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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope robbed at gunpoint by 3 men

MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 13: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena on December 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (KCP) was robbed at gunpoint in Los Angeles earlier this month.

According to TMZ, 28-year-old KCP was hanging out in his driveway around 4 AM on June 17, chatting with a group of friends when three men jumped out of a car with guns.

The men robbed KCP and his friends on the spot. They forced them to turn over a Rolex watch, jewelry, and an iPhone. The thieves ran off with about $150,000 worth of loot.

Reports state neither KCP nor any of his friends sustained injury from the robbery, and the LAPD is continuing investigation.

KCP signed a 3-year, $39M contract after the Lakers championship run in the NBA's bubble last season. He played two fewer games this season (67) but started in all of them, averaging similar stats as the year prior.

With Anthony Davis out with a groin injury and LeBron James laboring with an ankle injury, the 7th-seed Lakers championship run came to an early end. The defending champs lost 4-2 to the 2nd-seed Phoenix Suns in the 1st round of the 2021 NBA playoffs. KCP also sustaining a left-knee contusion in game two and played in five of those six games. He averaged 6.2 PTS, 2.8 REB, 1.0 AST, and 1.0 STL.

The most memorable event for KCP this playoffs was an in-game incident with LeBron James. KCP passed up an open three-pointer late in the game after struggling to make shots in previous matches. An animated LeBron James got in his face during a timeout and yelled some words of encouragement: "I WANT YOU TO SHOOT!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-vW2YBhWMo

The Lakers head to the offseason with intentions of adding more depth and surrounding LeBron James with more shooters. They have KCP locked up for the next two years. Though it shouldn't be surprising if his name is involved in trades this summer.

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