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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:19 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink |  

    Rajon Rondo will be out for at least a couple weeks, per Luke Walton 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 9:29 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Josh and/or Lance can play the 1.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:32 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        What about Brandon Ingram?

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 10:18 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m assuming he’s staying in his role for now

        • keen observer

          keen observer 11:07 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You’re correct, Seely. Josh Hart and/or Lance are train wrecks at the lead guard position. Brandon Ingarm has two seasons playing extensive time at the lead guard position under Luke. Between Ingram, LeBron, Caruso and possibly even throwing Isaac Bonga in there, the void will be filled.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:25 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Separate kettle of fish there.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:28 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            He isn’t the playmaker you think he is or isn’t, nor he is he once the playmaker he thinks he may be but he is regardless a playmaker. That’s a word in his scouting report.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 11:29 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            BI is just now adjusting to shooting guard.
            Probably best not to move him again.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 9:57 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There’s a reason why they signed Rondo….

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:11 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The last thing the Lakers needed as they get nearer to establishing their rotations is another injury and losing Rondo for 2 to 4 weeks will certainly create a challenge for the second unit. Hopefully, the easier schedule for the rest of November and the Lakers’ improved play will prevent Rondo’s injury from derailing the team’s newfound success.

      It will be interesting to see what Luke decides to do about the backup point guard position. One obvious solution would be to stagger LeBron’s and Lonzo’s minutes so one of them was on the court all the time. Another option would be to stagger Ingram’s minutes to do the same or even more Brandon to the bench temporarily as the backup point guard. That’s an interesting option as it would allow Hart to move into the starting lineup and give Ingram more freedom to dominate the ball on the second unit.

      What I would really like to see the Lakers do is give Isaac Bonga an opportunity to play some backup point guard while Rondo is out. I know he hasn’t logged any minutes in a real NBA game yet but he’s looked fantastic in the G-League and I think he could really surprise the Lakers with how well he would fit as their backup point guard. From his play in the G-League, Bonga looks like he’s gotten over the intial jitters we saw during summer league and has shown a great feel and vision for the game. He consistently makes passes off pick-and-rolls that remind me more of LeBron and Lonzo than anything we’ve seen from Caruso and he’s showing he can shoot the ball from deep and from the line.

      What really excites me about Isaac, however, is his speed, quickness, length, and athleticism on defense. At 6-8, he has the height to see over the defense and the length and quickness to stay in front of smaller players and still challenge their shots. Isaac just turned 19 and this could be an opportunity for the Lakers to give him a chance to show if he could be ready. A second unit of Bonga, Hart, Lance, Wagner, and Chandler could dominate many NBA teams’ second units both offensively and defensively. I know it’s a long shot but we already know Caruso is not the answer and that chances are we won’t have cap space to keep Rondo next year, so we have little to lose and a lot to gain by giving Bonga a chance to replace Rondo.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:54 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lonzo holds Dame to 8 of 23 shooting 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:45 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Several Warriors not on board to recruit KD in free agency come next offseason 

    According to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, things have spiraled in the locker room to the point where some members of the Warriors don’t even want to bother trying to recruit Durant for another offseason.

    There’s even the opinion that the team has lost its shot at retaining the superstar in free agency after what was said in the heated argument.

    “With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back,” one Warriors player told Thompson. “The only hope is that they can say this summer, ‘See, KD. We’ve got your back. We protected you from Draymond.'”

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:27 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Great GIF of one of my two favorite Lakers plays! 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:15 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Blazers star Damian Lillard is expected to play tonight against Lakers in Los Angeles 

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 4:36 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They always do. And if they’ve been out, they always come back just in time to face the Lakers. They’re always fresh too, never on the 2nd night of a Back to Back. BBall Gods still mad at the Lakers for past winning.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:20 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Brandon Ingram has taken too many difficult shots so far this season 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 12:21 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think he should take more treys right now

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:28 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Way too many contested threes and 1 on 2 or 3 attacks to the rim. Ingram has worst shot selection on team. Iso-BI is very inefficient. His defense will keep him in the starting lineup but he needs to find a way to play off the ball with LeBron.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 12:30 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Corner is usually the place to go now.

          LeBron loves Kuz in transition and I think he’s more comfortable with Josh in catch and shoot.

          Confidence building here lol.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:35 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Adjusting to Being with So Many Ball Handlers 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:31 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    SAS: “Its either Knicks or Lakers for KD next summer and Lakers are front runners.” 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:32 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That $38 million in cap space is looking better and better every day.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 11:33 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The cap space is sacred…lol
        Maybe folks will stop whining about Julius Randle if this longshot actually hits.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:37 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL. Doubt it but it will depend on how he plays. There’s still fans pining for D’Angelo Russell. Now if we could trade for Draymond, that would likely satisfy the Randle Island fans.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 4:01 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply


            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:07 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink


            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:12 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink


    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:57 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Stephan A. ends with an interesting comment. He thinks the Warriors ultimate plan may be to trade Green and convince Cousins to give them a discount to remain a Warriors.

      The preseence of Cousins on the roster is another reason the Warriors might be willing to move Draymond during the season. The idea of clearing cap space to keep Cousins is scary.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:02 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I have a hard time seeing:
        A) Boogie dishing out yet another team discount
        B) The Warriors choosing this path unless they were 111% certain he was coming back at 100%.

        Since neither seems likely I have a hard time seeing this, plus Dray is super-tight with Joe Lacob.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 12:17 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Boogie might not have a choice.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:44 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Agreed, but I think he’ll test the market and make the most clams he can haul in. He won’t, or shouldn’t command, a max offer sheet but some team will probably toss the MLE at him and see if it sticks.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:13 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Stephen A didn’t say that. It was the other dude who did. Smith is simply convinced Durant will walk away and pull up in LA.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:00 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Stephen A. Smith is fairly unreliable as a source of predictions. Having said that, still a long season, plenty of time for them to go on an epic winning streak or wholly implode. First big test for Steve Kerr in terms of keeping the ship steered straight.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 1:10 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If some of the guys Stephen A said were coming did, we would be legit contenders. Another angle to think about is Klay. If KD leaves but not to the Lakers, does Klay stay? Just a thought.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 1:14 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sup Michael,

        Whatever Klay said in the Room after the game gave this idea oxygen, according to Marcus Thompson.

        Like Bomani Jones said, “Fatigue kills a dynasty.”

    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:50 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      KD is gone.
      He may not come here, but he ain’t staying.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:21 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Should Warriors try and trade Draymond Green to motivate Kevin Durant to stay? 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:25 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With DeMarcus Cousins looking like he will be ready by December 15th, the Warriors might be best served by trading Draymond Green, who would likely attract a great trade package. While it’s doubtful the Dubs would trade Dray to the Lakers, there’s little doubt Green would be a great fit on the Lakers with LeBron. He wouldn’t be KD but he’s an All-Pro performer and the best defensive small ball center in the league.

      Would the Lakers be willing to trade KCP and Ingram or KCP, Kuzma, and Hart for Green? You can bet the Lakers will be monitoring the KD/Draymond situation carefully. Hard to make a trade within the same conference and division but nothing is impossible and, if the Warriors felt the move would keep KD, then I think it’s not an impossible deal to make. Could be a win-win for both franchises.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 11:31 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There will be much better deals out there for Green than what we can realistically offer.
        But I’d be surprised if GSW makes this type of move during the season or without a long term commitment from KD. Unless this thing gets much much worse….

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 12:19 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Makes no sense to shock the system now.

          Milk the Cow.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:04 PM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hard to see GS choosing this path this early, they’re still winning games for all the drama. Frankly, this is nothing compared to Shaq/Kobe. If Kerr can’t make this work it’s as much on him as anyone.

      Also, ask Houston how well it worked out for them letting their elite defensive players walk away. Green is the motor that makes that engine run, they can honestly replace Durant’s scoring from various sources. Would it make the path slightly rockier? Sure, but they need Green’s D more than they need KD’s buckets.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:05 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    How Kevin Durant situation has gone from uncomfortable to colossal crisis for Warriors 

    Durant when asked to describe the nature of his friendship with Green, whose role in recruiting him to come their way during that Hamptons Five visit is well-chronicled:

    “Uh, I don’t even think that really matters at this point right now. I mean we just had a game. Anybody going to talk about the game?”

    By the time Durant left for the night, the affable nature that he so often displays was gone. He put that yellow hood over his head and walked quickly down the Oracle Arena hallway with a member of the team’s security staff at his side, declining an additional interview along the way.

    He couldn’t get to the exits quickly enough.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:58 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers vs Blazers Preview from Alex Regla 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:16 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Could Kevin Durant spurn Warriors and sign with Lakers out of spite? 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:20 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There appears to be some real problems that could motivate KD to leave the Warriors this summer as a free agent. I think coming to the Lakers and helping them beat the Warriors would be the perfect revenge for KD while proving to everybody that he’s the player who makes the difference when it comes to championships. Magic and Rob have to be salivating right now. No better way to take down the Warriors than to have the Lakers take the court with the two best players in the league.

      PG: Lonzo Ball
      SG: Brandon Ingram
      SF: LeBron James
      PF: Kevin Durant
      CE: JaVale McGee

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:55 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Seems like KD’s problem is with Green, not the entire franchise. I could easily see a scenario like Towns just did in Minny. KD committing long term if they agree to get rid of Green. Upside for GSW is that they can get some real quality players and/or picks for Green while keeping Steph, KD, & Klay…that’s still gonna be far and away the best team in the league. But if KD walks then they get nothing…not even cap space to add anybody. Dray may have just kicked himself in the nuts….

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:12 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Suddenly, the Lakers decision to clear $38 million in cap space is looking prescient. I don’t see KD signing long term. He’ll never be comfortable on the Warriors. I see a move to join LeBron on the Lakers as becoming more and more possible.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:54 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: Defensive scheme change paying off 

    The Los Angeles Lakers defense has slowly improved, and a simple change in scheme on that end has played a large part in their small winning streak.

    With no other rim protectors in the rotation, the Lakers signed Tyson Chandler after his contract was bought out by the Phoenix Suns. Chandler’s been quick to make an impact on both ends, in particular with his 1.3 blocks per game in his first three contests with the Lakers, as well as his 89.3 defensive rating when he’s on the floor.

    The Lakers are sixth in the NBA in points allowed per game (100.7) in Chandler’s three contests with the team. He’s made a difference. Having two rim protectors on the roster means there’s always a big on the floor to protect the paint and challenge shots at the rim, but there has been a scheme change on the defensive side of the court that’s had a larger impact.

    In the first part of the season, the Lakers switched everything on defense. Opponents made a living on attacking these switches by posting up bigs or wings on smaller guards and guards taking bigger defenders to the rim. The idea of being switchable across the board defensively was one that worked in the playoffs with the Houston Rockets, but the Lakers don’t possess the personnel to successfully pull this off.

    It also didn’t help there was a lack of communication and understanding within the team to put together a strong defense. Defensive rotations among new teams takes time, but poor effort on that end adds fuel to the fire and gave the Lakers the ugly product they saw earlier in the season.

    But they have seemingly found a solution to their problems. The Lakers have stopped switching screens for the most part, forcing everybody playing on-ball defense to battle through screens while bigs hedge or sag into the paint depending on the ball-handler. Instead of simple switching and forfeiting mismatches, defenders are now guarding their comfortable position, along with working like crazy to not give up easy shots.

    Coaches throughout the league use the switching scheme or force their players to fight through screens. The Lakers tried the former to little success, and the latter is now making a difference. The switching scheme requires certain personnel. Having a James Harden who is a strong post defender makes the Rockets’ scheme work. The Golden State Warriors can do this because Draymond Green can guard all five positions. Nobody on the Lakers is a Swiss Army knife on defense.

    So this fighting through screens philosophy makes sense for them. The switching scheme promotes laziness and lack of communication since all that’s done is literally switching assignments. Now, players are forced to communicate, forced to amplify their effort to get over the top and make their defense work.

    The Lakers’ on-ball defenders have the length to make up spatial differences until they recover around the screen. Brandon Ingram, for example, can use his long wingspan to simply hold out an arm and challenge a shot before getting in front of the player he’s guarding.

    It also keeps the big men like McGee and Chandler where they’re most effective, which is protecting the rim. Both bigs are smart in terms of knowing when to hedge screens or sag off into the paint until the help fights through, and the results touched on earlier show how the Lakers are making strides with their defense.

    One underlying factor is the competition in the backcourt for playing time. Ball, Rondo, Hart and KCP are all fighting for minutes next to Ingram, LeBron and Kyle Kuzma in the closing lineup. Matchups play a role in who is playing, but showing great effort on the defensive end is the quickest way to increase your playing time.

    As a whole, the switch-heavy scheme made sense for the Lakers coming into the season, but the adjustments made to alter the defensive plan are paying off in the short run. Not switching keeps everybody talking, engaged and moving on defense. It’s nice to see a team forced to compete this much on that side of the court, and the Lakers — winners of five of their last six games and three in a row — are seeing the benefits of working on defense.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:58 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent article by Michael Dugger for Hoops Habit detailing how the Lakers, in addition to adding Tyson Chandler, have changed from their normal ‘switch everything’ approach to defense to having everybody fight through screens. That’s a strategic change that makes great sense now that they have two elite defensive centers whom they want to stay in the paint and protect the rim. It should also help prevent teams from forcing switches to pick on the Lakers weakest defender on the court, which has often been Kuz.

      It will be interesting to see how the new defense works against the Blazers, who are an entirely different level of challenge defensively than the Kings or Hawks. Ideally, I think the Lakers should be able to change up how they defend based on the opponent. I would also still like to see LeBron at small ball five as that’s a lineup they will probably still have to use when they play the Warriors and other small ball dominant teams. Tonight’s game will be a good test of our new defensive capabilities. Like to continue Blazers losing streak to Lakers.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:40 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    The future of the Warriors' dynasty is in serious jeapardy! 

    The​ future might point back​ to​ this​ moment as​ the end.​ A random​ November​ game​ at Staples Center,​ against​ a Clippers team​​ that history wouldn’t otherwise remember, was the opening salvo in the destruction of a dynasty.

    Who gets the blame depends on who you ask.

    Some will blame Draymond Green for unleashing a tirade on Kevin Durant, one so personal and biting things could never be the same afterward.

    Some will point to Durant, who repeatedly dangled free agency over the heads of his teammates and tested the patience of his peers, several of whom suspect he’s leaving at the end of the season.

    Perhaps the lion’s share should go to general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr, who escalated the stakes by suspending Green for a game without pay, costing him $120,000 but most importantly morphing an in-house feud into a public rebuke of Green and open support of Durant.

    The irony. In the end, it may not be the Houston Rockets or the Boston Celtics to dethrone the Warriors. What if it’s failing organs and internal bleeding that lead to the end of the Dubs dominance? What if one of the greatest teams in NBA history was broken apart by a front-office attempt at appeasement?

    According to multiple sources, Green then went on to make it clear he’s been making plays for years. He reminded Durant the Warriors were winning before Durant showed up so he wouldn’t stand for Durant talking to him as if he were a scrub. Green accused Durant of making the whole season about him even though he was going to leave after this season. Green let out his frustrations about how Durant has handled free agency — keeping his options open and keeping the story alive, consuming the Warriors and their season with talk of what Durant will do next.

    That’s the mild version. The original version included Green calling Durant a “b***h” several times — disrespect that management said was too harsh to overlook.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:46 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While the Lakers would love to sign KD or Klay, you could legitimately argue that Draymond Green would be the better option to play alongside LeBron James on the Lakers. While it would never happen, a midseason trade of KCP and Ingram for Green would be a sweet solution to the Lakers small ball center issues. Dray has two years left on his contract. Unless KD stays, Dray should be available next summer.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 9:53 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It took 8 years to break up Kobe and Shaq, so I wouldn’t read too much into this.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:23 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Recent history shows why these guys can’t simply be moved around like chess pieces or video game holograms. Personality, ego, fit, sensitivities, etc….they all factor in. Even moves that seem like slam dunks can blow up in your face…see Butler, Jimmy and Wolves, Minny. Stuff that seems like it shouldn’t work sometimes blossoms…Oladipo, Victor and Pacers, Indy. You just never know what’s gonna click.

      By the way GSW management reacted, this thing seems like more something than nothing. Not saying any of those dudes will end up here but it sure seems like somebody is gonna end up someplace else.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:34 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I tend to agree that this has the feeling of something that’s going to happen. I don’t see KD re-signing with the Warriors. Sometimes, you just can’t take back what’s said. If KD were willing to sign a long term deal, then I think the Warriors would likely move Dray. Not sure what they would do if KD wanted to continue with the 1-year deals.

        This could be last year of Warriors dominance, which would be perfect for the Lakers, especially if KD would come here, which suddenly looks like less of a long shot than it was a few days ago. Green’s comments about the team being champs before he came (and insinuating the same after he leaves) are the types of remarks that don’t go away easily. KD took over Dray’s spot in the Warriors Big Three. Time to move on.

        I could see Green demanding a trade this summer. Either KD or Green would be great fits on the Lakers. The question could come down to KD on a 1-year deal or Green on a multiple year deal.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:30 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink |  

    What have Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler situations taught the NBA? 

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:07 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent piece.
      The rules of engagement are constantly shifting in the NBA.

      It’s amazing to me that TOR got Kawhi and Green without giving up neither Anunoby nor Siakam.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:14 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That was a fabulous trade by Masai. Moved what was becoming a bad contract and got a top five player in Kawhi plus a great 3-and-D guy in Green.

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