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  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 8:35 PM on April 16, 2018 Permalink  

    D-Wade dips into the past! Good for him.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:14 PM on April 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One of the best shot blocking guards ever,

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:46 PM on April 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looked like Philly thought the Heat were just gonna roll over after that Game 1 blowout.
      Messed around & got smacked in the mouth.
      You can’t shoot 64% from the arc every night….

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 11:06 AM on April 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Guess DWade still has enough left in the tank to play like a Superstar … at least for 1 game.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 11:33 AM on April 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yep, wonder if LBJ was wishin he had Wade with him now?

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 11:46 PM on April 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Well, he did have him and then he was gone. Not sure Bron had anything to do with him leaving tho ,,, think that may have been more Dwyane’s decision.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 1:24 PM on April 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Kawhi didn’t travel with Spurs to GS? Wow, that’s, as we say in the Midwest, “A fine how do you do.”

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 2:35 PM on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      But wasn’t he supposed to be in NY with his crew? IDK

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:08 PM on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kinda seemed like an organized effort to throw shade at Kawhi that began in the pregame show and continued into the game. Very strange times im San Antonio

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:06 PM on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is so weird. If the Spurs want to trade Kawhi they certainly are going about it the wrong way. All they are doing is driving down the asking price. There is already a question mark about his health and now they seem to be throwing the attitude card out there as well.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:44 PM on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And we could reap the benefits…

    • For whom the bell trolls 8:50 PM on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      looks like not everybody is enamored with the wonderful, beautiful, liberal, take less money communal band leader that is Pop

      • keen observer

        keen observer 11:14 PM on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You have a problem with “liberal,” Trollman? Please elaborate.

        • tate793

          tate793 1:47 AM on April 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          “Shade” and “attitude card”….isn’t that the American way these days?

    • For whom the bell trolls 12:35 PM on April 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No problem, you have a problem with conservatism?

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:39 PM on April 12, 2018 Permalink  

    Food for thought. We (Lakers) jumped up 9 games this season, might have been more cept injuries, young, etc. However a gain of 9 next year still would leave us potentially short of PO’s. Hopefully with LBJ (no question) we would be way better than 9 and PG should be more than a 9 games pickup. I, personally am fearful of Cousins, IT, even what we would have to pay for Leonard. I kinda hope we start next season with: Ingy, Hart, Randle, Kuz and LB, Bryant? Zub? Not sure about how Lopez fits? Nor KCP? Money? Anyone worried about LB’s ability to stay on the court?

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:42 PM on April 10, 2018 Permalink  

    Does anyone know when Cousins may return to play? Seen any projections? I am still looking PG and LBJ. Can you imagine the crazed excitement in LA if King James comes? The team, the media, the fans would go crazy!

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 2:37 PM on April 9, 2018 Permalink  

    Keep in mind that Celts IT is a ball dominate player. Will that take too much away from LB, Kuz, Hart and Ingy? Puuuuuuulease don’t compare IT to LBJ. LBJ is a pass first, if he has players to pass to. LBJ also brings decent “D” when needed and boards fine too.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:48 PM on April 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      IT is only a high priority here on this blog…not in real life.
      He’s Plan I….that’s one step down from Plan H.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:07 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink  

    Put up a good fight with all our guys out.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 7:13 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sup Deej, I’d say Josh put up a fight and Ju showed up, but everyone else looked M.I.A. to me.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 7:16 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Oh yeah, and almost forgot about Tyler whose impressed me a bit the last coupla games.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 7:24 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He did that last year at this time, just too short (like Me). Not sure to root for Cavs to win for Nance and Clarky or lose so LBJ comes to us. Kinda want OKC out asap to recruit PG. What is your take on signing injured player like: IT, Cousins, trade for Kawhi, etc.? I personally don’t want to run the risk.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 8:26 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Nuttin’ wrong with bein’ short. : )

            I’m not in favor of taking the risk of signing injured players, but if they’re relatively young and at least close to good health and the price is right, I might be willing to take a chance.

    • tate793

      tate793 7:50 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well, Bryant finally got a few more minutes of run. Looked pretty good. Better than Brook, Wear and Zubac. Just needs the opportunity to play.

      I remember Luke sulked win Phil gave Trevor his starting spot. So, he knows the drill.

      • tate793

        tate793 7:50 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Tyler looked confident.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 8:52 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Looked better than Brook, Wear, and Zubac tonight? Or period? lol smh

        • tate793

          tate793 11:11 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yep. In his few minutes. He was a +6. Caruso was a -17, Brook was -11, Wear was -7 and Zubac was -8. He outscoref Brook, outrebounded Wear and equalled Zubac while playing half the minutes.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:17 PM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Such a bummer that we couldn’t have ended this season with our guys healthy and some wins.
      Hart continues to show his potential and why we don’t need KCP next season.
      Brook was awful. Maybe his back is bothering him? Or maybe he was scared to get embarrassed by Gobert.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 8:36 PM on April 6, 2018 Permalink  

    I’ll try to catch your answer tomorrow LT, but why do you trust that Cousins or IT or any of these injured guys will come back good as new (if they aren’t good as new, I don’t want em)? Especially when you are gonna have to pay Big Bucks for them and perhaps our young stars. If we pay, trade and fail, we’ll be hurting for another 5 years.I seriously now, don’t get it.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:10 PM on April 7, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The answer is simple, DJ. I trust the Lakers’ front office and their medical experts to be able to make a better decision than a layman fan like myself researching the issues on the Internet. If they decide the risk is acceptable or not, I will accept their decision but injuries are part of the game and every player except LeBron apparently will suffer one or two big ones in their career.

      In Cousins case, while it is an Achilles, he is only 27 and really doesn’t rely on freakish hops or quickness or athleticism. He is more a skills and power player. My gut tells me he will come back close to what he was before because of his youth and style of play. The Lakers will make the decision based on what their and Boogie’s or Isaiah’s doctors advise them.

      You need to understand and accept that superstars are few and far between and if you don’t have them, you’re not going to win until you get them. Often, there will be issues with their attitude or health that are part of why they’re suddenly available, for example Kawhi or Isaiah. If Cousins has just an average recovery, he will still be the best center in the league. To get him, you have to take that risk.

      Frankly, Boogie has the most potential to elevate this team than even LeBron imo. If the medical pros say go for him, the Lakers won’t hesitate if they still have an open superstar slot.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 8:10 PM on April 7, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Put that Kool-aid down LT! LBJ makes us a Chip contender that day he signs with us. Cousins will be back healthy enough to even play, when? Just me, but I really don’t want to gamble on injured players. Two super games (Playoff mode) tonite! OKC beat Houston at Houston and Pesky Pels beat Warriors at GS. The PO’s have begun already!

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:12 PM on April 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Nova!? Does Hart get to go?!

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 2:10 PM on April 1, 2018 Permalink  

    LT-Bullpen 0-2. Didn’t we see this last season, ha, ha.

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 1:52 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink  

    I love the “Never Quit” Lakers! Played very well under the conditions of injuries and such. You could see who wants the spot-lite (Kuz). Ingy and Randle, no fear either.

     
  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 1:37 PM on March 30, 2018 Permalink  

    Just had to punch this in. So, T Bryant was brought up again, yea! Just another DNP. We are out now, why aren’t we looking at this guy in the last few games? Zub getting a bit of PT, but looks slow and slower, proving that W—–men can’t jump, lol!

     
    • mud

      mud 3:30 PM on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      why aren’t you the coach and GM?

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:24 PM on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Right…. so Zu represents all white guys now? No wonder he’s buckling under the pressure.

    • tate793

      tate793 8:23 PM on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No one individual can serve as a characterization of any conglomerate, DJ. That type of ideology is one of the major maladies of our country, today.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:35 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink  

    Here’s an interesting thought, LBJ, CP3, Carmelo, DWade, KD35 and PG are all free agents this summer or could be.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:55 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So what. Why don’t you throw Chris Bosh in there, too.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:58 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      CP3 will stay with Houston after they make the Finals. Oh, and he may get more help in the form of LeBron this summer.
      Melo has a player option and won’t make anything close to what OKC has to cough up.
      Wade is nearly done.
      I believe I don’t need to explain Durant’s situation.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 6:40 AM on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And don’t be surprised if PG not only stays put, but that he makes his decision relatively quickly.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 10:08 AM on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Just saying, what a team and none need money. It is just what could be. Not really serious, but a what if. Talk about a dream team!

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 6:55 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink  

    If ya’ll haven’t been watching LBJ lately, you are missing, he’s unreal. As Dave Loggins sings, “Please come to Bos, nope, LA LBJ”

    The other thing that LBJ would bring is teaching our kids, cause he’s been to the Finals, what, like 7 years in a row. If we want to leadership and learning, I want a guy that has been there.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:56 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nobody wants Lebron here because he will systematically destroy the franchise. First he’ll trade all the young guys for Anthony Davis, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, & Mo Williams.

      Then he’ll replace Luke Walton with former Western University Dolphins head coach Pete Bell.

      Then he’ll bring in Roy Hibbert as a big man consultant only to have him steal Paul George’s woman because..ya know..karma.

      Eventually Earv & Rob will be demoted to Halftime Entertainment Coordinator and Director of Team Valet Parking respectively and replaced by Damon Jones.

      Next he’ll strongarm Jeanie into selling the team to Rich Paul & Maverick Carter and rename em the Klutch Sports Bronnies.

      Then in his final act he’ll trade PG, AD, and the ghost of Dancin Barry for the #1 overall pick to draft Lebron Jr.outta the 10th grade.

      Just say no!!!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:35 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s either going to Houston, the Sixers, or staying home.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 3:11 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink  

    First, does anyone watch all the Laker games (basically minute by minute)? I do. Also, what do you think gives us Chip contender next season, in terms of a team? And finally (for now), what strengths versus weaknesses would convince me to sign IT and KCP?

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:12 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Where U B MM?

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 5:47 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nothing anyone can say would convince me to sign IT until we are maxed out and he wants to sign for the MLE period. KCP is going to get his money and it’s not going to be from us.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 6:19 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agreed on both counts.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 7:31 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Nice to see some agree with me a bit. I just see so many of these guys as low hanging fruit. Man, we B the Lakers, we are building a couple 3 Stars and we need a couple vet stars now. IMHO.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 8:38 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oh lordy, somewhere Darwin rolls over in his grave every time you post.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:42 AM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Too bad his soul is not in his grave- it’s somewhere much worse.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 7:40 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink  

    Took a slow down beatin tonite, but the usuals showed up, Kuz, LB, Randle, and BrooK was Brick with 14 pts, 9 dimes , but only 3 boards-that’s a kruncher. KCP is what we think he is, an overall average NBA player. Now that we are officially out, can we play Bryant and Waer minutes to see what they can bring? The 5th year we get nothing, ugh.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:23 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Quit B*tchn’. They should play their hearts out and try to win every game. This team has an identity and the last 9 games are important for continuing to grow as a group, especially with BI and Josh Hart joining them soon. Thomas Bryant can wait and Travis Wear is getting his minutes. Lonzo looked solid tonight. Randle looked better than Blake Griffin. Brook Lopez has an off shooting night but was solid otherwise (9 assists) and Kuzma is someone we can savor for a long, long time. We lost because we missed 3 point shots and allowed too many second chance opportunities. It shouldn’t be ONLy about wins and losses. This team has grown.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:41 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah it seems kinda weird to me that Rob gets out there and touts Bryant as a key piece to the future but has never seen him play any real minutes in an actual NBA game. I hope they give him meaningful minutes in these last handful of games. We know who Brook Lopez is at this point and if the wins/losses don’t matter then what’s the harm?

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 8:45 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Let the kid play.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 8:49 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          In our lest 19 games we are one game under .500. The next nine games might get 3 and 6.

      • tate793

        tate793 5:26 AM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Rob and Magic might have to direct Luke to play him. I think maybe Luke is more in favor of the throwback center (Mozgov, Zubac, his Pa) and is reluctant to play Bryant. Whatever the thought process is, I hope Thomas can get some meaningful minutes.

    • LRob (Director)

      LRob (Director) 9:18 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yep no harm in letting Bryant get some burn. Although his lack of PT probably speaks volumes. I saw him a lot at Indiana. He was tough his freshman year doing damage around that rack and bullying guys ala Randle. But his sophomore season he didn’t seem to have that same fire. Settled for more outside shots and expanded his game to 3s.

      • tate793

        tate793 5:35 AM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I saw him at Indiana too. During his sophmore year, not only did he refine his long stroke, but his defense and rebounding picked up, significantly. Blocks, steals, and deflections all increased as his minutes increased. Nice little boost in his free throw accuracy and pick-setting.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 9:27 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha DJ
      With the way BI and Hart were playing, don’t you think we have won a lot of those? I mean we were in every game. I really think we would have made the playoffs with good health. We lost some key guys for long stretches.

      For me it’s been fun watching these guys grow. Randle is having a break out year. He out played Blake and put him in foul trouble. I would take Julius over over paid Blake everyday. BI was also breaking out before going down. He had putting up close to 20 a game plus great assist and rebound numbers in the new year. Kuzma has been one of the top 3 rookies in the strongest class in years. 22 games with 20 or more points. And Lonzo even with the offensive struggles has been amazing in about every other way. They compared his numbers to Kidds rookie year. They were almost identical. And what can you say about Hart. He’s played like a lottery pick. For me that’s a lot better then nothing.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 9:38 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m with you, Michael. Thomas Bryant can audition next season. He’ll be a back up anyway, probably a 10 mpg player at most. He’s only 20 and isn’t the next coming of Nikola Jokic quite yet. Jokic broke out at 22, which is VERY young for a big in this league, and was stashed in Europe his rookie season. What’s the rush? So the fans can scout him? LOL

    • tate793

      tate793 3:49 AM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There’s been no substantial playing time whereby to judge young Mr. Bryant. 3 minutes per game / playing in 11 games all season doesn’t allow a chance to evaluate any player. A big factor is opportunity. If you never get on the court, there’s not much you can do. KAT broke out at 20, Anthony Davis broke out, and started, at 19. Was an All Star at 20. Andre Drummond started 81 games at the age of 20. Averaged a double/double. 13.5/13. Heck, even Porzingis started 72 games at the age of 20.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 8:03 AM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        #1, #1, #9, #4. Thomas Bryant? #42

        June 22, 2017: Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 2nd round (42nd pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.

        June 22, 2017: Traded by the Utah Jazz with Josh Hart to the Los Angeles Lakers for Tony Bradley.

        Who is Tony Bradley? A 7′ center drafted #28 by the Lakers at the instruction of the Utah Jazz and traded for #30 and #42 picks. Tony Bradley has played in 9 games this season for a grand total of 29 minutes. So there’s your better comparison, Mr. Tate. He’s been developing in the G-League with Mr. Bryant at his ripe young at of 20 as well.

    • tate793

      tate793 2:12 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My contention, Mr. Keen, is that a comparrison to, or even introducing Jokic into the convo is ludicrous. Thomas Bryant is developed enough to be getting burn.

      As for draft position, consider the following.

      D’Angelo Russell #2

      Isaiah Thomas #60

      How’d that work out for ya?

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:21 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If we get LBJ and/or PG, it’d be nice to see what Bryant brings. We are out of the PO’s. I’d be careful with any of our young ones at this point in the season (Ingy and Hart, even LB).

        • keen observer

          keen observer 3:01 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The Lakers could potentially sign DeAndre Jordan, although I think he’ll stay put or wind up in Dallas where he originally agreed to go until Doc Rivers pulled his bullsh!t shenanigans.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 3:00 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Mr. Tate, you just compared the development of smalls to bigs and, for what it’s worth, D’Angelo Russell is more on a James Harden career trajectory statistically speaking and Isaiah Thomas was a 22 year old rookie, much like Kyle Kuzma, so I don’t grasp what you are saying. Of all the bigs you talked about, Jokic is the one who you SHOULD be comparing Bryant’s potential development to BECAUSE of their draft position. And like I said, the other one is Tony Bradley.

        • tate793

          tate793 3:26 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          One huge thing you are overlooking, Mr. Keen is the DNA factor. Draft pisition has very little to do with a player’s performance. IT proved that, as did, Bennett, Kwame, Bowie, Joe Barry Carol, Shawn Bradley, Greg Oden, Olowokandi, etc.

          As for Nikola Jokic, he was given the opportunity that Thomas Bryant hasn’t been given. He started 55 games and averaged 21 mins per game. 10pts/7 rebs. Thomas Bryant didn’t have that opportunity.

          Somebody said earlier that his “lack of PT probably speaks volumes.” Yes, it does. Loud and clear.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 7:20 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yes, Mr. Tate, playing time matters as Kyle Kuzma has clearly proven in his rookie season. However, Jokic was stashed in Europe his first season. Those numbers were in the second season after he was drafted and Thomas Bryant could very well track that, although I don’t think he’ll ever be in Jokic’s league as a player. Interesting discussion!

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