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  • tate793

    tate793 7:39 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Our Wildest Kawhi Leonard Trade Proposals 

    By The Ringer Staff on January 23, 2018 3:06 pm

    Amid reports of distance between Leonard’s camp and the Spurs, we imagined what it would take to move the All-Star forward.

    Spurs receive: Corey Brewer, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, two first-round picks
    Lakers receive: Kawhi Leonard

    Jonathan Tjarks: It’s impossible to come up with a good trade for Leonard. San Antonio would be tearing down a foundation it has spent 20 years building. This trade would at least allow the Spurs to start over with two extremely talented under-23 forwards as well as a solid rookie guard in Josh Hart and two future first-round picks. Kuzma looks like a 10-year NBA starter, but whether this deal would make any sense depends on how you view Ingram’s potential after two up-and-down seasons in the NBA. Put some meat on his bones and get him in the gym with the Spurs shooting coach, and he could become a cornerstone player.

     
  • tate793

    tate793 6:55 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Top 10 Best Moments in the Lakers-Celtics Rivalry 

    By: Greg Hrinya AXS Contributor Oct 27, 2017

    The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have one of the most storied rivalries in sports history. Their matchups in the 1960s and 1980s–and subsequently in the new millennium–have captured the attention of every NBA fan.

    The two teams have faced off in the NBA Finals on 12 separate occasions dating back to 1959.

    In anticipation of a possible new budding rivalry, we explore the top 10 moments in Lakers-Celtics history:

    10. Changing formats
    The rivalry was so intense that then-commissioner David Stern opted to change the NBA Finals format from 2-2-1-1-1 to 2-3-2. Not only was the move designed for the two teams’ travel itineraries, but he wanted to get as many media members as possible to attend. The Lakers-Celtics Finals rivalries helped spur modern fanfare in the game.

    9. Regular season fire
    Prior to a matchup in the 2011 regular season, former Celtic Kevin Garnett released a shoe that said, “Beat L.A.” The sneaker was clad in green and featured the numbers, “152-120” on them. At the time, that was the all-time record in the rivalry.

    8. Celtics honor Kobe Bryant
    Even though the rivalry featured plenty of animosity, physical fouls, and trash talk, the Celtics held a classy ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant in his final game in Boston. Bryant played a central role in the last iteration of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry.

    7. Titans clash in 1959
    The Lakers, previously of Minneapolis, held a dominant grasp on the sport before 1959. At that point, the Celtics arrived and swept Los Angeles–marking the first taste of bad blood in this rivalry. Boston would go on to win eight straight titles.

    6. Kevin Garnett emerges victorious
    Kevin Garnett is an iconic player in NBA history, and he punctuated his lone NBA championship by screaming, “Anything is possible,” following their 2008 title run. The Celtics took the series in six games, and they were instrumental in forming the first “Big Three,” designed to beat Kobe Bryant’s Lakers.

    5. Boston dominance
    Despite sporting legendary players like Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, and Jerry West, the Boston Celtics kept several of those Lakers greats from reaching immortality. The Celtics owned the 1960s, where they beat the Lakers in all five NBA Finals matchups.

    4. Kobe Bryant erupts
    During the 2010 NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant helped the Lakers edge the Celtics in an epic 7-game series. In one of his finest career moments, Bryant led both teams in scoring in six of the seven games, proving the ultimate difference-maker.

    3. Magic’s skyhook
    A memorable play in NBA history, the Lakers erased a large deficit in Game 4 of the 1987 Finals. It was punctuated with Johnson soaring through the lane, burying a skyhook. He took a page from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, another pivotal member of this rivalry.

    2. McHale clotheslines Rambis
    In today’s modern game, ticky-tack hand-check fouls are all the rage. This was a different era, and no more indicative of the intensity was Kevin McHale’s aggressive foul on Lakers forward Kurt Rambis in the 1984 Finals. The foul exemplified how much these two teams disliked each other. This play might not have had the same effect on the final score as the previous play, but it exemplified a great rivalry that exists to this day.

    1. Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird
    The NBA faced significant turmoil before Magic Johnson emerged as the perfect foil to Larry Bird. Two of the top 15 players in league history–in two of the biggest markets–made annual trips to the Finals. Not only did Magic get the best of Bird–winning two out of three series–many credit the rivalry with helping rejuvenate basketball fan interest.

    https://www.axs.com/top-10-best-moments-in-the-lakers-celtics-rivalry-124711

     
  • tate793

    tate793 6:26 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela Dies at Age 78 

    BY ISMAIL AKWEI, at 03:27 am, January 23, 2018, ENTERTAINMENT

    South African Jazz legend Hugh Masekela has died on Tuesday in Johannesburg after a long battle with prostate cancer.

    The family of the 78-year-old musician confirmed his death in a statement which said he passed peacefully surrounded by his family.

    Hugh Masekela has been battling the disease since 2008 and underwent eye surgery in March 2016 when the cancer spread. He also had another surgery in September 2016 after another tumour was discovered.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:35 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I had the tremendous honor of meeting Hugh and subsequently smoking the band out after their set for a fundraiser at the NGO I was working for in Cape Town back in 2002. They waited until after he left the venue, pretty funny dudes. He was an incredible musician, I hope he passed peacefully.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:54 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers Trade Clarkson & Brewer for Love 

    Before you scream in protest, there are some positives to take away from this trade.  At 6-10 255, Love is still only 29 years old and averages more points and rebounds and generates more PER than any player on the Lakers’ roster.  He’s not a superstar in the way that LeBron, Harden, or Steph are but he’s an elite player and has proven he can be part of a championship Big Three.

    Love is averaging 18.6/9.4/1.7 points/rebounds/assists per game on 28.5 mpg shooting an outstanding 45.9%/40.1%/88.2%.  He is probably the best outlet passer in the league, which is perfect for Lonzo Ball’s game and the Luke Walton’s offense. He is a smart, team oriented player who is also capable of going off for big scoring efforts. He was and could still be the perfect stretch-4 for the Lakers.

    If you accept him as one of the two elite star players you want to add, then you get him for 3 years at a bargain $22M/24M/25M with player option for 3rd year. By trading Clarkson, you also open up enough cap space to sign DeMarcus Cousins or Paul George to a max contract plus $19M leftover to sign Julius Randle and a better backup point guard, like Rondo.

    …2017-18 Starters:  LONZO, KCP, INGRAM, LOVE, RANDLE
    …2017-18 Bench:  Point Guard, Hart, Kuzma, Nance, Lopez

    …2018-19 Starters:  LONZO, KCP, INGRAM, LOVE, COUSINS
    …2018-19 Bench:  Point Guard, Hart, Kuzma, Nance, Randle

    Bottom line, trading for Love would enable the Lakers to keep all their young players except for Clarkson and give them $49M to spend on Cousins, Randle, and a backup point guard.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 6:08 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Why would anyone protest fiction?

    • mud

      mud 6:27 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      my wife says to settle down!

      she says the players need to settle into being a team.

      she doesn’t like all this flux and thinks it’s stupid.

      she wants to know how they are ever supposed to gel.

      she’s tired of people trying to trade players.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:40 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Even if the big baby Dan Gilbert didn’t hate the Lakers, that still wouldn’t be close to enough for an even trade.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:01 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Kevin Love wants out and doesn’t want to be around “this mess” in Cleveland. 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:54 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    NBA All-Star Reserves 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:05 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers finally get Kevin Love! 

     
    • mud

      mud 4:09 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      meh…

      what will he really do for the team at this point? i know he can shoot…

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:20 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    KCP garnering interest from Knicks either via trade or as free agent this summer 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:45 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Trade would be amazing!

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:12 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Not really. Knicks only have $7M in expiring contracts, none of which would help replace KCP, who is an expiring contract himself. Makes no sense to trade him to the Knicks. They don’t even have cap space to sign him as a free agent.

        I keep hearing people say to trade KCP but that would hurt the team and cost wins. There is no reason to trade him and there could be good reason to resign him, especially since there aren’t going to be many teams who have $18M in cap space.

    • mud

      mud 3:42 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      there is virtually zero evidence that this is true. it’s based on a Knicks reporter’s pure speculation.

      i’m sure it’s possible.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:42 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Let him go there this summer. I’ve been unimpressed.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:55 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Luke Stresses Importance Of Lakers Taking Physicality To Celtics In Rematch 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:56 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Should be chance for Julius Randle to show he can handle a physically bigger opponent in Baynes. If Randle and Clarkson can help engineer an upset of the hated Celtics, Magic and Rob might blink. Big game for young Lakers to keep the Lonzo-less win streak going.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:49 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Larry Nance, Jr. in Slam Dunk Contest 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:43 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Beat the Celtics!!!! 

    The C’s are in town. Lakers #tipoff at 7:30pm(pst) on TNT. #GoLakers #LakersNation

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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:42 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    KCP and Ingram to play tonight. Lonzo still out. 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:39 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    ROY Matchup Tonight! 

    Tonight’s rookie matchup. #LakersNation

    A post shared by Lakers Nation (@bleedpurpleandgold) on

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:16 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    My Latest Musical Find! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:29 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers trade Randle, Clarkson, & Nance, Jr. 

    BEFORE TRADES:

    2017-18 Starters: LONZO, KCP, INGRAM, RANDLE, LOPEZ
    2017-18 Bench:   Caruso, Hart, Brewer, Kuzma, Zubac

    AFTER TRADES:

    2017-18 Starters: LONZO, KCP, INGRAM, MIROTIC, NOEL
    2017-18 Bench:   Smart, Hart, Brewer, Kuzma, Lopez

    Benefits of trades:

    1. Guarantees cap space to sign 2 max contract free agents.
    2. Improves chemistry by removing players on trading block.
    3. Upgrades power forward position with proven stretch 4.
    4. Upgrades center position with potential defensive anchor.
    5. Upgrades backup point guard position with great defender.
    6. Enables Lakers to win more games and contend for playoffs.
    7. Makes the Lakers a more attractive landing spot for free agents.
    8. Provides team with more options to build championship roster.

    FREE AGENCY:

    Guarantees the cap space to sign 2 max contract free agents without having to make any moves except denouncing players on expiring contracts.  Gives team options to sign just 1 max contract free agent and save the second for summer of 2019 or use the cap space to sign KCP and Noel to non-max contracts.

    Lakers best shot at a max contract free agent is Paul George, who is more likely to be available than LeBron or Cousins.  PG also is the perfect fit at small forward. allowing Ingram to come off the bench.

    KCP and Noel = 1 max contract
    PG = 1 max contract

    2018-19 Starters:  LONZO, KCP, PG, MIROTIC, NOEL
    2018-19 Bench: Smart, Hart, Ingram, Kuzma, Lopez

    Great starting lineup and maybe even better bench.

     
    • Magic2Worthy

      Magic2Worthy 9:12 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Totally disagree!!!

      We lose half of our young core -- bad!
      We lose our best bench scorer (JC) -- bad!
      We lose our energy guy off the bench (LNjr) -- bad!
      We lose (in Walt Frazier’s words) our bulldozer with finesse (JR) -- bad!
      KCP and PG are not guarenteed signings -- bad!
      Lopez does not fit well -- Bad!
      M. Smart is too inconsistent -- bad!
      N. Noel has done nothing to deserve the praise you give him, he’s either on the bench or hurt -- bad!

      Our young core is getting better and is playing how the FO wants them to. How does changing to
      this lineup improve things? Just don’t see it…..

      And if we do get PG, I play him at the SG spot and start Brandon too. Can’t see BI being a bench guy?

      • keen observer

        keen observer 9:38 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Plus look at the effect that Randle has on the Celtics according to the load of sh!t.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 9:54 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Some fans just can’t resist the urge to play GM.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:58 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Haha. Guilty as charged. Just had cataract surgery so off of work and bored today.

          The trade is also just a recap of proposed trades the Lakers should consider that:

          1. Improve the current team’s record.
          2. Free up cap space for 2 max free agents.
          3. Make the Lakers more attractive to free agents.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 10:01 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Hope u have a speedy recovery.

            Work?? U reentered the workforce?

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:06 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink

              Thanks, GDUB. 15 minute operation. Easy recovery. Did right eye Monday and will do left eye next Monday. Once all done, no more contacts or reading glasses.

              I did retire but took a 4-6 month temp job to pay for some repair work we needed to do on the house. Hoping to retire for good once this gig is done. How about you? Still working or retired?

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 10:42 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink

              Oh, ok.

              I’m still retired, but contemplating a possible return to the workforce. We’ll see.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:21 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink

              Good luck with that, GDUB.

              I didn’t really appreciate retirement back in June when I resigned from my last job. Frankly, I was a little bored and struggling with how to spend my time. As a lifelong workaholic, I felt like I was wasting time when i just kicked back.

              So when I got this offer of a short term gig and we needed the money, I was actually glad. Job is easy but punching the clock again has made me appreciate retirement. Be different if I were rich and didn’t need money but our house is getting old just like me and my wife and with age comes expenses.

              LOL. Retirement is kind of an acquired taste as we’re both finding out.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 12:48 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink

              Oh I enjoy retirement just fine … it’s only finances, or the lack thereof, that’s causing me to consider going back to work. Otherwise, it wouldn’t even be a consideration. : )

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:17 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink

              LOL. Know that situation well myself.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 10:03 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            My bad … misread that. Thought it said ‘off TO work. : )

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:07 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink

              LOL. I was supposed to work today but took off because I’m not supposed to drive the first two days.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:57 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’ll have to A2D, Brad. Here’s a comparison of the players acquired vs. traded:

        STARTING POWER FORWARD: Mirotic > Randle

        Mirotic gives the Lakers a true stretch 4 who shoots over 40% from deep.
        Having a stretch 4 is critical to being able to have a defensive oriented center.
        Mirotic gives the Lakers the 3-point threat they need to spread the floor.
        Unlike Randle, he does not need to play next to a center who shoots 3’s.

        Julius Randle, 23, 6-9, 250:
        13.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 18.90 PER in 23.2 mpg, shooting: 47.7%/26.1%/68.4%

        Nikola Mirotic, 26, 6-10, 238:
        17.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 23.26 PER in 24.7 mpg, shooting: 48.3%/43.9%/80.6%

        BACKUP POINT GUARD: Smart > Clarkson

        Smart gives the Lakers a true defensive stopper to backup Lonzo Ball.
        He is a better distributor who moves the ball rather than pounding it.
        He is a better rebounder and physical player than Jordan Clarkson.
        Only drawback is he is not as good a 3-point shooter or scorer.
        But the perfect point guard to play with a bench of scorers

        Jordan Clarkson, 25, 6-5, 194:
        14.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 17.39 PER in 23.2 mpg, shooting: 45.6%/33.1%/76.0%

        Marcus Smart, 23, 6-4, 220:
        9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 9.63 PER in 30.2 mpg, shooting: 25.2%/29.4%/72.6%

        STARTING CENTER: Noel > Lopez

        Noel gives the Lakers a shot blocking defensive center to anchor their defense.
        Noel can also switch everything and guard perimeter players on pick-and-rolls
        Nerlens is a much better finisher at the rim off pick-and-rolls than Lopez.
        Only drawback is he is not a 3-point shooter but can shoot from midrange.
        He is the perfect modern defensive center.

        Brook Lopez, 29, 7-0, 268:
        11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg,, 0.5 spg, 15.43 PER in 21.2 mpg, shooting: 43.4%/32.3%/70.7%

        Nerlens Noel, 23, 6-11, 220:
        (4-year average)
        9.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 1.5 spg, 15.54 PER in 26.3 mpg, shooting: 51.2%/33.3%/62.5%

        Bottom line, we upgrade three critical positions and guarantee cap space to sign two superstars if available next summer.

        That’s a win-win situation.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 10:44 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Giving up 3 guys who at least have to be respected on offense, for one decent outside shooter who’s useless when he’s off, and two guys you don’t have to respect at all on O, doesn’t make sense for anyone unless you’re 100% convinced those max FA’s are coming.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 12:40 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Agreed, Stan … I wouldn’t trade for either of those 3. Can’t see either significantly improving the team.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 7:48 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I agree as well.
            IF we make a trade, it should be for other young talent that we keep for years to come.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 10:16 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Barring a deal they just couldn’t refuse, I think they should stand pat and just wait for the offseason b4 making any personnel moves. Let’s see how the youngsters, with all the new faces on the roster, finish out the season and then they should have a better idea who, if anyone, should be let go or traded.

    • mud

      mud 12:23 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      well, when Hollinger’s computers compare stats, everyone is a loser except the Celtics. nice.

      you can’t really compare JUST by stats. that will certainly lead to problems.

      anyway, i am just amazed as always just how horny you get for certain players. remember how important it was to get Cauley-Stein? what has he become except an average NBA player? he does have a nifty name, like Smart, or Nerlens Noel, though.

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