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  • keen observer

    keen observer 10:46 AM on August 20, 2019 Permalink |  

    Due Diligence 

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    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:09 AM on August 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is actually the best news I’ve heard from the Lakers since DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL. That the Lakers are going give Mo Speights a workout is obviously the reason I’m excited about Woj’s Tweet. I think Marresse Speights is the best fit offensively and defensively to replace what the Lakers will miss without Boogie. While I can understand how Noah, Gortat, or even Howard if he were to have the right mindset could help the Lakers on defense, none of them are good fits offensively to play alongside LeBron and AD. Speights has the big body to hold his position in the paint defensively and the shooting gravity to prevent his defender from collapsing and taking space away from LeBron and AD.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:14 PM on August 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would be fine with either Speights or Gortat.
      Noah is injury prone and Dwight is, well, he’s Dwight.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 10:31 AM on August 19, 2019 Permalink |  

    Howard and Noah? 

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    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:36 AM on August 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      NEITHER.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:32 PM on August 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The silliest thing is the Lakers actually asking permission to speak with Howard, meaning they might actually give up something to get him from the Grizzlies? Like what, a 2030 second round pick? He’s not worth even due dilligance. A cancer on the court and in the locker room. Dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:04 AM on August 7, 2019 Permalink  

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 11:05 AM on August 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I look forward to everyone who knows absolutely nothing about her to offer their opinions on whether this is a good or bad hire.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 3:11 PM on August 1, 2019 Permalink  

    Michael Jordan or LeBron James? 

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:20 PM on August 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Depends

      Points Flip the coin

      Boards Bron

      Assists/Playmaking major edge LeBron

      Defense MJ

      Leadership MJ

      Brand MJ slight edge

      Influence LeBron

      IQ Flip the coin

      Shooting MJ

      Dribble penetration Flip the coin

      Athleticism LeBron slight edge

      Championships MJ

      Longevity of prime LeBron

      There’s a lot to comb over with these two.

      • John M.

        John M. 1:46 PM on August 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Minor league baseball MJ :)

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 2:05 PM on August 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agree on all for most part with the exception of leadership.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:15 PM on August 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kobe over both.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 6:21 PM on August 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’ll never get sick of this video. And Kobe EXPANDED on all that. Throwing LeBron into the discussion was a joke.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 6:38 PM on August 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Neither Wilt, Shaq, MJ, Kobe, Bo, Herschel Walker can claim being 6’9 and run a sub 4.28 in the 40 yard dash.

            Chris Johnson ran a 4.24 and LeBron was 8 inches taller and 50 pounds heavier.

            No one has seen an athlete with that god given ability.

            Take it in now keen…those guys are like Haley’s comet…they come around once every 50 years or so…

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:23 PM on August 2, 2019 Permalink

              No argument that LeBron James is both an athletic freak of nature and has one of the highest basketball IQs in the history of the game, BUT in terms of pure basketball skills, he’s neither Kobe nor MJ. Not the footwork. Not the shot making. They can’t match his bully ball though, which to me is as much rugby as it is basketball. Plus he’s never been a killer like either one of them. He has always needed a killer to win championships, my biggest concern this season.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 8:56 PM on August 2, 2019 Permalink

              That’s true he doesn’t have their footwork…he did work with Hakeem though and learned how to play in the post.

              LeBron spent little time their last year, which was frustrating.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:18 PM on August 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m with Keen in this one.
      Kobe and Jordan’s obsessive work ethic and unparalleled ability to carry their team on their back set them apart from LeBron. Another massive difference is the killer instinct that LeBron has show in playoff performances that he lacks.
      Kobe and Jordan had the best footwork / post game combo of any other small in the history of the game.
      LeBron’s one man fast break is at the top of the heap and he does have the rarest combo of speed, strength and size. If he had the mental toughness and killer instinct that Kobe and MJ had, I would have no problem calling him the GOAT.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:31 AM on July 31, 2019 Permalink  

    Coaching Staff Announced 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 7:15 PM on July 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Fun fact! 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 2:05 PM on July 21, 2019 Permalink  

    Giannis Bait 

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    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 2:16 PM on July 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Smart Move.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:56 PM on July 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Phil Handy has a huge part in developing Pascal Siakam into a star.
      Hopefully, he can do the same with Kostas Antetokounmpo.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:30 PM on July 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Siakim and VanVleet also spent time in the G-League, Tom. Masai has a plan to groom certain players in a system…

        I hope you’re right, hopefully he can.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:29 PM on July 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Outside of Giannis, Kostas does have the most potential.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:32 PM on July 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And who knows in 2 years, we might have to decide between THT and Kostas, whom to keep.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:44 PM on July 21, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I watched a workout Kostas did where Magic and Jesse were there sometime last year and Kostas has a nice stroke from deep, much smoother than Giannis. He’s 6-9 with a 7-2 wingspan. Love the move by the Lakers to sign him to a two-way contract. Could pay off in a couple of ways.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:22 AM on July 12, 2019 Permalink  

    You Gotta Love the Avery Bradley and Boogie “News”! 

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    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:34 PM on July 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      These two signings are the wild cards that have great upside if they can both return to the levels when they were last healthy. Could end up being starters although I would prefer Boogie beating up on second team centers and Davis playing exclusively as our starting and closing center. But a fully healthy Cousins would be hard to keep out of the starting lineup.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 10:48 AM on July 12, 2019 Permalink  

    If True, Great News! 

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    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:35 PM on July 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If he’s healthy and can play like he did three years ago, he’s my starting point guard.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 8:00 PM on July 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agree, but when do players ever say they’re not 100% at this point? IT said it recently, too. Boogie looks fantastic. I wonder where he is at this point. More important, I wonder where he’ll be in April. I this he will be either closer to his old self or on the shelf.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 4:02 PM on July 6, 2019 Permalink  

    Hopefully our STARTING point guard! 

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    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:08 PM on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great. One more deal to get us to 14 and holding for Iggy and we’re done.

    • For whom the bell trolls 4:20 PM on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      game-set-match, with a little extra for Iggy or someone else to complete the masterpiece

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:25 PM on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Give me Korver over Iggy.

      • For whom the bell trolls 4:36 PM on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        you can never have enough 3 point specialists, something the Lakers truly lacked last year and something the Pelicans will become painfully aware of lol

      • keen observer

        keen observer 4:42 PM on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I disagree only because we have plenty of shooting now and Iggy still brings a ton on defense. He’s not available anyway.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 12:58 PM on July 5, 2019 Permalink  

    I wonder if Doc is going to try to kidnap him now 

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    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:29 PM on July 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If we’re only talking about a long term contract, it’s a huge decision to decide to stay in Toronto, Canada for five more years. Don’t see Kawhi doing that. Must want the security of the long term deal to the experience in San Antonio and what just happened to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Hard to figure out what’s going on. My best guess is he’s decided but now has to figure out how to let everybody know. Inscrutable doesn’t even start to explain Kawhi’s mind.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 5:24 AM on July 5, 2019 Permalink  

    Cris Carter’s Thoughts 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:17 AM on July 4, 2019 Permalink  

    Chillax y’all .. enjoy your 4th! 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 7:52 AM on July 4, 2019 Permalink  

    This from Cris Carter makes the most sense … I guess 

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:53 AM on July 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Fortunately or unfortunately, the holiday comes right after the third meeting, so is that going to delay the announcement another day? But I know as of yesterday, 6:00 PM, no team had an edge. What I said in the Tweet was exactly was conveyed to me. I asked a few questions, but it was very, very direct. As far as every team is still in it. They have a great deal of interest in the Clippers. There’s a great deal of interest in the Lakers. And we knew, the team everyone has to overcome, that’s Toronto. The reason why is because Kawhi makes a lot of decisions based on trust.

      “Why do I have the information? Because they trust me. I’ve been knowing Kawhi since he left San Diego State and decided to come into the NBA. They trust how I report it and trust I’m going to get it accurate to what they say. Not what my opinion is.

      “Toronto has that over everyone. The doctors. The coaching staff. The city. He’s comfortable. Kawhi trusts his career with the Toronto Raptors. And the Lakers and the Clippers are going to have to convince him and take some of that trust for him to decide to play basketball with them moving forward.”

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:09 AM on July 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      CC has been the most credible on this all the way back to the Spurs fiasco.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:35 AM on July 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Seems to me his best option is the 1+1. Run it back with the same dudes who just won it all, the same coaching staff that expertly managed his load, the same medical staff that kept him at his peak all year, the same front office that has made all the right moves. Then do this all over again for the top tier max in a coupla years.

      And guess what? The Lakers will be right there trying to land him again. Probably already making plans to have cap space available in 2021…lol

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:26 AM on July 4, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As I outlined above, the idea that the Lakers could clear enough cap space to sign Kawhi as a free agent two summers from now is nothing but a fantasy. The numbers don’t lie. It’s impossible. It’s this summer or bust for the Lakers to sign Kawhi.

        That’s a strategy that would only work for a team like the Clippers, who don’t have a max contract superstar at this point, or any team that just has one max contract superstar. Clippers would be smart to shift their target to summer of 2021.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 11:32 AM on July 3, 2019 Permalink  

    Markieff Morris off the board 

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    • havoc

      havoc 11:35 AM on July 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      we are losing good players..i am really hoping that Kawhi will make his decision today or early tomorrow

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:28 PM on July 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is this the dude we wanted or no?
      I forget which one is supposed to be better…

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 1:42 PM on July 3, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        They got the same attitude just different skills.

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