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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:15 PM on May 8, 2019 Permalink  

    Time for a new poll, what month this year or next does LeBron James ask to be traded? I’m betting he doesn’t make it until 2020.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:31 PM on May 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Anything positive gained from the LeBron James signing has been flushed down the toilet. No top tier free agent is going to want to come to this s**t-show of a basketball franchise. What a colossal joke we are…

      We’ll be lucky if we re-up with Reggie Bullock, he might just go play in China instead, he’d make more money…

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:07 PM on May 7, 2019 Permalink  

    Portland dragging they’re just lucky Denver is playing games and not playing to win here in the 2nd half.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:38 PM on May 5, 2019 Permalink  

    Leadership 

    We’ve now heard more from LeBron James about Magic leaving than from Jeannie Buss and Rob Pelinka combined. Forget about shaping the narrative or getting out in front of the story we’re now into ‘stop hiding and lead your @#%&ing franchise’ territory. What a ridiculous joke we’ve become. Hard to believe I didn’t see it sooner.

    Bought into ‘surround LeBron with playmakers’, bought into the Lakers being run like a family business as not being an issue, bought into the idea that Magic and Rob we’re going to be the ones to turn it around, bought into our young players potential.

    Not anymore. Especially after this complete and total joke of a coaching search. One wonders what, if any, criteria the Laker brain trust brought to the search. It certainly wasn’t an extensive list of candidates. Seems like it the Los Angeles LeBrons, now. It’ll be even more ridiculous if James is only lukewarm on the inevitable Lue hiring.

    At any rate, Draft Combine starts this week so we’ll see who we could potentially pick with our mid-first rounder. One has to assume that Rob will either be President/GM or get promoted to President or that they’ll go with another internal person on Jeannie’s precious trust list. Any way you frame it looks inbred, inept and insipid.

    Might be a long few years here, people…

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:21 PM on May 2, 2019 Permalink  

    Nets’ Russell cited for marijuana possession 

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    Source: Nets’ Russell cited for marijuana possession

    Just when you thought he’d wizened up a bit.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with it once the league chooses to embrace it, should it so choose to do.  But you’re looking at a potential huge payday that just got a little smaller.  Be smarter, dude.

     
    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 7:58 AM on May 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yawn…

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:02 AM on May 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Still got a lot of growing up to do.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:50 AM on May 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        These dudes can have a guy drive them around getting as lit as they want.

        Hell…the Trivago guy was asleep at the wheel in Houston on a DWI. Smh.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:00 AM on May 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think he was hopping on a plane to go see his Pops in Kentucky. Still bring your buddy, make him your mule, bail him out if he gets nabbed. These are the perks money affords those who have it. Some might not like it but now you’re messing with your own paycheck and that’s the real stupidity here.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 1:06 PM on May 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          When you are dealing with a guy who HAS TO have his weed with him when traveling, do you honestly expect him to make the right decision???

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:34 PM on May 2, 2019 Permalink  

    Lowe: How philosophical differences define the Rockets-Warriors series 

    Why the Golden State-Houston series has an old-school versus very new-school vibe.

    Source: Lowe: How philosophical differences define the Rockets-Warriors series

     

    Interesting read on the minute differences between the Warriors and Rockets.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:27 PM on May 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      From the above article:

      And it’s not a good-versus-evil dichotomy either, though some will frame it that way. It’s more old-school versus so-new-school-we-don’t-know-quite-what-to-do-with-it. The Warriors are basketball purists almost at their own expense. Curry did not leap into Harrell, after all. Their motto is “strength in numbers.” Even in some huge playoff games, Kerr stretches the rotation to its breaking point. He prefers an equal-ish opportunity offense in which everyone screens, cuts, passes and touches the ball.

      “Kerrism,” as Ethan Strauss has dubbed it at The Athletic, has practical strategic aims. It is not just basketball religion. An extended rotation keeps players fresh. Touching the ball on offense pushes everyone to play harder defense. Moving the ball from side to side forces every opposing defender to expend energy.

      And yet: Sometimes it feels a little like dogma. Anderson Varejao plays in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals (never mind that he helped swing Game 7 of the conference finals). The Warriors open the second quarter of a big game with both Curry and Kevin Durant on the bench. Golden State refuses to just give the ball to Curry and Durant, or run endless pick-and-rolls between them, until they reach a crisis moment. Warriors Twitter cracks about “Kumbaya Kerr.”

      Even as Curry and Thompson revolutionized the entire idea of 3-point shooting, Kerr’s Warriors held true to a style in keeping with how basketball has always looked.
      The Rockets do not care how anything looks. They care about math. The math says Harden isolating is the most efficient thing they can do, so they do that over and over. The math says Harden isolating into a step-back 3-pointer is the most efficient version of that, so Harden now takes and makes more step-back 3s than anyone attempted in normal 3s until Curry.

      They are also at a talent deficit against perhaps the greatest collection of prime star talent ever assembled. They are seeking any edge, and there just aren’t many edges beyond Harden creating points in any way possible.

      Harden and those “landing space” 3s are at the crux of what Houston alleges as officiating bias against them in head-to-head games against Golden State. As Rachel Nichols and I reported Monday, the Rockets have done extensive math and concluded that incorrect calls and non-calls cost them 18 points last year in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

      For better or worse, Golden State’s egalitarian style mitigates this sort of extreme foul ratio issue with Durant and Curry. (For the record, Kerr has coached with more urgency in these playoffs. He started the Death Lineup from the jump against Houston, and has been more willing to let Curry and especially Durant cook.) Kerr is of course correct that referees miss calls on both in every game, especially on drives. It’s just that neither has the ball as much as Harden.

      If the Rockets are victims, they are at least somewhat victims of their own math-based modernity — of their unique dependence on Harden, and his step-back 3.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:07 PM on April 30, 2019 Permalink  

    James Harden is disrespecting the unwritten rules of the game 

    James Harden is that dude at the gym who ruins the game with too many suspect calls. We all understand that the Houston Rockets superstar is trying to manipulat…

    Source: James Harden is disrespecting the unwritten rules of the game

    Really great article on James Harden.  Perfectly frames how I feel about the dude.  There’s no denying he’s a top level NBA talent and one of the best getter of buckets in the game today.  But the pining for fouls grates and is unbecoming.  You’re too good, James, you can do this with your talent.  Don’t let Scott Foster into your head, just go out and outplay Kevin Durant.

     
    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 3:25 PM on April 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There’s 1 thing I love more than the Lakers: The game of Basketball and this mofo is a disgrace to the beautiful game. Actually, I somehow blame the refs as well for falling to such clear antics of him

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:14 PM on April 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree, MagicPhil. His game is unwatchable.
        He actually would be fun to watch if it weren’t for all the complaining, uncalled offensive fouls, flailing, and phantom call mongering.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 8:30 AM on May 1, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agree Phil, I love the NBA game. I can’t stand to watch the Rockets when he’s on the floor. If this were street ball I might think differently as he does make me say wow multiple times a game. But that Portland Denver series is much more enjoyable to watch because of their styles.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:57 PM on April 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      All well & good…but the league admitted they blew a buncha no-calls against the Rockets perimeter shooters in Game 1. That ain’t got nuthin to do with Harden flopping…that’s just bad officiating. Let Austin Rivers run up under Steph tonight and re-injure that ankle…mofos gonna be screaming bloody murder…

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:08 AM on April 29, 2019 Permalink  

    Damian Lillard speaks about the pressure of playing basketball 

    Source: Damian Lillard speaks about the pressure of playing basketball: “Pressure is the single mom, who is trying to scuffle and pay her rent. We get paid a lot of money to play a game” | Basketball Network

    I’m all in on the Trailblazers.  Been my dark horse from the start and, along with Milwaukee, I would have z-e-r-o issues with this squad winning it all.  Dame Time, indeed.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:36 AM on April 27, 2019 Permalink  

    Preview of Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks playoff series 

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    Source: Preview of Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks playoff series

     

    The first team that figures out how to stay home on Milwaukee’s shooters while forcing Giannis into tough looks will beat the Bucks.  Milwaukee needs a big series from Middleton and Bledsoe.  I still got the Bucks, tho.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:27 PM on April 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Lakers’ coaching search is more proof Jeanie Buss’ team is lost without a leader – Los Angeles Times 

    Source: Lakers’ coaching search is more proof Jeanie Buss’ team is lost without a leader – Los Angeles Times

     

    When Billy P of the LA Times and you write pretty much the same article it feels like a bad sign.  Jeannie, there’s still time to act with intelligence and not fear and gutlessness.  Your Dad would be playing the high stakes game at the Playboy Mansion, you’re playing Crazy 8s at the dinner table with some friends from around the corner after a nice dinner.  Step.  It.  Up.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:57 PM on April 18, 2019 Permalink  

    Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs’ dynasty 

    Over the past 20 years, Gregg Popovich has sliced an exclusive culinary trail across America — all for a singular purpose. This is the story of his legendary team dinners, and how they have served as a pillar of the Spurs’ decades-long dynasty.

    Source: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs’ dynasty

    Coach Pop is one of a kind, like a great player.  Sure you can copy his moves but you’ll never have that soul.  At any rate, I wish we had the same kind of faith in one another the Spurs obviously do as an organization.  Mistakes are learned from, not a reason to get the axe.  So much turnover in LA for the last few years, small wonder we have zero identity on or off the court.  Our identity is only history and that memory fades with each season, less so for true fans, but it fades nevertheless.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:36 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink  

    This Lakers team was the worst squad LeBron James has led, according to the numbers 

    All-Star forward LeBron James, center, has almost always had more support from teammates than he got this season with the Lakers. Here’s a look at the numbers.

    Source: This Lakers team was the worst squad LeBron James has led, according to the numbers

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:34 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Loved Luke as a ‘let’s develop a team over time guy’ as it would have also afforded him space and time to learn the ropes. LBJ accelerated everyone’s process and revealed a multitude of cracks in the façade of the entire franchise. Training wheels off for everyone, now.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:33 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink  

    Windhorst’s handbook for coaching LeBron James 

    The things the Lakers’ next coach needs to know and do to have a chance with LeBron James.

    Source: Windhorst’s handbook for coaching LeBron James

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:45 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink  

    Damian Lillard’s moment is coming — it’s just a matter of time 

    Back-to-back postseason sweeps could have sent the Blazers down a dark path. But Lillard Time keeps moving forward in Portland.

    Source: Damian Lillard’s moment is coming — it’s just a matter of time

    Man, I want us to build a team culture like the Trailblazres have…

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:23 PM on April 14, 2019 Permalink  

    Big time congrats to Tiger Woods, what a comeback for one of the greatest to ever knock one around the fairway.

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 9:11 PM on April 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great Masters tournament. Incredible win for Tiger, never seen him so genuinely happy.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:10 PM on April 12, 2019 Permalink  

    I honestly can’t recall a moment in time where I questioned the direction of the franchise this severely. I started blogging a few months before the Pau trade altered the direction of the franchise and I did it because I could see a team that had Kobe freaking Bryant playing at a mediocre level, at best, for many years to come. Mitch and Dr. Buss altered the narrative in stunning fashion and we won 2 more banners. Since Phil decided to come back for his last hurrah things have gone steadily downhill and only seem to be increasing speed.

    After Phil signed off on one more year the Lakers have seen:
    -The passing of Dr. Jerry Buss
    -Kobe blowing out his Achilles
    -Kobe desperately trying to be Kobe and failing. Injuries and age caught up and Kobe exited the game awkwardly, save for his last performance which was simply legendary.
    -The Buss Family go to war…with each other with Jeannie emerging victorious.
    -Magic quitting on the Lakers for a 2nd time.
    -A pool of talent leave with nary a 2nd round draft pick as compensation.
    -Luke Walton moves on with nobody really in charge except for Rob Lowe Lite.

    Luke keeping his job was never a certainty but I at least wanted someone with a vision to make the decision. Rob “we need tough guys!” Pelinka is 100% not that guy. He can’t even get trade exceptions for players he knows he’ll let leave. He and magic built the most ill-fitting team around a super-star in recent memory. He’s entering his 3rd season which is considered a growth year and they’re about to make him the focus of the franchise.

    Frankly, I am at a point where I need to turn this noise off. It’s really disappointing to see the Lakers make poor choice after poor choice, doubling down on the poor choice and following that up with a choice that is unexplainable. Why would you let you coach go without even trying to squeeze a draft pick out of one of the interested teams? Why would you let Rob ‘2 years on the job’ palinka make any decision that would affect the franchise in any meaningful way?

    The Lakers have become the Clippers, minus the racism. At least I hope minus the racism because at this point nothing would surprise me. Any shred of silver lining that came with Magic’s departure has vanished in a cloud of stupidity, ignorance and, frankly, panic. There is no plan. There is no direction. the culture, if you can even call it that, is one of fear and isolation. Much like America is acting today.

    Panic is not a word I had ever associated with the Lakers, until now. Not when Magic contracted HIV and retired unexpectedly. Not when we didn’t make the playoffs the following season. Not when Shaq was traded. Not when we missed the playoffs. Not when Kobe said he’d play on Pluto. not when Kobe blew out his Achilles. Not until today.

    Panic and fear, the new words that define the Los Angeles Lakers. I need an old school mamba24 roll call to boost my spirits and I don’t think it’s very likely to happen. What a dark day.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:16 PM on April 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So what ya sayin is it can only get better from here? Lol Mid-July will tell us everything.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:20 PM on April 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Deej, even you have to admit with Rob running this thing, we are royally F’de!!!!
        He traded Zubac for garbage and the entire League Laughed at the stupidity of it!

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:22 PM on April 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Actually I feel like we’re in the deep part of the ocean staring down into the Mariana trench and I’m just hoping we don’t fall further into the depths.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:18 PM on April 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For me, the only way this can be okay is if Kobe signs on as a consultant and convinces Durant to come.
      Since I think there’s maybe a 1% chance of this happening, we are officially screwed.
      I really, really, really, really, really, really, really dislike Fake Rob Lowe and can’t beleive he is running this thing now.
      Jeanie is a lot dumber than I thought.
      I’m surprised Linda Rambis hasn’t been installed in the FO yet!
      DISASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 4:25 PM on April 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Always dark before the dawn. Seriously it ALL depends on LBJ and who he can get or, gulp, not.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:26 PM on April 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Matt, the problem is Kobe Bryant recommending his buddy Rob Pelinka. Magic didn’t hire Pelinka. Jeanie did. As President of Basketball Operations, Magic should have at least been given the opportunity to hire his own general manager.

        Jeanie has ability to craft a vision for the team other than reaching out to former Lakers legends and dumbly following their advice. I’m sure that she talked to Kobe and he said Rob was the right man for the job.

        She might even hire Kobe as PBO since he’s the only one who would keep Pelinka. What a clusterfuck. Rob Pelinka is the Ghost of Kobe Bryant.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 6:14 PM on April 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Tom, you know I’m in line with you regarding what Jeanie should do.
          I’m just trying to find a silver lining.
          Since guys like KD idolized Kobe when they were younger, Jeanie’s hope is that Kobe can sway them to come,
          You know I’m not down with this type of reasoning at all.
          One other silver lining could be Griffin taking the Nola job. According to Ramona, he and Rich Paul have a good relationship and Griffin has been quoted as “liking the Laker’s young talent.”

        • Magic Phil

          Magic Phil 6:19 PM on April 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Sup LT!!! Glad you’re up and running. You don’t need to say “The ghost of Kobe Bryant” again. It was everywhere in your comments below LOL.
          I said it before: Magic will put the Lakers on our knees. Instead of seeing the downfall slowly, Magic decided to end our misery and quit but it was written on the stars; he will screw big and now I see. If there is “The ghost of Kobe Bryant”, I’d rather take it. I love Magic, you all know, but as a player. The coaching experience was a wake-up for me; he was horrible.

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