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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:52 PM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Phil Jackson: “Today’s Players Lack The Skills To Play The Triangle” 

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:54 PM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Ya’ll know Kobe and Vanny gonna have a New one, right?

     
    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 9:42 PM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That night, he scored more than 60 points…

      Way to go, MAMBA!!!!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:34 AM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Clarkson, Russell, and Randle had a blast hosting the ‘Jason Bourne’ premiere 

     
  • tate793

    tate793 2:07 AM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Musical Break -

     
  • tate793

    tate793 10:59 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Since ain’t nothing else going down….. 

     
    • tate793

      tate793 11:01 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know that comparing eras is a futile undertaking, at best, but I’m gonna roll with the Double “0″s.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:12 AM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I would take the Naughts as well, but Iverson needs to be replaced with Nash.

    • humanomaly 2:22 AM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I believe that for the “10′s”….Remove Anthony “Wow the Brow” Davis and replace him with Kevin Bacon.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:37 PM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Me with 2000′s

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 10:14 PM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I pick the 80′s but with a twist…

      If you put Dominique Wilkins on the 2…

      1. Magic
      2. Dominique
      3. Larry
      4. Bernard King
      5. Moses

      Try to beat those guys…

  • GDUBinDC

    GDUBinDC 5:30 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    There’s a nice documentary on the great Julius ‘Dr J’ Irving on NBATV right now for anyone interested.

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 5:24 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Come on folks, we got a chance at Kobe Jr!

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:17 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Ben McLemore Could be an Intriguing Buy Low Option for the Lakers 

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:17 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes, if it’s for only Anthony Brown. Mitch and his team have been on a roll lately with the second rounders so I would not give them up.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:06 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Decision makers w/ the Lakers are changing their rhetoric & re-calibrating expectations now that Kobe’s gone 

     
    • John M.

      John M. 1:55 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Maybe some of it will rub off onto the constituents…

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:19 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      #nobodywantedourmoney #sunshinedaydreamsarenotenough #maybenextyear #probablynot

    • mclyne32 (Director) 6:24 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This should have happened way back when Kobe tore his Achilles.
      Instead, they just were ignorant to the facts of what happens to a player after this happens and wasted two seasons of time that should have been used to start the rebuild.
      Truth.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 6:33 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Probably were tryna keep those Time-Warner folks from panicking too soon.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 6:41 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You are probably right, but it’s still two wasted seasons.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 7:05 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Oh, most definitely.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:02 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            yup

            • tate793

              tate793 10:52 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink

              Wasted because they weren’t savvy enough to bring in the right coach, and attract the right players. The real time that was wasted were the last 5 years of Kobe’s illustrious career, POs vs OKC, Dallas, SA, and Byron’s 2 years were all wasted -- if the goal was a championship. -- if it was to tank, then mission accomplished.

              Kobe was still the most productive player on the roster. Can’t blame $#it on him. Starting the rebuild/Kobe being on the team have no relation. If you’re talking about his contract extension -- that’s a moot point because, as we’ve seen, a gazillion dollars ain’t getting anybody, of any difference making, here. If it’s minutes, who were you gonna play at the 3? Ryan Kelly? Nick Young?

            • tate793

              tate793 10:55 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink

              Kobe, at his worst, was still better than anybody else on the team. Let me know when one of them guys puts up 60pts.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 10:16 AM on July 29, 2016 Permalink

              I completely agree with the fact that they wasted the last five years of his career, as well as the Smush/Kwame years but, I think they could have started the rebuild with Kobe still on the team. They should have realized that Kobe was no longer Kobe after the Achilles.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:34 PM on July 29, 2016 Permalink

              They sure did waste the last 5 years of Kobe’s career. Folks who pin it on his deal are disingenuous as there was a slot available for a max player or quality talent every season.

            • AK27

              AK27 2:45 PM on July 29, 2016 Permalink

              The extension wasn’t the best of the FO’s moves and not landing top tier talent despite the availability of a single max slot doesn’t disprove that…pinning the mess on the deal would certainly be incorrect but not necessarily disingenuous..

      • tate793

        tate793 3:05 AM on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        IDK -- the guy was still capable of dropping 60 on you.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:34 AM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Don’t disagree but the silver lining were the draft haul we got the last three summers.
      We weren’t going to win a championship those years so better to have unintended tank.
      Bottom line, we’re better off today because of the losing seasons and picks we got.

    • tate793

      tate793 3:01 AM on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “The extension wasn’t the best of the FO’s moves and not landing top tier talent despite the availability of a single max slot doesn’t disprove that…pinning the mess on the deal would certainly be incorrect but not necessarily disingenuous..”

      What is the criteria whereupon you base that assertion, Amit?

      Having an open max slot is proof that the rebuild most certainly could have begun the same year the extension was given. So, in fact, what it does prove is that categorizing the extension is futile, because it didn’t affect anything, either way.

      For someone to pin the “mess” on the deal would have to be either disingenuous or dyslexic by misplacing the cause with the effect.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:05 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Before we move on from Amar’e Stoudemire, I have something I want to say about his career 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:02 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    You need luck to turn assets into stars in the NBA 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:58 AM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    How can the young core help recruit free agents? 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:57 AM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Is The KD Comparison For Brandon Ingram Fair? 

     
    • tate793

      tate793 6:05 AM on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think Brandon has a chance of being better than Durant. Durant comes from a losing (at least on the bigger stage) culture. Brandon will be brought up in a winning culture.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:12 AM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Report: If Durant/Curry relationship goes south, teams will try to poach Stephen Curry 

     
    There are a handful of true game-changing players in the NBA. Not max players, there are a chunk of those, we’re talking “you can build a contender around him” guys. Kevin Durant is one, and he is headed to Golden State.

    Stephen Curry is another. And he is a free agent next summer. So many teams — including one contender — are ready if the Durant/Curry relationship goes south, reports Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report.

    Well, duh.

    Again, there are not many Curry level players; teams should have a “what if” plan. Including contenders.

    That is very different than saying Curry is going to leave the Warriors — nobody around the league sees that as likely. Nobody expects a “poisonous” Durant/Curry relationship. Everyone expects Curry to re-sign for the max with the Warriors. The man just recruited Durant, now he’s going to bolt?

    But like a Boy Scout, a team is always prepared. So they should have that plan, just don’t count on it for a primary option.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:26 AM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL! They haven’t even played one game together. People need to find secondary jobs if this is the only thing they can conjure up.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:35 PM on July 27, 2016 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    New piece: Jordan Clarkson, the overlooked Laker, is ready to be seen 

     
    On a Tuesday in June, a few weeks before the Los Angeles Lakers signed him to a $50 million contract, Jordan Clarkson celebrated his 24th birthday at a generic sports complex in Corona.

    It was the second day of his basketball camp, in which kids from elementary school through high school traversed the court wearing gray t-shirts emblazoned with CLARKSON BASKETBALL NEVER STOPS in purple and gold letters. Two banners of Clarkson, clad in his white Missouri Tigers uniform, hang from the gym’s far wall.

    This, one would think, is not how professional athletes tend to spend their birthdays. The location itself is even odder. Corona is a dusty suburb in Southern California’s Inland Empire, 50 miles south of the Staples Center and nearly 70 from Clarkson’s home in Marina del Rey. This is not where NBA players go to do community outreach work. That is exactly the point.

    “I feel like no guys come out here to this part of town,” Clarkson said. “That’s why I came here.”

    He can empathize with being overlooked. When he arrived at Mizzou after his sophomore season–he played his first two years at Tulsa–Clarkson played second fiddle to another transfer, Jabari Brown, a former five-star high school recruit who last played for the Lakers’ D-League team. After acquiring Clarkson’s draft rights from the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles selected him 46th in 2014, a number that he still rattles off from memory. Clarkson was the Lakers’ other rookie that year, behind lottery selection Julius Randle. Then the team drafted D’Angelo Russell the following year with the No. 2 overall pick, and now Clarkson is the team’s other young combo guard.

    During his rookie season, Clarkson formed one half of the NBA’s first Asian-American starting backcourt, but Jeremy Lin’s presence dwarfed most acknowledgements of Clarkson being Filipino. Even his recent eight-figure free agency windfall seems a tad insufficient, at least after someone named Tyler Johnson parlayed a dozen half-decent NBA games into an identical four-year, $50 million deal.

    All of which is to say that Jordan Clarkson, perennially disregarded, probably ought to get more attention than he does for things that don’t include maybe, possibly dating Kendall Jenner. Yes, the holes in his game are easy to ferret out. Efficiency, for starters: Clarkson has yet to crack 45 percent shooting from the field or 35 percent from beyond the three-point line. He’s athletic enough to get to the rim yet he attempts less than three free throws a game. He possesses neither Brandon Ingram’s ceiling nor Randle’s innate understanding of what his position needs and how to provide those things. Clarkson’s body lends itself less to the wing than the point, but that’s now Russell’s domain, who by Clarkson’s own admission “might be a little better passer than me.”

    Some context is required, though. By the third year of a NBA player’s career, it’s fair to wonder if a player’s draft position should matter relative to their on-court production. Even Clarkson himself can’t say for certain: One moment, he claims that not being a first-round selection “kind of drives me to this day”; the next, he asserts “that kind of stuff doesn’t matter to me, to be honest with you.”

    That said, it’s difficult not to grade on some kind of curve when a player mined from the dregs of the second round racks up 17 points, four rebounds and a steal per 36 minutes, all of which Clarkson did in in 2015-16. He plays both guard positions competently, if neither expertly. He bumped his three-point percentage up from a ghastly 31.4 percent as a rookie to 34.7 percent last year, enough improvement to foster hope that more is coming. If nothing else, it’s easy to imagine Clarkson settling in as a Lakers’ version of 1980s Detroit supersub Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson, a chainsaw new Los Angeles coach Luke Walton can rev up whenever his second unit needs to spray sparks.

    Clarkson predictably salivates at the thought of playing for Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s former right-hand man, who brings the schemes and sheen he acquired in the Bay Area. But Clarkson said that he’s just as eager to continue alongside Randle and Russell. They are cognizant of the mantle they’ve inherited. They often share dinners, envisioning the next great Lakers teams with themselves at the forefront of a revival. In a way, Walton is no different from them: Young in his profession, but nevertheless tasked with making his mark on a very crowded mural. “I’m excited just to see how we all grow together,” Clarkson said.

    But perhaps the greatest motivation behind re-signing–behind committing himself to being the most peripheral part of the Lakers’ inner-circle, behind remaining overlooked–was Clarkson’s disgust at the thought of leaving now. He detests losing, in no small part because he’s not used to it. Ask him when, if ever, he has played on a team this unsuccessful, and it takes him several seconds to walk his mind back to his freshman year at Tulsa–when, it should be noted, the Golden Hurricane finished 19-13. Yet defeat, repulsive though it may be, was still preferable to the prospect of the Lakers turning the corner without him.

    “You want to bring it back,” he said. “That’s the reason why you want to stay, because you’re here during the bad times and then you want to be here when it’s time to be good. I don’t want to be the guy to run away from a challenge. That’s why I want to stay here. I don’t feel like there’s pressure but it’s definitely something you want to happen. Who wants to lose? Who wants to be a loser?”

    There is another goal, too, one that finally would put more eyes on Clarkson: He wants to play for the Filipino national team. He went to the islands once, to get better acquainted with his heritage, and was enthralled with the country’s fixation with his sport. “Basketball, the culture of it, they just love it,” he said. “You can go anywhere and play anywhere, because they’ve got courts all over the place.” He’s held onto the idea for long time, in part out of pragmatism.

    “To be honest with you, I didn’t feel like there would be enough attention paid to me to even play on the USA team,” he says.

    Clarkson is probably right: Team USA is stacked, and many great and very, very good NBA players never get called up. But on that afternoon in June, at his camp, on his birthday, things were different. He returned from lunch to find the campers flung across all corners of the gym, playing pickup games or Knockout. Then, whistle pierced the air, and one of the instructors herded them into a seated group. It was time to listen. Clarkson ambled to the front and dozens of heads tilted upwards, their voices silent. All eyes were on him.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:26 AM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I haven’t overlooked him. He’s been the most consistent Laker for the past two seasons.

      • Magic Phil

        Magic Phil 11:23 AM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He and Nance Jr are our gems. DAR & Randle needs to prove something. Ingram hasn’t play 1 single game so…

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 5:58 PM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        What Matt and MP said.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:40 AM on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I certainly haven’t overlooked him, he’s clearly the most evolved and the hardest working of our youthful talent. Not once has his attitude or work habits been questioned, he went out of his way to welcome a challenger to his position…and then went out and earned his starting spot for the season by playing well and consistently all season long. The article does a good job pointing out his strengths and what he needs to work on. Can’t wait to see how he comes into this season.

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