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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:19 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Lakers Summer League Preview: Embracing the youth movement 

    BY BEN ROSALES FOR SILVER SCREEN AND ROLL

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    Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

    Free agency has certainly quenched a good deal of the enthusiasm surrounding the Lakers after draft night, but summer league is the time to reignite it as the Lakers field one of the best on-paper squads in the league.

    At this juncture in free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers team this upcoming season likely will not be receiving major outside reinforcements besides Roy Hibbert, a reality brought home by the fact that the Summer League team the Lakers will field in Las Vegas very well could be the grand majority of the Lakers’ roster. That’s simultaneously a reason for optimism as well as despondence; the Lakers are certainly in for another dismal season, but by the same token, the parent and Summer League roster overlap is also a sign of the newfound strength of the Lakers’ young core. After being left with an utter wasteland of young talent following Dwight Howard’s departure from the team, the Lakers now boast one of the league’s deeper collections of young, albeit unproven, players.

    As far as Summer League goes, however, this Lakers squad is a veritable juggernaut that is easily stronger on paper than any Lakers Summer League squad in memory. The team includes three first-round picks, including two in the top seven; two second-round prospects, one of them a first team All-Rookie performer; two other sophomore players who started for the team last year; and a promising collection of undrafted players that has, of all things, the most recent Italian League MVP. Predicting that the Lakers should steamroll their opponents would be in order, except that the Lakers’ first three opponents are Minnesota, Philadelphia, and New York, each featuring their own highly touted prospects.

    Nevertheless, this is a very strong group, and seeing how the grand majority of the players listed here will be playing together on the parent squad, it is a great opportunity for them to develop the chemistry and synergy they’ll need when the regular season starts up. Mark Madsen, who was less than effective last year in Summer League if we’re being generous, will be at the helm again this time around. With a head coach in place, even if it is Byron Scott, Madsen will at least have a system to work off and hopefully has a more coherent game plan for how to utilize the talent here. As Madsen is the lone voice for analytics use among the coaching staff, anything he can do to increase his stature in the organization probably is a good thing for the team’s long-term fortunes.

    At any rate, the Lakers have released the full roster to the media, and we will cover how each player can contribute below. Given that one of the few remaining options to the Lakers in free agency is selling off the former parts of their roster in sign-and-trades, it is not completely outlandish that this squad could be augmented by a rookie or two between now and the start of summer league on July 10. Should that be the case, we will certainly keep you apprised.

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    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:27 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great article by Ben with great videos and stats for every member of the LAL LVSL team.
      If you want to know who we got, no better place to dig into the details. Great job, Ben.

  • GDUBinDC

    GDUBinDC 6:06 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Looks like Mitch might still be lookin’ to make another move.

    http://hoops-nation.com/rumor-lakers-bulls-discussing-trade/

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:47 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s a lot of cap space for Lin and Hill.
      LOL. Maybe Pau is coming home.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:48 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Or maybe Butler? Interesting!

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 7:09 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Noah’s in his last year, maybe they’d rather get an asset for him now. Can’t imagine they couldn’t do better than Lin & Hill. Can’t imagine anyone couldn’t do better than Lin and Hill for an asset someone’d actually want.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:08 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Probably Lin for Gibson. Lakers should sign Lin to 1-yr deal as backup point guard rather than trade him. At least that’s what the speculation is on the Bulls sites.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 7:12 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The Lakers won’t be able to add that kind of salary. If anything, it will be for a pick or something along those lines. How, I have no clue.

      • tate793

        tate793 8:08 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lin is too anal to remain a Laker, His inconsistency renders him useless -- just like Kelly.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:30 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He is probably the best backup point guard available right now, Tate.
          He did a pretty good job after the All-Star break and Lakers need a backup 1.
          Never have enough good point guards as we learned in the past.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:18 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    If we could get an impact SF at some point, we might be a darkhorse for the 6-8 Slot for the playoffs.

     
  • Seely_Iggy (Director)

    Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:54 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    How Pacers’ Hibbert emerged to anchor NBA’s best defense
    By Lee Jenkins
    Posted: Wed Feb. 12, 2014

    http://www.si.com/nba/2014/02/12/roy-hibbert-indiana-pacers

    Fascinating look at Roy Hibbert’s defensive chops.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 10:54 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good article, Seely. I guess we should start referring to Roy as ‘Mr.Verticality’. : ) Having watched Roy develop as a Hoya I had high hopes for him as a pro. I was glad when he played so well a coupla seasons ago when the Pacers gave a strong challenge to the Heatles for the eastern conference title. I was disappointed when he started to slip the following season and had all but given up on him. Now that he’s a Laker I’ll be pulling for him to have a strong comeback season.

      BTW, I had to chuckle at this line from the article. : )

      “Thompson’s father, the legendary Hoyas coach, famously called him “Big Stiff.” He told him he’d be the tallest mailman ever.”

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:21 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Same here GDub. Hoping that a change of environment and new team mates could reboot his engine and motivation.

        The “Big stiff”, yeah, that was funny.

    • LakerKev

      LakerKev 6:11 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This article was really good. I’m very positive about Hibbert.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:54 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, Seely. I remember that series where Hibbert really shut down any attacks to the rim with his great length and strength. If he can get his motivation and drive back, Lakers could surprise a lot of teams. Having a rim protector totally changes offensive approaches. Suddenly, all those layups you count on by spreading the floor turn into midrange jumpers or floaters. Hibbert and Upshaw could give us 48 minutes of rim protection, something we had zero minutes of last year.

      I also think the Lakers can still be a running team led by Russell and Clarkson even with Hibbert manning the 5. Most fast breaks are 2-on-1, 3-on-2, or 4-on-3 -- rarely 5-on-4. Running may also be the best way to prevent Hibbert from being a liability in transition defense. Let him take his time coming down. If we don’t get a good open shot in transition, then wait for Hibbert to setup in half court.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:46 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:47 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Delon Wright, Norman Powell, DeMarre Carroll, Bismack Biyombo

    • LRob (Director)

      LRob (Director) 8:58 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      very good off season for the Raps. I’m glad they didn’t overreact to the playoff lose and breakup Lowry and DeRozan. Amir has been very solid, but his production was dwindling. Plus, I’m hearing good things about DWright…but don’t know much about his game.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:37 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:40 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I thought the Raps had a formidable squad last year. d**n, Masai got them better.

      Here’s the Raps Depth Chart Back-Court:

      PG- Kyle Lowry
      PG- Delon Wright
      PG- Cory Joseph

      SG- DeMar DeRozan
      SG- Norman Powell

      SF- DeMarre Carroll
      SF- Terrence Ross

      Scary Depth. #WetheNorth

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 10:08 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        They did have a d**n good squad, Sean … they just kinda fizzled in the playoffs, primarily bcuz their key guy (Lowry) got banged up in that series against my Zards and it looked like they just weren’t able to recover from that. Plus, the Zards were highly motivated in that series since the Raps owned them for the past 2 regular seasons.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 10:13 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m glad Masai didn’t break up the squad, G. Keeping the core and even bringing some new guys into the fold as well.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 10:58 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah, they definitely didn’t need to break up the team, Sean … just needed a lil tweaking. Looks like they may possibly have found some good pieces to get them to the next level. We’ll see.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:31 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:33 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Whose crazy now?

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:47 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The answer is the Pistons.

    • LRob (Director)

      LRob (Director) 9:04 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yeah I wasn’t impressed by his performance with the Pistons..but hey Stan Van Gundy was and that’s all that counts. The Pistons were playing very well with BJennings and when he got hurt and Jackson replaced him they struggled. But Jackson is young and that was his first real taste at running a team so maybe he’ll improve.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:08 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Plus and this is just my opinion, I think Andre Drummond has a higher ceiling than Dwight Howard.

        Other than AD, he’s the only other big I’d feel comfortable building a 1-4 Offense around.

        Obviously SVG sees the potential.

    • LRob (Director)

      LRob (Director) 9:26 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s high praise Sean because DH is a sure fire HOFer. 4 straight top 5 MVP finishes. Drummond has the potential to be great but he’s gotta put the work in. Last year he started shying away from the ball due to his FT struggles imo.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:36 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah he did LRob, but it was a new system with a new coach and SVG was experimenting.

        He’s got his new JJ (Jodie Meeks), his new PG and a couple of other wings. I think Drummond will be elite with 2-3 more years under his belt.

        Kid’s got a work ethic. Wants to get better. I couldn’t say that about Dwight then or now.

    • LRob (Director)

      LRob (Director) 10:42 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good points. Time will tell…I wouldn’t bet against Drummond. The sky is the limit.

    • humanomaly

      humanomaly 4:15 AM on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Kid’s got a work ethic. Wants to get better. I couldn’t say that about Dwight then or now”…..I think that’s because Dwight’s head is too big…His “Fathead®” sticker is life-size so it should fit on any wall 6’8″ or shorter. Dan Gilbert started that….geez, proof one can make money selling junk. BTW, Dwight’s Fathead sticker is half price now, well actually 49.995% off……$49.99….down from $99.99…..players should all be measured in their barefeet. By measuring them and reporting them in shoes, it gives the public the impression that the player has greater physical prowess than he actually does. And people are willing to pay to see “super” humans, LOL….it was so painful watching Dwight as a Laker, and in other phases of his career, I think I should be paid. To me….Dwight is borderline hall of famer…..I’d choose Robert Horry over him each and every day.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:09 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:32 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    @htj

    Who would win a hotdog eating contest? Ramona Shelburne, Brian Windhorst or Arash Markazi?

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:08 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m picking Mike Trudell( I know he’s not on your list).
      The little guy wins a lot of the time.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:13 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah, it’s all about using your stomach in those contests.

        My bro was in Dubai and said those dudes can eat you out of house and home. I would take Arash.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 7:51 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          ‘Mona was a D1 Softball player at Stanford. Those girls can eat. Bet she kills it.

          But Windhorst could be a dark horse. He prefers Cleveland over of Miami. Probably because he’s not the fattest dude in Cleveland.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:28 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:29 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Or Justin Anderson. You guys pick. :)

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 6:48 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        How old is Bass? Is he just gonna take minutes away from our young kids?

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 7:09 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Bass is 30. Depending on how long the deal is, another good vet for Julius to pick a brain with.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 7:24 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yup … especially on how to defend certain guys at his position.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 7:02 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I don’t know anything about Anderson: give me a brief rundown of strengths and weaknesses

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 7:11 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Physical defender, NBA ready body and mind. Can shoot the lights out. Good role player.

          He’s streaky and has trouble feeling out the game. Cannot create his own offense.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 7:17 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            ˄
            This.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 7:52 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Also an athlete. 44″ Vert at the combine.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 7:55 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink

              Yup … saw him in action a few times this past season for the Cavs and he impressed me. Good leadership qualities as well.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 8:28 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Okay, I’ll take him since Russell can set him up.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:22 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • keen observer

    keen observer 6:10 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Whose done better this off season in free agency, Mitch or Phil? Forget about the strategic financial implications, just on talent. Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams or Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:12 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      On the surface it could be a bit of a wash. Guess we won’t really be able to judge til we see which group produces the most.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 6:05 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Congrats to the USA Women’s Soccer Team, World Champs!!!!!!!!!

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 6:19 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Let’s hear it for the Girls, the Girls gave us a hand!” You all made America Proud!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:04 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hellz yeah!
      That was total domination in the first half.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:34 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No matter what she does or who she is, Hope Solo will always be righteous trash. #TrailerTrash

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:34 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:36 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What done in the dark shall be brought to the light.

      Maybe Chris Paul’s the problem with the Clippers and not Blake and DJ.

      Reap what you sow, Chris.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 5:39 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Probably some element of truth to that … I did notice DeAndre kinda look somewhat displeased with CP3′s on-court criticisms during the playoffs.

    • LRob (Director)

      LRob (Director) 8:03 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I bet he wasn’t sick of those lobs for easy buckets setting the table for him to shoot 70%. Anyway I thought the beef was Chris thought DJ wasn’t working putting in enough work (practice). Going to Dallas is a lose/lose.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:24 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And from a Defensive POV, I think Rick Carlisle can speak DJ’s language better than Doc can.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:18 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 5:24 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Losing next years pick to Philly is the least of my concerns at this point. I’d just like to see the rapid development of the youngsters we already have and substantial contributions from the vets.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:33 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        G, I hope to see that as well, but just keep in the mind, the last time a Rookie developed quickly with Byron Scott as his Head Coach was Chris Paul.

        Almost 10 years ago.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 5:37 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Well in that case, Sean … let’s hope DeAngelo is CP3 2.0. : )

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 5:40 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Did you hear the Jim Rome interview?

            Like I said, Rome can make a savvy vet uncomfortable with “I don’t throw slow-pitch” questions. :)

            D’Angelo’s 19 going on 28 in that interview.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 5:46 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink

              Exactly, Sean … DeAngelo seems to be his own man and he has stated repeatedly that his dad and brother r his biggest influences, so that might be a good sign that he won’t stray into any negative situations.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 5:37 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Losing a late lottery pick won’t hurt as bad as an early one.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 5:41 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        True, Stan … but I’m more concerned about luring some top tier FAs next season than I am with acquiring another top 5 pick … but that’s just me.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 5:46 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We’ll have 2 max slots. So long as the rooks don’t bust, someone’s taking them.

          I understand what’s happening. None of the guys they talked to were true cornerstone pieces. It’s why I don’t get San Antonio being so through the roof. They gave up depth and defense for another 2nd -- 3rd option guy. Unless Parker regains all NBA form, it’ll be another quick exit for them too.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 5:49 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            U could be right about San Antone … I felt that TP not being 100% healthy in the playoffs is what ultimately did them in and it ain’t like there’s any guarantee that he’ll stay healthy throughout the coming season either.

            • tate793

              tate793 7:18 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink

              And if Clarkson shows a continued increase in his development, we could very easily have 3 scintillating young players to go along with Kobe and Roy the Rim Protector.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 7:40 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink

              Yup, tate … I almost forgot about Jordan.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 5:54 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Maybe three max slots.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 5:56 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink

              Exactly, keen … then Mitch & Co. will really be on the hot seat.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:00 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink

              To me the biggest key is how good Randle and, particulary, D’Angelo Russell, perform. IF they show advanced skills, then we become attractive again. Randle was hyped as “NBA ready” and Russell is supposedly also ahead of the curve. So if we build it, they will come.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 9:58 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink

              I agree, keen … that’s y I’m willing to be patient. Next year will tell the tale.

    • LRob (Director)

      LRob (Director) 8:09 PM on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sean -- don’t forget Kyrie was ROY under Byron. Darren Collison also was all-rookie team just like Jordan was under Byron.

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