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?
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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.
I had a dream last night, a bad dream, that Brandon Ingram was Wesley Johnson….
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Can someone help me out and let me know if tonight’s game is nationally televised, and, if so, what channel? Much thanks
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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.
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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
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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?
Are Simmons + Ingram , Okafor + Towns 2.0?
It was about this time last year that people started to prefer Towns to Okafor, and it seems the same thing is happening to Ingram/Simmons (seems like Ingram can do some things Simmons cannot [shoot])
Definitely rooting for LA to land Ingram.
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8 turnovers – 1 assist? – maybe his passes are too advanced.
Inability to to get around players who should be gotten around – maybe tired Legs from conditioning.
I am familiar with big data, so I know nothing significant can be made of this small sample size. But, still, my expectations have tanked. Much like the lakers did last year.
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He is only 28 and very very defensively able. He is a bit slow (and may lack the conditioning) for the ‘new” NBA. But, I expect him to be effective in short bursts. Tarik and Upshaw can spell him as often as needs be.
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Silver-lining – due to lack of good, veteran big men, Julius will have a lot of minutes/touches this year. (similar to Clarskon last year).
However, given the current blanket of doom and gloom covering the Lakers right now, I won’t be too surprised if he breaks his other leg on opening night.
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Lakers were "somewhat underwhelming" in presentation with DeAndre Jordan, sources. DJ felt Lakers had been on "whirlwind" last 24 hours.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 2, 2015
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Am I the only one seeing these old Larry NanceJr tweets?
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If I was calling the shots for the Lakers there is no way in hell that I draft Porzingis.(Disclaimer: obviously I am not calling the shots, and am not qualified to – but let me imagine for a minute)
There was an article written in the last month or so which suggested that the Lakers don’t have to find the “one” – they just can’t miss. After the last two seasons the Lakers have had I am strongly inclined to agree.
Okafor may not be the “one” – meaning that, despite his offensive talent, he may never round out his game in the way Lakers fans would like. But, at least he is a big body, with a good demeanor, who has a history of winning.
Perhaps the ceiling on Porzingis is higher (definitely debatable) – but lets just say that it is. Is he anywhere close to it? How long will it take for him to be in NBA shape? What are the odds that he can get into NBA shape? What are the odds of that frail looking, lanky frame holding up through the weight gain process – and* the NBA grind until he reaches “that point”? Not to mention the numerous variables involved with a culture shift – think of all the homesick freshman in college.
Just have Kobe call coach K and ask him an honest question – “should we take jah at #2?” – if he says yes just do it and take the safer route.
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