1. D’Angelo Russell will be a star. It would be stupid to trade him. At 20 to be doing the types of things he can do is spectacular. He certainly “loaded” up himself on some Kobe. I’m thinking he’ll be an all star within 3 years. He’s going to turn the ball over and make some mistakes, but who doesn’t? I love his smooth style, he’s way more athletic than people like to say. Then how can you not be impressed with his ice in his veins? With all the pressure of being the Los Angeles Lakers lead guard, he’s pointing at his arm in clutch situations proclaiming he has “ice in my veins”. Yes, this can backfire at some point, but this is the type of personality that can help us move on from Kobe. He really reminds me of Nick Van Exel, but better.

2. At some point, the team is going to have to make a decision between paying Larry Nance or Julius Randle. Judging by this years free agency, both players will be max type guys. It’s a good problem to have, but it’s scary at the same time. I like both of them.

3. Zubac loves the Lakers, I love Zubac.

4. Anthony Brown just hasn’t developed his game.

5. I love the vibe coming from the coaches. Much more positive. I love Byron, but his authoritarian coaching style will not be missed.

6. Brandon Ingram of course is not ready. A year of observing Luol Deng should be helpful for him. Hopefully we’ll see some flashes from Ingram this season, but I’m not expecting much out of him.

Just a few thoughts…
Go Lakers!