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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:44 AM on June 16, 2018 Permalink |  

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:12 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink |  

    Pop and Leonard haven’t even talked yet. All this back channel BS reminds me of every off season, ever, and so I ain’t buying it. Second, PG, Leonard, James…how many small forwards does a team need? The older LBJ gets the less likely he’ll want to bang with 4s. I dunno…we’ll see, I guess.

    Also hard to see Pop trading him within the division and, frankly, the Celtics have more to offer. Laker fans don’t like to hear, and I certainly don’t like typing it, but all their guys got a major taste of the playoffs. Spurs could do a S&T for Marcus Smart and see if they could pry Jason Tatum and a draft pick away, since he’d be backing up Leonard, anyhow.

    Or bail on Smart, who could see himself finding more value on the open market and go with Brown and Tatum and picks (which Boston hoards for moments such as this). Or the Spurs could toss in Patty Mills and go for all 3 (Smart on a deal that makes the money work, Brown, Tatum and some picks). Not sure why Ainge would do that but…whatever, who cares?

    Luol Deng ain’t getting this deal done for LA, not unless it brings back either Mills or Pau. It’s just not and to say otherwise is folly. Maybe if Deng had, you know…played a little last season but he didn’t and so there’s not a lot of inspiration there one would imagine. RC isn’t stupid. S&T for Randle, Hart and maybe Ingram (depending on what Randle agrees to) could work but that’s a lot to give up. One would hope Leonard comes through his physical with sparkling colors.

    At any rate, I don’t see a clear path to Leonard becoming a Laker. the again, I didn’t see CP3 as a Rocket so…

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 7:25 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree Jamie. Boston tried to trade for him last year. The rumor has been that the Celtics are worried that Kyrie will not resign with them. So Kyrie for Kawhi. Boston tosses in this years first and one or both of their likely lottery picks that they own next year. They each have a year to convince their players to stay and a bonus fo for the Spurs, they don’t have to take on Deng’s contract.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:38 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m pretty certain from everything I’ve heard and read that Kawhi is probably gone from San Antonio. Where he goes will depend on whether Kawhi refuses to re-sign with other teams. Word is he is really unhappy in San Antonio and homesick to return to LA. His mother and godfather are pushing this path. It’s really a rerun of the Paul George situation. I think our strategy should be the same. Wait for Kawhi. Don’t trade away budding stars like Ingram and Kuzma when you get him for free next summer.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:50 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would agree with you if this wasnt coming directly from Kawhi’s camp and reported by WOJ.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 9:29 PM on June 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      U coulda ended ur post with that 1st line, JS.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:49 PM on June 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Would less be more? 

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:06 PM on June 11, 2018 Permalink |  

    Smart Moves for the Lakers? (maybe so, maybe not) 

    Well it’s over and done with.  No more games, no more dark horse hopes to challenge for the banner.  The obvious pick won and the player who had the most to lose lost.  Now we turn our eyes to the NBA off season.  Like the closing minutes of floor trading except it lasts months.

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    At any rate, with a just a couple of weeks before players have to opt in to their deals (what oh WHAT will Enes Kanter do?!) there are a few players out there not named LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins or Paul George that the Lakers might be looking at acquiring.  Sure, sure the Lakers have been parading all over the basketball world trumpeting their plans to pitch max deals to the best players available but, for argument’s sake, let us assume that none of them bite or that they don’t choose to make themselves available.  Here are some intriguing notions for us to upgrade the roster with. 

    Bear in mind this assumes the following: The Lakers retain Julius Randle for something in the neighborhood of $20-25 million.  The Lakers choose not to go over the tax apron to retain any players.  That Isaiah Thomas can find more money and a role that suits him better than we can offer, Brook Lopez the same.  If we throw those conventions out than we can entertain the notion of keeping IT, and/or even Brook.  Keeping Randle, and assuming we don’t trade any players currently on the roster, would put our cap at $59.1-64.1 million with the assumed salary cap placed at $128 million (TBD).  So we’d have roughly half our cap space left.  I’m not going to get into potential offers for the players below, but I assume that most of them can be had for $10-12 mil on 2-4 year deals, if I’m the Lakers I maybe negotiate a bit of an overpay so as to include a team option after the 1st year so as to allow cap flexibility going forward but with the potential to retain the player should the fit work better than expected..


    Upgrading at the 2 in lieu of simply bringing back KCP and assuming they don’t promote/trade Josh Hart

    Wayne Ellington: ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’ might be the longest NBA nickname ever, but I like it (I am also a fan of Bond films, especially the old school ones although Daniel Craig might be the best since Connery…different debate)If raw shooting potential is what you’re looking for at the 2 guard position than Wayne is probably the best available option.  Wayne does pretty much one thing, but he does it pretty dang well.  He shoots the rock.  Doesn’t really pass it much for dimes and, maybe more importantly, he doesn’t cough it up.  He was once a Laker but moved on after one season…might it be time for a reunion?


    Tyreke Evans: ‘Reke Havoc’ has been a pretty consistent NBA player in his lifetime.  While nobody will ever accuse him of moving the needle too far he certainly doesn’t drag a roster down, either.  He can guard multiple positions with his size and quickness (6’6″), he can hit the three and he can dish (averages 5 dimes/game for his career).  Evans’ biggest knock may be that he’s suffered from a variety of ailments over the years and has missed a lot of games.  That’s also why he can likely be had for a decent deal.  Evans is a solid player starting or coming off the bench.  It gives coach Walton some size at the 2 and allows the team to bring Josh Hart along as a potential future starting 2.


    Avery Bradley: ‘Spiderman’ is a streaky shooter who defends well.  Like KCP but with a cooler nickname (whose nickname is actually KCP).  My biggest thing with ‘Poison’ (his other nickname) is he has been bitten by the injury bug.  A lot.  Like KCP he isn’t much of a distributor averaging about as many turnovers as assists except that Pope hasn’t been nearly as injury prone and is younger.  Avery Bradley is in the realm of ‘settling’ when one discusses upgrading at shooting guard but is probably going to be available for cheap this summer.  Best he can really expect is an RE or MLE from a team desperate enough for shooting and the Lakers are one of many teams that fit that description.


    Will Barton: ‘The People’s Champ’.  Honestly, who dubbed him that?  Might be the worst NBA nickname, ever.  At any rate, Will Barton would be the last of my choices to upgrade the 2 guard position, I’d honestly rather bring back KCP than go this route simply because I believe that KCP is the better defender and player, overall.  But Will is still young and could turn some sort of corner, he certainly took a step in that direction last season so it’s worth postulating how he would fare in the purple and gold.  Besides, someone else could offer KCP more clams than we want to.


    Honorable mention goes to Zach LaVine and J.J. Reddick but I think that Zach will get matched by the Bulls for anything reasonable and Reddick is destined to return to the 76ers.  However, if either does hit the market and can be had for cheap then I would hope that they vault to the top of the Lakers’ list.  Personally, if I had to choose, I’d go for Zach as he has the most upside and would be a decent secondary ball handling guard in the backcourt with Lonzo.

    Backup PG/SF, assuming Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball remain Lakers

    Isaiah Thomas: ‘King in the Fourth’ is also known to Laker fans.  This may be trickier than it seems on face value.  ‘Pizza Guy’ (the favored nickname of yours truly) could find a more lucrative deal or a more expanded role elsewhere.  His hip injury forced him to shut it down early last season after spending most of the year recovering from said injury.  He’s reported recently as being pain-free after surgery.  The Lakers and he are a pretty good fit so it could end up he returns to the purple and gold for the 2018-19 campaign.


    Rajon Rondo: Laker fans ought to be fairly hip to Rajon ‘Johnny’ or ‘Swag’ Rondo.  ‘The Yoga Instructor’ was an instrumental figure in denying Kobe ring #4 back in 2008.  Then they went to breakfast together one time and the internet exploded.  Then he bounced around the league to teams people thought he’d suck on and every year he does the same thing really well: compete.  Sometimes that’s the best skill to bring to the court, a feeling that I can outwork you, I can out hustle you, defense doesn’t take talent, it takes a desire to shove the ball back in your face at every opportunity.  That’s where Rondo excels.  He also has three nicknames so there’s that.


    Elfrid Payton: If you’re like me you just don’t trust an NBA player that hasn’t earned a nickname.  According to basketball reference dot com that’s the case with one Elfrid Payton who should at least have garnered a name like ‘Hair Guy’ or ‘Wavy Payvy’.  Regardless Mr. Payton is known around the NBA as a defensive-minded PG that has improved his three point accuracy every season (except after he got injured in Phoenix).  Would the Suns match a lowball offer?  Probably, and the Lakers aren’t in much of a position to sit around and wait so this feels unlikely.


    Trevor Ariza: ‘Switchblade’ honestly hadn’t heard that one, before.  If he’s into it this is far and away the best available backup SF this offseason.  Jabari Parker hasn’t looked the same since tearing his ACL and Milwaukee has matching rights.  Not that they would, but honestly is JP worth getting into a bidding war and having money tied up for a couple of days?  We all know what Trevor is capable of and we know he’s a quality dude who’s been a part of a championship team in addition to being a key figure on a regular playoff team.


    Rodney Hood: No nickname…hmmmmm, already a red flag.  Fresh off a 4 game sweep at the hands of the Warriors and with LBJ rumored to be leaving town it’s hard to imagine the Cavs not re-signing (or matching) Rodney Hood.  They simply don’t have many other options available.  Be that as it may, he could be a solid addition to the Lakers should they want to slide BI over to the PG slot for extended minutes as the primary backup to Lonzo Ball.  For a player only 3 years into his NBA career he has also suffered a series of eyebrow raising injuries.  Probably not really on the Lakers radar, but it’s the NBA so one never really knows until the hammer falls.


    Rudy Gay: I am of the opinion that the Spurs will look to retain Rudy as both Kawhi Leonard insurance and/or as a scoring threat off the bench/floor spacer (although his 3 point shooting took a bit of a dive last season likely a result of his Achilles injury the season prior).  While Rudy may not have lived up to all his hype, he’s certainly proved himself a capable NBA player.  Probably take too much dough to lure him away from the player-friendly confines of San Antonio, he’s worth a phone call from Rob and Magic if the big plans fall through.  The other issue with Rudy is he’s been injury prone for most of his career.


    Frontcourt options a-plenty

    Dewayne Dedmon: A poor man’s Brook Lopez, Dewayne could choose to opt out and test free agency his first season after deciding to shoot some three pointers.  If he does the Lakers could be an interesting landing spot for the 28 year old.


    Ersan Ilyasova: An able bodied big who can score from all over the court.  While not the defensive stalwart some Laker fans yearn for, he can hit the three and would provide an nice option at the 4 that would contrast Randle’s bully ball style of play.  Besides, with a nickname like ‘Turkish Thunder’ what could go wrong?


    Michael Beasley: Could it finally happen?  Could ‘Walking Bucket’, ‘B-Easy’, ‘Supercool Beas’ finally end up in a state with legalized marijuan-uh-in a Laker uniform?  It could happen this summer as the Lakers look to add shooters for Lonzo to hit off a pass.  MB has a knack for getting buckets but last season as a Knick he also flashed some leadership skills and veteran savvy.  The NBA, and professional sports in general, has a funny way of humbling those who rely on talent and hype.  It would seem Michael has turned a corner and embraced his inner professional.


    Brook Lopez: ‘Bropez’…really?  (sigh)  Anyhow, if there’s a more controversial current Laker than Brook Lopez his name is either Lonzo Ball or Isaiah Thomas.  Brook can shoot from anywhere, defends OK, and is a team-first kinda guy (for the most part).  I also think he’ll move quick if there’s a reasonable deal on the table and I don’t think he’ll much care what city it’s in.  If there’s a playoff spot in the mix all the more likely he signs elsewhere.  having said that he’s spoken openly about admiring what the Lakers a re doing and being back in SoCal.  So who knows.


    …Nerlens Noel…: For all his foibles Mr. Noel does have a cool nickname in ‘The Nerlen Wall’.  S’funny and historical so, kudos on that one.  It’s likely that Nerlens has to take a very low offer and will kick himself for the rest of his life for not taking the $70 million Mark Cuban and the Mavs offered him but there it is.  Hindsight is 20/20.  Nerlens can defend very well and finish at the rim.  He doesn’t open up the floor but he could be the kind of player that triggers more fast breaks with his defense which could help to mitigate his special issues.  here’s hoping ‘The Eraser’ finds a role that agrees with him and follows in Michael Beasley’s footsteps in terms of discovering his inner professional.


    Honorable mention goes to Clint Capella (who I think Houston will absolutely need to hold on to) and Jusuf Nurkic (same goes for Portland) but if either ended up in the purple and gold I’d be stoked.  Especially Nurkic.

    Now you could say: “Jamie, did you just scour a list of available players and pull a few out of the hat?” and my reply would be, “Fssshhhhhh, no…” but it also wouldn’t be far from the truth.  Let’s be honest, any free agent signed not named LeBron James, Paul George or Boogie Cousins will feel like a settle.  but the above are players (some who were Lakers just last season) that fit well with what we’re trying to do.  They’re better than G-Leaguers and they have real NBA experience.  A few have even won rings.  Those are valuable commodities not to be overlooked or passed over without at least a cursory look for a young team, which the Lakers assuredly still are.

    Go Lakers.


    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:33 PM on June 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think if the Lakers do not add two superstars, they will focus on kicking the can down the road, meaning signing guys to 1-year deals so they can save their cap space for summer of 2019. I love the idea of re-signing Isaiah to a 1-year deal if healthy because the upside is we could keep him long term if he comes back 100% since he have his Bird rights.

      I also love the idea of Nerlens Noel in another 1-year short term deal. I would add Marcus Smart to this list and he is one I might be willing to give a longer contract too. One important thing to consider is these contracts are exactly what the Lakers don’t have right now and will need to make a deal at the trade deadline for a second or third superstar.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:13 PM on June 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I don’t see Marcus Smart as being a good fit on the team if we keep Randle and don’t trade Ball. Too many non-shooters, better to re-up with KCP or sign one of the 2 guards listed above that shoot 35+% on three pointers. Same goes for Nerlens Noel, he made the list as the back up center, IMO. Just as well to roll with Bryant who could bring significantly more to the table.

        If we’re chasing the 2 superstar dream we’ll have to renounce IT’s Bird RIghts. Bird Right’s will not be the savior of the off season, our situation and timing is all wrong. That might have have worked had we kept Randle’s player option last summer. I don’t think they’re giving up on that dream early unless Paul George opts into his deal, Boogie and the Peli’s come to an agreement and LBJ gets S&T to another team not named the Los Angeles Lakers before July.

        I’m assuming that they test free agency and choose pastures of a non purple and gold hue in the above scenario. Thus we’ll have renounced Randle and IT. Regardless, I think if the Laker Brass has to choose between Bird RIghts and whom to renounce they’re going to go with Randle and see if IT is on the market a couple weeks later. I could be wrong but you’re talking about a guy who turned a major corner and played in all 82 last season and a guy coming off a serious injury that has the potential to re-occur.

        Mainly just looking at guys that already complement what we have and could be gotten for 8-12 mil and talked into team options after the first year so as to maintain both flexibility while trying to build something cohesive. With so few teams having genuine space there will be more than a few MLE, RE deals accepted but maybe we can snag a player or two that adds rather and potentially stays on rather than simply filling cap space for another summer of eternal maybes.

        With 8 players under contract we’ll need to add 5 players to be on the active roster. The filler can be G-Leaguers or 2-ways but you need a minimum of 13 dudes. If we’re not chasing the superstar dream. NBA average for players on a roster was 14 last season and with injuries being such a concern I would imagine the Lakers get to that 14 so toss another body on that pile. With that in mind and only $60ish mil to play with how many one-year prove me deals can the Lakers dole out? Maybe 2?

        Which then brings up the question: who are you kicking the can down the road for? Klay has all but signed his extension to stay a Warrior. Leonard could turn down a max offer from the Spurs…but why? If you’re coming off a major injury that has the potential to be degenerative I pretty sure you take that deal. The Spurs will offer it because if he’s healthy he’s a game-changer, if he breaks down they get an injured player exception and hit the rebuild button.

        Maaaaaaaybe Jimmy Butler or KAT but both those players come with question marks and Jimmy will be 30 going on older with a history of various leg issues. I suppose KAT could look to move to a bigger market and he’d only be 24 and finding his groove, theoretically. Also, who is Minnesota not going to throw money at? They’ll have their Bird Rights and can build a team around both players who will have had a few seasons together and some playoff battles to build chemistry off of.

        The list of 2019 free agents isn’t awe inspiring after those 4.


        I’d be more than happy to be wrong about any of it but really I think I’m just being fairly realistic. I think, if the Lakers want to be smart, they let this pot keep boiling and don’t start making soup quite yet. Still working on the broth.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 6:08 PM on June 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m still not opposed to signing Capela, Smart and Randle to long term deals and wait for trades in the future.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:17 PM on June 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        With Smart and Capella on the team you’ll have exactly the same problem you have with Smart and Nerlens: who is going to make shots from the perimeter to open up the lanes Clint needs to finish those lobs and Randle needs to operate one on one in order to be a bully ball threat? Teams will leave Smart open on the perimeter and I’m curious how well his game plays outside of Boston where they basically allow them to foul on their home court with impunity.

        I could see one of the three (Randle, Smart or Capella_ becoming a Laker and I choose Randle over all three, but, as I said above, I got no secret knowledge. Mainly just bored of infinite LBJ trade scenarios. Although I’m cooking something like that up for my next long winded and overly pessimistic post ;)

        • keen observer

          keen observer 11:32 AM on June 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think that all 3 players will outplay the value of their contracts, with the possible exception of Capela. To me, Marcus Smart is like a defensive version of Donovan Mitchell in terms of his impact on a game and will eventually knock down threes at a decent clip, too. He’s brings more energy than KCP and I believe that he would thrive in a starting role. A starting lineup of Capela, Randle, Ingram, Smart and Lonzo would be a top 3 defensive team in the league. Bring in Kuzma, Josh Hart and Thomas Bryant and you have an up tempo bench (and maybe even Isaiah Thomas). No, this isn’t a championship team next season, but it has the foundation for greatness in the future and creates more trade assets to acquire disgruntled superstars.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 10:40 AM on June 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t want any part of Rondo in purple and gold.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 10:51 AM on June 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’d be thrilled to have Rondo and think he’s exactly what this young team needs. A true Alpha that is a basketball genius that can teach the game on the court. He is literally one of the most intelligent players in the league.

        This line-up would challenge the Warriors and would be my prefer team if LeBron comes.

        PG Rondo
        SG BI
        SF LeBron
        PF Kuz
        C Cousins


  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:55 AM on June 11, 2018 Permalink |  

    Can the Rockets land LeBron without gutting their team? 

    What would have to happen for LeBron to join James Harden and CP3? Kevin Pelton looks how Houston might build a juggernaut.

    Source: Can the Rockets land LeBron without gutting their team?

    Short answer: no.  Like mongo was saying last night: CP3 and LBJ ain’t taking a pay cut (NBAPU reps can’t be seen doing the owners any favors) so the real question becomes does the trade include Ryan Anderson or the rest of the team?  My guess is the rest of the team with Anderson being the first big off the bench.

    This would seem to be the most likely scenario.  Only question I have is, if it’s true his family has some voice in the choice: how do they feel about Houston?  I feel like it’s a non-issue based on how much he’ll be raking in.  The biggest hurdle will be convincing Cleveland and Gilbert that they’re actually getting something out of a trade as opposed to letting him walk for nothing.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:29 PM on June 6, 2018 Permalink  

    Keep braying like a jack-a$$, Draymond, you are a classless buffoon and one of the bigger reasons I will never root for the Warriors. Hope you get tossed, Nutshot.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:37 PM on June 6, 2018 Permalink  

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    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:06 PM on June 6, 2018 Permalink  

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:08 PM on June 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is there a modern equivalent to Frank Zappa? I would say no. There is no talented individual that combined his musicianship, writing, humor and insight. Some hip-hop artists come close, but they fall way short on the musicianship scale. An American treasure that is too often overlooked as a novelty act.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:04 PM on June 6, 2018 Permalink  

    Ranking 50 greatest individual postseasons in modern NBA history 

    Where do MJ, LeBron and Steph land on our list of the best playoff performances?

    Source: Ranking 50 greatest individual postseasons in modern NBA history

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:06 PM on June 6, 2018 Permalink  

    A must read for any young Laker.


  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:05 AM on June 4, 2018 Permalink  

    2000 WCF Lakers vs Blazers – Shaq Alley Oop Dunk from Kobe 

    Lest we forget that, on this date in history something ridiculous happened that changed the trajectory of the Laker franchise.  Prior to this dunk the Lakers were thought of as a bunch of hot doggers who couldn’t push through in the tough moments.  That criticism stopped soon enough.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:17 AM on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      huh, embed sure doesn’t like MS Edge…

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:36 AM on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Definitely my favorite Kobe and Shaq moment. I told this story before but my daughter-in-law was in the hospital having just given birth to my grandson and my son and I were watching with sound off in her room in the maternity ward when Kobe made that pass. Neither of us could help from screaming, scared the hell out of my daughter-in-law and wife. What a Lakers’ moment!

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:40 AM on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I was at a party of people who HATED the Lakers, all game while were down they kept talking trash and I kept saying ‘the game isn’t over until it’s over’ and lo and behold it certainly wasn’t over. Portland’s never been the same, either.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:44 AM on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Sweet for Sweet, huh?

          • NBA4ever

            NBA4ever 11:48 AM on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I was living in Sacramento surrounded by bandwagon ish talking Kings fans when Horry hit the “shot”. As the ball bounced to Horry I jumped up and yelled mother fing HORRRRY in all of their faces before he even released the shot LOL

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 11:46 AM on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          One of my favorite sport moments. One of those moments you will always remember where you were and who you were with. I was with my cousin at a friends house. I was pacing behind a couch, we were tense and quiet… then the alley oop! I literally jumped over the couch into my seat. We still laugh about it to this day as we all were able to laugh and release the unnecessary tension as if our lives were on the line :)

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:17 PM on June 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Question for the blog 

    What say you, Laker blog, was Shaun Livingston’s shot with seconds left in the game a punk move, smart basketball or no big deal one way or the other. Now imagine if that was a Celtic piling on the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

    Side note, Thompson’s F2 was downgraded to a F1 (there’s an odd NBA rule that you can’t give a technical foul to a player that’s already gotten a F1 or F2…weird but there it is) and he was fined $25 grand for not leaving the court in a timely manner. Honestly, that seems very fair to me.

    One wonders if, between Kevin Love not getting suspended and TT’s getting his fouls downgraded (but still losing some cheese in the process) are the scales of NBA Justice in balance before game 2?

    • keen observer

      keen observer 10:07 AM on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He missed the shot. It’s a shot he normally makes. Maybe he missed it on purpose. It’s a bullsh!t unwritten rule, but if it helped fuel the Cavs for tomorrow’s game, he should not have shot the ball, but what BS.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:23 AM on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He missed the shot because Thompson closed out hard on him and was subsequently tossed. I thought was just good D on a meaningless shot. It’s more than an un-written rule, it’s good sportsmanship. Obviously the Warriors don’t value that particular trait. I’m a big Shaun Livingston fan, dude has overcome so much to still be a major contributor, but I thought was very poor form on his part.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:33 AM on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Meh…much ado about nothing.

      But the league made the right calls rescinding the F2 and not suspending Love.

    • mud

      mud 12:27 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      it’s a waste of breath.

      if the Cavs are so disturbed by it that they win a few games, good for them. otherwise, it’s one game, it’s over, the series continues.

      i understand that in the Twitter world, this is a really, really big deal, but there aren’t too many in that world that have done ANYTHING, let alone play in the NBA. it gives fans something to talk about.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:53 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s my whole goal. Just get a little tired of endless trade scenarios, especially while there’s still games to play. these long breaks between game days blows. Of course in a week or so there won’t be any hoops so…

        At any rate, I tend to agree. I thought it interesting that they called a F2 on a play that I thought was a common foul, at the worst.

        • mud

          mud 1:58 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          yeah, it’s part of what is really bad about the present state of the game. flagrant fouls for a normal hard foul or minor technical is just one more way that the refs have too much influence on the game. i just heard an interview with Monty McCutcheon and he was going on and on about standards and fairness. i am not fooled by word fit for lawyers. it is more obvious than ever that these refs(and more to the point, The League) have their own agendas.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:11 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’m not sure I fully endorse your entire conspiracy theory, I do think that there needs to be a4th ref and the alternate should be the one on the dedicated replay monitor and should be the one to make the call with the head official only coming over if there’s a question of an ejection. But all the ‘was his foot on the line’ and ‘was that goal tending’ type calls don’t need to have the drama of a ref strolling over to the table, putting on a headset, and watching a play for 7 seconds or whatever. Speed that part up, save the drama for the flagrant fouls and such.

            But I would argue that every entity involved in a business venture has it’s own agenda. It’s all part of the game. The NBA needs to stay relevant in order to influence CBAs, owners need to influence power in order to make money, players need to influence power in order to perform well in the hopes of making more money, refs need to influence power because, heck, they’re humans and don’t want to be run roughshod over by the other portions of this equation.

            I do wish they’d let the defense have some tools back, though. I agree that there are way too many opportunities for the whistle to be blown for odd calls. I seriously doubt they’ll ever bring the hand check back, and it seems that ‘no easy lay ups’ now has to mean ‘I’m cool with this flagrant 1…wait…am I?’ but the defense needs to at least have some of the skill calls called more accurately. I dunno, it can be very hard to watch and I don’t even have a pony in the race.

            If it were the Lakers in the role of the Cavs at the end of that game…#pissed

            • mud

              mud 2:23 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink

              conspiracy theory?

              hardly. i am only watching the actual events and human nature. it’s not a theory. it is a Public Relations fact.

              there are enough refs. they won’t get every call correctly. in the past, it was said “the refs are part of the game”. they just need to be of the proper mindset and value, and that is set by the league offices. mistakes don’t indicate bias. bias indicates bias. the league has a lot invested in developing stars and if the stars are marginal, they must be built up. as you say, every business venture has an agenda.

              if the dialog is about the refs, they have FAILED to do their job of providing a basic level playing field. when the refs get more attention than the players, they have done a terrible job. some of this is that there are dirty refs, like Donaghy, some of this is the leagues fault for what they ask of those refs.

              your point about odd calls is a perfect example. the ONLY reason for fouls is to take away unfair advantages on the floor, that have nothing to do with the ability to play the game, holding, hitting, biting, tackling, carrying the ball, etc. incidental contact that does not lead to an advantage is not really a foul. it is not the league’s, nor the refs’ job to favor the offense, or the defense for that matter. all this legalism is ruining the competition.

              i agree with your point about the over use of replays…

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:30 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Rick Bucher had an interesting viewpoint on the referees’ decision to look at the block/charge play. Bucher has actually undergone the same training the NBA refs undergo and he said the primary goal was to get the play right and if you look at the reactions of the three refs right after the play, you could see there was no consensus whether LeBron was outside the restricted area and no consensus that the play was a charge. Two of the refs actually though it was a block. In these circumstances, the refs will always go to review, which opens the door to changing the call. In this case, all three refs agreed to the review because their mantra is to get the call right.

            Of course, the way to make sure to get the call right is to institute two challenges like teams get in baseball. There will have to be some adjustments so play is not interrupted but this situation is likely to have an outcome of the league looking at incorporating some form of review via coach challenges, which would be a good thing for the game, especially in series like the Finals.

            • mud

              mud 4:15 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink

              Rick Bucher has the integrity of a paper mache ocean liner.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:19 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink

              But he has excellent sources around the league and when I watched the refs’ responses on that last play, they were not in agreement as to whether LeBron was in the restricted area or proper defensive position. Bucher’ argument makes sense and chimes with my take on the situation. It would be great if you would comment on the content of people’s posts rather than using it as an opportunity to troll. Just sayin’, mud. :-)

            • mud

              mud 4:53 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink

              what is to comment on?

              the refs made their decision and now people want to try to justify it. there was absolutely no, ZERO, reason to believe that Lebron was in the restricted area. by the absolute letter of the law, he wasn’t set, so blocking can be called. however, Durant hit him dead square in the chest, which has always been called “charge”. the announcers called charge, the ref who could see the play called charge. there was no reason for replay, but fine, they replayed it.

              now Bucher, an absolute mouthpiece is used as a believable explainer. it’s nonsense. if the refs did the right thing in going to replay, then the league can say so and move on. all the extra discussion only sounds like excuses. there is a reason for rules, and the reason is not the rules themselves.

              Rick Bucher has made a career out of being a lying butt sucker who will say anything for his employers or for clicks. there’s no need to go on about all the times that he has made up rumors based on “sources”. it’s been seen enough times by those who want to pay attention. he’s a freaking Warriors sideline reporter for crying out loud!

              yes, i’m trolling constantly, but it’s only because of the lack of reason from the public. i don’t see anyone talking about things that are related to anything but the hair up one’s butt. at least Tate posted an actual story about a players life and interests. there isn’t much else that can be factually reported at this time of year, and at one time, that would be the only possible story at this time of year, because a reporters integrity used to be somewhat important. anonymous sources aren’t enough to create factual reporting.

              face it.
              the league is dishonest and that won’t change by denying it or explaining it. if people were half as up in arms about the PR machine controlling their brains as they are with which non-entity is president, at least the entertainment could be real.

              were the refs really unsure about whether or not LeBron was in the restricted area? if they were, they are beyond incompetent. i call shenanigans. if they disagreed about charge/block, then the good ole huddle, discuss and accept the opinion of the guy with the best view would have worked just fine. going to replay is just avoiding the responsibility for the decision. it’s not an attempt to get it right, it’s an attempt to avoid the actual job. it led the more hard feelings than an honest call would. again, the reason for the rules is to eliminate an unfair advantage without affecting the competition between the players. the game is not about the refs. as i said earlier, the moment the game becomes about the refs, is the moment that the refs fail at doing their job.

            • mud

              mud 5:02 PM on June 2, 2018 Permalink

              Bucher’s sources are so good. i bet they run when they see him coming, unless their job requires telling him something.

              he’s the guy that said “Kobe will never play another game for the Lakers”, during the radio tour and he said that he had factual sources that confirmed it.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:45 PM on May 28, 2018 Permalink  

    Mike “Why hasn’t somebody just made me the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants already?” D’Antoni does it again. Content with his guys chucking threes and not really actually running an offense. Never going to win a cookie until he can comprehend there are other ways to score the basketball. Even the Warriors for all their 3 point acumen use the mid range game and they certainly run a motion offense with triangle style post plays thrown in on occasion.

    Once again I feel for Trevor Ariza: come home, Trev, just don’t let your agent blow it for you, this time. CP3 did himself one bracket better so I'[m sure he’s thrilled. One wonders if the Rockets will go hard after both CP3 and Capella. That Ryan Anderson deal is a real albatross on their cap situation and that’s where the Warriors are a superior team. They squeeze every drop of talent out of their salary cap.

    The King versus The Team: my gut tells me the Team will win but you never know. Regardless, it’s a repeat of a repeat of a repeat. At least the Eastern conference had the good sense and grace to send a different team against the Lakers in the Finals every year.

    • mud

      mud 8:54 PM on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      CP3 always takes a dive this time of year. the Rockets were gonna be doomed as soon as that happened.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:57 PM on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Unfortunate, but true. Rockets just weren’t able to hold it together down the stretch. James Harden didn’t play like an MVP. It wouldn’t have been this close save for the heroic play of Clint Capella, PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon. End of the day, the way Mike coaches you end up playing a pretty one-dimensional style of basketball which just don’t fly in the playoffs.

        • mud

          mud 9:55 PM on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          James Harden ISN”T an MVP. he just isn’t.
          he’s quite a scorer, though. especially when the refs buy his act.
          he can shoot like something wicked, as well.

          his deal with the Devil was over for this year.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:05 PM on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Swaggy getting himself a trip to the NBA Finals.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:13 PM on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well said, Jamie.
      Durant, the most potent offensive weapon in the game destroyed them with his beautiful mid range game.

      • mud

        mud 11:14 AM on May 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        b-b-but, the midrange game is for old dinosaur losers!

        anybody with a deep knowledge of the values of numbers could tell you that it’s a bad shot! after all…3>2…

        the more basketball changes, the more it stays the same.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:16 AM on May 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL. Go back and watch the game again. What killed the Rockets was KD and Steph sticking threes -- not twos -- to seal the game in the fourth. Even announcers made the point that the Rockets were trading 2 for 3 every time down the court. KD made 5/11 threes and 6/10 twos.

          Only thing that hasn’t changed in the game is you need to make your shots. Rockets didn’t. In the end, they choked and missed 27 threes in a row. Rockets shot 44 threes in total and Warriors shot 39 threes. Yeah, nothing has changed. What a croc, mud. You’re lost in the past.

          • mud

            mud 11:51 AM on May 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            yeah, it’s pretty obvious that you need to make the majority of your shots, and that a three point shot is an awesome weapon if you make that shot at a high percentage.

            the top scorers in the league can still hit a midrange shot, and when that shot is on, it ruins every defense and makes threes much easier to get. ask LeBron in his last two series when 2 point fadeaways sealed both series.

            i’m not against shooting three point shots AT ALL. i just don’t buy the idea that the midrange is garbage and should be eliminated from the game, like old guys who got too high do.

            …and Clint Capela is the smallest, softest 7 foot tall star since…but that’s trolling…i have no problems with the Lakers picking up baby softy, unless it’s a max contract. Ariza and Capela and the “unstoppable” James Harden, combined with the unbreakable CP3 and coached by the ever losing D’Antoni isn’t going anywhere. so much for analysis.

            yeah, midrange shots are bad.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:37 PM on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Series was over the moment CP3 grabbed his hammy at the end of game 5. Not really a need for a whole buncha analysis beyond that because THAT guy is a gamechanger who enables THOSE other dudes to play better.

      • mud

        mud 11:12 AM on May 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        the Lakers dodged a bullet not getting him, though. every. single. season, he takes his team to the playoffs and then gets hurt.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:14 PM on May 24, 2018 Permalink  

    From a Bleacher Report article back in February:

    Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

    Shipping out Jordan Clarkson prevents the Lakers from junking Julius Randle before the offseason begins. They have a clear path to more than $45 million in space while floating his $12.4 million hold and can push that purse to around $60 million by stretching Luol Deng, ditching non-guarantees and unloading the Cavaliers’ first-round pick.

    If signing LeBron James and Paul George remains the endgame, Randle doesn’t have a future in Los Angeles. The Lakers need roughly $65.7 million to afford both and cannot dredge up that much coin without renouncing him or finding a trade partner for Deng’s contract.

    Successfully completing that coup is something more whimsical than a pipe dream. That bodes well for those who think Randle looks good in purple and gold. But the Lakers won’t ever table their free-agency hopes altogether. They’ll shift attentions to the summer of 2019 if 2018 leaves them empty-handed or with only one superstar.

    Randle’s next deal is a long-term impediment to that contingency. He’s not a star in waiting, but he’s flashed a strong presence on the glass and some on-the-move playmaking and never worked harder on his individual defense. He’s played well enough to nab mid-level-exception money (about $8.6 million annually)—a fair-minded price tag that would still run counter to the Lakers’ free-agency ambitions.

    I would say that this article now vastly under-values what Julius will command on the open market (waaaay above the MLE, I would say). I wonder if the Lakers are trying to sell Mintz on a scaling deal that starts low (thus freeing up more money to pursue some big fish) and gets bigger. Problem is Julius has to make at least $12.5 mil UNLESS we renounce him which instantly triggers a bidding war.

    Bottom line: the Lakers need some breaks to re-make the team in the image a lot of scenarios being floated around here look like. Or somebody not named Julius Randle needs to agree to a pay-cut (unlikely). Waiving and stretching Luol Deng won’t be good enough (it’s close if we get him to sign that extension, which is free money for him but he may want to spite Magic after the way he’s been treated but who knows) and we’d need to release some non-guaranteed contracts in order to even contemplate that scenario, but the biggest hurdle is hoping Julius and his agent are content to sit around while the big money is in play. I’m thinking that will be a big ‘Heeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyeeeeeeelllll no!’ but we’ll just have to wait and see.

    Also worth a read is the Wiki on unrestricted free agency.


    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:27 PM on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There’s been speculation that the extend-waive-stretch scheme for Deng wouldn’t get league approval.

      PG-Lebron might not be feasible because LBJ’s max is so high but PG-Cousins could work.

      I won’t even discuss the Smart-Capela option…that’s a ticket to mediocrity

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:48 AM on May 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That would put the final nail in the coffin for signing 2 and keeping Randle. Can’t trade your way into the deal, unless the team in question agrees to a S & T. Lakers won’t want to do that, though, as the only options are ones they want to keep.

        PG/Cousins is as likely a scenario as any. Both players have indicated a willingness to stay for the right blah blah. Comes to sign on a dotted line everything changes. I’d be surprised if the Pelicans offered Cousins a max deal…will we? Could backfire big time or look genius in a year or so. No knowing.

        I’m feeling a George in OKC for at least one more year. Melo opts into his final year, they pay a year of tax and see what happens. Andre R. could come back big and they looked like as good as anyone when he was on the floor. Locking up George long term makes a ton of sense for them as a franchise. Let’s Russ know they’re serious about winning, see if Melo finds his way as a 3rd wheel or shop him for anything at all. Or let him walk in another year, it’s 1 season of tax and then they can try and get back under if they panic.

        Laker fans may have to content themselves with the plan B’s or even C’s for one more season. As high as we all are on this squad’s potential the reality is they haven’t come to close to either the playoffs or maximizing said potential. They may well achieve both this upcoming year but it’s a ‘what have you done for me lately’ kind of business and not so much of a ‘what might you perhaps, maybe, hopefully do for me soon’ type-endeavor.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:50 PM on May 22, 2018 Permalink  

    Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma says teammate Lonzo Ball is taking his strength training “a lot more serious” 

    Visit ESPN to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball and more.

    Source: Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma says teammate Lonzo Ball is taking his strength training “a lot more serious”

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