LASH Morning Drive: Tuesday, July 1


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 NBA free agency is upon us and everyone’s interested in signing everyone! Free love, Los Angeles. You deserve it. And, go USA!

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

“As precious as life itself is, our heritage of individual freedom for man’s free agency is a God-given gift.” -David O. McKay


Lakers Active As Free Agency Opens

Lakers reach out to LeBron, Parson, others at midnight (Lake Show Life)

Chicago Bulls Rumors: Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce on free agent wish list (FanSided)

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Bulls, Lakers show interest in Caron Butler (FanSided)

Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles interested in Chris Bosh (FanSided)

Lakers contact Nick Young (FanSided)

Kent Bazemore rumors: Lakers want him back, contacted by Celtics, Hawks, Mavericks & Suns (FanSided)


Clips Call Collison and Trio of Small Forwards

Los Angeles Clippers: Best UFA Targets By Position (Hoops Habit)

Report: Clippers are interested in F Ed Davis (Fully Clips)

Judge denies delay in Donald Sterling case (Fully Clips)

Free agent Darren Collison is Clippers’ No. 1 priority (LA Times)


Dodgers Finish Off Red Hot June With Win, Grab NL West Lead

Alone At The Top: 24 Consecutive Scoreless Innings (Lasorda’s Lair)

Haren Hopes To Pitch Dodgers Into Sole Possession Of First Place (Lasorda’s Lair)

Hanley Ramirez will likely avoid disabled list (FanSided)

Clayton Kershaw and his ridiculous month of June (Call to the Pen)

Los Angeles Dodgers unlikely to trade outfielder (FanSided)

MLB Power Rankings Week 15: Tigers, Dodgers back near the top (FanSided)


Angels’ Mike Trout is undecided about home run derby (LA Times)

Albert Pujols to play after rainout (ESPN)

Angels, White Sox postponed (rain); doubleheader set for Tuesday (CBS Sports)


Kings’ Willie Mitchell begins search for a new team (LA Times)

Questions and answers about NHL free agency (USA Today)

Jeff Schultz re-signs with Kings (ESPN)


Ducks sign goalie Igor Bobkov to one-year contract (


Oh, Soccer’s Growing: Average MLS Club Worth $100m (LA Times)

(The Oregonian)


USC Must Deliver Championships From Major Sports Too (Reign of Troy)

Preseason position reviews: Offensive line (ESPN)

USC Football Countdown to Kickoff: Trojans Heading Into Pac-12 Play (Conquest Chronicles)


Video: Kyle Anderson Reacts To Getting Drafted By San Antonio Spurs (Go Joe Bruin)

Projecting The Depth Chart: UCLA Linebackers (Go Joe Bruin)

T.J. Simmons commits to UCLA: 3-star RB picks the Bruins (FanSided)

Westwood Rewind: UCLA Soccer Likes Futbol, Women’s Volleyball On Camera, Water Polo Says Good-Bye And The NBA Draft (Go Joe Bruin)


Cavaliers avoid LeBron James nightmare by signing Kyrie Irving now (LA Times)

Bucks officially name Kidd coach after trade (ESPN)

Nets’ King thanks Kidd, confirms Hollins meeting (CBS Sports)

Altidore fit to face Belgium  (NBC Sports)

Miami’s Big 3 will give Pat Riley window to assemble roster (

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