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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:09 AM on February 22, 2019 Permalink |  

    James Harden says Scott Foster shouldn’t officiate Rockets games 

    After fouling out late in Thursday’s loss to the Lakers, James Harden sounded off on referee Scott Foster, saying he shouldn’t be allowed to officiate Rockets games anymore.

    Source: James Harden says Scott Foster shouldn’t officiate Rockets games


    What a WLB.  Too funny, the guy who baits more than any player I can think of whines about poor officiating?  If this isn’t a case of the kettle calling pot black I don’t know what is.  What’s next, you get a 5 free throw handicap, James?  Please…Kobe would never whine like this, LeBron has never whined like this, Tim Duncan never whined like this.  Winners don’t whine, they step it up which you and your team were unable to do.  Leaders don’t shift blame, they take it on themselves.

    James Harden has a ton of skill and ability, that is undeniable.  But this aspect of his game has convinced me that he deserves z-e-r-o of my respect.  I respect a lot of players who aren’t Lakers but never will I respect anything James Harden accomplishes.  His entire career deserves a big old *.  Personal opinion.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:12 AM on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s just making it worse.

      He’s gonna ref st least one of your games in the Playoffs. Deal with the reality.

      I don’t like Scott Foster, I think he’s earned his rep. That being said, he’s an equal opportunity hack, nothing personal.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:15 AM on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Want to talk officiating, James? How about your teammate CP3 not even getting reviewed for what should have been a Flagrant 1 when he yanked LeBron’s left arm on his way down on a rebound?

      Nothing. No review, nada. Anyone and everyone can and does gripe about the refs. The great players play through it and overcome. That’s the department you come up woefully short in, sir. The cajones department was never a floor you visited in the mall, dude.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:25 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink |  

    5 Things I Liked 

    Doing these on the phone is always wonky. Anyhow, here goes.

    1. No quit. What a gritty win for the team. Backs against the wall, down by as much as 19, playing tight and they found their intensity on defense in the 2nd half.
    2. Making free throws. Has to happen for any serious run to become reality.
    3. James Harden & CHRIS PAUL fouling out. F those guys, they’re whiners and I hate them.
    4. Young Lakers showing up. Whether it was BI’s great overall game, Kuzma being game on defense of Hart playing solid D the young Lakers showed up large.
    5. Opening this stretch with a W. This was important for a lot of reasons chief among them being moving on. Moving on from the botched trade deadline, moving on from what injuries you can and so on. The story isn’t done, the narrative not yet fully defined the season is still ours to take hold of and run.

    Go Lakers.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 10:30 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes, James and Paul fouling out was the sweetest, those two fakers!!!

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:34 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        For some reason my phone CAPd CP3, dunno why…

        Yeah, the only bummer was that we didn’t end Harden’s 30+ point streak but Ill take the W.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 10:36 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          MJ’s right. 6 championships still harder than 30-point streaks hahahaha.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 10:41 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply


          • mclyne32 (Director) 10:50 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I will always measure greatness in Chips.
            Beardo can have all the scoring records this year.
            All I will remember is who won in the Finals.

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:22 AM on February 22, 2019 Permalink

              Darn tootin’!!!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:48 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There isn’t a pair of dirty, whiny, unlikeable players that I hate more.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:44 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Honorable mention would have to go to the small ball lineup that Luke used to close the game. We haven’t seen it a lot and it often hasn’t been good but it was solid tonight. The key might just be Reggie Bullock, the only thing the front office did right at the trade deadline (in my opinion).

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:52 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agree with the Bullock trade.
        Muscala will have to show me a lot in a little amount of time to like that trade.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:54 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I don’t see it happening and I Liked Zubac since his draft day when he gushed about the Lakers. Still had a lot of potential to reveal, too. Silly trade.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 10:55 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Made no sense. Waiving Beasley could have been accomplished

          • mclyne32 (Director) 11:01 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I don’t either.
            I hope Zu moves on to another team because I can’t stand the thought of him being a long time Clipper.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:14 PM on February 21, 2019 Permalink |  


    KCP isn’t allowed to pass for the rest of the season. I think he might be the worst passer in the history of NBA guards. Just catch, shoot and defend.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:09 PM on February 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games 

    In 2007, NBA ref Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to betting on games he officiated. But it was never proved that he fixed them — until now. Our two-year investigation reveals how he did it, whom he did it with and the millions that flowed from the conspiracy.
    Source: How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games

    Great read.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:30 AM on February 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Anthony Davis says Celtics, all teams but Pelicans on trade list 

    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: Anthony Davis says Celtics, all teams but Pelicans on trade list


    Ruh-roh, Raggy!  Looks like AD just gifted the C’s a little extra summer leverage.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:27 PM on February 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He didn’t give anyone leverage- he said that ALL the franchises except for the Pellys are on his list.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 4:38 PM on February 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Media is like a mushroom to the people now. Feed the sheep s**t and keep them in the dark.

      Not buying this.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:49 PM on February 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well, the one thing that’s apparently changed as far as AD’s public position is he no longer is saying he wants to sign with the Lakers as a free agent. While he’s talking about two different things in this interview -- where he might be traded and where he might sign as a free agent -- they’re both probably the same as long as he’s traded to a team where he can win a championship, be it the Lakers, Celtics, Buck, or whomever. It almost seems as if Rich Paul may have decided to change directions completely and go stealth and quiet this time. Or maybe Anthony Davis doesn’t want to be the bad guy. One thing for sure is Magic and Rob are going to know what AD ‘really’ thinks as they head into summer. And that could change everything.

      Right now, I think the Lakers’ plan A is to sign KD, Kawhi, Klay, Kyrie, or Kemba this summer and then look to trade some or all of the young guns for a third star like AD or Beal, depending on how they finish the year. If they strike out, Plan B is to kick the can down the road and sign AD next summer. Unless AD’s comments are merely public pablum and he still wants to come to LA even if traded to a contender like the Celtics, the Lakers may not have the ‘next summer’ option to sign AD. That means the pressure is really going to be on Magic to get the promised second superstar or wear an ‘I’m Jim Buss’ hat, which brings in Plan C.

      Plan C happens if the Lakers strike out with the K’s and aren’t confident AD will be there next summer. To me, Plan B is about filling in the blanks in Lakers starting lineup, assuming Lonzo will start at the point, LeBron at small forward, and Kuzma at power forward. That leaves center and shooting guard as positions needing to be upgraded. Center to me is the key position and the Lakers are fortunate that there will be two outstanding options as free agent centers this summer -- DeMarcus Cousins and Nikolas Vucevic. Both can stretch the floor with their 3-point shooting and might not require the full max to sign. If we can’t land one of the K’s and aren’t sure AD will still sign after being traded to the Celtics, then Boogie or Vooch would be great fits.

      At shooting guard, Ingram could prove to be the solution or the Lakers may decide to use him as the centerpiece in a trade for a proven shooting guard like Bradley Beal. There are also other shooting guards who won’t require a max deal but who would be great fits with LeBron, like J.J. Reddick, Terrence Ross, or even the Lakers Reggie Bullock. Shooting guard is probably the easiest position to fine a good fit with LeBron. In my mind, you fill the center position first and use what’s left to upgrade shooting guard.

      Plan C wouldn’t be as sexy as signing a K superstar but in the end, it could produce a better more sustainable contender since we would be keeping most if not all of our young stars. Might take longer to get where we want to go but we might then be able to stay up at the top for a lot longer. I’d take that.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:07 PM on February 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “However, the 25-year-old refuted those reports on Saturday, by insisting the Celtics are on his list, among 28 other teams.

      But Charania suggests Davis was only saying that to appease the Pelicans and that the Lakers are still his No 1 choice.

      “I’m told he still has a four-team list of the Lakers, Knicks, Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks,” Charania said on NBA TV.”


  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:09 AM on February 15, 2019 Permalink |  

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: LeBron James Is Bigger Than the ‘GOAT’ Debate, He’s a Hero for Our Time 

    Source: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: LeBron James Is Bigger Than the ‘GOAT’ Debate, He’s a Hero for Our Time

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:20 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink |  

    I know everyone round here is grumpy with this or that and it’s very understandable as to the why but, in my opinion, this is really what a well-kicked can looks like. That can has been kicked down the road so many times nobody knows what was inside the can to begin with. Every season under Magic and Rob has been filled with half young players (of whom almost half have been traded off the team) and half one-year veteran rentals. Had we not signed LBJ this last summer who would be on this team? Maybe Lopez and Randle? Probably at least Brook on a too-large one-year to enable the can to just be kicked again.

    I get the frustrations with Luke, he’s not a dynamic in-game coach and likely tops out in the end as either a superb college coach or a top-shelf assistant. But when the materials you have to work with every season change considerably, when every training camp is about getting everyone on the same basic page while other teams introduce a few new guys to the general concepts and add a few new wrinkles and when the time you spent developing a player is shipped off only to be replaced by a one-year player who eventually signs somewhere else…how does anyone build a consistent culture of any kind in that environment?

    Going to be an interesting summer. Minority owners and long-time season ticket-holders are going to be PO’d if we don’t at least make the playoffs. Might be some full scale upheaval. If I were to bust a Nostradamus I would say that Maguc and Rob get at least another season, the coaching staff under Luke will change, Luke could get fired and we’re going to shop whatever is left on the roster (which won’t be any of the vets come June 30th) and we’ll see AD end up elsewhere. Then we’ll be in the Paul George Twilight Zone, again, and hope that Klutch can keep AD focused on the P & G. Maybe we lure Leonard or Walker or Middleton here but, honestly, that all seems very far-fethced right now. Who, other than leBron who has always thrived off of a decent amount of internal chaos, would want to come to this shyte show?

    I don’t see anything resembling vision, just larger and more frequent acts of borderline desperation. Not a good look for us. Bummed to see all the good mojo the organization built up earlier this season vanish because of a few injuries, silly trade deadline behavior, and a general lack of growth from top to bottom.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:01 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t see anything resembling vision, just larger and more frequent acts of borderline desperation. Not a good look for us. Bummed to see all the good mojo the organization built up earlier this season vanish because of a few injuries, silly trade deadline behavior, and a general lack of growth from top to bottom.


      Man…I don’t have a way with words like you do, friend. Couldn’t say it better myself.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 2:41 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So if the injury bug didn’t hit and the team continued to improve as it was doing before the injury bug hit and didn’t have to adjust to life without LeBron (after adjusting to life WITH LeBron), and our records was 35-22 instead of what it is, what would y’all be sayin’? It is sad that it has come to this and that everyone rightfully is extremely upset, especially after all the pre-season expectations, but once again we got hit with the injury bug and our reputation around the league has been stained, so here we are. But if the record was 35-22? I don’t think we’d be reading these posts. JMO

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:47 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You’re speaking in hypotheticals, nothing good ever came from that.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:58 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Or if we had kept Russell and Randle and just used the stretch provision on Mozgov and Deng or if Kobe hadn’t hurt himself or if Jim had actually ever completed a coaching search or…

        And so on. I can’t walk roads that never existed, only the one set before me. That road is based in the reality of what has happened, not what could have been.

        Honestly, I just emphasize with the angst I see floating around here for the last week. I probably think Luke is a better coach than he is, some folks round here probably think he’s worse. The ‘tween is the truth or whatever passes for truth in these modern times.

        Some folks round here probably think Magic and Rob are doing better than I think they are, I am not impressed. Again, the truth lies somewhere in the ‘tween.

        The honest truth is that there is more than enough season to turn this ship around, make the playoffs and maybe even win a series but it’s going to take something we haven’t see from the team consistently in months: heart.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 6:49 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I don’t necessarily disagree with any of those opinions. I also think the Zubac trade was pure panic. It just dawned on me that we were in a good place before the injuries and it took awhile to get there and now we were back to a place we were no longer accustomed to. We have one top 10 player, a bunch of kids and a bunch of average NBA veterans. Take away the best player and the best defensive player and we are not built to overcome injuries like other teams. This was a two year plan, but we were supposed to make the playoffs the first year and much of that was based on LeBron James’ history of staying healthy all season. Hindsight is always 20-20 and once again we caught the sh!t end of the stick with injuries. Before the season I said that Luke had an impossible job and here we are. Anyway, thank God for the ASB and hopefully we come back strong and sizzle down the stretch!

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:37 AM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That’s pretty much how I feel, Zubac for Muscala: pure panic, had to look like they did something. Injuries have been the excuse for years now and, for me, it’s worn completely thin. Overhaul the training staff, get better ice bags, I don’t know but this has become the seasonal issue for far too many seasons. Got a nice little slate of games to turn it around, it’s still possible but not with Bullock in the starting line up. He’s just not on the same page and we need Rondo to alleviate pressure on LBJ with Lonzo out.

          Here’s to a win streak post ASB.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:56 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If this, and then if that, and if….
      If, if, if is meaningless.
      Smart GMs plan for the ifs and build their teams accordingly.
      Injuries always are and will always be part of the game.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:33 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink  

    5 Things I Liked 

    1) Hotel reservation? Check.
    2) Dog-sitter paid for? Check.
    3) Flight booked? Check.
    4) Bags packed? Check.
    5) Win that last, pesky old little last game against the Atlanta Hawks to stay above .500 and go into the break on a high note? …huh? Oh, sorry, I was going over my travel itinerary.

    Come back focused or heads will roll and players shipped out. 25 games to make up what really isn’t a lot of ground. The way they’re playing though, they’ll be an early out. Might be more of a wake up call to miss them entirely. No one player, coach, GM or Team President is going to fix this. It’s about looking inside and finding that thing that made you want to compete in the first place and blowing that smoldering ember back into a raging inferno. Starts with the you in the mirror.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:50 AM on February 12, 2019 Permalink  

    The Lakers’ best Anthony Davis trade chips might not be Lakers yet 

    If the Lakers want to stay in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes this summer, they might need to get creative.

    Source: The Lakers’ best Anthony Davis trade chips might not be Lakers yet

    Brian W. of ESPN weighing in on the ‘trade that never was to be’.  Not all that inspiring to hear that talks were even more one-sided than I had thought.  Still can’t fathom what they were thinking…

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:10 PM on February 10, 2019 Permalink  

    5 Things I Liked 

    1) …sigh
    2) ….sigh
    3) The kumbya moment that brought the team togeth-oh…
    4) ……..sigh
    5) …76ers look tough to beat. Could go all the way. Might not keep it together past the season but that’s going to be one tough out.

    Lakers are really digging themselves into a hole that might result in more than a few people losing jobs and playing/working for other teams. The sentence “If _______ can’t _____ with LeBron James on the roster than they need to get fired.” applies to a whole lotta folks in the organization. Injuries happen, that excuse only flies so far. Free agency whiffs happen, trades don’t go through, all of that happens but the strategy needs to be consistent. But it all gets hyper-magnified when you’re:

    A) The Lakers and…
    B) You have LeBron James on the team.

    For all the sound bites and articles talking patience earlier in the season that is a difficult precept to preach and follow through on when you’re a competitor of the highest caliber. Said it early, saying it again: anyone, and I do mean anyone, not named LeBron James or Jeannie Buss should not get too comfy in that uniform, office, chair, what have you. It’s a business from the top to the bottom and that fact has never been more plain than in the last couple weeks.

    If the season continues on this track than the summer is going to be a solar flare that hits the Earth 22 times in a row. Hope these guys can figure out how to go on some sort of winning streak, prove to themselves they can do this at a high level because otherwise they’ll be learning how somewhere else. First chance comes Tuesday at Atlanta.

    • p ang

      p ang 9:50 PM on February 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Things that causes my nose to twitch.

      1. Magic Johnson. Rob P is the GM. quiet and behind the scene as GMs should be. Magic is the President, Jim Buss’ position. His capacity is as owner or owner’s rep. If Mark Cuban or Jim Dolan were the ones who a) publicly embarasses his coach b) be taken for a ride by NOLA c) act like ex-Clipper owner chastising his players d) chastising the media e) changes plans mid stream f) kowtow to a player and his agent, well then he would be crucified and/or fired by now. His greatest achievement (ringing LBJ’s doorbell) can be done by any Laker Great or even better by Jeannie herself.

      2. LBJ’s game stopping pace. ’nuff said.

      3. LBJ and BI. they haven’t learned how to play together. LBJ is for win now, BI will suffer now, win later.

      4. Luke’s unfanthomable lineups and rotations. Really fuks up their defense.

      5. Muscala. I think he was brought in to get Gobert and other shot blockers out of the paint. At least I hope so because I miss Zu already.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:10 AM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Mark Cuban has won a Championship and has the two best European Players in the world on his team.

        Comparing him and Dolan is straight up erroneous,

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:11 AM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He’s also a better executive than Earv and Rob combined right now…things can change.

        • p ang

          p ang 1:27 PM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I did not compare Cuban to Dolan. You did. Are you dyslexic?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:43 AM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the recap, Jamie. Tough to find anything to like last night other than Kuzma but not unexpected. Sixers may end up losing both Butler and Harris this summer but they looked great last night, having no problem weathering Kuzma’s hot hand.

      As good as the Sixers looked last night, I was hoping the Lakers would be able to hang in and their front court led by Kuzma and LeBron actually matched Philly’s Embiid and Harris led front court. Unfortunately, the Lakers new backcourt duo of Ingram and Bullock didn’t hold up their end of the bargain and the Lakers’ defense continued to show just how much they miss Lonzo Ball, once again allowing an opposing team to rack up points.

      It was an oddly passive game by LeBron considering the odds and a strange starting lineup as Luke obviously went with LeBron as the starting point guard and Rondo off the bench. Hopefully, Lonzo will be ready to go after the All-Star break so we can get back to playing some defense and running. Sixers actually scored more transition points than the Lakers. In the end, Sixers are going to be a tough out in the playoffs if the shoot and take care of the ball like they did against the Lakers.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:33 PM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks LT, not sure Lonzo will be the salve that you hope for/envision but here’s hoping as it’s been our bench coughing it up of late. He’ll certainly help though and I’ll take any improvement on that end at this point. I didn’t take as much umbrage wit that starting 5 as many have. Only way to see how Reggie plays w/LeBron and the other starters is to play him with that unit. Why wait? That didn’t bug me.

        The bigger issue will be who goes to the bench when Lonzo comes back? If Reggie plays like he did last night it’ll be him. Hard for me to see Ingram getting demoted but that might be the smart play as he and Rondo have a better chemistry than he and LBJ. At this point the only thing that matter is figuring out how to win games, which we’re not doing. So something’s gotta change.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:26 PM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice post Jamie. Hard to disagree with your frustration. I understood Luke starting Lebron at PG. he was trying to match up with Simmons. Defensively he was okay. But against top teams he has to be more aggressive offensively. Our front line held there own. BI was his usual efficient self. 19 on 6-11 shooting. He also held Butler to a quiet 15. Kuz was amazing at 39 although he had trouble in defense at times. And Javelle was good with 21 and 13 boards. On defense he was really wasn’t impactful. Everyone seems to be focused on the starters but here is the main reason we lost. At least why we lost badly.
      KCP -23
      Muscala -18
      Chandler -23
      Lance -24

      In other words the bench was awful. While the starters at least held their own. That has to change. That was a veteran group. The challenge has been pretty solid this year. I’m
      For better going forward.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:38 PM on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think one of the things we’ll miss with Zubac out is a center that has the mass to bang but is also fleet of foot enough to roll hard to rim after setting a screen on the perimeter. That was good for a couple easy buckets/game. More if the defense fails to recognize/adjust. I understand the infatuation of having a stretch anything but there comes a time when you just need a big body and for that body to simply play big. We have our ‘Cavs Lite’ roster, now, and it’s debut was fairly underwhelming. Lotta fans under-value what Zubac brought to the court.

        Could have had the perfect stretch 5, could have had the perfect small ball center. Now we’re using the Flex Seal version to plug up our leaky line up. C’est la vie…

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:29 AM on February 8, 2019 Permalink  

    5 Things I Liked 

    Wow, that was unexpected! From being down 18 early to Boston mounting a serious comeback to Al Horford’s un-called goal tend on Brandon Ingram this game had ‘L’ written all over it. That’s why you play the games.

    1) LeBron James triple-double in Boston. One of the things I’ve noticed while watching LeBron plays is that you don’t notice him racking up stats. But his stat line is ridiculously good: 28 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals to only 3 turnovers. When they said he was chasing a triple double I was surprised. He doesn’t really score in bunches he just puts some points up in every quarter, generally helping to stave off a big run in the doing. Same with assist and rebounds, he’s just there for the team all game long. LeBron looked like he was playing at about 80/85%, in my opinion. All good stuff.

    2) Brandon Ingram’s defense. BI had a rough start to February culminating with getting jeered by Indiana fans during his free throws. While he only shot 4-14 (1-4 from three) he dished out 7 assists to 1 turnover and played stellar defense all game long. BI may never be the scorer I envisioned him to be when he came up but his other contributions are Lamar Odom-esque. Just does a lot of the little things you need to win a ball game in the NBA.

    3) Kyle Kuzma’s three point shot resurfacing. This aspect of his game has been really up and down this year and if he could find a little more consistency in that area he’ll be an All Star next year, either here or somewhere else. Kyle went off from three point land with the biggest one coming off a Brandon Ingram assist late in the 4th to make it a 1 point see-saw battle for the final minute. Huge game from Kyle who also chipped in 5 rebounds, 2 dimes and a block without turning it over once.

    4) Coach Walton’s message to the team. Asked at the 1st quarter break what he wanted to see from his team he said “To have fun playing the game of basketball” and went on to say that the locker room was tight, everyone likes each other and that they had to put all the stuff swirling about the team to the side and just play. Great game by Luke with a short bench, his rotations looked like a playoffs game.

    5) Rajon Rondo. Saved the best for last. It’s unfortunate so much of this season has been derailed by injuries. Every NBA team has ’em and so it’s on the healthy players to rise above which we’ve done to mixed results. Rondo had a great game on his old home court but the capper was the buzzer beater, first of his career, that sunk the entire arena and may have helped to turn this season around. One basket over the course of game is a small glass of water, one basket in the course of the season is a drop of water and one basket in a player’s career is like a molecule of ocean water but this basket was absolutely epic for the Lakers and couldn’t have come at a better time.

    Let’s get some payback on Sunday when we visit Philly. Looking forward to seeing at least one of the new Lakers in action. My personal jury is still way out on Mike Muscala.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:44 AM on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aaah Jamie, my man…. you have a way with words. Great write up.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:45 AM on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fabulous post, Jamie. Not a single word I could disagree with. I had a feeling the team would rally and I truly believe this game will mark the turning point in this season. The silver lining in the Pelicans stupid decision to wait until summer to trade Davis is it now gives the Lakers young core the opportunity to continue to grow and develop and raise their value to the team as key role players and future stars as well as true blue trading chips. Last night was a statement game for Luke and the Lakers. And Lonzo will soon be back.

      I loved your comments about how the Lakers laid back and beleaguered head coach Luke Walton just told the guys to relax and go out and have fun after blowing bunny after bunny in a tight nerves first quarter. Luke did the same thing right before the Lakers took off after LaVar’s comments that set off firing rumors and Magic’s tirade earlier this season. I continue to see a team that cares and a coach who appears to have the ability to push the right buttons at the right time under unbelievable pressure.

      I’m not surprised by all the vitriol and gloating by Lakers haters and naysayers in the media and on Twitter and even in this blog. Magic is dumb, Luke is gone, the Lakers ‘got played’ by the Pels. You know what, had the Pels accepted our offer, we would have seen the same response and analysts would have been crowing over how the Lakers gave up the farm and will not be able to compete. There must have been a dozen articles that had obviously been written before last night’s game only to see their takes and theories to be refuted by the undermanned Lakers taking down the hot Celtics.

      How quickly the worm turns. Now it’s KD, Kawhi, or Klay this summer or AD next summer. The Pelicans will be the chumps before this saga is over and the Lakers haters will be praying and hoping their team doesn’t have to meet the Lakers in the playoffs. Pels passing on trading AD to the Lakers was a major blunder. Lakers now have AD’s trust and are going to ride that all the way until he joins the Lakers as a free agent the summer of 2020.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:02 PM on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks LT. I have to say I’m still really irked by the Zubac trade. Zu was one of my favorite players (I always seem to latch on to 2nd round picks, I just love it when a dark horse player shines through and earns his keep. Same with Jordan Clarkson). I’m really glad to read about Magic coming to Philly to have a little heart-to-heart with the team, remind everyone they all have jobs to do, that Rob and he lost the thread a bit towards the end and hug it out kumbya-stryle. But this win did more than anything like that could ever do, it’s a confidence building win which was exactly what the team needed. Now we just need to build upon it and keep winning, move up into those playoffs and see what they can do in the post season.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:08 PM on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Re: the Laker vitriol: That simply comes with the territory in the NBA and even moreso with this franchise. Folks found a way to naysay and question roster make-up when we were competing for rings, so this isn’t all that surprising. We may disagree on how/if/to what degree Magic and Rob got schooled by NOLA (and an NFL guy at that) but it’s simply time to start moving on. However it went down it’s over and done with and the saga is closed until June 30th, OK, maybe June 3rd. If AD ends up a Laker or our young players use this as motivation to catapult their careers, or best of all both than this will be a positve. It could all just as easily swing the other direction where AD ends up a Celtic for the rest of his career, our young players sabatoge themselves after this and we’re mediocre for another decade. I’m pulling for the first one, big time.

          Whomever is on the team is now a Laker and we’ll have to root for the players we like in other jerseys and have great careers (but to lose when they play us) in our own ways. That’s just sports, especially in the modern era. LeBron is absolutely right when he brings to light the difference in public perception between how GMs conduct themselves and what players try to do to influence that. Somehow the players are always cast as the uppity worker demanding too much of their generous and compassionate overlords and I, for one, think it’s ludicrous.

          At any rate, time to get healthy, stay healthy and win some basketball games.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:17 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink  


    It’s hard to believe how the last 72 hours have pretty much re-defined how I thought Rob and Magic were doing as the Laker brain trust. It’s not a very high opinion right now. The true feather in their cap is signing LeBron, which if we’re being honest wanted to come here as much as Magic “sold” him on coming here. If anything we can thank the kids and family as much as Magic.

    Trading Zubac (upside still developing, ceiling still unknown) for Mike Muscala (firmly in the ‘mediocre’ range) is just silly. You could simply waive Alex Caruso if you really want to free up a spot for Melo. Beasley…I dunno what happened to that guy, dude looks like an ungrateful heel to me right now but still has his uses on our roster.

    Reggie Bullock for Svi was solid. Improved an area that needed improving and all it cost was a guy who could barely crack the rotation. These are the kind of moves a savvy executive makes. But this kind of move is no the norm for Magic and Rob. They’re just as likely to let players like Brook Lopez and Julius Randle walk for nothing and that’s not what smart teams do.

    But the capper is how NOLA schooled us. The entire AD fiasco is still mind-boggling to me. That whole thing goes beyond ‘rookie mistake’ into ‘desperately stupid’. De-valued your own players, big time. Made your coaches job harder. For all the shyte I laid at Jim and Mitch’s feet (and they helped create a lot to lay) this is worse than anything they ever did. Maybe the rotating coach every 9 months comes close but that’s it. But this has a ripple effect up and down the roster, around the NBA and into the public perception of their general competency.

    Magic Johnson is and will always be a Laker Legend. Nothing will ever change that. But these moves are just…really dumb. I no longer have any sense of the direction the team wants to go in or faith that Magic has anything resembling a plan outside of ‘get really good player here with the help of a sports agency’ which is a really lame plan. You have to be a lot smarter than this, Earv, you’re setting yourself for future burns on the trade market.

    Things will look up if we beat Boston so let’s speak that mo-fo into existence. I need a scotch to wash out the taste that the last 72 hours has left in my mouth…where’s 63 footer when you need him?

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 2:33 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Clippers somehow improved their roster, while getting deeper and acquiring additional draft assets. And also shedding salary to create Max Space in the summer. Grest work by the front office… Jerry West is laughing at the Lakers smh

    • Caliphilosopher

      Caliphilosopher 2:43 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Single malt Jamie? We got some good stuff up in Scotland (unless you prefer Irish whiskey). I prefer more of a peat and smoke flavor.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:55 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have to respectfully disagree with much of what you’re saying in this post, Jamie. Not that I don’t understand why you might feel the way you do. This entire trade deadline has been full of anguish and doubt and second guessing. Anyway, here’s where I differ with you:

      1) I think trading Zubac and Beasley for Mike Muscala was a smart move because it will enable us to play five out to give LeBron more spacing to attack the basket and setup open 3-point shooters. I suspect he’ll play low 20’s minutes like with the Clippers and shoot a couple of threes per game. There have been teams who’ve been able to wall off the paint from LeBron at critical moments mainly because we just did not have enough shooters on the floor to create good spacing. This is a late makeup for not keeping Brook.

      2) I adamantly disagree with the characterization that New Orleans ‘schooled’ us, especially since the Pelican are going to end up getting a whole lot less for AD than what the Lakers offered. Magic and Rob had one prime objective in trying to trade for AD, which was to make sure they did not repeat the mistakes that cost them Paul George and Kawhi Leonard by being hesitant to go all in. The Celtics may have won this battle by convincing New Orleans to wait but the war for AD is far from over and one thing that Rich Paul and Anthony Davis know for sure is the Lakers put everything on the table. That will be one of the key reasons they will ultimately end up with Davis this summer or next.

      3) I think Magic and Rob for the Lakers and Rich Paul for Klutch Sports did everything they could have done to get Anthony Davis to the Lakers before the trade deadline. The truth is the Pelicans never had any intention of trading AD to the Lakers. The villainous duo of the Lakers and LeBron led them to cut off their nose despite their face. They will regret this move and it will cost Dell Demps his job. And to cap it off, Anthony Davis will likely still end up on the Lakers but as an unrestricted free agent. Trust is why it will happen.

      Anyway, I’m as much relieved as bummed by not getting AD right now. I think the young core and remaining and new vets are going to rally around LeBron starting tonight in Boston and finish the year strong and make it into the playoffs. I’m also not buying the LeBron is ‘toxic’ argument and think the Lakers will be successful in landing a second superstar this summer or next via free agency. We may trade some of the young core like we did Svi and Ivica but it will be to strategically upgrade the team. Someday, we’re all going to look back on this day and realize not making the trade was best. Anyway, that’s how I see things.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:00 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Tom, that’s some Trump facts #2

        We got ‘Played’

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:05 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We could have waived Beasley…and not have to throw in Zu.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:17 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Or Alex Caruso, Beasley has value on our roster as a scorer off the bench. I don’t give a rats a$$ if he likes his role or not. he was free to not sign with us in the summer and chose to come to the Lakers whereupon all we did was give him as much time as he needed to deal with personal issues while going above and beyond to publicly support him.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:38 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks LT.

        1) Why not trade Wagner for Mike? Zubac was/is playing well with the players we currently have. Mike is a career back up, one-dimensional nobody. Ivicia, for all his obstacles, was still developing nicely and had supplanted both McGee and Chandler as the starting center. Nope, this was a move that I don’t get. You want a stretch 5? Sign Brook Lopez. Small ball center? Julius Randle. Both were allowed to walk and everything that you often bring up as issues with the offense has suffered since. McGee made up for some of it with great defense, that has gone away since his bout with pneumonia.

        2) Schooled in every sense of the word. You have no idea what haul NOLA will get for AD this summer or next season so that’s pure speculation. What is tangible and real was the devaluing of pretty much our entire roster, the blow to our young player’s psyche (the debate as to whether they should buck and be professional about it could just as easily be laid at Magic and Rob’s feet who looked like teenagers playing with the ESPN Trade Machine for the last week). Bad optics, bad for moral, bad all around. And for what? Nothing.

        3) If you don’t think that they were schooled than it’s illogical to think 3 is true. They didn’t do everything because they couldn’t perceive the idea that they were simply being toyed with. Rookie mistake is putting this fiasco kindly, in my opinion. If rumors are to be believed Demps is gone this summer anyhow. Trust didn’t get us Paul George, won’t get us Davis, either, because another team will get court and woo him for an entire season, possibly into a nifty post-season run.

        What I don’t think is being considered enough is how this not only makes our players look but our front office. You’re looking at a group that already had the pieces for the team they assembled at the deadline this summer. They let it all walk. Honestly, if you take the LeBron James signing out (which I tend to because he’s said it was a family decision first and that Magic and he had a great conversation, as well). They’ve created controversy where none needed to be created, made Luke’s job harder thus paving the way for his firing this summer.

        If, someday, we end with Anthony Davis than we can re-debate this. But until that becomes reality (and I’m not talking wishful thinking/Poppa Ball ‘speaking it into existence’ reality, either) than this is a dark day for the franchise. I don’t see that reality as being an absolute and we’re looking at wasting just about all of LeBron’s first season here. For a ‘win now’ franchise they’re still making tread water, kick the can style moves.

        I sure hope you’re right about Boston tonight. A win against Boston could galvanize us for a nice stretch and turn the playoff hopes around. Hard to expect your team to give it’s all, though, when you boss has made it obvious you’re all expendable and then can’t even trade you. Let’s see how Luke gets these guys to re-believe in being Lakers. Might save his job in the doing.

        • p ang

          p ang 5:19 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Tell you one thng, this AD trade fiasco was so bad I considered maybe its Magic that has to go. Bring in Kobe instead. Nobody works harder than Kobe.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:14 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Trading away Zu for almost nothing was a HUGE FAIL.
      This one’s going to hurt for awhile.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 4:55 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        With ya on that, Matt. So bummed!

      • p ang

        p ang 4:57 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Trading against Jerry West is always a bad idea.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 6:40 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Totally don’t understand that at all (Zub)?

      • keen observer

        keen observer 8:48 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Give me a break. That was a minor deal at most and gave us a 6’11” stretch 4/5 in his prime at 27 years old while ridding us of useless Beasley. Zubac was improving but here’s an example of emotional fans falling in love with their players. Muscala gives us some outside shooting and now Luke will go back to the formula that worked until JaVale got sick, which is start McGee and back him up with Chandler, while sprinkling in Muscala depending on match ups. Moe Wagner simply is too inexperienced for that role. So lighten up over a whole lot of nothing, McWhyne and anyone else who thinks this was a “HUGE FAIL.” smh

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:58 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Earv & Rob will be right back on the phone offering all the youngins again for AD 4 months from now. Why are they so desperate? Because history has already shown that nothing is guaranteed and alot can change between now & July 1st 2020.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:05 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As we saw time and time again, there’s always a Star or Superstar who will be disgruntled or frustrated.

        This time can they keep f*****g quiet?

        The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room- Frank Lucas

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 5:06 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          After I heard that line in American Gangster (Epic film), did some reflecting and found it to be 100% from then on.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:27 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Funny when Tatum signs with Klutch in two years. Lol.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 5:40 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Also..if they manage to convince any of Lebron’s all star draftees to come here this summer they’ll gladly give em the money earmarked for AD. They ain’t voluntarily passing on these dudes in the hopes that AD will still be there in 2020.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 5:53 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Excellent point. Wasn’t thinking about that part.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:30 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink  

    5 Things That Just Really Sucked 


    1) Three point battle Kuzma o-fer, KCP o-fer and as a team we shot 4-21 and allowed Indy to go off to the tune of 19-34. Defending the three takes heart and passion, you’ve got to attack screens, fight through them and extend everything to even have a chance. The Lakers had none of those things going their way tonight.

    2) Rebound battle. Lost by 7 but where they really killed us was on their own offensive glass. We gave up 11 offensive rebounds which helped them to a whopping 99-75 advantage in shot attempts. Again, rebounding is a heart/passion stat and tonight we lacked in that dept. big time.

    3) Turnovers. A stat that reveals how distracted and bothered the team is by the rumors swirling around the team. The team coughed it up 19 times (led by LeBron’s 6) and incredibly only gave up 6 points off those miscues. On the flip side we pretty much maxed out scoring off of Pacer mistakes scoring 33 points off of 10 turnovers. While we weren’t done in by our turnovers exclusively the sheer number made it impossible to get into a groove.

    4) Michael “Bro” Beasley’s. Mr. Beasley is here only because it strikes me as sad to see what really could have been a neat plot line utterly derailed by selfish rants and selfish play. 0 for 8 from the field in only 12 minutes of play. This after getting into it with coach Walton. I really want to, and had been up to now, pulling for Michael to continue his turnaround from last year but that feels more and more unlikely with each passing game.

    5) Kids just not showing up…again. The only thing consistent about the young Lakers is that they’re really inconsistent. It’s a huge problem and will effect everything from our ability to make a splashy trade to thinking about making the playoffs. Injuries happen, trades happen, weird coaching rotations or spotty minutes happen and those are things that are out of your immediate control. But your effort and heart are not. Not to come down too hard on the kids, Lance has disappeared for vast stretches of games, Beasley looks like he wants to shoot his way into a long term contract somewhere else and so on but if you’re heralding the future like this than it’s just not a future to be all that excited about.

    Bonus sucktitude goes to Magic and Rob for allowing themselves to get this drawn into the muck. If these leaks came from us that’s really pathetic and once they realized how they were being played (something that ought to have been fairly obvious no later than this morning) they needed to hold firm on whatever the last best offer had been. We all get down on our young players and our young coach for not learning or adapting quickly enough. Looks like our young GM and President suffer from a similar malaise. Make an offer, wait for a counter. If none comes then you move on. Flinging players about like you just discovered the ESPN trade machine is what bloggers like us do, they need to get better at this fast if they want to maximize LeBron’s few remaining prime years. I happen to believe the leaks are coming from New Orleans so as soon as the first one dropped you have to get a lot smarter than they’ve shown themselves to be. Don’t help de-value your own talent, they don’t need that kind of help and it’s embarrassing that an NFL owner’s small market organization that just can’t seem to do anything right has used you to drive up the price without really even trying. Rookie mistake. This opinion of mine almost got it’s very own post but I figured let’s just get all the negative vibes out now and start fresh tomorrow.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:49 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Magic and Rob aren’t idiots like most of these small market owners.
      They would have gained nothing to leak anything about their proposals.
      This was all on NOLA.
      At least we only have to suffer through one more fill day of this garbage.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:35 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well, they sure let the entire roster get dragged around through the muck just to be second in line for the summer wait and see. I’m just a little surprised at how much got out and that they just kept throwing ever increasing packages out there without ever really getting a true counter offer. They pretty much bid against themselves all day today. Reeks of desperation and now it’s on Luke to keep it all together? That’s just weak and that “idiot small market owner” is schooling us right now. He knows they got AD for a whole other season after this one, he’s just trolling the Lakers and laying the foundation for what a team can expect to offer this summer. Kwahi set an odd standard for how to get out of a franchise you’re not into but AD might re-invent that just one year out. Crazy stuff.

        Honestly, I just hope we can turn the season around a little at this point, maybe get back into the lower playoff seeds and try and make some noise. This part of the year always bums me out. Some fans love it, I hate it.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 1:54 AM on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We don’t know if they are idiots or not yet. We’ll know by the summer though.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 10:07 AM on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Uhhhhh, they dumped Icewater Boy and Mozgov and leveled up with LeBron and Kuzma.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:00 AM on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree Jamie. In any kind of business negotiations you do not keep throwing offers at them. Personally I would not have offered to take a contact back. You can have both LBJ and AD but it won’t matter if you can’t put any quality players around them. Plus I read they added both Hart and KCP to the mix, leaving us with no point guards, shooting guards or a back up SF. And we want to make the playoffs? I keep hearing that we don’t want to waste Lebron’s remaining years but trade wastes this year and next. We would be better off just going for him in free agency. Before all the injuries this team was a 4th and I wonder what would be the better team next year, adding say Boogie to this group of young players with another of develop or giving the Pels everything thing they want for AD.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 9:04 AM on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Regarding Beasley -- turnaround from last year? He was great for the Knicks -- I would take that version in a heartbeat.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:11 PM on February 4, 2019 Permalink  

    How long until we pick up Carmelo Anthony after the trade goes thru? My bet is less than an hour.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:33 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink  

    Out of curiosity… 

    For those who are of the opinion that Luke should be fired now or will be in the summer who would you want to see replace him and why/how will it make the team better.

    I’m honestly fairly ambivalent on the matter, the coach can only do so much in the grand scheme of things. I like how the Lakers defend, I’m not wowed by the offense but it doesn’t really bother me, either. My biggest thing is he has a tendency towards odd rotations that I don’t always buy his explanation of. Maybe that’s his own way of keeping stuff in-house? Dunno.

    Anyhow, just curious because no name out there not currently employed really jumps out at me.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 6:17 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not sure either, all I know is Luke is a 37% winner.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:33 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        While true it’d be hard to appreciate Van Gogh’s paintings If he only had a roller brush from your local hardware joint. This is the first season Luje has had anything resembling top shelf talent. Our best player for years was Lou Williams, still the biggest regret I have in terms of Magic & Rob’s choices but here we are. So, with talent and depending on how you feel about injuries, he’s a .500 coach or better. Overall, yes the W/L record leaves a lot to be desired. But so, too, did the talent.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:30 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would hire Sam Cassell.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:32 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If he turned it down, I’d offer Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Nick Van Exel the job.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 6:34 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Van Exel would have instant respect from the players and fans.

          He’s a PG Whisperer as his time as Texas D-League coach and adding wrinkles into Mike Conley’s game.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:42 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Another interesting notion but one I see more out of reach. Magic and Nick might never be on good terms due to the playing with and coaching of. But were they to move past all that Nick has always had a great mind for the game.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:43 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Love the way Cassell operates a 1-4 offense and his Pick and Roll stutters with Sweet Lou and formerly J-Craw and CP3 makes him an ideal choice for any team wanting a high octane pace.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:38 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s a really interesting idea. I love Sam and you’re right he does run some great schemes. Not anyone I’d considered and a man with a solid player rep.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:13 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The problem is not Luke. He has proven to be an excellent player manager and motivator and he has done a great job creating a defense that is far better than its individual parts. He may not be the rah-rah old school coach who rants and screams to get the job done like Pat Riley but that’s not the formula for today’s NBA players and Magic and Rob should be smart enough to understand that. The Lakers are not going to change coaches midseason and I think we’ll finish strongly enough that Luke will get another year. Frankly, there really aren’t any truly viable options out there right now. And no, Mark Jackson is not the answer.

      The real problem is we need to surround Luke Walton with better assistant coaches. Compare our assistant coaches with what Kerr had on his staff when he went down. In addition to Luke Walton, the staff included Ron Adams, a defensive expert, and Mike Brown. The year before they had Alvin Gentry. We have Jesse Mermuys and a bunch of dudes from U of A. The big project offseason is to bring in a legitimate associate head coach, someone who could provide the advanced X’s and O’s we currently lack, as well as a shooting coach. I think Luke will keep his job but we will see major turnover in Luke’s staff this summer.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:55 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        While I agree on just about everything you said I think it’s going to come down to if we make the playoffs or not. Missing the playoffs, in my opinion, would merit the discussion of moving in a different coaching direction. One that LeBron signs off on. He’s got 2-3 seasons after that and I’d be willing to bet he’s as excited about coaching changes as Jeannie is. Which is to say zero. If LeBron signs off and we make the playoffs I think Luke has a good shot of staying for the duration of his deal.

        Interesting final few months!

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:44 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think it’s gonna depend on the roster makeup after the dust settles this summer. Luke was brought in to learn & grow with the young dudes; if they’re still here then he’s probably safe. If we’ve got a roster with Lebron, AD, maybe another top tier free agent, and a buncha vets then it could be another story…this isn’t the type of team he was hired to coach. I laughed when I saw Jason Kidd’s name floated out there but that’s the type of former superstar player who gets more respect from current superstars and vets. Bring in the X’s & O’s assistants and I think we might be better off with that type of head coach.

      Personally..I’m just tired of Luke constantly complaining about his team not playing the “right way” and without agressiveness & energy. Eventually, that’s on you coach…

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:10 PM on February 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s a good point as well, but Icalao thibkvtgat is AD and Melo and player X from a potential New Orleans deal show up and miss the playoffs Luke’s probably gone.

        I think that line of his is something that would go away with more vets, I’ve always thought it was cover for young players making young player mistakes.

        Mainly I think that if we miss the same playoffs everything is up for change except LeBron and whomever we might empty the cupboard for. If there’s a trade or not, any kind of meaningful playoff run will likely pave the way for Luke to stay.

        Do you have an option in mind as a replacement should Luke move on?

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 5:38 AM on February 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        When I began reading this, the 1st two names that came to mind were Juwan Howard and Sam Cassell. But there’s a long list of great asst coaches with better qualifications than Luke had when he got hired.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:05 AM on February 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Jim Buss hired Luke Walton, not Earv.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:07 AM on February 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You can’t entirely think Jim was a bad owner if Lakers fans want Luke to stay.

          By that logic, people advocating for Luke, should be advocates for bringing Jim back. A+B=C

          Only problem for me, that syllogism don’t hunt.


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