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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:11 PM on October 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    GM: Bledsoe likely played final game for Suns 

    Eric Bledsoe’s tenure in Phoenix is coming to an end, as general manager Ryan McDonough told reporters that the guard is unlikely to play for the Suns again.

    Source: GM: Bledsoe likely played final game for Suns

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:29 PM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With another year after this one on his $14.5 million contract (15 mil the following year) I’d still do Deng for Bledsoe and whatever filler needs to get tossed in.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 1:33 PM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        No one’s interested in Deng without a sweetener.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 1:35 PM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That’s an open offer no one’s taken. Sounds like it’ll take a little more.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:29 PM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If it didn’t cost too much, if the Bucks picked up Bledsoe, they could challenge the Cavs.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:36 AM on October 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Rumor Central: Luke Walton has no time for Luol Deng? 

    Luol Deng is last on the Lakers’ forward depth chart, and he’s not expected to be part of coach Luke Walton’s rotation for most of this season.

    Source: Rumor Central: Luke Walton has no time for Luol Deng?

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:13 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink |  

    Comeback comes up short 

    That was some heart that Laker squad showed in the 3rd and 4th quarter. Alvin Gentry re-deployed his two All-Star 7 footers at an apropos time and they shut down the Lakers scoring machine. Luke didn’t adjust to the Pelican’s size and the little engine that could just couldn’t quite in the last 3 minutes. All in all, a valiant effort after a ‘why this again?’ slow start.

    This has been a tale of two teams this season. Oddly enough it’s also been a tale of a horrible home team and a solid road squad. Regardless, the identity of the team is still a mystery with the one hold over from last season still holding true today: we got one helluva bench. Led by Jordan Clarkson’s scoring and Julius Randle’s effort along with the spark plug of PER that is Josh Hart the bench brought us back and for a bright, shining moment we had the lead.

    At any rate, lot’s of non-story stories tonight. Lonzo struggled with his shot, effort was still solid. Played decent defense, got guys good looks. Tonight they knocked a few more of them down. Lopez had a real slow game, just didn’t get it going against Davis. Same goes for Nance and I was glad to see JR step up and really force his way into 4th quarter minutes with his D. Nice bounce back from Randle tonight.

    Game ball, for what it’s worth, goes to Jordan Clarkson who has proved to be the one constant this season. For all of three games Clarkson is the only Laker who has shown up each and every night and shown great effort. He’s top 3 in the NBA in scoring off the bench and is one of 4 players between this season and last to average 15+ off the bench. Tip of the cap to JC.

    Also, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a solid debut, he helped keep us in the game (relatively speaking) in the first half along with Clarkson. Kuzma, too, was solid and has been tracking upward since the last two games of preseason and opening night. Glad he ditched the head band. Pro tip: never switch to a head band opening night. Wait until game 6 of the season.

    Luke might be looking to make an adjustment to the starting five. They just don’t have any flow and I truly believe it’s mainly a result of Nance over-thinking every little thing on offense. Luke used to suffer from the same problem: you see too many ways to help rather than simply just helping by scoring the ball. The most obvious and simple way to help, really. LNJ has some solid defensive instincts and is rebounding better in his third campaign but his gears just don’t stop spinning when he gets a pass or a rebound far too often. No reaction, just over-consideration.

    No moral victories, great comeback that lost it’s momentum late in the game. Lots of things for the team to work on, although a lot of teas will struggle to contain the Terrible Twosome that is Davis and Cousins, especially when the rest of the Pelicans hit those threes. Also, Staples has been dead, what’s up LA? May have to try and get into the Wizards game on Wednesday and get my rile on.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:28 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Every game can’t be against the Suns…
      Still not sure if the Pels are even a good team.
      Can’t really criticize the starting 5 when this was the 1st time they all played together…gonna take time for them to gel. For all the talk about pace & space, our offense still seems to be a whole lotta iso with some p&r mixed in.

      I feel like this is pretty much the start of preseason now that KCP is on the floor. Gotta give it a coupla weeks before we start making definitive statements about playing time & substitution patterns. ..

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:39 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Certainly, nothing in this game was worth making a mountain from a mole hill. Some positive trends (Ball’s hustle, Clarkson’s effectiveness, Kuzma doing Kuzma). Great to see Randle spring forth a bit. But like every Laker team since the Kobe/Pau/Lamar years there are serious identity questions. Just no telling what team will show up, even in which quarter.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:34 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mos def but there have been some workable combos and some obvious sinkholes. Preseason may last all year.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:37 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And let’s be real..it wasn’t AD & Cousins down the stretch; it was friggin E’Twuan Moore & Jameer Nelson (who just joined the team yesterday) who put the game away.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:11 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I feel like there’s just entirely too much hand-wringing and belly-aching about the “rotation” at this stage. And the wild fluxuations of opinion after each game is kinda funny to watch. It’s hard enough for the coaching staff to figure out and they spend every day with these dudes…so what da hell do WE know from the outside looking in? Luke’s got alotta new pieces on the roster and this was the 1st night he had his full arsenal. Who predicted that Julius would finally get out of his funk? Who thought Josh Hart would be a catalyst tonight? You just don’t know…

      You look at the 11 guys who played the bulk of the minutes…6 of em are new to the team (Zo, KCP, Brook, Kuzma, Hart, & Bogut). It’s gonna take awhile to figure out the right combinations. Only thing that’s certain so far is that Deng should never…ever…ever..be part of that equation again..lol

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:53 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        ” Only thing that’s certain so far is that Deng should never…ever…ever..be part of that equation again..lol”

        Verily!!!

      • John M.

        John M. 11:20 AM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Some of us are more patient than others : ). The small ball run in the 2nd half was obviously good, and they’ll use that as an example to improve. Lonzo can’t be expected to lead the team yet, but I can see Jordan stepping up. He’s got the experience and skills to do it, and he deserves to be on the floor when the game’s on the line.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 10:13 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Loved the effort in the 2nd half. I think they just ran out gas playing catch up. Jordan has definitely been our best player. I loved his 5 assists and he’s shooting 50% from 3 on the season. It also appears that there is some good chemistry between him Kuzma. They play well off of each other. Kuzma was very good again. I really think Jordan should play the point on the 2nd unit. Then you can play Brewer or Hart at the two for defense.

      And Randle, man, he rediscovered his beast mode in the 2nd half. Like Stu pointed out he was in the middle of everything. Randle and Boogie were banging so hard that I thought they were going to come to blows. Also have to mention Josh Hart. He played very well. I also was suprised when Luke brought Lonzo back. Josh was getting it done. Nice debut for KCP. Without him in the first half we would have been to far behind to catch up.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:07 AM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Davis and Cousins combined for 49 points, 28 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 stls, 5 blks, 9 TO and a PER of +14. They affected numerous forays into the paint simply by being there. When they play together it creates all sorts of conundrums. If they get/develop some dead-eye shooters… Pelicans might have the recipe to upend the West. Or just two ridiculously talented bigs.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 7:04 AM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In other news, the Nets are 2-1 and DLo looks pretty solid.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 7:55 AM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Should we as Ls fans really care?

      • CSTracy10

        CSTracy10 9:28 AM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Dlo does look solid. A lot of players make “that” leap in their third year (if they are gonna make it) -- and it looks like is ready to. as far as the nets, who have they played?

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 9:55 AM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Feels like maybe he finally got a wake up call after Earv dumped his azz

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:29 AM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Price for shedding Mozgov. Same thing could happen with another youngin and Deng. Price for getting rid of long term salary.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:04 AM on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Gotta agree with MS’s comments in this thread … especially his pointing out that with all the new faces on the team, it’s gonna take a lil time b4 this team develops some chemistry and forms its own identity. Not sure y some fans seem to be having such a hard time realizing that. Oh well.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:24 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink |  

    I’m not sure what is going on with Randle. 3rd benching in as many games. Not playing his game at all.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:21 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink |  

    Yikes…effort is lacking on many fronts. JR playing his way out of the rotation.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:52 PM on October 22, 2017 Permalink |  

    Phoenix Suns fire head coach Earl Watson 

    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: Phoenix Suns fire head coach Earl Watson

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:32 PM on October 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Milos Teodosic jest went down with a left foot injury, hope he’s OK.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:38 AM on October 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Ball scores 29 points as Lakers top Suns for first win of season – LA Times 

    Lonzo Ball was one assist shy to become the youngest NBA player to record a triple-double.

    Source: Lonzo Ball scores 29 points as Lakers top Suns for first win of season – LA Times

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:58 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Bounce Back 

    That was a 180. Awesome effort on the back-to-back by the entire team. Game ball has to go to Lonzo Ball who pulled the same trick he did in summer league. Dropped a dud and turned it into a gold brick. Coming one assist shy of the triple double he also played pretty good defense, despite that phantom give-back foul at the end where I thought they should have called a jump ball if they were going to call anything. But I digress.

    Road win on the second game in two nights against a mirror opponent. Suns and the Lakers looking to play the same way: defend, run and gun. Up tempo, all night, every night. Phoenix had a lot of pride to play for after getting blown out on opening night, Lakers wanted to derail the narrative that they’re terrible. I would say that both items could be checked off, but the Lakers pulled out the gritty W.

    If the Lakers can bottle the Ball, Ingram, Clarkson off the bench scoring every night at roughly these levels it means they’re onto a successful formula. Clarkson leading the charge from the bench is as consistent a weapon as the Lakers can boast coming into the season, everything else is a question mark. Ball looking for his shot has the potential to turn the entire Laker dynamic around. Ingram playing like he did tonight has the same potential. The P.F.C. (Power Forward Crew of Randle, Nance, Deng, Kuzma, Bryant…eventually) did they;re thing. None of them likely are thrilled with this situation, Randle least of all after committing so hard to the off-season weight training. But if we win with him playing a limited role, so be it.

    The players on the court who closed it out, Ball, Brewer, Ingram, Nance and Lopez played decent defense and Lonzo just took over the game like a seasoned vet at the end. if he replicates this against a quality defense I’ll be a little more impressed but honestly…Ball dominated the 4th quarter like you want a superstar to do. Brewer’s defense on Booker was game changing, and I was really happy to see Devin get back up and keep playing after that rough fall. Tonight Brewer was a leader on defense and vocal in huddles. Glad he stuck around.

    Lopez was solid and I think we can expect that basic kind of out put most nights. Larry had a nice block but that and-one was just plain dumb. Luke used the bench a lot better. I think there’s definitely tension between he and Randle as they got into it again a little bit tonight and Julius’ lack of late game PT is becoming noticeable. Kuzma made that an easy choice tonight with his own mini bounce back game. All around great effort which led to a gritty win. Need to tighten up that late game mojo, but that’s an NBA staple for all but the most elite teams.

     
    • mud

      mud 10:03 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      as to Randle’s playing time, Kuzma was hot and needed to be in the game, but Brewer was filling an important role on defense, so Kuzma couldn’t play SF. Randle was just odd man out.

      i mean it’s a match-up thing. Randle might not like it, but Larry was good tonight.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:11 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kuzma did play well, as did Lopez and Ingram and nance’s defense is superior. Basically makes Randle expendable especially when he plays pouty and racks up multiple fouls in mere seconds. He and Luke have had words on the sideline in both games this season, aggressive words. Dude needs to remember it’s his job.

        Having said that, this certainly paves the way for a Randle/Deng trade for _____ at some point this season.

        • mud

          mud 10:28 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          yeah, i’d rather ignore any yakking from him. he’ll be needed soon enough. if he wants to play more, he just needs to be effective when he does. he can be as cranky as he likes.

          if he becomes a problem, that trade wouldn’t be too far away…

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 11:04 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Kyle’s length even caused Eddie Johnson to pause in awe.

          He’s got a short memory to. Great character to see in the guys, collectively.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:10 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I can’t wait to hear Eddie on Above the Rim on Sirius XM tomorrow. He and Termine have been hating on LaVar and the Lakers.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:14 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink

              :)

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:17 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Larry has a solid understanding of his defensive responsibilities, situationally. Really bears down.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:29 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          If he could shoot, he could start somewhere. Even here.
          At least Luke realized he needed the best players on the floor together.
          We started our comeback in 2nd quarter when he starting mixing the lineup

          Guys who played the minutes were:

          Lonzo 37 min
          Brandon 36 min
          Corey 33 min
          Brook 32 min
          Kyle 28 min
          Nance 21 min
          Randle 12 min
          Nobody else over 6 min

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:03 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Nance was in their in the last 2 minutes.

            Shows he’s trusted defensively.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:05 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink

              He made a game saving block after Ingram missed the free throw. But also made a dumb foul on Bledsoe that could have cost us a win. And a spoon in knife fight on offense.

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

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

              Yup, knows his role and doesn’t chafe.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:18 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink

              Kuzma should be the starter but I’ll be satisfied as long as he gets to close games and play starter minutes. First team all-rookie candidate.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:25 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink

              LT he may well earn that starting spot. Tonight was a solid return to the form we saw him play this summer.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:34 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Deng not suiting up tonight. There are small miracles.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:37 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My bad, just not starting. Still, a net positive. Not sure what Deng is going to be able to contribute on this squad if he can’t hit that corner three and often enough to matter. He just doesn’t bring an impactful skill set or mind set to the game and it’s odd because I’ve seen him when he’s got his intensity up. Really looked like he was playing for the waive last night.

      At any rate, here’s hoping we get some of that mojo back against a team more at our level: Phoenix.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:52 AM on October 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Postpone that Parade Route Planning Session 

    Well, that was difficult to watch. After more than a few lackluster summer league showings the Lakers proved to the NBA that they were ready for…more of the same. For all the talk that the coaching staff and front office laid on us about conditioning the Lakers looked like an aged, veteran-heavy team last night. Beginning with the inexplicable starting 5 of the moribund, replicated skill set, of Ball, Ingram, Deng, Nance, and Lopez the game bogged down until Jordan Clarkson took the court late in the first quarter. JC did his thing, hitting some shots, passing it off under the hoop for easy scores, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough to overcome the general myopic effort the Lakers turned in last night.

    Lonzo Ball struggled with just about every facet of the game except for rebounding and even those didn’t manifest into fast break points. Patrick Beverly shut the young man down from the get-go and Lonzo never overcame the physicality Patrick brings to the court. Furthermore, he didn’t really make any adjustments and his contribution on offense basically manifested in him hanging out around the three point line. While we’ve all seen him turn in far better performances than this there aren’t many words that sum up what we saw last night other than: dud.

    Ingram continued to struggle with his shot and this trend will become more worrisome the longer it goes on. If he can’t keep defenses honest with that jump shot he will continue to struggle getting to the rim. When he can’t find the touch from mid-range it’s very disconcerting as that was kind of his go-to last year when he would struggle with his shot. He made some decent plays, only turned it over once to four assists, but he needs to be a scoring threat for the Laker’s offense to work. Ingram has the talent and the physical tools to be a force in the league but his scoring needs to improve quickly.

    Bogut’s debut was very hard to watch. Tossing passes all over the court, mostly to the Clippers, Bogut looked like he was still finding his wind. Why we rushed him into the rotation is beyond me, especially when Zubac had been playing fine for most of the preseason. Luol Deng looked like he did last year: terrible. Couldn’t finish at the rim, no aggression or leadership…just taking up space on the court. Luol Deng will, likely, end up getting waived in the summer if he keeps this up as no prospect would make taking on his deal palatable in the modern NBA.

    Lastly, Julius Randle looked like he was on another planet. No aggression on offense. Timid jump shots and a general malaise showed in his play last night. I don’t know if the lack of an extension or a potential trade this year is bothering him but he needs to get over it. Like all young players he will soon discover that the NBA is, first and foremost, a business. As such, things go down that aren’t “friendly” or “nice”. He’ll need to rise up and find a better mental place prior to tip off. Especially if he wants to reclaim that starting spot.

    Luke made some very curious choices last night, all things considered. The starting five didn’t have enough scoring potential, foot speed or cohesion to match up with the new-look Clippers. Starting Lopez, Ingram and Deng means there will be no space for Lonzo to penetrate and look to make plays. Lopez is a three point threat but not enough of one to keep a mobile center like DeAndre Jordan honest. Deng is an albatross, so far, on both ends of the floor. Ingram is still finding his way. That’s not giving Lonzo a lot of tools to work with. I’d rather see Clarkson or Vander Blue start and have a little more raw foot speed and scoring potential. We’ll see if Luke adjusts tonight or trots out the same bunch of lead-footed wonders to start the game.

     
    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 11:59 AM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well put Jaime.

      Lonzo definitely struggled with Beverly’s physicality but he showed glimpses of athleticism and a really nice handle on O. He should have had a few more assists than he did, but we can’t shoot and we overpassed a lot down low that turned into turnovers. I was impressed with a lot of what I saw from on on defense. He has good instincts.

      I like that BI is shooting. He just needs to shoot better shots and needs to take at least 3 3’s a game.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:32 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        In terms of Lonzo’s game it came off as very one-dimensional, for me. Not too many probing forays into the paint, just brought it up and passed it off and hung out around the three point line. If all it takes is a little physicality to get him off his game that’s a problem going forward. It’s only one game, and he was generally paired with terrible shooters and finishers, but I’d like to see him dominate the possession more than letting others do it.

        I like that BI is shooting but if he doesn’t make ’em it won’t matter. We have enough tall guys who are slow of foot and can’t hit from the outside. He needs to step it up to justify that starting spot. Again, only on game, but these are trends that are well-established. I’d like to see some signs that they’re changing and I have yet to see them.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:40 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          There were no lanes for Lonzo to get into the paint, Jamie, because Clippers clogged middle because we didn’t fear our shooters and overplayed everybody because we have no counters in our vanilla offense.

          I do like the improved focus on defense but Luke needs to also realize that is a long term project and the only way the Lakers are going to win more games this year is to outscore their opponents. Need to fix the stupid rotation decisions.

          Had Luke surrounded Lonzo with the right players, he might have had a double-double with 10 boards and 10 assists. Lonzo was fine for a 19-year old rookie. He will improve fast just like in summer league. Just needs the right players around him.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:35 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The idea Luke needs to embrace is to surround Lonzo with the four players who have the speed and 3-point stroke to best fit alongside of him. So which four players would be best? Here are my picks:

        PG: Lonzo
        SG: KCP (Clarkson tonight)
        SF: Ingram
        PF: Kuzma
        CE: Lopez

        This surrounds Lonzo with our best combination of speed and shooting. All 4 players have to be guarded behind the 3-point line. Suddenly, all the clogging in the paint could be eliminated by spreading the floor with 5-out sets with the paint wide open. Lonzo and teammates would have lanes to attack the rim. Main thing is we could build a lead with this lineup rather than always fighting from behind.

        Forget hockey style substitutions.
        Instead play a mix of starters and bench.
        Adjust to whom we are playing.
        We needed Nance to guard Blake last night but might not tonight.
        Play Kuzma with Lonzo.

        Bring in Nance to play center and go small.
        Bring in Randle to play 4 and move Kuzma to 3.
        Give Clarkson a chance to backup Lonzo.
        Find ways to get your best bench players in game with starters.

        Don’t get obsessive about your starting lineups and bench.
        We might be better off starting different players depending on matchups.
        Most important, give your best players more time together.

        • CSTracy10

          CSTracy10 12:39 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I like all these ides. I am excited for KCP to come back, he will help on D and hopefully knock down some 3’s. BI needs to take at least 3-4 3’s a game. That is what he needs to develop more than anything else right now, IMO

    • mud

      mud 12:40 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i don’t know what people really expected, but other than the poor play from the bench, including Kuzma, they looked ok, if the circumstances are considered.

      Lonzo looked fine against Beverly, who should have fouled out. by next year, Lonzo will be collecting foul after foul on that type of defender.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:45 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I thought Lonzo responded well to Beverly and they should have called several more fouls on him. He was picking him off on screens every time down the court after the first quarter. Like Luke said, problem was guys not finishing or hitting shots when Lonzo fed them the ball. Suns should give us a better idea of how far we still need to go to be competitive. I predict we will get our first win tonight and Lonzo will record a triple double. Kuzma will also rebound and score double digits.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:54 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I had anticipated a ragged game. I had commented earlier that we would have issues. The short training camp hurt us more then a veteran team. This is a young group, with a lot of new players and with Lonzo missing so much that hurt as well. While I was disappointed by the energy when we fell way behind I have a feeling that the rest of October is going to look like pre season. If come mid November and they still look like this, I’ll worry then.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:54 PM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Suns got blown out by 50 in their opener.
      This game might give us a clearer picture on where we actually are right now. Gotta remember though…our main guys rarely played together in preseason due to injuries and KCP is still out for driving drunk (idiot). Let’s get Brook, Lonzo, & KCP on the floor & on the same page and then move forward.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:21 PM on October 17, 2017 Permalink |  

    Gordon Hayward just destroyed his leg. Cleveland with a classy clap off. Looks like his season, if not career, could be done. Looked extremely bad, Livingston-esque.

     
  • 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?

     
    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 10:34 AM on October 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good write-up Jamie, I enjoyed reading it. It’s a nice counter-balance to LakerTom’s often enthusiastic outlook.

  • 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.

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