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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:13 PM on June 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Man…lot’s been happening while I’ve been stuck in the theatre world. All in all: smart move. Getting Mozgov’s deal off the books was never going to come cheap and honestly I feel like we come out the other end not much worse than before. Losing Russell is a heavy blow, but freeing up potential cap space is HUGE. You now have options for either rewarding the young players we have if they step it up or you gain the ability to sign at least 2 top tier free agents. We can also include 2 first round draft picks in any potential draft day trade.

    All in all: smart move but with a cost. One thing is sure, Magic and Rob are not afraid to make moves.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:03 PM on June 15, 2017 Permalink |  

    Hey DJ/LT, since y’all like to talk Yankee baseball, you fellers see my Angels take that series sans MVP Mike Trout? Nothing sweeter than beating pinstripes…maybe beating the Red Sox…

    :) (dancing banana)

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:55 AM on June 14, 2017 Permalink |  

    Speculative speculating speculatively.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 12:59 PM on June 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      : )

      • tate793

        tate793 2:58 PM on June 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        A warmed over Russell/Clarkson narrative.

        • tate793

          tate793 3:16 PM on June 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          No doubt, we’ll reap the benefits of a deep and talent-laden draft. Whether it be Ball, Jackson, Fox or Fultz. We really can’t go wrong with any of these players. After completing their due diligence, Magic, Rob and Luke will make a well-informed and thoughtout decision.

          The choice of player(s) could certainly be further driven by potential trade activity or considerations.

          At the end of the day, I will be content to rally around their choice and experience the excitement and expectation of better days ahead.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:55 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink  

    Lonzo Ball as the real-life Bo Callahan from ‘Draft Day’?

    If the Lakers pull off that #2 for #5 and #10 it’ll be about the same kind of haul for LA…

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:58 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      None of these trades ever happen and I doubt the Lakers want to add 3 more rookies to the team. That’s not likely to accelerate their return to the top.

      But I do think the Kings would trade the #5 and #10 picks for the #2 pick or D’Angelo Russell. And I do think this draft is clearly 10 deep potential all-star quality prospects.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 4:00 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        How about Philly trades the #3 pick for DLo and the Lakers trade #3 for #5 and #10? Same result for Vlade. He gets Fox.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:11 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I just checked the stats that usually used to evaluate trading picks and here is what it says:

          #1 -- 10.76
          #2 -- 7.29
          #3 -- 6.82
          #4 -- 6.37
          #5 -- 5.94
          #6 -- 5.53
          #7 -- 5.14
          #8 -- 4.77
          #9 -- 4.43
          #10 -- 4.11
          #28 -- 1.33

          The #5 and #10 are worth 10.05, which is not as much as the #1 but more than the #2.
          Of course, this is just an approximation based on a stat study of the quality player at different picks and can’t factor the importance of the “best player” principle.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 4:27 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I think we Lakers may have to adjust our timeline some (dang it), because no one in the West is gonna touch Golden for 3/4 years. I want a Chip next year, but realistically build for 3 or so years with Draft and hopefully Super Freebies.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:03 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Still doesn’t get to my main assertion…

        I don’t want to add 3 rookies, heck I’m not thrilled about adding even one more, but we have the pick so…

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:14 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          As I said and agree, not likely the Lakers would want more rookies since that would not accelerate the rebuilding process. However, this is a loaded draft and if you look at these other “rookies” as more “trading chips.” the everything changes. Lots of teams want to get into the top 5 of this draft. Might take more than just the #2 or #3 pick to get the #5 and #10 picks. Lots of great prospects in the top ten.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:27 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Here’s the other thing, Jamie. Magic and Rob didn’t draft any of these guys. They make like all of them but I don’t think they believe any of them are going to be “that” guy as Mongo puts it. And that’s the reason why they might want another high draft pick before they start winning -- a chance to find that guy.

          It’s possible Lonzo Ball could be the next Jason Kidd and transform the Lakers offense. He is the perfect draft pick for the Lakers from a marketing stand point. He has the game and charisma to become the face of the franchise. The next Kobe or Magic if you will. A chance to add a generational talent like that is invaluable.

          But what if De’Aaron Fox is the next Russell Westbrook? He has the speed and athleticism to change games at both ends just like Westbrook did out of UCLA. Listening to what his college coach had to say about how Fox stacked up against John Wall makes you wonder if there could be a second generational player in this draft. Westbrook was drafted because of his defense and ability to attack the basket.

          So bottom line for me, I would trade D’Angelo Russell for the Kings #5 and #10 picks so we could possibly draft both of these kids. I might even throw in Jordan Clarkson or Julius Randle. I think both Ball and Fox could be “that” guy and that’s why another couple of rookies could ensure we get our next franchise player. Let’s roll the dice on landing two superstars.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:22 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There’s a reason why you rarely see these kinda trades at the top of the NBA draft. Due to only having 5 guys on the court and only 12 on the entire roster, getting the right guy when you have a chance can turn around an entire franchise. So you don’t give up 1 potentially great guy for 2 pretty good guys.

      Lot different in football where you’re trying to fill 24 positions and 53 (?) roster spots. And there’s so much turnover from injuries and just the relatively short NFL career on average. Alotta time it’s worth trading down just to re-stock the pantry.
      Numbers game.

      Also…all NBA drafts ain’t created equally. Sometimes Lebron is there at #1 and sometimes it’s Kwame Brown….

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:33 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Definitely true, Mongo. But this draft has some intriguing aspects in that the picture after Fultz is seeing lots of movement, some probably driven but some probably real, and I don’t remember any draft as deep in point guards or in the top ten prospects. It’s like a deck of card stacked with what look like aces, which could of course end up as deuces or treys. Unlike most NBA drafts for the reasons you enumerated, I suspect we may see a lot more trading in the top 10 than usual.

      • tate793

        tate793 4:41 PM on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Mongo, are you saying that only Ball is potentially great?

        Would the Lakers pass on Fultz if Boston snags Ball?

        Are you under the assumption that Russell is potentially great?

        Would you trade Russell, straight up, for Fox or Jackson?

        Thought NBA rosters were 15.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:43 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink  

    The Curious Case of D'Angelo Russell 

    From a Bleacher Report article on June 24th, 2015: “Russell starred for his prep school (Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida) but hardly received the same level of buzz as teammates such as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. He earned McDonald’s All-American honors as a senior, yet the Louisville native didn’t receive a scholarship offer from in-state powerhouse Kentucky.
    Rivals.com ranked him as the 18th-best recruit in the class of 2014, but he was never mentioned in the same breath as other elite recruits.
    Even Russell’s father, Antonio, is shocked by his son’s rapid ascension, telling Bleacher Report on Tuesday that he expected D’Angelo to be a “two- or three-year guy” at Ohio State.
    “I thought the same thing,” D’Angelo said. “Early in the season, I’d always tell Coach [Thad] Matta, ‘I’m going to be here a while. You’ve got me.’
    “But then all these good things started happening. I started hitting shots and making all of these crazy passes. It got a lot of people’s attention, and I started playing with more and more swagger. The NBA thing came up. I couldn’t say no.”

    In some ways the rest is history.  He arrived at Summer League and looked overwhelmed for the rest of the season.  Clashed with his coach, got benched, didn’t handle it well, video taped and broadcast a heart-felt moment with Nick Young.  The Twitter thing today is a microcosm of that, means little in the grand scheme but if the guy grates on you it adds more fuel to that fire.  If you love his game, you shrug your shoulders and say “Ahhh, the follies of youth…”  But for some the allure of his smooth shooting and the flashes of elite playmaking are tantalizing enough to overlook those issues.  For others…not so much.

    I’ve come to a peaceful place where Russell is concerned.  I hope he ends up as an Eddie Jones/Nick Van Exel type of player.  Not really an All Star but a solid add for a team that needs a little bit of everything out of the 2 guard spot.  And, indeed, I do believe his future in the NBA is as shooting guard.  Gone are the draft hype expectations.  He’s not a leader, despite his proclamations as such.  He may have court vision but the “crazy passes” that find their target in college have a funny way of getting picked off at the pro level.  His shooting is decent, but not star-making.

    He’s also not athletic in the traditional NBA sense.  More like Andre Miller than Russell Westbrook.  Which is fine, many moribund guards have had a large amount of success at the NBA level, they just generally do it with fundamentals and extremely high Hoops IQ.  Russell has yet to develop that quality…yet.  Look at his stats from his rookie year to his sophomore year in the NBA and one thing really jumps out at you: it looks almost identical.

    Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
    2015-16 19 LAL NBA PG 80 48 28.2 4.9 12.0 .410 1.6 4.6 .351 3.3 7.3 .447 .478 1.8 2.4 .737 0.6 2.8 3.4 3.3 1.2 0.2 2.5 1.8 13.2
    2016-17 20 LAL NBA PG 63 60 28.7 5.6 13.8 .405 2.1 6.1 .352 3.4 7.7 .447 .483 2.3 3.0 .782 0.5 3.0 3.5 4.8 1.4 0.3 2.8 2.1 15.6
    Career NBA 143 108 28.5 5.2 12.7 .408 1.9 5.3 .351 3.3 7.5 .447 .480 2.0 2.6 .759 0.5 2.9 3.5 4.0 1.3 0.2 2.6 1.9 14.3
    Other than missing a decent amount of games last year and upping his free throws a smidge the similarities are what stand out the most.  For a guy who was predicted by many to have a bust out sophomore year, he really just played about the same.  His usage went up a little, thus, his scoring went up a little while making the same amount of shots.  Bumped his FTA’s u smidge and improved his percentage from the stripe and voila!  An extra couple of points per game.  In terms of playmaking both assists and turnovers went up, though turnovers only slightly resulting in a less than 2:1 assist to turnover ratio.

    One thing people like to with D’Angelo is pick and choose.  Fans will pick three or four game stretches where the guy is on fire and proclaim his arrival only to tone it down when he goes on a bad streak whereby his detractors suddenly proclaim, “SEE?!  He’s a bust!”  Neither camp is right, at least in my opinion.  The guy is a steady player.  He is not the player that was hyped pre-draft, nor is he the bust some tag him as now.  He’s still getting his feet wet in the NBA and it would appear he’s a bit of a slow learner.  Slow is a word that is often used when discussing Russell’s talents and that can be both good and bad.  While it can be difficult for some NBA players to slow their games down, it can equally impossible to speed a player’s game up.

    I hope Russell figures out to be effective operating from the elbows.   His height and passing acumen are valuable tools in the half court, but only if he can comprehend and work within his own limitations.  His shooting is smooth and he has a quick enough release, hopefully he improves his efficiency as he grows into his game.  But it’s the playmaking issues that confound Laker fans more than anything, at least for me.  Driving the ball into the teeth of the defense and coughing it up isn’t my idea of the point guard of the future.  That’s back-up guard material and I think we’d all like to see more than that out of him.  If he could function in a pinch post environment in the half court it would play to many of his natural strengths.  If only there was a HOF Laker guard who was stellar in the mid-post area whose door was wide open and whose brain he could pick…if only…

    At any rate, the most concerning thing for me about Russell are the constant little digs at his off-court work habits.  While it’s great to see him on the beach doing work with Jordan Clarkson it’s hard to ignore all of his pro coaches either openly questioning his work habits (Byron Scott) or working in constructive criticism to the same effect in regards to his process (Luke Walton).  Hard for me to believe college, high school coaches when they extoll a players’ virtues.  College coaches are utterly dependent on one-and-done success, along with overall general program success, to make sure they have a viable program to talented kids.  Difficult to besmirch anyone in that position.  High school…is high school.  Who cares, honestly, and no offense to high school hoops coaches, either.  Just we’re talking about a professional environment here.  If the guy isn’t late to the team pizza party it’s not really all that impressive to me.

    But, overall and in the end, I kind of hope we hold onto him.  If, as I’ve now said a bajillion times, a slam dunk can’t-say-no trade crosses Magic’s desk and Russell is one of the principles I doubt he blinks.  I certainly wouldn’t.  But if we’re trading him just to make it seem like we’re doing something this off season (and every indication from the front office sounds like they’re not feeling that pressure) I don’t like that idea.  At $5.5 million Russell will be a cheap alternative to most free agents out there this off-season.  The team option for $7 million next season is another reason Russell will hear his name pop up in trade rumors over the summer and leading all the way up to the trading deadline.  That’s the NBA hype machine, bud, it’s a monster all it’s own with nary a knight to keep it in check.  But for less than $6 million I can do another full season of Russell.  The Lakers can always pick up his option, or trade him as expiring money at the deadline.

    In the end, who freaking knows what will happen, right?  Certainly none of us.  But, as always, we can hope that whomever is on the Lakers next year spends the summer improving their fundamentals, working on their individual issues, and preparing to take a step forward onto a larger stage.  That will only come with winning and earning a playoff berth.  Then a whole other style of learning will begin.  But the sooner they get into those playoffs the sooner they can learn what that intensity and game speed feels like.  Bottom line: at the end of the day if they’re wearing purple and gold I will root my kiester off for them.  I will also hold them to that selfsame high standard of what it means to be a Laker.  Go Lakers.

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 12:58 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And on and on and on and on ….

      Hey, I have a great idea! Why don’t we get off this boring, repetitive topic and see what the new regime thinks of him? I’m going to go out on a limb here and take a wild guess that Magic, Pelinka and Luke have discussed what they believe to be DLo’s potential, whether he has the character that they want of the Lakers players, how best to utilize his talents and/or whether they believe he’s a fit at all and are exploring trade options.

      Other than that, all these articles do is stoke the fires of the likes of mcwhyne and Mr. Tate, who seemingly know everything about every player.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:11 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Them’s just my unvarnished thoughts, dude, that’s all.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 1:30 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thought it was just another article, so I didn’t read it. No offense, but I still won’t. I’m so sick of all the piling on (not that you did), and my opinion of him is still forming. His improvement was noticeable on a crappy team, which is all we can ask for.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:36 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            To save you some time here’s a synopsis: hasn’t lived up to the hype, Lakers shouldn’t give up unless an amazing deal including him, he needs to improve, hope he does. ;)

            • mclyne32 (Director) 2:38 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink

              No need in trying.
              Some refuse to see the truth when it’s presented with all of it’s scars and blemishes.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:57 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink

              THE truth or YOUR warped, impatient truth? It’s as if you’ve never followed the NBA and that the Lakers players have a separate set of rules for maturing.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:36 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’ll take your ‘thought it was an article’ as compliment on my attempt at a professional layout, though.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:45 PM on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Best section from above:
      ” I hope he ends up as an Eddie Jones/Nick Van Exel type of player. Not really an All Star but a solid add for a team that needs a little bit of everything out of the 2 guard spot. And, indeed, I do believe his future in the NBA is as shooting guard. Gone are the draft hype expectations. He’s not a leader, despite his proclamations as such. He may have court vision but the “crazy passes” that find their target in college have a funny way of getting picked off at the pro level. His shooting is decent, but not star-making.”

      He’s just another decent player in the making- one that should be traded for real All Star talent.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:43 AM on May 20, 2017 Permalink  

    Tyronn Lue doesn’t get enough credit for the defense the Cavs have deployed to neutralize literally every option the Celtics like to go to. Yes, they shot a ridiculous percentage and that’s demoralizing, to be sure. But it’s the Cavalier’s defense that is a separating factor, and this is in Boston where rough stuff comes with the territory.

    Ty Lue was a part of that almost undefeated Lakers squad, derailed only by a single Iverson game from a total playoff sweep. This Cavs team could threaten that record, only it’s most dangerous opponent lurks in the NBA Finals, not in the Western conference playoffs like it generally did for us.

    Heck, Ty Lue doesn’t get enough credit as a coach. Period.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:50 AM on May 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s probably cuz he’s got LBJ on his team, JS.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 9:34 AM on May 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree with both sides of the argument here.
        LeBron is dominating and Lue has done a great job in getting all his guys to but into his defensive schemes.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:50 PM on May 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Playoffs are about more than one guy and Ty has pretty much forced every Celtic out of his comfort zone. LBJ ain’t guarding everyone.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:54 AM on May 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      True, GDUB, but Lue has been the perfect coach for that team. He has found the balance you need with a superstar like LBJ. But like Kerr, he will never get the credit he deserves because of the players he has. Most fans don’t realize that the toughest job for an NBA coach is not taking an average team and getting them to perform to the max but taking a team of elite players and getting them to play and defend as a team. Lue is one of the best young coaches in the league. His record and the respect he has earned from his players certainly prove that.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 9:47 AM on May 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think u might have missed my point, which is that LBJ seems to get ALL the credit for the success of that team. Therefore, Coach Lue’s contributions to the team almost always get overshadowed, so we’re actually in agreement.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:51 PM on May 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I got ya, and agree. Phil somehow managed to co-dominate the Bulls and that’s likely due as much to his outrageous personality as it was his coaching. Ty Lue is pretty low-key and just does his work.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:20 AM on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ty is smart enough to stay outta LeBron’s way and let him do his thing. Blatt didn’t get it. Spo got it.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:06 PM on May 16, 2017 Permalink  

    The basketball Gods looked down on the Lakers…and smiled.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:49 PM on May 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And kicked the Knicks in the Nads one more time. :)

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:01 AM on May 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup. Carmelo must really love the city…I’d waive that NTC in a New York minute, especially if the Cavs lose and K-Love doesn’t show in the Finals. That’s what I truly think will happen. Won’t make sense in the long run but could lead to one more title.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:24 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink  

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:24 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink  

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:17 PM on May 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Love “sweep the leg.”
      One of the best scenes from the 80s.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:04 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Man do they live and die by that three point shot…

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:54 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink  

    I’m fairly certain Gregg Popovich could sub in an empty bucket and it would contribute to a Spurs victory.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:38 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Normally Danny Green would get benched for the turnover ans subsequent lazy get-back in transition…but there’s nobody else to play so he’s good.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:31 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Kevin Durant going to hear it from the Golden State faithful if he blows this game any more than he already has. Offensive foul, missed open 3, silly touch foul for an and-one…

    Highest paid player will always get the blame more than they deserve, comes with the job. Ask Kobe Bryant.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:07 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink  

    The only thing that can buoy the Warriors is if 3 players get hot in the same game, no defense can contain Golden State when Curry is going off an any 2 other players (or three players and Curry has an off game) get going. That hasn’t happened in game 1. You can let Curry go off if you contain the other 4 players and that’s exactly what they’re doing. Let’s see if Mike Brown can make the adjustment. Kerr in the locker room is close, but not close enough. Mike Brown versus Pop is no contest, honestly. Mike just going to look down the bench and yell “LEBRON! Ah crap….”

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:10 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Green with a Tech. Seams coming apart in this game.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:11 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Warriors gave up size and length and a bench to get KD.

      Spurs taking advantage of the big advantage.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:19 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Zaza loves intentionally hurting dudes. Russ and now Kawhi. Smh.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:21 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Not sure that was that kind of play, seemed like he was sliding towards him for a block on the replay but who knows.

        May have spoken too soon, here come the Warriors. Just need a three or two to get that building rocking and rolling….

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 2:24 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s questionable with him. Like a Pitcher throwing a high Hester. Never sure of intent.

        • tate793

          tate793 4:52 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          “Not sure that was that kind of play, seemed like he was sliding towards him for a block on the replay but who knows.”

          Yes, it WAS “that” kinda play. All Zsa Zsa did was “slide”, right where he knew Kawhi would come down. You don’t “slide” to block a shot, you jump. He never attempted to jump. He went for the spot, and kept going till he got there. Even after the ball had left Leonard’s hands. He kept sliding. Watch the video, Benjamin, it’s obvious.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 4:57 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That’s my interpretation as well, Deone. Saw the same thing.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 6:41 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Jeff Van Gundy is correct. Those “Dahntay Jones” plays should be flagrant fouls. I would go so far as to say that they should be Flagrant 2s.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 6:48 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink

              Good point, keen.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:19 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pop is more than willing to trade baskets at this point, but not 3s. Golden State doesn’t know how to win without the three point shot, that’s my big issue with D’Antoni. So set in his ways he simply doesn’t understand there is more than one way to win a basketball game. He has his one way and he will never stray from it, to the point of losing.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:28 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Curry needs so very little space to shoot, it’s incredible.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:56 PM on May 14, 2017 Permalink  

     
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