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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:44 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    11 more days until Lakers pre-season gets underway!! 

     
    • Magic2Worthy

      Magic2Worthy 10:09 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mailman is the greatest power forward ever!!!! (Duncan played center more than PF, so he’s not even in the conversation IMO)

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:22 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It was a shame he was injured during the playoffs. On the other hand, I always hated adding former superstars looking to steal a ring on minimum salaries. Not the kind of optics I want for our Lakers.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:02 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lonzo says it “hurt” to see Julius sign with the Pelicans in free agency 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:45 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Four Lakers named to CBS Sports’ Top 100 players list 

    Believe it or not, the Los Angeles Lakers do have top players not named LeBron James.

    While a lot has been made about LeBron and his lack of supporting cast in Los Angeles for the upcoming 2018-19 season, the crew here at 247 Sports and CBS Sports are on the opposite end of the spectrum when it pertains to that debate. That would be because outside of LeBron, three other Lakers were voted to the annual Top 100 NBA players list on CBS Sports.

    The other three Lakers on the list? Brandon Ingram at No. 53, Lonzo Ball at No. 72 and Kyle Kuzma at No. 81.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:58 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      hmm….wonder where PG13 , Kawhi, & Butler are ranked…..

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:55 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      KCP also was in the 90’s so 5 Lakers made the list.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:23 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He was the one Laker young gun who had the edgy toughness of the veterans we added. Shame he was not willing to take a one-year deal but obviously he doubted the Lakers believed in him and it appeared in the end they did not.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:42 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lonzo not likely to be ready for start of season. Looks like Rondo will start. 

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 5:26 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How does not be ready for 5 on 5 at the start of training camp necessarily translate into not being ready for the start of the season?

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:50 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yeah…headline probably shoulda said PRE-season.
      But depending on which version of Rondo opens up the season…I wouldn’t be trying to sit too long if I was Lonzo. If he comes out the gate like RONDOOOO!!!!!!!! then he ain’t giving up that starting spot too easily.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:45 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lonzo with the Magic Johnson tribute baby hook, and a dunk 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:32 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Getting to Know Rondo 

    MT: Most folks within the NBA community have heard of “Playoff Rondo,” but I have to say, I wasn’t convinced it was a thing. So I looked at your Per 36 numbers from the regular season compared to your playoff numbers, and they’re actually very close. Is “Playoff Rondo” a myth?

    Rondo: I feel that way. If given an opportunity, knowing I’ll play 36 minutes a night, I can perform at a high level. Spotty or inconsistent minutes, which have been the case in the past, then the numbers fluctuate. The people that came up with this “Playoff Rondo” name or title or whatever they may call it, obviously (it’s because) I’ve been on TV during the playoffs. In the regular season last year, I had some good games. It got a little bit of publicity, but I think I’ve had six (regular season) TV games over the last two years between Chicago and New Orleans. I’ll have more televised games this year than the last two or three years combined.

    MT: That’s a fact. So, where is your game now compared to five years ago?

    Rondo: Every aspect of my game has gotten a lot better. As far as understanding the game, my knowledge of the game. But I think the biggest thing for me is just my growth as far as leadership. Being able to give as much knowledge as possible to the young guys, because that’s who I’ve been around the last five years of my career (in) Sacramento, Chicago, (and New Orleans). I believe everything in life happens for a reason. Me having great mentors that I had in Boston those five or six years, where it really was a pivotal part of my career, those guys helped me become the player I am today. It all kind of unfolds to today, me doing the same thing that was done for me.

    MT: What are you (way too early) reactions to seeing some of these young guys play?

    Rondo: We’re going to have to ride the young guys throughout the regular season, even in the playoffs. They’re going to play big for us. My expectations are really high for the young guys. They’ll be where they need to be. Myself, LeBron, Lance, Mike, we’re all going to be vets that’s trying to instill greatness in these young guys. We’re going to push the (stuff) out of them. I’m sure they’ll rise to the occasion. That’s what they seem like so far. They’ve been in here working their butts off since I’ve been here in early August, so I look forward to getting them to the level they need to play at for us to be contenders.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:04 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Svi showed how he can impact the Lakers as a rookie during FIBA play 

    As fun and exciting as his summer has been, he needs to improve as an off-ball defender if he wants to present a credible case to Luke Walton for why he should get rotation minutes this season. He ran into screen after screen in these two games, which was likely a combination of slow communication with teammates and poor individual technique on his part, particularly concerning his footwork. He’s probably more equipped to play in lineups that switch screens at this point.

    My inclination to look at his weaknesses through a more critical lens is indicative of how good he can be. It isn’t unusual for a young player to have difficulty navigating screens on the defensive end, nor was he drafted as high pick and roll savant. All told, his return to the Ukrainian National Team was a rousing success and more evidence that pointed in the direction of the same conclusion we’ve been coming to since the Lakers drafted him: Svi Mykhailiuk can hoop.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:07 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is the reason why the Warriors and Lakers and many NBA teams prefer to switch everything. Much easier to do than the alternative, especially off the ball.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:49 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Young Lakers have already impressed LeBron with their hunger to learn 

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 11:55 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good because they are playing with two of the highest bball IQs in the history of the game.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:32 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Why is the Forum in the background?

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:34 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Throwing it back to the Show Time era. Could do ghostly images of Chick, Magic dribbling and pointing and the Cap dropping a sky-hook behind the Forum and it would make a little more sense. S’my guess, anyhoo.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:22 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I wish everyone would just STOP trying to label a new squad of Lakers “Showtime!”
          Just respect and love the combo of guys we currently have and maybe give them a new moniker.
          It’s soooooo lazy.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:34 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    This Lakers-Jimmy Butler Trade Package Actually Makes Sense 

    The package necessary for Butler to head to the Los Angeles Lakers involves Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Certainly not a bad swap for a bonafide star in the league. Los Angeles doesn’t give away any picks, nor do they surrender Lonzo Ball, and they also get to add a second great talent to play alongside LeBron James (perhaps the perfect sidekick, actually, with his wild man defense). In return, the Wolves get a budding star in Kuzma, a swiss army knife in Josh Hart, and a solid depth player in Pope. Both Hart and Kuzma are still just 23.

    Simply put, the Lakers need another star player if they want to seriously contend this season. Kawhi’s looking like far from a sure thing to join Magic and Co. You have to get stars where you can.

    The Lakers would surely be interested in this deal, but would Minnesota? Sure, they’re getting three good, young players, but the real value of Butler lies in what other teams will offer for him. Can any other team match the kind of deal LA hypothetically has put together? There are very few teams out there with a good combination of youth and proven talent that could afford it. The Boston Celtics have long been interested in Butler, but one has to think they’re set with the current roster they have.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:35 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I still believe this is a trade the Lakers would make if offered. We give up our #3 and #4 young guns but get to keep our #1 and #2 young stars.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 11:47 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s too much especially when they can just sign him and keep the young assets to trade for AD. Kuzma, Pope, and a 1st.

      Who cares about a late 1st round pick at this point??

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:27 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The difference is we could trade for him and still sign Kawhi, Klay, KD, or Boogie in addition. Would have to be midseason, though, as we don’t have salaries to match until Dec 15th.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:11 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would much rather have Kuz AND Hart than Butler. He’s not thaaaat good.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:11 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m not giving up any combination of 2 of the 4 young pillars (Lonzo, BI, Kuzma, Hart).
      One of em plus KCP and either Svi, Mo, or Zub with a pick.
      If that can’t get it done then screw it…roll with what we got & see what happens next July 1st.

      Lonzo
      JimmyB
      Lebron
      Kuz
      ShaqtinSuperstar

      Rondo
      Hart
      Lance
      Beeeeez
      whoever made the cut between Svi, Mo, & Zub

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:29 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Rumor: Kevin Durant will join Lakers next year 

    Take this for what you will, but Kevin Durant is apparently lining up to join the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

    According to a source who spoke with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, Durant is planning a move to join the Lakers and team up with LeBron James next season:

    “Just like LeBron planned his move LA a year or more earlier, #KD is doing the same right now. They want to form the best duo in the NBA and set up KD to be the face of the Lakers post-#LeBron.”

    The source also confirms that that LeBron, Durant and Kyle Kuzma were all together in downtown LA filming a show:

    “LeBron, KD and Kuzma were all together yesterday at a filming downtown LA. KD & LeBron’s crew were there. KD will be a Laker next summer. Book it.”

    Robinson warns that he’s not confirming anything as there’s a long season ahead:

    “Again….not confirming anything…..source seemed adamant… I’d downgrade and say that he’s highly considering it at best. Long season ahead and lots of things could happen between now and then.”

    Just imagining the possibility of two of the best players teaming up on the same team will blow your mind. LeBron and Durant, two of the best players in the game and the biggest individual rivals who have faced off in three separate Finals now teaming up to conquer the NBA? Making storylines even more interesting is the idea that Durant could “bandwagon” on to two different dynasties in the matter of a few years. What kind of effect would that have on his legacy and reputation level?

    As we’re all aware, the Lakers are now so comfortable in terms of cap space that they can now add another max-level free agent next summer. That idea was made plausible after the Lakers bought out Luol Deng. However, it had been widely assumed that Los Angeles would pursue a free agent such as Klay Thompson or Jimmy Butler with that cap space, not Durant.

    Chris Haynes of ESPN explained just how much cap space the Lakers will have next summer:

    “Los Angeles was projecting to have $25 million in salary-cap space for the 2019-20 season. That number will increase to the $36 million to $38 million range, giving the Lakers room for another max-contract player next summer.”

    Adding further fuel to the Thompson-t0-Lakers rumors is his own father, Mychal, who claimed that Klay would have no problem slotting in behind LeBron on the pecking order during an appearance on a radio show:

    “You are talking about guys for whom pecking order becomes really important,” Mychal said. “The perception of how people are going to look at you is important for these guys. If Klay came to L.A., which he should, then he knows he is going to slot in behind LeBron. But it is fine because he has done it before [for the Warriors], it is not a big deal.”

    If the Lakers could somehow have a mini-Warriors squad in Durant and Thompson to go with LeBron, we would be looking at a completely different terror in the Western Conference for the next few years.

    That’s simply very scary.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:21 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Mychal Thompson doesn’t think playing behind LeBron matters to Klay 

    Klay Thompson has spent his majority of his NBA career playing in the shadow of Stephen Curry.

    However, it certainly hasn’t bothered Thompson in the slightest as he’s blossomed into one of the game’s most dangerous shooters. In a recent interview on the Mason and Ireland radio show in Los Angeles, Mychal Thompson, who is the father of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, believes that his son won’t have a problem playing behind James because he’s done it throughout his tenure in the Bay Area.

    “You are talking about guys for whom pecking order becomes really important,” Mychal said. “The perception of how people are going to look at you is important for these guys. If Klay came to L.A., which he should, then he knows he is going to slot in behind LeBron. But it is fine because he has done it before [for the Warriors], it is not a big deal.

    “Kawhi is a top-five guy who is a Finals MVP. I know what the pitch is ‘you come here, you win another title and in two or three years LeBron is going to be 35 years old and you will transition and become the guy.’ But that doesn’t mean Kawhi wants to go through that. But on the other hand, he might love the idea of being in LeBron’s shadow. He doesn’t have to do anything.”

    Mychal definitely has a valid point in the fact that Thompson may not mind playing behind James in Los Angeles. Thompson has spent his entire NBA career playing behind Curry and it hasn’t affected his production in the slightest.

    Thompson is coming off a season in which he averaged 20.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while shooting 44.0 percent. The Warriors sharpshooting guard has just as dangerous during Golden State’s postseason run as he averaged 19.6 points and shot 42.7 percent from long-range in the playoffs.

    Thompson’s courtship will certainly be an interesting one due to the fact that his father played for the Lakers and won a pair of NBA titles with the franchise. It’s obvious in this interview that Mychal Thompson wants Klay to join the Lakers and help put the organization in title contention. However, the Warriors are fresh off of their second consecutive NBA title and the team has won three titles in four seasons.

    One of the biggest factors could be if Thompson wants to continue playing second fiddle to Curry. While he’ll have to play in the shadow of James, the Lakers star forward may not be too far from retirement, so then the Lakers would likely become Thompson’s team. Thompson is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 season, so this year could definitely play a big role in what he decides to do when the summer rolls around.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:24 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is very interesting news because Mychal has always downplayed the possibility of Klay leaving the Lakers. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a positive Klay to Lakers comment by Mychal. Klay is at the top of my free agent list for next season, even over a short term deal with KD or a healthy Boogie. Klay would be my main reason for not trading for Butler.

    • Magic2Worthy

      Magic2Worthy 2:27 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      wise words Sensei …. I too prefer they keep the young guys and build next year with Klay or possibly another allstar

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:29 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey, Brad, Klay would also be a reason why I would not trade for Butler since they really play the same position. I know they say you can’t have too many wings but that’s only true when you’ve covered the point guard and center positions.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:14 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Literally none of the reasons why Superstars leave town apply to either Klay or KD.
      Mainly because guys usually don’t grow tired of winning titles.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:17 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    “Jimmy buckets to the Lakers confirmed.” 

    And ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has revealed Butler is in Los Angeles already, forcing Thibodeau to head out to California for their meeting today.

    The duo were reportedly set to meet in Minneapolis, but there was a change of plans in the last 24 hours.

    And fans on Twitter believe the meeting in Los Angeles means one thing.
    One person tweeted: “Jimmy buckets to the Lakers confirmed.”

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:09 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink |  

    Bron and Lakers putting in the work! 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:12 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Man, I’m already getting goose bumps about the coming season. Sept 30 coming soon.
      Great to see almost all of the players other than Svi and Zu already practicing against each other. That’s important considering how short camp and pre-season are.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:32 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While neither McGee or Beasley has the upside of Randle they certainly combine to form a Randle-like player in terms of speed, rebounding, scoring and defense. Maybe lacking the play-making department, as well. Of course they won’t often play together I would imagine (barring injuries) so I wouldn’t go so far as to say they “replace” Randle, but they fit in great with what Luke will want to do at the 5.

      At any rate, we’re going to be playing as fast (faster?) as we did last year and that’s going to be fun.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 8:48 PM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I already miss Julius.
        Wish we could have had the chance to see him play with LeBron.
        I just watched the “Top 50 Plays” if last season and Randle was in like 30% of them.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:33 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink |  

    Pelinka Excited by Attributes Rondo, Lance and JaVale Bring 

    “I think when you look at guys like Rajon Rondo, he’s a basketball savant. All the players in the league know that. He was on our court a day ago, and I was watching from my office. He was working on one play for two hours. That’s that Kobe-level of detail and breaking down plays. Lance Stephenson, he brings that sort of swagger and toughness from New York City, Rucker Park. He’s been in here the last couple days talking a lot, bringing energy to practice. JaVale McGee, we felt like he was a big that could run with Lonzo and Rondo when they’re pushing pace, keep the floor energized and protect the rim.”

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:44 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What I found very interesting in Rob’s quote was his comments about JaVale being able to “run with Lonzo and Rondo when they’re pushing pace.”

      One of my big objections to Brook Lopez was his lack for foot speed and athleticism. In fact, one of my concerns about Boogie’s fit with the Lakers is also his lack of speed. I know Showtime didn’t need Kareem on breaks but frankly that was a different era and game. Having an athletic 7-footer who can finish in a dominant physical style is exactly what the Lakers need if they’re going to run more than last year.

      I think McGee is going to be a much better fit with the Lakers than expected. He appears to be in great shape and injury free. His asthma limits the minutes he can play but he is going to give the Lakers a rim protector, finisher, and runner the Lakers have never had. While he’s a 10-year vet, he’s still only 30-years old.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:27 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The need for a mobile big comes down to match ups. There are bangers and hangers. The bangers are in the paint, around the rim (Marc Gasol, Howard, Bobert, Lopez Bros., Vukevic, Gortat, Capella, likely Cousins this season, etc.) and the hangers are more mobile and can be seen lurking from the elbow out to the three (Jokic, Nurkic, Embiid, Greeg Freak, AD, Porzingis, Turner, etc.) and will often leak out for easy finishes.

        McGee is a low grade banger. He’ll be in the paint ready to affect shots and box out so that Ball, Ingram or James can lead the break. Same goes for Zubac. Wagner…who knows, we’ll see. Yes, they’ll be drawn out of the paint on occasion but that’s also when they’ll involved on switches so it ought ot still be their first job to box out.

        What I’m getting at is, while it’s great that JaVale still has some foot speed his best use is guarding the paint and when one tosses in his asthmatic condition I’m not sure he really ought to be involved on a ton of breakaway plays. We have better on the break finishers than McGee throughout the line up.

        I see him as a defender and lob finisher, same as he did for the most part last season for GS. Not that he won’t have any break away dunks or epic fast break finishes, I just think we’ll be a more successful team with him providing the screen or box to free up a pass from one of our guards or wings to some of even more fleet of foot, with better handles, other guard or wing. regardless, he’ll certainly be an upgrade in any switching scheme over Brook.

        Having said that, having the option of a stalwart like Zubac and speed center like McGee gives the coaching staff a lot of options. If Wagner can produce some timely threes and decent defense he could force Zubac to the pine if he’s not playing great basketball (although, like Svi, I mainly expect to hear about Moe shining in the G-League for most of the year). But the difference in the two centers (with both being decent rim protectors) is a nice option for the staff to have.

        I’m excited to see how the starting line up and bench get sorted out. I’m not 100% certain who will actually start,l although I’m fairly certain who will likely be finishing games to start the season. The staff could go with a stating 6 of:

        Ball, KCP, Ingram, James, McGee. Unless Ball is simply terrible in camp, Hart blows everyone out of the water on both ends, or Kuzma is dropping 30/game from all over the place and playing team ball, this is the starting 5 I see as the most likely. Zubac could displace McGee but it would take a great camp and a great preseason. We’ll see, I’m hopeful a summer of competition has kept him sharper than last year.

        Off the bench I expect to see something like Rondo, Hart, Stephenson, Kuzma and either Beasley or Zubac, depending on how well Beasley and McGee come into camp. JaVale looks ready to party, not sure I’ve seen the Beez in any of the summer informals, yet. At any rate, there will at least be some trial minutes for the James and the Young Lakers in preseason and we’ll see how that works out. If the starting 5 ended up being Ball, Hart, Ingram, James and Kuzma I think Laker fans would flip out as it would mean they were all ready to ball at a higher level than most pundits (and I’m sure fans, even I’m skeptical all 4 will end up starting although anything is possible #KG) imagine them ready for.

        At any rate, it’s all-a-comin! Sooner than later and I really am jazzed for it to get going. Media Day will be a circus none of them have ever experienced. Only James will have experienced something like this and even this may eclipse much of his biggest Media Days. Hard to top Take My Talents and returning to Cleveland but if anywhere has a chance it’s here in LA. Should be a lot of fun.

    • p ang

      p ang 5:50 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You don’t need 5 guys to run a break after a rebound. Half the time Kareem (or Russell or Pachulia) never even crossed the halfcourt line on a break. What you need is the guy to get the rebound.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 5:51 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        With the modern game, there’s a lot of team rebounding, so if Lonzo gets the rebound and advances the ball quickly, you have McGee finishing as a nice option.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:02 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The 3-point shot has changed that dynamic. Rebounding is no longer just a paint game. Now it’s everywhere and the Lakers team approach to rebounding is an example. Transition offense’s goal is to beat the other team down to the other end of the court and 1 on 0, 2 on 1, 3 on 2, 4 on 3, and even 5 on 4 are matchups you try to get in transition. This is not your father’s transition game. Today guys run to the corners more than the rim and more guys you have who can beat their counterpart down to the other end of the court the better. Part of the reason JaVale replaced Brook.

        • p ang

          p ang 11:50 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Lakers are taught to run for the hoop not the corners on a break. The guy at the 3pt line is the slow arriving late center who is Brook. I cannot imagine Javale running to the corner as you say. Also Javale might be the only NBA player whose mother can literally outrun him. lol.

          Top 40 rpg is made by a 5 or 4 except for Westbrook who is a freak of nature. I doubt they get those boards out of the paint. You can’t run when Boogie has the rebound.

          There are a handful of players who can pull up for a 3 on a break and you’d say Good Shot. Harden, Curry, Thompson. Lilliard and about 3-5 more. All the rest better take it to the hole. None on the Lakers.

          A 5 on 4 is not a break and rarely if ever happens since in the modern game the other team’s C is at the 3pt line while Laker’s C is trying to guard the paint.

          A 1 on 1 is really a break. And in the old and/or modern NBA no player can guard anyone one on one specially while backpedalling. For him to pull up at the 3 is criminal.

          This run and gun is fine for the season but unless you’ve got great shooters in the playoffs when the game slows down it ain’t gonna get you pass GSW. Harden kept them in the game but it was Chris Paul’s midrange game that they go to to close out.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:48 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink |  

    LeBron should be considered greater than MJ if he wins with Lakers 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:48 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bron will need to win three more rings with Lakers. Has to at least match MJ’s six.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:16 PM on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The further we’re removed from from the MJ era the less celebrated he will become. I was never a big MJ fan but folks are forgetting just how feared he was and how dominant he was. As great as LeBron is…he ain’t on that same level; nobody is…no shame in that fact.

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