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  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 8:51 AM on June 20, 2019 Permalink |  

    FA period is (roughly) a week away. Here’s a list of players I’d like to be on the FO’s radar in a major way. Also, as Keen has noted, this probably won’t be the way things work, but in my speculative world, I’m gonna play GM just this once. :-)

    Danny Green
    J.J. Reddick
    Terrence Ross
    Malcolm Brogdan
    Big Al Horford
    Patrick Beverly
    Morris Twins
    Kevon Looney
    Kyle Korver
    Kenneth Faried
    Bojan Bogdonovic
    Nicola Mirotic
    Seth Curry

    For the right price (i.e., not impinging upon getting any of the above), I’d gladly have the following people coming off the bench:

    Reggie Bullock
    KCP

    I am with Mclyne on Julius being an incredible mistake (along with Zubac). I have no clue if Julius would want to come back. Ivaca is a RFA (which makes why he was traded SO STRANGE TO ME) so he ain’t coming back haha.

    Thoughts, comments, feedback, alterations, suggestions, critiques are all welcome!

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:53 AM on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      All good picks, Cali…

      Add a shooter if they can focus on man-to-man D that’s a plus. With the elite athleticism and impeccable instincts, AD really only needs another shutdown corner out there. He can cover so much ground.

      I like Bogdanovic as well alongside LeBron.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:24 AM on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice list!

      Danny Green -- My #1 SG, perfect fit alongside AD and LBJ, solid defender
      J.J. Reddick -- My #2 SG, really #1A, same as above
      Terrence Ross -- Would be a great addition as he can play either the 2 or 3.
      Malcolm Brogdan -- Same as above although I consider Ross to be a better defender
      Big Al Horford -- Low on my list but if we ended up with him I wouldn’t be bummed. Dude’s a baller.
      Patrick Beverly -- I have a hard time seeing him leave the Clippers but he’s my personal 3rd pick at PG
      Morris Twins -- Either or both works for me, they play hard, can stretch the floor, WONDER TWIN POWERS
      Kevon Looney -- Could be a great pick up but I think GS holds onto this guy
      Kyle Korver -- #3 SG on my list
      Kenneth Faried -- The most likely to be available but a kind of bad fit, love his motor but spacing issues
      Bojan Bogdonovic -- I’d prefer him to Farried
      Nicola Mirotic -- My pick for “odd Buck out”, I prefer the Morris Twins but this would be fine
      Seth Curry -- My #3 PG

      For my part I’d add Ricky Rubio and Terry Rozier to this list as PGs. While Brogdon remains a possibility I think it likely he and Beverly re-up with their current squads. Some of these young guys who just had a great playoff series may have priced themselves out of our range. Most of the roster will be filled with either veterans on minimum deals or 2nd round draft picks. A young guy who has a better offer, and possibly assumed better role might choose a different team over us. No way of knowing what anyone wants but we’ll have limited tools available to build out the roster. Unless we miss on the 3rd max superstar or can’t clear the space for whatever reason.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:11 PM on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good list, Cali.

        Here my preferences by position, including 3 non-max players at each position:

        Point Guard:
        1. Malcolm Brogdon
        2. KYRIE IRVING
        3. KEMBA WALKER
        4. Patrick Beverley
        5. Ricky Rubio

        Shooting Guard:
        1. JIMMY BUTLER
        2. Danny Green
        3. JJ Redick
        4. Kyle Korver

        Small Forward:
        1. KAWHI LEONARD
        2. Bojan Bogdanovic
        3. Trevor Ariza
        4. Rudy Gay

        Power Forward:
        1. Marcus Morris
        2. Nikola Mirotic
        3. Al-Farouq Aminu

        Center:
        1. Brook Lopez
        2. Dewayne Dedmon
        3. Aron Baynes

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 3:35 AM on March 4, 2019 Permalink  

    From an article in the L.A. Times (https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-suns-bucks-takeaways-20190303-story.html):

    “They’ve still not been able to find a way to start the game with energy. “We’ve tried about 25 different lineups, there’s only so much you can say before games, we don’t really need the motivation from coach or his speech,” Rajon Rondo said. “It’s just a mentality. The mind set hasn’t been what it needs to be and that’s why it’s been a roller coaster season.”

    To me, it sounds like we’re gonna need new players who are actually focused on getting things going from the tip if the team is going to be any better.

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 6:48 AM on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s on coaching. Fire Luke now. Certainly couldn’t make things worse. For circumstances to change you can’t just keep doing the same things over and over.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:18 AM on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You need Dogs in the yard to win in the NBA, Pups aren’t gonna get it done.

      I agree with Cali and Stan.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:17 AM on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Duck Duck Syncophant.

        Ty Lue was as unimaginative as they come as a Head Coach.

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 3:34 AM on January 16, 2019 Permalink  

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Just past the halfway point of the season, and here are my (quasi) truncated thoughts:

    A) It was a COLOSSAL MISTAKE to not resign Julius. Absolutely unacceptable in my opinion. I think that continuity is an important thing in building a team, and letting him walk was a major issue. Maybe we could sign him if he opts out of the option year in his contract this summer. I also think it was a mistake to let Brook go, as having him (along with JaVale/Tyson) would have given flexibility for match-ups that I think would have been beneficial.
    B) I completely get the talk about De’Aaron Fox – he’s made more improvements this year than I ever expected. However, I am still completely good with Lonzo as he does bring it on D, has court vision, rebounding skill, and energy that “Ice Water Boy” never did. Lonzo is approaching All-NBA defensive team status.
    C) The FT shooting as a team is ATROCIOUS (especially Lonzo). What the heck, man?
    D) When Rob and Magic said that they wanted to build a roster of playmakers, they forgot to ensure that there were enough people who can shoot. Granted, someone like Joe Ingles isn’t available all the time, but perhaps adding a few people who can actually put the ball in the hole would be fantastic. Maybe we need to keep an eye on people who profile like Bryn Forbes in the next draft class.
    E) The D is pretty solid, and has been the only thing keeping the team in games recently. We’ll see how ready this team is in the next couple of weeks as the games get harder.
    F) Regarding talk that “3>2” stuff, which is reductionary and misses the point – please do have a read of this article: https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/nba-insider-tom-haberstroh/lies-damned-lies-and-statistics-confusing-analytics-nbas-3-point

    Hope you all are well!

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:22 AM on January 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for sharing the post, Cali, and Happy New Year to you and yours.

      A) I agree with you on Julius and still find myself playing with ideas to find a way to get him back, either via a trade of free agency. We’re missing a bully ball power forward who can also play small ball center. We let Julius walk because Magic and Rob didn’t draft him or believe in him and we weren’t willing to give him a player option for a second year, even though he will surely opt out and become a free agent, all as part of maintaining ‘sacred’ cap space that could end up not being used like last summer. Imagine how much better this team would be with Randle backing up Kuzma. Our best lineups last season were the Randle led small ball lineups. Our record would be much better had we decided to hang on to Julius last summer. While I wasn’t a fan of keeping Brook, it’s also obvious that we do need a stretch five to spread the floor for LeBron, like Brook is doing for Giannis. So far, the ‘sacred’ cap space has cost us D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Brook Lopez. Next up is probably Brandon Ingram.

      B) I agree with you on the Lonzo Ball vs. D’Aaron Fox argument. We have to remember that Lonzo just turned 21, missed all of the summer with knee surgery and is only now finally 100% healthy. He’s been working with Rondo on finishing and the results have been very encouraging. He’s been the Lakers’ best 3-point shooter since LeBron went out, and he plays elite game-changing defense. The list of elite veteran point guards who ended up with subpar performances and low shooting percentages after facing Lonzo continues to grow. He’s not a lock-down 1-on-1 defender like Michael Cooper. What he does is ignite and orchestrate the Lakers’ defense with his elite vision and anticipation. There’s no doubt Lonzo has some major rookie warts, most specifically his dreadful free throw shooting, but unless the Lakers trade for another point guard like Kemba Walker or Damian Lillard, the Lakers are not going to give up on Lonzo Ball. When aggressive, he is the perfect point guard to play with LeBron James.

      C) Hire a f*****g shooting coach. I saw a tweet from Pete Zayas of Laker Film Room who said he watched Lonzo warming up before the Bulls game and he went 10 for 10. Shooting 100 free throws in practice is obviously a lot different than shooting 2 free throws in a game but a good shooting coach can work on smoothing mechanics and developing a set routine to follow religiously on every free throw. Fouls should be called during scrimmages and free throws taken just like in a game. It’s mind boggling to me that a big market franchise like the Lakers don’t spend the extra money to hire a proven shooting coach to help with free throws and 3-point shots, both of which are major weaknesses.

      D) Actually, I think we have better shooters than people think. What we need is an offensive coordinator who can create half court schemes to generate wide open threes, especially from the corners. And a shooting coach who can help the players improve their long range shooting. The problem is also partly on Luke, who wants players attacking the rim rather than ‘settling’ for a three. In other words, Luke wants the old school ‘inside out’ game. The problem is the two objectives -- layups and threes -- are deeply and causily related. Layups sag defenses to open up 3-point opportunities and 3-point shots stretch the defense and open up layup opportunities. Bottom line, Ingram needs to either start shooting threes or be replaced by a player who will take the shot. When you have Ingram and a center, you already have two players teams are going to ignore beyond the arc. Lakers need to play outside-in as well as inside-out. The truth about threes is you can’t make them unless you take them.

      E) For me, the Lakers defense is Luke Walton’s saving grace as a coach. I’ve always believed it was much harder for an NBA coach to get players to buy in on defense than offense. Every coach talks that talk before the season but very few actually get their teams to play better defense than they might individually be capable. That’s exactly what I think Luke has done with this team defensively. The one caveat I would raise about the Lakers’ impressive defensive rating is that part of the reason they rank so high is their pace is so high but their efficiency so low that the points scored in their games is depressed, which positively affects their defensive rating. The bottom line, though, is that this team has shown they can really get after it on defense and that’s been the only reason they were able to win 4 of the 11 games that LeBron has been out with injury. We need another bigger wing player like Ariza but give Luke and the players credit. They play D.

      F) I am probably the #1 3>2 proponent on this site, Cali, so I took the time to read Haberstroh’s article. Basically, I don’t disagree with anything in Tom’s article. The reality is no single stat is going to be the only predictor or prognosticator of a team winning. Field goal percentage, rebounding, turnovers, free throws, and assists can easily be more important in any game than 3-pointers made. For me, it’s not 3-points made that matter as much as 3-point differential. What’s changed in the game today is you cannot NOT shoot threes. Even the Spurs with two of the best midrange shooters in the game with Aldridge and DeRozan realize you have to shoot and make threes to win. That’s the essence of the 3>2 argument for me. The analytics have shown that you have to shoot threes, even if you’re playing against the Warriors, because you cannot win trading 3 for 2 every time down the court.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 11:28 AM on January 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kind of a rotten deal that PG didn’t come here.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 12:33 PM on January 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Re: D) Better Shooters. I have to disagree. We’ve got a few that seem to be able to hit shots on occasion, but I feel like when the get really solid looks within the flow of the offense, they don’t seem to drop. Our shooters can get hot, rarely at the same time, and almost never in consecutive games. Last night, plenty of good open bricks from Lonzo, Kuz, BI, KFC, and company. For that, yes, a shooting coach sure can’t hurt, won’t affect the cap, and quite honestly, they should have a shooting/player development department bigger than the coaching staffs of all the small market sh!thole teams combined.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 12:54 PM on January 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Also seems like the kids tend to pump fake and drive rather than shoot the open look 3.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 12:57 PM on January 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Cuz they’re not great shooters.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 1:07 PM on January 16, 2019 Permalink

              I keep thinking that Kuz and Hart should be, but?

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 1:30 PM on January 16, 2019 Permalink

              Kuz has his moments, and is about the only other reliable scorer. Hart is maybe average. KCP can get hot once every 10 games or so.

              The rest are below average to outright bad.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 3:22 PM on January 16, 2019 Permalink

              : ( True. Still do not understand our lack of drive and pass out like most teams do? We don’r guard the 3 either? That’s a coaching problem or our guys are just not getting it cuz they are so bad?

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 3:30 PM on January 16, 2019 Permalink

              They do drive and kick. And play hot potato around the perimeter. Then the clock ticks down. And someone ends up taking an ill-fated foray into the paint or bad pass. Sometimes we get luck and BI hits the elbow jumper. More often than not, it’s either a bad shot or turnover.

              If they’re all in on the uptempo, the first guy with the good look needs to let fly.

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 2:54 PM on August 30, 2017 Permalink  

    Hey MM –

    What happened to Canada at the AmeriCup game against Argentina? I just saw the highlights and they lost (REAL bad D at the end of the 4th). You think Steve Nash is fuming over this one?

    https://

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:09 PM on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I was gonna post, this Cali. That was a right a*s kicking we took. Lol. No hiding this!

      Just bad execution, Cali. I didn’t read anything else. Good team played a bad game.

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 11:10 PM on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well, I know that no NBA players were on Team Canada for this tournament (which, to be honest, is completely FIBA’s fault for changing the schedule to now instead of the summer). But I personally thought that they would still be handling their business.

        They can still get it together -- Team Canada is still in the group stage if I remember correctly. They did blast off on their other game earlier this week.

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 2:18 AM on August 31, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Just saw the roster MM --

        Andrew Nicholson was doing ok, and they have a guy who is a sophomore at FSU -- Xavier Rathan-Mays. Given how new everyone was at this level, and that they had to play Argentina, it’s not a bad 3 games. If Team Canada have the full contingent of NBA players I’d expect them to be better.

        And that includes Anthony Bennett, who was balling in the last Team Canada competition. They should be alright for future qualifiers.

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 5:24 PM on June 22, 2017 Permalink  

    Knickerbockers are ON THE CLOCK!

    Lol!

     
    • Caliphilosopher

      Caliphilosopher 5:25 PM on June 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So whom are they taking? Thoughts?

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:26 PM on June 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hahahahahaha

    • Caliphilosopher

      Caliphilosopher 5:35 PM on June 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In the interview with Frank:

      Q: What do you know about the New York Knicks?
      A: That it is a great organisation…

      I wish Tom would release the animated emoji for that one. My post would look like it belongs on insty! hahahaha

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 4:15 PM on June 22, 2017 Permalink  

    Lakerholic Capologists: Got a second question for you.

    The projected salary cap has gone down. What does that mean for our marginal spending/holds on the kiddies?

     
  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 3:50 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink  

    Paging all Lakerholic Capologists!

    Just heard that the spurs are open to trading Danny Green – someone who defends and can drain a 3! (http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/06/21/spurs-reportedly-open-to-trading-danny-green-which-could-be-final-straw-for-getting-chris-paul/)

    Can we just absorb his contract without sending too much back?

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:58 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He has a PO for 2018…dicey

      Spurs wouldn’t be looking to take back salary. Interesting

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 4:01 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The team has the cap space to absorb him outright. Just don’t expect him to opt out and take less money like the Spurs get guys to do.

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 3:55 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink  

    I just did a screen grab of the Lakers website – not clear that it’s completed yet.

    Just an FYI. I’d show the screen grab but apparently I’m not allowed to upload the photo?

     
  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 12:47 AM on May 24, 2017 Permalink  

    Hey everyone,

    Just wanted to pop over another resource for NBA news that is reputable. I knew about their NFL coverage, and now that I found the NBA coverage, I think it would be important to check it out – especially since draft speculation is starting to ramp up.

    Hope you all are having a good week so far!

    https://www.apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

     
  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 2:32 PM on March 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Question, for everyone who has been following Men’s NCAA basketball this season:

    Is there anyone out there who is ready to step in and play NBA defense like Justice Winslow? We need some players who can play D in my opinion. Throw some names/teams my way and I’ll do my best to check out their games while out here in the UK.

    Hope everyone is doing well!

     
    • tate793

      tate793 2:37 PM on March 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Josh Jackson, from Kansas.

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 2:42 PM on March 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks Tate! I’ll get my bracket together and get the schedule going.

        • tate793

          tate793 5:13 PM on March 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          They lost to TCU in the Big 12 Tournament. But, he’s still one helluva defender.

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 4:21 PM on February 13, 2017 Permalink  

    Just a thought: If there’s one younger player whom I’d give a max contract to in the off-season to bank on their continued improvement, it’d be Otto Porter Jr. We could use someone like him.

    He blasts triples, does a whole bunch of things well, and is on the career trajectory (4th year player who is still 23) for a bunch of growth.

    Hope you all are well. Back to your regularly scheduled programming. :-)

     
    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 4:30 PM on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey Cali

      I agree. He does those little things very well

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:35 PM on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yup, and he’s also a very good perimeter defender and has become a scrappy rebounder of late, as well.

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 5:01 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Just a quick question: I am watching the Raps/Jazz game right now, and they cut to the intermission entertainment (Mini Raptor? Really?). Is it really that bad all over the league?

    Do they still do half-court shots and everything? At halftime, I remember heading downstairs to get a pastrami sandwich (extra pickles) at the Forum. That “Mini-Raptor” just ain’t cutting it.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:16 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Stripes. Lol.

      Happens almost everywhere, my friend.

      I’m with ya, blasé Jose. :)

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 5:28 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Another one of the intermission pieces was “Top 5 Viral Videos”. Getting visual click-bait? I’d prefer something basketball related -- like “Top 10 Ankle-Breakers of the week”.

        MM -- do they serve poutine at Raps games? If so, I feel like I’d be hard-pressed to watch anything over having some poutine. C’est Magnifique!

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 5:32 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yes, they do…Cali…when we get around to publishing…I’ll have to show you.

          The Raps also have done away with handing out paper version of box scores and email them to media and fans.

          I hope more teams do this.

          • Caliphilosopher

            Caliphilosopher 5:44 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Smart call -- especially if there is a Raps app (distinctive from the NBA app). Get all your stats as the game goes along (including the advanced stuff).

            Deal on the poutine then! I sure can’t wait to go to Canadia. I may be out in BC for a conference later this year. Gotta see if I get accepted.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 6:19 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink

              Cool stuff!

    • Caliphilosopher

      Caliphilosopher 5:33 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Halftime -- Jazz up 4. Gobert is a beast, but he had a sequence where he wasn’t focused. I expect someone like him to just blast when you are 2-3ft. from the rim, but he missed a few bunnies and couldn’t get a few defensive rebounds. Should’ve had a double-double by halftime.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:37 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Superior Rim Protector…A lot of it is skill…he rarely makes mistakes and has the ability to anticipate correcting teammates mistakes…comes off as a film junkie to me…must be a studious person, has to be.

        • Caliphilosopher

          Caliphilosopher 5:41 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yeah, I love everything that he does -- right before halftime he took the ball after a dribble hand-off (as the screener), couple of dribbles, and then just blasted-off for a 2-hand jam. Given how talented he is, I just found that silly mistakes stuff to be unacceptable (for him).

          I’m expecting him to put up a triple-double (points, rebounds, blocks) at some point in the next year or two.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 5:47 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah, that’s gonna come. The game seems to come to him at a fixed pace.

            Dude averages 5.9 screen assists. An old school center, sets picks with a purpose, not just for style…like I don’t know…DeAndre Jordan. Lol.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 5:48 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Jonas ain’t shabby offensively either. :)

            • Caliphilosopher

              Caliphilosopher 5:49 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink

              Oh yeah, no he’s cool!. Had Rudy on a few. Definitely not an easy out.

              What do you think about them starting Noguera tonight?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 5:54 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink

              Lucas deserves more minutes…a novel idea but Coach Casey is playing the 5 guys who play the best for the Raps :) who knew that would work. Lol.

              I would like to see Bruno play more..given the way T-Ross and Norm are playing…not a lot of minutes to go around on the perimeter.

              Something about these Brazilians…they play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. Very hard, strong fundamentals and coachable.

              Still surprised the Hawks gave up LouWill and Lucas in that deal. Bully for Masai!

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:22 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        To trade or not trade Terrence Ross, that is the question…don’t envy Masai.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 6:24 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’ve always liked Terrence, but it might be best to make a trade while his stock is pretty high … not an easy call tho.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 6:27 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Good point, G.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 6:32 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink

              Who do u think might be interested in him, Sean?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 6:37 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink

              I’d be very surprised, if it was anyone in the East, G…

              Michael Grange was on the radio today, G, he says Houston and Oklahoma have been the most interested teams.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 6:39 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink

              Hmm, interesting. I think OKC could use him more based on tonight’s game. Russ could definitely use another guy who can knockdown some shots.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 5:38 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I always mute the audio during halftime.

      Been switching back n forth between the Jazz/Raps and Thunder/Rockets … both VERY competitive n entertaining games, thus far.

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 5:42 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey G!

        How’s the Russ/James game going?

        Sure miss the days of simulcasting with my Chick N’ Stu.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 5:58 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Sup, Cali … great game so far, both Super Stars r playing ‘super’, thus far.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:42 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Big shot Kyle!!

      Does it again. Smh.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 6:49 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He just may be my favorite PG, Sean … such a fierce competitor and leader.

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 11:35 AM on December 31, 2016 Permalink  

    Early NYE Greetings 

    Hi everyone,

    Not sure if I’ll be back in front of a computer when the clock strikes midnight out here in London (Nope; not Ontario). Just wanted to wish you all a very happy and safe NYE. Please enjoy the end of 2016 and enjoy it safely – we wanna keep the squad together for 2017!

    Much Love,

    Cali

    P.S. – Looking forward to talking to you all about the Lake Show in 2017. Thanks for making this corner of the internet a very vibrant and interesting place!

     
  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 2:33 PM on August 10, 2016 Permalink  

    Hi Everyone!

    Hope you are enjoying the Women’s and Men’s Olympic Basketball. I hope you and yours are good too. I just wanted to share that I am officially ABD (All But Dissertation) and am happy to have had some really excellent people to chat Lakers basketball with as I’ve been traversing the world doing this academia thing. Long story short – just wanted to say thanks. :-)

    OK, back to your regularly scheduled programming!

    P.S. – LakerTom, I’m getting on those pre-season posts I promise!

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 4:19 PM on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The feeling’s mutual, Cali …best wishes to u and urs.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:33 PM on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Glad to see you stop in.
      We will expect you back when pre season rolls around. :)

  • Caliphilosopher

    Caliphilosopher 11:31 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink  

    Quick Question: Do the Lakers have enough cap room to absorb Bogut or Livingston?

    Should we help them out?

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 11:35 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      But wouldn’t Bogut pretty much be duplicating the Mozgov acquisition?

      And I doubt the Dubs’ll let Shaun go.

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 11:37 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hi GDUB,

        Well, I was thinking that we need talent at all positions. Just want to have enough to have options for a rotation. Having Either Mosgov or Bogut in at all times seems to be an upgrade on Hibbert, even if they split the minutes evenly that can keep them both hopefully respectably healthy for a potential push after the all-star break. This is because I don’t expect Bogut to be full speed until December due to the injury.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 11:42 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Well, almost any option would be an upgrade on Roy. LOL But, I don’t think they would necessarily want 2 centers with the same skill set, Cali. I’m pretty sure Luke would want a backup that could better fit the so-called ‘small ball’ option. Don’t see either Timofey or Andrew filling that particular role.

          • Caliphilosopher

            Caliphilosopher 11:49 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah, that’s absolutely fair and understandable. Who do you project to be our version of Dray -- Tariq? I am interested to see what he can do since he didn’t get much burn last season.

            Also, I am interested to see if we could get Terrance Jones to play for us too.

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 11:40 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Also I am not sure of the cap situation, but they may be forced to let more people go and I would love it if we had the room to add Shaun.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 11:44 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Oh, don’t get me wrong, Cali … I would LUV to get Shaun, I just think the Dubs may value his role on the team too much to let him get away. We’ll see tho.

          • Caliphilosopher

            Caliphilosopher 11:51 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah you’re exactly right -- especially for the job he did when Steph was out during the playoffs.

            I’m just thinking about gathering talent and seeing how they grow.

            BTW, what do you think about the Mahinmi signing? And the other stuff happening with the Wiz?

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 11:59 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink

              I like the Ian deal, actually woulda preferred we had gotten him, but it is what it is. I also like the Nicholson deal, too … both those guys should be solid contributors. I think the Zards(Wiz) did about as well as could be expected with what they had left to work with after they decided to max Bradley.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:39 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For Livingston, yes.
      For Bogut, no.

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 11:40 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hi Mclyne!

        Just curious, what’s your take on saying yes to Shaun and no to Andy?

        Hope you are having a good day and a good weekend. :-)

        • mclyne32 (Director) 12:06 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          What up Cali?
          If we didn’t already agree to sign Mozgov, I would be up for Bogut. To have both would wrap up a huge percentage of our cap moving forward for guys who pretty much do the same things. I think the edge in passing goes to Bogut, but in cumulative health over their careers, the scale tips towards Mozgov.
          Livingston would be the perfect backup to Russel. He has broken through so much adversity through his career that he can impart to all of our youngsters and is another lengthy body that is needed to play good defense.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 12:12 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Nothing is official until the moratorium is up.

            If Presti, says Westbrook is available, the Lakers can rescind both deals.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 11:43 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We have the cap space to absorb Livingston but other teams do as well. Don’t know if the Dubs would want to help out Like.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:44 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Why not, we’re five years behind them on the competitive time line.
        Better than helping the Spurs or closer competitors.
        And why not help the players go to Luke. Good for them.

        • Caliphilosopher

          Caliphilosopher 11:47 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Aloha Michael and Tom,

          I have been checking the rumors and it seems that the Spurs may offer Gasol a deal, so they may be out of the running cap-room wise. Shaun would make a formidable addition to the team. I am all in for getting him to come by, and perhaps we could add Rudez too.

          This has to be bye-bye to BobbySox and R.Kelly.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 12:08 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Good point, Tom.
          We aren’t close to competing with the better teams.

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 11:47 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This brings up an interesting point. We will have to see what this does to the Dubs depth. For sure they will need to stay healthy. Whe Steph went down they may not have made the finals without Livingston.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 11:54 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Exactly y I doubt they’ll let him go, MH.

        • Michael H (Editor)

          Michael H (Editor) 11:55 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Livingston would be a perfect Addition to a young team. I would love to see it.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 11:59 AM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I don’t think there’s any incentive for them to move Livingston at this point.

          • Michael H (Editor)

            Michael H (Editor) 12:08 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’m not sure but I think they have to more then just move Bogut.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 12:09 PM on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            They moved Barnes as well and renounced Festus.

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