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  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 1:00 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Trying hard to think of any Laker that would object to movin on via trade. After 2/3 of the season these guys look so confused, with no coherent direction. I’m giving Byron a break. Feel sorry for Luke too. One step forward. two steps back. : (

     
    • John M.

      John M. 2:27 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Close your eyes and say, “Rebuilding takes time and player development is our focus.” As many times as you need to feel better :).

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

    The History and Future of Ivica Zubac 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:18 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Kobe Bryant appears to be ready to work out with Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram 

    Ingram has been longing all season for the chance to connect with Bryant, yearning to find out specifically “whatever he did his rookie year to get prepared” and generally about that killer mentality that Ingram called “unreal.”

    Ingram’s wish came true Wednesday when he got a text message from Bryant—”What up, youngin? It’s Kobe. Hit me up” — to open the door to what could be a wealth of information. Ingram initially didn’t believe it was really Kobe.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:26 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The mythology of Kobe The Mentor has never really panned out. Maybe this time…

      • mud

        mud 1:04 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        he sure helped Caron butler….

        • mud

          mud 1:05 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Lebron credits him with getting LBJ to championship level.
          there are plenty of other stories. only the principals know the truth…

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 5:54 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Then what are you talking about?
            You one of the principals?
            lmao

            • mud

              mud 5:59 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink

              did i say that?
              i was just referring to the stories by players and reporters saying that Kobe had helped, and acknowledging that i don’t know any details with certainty, the same as the reporters and bloggers who might have an opinion.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 6:48 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink

              So you pick n choose which stories to believe.
              Got it.
              lol

            • AK27

              AK27 7:53 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink

              Caron said so himself…

              Being up under the wing of Kobe Bryant and the relationship that we built over that time, I learned a lot about the game of basketball

              But I guess pointing out that Kobe helped Butler means you’re pickin’ n choosin’ the stuff you believe in, muddy….( perhaps believing everything , or nothing, is the way to go ? Lol )

            • mud

              mud 11:01 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink

              well, at least i admit that i don’t know more than i can see…so it’s not so bad. i just wanted to point out that none of us really know the truth, although it certainly appears that those who make the effort with Kobe are given quite a lot.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:28 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think it’s one thing when you’re forced into his presence (Laker teammates) and another when you get to be invited (Olympians). I don’t think he had time for people who didn’t prove themselves to him quickly.

    • p ang

      p ang 9:28 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kobe offered. No need to overthink this.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:39 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Luke said he's spending part of All-Star weekend meeting w/ Mitch, Jim & Magic 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:41 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers need to make moves to help secure the #2 seed in this summer’s NBA draft.
      Hopefully, Luke, Mitch, Jim, and Magic will all be on the same page about tanking.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 7:46 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sit Lou, trade Nick. Boom!

      • AK27

        AK27 9:29 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup..gotta do what you can within the rules, messed up as some of them are…does make a mockery of the game though, like muddy says below…

    • mud

      mud 9:21 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      no, Tom, they don’t need to do that. if it happens, i don’t doubt that it would be a good thing, but they Lakers don’t need to lose on purpose. that would only prove that basketball and the WWE are both fake sports. as Popeye said, “wrong is wrong, even if it helps you!”.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:27 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nobody expects Luke or the players to try to do anything but win while emphasizing playing time and development for the young players. However, the front office controls the roster and can help make sure we have the best odds of keeping our 2017 and 2019 picks. That’s all we are asking.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 11:21 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We would be competing for the worst record in the league without Lou. His type of game doesn’t improve the kids development nor do I think he’s the type of veteren leadership that is crucial for their development. If we could get some really good assets or a package of expiring contracts attached to getting rid of Dang or Mozgov…..you trade Lou. Kills two birds with one stone.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:05 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Agree 100%, Sean. While we won’t beat the Nets, we can beat the Suns for the second best record and a 55% chance of keeping our pick and 20% chance of landing top pick in the draft, which I believe will be Lonzo Ball.

          A 50/50 chance of saving our Top-3 protected first rounder this year and our 2019 first rounder is worth trading or sitting Lou Williams. The best chance of landing a superstar is through this draft rather than hoping for free agency.

          • mud

            mud 11:16 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            that might help, common sense would say that it would, although real life experience would say that it might not help at all.

            the only thing the Lakers should be focusing on is playing good basketball. they should win whenever they can. the coaches should encourage winning and good basketball. if the team can’t win, they’ll get the lottery pick. if they learn how to win, they won’t need it. period.

            tanking is fun to talk about, but it’s a terrible idea for the team to actually pursue it. it’s exactly opposite the intense competition that the team needs to ingrain deep into it’s culture. it’s better for them to be honestly bad and grow, than to have talent and hide it.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:32 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      All these guys need to be on the same page.
      Good time for the break and this meeting to get all the ducks in a row for the home stretch and set the strategy to end up with that #2 seed. I don’t think simply sitting Lou is the right move…too blatant and him sitting there is a constant reminder that you’re choosing to lose. Bad juju. Let him go someplace where he has a chance to win and let us get on with what we gotta do. Win/Win

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:31 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agree 100%, Mongo.

        • tate793

          tate793 4:38 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Well, let’s just hope they get appropriate value for him. Some of the FO’s recent dealings have left a lot to be desired. LO, Nash, Dwight, Deng, Mozgov, all extra bad deals. A second round pick would be a travesty. And, if Luke was the driving force behind signing Mozgov and Deng, then someone with a better eye for talent, as well as a better business acumen should be given imput. Also, we need to find out about the quality of our medical/training staff. When you view Mozgov’s highlight videos you see a player that can really bring it. But on the court he doesn’t look like that same player. Could his knee (like DLo’s) still be suspect? Julius hasn’t looked right in over a month. Again, sans Alex, Gary and Judy, we might be getting less than stellar imput regarding our players health.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 6:53 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            We had alotta injuries under Vitti n Seto the last few years too. But I do agree we might need a fresh set of eyes in that dept. That’s one of the areas where no other franchise should be out-spending us.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 6:10 PM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I respectfully disagree. Let Lou win for us. Eventually.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:38 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Listless Lakers stagger into All-Star break with 137-101 loss to Suns 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:33 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Top 3 teams that should trade for Lakers guard Lou Williams 

    Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies offense is decidedly mediocre – they’re No. 18 in offensive rating – and can often grind to a halt with the lack of dynamism on the team, especially along the backcourt outside of Mike Conley. Their other guards on the bench are Toney Douglas, Andrew Harrison, Troy Daniels, and Wade Baldwin. None of those is a particularly reliable option, which will put a lot of pressure on Conley, especially come playoff time. They could certainly use someone like Williams who can take people off the dribble and create his own offense.

    Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets need offensive help badly. They’re incredibly reliant on Kemba Walker on a night-to-night basis to carry a huge burden offensively, and their bench is almost completely devoid of scoring punch. They’ve already fallen out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, and are in desperate need of reinforcements. Ramon Sessions is out for a month following knee surgery, so they also need a backup ball-handler. Williams fits the bill in terms of both of their needs. He would bolster the second unit and lift the scoring burden from Walker at the same time.

    Washington Wizards

    The Raptors have already made their big move to get back to the top-2 in the East by trading for Serge Ibaka, so will the Wizards counter with their own move to shore up a big weakness? That weakness, of course, is their lack of bench scoring. With all due respect to Trey Burke, but it’s a big problem that he’s the team’s third guard. Williams’ addition would be perfect for the Wiz, since he’s a combo guard who can play alongside John Wall or Bradley Beal. Getting Williams would greatly increase the Wizards’ chances of staying in one of the top-4 places in the East, and could also be a big difference-maker in the postseason.

    While all three teams would love to get Williams, they don’t necessarily have the most appealing assets to trade with the Lakers. Still, there seems to be a market for Sweet Lou in this trade deadline, and if one of the Grizzlies, Hornets, and Wizards doesn’t move in for him, another team might.

    https://realsport101.com/news/sports/nba/top-3-teams-that-should-trade-for-lakers-guard-lou-williams

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:54 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Wizards are the only team that has a player of interest (Kelly Oubre) and even he is still a big question mark, so they’d have to send us their first round pick, too. No way they part with Otto Porter or Markieff Morris for Lou. I’m not a fan of Trey Burke. As for Memphis, I see nothing on that roster of interest and the only player who is somewhat interesting on the Hornets is that stiff Kaminsky. Lou for any draft pick that isn’t top 5 should be a non-starter.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:27 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers now 1 loss from taking over #2 seed in NBA draft lottery 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:30 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers now have 24 games left to hopefully take over the #2 seed and its 55.8% chance of keeping pick and 19.9% chance of landing #1 pick. Lakers need Lonzo Ball’s leadership.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:53 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    Welcome to the ASB.

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:44 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink |  

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:51 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Luke in his post game chat talked about the privilege of simply putting on an NBA uniform. Would not refer to it as a game, used ‘that’, whatever that was’ and such for most of his interview when describing tonight’s affair.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 9:55 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sounds like Coach Walton may have been disgusted with last night’s effort … or lack thereof.

    • tate793

      tate793 12:14 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Effort is a huge part of success. The lack of it leads to “L”s. At this point, players and coaches can hide behind the “tank” theory. No call for Deng to be on the floor for 23 minutes while we get killed on the boards 36-59. Robinson could have filled those minutes. The starters went 14-48.Luke nreeds to find a shooting coach, or demand that his players exert the effort necessary to improve their marksmanship.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:25 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    Well, I B catching 2nd half morrow boys. That Booker is something special!

     
  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 7:02 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    Momentary Optimism…

    It appeared that many were questioning how we lost last night. “What is the benefit of losing if we lose while not developing the kids?” As we know, Lou scored 19(?) in the fourth. It just so happens that the trade deadline is fast approaching. Why now allow Lou to +++ his value? I like Lou, would love to keep him, but the time is not right. We are best off trading him to ensure the tank and maybe get a project or pick in return. Lou establishing himself as 1-man offense, particularly to end games is going to up his value. I am OK with it as long as it isn’t our modus operandi post trade deadline.

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:39 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    Just Facts, not Alternative at all, here we go. Losing Laker seasons since 1961 are:

    1967
    1976
    1993
    1994
    2005
    2014
    2015
    2016
    2017 and should we plug in 2018 already?

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 4:25 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sure, why not. So you are simply confirming why Lakers fans are spoiled and ungrateful. Big deal.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 5:23 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yep. spoiled, but definitely not ungrateful. Honestly, the Lakers made me that way. : )

    • mud

      mud 4:27 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      too bad.
      cry me a river.

    • John M.

      John M. 5:10 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Lakers are my wife in my parallel, man-cave universe. For better or for worse.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 12:45 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    Just finished the game, gee, no wonder we don’t want Cousins, lol!

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:42 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He tops my list.

    • John M.

      John M. 1:45 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Gotta be a shrink somewhere in LA who can work on his between-the-ears game :)

    • Caliphilosopher

      Caliphilosopher 1:52 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m still hoping (might be a daydream), but if we could get Otto Porter Jr. we wouldn’t have to gut the team. Boogie can ball for sure, but I think I am on board with a build a deep team approach. Given our current FA misses, I’m thinking something like a build of a younger version of the 2004 pistons/GSW: internal growth, and a potential trade down the line to really bring things together.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:05 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I don’t want to wait another 4 years, lol!

        • AK27

          AK27 2:10 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Nobody does, Deej…some are just more at peace with it than others…

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:18 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            LOL. Some of us on this blog might not be alive in 3 to 5 years.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 2:20 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              : ( LT!!!!!

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 2:21 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              PS-Clarky and Nance sprained right thumps, might play, sit em!

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 2:20 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Depends on how long we want to irrelevant? Eight years? Magic and me ain’t havin it! Lol!

            • keen observer

              keen observer 2:46 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              You had to wait from 1988 to 2000 between championships. What makes you less patient now? Wasn’t it 1962-1977 and then 1978-1996 for the Yankees?

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 2:52 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              The guy running the franchise between 88-00 had already proven he was worthy of that kinda patience.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 3:06 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Say what?

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 3:35 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Keeno. Friend. Not Chips. Just in the mix.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 4:30 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              No collective bargaining agreement in NBA history did more to directly harm an NBA franchise for more than just a brief time period than the 2011 CBA did to the Lakers, regardless of who was running the team. The Lakers were saddled with salary through the 2013 season which deprived the team of flexibility. The decision to reward Kobe Bryant further stalled any ability to improve in the new NBA, but regardless of that, we would not have been in the “mix” according to any Lakers fan’s standard. Consider these Lakers the aging/post-Mickey Mantle terrible Yankees teams of the 60’s and chill. We will be back in the mix, just not nearly as soon as everyone wants (demands). In the meantime, go ahead and whine, complain, b!tch, vent and let off the seemingly daily steam that many of you feel is necessary. As for me, mud, John M, GDub and some of the more rational fans, we will enjoy the so-called process.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 4:59 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Nobody is “enjoying” this.
              Just tolerating it because that’s the only option if we choose to remain fans.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:47 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              I’m a proud masochist.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:14 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink

              what mongo said.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:57 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink

              I admit that I’m a nobody. Perhaps a big picture nobody, but a nobody nonetheless.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:45 AM on February 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Ball’s dad is going to be a great NBA agent 

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 2:28 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Steph Curry’s really good, but my son is young, he’s got time to go. And you only consider him good because he won a couple of championships. What if he didn’t win no championships? He made some shots at the right time. But he’s not as young as my boy,” he said.

      I was taking him seriously up until this point. Not because he thinks his son will be better than Curry but because WTF is he even saying?

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:20 AM on February 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    Luke Walton needs to invest more in D’Angelo Russell’s future 

    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams grabbed the rebound of a DeMarcus Cousins’ missed free throw, rushed the ball up the court in the final seconds with his team down to the Sacramento Kings by a single point.

    Dogged by former UCLA Bruin Darren Collison, Williams pulled up on the right side of the arc but his three-point attempt did not fall.

    The Kings (24-32) kept their playoff hopes alive while the Lakers (19-38), by losing 97-96, protected their spot in the NBA draft lottery with the third-worst record in the league.

    Coach Luke Walton could have called a timeout but Williams had the ball in his hand already with 19 scored in the period, and the Kings trying to match up in transition.

    Williams shot it early and under pressure. Twenty-two in the fourth wasn’t in the cards.

    The Lakers gave the home crowd an exciting finish but not for the right reasons. Williams ended with 29 points in 24.5 minutes but second-year guard D’Angelo Russell only got 23.5 minutes on the court—sitting the entire final period.
     
    Admittedly, Russell wasn’t playing as well as Williams, missing six of nine shots with just one assist against five turnovers, but Walton needs to prioritize Russell’s development over Williams’ scoring punch late in games.

    “We’re going to try to get minutes for the experience of these young guys, but we were down 16 and they kind of fought back and got us a chance to win the game,” Walton said of his lineup of Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Luol Deng, Nick Young and Williams.

    “It was rewarding the players that started playing together, bringing that energy, attacking on defense and making plays,” he continued.

    Throughout the season, Walton has preached that his rotations will be based on the meritocracy of the given night. Those who earn the time will, for the most part, get the crunch-time minutes.

    It’s a sound philosophy.

    “He pretty much goes with who is playing well at the time and that’s the best way to go about it,” Russell said.

    But then why did Walton sub out Deng for rookie Brandon Ingram down the stretch?

    “Luol was doing a good job for us in that group too but I wanted Brandon to get those final three minutes of a close game,” Walton said. “I put Brandon in there for experience purposes.”

    That too makes sense. The Lakers are grooming one of the youngest players in the league in Ingram, the team’s No. 2 pick in June’s NBA draft.

    Ingram is loaded with potential but is still learning how to best use his gifts in the NBA while playing with a rail-thin body.

    Of course, it was just last year when Russell was struggling to do the same. One-year removed and the Lakers 2015 No. 2 pick still needs extra time on the court to discover his own potential.

    “D’Angelo knows what it’s like. He played all last year and this year,” Walton said. “He has that experience now obviously. We want more but we’re also trying to get experience for [Clarkson.] If he’s a part of a group, he earned that opportunity to finish a game.”

    “You can make the case that we put [Russell] in for Lou but Lou was obviously having the game he was having,” he continued. “We weren’t going to take him out. All those things balance when it comes to deciding that.”

    Walton makes sense. What lesson does it send to bench a player who is amassing 19 points in 12 minutes?

    Clarkson is in his third year but like Ingram and Russell, he needs time on the court to grow as a player.

    Young was slotted at small forward in the fourth, playing almost 10 productive minutes without taking a shot. He didn’t add a point individually the Lakers outscored the Kings by 12 with Young on the floor in that stretch.

    On the micro level, Walton’s rotation isn’t wrong. He made the best choices he could on the fly, during a game the Lakers nearly pulled out. On the macro level, what do the Lakers gain in wins or close losses when a veteran like Williams is closing out games over Russell?

    Julius Randle also sat out the period but at least the minutes went to Nance.
    Walton’s logic for Ingram needs to envelop the rest of the team’s youth movement. Timofey Mozgov has been benched in favor of Black with rookie Ivica Zubac getting minutes on the second unit.

    That same logic needs to apply to Williams and Young, even if the Lakers struggle to score without them.

    It’s Brandon’s first year, so very chance we get to get him to feel what it’s like guarding different players, being in when you’re down 15, being in when you’re up 15 a one-point game with two minutes left at home versus on the road,” Walton said. “It’s something that we need to get him now so when he gets in the offseason, he kind of knows what to expect going forward in his career.”

    Yes, Russell has seen more of those situations than Ingram but he still hasn’t mastered much of it yet.

    Russell does something things well, averaging 14 points and 4.7 assists in just 26.4 minutes a game but he’s turning the ball over at a 2.7 clip while shooting just 39.4 percent from the field.

    As a developing starting point guard on a non-playoff team, Russell needs to be on the court for at least 30 minutes a night.

    Walton is coaching to win games but he recognizes that Ingram’s development is important for the Lakers’ long-term success. He needs to use that same standard with Russell.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:27 AM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just as last season, i get the feeling there’s more going on behind the scenes with DAR & the coaching staff. Far cry from when Luke ordained him the leader of the team.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 10:39 AM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m inclined to agree.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 10:44 AM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think his knee is giving him problems, but that he is also trying to figure out how to improve leading the offense within his physical limitations right now. I think he’ll have off season surgery.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 11:02 AM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hate to say it, but that sounds like excuse-making to me. If his knee is still an issue, then he either needs to sit or have the doctors address it.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 11:37 AM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Perhaps. It would be nice to find out though. It seems to me that he is trying too hard to hone his game organization skills at the expense of scoring, that’s all. If he is capable of doing that with what seems to be physical limitations and the doctors have advised him to wait until after the season to have surgery, then maybe it’s an excuse that Luke is aware of. Who knows. I’m just throwing this wild guess out there. I do believe his knee is not 100% though.

        • AK27

          AK27 11:42 AM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          This makes some sense…odd.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 1:02 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Please be nice to me, Amit. Tom is making me be polite or he is going to ban me.

            • Caliphilosopher

              Caliphilosopher 1:46 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              I personally think it would be very nice if politeness reigned here. Differing opinions? Absolutely. Different ways which the team could go? Completely on board.

              This is meant non-facetiously and humbly: I offer my personal encouragement for being nice here. So keep up the good work! :-)

            • AK27

              AK27 2:04 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Good to see ya here, Cali…I hope you’re back in the US and having fun..

            • keen observer

              keen observer 2:14 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Seely prefers the edgy me.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:21 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              I am sure she prefers the polite and civil edgy version of you

            • keen observer

              keen observer 2:22 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Doubtful. You have given Randle P. McMurty a lobotomy. Boring!

            • AK27

              AK27 2:28 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Well, as long as I get to play the Chief, you’ve got nothing to worry about, Keen..

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 2:38 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              : ) @ AK.

            • AK27

              AK27 2:40 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              I promise I’ll do better next time, G :)

            • keen observer

              keen observer 2:47 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Appreciate that, Amit. Please pass the Juicyfruit.

            • AK27

              AK27 2:49 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Geez, don’t you even remember the movie ? No Juicyfruit after the lobotomy, Keen…just the pillow..

            • keen observer

              keen observer 3:07 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Darn!

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 4:32 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Keen: Tom’s right, the civil edgy version does sound gosh darn good.
              Amit: He does have a point. He’s trying so play nice, pretty please.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 4:36 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Et tu, Seely? Et tu?

            • AK27

              AK27 7:16 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Seely, I swear I’m gonna start trying as soon as I figure out the downside of LT banning him..I do like mysteries but this one ain’t easy..

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:36 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Who got banned?

            • AK27

              AK27 8:37 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink

              Nobody..who said anyone did ?

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 4:14 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink

              Aww cmon Keen I asked Amit to be nice to you :)

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:58 AM on February 16, 2017 Permalink

              Amit should be banned for trolling me. :)

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:12 AM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s important to note that this isn’t a ‘D’Angelo Russell complaining’ article but a ‘rando-blogger complaining’ article. Russell is quoted as saying, “Coach tends to play with whomever is playing well which is exactly what he should do” or something to that effect. That is a proper team-first kind of ‘tude. This is just more of the same noise we hear from tank train advocates.

      One thing I like more about this season’s Lakers: they keep dischord in-house. As it should be. We may never know what prompted Thomas Robinson’s removal from the rotation, but we haven’t heard anyone complaining about it or the staff throwing the player under the bus. That was my biggest gripe with coach Scott’s coaching stint: too much laundry aired publicly.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:36 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think Luke is doing just fine with what he’s been given.
      DAR’s willingness to get other guys going has been a welcomed surprise and treat for me.
      He’s still learning.
      Knowing when to shoot and when to pass more is something that is difficult for some ball handlers entering the NBA. Some, like Damian Lillard, are great at this skill starting day one- others, like Harden take a little longer.

    • tate793

      tate793 8:37 PM on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Another big difference is making the shot when you take it. The elephant in the room is DLo’s shots aren’t falling. He’s chucking away, but they ain’t going in. .394%

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