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  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:26 AM on March 3, 2019 Permalink  

    Undeserving 

    This game doesn’t deserve a ‘5 Things…’

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:45 AM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kuzma & Hart gave us an inside peek at one of the main problems right now.
      None of these dudes trust each other.

      “Obviously there’s something wrong with this team, and it’s up to us to try to fix it,” Kyle Kuzma said. “But not really sure right now.”

      “I mean, we have to,” Hart said. “If we want to get to the goal that we’ve set for ourselves in the season, we have to believe in each other. We have to believe. We have to trust each other. That’s what it comes down to at the end of the day. We can’t not pass someone the ball or not make a rotation or get our heads down when something doesn’t go our way. We have to as a unit when adversity starts, we have to come together, and that’s something we have to keep working toward. Like I said, we have the talent, we have the ability, we have the leadership to pile up wins and to make a run for the playoffs, but we have to do that as a collective unit. And if we don’t believe in each other, we don’t trust each other, offensively or defensively, we’re going to fail. That’s not how you win. This game is about team, it’s about being selfless, it’s about sacrificing for the next player, and if you can’t do that, you’re not going to find success.”

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:21 PM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well, there you have it. This group never really came together. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have- if the parts don’t want to work together, you get a season like this.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 1:40 PM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yup. A Pickle don’t become a cucumber after it’s pickled.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 2:00 PM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I now look at our sched and see 5-14. High Pick! Yea!

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 2:05 PM on March 3, 2019 Permalink

              35 wins would get us a Top 10 Pick.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 2:12 PM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Makes me wonder if these comments aren’t pointed at BI or Lebron who are putting up stats in these bad losses….

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 2:15 PM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          On a related note, where’s LT? Is he doing okay?

          • mclyne32 (Director) 2:25 PM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Was thinking the same thing, Deej

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 3:19 PM on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Man is busy. Semi-retired and grandkids=limited time availability. :)

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 4:09 PM on March 3, 2019 Permalink

              Hope that is all it is. : )

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:04 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink  

    5 Things We Wasted 

    1) 45.5 minutes of really solid basketball. Why KCP is ever put in the “trigger man” role when it comes to completing a pass is beyond me. If there is one thing that man has done consistently is make really, really bad passes. He can’t make entry passes into the post, can’t complete dribble hand offs, and he can’t inbound the basketball when facing a modicum of pressure. Just a real silly move by Luke to have him inbound the ball.

    2) Multiple leads. See-saw game, to be sure, but the Laker defense around trhe rim has simply cratered. We really miss Zubac down low, not in regards to the shot blocking stat but his size, his verticality skills and his rebounding. We need one of our 3 centers to step it up, like yesterday.

    3) Another great game from Brandon Ingram. BI is in as good a stretch of basketball as we’ve ever seen him as a Laker. Rolling off 20 point games, getting to the line, and just playing with a ton of confidence. Another night with 0 turnovers, pulled down 8 boards to go along with his 31 points. Wasted effort but still good to see.

    4) That Brook Lopez looked pretty good.

    5) Honestly why was KCP even playing at this point in the game? He was leading the team in +/- in the negative category by a very wide margin, wasn’t on fire, just unfathomable to me whey he was on the court at all. For the record he finished with a team-high -22. Ridiculous.

    This team ain’t making the playoffs. Lost too many winnable games, haven’t learned enough lessons from those losses and we’re going to see more than a couple changes in the summer. I only hope we don’t make moves borne of desperation like we did at the trading deadline with Zubac. Maybe if we had gotten a 2nd rounder for him, something that could result in a player of impact down the line but Muscala is a minor role player in the league and certainly won’t be on the team next season. The way this has gone down will leave a bad taste in a lot of mouths and it should. I hope everyone learns from this because otherwise this season will have been a complete waste of everyone’s time.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:55 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1. If he can’t pass, he shouldn’t play.
      2. Dumping Zu REALLY hurts since JaVale can’t duplicate the level he was playing at early on, Chandler is a wrap, and neither Muscala nor the rook can defend a stop sign.
      3. Yup. See my response under Michael’s post.
      4. Too slow for our “system”
      5. Agreed

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:48 PM on March 1, 2019 Permalink  

    Sources: Gasol, Spurs agree on contract buyout 

    The Spurs and Pau Gasol have agreed on a contract buyout, clearing the way for the six-time All-Star to be playoffs-eligible for his next team, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Source: Sources: Gasol, Spurs agree on contract buyout

     

    Hmmmmmm…

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:11 PM on February 28, 2019 Permalink  

    Rondo sparks Lakers after meeting with Walton 

    After Rajon Rondo and coach Luke Walton had “a healthy and positive” talk to see how to get the team back on track, Rondo was back in form and sparked the Lakers to a 125-119 win over the Pelicans.

    Source: Rondo sparks Lakers after meeting with Walton

    I think this is the right move for pretty much the rest of the season, even when Ball comes back.  Not only will it take him time to get up to NBA game speed and trust the ankle but we need to start building something cohesive.  It’s too bad he got hurt but that’s the reality of this situation.  Maybe he’s cleared Friday, maybe they hold him out another week or 2, we’ll see.  But even so, there will be scant time to practice and scrimmage when he does return.  Better to build something with Rondo now and be ready-ish for any potential playoff games we get to play.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:33 PM on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mighta been the most important development to come outta last night’s game. There’s some talk that Rondo was having back issues but if you’re gonna play him why not start him? Didn’t understand the benching at all. Lonzo’s gonna start when healthy but you didn’t bring Rondo here to play 2nd string even with Lonzo out.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:34 AM on February 28, 2019 Permalink  

    5 Things I Liked 

    A much needed win against NOLA. Lakers really need to take control on their home floor and win out on this homestand to really have any shot of making the playoffs. This game was the first of the 5 games at STAPLES. Feel the pain!!!

    1) Brandon Ingram staying aggressive and under control. BI had a real rough start to the season capped by getting taunted at Indiana by the home crowd there. Brandon had a great all around game but his 10 trips to the free throw line were huge. Not only in the points they generated but in the pressure he applied to the NOLA defense all game long. The best part about all of it? Zero turnovers.

    2) Kuzma playing hard and smart. Kuzma has really upped his all around game this season. He’s finding the cutter and passing smarter, he’s rebounding better and he’s gotten really good at using the baseline a la Kobe Bryant. Kuzma will always have that scorer mentality you like to see but adding these aspects to his game will just open up his scoring that much more. Kyle has had a pretty good season, all things considered and we need even more of it down the stretch.

    3) 37 assists on 49 made baskets. The Lakers were playing with a lot more purpose on offense last night. Guys were making smart reads, there was a little less standing around and LeBron watching and Rondo started so you know the ball was going to find the open man. While we didn’t shoot the ball lights out, the teamwork helped by allowing guys to get easy shots when the jumper wasn’t falling.

    4) Reggie Bullock putting together a string of solid games. After a rough couple of games to start his Laker career Reggie has been really solid. While not spectacular he’s played his role perfectly. He flashed a little drive and score for the first time in the purple and gold and was, as always, pretty reliable from deep. His defense has also been solid. Trading for Reggie was the best thing the Laker front office did this year after signing LeBron.

    5) Dunkfest 2019!

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:44 PM on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I was planning on switching over to the Laker broadcast with Billy and Stu, but after spending five minutes listening to the Van Gundys, I stayed with them. They were cracking me up and I actually agree with most of their takes- like getting rid of goal tending all together like in international ball.

      I totally agree with the Bullock pickup- too bad the Muscala one leaves me with the exact opposite feelings.

      That dunk fest was fun!!!!

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:07 PM on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I go back and forth on that goaltending rules change. I can see a lot of pros and cons.

        Bullock = Awesome! Muscala = …le sigh…

        The dunk fest turned the game around. STAPLES was quiet, team was sputtering and that sequence of dunks jolted everything back to life.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 4:26 PM on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I hear ya- it’s going to take a long time to get over the way in which Zubac was dumped.

          I forgot to add: That Randle kid is pretty good, huh? Who knew????

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:38 PM on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Ah, Matt, please don’t rub it in. It still pains me to see Randle play somewhere else. :(

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:21 PM on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Jamie

      Nice post as usual. It’s kind of nice to have some positives to talk about. It’s ironic how the media portrays the failed trade as impacting the kids yet it’s the kids that continues to step up. Both BI and Kuz have been really good. Good enough to be considered along with Lebron as a big 3 if it continues. I see no reason why it won’t. BI has been really good for awhile now and Kuz seems to be back from his injuries that had him playing hurt.
      For me the big difference in this game starts with Lebron. He played well. While he stuffed the stat sheets earlier he didn’t look like himself. It looked like he wasn’t a 100% yet. He looked closer in this game. Next Rondo had the best game he’s had in a long time. And we also got a positive contribution from Lance and it’s also been awhile. I think we can count on Lebron, BI and Kuz to bring it the rest of the season hopefully we can get some positive contributions from from guys other then Bullock who has been solid as well.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:47 AM on February 26, 2019 Permalink  

    5 Things I Liked (or rather 3 things we need to re-discover and 2 things I liked) 

    This could get really ugly really fast. What started well and looked pretty strong has crumbled and decayed from the inside out. Excuses are starting to pile up as quickly as injury reports around the team and it’s not a good look. While the ‘PANIC!’ button remains firmly encased in glass that wee silver hammer is gleaming ever brighter.

    1) Passion for the game. To a man Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee need to find their passion for the game of basketball. KCP is too brain dead not to be excited out there. He might be playing terribly but he gives his all. Those other three are looking like someone came in and kicked their dog. Maybe it’s not the role you envisioned, the money you feel you deserve or the respect you think you ought to be getting but for crying out loud it is your job. Your jab happens to be playing a game and when you play like it’s work it shows. I thought the young Lakers balled out pretty hard, the Laker vets outside of LeBron have been very disappointing post ASB.

    2) Team defense. I can’t believe we;re still talking about this team finding it’s fire or mojo or whatever you want to call it. But what I really can’t believe is our defense is this bad just because Lonzo Ball is out. Lonzo is a solid defender, puts great pressure on the ball and picks up the opposing PG full court as well as anyone but that’s not what we’re missing. We’re missing communication and trust. Yeah there are 2 new guys but they’re vets and they just need to hear from their teammates. Get loud, get yappy and get after it.

    3) Sense of Team. This one is on Magic, Rob and Luke. Maybe they ripped the heart and soul of the team out when they traded Zubac, maybe Luke alienated the vets during the Beasley Bro rant, whatever it is they all need to do a better job of making it right. Luke says all the time that playing the right way will result in wins. I thought we did play the right way last night and still got it handed to us. If you’re not going to lay it all down for your teammates, than for who?

    4) Mike Muscala sighting! It was nice to see Mike hit the court and get some burn. While he only shot 25% (1-4 on his 3 pointers) he did have some nice defensive plays which made me very happy. Mike simply doesn’t have enough power to bang with real centers which is why he’s really more of a 4/small ball 5. Didn’t seem to have too many issues moving around out there so hopefully he can keep contributing and be a positive force for the team. Still think it was a bad idea to trade for him.

    5) Brandon Ingram taking it to another level. This is how I had hoped BI would play all year. Took him awhile to find his mojo playing with LeBron but man is it nice to see happening now. Ingram had a video game-like stat line: 12-18 overall, 3-3 from three, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. The 3 turnovers and 5 fouls weren’t my favorites and he maybe should have gotten to the free throw line a couple more times but overall I though Ingram had one of his best games of the year while playing with LeBron. Good stuff.

    One thing that is being overlooked and not mentioned by all the talking heads are the two really egregious blown calls in the 4th quarter. The goal tending by Noah on a LeBron lay up (every angle shows the ball is on the rim and over the cylinder, both constitute a goal tending violation) and the even more incredible not called 8 second violation (again, every angle shows the Lakers forced the Grizzlies to take more time than allowed bringing the ball across mid court. That 8 second violation ahppened when were down by only 2, making a serious run and was followed by the Grzzlies hitting a 3 and pulling away. Yes, these things happen, yes you have to play through it but it seems like you can review just about anything excpe the kind of calls the Lakers don’t get. This year has had some real doozies from the refs. Just saying.

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:38 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    We need to have our own S.W.A.T. party every game from here on out. This one’s for JaVale McGee, get that mojo back my man!

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

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:39 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink  

    We’ll be lucky if this weekend was just a treading water exercise. Clippers already lost to Denver, Spurs down in NYC. Count ourselves very lucky if all that happens is everyone loses. Kick ourselves for not making up a game, but still got breath and time.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:38 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If we don’t stack wins now, it won’t matter.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 7:10 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Clips and Spurs doing their part to help us.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 7:26 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Spurs lost to the Knicks…yup a loss is a loss, but the more losses out of Conference makes it less important.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:23 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The pages on the calendar keep flippin…we can’t keep treading water.

      We get 7 losses after the break…just wasted 1 of em.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 7:35 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Bucks twice, Jazz twice, GSW, Raps, Nuggs, OKC, Celts, Blazers

        Gotta win 4 of those 10 (along with every other game) to hit our number

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:26 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      To be clear, this isn’t really a good thing, just something that gives us a little more hope. Agreed with everyone on the squandered losses. Just makes no sense…

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:22 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink  

    5 Things 

    Ok so this is going to be some positives and some negatives, just an FYI. Can’t keep losing games against sub .500 teams. Time is not on our side.

    1. Lakers Big 3 showing up. Yeah we lost the game but it’s nice seeing something resembling a big 3 for the Lakers emerging. LeBron, Ingram and Kuzma led the way with Kuzma doing a lot of his damage in the first half, Ingram the 2nd and James great throughout. This needs to happen for the rest of the season.
    2. Ok, that was really the only positive. No cohesive team defense, no communication and no energy on that end. I’m fairly certain the coaches had a plan that didn’t include letting New Orleans getvwhatever they wanted whenever they wanted it. The team needs to be better.
    3. KCP. I don’t know what that guy is doing. Whatever he did in the off-season didn’t work. What used to be an aggressive on-ball defender is now a matador. Where a streaky shooter who could run really hot used to exist now there’s a consistent shooter. Consistently bad. Just seems like the guy has been checked out most of the year.
    4. Turnovers. The problem is team wide but when LeBron, Rondo and BI all turn it over multiple times it makes winning on the road nigh impossible.
    5. Team first. Everyone looks like they want to blame someone else. Don’t. Blame yourself . Don’t slouch or slump: lead. Don’t hang your head: get focused and in the game. There is more than enough time to turn the season around but it won’t be done by wishing or hoping. Only by working together can it be done. Time to get to it.
     
    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:13 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Jamie,

      You pretty much nailed it. Offensively we were fine. You can lead with words and by example. Lebron took the night off on defense. Kobe took defensive possessions off later in his career but he locked in when he needed too. Lebron needs to lead on both sides of the ball. What was disappointing to me was Lebron played one of his best defensive games against the Rockets. The Pels were without AD but they still had some quality offensive players that needed to be defended. Having both BI and Lonzo it makes defense a little easier for Lebron but with Lonzo out Lebron has to pick up the slack like he did against the Rockets.

      And you are not going to win many games with 23 turnovers either. And a lot of them were bad turnovers. Both Rondo and Lebron had lazy WTF passes for turnovers. And BI after improving regressed back into his force the action turnover mode. That 3rd foul was stupid because he was mad at a no call but our best defender was off the court for all but 6 minutes of the first half. That killed us. He needs to stay under control. We still have time but we can’t afford to give back great wins with stupid losses.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:33 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree that LBJ makes some very difficult passes that he can make, has to be careful and realize more who he is playing with.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:28 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      FEW MORE THINGS …

      1) Luke Walton’s idiotic rotations.

      One of the adjustments I expected Luke to make to help the team win with just 24 games left in the regular season was to shorten his rotations, giving more playing time to starters and key reserves like Rajon Rondo, Mike Muscala, and Josh Hart and eliminating minutes played by Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Tyson Chandler, who weren’t contributing to winning games. Unfortunately, Luke decided to stick to his usual habit of playing multiple weird rotations in a futile search for something that would work. The problem is you cannot win a game when you give Stephenson, Caldwell-Pope, and Chandler 31 minutes and all three post double digit negative plus/minuses. Moves like that are why Luke could lose his job.

      2) Rondo and Lakers’ bench.

      Lakers bench was completely outplayed by the Pelicans bench, who outscored them by 42-24. At the heart of the bench’s poor performance were double digit negative plus/minus scores for the Lakers top four bench players, with Rondo -11, KCP -13, Hart -12, and Stephenson -12. This has been a recurring problem for the Lakers all season and Luke’s idiotic rotations only intensify the problem. Rondo has been a dumpster fire the last two games, making turnovers, missing open players under the rim, and playing zero defense. KCP made two of the worst passes I’ve ever seen a legitimate NBA player make last night. As for Lance, why would Luke even be trying him at this point. We have some continuity with the starters at last but the bench is a total disaster with Playoff Rondo lost somewhere in the ether where they don’t play defense.

      3) Luke Walton’s disdain for threes.

      One of the things that frustrate me is Luke Walton’s disdain for analytics and the 3-point shot. Where teams like the Spurs and Raptors smartly seek out corner threes, the Lakers continue to put lineups on the floor who just don’t spread the floor. Luke’s starting lineup only includes two willing and able 3-point shooters in Kyle Kuzma and Reggie Bullock. Teams aren’t going to worry about LeBron James, JaVale McGee, or Brandon Ingram lighting it up. Instead, they just sag into the paint. Even when we play 5-out small ball, teams pack the paint and clog up the driving lanes. What really frustrated me was seeing Luke turn to Moe Wagner, who cannot guard his mother or hit his shot, instead of playing a supposedly healthy Mike Muscala, for whom the Lakers traded Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley. I mean Luke begs for more 3-point shooters and then doesn’t even give them a chance to play. Does Luke understand LeBron and Ingram need spacing to be able to attack the rim?

      4) LeBron James’ uninspiring play.

      I’ll say what nobody else wants to say. LeBron’s performance last night was truly uninspiring. If this is LeBron ‘activated,’ then the Lakers are in serious trouble. The LeBron who played last night was not the MVP LeBron the Lakers thought they were getting last summer. What we saw was great player who was playing like a shell of himself. You can argue that 27/7/12 with 4 steals and 1 block was a superstar performance but what I saw was a player who was still a long way from being the Regular Season LeBron much less Playoff LeBron. What I saw was a player who couldn’t beat his defender off the dribble and was unable to reach back for any of the elite bully ball physical play that has been his advantage. There’s no question LeBron is still an elite player even without his trademark physicality. He can shoot the three and play make as well as any point guard in the league. What he’s not right now is anywhere near the greatest player on the planet. I worry what we’re seeing is going to be what we may be getting long term.

      5) LeBron James’ leadership.

      I know LeBron is disappointed and frustrated but all the eye rolling and visible frustration towards the refs and his teammates mistakes were not what this team needed last night. The post game criticism pretty much threw the entire team under the bus when frankly the young players, especially Ingram and Kuzma, played well and it was the entire Meme Team that didn’t come out with any urgency. This was the LeBron of our nightmares, looking like a shadow of himself and blaming others when he doesn’t win. Not how you build up your teammates. Lumping Kuzma and Ingram in as guys who don’t understand how to win is not how you help them. You win and lose as a team and LeBron deserves as much blame as anybody for the team not coming out ready to play. He’s the team leader and captain. Take responsibility rather than issuing blame. You’re better than that. Your behavior and comments were not in the team’s best interest.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:32 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah I don’t get why Wagner was in there. i want to say his last good game was against NOLA…? Can’t recall. Anyhow, the only way you’re going to see what the Moose can bring to the table is if you let him sit at the table. Maybe he had a terrible shoot around, maybe he’s worse on defense than Wagner…somehow. I don’t know. I want to at least see what the player we traded Zubac for can do before I wholly throw him under the bus.

        Lance has been a mystery. He’s on 1 game, gone for 3. KCP has been the same. Here 1 game, gone for 2 weeks. Chandler looks like a shell of the player we saw for about a month when we acquired him. No quickness, can’t really get off the ground and can’t play D. At this point we need to either play JaVale McGee more or…play JaVale McGee more. Something, the small ball line up will have it’s moments but the rim defense will surely suffer for it.

        Lastly, scoring wasn’t the problem last night. While I agree that we need some established plays to free up 3 point shooters, especially in the corners, we honestly don’t have that many shooters to free up. We need to get back to our defensive intensity we saw earlier in the season and that’s just not happening, especially from the bench. The game was a close one until the bench unit got subbed in and then it got away a little in the second quarter and got away a lot at the end of the 3rd, again. Then the kids got desperate, LeBron got frustrated and that was that.

        Nobody might be left over if we don’t make the playoffs. Not Luke, not Magic, nobody. Depends on how bad or good this gets by the end. Those would be the most drastic outcomes, assuredly, and ones I don’t necessarily see coming down the pike but that’s pretty much what’s at stake once you add a talent like LBJ long-term. Team and organization has to get it together, quickly.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:31 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My biggest concern with this squad is the lack of a “team first” mantra.
      I think this became impossible to create after the trade deadline blunder was played out for all to see.
      These guys had enough problems getting on the same page with the rotating injury door in full effect all season long, coupled with the so called “steep learning to play with LeBron” curve. These two major disrupters of synergy combined to create what we are witnessing now: a fractured squad.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:09 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Indeed, the “nightmare” version of LeBron has emerged. His passive/aggressive approach is childish and downright destructive to our squad.
        It would nice if Magic had some choice words about LeBrons “leadership” style, but I’m not holding my breathe since he doesn’t value any of our youth.
        Silver Lining for this summer: since I think there’s less than a 1% chance that the Pellys choose any trade package from us, we should get to see most of our youth core next season.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 6:26 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          So, when Kobe called us “trash” and asked for a trade, that wasn’t childish?

          When has Bron ever asked for one?

          Oh that’s right, he’s honoured his contracts.

          Just saying.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 9:00 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’m talking about LeBron right now and his lame comments about some of our guys’ dedication.
            Kuzma and Brandon were very good last night while the rest of Bron’s team mates were trash.
            Never mind, since you went there:
            LeBron CHOSE to come here and knew what he was getting into. This situation is far different from Kobe’s. He had to carry squad after squad of bums like Smush and Kwame all season long and into the playoffs for many lost seasons in a row, all during his prime, until he finally received real help in the form of Pau Gasol. He gave his all for this franchise and his fans every single season- for 20 of them. LeBron just got here and is already pointing fingers at the wrong guys. By all accounts, he signed off on ALL of the added veterans. Aside from the first couple of months of the season, these veterans, who have been there and done that, have all been disappointing.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:34 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One thing I would add is that the Pelican’s have some players and deserve kudos for taking it to the Lakers. I was especially impressed with Diallo, Holiday, and Randle. Diallo’s two blocks of Ingram were just terrific defensive plays.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:51 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Holiday is for real.
        We already know how well Julius can play- most under rated and under appreciated Laker since Pau Gasol.
        SMH.

        • Caliphilosopher

          Caliphilosopher 8:34 AM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Mclyne, I am SO with you on this. No resigning of Julius and trading Zub are two strikes against Maginka (for me). Pretty much signed two players to attempt to approximate the skills Julius has (Lance and Beasley).

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:13 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Btw, Durant has been the best player in the game for the past three seasons.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:37 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’s never gonna be considered the best, at any point in his career. Born just after Bron and skills erode as Giannis takes the throne.

        He came in at a time with LeBron…and even when LeBron retires, KD’s skills will be eroding and Giannis takes the thrown.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 8:44 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Agree to disagree.
          He’s unguardable and a real problem on defense.
          Yes, LeBron was better- not anymore. He no longer tries 85% of the time on D.
          You could convince me Giannis is better than KD now.
          I just know that it’s no longer “King” James. He had his time, now he’s in decline. It’s just fact.
          He used to dominate on both ends, now he only had enough for one.
          Nobody will ever convince me that Bron is, or will ever end up ahead of Kobe in the GOAT race. For non Centers, its MJ, then Kobe, then the rest.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:33 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Haven’t been able to watch the game but these are ones we have to win. Can’t keep squandering Ws on losing teams…

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:38 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dude, the Kings just beat OKC on a back to back.

      Nawlins beat us, for them on a back to back.

      Sums up the season so far.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:59 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Looks like the entire bench took the night off based on the box score.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 8:01 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yep, they did. By the way, what bench really? We are who we are: LBJ, Kuz and Ingy. And this coaching staff is gone. Houston smacked Warriors without Harden tonite!

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 8:19 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            No bench it’s been so jumbled this year. Weird combos…

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 8:09 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Fox 19 pts and 9 dimes. I forgot what Zo gave us tonite? I heard Fox was Magic’s thought, but who decided on Ball?

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 8:11 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        PS-Kings had only 9 TO’s!

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:21 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Went to the game against the Raps…They play like they’re running on hot coals…very fast team.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:36 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yup.

          We could have had a whole rack at whole foods with those turnovers.

  • 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

            Lol

          • 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

        Yessss!
        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  

    Ugh 

    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.”

      https://www.express.co.uk/sport/othersport/1088312/Anthony-Davis-Los-Angeles-Lakers-trade-NBA-All-Star-weekend-Celtics-gossip-rumours

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