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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:58 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers Q&A with Mike Trudell! 

    Did you know that we’re only two weeks away from the start of Lakers training camp? Two weeks!

    Question from @crownroyalpapi: Have you thought of what you would like to see as the starting lineup and the primary bench unit?

    Trudell: I took an initial stab at the rotation in my 2019-20 Lakers Schedule Breakdown article, before we learned about the DeMarcus Cousins injury:

    PG: Avery Bradley, Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook
    SG: Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Troy Daniels
    SF: LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Talen Horton-Tucker
    PF: Anthony Davis, Jared Dudley, Kostas Antetokounmpo (2-way)
    C: DeMarcus Cousins, JaVale McGee

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:02 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Insert Dwight for Boogie and that’s my starting lineup for the Lakers.
      Good Q&A from Trudell.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 12:11 PM on September 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I sure hope the Lakers don’t go back on their word to JaVale. One of the main reasons he came back was because he was promised a starting role.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:54 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink |  

    “LeBron is not a Top 10 player right now… I’ll give LeBron 11th.” 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:56 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Comments like this are why I think LeBron is going to dominate every game he plays this season and win his fifth regular season MVP.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 4:59 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There’d be no Skip Bayless without LeBron.

      • John M.

        John M. 10:25 AM on September 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        So is Bayless saying, if you took the top 20 guys and had a one-on-one tournament, Lebron would finish 11th? Okay…

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:35 AM on September 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d like to see the list of ten current NBA players Skip would rank ahead of LeBron James.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:07 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink |  

    On Cousins' future with the Lakers and why we can't write off a return next season 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:22 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink |  

    Will Dwight Howard solve the Lakers’ big problem? 

    Different look on offense for Lakers

    Part of Cousins’ appeal to the Lakers — besides a bargain price of $3.5 million this season — was surely his ability to stretch the floor from the center position. During 2016-17 and 2017-18, Cousins made a combined 235 3-pointers at a 36% clip before making just 27% of his 3s last season while coming back from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Howard has made only six 3-pointers during his 15-year NBA career.

    That spacing ability is important because Howard will be playing alongside Anthony Davis, perhaps the most traditional 4 Howard has teamed with since Pau Gasol in L.A. The Lakers will want to take advantage of Davis as a pick-and-roll threat and a post-up option against smaller power forwards, something Howard’s recent power forwards haven’t done. The Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets primarily played stretch-4s with Howard, and while Atlanta Hawks teammate Paul Millsap was effective in the paint, he also attempted a career-high 3.5 3-pointers per game alongside Howard. That’s slightly more than Davis, who topped out at 2.6 3s per game last season.

    Presumably, the Lakers envision Howard spending a lot of time in what NBA coaches call the “dunker spot,” hanging out on along the baseline on the weak side of pick-and-rolls involving Davis and LeBron James or one of the Lakers’ guards. JaVale McGee figures to play the same role when he plays with Davis. McGee and Howard have been two of the league’s most prolific above-the-rim finishers: McGee was fifth in the NBA with 201 dunks last season for the Lakers, per Basketball-Reference.com, and Howard was fourth with 174 in 2017-18 while playing for the Hornets.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:26 PM on September 12, 2019 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: Teams will regret passing on Talen Horton-Tucker 

    Look for Horton-Tucker to get some solid playing time in preseason with the Lakers not riding their players like most teams. It’s unlikely that the Lakers will play guys like LeBron, Anthony Davis, and their veterans big minutes.

    Horton-Tucker will likely not play much in year one, especially with the Lakers acquiring guys like Quinn Cook and Avery Bradley. However the one thing that you can bet on is that he will be ready when his number is called.

     
    • p ang

      p ang 12:09 AM on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      .Now here are the teams who really regretted passing on the 6th overall pick:

      1. Mychal Thompson Portland Trail Blazers (from Indiana)
      2. Phil Ford Kansas City Kings (from New Jersey)
      3. Rick Robey Indiana Pacers (from Buffalo via Portland)
      4 . Micheal Ray Richardson New York Knicks (from Houston via Buffalo and New Jersey
      5. Purvis Short Golden State Warriors (from Kansas City via Los Angeles)

      And the 6th pick of the 1978 NBA draft is …….

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:24 PM on September 12, 2019 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Goals for Avery Bradley in the 2019-20 season 

    – Stay on the court
    – Shooting 38 percent or better from deep
    – Make All-Defensive team

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:11 PM on September 12, 2019 Permalink |  

    Could the problem with Team USA be the coach and players they selected? 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:33 PM on September 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      ALL those dudes backing out get a pass. All valid reasons.

      Most have heeded the call. Zion will too.

      Even Kuzma could have backed out but made a commitment to his country and saw it through.

      Guys like Bagley and Fox and Trae Young declined invites. Remember that and keep energy for them.

      Jerry is rich, here. LOL.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:45 PM on September 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If the best players on the planet aren’t in the Tournament, it’s meaningless

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 1:40 AM on September 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s an ethnocentric viewpoint. It’s only meaningless to those who don’t respect what countries like Spain, Argentina, Australia, and others value which is far more important than a means to an end. The “best players” don’t always translate to the best team, we know that. It means much more than we can appreciate to the excited fans in Spain and Argentina. Sour grapes…may the best “team” in the world win!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:47 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink |  

    Vogel says Davis will play ‘some’ center during the regular season 

    SA: This might be more of a training camp question, but is it important to determine whether Davis plays power forward or center?

    FV: It is, in this regard: To me, he’s effective in both positions. But I don’t think it’s wise when your mindset is to be at your best going into the playoffs, to have him banging with centers for 82 games full-time. Does that mean he’s never going to do it in the regular season? No, of course he’s going to play some center in the regular season. But we want to make sure we keep the end goal in sight and getting him to April, for that playoff run, the right way.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:26 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink |  

    Latest on Andre Iguodala and what it means for the Lakers! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:31 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink |  

    Q&A: Frank Vogel on Lakers’ roster, Dwight Howard’s role, plus more 

    Some great excerpts from Steve Aschburner’s great interview of Frank Vogel:

    SA: I feel bad for the guys like former Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Greg Monroe (NBA big man who’ll be playing in China), the low-block bangers who’ve been rendered all but obsolete in today’s game. It’s really become a dinosaur thing of adapt-or-die, hasn’t it?

    FV: I still think there’s a place for centers and big men in this league. The thing that’s gone away more than anything are lineups with two bigs. The non-shooting power forwards. Those are the guys I feel have suffered even more than the centers. They have become “fives” – but in turn, sometimes they’re just better basketball players than the [pure] fives. So that’s kind of pushing things too.

    SA: We all know now that long 2-point shots are “bad.” Where you do you stand on long 3-pointers? Do the analytics support taking those shots?

    FV: I call them “4-pointers.” You have guys with 3-point range and guys with 4-point range. You used to have to chart when you were preparing for a team how a guy shoots at the arc and how a guy shoots from the corner. Now you have to chart corner, arc and how they shoot from 4-point range. Maybe you want to give some guys those shots. But some guys – Steph [Curry], Dame [Lillard] – shoot a very high percentage from that range, so you have to treat them like it’s a corner three.

    SA: You faced big expectations before, especially in Indiana. But what you’re looking at now in L.A. are enormous expectations, coming from tradition, from passion and maybe from an impatience that’s unrealistic. Are you prepared for that?

    FV: We have the pieces to compete for a championship. To have expectations that it’s all going to come together immediately might be reaching a little bit. I’m sure we’ll have some bumps in the road. But hopefully as these guys gel … we have a number of guys with terrific resumes, but they have to learn each other. And they’ll have to learn each other quickly. Then we’ll be in the mix for the regular season and positioning ourselves for a playoff run. You just never know how quickly that process is going to play out. So hopefully, whatever the regular season looks like, by the time you get into the playoffs you’re gelling at the right time and playing your best basketball.

    SA: This might be more of a training camp question, but is it important to determine whether Davis plays power forward or center?

    FV: It is, in this regard: To me, he’s effective in both positions. But I don’t think it’s wise when your mindset is to be at your best going into the playoffs, to have him banging with centers for 82 games full-time. Does that mean he’s never going to do it in the regular season? No, of course he’s going to play some center in the regular season. But we want to make sure we keep the end goal in sight and getting him to April, for that playoff run, the right way.

    SA: Where is Dwight Howard at physically and mentally? Do you have a sense for what he wants to accomplish now and for his legacy with however much longer he hopes to play?

    FV: I think he’s excited about this opportunity with the Lakers. It’s very different from the first time he came through. Then, he was a mega-star coming in with two other mega-stars [Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash]. This time around, he’s had a few teams where they haven’t had great success. And he’s at a different point, age-wise, in his career. So he’s excited just to be part of something, in any way he can help. He knows it’s going to be more of a role player type of role.

    SA: And that’s acceptable to him?

    FV: It’s definitely acceptable. He’s excited about it. And he has the ability to be one of the best at it in the league. He’s going to be concentrating on that. I’ll be defining what we’ll expecting of him, in terms of defending and rebounding and screen-setting and lob-catching and all those things. He’s willing to accept any role that I lay out in front of him. We’ve had a great start to our relationship. He’s in a great place mentally.

    SA: What do you like about your coaching staff?

    FV: Everything. We really have it all. We’ve got great experience in Jason [Kidd] and Lionel [Hollins]. They had terrific head coaching stints. Both played at a high level and won championships. Jason obviously was a Hall of Fame player and his pass-first mindset carried over to his coaching. That will be a big part of what we do with our group. First we’ve got to be a team, despite the great talent that we have.

    And then we’ve got other guys with a wealth of credentials behind that. Phil Handy being in five straight Finals and having an established relationship with LeBron, to help me put him in the right positions to succeed. Mike Penberthy comes in as one of the best skills or shooting coaches, respected league-wide, and has a relationship with AD from the Pelicans the last couple years. He can help me put Anthony in great positions as well.

    Miles Simon has been great in terms of bridging the gap with this transition, and is a great young coach. And then we’ve got my guy Quinton Crawford from Orlando who was my head video guy. He has an immense coaching talent – he cut his teeth the same way I did.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:51 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As I expounded on in the pinned article above, I think the key to the Lakers building a top-five NBA defense is going to head coach Frank Vogel and his coaching staff that includes two former head coaches in Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins who were both All-Defensive players in their NBA careers.

      Frank Vogel may not have been the Lakers first choice as their new head coach to replace Luke Walton but he is going to prove that he actually was the best candidate, especially considering the quintet of former All-Defensive players the Lakers have recruited for this roster.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:40 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great article, nice to see him establishing a firm role with Dwight.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:00 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink |  

    Can Lakers Be Elite Defensive Team? 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:08 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great team defense is a product both of individual skill and talent as well as defensive coaching scheme and system. While the Lakers may not be able to count on resurrecting the defensive ghosts that once made LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, and Rajon Rondo All-Defensive players, there’s a good chance that Frank Vogel can take advantage of their veteran savvy and smarts to cobble together a top-five NBA defense.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 9:02 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We need to surround AD with younger players if we want a top 5 defense.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:16 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That would be great, Matt. Unfortunately, we traded our young players who were promising defenders and the only young players on the roster right now are subpar defenders. Our best option is to hope that Vogel and his staff can implement strong defensive schemes and discipline to take advantage of the savvy and smarts of our former elite defenders with AD and Green leading the way.

          I do think there’s a good chance that LeBron will pay more attention on the defensive end, that Bradley might surprise us and get back some of their defensive mojos in Vogel’s system that he had in Stevens’ system. And McGee and Howard do have the ability to anchor a good defense with their rim protection and shot blocking, especially with Davis lurking as an elite shot blocker and steal creator.

          We may not be top five but I would think we could at the worst be top-ten. If we could land Iggy, I then think top-five would actually be achievable. A lot depends on the system that Vogel implements and the accountability that he and hopefully AD demand of the rest of the team. I also think having Kidd and Hollins, who were both elite defenders as players in the league can also be a factor in the team focusing on defense.

          Anyway, the bottom line is there’s good reason to be optimistic. The team will still have to prove it on the court but I think the potential is there, which is more than I could say about our defense the last six years.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 5:06 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Danny Green is 32, but still an excellent perimeter defender. Avery Bradley is 29 and was two time all-defense before he was injured, but he’s healthy now. KCP will now be surrounded by NBA savvy veterans who know how to defend. KCP, 26 and entering his prime, is a solid perimeter defender in the right system. Alex Caruso, 25, is a tough, solid defender. Anthony Davis is an all world defender. How many times was Dwight Howard DPOY? JaVale McGee is one of the best rim protectors in the NBA. Kyle Kuzma’s defense will only get better. LeBron is great when he wants to be and, most important, the Lakers hired a head coach who is defense minded and knows how to use rim protecting defenders. I think the opposite of you guys on this issue. Defense is more a scheme thing than an individual thing and we have a bunch of veterans who simply get it.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:44 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink

              Hey, Keen. I think Lakers should be top ten in defense with a chance at top five if Dwight Howard can play to his potential and not implode.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 6:50 AM on September 14, 2019 Permalink

              Better than top 10 provided that they are healthy, with or without Dwight Howard.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:15 PM on September 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great post LT, realistically addresses both the challenges and potential solutions we can deploy to elevate the defense which will be the key to any aspirations of raising a banner. I also think that Dwight could provide the key. Any quality minutes he can contribute on defense elevates the entire team. If he can be a deterrent at the rim, give AD the rest against true bigs he obviously desires I can see the 2 of them forging an unlikely partnership for a number of seasons.

      As far as the perimeter goes and the schemes and traps we’ll deploy we have a lot of solid, situational defenders that we can play that don’t ever need to include Andre Iguodala. Should he become a Laker, bonus, gives us another smart, cagey, lengthy defender. But should that possibility never materialize I think we have the personnel in-house to make life difficult and force bad shots.

      Bradley, Green and Rondo are all best suited to solid scheme defense. That’s where Vogel and his staff come in. KCP has the speed to be more of a lockdown defender than he’s ever shown and maybe one of these coaches can unlock that in him. I feel his biggest deficiencies are mental ones: losing his focus, making quick and sloppy plays with the ball, and letting his lack of scoring effect the rest of his game.

      LeBron will be LeBron. While the lofty goals set out by AD would be nice I’ll settle for a solid net defensive rating for the season. Should he find it in him to elevate his defense and make 1st team…awesome. But that’s often as much about hype as anything else. There are plenty of plus defenders who never get an award and if LeBron ends up as one of those I won’t mind at all.

      AD and Dwight combining to force defense to pull up from mid range and our perimeter guys forcing guys off the three point line will be the true indicator of success. I have high hopes that this group can find a way to become a top 5 defensive team by season’s end.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:00 PM on September 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks, Jamie. I have big hopes for this team defensively, especially with Frank Vogel as our head coach and AD and Danny Green leading the way. The makings are there to craft a top-ten and maybe even a top-five defense. Let’s hope Dwight keeps it together and he and JaVale can deploy the kind of rim protection that’s been a hallmark of Frank’s teams.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:44 AM on September 11, 2019 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: Best-Case, Worst-Case scenarios for new additions 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:53 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting, I think Avery will be one of the leading beneficiaries of Vogel’s defense first mentality so I expect him to be closer to his ‘best-case’ prognosis.

      Danny Green’s could be labeled ‘every team in the league who counts on a player who has played deep into the playoffs multiple times’. With Troy Daniels I think we can afford to ease Green into the season.

      This is one of the best takes on Dwight yet and is also another reason I was glad to read Frank establishing his role well before camp: defend the paint, rebound, finish lobs and shot attempts around the rim. That’s your role, focus on it, excel at it, you’ll play more minutes and maybe earn a decent payday.

      one thing not really being talked about is how this is one of the first teams in a long time Dwight isn’t coming to with an expectation higher than he can possibly achieve. he was never going to save the Hawkls, Hornets or Wizards: he’s not that guy. He hasn’t been that guy since Orlando, Kobe didn’t need him, just figured out how to use him effectively which is what Kobe does best: think the game through at an elite level few can begin to approach.

      Laker Dwight 2.0 is being asked to do basically 3 things and do them well. Happy coincidence: they’re things he’s already naturally good at and if the weight loss gets him back a little bit of that explosiveness…bonus! The one con is the potential for him to be so disruptive they have to release him. After everything surrounding Ball and his family, the way Jim and Mitch left, Magic leaving the way he did…there has been waaaaay too much drama for a team that already has a ton built into it’s ethos. Time to chill that front down and have a season or 4 focused on the court, not off of it. Yes, Dwight’s contract allows him to be ejcted at any time, if that button is pushed it won’t be a good thing.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:06 PM on September 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Great comments, Jamie. Like you, I was struck by the comments about how it was the system and schemes of Celtics coach Brad Stevens that was a big part of Bradley’s success on defense. While I don’t completely agree with the comments, I do think system and scheme do have a lot to do with how well a team plays on defense. It’s the building of consistency that comes with the constant attention and reinforcement. I think we’ve got a good chance to see all of our over-the-hill defenders play better defense than they have recently. I also think having two assistants who were head coaches and elite defenders as players could also play huge dividends for the Lakers. Can’t wait for October 1st to arrive.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:16 PM on September 10, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers Are Determined to Play Anthony Davis at the 4, but Is That Really Smart? 

    Within an era of the NBA built upon the concept of players being “positionless” stands one of its most important pillars willing to take a stand. Of course, with a few caveats baked in.

    At 6’10”, 253 pounds and one eyebrow, Anthony Davis is not only one of the league’s most dazzling embodiments of modern basketball with his combination of size, shooting ability and guard-like coordination but also a throwback positionwise.

    “I like playing the 4,” Davis told reporters during his introductory press conference with the Los Angeles Lakers. “I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. I like playing the 4. I don’t really like playing the 5.”

    He would slyly put his hand on new head coach Frank Vogel’s shoulder after stating this and concede he would play the 5 if need be.

    This is not a new preference for Davis. In fact, it is a stance the perennial All-Star has stuck with since entering the league. During what has already been a brisk seven seasons in the NBA for the 2012 No. 1 pick, he has played center more than power forward in only two, according to Cleaning the Glass. Last year, he spent a career-high 65 percent of his possessions at the 4 spot for the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Although some believe Davis’ optimal spot on the floor—both individually and for his team—will eventually come at center, he has found success playing power forward. In his final two seasons with New Orleans, for instance, the Pelicans posted a better point/efficiency differential in lineups where he played power forward over center. It’s success his new team will hope carries over this year.

    While there is a case to be made that Davis at the 5 on this Lakers team, in particular, makes the most schematic sense in terms of being more switchable on defense—expanding half-court spacing and unlocking lineups that feature the squad’s best players—there is merit for Davis spending a majority of the regular season at the 4.

    The most prominent argument: It will help keep him fresh and intact for what is expected to be a deep playoff run. The Brow is reportedly “comfortable” playing center in the postseason, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, but the team has to get there first in a wide-open Western Conference. Davis being available as much as possible will play a substantial role in that.

    Lakers fans have also learned firsthand in recent years that injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Reducing extraneous risks that can come with playing center is worth potentially sacrificing a few regular-season wins—especially for a player with an extensive injury history.

    The Lakers appear happy to oblige Davis’ request. Likely not because statistical evidence proves they should, or because of the logistics of their roster construction, but because it’s what he wants.

    And what Davis wants is paramount.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:19 PM on September 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think we will see Davis as the regular season progresses close many games at the five out of necessity. I also think we may see him play as much as 50% of his minutes in the playoffs at the five. The challenge will be to get Davis opportunities in the paint when Howard or McGee are playing center because their defenders will be clogging the lane and paint.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:08 PM on September 10, 2019 Permalink |  

    Who can the Lakers go after with their Disabled Player Exception? 

    The list of actual targets for the exception, be it in a trade or off waivers, is quite small, limited to those who are getting paid a minimum salary but technically aren’t on minimum contracts, since they originally signed for deals longer than two years. The total can be counted on two hands: Willy Hernangomez and Dwayne Bacon of the Charlotte Hornets, Dillon Brooks and Ivan Rabb of the Memphis Grizzlies, Frank Jackson of the New Orleans Pelicans, Damyean Dotson of the New York Knicks, Wesley Iwundu of the Orlando Magic and Royce O’Neale of the Utah Jazz.

    That’s it.

    If Brooks or O’Neale became available, the Lakers would make a move, but that’s unlikely. A trade or waiver claim may end up a dead end, although it’s worth holding on to the exception in case something unexpected occurs.

    Patience may be the answer. Minimum contracts decrease throughout the year, depending on the date signed; disabled player exceptions do not. A player who can sign for $2.6 million before the season is eligible for roughly $464,000 if they sign the same contract on March 10.

    The Lakers could use the full $1.75 million in March to pick up a veteran, which potentially gives them an advantage over other contenders also looking to add help on the buyout market via minimum contracts.

    Still, several teams, such as the Houston Rockets ($5.7 million) and Denver Nuggets ($8.3 million), might outbid the Lakers with their remaining mid-level exceptions, which do prorate downward but start at a much higher figure than a Cousins disabled player exception would.

    Ultimately, it’s a matter of due diligence. The Lakers are applying for the exception not because they expect to use it or have a specific player in mind. It’s a tool they should have simply because they can have it.

    It will probably go unused, but even an average NBA season takes multiple twists and turns. Flexibility is vital, and a Cousins exception would give Los Angeles an extra card to play, just in case.

    The team would prefer to have the big man on the floor, but maybe a small disabled player exception can somehow make the difference.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:25 AM on September 10, 2019 Permalink |  

    Where has all the (non-pinstriped) purple gone? 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:46 AM on September 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There’s been a huge surge towards teams in all sports wearing multiple variations of their jerseys to create more sales. The old home and away jerseys as well as the original colors have given way to new graphics. Purple and gold has become blue and yellow. And white and black and UCLA blue for the Minny Lakers.

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