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  • tate793

    tate793 3:45 AM on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:21 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Mike Mazzeo
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Raptors C Bismack Biyombo expressed a desire to return. Money will be key there. F DeMarre Carroll who struggled mightily said he’ll use this summer to get healthy.
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    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:31 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That team has some tough choices to make.
      If they manage to keep everybody it doesn’t leave any cap space for improvement and doesn’t guarantee they even make it this far next year.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:34 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup. The Cap Threshold though, MLSE has deep pockets. Only if they got a Superstar is that happening.

        Masai might have to think about whether he wants to stay in TO.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 9:41 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think the question they have to ask themselves is if this team is actually 2 wins away from reaching the finals or was this year a fluke circumstance. Can their lottery pick an about 9mill in cap space put them over the top?

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 9:47 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Me thinks they’ll probably end up having to let at least one of their starters go.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 10:00 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Not really. But again, Masai made one trade that netted his team 57 wins.

          Hard to know what Masai will do.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 10:11 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kinda hard to see them tying up $30mill+ in that center position tho…something’s gotta give there…

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 10:47 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That’s my thinkin’, too, MS. I think Bis may be the odd man out.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 9:53 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Biz is a classic example of a guy who Lakers fans want but who won’t be wearing P&G next season.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:05 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        From your mouth to our ears,

        • keen observer

          keen observer 10:45 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It has become embarrassing how Lakers fans still think we can get whoever we want. If they want him, they will have to roll out a full max offer.

          • tate793

            tate793 1:51 AM on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I concur on that point, Mr. Keen. They will definitely have to roll out a full max offer. And, the same if they want Whiteside. It will take a full max offer to land him, as well. Fortunately, I think that’s exactly what they intend to do. I think Roy Hibbert’s season in LA will keep the Lakers from biting on the Joachim Noah bait. Gonna be an exciting summer.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:43 AM on May 28, 2016 Permalink

              When I imagine you two debating in stodgy English accents, it’s hilarious.

              Biz and Whiteside wish they had Noah’s skill. None of them has proved to be all that healthy, Noah has more mileage which is the only flag I see. He’s equal or better in every other area, frankly. But his health is the huge red flag. ‘Uge!

              Horford isn’t to be ignored, either. Having a pick and pop center who can pass is a recipe for success, as many championship teams can attest. Horford and Randle would be a devil to guard in the paint. Especially as JR Bumps that range out to 15-20′ this summer.

              For me, I feel like if you’re going to over pay on any of them I say you over pay Biyombo. He’s the easiest get. He’ll have his choices, with JV on the roster it’ll be hard to justify that much green at the 5. Having said that, major red flags are:

              -free throws
              -passing
              -offensive versatility.

              Also, small sample size of success, but he’s been solidly tracking up since he came into the league. Even if this is his ceiling for the next few years, knowing you have that defensive presence as the stop gap down low is a comfort, thus, worth it. Like I said the other day: DeAndre Jordan is a max player in this league. Go figure.

              But I’d be pretty stoked to get Noah on a David West-esque deal…maybe 13 years ago… I really dig JK’s moxie.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:44 AM on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ehhhhh. Dunno about that. Depends on a lot of factors. Lots of shenanigans to come yet.

  • GDUBinDC

    GDUBinDC 8:59 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Not sure if anyone may have already posted this, but I just finished reading this nice article on Kris Dunn … impressive young man.

    http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/chris_dortch/03/26/friars-guard-kris-dunn-decision-to-stay-in-school-should-pay-off-in-big-way/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt6d

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 7:56 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Six straight finals for Lebron.
    That’s just crazy.
    Say what you want about how weak the east is but nobody outside of that Celtics dynasty has ever done it.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:04 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is by far the easiest path to the Finals I’ve ever seen.
      Watered down League.
      Great job with the parity you have failed to create.
      Good run by The Raps.
      I think Derozan will be a Laker this summer.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:25 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup. Great Run. For the City, Jays playing in October and Raps play into May.

        City was buzzing today

        • mclyne32 (Director) 8:44 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You think Derozan is going to try and go home to L.A. Or stay in Toronto?

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:47 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            TO.

            He Know how Valuable Kyle is in terms of getting the most out of him on the Court.

            In other words, I think his production changes on the 28 teams as well.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 9:50 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              I’m inclined to agree, Sean … he and Kyle have definitely developed some good chemistry together. Be a shame to break those 2 up.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 8:27 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Such a joke. The CBA was supposed to create the “parity” to which you speak, mclyne, but apparently LeBron James had the “Megastar GM Exception” carved into it unbeknownst to everyone but LeBron and the league office such that LeBron can form any team he wants. Such a sham. It’s embarrassing to the Eastern Conference and it cheapens the entire league.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 8:35 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Cavs are playing under a different CBA?
          Which rules are they being allowed to circumvent?

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 8:41 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Bron wanted Mark Jackson.

            Griffin is obviously influenced by LeBron’s opinion though.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 8:43 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Give me a break, Mongo. What LeBron James wants, LeBron James gets. Give me an example of any other superstar in any other sport or the history of this sport where a player wound up forming multiple super teams. The idea that you don’t think it is utter bullsh!t is laughable.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 8:45 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            But exactly how is he circumventing the CBA to “get what he wants”?

            Break it down for the rest of us. ..

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:46 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              I didn’t say he broke any rules.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 8:48 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Then what is the “Megastar GM Exception”?

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:51 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              You know d**n well what I am talking about.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 8:56 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              I’m kinda wondering if you even know what your talking about. .lol

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:57 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              You are so full of yourself it’s sickening.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 9:10 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Dude. .all I’m asking is for you to elaborate on something YOU said. What’s he getting that everybody else in the league isn’t allowed to get?

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 11:01 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              I’m waiting as well….. lol smh wtf too funny

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 8:06 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      True MS, but 2-4 in those Finals.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 8:06 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        A Ray Allen shot away from 1-5.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 8:08 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        But you still gotta get there.
        Nobody else in the modern NBA has done it.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 8:15 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yes, but still, he had his teammates for both Miami and Cleveland. To have a prime D-Wade and Bosh and nor prime Irving and Love always helps.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 8:27 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Everybody else has teammates as well.
          But nobody else has done it.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 9:03 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s quite an achievement, but it won’t seem quite as impressive if he falls short of winning it all again … at least not to me.

  • GDUBinDC

    GDUBinDC 5:55 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    DeMarre’s knee didn’t seem to be hindering him much on that last drive … that’s what I’ve been wanting to see more of from him in this series.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 6:08 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Eithe both are F1 or neither. Gotta love NBA Refs, not! Biz may be lost for game 7? Yeah he ain’t no Dray green, lol!

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 6:42 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Just saw the play, Deej, and it looked like Love really sold that flop. SMH

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:10 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I missed the play, Deej, but I’m sure they’ll replay it. Did it seem like it was worthy of a flagrant to u?

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 6:12 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well, Thompson smacked Lowery in a similar arm swing and nodda.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 6:13 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          So they’re being consistently horrible as usual, eh? : )

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:12 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Gettin’ kinda chippy early in this one.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:29 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looks like Bron can get to the rim almost anytime he wants.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:50 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Cavs’ 3pt efficiency seems to be the difference so far.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 7:16 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think the Raps r gonna, at some point, need both Carroll and Patterson to be more productive if they stand any real chance of forcing a game 7.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:25 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Or maybe try sneaking an extra player on the floor.
      Might work…

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 7:27 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Somethin’ … anything.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 7:32 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        At least Kyle’s still got some fight left in him.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 7:55 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Gotta hand to the raps, gave the Cavs alot to handle. They should keep these guys together and add a piece or two.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 7:56 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Be careful with big money, Carroll is a great example of waaaaay overpaying for mediocre.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 7:57 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Gotta agree with u on that, Deej.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 7:57 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            They need a coupla guys other than Kyle and DeMar that can create their own shot.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 7:58 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Lowery and Deroz showin class!

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 8:03 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            The #2 slot in the east is wide open. Probably about 10 teams who could wheel n deal to make a jump next season. Somebody gotta have some balls this summer..

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 8:05 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Now question is, will Lue get fired if they lose the Finals, lol!

            • mclyne32 (Director) 8:07 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              I think it will be Miami.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 8:13 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Woulda been Miami this year without the Bosh n Whiteside injuries. Gotta see if Riles can hold it together next year.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:27 AM on May 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Matter over mind since he came back. He’ll be better next season if he stays chrome.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:03 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:23 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Cool!

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 4:25 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Buddy strikes me as a guy who has the desire to excel at the next level and is probably willing to put in the necessary hard work.

      • John M.

        John M. 4:56 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Too bad he’s not 6’10″. Or maybe they’ll find some wart on his resume and he’ll drop to #32.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:38 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:26 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 3:29 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “According to ESPN” ….

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:33 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Logjam of big men along with the pick and Saric also coming over. Wonder what they’ve seen from Embiid?

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 3:36 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Exactly what I was thinkin’, MS … if this rumor is true, they must be really confident in Joel’s health right now.

        • John M.

          John M. 5:14 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That reminds me…wonder what Greg Oden’s up to these days?

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 5:17 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Maybe he’s pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery. : )

    • yellofever

      yellofever 4:10 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      good grief. good luck with that!

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 5:38 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oden played in China last year. I don’t think Philly will trade both. From some of the things I read I think they are looking to see what they can for each guy. Currently Embid has zero trade value.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 5:59 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        China sure seems to be the destination of choice for a number of has-been NBA players … the pay over there must be pretty decent.

        • John M.

          John M. 6:04 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Glad to know he’s playing somewhere. Big guys with bad knees usually have unhappy endings.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:24 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Chad Ford says the Lakers ‘loved’ Okafor, might consider trading for him 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 12:10 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:41 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good, I don’t want the Lakers to over pay him anyway.
      I would rather have Bazemore.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 1:44 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’ll re-sign with ATL.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 1:48 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Probably. That’s what we get for letting him go.
          Well, if we get Ingram, we will have a t least one wing who can defend.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 1:50 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Patience, sir. Patience.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 1:55 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Patience is good.
              There also needs to be accountability attached to it.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 2:56 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              There is. You and most fans simply don’t understand or accept it.

              John M summarized it well at 12:11 p.m. today:

              “Mitch has said more than once he’s not going to mortgage the future for mediocrity. He’ll take prudent risks just as he’s always done. What he won’t be doing, of course, is paying any attention to the peanut gallery.”

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 3:11 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Accountable to what? For what? Other than Isaiah Thomas who wanted to be a Laker……what should they be held accountable for?

              I like John M’s take, be prudent and pay no attention to the peanut gallery. I hope they don’t sign players for the sake of signing players. We should only be going hard after one of the young bigs and try to add some young free agents with upside and value.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:14 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Accountable for failure.

            • John M.

              John M. 4:48 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Mitch and Jim have given the team a fresh start, and there is a lot of optimism available for everyone. It is up to each of us to either embrace the future and forget the recent past, or hold on to unrealized expectations and continue to pass judgment.

              I’m looking forward to the next chapter.

            • tate793

              tate793 4:54 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              That’s interesting. I would say that 3 lousy seasons of bottom feeding earned us 3 lottery picks. Not sure how that can be translated into “Mitch and Jim have given the team a fresh start……..”

              I think everybody is looking forward to the next chapter.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 5:08 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              I’m guardedly optimistic. : )

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:35 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Mr. Tate, please educate us how our front office was supposed to turn sh!t into shinola any sooner without trading Kobe or just letting him go. If we were just middle of the packers with OK players, we’d be further away from another chip than we are now.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 1:44 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No surprise here. As I keep saying, the players who wind up on next season’s squad won’t resemble any fan’s fake GM teams that we playfully put up here. We’ll be ripe for a chip in 4 seasons.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 3:34 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You giving the Jimmy guarantee?..lmao

      • tate793

        tate793 9:30 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s my point, Mr Keen. Or, are you saying that Mitch and Jim orchestrated the tank?

        • keen observer

          keen observer 9:59 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Of course they did. If they couldn’t sign a big name, the plan was always to punt. There was no good in between. Break down the last two summers and the only conclusion you can reach is that they made the right decision. Whether they drafted the right players is a different issue, but that is always a crapshoot.

    • John M.

      John M. 4:59 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The fresh start is a new coach and a young core to build upon. Kobe’s retirement adds to the next chapter
      as well.

      • tate793

        tate793 7:25 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Again, the young core came as a result of lottery picks -- a reward for a lousy record. Not by the grace of Mitch and Jim.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 8:40 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Without assets and having a crazy high payroll with a restrictive CBA, there aren’t any other ways to gather future star talent, Mr. Tate. Are you aware of any magic wands that the rest of us don’t know about?

          • tate793

            tate793 9:27 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah, Mr. Keen. Just hitch your wagon to a mismatched roster/coach scenario for 3 consecutive seasons. And voila! There you have it! The “Magic Wand”!

            • keen observer

              keen observer 10:00 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              Sometimes I wonder if you need a thicker pair of glasses, Mr. Tate. Your rationale is too Trump-like for me.

            • tate793

              tate793 2:39 AM on May 28, 2016 Permalink

              No, glasses are just fine, Mr. Keen. See, here’s the rub. Even if one were to concede that the FO orchestrated the tank, there is still the obstacle of circumventing 11 other teams ping pong balls to get into the top 3, not once, but twice. (Remember, you even said we would NOT keep the pick). I give credit for garnering the 46th pick last year, in Jordan Clarkson and this years’ 27th pick in Larry Nance Jr.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:38 AM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Luke Walton, L.A. Lakers Need to Get This Coaching Staff Right 

    BY DAVID MURPHY FOR THE BLEACHER REPORT

    Luke Walton, L.A. Lakers Need to Get This Coaching Staff Right
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    The Los Angeles Lakers are pressing ahead during the offseason, preparing for the NBA draft and putting together a staff for newly hired head coach Luke Walton.

    Walton himself is doing double duty—assisting Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors as they attempt to dig out of a hole in the Western Conference Finals, while also reaching out to candidates who will ultimately become his own assistants.

    Staffing can be a convoluted process, however. The high volume of coaching turnovers around the league has a ripple effect. Some assistants climb the ladder to take their own leadership roles, others follow former bosses and still more find themselves scrambling for their next gig.

    All that is further complicated by the need to find the right combination on the Lakers bench. Walton will run a faster and more free-flowing offense than the one favored by his predecessor Byron Scott. But he also has to fire up the defense—L.A. has been one of the worst teams in the league for points given up over the past three seasons.

     

    First Chair Solved

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    According to ESPN, Brian Shaw will soon become Walton’s associate head coach. It will be a reunion and part of a trend of keeping it all in the family. Shaw spent 12 years with the Lakers as both a player and assistant coach under Phil Jackson. Walton himself played for the Lakers while Shaw was working under Jackson, including two championship runs.

    More recently, Shaw was fired as head coach of the Denver Nuggets in March after nearly two seasons and a record of 56-85. Prior to that he was lead assistant to Frank Vogel and the Indiana Pacers.

    In addition to their past relationship, Shaw’s breadth of experience will benefit Walton, whose head coaching resume consists of a brief yet impressive 39-4 record as interim head coach earlier this season when Kerr was recovering from back surgery.

    But the pairing of two Jackson acolytes in L.A. raises some eyebrows. Shaw left L.A. five years ago on a down note, passed over as Jackson’s replacement with Mike Brown getting the nod instead. Speaking withSports Illustrated’s Ian Thomson that year, Shaw expressed misgivings about his job interview, including how Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss spoke about Jackson.

    “There were some things that were said that I won’t really get into,” Shaw said. “It was kind of bashing Phil Jackson, that I just refused to just sit and listen to.”

    It has been a bumpy stretch since then to say the least, with progressively worse records and a carousel of coaches that most recently included Scott.

    Perhaps now, the sins of the past are being healed. Buss is certainly riding a more uncertain wave these days, having previously pledged to step down if the team isn’t making a deep playoff run by this time next year. Meanwhile, Walton represents the perfect confluence of a rising star and favorite son, while Shaw makes sense as a familiar and steady hand.

    But the team still has some important hires ahead of them.

     

    Looking Around the League

    Jason Miller/Getty Images

    Filling the next key slot under Walton and Shaw means competing with multiple other teams that are in the same position.

    One obvious name is J.B. Bickerstaff (son of former Lakers assistant and interim, Bernie), who was interim head coach for the Houston Rockets this past season and who interviewed for the vacant Orlando Magic head coaching gig before Vogel nabbed it. Bickerstaff could certainly be a lead assistant somewhere but those jobs are fast filling up. Could the Lakers bring him on board as second chair?

    Elston Turner, former lead assistant for the Memphis Grizzlies may join Dave Joerger in Sacramento according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. If that doesn’t happen, the defensive guru would be a huge get for L.A. A more available Grizzlies assistant might be Bob Thorton, an L.A. native and former NBA power forward from the 1980s. He’s the type of solid veteran presence that would complement a young Lakers team.

    But with all that said, Walton may be focused on a fellow Warrior according to ESPN’s Ethan Strauss on The Lowe Post podcast.

    “I assume Chris DeMarco, who’s his [Walton's] guy in Golden State, is coming down to L.A,” Strauss said. “That would be my assumption, even if nobody’s told me that officially.”

    DeMarco is a player development coach in Golden State, having worked his way through the ranks from the video department to scouting before graduating to the bench.

     

    Homegrown Solutions

    Layne Murdoch Jr./Getty Images

    Casey Owens led the D-Fenders to the D-League Finals

    There’s also current Lakers personnel to consider. As with other teams, some will stay and others will go.

    Casey Owens just wrapped up a season as head coach for the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. The squad lost in the D-League finals, and Owens has coached around the world, using an uptempo, multi-positional scheme along with defensive responsibility.

    Mark Madsen is another local component, draft by the Lakers in 2000 and playing alongside Shaw for three seasons before seguing to theTimberwolves for six more years. “Mad Dog” eventually returned to L.A. and has worked in player development and as an assistant coach to Scott. Madsen is a smart, outgoing type who also spent time as a liaison between the team’s coaching and analytics operations.

    But what L.A. really needs is someone who can light a fire defensively under young Laker players.

    Metta World Peace could fill that latter bill nicely. He mentored Julius Randle this season while also acting as a backup small forward to Kobe Bryant. World Peace played along Walton for three seasons, including a championship.

    “When I was in the Finals I would talk to Luke,” World Peace recalled to Rachel Nichols onESPN’s The Jump. “So I would go back to the bench and like, ‘Luke, what’s going on, what should I do?’ He would just tell me, he would give me tips throughout the whole entire playoffs.”

    World Peace wants to play a couple more years, but maybe Walton could talk the defensive stopper into taking a player development role instead.

    And while Scott has now exited the building, his son is still present. Thomas Scott is a development coach for the team and works closely with young guards D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. He can be seen in a TWC SportsNet segment from Wednesday, helping Clarkson with offseason shooting drills.

     

    ***

    So many candidates and yet only a handful of seats to fill. The front office will look to surround Walton with assistants he feels comfortable with as well as finding the right balance on both ends of the floor.

    That frontline mix should be Walton and Shaw, plus Owens for his wide-ranging experience and DeMarco for his ability to analyze and break down opponents’ tendencies in real time. Throw in World Peace for his defensive insights and Scott, who has the ears of L.A.’s youth corp, as player development coaches and the Lakers have a successful blueprint after too many years of missteps on the bench.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2642659-luke-walton-la-lakers-need-to-get-this-coaching-staff-right

     
    • mud

      mud 10:48 AM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      what an insightful headline!

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 11:45 AM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      IMO their #1 priority should be bringing in someone to teach the youngsters how to EFFECTIVELY defend.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:43 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agreed.
        As for Ron Ron wanting to play a few more seasons- someone needs to be real with him.
        I wouldn’t mind him coming aboard as an assistant.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 1:46 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          How do we know that he can be an effective teacher?

          • John M.

            John M. 1:58 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            If the toddlers are old enough to talk, you could ask them.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 2:57 PM on May 27, 2016 Permalink

              That’s the problem. They’re not.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:27 AM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:13 AM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    The Los Angeles Lakers Are Why Hassan Whiteside Will Get A Max Contract 

     
    From the above article

    Whiteside is exactly what the Lakers hoped Hibbert would be. Whiteside averaged 14.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game last season. If he were to sign with the Lakers, you would only expect those numbers to improve.

    Whiteside would get more court time with the Lakers. At the moment they do not have a true center on their roster with Hibbert’s contract expiring at the end of this season. Ryan Kelly is a power forward who the Lakers use at center and Tarik Black is too undersized at 6-9 to be a true center.

    Whiteside would also be the only true star with the Lakers as well, which is a position that he would cherish. Then there is the Los Angeles lifestyle, which I am sure would appeal to the young center who loves the hype of the NBA.

    There will be plenty of other teams who will chase the signature of the young center. Miami will want to re-sign him, pending the Dwyane Wade contract negotiations. Boston is looking for a star and with no disrespect to Jared Sullinger, Whiteside would be an upgrade.

    Depending what happens with Dwight Howard this summer, Houston may also be looking find a center.

    Ultimately it will be the Lakers’ need, cap space and lifestyle that will be the draw card to possibly lures him away from Miami.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:06 AM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Why it doesn’t matter how much you pay guys this summer 

     
    • mud

      mud 10:05 AM on May 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      b-b-b-but wait!
      the new CBA was needed because salaries were crazy and the league was unprofitable!

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