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  • mclyne32 (Director) 7:01 PM on March 25, 2020 Permalink |  

    There is not an album produced throughout history that has a better combination of spectacular guitar riffs mixed with bass slappage than ZZ Top’s “Eliminator.”
    One of the very first albums, yes vinyl, that I purchased as a youngster.

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 1:03 PM on March 7, 2020 Permalink  

    World Wide Government is at it again:

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 12:58 PM on March 7, 2020 Permalink  

    Hey Tom,
    The site is still messed up on my iphone- there is no “Permalink/Reply” line at all.

     
    • John M.

      John M. 1:02 PM on March 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s funky on my phone too.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:58 PM on March 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sorry about that guys. What happened is one of the plugins crashed the site and we’re about two weeks away from launching a brand new version of the site so I don’t want to waste time and money trying to fix the problem on the phone browsers. If you download the WordPress app, you can access posts and comments on the site. Sorry but we’re so close to the new site that it doesn’t make sense to stop and try to fix something that will be gone in 2 weeks.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:44 PM on March 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        No worries LT! That a Laker Standup !

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:00 PM on March 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks Tom- I understand and will be patient. Looking forward to the improvements on the way.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:01 PM on March 7, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Matt, download WordPress app and select comments. Then click from comment to post and you can reply like I am doing right now.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:00 PM on February 25, 2020 Permalink  

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 11:22 AM on February 6, 2020 Permalink  

    Danny Green this Year 

    41% FG
    37% 3Pnt
    70% FT
    8.7 PPG
    3 RPG
    1 APG
    .5 BPG

    all at the low, low cost of $14.6 Million a year

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:25 AM on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s feast or famine with a Danny, Matt. We’ve also seen both.

      Raps fans saw both last year. Sometimes he plays like he’s never been to the playoffs and then will shoot 50% in the Finals.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:28 AM on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        All will be forgiven if this version of Danny Green disappears come playoffs and the one who can be depended upon to space the floor shows up.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 11:29 AM on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think he plays with more of an edge when the games mean something

          • mclyne32 (Director) 12:26 PM on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I get that, but in a stacked West, along with the only Clipper team in history that has a chance to beat us in a series, along with a dominating Bucks squad, playoff seeding really matters.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 12:35 PM on February 6, 2020 Permalink

              Bucks didn’t make any moves either and they had a sweetener available.

              If they get a sketchy matchup, and start playing their worst ball of the year, they can be beaten, Matt.

              They pack the paint, it’s why their a good defense but if you have shooting. Drain treys, you can beat them.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:42 AM on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I will say that I am counting on Playoff Danny as much as anything this season. If Regular Season Danny is what we get in the playoffs we will be in big trouble against more than handful of teams.

    • Buba

      Buba 4:20 PM on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We shall see..

  • mclyne32 (Director) 3:49 PM on January 31, 2020 Permalink  

    Time to Look On Up! 

    We will get through this guys. A major time of healing begins tonight!

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 8:47 PM on January 26, 2020 Permalink  

    Kobe, We Love You. We Miss You

    Some will say, “Why are you so upset?-you didn’t know the guy. You just rooted for him as a fan. You didn’t know the man.”

    My response:
    You are correct. I did not know him personally, but I knew and witnessed what he stood for in person, and through the screen:

    Perseverance.
    Determination.
    Intensity.
    Passion.
    Fearlessness.
    Fire.
    Focus.
    Intelligence.
    Greatness.
    Respect for those that came before him.

    He was in no way a perfect human being- just like the rest of us.
    What he was to me was a magician on the hardwood who could erase all the filth of the day swimming around in my head, for two and a half hours. He transported us to a place where the unthinkable could happen. Where the craziest, most athletic dunks over behemoths happened. Where the impossible clutch plays occurred night in and night out. Where the most remarkable jumpers were drained. Where the Magic-like threaded passes were witnessed. Where the top of the mountain was reached, five separate glorious times!
    Yeah, I never met the guy, but he brought so much joy to me, and millions of others around the planet, just by being himself.
    I will be continually praying for Vanessa and the girls.

    Just like Chick, I never met you Kobe, but I will weep for you, because you were a loved member of my family.

     
    • AK27

      AK27 9:26 PM on January 26, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very well said, Matt…you’re a good man

    • Buba

      Buba 11:03 PM on January 26, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Perfectly said.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 5:04 AM on January 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I avoided coming to this site yesterday because I knew the pain would be worse here. I am still in a deep fog. I didn’t cry until I saw the interview with Doc Rivers…man, that busted me up.

      • Buba

        Buba 6:15 AM on January 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I never liked anything Clippers but Doc Rivers’s emotions made me feel like we need to put our differences aside because of this tragedy. He was definitely honest and genuine. This was probably the first time we are all on the same side. His take brought added emotions to me.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 7:01 PM on January 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I used to really dislike Doc- now I have nothing but love and respect for the man!

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:17 PM on January 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great post, Matt. I don’t care what your religious beliefs are but there are very few people whom I don’t know personally whose untimely death would cause me to cry but Kobe was one of them as was JFK when I was in college. The injustice of he and his daughter and two of her teammates and their families dying on the way to a girls basketball game was just so tragic. I spent yesterday watching my two granddaughters play CTO basketball and hugging them and hoping life would never deal them the bad luck it did to Kobe and those who died in that helicopter crash. Kobe was a big part of my life and one of my heroes. RIP Mamba. You will never be forgotten. I will be opening the new Lakerholics site in a month or so and it will be dedicated to Kobe Bean Bryant.

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 3:59 PM on January 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well said m8

  • mclyne32 (Director) 8:45 AM on January 14, 2020 Permalink  

    @Sean (Magicman)

    You don’t need to bail. You are a valued member of this site and it’s not the same without you. Just shake it off and move on dude.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:47 AM on January 14, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 10:13 AM on January 14, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rub a little dirt on it.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:05 AM on January 14, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s not my intent.
        I don’t know exactly what happened- I just know that this place is a lot less fun without him.

        • havoc

          havoc 11:18 AM on January 14, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          what happened to him? hope he is okay

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 11:21 AM on January 14, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          No I meant for him to rub a little dirt on it, and get back in the game. I don’t think it’s anything that happened in the forum, unless something was deleted before I saw it. He has been pushing the lines with the political nonsense we all try to avoid. Which is extra weird considering he ain’t even from this country. IDK honestly, but it ain’t the first time he’s bounced, prolly not the last either.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 11:28 AM on January 14, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Ahhhh, my bad man.
            Getting all wrapped up in politics is a fools errand. The one’s pulling the strings of the puppets that we see are really running things.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:46 PM on December 17, 2019 Permalink  

    Chasing Convenience?

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 3:37 PM on December 9, 2019 Permalink  

    Where’s Keen been?
    I actually miss his cantankerous self.

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 4:39 PM on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Where’s Mcclyne and who hacked his account?

    • Buba

      Buba 5:31 PM on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I actually have been wondering about Keen as well. Hope he is okay.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:05 PM on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I just emailed him so hopefully he’s fine and just got tired of hearing us complain. :-)

    • keen observer

      keen observer 9:06 PM on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you, Mr. McLyne. I’m here and miss your pretty tush, too. I just returned from the first long vacation of my life and now can settle in and enjoy the rest of the season. I posted a few weeks ago, but it was short and insignificant, whatever I said. Been watching games here and there. Is this really happening?

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:08 PM on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Haha and welcome back, keen. As you can see, you were missed. :-)

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:49 PM on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Glad you found joy on the trip and welcome back!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:17 PM on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Where did your travels take you?
        Yes, we really do have a Championship quality team and it feels great!

        • keen observer

          keen observer 8:20 AM on December 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Italy. Lifelong dream. It was awesome! Thanks for asking.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 9:04 AM on December 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Bellisima!

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:09 AM on December 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Hope you visited Venice before the rising tides render it unvisitable save by S.C.U.B.A. gear.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 10:32 AM on December 10, 2019 Permalink

              Didn’t go to Venice. Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Rome, Milan.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 11:25 AM on December 10, 2019 Permalink

              I’ve only driven through the Amalfi Coast in Forza- a PS4 video game.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 12:16 PM on December 10, 2019 Permalink

              Loved that part of Italy. Amalfi, Sorrento, Pompei and even Naples. Best food there IMO.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:06 AM on December 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Keen!!! So glad to see you here again and happy to know you’ve been enjoying yourself in Italy. Welcome back.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 10:31 AM on December 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thank you, Seely. Go Lakers! Rob Pelinka – Exec of the Year!

    • Buba

      Buba 12:19 AM on December 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Every one needs a vacation. Hope your’s was glorious. But mind you, no more vacation the rest of the season. ‘Cause this team is kicking ass right now.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:20 PM on November 22, 2019 Permalink  

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 9:18 AM on November 18, 2019 Permalink  

    Loved. Liked. Hated. 

    Loved the swarming D throughout the first half.
    Loved LeBron’s focus on both ends(33pts, 12ast, 7reb, 1blk, 1stl).
    Loved Danny Green’s highlight rebound dunk.
    Loved the 14 blocks- most since 2002.
    Loved Dwight’s effort, again.
    Loved Kuz becoming our third most dependable scorer(17pts, 5reb tonight)

    Liked KCPs second solid game in a row.
    Liked Rondo’s great all around game after putting up a stinker against the Kings.
    Liked The Great Kobe Bean sitting courtside with Gianna.
    Liked the fact that Charlie Brown is in the NBA!

    Hated the lack of focus at the start of the third.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:25 AM on November 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Also hated the bench letting the majority of a 25 point lead slip away when LBJ took his first rest. other than thought, really just a lot to like and love.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:38 AM on November 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup.
        This was another trap game, with ATL missing two of their best players, and some of our guys played like it.
        That’s why I was so impressed with LeBron’s focus throughout.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 12:51 PM on November 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yep. Liked the doubling of Trae, but he’s a problem!! Lol

  • mclyne32 (Director) 9:09 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink  

    Ahhhhhh,man! We shoulda traded Kuz!
    He only had 23pnts, and nailed two threes to ice it when the game hung in the balance.
    He trash!
    Told you doubters he just needed some time to shake the rust off.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:13 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      AD was excellent on both end of the floor, again.
      Bradley was solid.
      Bron was good, except for those two wild threes from way too deep. I really wish he wouldn’t take those near the end of close games- just run a PnR with Davis instead.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:25 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I know he said they’d both play tomorrow. I’d rethink that tonight. They only have 9 healthy players.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:36 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oh yeah, Rondo looked great for his first game back.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:49 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nobody chiming in on this one???

  • mclyne32 (Director) 3:37 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink  

    I don’t know if anyone has had to deal with suicide before, but now I can say that I have, for the second time in my life.
    I just found out that my long time soccer buddy, Alex, hung himself recently.
    I lost touch with him over the past two years, due to my change in jobs moving me far enough away to not allow attendance of the same pick up games. He was one of the best human beings I ever met- always upbeat, always smiling, and just enjoyed life. He escaped the tyranny if Iran as a youngster by moving to Brazil first and then a few years later, the States. He spent the last twenty years or so as a retired man, playing soccer all over the globe.
    I wish that he would have reached out.
    Life is precious. Make sure those you love know it. Remind them of it daily.

    Anyway, sorry to hijack the blog, but I had to get this out.
    Go Lakers!

     
    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 3:56 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sad to hear that, my Chelsea friend. I was always puzzled about suicide. What takes for a person to do that? Anyway, he lived in my country, was a good man and a soccer man so I feel a bit of your pain. Hope he’s ok now

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:56 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah Matt, I have.

      I have too many pins of First Responders, 35. That’s since 2013. It’s tough. Including a guy named Jack Spyker. He was a good buddy.

      One was a good friend, named Kevin Balogh. Kevin killed himself in 2014. We played youth soccer together.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 4:16 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m sorry to hear of your loss, Matt. I can’t even begin to imagine how you feel, but I’m glad you shared it with us here. Thanks for the reminder, to love more and not take things for granted. Also reminded me to reach out to a friend whose father recently committed suicide and her estranged family did not tell her till 3 months later.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:50 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      thanks guys.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 9:29 AM on November 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sorry for your loss Matt. My best friend hung himself two years ago. I was in contact with him that night texting backhand forth about nothing in particular until about 8pm. His brother called me the next morning letting me know he hung himself around 10pm. After years of being sober he could no longer battle the demons. It devastated me, I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Would rather he overdosed than took his own life as I can’t comprehend that. Wish he would have opened up to me that night, wish I could have said something. It still bothers me when I hear an old punk mix we’d listened to and loved.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:15 PM on September 22, 2019 Permalink  

    Trivia Time:

    Forward A: 18.7 PPG, 45.6% FG, 5.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast
    Forward B: 18.2 PPG, 46.9% FG, 7.9 Reb, 2.9 Ast

    Which player was awarded a $150 Million contract last season?
    Which player is considered by some fans as having a “disappointing season” recently?
    Those numbers look pretty close to me.
    Without cheating, name both players and then explain to me how much better one is over the other using FACTS.

     
    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 4:40 AM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Assume A is Kuzma. Not sure about B.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 11:11 AM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I didn’t read the article Tom posted, nor did I read in detail the arguments being made against Kuzma. It’s all about expectations to begin with. Is Ball a bust? Not at all even with the expectation of being the #2 pick I’m assuming he will be a career starter and that realistically is the most you can expect from any pick. Kuzma on the other hand was the steal of the draft that has far exceeded his expectations. Kuzma has that Mamba Mentality that I don’t see in Ball or Ingrahm. Kuzma is going to bust out this year as the 3rd option on this team, I see him in a roll like Glen Rice played along Shaq and Kobe with more athleticism cutting towards the basket. I know what to expect and what my expectations are of LeBron and AD, it’s Kuzma that I’m most excited about.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:45 AM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Most picks don’t end up having a career.

        There are many examples of undrafted guys having a great career.

        Look at similar picks in his slot…will he for example have Baron’s career trajectory? Baron also had veteran leadership (Elden Campbell, David Wesley, Jamal Mashburn) and didn’t bug out either. Was 22/10/5 in his prime.

        I don’t see it.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 12:41 PM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s Toby Harris, the forgotten man in the Clips successes last year. He shot 43% from 3 with them, not exactly a scrub. They try to act like losing him, Gallo, and SGA isn’t a big deal to their depth either.

      But another guy who keeps getting paid like a max guy that’ll likely never make an All Star Game.

      Could Kuz surpass him? Possibly, but they may have similar ceilings.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:05 PM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        DING! DING! DING!
        We have a winner.
        One guy apparently is worth $150,000 and the other has a sub-par year. They put up very similar stats last season.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 3:32 PM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Well to be fair you know stats don’t tell the whole picture. I’m with you with Kuz but there is now way he can have the same impact as Harris at this point in his career.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:51 PM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d have to see how they played on their teams. Also which player was part of a playoff roster and so on. Stats are but one facet of all this.

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