iPhone.

The thieves made off with about $150,000 worth of cash and jewelry.

No shots were fired and KCP was not injured in the armed robbery.

The LAPD is currently investigating the early morning robbery.

KCP -- who signed a 3-year, $39 million contract with the Lakers in 2020 -- started 67 games and averaged 9.7 points per game this season.

The Lakers were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Phoenix Suns earlier this month.

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Kodak Black probably shouldn't have used a helicopter when paying tribute to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant.

The rapper angered Kobe's fans when he celebrated his 24th birthday on Instagram by sharing photos of a helicopter wrapped in the Lakers team colors.

His brand new Tesla Model X car is also customized with the team's yellow and purple.

In the caption, Kodak Black wrote: "I'm Ouchea 24 a Day I'm Like KOBE #KtB @kobebryant... #HappyBirthdayKodak Out Now."

Kobe's fans let Kodak know that the helicopter tribute was inappropriate in the comments section. One fan wrote: "The helicopter not sitting right w me."

Another wrote: "The man and his daughter died in one."

And a third user wrote: "I think the helicopter was a little to much."

But some of Kodak's followers defending his tribute.

Instagram user @maximusbuckets wrote: "He honoring him if anything."

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Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, 13, died tragically in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, California in January 2020.

Kodak also angered his fans last week when he said he wants President Donald Trump back in the White House.

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Rap mogul Drake and his son 4-year-old Adonis arrived to the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Game 6 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday. Devin Booker, of the Phoenix Suns scored a playoffs career-high 47 points to eliminate the Lakers 4 games to 2 to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

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Chris Paul, of the Phoenix Suns, stopped to greet Kendall Jenner, as she waited to scoop up boyfriend Devin Booker outside the Staples Center on Thursday. Immature fans cussed Kendall out for dating the 24-year-old star player who single-handedly eliminated the Lakers from the playoffs.
 


 

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Magic Johnson and wife Cookie Johnson were spotted leaving the Lakers vs Suns NBA playoffs Game 6 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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The Phoenix Suns eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 113-100 in Game 6 on Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

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The Suns won their first NBA playoff series since 2010, eliminating the Lakers 4 games to 2.

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Lakers forward LeBron James (#23) finished with 29 points, nine rebounds, 7 assists, two blocked shots and 1 steal in a losing effort.

James was eliminated in the first round for the first time ever in his 18-year career, which includes 4 championships.

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The Lakers didn't have their eight-time All-star center Anthony Davis (#3) who suffered a groin injury in Game 4 and missed all of Game 5 of the series.

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The team doctor gave Davis the OK to return to the starting lineup in Game 6. However, Davis was in obvious pain and struggled in the opening minutes. He headed to the locker room after playing less than 5 1/2 minutes of the 1st quarter.

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The Suns' star guard Devin Booker (#1) led all scorers with a playoffs career-high 47 points, 11 rebounds and eight 3-pointers. He made all six 3-point attempts in the 1st quarter.

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"I've been working my whole life for this moment... so it wasn't time to shy away from it," Booker told reporters after the game.

Booker and teammate Jae Crowder were ejected from the game in the final minute for a flagrant foul and a technical respectively.

Chris Paul scored 8 points and had 12 assists for the Suns.

Fans were angry that LeBron James walked off the court without shaking hands with the Western Conference champs after the game.

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He made up for his unsportsmanlike conduct by gifting a signed jersey to Booker, who sought him out in the arena tunnel after the game.

The Suns next face Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in game 1 of the second round on Monday, June 7, in Phoenix.

The Nuggets eliminated Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers 126-115 to clinch game 6 in Portland on Thursday night.

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NBA stars LeBron James (left) and LaMelo Ball (right) suffered serious injuries in NBA games over the weekend.

James suffered a high ankle injury during this weekend's Lakers loss to the Atlanta Hawks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old forward injured his ankle when Hawks forward Solomon Hill fell on top of him as he tried to secure a loose ball on the court.

James screamed out in agony, but he stayed in the game and scored a 3-pointer before throwing a chair and hobbling to the locker room.

An MRI confirmed a high ankle sprain. James' injury opens the door for Trail Blazers superstar Damian Dillard to win this season's MVP award.

The Lakers are without their two superstars after losing forward Anthony Davis to a calf strain in his right leg.

In other NBA injury news, Charlotte Hornets rookie guard LaMelo Ball will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his wrist on Saturday.

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Ball #2 of the Hornets fractured his right wrist on this play as his shot was defended by Nicolas Batum #33 of the LA Clippers during the second quarter at the Staples Center.

The 19-year-old guard, who was expected to win Rookie of the Year, averaged 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.
 

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The woman who was kicked out of an Atlanta Hawks vs LA Lakers game for cussing out LeBron James now regrets her mistake.

Juliana Carlos, who sat courtside with her elderly husband, was ejected from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, along with her husband, after she heckled and cursed at the Lakers star.

"Don't talk to my husband like that!" Juliana told Lebron during a break in the game on Feb. 1. LeBron reportedly called her a b*tch and told her to sit down.

He then asked officials to kick her out of the arena. "Courtside Karen was MAD MAD!!" LeBron wrote on Twitter after the game, which the Lakers won.

In a lengthy statement on Instagram on Tuesday, Juliana said she could have handled the situation better and she takes full responsibility for her behavior -- after the arena threatened to revoke her wealthy husband's season tickets.

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are so emotionally drained over the shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin that they voted to boycott the remainder of the NBA playoffs.

According to reports, the Lakers and Clippers were the only teams to take such drastic action after Jacob Blake was shot 7 times in the back.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the other teams voted to continue the playoffs. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski noted, "The Clippers and Lakers voting on perhaps not continuing with the season was considered more of a polling, than a final vote, sources tell ESPN. The resumption of the playoffs remains still up in the air."

NBA insider David Aldridge tweeted, "Told the players’ meeting ended "ugly," per a source, with uncertainty about what will happen tomorrow. The union will be present at the special Board of Governors meeting, per a source." It appears that the games slated for Thursday will be postponed as well. "Discussions on continuing season will extend into tomorrow, sources tell ESPN, but appears unlikely the three playoff games on Thursday will be played. "Everyone is still too emotional," one high-ranking source tells ESPN. "There needs to be more time to come together on this," tweeted Woj.

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Rapper Jay-Z reacted aggressively when a fan tried to take a picture with him after the Lakers defeated the Clippers at the Staples Center on Sunday.

Jay-Z, 50, who attended the game with his 8-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, was approached after the game by an overzealous fan who threw his paw around Hov's shoulder.

"I don't know you!" Jay-Z reportedly said while aggressively shrugging his shoulder. Cell phone video of the encounter went viral on social media on Monday.

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Fans took Jay-Z's side, saying the man invaded his personal space. Many said the fan was lucky Jay-Z didn't slug him for touching him without permission.

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Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant shared her grief and heartache in an emotional statement published on Instagram.com.

The post accompanied a family portrait showing the 41-year-old Lakers legend smiling with Vanessa and their four daughters - 13-year-old Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, who died with her father in a helicopter crash on Sunday; 17-year-old Natalia, Bianka, 2, and infant Capri.

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"My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who've shown support and love during this horrific time," the statement read.

"Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe -- the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna -- a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.

"There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have then in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I'm not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it's impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way."

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Vanessa's heartfelt message was posted Wednesday on Vanessa's Instagram account, which was recently made public for the first time since the crash.

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The grieving widow changed her Instagram.com profile photo to this image of Kobe and his Gianna embracing during the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto.

Vanessa shared a link to the foundation she set up, the Mamba Sports Foundation, for public donations "to help support the other families affected by this tragedy.

Also killed in the crash were college baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, who played on the same basketball team with Gianna. Another young basketball player, Payton Chester, was also killed along with her mother, Sarah Chester; and Christina Maurer, a girls basketball coach at Harbor Day School, a private elementary school.

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Kobe and Vanessa, 37, met on the set of a music video when she was 16. He was already an NBA superstar when they met. He caused such a commotion when he picked her up from high school that the administration banned him from the school campus. They married when he was 22 and she was 18 in 2001.

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Their eldest daughter Natalia, pictured left, was born 2 years later. Vanessa suffered a miscarriage in 2005, and Kobe blamed himself. Vanessa never got over the shame of his arrest for raping a Colorado woman in 2003.

The Bryants were overjoyed when Gianna (right) came along a year later. Kobe and Gigi became inseparable and she shared his passion for basketball.

The Lakers organization issued a statement on Twitter.com:

"We are devastated and have been forever changed by the sudden loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. We send our love to Vanessa, the Bryant family, and to the families of the other passengers.

"Words cannot express what Kobe means to the Los Angeles Lakers, our fans, and our city. More than a basketball player, he was a beloved father, husband, and teammate. Their love and light will remain in our hearts forever."

The Lakers organization also asked the public to donate to the foundation. Kobe fans criticized the organization for soliciting funds from grieving fans.

"Why is a billion dollar foundation asking the public for monies? Why not fund it yourself?" wrote one social media user. Others opined that Kobe was worth hundreds of millions of dollars when he died. His sponsor, Nike, and the Lakers are billion dollar corporations.

The request for public donations comes at a time when NBA fans - many of whom are not millionaires - are still reeling from the news of Kobe's death.
 

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ??

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