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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:37 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    That young buck with the Cajun accent interviewing Russ was funny.

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:22 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    WORLDSTARHIPHOP‏ @WORLDSTAR
    Just a reminder that the Kings had DeMarcus Cousins, Hassan Whiteside and Isaiah Thomas on the same team.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/WORLDSTAR/status/833809102350536704/photo/1

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 3:23 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s very nice of you to TRY to make the Lakers fans in here feel better about our team, Sean. Nice effort!

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:25 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And let them all go for nothing!

      Whatever we think of our team, of the Knicks, of the Rams, of the Braves…

      The Kings are an inept Franchise that doesn’t recognize talent when it falls from the Sky!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:37 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      CP3
      Lowry
      Thomas
      Whiteside

      All wanted to be here and could have if we didn’t have a bumbling failure at the wheel.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:32 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Isaiah Thomas‏ @Isaiah_Thomas
    I don’t even think @NBA2K would let that trade happen even with the trade override option off LOL

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 12:45 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Mike Adamle‏ @TheMikeAdamle

    REPORT: Butler is involved in the LAL – Bulls trade talk. Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, & Julius Randle have been brought up – MCW as well.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 12:46 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting. Mitch is obviously trying to get the Celtics to up their ante, assuming that this isn’t fake news.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:51 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Exactly right, keen.

        Recent hints dropped by sources across the league suggest that Gar Forman and John Paxson won’t give up their franchise player for anything less than a king’s ransom. Celtics president Danny Ainge can still offer the same pieces from the teams’ trade talks last year, but Butler’s value has increased. His “max” contract is now arguably the most team-friendly deal in the NBA, and he’s under said contract through 2019. He’s also an even better player than he was last season.

        http://sportsmockery.com/2017/02/nba-insider-celtics-upping-offer-jimmy-butler-bulls/

        • keen observer

          keen observer 1:10 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Sean, you are my favorite “enemy” by far! :)

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 1:13 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            The enemy of my enemy is my friend, or something like that.

            I respect you, that will never change. :)

            • keen observer

              keen observer 1:16 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              #Resist #Peace

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:23 PM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              For all things, yes, I agree.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:58 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Pels pick is Top 3 Protected.

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:43 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Ian Begley
    ESPN Staff Writer

    The return that the Kings got for DeMarcus Cousins (2017 first-round pick, 2017 second-round pick, Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway) should give the Knicks an indication of what they could expect back in a Carmelo Anthony trade. Every situation is different, but Anthony would bring back less in a potential trade than Boogie did, you’d think. Further complicating matters for the Knicks is the fact that Anthony has a no-trade clause.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:45 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL!
      Phil is not going to like what he’s going to get IF he can even convince Melo to go somewhere else.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:54 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Marc Stein‏ @ESPNSteinLine

    Once again: BUDDY HIELD, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, one future first-round pick & one future second for DeMarcus Cousins, sources say

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:57 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Vlade’s back pocket deal when Ingram was a Hard No.

      • p ang

        p ang 11:04 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ingram for Boogie is a hard no? A promising SF for the best C and its a no?

        Tell me it isn’t so, Mitch.

        • mud

          mud 11:09 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          who knows?
          it’s the rumor, but not from anyone with first hand knowledge.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:29 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            From Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, that’s as first hand as it gets. Lol.

            Adrian Wojnarowski‏ @WojVerticalNBA
            Kings wanted Brandon Ingram in a trade package for Cousins, but Lakers refused to include him, league sources tell @TheVertical.

            Ramona Shelburne‏ @ramonashelburne
            The Kings told the Lakers that without Ingram, they weren’t interested. Sources said talks didn’t get much farther than that

            • mud

              mud 12:37 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              sources.
              Woj and Shelburne are giving a second-hand story.
              it might very well be true.
              it might also involve psychic powers…

            • keen observer

              keen observer 6:45 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              They wanted “others” as well according to “sources.” I knew this blog would blow up. I’m glad Mitch didn’t cave on this.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 8:57 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              No, no…changing the narrative because it doesn’t fit your perception, is something you’re entitled to do, keen, still makes, you wrong.

              Russell was already on the table, they wanted Ingram…

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 9:02 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              Psychic powers? Hahahahaha.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 10:27 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              How exactly does that make me “wrong,” Sean?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 10:52 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              Jason Jones‏ @mr_jasonjones

              The Kings could have had the second pick in the 2015 Draft for Cousins … and this is what they get for him.

              Alex Kennedy‏ @AlexKennedyNBA
              SAC has listened to Darren Collison offers (as I wrote last week). Now, executives believe he’ll definitely be traded. He’s an UFA in July.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:21 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          @p ang

          As a fan, I applaud not including Ingram. Ingram. Ingram.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 9:32 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Me too.
            I would have given them one of any of our young core EXCEPT for Ingram.
            If you look at what Vlade got, it’s really not much.
            Too bad Icewater Boy wasn’t enough to sway the Kings- some need to realize that he’s not the centerpiece of our youth.
            Another huge issue is Boogie’s agent coming out and saying that an extension wouldn’t be signed.
            $200 million for a guy who doesn’t have the mental fortitude to lead a franchise is a massive gamble.
            I think the Lakers got this one right.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 9:40 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              Yup.

              Indeed Matt, Stan was saying last night, it seems like Ranadive was not going to invest 200 Mil in a Player.

              So Vlade had to get the best deal possible. Obvious, from GOOD JOURNALISM not from Miss Cleo, that he called the Lakers first and had a deal in place with Nawlins if it fell through…

              Another good point dude, MS brought it up to, his agent said he’s prolly not negotiating this summer. So Nawlins takes a gamble, a good roll if you ask me, putting the Kentucky Thoroughbreds together.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 9:43 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              For Nawlins, it’s a GREAT gamble.
              If it doesn’t work out for them, they still have AD and really did not give up much.
              Even if they can’t convince AD to stay down the road, they will get a haul for him.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 9:51 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              Exactly, Matt. They would still have AD.

    • mud

      mud 9:52 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      good.
      whatever.
      we’ll see if anything changes much. it seems like Vlade got a lot for an expiring contract. DeMarcus is pretty good, but he hasn’t made a difference yet, in spite of great numbers. he’s still young, maybe he’ll learn to focus.

      • mud

        mud 1:55 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        wait! what is this?
        if the rumors are true, Sac preferred Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans to Clarkson and Randle.
        ok…

        • keen observer

          keen observer 7:21 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          His contract doesn’t expire until next summer. His agent also said that he’s unlikely to re-sign with whomever he is traded to, but who knows. They wanted these precious draft picks, too (we don’t have a first round pick to trade until 2021). For some weird reason, GMs still love crapshoots to proven players, or at least players with proven upside. Someone explain to me why crapshoot draft picks are so precious in a day and age where the salary cap is through the roof.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 7:53 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Every single one of your proven players came into the league via the draft. That’s why. Teams like Sac & NO can have all the cap space in the world but it doesn’t matter if u can’t attract anybody to take it.

          • AK27

            AK27 8:41 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Someone explain to me why crapshoot draft picks are so precious in a day and age where the salary cap is through the roof.

            I have tried more than once but explaining morality to Trump would likely have offered better odds of success…you really think salary cap alone allows teams to land the kinda “proven players” they desire ? how’s that worked out for us lately ? draft picks are “crapshoots” but no odds are involved when you’re trying to acquire proven players ?

            I think this shouldn’t be so “weird” for anyone who understands the most basic idea of probability but, who knows, maybe it’s the GMs actually running teams who just don’t get it…gotta get a “keen observer” on board :D

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 8:58 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              Hahahahahahaha.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 9:43 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              LOL!!!!!!!!

            • keen observer

              keen observer 11:06 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              That’s an explanation, brat?

            • AK27

              AK27 11:16 AM on February 20, 2017 Permalink

              Not if you can’t read or comprehend, no…

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:53 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    AD and Boogie. Wow. Monster team

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:31 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Monster front court but still missing a buncha pieces.
      N.O. is a tuff draw for free agents.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:46 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’ll see how it works out.

        You know I’m a fan of Competition, MS, not shy about that.

        See what Nawlins adds. Still have Jrue and Solomon Hill. Defense is solid there.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:08 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    D’Angelo Russell’s Relationship with Luke Walton is Confusing 

    By James Jukes – February 18, 2017

    The Los Angeles Lakers are a complete mess. December sparked the beginning of the team’s fall from grace. Heading into the All-Star break, fans in Tinseltown have been left disappointed. Wednesday’s 36-point loss to division rivals Phoenix summed up the Lakers season. Heading into the season, fans expected the Lakers young core to show improvement. The likes of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and rookie Brandon Ingram were singled out as the key group. Randle has shown solid improvement and Ingram has displayed flashes of what he could become. One of the more confusing players has been Russell. The talented point guard continues to impress when available, but the youngster’s relationship with head coach Luke Walton has been a confusing one.

    D’Angelo Russell’s Relationship with Luke Walton is Confusing

     
    • p ang

      p ang 3:46 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Title should be: Luke’s coaching of DLo is confusing.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:10 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You know, D’Angelo has made it a lot harder on himself. He didn’t take his benching well last year (subsequently taking not playing in the 4th much better), the Nick Young video (subsequently both players have shown a little more maturity and to his credit DAR has shown a lot more), not living up to the hype (still a major issue but that has more to do with college hype and rumor mills than a player). He’s tried to lead as best he knows how, not sure how effective it is, so far. But I give him credit for being better about putting his team-first face on in interviews this year. Way less attitude.

      I’m not certain I agree that he’ll play better with more minutes. I do think he needs to play more minutes with the right players. He’s just now sharing the floor with Ingram and Randle at the same time. For most of the season he’s been playing with Deng and Mozgov. He and Zubac have a little chemistry that I’d like to see gone to more consistently. He still under-utilizes his post-up game and he needs to keep making the right pass and not go for so many home-runs. His read and react still leaves a lot to be desired, in general. End of the day, I still see him as a better off the ball option. He can’t get to a spot at will, he has to over-orchestrate his way to his spots and it gets predictable. He’ll never out-quick or jump anyone, so he needs to work on his footwork, his step-backs, maybe develop an actual drop-step in the post.

    • mud

      mud 5:25 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      all this over-analyzation of D’Angelo and Luke Walton has me confused.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:43 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There’s a cure for that. :)

        • mud

          mud 9:48 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          i’m sorry, but that is incorrect.
          all this micro-analysis is just grist for the mill.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:50 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            You can ignore it. That’s an option. Lol.

            • mud

              mud 9:58 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink

              i’d rather comment…it’s fun.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 10:04 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink

              Do that. And the cycle continues. Lol. Circle of blogging. :)

            • mud

              mud 10:43 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink

              the movie or the stage show?

    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:10 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Who’s James Jukes?

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:58 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink |  

    Look at this:

    http://nbasavant.com/player.php?player_id=1626156

    Now look at this:

    http://nbasavant.com/player.php?ddlYear=2015&ddlShotMade=&ddlTeamDefense=&player_id=1626156

    Analysis:

    Player demonstrates marginal, not major improvements in Shooting percentage, it should be carefully noted, player took 21% of shots inside restricted area in 2015-2016 season. Making 51% of those shots. By far his highest percentage .

    In 2016-2017 season player has taken 12% of his shots inside the restricted area, accounting for a 57% shooting percentage. Player has demonstrated a marginal increase but is taken less of an emphasis on penetration and paint shot selection. Player has had injury concerns that limit his effectiveness both as a penetrator and a distributor. His alarming drop in Assists within the restricted area is also becoming art of his game.

    Heavy feet, restricts player from having explosion or quick bursts in order to get penetration for himself and teammates.

    Along with drop in Assist percentage within restricted area, player has an A:TO Ratio of 1.4:1. Average A:TO in NBA is 2.4:1 making player a below average distributor and having a predilection for unforced turnovers that is also below average standards.

    Player has demonstrable strengths as a streaky shooter capable of scoring in burts, however, these bursts are supernova in nature, a big explosion followed by a marked and almost predictable descent caused by a lack of consistency. Player shows inconsistency in marked areas where gradual improvements need to be shown to enhance his other four teammates on the floor since the player has the ball in his control for most of the 26 MPG on the floor.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:02 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While a 50% increase between a three vs a 2 is relevant…when you have reduced your restricted area shot selection by over 40% and your still an average three point shooter, your efficiency is reduced and that’s not an Alternative fact. :)

      • tate793

        tate793 10:26 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Very informative find, Sean. Analytically undressing the DLow.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 10:35 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Had some free time, looked up the differences and let the data spell it out.

          Appreciate that Deone, we’re on the same page, I feel, about the direction or lack of, this org is showing…

          I want DLo to succeed, he’s not showing a consistent upward trend if we have goals of a Championship, as him as our Point Guard…it’s not up to par, it’s just not…and this is after over a period of time, where having a critical eye is more than fair, more than fair.

          He’s not a Superstar…He’s not on a path to Superstardom, if he was, the results would show that. That’s why I used the word art, that’s not a spelling error. :)

          He has potential to be a great player, but a leader? I have my doubts. I do. I think he can be a combo guard who can shoot or a passing guard that can double as a corner threat, I don’t see him putting all his potential together because the data says he’s not putting it together.

          • tate793

            tate793 10:48 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            What bothers me most about him is his willingness to quit on defense, or plain “stop” after a failed shot or turnover. He doesn’t get to the line at all. If his shot is not falling, he doesn’t appear to have a contingency plan. The hustle, the effort, the drive, the determination just isn’t there.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 10:55 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink

              Yup…

              You either have “It” or you don’t, it’s not something acquired. Giannis won the Genetic Lottery in that group.

            • tate793

              tate793 10:55 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink

              Yep.

            • AK27

              AK27 10:56 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink

              the “it factor”

              I think I asked you about this very thing a few weeks ago..about whether there was something you could often identify in the early stages of growth in players who ended up being great…at the time you said that it’s too early to say anything of the sort about D’Lo…

              The point, Amit, is that it is way too early to assign a label to DLo.

              Guess you’ve seen enough now, Tate ?

            • tate793

              tate793 11:03 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink

              Yep, Amit, seen enough to say I don’t see it in Russell. I’ve outlined the areas in which he is wanting, and/or regressed. His last few games have shown a lackluster performance during which he quit on several plays and lagged for periods of time. Kinda clear, now, why Byron benched him.

            • AK27

              AK27 11:08 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink

              Ah, thanks :)

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:36 PM on February 17, 2017 Permalink

              Absolutely. Byron’s opinion as a professional, should have been respected, even if the majority of fans disagreed, he saw him everyday, his opinion was the only one that should have mattered.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 6:48 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              U’re absolutely right, Sean … and that was part of my argument with all of those fans who were so quick to deride Byron in defense of D’Lo. As the head coach, he got to see him on pretty much a daily basis, so he could see things that the fans and alotta these wannabe journalists weren’t privy to concerning D’Lo. My only real criticism of Byron was that he probably should have kept some of his opinions in house, but his evaluations of D’Lo appear to have been well-founded based on what we’re seeing from him so far THIS season.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 6:50 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              BTW, Sean …missed u last night on the RC, but I’ll drop by for tonight’s festivities. : )

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:06 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              The never ending trashing of Lakers players by so-called Lakers fans.

            • AK27

              AK27 7:56 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              Make a point if you have one….nobody gives a rat’s azz about your idea of Lakers fans..

            • keen observer

              keen observer 9:57 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              Too bad.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:21 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              Great, G, I’ll be online. Online now, if you’re around G.

            • AK27

              AK27 11:32 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              Too bad you don’t have a point, just the tired ol’ song ? OK.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 12:05 PM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              You scroll past most of my basketball points, brat.

            • AK27

              AK27 12:28 PM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              Lol, that’s true, for the most part, and you have only yourself to blame…
              Given your recent neutering, I’ll be generous and take your word on “basketball points”…perhaps, once in a blue moon, you do make one that isn’t completely illogical/crazy/obvious….I used to put in more of an effort when you first showed up but whatever little you had to offer wasn’t worth wading through the pile of preachy, judgmental, intolerant crap it was couched in…

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 12:37 PM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              :)

            • keen observer

              keen observer 12:44 PM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              BTW, I don’t read your snobby crap that’s more than a sentence either, brat.

            • AK27

              AK27 12:46 PM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              I understand, keen..why would you ? Can’t be bothered with logic or words that require more than a GED…

              @Sean -- That’s one way to put it :)

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 12:52 PM on February 18, 2017 Permalink

              This is exactly what happened when Denis Leary tried to give it a go against Greg Giraldo. Lol.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 10:31 AM on February 19, 2017 Permalink

              AK = a rude, disrespectful BRAT.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:49 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Not going to lie, there are days I wish there was video of the workout that ‘wowed’ the Lakers. However, unless you think Mitch and Jim are prescient enough to draft Porzingis over Okafor (I am not of that opinion) then are we sitting much prettier at this point with Jahil on the roster? I’m not so certain.

            What I am certain of is that there will always be a massive amount of hype and what have you for people who have, at best, experienced mild success against amateurs. For that is what the NCAA is: a collection of amateurs most of them lacking in even basic fundamental basketball knowledge. Projects, projects and yet more projects.

            So I am not all fired up to make this season all about digging ourselves a losing hole and jumping into it head-first. No more projects, thank you very much, we’re awash in our own already. Keep Lou, let Nick opt out if he wants to and let him walk. Those millions could be helpful in a different manner. Now, if we re-sign him to a larger deal…I like Nick but he’s served his purpose for this team unless he’s looking for a minimum deal to keep in him in Los Angeles (I don’t think that’s his aim)

          • Caliphilosopher

            Caliphilosopher 12:34 AM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I thought it was a spelling mistake. :-)

            As far as a leader goes…I thought one has to earn that, based on how you play/work ethic/professionalism etc. Even if one doesn’t play much, you can still be a leader or someone that is held in high regard by the prep work and consistency that you exhibit.

            Personally, I think that DAR should do whatever agility and explosiveness workouts they have in order to try to increase his current standing. Maybe those sand-hill workouts are in order?

            http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/150915_summerworkouts

            • tate793

              tate793 1:32 AM on February 19, 2017 Permalink

              There are some pretty simple onès he could do. Start off with a 2′ deep hole, and jumping out of it -- 100 times. 10 sets of 10. Deep knee bends, squats and thrusts.

            • Caliphilosopher

              Caliphilosopher 1:37 AM on February 19, 2017 Permalink

              Sounds like a start Tate. He may not be Eric Bledsoe, but he sure doesn’t have to be Al Jefferson or Roy Hibbert. Besides, you never know how good you can get until you’re there. :-)

    • mud

      mud 10:30 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i don’t see any reason to extrapolate the rest of D’Angelo’s career based on those graphics.

      i do agree that he’s probably not a super star in the future, just based on temperament and the eye test, but if he’s a very good player, that’s plenty good enough. no, he probably won’t be the kind of “leader” that say, Kobe, was, and it was probably pretty early to declare the team his, but most of that nonsense was instigated by leading questions from sportswriters with their own agendas and starry-eyed, hopeful fans. D’Angelo is D’Angelo. that will probably be enough.

      btw- i also agree with the narrative that says that Byron was scapegoated with very little reason. i am glad that his option was declined, however.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:42 AM on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And I couldn’t agree more, mud, with you, that, there’s no reason to suggest his career should be bogged down by the last 18 months of data.

        It does reflect however, that going forward, especially if we keep the pick, we must be skeptical of scouts and their “evaluations” because they were dead wrong here and some L’s fans fans bought the Superstar narrative hook line and sinker. And he’s not a “bust” either, he’s journeyed himself to the badlands of the middle right now. Again, rather than be skeptic, Fran Fraschilla, Jay Bills, and the rest tried to sell, Diamonds from a Cubic Zirconia Mine. That’s all I’m saying and it’s what I’ve said before and what I’ll continue to say. These guys don’t know and when they talk, they’re full of the same hot air as us, sir.

        And the few, like Derek Bodner, who said, the kid had great skills but carried risk, were silenced.

        Skepticism is a good thing, we as humans shouldn’t be afraid of doubt we should embrace it, it’s a natural, reasonable instinct.

        Russell needs help around him, he needs a Veteran star or two, to accentuate his gifts and what little athleticism he has, he needs not entitlement nor validation, either, because in a group of young people, he hasnt stood out, either, he talks like he has, but when he starts walking he stumbles.

        • Caliphilosopher

          Caliphilosopher 2:42 AM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hi MM!

          Question for you: Are there some sets where DAR could take a smaller guard (height or width) to the post? Some of his better looking moves are from that area. Having real good footwork is still an asset when you are not as fleet of foot. Big Al Jefferson reminded me of this, and even though I think DAR has better lateral quickness than Big Al, maximising his skills now whilst working on expanding them in the off-season could be a way to provide a bit of a boost to him as we head into the summer.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 8:51 AM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Sup Cali, that’s an area he’s shown a prevalence for success…here’s the data.

            http://stats.nba.com/players/post-touch/#!?Season=2016-17&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PlayerPosition=G&sort=POST_TOUCHES&dir=1

            However, among guards, Giannis is #1 in post touches, not a shocker there…

            D’Angelo is tied for least amount of touches for a Guard. Among Point Guards, Russell, Eric Bledsoe, Deron Williams and Garrett Temole have 0.8 post touches per game.

            It’s an area that as the data shows, he’s taken a step back where he averaged 1.2 touches.

            http://stats.nba.com/players/post-touch/#!?Season=2015-16&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PlayerPosition=G&sort=POST_TOUCHES&dir=1

            A drop of 33%.

            • Caliphilosopher

              Caliphilosopher 3:21 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink

              Thanks for the data MM. I gotta put down those sites in a folder so that I can go look up stuff on my own. I got NBA Math, NBA Savant, and NBA Stats page. If you have others please send them my way! :-)

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:24 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink

              Absolutely, Cali…:)

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:07 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Big applause for the 9th Circuit Court. Bravo to all 3 Judges.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:15 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

    • For whom the bell trolls 7:44 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Denied by a Carter and Obama appointee, the third judge did not vote. Just prolonging the inevitable.

      Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

    • mud

      mud 9:52 AM on February 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      for stopping a TEMPORARY travel ban?

      well, it’s unprecedented, that’s for sure.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:09 AM on February 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Most Games of 30 points & 10 Assists NBA history, Last 50 years:

    LeBron (56)
    Magic (53)
    Iverson (47)
    Westbrook (45)
    Wade (40)
    Harden (39)

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:10 AM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And there’s only one guy on that list that did it in the era of hand checking. Smh.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:15 AM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Like Magic said “You need to understand giving up a good shot for a great shot is the only purpose of a Point Guard”

      • p ang

        p ang 1:37 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        But the NEW NBA says an assist for pull up 3 is better than an assist for a layup 2 meaning now a 22 foot shot is a great one while a 1 foot one is just a good shot. Ya cant play now, Magic.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 1:50 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hahahahaha. Lol.

          As analytics go, it doesn’t matter how a FG is scored…a 20 foot shot, a layup, It doesn’t matter.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:26 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          As assist for 3 points is better than one for 2 points. In fact, 50% better.
          NBA should change assists to reflect points generated from a pass.
          That means getting credit for free throws and 3-point shots made.

          • AK27

            AK27 2:29 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            But, LT, unlike the shot itself ( in general ), an assist for a 3 isn’t necessarily “harder” than one that results in a 2 pt shot …so, why should the former get more credit ?

            • p ang

              p ang 2:50 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              And what is the percentage for a 3 vs. a layup 2? 30-40% vs. 80-95%?

            • AK27

              AK27 2:56 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              80-95% for layups ? I don’t think it’s that high, p…but your point stands…

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 2:34 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Okay.

          • p ang

            p ang 2:47 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Ok. Now tell Magic that on a break he should stop passing to Worthy for a layup and just drive and kick to Coop for a 3.

            Maybe Westbrook can learn that.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:46 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Lol.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 7:38 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink  

    So last night, Devin Booker capped off 33 points with a bank shot buzzer beater…

    Tonight he just scored 27 points in a quarter. He’s a Top 5 Shooting Guard in the NBA.

    Tearing the cover off the ball at any time any way he wants. Smh.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:42 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      All these Kentucky boys put in work and let the play talk…

      All you Ohio St. And Michigan players and fans do a lot of talking…working is optional.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 8:39 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Where is LRob? He wouldn’t like that statement lol

        Its true those Kentucky players do fulfil the hype. I heard some crazy statistic about the number of players in the NBA in the last decade that went to Kentucky.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 8:57 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol..college ball is probably the least important aspect for these young dudes these days. Most don’t even spend a full school year on campus anymore..top guys are out the door in March. Ain’t like the old days when players spent 4 years at the feet of Coach Wooden. Now it’s just a brief pitstop.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:04 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          PAC -12 ain’t s**t in either sport.

          Start winning again and get respect put back on that conference.

          Cuz Alabama whipped that a*s last September.

          How’d UCLA do at College Station? Yup…Lol.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:13 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            To be fair, Bruins got ’em back on the court in November.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 9:16 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m not praising Kentucky for developing these players. Just saying they are recruiting the right guys that not only stick in the NBA but many are stars vs Duke or Kansas which turn out pros but not stars.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:20 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Cal has a little something to do with it, NBA.

            Everyone forgets he took a UMass squad with above average talent to a Sweet Sixteen with a Center that was 6’7 and a PF Will Herndon who was 6’3.

            His SG that year made 1 three pointer all year.

            He’s one of the greats. Not debatable.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 9:26 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              He’s finished first at least 4 times in 3 different Conferemces. Not even Coach Wooden, Coach Adolph Rupp, Coach K, Coach Pitino can claim that…

              And his interview with Bill O’Reilly that had a lot of coded racism, showed his class.

              https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_9N2OShxoyY

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:33 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That being said, he’s always gonna be polarized. Most polarized Coach in College History in any sport…

            https://www.seccountry.com/kentucky/kentucky-john-calipari-30-for-30-podcast

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 11:17 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Kyrie is from Duke.
            Played 11 games.
            I give more credit to his HS coach than Coach K.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:01 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Devin Booker now has 16 straight games w/ 20+ points. He’s only the 2nd player to do so before turning 21.

      The other player? LeBron James.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 8:03 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Refresh my MM, did we take Russ over him?

        • keen observer

          keen observer 8:06 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          So did 11 other teams, whiner. He didn’t even start in college, but everyone knew his skill set. What’s your problem with D’Angelo Russell? When are you ingrates going to jump ship? Phoenix can use some fans.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 8:07 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Rubbing it in their faces to.

          • NBA4ever

            NBA4ever 8:40 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Relax keen smh

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:47 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              No thanks. Just because “Deej” is so popular in here for whatever reason doesn’t mean a d*mn thing to me when he’s going whine about every little thing. I’m surprised he hasn’t b*tched about us drafting Randle (7) over Jokic (41) in 2014. What a joke.

              Meanwhile, the Suns are 16-35 with veterans like Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler on the roster, and D-lo has had 3 very solid games in a row since returning from his injury, but somehow he’s sh!t and Booker is the next coming.

              Lakers. Fans. Suck.

            • AK27

              AK27 9:05 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              Lol…how cruel of you, NBA ! this is all he has :)

            • For whom the bell trolls 9:06 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              lol Keen has blogger envy

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 9:07 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              Hahahahahaha

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 9:11 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              keen has blogger envy haha that made me lol

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 9:13 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              keen so are you saying that Russel is playing with a bunch of scrubs? Defending Russel by throwing the rest of the team under the bus? YOU are a horrible Lakers fan!!!

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 9:30 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              Ouch. Lol. That made me laugh NBA. Hahahaha

            • keen observer

              keen observer 10:27 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              Trollman voted for the Narcissist.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 10:29 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              Bwhahahahahaha

            • AK27

              AK27 11:30 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              You did too, keen..at least TM is honest about it

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 11:42 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              You believe the malarkey about her too Amit? The false equivalence was ridiculous before the election; its just absurd now that we’ve witnessed what has unfolded.

            • AK27

              AK27 11:51 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              Malarkey about..Hillary ? Not sure where you got that from but I was talking about Trump, NBA…this dumb, intolerant, hillbilly preacher of fandom gospel def voted for him !!

              As you know, I am not enamored to Hillary at all but she’s nowhere near as bad as Trump…

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 12:59 AM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Hahah such colorful language AK. Love it :D

            • AK27

              AK27 3:16 AM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Well, then this hasn’t been a complete waste of time :)

              I hope your homeland is treating you right, Seely.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 12:25 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Amit keen may be a lot of things but at least he’s not a mental midget trumpster and that means more to me then his Lakers “fandom”

            • AK27

              AK27 12:48 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Lol…great ! I am not the one who thinks it’s alright to be an a$$hole to others in the name of superior “fandom”….this guy has distinct qualities that’d do a Trumpster proud..that he says he isn’t one doesn’t mean jack to me…

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 12:57 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Not to mention, the unmitigated truth Amit spoke about, a vote for a narcissist like Donny was as equal to a vote for a narcissist like Hilary. Peas and Carrots those two.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 1:13 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Sean don’t be ignorant I know you are not….gtfoh with that b******t.

              Amit it may not mean jack to you in here but as much of a Lakerholic I may be I dont give a F wtf the Lakers do in reality compared to what Bannon and his puppet trump are doing. I will take keen being an a*****e in here over the “nice” trumpsters in real life everyday of the week and twice on Sundays.

            • AK27

              AK27 1:18 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              NBA…you don’t even understand what I am saying man…that’s not something that happens very often…

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:20 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Dude, she ain’t bat s**t crazy…Narcissism isn’t synonymous with mental health isssues…which Donny has in spades.

              It’s a difference of extroverted narcissism him vs. Introverted narcissism her.

              I agree Sean. Morons thinking about the economy really did nothing to research the White Nationalist President Bannon. This the Frankenstein Paul Ryan and Reince Preibus have created. No doubt.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 2:03 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Amit you insinuating that not often but sometimes? lol
              I get what you are saying, I’m saying call him what you want and assume outside of here he is all those things. He is NOT a trump supporter therefore he isn’t oblivious, an a*****e sure but nothing worst on earth intellectually then a trumpster.

              Sean I completely understand; yeah she’s a narcissist but a very intelligent one that was capable of pushing forward the social and enviromental progress we made in the last eight years and continuing the status quo(which I’m not completely for)…..instead of these fucks who are dismantling the government that protects us from corporate greed and destruction. You notice our fellow right wingers have nothing to say?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 2:10 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              I’ve noticed that, NBA…boy have I…smh…

            • AK27

              AK27 2:12 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              He is NOT a trump supporter

              THIS is where we disagree. Lol

              I attach more credence to observable traits ( like intolerance, dishonesty and general lack of intelligence ) than his word. That’s all :)

              Why would you think that I give more importance to “fandom” than something that has serious, real life implications ? That’s keen’s thing.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 4:13 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Haha Amit you think so little of him its like he IS trump! lol

            • AK27

              AK27 4:43 PM on February 5, 2017 Permalink

              Lol…and that still is more respect than he gives others :)

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:07 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yes.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 8:01 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He is a shooter all right!!

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:07 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kobe’s message to Devin Booker- Be Legendary!

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:13 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Here’s what Kobe said DJ

        “I think he’s fantastic,” Bryant said at the time. “I think he has the right attitude. He has the right competitive spirit. I think his footwork is extremely sound. His fundamentals are extremely sound.

        “Now it’s just about him figuring out exactly what his game is and then he can go to that every single night and then make counters off of it. But he has the skills.”

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 8:15 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Nice comments. I think Russ will be a very good player too, but perhaps not Bookerland.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 8:16 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Hopefully the War between the two goes on for a decade. The Lakers Suns rivalry lives on.

            :)

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 8:18 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            You’re born with that clutch gene, I think Deej, and only those who have it can see it in others…

            Kobe is not an individual who dolls out words like that if he doesn’t believe what he sees.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 8:21 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink

              That’s very true.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:35 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yup, and he was well-defended when he took that shot, too.

    • For whom the bell trolls 9:04 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      #

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 7:12 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink  

    Seems like NBA’s Primetime Saturday is a lot like the NFL’s Thursday Night Football. Just plain ugly.

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 12:08 PM on February 4, 2017 Permalink  

    I know that subverting Animal Abuse is both criminal and psychopathic. Smdh.

     
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