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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:44 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Brook Lopez’s impact on Zo & Ingram 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:00 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hopefully he just stays in LA for preseason

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:31 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    The Future Superstar Of LA: Lonzo Ball’ Life Story 

    The Future Superstar Of LA: Lonzo Ball’ Life Story

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:32 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good job summarizing how LaVar brought up his boys to play fast. Some great high school video of Lonzo and great quotes from LaVar. Lonzomania!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:16 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers offered Andre Iguodala a contract in the neighborhood of $20 million 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:59 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers have 15 guaranteed with Bogut – guessing Zimmerman 2nd 2-way w/Caruso 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:00 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Surprising prediction from Eric Pincus -- a 5th center?
      What does Eric know that we don’t?

      • keen observer

        keen observer 4:08 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Is it possible that somehow we’re the third team involved in the potential Carmelo Anthony deal with Houston? Daryl Morey isn’t exactly shy about trading with the Lakers and now that Phil’s gone, there’s no reason for the Knicks to shy away from us either. Just a thought.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 5:07 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My daughter attends UNLV so I caught some of their games when possible. I was impressed with Zimmerman. Before he got hurt he was being projected as a one and done lottery pick. He probably should have stayed in school another year. I’m not sure how he looked his rookie year but sometimes after a serious injury it can take a year to get back too where you were. Perhaps the Lakers have been impressed with him so far and that’s what Pincus is hearing.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:58 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Why Dwyane Wade would be a bad fit for this Lakers team 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:47 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Luke says starting lineup, rotation battles key for training camp 

    Walton revealed that – insert shock face – Lonzo Ball will be the Lakers’ starting point guard right out of the gates. The rest of the lineup seems to be very much in the air, however.

    Ireland asked Walton about the nuances of managing a roster filled with young players vying for playing time, and Coach Luke sounds like he’s looking forward to taking in training camp with soft eyes.

    “A lot of it to me comes down to training camp. Is [Kyle] Kuzma gonna outplay so-and-so… it’s all about earning time. We’re not gonna give minutes to anyone because I feel like we’re doing a player a disservice.

    “You earn your keep and then you feel like once you get that starting spot, or you get those minutes, that those are your minutes and you don’t take them for granted. You appreciate and are humbled by the fact that you get to play at this level,” Walton said.

    From the outside, a starting lineup of Ball, Caldwell-Pope, Ingram, Randle and Brook Lopez seems to be the favorite heading into the regular season. Middle-rotation minutes, and seeing how Kuzma fits into the rotation and where he squeezes minutes away from if he continues to build on his Las Vegas Summer League success, seem to be the biggest questions to consider.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:57 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      More great news from Luke. I love that, other than Lonzo, Luke is keeping starting positions wide open and is obviously going to build the lineup based on who plays best with Lonzo. I also loved that Luke seems aware he needs to find a way to play Kuzma and to do it with Lonzo. Outside shooting is also going to impact how much time Randle and Nance, Jr. actually get. I think Nance, Jr. is actually the potential big loser with the signing of Bogut. It’s his minutes as small ball center that Bogut is going to take, leaving Nance, Jr. to compete with Kyle Kuzma. Kyle will likely backup Ingram.

      It would be shocking to see KCP, Ingram, Randle, and Lopez NOT start but the battles to see who will back up whom should be illuminating. I’m still wondering whether we will see much small ball now that Bogut is aboard. There’s always a chance he might be Mozgov on a cheap contract since he hasn’t played for a year and is coming off a major injury. If healthy and still able to protect the paint though, he could really help us defensively. 48 minutes with good rim protection will translate to wins.

      PG: LONZO, Ennis, Caruso
      SG: KCP, Clarkson, Hart
      SF: INGRAM, Kuzma, Brewer
      PF: RANDLE, Nance, Deng
      CE: LOPEZ, Bogut, Zubac, Bryant

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:36 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Luke says primary focus is turning defense into fast-paced offense featuring Lonzo 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:00 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great approach by Luke. Playing fast is not limited to just offense. A high pressure, gambling defense that forces opposing teams to turn over the ball or take a challenged shot is he perfect match to a run-and-gun fast break offense. I love the concept of stops leading to breaks. Now we just need to execute.

      The early start really doesn’t give Luke much time to put in sophisticated offense, which is why continuity is so important to winning in this league. 7 of 15 players are new to the team, although Bogut played for Luke with Warriors in2015. Good strategy to focus on defense triggering offense to start camp.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:15 AM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    What can Andrew Bogut do for the Los Angeles Lakers? 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:02 AM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Playoff-Bound or Not, Lakers Are Smart to Add Veteran Depth 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:00 AM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Brandon Ingram, Rodney Hood, & D’Angelo Russell are primed to be breakout stars 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:58 AM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Biggest Questions Entering Training Camp 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:54 AM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Will Lonzo Ball be able to get his unconventional jump-shot off in the NBA? 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:41 AM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Ranking the Most Overrated Moves of the NBA Offseason 

    6. Los Angeles Lakers Drafting Lonzo Ball

    LaVar Ball’s inflammatory comments no doubt factor into Lonzo Ball’s placement. That much is on us, all of us, for allowing his 50-win guarantees and “Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry” slants to get run, even if it’s out of exasperated irony.

    But this isn’t just about LaVar’s piping-hot takes that verge on professional troll jobs. He didn’t place Lonzo at No. 45, just ahead of Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez, in SLAM’s player rankings. Nor did he slot him at No. 63, ahead of Carmelo Anthony and Nicolas Batum, in ESPN’s NBA rank.

    And it was Los Angeles Lakers team president Magic Johnson, not LaVar, who showed Lonzo a wall of retired team jerseys and told him (per ESPN.com’s Baxter Holmes): “We expect a Ball jersey hanging up there one day.”

    Saddling a 19-year-old with these expectations before ever playing a second in the pros is unfair. Rookies go through learning curves. Even legends-in-waiting take time to marinate. But, right now, he doesn’t have the luxury of hiding behind “eventually.” He’s being peddled as a savior. What happens in the event he isn’t that player out of the gate?

    The extent to which LaVar has brought this upon Lonzo is up for debate. But outside forces don’t have to indulge his schtick—or, worse, let it impact their view. And maybe they aren’t. Rookies can be top-50 players, and Lonzo’s finish in ESPN’s rank isn’t much better than Karl-Anthony Towns’ 75th-place badge from 2015.

    At some point, though, the hype doesn’t add up.

    Yes, Lonzo won summer league MVP. Yes, he appears to have the sheer basketball IQ to win Rookie of the Year. Yes, his Lakers teammates should take to his devout selflessness more than they would D’Angelo Russell’s attack-first mentality. And yes, he could be a transcendent talent.

    None of which is unique to Lonzo. Top-two picks are supposed to carry that cachet—minus the reserved spot in the rafters. But everything since the draft makes it seem like he’s supposed to be the best player from his class, if not an all-timer, when we cannot know for sure whether the Lakers would have even taken him over Markelle Fultz if given the chance.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:43 AM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With all respect to Dan Favale, whom I respect as a writer, the hype is without a doubt too much. Then again, a year from now, Favale will be eating his words. This is not a case of overhyping a summer league sensation. People who know more about the game than we do believe this kid is for real. Far as I’m concerned, I’ll trust my eye test over anything else. My eyes tell me Lonzo is the real deal. This happens once or twice every generation.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 10:28 AM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sooo…you’re saying we shouldn’t have traded the pick for De’Aaron Fox & Lauri Markkanen?

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:34 PM on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      the Hype is a lie that sometimes finds a grain of truth on the beach of life.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:35 AM on September 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Ball may bring a buzz to the Lakers, but buzz doesn’t bring wins 

    Best-Case Scenario: Summer Lonzo and Regular-Season Lonzo are the exact same person, and he leads the Lakers to a surprising 8-seed in the West.

    The Lakers being a polarizing franchise is one of the NBA’s true constants. Whether they’re playing for a ring or barely trying to win 20 games, they will always be a talking point, for avid fans and detractors alike. It’s why they’re still always on national-TV games. It’s mostly why they’re expected to be main players in the third iteration of the LeBron James Sweepstakes. It’s why their tampering means more than it would for another team.

    On the court, the Lakers should be an automatic League Pass darling. Everyone will be watching Lonzo, but a stronger, more-refined Brandon Ingram is set to make a leap and a more-svelte Julius Randle has the potential to become a force on both ends of the floor. And how long will it take for the Staples Center crowd to fall for Brook Lopez? The lovable big man’s evolution into a serviceable 3-point shooter and his veteran presence have the potential to yield both lighthearted moments and positive results for a young team.

    With Ball, a passing Picasso, at the helm of a far more skilled roster than he brought to life at summer league, Walton will be able to run an up-and-down system built on selfless passing and constant ball movement—something the Lakers badly need after finishing in the bottom-five of the league in assist percentage. It will be erratic and maybe even dysfunctional at times, but, man, is it going to be a blast. The Lakers aren’t back, but at least they’ll be fun.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:39 PM on September 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Why Lakers' signing of Andrew Bogut is a 'bit perplexing' 

    The Lakers agreed to sign center Andrew Bogut to a reported one-year, minimum contract. NBA Inside Kevin Pelton breaks down the move here.

    The fit for Bogut with the Lakers is a bit perplexing to me. L.A. already had three centers on the roster, having dealt for Brook Lopez and drafted Ivica Zubac and Thomas Bryant in the second round the past two years. Moreover, the Lakers will want to play Julius Randle and Larry Nance together in smaller frontcourts on a regular basis. Such lineups played 409 minutes last season, per NBA.com/Stats, despite Nance missing 19 games due to injury.

    So where will Luke Walton find playing time for Bogut, who started for him when Walton filled in for Steve Kerr as head coach with the Golden State Warriors? Presumably, the youngsters will take a back seat, which is disappointing given they have the chance to be part of the Lakers’ long-term future. If the Lakers use their cap space next summer to sign two perimeter players, they’ll have to renounce Lopez to clear room and will have only their midlevel exception (estimated $4.5 million) to spend more than the veteran’s minimum on a replacement. One of Zubac or Bryant will likely need to play a rotation role.

    Of course, given Bogut’s injury history — he was limited to 27 games last season — Zubac and Bryant will probably have opportunities. And given the low price, the Lakers may value Bogut more for his veteran presence in the locker room than his ability on the court. Still, I can’t say this is how I expected them to fill the final spot on their roster, assuming Bogut in fact makes the team.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:43 PM on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Valid concerns brought up by Pelton. What’s going to happen to small ball, which is what playing fast is all about?

      • keen observer

        keen observer 7:10 PM on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As I recall, the Showtime Lakers had a slow, loping center who trotted down the court behind the greatest transition game known to mankind. Just because the Warriors have the ingredients to play that way doesn’t mean it’s the right formula for everyone. They have three of the greatest 3 point shooters of all-time on their team. The Lakers have no one who comes anywhere near those guys on their roster. Zubac and Bryant are infants. Bogut is a rim protecting, screen setting, passing center who I would much rather see anchoring the defense on the second unit than playing small ball as the first option. One player won’t slow anything down anyway. He’ll rebound, make the outlet pass and they can go off to the races.

      • mud

        mud 8:48 PM on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Don Nelson retired a long time ago…

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:49 PM on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Word on the street is that Brook is having some back issues and will miss the beginning of preseason. Maybe AB is some insurance just in case it becomes a bigger problem. But with AB’s injury history that’s a dicey proposition as well.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:34 PM on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I mean, I don’t envision Lopez and Bogut sharing a lot of floor time. But Bogut could certainly anchor a defensive-minded line up with a plethora of players surrounding him. Most importantly, he knows the kind of system Luke wants to run. He knows the role, he knows it’ll never be about him. If Lopez is dealing with a balky back, so much the better. Cheap, savvy, sounds like he’s got a little something in the tank. The opposite of the Mozgov signing.

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