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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:37 PM on June 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    Miles Simon @milessimon

    I’m so thankful and blessed to be able to have this opportunity to work for such a great franchise like the @lakers #LakeShow
    Los Angeles Lakers @lakers

    OFFICIAL: Lakers Add Miles Simon To Coaching Staff

    http://www.nba.com/lakers/releases/170627-miles-simon-hired?cid=tw

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:40 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Russell Westbrook … first MVP in the NBA from a sub-50-win team since Moses Malone in 1981-82.

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:32 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    If we’re going after Two Max Deals the Preference is Russ and Boogie.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:57 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Agreed.
      I just don’t think Russ is leaving.

    • tate793

      tate793 1:00 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If only to capitalize on his MVP Award and to return home, he just might leave. If he doesn’t, we still have Lonzo. A backcourt of Lonzo and Ball would be awesome, considering Westbrook’s athleticism and assaults on the rim.

    • p ang

      p ang 1:06 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I say Boogie and trade for Porzingis. We already have BI so no PG. Russ aint coming.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 5:20 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While I agree that he is a huge talent currently, am I the only one that does not want to spend big to get Westbrook? My feeling is that he gets by on superior athleticism and once that fades (and it will), he will be an average PG at best.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:57 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My preference is that we get KD & Steph. But since that ain’t happening you go after who’s attainable. PG has expressed a willingness to come here and he’s the best player to do so in a loooonnnggg time. So he automatically goes at the top of the list. Zingis would be great but they’ll fire Phil before they trade him. I definitely think you could play Russ at the 2 and be successful with Lonzo running point. Cousins would be great and so would Lebron. It all depends on which one wants to come cuz it ain’t gonna be all 3.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:12 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lotta interesting ways this could all play out.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:24 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    Russell Westbrook – Emotional Speech – Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award | 2017 NBA 

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:21 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    Monty Williams Accepts the Sager Strong Award – Full Speech | 2017 NBA Awards 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:23 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Powerful empathy flows through the veins of Monty Williams. Powerful message.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 7:43 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Heard some of his speech on the radio last night and it was well done.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 9:43 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This and Bill Russell were the only worthwhile parts of the show, although I am glad they are doing it this way now for those who enjoy these dog and pony shows.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:18 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    Bill Russell: I’d kick your a*s 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:27 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Genuine Class is Bill Russell. A True Gentleman

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 7:59 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Met him once when he was co-owner of a restaurant here in DC that I used to frequent for lunch … cool dude. He always seemed taller to me in person.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 9:22 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Watching the 30for30 series reminds you of just how great he was.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:37 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    LaVar Ball WWE 

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 7:45 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They’re goin on a “Let’s Get Paid” tour early.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 8:01 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Can’t fault him for that, LaVar’s no dummy. : )

        • AK27

          AK27 9:52 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          he sure ain’t…but folks are cuz they can’t stop talkin’ abt the guy…

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 2:31 PM on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I agree, AK … they’re playin’ right into his hand. SMH

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:41 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:17 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    Not complicated. Pritchard wanted the #2 and Ingram, which was unrealistic from LA’s POV.

    Now we’ve drafted Zo.

    Most if not all Executives love him but Pritchard may be an outlier.

    I still wouldn’t trade either or.

    No matter who Pritchard deals George to, he’s not gonna get the best deal. His best deal is in the Rear View Mirror.

    He’s already screwed this up. Let’s not help him save face.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 3:28 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree. While we do desperately need a star player here sooner rather than later, there’s no need to prostitute ourselves in the process. Selfishly, I just don’t want the Celtics to get our 2018 pick, which is about as stupid a reason as there is to trade for PG.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:34 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Boston is the only team other than the Lakers that could win away Paul George. Do you think Gordon Hayward is going to join the Celtics as a free agent? Either way, I doubt Ainge stands pat. If he gets Hayward, then it’s time to go for the gold before he has to decide on IT’s $200 million contract. If he misses out, then it’s obviously time to give up on free agency and cash in some of those chips because you can’t stand pat, especially after trading the #1 pick and fumbling the #3 pick. Like the Lakers, Celtics also have a lot of contract issues coming up that limit their free agency window.

      And I wouldn’t discount that the two teams who would love to stick it to the Lakers most are Boston and Indiana. Pritchard has come right out and said he doesn’t want to trade PG to the Lakers. Worst of all, you’re taking this chance in order not to give up what? Randle and Clarkson? Two guys who aren’t part of the long term plan and whose salaries you need to get rid of next year anyway? Lakers need to make Pritchard an offer he can’t refuse and move on.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:40 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hayward may leave, he may not. No one knows until Saturday.

        Think about this, other than the Picks, what kind of value does Ainge’s prospects have? If Rondo doesn’t get hurt, a dysfunctional Bulls team beats them in Round one.

        Ainge has never drafted an All-Star. What value do his prospects have?

        He’s failed to make a splash two years in a row.

        Amd so what if Paul George goes to Boston, Tom? You never thought he was a game-changer and neither have I.

        And it’ll go to prove, Mintz is just another prick agent trying to use the Lakers as cover. To quote South Park: “F**k you, buddy!”

        Go Lakers!

      • mud

        mud 5:01 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        if so, too bad.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:51 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wouldn’t give them more than One of Clarkson or Randle and a pick. That’s it. We can always trade the other at the deadline for future picks.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:48 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — After Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle was visibly upset at being taken out late in his team’s blowout win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, coach Byron Scott had a message for the team’s promising power forward.

    “He’s got to grow up,” Scott said Monday after the Lakers’ practice at their facility. “Simple as that.”

    Scott added, “I think the main thing I don’t like is, when you take him out of a game, how he acts sometimes. But again, I chalk it up to immaturity and just being inexperienced at this level because it’s going to happen again. I’m going to take him out of other games that he’s not going to like.”

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/14504626/julius-randle-got-grow-los-angeles-lakers-coach-byron-scott-says

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:49 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A big baby.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:02 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        A young man, but not necessarily in our future plans. I wonder who is on that list for magic and Rob and who isn’t. So far sounds like a two player list: Ball and Ingram. Everybody else better listen and fall in line. Summer league starts up July 7!

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 2:09 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Maybe his potential shines through. It won’t be in LA though.

          Not worth 70-80 Million on the Lakers 2018.

          If he soared above the short-comings maybe.

          But the Well hasn’t burst for this group as far as improvement, it’s been drip-drop as we’ve seen. That isn’t good enough in this business.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 2:37 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        : D

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 2:23 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Guys do mature. Phil devoted an entire chapter to how uncoachable Kobe was. Magic told the guys that they needed to come into camp in great shape. One look Randle’s body and you can tell he was paying attention. He’s now parent. People grow up. My daughter did from just 19 to 20.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 2:48 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        While I maintain that he will be traded, I hope he is not. This guy is going to be a beast in three seasons. He is already a great rebounder, but will just get better and his mid-range and three point shot will continue to improve. I think the main reason he will be traded is because of his length, but perhaps MagRob see character flaws, too. I Think MagRob want to pretty much mimic what the Bucks are doing in terms of length with the added element of character and IQ. BTW, Sean, for those in here who hate Byron Scott, if people can’t see the similarities between Magic’s thinking and Byron Scott’s thinking, they are blind. Magic wants gym rats and wants guys constantly working their tails off ala Pat Riley’s Showtime regiment. I’m a Julius Randle fan and I hope he is here for the long run, but I will understand it if he’s not.

        • John M.

          John M. 2:57 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          A rookie pouting about being pulled is no big deal. Don’t you want guys who don’t want to come out? Like a starting pitcher who thinks he’s got some left? I see flashes of brilliance in Julius and hope he turns into the star we’re rooting for.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 3:31 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Agreed.

            • tate793

              tate793 1:32 AM on June 27, 2017 Permalink

              Plus, Ju’s not a pushover in the trenches. He doesn’t back down. He’s a competitor.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 12:14 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    Brandon Ingram will be on Mason and Ireland at 1:30

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:13 PM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, Sean.
      I listed to their podcast just about every week day.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:59 AM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

    Utah now has $67m in guaranteed contracts for 2017-18. The Jazz are over the cap based on $46m of FA cap holds (Hayward, Hill etc..).

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:58 AM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

    Cap hit for Rudy Gobert next season will now increase from $21.4 to $21.9 based on All-NBA Defensive First Team honors.

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:53 AM on June 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    D’Angelo Russell & Timofey Mozgov Introductory Press Conference – Brooklyn Nets | 2017 

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:26 PM on June 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    Chuck’s Bracelet Story 

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:51 AM on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I remember that broadcast … just as funny now as it was then.

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