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  • For whom the bell trolls 1:06 PM on January 13, 2018 Permalink  

    Come on Lakers, pull this one out.

     
    • For whom the bell trolls 1:12 PM on January 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really like this end game line-up of Ball Randle Clarkson KCP and Kuz

      • keen observer

        keen observer 7:24 PM on January 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        More and more, as these young guys mature and learn each others’ games, Luke has his finger on the pulse on who should finish games. With a young group like this, you simply can’t finish with the same group each game. You have to go on instinct. I can’t imagine anything more difficult as an NBA coach and I applaud Luke!

        • tate793

          tate793 8:52 PM on January 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I imagine being an NBA player can be challenging as well. Can you imagine being Brandon Ingram or Lonzo Ball? Or, D’Lo?

    • For whom the bell trolls 1:33 PM on January 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      in the fridge, 4 in a row.

  • For whom the bell trolls 10:01 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink  

    That kid who can’t shoot is pretty good. Might as well keep him and all the youngins, get Cousins and trade LaVar.

     
  • For whom the bell trolls 1:09 AM on January 9, 2018 Permalink  

    Oh well, it’s not like the previous FO bungled a # 2 pick. Hate to say it, but Lonzo is not going to be anything more than a distributor. Oh he’ll get some rebounds because he’s hanging around the basket on the defensive end and he’ll get a block or two because of his size advantage on a majority of other guards, get some assists because that’s what he does, pass. But he can’t shoot and with that form it will take him years to change it if he even tries.
    He’ll play for any coach? Please Magika do Laker fans (well some) a favor and let him play for another.
    This false messiah makes me yearn for the DLo days. At least he had a FU attitude when on the court. Lonzo bores me to death, ooh, pretty pass LB.
    Magic got burned buying into Lavar’s hype of his son. Remember there was a time before the draft that Magic had serious doubts about both. Now it’s coming back and biting him in the arse. So let dad and daddy’s boy go somewhere else, before this really turns into a circus. I won’t miss them but for the elixir speeches these con men come up with.

    Your’s truly,
    Your never controversial Trollman.

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 7:08 AM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Meh, too soon. But if they can get value for him, or just about anyone on the roster, they’ll do it.

      The real barometer is this: Boston wouldn’t trade the pick they’re getting (ironically, possibly finally a #1 overall) for Lonzo. They definitely wouldn’t trade Tatum.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 8:15 AM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think expectations for a number two pick is always superstar or bust. But I think at any given time there are no more then 10 superstars probably less. So I’m looking at will they be a very good player. I think Lonzo will. He will be an elite passer and great rebounding guard. He will push the pace the way Magic wants him too. He’s also going to be an above average defender. He’s one of the best defenders in his class.

      Of course the problem is I also just described Ricky Rubio. That’s not terrible but he’s not a star either. Lonzo’s 3 pointers have started to fall so hopefully he can develop into a better scorer. For what the Lakers wanted from that pick Lonzo probably was the best fit. I think it’s too early to draw any accurate conclusions.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 11:22 AM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just wow.

    • mud

      mud 12:40 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i think Lonzo is the best pickup for this team in years and years, superstar or just a distributor. the difference in the team with and without him says it all.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 2:16 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I find it remarkable that any so-called “Lakerholic” is so impatient that he would actually sink to the depths of essentially calling Lonzo Ball a bust, for all intents and purposes. Anyone who can’t look into the future and see a budding all-star is flat out blind as a bat. The accolades he receives around the league from his colleagues speaks volumes. But we’re the Lakers, so the same rules for rookie 20 year olds don’t apply to us. If we lose, every player coach, GM, owner whomever is at risk to be the next subject of hate by haters like Trollman. What else is new?

        • For whom the bell trolls 4:18 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          you’re another who can go f**k themself. You sit right next to Tate on his royal throne and don’t forget to say Mr. Tate when addressing him. I swear I saw you 2 in a room.

        • tate793

          tate793 5:02 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Mr. Keen, methinks the young Trollboy has serious Oedipus complex. Uber-focussed on people buggering themselves to mask his obvious desire to be the lone proliferate of his species. Yep. A real schadenfreude MFer!

          • For whom the bell trolls 9:09 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            God, you try to be so clever. But I have little time for you or your “yes man”.
            You both are transparent d***s with an 11th grade vocabulary/education (probably being generous) that you actually thinks impresses people. Leave me alone and I’ll leave you alone you closet racist.

    • For whom the bell trolls 1:56 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just venting not really that serious but I don’t want the Lakers to become some side show and Lavar is not helping in that regard.

    • tate793

      tate793 10:03 PM on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My feelings are not concealed within a closet. First, right here in this thread, you attacked me. So, dispense with the “leave me alone” wimpy, p*ssy talk. On top of that, you don’t have the wherewithal to guage my intellect. Yo mama didn’t have it to give to you.

      • For whom the bell trolls 10:33 AM on January 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        looks like yo mama raised a bigoted person who likes to target people because they call you out. You are so transparent, go back to your little hole you low-life. With each unwanted response you show your true colors. So sad a person. Big Man on a Laker blog.

  • For whom the bell trolls 7:42 AM on December 28, 2017 Permalink  

    I think the free throw shooting is beating a dead horse.
    Making every free throw doesn’t translate into wins. Just like playing these players more or those players less either.
    Bottom line, we are a superstar or 2 away from being good. I like this team and don’t won’t to lose any of the youngins.
    Add Cousins and you have a contending team because the Center position is the weakest link.
    One or two more years developing Randle et al, and this team will become a force.
    Add another superstar and this team will be feared.

     
    • tate793

      tate793 8:52 AM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well, it’s obvious that you are looking at the horse from the wrong end. What an inane perspective. Simple mathmatics debunks your ridiculous statement. 12 games were lost at the free throw line. Games that showed we lost by fewer points than the number of free throws we missed. Simple subtraction. When you’re the worst free throw shooting team in the league, it ain’t a dead horse. Just a jackass.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 9:34 AM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The best free throw shooting teams in the league hit em at 80%. That still woulda left us 5pts short last night…

        • keen observer

          keen observer 4:35 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You would also have to factor in the number of free throws the opposing team missed and there is no way to calculate how the complexion of the game is affected in terms of teams tightening up their defenses, etc. I think we’d have a few more wins, between 2-4.

        • tate793

          tate793 5:39 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Cleveland and GS are over 80%. Fundamentals have taken a backseat to flash and glamour.

      • For whom the bell trolls 1:46 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You know what Tate you can go f**k yourself. I’m so tired of you calling me this and that just because I disagree with you. You are are a sad piece of sheet that thinks you are gods gift.
        Really a petty person. Happy new year you f**k.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:19 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While making more free throws may not have added too many more wins the fact we miss so very many each and every game is certainly an issue. BI missing them as much as he does being my biggest concern. Can’t be a rim-slasher and struggle as much as he does from the stripe.

      • mud

        mud 1:31 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        none of them will likely make a huge improvement THIS season. i’m not saying that it’s impossible, but it is usually the kind of thing that needs to be fixed in the off season, when the player can really concentrate on it.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:11 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I look at how Andre Drummond has improved at the stripe since last year, how poor Tim Duncan came into the league and others. We’ll see. It’s a mental thing now with some of our guys, but BI struggled from there last year and it got glossed over for the most part.

          • mud

            mud 4:22 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            well, he obviously fixed a lot of things since last year. now he can fix some more things this off season. everything can’t be fixed all at once. life doesn’t work that way.

    • tate793

      tate793 5:36 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Basketball is about putting the ball in the basket. Something that can, and needs to be, improved as soon as possible. Not something you wait until the off season to address. Lonzo has improved his fg accuracy. Improving free throws can be corrected if addressed and adhered to, regularly.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 6:23 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s all in their heads, Mr. Tate. Just like a whole team gets hot or cold shooting, it’s contagious. Like putting in golf. I think it will take a few consecutive games of excellent free throw shooting to rid themselves of these yips once and for all.

        • p ang

          p ang 6:27 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          it aint the FT that cost the game, its the team’s inability to execute at end of games. whether its a lack of play or simply nerves thats whats costing loses.

    • tate793

      tate793 10:35 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I disagree, Mr. Keen. I was nowhere near NBA level, but I did play semipro ball. And, even on that level, you come in knowing the fundamentals. Especially, how to improve your game. Practice improves one’s imperfections. It’s not the yips, it’s habitual. Corrective action would have to be taken. Much like going to a batting cage helps one’s swing. I don’t know what, if anything, the team is doing to correct it, but, thus far, it ain’t working. Getting a shooting coach “next season” means they don’t have one now. When you’re the worst there is, and you chose to procrastinate on improving, you will suffer the consequences.

      • mud

        mud 11:04 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i like your attitude about it tate.
        i’m not going to guess on where priorities lie and why those priorities exist, or what is and isn’t being done. i get that you hate to see pros fail so badly, as humans often do.

        the Lakers probably do have coaches that assist with shooting, but you’re correct, they don’t have a specialist. i think what’s really needed is a headshrinker or a hypnotist.

        i suspect that since so many players are pretty green, just learning the system and learning to trust it has their heads spun. i think they’re doing their best. it shows in that even when they can’t play good, they play hard and keep trying. i’m ok with that. i want wins and i’m not happy with losses, but it’s pretty clear that there’s no way to fix it all now. let’s see where they are at after the all star break, and then at the end of the season. there’s a ways to go, still.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 6:45 AM on December 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s the yips. Same thing happens in all sports. They will get past this.

    • tate793

      tate793 11:34 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m thinking you’re probably right, mud. After all, the NBA is a pretty big stage, and the Lakeshow is the biggest and grandest stage of them all. Can only imagine the pressure on anybody playing here, let alone a kid.

      The effort is there, and, they are trying. Can’t ask for much more than that. Looking forward to it all coming together. I’m sure it eventually will.

      Thanks, mud.

      • mud

        mud 11:40 PM on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i yell and curse at them all the time but they can’t hear it, and it’s just for the moment like i’d yell at my kid, if he needed it. got to love them, too.

  • For whom the bell trolls 8:43 AM on December 22, 2017 Permalink  

    RIP Dick Enberg
    One of my fondest memories of sports was Dick calling the UCLA Bruins games and his infamous singing of “Raindrops keep falling on my head”

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:46 AM on December 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just heard that on the radio on the way to get breakfast, TM. Great friends keep dropping like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’

      Dick calling Bruins basketball will forever be one of my greatest memories growing up too. RIP, Dick. You, Chick, and Vinnie were the best trio of sports announcers any fan could ever have.

    • tate793

      tate793 2:53 PM on December 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Angel and Ram’s games, too.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:08 PM on December 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I remember the Bruins games were tape delayed until 11:00 pm at night.
        Every game was like a late night party for me and my friends.
        Oh, My, Dick was one of the greats. Time is going too fast.

  • For whom the bell trolls 10:16 PM on December 14, 2017 Permalink  

    KCP will be traded tomorrow.

     
    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 10:31 PM on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I had the same thought. Tomorrow is the first day he can be traded and he doesn’t play.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:25 PM on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The game is afoot!

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:27 PM on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Trade for Boogie straight up?

    • tate793

      tate793 11:47 PM on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Josh Hart makes him expendable.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:45 AM on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You have to love how Josh Hart has been playing. His defense has always been elite but his offense is starting to come around. He could really make KCP expendable.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 9:04 AM on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hope so, he adds no value. Takes and misses too many 3’s in clutch time.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:20 AM on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He is still adjusting to the longer distance. Started out 0-25 or something like that but has been shooting pretty well recently. I also like how he attacks the rim. Last night, he even did a good job defending LeBron James. How many 2 guards can do that? Solid player who fits our style.

      Will improve as a shooter. He has hit 6 of 12 3-point shots in December for 50%, which tops team for December. BI and KCP are shooting 38% on threes in December.

      • Worthy42

        Worthy42 11:04 AM on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I was referring to KCP. I am very positive on Josh Hart.

  • For whom the bell trolls 8:22 PM on November 22, 2017 Permalink  

    Dahm that was top-ten dunk from Lonzo.

     
  • For whom the bell trolls 7:31 PM on November 18, 2017 Permalink  

    Re: Lonzo not getting involved in the scuffle.
    What I saw when Lonzo headed for the bench, Luke motioned him to stay.
    Maybe coach Luke should’ve sent him back or at least said something right then and there.

     
  • For whom the bell trolls 8:27 PM on November 5, 2017 Permalink  

    you can really tell the difference when Clarkson is running the point. Team is out of rhythm and he’s out of control with no court awareness. If it wasn’t for his scoring ability he’d be a big negative.

     
  • For whom the bell trolls 8:05 PM on November 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Lakers impressing again and unlike last year, I don’t think this is fools gold. This team is looking like a real NBA team.

     
  • For whom the bell trolls 9:50 PM on November 3, 2017 Permalink  

    Lakers need to close this game out

     
  • For whom the bell trolls 10:04 PM on November 2, 2017 Permalink  

    really Dame a 30 footer? shyte

     
  • For whom the bell trolls 10:03 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink  

    What others are saying about game 7 

    Keeping in mind how even these teams were, Roberts lost the series.

    If you’re going to bring Kershaw into the game in the third, why not just start him? (Smoltz said this too.) Why not bring the infield all the way in with McCullers hitting? Why bunt with Justin Turner on second base and nobody out in a tie game that had zero chance of being the last-run-in-the-game Roberts seemed to be playing for? Why bring in Morrow to face the top of the Astros order in game five? Why not Jansen then? (Going by best pitcher available theory.) Why use Jansen in a 6-1 game the night before? Why not at least try Stripling? Why pull Rich Hill twice when he was more or less rolling? And on and on and on…

    Please….
    Dodgers beat themselves……..Bad managing alone allowed it to get past 5 games…..

    No reason or need to start Darvish. None.

    Darvish with an impressive 21.60 ERA in the WS. Wonder if the Dodgers re-sign him in the off-season.

    It’s simple. Roberts was an idiot for using Darvish at all. Even more so because he used Wood and Kershaw anyway. Houston hitters tonight were just as bad with RISP as the Dodgers were. The only difference in this game between the two was Robert’s was stupid enough to use the worst pitcher available in Darvish because Hinch had already been smart enough to shelf Gilles.

    We’d probably be watching extra innings right now if not for that colossally stupid decision to use Darvish.

    Thank you Dave Roberts for leaving Darvish in or even choosing him in the first place. Horrible call by the manager.

    Roberts lost me as being a good manager … he’s better than Mattigly but then again it’s like saying a fart is better than a shart

    Yu Darvish never should’ve touched a baseball , Alex Wood shouldve started this game ..
    And Jansen blowing 2 saves obviously was the killer

    Roberts Worst manager to ever make a World series… Fact

    Taylor .222 + Seager .222 + Turner .160 + Bellinger .143 + Puig .148 + Barnes .174 + Utley .000 + Darvish 21.60 = congratulations, Astros.

    Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish, both of you should give back your 2017 salary. You both pitched scared, with no conviction, no command, and with all the chips on the table, you both folded quietly and painfully. Maybe you are multi millionaires, great regular season pitchers, but come play off time, overpaid below average, not a clutch performance between either of you. You both should be disappointed!!!

     

     
    • For whom the bell trolls 10:06 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      my favorite
      Roberts lost me as being a good manager … he’s better than Mattingly but then again it’s like saying a fart is better than a shart

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:53 AM on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol.

        If they re-sign Darvish instead of realizing a mistake and trading for Zach Grienke, this might happen next year.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:03 AM on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They couldn’t hit Clayton Kershaw in the middle innings. That didn’t matter, because Yu Darvish had started the game and left behind an oil slick and a Zippo in the form of a 5-0 deficit before Kershaw even got in. Hinch yanked McCullers after he hit a World Series record fourth batter in one start. He mixed and matched, and never did the Dodgers’ bats awaken from their somnambulism. In front of 54,124, the Astros celebrated. They went nuts on the tiny visitors’ clubhouse, spraying champagne, throwing beer and, in the case of deposed closer Ken Giles, wearing a T-shirt that read, “ZERO F**KS GIVEN,” only without the asterisks.

      They were blasting “California Love,” the theme song for Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, whom they twice had beaten, and when the hook got around to the good part, Bregman yelled: “In the cityyyyy, of L.A.!”

      https://www.yahoo.com/amphtml/sports/houston-astros-went-great-legendary-won-first-world-series-110037559.html

  • For whom the bell trolls 8:58 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink  

    Dodgers down to their last 3 outs. Not starting Kershaw will probably be the biggest second guess.

     
    • For whom the bell trolls 8:59 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Down to 2 outs. You can take analytics and shove it where the sun don’t shine. After the first Astro run in the opening inning Darvish should have been yanked.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:12 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Offense scored one run and left about 50 men on base.

      • For whom the bell trolls 9:19 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        good point but Houston’s pitchers had a little cushion to work with. Like to see how they would have handle a tight game.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:22 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Tight or not, try hitting. Charlie Morton’s Heat. Good Lord.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 9:25 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Gotta wonder how Kershaw woulda fared with the pressure on as well.

        • For whom the bell trolls 9:33 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          true dat, but he looked pretty sharp in his home surroundings and I doubt he would come unglued like Darvish in a carbon copy of his game 2 fiasco.
          Game 7, you put your best in there, not your 3rd, especially if you’re gonna play him anyway.
          And if he fails we can all say what’s been on our minds for years now, great regular season pitcher who couldn’t handle the pressure of the playoffs. He should be the hero or the goat.
          Mattingly would have started him for sure.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:37 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            It’s competition though right? And he got tattooed on 2days rest.

            I agree, after 2-0 a good reason to put him in.

            Will be interesting to see what analytics Roberts was going off. Usually those 2 managers differentiate game management based on the info at the moment.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 9:57 PM on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s all 2nd guessing & hindsight. Astro mgr stuck with his starter even tho he was putting guys on base left & right and was drilling guys like he thought it was dodgeball. Worked out for HOU but not for LA. Shyte happens….

  • For whom the bell trolls 8:18 PM on October 31, 2017 Permalink  

    You Know what would be great? If Tom’s published works wouldn’t supersede other posts. Just think, we could talk about the Dodgers or the Lakers tonight.
    And if you’re listening Tom, your current set-up really bites (yeah, home-run by Pederson for the Dodgers to go up 3-1 as I type this) your latest article has been up for 3 days now, wonderful.
    Don’t get me wrong Tom, I’m happy for you but it looks like you are sacrificing the flow of the blog for ego’s sake. I know you probably don’t give a rats arse what I think but that’s how I feel. No matter, there are other sites.
    Lakers leading Detroit in the 2nd, too bad it’s not the first topic post.

     
    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:39 PM on October 31, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You’re not the only one. I feel the same way too. We need to go back to the old format where the latest posting is on top and older ones naturally falls below.

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