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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:13 AM on January 13, 2020 Permalink |  

    After consulting with phred and GDub…I’m taking the Highway they took.

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 9:24 AM on January 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Tell G Wassup for me.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:37 PM on January 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What U talkin bout MM?

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 5:13 PM on January 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Pretty sure he’s leaving again. Not sure what set him off, but ok.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:38 PM on January 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You don’t need to bail.
      Just like in the real world, everything ain’t going to go your way, or even be fair in here.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:20 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 2:16 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:21 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is a great idea.

      I’m going out on limb here…

      Dame would challenge Russ…and… win…

      Brandon Ingram would challenge Buddy Hield.

      Joel Embiid would challenge KAT.

      Butler challenges Wiggins.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:44 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Would be buzz worthy. Not to mention UFC WWE style promos. Would make the ASG weekend interesting again.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:13 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I LOVE this idea!

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:16 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Would be much more popular than some kind of team tournament.
        Still worry about players getting injured though.
        Have to put a lot of money on the line to get guys to participate.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 2:14 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:15 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just stop with the potential garbage!
      When he gets minutes, he balls out!
      Simple.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:30 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think that minutes and opportunity play a large role. Now, get the coaches to figure out a better rotation than we have presently.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 7:08 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I know. I wonder what Bogdanovich would do with a buncha minutes on a limited roster. Oh wait, nvm.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 7:56 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Ha, ha. Clipps lost tonite to Nuggs.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 8:51 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL!
          nice

        • mclyne32 (Director) 8:51 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          you do realize that we have only lost SEVEN games all season as currently constructed, right?

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 9:03 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Pretty sure I read that somewhere.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 10:55 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink

              We don’t need Bogdanovic.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:29 AM on January 13, 2020 Permalink

              I think the most Rob will do is add Collison if Collison wants to come, that is. He may not because he’ll have to earn his minutes. I can see us standing pat and continuing to improve team chemistry.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:07 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:23 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hope can remain healthy.
      I think most fans want to what he and KD will look like playing together next season.

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    Magicman (Editor) 1:04 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 12:21 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 12:14 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 12:16 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dropped that ‘look ahead let-down sandwich’ game against the Cavs.

      Hard to imagine losing back-to-back at home.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 12:14 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 12:05 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 12:26 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While most agree with this idea on the surface, their deeply held beliefs immediately contradict it.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:59 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        About sports? Nah man, no need to get persnickety. It’s a small part of life. For me, mostly entertainment.

        And that’s for most of us living in the real world, can be bigger people and admit mistakes and try to be the change you want to see in the world.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 1:17 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yeah, for me, Sports are a pleasant distraction from the garbage that takes place in this world.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 1:28 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Well said, Matt.

            I used to when I was a kid, but then more important stuff fills up the brain as you get older. Or at least ya hope it does.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 1:38 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink

              Nah, everyone has blind spots. In sports, life, or whatever. You can argue your points to death, be proven right repeatedly, and some people will refuse to accept it. Can’t play chess with a pigeon.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 2:04 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink

              If you got kids you can’t afford a blind spot, Stan.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 3:18 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink

              Especially kids with special needs.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:58 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    We don’t have a ‘death lineup’ we are not the Golden State Warriors.

    The best 5 man lineup for LA are two traditional big men (McGee Davis).

    It’s apples and oranges to compare.

    The Warriors built their franchise from the Perimeter in. They drafted perimeter players and then built the middle.

    The Lakers, like 99.9% of contenders did it the traditional way. You build the squad from the middle out.

    That’s how most chanpionships are won building for the middle out, not perimeter in.

    The Warriors milked the cow on that perimeter in building and then when they played a team built from the middle out, they got their a*s kicked.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:27 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No disrespect, Sean, but the reason the Warriors “gopt their a*s kicked’ was injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, not because they played their ‘Death Lineup.’ The Warriors’ ‘Death Lineup’ dominated the league for 5 seasons. It’s surely not the only way to win but for 5 years, it was the best way to win.

      The Lakers have not spent much time with lineups where Anthony Davis plays the 5 but if Kuzma continues to play like he did the last couple of games, we may well see that become our own version of the ‘Death Lineup’ where we have five shooters on the floor and can switch on defense and stretch the floor on offense with 5-out sets.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:45 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The ‘Death Lineup’ is uniquely Warriors, my man. There’s no evidence that at this point, it’s anything other than a cyclical phenomenon, happens.

        It happens in the Sea, in Space, on Earth and in Sports.

        Bill Belichick has won 6 titles because he understood that playing the same way, your way, and achieving success, doesn’t mean you don’t evolve, it just means you have to adjust schemes slightly differently, rather than ‘copycat’ what everybody else is doing.

        The irony is, the 49ers aren’t a perimeter team. They’re a running, play action physical football team.

        The Ravens are the Warriors, Spread action RPO style. And now they’re sitting on the couch.

        The Lakers will form their own identity, no need to copycat the Warriors.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 11:48 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Pop doesn’t watch much film, for that very reason.

          Like Belichick, Coach K, they play their game and don’t really concern themselves,of what others are doing.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:55 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Definition of ‘no disrespect (to sb/sth)’
        You can say ‘no disrespect to someone or something’ when you are just about to criticize them, in order to indicate that you are not hostile towards them or admire them for other things.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 12:00 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Lets not let emotion f**k up facts.

          Injuries are a factor in sports. I heard the same b******t about Magic and Byron’s injuries against the Bulls.

          Warriors fans be jaw dribbling about injuries. Same with every other fan base. Not unique at all.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:52 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.”

      Mike Krzyzewski, Basketball

    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:55 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is the false narrative that exist: once a team wins a few chips in a row, so called pundits claim this formula needs to be copied for the next team to win.
      No one was ever going to have two talents like Jordan and Pippen. Nobody will ever be able to combine two talents like Shaq and Kobe again. No team will ever have a Curry, Klay, KD, Green Group again. No squad will ever have a LeBron, Wade, Bosh combo again. No team will ever have a Kobe/Pau duo again. Just like no team will ever have a LeBron/AD/Kuzm’a combo again.
      I think it’s just silly to try and duplicate another Championship Squads blueprint since it’s literally impossible to duplicate synergy between highly skilled, very different skilled players.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 1:13 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Great post.

        Not to mention, Injuries have derailed just about every dynasty you could name.

        Anyone remember Peter Vescey dubbing the Bulls “Medical Bill’s”. Bill Cartwright and Wennington were always hurt. LOL.

        Magic and Byron the Bulls.

        Karl Malone hurt.

        Dwight Howard got to a Finals because of other teams bad luck injuries.

        What if GP doesn’t play in the Finals with a broken foot from Game 3 on. And what if he guards MJ from the start?

        Cows come home convos.

        There’s no if’s in winning and losing. Only is and isn’t.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 1:21 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yup.
          There are so many variables that are in play throughout a season, as well as the playoffs that make the final outcome very difficult to predict.
          That Laker squad before we stole Pau away was hot garbage that had zero chance of making the Finals.
          Most GMs did not see us trading for Gasol and going on a spectacular run before it happened.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 1:34 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yup. We only lost about 7 games the rest of the way.

            Rockets got the Glide and only played .500 till the playoffs. Won a Title after they jelled.

            We’ve been so used to winning the last game of the year…that sometimes you forget almost everybody and everything had to be healthy and get the lucky breaks, no matter how great you are.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 3:20 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink

              A lot is determined by good fortune- mostly health.

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    Magicman (Editor) 9:41 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 9:37 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:51 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No trade necessary.
      Vogel needs to rearrange some of the lineups to give Kuz more minutes.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:00 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Could be the solution. I know one thing for sure. Kuzma’s trade value has just jumped and we will need a lot more in return to trade him at this point in time. Kuz did exactly what he needed to do over these last two games to change the dynamic of the situation. He deserves recognition for coming through in what was surely the clutch time for him and his career.

        • John M.

          John M. 10:37 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          From ESPN:

          Lakers coach Frank Vogel was asked how much he’s reading into Kuzma’s breakout road trip, considering how up and down Kuzma’s first couple of months of the season were after he entered training camp with a lingering left foot and ankle issue he suffered with USA Basketball in the summertime.

          “I think it’s real,” Vogel said. “A lot of people are trying to create sort of an issue, like, ‘What’s going on with Kuz?’ or ‘Why aren’t we getting more out of Kuz?’ and all that stuff. To me, it’s just a matter of time. Everybody just has to be patient, wait, it’s going to continue to grow. The role’s going continue to grow, his comfort level’s going to continue to grow and you’re going to see performances like you saw tonight from him.”

          • John M.

            John M. 10:41 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Vogel on how Kuzma will benefit from the game: “I really think that’s going to carry over to when those guys (James and Davis) come back, and we’ll continue to see his minutes grow and grow throughout the season.”

            I doubt he’s going anywhere.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 10:46 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink

              Yup- he’s a keeper- for sure.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:35 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink |  

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    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:54 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Watch Kobe’s 81 game or his 60 pointer in three quarters.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:59 AM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kobe shot way more than Ray Allen dude, not even in his universe of efficiency.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:24 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          And Ray Allen will never ever be in the GOAT conversation.
          Never.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 1:03 PM on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I posted that Knicks game he had where he had 61 I think…he was in the zone that day along with those games. Might have been 62. Not sure offhand.

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