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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:59 PM on January 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    What Brandon Ingram’s advanced stats tell us about his future. 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:57 PM on January 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Luke Walton’s take on tanking 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:56 PM on January 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Who will start at point guard tomorrw? 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:55 PM on January 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    Luke Walton responded to Kobe Bryant’s interest in helping any way he can 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:53 PM on January 24, 2017 Permalink |  

    The Lakers look to bounce back on the road with consecutive trips to Portland and Utah 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:45 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    The NBA is loaded with young talent…but who makes the cut for the 25 best players under the age of 25? 

    Honorable Mentions

    Jordan Clarkson, Guard, Los Angeles Lakers, Age 24

    Clarkson is a key cog in the Los Angeles Lakers’ stellar bench mob (plus-8.9 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com). We’ll have to wait and see if he starts alongside D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram down the line. Either way, Lakers fans will take his 14 points on 45.2 percent shooting (34.6 percent from three).

    24. D’Angelo Russell, Point Guard, Los Angeles Lakers, Age 20

    Injuries have thus far marred D’Angelo Russell’s sophomore campaign. The Louisville, Kentucky, native missed three weeks earlier this season with a sore left knee, and he could be back on the shelf for a bit after spraining the MCL in his right knee and straining his right calf during the Lakers’ 108-96 win over the Pacers on Friday.

    Those setbacks haven’t stopped the former No. 2 pick from strutting his stuff, albeit in fits and starts. He torched the Toronto Raptors for 28 points on New Year’s Day, posted 22 more two games later against the Portland Trail Blazers and added another 20 against the Detroit Pistons.

    All three of those efforts came in defeat for the Lakers, and Russell logged 10 assists to go with eight turnovers across them. He has the vision and the touch to deliver some next-level passes, which can get him in trouble when he tries for the spectacular over the simply effective.

    His shot is still inconsistent (39.5 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three), and his defense is about what you’d expect from a guard barely beyond his teenage years (39th in defensive real plus-minus among point guards, per ESPN.com).

    Skill-wise, Russell has all the tools to fit the mold of the modern scoring floor general. He’s not particularly fast or athletic, but his understanding of angles and how to create space off the dribble can make up for that.

    What he needs more than anything is time—away from the training table and on the court.

    18. Julius Randle, Power Forward, Los Angeles Lakers, Age 22

    Some day, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram might be superstars who are capable of carrying the Lakers’ storied torch. For now, Julius Randle is the closest thing the Purple and Gold have to a cornerstone among their young core.

    He leads the Lakers in rebounds per game (8.5) and double-doubles (10), and he ranks second in assists (3.9) and fifth in points per contest (13.3). Those aren’t superstar stats by any means, but they point to what kind of all-around threat Randle can be. With his hulking frame (6’9″, 250 lbs), quick first step and left-hand dominance, he’s already a freight train in transition and is finishing much better around the rim (64.9 percent, per Basketball Reference) than he did in 2015-16.

    Consistency, though, continues to escape the 22-year-old Kentucky product.
    “Sometimes I’m like, ‘Holy Lord, he’s figured it out, and the rest of the league is in trouble,'” coach Luke Walton said of Randle, per the Los Angeles Times’ Mike DiGiovanna. “And there are other times when it’s like, ‘Wow, what was he looking at right there?'”

    It’s moments like those when Lakers Nation must remind itself that Randle is in just his second actual season of pro ball, after breaking his leg during the first game of his rookie campaign. The sooner Randle brings his game into proper balance, the better able the Lakers will be to climb out of Kobe Bryant’s end-of-career crater.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:46 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bandon Ingram and Larry Nance, Jr. did not even make the Honorable Mentions

    • keen observer

      keen observer 2:34 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are talking about two different levels. Some of these guys have been in the league 4 or 5 years. I say eliminate the 4-5 year players and the 23+ players from this list and create two separate lists.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:05 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, not valid comparison to guys with just 1 or 2 years of experience.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 3:25 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’ll take our young core over every team in the NBA that isn’t in contention or close to it besides the Utah Jazz.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 3:33 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Larry Nance Jr. is already a solid player and Zubac has a tremendous ceiling. Lots of young bigs in the league now. The pendulum will swing back in about 3-4 seasons.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:16 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    How LA Lakers Should Address Each Area of Need at the NBA Trade Deadline 

    Protect the 1st-Round Pick

    The more the Lakers win, the less likely they are to keep their 2017 first-rounder.

    That doesn’t mean the team should try to lose—that sends the wrong message to the franchise’s developing players. That said, the front office might look to part with veterans like Lou Williams, whose individual scoring ability has kept the Lakers in a fair share of games this season.

    Sweet Lou earns $7 million a season with one more year left on his contract. He could help a contending team in the playoffs as a bench scorer while helping the Lakers address their youth in return—be it in another prospect or draft considerations. Nick Young might fit that criteria as well, earning $5.4 million this season with a player option on his $5.7 million salary for 2017-18.

    The Lakers would improve their odds at a top-three pick, give more time to their developing players and add on additional young talent by moving either or both.

    How good would UCLA’s Lonzo Ball look in the Lakers’ purple and gold?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:18 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Trading Nick and Lou would certainly help the tank and give the kids more minutes.
      Hard to argue that tanking would be the smart move for the Lakers once again.
      Jim and Mitch would be smart to go this route but we know they won’t.
      And that may be the reason why they should be replaced this summer.
      They need to understand the modern NBA is not their father’s NBA.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:34 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Get what u can for N.Young
      He’s done a good job putting up a front in a contract year but the cracks are starting to show. This ain’t the guy u want long-term when trying to develop a winning culture. Let somebody else make that mistake.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 1:06 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I give credit to Nikky though, he’s playing as well as he can. I like Lou, but he might have big time value to a contender. Somehow get out of Moz and Deng!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:28 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply


  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:45 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Time for the Lakers to embrace the tank 

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:49 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I thought we were supposed to be PATIENT????
      Giving up again for the third season in a row?
      So glad the Great Dr and Chick are not alive to witness this dumpster fire.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 11:09 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nother sad year in Laker history. : (

      • keen observer

        keen observer 4:31 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        mcwhyne, please find another team to root for and hate. You are nauseating. Go watch Gilmore Girls re-runs on Netflix instead. That seems more your style anyway. Bash them. This acting like a little girl sh!t is so old it smells like a 5 year old corpse in here.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 5:20 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hilarious that you are the one claiming that someone else is immature.
          That stench is your breathe.
          Go brush your teeth!

          • keen observer

            keen observer 8:17 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Is that your version of neener neener? Find another team. Please leave.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:21 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Tanking is such a misnomer. What we’ve been doing the last 3 years hasn’t been intentional. We just haven’t been good. There’s a difference.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 11:58 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree, we just bad for the last 4 years. But, I would rather have a Pick than not.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:45 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers Trade Value Rankings Heading into 2016-17 NBA Trade Deadline 

    The Untouchables:

    Russell, Randle, Ingram, Nance, Zubac

    Secondary Value and Filler

    Black,. Calderon, Robinson, Huertas, MWP, Mozgov, Deng, Young, Williams, Clarkson

    • For whom the bell trolls 9:54 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I watched Kobe’s 81 point game yesterday and thought to myself. Smush is better than DLo and Clarkson, Walton is better than Randle, heck, even Kwame Brown is a better player. Devean George, Mihn, right on down the roster.
      It hit me right then and there, We are going nowhere with this group, the FO has to do a trade or else they’re gone, Jeanie Buss should fire them now for the Deng and Mosgov signings anyway and this is coming from a person who has bent over backwards giving Mitch and Jim the benefit of the doubt. It doesn’t matter which ones but if it’s not now, you’re never gonna get anything for them later. Time to cut your losses, admit these players are not who we thought they were, and get some real talent evaluators on board.
      For those preaching patience, I laugh at you, these guys are not turning into superstars, let alone stars, EVER. The only one possible is Ingram, and note to Luke, BI is not, I repeat, not, a point guard.

      • p ang

        p ang 10:04 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Keep Ingram. Lakers should trade all its 7s and 8s for 9s. Too many 7s.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:48 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        So refreshing to read TRUTH here.
        You need to post more, my man.
        The ridiculousness posted here gives me many a laugh throughout my week as well.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 3:21 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        What a ridiculous assesment and good thing you are not a talent evaluator for the Lakers. Smush is better than DLo and Clarkson……..you lost me right there.

        • For whom the bell trolls 12:49 AM on January 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          At least Smush wasn’t stumbling and fumbling half the game, trying to do something he couldn’t yet keeps on doing it. Definition of insanity or maybe it’s just a simple case of you’re not as good as you think you are.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 11:09 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not sure why Clarky is available?

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:06 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers lacking definitive leader on young roster 

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 11:10 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thought that Luke gave that to Russ?

      • p ang

        p ang 11:11 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Guess Russ didn’t get the memo

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 11:14 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Lol! Yeah, it’s like don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk. I hope all our young ones develop and are great, but we sure don’t need Caldy, Huertas, Moz and Deng (the money takers). Just more bad choices by our inept FO.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:25 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This why you can’t just walk in the door and anoint sum guy the team leader. It don’t work like that.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:04 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers first half highlights 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:03 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Luke Walton (shockingly) wasn’t pleased with the Lakers’ franchise-worst loss 49-point loss 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:03 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    James Worthy speaks up about Lakers disappointing loss 

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:41 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The real problem:
      Potential only goes so far.
      One day, they might get there.
      I would only bet on Ingram and Randle at this point.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 2:23 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        How the f*ck do you know? You are the most impatient Lakers fan on the planet and show little to no aptitude for NBA history. Once again you are cutting off your nose to spite your face. I realize that being a whiny baby (who even trashed most of our players when we were winning championships) is your comfort zone, but it might do you some good to let the game of life slow down for you for a moment. You are clueless.

        • AK27

          AK27 5:18 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Lol..try reading the entire comment instead of homing in on the $hit you need to regurgitate the same drivel every time….he said he’d bet on two of our players to possibly realize their potential…and of course he doesn’t “KNOW”…using caps doesn’t change the expressed into a divine prophecy…you too have talked about some of our players as future stars…even a dunce should know that that doesn’t imply certitude..

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:30 PM on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Big Game is spot on. The words stay the same as does the effort they show. The “I want to run through the wll” for coach Walton vibe has left the building and the day Luke throws his clip board through a plasma screen might not be too far down the road.

      There’s patience (mine ran out last year and really ran out this summer with our pitiful and weak free agent haul) and there is outright ineptitude. The Lakers are showing far too much of the latter to expect, or deserve, much of the former. Here’s hoping somebody in the locker room takes this bull by the horns.

      Anyone else remember this from the summer: The illustrious Lakers have typically hired veteran coaches, so choosing Walton marks a change of pace.

      “I think the front office will be more involved with the development of a young coach,” Kupchak said. “As long as I can remember, we’ve had veteran coaches here, I guess since Del Harris. Del Harris, Phil Jackson, Rudy Tomjanovich, Mike Brown, Mike D’Antoni, Byron Scott. So this is something new for us and I expect to be more involved day-to-day than we’ve ever been in terms of the front office and what takes place down in the locker room.” -from ESPN.com

      I haven’t heard word one about what Mitch is doing in terms of helping the staff…but if he has been helping maybe he’d better stop and if he hasn’t maybe he’d better start. 3 historically poor seasons are looming on the horizon for this bunch. That ought to mean they will soon be shown the door and we can put this “era” to rest, 6 feet under the Earth kind of rest.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:02 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Is Luke concerned about the culture of his team? 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:01 AM on January 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Yesterday, on the anniversary of Kobe’s 81-point game, the Lakers were dealt their worst loss in team history 

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