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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:17 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Lakers fall to Nets and Byron Scott tries new motivational tactic 

    BY MIKE BRESNAHAN FOR THE LA TIMES

    Soon enough, the Lakers will be free to do whatever they want.

    Hit the beach. Vacation in Europe. Head to their hometowns.

    Between now and April 15, Coach Byron Scott can only hope to keep a lid on a quickly dissolving season, the latest setback a 107-99 Lakers loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

    It was dull, it was bland and it ended the way so many games had this season.

    Sensing the need for a pick-me-up, Scott tried his best to incentivize the players, many of them holding expiring contracts.

    “I understand that this late in the season, guys get to the point where they’re frustrated and minds start to wander and you start thinking about the summer and all that stuff,” he said. “But we’re in a situation right now where the guys that we have, they still have to look up at the future. Everybody’s getting evaluated. To me, these last 10 games are the most important.”

    The Lakers’ loss wasn’t a big deal to their fans-turned-lottery-enthusiasts. In fact, it set up the biggest game so far in this upside-down season.

    The Lakers (19-53) play at Philadelphia on Monday, the 76ers (18-56) right below them in the standings. A Lakers loss would set up quite the battle of ineptitude over the final two weeks.

    The Lakers have a 10.5% chance of winning the No. 1 pick at the May 19 lottery, and the 76ers, keepers of the NBA’s third-worst record, hold a 15.6% chance.

    Equally important, if the Lakers managed to fall below the 76ers and finish with the NBA’s third-worst record, they would forfeit their draft pick only if three teams passed them on lottery night. There’s a mere 4% chance of that happening. If the Lakers stay where they are now, there’s a 16% chance of getting passed by two teams on lottery night.

    The Lakers traded this year’s first-round pick as part of the Steve Nash deal in 2012, but it is top-five protected.

    As for Sunday’s game, Jordan Clarkson came relatively close to another triple-double — 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds — but the Lakers couldn’t stop Brook Lopez, who had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets.

    Jeremy Lin sat out because of an upper-respiratory infection, which was unfortunate for spectators who came to Barclays Center for the Nets’ “Celebration of Chinese Culture” day.

    Jordan Hill had 22 points and 16 rebounds after returning from a three-game absence so the Lakers could, allegedly, evaluate younger players. But a young and healthy Ed Davis did not play Sunday, and neither did Carlos Boozer, yet again.

    The Lakers are as bad as the worst team in franchise history, the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers, who had a 19-53 record. They played only 72 games then, meaning these Lakers must win three of their final 10 to avoid finishing with a worse winning percentage.

    With the off-season so close, the Lakers are walking quickly toward history’s embrace.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-nets-20150330-story.html

     
    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 10:08 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Jordan Hill had 22 points and 16 rebounds after returning from a three-game absence so the Lakers could, allegedly, evaluate younger players. But a young and healthy Ed Davis did not play Sunday, and neither did Carlos Boozer, yet again.”

      Hard to watch a game where, at least for me, your team is trying to f***** tank! That creates a wrong mentality that is not what the Lakers are. And guys like Clarkson, Davis, Hill and Ellington; players we want to keep and (hopefully) be part of a championship team, are getting the wrong mindset.

  • LakerholicVT

    LakerholicVT 8:34 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Fill in the blank:

    If someone postulated at the beginning of the season that this would be the worst team in the history of the Laker franchise I would have said _________

     
    • LakerholicVT

      LakerholicVT 8:44 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ok. I’ll start:

      Worst ever? No freakin’ way! I didn’t think it would be possible to be as bad as last year’s team! I was thinking that it would be great for Byron because there was nowhere to go but up…

      Wrong!

      Nobody needs to worry about the pick. Byron must have gotten the special, secret tank bonus.

    • wesjoenixon

      wesjoenixon 8:45 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes. I told everyone this was going to be a disastrous season. Even with Kobe…

    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:49 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I didn’t see 20 wins on the schedule.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:51 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would have said it depends on the injuries.
      Knew we wouldn’t be good but nobody could have predicted the injuries to Kobe & Randle

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:56 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    The Tank Game of the Year 

    With just 10 games remaining, the Lakers game tomorrow night could catapult the Lakers into a virtual tie with the 76ers for the #3 seed or cut their lead over the Magic for the #4 seed to a dangerously slim 2 wins.   I’m hoping the Lakers can somehow find a way to out-tank the 76ers.  In a season of games that don’t count, this game is one that does. Let’s hope Byron doesn’t suddenly decide this is a winnable game.

    Unfortunately still have 10 games to play while the 76ers and Magic each only have 8 games to play.   Fortunately, all three teams have a pair of immanently winnable games with the Lakers playing the 76ers and Wolves, the 76ers playing the Lakers and Knicks, and the Magic playing the Wolves and Knicks.

    Bottom line, the Lakers need to lose tomorrow night against the 76ers to have a chance to win the #3 seed and greatly improve their chances of keeping their pick and winning one of the lotteries for the top 3 picks.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 7:02 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great work LT!

    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:51 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can’t believe how obsessed you are with this stuff. Whatever will be, will be. If we keep the pick, which we probably will, everyone will breathe a sigh of relief. If we don’t, everyone will blame Jim Buss.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:48 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looking at the non-highlighted games, all the Sixer & Magic opponents are either fighting to make the playoffs or jockeying for playoff seeding position. While we have 3 games with the Nuggets & Kings who are just playing out the string. Those are gonna be the deciding games for us.

      Can’t wait til this shyte is over.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:22 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Stock Watch: NCAA tourney 

    BY CHAD FORD FOR ESPN INSIDER

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    Which players have helped, hurt their stock in March Madness performances?

    March Madness is back, and once again, the most exciting event in sports is delivering.

    NBA scouts and general managers go out of their way to vocally minimize the influence a great tournament can have on a player’s stock. Yes, I get it, professional talent evaluators never judge a player based off one or two games. But the tournament is some players’ last chance to show off, and last impressions can be . . . well, lasting.

    Because of that, every year a small handful of players see their stock rise and fall based on their play in the tournament. Last year it was UConn’s Shabazz Napier who played himself into the first round as LeBron James’ favorite college player.

    Scouts and GMs were all over the country this past week watching the NCAA tournament. Some prospects shined. Others struggled mightily.

    Here’s the latest feedback from NBA GMs on a number of top prospects.

    (More …)

     
  • tate793

    tate793 4:03 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Not much worse than this tanking/flopping disgrace going on in the NBA. Cleveland literally laid down for Philly and Philly managed to stumble and fall over the prone Cavaliers. In the final qtr, Philly missed 6 out of 10 free throws. Missed 12 out of 16 shots, including 5 gimmes right at the rim. Not to mention they held CAVS to 87 pts on 38% shooting and forced 17 turnovers – yet they still managed to lose by one point by not scoring for the final 3:57. Neither did the CAVS.

     
  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 3:01 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    College basketball is horrible……Have I said that before?

    It’s the reason it’s a “crap shoot” drafting these guys, the competition is so bad.

    One of the top offenses has 29 points at the half? An OT elite 8 game only scores 140+? Boring horrible inferior product. At least help it out and change the shot clock like every other league in the world.

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 11:33 AM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Next 11 games: Brook-L, Phila-W, NO-L, Port-L, Clip-L, Clip-L, Den-W, Minny-W, Dal-L, Sac-L, Sac-W. That’s 4-7 should keep us in bottom 5 at 23-59.

     
    • wesjoenixon

      wesjoenixon 1:58 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      k, now yiy’re in the same boat as K.O., if the Lakers miss out on the pick, you get the blame. It’s not me who decides these things, it the Fates.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 2:54 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Clarkson had a good game and we lost, win win

      Hill had a great game too.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 6:09 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I read in the LA Times that the Lakers are leaning toward exercising its 9 mil team option on him next season. If that’s true, will we even have enough to offer a FA a max contract?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:02 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m hoping this is just Byron standing up for his guys. He has pretty much said everybody has a chance to return depending on whom we draft and sign. My guess is that nobody is safe and everybody will have to wait, including Davis, Black, and Hill. Only locks are Kobe, Clarkson, Randle, Kelly, and Young -- the latter two maybe questionable. Others will have to be patient.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:04 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha

      Good game, as usual the guys played hard. If Lin had not got sick we might have won this game.

      And what can you say about Clarkson. After all the injuries and bad luck of the last few years we needed to catch a break and it looks like we have. If he had been in the line up the entire year he would be a ROY candidate. But then we also might have won a few more wins so I guess it’s better the way it worked out.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:06 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thought we’d win this one and we did (sorta, ya know what I mean)

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:17 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

     
  • GDUBinDC

    GDUBinDC 8:00 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Fantastic finish!!!!!

     
    • wesjoenixon

      wesjoenixon 8:01 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great game…was rooting for ND in the last seconds…

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 8:10 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Absolutely a great game to watch! Towns was dominating, but smaller player guarding, or trying to guard. WCS hasn’t really showed me much this year. I think I’d come close to Drafting Frank Kaz?

      • wesjoenixon

        wesjoenixon 8:27 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        is he even in the draft?

        • arliepro

          arliepro 9:56 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          If you mean Kaminsky, he’s #10 on the Draft Express top prospects list.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 8:09 AM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kaminsky has all the makings of another great white stiff.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 8:34 AM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL, Stan … he does kinda remind me a lil of Ryan Kelly. Hope he turns out to be a better pro player.

          • AK27

            AK27 9:02 AM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Gotta say htj is quite the “anti-scout”, G…you’re never gonna catch him spotting talent in unlikely places but when it comes predicting doom, this grumpy ol’ hayseed is about as good as it gets lol

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 9:05 AM on March 29, 2015 Permalink

              LOL, AK … that may be true, but we all luv him nonetheless. : )

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 11:19 AM on March 29, 2015 Permalink

              I can spot a bust in a second. Tell ya what Ghandi Jr, if Kaminsky’s still on a roster after his rookie deal, you get a tofu tandoori on me.

            • AK27

              AK27 11:44 AM on March 29, 2015 Permalink

              Kinda makes sense.. a man’s expertise is bound to be rooted in experience…I doubt that your claims will withstand scrutiny though…so , I will take that bet :)

              Btw, it is spelled ‘Gandhi’, fool ! lol

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 2:31 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink

              LMAO, u guys r a riot.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 8:18 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m liking Okafor or Towns, you’re right WCW hasn’t shown much. Looking forward to see what Okafor brings tomorrow.

  • wesjoenixon

    wesjoenixon 7:58 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Good thing this isn’t isn’t KU vs The Lakers, we’d win this game and lose our lottery pick

     
  • wesjoenixon

    wesjoenixon 7:29 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Hey, on my cable ND / Kentucky is on TBS…on ATT UVERSE that’s channel 112 / 113

    Even though I grew to love ND (even as a hard core LA sports scene fan) I’m kind of hoping UK wins this. I just want to see a team go undefeated. And this will make all the a-hole cafeteria ladies suffer…that entices me..

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:28 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    In MLB news Mike Trout is KILLING it…in spring training. Funny how, on a down year, he won the MVP. Hope he keeps it up when they matter…

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 7:37 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Are we talking about baseball in March? Baseball! Baseball? Woa someone shoot me!

      hahaha jk Jamie…. he’s a stud for sure

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 6:21 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Say, anyone know how to watch the KY vs ND on computer live stream?

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 6:24 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Found it.

      • wesjoenixon

        wesjoenixon 6:37 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Is iin on cable? If not can you secretly tell me. Maybe if you put the link in Chinese it’s pass unknown, something like schwanchi shaw / wosh o shen…

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 6:38 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m boycotting ND lol

      Great game going

      • wesjoenixon

        wesjoenixon 6:40 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I spent 2.5 years running ND’s waffle/omelet bar, and tutoring through the community literacy program…I became a fan…

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 6:00 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Best moment I saw in the Wis vs Az game was when the white young man came out of the game in tears and a black young man teammate came over and hugged him! Why can’t we all be color blind? By the way, my President is Half Black and Half White!

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:09 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t think it’s about being color blind, Deej … I’ve never been color blind. I think it’s more about showing respect for one another.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 6:20 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well sure. Like the good Doctor said, “judge by the content of one’s character.” Well, I am parphasing to an extent.

      • AK27

        AK27 6:47 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The context bound to color isn’t gonna disappear anytime soon….it just shouldn’t be a factor in the way folks treat each other….there has been definite progress in the last few decades but it is a systemic evil and ,every so often, one is reminded that we’re a long way from a state that humanity can be proud of..

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 6:54 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yeah, that’s about it, so far.

        • Magic Phil

          Magic Phil 5:46 PM on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Unfortunately. I’m from Brazil and things are WAY different there, mostly because we have other things to worry about. I’m white and my best friend there is black and he doesn’t see me as white like I don’t see as black because, again, we have other things to worry about.

          He went through a hard divorce AND was laid off at the same time. He was living in a hotel so I offer him to live with me until he could get his life back. I pushed him to keep looking for jobs (“can live here as long as you’re TRYING to get a job”). Eventually he did. Married the girl he met when we’re having a beer at the bar, got a job, had a pretty little girl (which is my god-daughter) and is stable now. Skin color? After all that? Not an issue. Again, we should concentrate on more important issues. When I move to the US, I was flabbergasted (I hate this new word) by how much importance is given to the skin color. Some whites don’t like blacks and some blacks don’t like whites. Hell, who cares? Let’s think about what’s important?

          PS: One day, after several beers, me and my friend reach the conclusion that I’m not white (“You’re PINK….and I’m BROWN…no black or white. LOL!)

    • wesjoenixon

      wesjoenixon 7:15 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oh, so you’re making a racial thing! Why can’t we just see people by the contents of their hearts and not the color of their Keratinocytes epidermis cells?

      Just kidding…I’m just rattling my Tea Bags for public infuriation…

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 7:17 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah, stop drinking whatever it is you’re drinking, dude! Lol!

        • wesjoenixon

          wesjoenixon 7:19 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Start drinking…right about the 30 day mark (when I proudly got my chip) I became crazy…with one looking at beer and dope…But I won’t go there. Too many people have said I changed my life and to many good things have happened to me…But…thanks for getting the joke…

          • wesjoenixon

            wesjoenixon 7:21 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            d**n, I just can’t write a complete sentence without leaving out half the words…

            • tate793

              tate793 7:53 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink

              We’re better off just leaving race, politics and religion out of the posts. Rarely can anything positive come from convos of that nature.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:16 PM on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook Eyeing Lakers as Next Free-Agency Destination, ESPN NBA Insider Claims 

    The Los Angeles Lakers are the most likely destination for All-Star power forward Kevin Love and point guard Russell Westbrook, if the former UCLA Bruins standouts decide to bolt out from their respective teams, according to ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst.

    On his latest Hey Windy Podcast, Windhorts is apparently aware of the conspiracy theory flying around the association about the future of Love, who could become an unrestricted free-agent this summer by opting out from the final year of his deal, and Westbrook, who is bound to be a free-agent in the summer of 2017.

    According to the ESPN NBA insider, the Lakers may have a solid chance in landing both Love this summer and Westbrook two years after because of their Los Angeles roots as members of the fabled UCLA team.

    “Love enjoys Westbrook,” Windhorst said at the 37:48 mark of his podcast via Fan Sided. “They have a relationship. there’s a conspiracy theory that exists out there that Kevin Love will go to the Lakers this summer, or next summer, and then Westbrook will join him when he’s a free agent, and they will reunite in LA, like they played for UCLA. The guy, the star player he has the best relationship in the league with is Westbrook.”

    Love, who forced his way out of Minnesota to play with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James in Cleveland, hasn’t fit in well with the Cavaliers up to this point of the season. His floundering numbers (16.6 points and 10.0 rebounds – the worst since his second year in the league) along with a reported animosity between him and James are seen as factors for him to consider opting out from his contract and test the free-agency market.

    Westbrook, on the other hand, is in the midst of his best season ever, as he’s averaging 27.3 points and 8.7 assists per game. However, a season-ending injury to reigning MVP Kevin Durant along with his upcoming free-agency in 2016 casts a dark cloud on the future of the Thunder which has been  among the top teams in the West the past five seasons.
    Read more: http://en.yibada.com/articles/22979/20150328/nba-rumors-kevin-love-russell-westbrook-eyeing-lakers-as-next-free-agency-destination-espn-nba-insider-claims.htm#ixzz3Vj1VqHnO

     
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