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  • John M.

    John M. 4:37 PM on April 13, 2017 Permalink  

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall…

    Baxter Holmes
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson on the team’s young core: “We all think we’re going to be here, so we’re going to work with each other until then and try to get this thing going.” He also praised the Lakers’ new leadership group. “It’s just that, you just feel so open to them,” Clarkson said. “I don’t what it is — if it’s their personalities.” He added, “It just makes you excited about what’s going on. They want to help us.”

    Lakers forward Julius Randle said he came out of his exit interview with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, head coach Luke Walton and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson believing the team has “a clear vision of where we want to go and what we want to do.” For himself, Randle said, “The biggest focus for me this summer is going to be coming back in incredible shape.”

     
  • John M.

    John M. 10:46 AM on April 7, 2017 Permalink  

    LAVAR BALL SAYS UCLA DIDN’T WIN TITLE BECAUSE WHITE PLAYERS ARE TOO SLOW

    Rob Goldberg
    Featured Columnist
    April 6, 2017

    Although LaVar Ball’s outrageous comments had been relatively harmless over the course of the college basketball season, his latest accusation will likely be much more controversial.

    “Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” Ball said, per Clay Fowler of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. “I told Lonzo—’One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite Eight, they’re right there.”

    The father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball likely was referring to Bryce Alford, TJ Leaf and Thomas Welsh, three white starters for the Bruins.

    UCLA fell to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 by a score of 86-75.

    While Ball might have wanted his son to score 30 points, Lonzo ended with just 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 1-of-6 effort from three-point range. Meanwhile, his counterpart, De’Aaron Fox, scored 39 points for Kentucky.

    As for his teammates, Leaf has declared for the NBA draft and is expected to be a first-round pick, according to DraftExpress. Meanwhile, Alford finished his career with 1,922 points, which is one of the best totals in UCLA history.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:20 AM on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s right about the speed of Lonzo’s teammates but should have left off the racial element.
      You start to wonder whether LaVar is going to turn the Lakers off from drafting Lonzo.
      Lonzo himself seems to be very mature for his age. Interesting situation.

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 12:18 PM on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oldest brother with a crazy dad, he probably had to mature quickly.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:28 PM on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lotta people were thinking it.
      Just not dumb enough to say it in mixed company.
      lol

  • John M.

    John M. 2:52 PM on March 25, 2017 Permalink  

    I know this is supposed to be Lakers Only but I couldn’t resist copying this from Yahoo:

    @Dingleberry_J_Trump tweeted: Hillary conspired with Alec Baldwin and the ghost of John McCain to defeat my healthcare plan. Sick! I never read it but Hannity assured me that it was the greatest plan ever and would have given us free ice cream on Tuesdays. Also, there was a little girl with a cat website. Mean! I never want to date this girl. She’s a 6 at most. Her parents should be ashamed. By her age, Ivanka was already a 10. #ikissedseanhannityandilikedit

     
  • John M.

    John M. 2:11 PM on March 25, 2017 Permalink  

    Just found this mock draft–Fox at #4, and other interesting predictions.

    http://www.nbadraft.net/2017mock_draft

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 2:25 PM on March 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yep. Any of those top 5 can play. You all know more about Ball than me. Just seems to have such a funky shot that might just get blocked at the next level.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:32 PM on March 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We won last nite partially because Luke played most our better kids major minutes. We ain’t good, but we ain’t that bad if we play the right guys the more minutes. Luke better be careful on how many games we win, lol! Might play ourselves outta a Pick!

        • John M.

          John M. 2:38 PM on March 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Luke also credited the defense of the 2nd unit, and Brewer did a great job too.

          I’d say we’re safe to finish no worse than 3rd, giving us at least a 46% chance of keeping our pick.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 2:49 PM on March 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yep, gotta root for Suns’s wins, ha, ha!

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 2:49 PM on March 25, 2017 Permalink

              Where U B MM? You doing okay?

  • John M.

    John M. 1:09 PM on February 23, 2017 Permalink  

    At the finish line, league sources say, New York was prepared to trade Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio straight up. But the Wolves balked.

    Marc Stein, ESPN Senior Writer

     
  • John M.

    John M. 11:32 AM on February 3, 2017 Permalink  

    This should make the Mozgov deal look a little better… 

    Bucks trade Miles Plumlee for Hornets’ Spencer Hawes, Roy Hibbert
    3:38 PM PT
    Brian WindhorstMarc Stein

    The Milwaukee Bucks traded forward Miles Plumlee to the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday for big men Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert.

    The 6-foot-11 Plumlee signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks during the summer but hasn’t received steady playing time. He has played in just 32 games with 12 starts, averaging just 2.6 points.

    “We are excited to add Miles to our roster,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. “He is an athletic big man who brings additional physicality and rebounding to our frontcourt rotation. He’s a proven player with a strong work ethic and we think he’ll fit in well with our core group.”

    Injuries have slowed Hibbert this season, and recently he had fallen out of coach Steve Clifford’s rotation as the Hornets have tried to shake out of a slump. Hibbert is averaging a career-low 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 42 games. He signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Hornets last year.

    Hawes is a veteran shooting specialist. He’s averaging 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 35 games but is shooting just 29 percent on 3-pointers, his lowest in seven seasons. He has a player option in his contract next season for $6 million.

    “Spencer and Roy are two proven NBA centers who give us additional depth and versatility in the front court,” Bucks general manager John Hammond said in a statement. “The trade also gives us future cap flexibility as we continue to shape our roster. Miles and Steve [Novak] are true professionals both on and off the court, and we wish them all the best.”

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 11:48 AM on February 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mozgov’s contract doesn’t bother me as much as Dang’s. He’s a young big man, Dang is an old wing that doesn’t fit our trajectory.

      • John M.

        John M. 12:02 PM on February 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        At least they’re both playing and we aren’t taking back Roy to dump a contract.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 12:47 PM on February 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’d take Plan H back in a heartbeat to dump Mozgov’s contract.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:06 PM on February 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Just read a proposed trade of D’Angelo and Timofey for Nerlens Noel.
            Going to be extremely hard to find a way to move Mozgov’s contract.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 2:12 PM on February 3, 2017 Permalink

              Nope. Imagine that LT, DJ don’t want to trade Russ, unless we get Westy. lol!

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 2:13 PM on February 3, 2017 Permalink

              PS-I wouldn’t do trade even for Clarky & Moz. We bought him, we own him, just like Deng-A-Ling.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 12:04 PM on February 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Moz is 30 and will be 31 in July. Deng is 31 and will be 32 in April. Both are very bad contracts.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:48 PM on February 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Extremely awful contracts that will make our new GM’s job very difficult.
          I love it how Jimmy boy kept parading around “cap flexibility” for all these years and the best he could come up with was Deng and Mozzy.
          That right there might have been his worst decision, and hopefully, his last.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 12:34 PM on February 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      DJ I was thinking Moz was 28…..still not as bad since he’s a big. The length of the contracts with no team option is what bothers me most. They had to spend the money.

      True John…..there are worst contracts out there.

  • John M.

    John M. 11:01 AM on November 8, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: Baby!, Stay Hungry   

    Baxter Holmes
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Lakers forward Julius Randle is measured about their three-game winning streak: “The same people that are hyping us up are the same ones that counted us out…We’re playing decent but we’re not satisfied.”

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:12 PM on November 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The biggest surprise is that the Lakers are playing so well because so many players are playing well. It’s not just a fluke because Russell or Randle were carrying the team. In fact, Russell has actually not been hitting his shots the way he is capable of. I look for him to turn it up as the season progresses.

      More importantly, this team still has a lot of areas where they can improve and be even better as this season progresses. Once we cut down on turnovers and fouls on opposing players, our efficiency will take another jump. Long way to go still but it’s hard not to consider the Lakers as a serious playoff contender.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:42 PM on November 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s the right attitude to have.

  • John M.

    John M. 10:59 AM on November 8, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: Good News on Larry   

    Larry Nance Jr. plans to return Thursday, but must pass concussion protocol: Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. will miss Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a concussion, but he is optimistic he’ll be able to play Thursday night in Sacramento. “That is the game plan, at least in my mind,” Nance said. Nance was present at practice on Monday, but the league’s concussion protocol bars him from beginning return-to-participation exertion testing until 24 hours after he initially suffers the injury.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:13 PM on November 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      When the team is playing like this, it has to kill Larry to sit out another game.

      • John M.

        John M. 3:12 PM on November 8, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Indeed. He said in another article that he needs them more than they need him. The chemistry they have is a big reason things are going so well.

  • John M.

    John M. 1:15 PM on November 4, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: New Season Brings Some Hope in Lakeland   

    J.A. Adande
    ESPN Senior Writer

    If you think it’s hard to shake off a century’s worth of baseball futility, just try to break away from decades of basketball success.

    The Los Angeles Lakers, NBA royalty, had always been the opposite of the Chicago Cubs. That once-pleasant distinction is now their problem, the challenge of shedding the trappings of that rich history when that’s precisely what they need to do to morph into a contending team once again.

    So even as general manager Mitch Kupchak sat in a room in Lakers headquarters and proclaimed “It’s all new” with this 2016-17 edition of the team, on the wall behind him were framed pictures of Kobe Bryant, James Worthy, Jerry Buss with Magic Johnson, and Jerry West. On the wall across from him where pictures of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. The past is ever-present with this team.

    “You come into the practice facility and walk the halls, and you see pictures of all-time greats,” said first-year coach Luke Walton, who went to the Lakers’ past four trips to the NBA Finals as a player.

    Yet even with Walton’s return to Lakerland, this is as separated as the franchise has ever been from its glory days. Kobe Bryant retired and Byron Scott was let go as coach and in one offseason, there went two central figures from the Staples Center and Showtime eras. For added measure, athletic trainer Gary Vitti, one of the bridges between the two dynasties, retired. Jerry West has been gone since 2000, “The Voice of the Lakers” Chick Hearn died in 2002, Shaquille O’Neal was traded in 2004, Jerry Buss passed away in 2013 and Magic Johnson’s name was taken off the company masthead this past year after one tweet too many. Kupchak, who transitioned from playing to the front office in the 1980s, is practically the only name from the past left in the building.

    “I mean, you can’t hold on to everything forever,” Kupchak said.

    Every member of the coaching staff except for Mark Madsen is new. Two new therapists and a new strength and conditioning coach will report to Vitti’s replacement, Marco Nunez. There are two new hires for the analytics department. There’s a practice facility under construction a few blocks away from their current site in El Segundo.

    “A lot of it’s almost like pressing a reset button,” Kupchak said.

    That includes a shift in the philosophy of building the team. No longer will you see the Lakers take the approach that failed them in recent off-seasons: patching together rosters with players whose primary attributes were expiring contracts that would create the salary cap space for the Lakers to pursue a star free agent. After Dwight Howard walked out the door and the likes of Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus Aldridge turned them down in recent summers, it was time to scrap that approach. Not only had the rules that once enabled them to sign Shaquille O’Neal changed (the Lakers can no longer outbid teams, or offer the same number of years as a player’s current team), so had the landscape.

    “You have to have assets; cap room alone is overrated,” Kupchak said. “I think if you talk to teams in the NBA for the last four or five years that have had all kinds of cap room, it’s a stressful situation. Because you’ve got to go out there and pay non-max players, you’ve got to overpay to get somebody, depending on the city. And you might not get somebody. And then you kick the can down the road a year and try to do the same thing next summer.”

    That’s why this year, rather than fish for the biggest names in the free agency pond, the Lakers quickly signed Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng to contracts worth a combined $136 million over four years. It’s explained by Kupchak’s one-word expectation for this season: progress. Young teams don’t win in the NBA. Adding those two veterans to the all-under-25 group of Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr. and Ivica Zubac was designed to make the Lakers incrementally better, faster.

    Taking small steps isn’t the traditional Laker way. It’s also a potentially risky strategy for this Laker administration under executive vice president for basketball operations Jim Buss, who had pledged to step down after this season if the Lakers have not returned to contending status. A new name at the top could potentially mean new names throughout the organization, including Kupchak’s job.

    “My only goal is to get this franchise on solid footing with young players, free agents and flexibility,” Kupchak said. “And I think we’ve done that.

    “I don’t know how many games we’re going to win. But my hope is that as the season goes on, our fans, our partners, the TV audience can watch this team play and see growth and see enthusiasm. Luke is not an experienced coach, but I’m hoping as this season goes on everybody can watch a coach become a good coach. And watch young players develop and grow. And I want to see exciting basketball. That’s my focus. To get involved in anything else from where I sit is counterproductive. And that’s really all I focus on.”

    These are different days in Lakerland, when the immediate goals aren’t championships, and the players are guaranteed to hang on the walls one day. How will this play? Well, Denzel Washington is a good indicator to follow. He isn’t so much a hardcore Laker fan as he is a fan of the sport at its highest level. He typically only sits in his courtside seats when he expects a good game. He was there on opening night, and after the Lakers’ high-scoring victory over the Houston Rockets he said, with a touch of surprise in his voice, “I like what I see.”

     
  • John M.

    John M. 2:15 PM on October 28, 2016 Permalink  

    Bulletin Board fodder from SI.com 

    28. Los Angeles Lakers

    Last season: 17–65, missed playoffs
    Final Ranking: 28
    Luke Walton, young talent and a bizarre crop of vets should make for a much more watchable season, but that’s the only comfortable assumption here.

     
  • John M.

    John M. 2:42 PM on October 13, 2016 Permalink  

    Who’s Next? 

    Baxter Holmes
    ESPN Staff Writer

    The Los Angeles Lakers announced that they have waived forward Zach Auguste, guard Julian Jacobs and forward Travis Wear. Their training camp roster now stands at 17.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:47 PM on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      MWP and Robinson or Yi.

      • John M.

        John M. 5:50 PM on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You’re probably right, but what a long way to come for Yi just to get cut. Maybe they can stash him for injury insurance, though I don’t claim to understand all the rules.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:04 PM on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yi will probably make the final cut because he has a guarantee and is the only big who’s a proven 3-point shooter. Additionally, if he pans out, he could be an excellent trading chip. Finally, he’s a direct link to the Chinese market and will continue the Lakers eastern popularity.

          • tate793

            tate793 7:34 PM on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Is his 3pt shot NBA proven? Has he made one yet? What about defense and rebounding? I’ll admit, I was initially excited about signing himbut I haven’t seen much of him, or from him. I do like Robinson’s energy and toughness. There’s a point when “potential” needs to become “kinetic”.

    • tate793

      tate793 9:59 PM on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We need basketball production. Chinese market and eastern popularity don’t mean anything if the wins aren’t there. It would be counterproductive to carry a player for those reasons, especially if there’s another player that can help put up…… “W”s available. Yi missed his only 3, missed his only 2 free throws, and didn’t grab any rebounds. I’m looking a little closer at Robinson and even JJ.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:20 AM on October 14, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Watching Yi get owned I tend to agree. Still surprised we cut Jacobs/Wear/Auguste so quickly. Don’t see a real spot for Yi, right now. His deal means he’ll stick. It’s a real catch 22. Not a real bball decision. Not my money. We’ll see.

  • John M.

    John M. 5:49 PM on August 22, 2016 Permalink  

    In Other News… 

    Police found Todd Marinovich naked, holding a bag of contraband, in a backyard today in the LA area.

     
  • John M.

    John M. 10:27 AM on August 15, 2016 Permalink  

    Bulletin Board Material in August

    Trade Rumor: Harris/Faried for Randle/Young
    By Daniel C. Lewis  @minutemandan on Aug 15, 2016, 12:03a 131

    Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

    A blatantly one-sided trade rumor surfaced lately with the Lakers and Nuggets. It is false, ridiculous, and laughable.


    A trade rumor has surfaced that involves the Nuggets trading Gary Harris and Kenneth Faried to the Lakers in return for Julius Randle and Nick Young.

    Despite being someone that has advocated (only partially seriously) for acquiring Nick Young, this is an awful trade. Harris was part of the Team USA Select team. He is a talented young guard. He is nails on defense, and his offensive game is growing.

    Faried began to show off chemistry with Mudiay towards the end of the season. He tried so hard on defense, and has such a high ceiling on that end. He’s an incredible vertical threat in the pick and roll, using his ability to soar above the defense to vertically stretch the defense. He has great value to the Nuggets.

    Making this trade would be a mistake. Randle isn’t a starter for the Lakers, a team that won so many games they had the second-worst record in the league last season. Young is a trash player, a chucker with serious off-court issues. He would be more harmful to the Nuggets chemistry than a fork jammed into an electrical socket.

    This is worse than a ESPN fake trade proposal. It’s never going to happen.

    I hope it makes Lakers fans even more sad when they watch the Nuggets sweep them easily this season, with Jamal Murray having great games while Brandon Ingram cries over another serving of chicken parm. Enjoy the basement of the Western Conference.

     
  • John M.

    John M. 12:41 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink  

    NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, focuses on New Orleans
    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical 35 minutes ago

    NBA pulls All-Star Game from Charlotte

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports the league is moving the game due to North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law.
    Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical.

    The NBA is focused on the New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center as the host for All-Star Weekend and the All-Star Game on Feb. 19, league sources told The Vertical.

    For now, there are still other cities trying to lure the All-Star Game, sources said.

    A formal announcement on the NBA’s withdrawal out of Charlotte is expected as soon as this week, league sources said Thursday.

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver had threatened to move All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte unless a discriminatory North Carolina law aimed at the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was changed – and time to do so has run out because of the logistics and planning the NBA needs to run its marquee midseason event, league sources said.

    The issue is centered on North Carolina’s House Bill 2, a law that mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the s*x listed on their birth certificates. The law also omits LGBT people from North Carolina’s anti-discrimination protections, forbids local governments from widening LGBT protections and excludes all forms of workplace discrimination lawsuits from North Carolina state courts.

    Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan had been counting on All-Star Weekend as a signature event for his franchise, and the economic impact of losing the All-Star Game for the franchise and region promises to be dramatic.

    The NBA had discussed moving the All-Star Game to the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, sources said, but scheduling conflicts at the facility became part of the reason the idea never advanced past high-level league conversations during the Las Vegas summer league this month, sources said.

    New Orleans hosted the All-Star Game in 2008 and 2014.
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    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:32 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good move.
      I’m glad the article sheds light on the fact that this law is about so much more than just which bathroom a person uses.

      If they move it to Nawlins I might have to look into a lil vacation in February. …

    • mud

      mud 4:49 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      this is all meaningless nonsense.

      first, trangendered people are 0.3% of the population. it’s a very small problem.
      second, if a person makes a reasonable attempt to look and act like the gender of the restroom, nobody is going to stop them from using it anyway. the only people who would be stopped from using the “wrong” bathroom are those who truly aren’t trying to pass, like a guy with a beard and a dress.

      is this really one of the biggest problems of the day?

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 4:52 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You really should take a minute n read the actual bill before commenting on it. You’re falling for the right wing-nut talking points…

        • mud

          mud 4:57 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          really?
          do you really think there will be hall monitors on every bathroom?
          will they be making people drop trou before allowing them in?
          will there be mass graves of female impersonators everywhere?

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 5:43 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Read the bill dude.
            Hell..read the article up above.
            This thing affects more than restrooms n the lgbt folks.

            • mud

              mud 6:31 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink

              ok, i understand, but i DID read the bill and the wiki about it as well..
              i’m not one of those guys who just say things based on what the social group that i’m in believes in.

              i don’t see how that bill protects people from criminal or civil damages when they discriminate, but i do understand the concern. i also have no problem with a man who wants to pretend to be a woman or vice versa. that’s his or her business. that doesn’t mean that i can be forced legally into believing what i already know to be false. there is no actual gender reversal possible. that’s only in cartoons. people are welcome to live in their dream worlds if they choose. i don’t have to live there, or i can come over to visit once in a while. i know that the play-fort is only a play-fort, however, even though it might be fun to hang out there and pretend until dinner time comes.

              like i said, there’s no dropping of trousers to prove anything, and people aren’t forced to carry birth certificates. this bill has no teeth. it’s a stupid show, but it’s in direct opposition to new federal guidlines for schools. the idea is that high school kids should shower in whatever locker room that they feel comfortable in. i know that i would like to shower with the ladies. there’s a reason why it’s a bad idea, however. men and women, although there ARE exceptions, generally are quite attracted to each other, but not always rationally, and not always reciprocally. there are cases of men being attracted to men and women being attracted to women, but 7+ billion people tells you that it’s not that often. most men don’t get boners over other men, it’s just that way biologically. i’m sure that for some people any thing is possible with the right mindset. the chances of unwanted pregnancies and abortions and rape and male female intimidation are just much lower with the sexes separated. people have known this for hundreds and even (tens of)thousands of years. ever seen how male deer act in the presence of a female in heat? that’s what the NC bill was about, as far as i can see.

              the rest of this drama is nonsensical. as i said, no transgendered person who makes a reasonable effort to look like the opposite s*x will have a problem. where did this issue even come from? have there been a sudden increase of transgendered people being locked out of the toilet? maybe it has something to do with the Khardasian(Jenner).

              instead of waiting for the government to make a law to make a world that is how you like it to be, why not just start acting the way people would act in the ultimate world as much as possible, a little more every day. people are copycats. people will copy the cool things that you do, maybe not at first, but they will copy. the next thing you know, it’s a better world all the way around. if we’re really moving into this great world of respect for all, is this constant berating, shaming, criticizing and hating of everything outright a move into that direction? i’m not saying that berating, shaming, criticizing and hating of everything outright doesn’t have an important place at the table. there are a lot of things that are unacceptable. i’ll bet a lot of the people in North Carolina like that bill. you may be right, but so are they.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 4:56 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m sure that the number of people being gunned down by assault rifles is also less than 0.3% of the population if you want to rationalize it that way.

        • mud

          mud 5:01 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          really?
          this bill doesn’t even have any enforcement methods or penalties for ignoring it.

          and almost NOBODY has been shot by an “assault” rifle. an M16 is an assault rifle. an AR15 is not, even if they look pretty much the same. actually, in close quarters, my little snub nosed .38 is far more deadly than any AR15.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 7:04 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Wow.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 9:29 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink

              Yeah….WOW

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:34 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            “really?”

            Yeah dude, really.

            Enjoy the tiny bubble, man….wow indeed…

          • mud

            mud 9:58 PM on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            wth?

            what insanity are you guys imagining?

            do you really think that the world on the television is real?

            i just stated absolute, unarguable facts. lot’s of things are dangerous in this world. do you really need daddy to come in and make it all better for you? you’d better be able to trust the people you give all this power to to do the thinking for you. from what i’ve seen, they incite race riots, founded racism, made the internment camps, made the guns in the first place, and now you trust them to fix the mess? just take responsibility for making this a decent place yourself.

            or, if you aren’t trying to use the tactic of shaming and ostracism that Saul Allinsky made so popular and that George Soros approves of, then i apologize for being such an a*s.

            anyone can go off and do incredible damage. humans are both powerful in their ability to plan and use tools and fragile in that they are easily eliminated. i trust myself. do you trust yourself? if you do, then i’m sure there could never be an insurmountable problem. and i’m sure i don’t care if you have an AR15.

            life isn’t safe with or without guns. i have one. so what? the chances are i will never have any cause to use it in Los Angeles County except in a practice range. there are 300 MILLION guns in this country. that’s not counting the police guns. it’s policemen that really kill the most people with them. then it’s gangsters of all walks of life. get rid of those guns first. or don’t. it hardly matters. again, if you want a nice world, be nice people. be dependable trustworthy and upright and fair, as much as possible.

  • John M.

    John M. 4:11 PM on July 15, 2016 Permalink  

    Baxter Holmes
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Good news for promising Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. Further medical examination today revealed a sprained right wrist but no fracture or ligament damage. He’s being listed as day to day.

     
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