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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:48 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Lakers’ Plan Z! 

     
    • Caliphilosopher

      Caliphilosopher 3:31 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If we only got to number 3, I would be SUPER happy having R.J. Can shoot the rock and has championship experience for Team Canada (leading them to an upset win over Team USA).

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:44 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    A Shocking Stat Should Have Lakers Very Concerned About Health Of LeBron James 

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:15 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      But, it’s everyone else’s fault they aren’t playing well!!!!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:28 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Lakers have a 4.2% chance of landing a top four pick in this summer’s draft 

    1.0% #1 pick
    1.1% #2 pick
    1.2% #3 pick
    1.4% #4 pick
    ——————–
    4.2% Top-4 pick

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:08 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Can a 34-year old LeBron James match what a 34-year old Kobe Bryant did for Lakers? 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:11 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This pretty much says it all. The co-incidences of both superstars being 34-years old with teams both having 29-30 records. Kobe finished 16-7 to finish 45-37. LeBron needs to be able to match this.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:20 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t feel like looking up the strength of schedule down the stretch in 2012 but it needs to be factored in…

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:37 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Last year, for the last 23 games of the Cavs’ season, LeBron James averaged 29.7 ppg, 9/7 rpg, and 9/5 apg. That’s a hell of a lot better than his current 26.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, and 7.7 apg.

        Kobe in 2012-13, for his last 23 games, Kobe only averaged 28.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 5.9 apg.
        His totals for the season were only 27.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, and 6.0 apg.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:38 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LeBron probably needs to average that mythical 40/10/10 that someone brought up cynically for the Lakers to win 16 of their remaining 23 games.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:58 AM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Are the Lakers running out of time to switch the playoff switch? 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:33 AM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    The Meme Team has imploded and is killing the Lakers’ playoff hopes 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:04 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So far, Playoff LeBron and Playoff Rondo have not shown up. And the early season returns from the Meme Team have now been exposed as players over their prime. But LeBron jumps on the kids. SMH.

      • Caliphilosopher

        Caliphilosopher 3:40 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hi Tom,

        I still think that Maginka made some poor decisions (and complicated them at the trade deadline) to try to surround LeBron with “playmakers”. Shooters and cutters who play D are what’s needed in my opinion.

        I hope Maginka get this sorted out in the off-season, otherwise I’ll be one of the first hoping that the animations on the site make a comeback haha (the flooging horse one is what I’d pick for today).

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:32 AM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Behind the Lakers dismal shooting problems this season 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:31 AM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Has LeBron been one of the problems with the Lakers defense? 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:07 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ve been a huge LeBron fan this year but his play and leadership since he was injured have both been uninspiring at best. If this is Playoff LeBron, we’re going to be in for a tough 4 years.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:18 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Trade him.
        If he’s only going to give effort on one side of the floor, I don’t want him!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:13 AM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Report: Pelicans Could Fire Alvin Gentry By Season’s End 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:16 AM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If the Lakers were to fire Luke Walton, which I think would be a big mistake, Alvin Gentry would be a great option as the Lakers next head coach.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:18 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pels would be doing Alvin a huge favor by getting him outta that situation.
      He’s got zero culpability for what’s happened there…

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:15 AM on February 24, 2019 Permalink  

    LeBron, Ingram, and Kuzma had d**n good games. Rest of this team is a tire fire 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:28 AM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I looked at the box score after this one and nothing really stood out besides the turnovers.
      But actually watching the game tells you how badly we got out-hustled that entire game. Pels just flat out wanted it more than we did and that’s a pretty sad statement considering we’re supposed to be trying to make a playoff push and they’re supposed to be tanking. Nobody had a “damm good game” in a loss like that…

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 1:26 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What I thought exactly. Press shoulsdstop blaming LeBron, playing hurt still (?) and doing what he can to put others in good positions. What we need to realize is when you get down to it: KCP is dissmal to what was expected, Dancer has lost something and there’s a reason why ha can’t stick to one team, poor Hart is either really hurt or just hasn’t got what we hoped, McGee is doing what he can, Rondo and especially Chandler look like they bout done, Ball can’t help when he can’t play more than 50 games, Bullock is in over his head.
      We made a big mistake in that we had to trade DLO and let Randle walk for cheap. Oh well, kinda thought we might be a PO team, but was really expecting too much. This summer will make or break Magic and his overall plans if we don’t get a 2 and a really good 3. I still would like to know specifics on how Luke is a good coach. Perhaps wrong team at the wrong time?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:07 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lemme ask you a question, Deej:

        Tom, keen and the rest of the twitter mob, keep lauding the Lakers young players…

        Why is it, that the Raps, can sit Kawhi for Load Managememt and have a winning record 12-4, while the Lakers miss LeBron in 16 games and go 5-11?

        My theory is that the fans put less of an emphasis on players developing skills and more of a premium on where they were drafted in a particular draft board and justifying their worth not what they’ve accomplished on the court but by just being a lottery pick.

        Thoughts?

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 2:36 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Raps still have vets like Kyle, Serge, & Danny Green when Kawhi rests….kinda different than what we have

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 3:05 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Norm Powell, O.G., Siakim all key roles.

            Would take anyone over our guys

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 3:16 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I would take Siakim..but not because of their record without Kawhi. They still have alotta vet leadership. Not the case here when Lebron is out.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:32 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink

              Fred VanVleet was an undrafted FA.

              He’s better than Ball.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 4:16 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink

              Could be..but he’s not being asked to be the 2nd or 3rd best dude on that squad. The roster makeup is totally different. That’s all I’m saying…

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:18 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink

              Word. I understand ya now, MS.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 3:37 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          MM. You have a good point in us perhaps believing too highly of our young ones. I keep telling my son, watch out for the Lakers, they have some really good young guys. And that’d be for the last 4 years. Ugh. I think he’s tired of me saying that. Also, how much is the coaching staff to blame for our dismal season?

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 6:28 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’d say it’s a combo of bad judgment DJ,

            In order

            Front Office 45%
            Trainers/Strength and conditioning 25%
            Coaching staff 15%
            Players 15%

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 6:44 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink

              I have to put a little more on coaching staff. That’s just me though.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 6:49 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink

              I’m being conservative. Since I’m a Luke basher.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 7:02 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink

              LOL!

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:18 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As far as DLo goes, there’s no telling that the development he was on, would have continued in LA.

        He wasn’t asked to be a PG in Brooklyn, that was Spence Dinwiddie. We never put another PG around him…Kenny Atkinson did.

        Kenny Atkinson is a better coach than Luke Walton. That’s an unmitigated fact.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 2:57 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yeah..it’s hard to say if DAR would be on the same trajectory had he stayed in LA. Sometimes a change of scenery and a lil bit of humbling can do wonders.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 4:17 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          As for DAR- he did himself in here with his childish antics. Since we got Kuzma along with dumping that albatross of a contract, it’s still a win.
          As for letting Randle walk for nothing: Stupid, Short Sighted, Failure.
          The guy turned into our most dependable defender, rebounder, and creator on the break. It’s not like if we signed him for a reasonable deal, he would be impossible to move if that second “star” became available. Also, if he were still a Laker, he would be our best, young trading chip that the new Pellys GM might actually like. Just plain stupid.
          We have already discussed how stupid it was to trade Zu, just as he started putting it all together. Again, he could have been signed to a very reasonable and traceable deal this summer.
          No excuses for how Magic and Rob mishandled them.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 5:26 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            DAR-All Star, just sayin>

            • mclyne32 (Director) 9:13 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink

              Would never have a chance to be one if he stayed in the West.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 2:49 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dlo is the starting PG for the Nets. Dinwiddie comes off the bench. Even before he was hurt.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:11 AM on February 24, 2019 Permalink  

    LeBron’s numbers look good but his body language was poor 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:05 AM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      lmao…the Lebron haters smell blood in the water and are circling…

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:09 AM on February 24, 2019 Permalink  

    On Court NetRtg Since LeBron “Activated” 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:48 PM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      From KCP on down is the biggest issue. This is also my issue with one-year deals: all those guys are playing for the next paycheck, not for a team whom I’m sure they don’t intend on being on next season. KCP has fallen off a cliff this season. Lance has been bad all year, I still hope Rondo is just pressing a bit but his main thing are the home run passes he keeps trying to throw. Or when he gets all the way to them rim and kicks it out to a defender. Just make the play, dude, you’re good enough.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:47 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Mike Muscala is available to play tonight with Lakers after missing last two games 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:01 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With Okafor starting for the Pelicans, I expect Muscala to be the first Laker front court player off the bench, whether subbing for Kuzma or McGee. I also expect the Lakers to play small ball with LeBron at the five against the Pelicans similar to how we played the Rockets. I look for the same closing lineup: LeBron, Bullock, Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart.

      • p ang

        p ang 3:49 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        with Ju and Okafor down low? it will be a field trip for them against a small ball.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:55 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Kuzma and Muscala will make it impossible for Randle and Okafor to play down low. They’ll be forced to guard a stretch 4 or 5 out at the 3-point line, opening up the lane for LeBron and Ingram to attack the rim. Pels much more vulnerable to small ball without AD in the lineup.

          • p ang

            p ang 4:06 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            you’re assuming Pels don’t know how to play switching defense which would protect their bigs?

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:17 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink

              LOL. No, I’m assuming we’re putting five 3-point shooters on the floor and playing 5-out.

            • p ang

              p ang 10:43 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink

              now thats funny. the Lakers don’t have 5 3-pt shooters in the team. lol

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:29 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink  

    How the Lakers executed their gameplan vs Harden! 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:43 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great adjustment to play off Harden’s left shoulder. Great defensive scheme that the players, especially Bullock, executed to perfection. I continue to be impressed with the adjustments that the Lakers make defensively. Now if we could somehow figure out how to run better sets offensively …

    • p ang

      p ang 3:47 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Harden and CP3 get the superstar calls EXCEPT when LBJ is in the building. They aint the big dog in that scenario. Live with it and stop whining. You get the call with the other 28 teams.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:47 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink  

    LeBron Sets Tone for Lakers Playoff Push 

    LeBron’s defense in the fourth quarter as the de facto center who rotated out to the perimeter when needed was a key in holding high-powered Houston to just 16 points in the period.

    “Defensively, that’s the biggest thing with him,” said Kuzma. “He did a great job today of being in spots, as you guys saw, taking charges, getting deflections, rebounds — doing all of the little things defensively. I think that’s what he meant by ‘activation.’ In order to win, everybody has to make little plays like he did tonight. It was great to see.”

    The Lakers will need to call upon that LeBron-led intensity often in the final 24 games of the season. Thursday’s game was just one win, but it certainly sets the right kind of example of what the Lakers can and need to be.

     
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