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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:40 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink |  

    LaMelo Ball offered Ball $100 million and a jet to sign with Puma or Reebok? 

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 5:52 AM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not like an NBA contract, so if he doesn’t live up to the hype, he won’t see a fraction of it. Hopefully he’s learned from his brother and won’t let his career and finances be mismanaged by that ne’er do well dad of theirs.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:36 AM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You sign that deal. Learn from your bro…bro.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:36 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers and Bucks vs. winners of conference March Madness Tournaments! 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:54 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink |  

    The questions that would define a potential Bucks-Lakers Finals 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:43 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink |  

    Check out our latest thoughts on the Lakers Fast Break! 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:42 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink |  

    NBA 'Very Determined' to Have Champion Crowned, Open to Multiple Options 

    Berman relayed that league executives “still cling to hope of arranging a one-site, fan-less, 16-team playoff” preceded by five-to-seven games wrapping up the regular season.

    The frontrunner to host the potential one-site playoff is Las Vegas’ UNLV campus, but internal talks have taken place about Atlantic City, Hawaii, Louisville and Orlando as host cities.

    “The best-case scenario is looking like a late June/early July start-up with the idea of the 2020-21 season not commencing until Christmas,” Berman wrote.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:09 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How about somewhere in South Dakota where there are very few coronavirus cases.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:40 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers Say All Players Are Symptom-Free After 2 Tested Positive for COVID-19 

    Anthony Davis said he tested negative for the respiratory disease, but he still followed guidelines to remain isolated.

    “It’s kind of tricky because some guys, you feel fine and you could have it, asymptomatic. And some guys you have all the symptoms,” Davis said, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. “I felt fine and I felt great. I still do. [At the time] I was like that doesn’t mean I don’t have it. We all showed up and took the test. It was fine.”

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:47 PM on March 30, 2020 Permalink |  

    NBA Has Discussed Best-Of-Three As Possible Playoff Format As Last Resort 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:22 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sure, whatever. It won’t hold the same weight. I don’t care how it’s rationalized it’ll be like the lockout season, only worse, and I’ll snub my nose at it. Even if the Lakers win, nose snub. Speaking for myself, of course.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:44 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I want LeBron and the Lakers have a shot at winning a championship. Asterisk or no asterisk. I mean, let’s be honest, those early Lakers championships in Minneapolis were a joke compared to today’s game. Same with all the Celtics wins back in the day. Just like GOAT, you can’t compare eras. A ship is a ship and I don’t want to see LeBron and the Lakers cheated by fate when they were the best team playing the best basketball when the wheels came off the league. The purity argument is just bullsh1t in my opinion.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:45 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The only people wishing for the season to be cancelled are Warriors or Nets fans. The only real reason to cancel the season is if things are so bad we just can’t complete the season. Otherwise, you do what you can.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 12:46 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            KD’s agent was on Cowherd today basically saying they should scrap the season.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:47 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink

              Of course. Easy for him to say. When you look at all the hard work guys put in getting ready and playing this season, they deserve a chance to finish it if at all possible. The decision should be the players, not the fans.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 12:53 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink

              Hope the players can gleefully give up cash and he don’t mind losing 25% of his commission in that case. If they scrap the season, no way they don’t invoke the force majeure clause.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 12:55 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink

              KD knows better than most how easy it is to get infected.
              Also knows how easy it is to get injured from coming back too soon.

              The push to finish this season purely financial..let’s not kid ourselves.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:20 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink

              True, but the financial aspect of it is not only important for this season but also for next season. It would do a lot to help the league weather the storm.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 1:34 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink

              Lol…I got a feeling they gone be alright either way.
              The rich have a tendency to stay rich.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 3:17 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink

              For every KD, there’s about 50 Antoine Walkers. Don’t forget who we’re talking about here. The league and it’s owners will be fine. The rank and file? I’m sure come two weeks from now when that next check’s about to be withheld will be spouting a lot of “We feel great and we’re ready to play to help the country heal,” or some other self-serving nonsense rhetoric.

    • Buba

      Buba 6:12 PM on March 31, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I will only be satisfied if this season is allowed to run its course and a champion is crowned even if it means playing till the early part of next season. Then we can go from there. There is an unfinished business with this season. It would be appropriate to finish it.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:31 PM on March 30, 2020 Permalink |  

    Storylines That Would Be Lost if the NBA Season Is Canceled 

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 5:52 PM on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The real mess this’ll cause is an unprecedented drop on BRI leading to a shrinking cap. No one opts out into that. Teams struggling to hit the salary floor are suddenly over the cap. Pre-tax teams are suddenly deep in it. Decent free agents are limited to minimum deals and exceptions, but those shrink too. A lost season is another unmitigated catastrophe for the league in a seas of them throughout the world.

      They have to play. No matter when. Or under what circumstances. Play it out. Generate what you can. Distract the masses. Make up some of this horror show. Push back next season as far as you have to.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:46 PM on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        They need to reconstruct the BRI. That blew up on itself.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 7:35 PM on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          They’ll do a smoothing like they wanted to do with the big spike. Difference being the players will agree to do something mutually beneficial for a change.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:50 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink |  

    How a healthy DeMarcus Cousins could fit with the Lakers next season 

    If Cousins can get anywhere near the player he was with the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans, then the Lakers could have their 3rd star for a discount price.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:08 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink |  

    Five Questions the NBA Must Answer to Resume the 2020 Season & Playoffs! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:23 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The major problem the NBA needs to solve to be able to resume the regular season and the playoffs is how to keep the players safe. They would be better off cancelling the season than resuming it only to have to cancel when one or more players test positive. Quarantining the players from the time they test negative to the time the playoffs end is the only way to assure they will remain uninfected, which then raises the key question: how long can you actually expect the players to remain quarantined? I think a few weeks is probably the longest period feasible. Any longer becomes problematic. That is why you need to compress the regular season to a few games to get in shape and the playoffs to a March Madness tournament to choose two teams to play the Lakers and Bucks in the Conference Finals. With the leads the Lakers and Bucks had when the season was suspended, it’s only fair they automatically are in the Conference Finals. I don’t see any other way the league can finish the season without risking players getting infected. Let’s hope the pandemic is under control by the end of May to make this scenario a possibility.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:48 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lakers and Bucks Co-Champs and vote can still take place for award winners and such. Do not be stupid NBA. LT, do you remember when the MLB Commsiioner could have given that young Detroit Pitcher his deserved Perfecto and did nothing! Shame on him. Do it NOW, before the Ump and the Kid die.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:57 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The league will do everything it can to finish the season and the playoffs, DJ. I don’t see any way they’re going to declare the Lakers and Bucks co-champions unless our pandemic reaches dystopian proportions. In that case, we both might be dead.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:17 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t know how you can take a 3-4 month hiatus and still call it the same season. Ain’t the same as the strike-shortened season where although it was shortened they still played straight through. Even if we won some kinda convoluted playoffs it would be tarnished, tainted, and carry a huge asterisk with it. I don’t want it that way.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:36 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I would still prefer finishing the season if at all possible rather than cancelling it if for no other reason that cancelling it is going to mean this pandemic got totally out of control to the extent that it made it impossible to resume the season.

        Take the 100,000 infected and 2,000 dead that’s doubling every 2 days and the results two weeks from now will be 12 million infected and 250 thousand dead. The big question is whether that is the peak or just a rest stop on the way to the top.

        The parallel of Nero fiddling while Rome burned is spot on for Donald Trump. It’s disheartening to think that there are still people who would re-elect this buffoon even with the blood of thousands of Americans on his hands. Wake up, America!

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:05 PM on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If we’re being honest I don’t think the season resumes. Talk to anyone in the entertainment industry and you’ll hear the same thing from the behind-the-scenes-folks: they won’t be coming back soon. Execs will say otherwise, it’s kind of in the job description to make everything seem rosier, but in every convo I’ve had with either a make-up artist, camera man or what-have-you they feel like the soonest they’ll be back to work is the Fall.

      While Hollywood and an NBA broadcast are 2 very different things the nuts and bolts of each one is essentially the same. All the non-aired talent is a part of a union, that union will not likely let workers go back to their jobs while any reasonable threat of infection still exists. That’s in any location that they choose to broadcast from. That basically ends the discussion.

      Whether the NBA is ready to resume or not is only a portion of the equation. They don’t run any of the aspects of the business that facilitates our remote viewing, those are, generally, union jobs. A lot of those are now able to file for unemployment insurance and so the incentivization of them coming back to work seems unlikely. Until people can work in close proxiity to one another there will be no NBA season, even if the players agree that they’re ready to go or the owners call for it.

      Based on the slow US response to this I don’t see how all of the states that house NBA teams will be ready for people to congregate in a way that enables a traditional NBA broadcast, even without the fans in attendance. They’re not going to go full drone with this as that would be a breach of the CBA between union and broadcast partner. So now, on top of the seaosn being stilted and jumbled we’re re-imagining how the game will be televised and/or streamed? Hard to see all of this happening on the fly.

      The NBA will be decimated by this. Baseball may end up being the biggest loser but they can always just push back the season, shorten it, whatever to accommodate COVID-19 stoppage. Even if you reboot the season from the moment it was suspended and they play every game and the playoffs as was scheduled you’ll be getting something weird, something that isn’t a true reflection of how the sport is played. Frankly it’ll be more like the WNBA when the summer Olympics and the FIBA qualifiers come around. The WNBA shuts down and goes on hiatus for about a month while the stars play in those games.

      For the owners that rely on their NBA team for income this could be the last season they fully own the team. They may well be forced to sell a controlling portion of their shares and hope to buy back into the game more fully on down the line. This could app[ly to the Lakers, although I’m not really priovvy as to how the Buss family is setup to withstand something like this. They seemed to do OKI during the lockout but that had the idea of a resolution at the end. There is nothing like that in this scenario.

      Not trying to be a Debbie-Downer but that just seems like how it looks to me. I will be very surprised if this season is ever concluded in a meaningful way. It’s too bad because we were rolling and that mojo can’t be bottled and popped back open when the time is right. Time will march on, inexorably. Like it does, like it does…

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 4:40 PM on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think you’re right, Jamie. This season is done. The situation in the US is about to get worse, much, much worse. I fear for everyone, and when more and more people fall victim, basketball may be the last thing on people’s mind.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:45 PM on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thoroughly great post, Jamie.

        I’ve mentally prepared myself there will no games TBD style. While in shock at first, the more resigned I am about just a gut feeling, it’s gonna make the breaking news digest-able.

        Normalcy needs to be on pause until we’re on the same page and we’ll understand our roles and responsibilities in this mess. We have obligations.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:32 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink |  

    As the president fiddles, people are dying! 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:50 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Cuomo was right and so was Pelosi. They have to pass another bill.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 2:13 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How does 25 mil to the Kennedy center help save lives? Asking for a friend . . .

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:28 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Have to give someone a little sugar once in a while.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:26 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Doubling the 100,000 infected and 2,000 dead every two days for the next two weeks would mean 12,800,00 infected and 256,000 dead. That’s the cost of two weeks. Trump essentially wasted six weeks. God help us all. The next few weeks are going to be HELL!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:52 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pelosi is a Beast System, blood thirsty, baby killer who has already sold her soul.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:17 AM on March 29, 2020 Permalink |  

    America’s response to the coronavirus is the worst in the world! 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:25 AM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We’re not on the chart, yet but we’re headed for danger too.

      Only 330,000+ tests have been administered. Per capita that’s 1 test per 130 persons.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 1:13 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m just really p**sed with our governor in Florida. DeSantis should have shut down the beaches during the spring break. If you see the phone data where they tracked where these beach goers have dispersed too (all over the US), you’ll see how these spring breakers are possibly spreading the virus. Florida is about to become the next state to see its cases spike.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 1:28 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Louisiana is looking down a Barrel as well. Mardi Gras was fish in a barrel for this virus.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:40 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink |  

    Good news. Buba and his family are fine and did not contract coronavirus 

    I emailed Buba to make sure he and his family were fine and he emailed back that he was and doesn’t remember the post he made that led us to wonder if he had been affected. He says thanks for checking and his love goes out to the Lakerholics family.

    So some good news as the shadows of the coronavirus pandemic hover over all of us. Odds are somebody each of us knows is going to contract this virus but at least we’re dodging bullets for now. Stay safe, healthy, and sane, everybody.

    • Buba

      Buba 6:13 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Tom. I wish everyone and my Lakers family members well. Let’s push through this menace and I thank you all for the camaraderie.Bravo!!

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 12:48 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        When you posted “Got It” with nothing else, I think you freaked a bunch of us out. What exactly did you mean by that?

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:39 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great news, Buba!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:39 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink |  

    The 5 ways the Trump admin. has botched the coronavirus response: 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:42 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Add a sixth in Trump’s unfathomable delay in implementing the Defense Production Act to force industry to produce ventilators, masks, and other gear that are desperately needed and being price gouged by corporations and coordinate distribution of these products to the states and hospitals that need them. Inept and unconscionable performance by our president in the middle of a war for our future.

    • John M.

      John M. 12:49 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      At least there is some comfort watching Governor Cuomo’s pressers. Reminds me of what we expect from leadership. Is it too late for him to get on the ballot for president ?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 1:04 PM on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        All World Leaders should call him. Don’t think he could get back to ya in a Month though.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:36 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink |  

    LeBron James believes playing games without fans would be ‘weird dynamic.’ 

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 12:43 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I feel like there’ll be some very unique opportunities for fan interaction, even with empty arenas.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:30 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        NBA League Pass is great (Cept blocks local in about a 5 Hour driving radius).

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 5:30 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m thinking something akin to the kiss cam. You watch online with a webcam handy, and they can flash to your reactions on the broadcast.

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