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  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:55 PM on March 16, 2019 Permalink  

    Hey Seannie, when you have time, can you tell me the Pros and Cons of Canada’s Health Care System? All we hear down here is you can’t do this or that or. TNX

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:59 PM on March 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Would be happy to, Deej.

      I don’t need to tell you that the 3 cogs of Healthcare are: Universality, Quality and Affordability.

      When you look at the systems worldwide, you can have 2/3. It’d be impractical to have all 3, it’s just not realistic unfortunately, for a myriad of reasons.

      Canada has universality (though the prescription drug plans are not…yet)

      Here’s a link for ya:

      https://healthresearchfunding.org/7-pros-and-cons-of-canadian-medicare/

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:04 PM on March 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just from the outside looking in, the main problem (I may be way off base, please correct me then) is the affordability of drugs.

      I’ve seen the craziness in the spike of Insulin pricing.

      Canada’s price index for RX Drugs is that they look at a few socialized countries and their implementations and basically average out the price.

      In the States, as ludicrous as it sounds, seems like Drug companies think they can gouge the American Taxpayer.

      With due respect, R&D is important, it’s time consuming, costly and requires rigorous scrutiny and observation.

      Still, you can’t decide to write a blank cheque for the public because you think that’s how much your drug is worth.

      That’s like saying, instead of buying a Ford F-150 for 10 grand in Canada, it’s gonna cost 25 grand in the States.

      The system makes no sense to me in that regard. Again, I may be way off and If I am, please friends in the States, feel free to correct me.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:33 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink  

    Just some random thoughts, what you think?

    On one front, if Celts don’t reach Finals, I think Kyrie is out and who they giving up for AD? Then AD is another island by himself.

    I think that Kuz and Ingy could be keepers long term.

    Hart is either hurting pretty bad or is fallen off the log.

    Ball, if we can luck into a nice PG, is not worth the money or the hassle.

    The summer key is one more Super.

    I think LBJ, Ball and Ingy are the only guys over $3 Mil. Hart Wagner, Kuz and Bonga are pretty cheap. We should have room and a decently high Pick to do Big things, we’ll see.

    One more crazy though: at $1 Mil or so, we sign DWade, Melo and Rondo for our bench.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 4:22 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wade is retiring, DJ.

      Rondo has no legs left. Not sure what use he would serve. Can’t shoot and can’t defend anymore.

      Melo? We can get shooters that fit a role.

      At this point, Melo has to fit into a role player, and by all accounts, he still believes he’s a Star that doesn’t need to mold into anything.

      We will see about the rest.

      All these injuries should concern Lakers fans about the Strength and Conditioning and treatment of our players.

      I would like to see this Franchise find a PG or a C to finally have some consistency.

      This team hasn’t had a consistent C since Howard (2013 was 6 years ago) and it’s been 25 Years and counting (Nick Young) since the Lakers have found a PG that is a prototypical PG in the NBA.

      We’re in a lot of trouble.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:44 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’re in a lot of trouble for a franchise folks thought needed to switch to ‘win now’ mode. I think that’s where the wheels really came off the wagon. Once LeBron got hurt and we slid out of the playoff race they should switched back to development mode. One of the things, for me, is a strike against Magic as the man in charge is that, at the core of his self is an extreme competitor. The smart thing will likely lose out to the thing that signals a ‘win’. That’s what I think happened with Zubac. Even though Bullock has disappointed trading Svi didn’t bother me, he had no immediate future on the team anyhow. The same really could be said for Reggie but when we had a shot at making the playoffs I certainly preferred someone with NBA experience.

        I’m marinating on a future post about what wroked and what didn’t for this season. Gonna be a doozy!

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 5:48 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          A lot of good points.

          If you were getting LeBron you should have then tried to package to get at least a star back and default to shooters as a contingency situation until the Star or Mac guy materialized.

          Clots are serious thing. Brandon is finally showing why he was a 2nd overall pick. I think he’s found his game and then this happens. Hopefully he makes a complete recovery.

          Zo needs to fix his mechanics all together. His shot and FTs. Hope he invests in a shooting coach. Those guys are worth their salt, the good ones.

          C or PG pick one and find some stability finally.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 6:07 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I heard that Magic wanted Fox over Ball, but…

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 6:12 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Wade does not have to retire.

        We haven’t had a 3 shooter since we let Sweet Lou go.

        Rondo has up and downs. If we could have them as a bench group cheap, very cheap, I am taking it. Sure would beat Beaser, Dancin Lance, KCP and the worthless list goes on.

        Wade, Melo and Rondo could give us a nice 15-20 minutes per.

        PS-Not saying they are an answer cause we gotta have Super and plus.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 6:21 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Wade is retiring my man. This is the farewell tour bro. Lol.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 7:02 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I gotcha, but Miami Broadcasters keep saying he should come back another year. He is a Free Agent should he choose to come back and is on a $2 Mil deal this year. I cannot imagine if LBJ calls him and Melo to come to LA as benchers (15-20 minutes per), they wouldn’t consider it. JMHO

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:47 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink

              I hear them saying it to.

              His son is pretty good and Zion remember when he was a little kid playing his game when Kobe was cooking in Game 5 of the Finals.

              Z can play. So I can see why D is comfortable retiring,

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:20 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think Earv & Rob arrogantly believed PG13 was in the bag. When that didn’t happen it immediately eliminated us from being a real contender. The next mistake was ignoring the proven successful blueprint of surrounding Lebron with shooting. That combined with all the injuries and the AD fiasco turned us into a lottery team.

      We have the cap space and the assets to turn this around quickly this summer but you now gotta wonder if Earv & Rob can learn from their mistakes in time to right the ship.

      The other question is whether they save space to sign AD NEXT SUMMER (kick the can once again) cuz the word everywhere is that the Pels ain’t dealing with us no way no how. Or do they use the space on guys like Kemba, Cousins, Middleton, etc after they strike out on KD, Klay, Kawhi….?

      • mclyne32 (Director) 6:28 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Must use the space this summer and trade guys at the end of next season or in the summer to get AD.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 6:31 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Depends on the pick…

          Top 4 it stays with us.

          5-10 is another asset to sweeten a deal.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 7:03 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I agree, unless we have a shot at Morant.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:22 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink

              Zion
              Morant
              Reddish
              Barrett

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 7:23 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Still gotta keep an eye on Boston’s picks.
            If Clipps get in & SAC stays out then they get both those picks.
            And if the Grizz win a few more games they get that one too..

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 7:07 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Also gotta wonder what the trade value is gonna be for BI going forward.
          That blood clot issue could be a one time thing (like Serena) or chronic (like Bosh).
          There’s no way to predict which way it’ll go…

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 9:23 PM on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t see any big trades unless we get a very lucky ping pong ball bounce. BI’s blood clot is probably a result of the shot he took to the shoulder area. It probably damage a vein that would cause a clot. However because of clotting issues like Bosh has I doubt we would get much in return until enough time has passed to show it was a one time deal. And Lonzo has just missed too many games his first two years and is currently looking injury prone.

      So it’s all on free agency. I would like us to sign the best players that we can. I would hate to see us kick the can another year. You can move good players in trades if AD becomes available in free agency. You just miss out on trade opportunities when half your roster are journeymen players on one year contracts. If we miss out on all of the K free agents. I would try and sign Vuc or Boogey. I don’t think either will get a full pop max deal. We would be able to add another decent player or two. Preferably shooters.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:22 PM on March 12, 2019 Permalink  

    That’s a winner folks-Jack Buck. We could easily win 1 of the next 4. Our Pick is dropping, lol!

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:25 PM on March 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bulls have a competition in them. Them boys can play. They weren’t gonna tank.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 7:37 PM on March 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Have you heard anything on LT, MM?

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 7:43 PM on March 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I have not yet Deej…If I remember 63 correctly he said Tom had to go to ICU. That’s a 3 week minimum.

          He will reach out once he feels better.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 7:47 PM on March 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I did see that, just hopin for a quicker good update. : )

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:51 PM on March 12, 2019 Permalink

              As my Daddy said, “son, no news is good news.”

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:38 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink  

    Referring to Magic’s comments on Murray State, he and Rob were checking out their PG, Morant (he’s pretty skilled and good!). Meanwhile my wife and I were enjoying Steve Martin & Martin Short across the street in Evansville. Didn’t know they were there at the game until we got back home. : (

    Else, you know me, I woulda tracked him down for a Pic, lol! Dang it!

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:04 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Morant>Ball

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:06 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love Ja! Watch Murray St. A LOT.

      He’s a warrior whose fearless. Want him bad.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:43 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hopefully this time, they’ll get it right.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 6:33 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We should have a Top 10 Pick, don’t ya think?

        • mclyne32 (Director) 11:20 AM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          If we keep losing, then our chances will continue to improve.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 1:07 PM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We’re at #10 right now..we could conceivably get to #6.
          Can’t believe we’re having this conversation again…

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 8:18 AM on February 18, 2019 Permalink  

    Not sure what you were referring to MM-You always my friend!

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 5:45 PM on February 17, 2019 Permalink  

    All Star sham. I’m bored already!

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:06 PM on February 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yup.

      It’s become a celebrity, corporate weekend now for insiders. Nothing the least bit compelling or entertaining for us fans.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 6:27 PM on February 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Someone needs to take Marv out back and put him down.
      He’s already called three guys the wrong name and said LeBron was out with a hamstring.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:39 PM on February 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Does he still wear pantyhose? :)

        • mclyne32 (Director) 6:53 PM on February 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I hope not, but at his advanced age, it’s probably much worse now!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 6:39 PM on February 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rap music is sooooo boring, formulaic, and un creative these days.
      They all are using the same monotone flow, with basic beats, and no real hook.
      Why do people like this uninspired garbage???
      So lame.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:42 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink  

    Do we have any inkling of a Ball and Hart return?

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:46 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No and that is worrisome, DJ. We desperately need Lonzo and he usually has taken more than projected time to return and get back in his groove. And we have little time for him to do it.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 9:01 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Was hoping the 10 day layoff would work. What U got on Hart?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:32 AM on February 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think Hart was just banged up and needed rest so I expect he will be back and hopefully giving us some of the energy and effort that’s his hallmark.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 11:02 AM on February 14, 2019 Permalink  

    Tank or not to Tank, that is the question?

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 6:24 PM on February 12, 2019 Permalink  

    What a joke, at least thru 3. Ain’t laughing though.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 6:46 PM on February 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      MM, you watchin this dismal?

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 6:51 PM on February 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Just sad now.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 7:20 PM on February 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yeah it really is.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 7:22 PM on February 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            So you get to 3 down with 14 sec and we don’t foul right away. Gotta give Luke credit for calling that KEY time out with 3.9 left though. Tee hee

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 8:06 PM on February 12, 2019 Permalink

              That might’ve just sealed his fate.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 10:02 PM on February 12, 2019 Permalink

              Yup, inexcusable.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:02 PM on February 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Just brutal, DJ. Oh my goodness. Keystone Cops.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 6:58 PM on February 10, 2019 Permalink  

    Zub may be in the PO’s, just like Nance and Clarky last year. Oh, and DLO is in the All Star game. JRandle having a very good year. We let em go and they enjoy success. Kinda like to hold onto: Kuz, Ingy, Ball, Hart in that order.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 9:14 AM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If we hold onto Randle…Rondo doesn’t hit that shot.

      We could go 2-80, DJ and if it meant those 2 wins were against the greenies…I’d be alright. :)

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 9:39 AM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      DJ, you do realize Julius Randle couldn’t guard a STOP sign.

      Can’t guard Power Forwards who can shoot and he can’t guard Athletc 3’s, doesn’t have good feet.

      Randle plays the game like his feet are stuck in mud.

      He can’t play defense to save himself.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 9:42 AM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Keen pays attention to Julius Randle stats the same way Nick Wright pays attention to LeBron James stats.

      He actually doesn’t watch the Pels play, he looks at the box score and makes up his mind without watching the game.

      That’s where him and Nick have common ground.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:47 PM on February 9, 2019 Permalink  

    Clipps crunched Boston, wow! Zub had a very good game. Saw where Zion said that his team for 2023 would be the Lakers.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:59 PM on February 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The players are never gonna tank but the Clipps need to drop outta the playoff race to keep their 1st rd pick this year. Seems like that 8th seed is gonna come down to us & the Kings.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 8:02 PM on February 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes. Do you think Zo will really pan out as an All Star or he is what he is? Great awareness and “D”, but is that enough?

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 8:15 PM on February 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Once all the other great guards in the west retire, he’ll most likely be an all-star.
        Elite defender and when he’s aggressive on the offensive end you can see where he can become a great player. But..damm…it’s like pulling teeth to get him to play that way every night. Hopefully he can develop that trait within himself…

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:39 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink  

    RIP for our GREAT Hall of Famer FRobby, who passed. : (

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 1:57 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink  

    I thought the team played pretty darn well, cept 4th. I’m not sure I would give up on both BI and Kuz. I certainly would not take on salary that hurts us this summer. We have to remember we are playing without our “Supah Starrr”, as Mary Katherine Gallagher would say! I truly think we can add a Super this summer and grab AD next year, if even in a trade then. Norlans playing a game right now. They have no chips. AD has all the chips.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:40 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Loved everything Molly Shannon did on SNL.
      I agree that we need to keep either Brandon or Kuz.
      As for AD, it’s way too much of a gamble to wait for AD. If we don’t get him by Thursday, we have to before next season begins. We can’t have a repeat of the PG13 situation. This time, it would be much, much worse because I consider AD to be third third best player in the NBA.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:56 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Say MC, what are your thoughts about Luke? I can only go by what I think I see. He’s about a 37% winner and I’m not convinced he’s the coach for next year. Coaching is more than X’s and O’s. I believe you have to adapt to what your team’s talents call for. And for everybody else who reads this, I don’t hate Luke.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:28 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I have been underwhelmed with his offensive sets. I see so many other teams running multiple plays that get their shooters open looks and this rarely happens on ours, due to a play being called.
          I think he will be replaced this summer.
          On the other hand, we were in fourth place before everyone started getting injured, so he must have been doing some of the other things right.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 3:32 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Where’s Blatt coaching after the great job he did?

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:07 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink

              On his couch?

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:09 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink

              So, are you saying he hasn’t managed up or down well?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 5:21 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink

              I’m saying coaching is often overrated.

              At this level, talent is fairly streamlined.

              Unlike HS or College, the players usually decide the outcome of games.

              Why do you think the Kings, who have young talent beat the Sixers and we didn’t?

              Dave Joerger is a better coach.

              I don’t think the Kings necessarily have better younger talent…yet they have a better record.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 5:28 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink

              I won’t disagree that the Kings have a better coach. However, they didn’t lose three of their best players to large chunks of the season.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 5:37 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink

              Leonard has sat out 14 games, the Raps are 11-3 without him.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 5:37 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink

              Nick Nurse>Luke Walton

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:27 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Depends on how you feel about defense vs. offense. The Laker offense consists of player generated ball movement. It’s fine when you have a transcendent talent like LeBron or a half court savant like Rondo but the struggle is real when they’re out. I think there needs to be some sets installed for guys who have limited skill sets or can only score from certain spots.

          But the Laker defense has been the most consistent thing about the squad all year. The improvement happened quickly and has been solid despite injuries. For me that weighs more than the offense. Getting a team to play hard and communicate on defense is no easy thing.

          It’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out over the summer. My gut tells me Jeannie will fight to keep him into next season, the coaching carousel was one of the big reasons she fired her brother and Mitch resigned. This team that Magic and Rob built has a lot of offensive issues on paper, they have been issues in reality, as well. Toss in injuries and it’s a hard thing for me to judge with confidence. Still, end of the day, coaches set the tone and if the Lakers miss the playoffs it could result in a wholesale change. What won’t factor into the equation is how any of the vets on 1 year deals feel about anything. LeBron will get his say and then it’ll be a convo between Magic, Rob and Jeannie. Just opinionating, he could also get fired on Tuesday.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:57 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Btw, this is the most boring Super Bowl I’ve ever watched.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:13 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Goodell jobbed the whole state of Louisiana and two weeks later…jobs the rest of the a Country.

        Peeyew. Stinker. Lol.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:13 PM on February 2, 2019 Permalink  

    LBJ out for rest tonite.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:37 PM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good move. He was very sore after playing 40 minutes on Thursday night.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 4:44 PM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey I like your trade idea for Kemba and Vucucek.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:49 PM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I like it too, DJ. Doubt Lakers would go that route though. I do think we will make some moves before the deadline whether it includes AD or not.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 4:50 PM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            We can make the PO’s this year, but it is all about next year.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 5:21 PM on February 2, 2019 Permalink

              You might be looking for the Knicks message board with that kind of attitude. :)

              Lol.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:43 PM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Smart move to play him 40 minutes in his 1st game back…

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 5:27 PM on January 28, 2019 Permalink  

    Wait, what????

     
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