Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Some expect a breakout season from him, but he’s got to limit turnovers, provide defense.SG Lou Williams12th season; 15.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apgPart of a group of veterans the coaching staff can lean on to help mentor young players.SF Luol Deng 13th season; 12.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apgDeng will start, but one of his primary responsibilities is to help groom rookie Brandon Ingram to take his spot.PF Julius Randle3rd season; 11.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.8 apgRandle’s all-around talent excites many, but he needs a lot of work on his jumper to become Draymond Green-like.C Timofey Mozgov7th season; 6.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.4 apgLakers replaced Roy Hibbert by giving this former Cleveland big man $64 million in free agency.ReservesPG/SG Jordan Clarkson3rd season; 15.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 apgHe’ll play starter-sized minutes coming off the bench.PG Jose Calderon12th season; 7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.2 apgThe experienced point guard provides more of that veteran leadership.PG Marcelo Huertas2nd season; 4.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.4 apgA pass-first point guard, he’ll need to scrap for whatever minutes Russell and Calderon don’t play.SF Nick Young10th season; 7.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.6 apgTwo surprises: Young is still on roster and is earning praise for his defense.SF Brandon Ingram*Rookie; 17.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apgThe second overall pick needs to put on weight but appears to have a high ceiling.PF Larry Nance Jr.2nd season; 5.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.7 apgThe high-flying Nance opened some eyes as a rookie and could expand his role.PF Thomas Robinson5th season; 4.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.6 apgInvited to camp after dominating open gym, the 2012 No. 5 pick impressed Walton with his work ethic.PF Metta World Peace17th season; 5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.8 apgHe made the roster but won’t see the court much. He’s here to help young players learn.C Tarik Black3rd season; 3.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.4 apgHigh-energy Black returns as the team’s backup big man.C Ivica Zubac#Rookie; 5.3 ppg,; 3.0 rpg, 0.0 apgThe Croatian rookie figures to log time with the D-Fenders since minutes could be scarce with Lakers.* – Statistics from freshman season at Duke# – Statistics from Cibona Zagreb Here’s the Lakers’ roster for their season opener Wednesday against the Houston Rockets: StartersPG D’Angelo Russell2nd season; 13.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.3 apg
Cohen also said that Leach will meet with take part in “listening sessions with student, alumni, and community groups” and will be provided “opportunities to expand his cultural awareness of Mississippi.”ORIGINAL ARTICLE:Mike Leach often posts strange memes on his Twitter account, but his tweet Wednesday made a lot of people upset.The first-year Mississippi State coach tweeted out a meme regarding the coronavirus quarantine. The meme showed a black-and-white photo of a woman knitting a noose with the caption: “After 2 weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf.” MORE: Dr. Fauci: “We’re not even at halftime” of coronavirus battleLeach’s own Mississippi State players seemed bothered by the tweet. Erroll Thompson, who was a team captain in 2019, responded with a thinking face emoji (before deleting it). Defensive lineman Fabien Lovett and defensive end Kobe Jones replied to Leach’s tweets with “WTF” and “he tripping.”Facts. He tripping. 🤦🏾♂️ @Im3Fly— Kobe Jones (@IAmKobeJones) April 2, 2020Margaret A. Hagerman, a professor at Mississippi State (who has since gone into a private Twitter account), explained why the tweet was troublesome. UPDATE, April 7: Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen said in a prepared statement that the university was “disappointed” in Leach for using an image of a noose in his since-deleted tweet.”No matter the context, for many Americans the image of a noose is never appropriate and that’s particularly true in the South and in Mississippi,” Cohen said. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/83/mike-leach-tweet_18xnl0s9nt4w512by9swbsljgu.png?t=1074237473&w=500&quality=80 From the Clarion-Ledger:Margaret A. Hagerman, an assistant professor of sociology at MSU who received a Ph.D from Emory University in 2014, was much more profound in her response to Leach’s tweet.She said “lynching ‘jokes’ are incredibly offensive anywhere” and “especially in Mississippi.” She also suggested that Leach delete the tweet and visit The National Memorial for Peace and Justice to learn about “this brutal history.”Leach eventually deleted the tweet and offered up an apology the next day.I sincerely regret if my choice of images in my tweets were found offensive. I had no intention of offending anyone.— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) April 2, 2020This isn’t the first time Leach has drawn criticism for something he’s posted to Twitter. In February he ended up deleting tweets he sent about Mitt Romney. In 2018 he tweeted a fake video of President Barack Obama that USA Today reports cost his school $1.6 million.