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The Warriors have become the first N.B.A. team to start a season 16-0. On Tuesday, the 76ers could become the first to start 0-19. In each case, the opponent for the record-breaking game is the Lakers.
Los Angeles fans had better enjoy this proximity to history; the team is unlikely to be involved in much more. Its 111-77 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday was the ugliest so far in an ugly 2-12 season.
After making the playoffs in 16 of the first 17 years of the Kobe Bryant era, including seven finals appearances and five titles, the Lakers plunged to 27 wins in 2013-14 and 21 last season. The sharp decline coincided with injury problems for Bryant, who played only six and 35 games in those seasons.
Bryant is back this season, but it is not entirely clear that is a good thing for the Lakers.
Though his skills have declined, Bryant remains the focal point of the team’s offense. His usage rate, which measures how often the offense is run through him, is 29.5 percent, leading the team and not far below his career average of 31.8.
It is fair to say that Bryant has become the worst shooter in the league. Last season, he shot .373, the worst figure ever for a regular player with a usage rate over 30, according to Basketball-Reference. This year, he is worse, at .311. That’s the lowest figure in the league by a player with at least 150 attempts. Bryant is 15 for 77 from 3-point territory, at .195 the worst percentage of any player with 60 attempts.
The bricklaying was capped by a 1-for-14 performance in the Warriors game, tied for his worst shooting effort ever in a game in which he took at least five shots. Many of his misses on the night were not even close.
“He’s struggling right now to make a shot; I think he’ll be the first to tell you that,” Coach Byron Scott told reporters after the game. But Scott has also said that Bryant’s minutes will not be reduced.
Other aspects of Bryant’s game have also declined. His assist average is down to 3.5, a drop from his usual five or six. His steal rate is his lowest in 18 years.
The Los Angeles Times suggested Friday that it might be time for Bryant to retire, quoting Charles Barkley: “Somebody asked me how I knew it was time to retire. I said because I was pump-faking. So now I see Kobe and he’s pump-faking because he’s scared they are going to block his shot. That’s what the pump-faking is. People are knocking your shot into the stands.”
Though many expect this to be Bryant’s farewell tour, he has said he will not decide his future until the season is over. He is making $25 million in the last year of his contract.
Bryant had a 1-for-14 shooting performance Tuesday while Stephen Curry had 24 points in Golden State’s victory. Credit Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters
He is getting little help from his teammates. In the 30-team N.B.A., the Lakers rank last in shooting at .411, helped by Lou Williams, who is coming off the bench to shoot .348 and .236 from 3. The team is 28th in assists and steals. In points per 100 possessions, it ranks 29th offensively and 28th defensively.
The No. 2 overall draft pick, D’Angelo Russell, is starting at point guard but ranks just fourth in assists per game among rookies, and just 14th in player efficiency ratio, behind, among others, T.J. McConnell, an undrafted point guard playing for Philadelphia.
At 2-12, the Lakers look down only on the hapless Sixers. For fans of a more cynical bent, this could actually be good news. The Lakers must send their first-round pick next year to the 76ers, unless they land in the top 3. The more they lose, the more ping-pong balls they get and the better their chances to get a potential star.
Russell is just 19 and figures to improve. Add, say, Ben Simmons of Louisiana State, and the Lakers could be back on the long road to glory.
More than just a record could be on the line in that game at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Does the NBA have a new Ball Movement Champion? Golden State averaging 29.6 APG. No team has averaged 30 APG since Showtime Lakers in '84-85
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 27, 2015
— Jay Croucher (@croucherJD) November 27, 2015
There’s a line in Catch Me If You Can where Christopher Walken tells Leonardo DiCaprio that the reason the Yankees always win is because nobody can keep their eyes off those d**n pinstripes.
The NBA equivalent of those d**n pinstripes – the uniform with such history, and such mesmerising intimidation – has long been the Lakers’ purple and gold.
The Lakers were the NBA’s dominant franchise in the 1980s and 2000s, and they went to the Finals three times in the ’70s and six times in the ’60s. The ’90s, their dark, ignominious ‘losing era’, saw LA make the playoffs nine out of 10 years and win nine playoff series.
The Celtics might have more titles, but the Lakers have 10 more Finals appearances than Boston, and 22 more than anyone else. The Celtics spent 21 years in the wilderness between Finals appearances from 1987 to 2008, while the Lakers have never gone more than nine years without having a tilt at the title.
The Lakers have been the most consistently dominant team in NBA history. They are basketball’s answer to the Yankees, just with warmer weather and DiCaprio courtside. They have become a self-fulfilling prophecy, a universal inevitability as fearsome as they are predictable.
In 2015, the City of Angels has seen universal inevitability give way to cosmic ineptitude – that is the power of Nick Young’s shot selection and Byron Scott’s Truman-era coaching methods.
The Lakers aren’t just bad now – they’re tragic. They’re 2-12 with the 29th ranked offence in the league and a defence that sits at 28th, which seems high. Nothing on this team makes sense. They are driving in no direction, doing laps around Mulholland Drive pretending that the monster hiding behind the dumpster doesn’t exist.
Before the season there was a roadmap to sense.
There is real, tangible young talent on this team. Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell are blue chip lottery picks and Jordan Clarkson showed last season that he might be a starting calibre point guard. Brandon Bass and Roy Hibbert were assets acquired for nothing, pieces that could allow the defence to approach respectability and provide a framework for the young guys to learn on without crashing and burning every night.
The problem on this team was always going to be the three-headed ogre of efficiency death called Kobe Bryant, Nick Young and Lou Williams.
Young players need selfless veterans around them to facilitate their growth. Kawhi Leonard has prospered in San Antonio under the tutelage of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and co, while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have spoken often of how they benefited from the wisdom of Kevin Ollie, Kendrick Perkins and Derek Fisher as they passed through Oklahoma City.
Nick Young is not Tim Duncan. He’s not even Nick Collison.
Bryant, Young and Williams are one-eyed gunners who don’t make their teammates better. They elevate no-one – the best you can hope for is that those around them just stand and watch, developing an immunity to their basketball behaviours, without being infected by their dreadful shot selection. You could survive with one of these guys on your team – but with all three contagion is unavoidable.
This debacle starts with Bryant. No, it’s not his fault that the roster construction is bad modern art, or that management offered him a $48.5 million contract that was twice his market value.
But it is his fault that he’s jacking seven threes a game when he’s only hitting 19.5 per cent of them. It’s his fault that he’s taking 19.3 shots per 36 minutes, a higher rate than in 2008 when the Lakers made the Finals, as the veteran leader of a team going nowhere.
And it is his fault that despite being one of the savviest passers in the game when he wants to be, and is in the precise situation where he needs to be a distributor, he’s averaging his lowest assist total since the year Pat Rafter last won the US Open.
It is sad, and a little Shakespearean, watching a champion like Bryant go out like this. He is one of the game’s 10 greatest players, and for whatever his flaws, nobody that has given as much to the game as he has deserves to go out this way. At the same time, there is a Shakespearean comedy to be found in this basketball tragedy. It is all too fitting that Bryant, the game’s finest egoist, is burning on a team defined by its selfishness.
It’s also fitting that the Lakers, led by Byron Scott and his archaic coaching philosophies, are looking like victims of modernity. The once legendary Lakers mystique is dying, if not dead, and all it took to turn the knife was time passing.
In 2015, you don’t need to go to Los Angeles to be a star. Maybe you did in 1996, but not anymore. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James are doing just fine building their brands in sleepy Oklahoma City and Cleveland.
Los Angeles has celebrities, warm weather and beautiful women, but you know where else you can find those things? South Beach, which is where the stars have been going lately. And if a star wants to go to LA, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are the crème brulee to Jordan Clarkson and Ryan Kelly’s half-eaten Snickers bar in a West Hollywood gutter.
There is a sense that the Lakers will just turn it around because that’s what they’ve always done. But the past does not guarantee the future, it only paints its context. And right now the Lakers’ reality is that their only ray of hope is that they might actually be god-awful enough to finish with one of the three worst records in the league and give themselves a shot at keeping their draft pick.
The future is the bleakest and blurriest that it has ever been for the Lakers. It is unpredictable and ambiguous, and for a team that has prided itself on inevitability for half a century, that is the cruellest blow of all.
Byron Scott says they just have to get Kobe Bryant better looks https://t.co/8Z0slGwqTV
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) November 27, 2015
Kobe Bryant is averaging 15.2 points a game at age 37. It’s just taking him 16.4 shots per game to get there. After his 1-of-14 shooting performance against the Warriors the other night — with too much isolation and too many plays run just for him — there has been a lot of talk about his shot. With reason, this is his shot chart so far this season.
So what do the Lakers’ do? Get Kobe to shoot less and get the ball in the hands of the young stars they supposed to be developing more? Nah.
They just need to get Kobe better looks, Scott told the Los Angeles Times.
“I know his mentality is that he can still play in this league,” Scott said. “And we feel the same way….
“Obviously he’s struggling right now with his shot, and I think everybody can see that,” Scott said. “So it’s trying to get him in better position to be able to have an opportunity to knock those shots down on a consistent basis. That’s No. 1.
“I don’t know if it’s his legs. I don’t think so. Again, our conversations are pretty blunt. … He tells me when he is tired and he tells me when he’s not tired. And the last few days, he said he feels great. So, I don’t think it’s a matter of him being tired or his legs being tired. I think it’s a matter of his timing being a little off.”
Yes, how could it be his legs? It’s not like he’s a 37-year-old with more than 55,000 NBA minutes played, and coming off an Achilles rupture and major knee surgery.
Honestly, I hope the Lakers and Kobe find a balance soon, because they have become just hard to watch. And I don’t want Kobe to go out this way.
There's at least 1 thing Byron Scott is thankful for on Thanksgiving. Scott said he still has front office support https://t.co/SxcfG2H9fg
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 27, 2015
As the Lakers finished practice earlier this week, coach Byron Scott and general manager Mitch Kupchak talked near center court. Scott reported he and Kupchak have “been talking almost every other day” throughout the Lakers’ 2-12 start.
They enter Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers (6-10) at Moda Center with a worse start than even last season, which eventually ended with a franchise-worst 21-61 record.
Yet, Scott said he still senses support from Kupchak and Lakers executive vice president of basketball personnel Jim Buss. Scott is in the second-year of a four-year contract worth $17 million, with a team option for the final season.
“We still understand that this is a process,” Scott said. “We have a lot of young guys on this team that we feel will be very good players. But it’s not going to happen in a month. It’s going to take some time. It might take a year or two.”
Scott revealed he and Kupchak have addressed “what we can do to get these young guys better and make the procedure for them a lot easier.”
Yet, Scott said Kupchak has left Scott freedom to coach as he sees fit.
“I’ve told him what I’m thinking about doing at times, some of the things I want to do with the young guys and some of the things I want to do with some of our veteran guys,” Scott said. “But as far as the coaching part, he hasn’t talked about making changes.”
Changing his tune
After not playing in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ blowout loss to Golden State on Tuesday, rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell sounded firm on where he stood on that issue.
“You’re only a rookie once. You get reps now and mess up now,” Russell told Los Angeles News Group. “So then next year when you’re not a rookie, you don’t have to worry about making rookie mistakes.”
Russell softened his stance following Wednesday’s practice, arguing he can learn through “both” playing and sitting.
“You have to learn by experience,” Russell said, “and learn by watching.”
Scott argued Russell would not have benefited from playing in garbage time.
“He could also mess around and get hurt,” Scott said. “I’d rather sit him at that time and he can see what’s going on.”
Change of routine
Scott has not changed his support for Kobe Bryant after averaging 15.2 points on a career-low 31.1 percent per game.
“I know his mentality is that he can still play in this league,” Scott said. “And we feel the same way.”
Scott has ruled out reducing Bryant’s minutes or his role. But Scott conceded that Bryant’s workout regimen is “sometimes too much.”
“He comes out and makes 500 shots. Then the next day, he’s a little sore,” Scott said of Bryant. “He does it and I tell him to trim back on it. We have to find a happy medium.”
— Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane) November 26, 2015
The Los Angeles Lakers 2015-2016 season isn’t off to a great start.
With a 2-12 record and coming off a brutal route that saw the Golden State Warriors improve to an NBA-best 16-0 (better than any team in history), things are bleak in Los Angeles.
The team has played terrible, aging star Kobe Bryant has been a shell of his former self, and head coach Byron Scott has appeared out of touch.
And yet, this Thanksgiving, there is still much for Lakers supporters to feel thankful for. As we celebrate the holiday with food and family, let’s step back and reflect on everything that fans of the purple and gold can appreciate.
Over the past three seasons, the Lakers have lost more games to injury than any other franchise. From Dwight Howard’s back, Steve Nash’s luggage, Kobe Bryant’s everything, and of course Julius Randle’s leg, the injury bug has been particularly ravenous when it comes to Lakers players. Two years ago, they had to rely on a little-known rule that allowed Robert Sacre to continue playing after a sixth foul because they ran out of healthy bodies. Last season concluded with two D-League call ups, Vander Blue and Jabari Brown, having to play all 48 minutes because they were the only guards on the team still standing.
Fortunately, that hasn’t been the case this season (knock on wood). Sure, Kobe has missed a number of games with various ailments, but that comes with the territory when a body has that many miles on it. Marcelo Huertas lost a few games in the preseason to a hamstring injury, but otherwise the injury report has been surprisingly clean.
There is still a long ways to go, but the fact that the bench hasn’t been littered with tall guys in suits is a good thing.
Youth Is Developing
Lakers coach Byron Scott has received a mountain of criticism from the passionate fan base, and some of it deservedly so. The blame for the team’s failures has to fall somewhere, and with his odd lineups and antiquated notions (better defense simply requires “manning up”), Scott is as good of a target as any.
Scott has also taken quite a bit of flak for his handling of rookie D’Angelo Russell, and again from the outside, some of it does appear warranted. However, regardless of how you view Scott’s strategy with tutelage of the young talent adorning the roster, the fact of the matter is that development is happening.
Jordan Clarkson, who barely saw the floor until January last season after being selected with the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, has now become the most consistent scorer and is locked into the starting lineup. Furthermore, Clarkson’s biggest weakness last season — three point shooting — has become a strength.
Julius Randle was a question mark coming into the season, with concerns regarding his ability to overcome injury, his jump shot, defense, and ability to adapt to the pro game. While many of those areas still need work, Randle has quieted any doubts of whether or not he can hack it as a pro. His athleticism is far beyond what anyone expected, and his ability to handle the ball in transition has been a major weapon. Julius Randle is for real, and he has a very bright future in the league.
Meanwhile, D’Angelo Russell hasn’t lived up to expectations as the No. 2 pick, but he has steadily improved game by game and is now starting to show flashes of why he was taken so high. Coach Scott has been stingy with Russell’s minutes, but the young guard has steadily improved and is looking more comfortable with every outing.
Even role players like Larry Nance Jr. have exceeded expectations with his agility and defensive capabilities, while Anthony Brown has the potential to develop into the three-and-D wing of the future.
It may not be happening as fast as fans would like, but the youth are forging the path forward.
Cap Space Awaits
How does a $65 million spending spree sound? Based on their current contracts, that’s roughly how much money the Lakers will have at their disposal to chase free agents next summer, which is the most of any team in the league. Of course, that’s before they have to shell out some cash to re-sign Clarkson and potentially Roy Hibbert, but it’s still an impressive chunk of change to work with.
Unfortunately, the 2016 free agency crop isn’t looking particularly strong aside from veterans who will be looking to win now, like Kevin Durant, Al Horford, and Mike Conley. There are a few players that would fit well with the Lakers young core, with Hassan Whiteside and Nicolas Batum being the most notable, but competition for them will be fierce.
The good news is that cap space can be used in ways beyond just signing players, and we should see LA active on the trade market as they look to add talent or absorb salaries in exchange for assets.
Cap space means flexibility and the ability to buy change, and given the struggles, change is a good thing.
Draft Pick Just Might Stay in L.A.
The 2016 draft pick will be conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers unless it falls in the top three spots. Here are the odds of the Lakers keeping the pick in based on where they finish in league standings:
The Lakers currently sit at 29th in the league, which means that their chances are slightly better than a coin flip to keep their pick. Not great, but if the team can get a little lottery luck, then the rebuild could get a major shot in the arm.
It’s still very early in the season, and tanking shouldn’t be part of the discussion (yet), but if there is any silver lining to the abysmal start to the season, it’s that there is still a real chance of the Lakers landing a top talent in the draft to add to their young core of D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle.
Specifically, there is this kid named Ben Simmons at LSU that is already looking good in purple and gold…
Happy Thanksgiving, Lakers Nation!
— Mark D Hodgson (@MarkDHodgson) November 27, 2015
Julius Randle knows he can get to the basket.
Give him the ball outside the paint, watch him settle into what he loves to do. It starts with a pump fake. His eyebrows shoot up and his mouth pops open as he initiates his attack with a shimmy, a dribble and a stutter-step.
He’s on his way.
Startled by Randle’s sudden speed, the defender is backpedaling. Randle tucks his chin into his chest and spins toward the rim.
Or he forcefully drives his right shoulder into the man guarding him to clear space, setting up a soft finish with his left hand.
“He puts the ball on the floor like no other power forward in this league,” Dirk Nowitzki said, following an early-season matchup.
Randle, the Lakers’ second-year forward, has always dominated offensively with power and strength.
What was good enough to get him to the NBA may also be good enough to get by. While the Lakers are once again one of the worst teams in the NBA, sporting a 2-12 record while balancing 37-year-old Kobe Bryant with a stable of young talent, Randle has been a bright spot. He is averaging 11.1 points and 8.6 rebounds.
However, the Lakers are challenging the No. 7 pick in the 2014 draft to expand his game to include a reliable jump shot, a skill Randle, who turns 21 Sunday, has never needed to rely on.
“I’ve known the basics,” Randle said.
But coaches say his form is loose. His left elbow juts outward, and Lakers’ first-year shooting coach Tracy Murray laments a hitch in Randle’s form that results in a catapult effect, rather that one smooth motion.
Murray, whose 12-year playing career included a season with the Lakers, says it is “crucial” Randle adds a jumper. Hall of Famer James Worthy, whom the Lakers hired this year to work with frontcourt players, said it is “vital.”
Both agreed that a reliable mid-range game is a higher priority than Randle being able to finish with his right hand, often perceived to be the biggest hole in Randle’s game.
“(A jump shot) keeps everybody honest (defensively),” Coach Byron Scott said, “and if you have to play him for making jump shots, now it gives him the ability to do the thing we know he can do, which is get to the basket.”
Fourteen games into his first true NBA season, opponents have become less likely to challenge Randle’s jumper, either waiting for him to drive or baiting him to shoot it.
“They’re giving it to him,” said Worthy.
And why wouldn’t they?
Randle is shooting 42.8 percent from the field, but according to stats compiled by the NBA, is making just 22.2 percent of his attempts 10 to 19 feet from the basket. Per Basketball-Reference.com, he has made just eight shots from outside the paint, none in the last four games.
The difference between Randle and many other post players who score right at the rim is that he shoots the jumper regularly. Roughly one in five of his attempts this season has come from 10 feet or farther.
“He’s had a jumper,” Worthy said, “but he’s never had to use it effectively. It’s got to be without hesitation.”
Randle’s plight is common among physical and athletic big men. Scott is reminded of Hall of Famer Karl Malone, who evolved into one of the NBA’s most reliable mid-range shooters.
“His athleticism being able to get up and down the floor was fantastic,” Scott said, “but he couldn’t shoot the ball outside the paint. Three years later, he’s making 16-, 17-footers on a consistent basis.”
Worthy sees a similarity in Clippers star Blake Griffin, whose jump shot percentage hovered in the low 30s for the first four seasons of his career, according to Basketball-Reference.
Last season, that number rose to 40.1 percent and this year, through 15 games, Griffin is knocking down 48.8 percent of his jumpers.
“It’s kind of like how Apple releases versions of the iPhone,” Griffin wrote in a February article in The Players’ Tribune. “Each year we’ve worked, and worked to be able to roll out a new feature of my shot.”
Second-year Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson said he went through a similar process before his rookie year, when he revisited and improved every step of the shooting process.
“Start with your feet,” he said. “Elbow, wrist, what two fingers you’re shooting with, what side of the hand it’s coming off of. After that, just reps. But you’ve got to make sure you’re practicing the right stuff.”
Randle spent most of last year focusing on conditioning and getting comfortable again on the court after he suffered a broken leg in the 2014 season opener. The Lakers worked on his shot only in general terms.
“We didn’t go into it real extensively to say, ‘These are the things you have wrong with it,’” Scott said. “That’s the thing we can pinpoint now, where we’re watching him. Gives us a little more data to work on this year.”
Aiding Scott have been numbers provided to him by the Lakers’ bulked-up analytics department. In the past, Scott was resistant, if not indifferent, to advanced statistics, but said Randle’s development is one area in which he’s found them helpful.
Now he has hard numbers on which to base a plan he might have previously developed by relying on a simple eye test.
“When he’s on the move, he’s not bad,” Scott said of Randle. “It’s when he catches it and the defense is standing way back there, that’s when he has the trouble. That’s the one we want to work on the most.”
The Lakers are taking a gradual approach, with short-term goals as well as a plan for the offseason.
“These guys have gotten here on their talent,” Murray said. “You don’t want to do anything to kill their confidence, and changing a shot during the season can kill their confidence. So you just tweak little things.”
Part of what makes Randle so effective in transition and in the post is his foot-speed. Murray wants him to slow that down in the process of his jump shot.
“So take the footwork we gave him,” Murray said, “step into his shot slowly, and knock it down.”
That’s for now.
Next summer Randle will be asked to unlearn the shot he has always had and start focusing on things as fundamental as forming an “L” with his elbow.
“I’m just not sure if he knows how much work it’s going to take to do it,” Murray said.
Randle said his jump shot is more or less the one that first took shape when his playing career began in youth leagues in suburban Dallas.
“It was just learned everywhere I’ve gone,” Randle said. “I haven’t done anything where I’ve changed my shot dramatically. Little things, getting rotations on the ball, getting lift, legs, all that stuff.”
If Murray is successful with his renovation project, Randle’s wild jumper will be replaced with a carefully constructed shot. The Lakers believe it could make Randle one of the most versatile forwards in the NBA and a potential All-Star.
“You will always go back to your bread and butter,” Worthy said, “and his is quickness, power. But in the NBA, every night, he’s playing against length. They scout him more; they know what he can do.”
Arming Randle with a reliable jump shot, however, means defenders won’t always know what Randle will do.
Wow, looks like u bet not mess with Jahlil less u can back up ur shiite talk. : )
You know who the Clippers remind me of? The late 80s early 90s Trail Blazers. Have more collective talent than just about anyone in the West, but they lack resourcefulness and saavy in close, important ball games, to even be considered a true threat.
They made 2 Finals and 4 Western Conference Finals though, to be fair.
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Tom, speaking of Length. I’d be interested in your thoughts after reading/listening to this . Thanks
I’m thankful for this site and all of the bloggers that contribute either with their voices or by simply reading posts and articles. Having a place to vent helps make this journey through Laker history bearable.
I’m thankful for my fellow Editors and Directors, and especially to Tom for keeping this site up and running. The site wouldn’t exist and we’d be left to fend for ourselves in the inane ESPN comments section. No thanks.
I’m grateful for Kobe Bryant. While he may be winding his career down and some may blanche at his inability to his shots so far this season there’s no discounting or taking away from what he’s done as a basketball player. There’s definitely no taking away from what he’s done for the Lakers.
Thankful for the future. While we may not see it now, I do believe we have some solid young talent on the squad. Consistency is their biggest issue and putting in the work. They won’t be winning any banners this year, or likely the year after that. But there is a core that we can work with, either as Lakers of the future or in a trade for the Laker of the future.
Thankful for Gary Vitti, he’s been way too busy lately but as the longest tenured member of the staff one can’t discount the years Vitti has dedicated to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Thankful that we live in a place where we can waste time gabbing about the Lakers. Here’s hoping they turn the season around and get competitive, again.
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