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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:32 PM on April 25, 2018 Permalink |  

    LaVar Ball pulls sons LiAngelo and LaMelo from Lithuanian team 

    a dispute with the coach of the Lithuanian pro basketball team that brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball joined this season led their father, LaVar, to pull the two from the team.

    Source: LaVar Ball pulls sons LiAngelo and LaMelo from Lithuanian team

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:50 PM on April 23, 2018 Permalink |  

    Been MIA 

    Sorry I’ve been MIA, have a few notions I’ll toss out there eventually about the season.  A lot fewer notions about how the team will look (I’ll have formed more of an opinion after the playoffs) next season, more as the off-season unfolds.

    This isn’t REALLY a musical break since the only music is me messing with a loop on my Yamaha DJX keyboad.  It is, however, Sydney Sweet and her dear old Dad getting their be-bop on.  But if the laughter of children warms your heart then, by all means, enjoy.

     

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:44 PM on April 18, 2018 Permalink |  

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:38 PM on April 18, 2018 Permalink |  

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:37 PM on April 18, 2018 Permalink |  

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:35 PM on April 6, 2018 Permalink  

    Every G-League starter has played tonight. The entire starting five in on the active roster.

    Except, of course, Thomas Bryant. We’re not saving him for the G-League championship run since we got bounced last night. Just not something that’s made a lot of sense to me. He played with Zu in summer league and G-League so it’s not like they can’t play together. Who knows, hopefully there’s a reason that makes sense. None from my perspective.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:15 AM on April 6, 2018 Permalink  

    Morning groove. Let’s pull a win streak at home to cap a solid season of growth and discovery.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:41 PM on April 4, 2018 Permalink  

    Shohei Ohtani: officially killing it at the major league level to start the season. This Angel fan couldn’t be happier.

    Oh yeah, there’s a Laker game tonight. Playing out the string I hope we don’t push Lonzo or Brandon back into action. I’d like to see Thomas Bryant get some serious run, a solid 25+ minutes of NBA action and I’d like to see it every game for the rest of the season. Mystifying the way they’ve hyped him and not played him. Wonder if they’ll package him and Deng to try and make a move just off his hype? Dunno…

    No need for recaps, we know what we got: a promising future and a lot of cap space with an equal number of questions and scenarios in how it can be used. Should make for an interesting summer. Looking forward to some playoffs and a lot of Angel baseball!

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:32 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink  

    Laker Defense Missed Josh Hart. A lot. 

    Interesting game last night, one we might ought to have won in regulation had we hit some clutch free throws or Randle gotten to the line when he was pushed out of bounds as opposed to just being called out of bounds.  The officiating in this game was odd.  KCP must have said something really bad because he got tossed for complaining about being thrown to the floor and Khris Middleton complained about literally everything, all game, and didn’t get one single technical foul.  Not having KCP meant a little too much Tyler Ennis for my tastes, but it is what it is,  Luke had to go deep into the bench which also saw 15 decent minutes from Channing Frye.

    Kuzma was a beast all game, Randle had a less efficient night than usual and we shot the three ball very poorly, especially the Laker bench (2-9).  With KCP out there was no starter to counter Eric Bledsoe who, once he got going early in both halves, was unstoppable all game long.  Milwaukee has a bright future indeed if it can keep it’s best players healthy.  Going into the playoffs they’re all playing, most at a high level, and The Greek Freak is a handful any night of the week.  They have a swarming defense and know where their guys need to be to score.

    Brook Lopez continued his late-season surge.  Lot of players making a case they should be making closer to $20 mil than $10 mil this summer.  With 7 games left I do wonder at how much more guys like Lopez, KCP and even Ball and Ingram (both of whom have missed a lot of games with various ailments) will still get big minutes.  I don’t think they’ll get ‘shut down’, especially the vets up for contracts, but I also don’t see them playing 30+ mpg.

    All in all, as we wind it down, I have really enjoyed watching this team come together.  Julius Randle has had a break out season, Ingram has developed very well, Ball has been at least as good as expected (at least my expectations, others may have higher or lower and that’s more than fine) and both Kuzma and Hart were stellar picks for their draft position.  The Lakers are in a great situation cap-wise.  It’s fair to say the ship has reversed course and is headed in a more positive direction.  How much more positive will depend a lot on the summer and what the free agency Gods allow to happen but, regardless, the Lakers are at least in a position to compete for the 8 seed next season if they roll out this exact squad, as is.  If this team can stay a little healthier, not repeat the 9 game losing streak lesson ever again, and continue to improve as they have this is a low-tier playoff squad.  Came up a little short in an acknowledged rebuild season.  That’s real progress Laker fans can be excited about.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:40 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good stuff, Jamie. I have a hard problem supporting any free agency plan that means we have to give up Josh Hart. I know that’s unreasonable as he’s only a rookie whose upside could be limited by the fact that he played 4 years in college but this kid does everything you want a player to do. His defense, his rebounding, his ability to attack the rim -- all strike me as good as any other young prospect out there.

      When you think of a potential Lakers bench with Isaiah, Josh, and Kyle, you can’t help thinking that could be a huge weapon for the Lakers down the road. He’s part of my young core along with Lonzo, Brandon, Kyle, and Julius. All slam dunk keepers imo. Every time I try to create a deal so we can sign Boogie, I hesitate because of not being able to keep all of these kids.

      Can Lakers win with just one superstar free agent? Could Randle or Ingram or Kuzma graduate from the young core to become part of a future Lakers superstar Big Three? Or could the Lakers really create a brand new championship model that included one legitimate superstar and eight other major contributors who play tough at both ends? Every year we remain patient, our trading chips become more valuable and budding stars get closer to becoming real stars. Like you said, Jamie, everything’s coming up Lakers.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:46 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I can find reasons to keep both Hart and KCP. The defense and hustle they play with is one of the best things about this team. But you have to wonder that, if Thomas stays, how many minutes are going to be there for all 3 and Lonzo Ball. Ingram and Randle (also if he stays) and another potential ball-handling superstar will need players like Hart and KCP to make the smart cuts and defensive plays to give them more opportunities to do damage on offense. Nothing was worse than watching 4 players watch Kobe do too much when a smart cut would have resulted in an easy basket. Some of that was on Kobe, that’s how he preferred to play.

        I hope Hart sticks around. Might make KCP expendable if it comes to signing two top tier free agents. Who knows, playoffs first, then the draft then free agency. Can’t get too excited about any of it, yet. At least I can’t.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:56 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL. I can’t help but get excited about it right now, especially after the last four years of losing and seeing hopes dashed and diminished. Different strokes for different folks. For me, this is the best of times as a fan, almost as good as winning championships. It’s the time where hopes start to be more than just smoke and instead of a single downward path, we’re looking up at a half dozen wonderful roads leading up and forward.

          While I like KCP, I doubt we keep him unless LeBron was the only superstar we sign. The problem is he won’t be a starter as shooting guard will be PG’s position and we aren’t going to pay $20 million for a backup shooting guard, especially when you have a player who could eventually be even better at the 2 in Josh Hart. I see PG and JH being our shooting guard rotation going forward, although both could play the 3 too.

          If we only signed PG, I would love us to look at stealing Marcus Smart from the Warriors. He is an RFA but could be the best defensive 2 in the game today and either he or Josh could easily play the 3. Adding Smart to a young core of Lonzo, Brandon, Kyle, Julius, and Josh along with PG would give us the best and deepest young core in the league imo.

        • Michael H (Editor)

          Michael H (Editor) 1:04 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Aloha Jamie
          Nice write up. I also believe we have a very bright future with this group even if we come up empty in free agency. The major frustration for me has been all the close games we have lost to good teams being short handed. I mean we lose by 2 with Lonzo and IT out. I was upset with KCP, I mean we are down two guards you have to be smart. Injuries really robbed this team of at a winning record. We finally get BI back and Lonzo goes out. We get Hart back and Ingram takes a blow to the neck and leaves. It just goes on and on all year. As for Hart I agree he is a definite keeper. With all the talk of Kuzma being the steal of the draft so Hart flies under the radar a little bit. But I would bet in a redraft he would be a lottery pick he’s played like one.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:27 AM on April 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’d say in KCP’s defense, that there was a lot of whining from Milwaukee and no reciprocal tech. Agreed on he needs to show better leadership but it’s also important to remember how young he still is and how much he could still grow into the game. Not a lot, but you never know. My biggest KCP issue is he’s generally good for one terrible pass/game.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 1:54 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good stuff, but I hope Magic’s expectations are higher than competing for the 8th spot.

      • John M.

        John M. 2:23 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Safe to say we’re still in the aspirations stage, expectations will come soon enough with the foundation we’ve got. I think Ingram, Randle, and Kuzma can be our superstars, if we’re patient.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:32 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think we really missed Lonzo and his excellent defense. He would have made it much harder for Bledsoe to get easy buckets.

      • tate793

        tate793 8:59 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yep. And his passing would have gotten us easy looks and transition scoring.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:39 AM on March 31, 2018 Permalink  

     
    • tate793

      tate793 1:57 AM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good to see you back on the musical scene Benjamin.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:37 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Never left, tate ;) Just haven’t posted here. The daughter takes up what I now realize was a lot of free time but somehow didn’t feel like it. This one was for KCP, not sure what he said to get tossed so early and then the refs let Milwaukee whine about every call without another T. Weird game, but great seeing Josh Hart playing his great D, again.

        • tate793

          tate793 9:05 PM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Seems like a lot of officials have it in for LA teams of all sort. Josh Hart’s presence made the game fun to watch. Much like Lonzo and Kuzma do. I still get a bit annoyed at Ingram and Julius. Ingram doesn’t have the greatest in-traffic handles, and Julius is too intent on bullying, even when there is no pathway to the rim. Brook has come alive.

          As has been hinted, I’m in the camp of signing Boogie and developing what we already have. Lonzo, KCP, Ingram, Julius, Brook, IT, Hart, Kuzma, Bryant and Zubac are all capable of a high level of play. All capable of forming the infrastructure of a contender.

          If we just extract the full potential out of what we have, we will be a contender. Luke could use a tweak, or two, to his staff. A free throw coach, some situational defense and rebounding attention and all around half court offense work. Sometimes, Luke’s in-game adjustments don’t materialize. Maybe, it’s Phil Jaxon’s let-the-players-figure-it-out philosophy at work in his mind.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:32 AM on March 31, 2018 Permalink  

    Julius (dubbed The Punisher by none other than Big Game James on the Laker pre-game, hadn’t heard that yet) Randle just missed another 20 and 9 game. One thing I don’t like is how an opposing defender basically just has to fall down and Julius picks up an offensive foul. Rep is everything, I guess?

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:25 AM on March 31, 2018 Permalink  

    Definitely a lot of talent on this squad, jus need some health. Maybe Paul George. Put the work in and the sky’s the limit.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:13 AM on March 31, 2018 Permalink  

    Game was lost in the fundamentals.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:10 AM on March 31, 2018 Permalink  

     
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    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:08 AM on March 31, 2018 Permalink  

     
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