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    Lakers Fast Break 3:13 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |
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    ‘LAKERS FAST BREAK’ PODCAST (07/06) The Lakers Head to Orlando, Florida! 

    LakerTom from lakerholics.net is back as he talks with Gerald about the week ahead for the team and their upcoming trip into the Orlando “bubble.” Tom and Gerald share thoughts on Dwight Howard and what his availability might be, the scrimmage schedule upcoming for the Lakers before the season gets started, how the NBA and the players are coming together on a message for social justice, and expanding the “bubble” concept for the eight teams not going to Orlando.

    All this and more including how the Vegas odds and ESPN BPI (Basketball Power Index) differ for the Lakers’ chances and what do they think the team’s title hopes really are. Get ready for a packed episode of NBA talk as we get set for another great episode of the Lakers Fast Break podcast!

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    Thanks, Lakerholics as always for your support and “Go Lakers!” #RIPKobe

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:46 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey, Lakerholics, give us a listen. Some great conversations about Dwight Howard and how his decision affects the Lakers’ championship hopes as they head for the season restart in Orlando. Gerald and I butt heads over whether Dwight will leave in free agency next season. Gerald makes the point that he might be headed for a team like the Warriors as a free agent I counter with the whole subject of fit and how Dwight may feel very loyal to LeBron and AD. Dwight doesn’t need the money and I just don’t see him leaving the Lakers for another team.

      We go on to talk about how the Lakers’ front office, coaching staff, and superstars have created an environment with the kind of leadership and chemistry where they can add players like Dwight Howard, Dion Waiters, and JR Smith. We have a heated discussion over whether Waiters and Smith can really add something to the Lakers or whether they’re just going to rack up DNP’s.

      We also talk about how few minutes are going to be available in the playoffs considering LeBron and AD are both going to play around 40 minutes per game. Then you have KCP and Danny Green playing around 25 minutes per game and McGee 15 minutes. So already, assuming KCP starts, the five starters are going to eat up 145 or the 240 minutes in a game, leaving less than 100 minutes to be split between Rondo, Kuzma, Howard, Caruso, Morris, Waiters, Smith, Dudley, Cook, Horton-Tucker, Cacok, and Antetokounmpo. Once we get to the playoffs, minutes are going to be hard to come by.

      One of my favorite subjects Gerald and I discussed was that I almost wished I had a bubble with a couple of hundred friends and associates with whom I could interact safely instead of being isolated at home with just my wife and only connecting with my family members through the sliding glass door. Bottom line, the NBA has done a great job responding to player concerns about safety.

      Anyway, lots of great Lakers talk so give us a listen. I think you’ll enjoy it. Thanks.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 12:22 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good stuff, Tom.
        I liked your comments regarding Dwight. I completely agree that it would be great to see him win a Chip as a Laker, especially because of his checkered past with us.
        I also am 100% behind him if he decides to stay with his son. the health of your family always should come first over personal glory.
        I do think that Dwight would significantly increase our chances of winning it all because of what he’s shown all year long. To me, he could fill the role that Ron Ron did during that great Championship run.
        As for Cacok, I really thing he does have a place in this League and would not be upset if he were given minutes.
        I too love the additions of Waiters and JR because we needed more shooting all season long and if either can get hot, they may win us a fourth quarter or two.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:00 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks for listening, Matt. I really enjoy doing the podcasts with Gerald, who does a terrific job hosting the show and promoting Lakerholics.Net. We cover a lot of interesting subjects during each podcast and have a lot of fun doing it

          You’re right about Dwight filling the enforcer role that Artest did for the Lakers. Vogel has mentioned often how important Dwight is to letting opponents know that they’re in for a physical game when they play the Lakers. I do think he’s going to play and, like you, want him to win the championship ring wearing purple and gold.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:29 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice podcast, lads. Haven’t tuned in for a spell and for that I apologize.

      On the topic of Dwight Howard, I believe that, since he’s included on the roster, he can arrive in the bubble at any time. The only hurdle being that he would have to clear the medical protocols before he could enter. So, one would assume that he could shave a few weeks off of his time of being separated from his family.

      Regardless, I feel like not having Dwight will be another pillar taken out of our defensive identity. That will really hurt. The dude has been on it on that end leading by example, with his voice, and that will not be absorbed by AD at the 5. JaVale does not bring what Dwight brings. The 2-way guys? Not really even worth mentioning. We’re talking about the playoffs dude, not preseason.

      My problem with more Davis at the 5:
      -He doesn’t want to. That simply cannot be brushed aside with any kind of statistical arguments. It doesn’t matter what the stats say, the player isn’t in to it. We can go back and forth as to the why’s and what we could do’s but the bottom line is he doesn’t want to bang all game.
      -You lose his excellent help defense. When there’s a solid 5 in there plugging up the paint AD can help off his man for weak-side blocks and strips. He’s done it all year, he’s great at being the help defender.
      -You put one of our biggest advantages on the bench: size. We are a team built around size with skill and that know their roles. We’re not going to morph into a 38 mpg small ball team at this point. We will play some, it’s not a part of our core identity.

      On the topic of JR Smith:
      -He doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
      -He is 34+ years old and 2 years removed from his last basketball game.
      -Reputations are earned. He’s earned his. Hitting a couple threes on the Lakers won’t change anything.
      -His defense was a liability when he was in shape. It’s pretty safe to assume he’s not in NBA game shape.

      I am hopeful that Frank Vogel will have had enough of a look at these new guys to see how he can plug them into a role they can accomplish on defense. The offense will be the same: what does LeBron want to do and we have the nifty high-post re-entry play we saw them develop over the course of the season.

      How can you ever forget Alex Caruso, LT? For shame, for shame…lol.

      In regards to the scrimmages I think they will be treated like training camp. Like you guys both mentioned the new faces will need to show what they can do, what they have left and what their fit could be. We still don’t know which 2 players tested positive, are their health and/or conditioning issues the team has to contend with? So it’ll be rough to start off, the hole we need to plug at the PG (and possibly backup center) are a huge issue and aren’t as easily solved as moving player ______ into his slot.

      Your optimism is an ever-flowing cup, LT. I enjoyed the chatting.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:35 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for listening and commenting, Jamie. It was a fun podcast. Gerald is obviously the glass half full counter to my glass 3/4 full approach. We’ve kind of moved from doing the podcasts on Monday to doing them on Sunday so let me know if you want to join us on the next one. There’s always plenty to talk about and we both think bringing a third guest from time to time would spice things up. Any other Lakerholics who are interested in joining one of these or a future round table podcast, let us know. Thanks.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:04 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    How Three New Veteran Players Could Help Lakers Win NBA Championship! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:23 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While it’s ultimately talent and, in the case of older players who haven’t played for a while, the ability to defy Father Time and show you still have game. These unprecedented playoffs are going to separate the men from the boys in so many ways. Guys who are disciplined and motivated like LeBron and AD are going to take advantage of being rested and fully healthy to turn their game up to another level. And players like Markieff Morris, Dion Waiters, and especially JR Smith are going to look to redeem their reputations and take advantage of an opportunity to prove they can be difference makers.

      To me, the Lakers really pulled off a great three-player trade in swapping Cousins, Daniels, and Bradley for Morris, Waiters, and Smith. They added three veterans who filled important needs on their roster. They added three players who potentially will be among the team’s top five three-point shooters. They added three players who could ultimately help them win their 17th NBA championship. It’s going to be fun watching these guys get their real live auditions in the 3 scrimmages and 8 regular season games on the Lakers’ schedule before the playoffs begin on August 17th. I’m rooting for 2 of our 3 new players to come up big and earn playoff rotation spots. Like Meat Loaf sang: “Two out of three ain’t bad.”

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:09 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    “We move through stormy weather, we know that our days are few, we dream and we struggle together, but love will carry us through.” -Trey Anastasio, from the song Drift While You’re Sleeping off the album he composed for his dear friend who died of cancer entitled Ghosts of the Forest. I’ve had this on a lot lately. Sad album, really, but then these are some sad times.

    In a time where so many of us can’t be bothered to do a simple thing like wear a mask in public, when more of us will die…needlessly…as a result of that choice and the length of this pandemic will only increase. It will not disappear without the work. A jump shot doesn’t appear overnight, it’s honed, an album isn’t written in a day, life doesn’t improve with the rising of the Sun. Not without the work it doesn’t.

    So if you believe in the words of the Bible, Bhagavad Gita, the Qur’an or if you’re an OG Sun worshiper it really doesn’t matter to me. I have no use for any of those words or conveyances of human experience. If they bring you comfort, joy and purpose than I tip my cap to you for I have ventured down all of those paths to some degree or another and found them all both too similar and, more importantly, not for me.

    I do believe in humanity, that the good in each of us can be coaxed to shine brighter than the bad. That philosophy has never been more put to the test than during this crisis. After 9/11 we came together, after Pearl Harbor we came together, it can be done. It doesn’t take an outside force, power or majesty of any kind: it only takes you. We need you, all of you, we don’t move forward by leaving people behind.

    There is a tradition of military service in my family that skipped my father and I. My grandfathers served in the US Navy & Coastguard during WWII, we can trace our family roots back to when we crossed over from Europe prior to the Revolution. I have a direct ancestor who fought for the North (Oney F. Sweet, someone in the family published his Civil War diaries called the What The Private Saw. If you’re still into books of non-fiction and curious about what life was like during the 1800s it’s a really interesting read, he ended up in Long Beach, CA in a house a couple of blocks from where I ended up starting a theatre company. Yup, life is weird like that). That military tradition has always made me want to bring people along rather than leave them behind, that strength is important but restraint is what brings peace to the land, that rules are there to save your life.

    I’m not leaving any of you behind if I can help it. Help me to do that by checking in once in great awhile. Disagreements are a part of what we are, no getting around it. frankly, i wouldn’t ever want to. Debate is the spice of life and I dig me some flavors. Feels empty round here without mud and tate, can’t help but feel like they’ve shuffled off this mortal coil. So while the NBA prepares to enter into The Bubble and largely cut themselves off from the rest of humanity I urge you not to do the same. Pop on by and say ‘hi’. Hippy rant over.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:58 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Predicting How Many Future Hall of Famers Are on Every NBA Roster 

    Los Angeles Lakers: 3 (LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard)

    HOF Locks: SF LeBron James (100 percent), PF Anthony Davis (91.3 percent), C Dwight Howard (99.4 percent)

    On the Bubble: PG Rajon Rondo (40.7 percent)

    Rising Stars: N/A

    The Lakers have more future Hall of Famers than anyone in the NBA, with three locks and a possible fourth in Rondo.

    James is a no-brainer. He’s one of only three active players (Kevin Durant, Chris Paul) with a 100 percent rating on Basketball Reference’s HoF probability rating. James could finish as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer (currently third) and is already the all-time leading playoff scorer, a 16-time All-Star, four-time MVP and three-time champion and Finals MVP. As arguably the greatest player of all time, James still hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down at age 35 in his 17th season.

    Howard, the No. 1 overall pick the year after James in 2004, was the NBA’s best center for years while winning back-to-back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year Awards from 2009-2011. He’s an eight-time All-Star who led the league in rebounding five times.

    Davis is just 27 yet ranks 11th among active players in HoF probability. Without a ring or MVP to his name, his seven straight All-Star Games and reputation as perhaps the NBA’s best two-way big has already earned him a spot in the Hall.

    Rondo could also end up making a case, as he was one of the league’s best point guards in the early 2010s. Winning a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 helps, as does leading the NBA in assists three times while making four All-Star Games. Now 34, Rondo may need to find one more starting job somewhere to help punch his ticket.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:28 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      An emergence of Playoff Rondo in Orlando could also go a long way towards building a long shot case for Rajon to eventually make the Hall of Fame.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:49 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Why We’re Capitalizing Black 

    W.E.B. Du Bois had started a letter-writing campaign asking publications, including The Times, to capitalize the N in Negro, a term long since eradicated from The Times’s pages. “The use of a small letter for the name of twelve million Americans and two hundred million human beings,” he once wrote, was “a personal insult.”

    The Times turned him down in 1926 before coming around in 1930, when the paper wrote that the new entry in its stylebook — its internal guide on grammar and usage — was “not merely a typographical change,” but “an act in recognition of racial self-respect.”

    Decades later, a monthlong internal discussion at The Times led the paper on Tuesday to make, for similar reasons, its latest style change on race — capitalizing Black when describing people and cultures of African origin.

    “We believe this style best conveys elements of shared history and identity, and reflects our goal to be respectful of all the people and communities we cover,” said Dean Baquet, The Times’s executive editor, and Phil Corbett, associate managing editor for standards, in a memo to staff.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:27 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While some will see this as another instance of unnecessary political correctness, I believe it’s another acknowledgement of the racial reckoning and awakening we’re undergoing as a country and society.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:02 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Ranking NBA's Top 15 Point Guards This Season 

    15-11: Dinwiddie, Russell, VanVleet, Bledsoe, Fox
    10. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
    9. Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
    8. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
    7. Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets
    6. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
    5. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
    4. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
    3. Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
    2. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
    1. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:08 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really have some major disagreements with the list Andy Bailey and Dan Favale put together ranking NBA point guards. If you’re going to include Luka Doncic, who is really a shooting guard or small forward, as a point guard, then you also need to include LeBron James, who is a better passer, shooter, and rebounder than Doncic. It’s one thing to eliminate Steph Curry because he was injured but pimping Doncic as the league’s best point guard and ignoring LeBron, is inexcusable.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:04 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Inside the NBA’s ‘second bubble’ dilemma 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:19 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: One potential trade target from each Northwest team 

    1. Los Angeles Lakers’ trade target from the Denver Nuggets: Monte Morris
    2. Los Angeles Lakers’ trade target from the Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson
    3. Los Angeles Lakers’ trade target from the Portland Trail Blazers: Rodney Hood
    4. Los Angeles Lakers’ trade target from the Utah Jazz: Tony Bradley

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:17 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: Scrimmages should be all about new faces 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:52 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The new faces? Those are the dollar chips on the table, they’ll only see felt if Vogel is forced to go ‘all-in’ due to injury or COVID. Of all of them Morris is the only one that will have a role or impact of worth. JR might get his legs under him by mid-August but he has a lot of rust to hake off. Waiters is intriguing purely from a talent and skills standpoint. His issue is more between his ears.

      The worthier question is how we’ll adapt without Avery Bradley. I’m still in a semi-state of disbelief that he’s not going to be with the team during this time. It’s going to kill him, sitting at home, watching them win or lose, not being able to do anything about it. Not one of the three new faces brings what he does on defense. I honestly don’t care much about how well they score.

      If one of Smith, Morris or Waiters gets white hot and wins a game or goes on a nifty little streak where they become a key piece of the rotation.. great. To my eyes it looks and feels like there aren’t all that many minutes that will be available. Everyone who has been on the team is fresh, Caruso sounds like he’s gotten over the hamstring issues that seemed to be limiting him, KCP always had a little more run than his rotation spot allowed for. They won’t not play Rondo.

      But, in the spirit of adding to the discussion, of the three I say the order of impact is as follows:

      1) Morris – Stretch big, decent defender, seems like a decent dude all around.
      2) Waiters – Has the talent to be a serious addition. But his attitude and whether there is time for him to acclimate to his new team is the bigger question.
      3) Smith – I get it, he’s a shameless gunner and has, in the past, get white hot from three. FOr my part he’ll have a lot to prove for me to get ecited to see him get up off the bench and remove the warm ups. Too much rust. The pressure of The Bubble or returning to a team with banner aspirations or of teaming up with LeBron James and AD won’t faze him. He don’t care. But the rust is real. The rust will need to get knocked off and I’m not really all that sure when the time to do that will come from. He was never a great defender, age and time away won’t have improved that. But he’s a Laker now which means I’ll root for him to do his best.

      At the end of the day the larger question is who will slide into Bradley’s shoes on defense. Nobody brings his two-way skill set.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:02 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

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      Magicman (Editor) 4:04 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Still beats trying to keep Ngakoue off the edge in practice. Lol.

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    Magicman (Editor) 3:50 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  


    Silver said “Sports matter in our society” RE startup.

    You know what I learned, me and most people can get along w/o it. That’s what scares the hell out of these lecherous, vampiric bloodless capitalists.

    They know we could really give a shit. That’s what has them alarmed.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:54 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ll remind you of Bennett Omalu who brought CTE to the front pages of society.

      He was told if 10% of Mothers think Football is dangerous, the sport would die.

      It’s a slow burn, it’s happening.

      The World went on w/o sports. David Price doesn’t have to play baseball, Avery doesn’t need ball thst bad either.

      The 9-5 guys minimums need this. And everyone is certainly willing to take advantage of their lot in life. Exposure, uncertainty, Hanging on by a thread financially.

      It’s fucxed both ways.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 6:22 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That might be true today when some of the veterans got their generational wealth stacked, but that goes to show who’s doing it for the love, and who’s just a jobber. Only guys opting out are either on teams going nowhere or feel like they need to preserve their health to maximize next season’s opportunities. To that I say, scared money don’t make money, and you’re showing everyone you’re not worth the look.

        NFL safety issues notwithstanding, sports/entertainment bring people together. Now more than ever, people can really use something to unify over, as opposed to all the division happening around us. If they don’t play now, next year, or whenever this thing sorts itself out, neither my life, yours, nor any other typical fan mostly will skip a beat. We’ll find some other way to fill our days. But billions of dollars flowing through the economy will be lost, and to believe that doesn’t impact everyone on some level is also fucxed.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:08 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You’re absolutely correct, Stan. It’s naive to think, after spending years building up a loyal and rabid fan base, teams would willingly take off a year. The pro leagues have to save their seasons and preserve their fans. Otherwise, they risk losing them or will have to spend years rebuilding their fan bases. We may not need sports but, as a society, we do need something to spend those extra dollars and hours obsessing with.

          I think the fact that the number of players opting not to play is actually far less than those who tested positive, which tells you that players want to play, want to get paid, and want to see their future secured. The league’s done a great job responding to concerns about safety and providing a platform for the players to support BLM. It’s basically only guys with family or contract complications who have opted out. The games will go on.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:47 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:06 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    Frank Vogel thinks J.R. Smith is a ‘big-time player’ who can help the Lakers 

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