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  • Bad Horse 9:45 PM on July 3, 2019 Permalink  

    You guys remember when West was trying to bring in Shaq. That was stressful. It felt like all or nothing that summer. Shaq was my favorite player, it was crazy.

    This doesn’t feel that way. Don’t get me wrong I REALLY want Kawhi to join. BUT if he doesn’t we still have two great pieces in LeBron and AD. They have already made giant strides over the last 12 months.

    I still think he joins, he is a unique dude and a great talent. But just like when chasing Shaq, it isn’t easy. These guys are the best, and they demand the best.

    Hang in there, win or lose, just don’t quit!

     
    • p ang

      p ang 9:59 PM on July 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers can’t wait indefinitely though. Maybe time to give Kawhi a deadline.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 10:21 PM on July 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah…give him an ultimatum…that’ll work.
        Truthfully, it’s already too late to pull out cuz all the guys worth the money are gone anyway. We’ve gone from talking about guys like Kyrie, JimmyB, DAR, Kemba, etc to now talking about a broke-down Iggy, and Dragic and a Morris twin like they’re on that same level. Might as well see it through and ride this thing til the wheels fall off. In for a penny, in for a pound. This is the path we chose.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:59 PM on July 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Just announce that the Lakers are no longer interested in signing him.
          Move on before he totally screws up any hope we have of building a good roster.
          He’s just playing the Lakers as fools and will never sign with them.

  • Bad Horse 9:44 PM on June 30, 2019 Permalink  

    Am i the only one that gets the “connection not secure” warnirg on this site? Do you guys know whats up with this?

     
  • Bad Horse 7:57 AM on June 28, 2019 Permalink  

    For what it’s worth: Stephen A. Reporting that Lakers are in play for Kawhi. He states that he has been told last night and today, that Kawhi is seriously considering the Lakers.

     
  • Bad Horse 5:15 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Kind of an open letter

    So i’m sitting in my room, it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon. I’m reading through all of your posts and I notice the light coming through my blinds has created a perfect Lakers L on the wall.

    Now other than us (ok maybe just me), who would ever notice or even think such a thing?

    Point being, we as fans have a vested interest in our teams and the players that wear the uniform. We root for them, we watch them succeed and fail, we pull for them to overcome their short comings and to prevail in the end. It is only natural that we get attached to the players as the seasons pass by.

    I am not old enough to remember the trade for Kareem, but there has been plenty of players leaving since then.

    The first ones that enter my mind are Norm Nixon, Eddie Jones, Vlade, and of course Shaq and Odom. Players I cheered for and hated to see go. Players like Nick Van Exel and lesser remembered ones like Anthony Peeler. But leave they did, i kicked and screamed. Some were to retire as Lakers, others were just a season away. Couldn’t they see this? Byron Scott, AC Green, some kid from Phily . . . Who were they? Eddie freaking Jones, really they let Eddie go! How I hated that.

    But the Lakers are our team, and being the best isn’t easy. Hard choices need to be made. Some work out, some don’t (yes we are talking about you DH).

    Guys are leaving again, we wish them the very best. We will follow your careers, and cheer for you when we can.

    To Lebron, Anthony Davis, and the many to follow; I am so excited to watch you play! I look forward to the ups and downs of your Laker careers, i will lose my voice many times while yelling at the tv. Enjoy your time here, make the most of it. For with time everything changes, and in the end we will also hate to see you go.

    Yeah, is sappy . . . Boys and girls, dont drink and post.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:25 PM on June 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL. I’ll smoke some of what you’re smoking, David. And I’m looking forward to watching the Pelicans play via League Pass. I’m closing my burner twitter account for WarriorTom and starting one called PelicanTom.

  • Bad Horse 5:19 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    No other terms yet . . . 🍻

     
  • Bad Horse 5:18 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    4 years. 154 million with lakers

     
  • Bad Horse 5:17 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Lebron just signed!

     
  • Bad Horse 4:39 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    I’m asking this, because I really don’t know:

    Do big men make a full recovery from the type/level of achilles injury DeMarcus had?
    If so, who were they? Did they ever reach the level of play prior to the injury?

    If we can check off that question, great!

    Here is my next one:

    Is he still a headcase?

    Thanks for the help guys.

     
    • Bad Horse 4:48 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We talkin big men, we talkin big men, we aint talkin guards, we talkin big men.

    • LakerKev

      LakerKev 6:23 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hear you, BH. 270 pounds of pounding on a fragile Achilles is not a formula for long-term success… or investment.

      • Bad Horse 7:41 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You guys know more than me, im kind of a noob. But soft achilles, 270 pounds, top 10 pace team sounds bad to me.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:11 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We all have soft Achilles. Lol.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:09 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Never mind Boogie, but is anyone smelling another whiff? Why didn’t LeBron commit like everyone else did last night? If the Lakers get shut out again, the Busses should sell the team because this time it would make no sense. I completely understood why nobody wanted to come here since 2011 for the most part, but now there’s a solid foundation and new management. Maybe the new management doesn’t know what it is doing. In my opinion, the Kawhi situation went from backburner to paramount now. Then again, Magic and Rob Pelinka obviously know things we don’t know. Or do they?

      • LakerKev

        LakerKev 7:23 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Keen, I’m getting a whiff of a whiff myself… worried. LeBron didn’t committ because there’s something he wants the Laker FO to do that they have not yet done. (I don’t think this has anything to do with him making up his mind.) I think it has more to do with us getting RID of a player than getting HOLD of a player. LeBron is too accomplished to suffer fools.

        • Bad Horse 7:45 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Might just want to tell Gilbert he is leaving face to face.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 7:48 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Come on keen you know better, he has to make a production of it. LeBron already said he plans to make the announcement on the 5th.

      • mud

        mud 10:52 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        if they whiff, fine. i still like the direction of the team.
        if they don’t, great!

        the worst thing that can happen is a bunch of fans lose their minds. no big loss. those minds were small anyway. nobody will miss them.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 11:58 AM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I agree. I like that they’re meeting with Capela today.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:03 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Morning, David. Here’s my take on the risks involved with Boogie’s Achilles injuries.

      I will tell you, as a person who suffered a right Achilles tear at 30 and a left one at 40, the rehab is a b***h. I was an explosive leaper at 5′ 9″ that could easily dunk a volleyball. After the first one, I could barely do that and after the second one, I couldn’t even dunk a softball.

      Treatment has obviously improved leaps and bounds since then and estimates are now that players on average lose around 9% of their athleticism. Age and style of play makes a big difference in the result. Dominique Wilkins is probably the best example of a great player who came back 100% while we saw Kobe lose a lot more than 9% of his athleticism when he tore his Achilles at 35. Elton Brand was a big man like Cousins who never regained his explosive leaping ability after tearing his Achilles.

      DeMarcus has some pluses and minuses going for him. First, he is only 27 years old, which gives him a much better chance at fully recovering than Kobe did. Second, his game is not as dependent on his athleticism as players like Kobe Bryant or Elton Brand. Boogie does need to maintain his explosiveness but he never was an elite leaper or speedster. His game was skill and power based and should survive a slight loss of athleticism with no problem. It’s a gamble but Boogie is the best center in the game.

      Almost forget the minuses. First, the rehab is critical and Boogie has not been known for always being in great shape. Lakers will want to see he has not gained weight and can move around well. Second, Boogie was a questionable fit to play with a team playing so fast before the injury. After the injury, he could be slower. Commitment to being in great condition is critical to Boogie coming back and fitting in with Lakers. What shape DeMarcus is in right if they meet will be important.

      Cousins has also appeared to have matured some since his Kings days. I was listening to Sirius XM to Joel Myers, the Pelicans radio announcer, and he said DeMarcus has been terrific in the locker room and there have been zero complaints about his behavior or his work ethic. He thinks the Pelicans are not sure whether they want him back or not because of how well the team played after the injury and the luxury taxes they would have to pay to keep him. Lakers have an opportunity because of that per Joel.

      • Bad Horse 5:10 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Tom really great insight. Thanks for taking the time to help me out!

  • Bad Horse 6:45 AM on June 30, 2018 Permalink  

    Been waiting for this day for a long time. My calmness has gone out the window. ESPN has gone silent this morning. Even here on the other side of the country I feel the tension.

    I live In Pittsburgh, Celtics and Cavs country. Cleveland got their 15 seconds of fame.

    The Celtics have punched their card. Danny Ainge (most hated player EVER) is standing there across the country ready to fight.

    Big picture is looking like Lakers/Celtics one more time.

    It’s coming. The pitfalls of success will catch up to Golden State, and Paul/Harden is a time bomb waiting to blast.

    Lakers/Celtics

    Let’s get into the fight.

     
    • Bad Horse 7:00 AM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LeBron’s all about legacy now, right?

      What better legacy than leading the Lakers agaist the Celtics?

      Il’ll shut up now . . . Time for my other addiction.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:52 AM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I keep checking my phone for updates like an addict!

  • Bad Horse 11:04 PM on June 24, 2018 Permalink  

    Hey guys, long time no talk to.

    As for me, I’m all about letting Magic and Rob do their thing. I’m going to kick back, crack open a cold one, and enjoy the Lakers being relevant again.

    Hope the kids get to stay, but been through this before. Worked out ok when we got Shaq and that high school kid. Hopefully it’ll work out for us again.

    Cheers guys!

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:04 AM on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Exactly.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:41 AM on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey, David, that’s good advice but then I remember the last superteam we tried to create with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. And I hear rumblings about LeBron calling up all his old Banana Boat buddies and think about Chris Paul wearing purple and gold and Lonzo being shipped off to Mars and … well, you get the idea.

      Different strokes for different folks. Better to channel frustration and anger in a blog than on the road, job, or at home. There are so many moving pieces and possible outcomes involved this summer that it’s impossible for me to just sit back and wait for the shoe to drop. I want the karmic opportunity to change the outcome by blogging and thinking.

      In the end, I do trust Magic and Rob a lot more than Jim and Mitch but I worry about them signing LBJ and CP3 and dumping most of the kids. While that could win a couple more championships, I think it would be at the cost of a better and more sustainable dynasty built around the young players and superstars with similar championship windows. Go, Lakers!

      • Bad Horse 2:38 PM on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well said Tom. I understand and get your frustrations, they are just not for me. Can’t control it, can’t even have an impact on it. Know that I am not qualified to do so if I could, so I`m going on the ride with a little trust and hope to enjoy it.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:42 PM on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome back, Kotter!

  • Bad Horse 5:34 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink  

    what happened to 63 footer?

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 7:55 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Been wondering the same thing. I think I recall someone mentioning b4 that he may have had some heated dispute with another blogger a while back and hasn’t returned since. IDK

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:35 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I just dropped him an email to make sure he is OK.
      Hopefully, he just got tired of us and is fine.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 9:59 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah, LT … I echo those sentiments, hope he’s doin’ well.

    • AK27

      AK27 10:19 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Got en email from him a few weeks ago..he said he’d decided to move on from the blog…

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:21 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        ahhhh man, that blows.
        He was one of my favorites.
        Amit, can you send me his email? You have mine, right?

        • AK27

          AK27 10:30 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I just sent it to your Cox email ID, Matt .

          • LakerholicVT 11:39 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I was wondering the same thing. He was always a wealth of basketball knowledge. I am glad to here he is OK.

            • LakerholicVT 11:40 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink

              “hear” even

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 11:39 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          One of mine, too, Matt.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 1:27 PM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That really is too bad. He’s one of my favorite bloggers. He cracks me up and he knows his stuff.

          • tate793

            tate793 2:56 PM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah, he’d been a Laker fan from way back. Shared many LA Memorial Sports Arena stories with him.

            • tate793

              tate793 3:40 PM on November 30, 2014 Permalink

              What happened to Phred?

  • Bad Horse 11:40 AM on November 29, 2014 Permalink  

    does it bother anyone else that we are rock bottom in the west at 3 and 13, and we refer to someone ELSE as an easy game?

     
    • NuggetsCountry (Director)

      NuggetsCountry (Director) 12:21 PM on November 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The only easy games we got are 5 on 5 in Lakers practice!

      • Bad Horse 5:23 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I don’t know, without injuries they might not be so easy.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:27 PM on November 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It excites me that we might actually end up keeping our top five protected first round pick.
      There is no better outcome for this season for the Lakers than finding another young star.
      I would be more bothered if we were 6-10 and destined to miss the playoffs and lose our pick.
      If we could land Okafor or Towns to go with Randle, it would help us attract an elite free agent.

    • mud

      mud 12:38 PM on November 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      no.
      the funny thing is, as bad as the Lakers are, just a little more care and a little more help and they’d have a decent record, even with the blowouts to the good teams. they’re not really as bad as the bad teams, except in execution and luck, which makes them worse than the bad teams…

      besides as someone else already quoted the cliche’, “hope springs eternal”.

      • tate793

        tate793 5:45 PM on November 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Games have been winnable. A tweak here, an adjustment there and things could be quite different. At this point, the inaction of the FO looms as the biggest disappointment. Exceptions, open roster spots, available players (albeit a limited selection) and an obvious overuse of the existing roster. Roscoe Smith, Earl Clark, Quincy Miller, Michael Beasely…all available SFs. We have need, yet we make no moves. Manny Harris, Sebastian Telfair, Will Bynum…..all available PGs, yet we make no moves. Trickle-down rumors, creating distrust, disdain and disharmony among the faithful fan following.

      • Bad Horse 4:18 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We are what our record says we are.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 7:36 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Nodding my head vigorously in agreement.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:07 AM on November 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Good teams tend to play down to the level of their opponents.
          That’s why the Lakers have looked to be more competitive.
          Unfortunately, parity has also diluted the quality of competition.

  • Bad Horse 8:14 PM on June 22, 2014 Permalink  

    Well, the draft is getting close. Time to get excited again.

    Whats it going to be:

    A shutdown perimeter defender?
    A forward that can jump small buildings in a single bound?
    A center that can do it all (while we say prayers for his feet)?

    Or is Mitch going to surprise us, trade the pick and go all in this year?

    I’ve read everything out there and still have no idea how the draft, free agency, and coach are going to shake out.

     
  • Bad Horse 7:25 PM on May 29, 2014 Permalink  

    I bet that if you went down to the crossroads today Donald Sterling would show up.

     
  • Bad Horse 7:04 PM on May 29, 2014 Permalink  

    $2,000,000,000.00
    That’s the right amount of zeros . . . isn’t it?

    TWO BILLION DOLLARS
    for the Clippers

    He does know it’s the Clippers, doesn’t he

    And the craziest part is they are reporting it doesn’t require Donald’s signature.
    Like he’s going to say no? Seriously?

    So the man buys the Clippers for 12.5 Mil. Abuses the franchise for something like 35 years. Only invests in the team after the NBA sets a mandatory minimum payroll. Treats everyone like crap, and is exposed as the racist he is. For this the NBA forces him to sell the franchise.

    For TWO BILLION DOLLARS.

    They sure showed him.

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

      Jamie Sweet 7:09 PM on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Sterlings sold BEFORE the NBA voted to kick them out and take control, price would’ve been much lower.

      • Bad Horse 7:15 PM on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        OK so he did the old . . . you can’t make me sell it! I’ll sell it before you make me sell it trick.

      • Bad Horse 7:17 PM on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        $2,000,000,000.00 for the Clippers Jamie, for the Clippers. TWO BILLION DOLLARS.

        • mclyne32 7:28 PM on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          If Stern had not handed them CP3 and Doc Rivers, you can bet that number would be closer to 1 Billion.
          It’s still an absurd amount of money.

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