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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:46 PM on March 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Miss these… 

     

    Date: February 28, 2013

    Scene; Los Angeles, CA vs Minnesota Timberwolves

    Game on TNT at 10:30 ET

    Pregame goals for the Lakers

    So the Game Wrap and Recap is back for another great game. Our opponent tonight in the most underwhelming playoff push in Lakers history is the not-exactly-pushing-for-the-playoffs-themselves Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 3-9 in February.

    Let’s give them the decimal at least.

    Not sure what I can say about Minny. Perhaps that all their centers are strong, all their power forwards are good looking and all their point guards are above average. Or not, but dammit, I’m going to have my Lake Wobegon joke. They are led by finally recovering and fantasy viable Ricky Rubio who is putting up ridiculous assist and steal numbers, but right, who cares about fantasy. He’s also getting lots of points in the point and racking up free throws, which is lousy for us.

    In another fantasy related note, some guy in one of my deep public leagues picked up Derrick Williams, so maybe he’s doing better, or maybe that owner is an idiot. I’m not sure. Kevin Love is still out with the most frustrating hand injury for Minnesotans since that time in middle school, and Nikola Pekovic is still very strong, I’m sure.

    I’m not really seeing a very convincing route for Minny to take this one from us. They aren’t a running team and they aren’t going to shoot us out of the gym. And they aren’t deep up front, so it’ll be more of a sacrifice if they want to use up fouls on Dwight Howard.

    Say what you want about how quick we’ll most likely get bounced from the playoffs if we sneak in, we have been winning more than losing lately, and I think that will continue against inferior teams. My worry is that we’ll make it too close and use up too many minutes and tire out our starters. We have another couple days off after this before we face Atlanta on Sunday, but Atlanta is pretty good. Like ‘I might even include some information about them in that pregame goals section’ good. But, like I said, we have until Sunday, so we probably won’t get caught looking ahead either.

    Yeah, we had d**n well better sure win this one.

    (More …)

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:58 PM on March 21, 2017 Permalink |  

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:29 PM on March 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Yeah, that about sums it up. Mr. Crawford with a ridiculous shot.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:50 PM on March 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Now THAT is a message. Sit down, your services might be called upon at a future date in time.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:34 PM on March 21, 2017 Permalink |  

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:30 PM on March 21, 2017 Permalink |  

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:09 PM on March 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Loved all the line up changes. No need to wait until next season, if these 5 are healthy roll with them. Starting five was great and I thought Luke used the bench well. trhe fact we wilted against a team that will contend for the Larry-O, if not win it, is nothing to hang one’s head about.

    Great team effort, a lot of guys showcased new things, good stuff all around. If we show up like this for every game the rest of the year we’ll be doing ourselves a good turn. Show yourselves to be competitors. Be the players you believe yourselves to be, or at least that you ought to believe.

    Any how, nice showing. I hope D’Angelo bottles this game, and a few other s like it and makes that a consistent threat next season.

     
    • tate793

      tate793 10:22 PM on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good game. Gave it up down the stretch. Some sloppy play, missed shots, etc. Interesting, CAVS were awarded 17 free throws in the 4th qtr. They outscored us by 15 pts in the 4th qtr. Proud of the showing, by the team, including Russell.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:44 PM on March 17, 2017 Permalink |  

    Bit more vim and vigor.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 5:04 AM on March 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Liked Brandon’s response to Monroe’s shove of Nick, but Nick did overreact IMO.

      • tate793

        tate793 5:09 AM on March 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        So did Monroe. Making contact in the neck/head area of 2 different players. Fine probably coming down. Kinda surprised that Russell was tossed. Kinda surprised that Ingram wasn’t. Oh well, wacky, wacky NBA.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 5:25 AM on March 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nick definitely overreacted to the foul but I’m just glad to see a lil bit of emotion from this squad and love Luke’s response to the whole thing. He damm sure was right about Zu kicking Monroe’s azz all night…

    • mud

      mud 9:37 AM on March 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yeah, it was nice seeing them finally stand up and fight back when the other team has no respect.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:04 AM on March 17, 2017 Permalink |  

    Basketball is a team game but one based on individual excellence. To that end, it’s no small wonder Kobe’s best years were when he was the alpha player yet involved his teammates as first option. Sometimes it feels like this bunch of dudes like each other too much, nobody wants to step on toes, so to speak. But, eventually, one will have to rise above. That or they must all form into a cohesive unit. Really, if you think about it real hard, it’s like a tale of two 80’s TV masterpieces.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:55 PM on March 16, 2017 Permalink |  

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:45 PM on March 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    Anyone think Metta goes for 20 in the final game of the season?

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:34 PM on March 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    And so it goes…

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:42 PM on March 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “I don’t know if we think we’re too good to have to work like that or if we’re not willing to constantly commit, but I’m not OK with it,” Walton said. “I have a fire burning in me that gets (ticked) off when we’re down 30-something.”

      and

      “We need to figure out as a group — not individually, but as a group — how to handle adversity and how to react when things get tough,” Walton said. “We do a lot of blaming of other people, and we need to look at ourselves and control what we can control. Until we do, unfortunately, there’s going to be a lot of frustrating nights like tonight.”

      -Luke Walton, from the ESPN recap, which really wasn’t worth reading. But these felt apropos.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:58 PM on March 13, 2017 Permalink  

    The Ups and Downs of D’Angelo Russell 

    It’s been dissected, discussed and debated ad nauseam. D’Angelo Russell: but or boon? Laker fans have been semi-divided ever since the young man in a red tux was drafted #2, in front of some of the most highly hyped 6′ 10″+ sized players to ever come through the NBA draft. The Lakers have historically been built around talented centers, here was their chance to reload on a youthful…waitaminute…

    The old way was not to be the new way. Instead of selecting Okafor or Porzingis the Lakers went new wave. They selected Ohio Buckeye D’Angelo Russell with their #2 pick. Surprising more than a few, delighting the analytics enthusiasts, and generally causing a bit of draft day stir the Lakers planted a foot firmly in the newer trends of the NBA. The Lakers had, finally(?), valued the threat of outside scoring over interior dominance. They had embraced the ‘new’ NBA.

    There were many adjectives used to describe the skillset of the young PG. Perhaps too many adjectives were used… For, in the end, one word should suffice to describe D’Angelo Russell: young. The dude is still just 19 years young. The flashes he’s shown, both positive and negative, are the extremes in his variance. He has the ability to be a 20/10 player in this league. But does he have the mentality? This is the true question.

    We’ve all seen D’Angelo’s brightest, best moments on the basketball court. We’ve heard from the coaches they like how he holds teammates accountable. We’ve seen D’Angelo at his worst. Moping around the court like he can’t way to go play video games with his friends. But I do not think we have seen the penultimate version of what Russell could be. At least that is my hope.

    Did he handle his rookie season poorly? Yes, he has said at much and often. Between clashing with the coaching staff, The Nick Young Incident, and the fact he was not even on the All Rookie team at all were all disappointments to the Lakers and their fans. Likely to Russell, as well. He did his best to dominate summer league, to generally positive if not limited results. He’s been a mixed bag, at best, so far.

    I am not a “D’Angelo Russell fan”. But I wasn’t originally a Kobe Bryant fan, either. I thought him to full of himself, too focused on his individual play to be a true superstar. He proved me wrong in spades. So, too, do I hope with D’Angelo Russell. The differences in their games is vast but if Russell can get to that place where his individual improvement and growth is reflected in the team’s win/loss column he’ll be well on his way.

    Here’s hoping they all take some kind of step forward with the season we have remaining. Go Lakers.

     
    • John M.

      John M. 3:30 PM on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I believe he just turned 21, but he indeed is still very young, and in my opinion deserves a chance to grow up. Of course the only judge with a robe and gavel is the new GM, who himself has a lot to prove in his new position. It will be fun to see how things go with the ping pong balls and free agency, as well as the natural growth of the young core. I hope Russell emerges as the leader we need, but if not, I’m confident Pelinka will find someone else.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:35 PM on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      When I hear two very different head coaches publicly questioning a guy’s work ethic it’s an automatic red flag for me. And that question mark can explain alotta the troubles he’s had in his young career so far.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:40 PM on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I don’t know where the work ethic rumors come from, Mongo. If you have some links, I would appreciate seeing them. Far as I read, D’Angelo shows up early and stays late and everybody on the coaching staff is happy with his work ethic. I understand some people not liking his alpha personality or thinking he lacks speed and quickness to be a good defender but don’t see the lack of effort on his part as an issue and neither do his coaches.

        My concerns with him are more related to his consistency and ability to remain aggressive, not unlike my similar concerns with Randle and Ingram. All 3 have had some great games but way too many poor games. I think they are improving but this summer will be the big test because if they all don’t take a big leap in development and growth, they will become trading chips for sure.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:20 PM on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Funny, how there are certain young players who come into the League and you can see they have “it.”
        I think many of us here are tired of all of the excuses for a guy who was compared to Magic before he played one game.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:46 PM on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The work ethic issues are a huge problem.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:35 PM on March 10, 2017 Permalink  

    Lastly, this is a new band I’ve recently heard and instantly got way into. Their from Texas and a re relatively new, only one album to their credit I believe. This is them live.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:33 PM on March 10, 2017 Permalink  

    Today it’s official. There’s a new Laker front office in town. Saying all the right things like they do at events like this. The air has been cleared. Pretty much completely, save for Jeanie who sits high enough above it (in that she fully admits to only signing off and having no real input on basketball decisions) that she’s not going to be stepping down, or voted out of, her Executive’s chair for many a moon. That’s all fine by me.

    Whether 100% or 80% or even 60% of what we’re hearing about the previous state of affairs is true it only serves to convince even the most strident advocate for organizational patience that a change was needed. Whether it be by luck or ineptitude became irrelevant as it never changed and only worsened. The timing was a surprise but when the timeline is revealed it makes more sense.

    1 to 5 years. Sounds familiar. I think if any of the kids take some sort of decent step forward in their game, or if the team takes a cohesive step forward, we can make that quicker turnaround. I hope the first one happens, make everyone give Jim and Mitch and the office they ran a little more credit. Myself included. But if they all don’t stick, well, it is the Draft in the 21st century. Not my preferred pool to choose a game-changer from. We sign or we trade for banners.

    So, as the Lakers clear the air in their front office I would like to put forth the notion that we clear the air here, too. Not talking about leaving the blog or banning people or even censoring folks, although I appreciate a dignified conversation more than a brackish mud sling ruckus any day of the week. But,as we’ve been doing a better job of lately, let us continue to improve the civil discourse of the blog. Give a buddy a break. By all means, let us voice our opinions loudly and proudly whilst we stray from the path of insult. For therein lies the folly of self-righteousness and as we all know…

    “It’s all about the love” -phred

     
    • John M.

      John M. 10:27 AM on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You got my vote. It’s just a game that we love to watch. Sure it’s more fun when the team dominates, but ya gotta live with the cycles and the human element. As I’ve said numerous times, I’ve got no NBA options, and sniping’s not my thing, so here’s hoping for sunny days ahead.

      What happened to phred, anyway?

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