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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:13 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Frank Vogel wants Lakers to ‘dominate’ in Orlando 

    “I’m known as a defensive coach, and a lot of defensive coaches take pride in winning ugly. I personally don’t. I like to dominate,” Vogel said, punctuating that last part with a laugh. “I like to have our defense be tenacious and make their offense look ugly, but I like our offense to be a fine-tuned machine. So I don’t really like the phrase that I like winning ugly, but there will be an element of that league-wide with all the circumstances going into this finish.”

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:15 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You have to love Frank Vogel. The hell with ugly close games. I also want to see the Lakers dominate. Nothing is as enjoyable as a kick ass blow out win by the purple and gold. Lakers will win every series in 6 or less games. There will be no 7-game series for Lakers this postseason.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:06 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    'Swish' talks about not being in the league for a year and a half! 

    “It’s clear that he’s done a remarkable job of keeping himself in shape and staying ready,” Vogel said. “And I think this is really a great story. When you look at a guy who could potentially be out of the league and was a starter on a Finals team a couple years back, a champion, for him to have the perseverance to stay ready and give himself this opportunity, I think is to be commended.

    “Watching him work out, hey, his nickname is ‘Swish’ for a reason, right? He’s a shot-maker, a big-time shot-maker. Like I said, he looks like he’s in terrific physical condition. And like I’ve said all along, I think he’s really going to help us.”

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:58 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Predicting How Many Future Hall of Famers Are on Every NBA Roster 

    Los Angeles Lakers: 3 (LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard)

    HOF Locks: SF LeBron James (100 percent), PF Anthony Davis (91.3 percent), C Dwight Howard (99.4 percent)

    On the Bubble: PG Rajon Rondo (40.7 percent)

    Rising Stars: N/A

    The Lakers have more future Hall of Famers than anyone in the NBA, with three locks and a possible fourth in Rondo.

    James is a no-brainer. He’s one of only three active players (Kevin Durant, Chris Paul) with a 100 percent rating on Basketball Reference’s HoF probability rating. James could finish as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer (currently third) and is already the all-time leading playoff scorer, a 16-time All-Star, four-time MVP and three-time champion and Finals MVP. As arguably the greatest player of all time, James still hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down at age 35 in his 17th season.

    Howard, the No. 1 overall pick the year after James in 2004, was the NBA’s best center for years while winning back-to-back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year Awards from 2009-2011. He’s an eight-time All-Star who led the league in rebounding five times.

    Davis is just 27 yet ranks 11th among active players in HoF probability. Without a ring or MVP to his name, his seven straight All-Star Games and reputation as perhaps the NBA’s best two-way big has already earned him a spot in the Hall.

    Rondo could also end up making a case, as he was one of the league’s best point guards in the early 2010s. Winning a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 helps, as does leading the NBA in assists three times while making four All-Star Games. Now 34, Rondo may need to find one more starting job somewhere to help punch his ticket.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:28 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      An emergence of Playoff Rondo in Orlando could also go a long way towards building a long shot case for Rajon to eventually make the Hall of Fame.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:49 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Why We’re Capitalizing Black 

    W.E.B. Du Bois had started a letter-writing campaign asking publications, including The Times, to capitalize the N in Negro, a term long since eradicated from The Times’s pages. “The use of a small letter for the name of twelve million Americans and two hundred million human beings,” he once wrote, was “a personal insult.”

    The Times turned him down in 1926 before coming around in 1930, when the paper wrote that the new entry in its stylebook — its internal guide on grammar and usage — was “not merely a typographical change,” but “an act in recognition of racial self-respect.”

    Decades later, a monthlong internal discussion at The Times led the paper on Tuesday to make, for similar reasons, its latest style change on race — capitalizing Black when describing people and cultures of African origin.

    “We believe this style best conveys elements of shared history and identity, and reflects our goal to be respectful of all the people and communities we cover,” said Dean Baquet, The Times’s executive editor, and Phil Corbett, associate managing editor for standards, in a memo to staff.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:27 PM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While some will see this as another instance of unnecessary political correctness, I believe it’s another acknowledgement of the racial reckoning and awakening we’re undergoing as a country and society.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:02 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Ranking NBA's Top 15 Point Guards This Season 

    15-11: Dinwiddie, Russell, VanVleet, Bledsoe, Fox
    10. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
    9. Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
    8. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
    7. Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets
    6. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
    5. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
    4. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
    3. Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
    2. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
    1. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:08 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really have some major disagreements with the list Andy Bailey and Dan Favale put together ranking NBA point guards. If you’re going to include Luka Doncic, who is really a shooting guard or small forward, as a point guard, then you also need to include LeBron James, who is a better passer, shooter, and rebounder than Doncic. It’s one thing to eliminate Steph Curry because he was injured but pimping Doncic as the league’s best point guard and ignoring LeBron, is inexcusable.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:04 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink |  

    Inside the NBA’s ‘second bubble’ dilemma 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:19 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: One potential trade target from each Northwest team 

    1. Los Angeles Lakers’ trade target from the Denver Nuggets: Monte Morris
    2. Los Angeles Lakers’ trade target from the Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson
    3. Los Angeles Lakers’ trade target from the Portland Trail Blazers: Rodney Hood
    4. Los Angeles Lakers’ trade target from the Utah Jazz: Tony Bradley

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:17 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: Scrimmages should be all about new faces 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:52 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The new faces? Those are the dollar chips on the table, they’ll only see felt if Vogel is forced to go ‘all-in’ due to injury or COVID. Of all of them Morris is the only one that will have a role or impact of worth. JR might get his legs under him by mid-August but he has a lot of rust to hake off. Waiters is intriguing purely from a talent and skills standpoint. His issue is more between his ears.

      The worthier question is how we’ll adapt without Avery Bradley. I’m still in a semi-state of disbelief that he’s not going to be with the team during this time. It’s going to kill him, sitting at home, watching them win or lose, not being able to do anything about it. Not one of the three new faces brings what he does on defense. I honestly don’t care much about how well they score.

      If one of Smith, Morris or Waiters gets white hot and wins a game or goes on a nifty little streak where they become a key piece of the rotation.. great. To my eyes it looks and feels like there aren’t all that many minutes that will be available. Everyone who has been on the team is fresh, Caruso sounds like he’s gotten over the hamstring issues that seemed to be limiting him, KCP always had a little more run than his rotation spot allowed for. They won’t not play Rondo.

      But, in the spirit of adding to the discussion, of the three I say the order of impact is as follows:

      1) Morris – Stretch big, decent defender, seems like a decent dude all around.
      2) Waiters – Has the talent to be a serious addition. But his attitude and whether there is time for him to acclimate to his new team is the bigger question.
      3) Smith – I get it, he’s a shameless gunner and has, in the past, get white hot from three. FOr my part he’ll have a lot to prove for me to get ecited to see him get up off the bench and remove the warm ups. Too much rust. The pressure of The Bubble or returning to a team with banner aspirations or of teaming up with LeBron James and AD won’t faze him. He don’t care. But the rust is real. The rust will need to get knocked off and I’m not really all that sure when the time to do that will come from. He was never a great defender, age and time away won’t have improved that. But he’s a Laker now which means I’ll root for him to do his best.

      At the end of the day the larger question is who will slide into Bradley’s shoes on defense. Nobody brings his two-way skill set.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:06 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    Frank Vogel thinks J.R. Smith is a ‘big-time player’ who can help the Lakers 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:27 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    GOAT in each Category: 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:28 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pretty cool list. My only difference would be Bill Russell as GOAT defender.
      Also one of the coolest graphics showcasing the list of GOAT’s.
      More intelligent way to talk about GOATS than trying to combine everybody on a single list.

      • Buba

        Buba 7:11 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree with you on Bill Russell as GOAT defender. But what about Phil Jackson as the GOAT coach?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:25 PM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I could vote for that, Buba. Although I have not liked how either Pops or Phil evolved. Both became out of touch with the modern players and game. Correct vote, while I disliked him, is probably Red Auerbach.

          • Buba

            Buba 1:22 AM on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Great answer, Tom, especially on the evolution of Pops and Phil.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:12 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers players to a man feel the Orlando Bubble is safe 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:04 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    How Three New Veteran Players Could Help Lakers Win NBA Championship! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:23 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While it’s ultimately talent and, in the case of older players who haven’t played for a while, the ability to defy Father Time and show you still have game. These unprecedented playoffs are going to separate the men from the boys in so many ways. Guys who are disciplined and motivated like LeBron and AD are going to take advantage of being rested and fully healthy to turn their game up to another level. And players like Markieff Morris, Dion Waiters, and especially JR Smith are going to look to redeem their reputations and take advantage of an opportunity to prove they can be difference makers.

      To me, the Lakers really pulled off a great three-player trade in swapping Cousins, Daniels, and Bradley for Morris, Waiters, and Smith. They added three veterans who filled important needs on their roster. They added three players who potentially will be among the team’s top five three-point shooters. They added three players who could ultimately help them win their 17th NBA championship. It’s going to be fun watching these guys get their real live auditions in the 3 scrimmages and 8 regular season games on the Lakers’ schedule before the playoffs begin on August 17th. I’m rooting for 2 of our 3 new players to come up big and earn playoff rotation spots. Like Meat Loaf sang: “Two out of three ain’t bad.”

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:00 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    The four most influential NBA players of the last 30 years 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:55 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers Remembered What Memes Forgot: J.R. Smith Can Still Play Ball 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:15 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great article by Haley O’Shaughnessy for the Ringer. Makes a point I focused on in my above article: JR Smith is a proven big game three-point shooter who can be a difference maker.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:46 AM on July 5, 2020 Permalink |  

    The Most Important Games to Watch In NBA's Restart Schedule 

    July 30 – Lakers vs. Clippers
    July 31 – Rockets vs. Mavericks
    Aug. 3 – Grizzlies vs. Pelicans
    Aug. 7 – Celtics vs. Raptors
    Aug. 11 – Nets vs. Magic

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