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  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:08 PM on June 11, 2020 Permalink  

    I am thinking that as the Nation opens up so blindly, that we won’t have an end to the 2020 Season until much later. As far as I know, there is no Vaccine or Treatment yet for Corona virus. IMHO. : (

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:19 PM on June 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Scary times, DJ. Trump is going to contribute his own version of ‘thinning of the herd’ with his crowded campaign rallies. We’re going to have a renewed surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths. Notice that nobody is even keeping track of deaths now that we passed 100,000. By the time the Finals happen, we will pass 200,000. Just hope the Lakers can stay healthy and grab the trophy before it gets too bad.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:33 PM on June 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No leadership = this current calamity.

      What’s hilarious to me are people who blame Governors and/or Mayors. When the chicken has no head is it any wonder that it runs around blindly? I feel for Governors and Mayors in all the states. Usually the response would be more top down and this is certainly not that kind of response. At least the President is safe in his bunker…

      My biggest fear (my wife is in the category of ‘high risk due to her battle with breast cancer) is that this will stretch well beyond 2020, into 2021 and possibly beyond. There is no guarantee whatsoever that a vaccine is imminent or even possible. I hope everyone is doing their part to curb it’s spread but as someone who lives in southern California I can assure that is not the case here. Thanks to the dumb idiots in Orange County the whole south land is basically being forced to re-open and it’s going to get really bad here in a couple of weeks. I honestly wouldn’t be too surprised if the Governor re-issues the forced stay at home order again by mid-July.

      Bottom line: We’re only as strong as our weakest link(s).

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:12 PM on June 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I feel you, Jamie. My wife is a two-time breast cancer survivor so we’re both in the same situation as your wife. We don’t even get together with our grandkids who live next door. Went to my granddaughter’s middle school graduation via an automobile parade. Not feeling like changing anything at this point in time. Staying safe and hunkered down as long as we have to. This is not going to end soon. Covid-19 may be with us permanently like the flu since immunity may be variable and not permanent.

        What irritates me to the nth degree is those who excuse the lack of federal leadership by claiming states rights rules on all of the issues surrounding the public health, economic recession, and racial social crises tearing this country apart. Dodging responsibility and accountability for leading the country is finally going to cost the current administration and put the new one in a hold before they even start.

        Unfortunately, it’s also going to force all of us to endure far longer health, financial, and social trauma than had we inspired capable leadership. Everybody going out there and ignoring the reality that 200,000 of us are going to be dead by the time the Lakers win their 17th NBA championship should be ashamed of themselves.

      • Buba

        Buba 9:11 PM on June 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey, Jamie it really broke my heart that your wife is battling breast cancer. That’s hard to absorb. May God provide her a quick path to speedy recovery with no pain and suffering. Stay strong.
        Tom, it’s a miracle your wife survived such a deadly disease not once but twice. What a battle she has to go through. You all blessed and stay safe.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:23 PM on June 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks, Buba. The problem with both Jamie’s wife and mine is how the drugs to fight cancer weaken your immune system. That’s the last thing you want with Covid-19 around. Just have to stay safe and hope for a vaccine. Until then, it’s stay isolated.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:54 PM on May 23, 2020 Permalink  

    Hey peeps, listen to LT on his Podcasts. Fun for sure!

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:04 PM on May 16, 2020 Permalink  

    LBJ put on a wonderful 2020 Graduation Show tonight. I soooo miss the dignity and class and love from President Obama.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:17 PM on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 7:04 PM on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Why can’t great and good men or women run our country?

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 12:43 PM on May 19, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Because those that seek out power are unfit to wield it.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:39 PM on May 19, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Unfortunately, I think you are correct.

            • John M.

              John M. 5:41 PM on May 19, 2020 Permalink

              They are unfit when power is the priority, rather than the public good. Political funding reform is a good place to start, but none of us is holding his breath.

    • John M.

      John M. 12:39 PM on May 19, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think the core problem is the law of diminishing returns. You see it manifested everywhere; in the thirst for new products, new entertainment, new foods, etc. So when elections come up, people are itching for change and go for the new and shiny, even though it almost never comes true. What we’re seeing now is a nightmare come true. We just have to hope those who gave Trump the benefit of the doubt won’t give him another chance.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:41 PM on May 19, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Very often, it takes great tragedy to create conditions amenable to great change.
        Hopefully, that is the silver lining in our current situation. If not, God help us.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:12 PM on May 6, 2020 Permalink  

    Can’t imagine if NBA starts up again and 1 player , just 1, gets Covid, that that wouldn’t shut er all down again? Lakers/Bucks Co-Champs and it’s all good!

     
    • John M.

      John M. 7:35 PM on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No point playing until it’s safe. Who knows how long that will take.

    • p ang

      p ang 1:11 AM on May 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How about a soccer overtime shootout type game?

      Every player gets 1 shot from the free throw line, 15 total. best score wins. Best of 7. No contact at all. New Ball every shot.

      Betcha PG13 chokes again.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:14 PM on May 5, 2020 Permalink  

    For ya’ll that know what could possibly work without trading LBJ or AD, who could we actually get of the Supers?

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:16 PM on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Zero chance for anybody like Dame, Steph, Luka, or anybody you would consider a superstar, DJ.

      The closest you could come would be the four guards in my article above and the only thing that would likely make that possible would be teams desperately needing to slash their payroll because the coronavirus was causing them big losses as a team and their supporting businesses were also generating huge losses.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:05 PM on April 21, 2020 Permalink  

    More fun? I have not met one of the listed:

    Rickey Henderson
    Hillary Clinton
    Michelle Obama
    Stan Musial
    Ahkeem the Dream

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 9:49 AM on April 15, 2020 Permalink  

    A History lesson from the Declaration of Independence: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”–Everyone should Read the D of I!

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 12:21 PM on April 15, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pretty sure they didn’t mean to take one large, overstepping government that likes to trample on individual freedoms and property rights and replace it with an even bigger one only promising to do even more of the same.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:20 PM on April 15, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Read it my friend, I think they were prepping against a New King George.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 9:23 PM on April 15, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Here comes the new king, same as the old king. You think a leader promising to rob folks to give you the stuff you deem important but never truly does vs. one who makes promises you don’t agree with, but never delivers either is an improvement. I’d just like to eliminate the robbery altogether.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 10:00 PM on April 15, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Don’t ask me what I want it for, if you don’t want to pay some more.

            :)

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 10:35 AM on April 16, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Did you read the D of I my friend, HTJ? Simple Yes or No would be great.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 11:56 AM on April 16, 2020 Permalink

              Yes – are you able to understand it?

              It sure doesn’t indicate that it’s fine to replace one tyrant with another because “mUH feELingS”

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 2:02 PM on April 16, 2020 Permalink

              Good to hit the pause button right now.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 6:34 PM on April 16, 2020 Permalink

              HTJ, yes, I am a History/Government teacher with a Bachelors and Masters. One of the few things I am good at, lol. Well being a Laker and Yankee fan is pretty good too, ha, ha.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 6:38 PM on April 16, 2020 Permalink

              And you are correct that you don’t replace one tyrant with another. That’s why Washington would not run for a 3rd term and FDR took a lot of criticism when he did. An ad run against him used a baseball term “Out stealing third!” Law changed after words for term limits of two.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:09 PM on April 13, 2020 Permalink  

    Just for a bit of fun, who on this list have I NOT met:

    Michael Jordan
    Barak Obama
    Sheena Easton
    Katy Tur
    Ja Morant

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 11:13 AM on April 13, 2020 Permalink  

    Say MM, do you think Kobe was an achilles tear in the making or if he hadn’t right then was a tear coming at some point?

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:42 AM on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not that one DJ. He was playing way past his physical limits though in a body that beat up. The Shoulder and the Knees, definitely in the making but not the Achilles. :(

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:19 PM on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think any high usage athlete in a sport based on sharp movements/cuts/jumping and utting pressure on joints is a high injury risk athlete. Some guys they never suffer a huge injury (can’t think of a big injury Jordan endured, for instance) some guys are Brandon Roy. It is what it is.

      Dang indeed.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:42 PM on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As someone who tore his left Achilles when I was 30 and my right when I was 40 playing basketball, my doctor told me it was inevitable and probably could not have been avoided. Don’t know if that’s what the current medical opinion is or not but that’s what I was told. When you look at how long and hard Kobe played, I think he was destined to have it happen at some point because of his genetics and way he played. Just an unfortunate combination.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 8:15 PM on April 10, 2020 Permalink  

    Is there NO possible way to trade for Dame? Kuz, 1st, Green, and whoever? Not LBJ or AD. Just No way for Rob to work his Magic (Pun intended)?

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:23 AM on April 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The money works.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:22 AM on April 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        DJ, that offer would be one of the worst that Portland would receive if they were willing to trade Dame. And Sean is being sarcastic because he knows the money works really means nothing in this situation.

        The only way we’re going to get an elite player is a situation where a young guy on his first contract like Donovan Mitchell becomes toxic to his team. That’s a realistically possible deal because:

        1. Both make so little that it’s almost impossible to bring back comparable worth in a trade.
        2. Kuzma was a star in college in Utah.

        Kuzma, THT, and our 2020 first would be a good offer for Mitchell.
        And the money works. :-)

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:35 AM on April 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Tom, is correct.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:38 AM on April 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Could see the Raps pull off a S&T for Dame and VanVleet

          Or the Sixers could trade Ben Simmons to Portland.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:15 AM on April 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I agree, Sean. Would have to be a star-for-star type trade for it to happen. While I’m sure the Jazz will do everything they can to get those guys to mend fences, I do think the Kuzma, THT, and first for Donovan would be a great deal for both teams. Jazz might prefer to trade Gobert though since he may want a max deal and is not a modern center. You can force him to the bench by going small.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 10:18 AM on April 11, 2020 Permalink

              Can’t replace him on Defense, Tom. And I’m not trading Anthony for Rudy.

              Easier to augment Spida’s loss than Rudy.

              I’m one of the believers a change in scenery would take Donovan’s game to another level.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 11:53 AM on April 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          But LT, the answer is yes, but not close to likely, correct. What if Dame pulls an AD (Lakers only). I like pie in the sky, LBJ, AD, lol!

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:12 PM on April 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            We used all our pie-in-the-sky trading chips for AD, DJ.
            What we have left is not enough to get a guy like Dame,
            Even if he demanded to be traded to the Lakers.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:17 PM on April 11, 2020 Permalink

              Given the demand of a 1st Round Pick for AC, Tom, Rob’s trying to acquire picks to make that more realistic.

              I think he could get an extra one in 2020, not a deep draft.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:38 PM on April 11, 2020 Permalink

              Hey, I’d love for us to be able to trade for Damian Lillard. Just don’t see that ever happening. If we were able to flip a player like AC for a first, that would be great. Might get us a shot at Bradley Beal because the Wizards are so bad but I doubt it would be enough to land Dame. He’s just too good and the Blazers not likely yet to rebuild. JMO.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 12:42 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink  

    As a retired Govt teacher, I will point out that every evil thing Hitler did was LEGAL under his Rule! Our Declaration of Independence allows us, calls us to Overthrow such a government here in America. And very important to note that these words are not mentioned in the US Constitution: God, Christianity, Christian,Jesus, Christ, Lord, Commandments, New Testament or Bible. I am also a believer in JC, but He may be different than some of others. My JC is kind, forgiving, welcomes strangers, takes care of the least and is loving. The problem lies with most all Religions is they have Radical people of hate and fear and some fantasy.

    If you need to delete LT, that’s fine, I just saw your note.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:52 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nothing said here, was erroneous or outrageous.

      DJ, unlike Tom Cruise in a Few Good men, and a few our friends, some of us can handle the truth. Some can’t.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:02 PM on March 26, 2020 Permalink  

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:03 PM on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Better pic. You all can see I ain’t real good at posting!

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:13 PM on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        DJ, if you can create a higher quality image up 600 x 600, it would look much better. Or email me the best digital quality you have and I will post them for you. Great photos deserve better. Thanks.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:50 PM on March 26, 2020 Permalink  

    Me and a friend and Coop and low and behold Magic Photo-Bombed the pic, lol. Did not see him or recognize until I had Pic developed, lol! Wow!

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 1:30 PM on March 25, 2020 Permalink  

    Somebody say Big Shot Bob?

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:06 PM on March 24, 2020 Permalink  

     
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