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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:51 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Lakers Replacements 2.0 

    BY LAKERTOM FOR LAKERHOLICS.NET

    Get ready for a second straight year rooting for the Lakers replacement players, guys who, for the most part, are just placeholders for the real Lakers players who have yet to be drafted, signed, or traded for, guys on 1-year deals looking to resurrect their NBA careers and win a chance to become real Lakers.

    Barring an unexpected trade or sudden surprise signing, these are your 2014/15 Los Angles Lakers:

    That the Lakers ended up kicking the can down the road and refocusing on 2015 and 2016 free agency shouldn’t have been a surprise since Mitch more or less conceded before summer it was likely to happen. What was disappointing to me was the Lakers decision not to pursue Lance Stephenson and Eric Bledsoe, two young stars who could very well develop into franchise or all-star players. Obviously, the Lakers made a conscious decision to wait and go after proven superstars rather than potential future superstars. The result of that decision will likely be a  second straight year with the Lakers struggling in the bottom half of the brutal Western Conference and Lakers fans rooting for replacement players.

    While the Lakers front office has been savaged by fans and media, including yours truly, for kicking the can down the road, I think Mitch and Jim have done an excellent job creating a more competitive roster for this year as well as acquiring the valuable trading chips in the form of players and picks that were sorely missed this summer as the Lakers were completely shut out of the sign-and-trade pursuit of Kevin Love. Next summer, the Lakers will have valuable young players like Nick Young, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis, Ryan Kelly, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson and a 2015 first and second round picks in their back pocket. They will also have a roster that returns 8 players from the previous year that could make the playoffs.

    I’m actually starting to get excited about this roster.   Forgetting the injuries that decimated the Lakers last season, I actually think this year’s Lakers team is more talented than last year’s.  We lost Gasol, Meeks, and Bazemore but also brought back Hill, Henry, and Johnson, added Randle and Clarkson via the draft, Lin via trade, and Boozer via amnesty.  If you accept the reality that Hill and Davis are really the Lakers centers with an occasional appearance by Sacre when required by matchups or fouls, then the roster is well balanced at every position, with an improved starting lineup backed by an improved 8-player deep bench that should be top three in bench points scored and points differential.  A bottom 4 playoff team.

     
    • NuggetsCountry (Director)

      NuggetsCountry (Director) 9:06 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ain't no way a REAL basketball player can say Lebron better than Kobe— Ed Davis (@eddavis32) May 26, 2010

    • keen observer

      keen observer 9:22 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think all of us will be very surprised if Steve Nash lasts very long this season until he calls it quits and collects his 9.7 mil. There’s a strong likelihood that the Lakers will sign at least one more player, probably a point guard, and perhaps another small forward. Obviously, the level of this team’s mediocrity will depend on Kobe’s health regardless of Nash. I think .500 and missing the playoffs is the upside with a healthy, productive Kobe and 20 wins is the downside if Kobe breaks down again.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:06 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • LRob (Director)

      LRob (Director) 8:33 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good list. One thing I always look at in judging how good guys are is how much do you fear em? I was absolutely scared of what Andrew Toney could do. The Boston Strangler. He was good.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 9:00 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Glad they mentioned Mo Stokes. Never got to see him play, but my uncle told me all about how great a player he was.

      BTW, did I miss it or did they omit Drew from that list?

    • LRob (Director)

      LRob (Director) 10:09 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No Drew sighting on that list. Yep he deserved to be on there.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:06 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
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    Magicman (Editor) 7:44 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:46 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah so…for the sake of being completely realistic, even if some had some embers of hope it could happen…Yeah, we’re not going to be acquiring Eric Bledsoe.

      Just another in the long line of Zombie Rumors about the Lakers. :) Hahahahahaha.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 7:31 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:36 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      3 members of the Lakers Front-Court were Lottery Picks: Jordan Hill (2009) #8, Ed Davis (2010) #13, Julius Randle (2014), #7, within the last 5 years.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:03 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • p ang

      p ang 5:30 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Shut people down and not try to outscore them.”

      MDA must be rolling in his grave. Wait, he’s still alive? Time to deep 6(3) him then.

      • 63Footer (Die! Rector! Die!)

        63Footer (Die! Rector! Die!) 5:45 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Got that right. I’m thinkin’ we could use Nash to beat MDA to death, thus killing two…er, birds, with one stone.

        When growing up, the rule of thumb was: if your opponent scores less points than you, then you’ve done your job. So, if my guy scores ten points, and I score twenty points, I’ve done my job.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:02 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • 63Footer (Die! Rector! Die!)

      63Footer (Die! Rector! Die!) 5:16 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wouldn’t it be hilarious if the Edster turned out to be more than serviceable?

      (I’m done being medieval.)

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:33 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m hopin’ he’s a pleasant surprise for us.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 2:03 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • LakerKev

      LakerKev 2:46 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Of course they have leverage. The Cav’s situation is “Please Lebron or perish”. Like they say, if you can’t walk away from a negotiation, you’ve lost before you start.

      • 63Footer (Die! Rector! Die!)

        63Footer (Die! Rector! Die!) 5:16 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup. Gotta be able to quit a job, or don’t take it.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:57 PM on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
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