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  • keen observer

    keen observer 8:57 PM on October 13, 2018 Permalink  

    Where’s mud? 

    Another dynamic personality MIA lately. Perhaps the preseason (and the commentary that goes along with it) bores him. I hope he’s OK.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:38 AM on October 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He might be on the campaign trail with Donald Trump. Probably hanging with the Donald and Kanye. :-)

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:32 AM on October 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Still no reply on social media from tate, either. Hope those old timers are still rattling around somewhere or another.

      • Worthy42

        Worthy42 5:54 AM on October 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I have been wondering about Tate as well. Who is left to say that Dwight Howard is not a soft player? :-)

    • For whom the bell trolls 12:20 PM on October 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Keen, the format of this site does not lead to real-time dialogue anymore. It’s obvious that Tom is more concerned with getting his personal articles out to develop his “brand.” He leaves his columns in the first position for days on end which essentially stifles any conversation other than “his topics.” Furthermore, other certain bloggers are granted the same authority with their lengthy sometimes boring analysis.
      I can’t tell you how many times I want to come to this site and talk about the Lakers only to find that if you do, your comments get shuffled way down the page into the abyss.
      This blog is really not a blog anymore but a showcase for writers and wannabe writers, all at the expense of impromptu talk on what’s going on in the moment.
      But it’s Tom’s baby and he makes the rules. Unfortunately for me and I suspect many others, this site does not feed the needs of the many, only the few.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 3:22 PM on October 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Perhaps Tom should dispense with the priority posts. Tom, how about a poll? Guys like Trollman, Sean and now mud and Tate have been scarce. Trollman might have a point. I take the time to scroll down, but if others don’t, the priority posts might be counterproductive.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:27 PM on October 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I am actually working right now on a new site that will separate content from the blog timeline. My goal is to have the new site up by the end of the year. Hopefully, that will resolve these issues. In the meantime, my best advice is to chillax and just scroll a little. I’m going to continue to support Jamie, myself, or anyone takes the time and energy to create original content for the site because it’s the only way we’re going to attract more viewers and increase membership.

          In the meantime, I invite anybody who wants to write original content for the site, like Jamie and I do, to please do so. Your article or post will get the same preferential or ‘sticky’ positioning. For the record, many of the articles I’ve written on Medium and posted on Twitter and this site have drawn much larger number of views than Lakerholics.Net. Ultimately, my goal is to seamlessly integrate the Medium and Twitter content into the new Lakersholics.Net.

          Posters come and go for a variety of reasons, including death, illness, boredom, or even finding someplace they like better. One of the main goals of the new site will be to have content on the site show up in the search engines so that we can attract more viewers, posters, and commentators. Right now, we’re just in a holding pattern so chillax. If you want to help grow the site, then read and comment when articles are posted and be active in creating discussions on the blog. I spend a great deal of time every day posting and commenting to try and create good subjects for discussion. I’m grateful for the other Lakerholics who do the same but more contributors would be appreciated. It’s your blog too after all.

          • For whom the bell trolls 12:30 AM on October 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            it’s easy to say chill out but I voiced my concern a long time ago and nothing has changed. It isn’t that hard to create a thread section where you and others write articles that can be accessed with a click. That way we can keep real-time commenting front and center. Sorry Tom, I understand the time you spend here and your writing but that should be secondary here.
            An obvious example was this preseason, not your ordinary preseason mind you and I wanted to talk about it. I didn’t want to respond to something someone wrote a thousands words on about and be limited to that topic, I mean how many articles can be written about who should start, who will progress the most, how will this player or that player integrate with the team, etc. etc. etc. I, and think many others like to talk about a game, a player, a team, in real time. Talking about the Dodgers during this post-season would have been nice but you can’t do it here.
            Really Tom? Scroll down 2, 3, 4 articles? If I wanted to say something on a Laker game or the Dodgers it would be buried, like I said above, to the abyss.
            Forcing this on your viewers limits their voice, their emotion, and creativity. You write articles for another medium but feel the need to repost here and keep it first up until you or someone else posts something else.
            Here’s an idea. forget the first priority policy and let your viewers scroll down to your articles, if they are so inclined to do so, and let the bloggers do what we do best.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:00 AM on October 15, 2018 Permalink

              Who’s new here? Where’s Amit? I appreciate the work Tom’s putting in, but the sticky posts are annoying. I read them. Trollman has a point. Why not take a poll to see what the community thinks? That won’t alter your end of the year goal, Tom. Just spitballin’. The season is upon us!

    • NuggetsCountry (Director)

      NuggetsCountry (Director) 2:07 PM on October 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is the one I setup 2 years ago. See if this format is of interest………..

      http://truelakersfans.com/search.php?search_id=egosearch

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:03 PM on October 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, NC. Anybody who doesn’t want to scroll now has another place to blog.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 2:41 PM on October 11, 2018 Permalink  

    Svi Reality 

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 2:42 PM on October 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      #47 picks have a tendency to do that.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:31 PM on October 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lot deeper Lakers team for him to earn playing time too. I still like him. He just needs time to adjust. I would not call him a Anthony Brown yet. He’s got a much better record as a shooter than AB did.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 5:47 PM on October 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The reason he dropped so low is that he’s a choke like Anthony Brown. Bill Self never trusted him because of that. All in his head. Like Anthony Brown. I have been meaning to say this, but Ry tweeted it, so I had to give him credit.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 7:03 PM on October 5, 2018 Permalink  

    Where Is Mr. Tate? 

    I hope he’s all right. I suspect he would have chimed in by now. Maybe he found a forum that was a better fit for him or just gave blogging a rest.

     
    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:32 PM on October 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Are you missing your sparring partner, Keen? :)

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:07 PM on October 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m his friend on FB and he’s been MIA from there, as well. Nothing in the obituaries about a alpha male kicking the bucket so my hope is he’s either hiking the John Muir trail, driving the Lewis & Clark journey, or is on under-cover op for the DEA. But I was wondering, too, to the point I actually visited his page and saw that the last time he posted anything was back in May.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:37 PM on October 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I was worried too and actually sent him emails several times over the last six months. Hope he just got tired of all of us and moved on and is doing fine.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:25 AM on October 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I hope he’s just busy, but otherwise kicking butts somewhere else. When things settle down, he’ll be back here sparring with Keen, and Tom, and Mclyne, oh heck, everyone (except me).

  • keen observer

    keen observer 8:35 PM on September 25, 2018 Permalink  

    We’ll see who’s left .. 

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:48 AM on September 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ivica Zubac gets no love whatsoever. Neither does KCP. They’re already forgotten players and KCP is only 25 and will likely start and the Lakers own his Early Bird rights. As for Zubac, the assumption is that he will be buried at the end of the bench. I say not so fast.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:56 AM on September 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I have serious doubts about Zubac getting minutes but I think KCP could be a keeper at the 2 if we were go for another forward or center. He finished very strong last season and apparently has transformed his diet and should be in much better condition this season.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 1:48 PM on September 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Man, you just don’t want to give the kid a chance, do you?

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:53 PM on September 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I actually like Zu but he’s going to have to make huge leaps to earn playing time on this roster, Keen. I just see him and Bonga being inactive almost every game. It would be great if he can prove me wrong but I don’t expect it. Be glad to eat crow if he can throw away last year and take off from his rookie year.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:19 PM on September 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      KCP ain’t gonna be here 4yrs from now….

      • keen observer

        keen observer 1:47 PM on September 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        No one can tell you who on that list will be here in 4 years. What if Hart is traded as part of a deal for AD and KCP agrees to come back on some sort of long term deal at the Room Exception or whatever? We have no idea who will be on that list 4 years from now.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:58 PM on September 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The biggest problem that KCP has is his contract. The Lakers would need his permission to trade him midseason. I don’t think the Lakers will make a move before the trade deadline but if they do, Hart is more likely to go than KCP.

          Next summer, however, KCP has a bigger problem, which is the cap space taken by his contract will be needed to sign a second superstar. If we sign KD, Klay, or Butler, KCP is gone. But if we sign Kawhi or Boogie, we may have enough cap space left to sign KCP, although it would not be for as much money as he would like with an unspoken promise to take care of him.

          A lot will depend on just how good a year KCP has. Odds are he won’t be here but it’s not a sure thing.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 8:11 AM on September 25, 2018 Permalink  

    Mr. McLyne Is Prescient 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 8:03 PM on September 10, 2018 Permalink  

    More Andrew Bynum Workout Footage 

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    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:01 AM on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is there anymore footage of him parking in handicap spots?

      • keen observer

        keen observer 1:21 PM on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s funny, but perhaps he has matured, much like the rest of the Meme Team. I don’t think anyone will sign him.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 8:31 AM on September 10, 2018 Permalink  

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:32 AM on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:15 AM on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      His PR agent is working hard.
      In the video below he looks slower than dial-up internet.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:49 AM on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t care if he can drain threes.
      I care if his knees can hold up to the pounding they previously couldn’t.
      If it looks like he can play, I would give him a 1 year, $1 million contract with bonus incentives based on games played.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:13 AM on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’d be eligible for the NBA vet minimum which, based on his years of previous NBA experience, would be $2.1 mil. Not really moving my personal needle, hope he gets invited to camp somewhere but I’ll take seeing what Zubac can do for a good couple of months into the season before I go with 30 year old, balky knees, semi-headcase Andrew Bynum. He’ll always be one of the biggest ‘what could have been’ stories of LA Laker lore. Our version of Brandon Roy.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:02 AM on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We’ll have to see how Drew plays against real NBA players to determine whether he is worth any team signing him after being out of the league for 4 years. I think Drew could still be a load to handle in the low post with his footwork and soft touch and if he can stretch the defense with 3-point shooting, so much the better. Lakers should definitely give Drew an opportunity to show what he can do.

      The beauty of having a center who can be a low post and 3-point threat is actually what the Lakers will be force to do by committee right now. The only center who can spread the floor right now is Wagner and he definitely has a long way to go as far as attacking the rim or defending his position as a rookie. What Drew could bring if he can stay healthy would be a combination at the five that would allow the Lakers to play inside-out by posting him up or outside-in by playing him outside the 3-point line.

      If Drew still can bring it, he would in many ways be an excellent test to see how DeMarcus Cousins would fit on an uptempo LeBron led Lakers team. Drew still having enough in the tank is surely a long shot but one that would cost the Lakers nothing to explore. Zero risk and potentially high reward.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 11:45 AM on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I seriously doubt that he can make a serious comeback after not playing in the NBA for 4+ seasons. Although his body is rested and perhaps his knees have healed, it won’t take much to put him back on the sidelines. Much like the rest of the Meme Team, I’m guessing that he has matured as a person and he is probably at his physical peak, but it would surprise me if he landed on any team, no less the Lakers. I wish him the best.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 7:09 AM on August 7, 2018 Permalink  

    Dog Days Stuff 

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:10 AM on August 7, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As a founding member of the Robert Williams Fan Club, I am duty bound to post news about him.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:27 AM on August 7, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not a bad idea.
      Probably what we shoulda done with DAR.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 4:28 PM on July 25, 2018 Permalink  

    Impressive little stat for Beasley 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 3:25 PM on July 25, 2018 Permalink  

    Ivica Zubac Looks Like He’s In Shape 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 10:07 AM on July 24, 2018 Permalink  

    Travis Wear Signs Two-Way 

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 10:12 AM on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like this a lot. He showed not only that he could stretch the floor, but that he could rebound and defend last season. Very nice insurance policy. I was wondering if they might sign Jeff Ayres because he shares the same agent as Kawhi Leonard just like signing KCP gave the front office communication access to LeBron’s agent, but they made this logical signing instead. It provides more continuity, too. Returning from last season the Lakers have Ingram, Lonzo, Zubac, Kuzma, Hart, KCP, Caruso and Wear (and Deng)..

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:23 AM on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I like the signing of Travis too, Keen. He can stretch the floor and seems to be good all around player. Of the 17 players on the squad now, Bonga is probably the only one I would hesitate to put on the floor, although I love his upside as a BIG point guard. The other 16 players on the roster have shown they can contribute in the right situation. The upgrade of the 11 through 15 spots on this team has been a huge improvement in my mind that gives us great depth and versatility.

        The NBA is a matchup league and having guys like Rondo, Lance, JaVale, Michael, and Travis give Luke great options on both ends of the court. Luke has so many more options with this roster than with last year’s roster. We can flood the floor with shooters, playmakers, defenders, size, speed, or athleticism. I think our bench is going to be one of big difference makers this season and LeBron gives the starting lineup the superstar we’ve been missing these last five years.

        • mud

          mud 11:45 AM on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          he won’t play this year, unless there is a tragic injury bug….

          • keen observer

            keen observer 12:59 PM on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Of course, but he’s a nice insurance policy.

            • mud

              mud 1:12 PM on July 24, 2018 Permalink

              sure!

            • keen observer

              keen observer 2:47 PM on July 24, 2018 Permalink

              Hey!

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:06 PM on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ain’t but 5 spots on the floor and 48 minutes in a game.
      Travis gonna be the man on the South Bay team tho…

  • keen observer

    keen observer 7:17 AM on July 23, 2018 Permalink  

    Lance Posting Lance Highlights! 

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    • mud

      mud 9:52 AM on July 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      he is fun. i hope i don’t have to kill him. my wife and i had a very good time watching his antics on YouTube last night.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:36 PM on July 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ron Ron 2.0.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 2:29 PM on July 22, 2018 Permalink  

    Luke Before and After 2018-19 

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    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:17 PM on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think Luke will find this to be his easiest and most successful season as Lakers coach.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 3:22 PM on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Because it will be fun.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 3:24 PM on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        LeBron made Mike Brown looked good year after year. He’s gonna make Luke look like a genius :)

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:00 PM on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL. On the other hand, the problem with being LeBron’s coach is he’ll get the credit if the team wins but the coach will get the blame if they lose.

          • p ang

            p ang 4:35 PM on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That has always been true. NBA adage. Players win games, Coaches lose them.

            • mud

              mud 5:48 PM on July 22, 2018 Permalink

              yes. that would be a good problem to have.

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:54 AM on July 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Agree. Coaches are more dispensable than star talent, especially a star that shines as bright as LeBron.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:34 PM on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One thing I’m interested in hearing is how much Luke was involved in the grand plan for LeBron to be the Lakers small ball center that Magic and Rob developed and LeBron embraced? I have to think he must have been intimately involved in those discussions.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 12:21 PM on July 21, 2018 Permalink  

    Javale McGee on Beasley 

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  • keen observer

    keen observer 7:06 AM on July 21, 2018 Permalink  

    Michael Beasley: “I guess I’m still chasing the dream.” 

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:10 AM on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I found this article. It has me thinking that this could be the best post-LeBron signing. In fact, the perception of all these crazies (Javale, Lance, Rondo, Beasley) is just that. They have all matured and, other than Rondo, who is 32, are all in their prime. Who would have thought that Beasley would be a better player than Derrick Rose now?

      Anyway, I thought this was a worthwhile read. Enjoy!

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:13 PM on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks, Keen. I really enjoyed reading that. My perception of him started changing a year ago, but this article talked about a lot of things I didn’t know about Beasley. Now I’m looking forward even more to the new season.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:14 PM on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          and oh yeah, good point about him being better than Derek Rose at this point in time. Who would’ve thought!

          • keen observer

            keen observer 9:08 PM on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Thanks, Seely. Rondo, 32, and Javale, 30, have also grown up and Lance, 27, was also a popular teammate on the Pacers. Here’s an article from the Indy Star on Lance:

            https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2017/11/28/lance-stephenson-finding-success-dual-roles-full-time-motivator-part-time-agitator/898425001/

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 10:48 AM on July 22, 2018 Permalink

              LOL, Master Agitator, I love it, as long as he’s on our team. I know a few people like that. Their mission in life seems to get you out of your comfort zone and if you tell them to stop, it gets them going even more. Just imagine him and Rondo tag teaming. Man, the other team will be besides themselves.

              To be honest, I never thought Javale gets a fair shake from Shaq. Sure, maybe a goof up here and there but who hasn’t. Shaq was relentless towards him. It was schoolyard bullying to the point their mothers had to get involved. Quite shameful.

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