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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:04 PM on June 21, 2019 Permalink |  

    Got these jams going at work today. Groovy stuff from another era.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:27 PM on June 20, 2019 Permalink |  

    Rough Laker Plan:

    1) LBJ
    2) AD
    3) KK (for now)
    4) Room Exception (we’re under the cap so we only get the room exception)
    5) vet min
    6) vet min
    7) vet min
    8) vet min
    9) vet min
    10) vet min
    11) vet min
    12) vet min
    13) vet min
    14) 2nd rounder (purchased or included in a potential expanded trade
    15) 2nd rounder (purchased or included in a potential expanded trade
    A) G-League 2-Way
    B) G-League 2-Way

    I’m assuming we’re able to get at least 2 teams to cough up a 2nd rounder for straight cash or as part of a trade that includes Bonga or Wagner or Jones. If, for whatever reason, we don’t go that route you can slot those 3 players into roster spots 5-8 which looks a little less daunting. Also we could end up purchasing or acquiring more 2nd rounders than I show above, I’m just making an assumption we’ll get at least 2. Could go a lot of different ways.

    There will be good players who will come here to play with AD and LBJ for the vet minimum. Carmelo Anthony is on my list. Really any good player who has made his big money and is north of 32 years old could be a potential target for those vet minimum slots. If we trade out Kuzma, Wagner and Bonga and bring back zero 2nd rounders we’ll have the RE as the only real tool besides vet mins.

    Some helpful things to remember:

    -You can go over the cap to sign players to a minimum deal, minimum deals can only 1 or 2 years in duration. https://www.hoopsrumors.com/2018/06/nba-minimum-salaries-for-201819.html

    -2-Way G-League contracts DO NOT count against your salary cap at all. They are treated separately. It’s why I really want us to talk Caruso into another 2-way deal, NBA players with 4 or fewer years of service are eligible for 2 ways (he signed a 1 year 2-way last year, his second season, so he’s eligible for either a 1 or 2 year 2-Way Deal before he doesn’t fit the criteria) https://www.hoopsrumors.com/2017/04/hoops-rumors-glossary-two-way-contracts.html

    -Can’t sign your way into being over the cap and be gifted the more useful Mid_level Exception. Teams over the cap get it because it’s really the only tool they have (other than vet mins or the draft) to improve the team. Since we’ll start the summer under the cap (because so many of our deals will expire) we’ll only get the room exception. The idea being if you have room under the cap you can sign players to whatever amount you want, even if you go over the cap in the process. But, no matter who you slice it, for us we won’t have access to that deal until next summer, theoretically.

    This was in response to mclyne down yonder but felt it helpful enough to repost up here.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:29 PM on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks dude! A very detailed answer.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:33 PM on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      TIMING IS STILL IMPORTANT. Key is adding Wagner, Bonga, and Jones to AD trade as that extra salary makes it a legal matching salaries deal meaning Lakers can use cap space to sign a max free agent and then execute trade. Of course, since July 6th is deadline day, they need to close deal on max contract free agent before moratorium ends. In other words, they need to find team, hopefully Atlanta, to take contracts of Wagner, Bonga, and Jones and make deal with max contract free agent or multiple elite role players ALL BEFORE JULY 6.

      That means the Lakers have to have all of their ducks in a row to make this work. If Rob and the front office can pull this off, it will be as masterful a job as David Griffin is doing on the AD trade. Lots of moving pieces and decisions to be made. It could make going after Brogdon difficult since he is an RFA but I have a hunch the big score is going to Kawhi Leonard joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis to form the first Top Five Big three ever in the NBA.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:35 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers pulled off the Anthony Davis trade because they are the Lakers 

    The Lakers are the one NBA franchise that can fail upward. This Anthony Davis trade wasn’t a triumph of their front office. This was a victory for their brand.

    Source: Lakers pulled off the Anthony Davis trade because they are the Lakers

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:12 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Spot on.
      Once Rich Paul told the Celts they had no chance and Zion went to the Pels instead of the Knicks, there was no other deal to made other than with the Lakers. Didn’t take a mastermind to make a deal that pretty much coulda made itself.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:42 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nope, just took playing the cards you were dealt without over-thinking the hand (although a case could be made for under-thinking this trade). Way I look at it is this: Rob did his job, same as Magic when he knocked on LeBron’s door at the earliest possible moment. These weren’t deals like we saw Jerry pull off to get Shaq’s signature on the dotted these were ‘we didn’t mess it up by showing up eating a hamburger and talking with our mouths full’. Which, in some ways, is an actual improvement for the current front office’s track record, lol.

        The real barometer will be the rest of the roster. However it fills out will inform us if things are really improving or if they’re just winning participation trophies, the best possible participation trophies.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:38 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Wait a minute. I swear I remember you jumping on the Paul George stayed with the Thunder and Kawhi Leonard is going to stay with the Raptors bandwagon and expecting the Celtics to make the same gamble regardless of what Rich Paul was saying? Don’t remember any optimism from you that Rob or the Lakers front office could pull off the trade for AD?

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:26 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I didn’t. But it happened and this is the new reality. Paul George did stay with the Thunder, btw. Celtics got scared off by Rich Paul and AD’s threat of being a one-year rental (like the article said, I agree). We’ll have to wait and see what Leonard is going to do, he might end up a Raptor, again. Makes a lot of sense for him to sign a 1-year and reap the economic benefit for his 10 year service mark he hits the following season (although injuries have a way of ruining that dream as I’m sure he knows).

          My point is Rob did his job at an acceptable level, with no other team really bringing a haul like we offered to the table the sole reason NOLA would have to not trade with us was spite. Griffin got everything he wanted and could net even more if Rob dumps more contracts on them to open enough space for a max salaried player. Optimism has nothing to do with it. I never gave Magic a ton of credit for convincing LeBron to come here, it’s well-known LBJ asked the family ‘where do you want to go?’ Family said Lakers. He’s a Laker.

          It’s not hard to make a trade when there aren’t any other trade partners at the table. If Boston had included Tatum and Brown plus their haul of picks this might be a very different moment in time. they didn’t. Rob didn’t convince Ainge not to do that, Rich Paul and AD did. Same goes for every team but the Knicks who are as big a mess as we are right now.

          Like I said, the real barometer will be how the rest of the roster gets filled out. I’m also hoping to hear details emerge that ROb did include language in the handshake deal to put it off until the end of July but it doesn’t sound like he did hence the mad scramble to clear the last 3 contracts not named James or Kuzma. How he fills out those 12 other slots will be what defines his success this off season, not Anthony Davis.

          I’m still wondering how Jeannie forced Magic out when she had no idea he was leaving, lol.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:36 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Sorry Jamie, I was thinking of Mongo when I wrote that.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:44 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink

              I think he and I have the relatively cautious opinion when it comes to genius of Rob Pelinka. Like I said, he did his job, didn’t blow it, and the debate as to whether he over-paid for AD is one that will be conducted with the benefit of hindsight. AD has his own injury problems folks tend to overlook, same as BI and Ball. He’s not a well-tested playoff performer, there’s risk on both sides. Lakers gave up just about every tool to build a team except money, of which we have a limited amount and will be squeezed even more if we sign that max free agent. If Rob builds a great team with those limitations than my respect for him will rise but not until he does it. Show me, I don’t do dreams or fancies or faith. I can say that I hope he does well but that I do not expect him to do well. He’s not my own kid, he’s a guy I don’t know who has been a part of a front office that hasn’t conducted business very well, his role in all that is as yet undetermined but I find it hard to believe he had zero say in every roster move up until Jemerrio Jones and Anthony Davis, makes no sense. If Jeannie was so in favor of him why would she allow him to be marginalized? If Magic was so absentee how did he pull all the strings? Nothing more than following the logic, really. I’m not proposing theories as to why, just observing what has been. Until someone actually says something about it all we have to go on is click-bait BS and fan theories, neither of which hold much water with me.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:47 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink

              I think how we build out the rest of the roster around LeBron and AD will give us a good measure of how good Rob Pelinka is a general manager. I’m sure we’re all hoping he will do a great job, we will win multiple championships, and Rob will be redeemed and win EOY.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:45 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I also view both the Paul George and Kawhi Leonard situations as outliers rather than anything that could become a rule.

            Not sure what happened in the PG situation other than PG got swayed by Russell Westbrook and the environment there and maybe didn’t want the pressure of the Lakers. I’ll bet he feels some regret right now as the Thunder are looking to get rid of guys to avoid the luxury tax. Anyway, there’s always a first time and I think that was it.

            As for Kawhi, I think he’s going back to LA. I’ve had a strong gut feeling that he might end up on the Lakers. Unlike the other guys, he’s not a superstar whose ego demands he has the ball 30% of the time. In fact, he was quoted as saying he wouldn’t mind playing with two other superstars if it extended his career.

            The other thing that makes his situation different is the Spurs made a terribly stupid trade to avoid trading him to the Lakers. Giving up Green and Kawhi and not getting back Siakam was a huge mistake by Pops. I think the Pelicans saw that and that was why Griffin ultimately traded to the Laker. Didn’t want to cut off his nose despite his face like the Spurs did.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:48 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink

              “Didn’t want to cut off his nose despite his face like the Spurs did.”

              Probably, he’s smart and it shows in how he structured his contract with Pelican’s ownership (by that I mean he was given a large amount of leeway to run things how he saw fit). As to the rest about Leonard, we’ll see. President Bush trusted his gut and we’re still paying for it, lol.

              I kid. Point is, we’ll know soon enough. Speculation always rubs me wrong, just gets to the point where any theory can be validated, emotion takes the place of logic and none of it will actually come to pass and Leonard will end up in Portland.

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:02 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink

              OK Tom, I’m sorry but you kept using the phrase and it just drives me nuts. The saying goes, “to cut off his nose to spite his face”, not “despite”. There, I said it :)

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:03 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink

              Haha. My apologies. Thanks, Seely.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:11 AM on June 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    NBA Execs Skeptical Lakers Can Build a Title Team After Anthony Davis Overpay 

    Source: NBA Execs Skeptical Lakers Can Build a Title Team After Anthony Davis Overpay

     

    I pretty much agree with everything this article puts out there.
    -Did the Lakers over-pay?  Yes.
    -Did they mess the timing up?  Yes.
    -Did they lose the negotiation but win the trade? Likely but if Ball starts dropping 15/10/10 and Ingram is a 20+ ppg with all his intangibles it’ll look a lot different.

    -Did Rob need to close this deal no matter what?  Absolutely.  We would have fielded pretty much the same team as last season had we not made this move but now with added baggage and mistrust.  For all the ballyhoo of ‘NOLA needed to trade AD for chemistry and PR reasons’ the same could be said for the Lakers after everything that has gone down from last season’s trade deadline to today.

    Had to be done and, yes, the cost to the franchise will be felt for years as we struggle to bring in cheap, young talent via the draft (in that, barring gifts, we won’t have too many 1st rounders for the next few years) but you do this to maximize your ‘now’ window and if you lock up AD after this season (I think we will, same reason we locked up LBJ: he really wants to be here) you have a franchise player that can help recruit once we free up cap space from the LBJ contract.  Hopefully after winning at least one banner and tying the Celtics.  No guarantee there.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:15 AM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL

      That’s absurd on so many levels. It’s some bad Monty Python sketches.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:16 AM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nope. We did not overpay.
      Lonzo is injury prone and doesn’t have an offensive game.
      Hart is a decent role player.
      Brandon is a very good two way player. Time will tell if he can reach All Star level.
      If we’re good, which we should be after the roster is filled out, the picks won’t be worth much.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:14 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Based solely on what other teams gave up in for other superstars I have to disagree. The main point is this trade had to be made for both franchises. If Lonzo and BI both play close to 82 and ball hard this will look a little more favorably on NOLA. This trade is great for the Lakers now but hampers us on down the line, NOLA could end up the winner in a few years but time will tell.

        Hard to debate the timing since we haven’t really heard, same with the trade kicker, a lot of the article is supposition but I’m giving Griffin the benefit of the doubt and am of the opinion that Rob might not have a form grasp on these intricacies. Depends on who advises him. Not sure we have a CBA expert on board at Laker HQ… If it’s Linda Rambis that would be worrisome. Hope it’s someone else.

        I think we’ll definitely compete for a playoff seeding (of course, I thought that last season and…) and, once in the playoffs anything can happen. A lot depends on what kind of guys we surround AD and LBJ with. Only tool left is money and not all that much of it when you look at the number of empty roster spots. July will be interesting.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:15 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’ll say this: I’d rather be the Lakers than the Celtics right now and at this point last year I would have never come close to saying that as I felt Boston was in much better position than we were on multiple levels. Rats jumping off a sinking ship in Bean Town.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 11:23 AM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They went from not having the assets to pull off an AD trade to paying too much. It’d be nice if the mfers made up their minds.

      • Bad Horse 11:53 AM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Just what i was thinking. . . . Hi everyone

      • mclyne32 (Director) 12:07 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nobody ever said the Talking Heads of media always say intelligent or even true statements!

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:40 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nunna this matters until the roster is full.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:52 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LMFAO. Nothing works better to get attention than writing a hit piece on the Los Angeles Lakers. You’d think that a respected journalist like Beck would be above that but just like Wojnarowski, these guys just can’t resist giving into their east coast bias and petty jealousy when it comes to the Lakers.

      All we heard at the start of the summer was how there was how the Lakers were the joke of the league and just didn’t have the right front office personnel or good enough young talent or trading chips to acquire Anthony Davis or attract a top tier superstar in free agency.

      Then when Rob Pelinka somehow managed to actually trade for Anthony Davis, the tune changed that he grossly overpaid to get AD and bungled the timing of the trade and blew the chance to create enough cap space to sign a third superstar.

      And yet, as more information comes out, maybe Pelinka really knew what he was doing. Maybe that contract he signed Jemerrio Jones to at the end of last season was a sign that he knew exactly how the Anthony Davis trade was going to happen.

      Maybe Pelinka should deserve credit for building a billion dollar business represented some of the best players in the league like Kobe Bryant and James Harden? Maybe Jeanie Buss made the right decision to force Magic out and retain Pelinka? Maybe it was Ty Lue who made the wrong decision and the Lakers who made the right decision to hire Frank Vogel.

      I think the Lakers are going to make all these idiots eat their words and swallow their crow when they put a great team on the floor and win multiple championships and never look back. Want to know something? I think Howard Stern and Adrian Wojnarowski actually are scared of the same thing.

      The Los Angeles Lakers are back!

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 1:15 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Interesting how Rob gets “credit” for signing Jones while Earv was still running the team. But gets none of the blame for the mistakes made while Earv was still running the team…

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:44 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yes, I think Magic was responsible for the decision on not to target shooters last summer and I think Rob was the one who made the decision to sign Jones. There’s no doubt that Magic was the one who came up with the Meme Team idea or the ‘you can’t outshoot the Warriors.’ It’s also obvious he’s not a detail type guy who thinks ahead to the details of a transaction. Never was and never will be. The Jones trade smacks of Pelinka all over. Eric Pincus pointed out the possible implications of that trade when it happened.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:46 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I also think Rob and the Lakers front office knew exactly that they could and could not do from a cap space perspective while they negotiated with David Griffin. The idea that they were ignorant or naïve about certain options or didn’t understand the CBA implications involved as they negotiated with the Pelicans is silly.

            There was so much written about what you can or could not or should or should not do. In fact, what’s embarrassing is that the so-called cap experts like Woj and others actually were completely misinformed on many of the issues and didn’t even see the options the Lakers had negotiated with the Pelicans ahead of time to expand the trade with additional players so the Lakers could execute it as a team over the cap making the timing of signing #4 draft pick a moot issue.

            When the AD deal is done and the Lakers have filled out the roster with shooters and defenders, everybody’s going to realize that Pelinka is a lot smarter than people gave him credit for. And the idea that he doesn’t know or understand the CBA and how to manage and take advantage of cap space will be put to rest. He’s not the idiot some make him out to be. Anyway, that’s my take on Rob Pelinka and what’s been happening.

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:57 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink

              I’m with you on this. I think Rob will surprise a lot of people here when all has been said and done. Kobe Bryant would not have been with him so many years if there’s even a hint that Rob’s a dummy. I think many of the dumb decisions were made by or strongly influenced by Magic. Now Rob has the freedom to make a difference and I believe he will. This trade thing has not played itself out. More are coming so stay tuned :)

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:20 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Jeannie forced Magic out?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:47 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yes, she pretty much put Magic in a situation where he know he had lost trust in her because of not telling her he was offering Lonzo in the AD trade and also refusing to fire Rob Pelinka when he demanded it. She’s never said it and probably never will but she knew she was intentionally putting him in a situation where he was likely to quit. I think that’s obvious in retrospect.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:28 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Can’t wait for the tell-all book, then. lol That’s a pretty Machiavellian theory there man.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:37 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink

              She had to know that refusing to fire Rob was drawing a line in the sand. She’s not that clueless.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:55 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink

              Billboards. No press conference to define the narrative and allowing the perception that there’s nobody with any intellect in charge to run rampant. Looks kind of clueless to me… But, who knows, maybe that is how it all went down. We’ll likely never know.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:59 PM on June 19, 2019 Permalink

              LOL. If you’re right, maybe it’s a good thing she listens to Linda Rambis. :-)

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:38 AM on June 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    Rockets Rumors: Chris Paul Demanded Trade, James Harden Had ‘Him or Me’ Demand 

    Source: Rockets Rumors: Chris Paul Demanded Trade, James Harden Had ‘Him or Me’ Demand

     

    I’ll believe when I don’t see them in a State Farm commercial together!

    Summer gonna be bananas for the next month…

    Wouldn’t be surprised if there has been tension and Morey just getting his Clash on.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:15 AM on June 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    Report: Mike Conley Traded to Jazz for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Draft Picks 

    Source: Report: Mike Conley Traded to Jazz for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Draft Picks

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:32 PM on June 17, 2019 Permalink |  

    Breaking Down Frank Vogel – Basketball Index 

    Source: Breaking Down Frank Vogel – Basketball Index

    Interesting read on Frankie V.  My biggest hope is that what he said in his presser is more true than his numbers as a coach.  Especially where the offense is concerned.  As a coach, thus far, he ranks above one active NBA head coach: Luke “I Would Have Quit But Jeannie Always Had My Back So We’ll Call It Mutual, Dig?” Walton.

    Having said that, he’s never had 2 talents like he has now on his roster and, as we saw last season, LeBron is very comfortable sayin ‘naw’ to the sideline and running a Bron-Bron play all on his own.  Hoping that side of his resume’ improves without sacrificing the defensive side.  Having Davis down low won’t hurt, that’s for sure.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:35 PM on June 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      (article was written before we traded for AD)

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:01 PM on June 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would still like to see Frank add an offensive guru to his coaching staff although I don’t have anybody in mind. I do like that he understands the league has changed and wants to play outside in offensively. I would also like to see him hire a shooting coach as part of the staff. On the whole, I’ve been impressed with what he’s said so far and love his positivity. Hopefully, he will have a hand in deciding whom we pursue.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 4:11 PM on June 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Wouldn’t it be strange if we signed Randle and worked out something for DAR.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 4:13 PM on June 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Try impossible.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:14 PM on June 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hard for me to see Randle’s agent steering him back here,not sure who reps DAR. But Randle has the same rep as Paul George and they hate us. For my part I just don’t see too many reasons either of them would want to come here for what will certainly be below their market value not to mention any lingering bad blood they’d need to put aside.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:12 PM on June 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Having LeBron and AD will do wonders for any coaches schemes. I can’t think of any 2 players that he’s coached that come close to that level of talent and skill. In BBall Index’s defense the article is a month and change old. Wonder how they’d change it today.

        I don’t know how much I’d expect Rob to involve the staff. the company line since always is ‘we have an open door, we take the coaches input!’ but if that’s true than the input of Luke was largely ignored when ti came time to build last year’s team. No Brook or Randle on the roster and those were players the coaches actively campaigned to keep. We’ll see.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:56 AM on June 14, 2019 Permalink  

    Also, congrats to Pau and Marc Gasol. You’re the only 2 brothers in NBA history to both have a ring. Just a another historical footnote in an evening full of them.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:49 AM on June 14, 2019 Permalink  

    Congrats to the Toronto Raptors on some gutty, hard-fought and well-earned road wins. Only won 1 in Toronto but swept the Warriors right on out of Oracle arena. Canadians showed up for their team on the road, eh! Leonard may stay, Leonard may go, same with Masai (gee, too bad the Lakers aren’t also waiting on the sidelines like Washington to at least make a pitch to help turn the fortunes of the Lakers) but this is a moment that will never change. The NBA champion is a team from Canada that arrived on the scene in 1991. Saw it’s best drafted player walk to play with LeBron in Miami. Might have a lot of different aspects to their team next season. Champions. Forever (or 2050ish, whenever the ocean’s boil off). Sp, whatever happens after this, nobody can ever take this moment away from this Toronto Raptors team. They played harder, they fought better and they are your 2018-19 NBA champions. Enjoy it, t’was well-earned.

    Final Laker indignity to all this,, NBA TV is currently interviewing Alex McKechnie who is gushing about how organic this whole process has been and how excited he is about this win. Dude has earned himself a spot in the HOF just in terms of growing the awareness of how the body can breakdown over the course of an NBA season. Load Management will be getting a look or 3 after this season.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:30 PM on June 7, 2019 Permalink  

    Raptors looking tougher, hungrier and more composed. For all the ‘can the Raptors shoot this well all series?’ commentary it was actually Curry who came out flat and didn’t have enough. Thompson deserves that max deal, wonder if he’ll get it, though. Even if KD plays it feels like if he sat out this long he won’t be anywhere near 100%. Watching Klay hobbling by the end of the game and Cousins sit for most of the 2nd half shows you leg injuries can be devastating on the biggest stage.

    What are the odds Leonard leaves if they win a ring? That would be unprecedented, right? The best player leaving the team he just led to a title to go to another team that hasn’t won a title? Could it be Leonard’s dream to be a NBA Championship Elf? Bringing a banner to every NBA arena devoid of one? So then the Clippers would be an almost perfect choice! Raptors would also be the first 90s expansion team to win a championship, I believe…?

    For all they’ve accomplished, and even if KD is out, Warriors are going to come out with fire and thunder so that this won’t have been the last game they ever play in Oracle. I wonder if there’s a game 6 ‘send off’ (aka Cook’s Balloons) that the Raptors were already informed of. These are the things I ponder after a splash of scotch and step outside (got a daughter now, even if it’s not from cigarette’s I don’t abide 2nd hand smoke in the house).

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:39 AM on June 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s always speculative to predict the future from one game but the Raptors have the look of a superior team who’s time has come. Kawhi Leonard has become unstoppable, Kyle Lowry has been making great decisions, Fred VanVleet has been a revelation, Pascal Siakam is going to be a superstar, and the Toronto Raptors are for real.

      Meanwhile, the Warriors look tired and frustrated. They’re not getting the calls and not hitting their shots. The injuries have crippled them and the luck and miles it takes to threepeat taken their toll. The Raptors have been the younger, hungrier, and more aggressive and physical team with the best player. Only the ghost of Kevin Durant can save the Warriors.

      It will be interesting to see how this series impacts the decisions of Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant, who may soon be the top two contenders to unseat LeBron James as the best player in the world. Could Ujiri Masie’s calculated gamble to ‘rent’ Kawhi Leonard for a year end up with Kawhi re-signing with Toronoto? Could Kevin Durant’s untimely and unfortunate injury end up with KD re-signing with Golden State?

      For playoffs without LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have been an incredible show that only highlights how great the NBA Playoffs really are. The NFL and MLB have to be jealous. The only thing that could make them even better would be Kevin Durant returning on Monday and the Warriors coming back to set up an NBA Finals Game 7 next Thursday.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:29 AM on June 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup.

        Obviously Coach Nurse (5-1 vs Warriors) has countered the Warriors at every turn. Some changes have been methodical (asking Kyle and Fred to fight over screens), not giving them transition opportunities and some have been just gut moves in the moment.

        Happy and sad for Nick, I know he was close to his Mom (his biggest fan) and she died in December.

        Was already proud of her son, she’d be over the moon knowing Nick was coaching circles around Steve Kerr.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:25 AM on June 7, 2019 Permalink  

    GSW investor banned 1 year after shoving Lowry 

    The Warriors are “disappointed” in team investor Mark Stevens, who will not be allowed to attend games through the 2019-20 season after he shoved and directed obscenities at Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

    Source: GSW investor banned 1 year after shoving Lowry

    Dude got off light.  Ban should be permanent, go ahead and make your money but you don’t get to be in the arena.  NBA going on easy on the big money people in a way they certainly did not go easy on the Utah fan.  Weak.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:17 PM on June 3, 2019 Permalink  

    Lakers could reportedly risk losing LeBron James if they whiff in free agency and trade market this offseason 

    Trading LeBron might sound outrageous, but there is a scenario in which the Lakers’ hand could be forced

    Source: Lakers could reportedly risk losing LeBron James if they whiff in free agency and trade market this offseason

    Every Laker fans’ worst nightmare.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:14 PM on June 3, 2019 Permalink  

    Kemba Walker says his first priority is re-signing with the Hornets in free agency 

    The financial windfall of being named third-team All-NBA makes it almost irresponsible for upcoming free agent Kemba Walker to sign anywhere else but with the Hornets.

    Source: Kemba Walker says his first priority is re-signing with the Hornets in free agency

    Reading his comments in the interview it sure doesn’t sound like leverage ploys and subterfuge.  Might just want to cross him off the big board right now.  Bigger question is ‘will Charlotte blow it?’ rather than ‘will Kemba choose to stay?!’ at this point.  Hope we got a plan A, B,C, D, and E.  Especially plan ‘E’ for emergency.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:27 AM on May 31, 2019 Permalink  

    One positive from the Raptors that I take heart in is the story of Pascal Siakhim. Dude was so raw when he came into the league and now he’s Raptor’s leading scorer in the NBA Finals (yes, it’s one game but it is still really cool). Lonzo Ball should hire whomever coaches Pascal in the summer and learn to shoot and score in the paint.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:25 AM on May 31, 2019 Permalink  

    The Warriors struggled in Game 1 without the security of Kevin Durant 

    After Golden State’s Game 1 loss to the Raptors, Kevin Durant’s talents have likely gone from a luxury in the West to a necessity against Toronto.

    Source: The Warriors struggled in Game 1 without the security of Kevin Durant

    I don’t care what anyone says, Warriors aren’t taking the series from the Raptors if they can’t get KD back on the floor.  Biggest issue for them, though, is Durant re-injuring that calf muscle.  Cousins coming back early shows how ineffectual an elite athlete can be when the body isn’t right.  This could be a very entertaining NBA Finals.  I’m calling Toronto in 7 and I think it would be great for the league if it happens, though,.

     
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