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    Magicman (Editor) 8:52 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
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    Magicman (Editor) 5:33 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:35 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rondo is coming off two consecutive seasons playing less than 40 games, and his games played have declined the last four seasons, going from 81 in 2009-10 to 30 last year. His time spent off the court is a major reason why the Celtics struggled so mightily last season. The injuries incurred have definitely been of the freak variety but are worrisome all the same.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:44 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’re not in a position to take a gamble on Rondo.

        Rondo himself doesn’t make his teammates better, he had Ray Allen, KG and PP and a few other good role players that helped accentuate Rondo’s strengths.

        Rondo’s a great PG when talent is surrounding him, but when he’s by himself, he can only elevate his team to a certain degree and they (team) plateau.

        A team like Houston or Dallas, Charlotte would be a place where he’d have options, not the HOF Options he had with the Greenies, but he’d be able to put together wins.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:51 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t EVEN UNDERSTAND articles suggesting the Lakers trade for Rondo. Makes less than sum zero sense.

    • MongoSlade (Director)

      MongoSlade (Director) 6:01 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rondo is worth the risk but not at the cost of Randle.
      But if they would take something centered around Lin or Hil then hell yeah.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:30 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:47 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:26 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank goodness for that. I’ve been Jonesing worse than Bubbles off the Wire. :0

  • NuggetsCountry (Director)

    NuggetsCountry (Director) 3:25 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • wesjoenixon

    wesjoenixon 12:00 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Some recent Jimmy Page, Jason Bonham, Plant and Jones…

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:22 AM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    10 NBA Players Who Will Break out in New Roles During 2014-15 

    BY ANDY BAILEY FOR THE BLEACHER REPORT

    Old Role: Backup Point Guard

    Potential New Role: Starting Point Guard

    “Linsanity” was one of the NBA’s biggest stories in 2012, and it could finally get its second chapter in the mega market of Los Angeles during the 2014-15 season.

    Following Jeremy Lin’s breakout with the Knicks, he started all 82 games in his inaugural campaign with the Houston Rockets. Then last season, he conceded the role of PG-1 to Patrick Beverley.

    With the Los Angeles Lakers, he should have a shot at piloting a team once again.

    40-year-old Steve Nash represents Lin’s only competition for the spot, but at this point in his career, he may be more suited for a reserve role. Bleacher Report’s Stephen Babb explored the subject, saying:

    The Lakers already have one ball-dominating playmaker in the starting lineup. Rather than asking Nash to compete with Bryant for touches, why not make him orchestrator-in-chief of the bench? It would ensure the veteran more touches, and it just might translate into better performances from other reserves.

    Nash has a way of bringing out the best in his teammates. Perhaps he’d have a force-multiplying effect on L.A.’s depth, making the most of guys like rookie Julius Randle and potential sixth man Nick Young.

    Moving Nash to the bench could very well be a win-win scenario for him and Lin alike.

    With Nash coming off the bench, Lin will have the opportunity to play alongside Kobe Bryant, who even at 36, will assume the vast majority of the defensive pressure LA faces.

    That will give Lin the opportunity to once again showcase what he did best for the New York Knicks back in 2012: attack, attack, attack.

    http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2178326-10-nba-players-who-will-break-out-in-new-roles-during-2014-15/page/5

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    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:00 AM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree.
      I understand completely why some feel Nash should start( so he can enter the game already warmed up), but Nash doesn’t fit into our future plans and if Lin does well enough this year, he will.
      I’m not expecting Nash to last more than a couple of weeks anyway.
      Starting Lin right off the bat might give him that extra confidence to propel him back towards the player we need him to be.
      Also, he might have a rough start playing with some of the talent left on the bench. He will get a boost playing alongside Kobe and the other guys who earn their spots at the 3, 4 and 5.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:14 AM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We need a guy who can drive to the hole, create his own shot and get to the Charity Stripe as a Point Guard.

      Jeremy can do all of those things, Not one or two, all of them.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:42 AM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        EXACTLY.
        We had one for a minute in Sessions, but he wilted from the bright lights.

    • humanomaly

      humanomaly 12:54 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think it’s pretty certain that Nash cannot come off the bench due to his physical conditions. He needs to go straight from warmups to playing (starting….1st qtr, 3rd qtr)…for years we’ve seen shots of Nash when he comes out of the game, he lays on his stomach instead of sitting on the bench (I personally know that sitting in “normal” seats can be hard on my back, perhaps the Lakers should try to find a seat that could accommodate Nash, like they did for PJ’s ailments, with his “throne” chair. I thought Ramon Sessions did ok for his one year, looking at his career stats, it was one of his best years. Obviously Lin will be the main point guard, because that’s what he is, and he’s probably in his physically prime year(s). He has no ego that demands to be a starter, even though this is a contract year for him. I think Nash should start the games, and Lin takes over depending on Nash’s condition/play. Another thought…Kobe did alot of distribution the one season he did play along Nash a bit. Nash was playing more of the spot up shooter (for those “Magic”-al Threes”….Perhaps Kobe will get some minutes playing the point at times.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 1:11 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nash needs to start as humanomaly suggests. Lin can play more minutes. Lakers fans need to give Nash a chance and quit being mad at him for something that was/is out of his control. If it’s true that he no longer suffers from the nerve pain, then maybe he’ll actually play effectively this season. I realize that is doubtful, but if he can play 20-25 mpg and sit out back to back games, he gives us a shot at winning games. I realize that most of Lakerland is wisely seeing the next few seasons as flushed, so we need to be thinking long term and developing and auditioning players, but once again, this is all about Kobe. Get used to it, at least until Kobe goes down.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:11 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        until Kobe goes down?????

        You worry about us disrespecting Nash, who has done nothing back eat up cap pace since coming here and say that about a guy played a HUGE part in getting us the last FIVE chips????

        Wow.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 9:15 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          “Disrespecting”? I’m sorry, but is that word typed anywhere in my post? So let me get this straight. Because Nash has been injured the whole time he’s been with us, he deserves to be bashed and minimized, but because Kobe is Kobe, you can be irrational about him. Well alrighty then.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:19 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:44 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      @humanomaly -- I think that, if winning is the goal, we need to start Lin. This is not an indictment of what Nash is/was/still can be, rather, I think that with the justifiable uncertainty surrounding what Nash can bring to the table that we should go with players who can be consistent, in both production and playing time. Nash hasn’t shown that he can play in a full season for some time now, this is not really up for dispute. To put him in the starting line up only to have to create something from scratch on down the line seems silly to me.

      I think Byron will give every player as fair a shake as possible in training camp and preseason. This will (and ought) to determine who gets the majority of PT, who starts and who plays best with which unit. Frankly, because of injuries to everyone and the inconsistencies of Mike D’Antoni’s rotations it’s difficult to say who should play where with the holdovers from last season. When healthy Xavier Henry was better than Wesley Johnson in my opinion, but since he missed so many games it makes it difficult to ink him in as a starter, better to use lead.

      Overall, I think Lin will start simply because he’ll be a better defender than Nash in every sense of the word and we’re short on defense. Also, Kobe shouldn’t be expected to shoulder as much of the distribution load as he has in the past. Better he saves that mojo for the 4th quarter and scoring in general. He’ll get his 5 dimes I’d say simply because he makes smart basketball choices, but I don’t see him averaging much more than that.

      Nash has already said he’s fine coming off the bench, so if he feels that way I see no reason why we sa fans shouldn’t believe that he thinks himself capable. It’ll show soon enough if it’s not possible.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:54 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well said, and I agree 100%.

        I also felt that when available, X was much more effective than Wes, especially on offense.
        Johnson seems to only be effective as a catch and shoot player as well as a finisher on the break. In other scenarios with the ball, he looks very unsure of himself.

        • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:56 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          No post moves, not a good handle, needs to stay around the rim or in the corner. Take a page out of Bruce Bowen’s book: defend, screen, hit the corner 3.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 6:52 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            yup

            • keen observer

              keen observer 9:18 PM on September 2, 2014 Permalink

              I’m glad that the Lakers have profesionals running things and not emotional fans like you.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:33 PM on September 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Kobe Bryant gave Nick Young advice on how to be ‘unstoppable’ 

    BY SAM RICHMOND FOR SI.COM

    Kobe Bryant doesn’t have the reputation of being a kind teammate, but it appears the Los Angeles Lakers star has taken a mentor-like role with teammate Nick “Swaggy P” Young.

    Bryant revealed in an interview that took place in China that he gave Swaggy P some advice on how to perform better on the offensive end.

    From insidesocal.com:

    “To be unstoppable, you have to first be predictable,” Bryant said, recalling his conversation with Young. “If you’re unpredictable, you don’t know what the heck you’re going to do. So how can you dictate to the defense what you’re going to do? So you have to be really simple.”

    While it might seem strange to hear Bryant describe his game as simple, it actually is heavily based on the fundamentals, so it makes sense.

    I do the moves over and over,” Bryant said. “Especially in my younger days, I didn’t really focus on trying to get my feet faster. I focused on the moves. Whether it was a fadeaway, or whether it was a crossover, I did the move over and over and over. Then, I got faster at doing moves. My feet got faster at doing the moves. When you have repetition with what it is you’re trying to do, you inevitably get better and faster at that. The most important thing in basketball isn’t speed anyway. It’s not speed. It’s skill.”

    Although Young isn’t a particularly young player at 29, he would still benefit from Bryant’s advice. Young is a very talented offensive player, but it could be sharper and putting some extra work in on the fundamentals would help.

    Young averaged 17.9 points and 1.5 assists per game last season with Los Angeles.

    http://fansided.com/2014/09/01/kobe-bryant-gave-nick-young-advice-unstoppable/#!bOd036

     
    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 9:58 PM on September 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hope the advice works for SwaggyP. It’s harder to do that when you’re coming off the bench coz you have little time to establish a “groove” but good advice. If it works, Nick should thank Kobe for that…or “blame” him:

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:03 PM on September 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Like Navarro it isn’t always about Money.

      Oscar Schmidt had a tremendous influence on Young Brazilians choosing Country over Money.

      Man is a Primo Offensive Talent.

      Huertas wasn’t/isn’t interested in playing as someone’s back-up. Believes he can start and produce. Have to admire the confidence.

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 7:26 PM on September 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can’t remember when but there was a NBA team trying to get him. Didn’t happen for some factors but one of them is that, at the end, he’s happy living in Europe and…you know, why change?

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  • wesjoenixon

    wesjoenixon 12:24 PM on September 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Who knew Nick Young was baning…er…courting Iggy Azalea? Not me. I hope he doesn’t wear out his phalanges…

    http://www.eonline.com/news/574800/iggy-azalea-throws-basketball-makes-trick-shot-in-lakers-gym-watch-the-video

     
    • wesjoenixon

      wesjoenixon 12:35 PM on September 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Either he comes into the season with noodle fingers, unable to hold a fork or a dribble a basketball becaue of his grossly overuse of the clutching and squeezing motion, or he comes in with superfingers, able to perform uberrhuman feats like palming a ball with one finger or completely holding one of Azalea’s buttcheeks with only one hand. I can’t wait for the season to begin…

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:21 PM on September 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hahahahahaha. Funny Wes. Can’t wait either.

        That’s one aspect of the season I’m not looking forward to. Seeing her at games.

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    Magicman (Editor) 11:07 AM on September 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
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