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  • Legend44

    Legend44 4:43 PM on July 13, 2018 Permalink  


  • Legend44

    Legend44 4:13 PM on July 13, 2018 Permalink  

    If Lakers stand pat, could Deng find himself a rotation spot on this squad? I wonder if his experience would be valued as a back up 4 when looking at profile of recent recruits?

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 5:09 PM on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Deng may have to have a role. It appears that Lebron will start at the 4 leaving Kuz as the only back up 4. We went from having too many bigs last year to not enough this year. If either Lebron or Kuz go down Deng may have to play some minutes.

      • Legend44

        Legend44 6:04 PM on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Less size depth for sure, but Deng also is a similar profile (former star level, experienced, played for winners, solid defender) to Rondo and Stephenson. What a great potential story if Deng could dust off his career and be a contributer with the Lakers making a run.

  • Legend44

    Legend44 9:16 PM on July 5, 2018 Permalink  

    Lebron at 5 is interesting if that is actually in context with Laker thinking. If so, I wonder if the meeting of the minds centered around the 1982 championship game seven where Magic filled in for the injured Kareem at the 5, only to facilitate one of the greatest playoff performances of all-time. Pat Riley was later quoted as saying that he envisioned a league someday where all five players are 6’ 9”. Few players could replicate what Magic did, but Lebron would certainly have that potential – to dominate all aspects of the game from the 5 spot. If applicable parties are actually considering, I wonder who approached who? I love the idea.

    • mud

      mud 9:23 PM on July 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i’m sure it could happen. a good team will exploit any advantage that it has.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:26 PM on July 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree, Darryll. Starting LeBron at the 5 would be revolutionary but really not that different than how the Warriors play more than half the game with Green at center. He just doesn’t start but he finishes. I love the idea and think it would give Kuzma the opportunity to start, which has to be important for the team and for Kyle. The biggest thing to me about not making a trade right now is giving the young stars a chance to sign. To me that means starting and finishing with all three young stars regardless of veterans. If we don’t trade for a superstar this summer, Lonzo, Brandon, and Kyle should start and close every game along with LeBron. We need to find out soon as possible what we have before deciding whom to trade.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:36 PM on July 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think he’ll play a little 5, maybe 4-5 minutes a game and/or when the match up allows for it.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:12 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My man hasn’t even been in contact with the head coach yet…..

      • mud

        mud 10:34 AM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i know it’s not you, but everyone is harping on this right now, but LeBron agreed to go to the Lakers, then went overseas on vacation with his family(Caribbean, i believe). there is plenty of time to talk with Luke coming up. he still must give a press conference.

  • Legend44

    Legend44 3:32 AM on July 4, 2018 Permalink  


    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:13 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Darryll, great link. I posted the story above. Couple of hints to make it easier to post articles you like. I usually do one of two things:

      (1) If you have a twitter account, just click the link to tweet the article and then paste the embedded tweet into the blog.

      (2) If you don’t have a twitter account, just copy the article headline and search Twitter for an already existing tweet about the article and then embed that tweet into the blog.

      Just email me if you have any questions. Thanks.

  • Legend44

    Legend44 2:43 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink  

    I trust Magic and Rob but as a fan, to me Julius was Laker family so I’m sorry to see him go. I also expect there will be some regret by the Lakers on that front as I anticipate Julius still has more growth potential and he’ll be an all-star. While he started slow, his work ethic, determination and unique offering as a player will be reasons why I think he will stand out going forward. Is one superstar (Kawhi) better than 2 or 3 (Randle, Ingram, Kuzma) emerging all-stars? I would have enjoyed seeing Lebron and the Laker youth in full (Randle, Hart, Ingram, Kuzma, Ball) compete next season. At this point I’m hoping their is no trade and that the Lakers wait until 19 for a free agent addition. Best to Julius! I suspect he is in a good place, matched with Davis and that they’ll be an interesting tandem to watch. Go Lakers!

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:14 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey, Darryll, I think Julius was not in the Lakers long term plans primarily because he doesn’t fit the model of being able to stretch the floor, which is the main offensive weapon we need to give LeBron the space he needs to do his thing. In addition, he got caught in the numbers game to create cap space for Kawhi next summer. With LeBron and Kawhi, the only position left for Julius was small ball center. Thus, his decision to ask for Lakers to renounce him so he could go to New Orleans. Wish him well but I agree with the team’s decision.

      • Legend44

        Legend44 3:35 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I thought from the outset Randall would be similar to a Zach Randolph. One of those mismatch guys that no-one can handle. I was dissapointed at first when Randle couldn’t finish at the rim in traffic. My attachment to him is much about the hard work he put in to rectify his inside accuracy. You are right Tom about his lack of 3 point shooting. The 3 point shot has had a huge impact on the game. In the end, a Randall, Davis combo is a better fit for Julius. I just have a feeling in a couple of years we’ll wish we had a Julius Randall on the team. I liked the idea of Randall as the teams center. Moving on and will be interesting to see how the Lakers handle the 5 spot for next season.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:17 PM on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kinda hard to force a guy to sign after he’s already asked you to renounce him…lol

  • Legend44

    Legend44 7:19 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Could Thomas still fit?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:23 PM on July 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I presume you’re talking about Isaiah Thomas. I don’t know, Darryll. Highly unlikely at this point but it really depends on what other options he has. He would be our best solution as a backup point guard along with Rondo. That and a starting center are our top two priorities right now.

  • Legend44

    Legend44 3:47 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink  

    I have a chronic tendon injury that with serious rest I can resolve the swelling and the pain. However, when stress is reintroduced over time the pain and swelling will return. I think the Lakers need to understand the Leonard injury before making any move that might involve players the likes of Ingram and Kuzma. I wonder if the only way they’ll know if Leonard is fully healed would be to see if he can last a full season without reoccuring symptoms from the mystery injury. I expect the Lakers will do due dilligence, but just hope they consider the risks relative to chronic injury.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 3:53 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Exactly, it’s one thing to be taking on his one year contract tying up cap room. It’s a whole other risk when you have to give up young promising talents that

      A: you went through a few years of horrible seasons to acquire and

      B: you actually made the correct draft pick.

      I just feel if he is 100% and there is no future risks than something unethical took place in his camp?

      • Legend44

        Legend44 4:19 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There’s the element of “team” as well. The young core seem to respond to Walton and like playing together. Yes, the Warriors have lots of stars but it is a unique blend of guys that are willing to play roles. Historically, the “most stars” doesn’t guarantee victory. I think our core could also be unique in how they might blend talent and assume roles. I’d be fine if the Lakers were patient and continued to build methodically. I really like the potential of Ingram and Kuzma. I’m really curious about Ball and his unique dynamic, Love the glue aspect of Hart’s game and Randle could be a mismatch machine. I get that Lebron is a once in a generation player still with lots of tread left, but for any other player(s) aside from him, I’d be hesitant to move our young guys. I think both Kuz and Ingram may have higher long term upside than George and the Leonard situation to me is a big risk/reward situation and if it goes wrong could be devastating. It will probably be up to Lebron in many ways and the team building -- free agency/ trades/drafts, etc., all part of what makes being a fan fun. We’ll know soon.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:48 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You make a great point, Darryll. My biggest objection to the Lakers signing LeBron from day one was how he would change the Lakers’ style of play, which is exactly how I believe the game should be played. I think Magic is going to go for as many superstars as possible. I’m hoping that these guys will want to play our style of ball instead of iso ball. I would not be heartbroken if we just stood pat and gave the current roster with tweaks another go. There really is no terrible outcome for the Lakers long as they don’t sign another Mozgov and Deng duo.

          • Legend44

            Legend44 7:00 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Tom, agree … we’re in pretty good shape. The biggest disaster would be an “equal value” trade for Leonard to find out sometime next season that this injury is chronic. Odd that he missed all season and there was all the controversy srrounding the injury. I otherwise don’t see a Mozgov/Deng scenario out there … we’re in a drivers seat now, unlike before. My favorite move would be Lebron coming to town with a 5 year plan to win 4 titles. Lebron and parts this year and add another stud in 19 and by then 1 or more of our current core may well be in the stud category.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:09 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink

              I’m in the trade for Kawhi and somehow keep Lonzo and Kuzma and then sign LeBron and PG camp, Darryll. I think a fair price is Ingram, Hart, and a pick but I could understand if it ended up costing us Ingram, Kuzma, and a pick. And since the deal is contingent on happening in July, we make sure we have commitments from LeBron and PG with enough money to keep Randle. That’s my favorite move.

  • Legend44

    Legend44 11:58 AM on March 22, 2018 Permalink  

    Saying hello 

    Hey Lakerholics:

    I’m just joining the group …. stumbled across the Lakerholics site and recognized Laker Tom from previous correspondence on an LA Times Blog years ago. I enjoy insightful discussion about the Lakers, so knew that if Laker Tom was onboard this was a group worth joining. From a quick review of the recent posts and comments that has already been confirmed.

    It’s been a rough few years for the purple and gold but while titles are the name of the game for the Lakers, I’ve always enjoyed watching the chess match of rebuilding. The light at the end of this rebuilding tunnel has definitely emerged this year and think Laker fans should be very excited about the future.

    Laker fan since 1969 – so go way back :-)

    I look forward to corresponding with the group.

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