LASH Morning Drive: Monday, June 23


The Morning Drive offers you a healthy dose of LA sports talk from around the internet. A most excellent way to wake up feeling smart.

In today’s morning drive the NBA rumor mill is abuzz, Yasiel Puig plays a dangerous game and the Kings want Marian Gaborik back. Enjoy your day, Los Angeles. You deserve it.

Good Day Quote of the Day, to start your Monday off right

“Most of the time, I’m here in Michigan and I’m taking out the garbage every Monday.” -Bob Seger


NBA Rumors: Dallas Mavericks To Pursue Pau Gasol (Sir Charles In Charge)

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers expected to acquire Kevin Love? (FanSided)

Jerry West, Klay Thompson & the Trade That Won’t Happen (Lake Show Life)

NBA Rumors: Lakers could trade Marcus Smart to Pacers for Roy Hibbert? (FanSided)


NBA Free Agency: Collison, Big Baby, Granger to opt out

J.A. Adande on LeBron James joining the Clips: ‘It’s possible’ (Fully Clips)

Report: Clippers are interested in Mike Woodson as assistant coach (Fully Clips)

Report: Knicks shopping Iman Shumpert for first-round pick (Fully Clips)

2014 Clippers NBA Mock Draft Roundup 3.0 (Fully Clips)

Kings give a nod to Clippers for smoothing out schedule (LA Times)

Clippers have chess pieces to move as Alvin Gentry departs (LA Times)


When will Yasiel Puig learn to slide? (ESPN)

Ryu Tosses Six One-Run Frames To Earn Ninth Win, Bullpen Throws Three Scoreless Innings To Preserve Lead (Lasorda’s Lair)

MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox looking at Matt Kemp? (FanSided)

Kenley is Still Great, But Lack Of Pitch Control, Movement, And Overuse Have Plagued Him This Year (Lasorda’s Lair)

MLB Trade Rumors: Matt Kemp likely to be moved in offseason (FanSided)

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig won’t stop playing aggressively (LA Times)

Josh Beckett continues improbable rebirth (ESPN)


Los Angeles Angels Release Raul Ibanez

Is it time to Permanently Replace Ernesto Frieri at Closer? (Halo Hangout)

Mike Trout gets own Nike cleat, first MLB player since Ken Griffey Jr. (FanSided)

Angels’ Matt Shoemaker outduels Rangers’ Yu Darvish (LA Times)

Ex-Utes, Bees star C.J. Cron finding his power with L.A. Angels (Salt Lake Tribune)

Los Angeles Angels get a moment with the Cup (NBC Sports)


Here is Erin Andrews drinking from the Stanley Cup (FanSided)

Report: Los Angeles Kings offer Marian Gaborik three year, $15M deal (FanSided)

NHL Schedule release: Kings vs. Sharks will be season opener (FanSided)

NHL Rumors: Will the Los Angeles Kings buy out Mike Richards? (FanSided)


Twitter Reaction to De’Quan Hampton’s USC Commitment Announcement (Reign of Troy)

Russell Ude, Jonathan Ledbetter to Visit USC, UCLA and Cal (Reign of Troy)


NBA Draft Profile: Jordan Adams (Go Joe Bruin)

UCLA football: Linebacker Aaron Wallace returns to team (LA Times)

Jim Mora Promotes Snoop Lion Shoes By Adidas On Twitter, Will They Be The Official Footwear Of UCLA? (Go Joe Bruin)

Tim Brando Expects Big Things From UCLA, Selects The Bruins As #1 In His Preseason Poll (Go Joe Bruin)

Eric Kendricks: UCLA’s Most Important Player? (Bruins Nation)


World Cup: USA ties 2-2 on Portugal’s last-gasp goal

For NFL, 2 billion reasons to consider L.A. (OC Register)

Michael Phelps makes news; Katie Ledecky sets records  (LA Times)

Wimbledon: Sloane Stephens loses in first round (ESPN)

Report: As expected, Carmelo Anthony has opted out (CBS Sports)

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