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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:32 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    At 6′ 8″ with a 7′ wingspan, Isaac Bonga can defend multiple positions 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:08 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Brandon Ingram Remains a Work in Progress 

    I’ll finish this post how I started it, however. Ingram is still so young and is in the fledgling stages of what will be a long and productive career. He’s also gone from being groomed to be the man to having the man dropped onto his team (and they share the floor for nearly all his minutes). Adjusting to new life and figuring out how to play next to LeBron will take some time.

    Ingram is talented, smart, and works hard enough to sort through this. But it will take some coaching to make it happen, both through communication on how he needs to tweak his game and then through adjustments in scheme and rotations to help facilitate that. Trust me, Ingram is worth this investment

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 7:09 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s coach’s job.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:20 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Brandon Ingram as well as the other three young Lakers stars need to dramatically pick up their game if they want to remain in purple and gold. The Lakers are on an entirely different path right now and if the kids aren’t going to enjoy breakout seasons, which is what it looks like right now, then they may be moved. The next four to five weeks are going to be critical for everybody on this roster other than LeBron James.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:06 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    How far can LeBron carry the Lakers? 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:22 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How far can LeBron carry the Lakers? We’ll get a preview of the answer to that question over the next four weeks. With a little help from the basketball gods in the form of the key players remaining healthy and playing up to their potential, I think LeBron can take the Lakers at least to the conference finals and possibly all the way to the NBA Finals and their 17th NBA championship. When you have LeBron James leading the way, then anything is possible.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:58 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Most Players Grab Rebounds. Tyson Chandler Swats Them. 

    “Once I started getting double-teamed and boxed out, I realized, ‘OK, I can’t get to my full jump — I’ll be getting over-the-back calls all the time,’” the 7-foot-1 Chandler wrote in The Players’ Tribune a few years back. “So I started jumping like I do on a jump ball and batting it with one hand to my teammates. Now it’s funny because I see other big men do it.” In the same piece, Chandler also mentioned that rebounding that way likely cost him from a statistical standpoint for some years, as scorekeeping officials probably weren’t initially crediting him with boards for his backtaps.2

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:24 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Statistically, 15% of Tyson’s offensive rebounds were swats. I would guess that percentage has actually been higher so far with the Lakers. And nothing is more frustrating to a defensive rebounder than to have Chandler get a hand in there and swat the ball to half court. Almost makes me think the league should change the backcourt rule for swaps.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:37 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Bonga has looked incredible to start his season and he’s far from finished! 

    The Lakers took a gamble by taking then 18-year-old, Isaac Bonga, over more recognizable prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft. It’s still too early to know if they made the right call, but Bonga certainly looks great so far.

    While still raw, one needs to look no further than Bonga’s physical measurements (6’8” with a 7’0 wingspan) and his impressive on-court flashes to see why the team is so enamored.

    Bonga has shown the ability to play nearly every position, start and finish in transition, and has impressive passing chops. When I asked him how comfortable he would feel filling a similar role with the Lakers given their current similar style, Bonga remained grounded.

    “(I’m) pretty comfortable to be honest. But I am still improving a lot, and feel like everything out here is a process.”

    Bonga often takes a moment before answering questions, looking for the right words the same way he surveys the floor for the right passes. He comes off mature beyond his years, although he understands that development still has to be his number one priority.

    “I feel like I have already improved a lot, but I am still young and just want to work on everything. My shot, dribbling, defense, everything,” Bonga told Silver Screen and Roll.

    Currently shooting 48.5 percent from three on nearly five attempts a game, Bonga is in the 91st percentile in catch-and-shoot opportunities among all G-League players, according to Synergy. When looking at his jumpers in the half court, his numbers jump into the 97th percentile, scoring an unreal 1.46 points per possession.

    Bonga has already tallied eight steals and five blocks in only seven games in the G-League, so he is starting to leverage his length and foot speed in the way his coaches want, and was also quick to shout out some of the current Lakers’ players as examples of this.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:39 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great article by Alex Regla on a player who’s becoming one of my favorite future Lakers stars.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:53 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d rather see him getting Svi’s minutes but the G-League is as much about building confidence as improving your skills (heck, maybe even more tilted towards confidence boosting than development, lol). I like what Svi can do, but he’s not a PG and we too often thrust him into primary play maker duties. I’d just as soon see IB get that chance.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:58 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m loving me some Bonga too, Jamie. With Rondo out for 4 to 5 weeks, I’m sure Bonga will get a chance at some point if he continues to play as well as he has in the G-League.

        Even though I think his future is as a 6′ 9″ point guard, it’s smart to have him playing off the ball in the G-League since that’s likely to be his role if he gets into a game for the varsity.

        He’s proving he’s a dead eye catch-and-shoot player. Has always been a mid eighties free throw shooter and is not taking 6 threes per game and making half.

        He’s going to be the Lakers version of the Greek Freak at some point over the next two years.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 9:57 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Was in the LAX (went to Austin then Spurs-Warriors game) last Wednesday and got to see Bonga (dude is LONG). Talked to some others, wished them luck while we were standing in line for some chick fill a.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:23 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Before becoming celebrities and partners, LeBron and Mav dominated in high school. 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:41 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent article how LeBron and his best friends built successful business careers together. Love that about LeBron. Loyalty. Married and in love with the same girl from high school. A true role model to be proud of. Definitely more than an athlete. Bravo, LeBron!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:14 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Why the Lakers should trade for Kemba 

    That means the Lakers could trade Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram to the Hornets for Kemba Walker as the team’s second superstar to go with LeBron and still have room to sign KD, Kawhi, or Klay as a free agent next summer. More importantly, trading for Kemba would not only give the Lakers a shot at legitimately competing for a championship this season but also guarantee they’d be a more attractive landing spot for elite free agents next summer.

    If the Lakers want to avoid wasting the first of the three guaranteed years on LeBron’s contract, then they need to make the Charlotte Hornets an offer they cannot refuse: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and a pick for Kemba Walker.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:21 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Main takeaway from my article is the Lakers can trade for Kemba Walker and still have the cap space to sign Kevin Durant. LeBron, Kemba, and KD, Klay, Kawhi, or AD will be the Lakers Big Three. Just need to make the Hornets an offer they can’t refuse.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 8:01 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom,

      There really has been no indication that Kemba is going to be traded. Jordan said yesterday that he is hell bent on resigning him and building around him. And Kemba hasn’t said anything about wanting out. Things can change but nothing is pointing in that direction at this time anyway.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:40 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hard to see any trade with the Hornets not being for Kemba+salary relief, they gain nothing but losing their best trade chip while holding onto all those terrible deals. Also hard to see the Lakers giving up young players for bad to make the money work in that eventuality They’ve spent far too long getting the sacred cap space and developing useful players. The Hornets are right where we were 3-4 seasons ago, maybe a little better only because they have Kemba.

      They may be struggling now but so did Wade and Bosh, Kyrie when he got to Cleveland…it happens. This needs time to see just how far they can all come together. Plugging another player or two doesn’t push the ‘progress go forward’ button. It pushes the ‘reset’ button. All of what camp we had is tossed away and when you’re talking about Ball and Ingram that’s not an insignificant amount of camp. There’s no guarantee the new guy works out any better because the same problem remains: only 1 basketball.

      Lastly, we’re now talking about 13 whole games until players signed this summer are trade eligible. If someone beats you to Kemba “60 points” Walker with a cache of young players and Hornet salary relief, tip of the cap and lace ’em up for the next game. It’s not all on the Hornets that Kemba hasn’t had the same success as his peers. He’s a really good PG who looks like he could be a good fit next to LeBron based on speculation that his game stacks up well to another player who played with LeBron in irving (who left LeBron for his own pasture to play in).

      I just don’t see the need, short window to wait for the next opening, hopefully nobody has formed a permanent opinion based on the results we’ve seen thus far (the positives far outweigh the negatives, by the way) and a softer section of the schedule for everyone to play themselves into better trade potential with. There’s just a lot of reason that the Lakers should the fort, on any trade, unless it’s an incredibly obvious one, for the rest of the season or at least mid/late January. The issues are “Brandon Ingram might be able to play better with LBJ” and “Is Lonzo Ball really only this good?” Everything else are critiques on rotations and execution. Bringing in a new player will not improve those areas.

      If it were me I’d hold the fort until the 40 game mark, or beyond. That’s early January all the way into February to hit some form of a panic button…or be really glad you didn’t. Take the open path slam dunk if it presents itself, no need to force a shot up now.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:27 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    The Hornets have failed Kemba Walker 

    Pay Kemba? No. Set him free.

    After Kemba Walker scored 60 on Saturday, chatter grew that it was proof that the Hornets should offer the all-star guard a maximum-value contract this summer as he hits unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career. Rick Bonnell’s column captures the sentiment.

    One game shouldn’t determine such a hefty matter, of course, but the explosion was a strong reminder that Kemba is the best thing Charlotte’s had going since it got an NBA franchise back in 2004.

    But the sentiment is all wrong. Saturday’s game isn’t proof the Hornets should do whatever it takes to keep Kemba. It’s proof Kemba should do whatever it takes to leave the Hornets.

    If Kemba likes Charlotte (a wonderful city), if he likes playing for Michael Jordan (what a strange thrill that must be), if he likes his teammates, his stability, his new coach James Borrego, his future as the best player on a team that bounces between mediocre and respectful but never more, then Walker should take the money. If he wants to make a bigger imprint on the NBA, he has to consider his options on July 1.

    Charlotte owes Kemba that max offer, but Kemba doesn’t owe it to the Hornets to take it. That team has seven years to prove it’s capable of putting a consistently good roster around him so that his 60-point nights don’t come in vain.

    Time’s up.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:28 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great article by Tom Ziller on why Kemba should not re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:34 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That old saying

      People say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you’d lose it.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:43 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    How far can LeBron carry the Lakers? 

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:06 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      11 for 14 on 3’s in those 2 games.
      20 pts on freethrows.
      Throw in a few easy fast break points.

      That’s a formula where he can get a ton of points without so much wear & tear on his body instead of all those bull runs to the rim with guys hanging all over him. But we all know he can’t hit 3’s like that every game…the supporting cast still needs to step up.

      But everybody can see that offense is rarely the issue with this team; they’re capable of scoring enough points to beat most NBA squads. It’s always gonna be about the defense. Gotta get stops

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 7:46 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This myth has been perpetuated since I can’t remember how long. Sure, if you get a few more stops here and there, the offense you generate is sufficient. Same would be true that if you hit a few more shots or made some 50-50 plays, you’d also win.

        This team struggles at both ends at times. When they were trailing by 30 vs. a Kawhi-less TO team, getting some buckets couldn’t have hurt.

        Yes this team can score, usually. Not always when it really counts. They need to get better on both sides of the ball.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 7:51 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I agree with Mongo as a matter of principle. Defense creates offense, especially the up tempo variety that the Lakers play. However, come playoff time, the Lakers had better learn how to execute in the half court, assuming we make the playoffs, of course.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 8:48 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That goes without saying of course. Even the best teams have room for improvement on both ends of the court. But I don’t even think there’s an argument about which end we need MORE improvement. That’s the defensive end.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 9:27 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A player in his 16 year or later hasn’t produced a resume like this before, in the nba.

      A time and a place for everything

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:29 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers 7-2 record in the last 9 games is tied for best record in the league.

      Here are some key stats for the last 9 games:

      108.8 OFFRTG is 11th
      106.0 DEFRTG is 10th.
      2.8 NETRTG is 13th

      103.61 Pace is 4th.

      112.6 Points is 10th
      46.7 Rebounds is 8th
      23.8 Assists is 12th
      16.4 Turnovers is 24th
      8.8 Steals is 11th
      6.0 Blocks is 7th

      46.6% Field Goals is 11th
      38.7% 3-Pointers is 3rd
      74.1% Free Throws is 22nd

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:25 AM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would flip this narrative: how far will the young Lakers let LeBron get? The only thing that I see derailing this train are injuries. But seeing LBJ look like the King was refreshing, makes you feel good about the playoffs, should we get, there. Just need to find someone else to get hot around May…

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:55 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers Stats Leaders 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:53 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Much History Remains for James to Make with Lakers 

    His three-point shooting so far is the standout reflection of evolution in James’ game. He’s adapting to the possibilities he has seen smaller players open up in recent years. James has made 2.4 three-pointers per game this season compared to Kevin Durant’s 1.2 and Kawhi Leonard’s 1.3, and James has been wholly at ease launching from well behind the line. The value has been clear, as James has made 44.6 percent of his threes in Lakers victories this season compared to 32.5 percent in their losses.

    Miami coach Erik Spoelstra referred to James, who turns 34 next month, as “timeless.” James’ coach for his four NBA Finals trips with the Heat cited his consistency of James’ statistical excellence.

    “It doesn’t matter what uniform, doesn’t matter what year, doesn’t matter how old,” Spoelstra said.

    In another sense, though, the uniform does matter. We as people have visual memories, after all.

    And everything James is doing now is already furthering that legacy.

    His 35-point game in San Antonio this season moved him ahead of Bryant with the fourth-most games in NBA history with at least 30 points. James had his 900th career block in that Chamberlain game, joining Abdul-Jabbar, Malone and Dirk Nowitzki as the only players with at least 30,000 points and 900 blocks. Sunday in Miami marked James’ 12th game with 50 or more points, now ahead of Allen Iverson for sixth-most there. With just seven more regular-season victories, James will join the top 20 winningest players in NBA history.

    We already know whatever James is accomplishing stands as momentous from a historical perspective.

    We are all witnesses, and what a treat to be along for this ride.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:25 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers should rethink free agency targets: Kemba Walker ain’t no consolation prize! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:33 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      On second thought, I doubt the Hornets would trade Walker for Ball and Ingram. Kemba outplayed Kyrie as the Hornets beat the Celtics at home. Frankly, Kemba just might be the perfect Robin to LeBron’s Batman. Like Kyrie, he can play off the ball or on the ball and would be the heir apparent to Kobe as the Lakers’ closer. If Kemba keeps playing like this, he’s going to be in huge demand as a free agent this summer. And no, he wouldn’t be a consolation prize should the Lakers end up signing him to a max contract. I called Kemba a poor man’s Kyrie Irving but as he showed tonight, he could even be better than Kyrie. Hornets aren’t going to trade him but the Lakers should seriously consider pursuing him. He could be one hell of a plan D after KD, Klay, and Kawhi. He’d bring something to the Lakers that they sorely lack and that we know can be part of a championship formula with LeBron James.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:40 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Including his days at UCONN

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:47 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The one offensive weapon the Lakers right now do not have is a small quick guard who can score at will and take over the game like Kemba. That might be more valuable to the Lakers than one more 6′ 8′ small forward. And you know LeBron knows how to play with a guy like Kemba, whose offensive game is doppelganger for Kyrie Irving. Lakers will still chase KD, Klay, and Kawhi but I wouldn’t mind if they decided to go after Kemba instead. Lonzo can back him up since Rondo would be gone.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:45 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Kemba would give the Lakers a version of Steph Curry, a quick fast sharp shooting guard who can rain threes off the dribble or coming off a screen. It’s a dimension that would thrive with a LeBron led Lakers team. Kemba brings something none of the other elite free agents do.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:19 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    LeBron May Have Just Flipped His Switch Earlier Than Usual 

    James dropped 51 points in Miami on Sunday. The performance lifted the Lakers to the win, but is the young team worse off in the long run if it has to rely on LeBron this soon?

    It’s hard to say that James is “back,” per se. He coasted through his first month in Los Angeles, shooting a paltry 27.3 percent from deep and missing crunch-time free throws. James’s cruise control is better than most players’ top end — he averaged 26 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists through his first 13 games of the season. But it wasn’t enough — thanks to suspensions and a bad defense, the Lakers started 2–5. LeBron has turned it up since; he’s averaging 29.7 points a game and shooting over 50 percent from 3 in the past nine games. L.A. is now 9–7 and in seventh place in the West.

    James’s exploding for this many points this early in the season added some intrigue to a mundane Sunday-night slate, but it also underlined the Lakers’ dilemma this season. They need their young core to step up, either to give James a roster that can carry him into his golden years or to increase certain players’ trade value. But the fact that James has had to flip his switch before December to keep them afloat is troubling.

    That’s the rub of this Lakers season: James’s highlights are both a demonstration of his brilliance and an indictment of his new teammates’ lack of highlights — or even simply consistency. The good news is the Lakers have shown they can be competitive as long as LeBron is active. But as we creep toward the quarter mark of his first season in Los Angeles, it remains to be seen who will be joining him.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:39 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think LeBron flipping the switch was important to the Lakers psyche. It’s one thing to know LeBron has been able to turn it on in the past for other teams. It’s another to see him due in wearing purple and gold (well, maybe blue and yellow). It’s not that we doubted that the King still had it in him but it’s something we hadn’t yet seen from him in a Lakers uniform. Those two offensive explosions were exactly what this young Lakers team needed at this point.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:14 AM on November 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Could a midseason trade for Kemba Walker benefit the Lakers? 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:28 AM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is an interesting trade proposal because it allows the Lakers to add a top 10 point guard while still maintaining around $36 million in cap space for next summer to add a third superstar. The trade would reduce the Lakers cap space for next summer by $2 million but the Lakers could easily clear another $2 million by dumping a couple of small contracts should Kevin Durant really want to join the Lakers. Kemba reminds me a lot of a young Kyrie Irving.

      It would mean trading the team two best young players in Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram as they’re the only way the Lakers could match contracts and give value. Kemba is only making $12 million on his contract but has an $18 million cap hold so the Lakers would have to work their cap space aggressively to be able to both re-sign Kemba using Bird rights but they would then have enough cap space to sign any of the major free agents other than Kevin Durant.

      The Lakers will obviously be monitoring the KD situation carefully and will hopefully have a clear idea whether or not Kevin would seriously consider joining LeBron. Of course, the other scenario the Lakers will have their eyes on will be Anthony Davis’ situation. I could definitely see a situation where the Laker could offer the Pelicans a package of Kemba Walker and whomever they signed as their third superstar maybe for a package of Anthony Davis and Julius Randle. Of course, all of this depends on KD’s and AD’s availability.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:43 AM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’ve obviously traded Brandon Ingram numerous times but this is probably the first trade proposal I’ve liked that involved Lonzo Ball. Kemba Walker is playing at an insane level right now, averaging over 28 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game in 35 minutes. He’s shooting 45.8% from the field, 37.7% from deep, and 85.7% from the line.

        While he’s only 28-years, Kemba would give the Lakers something that they need, which is a go-to scorer who can make plays for himself or teammates. Kemba has a lot of Kyrie Irving in him and would be a huge upgrade over Lonzo Ball at the point. I would hate giving up the upside that I think both Lonzo and Brandon have, but I love that we would only have to match $12 million in salaries and that Kemba’s cap hold is only $18 million, which means the Lakers could probably re-sign him and still have cap space for a max contract free agent except for Kevin Durant.

        Imagine the Lakers finishing the year with these lineups:

        PG: Kemba Walker
        SG: Josh Hart
        SF: LeBron James
        PF: Kyle Kuzma
        CE: JaVale McGee

        PG: Rajon Rondo
        SG: KCP
        SF: Lance Stephenson
        PF: Moe Wagner
        CE: Tyson Chandler

        The Lakers could still look to trade KCP if the right opportunity arose but they would be a better team this season and next with Kemba replacing Ball and Ingram on the roster. Doubt Magic would do this as it would make it harder to sign KD but not impossible.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:54 AM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Doesn’t he need the ball in his hands even more than BI?

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:04 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, his usage rate is 30% which is what Ingram and Ball combined are. Trading for Kemba would be replicating the LeBron/Kyrie duo in many ways. You get a true Robin for Batman but likely end up with LeBron and Kemba dominating the ball. You would also need Kemba to agree to an extension to make sure you don’t lose him. It’s an inspired solution in some ways and a flawed one in others. Kemba is a steal at $12 million per year and I like that he has a manageable cap hold but not sure it’s a deal we should make. Kemba would definitely help the team win more games and make more noise in the playoffs but the long term price could be high.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 12:11 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        So we’re gonna abandon the ball movement system and just have Kemba & LeBron take turns going iso?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:16 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL. There are lots of ways to skin the cat. Just exploring the different opportunities. Trading for Kemba and signing Klay or Kawhi could be one way to build a championship team and probably far more likely than signing KD and trading for AD.

          Of course, we both know Magic and Rob are not likely to do anything to limit their chances at hitting the grand slam of KD and AD but that’s shouldn’t prevent them from looking at and considering other opportunities. That’s all I’m doing now.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 12:22 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hey, I’m all for it. Let guys do what they do best. We could win alotta games with Kemba and Lebron relentlessly attacking defenses for 48 minutes. Just not sure whether Earv & Rob are ready to make a drastic move like that…

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:30 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            The only reason I could see the Lakers taking a chance on Kemba is if they believe that he could be the difference in the team actually challenging the Warriors and other teams for a shot at a championship this year while LeBron is still clearly the best player on the planet. It gives us a shot at this not being a wasted year of the three sure years left on Bron’s contract. Father Time is going to have an impact sometime during LeBron’s contract. I wouldn’t mind taking a shot this year, especially if the Warriors continue to struggle with issues.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:40 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting, but, KD and AD are the real prize. One of those two would net us multiple rings. Walker would move the needle, but not like Durant or AD.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:21 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        While there’s definitely a differnce between stats on a winning team vs. stats on a losing team, you can construct a pretty good argument from the stats and the eye test that Kemba Walker is a d**n good version of a poor man’s Kyrie Irving

        Here are the stats:

        Kemba Walker
        6′ 1″, 184 lbs
        Age 28 -- 7 years
        #9 pick in draft

        TYR: 28.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.1 spg in 35.1 min 46/38/86%
        CAR: 19.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.3 spg in 34.0 min 42/36/84%

        Kyrie Irving
        6′ 3″, 193 lbs
        Age 26
        #1 pick in draft

        TYR: 22.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.7 spg in 32.5 min 50/42/82%
        CAR: 22.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.3 spg in 33.9 min 46/39/87%

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:40 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Of course, the Lakers would need to have assurance from Kemba that he would re-sign with the Lakers before they would trade Ball and Ingram for his expiring contract. Otherwise, the risk would be too great. One good thing is the trade would not have to wait until December 15th to be consummated. The trade could happen tomorrow and impact almost the entire regular season, which still has 65 games to go.

          Assuming the could resolve that risk, the Lakers would be trading two budding young stars who are probably not going to be ready for prime time for at least a couple of years for a second superstar to hopefully help the team make a push to win a championship this year rather than just wasting it and ending up with just two more LeBron bullets in their gun.

          Best of all, it doesn’t preclude signing KD or trading for AD. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense as a smart move to optimize the first of LeBron’s 3 guaranteed years as a Laker rather than wasting it.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:24 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Here is a video comparison:

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:52 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Matt, the two are not mutually exclusive and could improve our chances with KD and AD.

        Trading for Kemba would not eliminate pursuing KD or AD. The Lakers would only lose $2M in cap space by trading Lonzo and Ingram for him.

        If KD wants to sign, we can cut or trade Wagner, Mykhailiuk, or Bonga to clear the space we need to sign Durant. And we could use Bird Rights to re-sign Kemba.

        If AD wants out, Kemba would likely be a better trading chip for a team that’s not going to go into a complete rebound mode than Ball and Ingram.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:59 AM on November 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball is starting to run out of slack 

    Because of his age and the fact that he has not compiled a full season’s worth of games yet, it is hard for me to ever jump off the Lonzo Ball bandwagon. The scoring will eventually come, and even if it doesn’t, the absolute worst Ball can be is a facilitator and elite defender. That is not a bad floor.

    The only problem is that with LeBron James now on the team and not getting any younger, the patience for Ball’s lack of scoring is eventually going to wear out. Brandon Ingram hasn’t turned into the stone cold killer offensively that we thought he would become and the nobody else has really emerged as a true, star, second scorer.

    LeBron thrives when having an elite guard that can score alongside him. The best teams he played on had Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving and as Wade succumbed to father time and Irving left it was obvious that James’ teams were missing something.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:01 AM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lonzo is turning into Lakers version of Markelle Fultz.
      The project you have to keep because you can’t trade him.
      Hopefully, all he needs is time to grow and develop.

      Danny Ainge had this draft perfectly pegged.
      Imagine if the 76ers or Lakers had taken Tatum.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:36 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply


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