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  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 10:39 AM on June 22, 2017 Permalink |  

    ZINGIS IS GOING TO THE SUNS

     
    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 10:40 AM on June 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not official but parties involved make it sound close. Absolutely crazy if it goes through.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:40 AM on June 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      WOW

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:48 AM on June 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nothing close right now.

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 10:49 AM on June 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Woj report came out a couple minutes after i saw the one suggesting Zings brother said a deal with Phoenix is likely.

  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 8:51 AM on June 22, 2017 Permalink |  

    Just saw this and it made me feel really really good inside:

    Rookie Year

    Player A made .7 3’s per 2.6 attempts

    Player B made .7 3’s per 2.4 attempts

    One of those players is BI the other is KD

     
  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 4:15 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Just read LA offered JC or JR and 27+28 for Paul

     
    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 4:16 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ball -- Ingram -- PG -- Nance -- Lopez

      Only issue is that Brooke does not play at the pace Lonzo does

      • keen observer

        keen observer 4:24 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Brook can still be traded, too, so stay tuned.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 4:24 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That’s what I was thinking as well.

        • CSTracy10

          CSTracy10 4:35 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He being on an expiring contract may make him a more appealing piece to Indy or a Third team somewhere -- good point (not to mention he is good)

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:19 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So if we trade the 2 for Butler and Clarkson who plays PG? Ingram? Ennis?

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 4:21 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The DAR dump pretty much ensures we’re taking Lonzo

      • CSTracy10

        CSTracy10 4:22 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Who broke the “we are trading #2 for Jimmy” story? I haven’t seen any of the big wigs mention it, but I could have missed it.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 4:27 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Fake news from a person who may or may not be whom he claims to be. CS.

  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 3:46 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Will LA be playing the Nance dunk when Lopez arrives?

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:47 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Larry has a chance to be even more savage in practice. :)

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:47 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      BAWHAHAHAHAAA!

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:51 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Giving up Russ for a Jimmie and Mitch mistake, I guess, I dunno. Must not have seen a brite future with Russ?

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 3:52 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          If you want an omelette gotta break some eggs! DJ.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 3:55 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            U B always funny Seannie!

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 3:56 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            So what’s happening past Russ?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:57 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              Good question, Deej.

              If the Ball went up tonight, Lopez can tip it but no PG is gonna catch it right now.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 3:55 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s more about the fact that Lonzo’s coming in and they are looking ahead to next summer. This is smart business and very forward thinking. FWIW, Brook Lopez added the long ball to his repertoire last season, so he makes some sense playing alongside Randle. He’s not a good rebounder, which is Randle’s strong suit but is a decent rim protector, averaging 1.7 bpg.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 4:12 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Only way you’ll see Lopez here past next summer is if we totally strike out in that free agent market. Hell..he might not even play here this year if Earv can package him…

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:17 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              Yup.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 4:25 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              Good point.

        • CSTracy10

          CSTracy10 3:56 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          They are going all in on the big FA’s coming in 18. They needed that cap relief and the FO obviously was not sold on Russell as a leader/teammate.

          The strange thing to me is that Eric Pincus was so off about the agent thing.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 3:57 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Man, this is “Fast & Furious!”

            • CSTracy10

              CSTracy10 3:58 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              How am I supposed to get any work done this week? lol

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 4:05 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That agent thing never made any sense

            • CSTracy10

              CSTracy10 4:07 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              I can’t say I really understood it, but he seemed pretty adamant.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:07 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              It did not.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 3:57 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Shouldn’t be a surprise when you look at everything that the front office has said about DAR since his 1st training camp. Usually positive but always with a caveat or two thrown in there. Neither regime was ever totally on board with his shtick

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 3:59 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Byron was actually tactful about him in the media. Will not get credit for that, but never got to really say what he thought.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 4:01 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              If we trade 2 , who’s on first and ….

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:02 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              Hahahaha, yup.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 4:02 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            B.Scott scoped out his weaknesses right off the bat and got crucified by alotta fans for it.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:03 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              Agreed.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 4:04 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              Clarky at PG? Are we keeping Ball? As V Lombardi said once, “what the h… is going on out there?”

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 4:07 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              Lonzo is the point guard.
              That’s probably been the plan since lottery night

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:08 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              Yup.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:08 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink

              Lol@DJ V Lombardi.

  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 1:46 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink  

    How in the hell, especially in the midst of the “LA needs a PG and a Leader” comments from Lonzo, was he not asked about how he perceives D’LO and how he believes that they will get along/play together?

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 1:58 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Right?

      • CSTracy10

        CSTracy10 2:07 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This is going to test D’LO’s leadership skills for sure. I hope he takes it in stride as opposed to throwing a temper-tantrum and having to be traded.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 2:28 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’ve felt for awhile that DAR’s “leadership” role is gonna be greatly diminished if Lonzo joins the tram. Probably why it was discussed so much with Lonzo at the lunch interview. DAR better fall in line…

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:18 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Russell already has said he would have no problem moving to the 2 if the Lakers draft Lonzo. Like LaVar Ball proclaimed, Lonzo will transform D’Angelo Russell into an elite shooting guard.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:28 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink

              Which he pretty much was his whole life before the NBA.

            • CSTracy10

              CSTracy10 9:22 AM on June 8, 2017 Permalink

              Where/when did he say this?

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:11 AM on June 8, 2017 Permalink

              “Whatever position they have me on the court — I’m a basketball player, not a point guard or a shooting guard,” Russell said in March.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:43 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          There are always more than one leader and more than one kind of leadership on a championship team. Sometimes two alpha dogs will clash ala Kobe and Shaq but look at what they accomplished while together. This won’t be the case with Lonzo and D’Angelo. Neither has the ego or talent of a Kobe of Shaq.

          I think Lonzo will become the next face and rock star of the franchise but he is unique as an alpha dog the same way Magic was in that his selfless style of play leaves plenty of room for other leaders, be they Worthy and Kareem or D’Angelo and Brandon. Lakers will have multiple leaders.

          I also think it’s a little early and disingenuous for fans to be looking for signs of friction with DLO when we haven’t even drafted Lonzo yet and everything you read or hear about him says that he is a talented team leader with nothing but positive things to say about teammates who like and respect him.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:17 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looking at the way he answered the questions in the transcript down below, what exactly do you think he would have said?

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 2:24 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “As I said..I haven’t had a chance to speak with anybody on the team yet so I can’t really say. As far as strategy and game tactics..I’ll leave that to the coaching staff.”

        Probably something like that….

      • CSTracy10

        CSTracy10 2:38 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good question, Mongo. I think a good Leader would know who is on the team and how things may be perceived. I think he could have thrown D’Lo a bone -- he is a great combo guard or that they will thrive in the backcourt.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 2:48 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I was actually thinking that Lonzo kinda low-key took a shot at DAR when he said more than once that this team needs a leader. And also mentioning all the leadership stuff Earv, Rob, & Luke discussed with him.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:29 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            You might want to re-think that, Mongo. From everything we have learned about Lonzo Ball, he is clearly not the kind of person, leader, or teammate who would do something like that.

            • tate793

              tate793 6:06 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink

              Well, didn’t Russell “like” a tweet that suggested the Lakers might not select Ball at #2? And, subsequently, unlike it?

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:39 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink

              LOL.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:44 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      All I can do is look at his words.

      My man said 2 times they have no leader and no point guard.
      Then said he was told by the head coach, gm, & team president that the team was in need of a leader.

      If that ain’t 100% about the guy who was supposed to be the team leader, the point guard of the future, and the face of the franchise then I don’t know what else to say….

      • keen observer

        keen observer 8:32 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Meanwhile, they moved DLo to the shooting guard position for the last stretch of the season and he pretty much excelled, so perhaps he’s more comfortable in that role anyway. This is a legit conversation that might be a whole lot of nothing.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 8:58 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Apparently they’ve removed his leadership responsibilities as well…lmao

          • tate793

            tate793 10:09 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            ….and, his keys to the franchise.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 10:09 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Would that be such a bad thing? If Lonzo’s a natural leader, taking that pressure off DLo might make him thrive on a consistent basis.

            • tate793

              tate793 10:20 PM on June 7, 2017 Permalink

              I’d love nothing more than for him to thrive.

            • tate793

              tate793 12:01 AM on June 8, 2017 Permalink

              Bottom line -- if the brain trust of the franchise decides on backcourt of Ball and Russell, I’ll get behind them and support them 100%. That’s basically all we can do, anyhow.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:10 AM on June 8, 2017 Permalink

              I think it makes total sense. Remember, Luke is a student of Phil Jackson and Phil loved bug guards. We’d have two of them and with more spacing created by Ball, DLo will become a deadly 3 point shooter. Ball won’t have to shoot it as much, but he already has NBA 3 point range. We’ll see. Magic and Pelinka may dislike Russell as much as many fans do, so we might even see a trade.

            • tate793

              tate793 12:26 PM on June 8, 2017 Permalink

              If the cookie crumbles that way, then so does the idea of playing Ingram at the 2, and PG coming on board to play the 3. Julius, will be manning the 4, and, presumably, Zubac the 5.

              As for the defense, the Laker’s bench, Nwaba, Brewer, Clarkson, Nance, Robinson, Ennis, et al will probably be a better PNR defense and more efficient around the perimeter, as well, keeping them in control of the ball game.

              There will be great expectations of the coaching staff to meld this roster into form. Not to mention the FA outliers -- Dion Waiters, Millsap, Holiday, Festus Ezekiel, Taj Gibson, Iggy,

  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 11:35 AM on May 24, 2017 Permalink  

    D’Lo likes tweet stating “no way Laker’s should draft Lonzo” 

    Make of it what you will

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:37 AM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I make little of it, although the guys has shown he ought not to be on social media until he takes a class or something.

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 11:54 AM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am trying very hard not to make much of it. I think there are a few possible scenarios that render this harmless:

      1. it was an accidental like -- it happens
      2. He liked it because of it’s complimentary nature towards him.

      Now, if it is the second of the 2, I am not completely at ease because it exhibits a lack of awareness.

      Here is me making too much of it.

      He was being intentionally passive aggressive. He is jealous that the LA native is coming to his team,a and does not want to relinquish control. This is particularly concerning because this shows he believes this is his team to lead and 2 how he leads -- by being passive aggressive.

      On a side note -- I think that he can still lead (should he prove worthy) with Lonzo on the team due to Lonzo’s reticence.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:02 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Anybody who uses twitter knows how easy it is to hit the like as you’re scrolling thru your feed. Difference between me & DAR is that nobody is hound-dogging my account 24/7 waiting for me to make this kinda slip-up. Not a big deal in my book..

      As for “leading the team”? DAR has never been that guy no matter how hard this regime or the previous one has tried to push it. Seems like Julius n JC are the biggest voices..

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:39 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well said, Mongo.
        You can never make a leader out of someone who just isn’t, even if they try their best to become one.
        Either you are, or you aren’t.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 12:19 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

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  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 9:56 AM on May 22, 2017 Permalink  

    Did Fox score 39 in a game Lonzo played in? Yes. How many points were Lonzo’s “fault”? 11. Outside of this one game (which is not as bad as people want it to be, not to mention an insignificant sample), he was a pretty good defender. Fox is explosive, no question there, but he is also small. What indication is there that he is going to be a better defender than Lonzo?
    For those of you who tweeter, check out Cranjis Mcbasketball’s stats on the matter

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:03 AM on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Folks are putting a whole lot on this single game.
      As if these two are gonna be playing against each other 82 times each season.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:14 PM on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It does show who rises to the challenge and who doesn’t. I do wonder whether Lonzo was injured during that game. There was a play where he stuck his hand out on an errant pass and it seemed to have injured him. Also some excuses from the Bruins about his hamstrings bothering him that game. For sure, Lonzo did not look like himself and Fox had his best game of the season.

  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 2:52 PM on May 12, 2017 Permalink  

    I thought LT was crazy, but word here in Sac is that Kings are interested in packaging to move up

     
  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 12:04 PM on March 31, 2017 Permalink  

    I am sure this has been asked and discuss, if so just point me in that direction, but what are the lottery consequences of the Lakers and Suns finishing with identical records?

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:16 PM on March 31, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No coin flip. Both teams get the average number of ping pong balls for #2 and #3 seed So Lakers odds would be the average of 55.8% and 46.9% or 51.35% for each team.

      “In the event that teams finish with the same record, each tied team receives the average of the total number of combinations for the positions that they occupy. In 2007, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers tied for the sixth worst record. The average of the 6th and 7th positions in the lottery was taken, resulting in each team getting 53 combinations (the average of 63 and 43). Should the average number not be an integer, a coin flip is then used to determine which team or teams receive the extra combination. The result of the coin flip is also used to determine who receives the earlier pick in the event that neither of the tied teams wins one of the first three picks via the lottery.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBA_draft_lottery

  • 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.

     
  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 2:23 PM on January 26, 2017 Permalink  

    I had a dream last night, a bad dream, that Brandon Ingram was Wesley Johnson….

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:35 PM on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      BAWHAHAHAHHAAAA!

      • CSTracy10

        CSTracy10 2:56 PM on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lotta pick with projected high ceiling but issues with motor and passivity……

        • keen observer

          keen observer 8:38 PM on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Figures mcwhyne would love that. Maybe he will be the next Wesley Johnson. Maybe he will surprise all of you neg-heads. Then again, it won’t be soon enough for you no matter what.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 3:20 PM on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Being that he’s a 19 year old rookie, I’m gonna give him a pass for THIS season.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:25 PM on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah, I agree, but we seem to give everybody a pass for 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, lol.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 7:03 PM on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          STFU already.

          • AK27

            AK27 8:23 PM on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Perhaps folks just don’t know how to STFU…be a leader of men and show ’em how it’s done..might work better than your b***h azz whining

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:39 PM on January 26, 2017 Permalink

              Whatever you say, brat,

  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 6:03 PM on November 18, 2016 Permalink  

    Can someone help me out and let me know if tonight’s game is nationally televised, and, if so, what channel? Much thanks

     
  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 10:51 AM on November 11, 2016 Permalink  

    Hungover recap, take 1.

    [insert more words than I care to write about how nice Golden 1 Center is, and how the fans offered an enjoyable mixture of amicability and a$$holishness.)

    Now to the player hating – but only for a moment.

    D’Lo. Did not satisfy. Outside of his 3rd quarter stint, he looked slow, frazzled, and his handle was atrocious. I remember seeing his off-season dribbling workouts – uhh, he must have a good video editer. I got the impression that he wants to do starlike things on every possession, a la Reggie Bush at USC when he would cut a punt return to the other side of the field.Obviously, Reggie did not and could not do that at the pro level. D’Lo will have flashes of brilliance but he needs to develop his “base arsenal” before he wants to go all Chef Curry through 3 defenders. However, his mid-range off the pick and pop is a thing of beauty.

    Mozgov – were the Laker cheers as loud on TV as they were at the arena when he bammed that oop? Outside of 1st quarter D (and I give him a little slack here as well since Cousins hit 2[?] threes) I thought he had a very solid night. I think we would all like to see greater rebounding numbers, but he exerts a lot of effort clearing his man on box outs so his teammates can get the board – something not reflected in the box-score.

    Deng – I’ll use my GF’s line of the night to summarize his performance “he isn’t very good, eh?”

    Randle – Consider me on the hype train. If he can start hittting jumpers, he might be the best of the youngins. I never would have said this before due to the frequently discussed defensive limitations – but he is quick. I was pleasantly surprised with his footspeed (albeit his defensive approach wasn’t always ideal). Passing was solid, and last night he had a better handle than Russ. I loved that he and Cousins tousled, by the way. On a night in which Cousins apppeared to call out his teammates for being tender, it was reassuring to see our boys have some edge.

    Nance – Indubitably the glue guy. I remember when we drafted Larry one of the commentators said the Spurs were also targeting him because he is “over himself”. I think his +/- (+8) was noticeable. The game just seemed to come easier to LA when he was out there. His height, wingspan, and leaping ability make me very optmisitc about his defensive potential.

    Ingram – He played hard, and he played smart. He didn’t assert himself as much as I would have liked (he did have one basket that seemed to turn the tide in LA’s favor, though). He played the game like a vet, which is nice, but at some point I think we all want him to turn into a killer on the offensive end. Biggest difference between he and KD – KD got his shots up as a rook – which may speak to a mental difference as much as anything.

    Lou//Swaggy – similar stat lines, slightly different methodologies. (Lou is much more ball dominant). Simply put, we don’t win this game if they play as well as they did. Wish I would have payed more attention to Nick’s defense.

    LUKE – the good start has him wanting to WIN (i.e. sitting DLO and Clarkson most of the 4th). I guess developing a winning culture is developmental in its own sense.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:16 AM on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good stuff, CS. And yes, the cheers for Mozgov were even louder in the Lakers Nation. Unbelievable comeback by the Lakers and once again contributions from everyone. D’Angelo really has been struggling with his handle and shot although he did get hot in the second quarter. I’m confident he will get it going and when he does, I believe it will elevate the team to another level.

      Lou Will is playing the way he did when he won 6MOY with the Raptors. If he keeps this up, he has a chance to win a second 6MOY. Great adjustments defensively by Luke in the second half. Held Cousins to 10 points and the Kings to 45 points. No way you come back from 19 down without great defense. Lakers continue to prove they are a potential playoff team in the West.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 11:53 AM on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      D’Angelo Russell may not be the next Damian Lillard, but remember that he is still learning the point guard position and is still more comfortable playing off the ball. Give him time. He has a very special set of skills and a very high ceiling. I’m encouraged.

      Brandon Ingram will be an all-star someday and potentially a superstar. He just naturally gets the NBA game. I love what I see from him. He’s a child.

      Luol Deng is still trying to find his place on this young team. It’s like the reverse Kobe situation. Whereas it was all about Kobe last season and the kids had to figure out where they belonged, Luol has to figure out where he belongs with the kids being the focus of attention. Lou Williams and Nick Young had the benefit of having played with Randle, Russell and Clarkson for a season, so it is easier for them. Mozgov has a very defined role, so it will be easier for him, too. Deng probably thought that he would have a bigger role, so now he’s adjusting to a smaller role. Calderon has the same issue, except it’s even more difficult for him because he gets so few minutes. Bottom line: I think Deng will be fine and we will be very happy with him by mid-season.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:03 PM on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree with your assessments, Oscar.

        When Russell starts playing to his potential this year, it will catapult the Lakers to an entirely different level. He is still contributing to the team’s wins but is definitely struggling with his handle and turnovers. Ingram will also improve greatly before the end of the year.

        Meanwhile, we are asking Deng to play a different role and I expect there will be many games in this long season where he will contribute mightily. His best role would be power forward, though, as that was where he excelled with Miami last year but minutes there are hard to come by.

        • CSTracy10

          CSTracy10 1:58 PM on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That is a very keen observation on the reverse Kobe situation. I think you are exactly right, well, at least I really hope you are.

  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 5:51 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink  

    Assuming I Make it 

    If, by the good grace of the president-elect himself, I make it through Capitol park on my way to Golden 1 Center (first time there, and I have to admit I am excited) and manifest by bottom in my drastically overpiced seat – what should comprise my list of duties/observations?

    So far my list entails:

    Why is D’Lo missing? How smooth/quick is his release?

    Lance’s off ball / defensive contributions. (oh, and what kind of lotion he uses when he palms the back of defenders heads).

    Jump to all sorts of hasty generalizations on Ingram/Durant Clarkson/Westbrook comparisons.

    Find out what books Luke Walton reads (and wheter or not he remembers me booing him at 6-man)

    Perform a hype check on Randle.

    Ask Cousins what number he is gonna wear for us next year.

    Recommendations welcome. Ya got 35 mins

     

    Go LA!

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:26 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1) Funny u should mention D’Lo’s release, I’ve never really liked it bcuz it seems like he just sorta flicks his wrist rather than actually follows through with it. But I don’t like to complain about a players release if it works for them.

      2) LNJ seems to always leave me satisfied with his play on both ends.

      3) All those comparisons r just beyond silly to me at this point.

      4) Oh, I’m sure he wont’ be able to resist dropping by to ask y u booed him when he was our 6th man. : )

      5) Julius does kinda look like he might be in constant hype mode.

      6) Naw, don’t ask him that … it might jinx our unrealistic chances of acquiring him.

      Only recommendation is to bring them winning vibrations with ur mere presence.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:28 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good luck, CS. Lakers need support on the road.

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 6:57 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Many man you KB jerseys in the house this evening.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 7:50 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Let us know how it is CS, I plan on going to a game there this year. Just got back from NYC, saw a game at Barclay center…..beautiful venue. Going to see a game in Portland Friday after thanksgiving, looking forward to experience the atmosphere there.

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 8:17 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Cousins? Anthony Davis

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 9:41 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great game right now

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:00 PM on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is your return on investment

      If this isn’t coaching and leadership style I don’t what to credit it to.

  • CSTracy10

    CSTracy10 1:29 PM on March 21, 2016 Permalink  

    Quick question ( I am sure it has already been addressed somewhere but I was MIA for a few months)

    If the Lakers finish with the 2nd worst record but “lose” the lotto and end up with the 4th pick – do they lose it?

    aka: is keeping the pick based on finish or draft lotto?

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:31 PM on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Draft lotto

    • John M.

      John M. 1:41 PM on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The worse the record, the better the odds in the lotto. Also I believe this is the last year of the “protected” clause from the Nash deal. Don’t care to rank ’em but that’s got to be the worst Laker deal ever.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 10:00 PM on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Let’s see. With the picks, the Suns drafted Nemanja Nedovic (then traded for Archie Goodwin, drafted 29th by OKC), Alex Oriakhi, Johnny O’Bryant (traded to Bucks) and the protected pick that the Sixers have owned for for 2 years. The Suns wound up with Brandon Knight with that asset. There have been worse trades, like Jerry West trading Sam Perkins to the Sonics for Doug Christie.

    • yellofever

      yellofever 3:15 PM on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      ur not kidding with the quick question

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:32 PM on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We will have a 55.9% chance of winning one of the lotteries for the top 3 picks.
      If we don’t win one of the lotteries, our pick goes to the 76ers.

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