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  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 7:30 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Suns’ Devin Booker scores 70 points…..
    With 8 boards, 6 assists, 3 steal, and a block
    WOW

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18997459/devin-booker-phoenix-suns-scores-70-points-loss-boston-celtics

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 7:53 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He is a shooter deluxe! What we got? Anyhow, that Fox kid on UK looks pretty good. I like Ball, but his shot is way funky. Thinking Lakers top Minny tonight.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:18 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Joined some elite company tonight. Dude can really ball and the Suns need to find a dominant low post threat to pair with him. Needs to figure out how to do these kiinds of things in wins before he’ll be taken truly seriously. Same thing with all the greats. Make the playoffs and win a few rounds.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:36 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Ball Recreates Tyus Edney’s 4.8 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:36 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Magic on Shaq’s dominance in Los Angeles 

     
    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 11:31 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice. Very nice

      and smart…very smart…Not “smart” like “evil-smart”, just smart by taking the opportunity to remind free agents about the Lakers brand and how we have the “platform” to allow them to succeed.

      Indeed, Shaq became Shaq when he came here so…

      GO LAKERS

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:35 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    “The most dominant player I’ve ever seen” 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:34 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Shaq sees his statue for the first time 

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:17 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Magic-Don’t give away the farm for PG. Randle and our late first rounder. George is gonna walk anyway. Go after Hayward! We need a couple and I would like to keep Ingy and Zubby plus our (?) first high pick, Clarky or Russ. By the way, which way is the wind blowing, lol!

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:44 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Randle and our top 3 pick wouldn’t get it done, Deej.
      He’s going to demand our Top 3, plus, Ingram, plus others for PG.
      Hayward ain’t coming.
      We have a chance with PG- we NEED to take it. He’s good enough to attract other great players.

      • John M.

        John M. 5:01 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        But not good enough for other great players to go to Indiana…guess Hollywood’s still got it!

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:27 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          A little magic goes a long way, too, John. I do think there will be a much more receptive vibe from free agents going forward. Magic and Rob present a more promising and positive future for the franchise and players will see that. Next year will be a start but I think the smart move will be to save our money for summer of 2018 and even increase it by working deals to get rid of Deng and Mozgov this summer plus upgrading the roster without compromising our flexibility. The key to me is landing that first superstar by trade so we can recruit the other two parts of our Big 3 via free agency the following summer.

          • John M.

            John M. 5:35 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Seems to me our chances of trading for George depend a lot on how much of a gambler Bird his. He’s already tested the market and pulled his chips off the table; he may wait until someone makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Or, he may make George happy and keep him. If I were him, that would be my priority. PG’s not exactly Boogie…

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:13 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If we draft Lonzo, then we trade Russell, Clarkson, Nance, and the Houston pick. If that is not enough, then substitute Ingram or Randle for Clarkson or Nance. That leaves us with Ball, Ingram or Randle, Clarkson or Nance, PG, Zubac, and cap space for Westbrook and Cousins.

        If we get pick but Lonzo is gone, then we keep Russell and trade the player we pick top-3, Clarkson, Nance, and the Houston pick. If that is not enough, then substitute Ingram or Randle for Clarkson or Nance. That leaves us with Russell, Ingram or Randle, Clarkson or Nance, PG, Zubac, and cap space for Westbrook and Cousins.

        If we lose the pick, then it gets tougher. We keep Russell and trade Ingram or Randle, Clarkson, Nance, and the Houston pick, If that is not enough, then we wait for summer of 2018. That leaves us with Russell, Ingram Randle, Clarkson, Zubac, and the player from the Houston pick, unless we package that to get rid of Deng or Mozgov.

        If we feel we have to get PG, we could keep Russell and give up Ingram, Randle, Clarkson, Nance, and the Houston pick. That would leave us with Russell, PG, Zubac, and cap space for Westbrook and Cousins, at which point the cupboard gets a little skimpy.

        Bottom line, we need to keep the pick, which is why tanking to hold onto those 55.8% odds of keeping our pick are so important. Still wish there was a way to expand the protection. I would give the Sixers Clarkson for free if we could legally do that.

        But whether we keep the pick or not, I think we need to trace for Paul George this summer. Hopefully, PG will hold his current position of not signing long-term with any teams but Pacers or Lakers. That will hopefully give us the leverage to close a fair deal.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 5:39 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You look at what Bird turned down from Philly and realize that what you’re proposing ain’t enough. Clarkson & Nance & that HOU pick ain’t moving the needle

          • John M.

            John M. 5:47 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Someone’s going to have to offer a deal this summer that will make the Pacers better regardless of what Bird can do to make PG stay. Otherwise he tries to keep him and then see how it plays out. At least that’s my guess…

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 5:50 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            And Philly was giving all that with no guarantee PG would stay past 2018. And Bird turned it down.

            • John M.

              John M. 5:56 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink

              Which means Larry would expect the Lakers to offer significantly more since PG would like the deal. Ouch.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:52 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I disagree. What did Philly offer for Paul George that was more than the Lakers could offer? Okafor, Noel, Covington, and two firsts rounders. That’s a great haul? lol. The Sixers been trying to trade Okafor all year with no takers. Randle has more upside and value than Okafor.

            And what did they get for Noel? Basically Justin Anderson, who is a good young role player (Larry Nance) and very protected first rounder. Now I like Noel but they didn’t get much value because of the rent-a-player possibility. Same as PG situation but without his desire to be a Laker scaring off some teams. Clarkson or Nance have same value.

            As for the 2 picks, depends how protected they were and whether Embiid can stay healthy. The Sixers do now have a dynamite young trio in Embiid, Saric, and Simmons. I don’t see their offer even close to the Lakers possibly giving up Russell, Randle, Clarkson, and Nance for PG. Russell or Ingram both have a greater trade value than Okafor or Noel.

            In midseason, Bird was also still hoping to make a trade himself to improve the team to lure Paul to stay. Plus he knew he had until summer and maybe Paul would have a great second half and earn that big raise for being on an All-NBA team. Summer is his last shot to score something or end up with nothing when PG leaves as a free agent.

            The Lakers are in the drivers seat to make a fair deal for PG this summer. There will be competition, but this is an important first step for Magic and company. He will overpay if he has too but we have a lot of chips and need a score to break the ice.

            Don’t undervalue our young players. As a group they have great promise offensively despite questionable promise defensively. Some will stay, some will go, but on the whole, the Lakers have one of the top 3 or 4 young groups of talent. They are actually a well balanced set of trading chips.Like you always note, however, they just don’t have that one alpha player they need to be the best young team. Maybe that will change this draft.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 7:06 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink

              But what you fail to acknowledge is that Bird turned it down. So it’s gonna take MORE than the Philly offer.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:19 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink

              It could take more but it could also take less. Depends on what happens. Does PG make an all-NBA team? Will his agent continue to say he won’t re-sign any team but the Lakers? Will the Lakers keep their pick and have another trading chip? Which of the Lakers young guns are going to increase their value the rest of the year?

              Larry had lots of reasons for not taking the Philly deal. For one, he wasn’t getting fair value for PG. Second, he hoped the situation in summer would be better. If it is, we’ll have to over pay. If it isn’t, which is very possible, then we might get a fair deal. Either way, I can’t see us waiting. This or a similar deal are the only way we can score big this summer. We save that money for summer of 2018.

              We actually see the same thing just through different lenses.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 6:00 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Call Bird’s bluff! I’d Let Randle go and Clarky or Russ and our late 1st pick.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 6:03 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            He woulda took Philly’s deal if that’s all he wanted.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:46 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    How Should the Pacers Approach Their Paul George Dilemma? 

    If the Lakers aren’t willing to wait it out and take their chances on George signing with them in free agency, the Pacers should demand at least two of Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle or L.A.’s 2017 first-round pick (assuming it doesn’t fall outside of the top three and convey to Philadelphia). An offer built around Ingram and Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson, as Lowe suggested, could help Indiana expedite its rebuilding process, whereas the Lakers would still have Russell, Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Ivica Zubac and Larry Nance Jr. surrounding George.

    The Boston Celtics stand out as the other likeliest suitor, as the two sides discussed the possibility of a deal around the trade deadline. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Celtics failed to meet the Pacers’ asking price at the deadline, but they supposedly did put the Nets’ 2017 first-round pick on the table, which is effectively guaranteed to fall no lower than fourth overall. If Boston fails to advance to the conference finals, it could convince general manager Danny Ainge to finally pull the trigger and consolidate the treasure trove of assets he’s accumulated to acquire George.

    According to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes, George would not “commit long term” at the trade deadline to any team other than the Pacers or Lakers, so it’s hard to fault Ainge for not pulling the trigger at the time. The draft lottery will provide clarity as to how much else he’d need to include in a trade for George—such as whether an offer structured around the 2017 and 2018 Nets picks along with Marcus Smart would be too much, not enough or just right.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:58 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Philly kinda set the price….essentially 3 high lottery picks and a proven solid rotation player. And that still didn’t get it done. I think we wait it out till next summer. If the rumors are true and he REALLY wants to be here then he’ll sign. If not, then we might trade all those dudes and he might bolt in 2018. Then what?

    • John M.

      John M. 3:03 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Agreed. Two of our unproven guys and 1 pick won’t get it done this year. Bird’s not ready to trade him; George has given him time to make him want to stay. And if PG is willing to come to the Lakers as a FA even though we’re farther from contending than Indiana is, you wait him out.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:14 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We don’t have the luxury of waiting ANYONE out.
        When you have the chance at an All Star, you have to go for him.
        His destination choices could change in one year.
        We can’t afford to have that happen.
        I think we have enough to entice Bird.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 2:30 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    You all see what you think about the Fox kid on UK tonight.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:41 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Doubt he’ll be on our radar with a top 3 pick.
      If we slide to #3 Josh Jackson might be the guy. I’d be happy with that.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:11 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Luke Walton said Julius Randle texted him last night about Arizona loss 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:06 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Who Is Expendable If Lakers Make A Trade This Summer? 

    Daniel Starkand (@DStarkand) – For me, the only young players that I would not want to trade are Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac. Everyone else is fair game for me in the right deal. The player I would be most willing to trade is Julius Randle.

    Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane) – Still, draft pick aside, if the Lakers determine that they simply want to speed up their rebuild and move on from some of their young players, depending on the return, I think the guy to move is Randle. He’s an absolute beast when he’s on, and he has a lot of potential, but his physical limitations lower his ceiling a bit and makes building around him more difficult than the team’s other young players.

    Eric Avakian (@EAvakian5) – With the duo of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka now in place, the franchise enters an interesting fork in the road on the path to rebuilding towards a contender. During all the hoopla that comes with the NBA free agency, the Lakers gauged the availability of some star players around the league, including the likes of DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George. If the Lakers were to pull the trigger on a trade, I believe they need move in a direction that works for the overall chemistry of the team. When looking at potential trade pieces, the value they have built also comes into play. Therefore, I think the two easier players to find trade partners for will be D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.

    Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH) – For me, the young players who are most expendable are the two who’ve been with the team longest: Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:59 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Anyone and Everyone if it’s for PG.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:52 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Anyone, everyone.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:21 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kinda true. We have Cousins, Westy and PG, yeah, yeah, heck yeah.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:31 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Gotta keep this in mind when talking about trading for PG

      Bird just turned down Noel/Okafor, Covington, and 2 first round picks from Philly. So it’s gonna cost us big if we go with the trade route.

      • John M.

        John M. 2:49 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Right. So we’d have to give up either more players or picks to get PG, netting us one star and not much else. How’s that gonna attract FAs? I’d rather wait to see how the core develops next year.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:18 AM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    People Around NBA Think Blake Griffin Would Be Open to Signing With Lakers 

    Paul George has been the player most often linked to the Lakers recently but he is not set to be a free agent until 2018 and a trade would require that the Lakers send out some of their young core, potentially putting George in a no-win situation.

    But another prominent player could be in the mix. According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, people around the NBA believe that Clippers’ forward Blake Griffin will consider the Lakers as a potential free agent destination:

    “That Griffin would also stay and reap the biggest payday he can seems likely, too—in theory. But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start—perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.”

    Griffin is set to be a free agent this summer, along with fellow Clippers’ players Chris Paul and JJ Redick, if he opts out of his contract which would seem to be a formality at this point. If the Clippers continue their lack of prominent success in the playoffs (they are currently the fifth seed in the Western Conference), it’s not inconceivable that Griffin will look for greener pastures. Staying in LA could be a bonus for a player who is involved in the stand-up comedy and entertainment scenes.

    If Griffin does choose the Lakers in free agency, it would open up the team for more win-now moves, such as trading Julius Randle in a package for the aforementioned George.

    But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. This could as always be a case of an agent using big-brand franchises such as the Lakers and Celtics to drive up the value on a free agent. Griffin will earn a max deal wherever he goes, but putting pressure on the Clippers to build around him could be a viable strategy for his long term goals. Griffin joining a team like the Lakers will always be unlikely due to LAL’s current status as a bottom-of-the-league team.

    Nevertheless, it is an interesting proposition for a team that has been rebuilding for years and would like to jumpstart its winning ways under new leadership.

    Report: People Around NBA Think Blake Griffin Would Be Open to Signing With Lakers

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:33 AM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He will take the many extra millions that the Clipps can offer him.
      They do need to break up that core, but I think they will be moving on from CP3, not Griffin.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 1:02 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Tend to agree. Younger.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:56 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There won’t be too many more millions for Blake, he’s never been MVP and I don’t think he’s even made any of the ‘All-NBA-What-have-you’ teams. Those are the keys that unlock the many, many millions.

        Could be that he has a smart agent who is already laying the ground work to make Clippers pony up the max. If it comes to quibbling…many an NBA baller has walked away from more money out of pure spite. The dude who is getting a statue today being the most prominent in my mind…

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:47 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          4 years, $140 million is what Thompson thinks we could offer him.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:36 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I think they get at least one extra year (maybe 2 in the new CBA, have to see how it really comes out of the wash) and about $35 more mil. Could go WAY higher if he made an All NBA something or was MVP. Both seem unlikely.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:27 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      According to John Ireland, Blake and CP3 don’t have a relationship. CP3 is the taskmaster and Blake could want to flee from that situation. If he chose the Lakers, he would arrive as the Alpha Dog.
      I still don’t see it happening, but CP3, Blake, and Jordan have had 6 years together and aren’t going to the West Finals ever.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:36 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “Chris is a dictator- that’s why DeAndre almost went to Dallas. Chris runs a very tight ship.”

        -John Ireland on the Clippers

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:46 PM on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Balmer’s gonna max out everybody & ride that thing til the wheels fall off. Not alotta other options.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:07 AM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    James Harden helped recruit Lou Williams to the Rockets two weeks before trade 

    This is also yet another example of how player-to-player tampering is not enforced in the NBA. While teams cannot gauge an opposing player’s interest in them without receiving permission, recruiting like this happens all the time.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:47 AM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    How would Shaq have fared in the modern NBA? 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:59 AM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Ball vs. De’Aaron Fox is the matchup that makes Kentucky vs. UCLA 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:46 AM on March 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Courtside seats you can afford: NBA ventures into world of virtual reality 

    It works like all VR does — if Westbrook drives and kicks to the corner to Victor Oladipo, you can turn your head to follow the ball and the field of vision pans with you.

    To watch requires a virtual-reality headset and a Samsung phone with the NextVR app downloaded, or Google’s Daydream (which has other features from the NBA we will get to soon). If you have League Pass you can jump right in. If not, the cost is $6.99 per game, and there is about one game available per week.

    NextVR puts together that broadcast, which has its own announcers and graphics.

     
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