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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:52 PM on October 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more! 

    Or close it up with our purple and gold dead!  The new season is upon us!  Looming in the last vestiges of summer heat like a mirage.  82 games shall be played in a slightly more spread out fashion so expect to see fewer rest days for…oh wait…we ain’t resting anybody.  Maybe Luol Deng.  Conditioning was the hallmark term of the summer.  Coined by Magic, Rob and Luke whenever anyone stuck a microphone in their faces.  Conditioning was the first thing people noticed about Zubac in summer league, rather his lack thereof.  Conditioning to help push the pace, to help maintain a level of play, to build more muscle.  The big ‘C’ was dropped at every moment by anyone associated with the team.

    Along with Conditioning we’ve been treated to a tiny taste of the Lonzo Ball Show.  While he’s played well against what amounts to amateur level competition there is something about his game that is undeniable.  When he’s on the court and contributing there’s an definite uptick in energy and play.  Guys get tom their spots, set slightly better screens, kinda try on D.  In the guys who have been here a spell I think it’s a hunger to prove more than anything else.  D’Angelo Russell’s trip east was a wake up call to everyone not being name dropped by Magic Johnson and hopefully to them, too.  Lot of hope getting pinned on Ball and his quirky jump shot and with so little preseason to mull over the jury is way out.  If what he did in summer league happens at this level…it opens a lot of doors.

    The young core is getting older.  Some of them are approaching what is generally considered to be their ‘prime’ years and they have yet to really leave a mark.  Outside of Jordan Clarkson making the All Rookie team there really hasn’t been all that much to crow about.  All Rookie second team for Ingram and Russell…meh.  Clarkson was basically relegated to the bench after that.  Randle missed his first full year and it’s showed in every subsequent year as he seems like he’s always just a bit behind the growth curve many had hoped to see.  Still waiting for that left hand to develop and for that jumper to come a little more freely, JR, but he played very well in preseason and is reportedly in the best shape of his life.  Ingram looked like he took a step forward in summer league only to take a pretty big step back for just about all of preseason.  His final game was decent, and his defense has always been above average, but he has yet to ‘wow’ on any front.  Larry is Larry.  He may think he’s a heckuva offensive player but the empirical evidence tells us a different story.  I’ll be thrilled if Larry starts taking the wide open shots the defense gives him because it will make the offense function better.  I’m not holding my breath.

    Kuzmania is also, evidently, upon us.  It’s funny, I remember sitting in the Long Beach Pyramid in 2005 and one Andrew Bynum was pretty much “dominating” summer league.  I don’t think he grabbed 10 boards or scored more than 20 in any of those summer league games I watched but the way he moved his feet, kept the ball high on the offensive rebound for the simple put-back and intimidated shots in the paint showed everyone that there was something to work with.  Clay to mold, if you will.  Of course we had Kobe Bryant at the time and the future of the franchise wasn’t truly in question.  How far Kobe could take it was the banter of the day.  Now?  Lonzo and Kuzma are supposed to live up to savior standards and we’ve seen them play in less than 15 games, Ball even fewer, against opponents that are considered barely able to play in the NBA.  That’s just plain crazy.  Let’s hope they don’t get hurt and play well while growing up quickly.

    The Great Free Agent Haul of next summer is as much a mirage as any of it.  Seeing guys pull a Kobe (looking to stay with one team, theoretically) makes me think that nobody really wants to come to LA except for the debris left over from the initial frenzy.  We’ll see, but this core needs to prove a whole lot more than a good summer league followed by a poor preseason to lure the likes of Boogie Cousins and Paul George, to say nothing of King James.  No, no, far more likely is Randle ends up with a decent extension next summer and we give Brook Lopez a little too much money.  I don’t bet on the kind of pony that needs 800 things to break right in order to win.

    At any rate, I think the team is generally headed in a positive direction.  Front office got it’s first fine for “tampering”, got rid of the albatross of a contract that was Timofey Mozgov, made a scenario where we do lure some top tier talent here possible, if not yet plausible, and Luke is teaching the guys to play the right way.  The defense first mantra isn’t just something you tell a young player, they have to learn by losing.  A lot of the guys on the team have long been forged in that fire, perhaps now someone has arrived that can properly wield them?

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:18 AM on October 12, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers Sign Travis Wear | Los Angeles Lakers 

    The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Travis Wear.

    Source: Lakers Sign Travis Wear | Los Angeles Lakers

     

    Seems a bit of a surprise, I’m not sure he’s even played in preseason.  Just goes to show that a lot likely happens behind closed doors we aren’t privy to.  Good for Travis.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:58 AM on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think this is a Lonzo Ball move because Wear was great in summer league with Lonzo and shot over 40% from deep. Lakers realize they need shooters to surround Lonzo. And guys who fit well with him. Like Kuzma and Wear.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:04 PM on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m glad there’s joy around the Organization. Being joyful makes the game come easier. We can all see the joy, Zo, brings to everyone.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:30 PM on October 11, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers forward Julius Randle is playing angry 

    The Lakers like the new lean and mean Julius Randle. So why is he coming off the bench?

    Source: Lakers forward Julius Randle is playing angry

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 12:52 PM on October 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Because it’s a long-con and you’re all falling for it.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:18 PM on October 8, 2017 Permalink |  

    Like how in control both of these line ups have been. Nice defensive bounce back game after two score-fests.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:19 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink  

    Free Vander!!!

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:11 PM on October 2, 2017 Permalink  

    Going to be interesting to see how much this gels and who sticks in that starting line up. Haven’t seen Bogut (work visa) or Lopez (back visa) with Ball to help on defense or open up the paint a bit, respectively.

    Nice little push there at the end, but it’s the play of the starting unit, or what we’ve seen and assume will remain, the starting unit. Kinda like Kuzma off the bench, might be that Bryant bumps Nance out of the rotation (Larry looks like Zu did in summer league and Zu looks like he REALLY used his summer league experience and got into shape), Clarkson needs to lead that second unit and I haven’t seen that.

    All in all, 2 games in and there’s a small lull between games for them to put in some better half court sets, get Bogut in the country, get Lopez’s back less balky and figure out whom besides Kuzma can hit some threes.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:51 PM on October 2, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So far the only guys that have looked good are Julius, Kuz, and KCP.
      Ingram needs a drop step.
      Ball needs to make everyone better.
      Larry needs an offensive game.
      I’m hoping Lopez will help out our offense.
      Our defensive rotations on shooters killed us tonight.
      I’m thinking Ball has a big game Wednesday and Ingram makes 50% of his shots.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:04 PM on October 2, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        KCP has struggled mightily on offense.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 9:02 AM on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He was bad in the first game and good in the second.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:46 AM on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Dude was 1-6 from 3 and didn’t shoot 50%. his defense has been constant but he’s as streaky as advertised on the other end. Honestly, I’d start Clarkson if this weren’t a partially politically motivated signing. Clarkson has a nice flow with Ball, KCP looks like he’s trying to get his next deal set up here in preseason rather than just finding his way with the rest of the team.

            • mud

              mud 12:47 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink

              KCP had a very good game yesterday. he looked like a starter. i’m not worried about streaky shooting.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 2:11 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink

              With the exception of Kuz, our entire squad has been turrible behind the arc.
              We need KCP out there for defensive purposes.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:09 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink

              We certainly need defense, and KCP had some timely moments. But it’s the team D we need to improve and that won’t ever come down to one guy. He (or somebody) needs to hit those open threes off drive and kick passes. In his media day he talked about wanting to be more of a ball handler and work off screens and I can think of nothing worse based off of what I’ve seen from him as a Piston and the last 2 games.

              Legit defender, need more with his mentality, but not necessarily a starter except for his contract and possible inroads with a certain agents clients. He’s certainly a solid one-way player on defense. The rest…

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 11:22 PM on October 2, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s too bad that Kuzma and Randle play the same position. They’ve been the two best players. Randle defense has really picked up this. Luke mentioned the improvement in the post game.

      I’m so happy that we brought Ennis back. He has been real solid. Rob said he reminded him Fish. I can I see it. Seems to make the right play and hits timely shots.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:27 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kuzma is going to force Luke to start him. Right now, he is the best forward we have. You could argue Luke should play Kuzma at the 3 and bring Ingram off the bench. Starters need his scoring and Ingram needs to build some confidence by playing against other teams’ bench players.

      • mud

        mud 12:48 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kuzma MIGHT be the most talented forward so far, but he’s not the best player by a long stretch. he’s one of the best shooters, though…

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:55 PM on September 25, 2017 Permalink  

    Best. Media. Day. Ever.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:44 PM on September 23, 2017 Permalink  

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 5:49 AM on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Was just watchin’ that the other day and discussing it with my best friend, JS. Definitely a cult classic. I mean how could u NOT like a movie whose lead character is named ‘Snake Plissken’? : )

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:18 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink  

    Speaking of Van Halen and since the summer is winding down…

     
    • tate793

      tate793 4:11 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 9:43 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good stuff as usual, tate … BJ is soooo underrated IMO.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:31 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As far as Frontman go, Mick is in any Top 5.

        And I’d argue in the annals of Rock, one of the Frontman would have to be from the Punk Era. And that depends who you ask: Joe Strummer, Johnny Rotten, Joey Ramone are your top 3 out of that group.

        I’d also include George Clinton, myself.

        • tate793

          tate793 10:41 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Then there’s always Axl Rose.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 10:42 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah.

            Most would put him as THE 80s Frontman, Deone.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 11:17 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yup, gotta give Axl his props, too.

            And Steven Tyler(Aerosmith) as well.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 11:20 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hmmm, guess u’re right about George with Funkadelic, Sean … hadn’t really considered him in this topic of discussion.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:34 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I haven’t met anyone who loved music that never can quibble about the permanent beautiful mark Funk has made on Modern Music, G. It’s indelible.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 11:38 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Oh, no doubt, Sean … funk and rock shaped my life musically as a teen and young adult.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 11:41 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Can’t forget my man Jon Anderson(YES) either, who I had the pleasure of seeing in live performance in B’more once and his vocals were impeccable.

          https://youtu.be/5eNh8ldETEQ

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:59 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      David Lee Roth is one of the top five best frontmen of all time.

      • AK27

        AK27 9:19 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Freddie Mercury would be another. Who are the other 3 for you ?

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 9:36 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Inclined to agree with u there, Matt … always was a big fan of DLR.

        Steve Perry (former front man for Journey) was also one of my favorites.

        • tate793

          tate793 10:04 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Steve Perry was special. Way better than Arnel Pineda.

          “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” was always my fav Journey cut.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 11:21 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yup.

            • tate793

              tate793 11:52 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Why are we all ignoring the elephant in the room, Kurt Cobain?

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 12:05 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Hard to think of all of ’em, but keep ’em comin’. : )

            • tate793

              tate793 12:17 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Peter Frampton, Geddy Lee, U2’s Bono, Richie Castellano.

            • AK27

              AK27 12:39 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Ah, I didn’t think you’d be a fan of “grunge” ( think it was little more than a marketing label ) but, of course, you dabble in genres all and sundry. What do you think of Cornell, Tate ? He could wail as well as anybody in the business, drew comparisons to Plant when Soundgarden came on to the scene. ( I am sure that’s blasphemy to many Lol )

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:39 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Agreed, Tate.
              Kurt is probably my favorite songwriter of all time.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 11:26 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Here’s my favorite Journey track, tate. : )

            https://youtu.be/tNG62fULYgI

            • John M.

              John M. 11:48 AM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              I couldn’t possibly do a top 5. In no particular order, I came up with these:

              Ian Anderson, Roger Daltrey, Jim Morrison, Lowell George, Mark Knopfler, Sammy Hagar, George Thorogood, Donald Fagen, Alvin Lee, Stevie Winwood, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Carlos Santana, John Kay, Ray Davies, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Byrne, Tom Petty, Fee Waybill, Van Morrison, Steve Miller, Paul Simon, Otis Redding, Ian Hunter, Jackson Browne, all of the Beatles, Joe Jackson, Jimmy Buffett, Jeff Beck, Peter Wolf, Jerry Garcia, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Costello, Glenn Frey, David Crosby, Boz Scaggs, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Gregg Allman, and my all-time favorite guitarist, Rory Gallagher.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 12:03 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              That’s a heckuva list, JM … they’re all worthy of being mentioned in this discussion for sure.

            • John M.

              John M. 12:16 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Rankin’ musicians is a lot like rankin’ ballplayers :)

              Had we been discussing front people, I would’ve included Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin,
              & Etta James.

              And I left Graham Parker and Joe Cocker off the boys’ list.

              Apologies to anyone else :)

            • John M.

              John M. 12:19 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Bowie.

            • tate793

              tate793 12:20 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Grace Slick

            • John M.

              John M. 12:34 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Jake & Ellwood.

          • tate793

            tate793 12:44 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Blondie’s Debbie Harry. Annie Lennox, .

            Can’t believe Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour gets no love here.

            • AK27

              AK27 12:46 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

            • tate793

              tate793 12:52 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Yeah, not a big fan of the Audioslave days. But Soundgarden was a different story.

              Another one gone too soon.

            • tate793

              tate793 12:55 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

            • AK27

              AK27 1:01 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              That one’s a kickass jam, Tate ! The scream at 0:30 is quite something. Audioslave had it’s moments but the man’s voice just wasn’t the same. It seemed to have recovered well later.

            • tate793

              tate793 1:32 PM on September 21, 2017 Permalink

              Nice Soundgarden cuts, Amit. Wish every post had a “reply” button, so there would be clarity as to whom one is replying.

            • John M.

              John M. 12:23 PM on September 22, 2017 Permalink

              I remembered Paul Rodgers this morning on the way to work, and a couple minutes later, a Bad Co. song came on the radio.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:48 PM on September 19, 2017 Permalink  

    That answers that question 

    Looks like both numbers will be retired, now we can all sleep easier.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:35 AM on September 17, 2017 Permalink  

    Eurobasket 2017 final – Anthony Randolph on his potential NBA fit 

    Interesting write-up on Anthony “Remember Him?” Randolph.  Wonder if he’ll latch onto a team over here.  Just goes to show how a lot of these kids coming into the league on a wave of hype would be so very much better served getting another year or three of college, or even a foreign league if they’re looking to make money, of hoops away from the pressure and grind of the NBA season.

    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: Eurobasket 2017 final – Anthony Randolph on his potential NBA fit

     
    • tate793

      tate793 1:13 PM on September 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looks kinda like Zubac from the back.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:48 PM on September 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No one can question Anthony’s talent. That’s a given…

      I believe he got off to a rough start being under Don Nelson. Nellie was never the best development coach.

      And he never really worked on his weaknesses enough, which ironically and disappointingly, I believe was a result of Nellie.

      He’d begrudge a player for seeming not to be improved. It’s a long-list. Yet he didn’t really go out of his way to help young guys.

      And most falls on Anthony. Relying on talent.

      I’ll take hard work over talent in any profession.

      Wish you well Anthony.

    • tate793

      tate793 3:42 PM on September 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Skills vs Talent vs Ability > Potential?

      • tate793

        tate793 3:56 PM on September 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Latrell Sprewell
        Stephon Marbury
        Cedric Ceballos
        Baron Davis
        Anthony Mason
        John Starks
        Michael Beasley

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:55 PM on September 16, 2017 Permalink  

    NBA: Adam Silver not taking no for an answer on complicated DNP-rest issue 

    Sheesh Adam, coming down hard before you’ve even seen how the different schedule works?  Chillax bro, the money will be fine.  Playoffs are where the real money is anyway…

    Source: NBA: Adam Silver not taking no for an answer on complicated DNP-rest issue

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:14 PM on September 6, 2017 Permalink  

    Just a suggestion, and don’t get me wrong I do enjoy the Medium write ups, but could we also devote some resources to bringing back the dancing banana? Just a thought/hope/dream. Glad you’re enjoying retirement, LT.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:51 AM on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not a fan of dancing bananas, Jamie. But I am going to redo the entire site within the next 30 days. Medium is just temporary because I like how easy it is to use to create content. The new site will have more of a Medium feel but with the main thread like this site. I am hoping you and Michael and others will also create original content for the new site like I am creating on Medium.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:05 AM on September 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Once we get into camp you can bet I’ll have more to say. This just gets to dragging on, going over a lot of the same things. Plus my new job as an IT person at the college is soaking up much of my old free minutes.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:03 AM on September 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Rockets go for $2.2 billion. Pretty epic cost. Could be interesting to see if he leaves it running or gets right to tinkering.

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20588603/tilman-fertitta-agrees-purchase-houston-rockets-record-price-22-billion

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:53 AM on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Could have been higher but there was only one serious bidder and Fertitta was the same guy who lost out when Leslie Alexander bought the team back in 1993 for $85 million. His losing bid back then was $81 million. If Fertitta had bid another $5 million back then, he would made over $2 billion.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:57 PM on September 3, 2017 Permalink  

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:47 PM on September 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great video.
      Such a shame that most players these days don’t spend more time on their foot work.
      No big came close to Hakeem’s brilliance in this category.
      Jordan and Kobe were the best at this that I have seen.

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