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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:33 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    @NBA4ever & GDUB – OK, this Warriors/Pelicans game IS more interesting than baseball. (tip o’the cap)

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 9:45 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Knew u’d come around, JS. : )

      I’m really impressed with Gordon tonight.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:01 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ehhh, still not worth CP3.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:02 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Pelicans need everyone to go off every game. Evans and Ryan Kelly, er, Anderson need to step it up big for them to have a shot. Golden State can just keep coming at you all game long.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 10:06 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yup, and the Dubs’ D down the stretch was superb.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:06 AM on April 21, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Didn’t hurt Gordon went cold in the 4th and Tyreke looked like lost. But yeah, Kerr has those guys scrambling. Helps when everyone just buys in and there’s a modicum of talent. This series might get interesting in NOLA but I kinda doubt it. I think the Pelicans win one at home, the second one, but lose the next two.

            They need to force it into Davis all game, every game if they want a chance. He needs to punish them inside, and out because he can hit from 20′ out. But better if he goes at Bogut. Like Shaq in the 2000s and Kareem in the 80s and Dream in the 90s they need to let the best player on the floor, certainly on their team. Force the triple teams, find a shooter. Jump up over everyone with that nifty hook. Be aggressive. They can’t outshoot Golden State, but they can outplay them on the inside.

            His game is superb, he just needs to get Shaq-greedy. BBQ chicken indeed.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:10 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m telling you its about the Warriors defense not their offense if they win it all.

      Jamie it’s all about the playoffs when I evaluate players I want on my team. I couldn’t care less what a guy does in the regular season unless it’s a developing player. It’s about vets that don’t do much all year but come in and execute playoff ball like Beno Udrich did, or Paul Pierce, Gordon, and finally seeing what Tyreke has to offer. You make your name and money in the playoffs, and the stars make their legacy like Davis, Irving, Curry and Thompson. Where you at John Wall? Is Harden going to do it this year? So much more going on besides the game itself in my opinion.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 10:18 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Definitely agree with u on the Dubs’ D … people tend to overlook it bcuz of all the ‘splash’, but they wouldn’t have the best record without it.

        U’re right about JWall, too … but I’ve been consistent in my criticism of him all season. He still hasn’t learned how to be consistently clutch yet in crunch time.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:20 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good game but you knew GSW would close em out in crunch time.
      You have to learn how to win tough playoff games like that and the Pelicans still have Similac on their breath. They’ll learn from it and be better next year. Gotta find a running mate for Davis though…can’t do it all himself.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 10:21 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well Gordon tried to be his ‘running mate’ tonight … but, like u said they’re still green and learning.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:45 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Jimmy Butler seems to be the real deal! I know he’s a RFA. How does that work anyway? Thanks!

    • yellofever

      yellofever 8:00 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      it’s playoff time somebody need to carry paulas panties

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 8:55 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      ^^^^dumb and lame as if 16 boards and 4 blocks is “soft”, get over it he’s 1st selection HOF no matter what you or Tate think of him.

      On another note, DJ it works like this:
      Jimmy Butler is the real deal=max contract from the Bulls period end of discussion!

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:23 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup, he’s so terrible the other team doubled him all night long. What a loser! I’m sure he’ll remember to thank all the hatin doubters when he gets inducted into the HOF

      • yellofever

        yellofever 9:24 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        dam sorry if I hit a sensitive spot nba no hard feelings dude

        but 9-29 shooting first 2 games at home vs freakin zhazha and the bucks is not exactly bringin it. may lord be with him next round he’ll need our prayers when the playoff pressure intensifies a notch or two

        And he may very well make the HOF as the highest scoring soft euro of all time… and solely by virtue of being a euro. hats off to him and to you and all his devoted fans

      • tate793

        tate793 11:10 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey, Sean, don’t drag me into the $#it. I’m over here minding my own business.

        Bottom line. He’s the opposition, now, and I could care less about him.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:32 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Deej the Bulls have (I believe) 36 hours to match any deal made to Jimmy Butler, they have the option of matching any deal before he can sign it. An unrestricted free agent can choose his deal, even if there’s a better one out there (like Pau and Dwight did the last two seasons). Dig?

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 2:00 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Congrats to LouWill on winning 6th man of the year. Pay that man his money.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 2:54 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Any dude whose Girlfriend has a Girlfriend doesn’t need awards to tell him he’s a winner.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 1:04 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    I often wonder what folks think the commissioner’s job actually is?

    He doesn’t represent the players…for damm sure doesn’t rep the fans.
    He’s employed by the owners to do their bidding and keep their pockets full. It’s a pretty brilliant scheme…trot this funny looking mf’er out in public to take all the criticism while you sit safely behind the curtain counting your money. As long as the profits are good, he’s doing his job to perfection. That’s why Goodell is still riding high even after all the public humiliation last off-season; the NFL profits still went up. Folks hated Stern but the league (which is just a euphemism for The Owners) made unprecedented money during his tenure. As for Silver, attendance saw it’s biggest jump in nearly 2 decades this past season in his 1st full year in office.

  • wesjoenixon

    wesjoenixon 8:58 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Wow. That was the worst opening weekend of NBA basketball I’ve ever seen. So much for small-market team success bringing NBA excellence. Totally unwatchable… Maybe this will change when we get a commisioner.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:40 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We have a commissioner, his name is Adam Silver. It likely won’t change, small markets have no interest in watching the Lakers and Knicks outspend everyone else 2:1. Something has to change though, “parity” is making the sport more boring every season and not just because the Lakers aren’t in the playoffs.

      Every team is being built the same, trying to emulate the Spurs and it makes for really boring basketball. Like you said, unwatchable.

      • wesjoenixon

        wesjoenixon 10:49 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Adam Silver….Adam Silver…I recognize his name, but I can’t remember from where. Isn’t he the 76ers GM or something? Didn’t he fire someone for racist remarks but then let his team tank worse than any franchise in sports history, iincluding the ancient Greeks? Maybe you mean Adam Titanic Silver…I know him…

        Anyways, let me not take my frustration out on htis blog, I think there’s a pillow I can smother around here. “It’s than damnn Fluffy’s fault”

        Um, but I did see my first episode of Dr Who…and I must say….pretty good stuff. Part Twilight Zone, part HR Puffin Stuff…

    • wesjoenixon

      wesjoenixon 10:53 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And this got me wondering. How come you can roll a pillow over to get to its cool side but you can’t do the same thing with a blanket? Is anyone going to solve this riddle in my lifetime?

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:16 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Now THAT is a great question!

        • wesjoenixon

          wesjoenixon 11:21 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Luckily I have the red phone that’s a direct line to Stephen Hawking…he always comes through for me…

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:20 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        My good friend Wes, you took grade 9 science like I did, although, like me you were stoned 50% of the time from boredom, but you remember different types of heat exchange right?

        The other side of the pillow is a poor conductor of heat because it’s in contact with the cool mattress right, not the heat coming from our head.

        • wesjoenixon

          wesjoenixon 11:25 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I didn’t smoke my first reefer untill 12 grade. So you’re suggesting I put my blanket under the mattress and then turn the matress over? Too much hard work and too little technology for me…There must be a more simple answer…

          But I do appreciate the effort Sean…

          Oh, my agony…how many riddles must go unsolved?

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:27 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Some people sleep naked to solve the problem.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 11:29 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink

              or use a fan! LOL!

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:29 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink


              Put your sheets in the fridge 30 mins before bed.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:31 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink

              A fan will keep the room cool not necessarily the sheets or blanket. :)

          • mclyne32 (Director) 11:30 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I always though that “Cold Side of the Pillow” woudl make for a great band name

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:31 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink

              Royalties to Stuart Scott. Lol.

            • wesjoenixon

              wesjoenixon 12:33 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink

              Darn computer keeps going out. Sean, if I put my sheets in the fridge I’d end up eating them at 2 am.

              Mclyne, I have a song for our new band, “CSOTP”

              Here we go. Throw some easy C chord, then some complementary G. Give it a hard rocking surf punk rythem, then some wicked D for the big surprise before the chorus…..oh yeah…

              Then the sweetest lyrics ever made. We’ll call this beauty:

              “I love you like those monkeys love those monkeys”

              Oh yeah, he we go…Power chord, power chord, power chord, wicked D…and…

              ” I like you in those glasses,
              I want to go to classes,
              You got some real good masses,
              I love you like those monkeys love those monkeys--
              With the BIG RED ASSES!!!!
              Yeah, with the BIG RED ASSES, yeah,
              WITH THEBIG RED ASSES… yeah

              And then just rock on from there…

            • mclyne32 (Director) 2:09 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink

              sounds great- as long as I can smash my drum kit at the end!

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 12:43 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So the first games of a long playoffs didn’t produce any epic games…who cares, it was still intense entertaining playoff basketball. If you didn’t enjoy the entertainment the Warriors and Clippers provided, classic Paul Pierce, the grit and grind of the Grizz, or Irving’s spectacular debut then you are not a basketball fan. Not sure what small market or parity (wouldn’t it make the games more competitive ) to do with it or how or why you’d disrespect Silver. Sit back and enjoy the show, the drama, intensity and excitement…any game is more watchable than baseball in April.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:49 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “any game is more watchable than baseball in April.”

        THEM’S FIGHTIN WORDS!!!!!! Just kidding, Spurs/Clippers was not that interesting to watch, watching Bald Boy Ballamer acting like a frat boy on the sidelines makes me wonder what could happen if a seven game series between Dallas and the Clips were to happen. Would the NBA separate Ballmer and Cuban? Would they sit on opposite sides of the court and just mad dog each other all night? The mind reels with the possibilities. I missed the Portland/Memphis game which was the only other game I was truly interested in to watch. Curious to see if Gasol and Aldridge make it look likme they’re not going anywhere. Lotta rumors coming out of Portland that LA is unhappy and he would be my number one choice in free agency. Just always assumed he would stay in Portland.

        I’ve never been a fan of most of the Clippers, although that Blake Griffin is growing on me. I ended up switching a lot of channels between hoops and baseball while writing. Best NBA game I watched was da Bulls, although Wiz/Raps was awesome, too. Except something looks off with John Wall, last time I saw him play he reminded me of lightning on caffeine. That playoff game he looked positively Ramon Sessions-like. Bad news for the Wiz if it keeps up.

        But baseball in April…magical time. Like Spring training plus, every manager is giving an extended audition to some no-name that could become the next Matt Schoemaker, plus every Mike Trout AB is historic, April, May, June or July, they all mean something. Same way I feel about hoops regular season, the first month is kind of the most exciting because everyone is still, technically, in it.

        By July the playoff races take shape in MLB, same as February for hoops. Sure there will be some see-sawing and jockeying for position, but there are a few teams that are just out of it come July. I feel you though, baseball is the forever sport, they only take 3 months off (counting spring training and playoffs) so I always laugh when people tell me that basketball is too long.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 1:54 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You, Tom and DJ must love watching paint dry. :)

          Expensive ticket to enjoy an overpriced beer (mostly head), a hotdog and a nap.

          Or maybe DJ wants to spend a grand at new Yankee Stadium at the bar for a Steak Dinner and watch the Pinstripes lose 12-2 to the Astros. :)

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 2:03 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You know I’m just being a keen right Jamie? My dad and oldest brother and many friends LOVE baseball but I have to admit it kills me that anyone who likes basketball would even think about watching baseball over any playoff game. I read the stats keep up with the records but don’t watch or care until September and by then it’s football season lol. But I get it if you’re over 40. Maybe I just irritated by baseball living in the bay area with all the bandwagon Giants fans that never even watch the games or know anything. I also feel baseball fans who “hate” basketball….well key word is “hate” if you know what I mean. I respect the hardcore informed fan and the game but I’ve become strictly a basketball/football guy myself. Other than that I do agree with your basketball take above and respect your well written posts, I just think I lost my mind when you said you’d be watching baseball instead of the playoffs lol

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:11 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Dang. Just turned 40 in November, home boy must be psychic.

            I know you’re just joshing, NBA, and I do keep up with the playoffs but find it hard to root for anyone but the never-won-its and the under dogs. Like I said, OLaker fan before I’m an NBA fan. I figured as much in regards to my posts (and I appreciate the kind words, man, thanks), it’s been a rough hoops year, for me and all of us here, and there has been something nice about watching polished teams with talent playing together. I remember when we used to have one of those and I can’t wait until we have one again.

            Football and I are definitely on rocky ground and I often have to remind myself that the NFL is like the police in our country: it’s important to not let the rotten 10% flavor your opinion of the generally decent 90% (adjust percentages as your life has shown you to do). But the whole Ray Rice/Adrian Peterson thing really rubbed me wrong. Follow that by the over-harsh penalty for using marijuanna (compared to physically assualting someone) and the fact that it’s still, somehow, a non-profit and it won’t take much for me to bail on footbal altogether. I don’t care if LA gets a team or not. I don’t root for any team, just for certain players. I like mobile QBs and a punishing running game, passes are cool, but the run is king. Michael Vick and Adrian Peterson were both faves of mine and it’s been rough staying a fan. Maybe I just have terrible aste in athletes?

            @Magicman -- I’ll answer you…just as soon as the sun goes down, painted a fixture on the back porch what needs to finish drying…almost there…almost..zzzzzzzzzzz

            (cool emoticon that’s gone now, like the banana dancing one, that lil guy was awesome)

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 2:43 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’ll take a preseason NFL game over a baseball playoff game.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:11 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Oh man, now you’re tlaking crazy mongo! ;)

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 5:23 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That makes 2 of us, MS. Few major sports bore me as much as baseball.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 6:09 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink

              Yea to be honest I don’t think I’ve watched a full playoff baseball game in 15 years and never a regular season game. I rather sit and watch a sunday of a golf major than game 7 of the world series.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 6:49 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink

              I feel ya, NBA … funny thins is, baseball was my favorite sport to play when I was around 12 or 13, then football and basketball took over and that was all she wrote. : )

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 4:37 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Don’t get me wrong I love to watch football but HATE everything else about it including the hardcore fans. As Amit knows I can write 10 pages on what I don’t like about the football culture and Americans who are obsessed with it….but I do love watching it for entertainment. Basketball is the future not only on America but worldwide, it’s hard for me to see its flaws

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:26 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah, I feel the same way. My future wife is into fantasy football and so likes to have it to root for her guys. This I find acceptable because she likes basketball waaaaaay more. Basketball is my favorite sport to watch, but I love me some Angel baseball. S’all good, no doubt I’d be riveted if the Lakers were in it to win it.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 5:15 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If y’all r so dissatisfied with it, then y not just stop watchin’. U must be watchin’ in order to conclude that it’s sooooo ‘unwatchable’. Now if the Ls were playin’ right now I’d bet ur tune would change. : )

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:22 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup, and I’ve said as much. This Bucks/Bulls game is unwatchable, too. 16-11 first quarter score?! What is this Boys Club hoops? If this grabbing, pushing, walk unders that the Bucks do is considered “defense” the sport is heading downhill fast.

        Librarians doing their job is more exciting than the Bulls/Bucks first half. ;)

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:51 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    The Biggest Takeaways from the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2014-15 Regular Season 


    The Biggest Takeaways from the Los Angeles Lakers' 2014-15 Regular Season

    Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

    Some of the takeaways from the Los Angeles Lakers’ recently concluded 2014-15 campaign are painfully obvious.

    The prime example is a season that went from bad to worse, beginning with an unfathomable number of injuries and ending with the team’s worst record in franchise history at 21-61.

    There are also impressions offering glimpses of hope, while still others point to areas where a strategic shift could pay dividends.

    But one thing is certain: For a proud organization that has ebbed ever further from its glory days, change is not only welcome, it is an imperative.


    The youth movement is here to stay

    Rick Bowmer/Associated Press          

    There are only four Lakers with guaranteed contracts. Kobe Bryant will be 37 when he returns next season after a long injury layoff, while Nick Young will be 30 when training camp rolls around.

    And then things start skewing younger. Julius Randle will return at age 20 after missing all but 14 minutes of his rookie season with a broken leg, while Ryan Kelly, 24, will be back for his third NBA campaign.

    Meanwhile, management is sure to pick up the option on 22-year-old Jordan Clarkson, the rookie point guard out of Missouri who started 38 games this season. After his exit interview, the second-round wunderkind talked about his motivation and desire for continued improvement.

    “I’m not satisfied with what I did this year,” said Clarkson, per Lakers.com. “I’m just trying to come back and be better, for sure.”

    The Lakers also have options on two undrafted rookies who performed well—big man Tarik Black, 23, and shooting guard Jabari Brown, 22, who was Clarkson’s fellow backcourt starter at Mizzou.

    Plus there is Ed Davis, who, at 25, had his best year yet in the NBA. The energetic power forward will opt out of his $1.1 million option but would like to re-sign for the long term.

    ”This is where I want to be,” Davis said after his exit interview, per Lakers.com. “Hopefully I’m back next year.” The Lakers also have the potential of three draft picks, as well as significant cap room during free agency. But given the rebuilding movement, it seems unlikely the team will load up on expensive veterans with short shelf lives.

    “You work hard to create a future,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday per Lakers.com. “Whether it’s with draft picks or the opportunity to make a trade or free-agent dollars. And you don’t want to give it away just because you have it.”


    The need for an offensive coordinator

    David Zalubowski/Associated Press

    Byron Scott was once a member of the Showtime Lakers—a team known for its fast-break offense. But after taking over as head coach in L.A., he installed a hybrid Princeton offense with a slow, deliberate pace.

    The new Lakers coach is also big on defensive responsibility and hired like-minded assistants—Paul Pressey, Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen. But the overall lack of creativity starts at the top, and Scott’s rigid style stands in stark contrast to those who are willing to expand the playbook.

    A case in point is a certain rookie coach who has surpassed all expectations.

    When Steve Kerr was hired by the Golden State Warriors, many wondered if he would use the triangle system he learned as a player under Phil Jackson. Kerr quickly hired fellow Jackson disciple Luke Walton as an assistant and associate head coach Alvin Gentry, who has often used elements of the Princeton offense. Kerr also hired Ron Adams, known for his defensive schemes.

    But the self-effacing Kerr was also hiring bright individuals who didn’t necessarily feel compelled to fall in lockstep. And, he approached his job with a forward-thinking philosophy and encyclopedic knowledge of the game. Those qualities were present at his first job interview with the Warriors, as explained by Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated:

    First was the Power Point presentation, which by then ran 16 pages. It began with a section titled “Why I’m Ready To Be A Head Coach” and included segments on leadership, relationships, analytics and everything from dress code to dieticians to yoga instructors to sleep specialists. Kerr also included detailed thoughts on Warriors players, including potential rotation changes.

    Scott’s rotations this season can be largely chalked up to injuries and the need to develop prospects. But when it comes to matters such as analytics, the veteran coach is clearly mired in the past. Asked about the data-rich methodology, per Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, Scott replied: “I think we’ve got a few guys who believe in it. I’m not one of them.”

    Whatever strategies a coach uses, there should also be a willingness to be flexible. Some of the players’ best moments this season came when they were given a modicum of freedom, using drag screens in transition to create early offense opportunities and sprinkling in pick-and-roll actions. But Scott’s not a big fan of pick-and-roll, describing it, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, as: “Everybody is stationary and it’s easy to guard.” For whatever specifics one wants to point to, one thing is certain—Scott needs a more innovative voice on the bench and also has to be willing to listen.


    Lakers have an on-floor leadership vacuum

    Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

    With Steve Nash out for the season and Bryant missing all but 35 games, it soon became apparent that the team lacked the on-court leadership necessary to seal the deal. Yes, the Lakers were in a number of close fourth-quarter situations, but they didn’t have the ammunition to prevail.

    This summer, management has to sign a player with the type of on-floor leadership needed in crucial game moments.

    These are the additions that are the hardest to come by, whether through free agency or a trade. The Lakers may find themselves looking at other teams who also didn’t make the playoffs—losing organizations can sometimes be the most willing trade partners.

    The Lakers have had too many injuries in recent years and have lost far too many games. Management has rolled through coaches and has yet to find anyone who can establish a cohesive voice and vision.

    From the hope that young and relatively untested young players will blossom into true stars, to the need for additional leadership on-court and along the sideline, this much is obvious—change must come.

    And that is the biggest takeaway from a season that trended in the wrong direction from the very start.

    The consequences of losing seasons and poor past decisions are looming large.

    The Lakers have to get up off the mat and get things right this summer.


    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:03 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent article by our old friend Dave M.
      Definitely would like to see changes in the assistants.
      I would love to see someone like Steve Nash.
      He could be great as Byron’s offensive coordinator.
      Already has a good relationship with Clarkson and Black.
      Understands the modern game as well as anyone.
      And has the players respect and gravitas to do the job.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:16 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree, LT, I’d be down to see Nash as a coach, even if he didn’t start off on the bench at games. But eventually I do believe that’s where he belongs. Like Steve Kerr, he has the right kind of mind to transfer what his NBA experience was to others. Unlike Kobe, Carmelo, and their ilk he’s always been an inclusive super star.

      If he were the OC on the team giving him a vocal and supportive role on the team would be perfect. but that might be a bit too much responsibility out of the gate. It’s obvious that he can impact a young players game: Clarkson from the beginning of the year to the end was night and day as a player. He went from over relying on his tear drop to using it as a last resort and trusting in his mid-range jumper. His passing and speed at which he played were also big improvements he made from summer league and even training camp and pre-season.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:09 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    After All the Conjecture, Playoffs Will Reveal Plenty About Kevin Love 


    CLEVELAND — Kevin Love declined an interview for this story.

    This may seem an odd way for an article to open, since that’s the sort of sentence that’s typically stuck somewhere deep in the belly of a piece, a parenthetical aside meant to explain what seems a glaring oversight: the author’s inability to include the profile subject’s point of view. But in this case, it feels proper to get it out there early, not with the slightest bit of scorn or spite, but because his acceptance—through a Cavaliers’ spokesman—actually wouldn’t have made the slightest bit of sense. It simply wouldn’t square with his reticence to reveal much about himself since coming to the Cavaliers.

    Since that trade, one strongly endorsed if not orchestrated by LeBron James, the former franchise face of the Timberwolves has had quite the bumpy ride, whether standing out on the fringe of the Cavaliers’ offense or sitting in the center of a media storm—subjected to an army of word-parsers, pop psychologists and character caricaturists. Love, who spoke on the first day of training camp of the need to “keep the circle tight” amid the prying outsider eyes, hasn’t hid his contempt for the circus that since has come. It’s been apparent to everyone regularly around the team, as his eyes have burned holes in locker room carpets from coast to coast, rarely raised to fully acknowledge the many queries—concerning touches or shots or Twitter accounts—that he considers ridiculous.

    “He’s shut down to the media,” one long-time acquaintance said.
    “It’s beyond just the media,” another close observer said. “He’s incredibly guarded.”

    So there was little shot that the 26-year-old power forward would open up as the playoffs did, not to a stranger, and not after one of his braver forays into the public square—on behalf of a “Built with Chocolate Milk” campaign—backfired badly when he strayed from a careful string of bland cliches. When he said during his radio tour that he was “not best friends” with James and would vote for former UCLA teammate Russell Westbrook as NBA MVP, it fueled enough “hot takes” to melt a decade of Ohio snow. Naturally, there’s no need, with so much serious basketball ahead, starting with his playoff debut Sunday against the Boston Celtics, to fan any additional flames.

    But here’s the thing about the postseason:

    It cares not how little you’d like to reveal about yourself.

    “The playoffs expose you,” one NBA veteran said. “For better or worse. Some guys can handle it, some can’t. So we’ll see.”

    The urgency. The intensity. The press. The pressure. The glory. And, inevitably, for just about everyone, but particularly those in his position—third option on a team with championship aspirations—the blame.

    What will we learn about Kevin Love?

    (More …)

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:04 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Cavs and Love got off to a great start.
      Still think Love will bolt for the Lakers.
      He wants to be the man -- not a 3rd wheel.
      Rooting for the Cavs to get derailed.
      LeBron can be difficult as a leader.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:17 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While he wasn’t a model of effecincy, Love was very effective. Many more games like this and it won’t be a question of how he’ll fit in. It’ll be a question of which of those three gets the MVP in the Finals if they go all the way.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:53 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    NBA Salary Cap Expected to See Major Increase in Upcoming Seasons 


    The NBA salary cap is expected to increase drastically in the very near future, which will have league-wide implications.

    DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony reported the rough estimates for the salary cap in the years ahead:

    The huge jump from 2015-16 to 2016-17 was expected after the NBA Players Association decided against a smoothing of the cap, which would have spread out the salary-cap increases over several years.

    Instead, salaries will see a massive spike once the 2016 offseason arrives, the impact of which will be felt across the league.

    NBC Sports’ Kurt Helin believes teams might be more willing to pay above market value this summer with an eye toward future cap figures.

    In addition, more players might be willing to follow the lead of LeBron James, who eschewed a long-term deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers last offseason. He opted for a shorter deal that will allow him to make more money down the road.

    As it stands now, the maximum salary for an NBA player is a tad over $20 million, per Larry Coon. There are a few exceptions, most notably Kobe Bryant, who will make $25 million in 2015-16 and $26.25 million in 2016-17.

    Since a player is allowed to command anywhere from 25 percent to 35 percent—depending on how much time he has spent in the league—ESPN.com’s Marc Stein sees a future in which some stars earn upwards of $30 million a year:

    Suddenly, teams that might not have had cap flexibility otherwise will have more money to pursue another marquee free agent, while teams that have money coming off the books could be able to sign two or even three big names in one summer.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:06 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nobody wants to say it but this is going to be a huge help in rebuilding the Lakers. The cap is going to continue to grow, which is going to help the big market teams like the Lakers and Knicks rebuild more quickly. Lakers are in perfect position to return to the top. It all starts with this summer’s draft and free agency period.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:33 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Hope Clippers get embarassed but worried 

    Clippers have a chance to show they’re for real instead of chokers.
    Home court should be an advantage. They need big game tonight.
    If they can’t beat the Spurs tonight, it’s going to be a short series.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:45 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Finally a game to get your juices going.
      A playoff game at Staples without the Lakers.
      Let’s go, Spurs.

      • tate793

        tate793 10:00 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Never seen the Spurs in such a shooting funk. Free throws included. TP with only one assist so far.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:07 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Clippers needed to come out like this and have this game much more than the Spurs did.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:21 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That bench is gonna be the Clipps’ undoing.
      Doc definitely needs to keep either Blake or CP on the floor at all times.
      Better put on their big boy draws and get ready play around 40 minutes every night.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:09 AM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I sure hope so but the Clippers looked very good, especially on defense.
        Jordan was a force in the middle and Griffin had a dominating game.
        Thought he traveled several times on those out of control spins in the lane.
        But the kid can elevate and punish the rim like nobody else in the league.
        Spurs just couldn’t hit their shots last night. Getting old? We’ll see.

    • yellofever

      yellofever 8:06 PM on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      clips win means pain . house of pain

  • GDUBinDC

    GDUBinDC 7:07 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Grizz have opened up a serious can of u-know-what on the Blazers tonight.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:18 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:00 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Pero Antic has one of the highest IQ’s in the NBA.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:09 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looks to me, Hawks setting the same tone they have all year.

      Hold the Nets under 40% shooting, force 6 turnovers and have 8 assists on 11 FG’s.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:14 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nets 8 Turnovers. ATL has 15 pts off 8 Turnovers.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 5:45 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I don’t know if I would count those chickens just yet, barely hung on to win. I agree that they should win though.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:44 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Lakers Finally Embracing Analytics 


    How many times have you heard or read that the Lakers need to “embrace analytics?” The good news is the recent comments by head coach Byron Scott and startling transformation of last year’s first round pick Julius Randle from pudgy to svelte may be indications that the Lakers are finally embracing analytics.

    There’s no term in professional basketball today more controversial, polarizing, and misunderstood than analytics. Its most devoted disciples use it run every aspect of their basketball operations both on and off court, including style of play and team culture, player selection and development, and in game strategy. Its most avid detractors write it off as meaningless statistical noise from stat geeks who never played the game and don’t understand the importance of the intangibles like heart, character, and situation.

    So what is analytics and what should the Lakers be doing to embrace it? At its simplest, sports analytics is the use of statistical data to make better decisions. It’s not a substitute for the human eye and judgment but rather another tool that can provide a broader base and more information for better decision making. As such, it doesn’t replace but rather enhances the human element in order to make better decisions.

    While the Laker have never been in the forefront of the analytics movement that is taking over the NBA, there’s never been a better time and place for them to finally and fully embrace analytics as they embark upon a complete rebuilding of the team and its identity in the wake of Dr. Buss’ death and the impending retirement of their great superstar Kobe Bryant, the iconic face of the franchise for the last 20 years.

    So what should the Lakers be doing to embrace analytics? First, they need to fundamentally change their vision of the kind of team they want to build, style of basketball they want to play, and type of player they want to acquire to reflect the core principles of the analytics movement, which means running an offense designed to get and a defense designed to prevent high percentage 3-point shots, layups, or free throws.

    The recent comments by Byron Scott that he is going to have to “have to make adjustments on both end of the floor” and “change some of my philosophies on the offensive and defensive ends” is a crystal clear message the Lakers front office has finally decided to embrace analytics and has let their head coach know that he must adjust his personal philosophies and attitude accordingly if he wants to be the coach.

    What this means is the Lakers will be replacing Byron Scott’s old school inside-out half-court offense designed to create low percentage 2-point jump shots with a modern outside-in spread offense designed to create high percentage 3-pointers, layups, and free throws. The Lakers will also revamp their defensive game plan to prevent 3-point shots, layups, and free throws and force teams to take 2-point shots.

    The second thing the Lakers need is players who fit the mold of the type of team they want to build. That means finding players who on offense can shoot the 3 and take advantage of the space created to attack the rim and get layups or free throws. It means finding defenders who can protect the rim, challenge and chase shooters behind the 3-point line, and play aggressive individual and team defense without fouling.

    Building an analytics driven basketball team is about more than finding a stretch 4. It’s about prioritizing scarce cap dollars to cover the above basics. The only way to do that today is with multi-dimensional players who can to contribute in multiple areas, have an impact at both ends of the floor, and can play and defend multiple positions. That’s why the focus on 2-way players and new stats like PER & EFF.

    While you need 3-point shooters, you also need perimeter defenders with size, length, and quickness to help and still be able to challenge or chase 3-point shooters. While you need guys who can attack the rim, you also need defenders who can block and alter shots to protect the rim. Finally, you want offensive players who can draw and make free throws and defensive players who can defend without fouling.

    What does an analytics approach say about the players the Lakers should be pursuing in the draft and free agency? It says you want a center who can score and defend both pick-and-pops well as pick-and-rolls. It also says you want a center who can draw and make his free throws while protecting the rim without getting into foul trouble. To me, that says Karl-Anthony Towns in the draft or Marc Gasol in free agency.

    While an elite midrange jump shooter like LaMarcus Aldridge can still work in an analytics driven offense, having a true stretch 4 is the best way to ensure the optimal spacing to create lanes for drivers and cutters to get easy layups or draw fouls on opposing teams’ bigs. Nothing helps spread the floor than having 4 players who can shoot a high percentage on 3’s. It’s why Kevin Love is the perfect fit for the Lakers.

    Analytics says you want a point guard who knows how to push the ball in transition and run pick-and-rolls. He also needs to be able to shoot the 3 at a high percentage and get to the rim off the dribble to score, dish, or go to the line. The point guard also needs to have the size, quickness and length to rebound the ball well and stay with opposing point guards and force them into low percentage midrange jumpers.  To me, that says D’Angelo Russell over Mudiay in the draft or Goran Dragic over Rondo in free agency.

    Shooting guards and small forwards need to be 3-and-D players who can spread the floor with the 3-point shot or attack the rim. They need to have the requisite size, length, and quickness to be able to switch on screens and defend multiple positions. Their goal in an analytics driven basketball scheme is to spread the floor and create space on offense and defend perimeter penetration and the 3-point line on defense. That’s why you take Winslow over Johnson in the draft or Draymond Green or Carroll over Harris in free agency.

    Does that mean the Lakers should not draft a center like Okafor if they get a chance because he is not a great rim protector? Or Cauley-Stein because he can’t make his free throws? Or Mudiay because he is not a great 3-point shooter? Or Winslow because he is not yet a polished 3-point shooter? Not necessarily. Okafor’s offense, Cauley-Stein’s or Winslow’s defense, or Mudiay’s playmaking could be so good that they compensate for the weaknesses and force the team to fill that need with other players on the roster.

    Bottom line, building an analytics driven team is not about any one player but the entire roster having the collective skillset to play the style of smart game that optimizes making and preventing high percentage 3-point shots, layups, and free throws. You might have a midrange jump shooter at the 4 is so good you don’t need a stretch 4 or a dynamic scorer and distributor at the 1 so good you don’t him to shoot 3’s. There are many different ways to put together a smart team that takes advantage of analytics.

    Using analytics to help define the kind of team you want to build and players you want to acquire is just the start. Once you’ve embraced analytics, you suddenly have a wealth of stats that can measure just how effective the team and each individual player are in making the correct decisions on offense and defense to maximized their own and minimize their opponents’ 3-pointers, layups, and free throws.

    The league’s new missile tracking cameras silently track every move of every player on every play in every game. They can tell the coaching staff exactly what players are doing wrong and exactly what things need correcting to improve offensive and defensive efficiency. Coaches still have to get players to buy in on becoming better but it’s an easier job to sell with detailed video evidence of what needs to be correct.

    Lakers fans should be relieved and encouraged at the recent events that indicate the Lakers are finally embracing analytics. Not only can we look forward to a more progressive and modern approach on both ends of the court next season but we also look forward to the front office and coaching staff finally being on the same page. This may actually be more important than whether we keep our top five pick.

  • GDUBinDC

    GDUBinDC 1:06 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    I wonder if Olynyk is the reason they played that lil snippet by Grand Funk Railroad heading into the commercial break cuz he reminds me of their lead guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner with that headband and the long mane. : )

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:59 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With that headband on, you looking at the wrong decade G. :)

      He could be just as much in an Olivia Newton-John video.

      These dudes need to lose the headbands. Not a good look. Lol.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 2:36 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Naw, Sean … Mark used to where a headband sometimes when performing live. Trust me, I know … cuz they were my favorite rock band back in the 70s.

        This is my favorite performance sans that headband. : )

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 2:58 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Just saying, bro, Bootsy Collins wearing one, that’s one thing.

          Kelly Olynyk and Lebron (hopefully he loses it permanently) don’t look cool. They look like they should be in the background of Dancing to the Oldies, dude. :)

          Why ain’t these dudes wearing legwarmers then? Hahahahahaha.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 3:01 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            LOL, Sean … well what can I say, everything old is new and vice versa. : )

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:04 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Saw the conversation earlier about Kobe helping young players. I was wondering what great young players we’ve had. Kobe respected Fish partially because of how hard he played. We mostly haven’t had an All Star caliber young player that I can remember. Oh, and can someone tell me what time and channel the Lakers play?

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 3:06 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well, it’s kinda hard to become ‘great’ when ur hero is dominating the ball, Deej. : )

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 4:43 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Ya still didn’t tell me who we had? We had Kobe and 5 Rings. Probably didn’t help All Stars like: Lin, Smush, Sasha, Farmar…. Just let me know who which potential All Star he neglected?

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 4:54 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            And u still haven’t explained to me how Kobe won all 5 of those rings all by himself. : )

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 6:05 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              Never ever said Kobe won by himself. As far as I know no one single player played all 5 positions at the same time without 4 other teammates on the court and won anything?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 6:10 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              As Fresh as a Daisy, Green as the grass, Magic Johnson played all 5 positions as a Rookie in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. He finished wwith 42/15/7 and won MVP.

              Did Kobe do that, DJ? :)

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 6:54 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              LOL, Sean … Kobe’s no Magic … Earvin actually looked to pass the ball FIRST. : )

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 6:54 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              Magic had 4 other teammates and besides Magic is mah man! Met him a couple times and have Pics and Autos to prove. Not gonna catch me hatin on THE MagicMan Oops, no offense MM, lol!

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 6:57 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              Oh, so u admit that he musta had some pretty good players around him to win those 5 rings, right Deej? : ) I’m speakin’ of Kobe, BTW.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 7:00 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              Duh? Seriously? Sure. I am thinking Famer to be Shaq and maybe Pau? I kinda enterpreted the Kobe no helps young ones was kinda out there. Not sure who he had to really help that had much talent and staying power. I always know the Kobe’s on an Island.

              PS-Magic was a PG and Kobe is a SG. Kobe only player in NBA History with over 30K Points and 7K Assists.

              PSS-Magic played with Jamal (HOF), Worthy (HOF) and Kareem (HOF), not bad company, huh?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:50 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              Magic’s best teammates that game were Silk and Norm Nixon dude.

              And he dominated the vaunted Sixers Front Line.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 4:56 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Andrew Bynum?

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 5:36 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              I was gonna name him, MS … but I figured DJ would just dismiss him as a potential ‘great’ young player at that time.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 5:43 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              Who? Lol! That’s all you got is AB? He never cared about learning the game, actually said he didn’t even like basketball, remember? Kareem couldn’t even help him.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:06 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Check out NBA Classics, DJ. :)

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:11 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 10:40 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Laker front office have made some dumb moves over the last couple of years. hiring a run and gun coach when you didn’t have the right personnel for that style of play. Letting free agency linger waiting on Labron amd Melo while guys like Kyle Lowery signed else where. And not trading Howard when it was clear that he wasn’t a fit for LA although I can at least understand that one.
      Signing Rondo would be bigger a bigger mistake then the others. At least the other led to a high pick that netted Randle and hopefully another lottery pic this year.

      Dallas was the number one offense in the NBA when they landed Rondo but finished 13th. Rondo shoots in the low thirties from both the field and the line. Every line up Dallas used was a plus except those with Rondo. And monta’s efficiency fell off after Rondo because Rondo’s man dropped off to double him. They even pull him down the stretch of close game.

      So why would a rebuilding team want a 30 year old that has never been the same since knee surgery? I mean come on Boston got better and made the playoffs AFTER trading him. The thing he brings is name recognition for that portion of the fan base that doesn’t pay attention to the least of the league. What does Rondo bring that Clarkson doesn’t? And please don’t say defense because that’s gone as well.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:56 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        General questions or asking me directly?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:21 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There are many factors that affect whether or not a signing or trade is a mistake and it takes time for that analysis to bear fruit.

        Signing Rondo would be a mistake for most people now based on his current health status, and other subjective prejudices such as age, lack of skill set with shot selection and FT Shooting.

        What we need to understand, is that when we use Confirmation bias to confirm what we already think, we’re not giving the analysis the proper context and proper respect, that is the mistake in the making, not necessarily the acquisition.

        In order to make an unbiased decision, you have to look at every opposing viewpoint outside of your own Confirmation Bias, otherwise, you’re not giving the matter an intellectual property, it’s merely a continuation of subjective and bias POV. Okay?

        Dallas’ #1 Offense had little to do with the PG Position. Adding Rondo, with the Stat Gurus that Dallas has, was in the Organizations eyes, a way to enhance the Offense. That hasn’t worked out for a myriad of reasons I could detail, some to do with Rondo, other to do with the fact Monta Ellis isn’t a great off the ball offensive player and neither in some respects in Dirk Nowitzki and Rondo as well.

        (I’ll digress here for a sec. Monta gets doubled team, okay, that leaves Nowitzki in a one-on-one Matchup? Why doesn’t Monta get him the ball in more of those situations? Just saying)

        Clarkson’s a scoring PG, Rondo is a Pass First PG. The Lakers were a horrible assist, playmaking team. We ranked bottom five. Rondo’s presence would boost us from being horrible to at least mediocre in that regard. That’s one thing he brings to the table right now, Clarkson doesn’t.

        He isn’t an elite player at his position, probably 3rd tier. But his versatility still exists. He is an elite rebounder at his position, putting him beside Clarkson, would accelerate the Lakers Back-Court Rebounding numbers, add Kobe and a healthy Randle, the Lakers become a team that’s pretty decent getting the rock around for assists and become a better rebounding team.

        That’s just a couple reasons. Rondo’s energy is infectious, similar to Kobe, Artest and the like. Other guys feed off that, that’s an intangible he brings, few at his position can provide for the ENTIRE Time they’re on the court.

        For the right price, he’s not a Max guy, he’d probably get a little bump in his salary, anything south of 14-15 a year is too pricey, and anything beyond 3-4 years is again too much.

        You could do worse than Rondo this Summer. Hard to see you getting MUCH better without losing more assets than you have.

        All depends. Do we keep the Pick? If Mudiay’s available, probably no Rondo, if Lakers draft a guy like Russell? Rondo’s presence becomes intriguing.

        All depends because the Chess Board’s wiped clean beside the King (Kobe) on the board.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:27 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not sure what kinda contract Rondo is looking for.
      If it’s a 4 year deal then no. I don’t wanna be on the hook for that long.
      But if it’s a 2yr deal with a player option in the 2nd year then it won’t be a disaster. We have the cap space in 2016 to overcome that if it turns out bad. But you don’t want to be stuck for 4 years in that scenario.

      The problem is that there’s this belief that we MUST sign a big money free agent this summer and it could turn out that Rondo is that fugly chick left at the bar after last call at 2am.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:32 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’ve never known Mitch to give much thought to fan/peer pressure. Sure the belief is out there, but I doubt he gives two you know what’s about what we think. And thank goodness for that.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 11:38 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I agree with the fact that he doesn’t care about what we think.
          I’m just worried that if Rondo comes on, the team will be divided between the faction of champions who don’t understand why these kids just can’t be as great as they are, or even see the game the same way as they do, and the other one- the kids who just want to continually progress and get better as the season goes on.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:46 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            If Rondo comes here, It’d be the acme of foolishness for him to think that’d he’s coming to a Ready made Champion dude.

            Him and Kobe would be at a level the kids aren’t at yet, they’d have to adapt to those two intellectually first.

            It’s one of those Forest for the Trees scenario.

            Remember Any Given Sunday? Willie comes into the huddle and basically tells everyone “You need to get on my page or get the f**k out of the huddle J-Man.”

            That’s the rub with Rondo and Kobe. If you’re not on their level, you follow you don’t lead with them.

            Something like that could divide sure, but it’d could make guys like Randle and Clarkson and anyone else try to accelerate the learning curve to get on that level quick.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 11:50 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              Has Kobe ever really helped a young player develop?
              Or does he just force them to succumb to his will…which isn’t the same thing?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:54 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              I ain’t defending it, it’s just the way it is with guys like that.

              Pressure Cooker and Critical Thinking creates a different kind of Alpha Dog.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 11:57 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              But that’s my question….
              Does Kobe’s approach actually teach young guys to be alpha dogs like him & Rondo or does it stifle them and turn them into followers who don’t really learn how to lead? Because I’m having trouble recalling any alphas developing here during the Kobe Era….

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 12:05 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              That’s a good question.

              I don’t recall any guy who worked with Kobe and tried to get on his level personally.

              The only guy who ever challenged him and went at him, was Fish. His fellow draft mate.

              Fish was never going to be on a level of a Star or Superstar. But I’d say he’s an Alpha Dog in a huddle, he talks you shut up and listen. He’s been in the Foxhole.

              Not on the Lakers no. Kyrie? He’s said playing Kobe one-on-one benefited him immensely.

              So it’s a peripheral effect obviously. Other guys like Russ and PG, who come from LA, look at Kobe and try to follow his lead.

              Would it have been different if they played as a grasshopper? Not sure. I don’t think Russ would cower and I doubt PG would either.

              But for the Lakers, there’s no olive branch from Kobe’s Alpha essence, Mongo, you right about that.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 12:12 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              And that’s why I always question the proverbial benefits of Kobe “molding” young Laker players. Molding them into what? Guys who learn how to defer to a stronger personality? I think alot of Clarkson’s development this season was possible because he didn’t have to deal with the Kobe death stare when he made mistakes. But if you’ve got him, Randle, and the Lottery Pick dealing with the Kobe/Rondo mindset all season….how does that turn out? Something to watch for next year.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 11:39 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s more so-called conventional wisdom than peer pressure.
          I can’t see us going a 3rd straight year of signing 1yr scrub deals.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:41 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Patience is a Virtue and that axiom is not something that has ever or will ever be attached to the City of Angels. LOL.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 11:46 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink

              Not to mention TWC and their multi-billion-dollar investment.
              That’s a whole different type of pressure the Busses haven’t had to deal with in the past.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:35 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I totally agree.
        Anything more than a two year deal would be asking for another Nash disaster.
        If it were up to me, I wouldn’t even be looking at him. It just doesn’t make sense for a team completely rebuilding, with a rising PG, and a superstar on his way out who fits best at the 2 spot. Bringing in Rondo will just stunt Clarkson’s progress and progress within our youngest players is what excites me now about Laker basketball.

        IF we were a few pieces away from contending for a chip, then sure, I might consider bringing him in, but with this young crew, I just don’t see the big upside.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 11:43 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think we get too wrapped up in pigeon-holing guys into these traditional position definitions. While I don’t really see Randle as small forward, Clarkson seems like the kinda guy who can play either guard slot.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:50 AM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Like Jalen said, “Positions were created for the novices to follow.”

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 1:15 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Totally agree, Matt … bringing in Rajon would most likely stunt Jordan’s growth which would be a real shame. Let’s hope Mitch and Jimbo don’t succumb to the assumed pressure to make some kinda ‘splash’ during the free agency signing period.

          “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet”. -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:40 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        one year max?

    • tate793

      tate793 7:19 PM on April 19, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Regarding Jordan Clarkson, he has already shown that the Kobe/Rondo mindset is something he embraces. He came in with that chip on his shoulder because he felt he was better than the PGs that were drafted ahead of him. His play (obviously driven by that factor) has proven his assessment to be correct. He’s better than Exum, Smart, etc. You have to have that drive, that fire, that moxie, that mettle, that mentality to really succeed in the quest to be great. Rondo’s been to the wars. He’s won a championship, playing alongside other Alphas (Pierce, KG and great role players -- Sheed, Ray Allen). Jordan is NOT weak-minded enough to be intimidated and have his growth stunted by Kobe and/or Rondo.

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